Release Date Aug. 16
Student Success - Two former geographic information system students from Brookhaven College presented papers at the 2013 Esri International User Conference held in San Diego, CA, July 8-12th. Rebecca Briseno is taking evening classes (as her schedule permits) while being employed in the petroleum industry. Her paper was about increased efficiency of multi-rig drill through spatial representation. James Walker is a recent graduate who is now employed with a local independent school district. His paper focused on implementing GIS support facility management at the Garland ISD.
Community Engagement - Brookhaven College had its own series of “hunger games” over the summer. Andrew Deibert, service-learning and civic engagement coordinator at Brookhaven College, organized a checkers tournament to raise money for the Metrocrest Social Services’ Sack Summer Hunger program. The program provides food to children in need through weekly distribution of snacks and easy-to-prepare meals. The tournament was open to all Brookhaven College employees willing to donate $10 to the program. The event raised $275, which provided seven children with food for nine weeks of summer.
Employee Success - Adrien Cuellar-McGuire, humanities and cultural studies professor at Brookhaven College, recently attended a meeting in Austin for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s Learning Outcomes Project for Humanities. (She participated in the Learning Outcomes Meeting - Humanities.) The team, made up of six university and five community college professors, was selected from professors throughout the state to write course descriptions and student learning outcomes for humanities classes statewide.
Employee Success/Institutional Effectiveness - An administrative team from Brookhaven College, including Brenda Dalton, Rodger Bennett and Doris Rousey, along with professors Claire Bambrough, Nimmy Nair and Becky Knickel, and Academic Advisor Anne Darrouzet, attended the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Summer Institute in Scottsdale, AZ, July 28th-August 2nd. Team members participated in hands-on workshops with facilitators who are expert practitioners and national leaders in the field of academic advising. In addition to working with representatives from the DCCCD Texas Completes team and all seven colleges, the Brookhaven College team formed an action plan to evaluate and make future recommendations on academic advising at the college to align with the DCCCD Academic Advising Syllabus and Advising Pathways template. Team members will continue their work throughout the academic year and make recommendations for future action.
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