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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date June 29

Suzette Vaquera Constantine, Brookhaven College Outreach and Recruitment coordinator, with help from Jordan Cervantes, a work study student in Outreach, worked with the Farmers Branch Community Recreation Center and Fire Department to bring their Summer Teen Fire Academy to the campus. Annette Wilson, Brookhaven College Career Development Center director, created a Firefighters Lightening Trivia game to teach the teens about careers in emergency medicine and firefighting. Brookhaven College’s Vicki Ethington, police officer, taught the teens how to protect themselves without a gun, demonstrating a police baton exercise. Alex Stadthagen and Joel “Duck” Hawkins, Emergency Medical Services faculty members, taught the students how to load patients onto a backboard, gurney and scupper and into an ambulance.

Brookhaven College was the host for a luncheon meeting of the Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce held at the Brookhaven College Geotechnology Institute on June 27th. College President Dr. Thom Chesney engaged the audience by asking how many had taken a class at Brookhaven College, and over a dozen of the 80 or more in attendance had taken at least one class. He shared examples of student and college success to emphasize ways that Brookhaven was developing as a college of choice in the community. Chesney also introduced the speaker for the luncheon, Ron Holifield, CEO of Strategic Government Resources, who spoke on “Understanding and Managing Generational Differences.”

An article by Peter Sheehan, Brookhaven College librarian II, was recently published on Taylor & Francis Online in the journal, Community & Junior College Libraries. His article, “Strategies for Helping Patrons When a Line Forms at the Reference Desk,” offers potential strategies for librarians who may encounter spikes in activity and need to balance the many demands of students. Taylor & Francis is one of the oldest and most prolific academic publishing companies in the country. Sheehan’s article can be viewed at

Brookhaven College hosted members of the Dallas/Fort Worth Service Learning Intercollegiate Council (DFW SLIC) for its general meeting on June 14th. The organization fosters a regional collaboration of institutions of higher education committed to developing civic engagement and service-learning partnerships among directors, coordinators and faculty members, and community agencies in the Metroplex. The newly formed Campus to Community Coalition of Texas (formerly Texas Campus Compact) was also in attendance and presented to the membership. Andrew Deibert, Brookhaven College Service-Learning and Civic Engagement coordinator, and SLIC co-chairperson for Professional Development, stated that the meeting was important for providing information the DFW SLIC membership could use in making a decision regarding where they will spend their membership money and how they will be supported in their service programs.



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