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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date July 9

After a month in Argentina, Rebecca Garcia, Spanish professor, along with eight students and one other professor, felt confident in saying that it was an exceptional experience for all. Besides attending excellent Spanish classes at the language school of Escuelas y Centros de Español en Latinoamérica in Buenos Aires, the 10 participants took part in a wide variety of activities. Excursions took the group to a gauchos estancia in a province outside of Buenos Aires, a tango show at the historical Café Tortoni, a ballet presentation at the newly renovated Teatro Colón, a three day visit to the spectacular Iguazú Waterfalls between Argentina and Brazil, the Eva Perón Museum and the Museum of Independence in the San Telmo area, different neighborhood festivals in San Telmo and La Boca, the famous Recoleta mausoleums, and a catamaran ride on the Sarmiento River in the El Tigre area outside of Buenos Aires. Rebecca said she was very grateful for the support from the different areas at the college, which helped to make this new program possible and especially to Dr. Richard D. McCrary, interim president, and Rodger Bennett, interim vice president for instruction, for their encouragement and patience. Stephen Cepeda, a sophomore who attended the program, wrote “the experience changed my life, and I will always think differently about the world. I matured during this trip as a person who now views the world with a global perspective”. Rebecca, along with Giraud Polite, visual communications professor, is already working on a plan for next year that would expand the program as a learning community to include students in photography.

On July 12-16, students from the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) program at Brookhaven College will have their hard work on display at this year’s Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) International User Conference in San Diego. The college will have a booth at the academic GIS program fair that is part of the conferences events, and the GIS program will be displaying work in the Map Gallery. The gallery will showcase work from ESRI community members in more than 100 countries. Scott Sires, GIS professor, will be presenting at the conference focusing on applications of GIS in the marine and coastal setting and for space utilization. Doris Rousey, dean of the mathematics and science division, Jerry Bartz, instructional lab coordinator, and Jody Whitcomb, a student, also will be attending.

A group of students from Brookhaven College returned just last week from a 20-day trip to Egypt. The students toured pyramids, museums, the Alexandria Library, old Cairo and more as part of a learning community examining the influence of Egypt on early civilizations. In addition to the days touring this ancient land, students had four days on a Nile cruise ship and two days on the Red Sea. Students completing the program were able to earn three credit hours in anthropology and three credit hours in history, or six credit hours in anthropology for work completed both before and during the program. Violet Sparks, adjunct anthropology professor, was one of the organizers and instructors who accompanied the students on their travels. She said the students had an outstanding time, it was an exhausting learning experience for all, and she is looking forward to next year.

Quality Matters™ (QM) has recognized Cheryl Dyer Vargas’ online course SPCH 1311 “Introduction to Speech Communication.” Dyer Vargas is a full-time faculty member in the communications division and is the first speech instructor in the DCCCD to receive this recognition from QM. The Quality Matters™ program is a faculty-centered, peer course review quality assurance process, vetted by faculty experts. The goals of the program are to increase student retention, learning and satisfaction for online courses by implementing better course design. The college has continued efforts for the past few years to increase training opportunities for online instructors and to encourage instructors to seek recognition from QM. To-date only four others at Brookhaven College previously have earned this recognition for online course development; Marie Maness, Ph.D., nutrition professor; Darise Error, Ph.D., drama professor; Bill Hammerschlag, Ph.D., computer information technology professor; and Thomas Anderson, adjunct instructor in religion.



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