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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date Sept. 8

A Brookhaven College new student group is offering support to students with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The North Texas Chapter of CHADD (Children and Adults with ADD or ADHD) have organized a student support group, to serve students at Brookhaven College and the first meeting was September 3rd. Dr. Mike Garza, psychology professor, is one of the organizers of the North Texas CHADD group and will be attending most of the support group meetings. Don Braugh, a student leader from Brookhaven College, will be the student in-charge. The group’s purpose is to provide an opportunity to learn coping skills about living better with ADD and ADHD.

Ahad Hayaud-Din, government professor, is Brookhaven College’s partner to the soon-to-launched web site devoted to the historical importance of Shays’ Rebellion. Brookhaven College is one of seven colleges across the country promoting the new web site, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The site will go live on September 12th as a lead in to Constitution Day. Hayaud-Din contributed ideas for lesson plans and assignments related to Shays’ Rebellion. The site focuses on the people and issues on both sides of the conflict and how their rebellion sparked the creation of the Constitution.

The kick-off event for the new Success Coaching program at Brookhaven College was September 5th. The program is designed to provide connections for first-time-in-college students. Stephen Herd, automotive professor, and Becky Knickel, accounting professor, are leading this initiative as the final years activity for the colleges Achieving the Dream grant program. With more than 900 students this year who are noted as first-time-in-college, the program will group students by interest and partner each group with sets of trained success coaches. Some of the coaches and several students turned out for the kick-off that included a dialogue between students and the coaches and lunch.

The 11th-grade students at the Early College High School (ECHS) at Brookhaven College continued “on the path to achieving the dream” with 32 enrolling in a learning community taught by Nimmy Nair, visiting scholar in English, Nancy Barlow, professor of history, and Bob Little, professor of government. Fifteen additional ECHS students also are enrolled in another class taught by Professor Little and Jim Dudlo, professor of history. In addition to being integrated in these regularly scheduled college classes, ECHS students also are taking Algebra 2 or Pre-Calculus and high school physics along with a variety of other high school-required hours. Academic mentoring, provided in part by a grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, will be among a variety of strategies being used to support student success in their dual-credit courses through the coming year.



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