Release Date July 8
Andrew Obaje, director of the Nigerian Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), visited the Ellison Miles Geotechnology Institute (EMGI) at Brookhaven College on June 30th. The director came to visit the final day of a training program at the EMGI for Nigerian DPR employees and taught by Wallace International. The employees received training in geographic information systems, and Obaje encouraged them to continue learning and to share their knowledge of this new tool with their co-workers on their return to Nigeria. George Herring, vice president for business services; Rodger Bennett, vice president for academic affairs and student success; and Doris Rousey, executive dean for mathematics and science, were all able to greet Mr. Obaje and share how pleased the college was to be able to offer a location for this unique training program. Obaje is an outstanding geologist and has had a distinguished career, spanning more than 30 years in the oil and gas industry. The DPR supervises all petroleum industry operations being carried out in the oil-rich country of Nigeria, which is ranked 15th the world in oil production.
In the July 5th edition of D Magazine, the medical directory includes an article about living with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Mike Garza, psychology professor at Brookhaven College, was interviewed for the article and shared his personal story of struggle with Attention Deficit Disorder, which went undiagnosed for 62 years. Garza founded the North Texas Chapter of Children and Adults with ADHD, and now serves on the national board of Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. In the article, he talks about some of the strategies he used to help him complete his college degree and how he helps encourage other students to commit to the hard work of making it through school with ADHD.
Hundreds of Brookhaven College employees along with a few students gathered for the first introduction of Dr. Thom Chesney, incoming president, on June 30th at the Ellison Miles Geotechnology Institute. Dr. Wright L. Lassiter, chancellor, made the formal introduction of Dr. Chesney to those who gathered and shared a bit of what was included in Chesney’s cover letter to his application for the position. Dr. Chesney also shared a few tidbits about his personality and told everyone assembled how pleased and honored he was to be joining the college. He will officially begin his role on August 15th. At a brief reception after the meeting, employees had a chance to welcome him individually and more personally.
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