Release Date May 21
For the fourth year Brookhaven College hosted the Global Elementary Model United Nations (GEMUN). This is an experiential learning project for 4th- through 8th-graders from schools throughout North Texas, with a few schools from outside the state and abroad. Approximately 600 students, parents, and organizers were at the college May 14-15, using classrooms in three buildings and the performance hall. Youth prepare throughout the school year to represent a particular country on a specific GEMUN committee with the United Nations in New York City as their model. High school students role-play using the U.N. Secretariat structure. The college supports the organization by providing space for the meetings and college employees volunteer their weekend time for this impressive learning experience. Carrie Schweitzer, assistant to the president, and Sarah Ferguson, executive dean for educational resources, both offer valuable support and coordination of this community partnership each year.
A recent article on the KTVT-TV/CBS Channel 11 website highlighted the graduation of Helen Small at age 90. She graduated “this time” from the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) with a master’s degree in psychology, but she started her college track at Brookhaven College as a part-time student. When her husband passed away in 2004, she re-started school full-time at UTD. Steve Blow’s column in the Dallas Morning News on May 6th also included a mention of Helen Small when she graduated with her bachelor’s degree at age 87. Steve Blow’s article can be found at http://www.allbusiness.com/professional-services/architectural-design-engineering/14400215-1.html. The full TV story, with a video clip, is online at the following Internet address http://cbs11tv.com/local/90.year.graduate.2.1696689.html.
Three programs at Brookhaven College came together to start a new tradition. The staff and students in Disability Support Services (DSS), the EXCEL Program, and the Counseling Center gave employees an “Extra Mile” award for going above and beyond the call of duty for assisting students who are first-generation college students, financially challenged, have a physical or learning disability, or have other mental health issues affecting their learning. Eileen Nelson, adjunct professor, worked with a student who is visually and mobility impaired. Professor Nelson went the extra mile by serving as the student’s reader for tests, working with the student’s scribe for his tests, making sure all tests were enlarged, and encouraging the student to have his homework pages also enlarged by DSS. David McNabb, automotive technology professor, found innovative ways to help a student who is deaf; he worked with the sign language interpreter and allowed the student to feel, rather than listen, to the hum of an engine. Mary Milligan, computer information technology professor, had a student who was unable to attend class for a short time after a significant family event. Professor Milligan asked that a counselor contact and work with the student to ensure she had access to all the materials missed during the family crisis. Jeri Evans, adjunct professor, has referred many of her students to receive counseling services. In addition, Jeri welcomes the counselors into her classroom to present information to help students cope with their stress and learn new ways to manage and balance the pressures of college and life. Dr. Mike Garza, psychology professor, is an adamant supporter of DSS, EXCEL, and the Counseling Center. In addition to helping students recognize and manage their attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, he also makes many referrals to EXCEL, DSS and counseling so students can receive needed support services. The “Extra-Mile” award winners were presented with a certificate of appreciation at a special celebration on April 27th.
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