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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date Dec. 11

More than 150 children at the Brookhaven College Head Start Center will have a few of their wishes come true thanks to the generosity of the college’s students and employees. Returning to a holiday tradition, members of the Student Government Association coordinated an “Angel Tree” in the student services center, decked with paper stockings and angels that listed the clothing sizes and wishes of the three- to five-year-old children at the center. Head Start offers free care and educational service to children of low-income parents. On December 10th, the Student Life Office was overflowing with donated items, and student government members were joined by Dr. Richard D. McCrary, interim president, and other volunteers to deliver all the bags of goodies to the center.

The Alternative Certification for Teachers Program celebrated the year’s successes at a reception on December 10th. The program had graduation ceremonies for 12 students who completed the Fast-Track Program, an intensive, two-month program that was funded by an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 grant through the Texas Workforce Commission. In addition, three students were recognized for completing the program and receiving their teaching certification from the state. Dr. Richard D. McCrary, interim president, gave welcome remarks and Vernon Hawkins, associate vice president for workforce and continuing education, gave an end-of-year report about the program that is directed by Joy Johnson. Members of the advisory board were recognized for their contributions, with special awards going to Lester Singleton, faculty council member, and Kim Barnes, head of the early childhood department at the Greenhill School. Kathryn Tran was recognized with the Marjorie Westberry Outstanding Intern of the Year award.

Employees from across the college came together for the Brookhaven College Holiday Luncheon on December 9th. Buffet tables were loaded with homemade dishes and treats brought in by employees to share. Dr. Richard D. McCrary, interim president, gave a brief welcome and cards were signed for fellow employees who are ill and unable to attend. Paintings were donated by art professors Chong Chu and Don Taylor; Edleeca Thompson, humanities professor, won the Don Taylor’s painting, and an art student won Chong Chu’s painting. The White Elephant sale raised $102 for the Student Emergency Book Fund.

Dr. Richard D. McCrary, interim president, led a group of Brookhaven College administrators and faculty to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools December 5th-8th in Atlanta, Georgia. Making the trip to garner more information about the reaffirmation process were Rodger P. Bennett, interim vice president for instruction, Oscar M. Lopez, vice president for student services and enrollment management, and Dr. Michael Dennehy, executive dean, along with the co-chairs of the Compliance Audit Committee, Sharon Burton and Thomas Anderson, and the co-chairs of the Quality Enhancement Program, Haven Abedin, professor of English, and Ahad Hayuad-Din, professor of government.

Early College High (ECHS) School at Brookhaven College seniors celebrated the end of finals and the beginning of the holidays by organizing a “game night” December 7th. The students, who have been focused on studying and participating in a variety of service projects with the North Texas Food Bank and some area middle schools, were joined by ECHS faculty for a night of fun and friendship.



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