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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date Dec. 4

The Brookhaven College Bears Basketball team did its part to fight hunger during the holidays. Kevin Hurst, coach and college athletic program coordinator, asked all those who came to the team’s game on November 24th to bring canned goods and non-perishable food items to donate to a local food bank. Hurst and the team took the items to the food bank on November 25th with hopes that the Brookhaven College family could help other families in our community have a happy Thanksgiving. Some of the college’s international students had the opportunity to experience their first traditional Thanksgiving with college employees. For several years, Aaron Ostrom, executive dean for special programs, has paired students with volunteer families for the holiday. This year, the number of volunteer families interested in hosting a student far exceeded the number of students who participated.

Brookhaven College’s Workforce and Continuing Education Division, in partnership with the Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce, recently hosted the first Dallas County Manufacturers’ Association (DCMA) meeting for Metrocrest area companies at Ellison Miles Geotechnology Institute. The DCMA was formed in 2006 in collaboration with Richland College and the Garland Chamber of Commerce. The DCMA’s mission is to provide companies within the Dallas County area with opportunities to grow, compete and succeed in the global marketplace. Throughout each year, the DCMA hosts events for members to discuss and share their best practices, to learn about training opportunities with Brookhaven College, and to gain knowledge about workforce training grants offered by the State of Texas. Vernon Hawkins, associate vice president for workforce and continuing education, welcomed the group. Greg Vaughn of the Metrocrest Chamber, Tandy Dollar of Richland College, Ayako Schuster of the Garland Chamber, Mark King of Micropac Industries, and Sheila Brock and Sylvia Wise of Brookhaven College were featured speakers. Special guest was Elise S. Back, retail specialist in economic development for the City of Carrollton.

Dr. Richard D. McCrary, interim president at Brookhaven College, was inducted to the 2010 Farmers Branch Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. McCrary is completing a year of service on the Metrocrest Chamber’s board. The induction took place during the chamber’s monthly luncheon at the Brookhaven Country Club on December 4th. The event was led by Fred Ferguson, president of the Farmers Branch Chamber of Commerce, with welcome remarks by incoming Chairman of the Board Sonja Dodds of Valwood Improvement Authority. The event was sponsored by the Metrocrest Hospital Authority, and all participants were asked to bring an unwrapped toy to benefit Metrocrest Social Services.

Oscar Lopez, vice president for student services and enrollment management, Beverly Neu Menassa, professional counselor, and Brenda Dalton, dean of student success, attended the National Symposium on Standards, Self-Assessment, and Student Learning Outcomes in Higher Education in Washington, D.C., November 15-17th. The symposium focused on using the Council for the Advancement of Standards (CAS) in Higher Education standards in the self-assessment of student services programs. CAS has developed standards from thirty-six member associations for student services programs including areas such as admissions, financial aid, health services, disability services and academic advising. In preparation for Brookhaven College’s SACS accreditation visit, Student Services will conduct a thorough self-assessment and program review, specifically focusing on student-learning outcomes and emphasizing the importance of standards-based assessment of these outcomes. Menassa and Dalton will serve as lead facilitators in this process.




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