Release Date May 26, 2008
The director of the Alternative Certification for Teachers Program at Brookhaven College, Joy Bailey, coordinated a special workshop for individuals seeking teaching positions for the 2008-2009 school year. “Making a Great First Impression: How to Survive the Interview Process” was designed by Bailey to help participants learn job search strategies and interviewing tips specifically for teachers. Students from the alternative certification programs at Brookhaven, Richland and Mountain View colleges participated as well as members from the general public. The workshop was presented by Trini Garza, personnel director for the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District. At the conclusion of the workshop, the 22 attendees had an opportunity to network with other job seekers and converse with newly hired teachers who had recently navigated the interview process.
The Multicultural Center received good marks on the most recent Student and Exchange Visitors Information System (SEVIS) compliance audit. The audit report noted “no exceptions” for Brookhaven College. SEVIS tracks and monitors schools and programs, students, exchange visitors and their dependents throughout the duration of approved participation within the U.S. education system. SEVIS is very complex and requires a high-level of commitment from those who work with international students. Congratulations go to Sylvia Coffey, director of the Multicultural Center, and all her staff members, Marian Amekudi-Love, Paschal Egbujor, Alma Felix, Daffne Liberato, Lai Ping Lau, and Jin Kim.
Brookhaven College’s Camp eCampus, a summer professional development program, was attended by 240 employees who enjoyed this special “summer camp.” Guests from the LeCroy Center also were invited to make a presentation about Second Life, an online virtual world. The ‘campers’ chose from two tracks, either for beginners or intermediate users of eCampus, the District’s application of the Blackboard Academic Suite™. Seventeen different sessions and two Camp Roundups, May 14-16th, were designed to provide an overview and some hands-on experiences with the latest strategies and online tools available. From “A Practical Guide to Online Teaching” to “Podcasting,” topics covered a full range of strategies and available tools for creating and maintaining a quality online course through eCampus. This event was the result of a rewarding collaboration between the LeCroy Center, Brookhaven College’s Professional Development, and members of the college’s distance learning sub-committee - Sharon Burton, Sam Govea, Linda Lee, chair, Erin Lewis, Marie Maness, Marianne Roffino, Anahita Sidwha and Ngoc Truong.
The Brookhaven College Vocal Jazz Ensemble traveled to La Paz, Mexico, April 29th-May 4th. The group was invited to perform at a festival celebrating the founding of the city. The tour also included performances at other locations in La Paz and in Todos Santos, home of the famous Hotel California. The group of 10 students along with five musicians performed under the direction of Elaine Gardner-Morales, professor of music, and featured professional jazz pianist Jerry Samuels.
Brookhaven College staff and students, joined by some parents of the Early College High School, were treated to a performance of “ECHS IDOL” May 21st. The event in the Commons Courtyard included 12 students from the ninth and tenth grades who sang a variety of musical selections. At the conclusion of the performances, the winner was chosen by audience vote as well as a critic’s choice award. The performance was part of an activity in their AVID classes to develop self-confidence and demonstrate planning and organizational skills. ECHS at BHC AVID faculty member Melanie Zamudio lead this activity with assistance from fellow teachers Wendy Minjares, Louis Harvill, and Joe Kruk. AVID Tutor Jennifer Parry also assisted.
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