Release Date Aug. 20
Though final figures are not yet in for the 2010 Census, Brookhaven College received notice of figures relating to this important work. Rick Tuman, continuing education and workforce development coordinator, headed the college’s efforts to promote the Census and its work to students and the local community. Rick and Annette Wilson, director of the career development center, worked with staff from the Census office to offer testing and training to hundreds of potential workers this year. There were 2,413 people tested and 673 people trained at Brookhaven College.
Some adjunct faculty members at Brookhaven College spent their summer preparing for a big production. “Our Town” is the opening production for the WaterTower Theatre’s 2010-2011 season, and Michael Robinson, adjunct instructor for acting and introduction to theatre, is the production’s costume designer. In addition to his teaching at the college, Robinson has directed several of the college’s plays and musicals. Jim Heaberg, adjunct professor in speech, is a performer in the “Spectacular Senior Follies,” opening in September at the Eisemann Center. A long-time actor, producer, performer and director, Heaberg said he is only one of many adjunct instructors in the district participating in the show.
Each year Brookhaven College takes opportunities to gather as a community during reporting week. On August 19th, new employees, who joined the college in recent months, were introduced at fall convocation. Dr. Richard D. McCrary, interim president, shared news and upcoming college projects as well as challenges for the coming year. He announced Christi E. Carter, radiologic technology professor, as the college’s nominee for the Minnie Stevens Piper and Excellence in Teaching award. Patti Burks, computer information technology professor, and Ahad Hayaud-Din, government professor, also were nominated for the district nomination. Dr. McCrary announced that a virtual suggestion box will be added online soon to gather student and employee input about the college, including budget challenges and ideas for saving money. A new college program and pledge drive - “BHC’s No Phone Zone” – was announced to raise awareness about distracted driving and included a photo display in memory of a youth killed on the Dallas North Tollway. The online link to pledge is www.BrookhavenCollege.edu/NPZ. A mini-convocation is planned in September for all the employees in student services roles who could not attend the event during the peak registration day of convocation. Later in the evening, the “Adjunct Faculty Colloquium” offered adjunct faculty members the opportunity to share insights and ideas for teaching. Dr. Nita Drescher, developmental reading professor, presented the lessons she learned from her sabbatical. Nita spent a semester visiting more than 50 different classrooms and observing both students and professors.
At this year’s “Grillin’ for Greenbacks,” the human resources office and facilities services personnel raised $940 in support of Brookhaven College’s “Employee Emergency Fund.” For seven years, this annual barbecue has raised funds to assist employees in financial need during a medical or similar crisis. In 100-degree-plus heat, staff from facilities services stood over grills to cook hamburgers, chicken, and fajitas, while others from human resources spent hours chopping and slicing to prepare for the luncheon. This year, a delivery service was added to take more than 70 pre-ordered lunches to employees in student services who stayed to assist the long lines of students trying to register and pay for fall classes.
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