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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date June 15

Dallas TexPREP (Dallas Texas Prefreshman Engineering Program), a mathematics-based, summer enrichment program for middle school students, commenced its third year at Brookhaven College with a student/parent meeting on June 7th. Brookhaven College’s Adriana Gomez, TexPREP director; Monica Pauken, Outreach coordinator; and Marilyn K. Lynch, associate vice president for Career and Program Resources, welcomed the young students and led the orientation. Seventy-three students from Brookhaven College’s service area were accepted into the program, which requires grades of 85 percent or better in current mathematics and science courses, recommendations from a math teacher and submission of an essay.

Dr. Thom Chesney, Brookhaven College president, has been selected to participate in the inaugural class of the American Council on Education Institute for New Presidents. Designed specifically for presidents in their first two years of service, the institute is a nine-month program that includes three in-person meetings and a series of webinars. Topics include how to work effectively with key constituencies, how to assemble strong administrative teams and assess campus culture, how to lead in times of crisis, and how to avoid presidential traps and land mines while staying true to personal values.

On June 5th, the Brookhaven College Astronomy Department offered the community the chance of a lifetime: to watch Venus traverse the sun — an event that occurs only twice every 120 years. With the protection of filtered telescopes, binoculars and sun spotter, an enthusiastic stream of visitors watched the planet as it first entered the sun’s plane. Though cloud cover temporarily obstructed the view, the sky cleared 30 minutes before sunset, allowing as many as 50 visitors to view the transit of Venus, which was visible as a dark spot against the orange disk of the sun. Mathematics and Science Division staff members Chaz Hafey, Jeff Reith, Steve Rowley and Anahita Sidhwa supervised the event and ensured that the eyepieces stayed on target.

Brookhaven College employees rallied to raise more than $700 for a colleague who was seriously injured in a car accident Easter weekend. On June 7th, Jamie Jenkins, coordinator of Corporate and Continuing Education, and more than two dozen employees prepared homemade goods and sold them at a bake sale. With all proceeds benefitting the employee in need, the baked goods sold out in 45 minutes. Many employees also made donations to the cause.



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