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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date Aug. 13

Potential students attended the first information session on August 7th for the new RN International Bridge Program. The program at Brookhaven College is building a new bridge program designed to prepare nurses, who were educated and licensed in countries outside the United States, pass the NCLEX-RN exam. The program reviews nursing knowledge and skills; works to increase international students’ English skills and cultural competence; and assists them in their transition to nursing practice in the U.S. “There continues to be a shortage of nurses in Texas,” says Mark Meyer, Ph.D., dean of the nursing program at Brookhaven College. “In addition to our Nursing Program, the addition of the International Bridge Program will allow us to provide the education and training needed to meet this growing need.”

The Brookhaven College School of the Arts will present Julie Johnson singing the music of Patsy Cline for the “Fall Spotlight” performance on August 28th at 8:00 p.m. As Billboard Magazine declares, “This is a voice that demands your attention.” A country music natural, this sixth-generation Texan has been singing since she was only 3 years old. Born and raised in Whitewright, a small town near Dallas, Julie says she never thought of doing anything but performing. She has entertained thousands in the stage sensation “Always, Patsy Cline.” After earning a theater arts degree from Austin College, Julie began making her mark on Broadway, film, television and regional theater with a loyal and growing following in New York, Virginia, Dallas/Fort Worth and beyond.

College employee and student participants from Texas Campus Compact schools coordinated the Texas Campus Compact Summer 2010 Community Service Learning Professionals Conference in San Antonio, TX on July 29th and 30th at St. Mary’s University. Keshia Bruno-Garza, student services specialist for service-learning and community engagement, represented Brookhaven College as a presenter at the conference. Her session, “Service-Learning to Combat Childhood Obesity,” discussed the Brookhaven SHAPE service-learning project, funded by a three-year grant awarded to the college by the American Association of Community Colleges Horizons Project. This service-learning program connects students enrolled in nutrition and early-childhood education classes with the Brookhaven HeadStart and Lakewest Family YMCA to provide youth participants with age-appropriate activities, which focus on being active and promoting healthy nutritional choices. Keshia will discuss how higher-education programs can utilize service-learning to both prevent and combat childhood obesity within their communities. Childhood obesity has recently garnered national support as a major White House initiative by first-lady Michelle Obama. Several federal agencies have become involved in promoting five areas: prenatal care, empowering parents with nutritional information and community support, getting healthier foods into schools, increasing access to healthy foods in neglected urban and rural neighborhoods, and making sure that all children are physically active.



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