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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date Aug. 25

Dr. John Neal, journalism professor at Brookhaven College, served as co-moderator of a panel titled “Forty Years After ‘The Whole World is Watching’: the Impact of the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago” on August 7th at the annual convention of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in Chicago. Professor Terry Dalton, who teaches at McDaniel College in Maryland, served as co-moderator. More than 300 people attended the session as panelists recalled the events surrounding the 1968 Democratic Convention and put the event into perspective. Panelists included: Sam Brown Jr., who worked for Senator Eugene McCarthy’s campaign in 1968 and is now part of Senator Barack Obama’s campaign; Jeff Greenfield, who wrote speeches for Senator Robert Kennedy and now does political commentary for CBS News; Tom Hayden, one of the “Chicago Seven” following the 1968 convention, and who has since served in the California legislature, written extensively and taught college courses; Bill Kurtis, a Chicago tv reporter in 1968, but in recent years has worked in cable television to present such programs as “Investigative Reports” and “American Justice;” and Paul McGrath, who wrote about the events of 1968 for the Chicago Tribune and now teaches at Columbia College in Chicago.

More than 100 employees and one student attended the Brookhaven College 2009 Core Curriculum Forum August 19th facilitated by Becki Williams, Richland College professor of chemistry. Meetings conducted at every college of the district are providing an opportunity to offer feedback on the first draft of the Core 2009 Curriculum Recommendations. The proposed changes to the DCCCD Core Curriculum drew valuable feedback from Brookhaven College faculty members.

President Sharon L. Blackman welcomed faculty back from the summer break as employees gathered to kick off the Brookhaven College 30th Anniversary celebration during convocation August 22nd in the performance hall. The event was the first to celebrate the college’s 30th anniversary. Carrie Schweitzer and Edna Love, assistants to Dr. Blackman, brought together materials for a timeline of the college’s “Decades of Success.” Evonne Clark, division secretary, and Dr. Michael Dennehy, executive dean, focused the celebration on 1978-1988; Rebecca Garcia, Spanish professor, and Dr. Czarina Reyes, math professor, presented 1988-1998; and Sharon Jackson, math professor, and Bobby Nieman, special services case manager, celebrated 1998-2008. The college community welcomed Dr. Wright L. Lassiter, Jr., chancellor, for an address titled, “Preparing for Change.” After convocation, the college gathered in the Commons Courtyard at a barbecue luncheon to help raise funds for the Employee Emergency Fund. Named this year as the "Jim Dwyer Grillin' for Greenbacks Fundraiser" in memory of Jim Dwyer, former Facilities Services director who died November. 27, 2007, the fund assists employees in financial need during a medical crisis and honors Jim’s support that was integral to founding the event.



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