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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date Oct. 12

Students in the Caribbean Arts and Culture course had an opportunity to share their studies and traditional foods when Dulce Parker, community educator, visited Brookhaven College as a special guest, October 6th-8th. Parker discussed the broader African cultural connections in the Caribbean and Latin America. Parker is the founder of Making Connections, Inc., an organization dedicated to educating parents and youth about the importance of valuing education and their cultural heritage. Taught by Edleeca Thompson, professor of cultural studies, the Caribbean arts and culture students welcomed guests and family members to attend and hear the speaker. The program was sponsored by the Office of Student Life and a grant from the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education.

Juanita Zapata Flint, executive dean of health and human services, received a letter from Kathleen Megivern, executive director of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education. The letter stated that the Board of Directors was extending the Emergency Medical Services Professions (EMSP) accreditation of Brookhaven College’s Emergency Medical Services Program to March 31, 2013. The committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the EMSP approved the extension of the college’s initial accreditation by an additional two years.

More than 300 English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) teachers gathered at Brookhaven College on October 3rd for the annual TEXTESOL V Conference. The conference, which took place in the new Science and Allied Health Building, welcomed ESOL teachers from elementary, secondary, and adult and higher education schools and colleges throughout Texas. Many ESOL professors from the college and other colleges throughout the district attended the event. Sheri Van Court, ESOL professor and this year’s Piper Award nominee at the college, served as the site manager for the conference. In addition, Sheri and Kevin Paris, ESOL professors, had a successful and well-attended presentation on “The Bridge to College-Level Classes.” The presentation highlighted the ESOL program and shared research-based success rates of ESOL students in college-level courses after completing the program.

Brookhaven College was well represented at the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Rotary Club Gala on October 1st. Dr. Richard D. McCrary, interim president, hosted a table which included Dr. Juanita Zapata Flint, executive dean of health and human services; Monica Wenthold, senior administrative assistant; Lois Ames, nursing professor; Marion Douglas, college financial manager; Karen Donaldson, division secretary for physical education, athletics and nutrition; Delryn Fleming, professor of speech; and two students, Billy Walker and Rebecca Jimenez. Both students took part in the Student Leadership Institute at the college; Billy also serves as senator in student government, and Rebecca works in the college’s Outreach Office. The gala was at the Brookhaven Country Club and conducted in honor of five former mayors from Carrollton and Farmers Branch: Bob Phelps, David Blair, Milburn Gravely, John Dodd and Becky Miller.




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