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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date Sept. 3, 2007

Chris Vivero, photo editor for the Brookhaven Courier, was awarded the Gordon Yoder Scholarship from the North Dallas Rotary Club this week. Charles McAdams, humanities professor at Brookhaven College , chairs the scholarship committee for the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Rotary Club and made the presentation to Vivero. This is the third time that Vivero has received a $500-scholarship from the Rotarians.

The Alpha Delta Phi chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Brookhaven College turned old items into cash August 25th at a garage sale. DeAnna Golson, chapter president, said the sale raised nearly $600 that will benefit the Susan G. Komen Three-Day Walk for the Cure. Several PTK members spent part of their Saturday at the sale, which included furniture, baby items, clothing, house wares, computers, electronics, books, jewelry and more. Items that were left at the end of the sale were donated to the Metrocrest Social Service Center in Carrollton . A group of PTK members will be taking part in the walk as well. The Alpha Delta Phi chapter was recently recognized with a special commendation during the PTK Texas Regional Convention as a Texas Top Chapter and was named as a “Five-Star Chapter,” for their success in meeting the higher standards of quality programming that the term “Five-Star” symbolizes.

The Automotive Technology Division at Brookhaven College was the beneficiary of a check this week from Ford Motor Company. Malcolm Barrett, Ford Motor Company’s technical support operations manager presented the $4,000 check in recognition of the college and Ford instructors receiving the “ASSET Program Performance to Standards Award.” The standards for the award require the college’s ASSET program meet specific requirements for the training of instructors, graduation rates and equipment. Shane Baxter and Matt Whitten are the college’s professors in the Ford program. They, along with Don Jones, automotive technology professor; Dr. Richard MCrary, interim vice president of learning and student success; and Sandy Wyche, interim executive dean for the Business Studies Division, met with Barrett on August 29th to discuss the successes of the program and receive the check.

Aaron Ostrom, Ph.D., executive dean for special programs at Brookhaven College , recently completed training as an Oral Proficiency Interview-computer Rater (OPIc), which is certified by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign ( ACTFL) has recently developed and launched a new oral proficiency assessment for English available in two, two-day training sessions for eligible candidates. The ACTFL OPIc is an internet-delivered assessment of spoken language proficiency that is based on the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) elicitation and rating protocols. The speech sample is digitally saved and scored by an ACTFL Certified OPIc Rater according to the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines for Speaking. OPIc Rater certification is awarded when rating reliability reaches 80 percent. Currently, approximately 10,000 Korean-English language students use this program each month, and the ACTFL anticipates an increase in demand for OPIc testing.





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