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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date Jan. 20

Colleagues at Brookhaven College came together to celebrate success and longevity at the Adjunct Faculty Awards Reception on January 12th. Brookhaven College President Dr. Thom Chesney welcomed more than 50 adjunct professors and thanked them for the important role they play in the mission of the college. Catherine Watkins, English for Speakers of Other Languages instructor, was recognized as the winner of the Excellence in Teaching for Adjunct Faculty Award. Jodi Tippett, phlebotomy teacher, was honored as the Workforce and Continuing Education Instructor of the Year. Dozens of instructors were recognized for their longevity in teaching at the college, with six professors reaching the 50 semester milestone, three reaching 60 semesters, two reaching 70 semesters, and one — Carmen Clausse — was recognized for teaching 80 semesters at Brookhaven College.

A focused and intensive effort to raise awareness of the services offered at the Brookhaven College Counseling Center has borne fruit. Beverly Neu Menassa, assistant dean for Student Support Services, has been tracking the number of student visits for the past two years. The number has doubled each year from 640 students in 2009 to 1,884 students in 2011. During these two years, the Counseling Center has added a series of SkillsShops that offer practical school and life strategies for students. Training has also been offered to help employees identify signs that indicate students may be in distress and to better understand how they can refer a student for counseling. Most recently, a CARE Team has been created to respond to employee referrals by helping students and providing them with the greatest chance for success.



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Brookhaven College is proud to be an Hispanic-Serving Institution with more than 25 percent Hispanic student enrollment since 2006. Educational opportunities are offered by Brookhaven College without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity or gender expression..

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