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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date Jan. 15

Brookhaven College is preparing for a fall 2010 Open Book Project. The primary purpose of this project is to create a broader sense of community by engaging students, faculty and staff in conversations focused on themes discovered while reading a common book. Instructors will have the option to participate in the project in their classrooms by incorporating the book using structured lesson plans or making the book an optional outside reading assignment. Several campus-wide activities also will be centered on the book. Nelda Contreras, English professor and co-chair of the Common Reader Committee, will e-mail a survey January 20th. All students and employees are being asked to vote for their choice of Picking Cotton by Jennifer Thompson-Cannino and Ronald Cotton (with Erin Torneo) or Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin.

Brookhaven College employees gathered January 14th to recognize the outstanding contributions of adjunct faculty members during the annual Adjunct Faculty Awards reception. More than 60 adjunct faculty members were recognized for their longevity, ranging from 10 semesters up to 60. Juanita Z. Flint, executive dean for health and human services, and Rodger Bennett, interim vice president for instruction, presented the awards. Takiyah Evans, adjunct professor of computer information sciences, was recognized with the Excellence in Teaching Award for Adjunct Faculty. Sunny Harris was recognized as the Instructor of the Year for her work in workforce and continuing education, teaching medical insurance coding and billing, as well as a phlebotomy course while also managing the clinical hours.

Marilyn K. Lynch, associate vice president for career and program resources; Vernon Hawkins, associate vice president for workforce and continuing education; and Sylvia Wise, continuing education and workforce coordinator, attended the Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting on January 14th. Welcome and remarks were delivered by Robert W. Best, board chairman and CEO of Atmos Energy Corporation. The year 2009 marked the 100th anniversary of the Dallas Regional Chamber and some of the many achievements through the years were featured during the occasion.

Faculty and staff members of the Ellison Miles Geotechnology Institute (EMGI) produced an end-of-year report boasting great success in training sessions for 2009. The institute employees hosted 224 events, serving more than 26,000 people. They also supported training for 710 teachers throughout Texas and served more than 1,400 K-12 students. Industry groups benefited from seminars, training workshops and special events at the EMGI throughout the year as well. Close community and industry partnerships create the rich tapestry that continues to make the institute thrive, according to Diane Brownlee, EMGI director. In the past year, industry partners such as the Society of Petroleum Engineers, Pioneer Natural Resources, Encana, JW Operating, and CCI-Oldcastle have benefited from the generosity of Mr. Ellison Miles.



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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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