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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date Sept. 28

The Emergency Medical Services/Paramedic Program at Brookhaven College is piloting a new course to cross-train health care professionals for critical care. The new course, one of only three such bridge programs offered in Texas, can give current nurses, respiratory therapists and physician assistants the training they need to meet state requirements to work in medical transport units. Cross-training current nursing staff allows medical centers to meet this need and to have more flexible and better-trained medical professionals. David Dunafan, NREMT-P, new professor of emergency medical services and paramedicine, worked with area medical agencies to identify and create this bridge course. The first class, scheduled to start in October, will pioneer allied health cross-training at the college, and the Health and Human Services Division is working on plans to develop a bridge program for paramedics who want to complete the nursing program as well.

This year, 15 students from the Student Leadership Institute (SLI) at Brookhaven College attended the 2009 Crain Leadership Institute at SMU. Each year the SLI funds the program for students who are interested in this outstanding leadership opportunity. Feedback from students has been great, according to Joy Arndt, director of student life, who organizes more than a dozen leadership events throughout the year for students. Two students who attended also are leaders in various campus organizations and said that they were most interested in being able to listen and communicate better within their student organizations to be more effective leaders in the future.

The college offers congratulations to the newly-elected officials of the Brookhaven Student Government Association (BSGA). Each year, Yasaman Contractor, assistant director of student life, encourages students to consider becoming candidates, campaign and vote for student government candidates. This year’s BSGA leaders are Ben Nystrom and Graham Sevier-Schultz, senior executive officers; Nyasha Sakupwanya, president; Bianca Teniente, vice president; Serafin Guzman, treasurer; and Maritza Lomeli, secretary.

Parents and students from all grade levels of the Early College High School at Brookhaven College (ECHS) participated in the first of four parent nights scheduled for this semester. Rosie Oliveira, ECHS principal, was joined by Pam Geisinger-Sandy, counselor, and Marilyn K. Lynch, ECHS faculty and liaison and associate vice president for career resources and program development, for presentations regarding TAKS recognition, this year’s goals, schedules and planned activities. Eddie Hernandez-Ortiz and Faustino Rodriguez, ECHS seniors, gave testimonials about what ECHS has meant to them and why all students involved with ECHS should maximize their opportunities while in the program.



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