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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date Dec. 24, 2007

The Brookhaven College Associate Degree Nursing Program graduates came together to celebrate at a pinning ceremony on December 13th. There were 41 graduates from the program who received their pin. The performance hall was packed with more than 300 friends and family members to take part in this symbolic event that traditionally welcomes new health care professionals into their chosen profession.

The Workforce and Continuing Education Division had a busy week celebrating the graduation of its most recent GEDProgram participants and the Alternative Certification for Teachers (ACT) Program Student and Advisory Committee Appreciation and Awards reception last week. On December 15th, ten graduating students participated in this year’s GED ceremony with nearly 60 of their closest family and friends. Richard Tuman, coordinator for workforce and continuing education, leads this thriving program. Vernon L. Hawkins, associate vice-president of workforce and continuing education, provided the keynote address while student Felix Arriano Tristan provided comments on behalf of the graduates. The ACT Program awards reception was at the Brookhaven Country Club on December 12th. Joy Bailey, program director, provided an overview of the program successes over the past year, including the program’s 100 percent student pass rate on the TExES exam and increased retention rate. Debbie Hanus, math professor, Mary Gessino, adjunct professor, and Bill Sigsbee, ESOL professor, were honored for their participation in the program since its beginnings, as well as Marjorie Westberry, English professor and founding director of the ACT program, for her service and commitment to educating and preparing the teachers of tomorrow. Dr. Sharon L. Blackman, president, and Dr. Richard McCrary, vice-president for learning and student success, attended this event along with a number of other faculty and staff members.

The Brookhaven College family gathered for a holiday celebration on December 11th. There was food, fun and fellowship at the event. More than 200 people were able to come and stay throughout the luncheon, and more came in short shifts to keep offices open and properly staffed. The highlight of the event was a special performance by two classes of the Brookhaven Head Start Center , who had obviously worked hard to perfect their carols for the party. President Sharon L. Blackman sent her thanks to Jamie Jenkins, Evonne Clark, Sarah Graifemberg, Janice Groenman, Kellie Hickman, Argie Landa, Hannah Love, Carrie Schweitzer and Bob Smith, who served on the committee that coordinated this great college event.

Vernon L. Hawkins, associate vice-president for workforce and continuing education, recently participated in the Executive Leadership Institute, sponsored by the League for Innovation in Tempe , Arizona . This six-day, intensive training provides an opportunity for community college leaders to analyze their abilities, reflect on their interests, refine their skills, and engage in leadership discussions with an unparalleled faculty of community college leaders. Included among this year’s list of outstanding Institute faculty were Dr. Wright L. Lassiter, chancellor, and J. William Wenrich, chancellor emeritus, of the Dallas County Community College District. The Executive Leadership Institute is sponsored by the League for Innovation in the Community College in cooperation with The University of Texas at Austin and the American Association of Community Colleges.



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