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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date May 4

Brookhaven College had its first “EXCEL-abration” on April 23rd, recognizing the students in the EXCEL program who will be graduating or transferring in May. EXCEL is a TRIO program, which offers support services, community referrals, tutoring, and academic and peer counseling to first generation, low income or physically or learning-challenged students. This year, 266 students actively participated in EXCEL, and this event celebrated the 36 Brookhaven EXCEL students who completed their degrees and certificates and will be transferring to other institutions. Bobbie Nieman, case manager II, coordinated the event and Dr. Cynthia Shields, student support services coordinator, acted as emcee when Bobby unexpectedly could not attend. Eleanor Burt, Leyla Kafie and Kyle Magee, all former EXCEL students who went on to earn bachelor’s degrees at area universities, spoke to the students about their experiences moving from Brookhaven College to a four-year university.

Student groups came together on April 15th to coordinate a celebration of International Day at Brookhaven College. Organized by Sheri Van Court, ESOL professor and club sponsor, along with members of the International Club, the annual festival of culture was once again a memorable occasion. Students brought materials to exhibit representative of their cultures and arts. The event included performances by Chinese lion dancers, flamenco dances by Rebecca Garcia, professor of Spanish, and the Hispanic Heritage Club with audience participation, an international fashion show, Native American drumming and storytelling, and finally student vocal performances of music from around the world. A delicious variety of tasty Korean treats were provided by the Student Program and Resources/Student Life Office, and the African Student Organization provided samples of Ethiopian food.

Several employees at Brookhaven College have offered their expertise to local community groups in recent weeks. Scott Sires and Gerry Bartz, geographic information system professors at Brookhaven College, conducted a Webinar, “GIS in the Oil Field: New Cost-Savings, Improved Operations,” for the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. The workshop, offered in March, focused on how GIS can improve monitoring activities, and increases operational efficiency and enables expansion. Patricia M. Dodd, Ph.D., English professor, spoke recently at a Dallas gathering of members of the ‘Spiritics™ Circle’ for a progressive conversation about her experiences as an eyewitness to Palestine. John Flores, librarian, was featured along with his family in a recent profile in the Dallas Morning News Guide for their roles in “Titus Andronicus” at the Kitchen Dog Theater. To view the article, go to

Brookhaven College welcomed researchers on April 23-24 as representatives of “Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count.” The team from MDRC, a nonprofit, nonpartisan social policy research organization, examined the college and spoke to faculty and staff members as the final year of the college’s Achieving the Dream (AtD) grant comes to a close. Melissa Boynton and Oscar Cerna, both from MDRC, spoke with administrators, faculty members and staff who supported various programs funded by the grant, and students who took part in these programs, as well as faculty not directly involved with the program. The information gathered will be used to help inform best practices for other AtD colleges. MDRC is one of the partner organizations with the Lumina Foundation in the AtD program.



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