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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date Nov. 9

Julie Hanson and Monica Pauken, outreach and recruitment coordinators, recognized that members of the cleaning crew at Brookhaven College might benefit from English for Speakers of Other Languages courses. They approached Vernon Hawkins, associate vice president of workforce and continuing education, who coordinated and set the course up at no charge to staff. The class starts right after the crew’s shift ends. Attendance has grown each week and the class has been so successful that the students have just started the next level course.

Seven staff members from the Brookhaven College Multicultural Center attended the National Association of Foreign Students Advisors, NAFSA, Regional Conference last week at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Addison. Staff attended many workshops and seminars dealing with immigration policies and regulations for international students, as well as sessions on academic advising and counseling. Information about the latest programmatic and system enhancement updates of the web-based student and exchange visitor information system was shared with conference participants.

Eric Carillo, Lisandro Murua, Joel Arzola and Isaac Guerra had the opportunity to participate in a mathematics and science conference designed for students on October 15th–18th. Russell Simmons, mathematics professor; Peggy Mason, biology professor, and Doris Rousey, executive dean of mathematics and science, along with the four students attended the SACNAS conference at the Sheraton Dallas. SACNAS is a society of scientists dedicated to fostering the success of Hispanic/Chicano and Native American scientists, from college students to professionals, in attaining advanced degrees, careers and positions of leadership. More than 2,500 attendees from all over the country included undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral students, along with well-known scientists and professors who shared their research. Our students attended sessions, along with the mentor faculty on topics ranging from “New Methods in Topology and Quantum Geometry,” “Statistics in Genetics, Materials Research,” to “Graduate School Funding.” Our students visited at various booths to learn more about future involvement in research experiences for undergraduates. The registration for this conference was partially sponsored by the office of the vice chancellor of educational affairs.

On October 2nd, Head Start children, parents and teachers from the Brookhaven Head Start marched in a festive parade with balloons and signs to commemorate Head Start. Programs across the country have sponsored activities since 1982 when President Ronald Reagan proclaimed October as Head Start Awareness Month. Head Start of Greater Dallas centers have sponsored a number of activities throughout this month, among these children’s parades, on-site open houses, special exhibits, and parent and child activities.



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Brookhaven College is proud to be an Hispanic-Serving Institution with more than 25 percent Hispanic student enrollment since 2006. Educational opportunities are offered by Brookhaven College without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity or gender expression..

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