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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date Aug. 13, 2007

A special graduation is scheduled at Brookhaven College ’s East Center #1 on August 11th for the next cohort of graduates from the Alternative Certification for Teachers Program (ACT). In addition to the 11 students completing the ACT Program, six others will be recognized for completing their standard teacher certification from the state. Approximately half of the graduates have teaching positions that will complete their intern year this fall. The program prepares students to teach at the middle- and high school-levels in math, science, social studies or history. Joy Bailey, program director, will welcome the graduates and their guests. Vernon Hawkins, associate vice president for the Workforce and Continuing Education Division, will offer remarks at the event.

One of the college’s recent graduates, Chris Vivero, has artwork on exhibition at a new show at the ARTCLUB, 823 Exposition Ave. in Dallas . The Natural State , a group art exhibition, will include works by Vivero in a show of paintings, photographs, prints and sculpture that explore “What is natural?” This fall, Vivero will be taking additional courses at the college in photography, visual communications and fine arts, and serving as the editor of the student newspaper, the Brookhaven Courier. Last year, Vivero was the editor of a special edition of the newspaper focusing on health and wellness that won first place, best in show at the national Associated Collegiate Press convention in fall, 2006.

A new partnership between the Brookhaven College School of the Arts and the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District ’s (C-FBISD) Advanced Placement Strategies Program will benefit local high school students. This fall, the college will host a series of workshops on campus for nearly 300 high school students taking advanced placement art courses. Students will have the opportunity to tour the college and learn from professors in drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, small metals in 3-D and digital art. Rodger Bennett, executive dean for the School of the Arts, and Rick Maxwell, art professor, met with fine arts professors at the C-FBISD about working together with the high schools advanced placement students; this will be the first time that a community college will host these events.

Thirty-five Brookhaven College employees participated this week in a two-day, eight-hour workshop designed around the connection between student satisfaction, employee satisfaction, and organizational success. The workshop entitled “A Communications Seminar: Reaching for Stellar Service,” a customer service training product from AchieveGlobal®, was presented to help participants better understand themselves, their colleagues and students, while reducing conflict and improving relationships. The two sessions also included the employees’ completion and evaluation of the DiSC® Personal Profile System, a personal assessment instrument. Representing a unique, collaborative partnership, the workshop was developed and offered by Brookhaven College ’s Professional Development Department, directed by Linda Lee, in association with the Workforce and Continuing Education Division, led by Vernon Hawkins. The training was facilitated by Steven Richards, dean, Corporate Services at Richland College .

Eleven 10th-grade students from the Early College High School (ECHS) at Brookhaven College and five faculty and administrators spent August 9th-12 at Sky Ranch in Van, Texas, participating in Legacy Leadership®, a comprehensive model for developing talented leaders. Legacy Leadership®, developed by Dr. Lee Smith and Dr. Jeannine Sandstrom, includes competencies and practices with immediate applicability to almost every challenge and possibility leaders face today. The students will utilize their new skills throughout the coming year with their fellow 10th-graders as well as the incoming ninth-graders. Mountain View College ECHS students and staff also joined for the training.




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