Release Date June 8
The pilot course for the newly developed SMART Program at Brookhaven College will have 68 students as Summer I courses begin. The SMART Program, which stands for Summer Math And Reading Together, was one of the college’s retention initiatives that received grant funding from the district. Recruitment for this program, which combines developmental math and developmental reading programs into a single course, focuses heavily on enrollment from students who were graduating from Thomas Jefferson High School. The program is free, including textbooks and instructional support, and is structured to allow students who complete the program this summer to begin their fall semester with college-level math and reading skills. Czarina Reyes, Ph.D., math professor, and Monique Mannering, communications professor, are guiding the program.
Rodger Bennett, interim vice president for instruction, Teri Walker, Ph.D., dean of planning, research and institutional effectiveness, and Oscar Lopez, vice president of student development, traveled to Kilgore College. They met with a group of Kilgore staff to discuss their college’s recently completed SACS reaffirmation process. The group shared their advice on the process used, how they organized the teams, and what they learned from the experience.
Kendra Vaglienti, executive dean of communications, and Rodger Bennett, interim vice president for instruction, were co-presenters at the NISOD 31st Annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence, May 24-27th in Austin. Their presentation topic was “Creating Collaborative Teaching and Learning Environments.” The presentation reflected a 2008-09 teaching and learning endeavor between the College School of the Arts, the Physical Education, Athletics and Nutrition departments, and the Communications Division. This endeavor resulted in faculty from different divisions sharing and reviewing best teaching practices. Faculty members from each division paired up with a faculty member from another division to share and review their best teaching practices. The presentation demonstrated how creating a collaborative environment could develop continuous improvement teaching initiatives.
Quality Matters™ (QM) has recognized Thomas Anderson’s online course “Major World Religions.” Anderson is assistant to the vice president for instruction at Brookhaven College and an adjunct professor of religion. The QM™ program is a faculty-centered, peer course review quality assurance process, vetted by faculty experts. The goals of the program are to increase student retention, learning and satisfaction for online courses by implementing better course design. The college has continued efforts for the past few years to increase training opportunities for online instructors and to encourage instructors to seek recognition from QM. To date only three others at Brookhaven College previously have earned this recognition for online course development, Marie Maness, Ph.D., nutrition professor; Darise Error, Ph.D., drama professor; and Bill Hammerschlag, Ph.D., computer information technology professor.
The Ellison Miles Geotechnology Institute was the host site for a retirement reception for Adriana Gomez, charter principal of the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Early College High School at Brookhaven College (ECHS). As is the tradition, since the ECHS inception, this was a collaborative effort. The reception was attended by CFBISD and Brookhaven College employees, and community members. The farewell reception celebrated her years of service to education.
The Early College High School at Brookhaven College conducted its spring awards ceremony June 4th. During the event, students were recognized for academic excellence, leadership and service to others. Special invitations to an honors reception, hosted by Richard McCrary, Ed.D., interim president, were presented to 21 students who have a grade point average of 3.0 or better plus college credits ranging from 18 to 35 credits.
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