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Brookhaven College employee newsletter: Wednesday, March 21, 2012

District Days Provide Fun, Community-Driven Diversions

District Days Provide Fun, Community-Driven Diversions

Between the Employee Development Day and Day of Service, we all enjoyed a break from the usual this month. Here’s what you and some of your fellow colleagues were up to.

Employee Development Day

The district decided to change some things up for this year’s Employee Development Day. Employees took a more involved approach, making the day equally fun and entertaining for all.

On March 1, professional support staff and faculty/administrators were separated between two campuses: Mountain View College and Eastfield College, respectively. Though apart, both groups participated in similar activities and received important updates about the DCCCD. The theme for this year was “Working Together for the Greater Good.”

All employees participated in three breakout sessions throughout the day; sessions included opportunities to try a new activity, learn perks to being a DCCCD employee and discover interesting facts about the host campuses.

Sessions included Zumba, tai chi, art gallery tours, nature walks and Blue Cross Blue Shield benefits, just to name a few.

Raffle drawings also were presented throughout the day. Joe Sanders, associate registrar, was one of Brookhaven College’s lucky winners. Joe received two tickets to play two free rounds of golf at a local country club.

Dr. Wright Lassiter Jr., DCCCD chancellor, visited both campuses. He gave several presentations and brought us up-to-speed on some of the major events and accomplishments in the DCCCD this past year. Included was an update on the Richland College presidential search, the recent Martin Luther King service day and campus awards.

Dr. Lassiter ended the day at Mountain View College to thank everyone for their participation. He stressed the importance of this year’s theme and how crucial it is for all employees to recognize that working together helps us accomplish more.

Day of Service

Some of us served indoors and some of us served outdoors, but all of us served the college and its community March 2 during the second-annual Day of Service.

Among the activities that enlisted the help of Brookhaven College employees were habitat/landscaping projects, meal deliveries, food sorting and even a college planning session.

Scarlett Hill, English professor, led the charge at Lake Highlands Community Garden, where 23 enthusiastic volunteers spent their Friday.

Participants stayed busy with a number of projects: clearing ground for a gazebo, renovating the bee area, building bridges, numbering plots, weeding pathways and spreading mulch, she said.

“No job was too big, too small, or too dirty,” Scarlett said.

Also among the outdoor service opportunities was the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area prairie restoration project. Susan Maxey, geology professor, guided a team 35 Brookhaven College students as they helped replace exotic, non-native plants with native grasses and wildflowers.

“Student volunteer work, especially when I am working alongside them, is an especially empowering experience for (the students),” Susan said. “Some see grub worms and butterflies for the first time.”

Students interested in beginning or continuing volunteer work with the LLELA are encouraged to contact Susan at 972-860-4758 to set up a student work group activity, she said.

With student empowerment in mind, approximately 40 employees took the indoor route and brainstormed QEP marketing strategies and the college’s future.

Under the leadership of QEP committee co-chairs Haven Abedin, English professor, and Ahad Hayaud-Din, government professor, the group chose a slogan from the recent QEP contest. The reigns were then transferred to Dr. Thom Chesney, president, who led the discussion on the college’s short- and long-term vision, as well as the college’s perceived values and objectives. Find out the results of the discussion during the all-college meeting March 23.

In all, an army of 1,000 volunteers from across the Dallas County Community College District gave their time to one of 22 local nonprofits that day, according the district’s assessment.

Thanks to all who donated their time – you made a difference!

Story: 2012 Day of Service/Development Day on PhotoPeach

Spiral: 2012 Day of Service/Development Day on PhotoPeach