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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date May 4, 2007

Brookhaven College’s “Brown Bag Lunch-n-Learn” series ended yesterday for the spring semester with mayoral and city council candidates for Dallas. Top mayoral candidates Tom Leppert, Max Wells, Sam Coats and Edward Okpa spoke to students and employees about their positions. Candidates for the District III city council positions including Angela Phillips, the youngest candidate by far at age 17, and DCCCD Trustee Charletta Compton also took advantage of the opportunity to speak with students. The series, sponsored by the Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Program, have brought candidates from Farmers Branch, Lewisville, Addison and now Dallas to speak to students before the elections. The series has been coordinated by Linus Spiller, student services specialist, with help from Camille White, a VISTA volunteer for the college.

The new Head Start Center at Brookhaven College, set to open this fall, has begun accepting applications for parents with children age three to five. When open, the center will provide child care for more than 140 children whose families meet the income guidelines set by the Department of Health and Human Services. Mary Brumbach, Ph.D., vice president for resource and economic development, has worked with the Greater Texas Foundation to set up a scholarship fund of $50,000 for parents with children at the center who will be eligible to apply for scholarships to attend the college. Head Start follows federal poverty guidelines for admission and offers education, family literacy, health and nutrition programs as well as special services for children with disabilities.

Brookhaven College celebrated its student leaders with a special dinner April 17th at the Doubletree Hotel. Students and advisors from the 31 clubs and organizations at the college had the opportunity to come together and share their accomplishments for the year. Those who attended included student leaders and sponsors or advisors in Student Government and student clubs and organizations, members of the Student Leadership Institute, student ambassadors, the student newspaper editors, outstanding athletes, members of the Civic Engagement Team as well as other students in service-learning programs. Christina Garza and Michael Aviles, members of the Brookhaven Student Government Association, emceed the event, with Dr. Sharon L. Blackman, college president, commending students who take on leadership roles. Claude Caffee, vice president for student development, spoke to students on leadership. Christian Chavarria and the Jazz Club band members provided entertainment. The Student Programs and Resources staff, led by Joy Arndt, director, coordinated this successful gathering of the Brookhaven College community in honor of student involvement on campus.

Great news came in a letter dated April 23rd from the Board of Nurse Examiners for the State of Texas about the Board’s decision to continue full approval status for the Brookhaven College Associate Degree Nursing Program. Based on the 2006 Annual Report for Brookhaven’s program and the 2006 NCLEX-RN® examination pass rate, the Board also issued the following commendation: “The faculty and administration are commended for the graduates’ 100% pass rate on the 2006 NCLEX-RN® examination. Those passing the exam were 28 of the 30 students who started in the fall 2005 class, which is 93 percent retention in the program, according to Juanita Zapata Flint, MS, APRN, BC, FNP, executive dean for Brookhaven College’s Health and Human Division and the dean of record with the BNE for the A.D.N. Program.




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