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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date Nov. 12

On November 1-4, two representatives of the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) came to Brookhaven College for a site visit. Elizabeth H. Mahaffey, Ph.D., RN, and Lois Manning, MSN, MS, PHN, RN, met with approximately 15 students from the nursing program and the Brookhaven College satellite program at Mountain View College. The site surveyors also visited Baylor-Irving and Methodist Hospitals and met with college administration, faculty and staff. Each commented on the continued high pass rates and retention rates of the Brookhaven College program, saying that it is very uncommon to see such a history of continued high board scores. Both site surveyors said they would be recommending full accreditation status for eight years for the Brookhaven College Associate Degree Nursing Program. A written report must be turned into the NLNAC Board of Commissioners with an official announcement expected in March 2011. Mark Meyer, Ph.D., dean of nursing, and the college nursing faculty prepared for this visit throughout the past year with support from Juanita Zapata Flint, Ph.D., executive dean for the health and human services division. Pleased with the successful visit, Dr. Meyer commended the nursing faculty and said he appreciated all the support from administration, student services, facilities, and many employees throughout the college.

More than 200 middle school girls from the Carrollton-Farmers Branch and Coppell Independent School Districts came to Brookhaven College on November 6th for the 21st Annual Reach for the Stars Math and Science Conference. Since 1991, this conference has brought 7th- and 8th-grade girls and Dallas-area math and science professionals to the college for a day of seminars, and speakers emphasizing careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Over the years, dozens of college employees and community members have helped to coordinate the conference, which is a project of the Farmers Branch/Carrollton Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW). The conference is presented annually by the local AAUW branch in partnership with Brookhaven College and Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District. This year’s sponsors included American Eagle Outfitters Foundation, STMicroelectronics, Carrollton-Farmers Branch Rotary, and the Civic League. The event was chaired by Julie Moore, D.D.S., of Oasis Dentistry in Plano. For many years, Anahita Sidhwa, astronomy professor, has taken a lead role in the event, but other college employees assist each year. This year’s team included Dr. Richard D. McCrary, Dr. Peggy Mason, Dr. Claire Bambrough, Doris Rousey, Delryn Fleming, Dr. Juanita Zapata Flint, Pris Mowinkel, Monica Taliaferro, and Aly Yale, who are all members of the local AAUW branch.

Brookhaven College participants in the DCCCD “Journey to Success” program gathered November 11th for a meeting called “Pulse Check.” The program pairs a student with a success coach. The coaches focus on personal, one-on-one interactions with students to provide them with ideas and tools for life, and overcoming barriers throughout the semester. Czarina Reyes, Ph.D., math professor, serves as the college’s retention coordinator and representative on the district committee. Employees of all classifications comprise the location team and include Edeleu Florendo, Mark Naugher and Peyton Polk, academic advisors; Claire Bambrough, chemistry professor; Debbie Hanus, Mary Jackson, Kathleen Long, Nelson Lozano, Ladan Scott and Russell Simmons, math professors; Bob Smith, instructional associate; Sheri Van Court, ESOL professor; Jan Sickles, developmental math professor; Dr. Juanita Zapata Flint and Doris Rousey, executive deans; Daffne Bennett, outreach and recruitment coordinator; Annette Wilson, director for career resources; Ann Coder, library services manager; Alma Alvira-Nieves, department assistant; Carrie Schweitzer, assistant to the president; Julie Pendleton, speech professor; Monique Mannering and Nita Drescher, developmental reading professors; and Carol Grinage, Scarlett Hill and Nelda Contreras, developmental writing professors.

On October 26th, a Brookhaven College team traveled to Clermont College, part of the University of Cincinnati System, for a site visit on service learning. The visit was scheduled as an integral part of the college’s commitment to Broadening Horizons through Service Learning, a grant-funded program supported by Learn and Serve America. The college was chosen to mentor Clermont College staff when they began their first year in the project. The purpose of the site visit was to assist Clermont College with incorporating service-learning initiatives in environmental sciences and allied health programs. Brookhaven College employees shared highlights of the college’s program that focuses on initiatives to combat childhood obesity issues in Dallas County. Team members led informal group discussions with faculty and community partners that discussed the linking of service to curricular standards and incorporating service-learning and civic responsibility into academic courses. The Brookhaven College team included Oscar Lopez, vice president for student services and location Broadening Horizons project director; Keshia Bruno-Garza, service learning coordinator and project associate; and Brenda Routh, professor of nursing.



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