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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date April 20

The Brookhaven Courier, student newspaper, had another great year at the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association (TIPA) Convention in Dallas, April 9-11th. The Journalism Department was able to send 18 students along with Dr. John Neal, journalism professor; Larie Engles, student publications manager; Wendy Moore, part-time editorial consultant; and Sandy Wyche, executive dean, business studies division. Students won a total of 27 awards, including Krisitin McKenzie, Courier editor, who received a $400 Mike Warms Memorial Community College Scholarship. Kelly Jacobi designed the TIPA centennial logo for the convention. Four former Brookhaven College students served as presenters at breakout sessions: Rori Harrington, lead content editor/manager for Expedia, Inc.; Phil Harvey, editor in chief of Light Reading; Joy Dickinson Tipping, senior copy editor and staff writer at the Dallas Morning News, and Ivana Corsale, graduate student at the University of North Texas in radio, television and film.

A substantive change committee from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools visited Brookhaven College this week, April 14-16th. The committee members spent hours reviewing materials and speaking to instructors and students with the college’s nursing and emergency medicine programs. The college initiated programs over the last two years to add a dual-credit program of Emergency Medical Technician courses at R. L. Turner High School and a home-host nursing program at Mountain View College. These changes required additional reporting on these programs, faculty credentials and program facilities. Committee members included Dr. Marilyn C. Beck, president of Calhoun Community College; Cynthia S. Bambara, vice president of Student Success at Lord Fairfax Community College; Dr. Marilyn Fore, senior vice president for Academic Affairs at Horry-Georgetown Technical College; Dr. Patricia Jones, associate dean and chair of Education Department, Tennessee Wesleyan College; Dr. Melody Moore, dean of Professional and Technical studies at John Tyler Community College; Kevin Rouse, executive director for the Office of Accountability, Efficiency and Effectiveness at Catawba Valley Community College, and Dr. Joseph Silver Sr., vice president of Commission of Colleges.

Eugene Johnson, one of the first nursing graduates from Brookhaven College’s home-host Associate Degree Nursing Program at Mountain View College, was elected the president-elect of the Child Life Council (CLC) Executive Board. The CLC represents a group of trained professionals with expertise in helping children and their families overcome life’s most challenging events. Johnson will have completed his degree when his role as president of the CLC board begins. He sent his thanks to his professors for his “training and the high standards of excellence” that he said has equipped him well for his nursing career. In addition to his nursing degree, Johnson has a Master of Arts and is a certified child life specialist.

Brookhaven College has been chosen for the National Exemplary Handbell/Handchime Award, which recognizes school music curriculums that include handbells/handchimes as part of their instructional program in performance and general music. The award comes from the American Guild for English Handbell Ringers and is a great honor for the program. Bonnie Riddle has directed the college’s handbell ensembles since the program began in 1983. The college supports two handbell groups, the Handbell Ensemble, an advanced group with 13 members, and Campus Bells, an intermediate ensemble with 11 ringers. A separate summer program brings new ringers into the ensembles. The award will be presented at the national seminar in July. Both ensembles will be performing May 9th in a free concert at 8 p.m. in the School of the Arts performance hall.

On April 9th, eighty-four (84) Early College High School (ECHS) at Brookhaven College tenth-grade students and their parents attended a light supper and information/planning meeting to prepare for summer and fall classes for rising juniors. Revised integrated four-year plans and other pertinent information were discussed, followed by a question and answer session. Adriana Gomez, principal, Pam Geisinger-Sandy, counselor, and Marilyn K. Lynch, ECHS college liaison, led the student/parent meeting.



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