Release Date Aug. 24
Brookhaven College employees came together August 18th for convocation ceremonies in the performance hall to kick-off the new academic year. In addition to a particularly jovial welcome for new employees and a review of the college’s strengths, Dr. Richard D. McCrary, interim president, encouraged employees to have lunch at the annual “Grilling for Green Backs” fundraising event, and to come back in the afternoon to hear the keynote speaker, Dr. Kay McClenney. As director of the Community College Survey of Student Engagement, Dr. McClenney presented on “Strengthening Student Success: What Matters Most.” A follow-up discussion, and question and answer period followed the speech for employees to address current practices impacting student success. Dr. McClenney is also an adjunct faculty member in the Community College Leadership Program at The University of Texas at Austin. Those in student services who missed convocation, due to fall registration, were invited to participate in the all-college discussion online and to view a taped version of Dr. McClenney’s speech.
As preparations were underway for the fall Nursing Success Camp at Brookhaven College, Dr. Mark Meyer, assistant dean of nursing, received some great news. His paper “Protective Factors for HIV Infection among Mexican-American Men Who Have Sex with Men” was accepted for publication in the Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care. The piece was a manuscript Meyer had written for his doctoral dissertation.
A little fresh air at Brookhaven College provided a lot of relief to staff and faculty members of Thomas Jefferson High School (TJHS) this week. Marilyn K. Lynch, associate vice president for career and program resources, pulled together resources and personnel from around the college to respond to an unexpected request for help from Mr. Ed Conger, TJHS principal. The high school employees gathered for their back-to-school meetings and learned quickly that they faced a total lack of air conditioning. Diane Brownlee, director of the Ellison Miles Geotechnology Institute, found space for the group the same day and Curt Capetillo, room use coordinator, found alternative spaces for their second day of meetings. Lynch, and JoAnn McKnight, division secretary, were able to get maps to the new locations to the TJHS group before they left on the first day, while air conditioning repairmen worked at the high school in 100-degree heat.
Rosa (Rosie) Oliveira was announced as the new principal of the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District’s (C-FBISD) Early College High School (ECHS) at Brookhaven College. The announcement was made at the August 13th C-FBISD Board meeting. Mrs. Oliveira “hit the ground running” as she and ECHS faculty and staff, assisted by Marilyn K. Lynch, the college’s ECHS liaison, and Jo Ann McKnight, administrative assistant, prepared to set up teacher-parent meetings. The group met with 11th- and 12th-grade students and parents at the college August 14th, and with 9th- and 10th-grade students and parents August 15th at Ranchview High School. Principal Oliveira has served in educational roles as a C-FBISD elementary school principal, a high school English teacher and department chair, and an adjunct faculty member at Del Mar College.
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