Release Date Aug. 17
The winners were recently announced for the 2008-2009 League for Innovation in the Community College Student Literary Competition. Two students in courses at Brookhaven College were among the national winners. Erin Russell, freshman art student, was awarded first place in the Short Story category for her piece titled “That’s What It’s All About.” Nancy Lubar was recognized for both her play, “Division,” and her personal essay. Lubar has already completed a bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke and a master’s from University of North Texas. The competition included 60 literary works from League colleges. A catalog of all entries is currently being produced and will be mailed to all League members this fall. The competition, sponsored by the League for Innovation and hosted this year by Anne Arundel Community College, was created to encourage and reward creative writing skills of community college students. Nationally recognized writers judged the entries in four categories. The jurors for this year’s student literary competition were Mary Kay Zuravleff, short story; Michael Glaser, poetry; Caleen Sinnette Jennings, one-act play; and John Lane, personal essay.
The Associate Degree Nursing Program (ADNP) at Brookhaven College maintained its outstanding pass rate for students, according to the latest report from the Texas Board of Nursing. The 2009 NCLEX-RN examination pass rates for the 3rd quarter of the 2009 examination year, October 1st through September 30th, have just been published. The 25 students who took the NCLEX-RN in the third quarter, April 1st to June 30th, all passed on their first attempt. The students have maintained one of the highest pass rates for ADN programs in the state with a 97.5 average for the year, with 39 of the 40 students who attempted the exam passing on their first attempt.
The Brookhaven College Students 50+ Education Program staff members conducted the first annual “Get a Running Start on the Semester” event on August 1st. Assisting with the event were DeBorah Whaley-Stephenson, senior adult student advisor, and Janice Groeneman, coordinator of client management, as well as instructors who teach computers, genealogy, Spanish, medical front office, financial planning and creative writing. This event was planned as part of the program’s marketing, recruiting and retention plan, and offered an opportunity for students to visit with instructors as well as preview and register for fall courses. Students also were invited to join the Brookhaven Active Adult Student Club, which coordinates special activities including trips, special interest groups and lunches.
During the summer break, Trish Dodd, Ph.D., English professor, traveled to Guatemala with a human rights delegation in support of the literature course she teaches. Dr. Dodd joined a group called Rights Action, www.rightsaction.org, which organized the group to investigate the harms and human rights violations caused by large-scale “development” projects, such as hydro-electric dams and mineral resource extraction. The purpose of the trip was to examine this type of development within the context of Guatemala’s alleged on-going impunity and lack of justice for indigenous peoples, exploitation and widespread poverty; and generalized lack of democracy. The group spent nine days visiting mass graves, meeting with development, environmental and human rights experts and activists. Rights Action is a multi-faceted community development, enviro- and human rights organization that channels funds directly to community-based organizations for human rights, development, education, environment and emergency relief projects in Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and El Salvador. Members also help build north-south alliances in their political and legal work in support of global equality and justice, global human rights, the environment and a just “development” model.
Faculty of the Early College High School at Brookhaven College (ECHS) participated in the Annual Early College High School Institute “Samples of Success: Building Strong Networks of Schools” August 10th-12th in San Antonio. The institute was sponsored by the Texas High School Project of the Communities Foundation of Texas. Louis Harvill, Brandy G. Hickman, Joseph Kruk, Lottie Peppers, Jeanine Powell, Ann Reavis, teachers, and Pam Geisinger-Sandy, counselor, along with ECHS Marilyn K. Lynch, liaison and vice president of career and program resources, joined colleagues from throughout Texas for interactive breakout sessions as well as plenaries and key-note addresses focused on best practices. Lynch co-presented a session entitled “Adding Value as a College Liaison” with counterpart Charlotte Twardowski of Lone Star College, North Harris. She also served as one of four panelists for the plenary “What I Wish I had Known About Designing a Successful Early College High School.”
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