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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date Sept. 24, 2007

The Associated Collegiate Press selected the Brookhaven Courier student newspaper, as one of 55 finalists in the 2007 Newsmaker Pacemaker competition. Finalists were selected by a panel from The Washington Post. Newspapers are selected based on excellence in coverage and content, quality reporting, leadership on the opinion page, layout and design, evidence of in-depth reporting, photography and graphics. The Brookhaven Courier is one of 15 two-year colleges included in the 55 finalists. Courier staff members and Larie Engles, manager of student publications, will attend the ACP/College Media Association’s National College Media Convention in Washington , D.C. , in October, where the winners will be announced.

Cultural studies and government students had an opportunity this week to hear from and speak with a special guest, Ambassador Enrique Hubbard of Mexico . Yasaman Contractor, student program development specialist, arranged the visit from the Consul General of the Mexican Consulate in Dallas . Sylvia Coffey, director of the Multicultural Center; Edleeca Thompson, humanities professor; Dave Reagan, director of College Police; and students from each of the courses welcomed the ambassador to the college. Hubbard spoke to the students about the history and culture of Mexico also touching on the current social and economic challenges the country faces, as well as issues of immigration.

Jason Thornton, emergency medical services professor, received a confirmation of the high quality training the Brookhaven Emergency Medical Services Program provides to students from his former student Missi Davis, who is now a practicing paramedic. Davis wrote in an e-mail to Thornton that during a recent emergency call that required her and a partner to perform CPR on a patient in cardiac arrest, she relied on her training at Brookhaven College . Davis ' patient needed CPR, defibrillations and several injections. After the successful outcome for the patient, Davis contacted Thornton to thank him for pushing her during her training because the necessary knowledge “just came to me” during the emergency, Davis said.

Vernon Hawkins, associate vice president of workforce and continuing education at Brookhaven College , has been selected as one of 32 community college leaders to attend the prestigious Executive Leadership Institute sponsored by the League for Innovation in the Community College. A national panel selected the group of 32 participants from a pool of applicants holding senior-level positions of leadership in community colleges throughout North America . The institute, taking place in Arizona in December, provides an opportunity for potential community college presidents or those in transition to review their abilities and interests, to refine their skills, and to participate in discussions on leadership with an outstanding array of faculty drawn from among nationally and internationally recognized community college leaders.

High School Section

The 170 students in the Early College High School at Brookhaven College experienced a realistic taste of what life will be like after high school by participating in “The College Road Trip" — a life-sized game of life -- designed to help students understand the value of a dollar and the relationship between educational levels and earning potential. A fabricated city setting had the students facing issues such as career planning, goal setting, decisions regarding college, salaries and lifestyles. Volunteers from the community and the college represented the people who students would encounter in life as they make choices, from grocers to bankers, insurance agents or car dealers to others who would provide typical services. At the conclusion of the event, a motivational speaker from Sky Ranch led the students through a 20-minute, multi-media presentation as they processed what they had experienced.




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Brookhaven College is proud to be an Hispanic-Serving Institution with more than 25 percent Hispanic student enrollment since 2006. Educational opportunities are offered by Brookhaven College without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity or gender expression..

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