Release Date Sept. 20
Community Engagement - Dirt was turned at the official groundbreaking for Brookhaven Trail on September 18th. The trail project is a partnership among Dallas County, the Town of Addison, the city of Farmers Branch, Brookhaven College and the North Central Texas Council of Governments. Brookhaven College President Dr. Thom Chesney was just one of the speakers among two mayors, a county councilman and DCCCD Chancellor Dr. Wright Lassiter at the groundbreaking event. All commented on the fact that the new trail represents a new way for the community and college to connect.
Employee Success - The Brookhaven College Counseling Center team has been selected as a finalist for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) 2013 Texas Higher Education Star Award for its SkillsShops (workshops). The Star Award recognizes exceptional contributions toward meeting one of the Closing the Gaps by 2015 goals. Programs must meet the goals to close the gaps in student participation, student success, academic excellence and research. SkillsShops address student issues on dozens of topics ranging from test-taking tips to understanding personal relationships, from time or money management to personal safety. As a result of the workshops, participants have achieved higher success rates. SkillsShops were created and programmed by Brookhaven College’s Beverly Neu Menassa (assistant dean of student services), and Shirley Walker and Virginia Clemente (professional counselors), along with the efforts of and ideas from Rhonda Dalrymple, Laura Gambill and Maribel Pena-Lyons. Award winners will be announced at the 13th Annual Star Awards Ceremony, which will be held in Austin, November 22nd.
Student and Employee Success - The first issue of The Windmill, a Brookhaven College “zine,” was revealed to the campus at a release party on September 17th. (A “zine” is a small magazine, usually written by nonprofessional writers.) The Windmill publishes stories, poems, photography and artwork submitted by Brookhaven College students and employees, and selected by the journalism students. Brookhaven College’s Daniel Rodrigue, journalism professor, and Aaron Clark, English professor, coordinated the “zine,” and the students spent much of the summer laying out the publication for print.
Institutional Effectiveness - In addition to the longstanding district awards for Employee of the Year, the Piper Professor nominee and others, this year, Brookhaven College employees will have an opportunity to select a program or concept that did not succeed. Brookhaven College President Dr. Thom Chesney initiated and will underwrite an award to acknowledge that, although not all innovations succeed, there is value in learning from and celebrating the occasional unsuccessful attempts to innovate and improve what Brookhaven College does.
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