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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date Oct. 15, 2007

The Alpha Delta Pi chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) at Brookhaven College received notice this week that they have reached a 10 percent increase in membership, thus earning the Pinnacle Award for 2007. Since the chapter’s inception, 3,760 students have joined PTK at Brookhaven College . At the beginning of 2007, the chapter had 107 members. Aaron Ostrom, Ph.D., and executive dean of special programs and club sponsor, has invited more than 1,600 qualified students to join this year. As of October 3rd, 199 new members have been inducted this year.

More than a 100 people from the community and the Dallas County Community College District attended the official opening of the Brookhaven College Head Start Center on October 11th. The $3 million facility is a model preschool, and the first-of-its-kind-in-the-nation collaboration between Brookhaven College and Head Start of Greater Dallas. Dr. Wright Lassiter, chancellor; Dr. Sharon L. Blackman, president; Brett Kirstein, president, Head Start of Greater Dallas Board; and Wanda J. Smith, CEO, Head Start of Greater Dallas, were featured guests. Tours of the new facility were offered and Texas Winds Musical Outreach provided a special musical performance. The center will accommodate 152 students and serve as the lab school for the colleges Child Development Program.

Patricia Dodd, Ph.D., English professor at Brookhaven College , will be presenting a paper at the Community College Humanities Association National Conference, “ River of Ideas : Rethinking the Humanities,” in San Antonio later this month. At the conference, Dodd will be a moderator for one presentation and a speaker for another called “Mainstreaming Human Rights and the Humanities.” Dodd’s topic focuses on the struggle for human rights as heard through worldwide voices. She uses eyewitness reports, guest speakers from human rights organizations, and films that help her students gain a deeper understanding of the need for all people to have dignity and respect.

The employees at Brookhaven College gathered on October 5th for its Appreciative Inquiry Summit II -- Visioning . The visioning process for the college is solidifying with the first draft of the college’s Vision Statement revealed at the meeting. The process began more than a year ago at another all-college gathering for the first AI Summit. Information from the first summit was compiled and distilled into the draft statement that was presented to students, community members and college employees.

 




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