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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date Oct. 19

Students had an opportunity to hear from a broadcast journalist with more than 30 years of experience in Dallas and Houston. Carlos Aguilar spoke to students in the Cultural Studies course, “Mexico: A Cultural Perspective.” Aguilar was invited as part of the Hispanic Heritage Club’s Heritage Speakers Series. After a career with CBS News and local and regional television news operations in Houston and Dallas, Aguilar has been teaching media literacy and technology to at-risk inner-city high school students in Houston. He shared his personal experience as a Chicano growing up in Texas, especially one who was a native Texan. Aguilar looked at the identity crisis many Hispanics face in deciding how they will identify themselves within our changing communities. Tina Aguilar, humanities and cultural studies professor, teaches the course.

The Texas Skill Standards Board (TSSB) recently recognized two programs at Brookhaven College for industry-standard skills successfully integrated into the curriculum. The Visual Communications Associate of Applied Sciences Degree programs and the Web Design and Development Level 2 Certificate were recognized for the integration of digital media and web development and administration skill standards. The college received $5,000 and $1,000 awards. Certificates and degrees from these programs can now include the TSSB seal, documenting that graduates have acquired the skills and knowledge deemed necessary by employers in their field. Lauri Collins, visual communications professor, and Ngoc Truong, instructional designer, ensured completion of all requirements for this recognition.

Virginia Martinez, visiting scholar, has had her first book review published on La Bloga, a web site that focuses on Latino and Chicano literature. She reviewed a novel by Rolando Hinojosa titled “Becky and Her Friends.” In addition to teaching English at Brookhaven College, Martinez is a contemporary American writer of Mexican descent, born in Allende, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. She is working on her first novel on the romanticizing of the American Dream from the perspective of Mexican-Americans who have lived in the U.S. for generations and Mexican immigrants who must navigate between the cultural values of their birthplace and their adopted home. The full review is available online at www.labloga.blogspot.com.

Brookhaven College welcomed deans from around the district for the first Dean’s Summit on October 14th at the Ellison Miles Geotechnology Institute. Sharon Blackman, senior associate vice chancellor of student affairs, coordinated the program. Dozens of deans attended the half-day event which included information about DCCCD initiatives for student retention and Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board programs along with updates regarding career and technical programs, SACS, distance learning and the faculty council. Additional meetings will be held each long semester.




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