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Brookhaven College employee newsletter: Feb. 16, 2011

Snowed in

Students, faculty and staff got an unexpected vacation this month when snow and ice took hold of Dallas.

The Brookhaven College campus was closed and classes were canceled Feb. 1-6, and again on Feb. 9, due to inclement weather. Snow was falling, roads were icy, and campus sidewalks and parking lots were unsafe for driving.

A speech by Jennifer Thompson-Cannino, author of our Open Book Project "Picking Cotton," was canceled on Feb. 1, as well. Jennifer has rescheduled her visit for March 30 at 12:30 p.m., said Nelda Contreras, co-chair of the Open Book Committee. The gallery reception for John D. McClanahan, Paul McCoy and Laurie Weller, originally set for Feb. 9, was rescheduled for March 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the galleries.

Despite the limited number of class meetings last week, eCampus ensured not too many classes got behind schedule.

"We made it a requirement of teaching DWRI that every instructor has an eCampus component," said Scarlett Hill, English professor. "That really pays off at times like this because instructors can keep work going online. I know the dedicated people in our department will have been busy with their students despite the weather."

Scarlett also said she used social media to keep in touch with her students over the break.

"I posted campus updates and closings on Facebook and Twitter regularly," she said. "I also posted on Facebook that students should check into eCampus."

Campus updates also were posted regularly on the college Facebook and Twitter account throughout the week.