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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date June 15

The Professional Support Staff Association (PSSA) at Brookhaven College committed scholarship funds for a few local children. At the May meeting, the members pledged $300 to support an initiative to provide financial assistance for children who wanted to attend the youth programs offered through the college’s Workforce and Continuing Education Division. The members wanted to assist the children, who would otherwise not be able to afford the classes, and believe this is a good way to raise the profile of college in its community service area. To supplement the PSSA’s contribution, Vernon Hawkins, associate vice president of workforce and continuing education, has arranged for an additional $100 scholarship. The recipients of the scholarships will contribute a nominal amount toward the cost of their course. Julie Hanson, outreach and recruitment coordinator and PSSA member, is coordinating the program with the assistance of Monica Wenthold, senior executive assistant, and Arlene Love, part-time staff in continuing education.

Don Hudson, vice president of the Texas Association of Community College (TACC), and Cynthia Ferrell, consultant to the TACC, visited Brookhaven College June 10th as part of a review of the colleges in Texas that participated in Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count (AtD). In the final year of the AtD grant period, Hudson and Ferrell are seeking feedback and lessons learned from the eight, first-round colleges in Texas. Both visitors met with Dr. Richard D. McCrary, interim president, followed by meetings with the college’s AtD executive team, advisors, faculty and deans to learn what institutional or state-level policies helped or hindered in the process of the college’s five-year initiative to help more students succeed. Ferrell described the visit as a closure tour to better represent the 50 colleges of TACC before the Texas Legislature and state agencies. Hudson said he was glad to hear that despite the end of the grant, Brookhaven College will continue to use data to improve student success.

A story from KDFW-TV, FOX4 News, aired on June 9th, highlighted the need for more nursing faculty members and featured Brookhaven College as their example. Dr. Juanita Zapata Flint, executive dean of health and human services, was interviewed for the news story and shared how difficult it is to find those with a master’s degree in nursing who want to teach for a salary that is lower than what hospitals will pay them. Brenda Routh, nursing professor, talked briefly about some of the benefits of teaching over working in a hospital. The report also had images of the new Science and Allied Health Building, which will be completed in the coming weeks and ready for fall semester classes. To view the video, go to

Evan Davis and Alex Ruiz, Brookhaven College art students, along with David Newman, gallery director and adjunct professor, contributed editions of original prints to Message in a Bottle 2009. Coordinated by Eva Kutscheid at Booker T. Washington High School for the Visual and Performing Arts, Message in a Bottle 2009 involved students and faculty members from schools and colleges in Texas and in Africa. Booker T. Washington High School for the Visual and Performing Arts, University of Texas at Arlington, Angelo State University, Brookhaven College, Vaal University of Technology South Africa and Silwane Senior Primary School South Africa created editions of prints for exhibition at the Crow Collection of Asian Art, May 7-21st. Proceeds from the sale of the prints benefited the Drepung Loseling Monastery, Atlanta, and the Silvane Senior Primary School Art Project, in iVerulam, South Africa.



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