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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date Aug. 31

Thanks to a new agreement, Brookhaven College students and faculty members may now study and conduct research at the Tianjin International Cultural Institute (TICI) in China. Zhou Yu Wei, president of TICI, visited Brookhaven College on August 21st, toured the college, and met with Dr. Richard D. McCrary, interim president, Rodger P. Bennett, interim vice president for instruction, Dr. Aaron Ostrom, executive dean for special projects, and Elaine Cheng, math professor, who assisted as translator. Both presidents signed the agreement, which will allow the exchange of students and faculty members between both schools through August 31, 2014. Faculty members may choose to conduct research or lectures at the partner institution for up to two years. Exchange students may study for up to one semester. TICI boasts small class sizes, a variety of study programs and a focus on Chinese language and culture.

Brookhaven College staff members from the Business Services Office arranged a table in the main lobby to help students understand the Higher One card. Amber Howell, cashier, has been helping students at the table from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. each day for the last week of registration and this first week of the fall semester. She has been answering questions and helping students get cards, working to update addresses, and assisting in activation of the cards. Steve Hughes, assistant director of business operations, when needed, has assisted Amber with the table. The addition of the Higher One table has saved time in the Business Services Office and helped the online registration area and student orientation, where students often look for answers.

The Visual Communication Department at Brookhaven College hosted a reception for the opening of a new exhibition on August 24th. The exhibition, titled “focus2 Brand Development: A Twenty-Year Retrospective,” will be on display through September 18th in the Atrium Gallery. Todd Hart is co-founder of focus2 Brand Development, and his work has been published in numerous design books and exhibited all over the world. In addition to spearheading focus2, Hart shares his knowledge with future designers by serving as an adjunct professor at the University of North Texas.

Dr. Richard D. McCrary, interim president, at Brookhaven College’s convocation announced Sheri S. Van Court, professor of English as a Second Language, as the winner of the Minnie Stevens Piper award for the district level. Sheri Van Court was short on words with a heartfelt thanks to the college for the recognition of her 17 years of teaching at Brookhaven College. The three college-level nominees were Patti Burks, professor computer information technology, Adrien Cuellar-McGuire, professor of humanities and cultural studies, and Sheri S. Van Court, professor of English as a Second Language. Return Week also included good news from the “Grilling for Greenbacks” annual barbecue. The sale of lunch offerings raised $1,012.00 for the Memorial Garden being established by a task force led by Carrie Schweitzer, assistant to the president, and Lisa Erich, professor of art. The garden will provide a quiet and beautiful on-campus setting to remember employees who have died.



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