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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date Aug. 31

Ten Music majors have made the transition from Brookhaven College to the programs at Texas Woman’s University (TWU) this fall. All of the students have been accepted into its Music Program as full-time Music majors, according to Brookhaven College Music Professor Octavio Gutierrez. Gutierrez said that the department has been working closely with TWU for two years to help clarify and simplify transfer from the Brookhaven College School of the Arts Music Program to TWU. Most of the students are undergraduates, but there are two who have been accepted into the graduate program at the university, having earned international bachelor degrees and having attended Brookhaven College for some Core and Music courses.

Four hundred twenty-seven new-to-college students at Brookhaven College this fall had a chance to take part in an enhanced orientation program at eight sessions, August 6th-23rd. To better prepare students for the differences between high school and college, orientation was expanded to three hours that began with a gathering where students visited one-on-one with a variety of student service personnel. Brookhaven College’s Brian Borski, director of Student Life, gave a welcome and program overview, then students heard from various administrators, including Dr. Thom Chesney, college president; Oscar Lopez, vice president for Enrollment Management; Rodger Bennett, vice president for Academic Affairs and Student Success; and a number of instructional deans. Brenda Dalton, executive dean of Student and Enrollment Services, shared information about assessment, academic advising and other college initiatives. In small groups, each led by a faculty member and a student leader, the students discussed the differences between high school and college, and techniques for success. This new format requires a great deal of teamwork across the campus, but provides new students more direct interaction with college and, specifically, student services office personnel.

Continuing Education students seldom have an opportunity to celebrate as graduates, but one group did just that on August 18th. Trade Adjustment Assistance and Texas Workforce Commission support funded training for 25 displaced workers. For more than a year, the group has been working through English for Speakers of Other Languages courses and vocational training programs. Although all of the training was coordinated through the Brookhaven College Workforce and Continuing Education Division, a broader team came together to help these students train in their new careers, including the college’s for-credit Automotive Technology Program as well as the Machine Shop Program at Mountain View College. Monica Vazquez, Brookhaven College Continuing Education administrative assistant, coordinated a celebration and potluck for the students’ families and friends. The students celebrated completing a number of programs, including Floral Design, Automotive Technology, Medical Front Office and Machinist Training.

Employees had lunch and did some good after this year’s fall Convocation at Brookhaven College on August 23rd. Convocation celebrated several high points for the college, focusing on “who we are” as a college in shared successes and values, and priorities for the coming year. Taking shared values to heart, many employees participated in the annual Grilling for Greenbacks fundraiser, which helps support the college’s Employee Emergency Fund, and then took time to enjoy lunch together. The fund assists Brookhaven College employees who are in need during a medical crisis. It is not college sponsored and exists only through employee contributions. This year, the college administrative team manned the grills, serving lines and delivery carts — taking over duties from the Human Resources and Facilities Services offices that first started the fundraiser in 2004. Brian Borski, director of Student Life and coordinator of the event, said more than 220 meals were served, raising over $700 for the Employee Emergency Fund.



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