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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date Aug. 20, 2007

Brookhaven College welcomed 20 students and four administrators August 13th from Changwon National University of Korea, including Dr. Seong Ho Park, the university’s president, with a morning reception and barbecue luncheon. Throughout the week, students were assessed in English language skills, registered for an intensive English program, and settled in to their off-campus apartments. This international outreach is coordinated by Dr. Aaron Ostrom, executive dean of special programs.

This fall, five Brookhaven College students will receive $500 scholarships, funded from the Dallas Foundation through the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Rotary Club and, in part, by the Farmers Branch Rotary Club. Charles McAdams, humanities professor, chairs the scholarship committee for the Farmers Branch Rotary Club and has long advocated for Brookhaven College students. Students must maintain a full-time status, keep a “B” average for the semester in which they receive the scholarship, and enroll for at least 12 credit hours the following semester. If students meet all these requirements, the scholarships are renewable.

Faculty members of the Child Development Department reached out to hundreds of childcare providers August 18th at an event sponsored by ChildCareGroup. The Summer Sizzler Provider Conference provides training for childcare workers throughout Dallas County . Jane Rowe, Ph.D., child development professor, staffed a table at the event to speak with attendees on training opportunities and the college’s Child Development Program. Johnny Castro, child development professor, presented at one of the workshops for attendees focusing on ethnic and race identity in young children. Each year, ChildCareGroup organizes this event and invites thousands of participants. ChildCareGroup is a 100-year-old, non-profit agency offering childcare solutions for families, employers, providers, and communities.

Dr. John Neal, journalism professor at Brookhaven College , attended a strategic planning meeting for the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) at this year’s national convention in Washington , D.C. Dr. Neal, in his role as immediate past president of the Community College Journalism Association, took part in a teaching panel session that presented the award for the Great Ideas for Teaching competition. He also attended sessions featuring Bill Moyers, a former presidential aide and press secretary currently appearing on “Bill Moyers Journal” on PBS; Helen Thomas, who began covering the White House as a reporter when Kennedy was president; and Marvin Kalb, a former CBS News reporter now teaching at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. As a bonus, Neal won free registration for next year’s national convention of the AEJMC when his business card was selected at random from those of the participants in the meeting.

Ninety-two incoming and eager ninth-grade students of the Early College High School (ECHS) at Brookhaven College and their parents attended a parent orientation August 17th. Dr. Sharon Blackman, president, Dr. Richard McCrary, interim vice president for learning and student success, and Marilyn K. Lynch, ECHS liaison, welcomed the group and participated in the program. Orientation continues August 18th with an agenda that includes a comprehensive package of activities designed to prepare students for their experiences as new high school and college students.




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