Release Date Aug. 6
Reagan Blackmon, former freshman at Brookhaven College, was named a National Junior College Athletic Association Academic All-American for 2009-2010. Blackmon was a right-handed pitcher for the baseball team last year. He transferred to Iowa State University this year to pursue his degree in Economics and plans to try-out to “walk-on” to the baseball program. Blackmon was a graduate of Newman Smith High School in Carrollton and transferred to Brookhaven College from the North Central Texas College in Gainesville.
On July 29th, the charter class of fourteen students participating in Brookhaven College TexPREP completed its final week celebrating with an assembly for parents and college administrators. Dr. Richard McCrary, interim president, and Marilyn K. Lynch, associate vice president of career and program resources, offered opening remarks. Students demonstrated activities from lessons learned during the seven-week program that focused on the development of math and science through interactive instruction, guest speakers and field trips. Three students shared presentations on engineering projects detailing the responsibilities of different types of engineers, specific universities promoting their studies and portraits of individuals and their contributions to society. Two other students presented their results of an egg-drop experiment, while other students demonstrated the use of physics concepts related to a catapult and math applications for an electric circuit. Adriana Gomez, TexPREP director, and Meaghan Dougherty, instructor, presented each student with a certificate for their participation in the program. Students who showed mastery of the objectives with passing grades will receive an elective high school credit.
Members of the Outreach Office at Brookhaven College spent much of their summer in the local community centers. With schools out, Monica Pauken, outreach and recruitment coordinator, presented “College 101” workshops at summer camps to reach students. She went to both the Walnut Hill and Polk Recreation Centers’ summer camps and spoke to at least 30 elementary and middle students. Daffne Bennett, outreach and recruitment coordinator delivered a series of six presentations on college opportunities and financial aid to 60 Spanish-speaking adults in English for Speakers of Other Languages program offered by catholic charities. The adults have children less than five years of age and live in the area near Thomas Jefferson High School.
On June 26-30, Keshia Bruno-Garza, student services specialist, attended the National Conference on Volunteering and Service in New York City. The conference, convened by the Corporation for National Community Service and the Points of Light Institute, had more than 5,000 participants from nonprofit, corporate, government, higher education and other service-oriented sectors. During the conference, Keshia was selected to be part of a taskforce focused on childhood obesity and service-learning. This national workgroup, comprised of 11 representatives from various states and organizations, is sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and organized by generationOn, the youth arm of the Points of Light Initiative. These leaders are charged with connecting and coordinating efforts that will provide industry and community input and with finding direction on performance and measurement-related topics that affect childhood obesity prevention through service learning. The goals of the workgroup are to promote service-learning and community/parent engagement as strategies for preventing childhood obesity. The group also will collect and share best practices in service-learning from experts in the field, and share of best practices as they relate to service-learning strategies in childhood obesity prevention. Through a three-year grant from the American Association of Community Colleges Horizons Project, the college’s service-learning program has initiated the Brookhaven College SHAPE program. This program gives students enrolled in nutrition and early childhood education classes service-learning opportunities to partner with the college’s HeadStart Center and the Lakewest Family YMCA in providing youth participant’s age-appropriate activities which focus on being active and promoting healthy nutritional choices.
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