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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date Feb. 4, 2008

Philip Montgomery, sophomore at Brookhaven College, was announced recently as the recipient of a Minnie K. Patton Scholarship. The scholarship recognizes students who have financial need and shown academic promise. Philip is a member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society, Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity, and participates in the Brookhaven Student Government Association.

Students at Brookhaven College are once again donating their time and energy for a good cause. Since the inception of “Empty Bowls,” a fund-raiser for the North Texas Food Bank, ceramics students and instructors have been participating in a variety of ways. Annually, members of the college’s Art Club have collected bowls, donated by students, and delivered them to Trinity Ceramic Supply, one of the event sponsors. The instructors have included bowl-making as a part of their curriculum in past semesters as well as donating their own hand-made bowls. January 25th marked the day for students to gather to make bowls for the fifth annual event. Students used recycled clay and were responsible for glazing the bowls before a department employee fired the creations and the Art Club delivered them to Trinity.

On January 28th, Brookhaven College hosted the 5th Annual Community College Toolkit for International Recruitment. The workshop was organized by offices focused on international education at the College Board and the American Association of Community Colleges. Colleagues met and developed strategies for increased recruitment and retention of students from abroad. Dr. Richard D. McCrary, interim vice president of learning and student success, welcomed the participants and Dr. Andrew Jones, vice chancellor for Educational Affairs, presented remarks during lunch. Dr. Aaron Ostrom, executive dean for Special Programs, co-presented a session focused on creative marketing for international recruitment. Pre-program planning and site coordination were provided by Sylvia Coffey, director of Multicultural Services, and Dr. Ostrom.

Dr. Sharon L. Blackman, president, participated recently in the annual Texas Scholars Project, a state-level, community-driven effort in which Brookhaven College is participating with the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District. The project is an initiative designed to motivate all students to complete the rigorous course-work required to earn the state “Recommended Program Seal” for high school graduation. The program emphasizes college prep courses in mathematics, science, social studies, language arts, foreign language, fine arts, speech, technology applications and PE/Health. Course grade requirements are 70+ or better, with an emphasis on better. Dr. Blackman and business leaders addressed 8th-grade students about the importance of staying in school. Presentations were conducted in January, just prior to the time that 8th-grade students were scheduled to choose courses to complete their four-year plan for high school. Dr. Blackman made her presentation to two classes at Charles Blalack Middle School.

The Early College High School (ECHS) at Brookhaven College conducted its end-of-semester awards ceremony January 25th. Both 9th- and 10th-grade students were presented certificates for A Honor Roll, A-B Honor Roll, and perfect attendance. The students also were presented recognition certificates in several categories selected by individual teachers. Among these awards were outstanding leadership, most collaborative, academic achievement in specific courses, and various areas related to character and interpersonal skill development. The entire ECHS faculty and staff as well as college representatives joined in publicly acknowledging and celebrating as students were recognized.



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