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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date May 28

Members of the associate degree nursing program at Brookhaven College received great news from the Texas Board of Nursing (BON). In a letter dated May 11, 2010, Mark Meyer, Ph.D., dean of health occupations-nursing, was notified that the BON was approving the college’s nursing program for two years with full approval and a commendation. Based on the 2009 annual report for Brookhaven College’s program and the 2009 NCLEX-RN® examination pass rate, the board issued the following commendation: “The faculty and administration are commended for the graduates’ 91 percent pass rate on the 2009 NCLEX-RN® examination. Credit for the success of the program is attributed to the students for their commitment to hard work, the admissions process for selecting strong candidates, the faculty who teach the nursing and support courses and the academic rigor of the nursing program.”

On May 26th, a special event at the Brookhaven College Head Start Center honored donors and recognized center achievements at a brick dedication ceremony. Dr. Richard D. McCrary, interim president of Brookhaven College, attended the event and spoke about the benefits that both partners have gained since the center’s creation. Ron Branson, Carrollton mayor, and Wanda Smith, chief executive officer of Head Start of Greater Dallas, also spoke at the event. Children of the center from three classrooms danced in celebration of many cultures. Asia Richard, a 2010 Brookhaven College graduate, shared a story she wrote about all that her son had gained from attending the center and all she had gained from the college. Since 2006, the center has offered an innovative approach to family self-sufficiency with nearly 40 percent of the center’s parents involved in courses at the college.

The first “senior honors breakfast” was conducted recently to celebrate the achievements of the charter class members who are graduating June 4th in the top 10 percent of the Early College High School (ECHS) at Brookhaven College. Honor graduates for 2010 are Erika Hinojosa (valedictorian), Donovan Sengphaathit (salutatorian), and Arturo Gonzalez, Eric Torres, Mayra Garcia and Yesenia Sanchez. Students recognized for high honors based on their college grade point averages are Eric Torres, Alexis Arevalo, Arturo Gonzalez, Erika Hinojosa, Donovan Sengphaathit and Blanca Sanchez. The students, who were awarded AA and AS degrees last week during Brookhaven College’s commencement, were introduced with a short biography including their plans for their next educational steps at area colleges and universities. The students were joined by their parents and ECHS faculty, plus Lynn Chaffin, president, Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD (CFBISD) Board of Trustees; Nancy Cline, vice president; and James Goode, board member; Dr. Bobby Burns, CFBISD superintendent, Dr. Sheila Maher, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction; and Mark Hyatt, assistant superintendent of support services. Also present with other CFBISD employees and Adriana Gomez, retired ECHS principal, were Brookhaven College representatives, Dr. Richard D. McCrary, interim president; Rodger P. Bennett, interim vice president for instruction; Marilyn K. Lynch, associate vice president and ECHS liaison; Rick Maxwell, acting co-dean of fine arts, physical education and nutrition, and Jo Ann McKnight, administrative assistant for the ECHS.



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