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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date March 4

Students and community members attended the latest lecture in the science lecture series at Brookhaven College. Brian Stump, Ph.D., Albritton chair of Geological Sciences at Southern Methodist University (SMU), presented “Forensic Seismology and Nuclear Testing: The Detective Work of Seismologists.” When a nuclear blast is detonated, the earth shakes and seismologists can use the vibrations to discover the size, force and location of nuclear activity, as well as other explosions and natural occurrences around the world. Dr. Stump has taught at SMU for more than 14 years and has conducted research for more than 20 years on seismic waveforms caused by nuclear explosions. Stump has served as program manager of the Nuclear Test Monitoring Group at Los Alamos National Laboratory and taken part in negotiations for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty in Geneva, Switzerland. He also has served for more than 25 years as the Secretary of the Department of Defense Seismic Review Panel.

Michael Dennehy, Ed.D., associate vice president for the office of planning, research and institutional effectiveness at Brookhaven College, was selected as a Texas A&M University-Commerce Alumni Ambassador for 2011. The title of alumni ambassador is the highest award an academic department can bestow upon a graduate. This honor recognizes career achievements. On February 24th, Dr. Dennehy took part in the 28th Annual Alumni Ambassador Forum, where the alumni had the opportunity to interact with faculty members and students.

Sam Govea, executive dean of the social science division, is the latest Brookhaven College instructor to have a course recognized by Quality Matters™ (QM). Sam developed a Psychology of Personality (PSYC 2316) course online that has met the strict standards for excellence through the QM review. The Quality Matters™ program is a faculty-centered, peer course review quality assurance process, vetted by faculty experts. The program aims to increase student retention, learning, and satisfaction by implementing better course design for online courses. The college has continued efforts for the past few years to increase training opportunities for online instructors and to encourage instructors to seek recognition from QM. Only five others at the college previously have earned this recognition for online course development: Marie Maness, Ph.D., nutrition professor; Darise Error, Ph.D., drama professor; Bill Hammerschlag, Ph.D., computer information technology professor; Thomas Anderson, adjunct instructor in religion, and Cheryl Dyer Vargas, speech professor.

A newly published book on radiologic sciences has a chapter contributed by Christi Carter, radiologic technology professor at Brookhaven College. The seventh chapter, “Radiographic Imaging,” of the book titled Introduction to Radiologic Science and Patient Care 5th edition by Addler and Carleton was contributed by Christi. In 2007, a book was published that she co-authored about digital radiography and picture archiving and communication systems with Beth Veale, BSRS, MEd, RT(R) (QM), associate professor, radiologic sciences department, Midwestern State University, Texas. Shonna Cuffee, radiological technology professor, also recently celebrated a success when she completed her master of science in radiologic sciences in December from Midwestern State University.

The Early College High School (ECHS) at Brookhaven College hosted the Texas Early College High School Professional Development Program academic year training on February 11th. Goals for the training were to ground the leaders and instructional coaches in the meaning and significance of fostering and supporting a college-ready focus in all classrooms. The training also prepared leaders and instructional coaches for continuing professional development that focuses on the use of student work to impact student learning, and to support campus leaders in establishing standards and protocols to impact classroom practices and ensure student success. Continued refinement of action plans focusing on the sustainability of the professional development model was also part of the day’s agenda. Providing the welcome for the 60 ECHS principals, and internal coaches and teachers from the north Texas area were Dr. Richard D. McCrary, interim president, Dr. Charles C. Cole, Carrolton/Farmers Branch ISD advisor to the superintendent for school and community relations, Marilyn K. Lynch, associate vice president of career and program resources, and Rosie Oliveira, ECHS principal. Various sessions featuring ECHS faculty, students, the counselor and principal, and college liaison were offered throughout the day and culminated with a site visit to some ECHS classes and labs at the college.

The staff of the Early College High School at Brookhaven College conducted a very successful, well-attended Valentine’s Dance. The parent-teacher organization provided prizes for a drawing. Proceeds from the fundraiser will help defray costs for the upcoming high school prom this spring.



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