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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date Nov. 9

The Brookhaven College Learning Resource Center (LRC) opened its doors for a special event on October 31st to entice students and employees to explore the center/library.  LRC staff worked with the college dance instructors to lead guests in a flash-mob-style coordinated dance.  They broke their own rules for quiet in the library, playing both PSY’s “Gangnam Style” and Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”  After the dancing — which filled the library — an open house provided students and employees an opportunity to meet the library and Media Services staff members while enjoying a Halloween snack.

On October 25th, more than 400 students stopped to get information or watch a driving simulator set up by the Brookhaven College Police Department in the Student Services Center.  A car connected to a computer showed students the danger of driving under the influence or texting while driving.  The 127 students who “took a drive” in the simulator quickly realized how dangerous it is to drink and drive, or text while driving — no matter how well they might have thought they could handle these situations.  Learning in a safe environment such as this helps prevent accidents down the road.  This year, the police added an “I Pledge” commitment to the simulator program, which proved to be very successful.  Out of 127 students, only 11 were noncommittal with the promise not to text and drive, and only one said “No” to the pledge.  This shows a great commitment from the Brookhaven College campus community to help keep the roads safe.

On November 1st, students and administrators from Brookhaven College attended the College Completion:  Focus on Community Colleges symposium sponsored by the Bill J. Priest Center for Community College Education, University of North Texas and Tarrant County College District.  Brookhaven College’s Dr. Thom Chesney, president; Rodger Bennett, vice president for Academic Affairs and Student Success; and Oscar Lopez, vice president for Student Services, along with student leaders Carol Williamson and John Umeojiako attended the event.  The symposium was designed to provide North Texas community college leaders and students an opportunity to reflect on national and state initiatives regarding community college completion and discuss the issue of completion with peers from the North Texas region.

The American Council of the Blind of Texas (ACBT) sent a letter of thanks to Brookhaven College, including an official resolution from the organization.  The college was the host site for the 2012 ACBT Walk for Success on September 29th.  Brookhaven College’s Dawn Bishop, assistant to the vice president for Business Services, coordinated the college’s support for the event.  The ACBT resolution noted the safe environment the college was able to provide to the walkers who are blind or have low vision, and was very complimentary of the school’s “friendly and caring staff.”  The walk is a fundraising event for the organization and was part of a four-day conference the council held in the area.



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