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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date April 7, 2008

Dual credit accounting students from Brookhaven College and Creekview High School took top awards at the District 6-5A University Interscholastic League (UIL) Accounting Competition. Yong Kim won first place and Eduardo Valdes won fifth place in the individual competitions. As a team, Yong, Eduardo and Marco Avila took second place in the team competition. Yong will advance to the regional competition in Lubbock on April 11th & 12th, and Eduardo has told his instructor that he plans to continue with Accounting 2 next year. The UIL offers the most comprehensive literary and academic competitive program in the nation.

Faculty members of the Radiologic Technology Program recently traveled to South Padre to attend the Texas Society of Radiologic Technologists (TSRT) Annual Conference. Professor Valerie Martin, clinical coordinator, presented “Review of Radiation Physics” during the conference. Norm Burgess, professor, sat on a panel of professionals for a discussion with the students and presented a résumé-and-interview workshop for students. Professors Stephanie Wells and Christi Carter presented the student challenge competition. Both Martin and Wells were inducted into the TSRT Professional Technologist Hall of Fame. The hall of fame recognizes individual technologists for their dedication and professional behavior in the clinical setting of hospitals, clinics and radiology programs all over Texas.

Congratulations are extended to the members of the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department of the Health and Human Services Division. The college has been awarded its initial accreditation of the EMS Program from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). CCAHEP is the largest accreditor in the health sciences field for 19 different health programs. The Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the EMS professions and CAAHEP’ Board of Directors recognized the program’s compliance with the nationally established accreditation standards. Under the leadership of Juanita Zapata Flint, executive dean, all employees in the EMS Department, along with Sharon Burton in new program development, helped to prepare the materials for the accreditation process.

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) has included the developmental math learning communities at Brookhaven College among best practices in success retention. The THECB’s office of Success Initiatives works with colleges and universities to address the issues related to success, focusing on research and sharing best practices. Two developmental math courses were linked with a HDEV 1300: Learning Frameworks course to offer a structured community cohort. Both iterations of the program showed significant improvement in both course completion and retention over those students who took the math courses without the human development component or cohort community. The formation of the learning communities is a collaboration of the math and human development faculty under the leadership of deans Doris Rousey, mathematics, and Dr. Michael Dennehy, social science. Find the full listing of Best Practices: Success and Retention at the following link:




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