Release Date Nov. 24
The Brookhaven College Lady Bears, under the leadership of Coach Jason Hopkins, are national champions for the third time. The volleyball team defeated the number three-ranked Ridgewater College Warriors in the championship match on November 15th to become the 2008 National Junior College Athletic Association Division III Volleyball Champions (NJCAA). Callie Martin, setter; Stephanie Sanderson, opposite; and Katie Schlup, outside, were selected for the All-Tournament Team and Brooke Shelton garnered the tournament’s top honor as Most Valuable Player. Coach Hopkins was named as the 2008 NJCAA Division III Heidi Hutchinson Coach of the Year, as well as the Division III, Region V Coach of the Year. The Lady Bears have been at the national tournament for five consecutive years, winning the championship in 2004 and 2005, taking third place in 2006 and fourth place last year. The 2008 NJCAA Division III Volleyball Tournament was conducted November 14th-15th at the University Center Rochester-Sports Center in Rochester, Minn.
Three Brookhaven College students along with John Neal, Ph.D., journalism professor, and Larie Engles, college newspaper advisor, attended the Associated Collegiate Press/College Media Advisers National College Media Convention October 29th-November 2nd in Kansas City, Missouri. Scott Figuerola, editor of the Brookhaven Courier, Kristin McKenzie, managing editor; Chris Vivero, photographer and videographer, attended a variety of meetings, keynote addresses by respected media experts, and an awards ceremony. The Brookhaven Courier was one of the finalists for the “National Pacemaker Awards” and received a plaque at the convention. The group also presented a workshop titled “Family Ties: The Newspaper as Home”. They discussed the healthy family as a model for the campus newsroom, where teamwork and mutual respect are the norm. The concept also encompassed covering news about the community outside of the college with respect and accountability.
Trish Dodd, Ph.D., English professor, traveled to Oaxaca, Mexico, October 26th-November 2nd as part of a human rights delegation. The delegation was in Oaxaca for the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) a holiday that focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and relatives who have died. The group met with Oaxaca Peoples’ Popular Assembly members to learn about the current political situation. They were also able to learn about the Oaxacan people and their migration to the United States. In addition, the group had opportunities to speak with migrant organizations, indigenous women leaders, and learn about the repercussions of resort tourism development for local people. Dr. Dodd also collected needed material for future literature courses.
Brookhaven College was awarded two Texas Skill Standards Board (TSSB) curriculum development incentive grants totaling $6,500 to integrate industry-defined skill standards into the Visual Communications-Communication Design Associate in Applied Science program and the proposed Web Design and Development AAS program. Lauri Collins, visual communications professor, collaborated with the Office of Program Development and Renewal on the submission of the two proposals. Program recognition from the TSSB is the state’s “seal of approval” that the programs are teaching competencies and assessing student outcomes to industry-specified skills and knowledge.
Adriana Gomez, principal of the Early College High School (ECHS) at Brookhaven College, and Marilyn K. Lynch, associate vice president of career and program resources and ECHS liaison, attended the Texas High School Project Conference “Every Student a Graduate: Creating a State of College Readiness” in Austin, November 11th-12th. The goals of the conference were to motivate and inspire grantees, provide concrete tools and practices to help grantees become advocates for them selves, and build a community of practitioners. Invitees were comprised of representatives from institutions receiving funding for ECHS, the Texas Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Initiative and other Texas high school project initiatives.
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