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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date Aug. 26

On August 25th, Brookhaven College kicked off the new school year with convocation ceremonies in the performance hall. Employees from across the college gathered to listen to the new president of Brookhaven College, Dr. Thom Chesney. Dr. Chesney gave his “first lecture,” playing on the college’s choice of Randy Pausch’s The Last Lecture as the common reader. In addition to hearing about new initiatives this fall, each of the vice presidents used lines from songs to share updates about the college. Following the convocation, the human resources and facilities services staff members hosted the eighth annual “Grillin’ for Greenbacks” fundraising event. Each year, employees from these offices cook and serve lunch to anyone who is willing to donate $5 to the Brookhaven College Employee Emergency Fund.

On the evening of August 25th, the annual Adjunct Faculty Colloquium at Brookhaven College brought together hundreds of valuable, part-time professors for some professional development. Dr. Chesney and Rodger Bennett, vice president of academic affairs and student success, offered a welcome to the attendees. Hazel Carlos, English professor, and Peggy Mason, biology professor, were the lead presenters for “The Millennial Student.” This training program focused on understanding and addressing the needs and learning styles of the millennial student. The professors shared informative and interactive activities that offered tools for the attendees to use in their classrooms.

Sheila Brock, manager of grants management and compliance for Workforce and Continuing Education at Brookhaven College, recently secured two new Skills Development Fund grants from the Texas Workforce Commission. More than 30 jobs will be created and over 240 will be upgraded with the $328,339 training dollars tentatively approved for funding. One grant will supply almost $200,000 to train employees in medical coding, processes and policy, as well as pharmacology and other healthcare career fields for the Dallas Area Medical Consortium. A second grant, for training in partnership with Air Systems Components Inc., will provide technology and software training for employees. The grant programs are expected to begin in September and continue throughout the academic year, once final negotiations are settled.



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