Release Date May 3
Employee Success — On April 25th — just as the End-of-Year All-College party was winding down — Brookhaven College celebrated Arbor Day by planting a tree. College President Dr. Thom Chesney welcomed approximately 30 students and employees who gathered for the event and who added the first shovels of dirt to the more than 10-foot tall elm tree’s new home. Carrie Schweitzer, assistant to the president and leader of the college’s Green Team, stated that the tree — donated by ValleyCrest (the school’s contracted landscape company) — marks one of Brookhaven College’s first steps toward earning a Tree Campus USA designation from the Arbor Day Foundation.
Community Engagement — Families and friends gathered at the Brookhaven College campus to participate in the annual Healthy Family Day event on April 27th. Planned by eight Service Learning students from the Nursing Department and the Office of Service Learning and Civic Engagement, the festivities focused on combating childhood obesity. The theme was “Take 10!” — encouraging everyone to take 10 minutes a couple of times each day to walk, run or hike. More than 130 people attended and participated in a fun run, adventure walk, rock climbing, Zumba demonstrations, inflatable obstacle course, as well as children’s games and educational booths staffed by Service Learning students, Brookhaven College basketball players and local vendors.
Institutional Effectiveness — In an effort to expand program offerings for study abroad and promote Brookhaven College as a destination for international students, the college’s Grant Sisk, dean of the World Languages Division, and Rodger Bennett, vice president for academic achievement and student success, spent two weeks traveling across Asia during March. Sisk traveled to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to meet with potential partners and establish contacts for Brookhaven College’s Multinational Academic Program (MAP) for Study Abroad. He also presented a guest lecture on American Literature, 1945-present, at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities. Bennett visited current MAP for Study Abroad partners in Beijing and Shanghai. He evaluated the programs from the perspective of a MAP student, sitting in classes and touring the sites.
Brookhaven College’s Radiologic Sciences Program recently received notification of continuing accreditation for the associate degree radiology program. The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) is the only agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for the accreditation of traditional and distance education programs in radiography, radiation therapy, magnetic resonance and medical dosimetry. Juanita Flint, executive dean of the Health and Human Services Division at Brookhaven College, made the announcement at a college cabinet meeting, sharing that the program had been granted the longest accreditation period allowed — a full eight years.
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