Release Date April 28, 2008
Parents of children enrolled in the Brookhaven College Head Start Center attended two “Enrollment Help Sessions” held April 22nd in the center’s computer laboratory room. Each parent needed individual assistance, and some needed assistance in Spanish to apply for admission to the college and to fill out financial aid forms. Twenty parents were helped to apply for college and register for English for speakers of other languages, computer and other credit and non-credit courses. The cross-functional collaboration included staff from the offices of Scholarships and Financial Aid, Career Development, Continuing Education and the Multicultural Center. Dr. E. Jane Rowe, Johnny Castro and Bernadette Rodriguez, faculty members of the Child Development Program, also assisted. The special event was led by Jean Kaplan, director for school alliance and institutional outreach, and members of her staff, Julie Hanson and Hector Lopez. One of the great hopes for the center was exactly what happened at this enrollment session; staff members hope to impact families, such as these, for generations in hopes that the parents receive college educations and their children know that it is a real possibility for them as well.
The Brookhaven College Student Government Association, along with Phi Theta Kappa members, spent much of this week in one costume or another, raising funds for the Friends of Kids With Cancer. With funny hats, a 1970s day, crazy sunglasses and other gimmicks, the members of both groups raised more than $700 from donations, with totals from their pizza sale still to be added. As part of the college’s community service project, these two groups, along with students from Alpha Phi Omega, the International Club and the Student Leadership Institute, put on a 1950s sock hop for nearly 200 guests at the Senior Adult Services’ annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon on April 19th.
The GO Project, an outreach program of the Ellison Miles Geotechnology Institute (EMGI), traveled to Odessa in Ector County, April 21-22. Ten classes of 5th-graders learned from a trained professional geoscientist about erosion and weathering. This topic is often poorly understood by both adults and students, but the hands-on activities and many images from familiar areas in Texas help bring the concepts to life. The EMGI’s GO Project reached more than 4,200 students in third through ninth grades in the 2006-2007 academic year, and is supported by donations from EMGI stakeholders. The cost, $40 per program, allows a teacher to choose several topics for classroom enrichment.
Brookhaven College and Texas Tech University now have an articulation agreement for Brookhaven College Nursing Program graduates to go beyond the associate degree effective immediately. Now Brookhaven College students can complete more than 90 hours at Brookhaven College before seamlessly transferring to Texas Tech to complete a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. This agreement was made possible by work headed by Juanita Zapata Flint, executive dean of the Health and Human Services Division, and Greg Williams, district transfer coordinator, and Dr. Myrna Armstrong, regional dean for transfer agreements at Texas Tech University.
The 9th- and 10th-grade students at the Early College High School at Brookhaven College enjoyed an outdoor dance in the Commons Courtyard on Friday, April 18th. Students had a great time dancing to the music played by the college’s tutor and student, Rafael Cazares. He played a variety of music and students stayed on the dance floor until the festivities ended at 11 p.m. Students also sold nachos, drinks, colored hair spray and glow sticks to raise money for future student activities.
The Early College High School at Brookhaven College (ECHS) hosted a catered lunch and reception on April 25th to honor fourteen tutors who have worked with the students this past year. Ten of the honorees are Brookhaven College students, and the others attend classes at other colleges or universities in the area. During the reception the tutors were presented with gifts acknowledging their service. Other activities included a drawing for door prizes. Brookhaven College administrators and staff were also present. The event was planned by AVID instructors Melanie Zamudio and Wendy Minjares, ECHS secretary Irma Flores, and Principal Adriana Gomez.
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