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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date Feb. 16

Oscar M. Lopez, vice president for enrollment management and student success, traveled to Washington, D.C. to accept an award in honor of Brookhaven College. The college was named one of the nation’s top six of 635 institutions for the 2007-2008 academic year to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll (PHECSHR). The heavy crystal award was presented February 9th at the annual meeting of the American Council on Education. Brookhaven College was recognized with two other institutions in the category for “Special Focus: Service to Youth from Disadvantaged Circumstances.” The college, alongside Duke University, N.C., and University of Missouri-Kansas City, MO; California State University, Fresno, CA; Emory University, Atlanta, GA; and Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, earned top honors in the category for “General Community Service.” The award is the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. Yasaman Contractor, coordinator for Student Programs and Resources Office, and Huong Dai, student, who was named the Goldblatt Scholar for community service, also attended the event. The PHECSHR, launched in 2006, recognizes colleges and universities nationwide that support innovative and effective community service and service-learning programs. The Honor Roll is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, and is sponsored by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, the U.S. Departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development. See online:

Jane Rowe, professor of child development, recently was selected as a recipient of an award from ChildCareGroup of Dallas at the group’s annual meeting and luncheon on February 5th at the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas headquarters. Dr. Rowe was honored for her outstanding support of the programs and services of ChildCareGroup.

“The Ancient Maya: Art and History” was the topic of a special presentation by Adam L. Herring, Ph.D., associate professor of art history at SMU. Just less than 100 students gathered to hear the presentation, given during Edleeca Thompson’s humanities course, “Mexico: A Cultural Perspective.” Herring shared a brief history of the Maya people, an outline of where they lived, and focused on the cultural information that can be gathered from their art.

Brookhaven College has taken American Heart Month to heart this February with a variety of observances and activities. Dozens of employees wore the color red on February 6th for National Wear Red Day. The special day of wearing red is designed to raise awareness of the fact that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women. Mildred Kelley, college nurse, is sending college-wide e-mails with heart and health facts throughout the month. The college also is hosting a blood drive on February 17-18th with Carter BloodCare staff members bringing their mobile unit to the college.



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