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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date June 16

NASA awarded two students and two employees from Brookhaven College special recognition in May for their parts in NASA’s Killer Asteroid Project. Jeff Reith and Ervin Caldwell, astronomy students, and Chaz Hafey, instructional associate for astronomy, received certificates and Anahita Sidhwa, astronomy professor, received a plaque from NASA and the Astronomical Research Institute. The international project began in January of 2007, and allowed students to use satellite images to take high quality measurements of astronomical objects to assess their likelihood of hitting the Earth. In addition to thousands of measurements taken by each student in the Killer Asteroid Project, Reith and Caldwell discovered four asteroids during their work on the project.

Lisa Ann Miller, director of the Brookhaven College Career Development Center, is quoted in the summer edition of the Addison and North Texas Corridor Guide. “Millennials: the Changing Face of the Workplace” focuses on the way that the new generation is affecting employers. The ‘Millennials’ are generally considered to be anyone who will enter the workforce by 2010. Miller, as someone who works one-on-one with students preparing to enter the workforce, was one of the career experts from the area asked to identify ways that this generation differs from their parents and others.

After a successful site visit from Ngozi O. Nkongho, Ph.D., RN, CNE, deputy director of the New York City-based National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc. (NLNAC), a favorable recommendation is expected to extend Brookhaven College’s NLNAC accreditation to Mountain View College. The NLNAC Board of Directors will meet in late July and the college anticipates formal notification in August. Dr. Nkongho conducted the two-day site visit at Mountain View College and interviewed faculty, students and administrative members as well as Dr. Richard D. McCrary, interim vice president for learning and student success, and Juanita Zapata Flint, dean of nursing and executive dean of Health and Human Services Division, both from Brookhaven College. The Mountain View College team members who contributed to this successful visit included Sharletha Cottingham, secretary; Nancy Breed, director of nursing; Dana Stahl, nursing skills lab director; and faculty members Drs. Carol Stephenson and Grace Rutherford and Professor Karen Bravo; Dr. Karen Valencia, dean of science; Dr. Matilda Saenz, vice president of instruction; Sharon Davis, vice president of business; Moises Almendariz, Title V director; and Joseph Sanchez, director of financial aid. Brookhaven College team members contributing to this successful site visit included Dean Flint, Dr. McCrary, Ann Cortez and Monica Wenthold, division secretaries, Sheila Gilliam, nursing skills lab director, and faculty members Sue McLelland, Brenda Routh, Lois Ames, Dr. Mark Meyer, Justine Smith and Joyce Adair.




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