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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date Oct. 29

In the spirit of service to the community, 70 Brookhaven College students and employees volunteered to help the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) on October 23rd. Student government members, uniformed emergency medicine students and dozens of others led by Dr. Richard D. McCrary, interim president, packed food items to be picked up by families and regional agencies. Employees and students were asked to give up a few of their Saturday hours to help pack and sort food items. Nelda Contreras, developmental writing professor, and Carrie Schweitzer, assistant to the president, co-chaired the committee that coordinated the event. The NTFB will “credit” area agencies, such as the Metrocrest Social Services, for the volunteer hours so each agency designated can later exchange their hours for food. More than 200 volunteer hours donated by the college will provide 1,350 pounds of food to smaller community food banks.

Parents and children came to Brookhaven College for a visit and tour sponsored by The Dallas Concilio of Hispanic Service Organizations to offer parents access to educational information. More than 200 visitors from Cigarroa, Foster, Burnet and Saldivar elementary schools of the Dallas Independent School District visited on October 23rd. Monica Pauken, outreach coordinator, built an outstanding program for the 109 adults and 105 children who attended. Small groups of parents rotated through three sessions of the “College 101” overview conducted in Spanish, an English for speakers of other languages class, which included information about continuing education classes, and a campus tour provided by six college bilingual students. A speaker panel during lunch allowed the students to share their own college experiences. Staff from The Concilio asked the parents to give feedback about the day and all the sessions were highly praised. Daffne Bennett and Suzette Vaquera-Constantine, outreach coordinators, and Jean Kaplan, college director of school alliance and institutional outreach, were instrumental to the success of the program. Leroy Butler, continuing education and workforce specialist, and Melinda Franklin, an ESOL teacher, presented the ESOL session.

Not a day went by this week without an activity or special event for Brookhaven College students. The Student Leadership Institute had a presentation, “Leaders as Change Agents,” by Dr. Andrew C. Jones, DCCCD vice chancellor of educational affairs. Dr. Jones spoke to students about the future and how they could prepare for it. On October 26th, disability support services staff welcomed several nonprofit agencies to the college for a “Disability Awareness Fair.” On October 25th, the United Nations Club, sponsored by Barbara Szabo and Jamileh Stroman, celebrated “United Nations Day” with tables representing the cultures of China, Ethiopia, India, Iraq, Japan, Mali, Mexico, Myanmar, South Korea, Spain, Thailand and Vietnam. Kim Smith, student, and Ann Coder, librarian, lead a discussion of “Picking Cotton,” the college’s open book project for the year on October 28th.

On November 3-6, volunteers from Brookhaven College will carry baggage, bus tables, set up tents, and perform various other jobs for the Susan G. Komen “3-Day for the Cure.” For the second consecutive year, the college will host the special event. More than 3,300 walkers, crew members and volunteers called the college campus home for the duration of the walk last year. They ate, slept, bathed, stretched and celebrated in a tent city erected on the college grounds. It takes dozens of hours to prepare the college for the event as facilities services personnel ensure the grounds are in good shape and the college police oversee parking and security. Lynne Levesque, athletic director, has coordinated the student groups who will be helping with the event, and Dawn Bishop, assistant to the vice president for business services, chaired the committee and set the volunteer hours for employees to staff an information booth. A number of other employees and student groups volunteered to provide evening entertainment for the walkers.



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