Release Date Oct. 21
Last weekend, almost six tons of food were unpacked, shuffled, sorted and repacked by Brookhaven College students and employees at the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB). More than 60 volunteers supported the second annual All-College Service Project. The Brookhaven College Student Government Association and the volleyball team showed group support, but a number of individual students and staff members also participated. Volunteers unpacked pallets and repacked hundreds of boxes of food for area families. All told, 10,235 meals were “prepared.” Once the hours volunteered are calculated, the NTFB will credit them to the Metrocrest Services Center, which will use them to “purchase” food items for local distribution.
For the third year, the Brookhaven College volleyball team set out to win a special Dig Pink game to raise funds for breast cancer research. According to Jason Hopkins, Brookhaven College head volleyball coach, the team’s goal was to raise $1,000. Donations from spectators at the game plus proceeds from their bake sale came to $1,140.67, which was donated to The Side-Out Foundation. At the game, the Lady Bears, now ranked second in the National Junior College Athletic Association polls, defeated the Cedar Valley College Lady Suns 3-0.
Brookhaven College has been selected to participate in the Texas STEM Equity Pipeline project, funded by the National Science Foundation. The goal of this project is to develop and implement strategies that will increase the participation and completion rates among nontraditional students in the automotive technology program. This initiative will encourage and help students — especially young women — become more aware of options available to them in pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Collaborating with other community colleges and using experience from previous STEM initiatives, Brookhaven College team members will identify barriers to the involvement of young women in the automotive program and develop strategies and activities that address the barriers. This initiative will also allow the college to observe what other community colleges in Texas are doing to increase nontraditional student participation in STEM programs. Brookhaven College team members include Shane Baxter and David McNabb, automotive technology professors; Cathy Todd, administrative assistant; Ngoc Truong, instructional designer; Annette Wilson, director of career services; and Pam Geisinger Sandy, counselor for the Early College High School.
Representatives from the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) visited Brookhaven College recently to examine outcomes from service-learning initiatives. The AACC funded $1.1 in grants as part of the Community Colleges Broadening Horizons through Service Learning initiative, a portion of which went to the Learn and Serve America program. Brookhaven College received a three-year grant under this program to develop service-learning initiatives focused on public health and combating childhood obesity. Andrew Deibert, Brookhaven College service learning coordinator, and Oscar Lopez, Brookhaven College vice president for enrollment management and student success, met with the AACC representatives. During their visit, they spoke with four students — Alexandria Jarrett, Richard Brevig, Luana Lamb and Seth Vertucci — who had taken part in service-learning (in the spring) and in two of the community agencies the college partnered with for the project. The AACC representatives were impressed with the focus group discussions and with the Brookhaven College students. The AACC has offered to fund Andrew Deibert’s attendance at the International Association of Research on Service-Learning and Civic Engagement in Chicago, IL November 2nd-4th.
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