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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date Sept. 7

Congratulations to Brookhaven College Lady Bears soccer players Payton Kames and Cristina Lopez. Kames and Lopez were named National Junior College Athletic Association Division III Player and Goalie of the Week, respectively. In the opening games for the 2012 season, Kames tallied nine points for the week. In her first collegiate game, the freshman scored three goals in a 6-0 win over Schreiner University. And in the win over Dallas Christian College, she recorded a goal and an assist. Lopez, from Frisco Centennial High School, began her collegiate career with back-to-back shutouts. The freshman turned away all five shots that came her way in the Schreiner University game, and followed up with another outstanding effort in the 8-0 win over Dallas Christian College.

After several months of preparation, the Tutoring Center, Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), and the Office of Student Life are ready to roll out a new peer-tutoring program at Brookhaven College for fall. In order to participate, students must be recommended to the program by a Brookhaven College faculty member or by PTK Advisor Sheri Van Court. Following training, these students may volunteer to tutor up to 13 hours during a semester, assisting a tutor on duty. PTK students will undertake a more extensive training program, preparing them to tutor independently for up to 15 hours during a term. Andrew Deibert, Brookhaven College Service-Learning and Civic Engagement coordinator, says the goal of the program is to enhance the college’s tutoring services while also providing volunteers with an opportunity to serve their peers.

For the second consecutive year, slam poet Joaquín Zihuatanejo was a rousing success with students and employees at the Brookhaven College Communication Division’s Fall Forum. Students had requested that Zihuatanejo return after experiencing his energy and delivery, and hearing his subject matter at last year’s forum. A workshop following the poet’s performance was added this year, where more than 20 students had an opportunity to talk with Zihuatanejo and learn more about this poetry form. During the coming months, Brookhaven College English Professor Hazel Carlos will stay in touch with the students and encourage them to take part in a spring poetry bash sponsored by the Office of Student Life.

The Texas Skill Standards Board (TSSB) has recognized the Computer Information Technology (CIT)-Web Production and Design Associate of Applied Science degree program at Brookhaven College for successfully integrating the state’s Web Development and Administration skill standards. Brookhaven College’s Patti Burks, CIT professor, and Ngoc Truong, instructional designer, worked together to integrate the state standards into the curriculum and applied for the TSSB program recognition, which was awarded in August. A certificate from the Office of the Governor, which only 28 colleges in Texas have earned, will be officially presented at the annual Texas Community College Instructional Leaders Conference in October.



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