Release Date Nov. 2
More than a hundred students came back to school on October 29th, just to get a good scare. The Brookhaven College Student Government Association (SGA) sponsored their first annual Halloween party with food, fun, fake fog and frights. With more than 120 tickets pre-sold for the event, students had worked to build props and designed a haunted house that featured vampires, mad scientists and a frightening butcher. The Latin Dance Club provided some of the entertainment with a brief show as well as a dance contest. Yasaman Contractor, SGA sponsor and assistant director of Student Life, said this was a great opportunity to bring students back to the college at a time that was not related to classes, but just to interact and have fun.
On October 22nd the Brookhaven College Special Services Office had a Disability Awareness fair for students, staff and community members. The fair vendors from the local community, as well as national organizations, offered ways to increase awareness, accessibility and opportunities for individuals with disabilities within the college community. There were also races where students used wheelchairs and blindfolds to experience life from the perspective of a student with a disability. October is National Disability Awareness month, which is why Cynthia Shields, Ed.D., student support services coordinator, put the event together. Shields and several students had recently reactivated the Pathways Club for students with disabilities as an avenue to bring them together for support and to create a new connection to the college. The club hosts meetings the first Monday of the month and has an open membership for students, staff, faculty and parents who might be interested.
Hundreds of Brookhaven College students attended the Fall Majors Fair on October 28th in the student services center. This event is coordinated by the advising and counseling center staff to help students learn more about the degrees available at the college, as well as transfer opportunities. Tackling questions that ranged from education to possible career paths, advisors included the college and local four-year universities faculty and staff members as part of the event.
More than sixty-five staff members from the Brookhaven College Business Services Division attended their annual staff development retreat on October 27th. Staff development activities included guest speakers Steve Smith and Deborah Norville. Smith focused his presentation on leadership. The power lunch with Norville, Inside Edition anchor and best-selling author, was on R-E-S-P-E-C-T. In addition to the speakers, the group engaged in a number of team building exercises throughout the day. Michael Deason, director of information technology, and Tommy Gallegos, director of facilities services, served as planning co-chairs for the annual retreat, which was at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano this year.
Volunteers from Citi conducted two financial education seminars for students of the Early College High School (ECHS) at Brookhaven College this Friday. John Dusseau and Nirmala Chair presented to the ECHS eleventh grade students in a morning session, and Jessica Chavez and Christina Contreras conducted the evening session for the parents. Presentations were tailored to each of the audiences with topics on opening a checking account, building a good credit history, acquiring and managing a credit card, building a family budget, saving for college, and financial aid options. This opportunity was made possible through a grant from Citi Foundation to the DCCCD Foundation. The grant targets students and parents from ECHS campuses throughout the DCCCD. The effort is being coordinated by Cindy O’Hair of Citi Community Relations and Dr. Lynn Nolte with special projects for the DCCCD.
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