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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date Nov. 3

Students in Brookhaven College’s Alpha Phi Omega ( APO ) chapter worked together to help a fellow student move into a safer apartment. On October 16th, 15 students in the APO service fraternity spent three hours moving a legally blind student into her new apartment. Karen Veres was referred to the service fraternity by Bobby Nieman, case manager for the EXCEL program. Now in its second year, APO has grown to include 25 students sharing a purpose of service-based leadership development. Alpha Phi Omega is a national, co-ed service fraternity that has set the standard for college campus-based volunteerism since 1925.

The Outreach Services Department at Brookhaven College has been out and about at several events in the recent week. On October 18th Suzette Vaquera-Constantine and Monica Pauken, outreach and recruitment coordinators, and Bob Smith, learning lab coordinator, attended the Farmers Branch police department car show benefiting Special Olympics Texas. The event was at the Farmers Branch Wal-Mart and the three were able to talk to car enthusiasts and Wal-Mart shoppers about college opportunities. Julie Hanson, outreach and recruitment coordinator, met with seventh- through 12th-grade students involved in an after-school program, Launching the Dream, at a local apartment complex. Julie and Suzette also met with high school students involved in an after-school program, Bea’s Kids, to talk about college opportunities and financial aid.

A letter from the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) addressed to Juanita Zapata Flint, executive dean for health and human services, announced that the committee has accredited Brookhaven College’s Radiologic Technology Program for three years, the most time allowed for a new program. The JRCERT, based in Chicago, Ill., is the only agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for the accreditation of programs in radiology technology. The Radiologic Technology Program is headed by Professor Christi Carter, MSRS, RT(R), who recently gave a presentation to radio logic technologists in Bryan, Texas, on October 25th. M. Elia “Smily” Flores, program director for the Blinn College Radiologic Technology Program, invited Carter to speak at Blinn’s annual continuing education seminar. Carter’s topic was titled “Child Abuse and Neglect: The Role of Radiology.” Technologists at local hospitals also took part in the event. Carter has spoken on two other occasions at Blinn College for their Radiology Educator’s Seminar.

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board awarded Brookhaven College $194,860.47 as part of the state’s Nursing Shortage Reduction Program. The award recognizes the increased number of nursing graduates. The nursing program had an additional 39 graduates last year, increasing graduates from 29 in 2006-2007 to 68 in 2007-2008 the third largest increase in the state among the 32 community colleges who qualified for an award. Juanita Zapata Flint, executive dean of the health and human services division, received the notification from the state. The program stipulates that the funds can be used only to create additional nursing faculty positions, provide temporary salary supplements for professional nursing faculty and engage qualified preceptors to expand faculty capacity.

Two students from the Early College High School (ECHS) at Brookhaven College have been selected to participate in Farmers Branch Chamber of Commerce’s Youth Leadership Farmers Branch program. Flor Aguilar and Jamila Taylor, both juniors at ECHS, were recommended by their teachers to be a part of this select group. Flor and Jamila completed an application and were interviewed for the position. Youth Leadership Farmers Branch is an eight-month leadership program for 25 juniors from R. L. Turner High School and ECHS. The students learn about city government and facilities as well as leadership principles. The prestigious program culminates in a day-long trip to Austin to observe the state government in action to prepare potential leaders in meeting the challenges of tomorrow through hands-on activities with community and state leaders.



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