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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date June 2, 2008

Brookhaven College nursing student, Tiffany Brown, received the Rex McRae Scholarship of $1,000 at the 12th annual Hospital Employee of the Year Luncheon, May 22, hosted by the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council Education and Research Foundation. Despite several financial difficulties, Ms. Brown managed to maintain a 3.0 grade average while also raising her daughter alone. Her dedication in completing the Brookhaven College Nursing Program in August, 2008, and overcoming several obstacles were cited as the reason that she is the ideal choice for this year's award. Named in memory of Rex McRae, former president and CEO of Arlington Memorial Hospital for 28 years and a DFWHC Board Chairman in 1987, the Board makes one award each year from the endowment fund for a student pursuing a health care career in a school of nursing or allied health professions in North Texas. Juanita Zapata Flint, executive dean for Health and Human Services, attended the event in support of Ms. Brown's award.

Brookhaven College's Alternative Certification for Teachers Program celebrated the end of the semester Thursday evening at the Ellison Miles Geotechnology Institute by honoring seven students. Five of the students recently completed their standard certification and two have completed their certification course work. ACT Program graduates from Richland College joined the celebration this year as well. The Brookhaven College students selected a fellow class member, Issah Dawani, as the speaker for the graduation.

Dr. Sharon L. Blackman led Brookhaven College representatives to the International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence, hosted by NISOD, National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development, May 25-28, in Austin at the Austin Convention Center. Also attending the conference were Rodger Bennett, executive dean, Carrie Schweitzer, assistant to the president, Dr. Czarina Reyes, professor of mathematics, and Vernon Hawkins, associate vice president for workforce and continuing education. As a member of the College Board's National Commission on Community Colleges, Dr. Blackman served on a panel to address "Community Colleges: Responding to the Challenges Facing the Nation," along with Ronald Williams, vice president, College Board; Augustine Gallego, president emeritus, San Diego Community College District; and Jee Hang Lee, director of public policy, Association of Community College Trustees. Panel members presented findings of the Commission’s report on the critical role community colleges play in American education, shared the report’s recommendations, and engaged participants in a discussion about how the influence of these institutions can be expanded to respond to the workforce challenges facing the nation. Dean Bennett presented a session titled "Creating an Exceptional Teaching and Learning Environment," about how to create inclusive, measurable, and sustainable continuous improvement initiatives in a teaching and learning environment. The presentation showed participants an easy and engaging method to identify and create “best teaching and learning practices” that can be related directly to the classroom and individual action plans, and be connected to departmental, division, and/or collegewide instructional planning.

High School Section - The Alpha Delta Pi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Brookhaven College accepted 66 students from the Early College High School at Brookhaven College as provisional members. The students received invitations and completed application to the chapter's honor society by achieving a 3.5 grade point average or higher with a minimum of six college credit hours. The 36 ninth-grade and 33 10th-grade provisional members will be recognized at high school's awards ceremonies on June 2. This academic honor initiative was the collaborative effort of Dr. Aaron Ostrom, PTK sponsor; Pam Geisinger-Sandy, ECHS counselor, and Marilyn K. Lynch, associate vice president and ECHS liaison.




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