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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date Oct. 1

Friday evening the Brookhaven College basketball team played in the 2nd Annual Don Cockrell Alumni Basketball Game. Don, who died April 24, 2009, was a member of the college’s athletics department for almost 25 years and was very involved with the teams. As a way to honor Don, the teams hosted the game and raised almost $500 in donations to support “Operation Kindness.” Don loved animals and was a big supporter of no-kill animal shelters. Kevin Hurst, college athletic program coordinator and basketball coach, and Lynne Levesque, college director of athletics, coordinated the game and accepted donations.

Three instructors at Brookhaven College were recognized with a 2010 Excellence award from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development. An article in the August 23rd edition of Community College Week included a list of all those throughout the nation who received this award, which honored “many of the world’s best in higher education.” Takiyah Evans, adjunct faculty; Sunny Harris, continuing education instructor, and Sheri Van Court, English for speakers of other languages faculty member, all received the award this year.

A three-year, college-wide effort is showing real improvement in this fall’s enrollment of 105 out of the 182 Thomas Jefferson High School (TJHS) 2010 graduates enrolling into Brookhaven College’s credit courses. Commitment to increasing enrollment in collaboration with high school staff and community partners has boosted college admissions more than 250 percent over the previous two years. After studying the college’s service area’s demographics and educational needs, the Southern Sector Initiative was formed in fall 2007 to develop and implement strategies to increase enrollment and partnerships within specific zip codes with a particular focus on TJHS. Monica Pauken, outreach and recruitment coordinator, worked tirelessly with Tomas Jefferson students, staff and community partners, including the Dallas Concilio, Urban League, University of North Texas, Texas Women’s University and local churches to promote a college-going culture, reach parents, and assist students. Daffne Bennett, Suzette Vaquera-Constantine and Greg Rife, all outreach and recruitment coordinators, along with Jean Kaplan, college director school alliance and institutional outreach, and Marilyn K. Lynch, associate vice-president of career and program resources, also were involved in supporting this initiative. Directors and staff from many college departments went the extra mile to remove barriers and assist these students, particularly advising, admissions, financial aid and the testing center. In addition to focused outreach efforts, “Summer Math and Reading Together,” an intensive, five-week bridge program, designed by math and reading faculty to offer students developmental math and reading courses for those who were not quite college ready, targeted TJHS seniors. The seniors were given Brookhaven College t-shirts in their school colors, and Ed Conger, principal, allowed students to wear the t-shirts as an option to their uniform shirt. Community outreach efforts including a series of ESOL and GED prep courses for parents and others were developed by the workforce and continuing education division. Plans are underway this year to continue and reinforce this successful initiative.

Brian Hauser, art student at Brookhaven College, is the 2010 winner of the Dallas Art Dealers Association (DADA) Edith Baker Scholarship. Hauser received the award at the September 24th reception for the Edith Baker Scholarship exhibition, hosted by Irving Art Center. The $4,000 scholarship also provides the winner an opportunity to intern with a DADA gallery member of his choice. The scholarship is named in honor of Edith Baker, retired Dallas art dealer, who was one of the founders of the association 25 years ago. After completing his final semester at Brookhaven College this fall, Hauser will transfer to Arizona State University to complete a bachelor’s of fine arts in printmaking.



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