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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date Oct. 6

Students have hit the campaign trail in service-learning projects for Democracy In Action. Students in Professor Ahad Hayaud-Din’s government course recently had the opportunity to help with a fund-raising golf tournament and to call registered voters who have moved to remind them to update their registration. Several students had the opportunity to meet Congressman Sam Johnson during the event. This service-learning activity is just one example of all the work Linus Spiller, student services specialist and service-learning coordinator, has done to have projects ready for students working in our community. Currently, 26 partner schools are taking part in the Brookhaven Counts and Brookhaven Reads programs, where students work with elementary to middle school children to improve mathematics, reading or writing skills.

The Texas Skills Standards Board (TSSB) has recognized the Geographic Information Systems ( GIS ) Associate of Applied Science degree at Brookhaven College . J. Scott Sires, GIS professor, was presented with a framed certificate at the opening session of the Texas Council of College Instructional Leaders conducted October 1st in Austin by Wayne Oswald, TSSB chairman. Program recognition from the TSSB acknowledges that the program curriculum is integrated with the industry-defined skills necessary for graduates to become GIS technicians. The skills standards enhanced program benefits both employers, who gain a better qualified workforce, and students, who graduate with the necessary skills and knowledge that employers want.

Elaine Gardner-Morales, music professor and director of the Vocal Jazz Ensemble, gathered four student instrumentalists for a repeat performance on short notice for an October 1st general meeting of the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GDHCC) at the Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas . The group had performed the day before for a 5-8 p.m. meeting of approximately 80 GDHCC members attending a reception and presentation at Brookhaven College titled “How to Grow Your Business Through Networking.” After many compliments of the student performance from those in attendance, Francis Moka, Josh Jung, Tommy Smith, Jay Kim and Professor Gardner-Morales were delighted to be extended an invitation to meet the next day at the Frontiers of Flight Museum. The chambers’ program at Brookhaven College was coordinated by the GDHCC membership committee, co-chaired by Martha Sanchez Metzger, member of the DCCCD Board of Trustees, and Armando Cantu of Texas Insurance Resource Group.

Students in the allied health program at Brookhaven College did it again. Since January 2008, the 49 nursing graduates who have attempted the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses through June 30th passed the examination, which gives us a 100 percent pass rate for this year. Mark A. Meyer, Ph.D., R.N., dean of nursing, recently received the good news from the Texas Board of Nursing that stated another 100 percent pass rate for all Brookhaven College nursing graduates who have attempted the exam. Dr. Juanita Zapata Flint, executive dean for the Health and Human Services Division, congratulated the faculty and staff members for the outstanding job they are doing teaching and supporting students.

Testing and career counseling were the focus for 84 10th-grade Brookhaven College Early College High School students who visited the college on September 26th. Students took the ASSET test, a skills-assessment that meets Texas Success Initiative requirements. During their lunch break, three college students shared their college experiences and their personal backgrounds with the 10th-graders. Lisa Miller, director of the Career Development Center (CDC), along with staff members Jay Fraser and Angela Shoultz, analyzed the students responses to tests the students had taken earlier that indicate potential career interests, and were prepared to work with the students by interest group to look at possible careers. The CDC staff led the group in exercises and helped them get started using software that was focused on career and college choices.



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