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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date March 9

Nursing students at Brookhaven College continue their tradition of outstanding performance with a 100 percent pass rate for the National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN). The Texas Board of Nursing recently released its exam summary for first-time nursing candidates taking the NCLEX in 2008. With 56 students from the college’s Associate Degree Nursing Program who took the exam, their pass rate remained 100 percent throughout the year. Credit for the year-long success of the students is attributed to the students for their commitment to hard work, the admissions process for selecting strong candidates, the faculty who teach the nursing and support courses and the academic rigor of the nursing program.

For the first time in the college’s history, five sophomores and one freshman on the Brookhaven Bears basketball team recently received various levels of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-Conference and All-Region recognition. Nosa Amadasun from Dallas Spruce High School was named First Team All-Region. Darian Tealer from San Antonio Marshall High School was named Second Team All-Conference. Brandon O’Bryant from New Waverley High School was named Third Team All-Conference. Craigory Christopher from Morgan City High School in Louisiana, Lance Johnson from Denton High School, and Chris Smith, freshman, from Royse City High School were all named Honorable Mention All-Conference.

Several players from the national championship Brookhaven Bears volleyball team have been recruited to play for universities in the area. Holly Kieschnick and Brooke Shelton, sophomores, recently signed letters of intent to play at Texas Wesleyan University. Shelton was the 2008 NJCAA Division III Volleyball Tournament Most Valuable Player and First Team NJCAA All-American. Kieschnick was named to the Second Team All-Metro Athletic Conference and Second Team All-NJCAA Region V. Susan Rodriquez, Shelton and Kieschnick’s co-captain, also will be signing a letter of intent to play at Texas Wesleyan next week. Rodriquez also is a sophomore and was selected for the Second Team All-Metro Athletic Conference and Second Team All-NJCAA Region V.

In response to a request from senior teacher Cathleen Cadigan of Thomas Jefferson High School, Brookhaven College employees pulled together on February 26th to create an impromptu program for high school seniors. The request was for a college-related program for 180 seniors who unexpectedly had a gap in their school schedules affording the college an opportunity to bring in career development, financial aid, and advising experts for two hours. Lisa Miller, Robin Washington-White and Angela Shoultz from the Career Development Center assembled information about careers and job-seeking skills; David McClure, advisor, put together test-taking strategies for the ACCUPLACER® placement test and tips about how to work with an advisor, and Bob Burchfield and Marisa Gutierrez from the Financial Aid Office gave details about ways to pay for college. Other presenters included Jean Kaplan, Monica Pauken, Greg Rife, and Suzette Vaquera-Constantine from the Institutional Outreach Office.



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