BRCC congratulates all of our LCTCS Annual Conference Award Recipients

BRCC celebrates our faculty and staff members who were honored at this year’s LCTCS Annual Conference. L to R: David Sylvester, Computer Science Professor; Buffy Brinkley, Assistant to Dean of Technical Education; Dava Prince, Student Success Coach; BRCC Interim Chancellor Dr. Willie E. Smith; and Eboni Saurage, Practicing Surgical Technologist.
L to R: David Sylvester, Computer Science Professor; Buffy Brinkley, Assistant to Dean of Technical Education; Dava Prince, Student Success Coach; BRCC Interim Chancellor Dr. Willie E. Smith; and Eboni Saurage, Practicing Surgical Technologist.

Baton Rouge Community College once again congratulates all of our award winners for this year’s LCTCS Annual Conference. We are grateful for all of the hard work and dedication these individuals give to BRCC. 

Outstanding Professional Staff Member – Dava Prince, Student Success Coach
Dava Prince is a Student Success Coach in BRCC’s Work Ready U program. Since being honored with an Adult Education work opportunity in 2007, she has successfully served in numerous capacities at various BRCC locations. She believes that a student’s success is created through establishing strong connections and meaningful relationships, therefore she is driven to assist students in overcoming barriers that impact their learning and wholesomeness of life. She consistently promotes change to make the world a better place through education.

She is a mother of three, a Grammy of one, and a mentor to many. In her spare time, she loves family time, reading, coloring, photography, and traveling.  

Outstanding Professional Staff Member – Buffy Brinkley, Assistant to Dean of Technical Education
Buffy Brinkley has been working for Baton Rouge Community College for the past 17 years. She served students at Capital Area Technical College as an advisor, registrar, and Director of Student Services. She later joined the Technical Education Division.

Earning the respect of students and colleagues alike, Ms. Brinkley has used her vast skills in Microsoft Office to develop database systems, Excel spreadsheet programs, and other templates to eliminate manual processes and to increase efficiency in student services. She strives for excellence in customer service in the area of student advising and currently serves our students as the assistant to the Dean of Technical Education. 

She earned her first degree in Business Secretarial at Louisiana Technical College, Baton Rouge Campus in February 1995, her dual associate degrees in Office Systems and Accounting Technology at Capital Area Technical College in May 2003, and her bachelor’s degree in Business Management at University of Phoenix in January 2008.

Outstanding Faculty Member – David Sylvester, Computer Science Professor
David Sylvester is a Computer Science professor at Baton Rouge Community College. He attended Southern University, where he received his Bachelor’s degree in 1984 and Master’s degree in 1990. During his nine-year tenure at BRCC, he served as the Computer Science Program Manager.  He is a team member of a Capital One grant that engages in computer science and engineering outreach with elementary, middle and high school students.

Over the years, he has developed, published and maintained several websites including an electronic advising tracking system for computer science students. He is involved with the IBM Pathway in Technology Early College High (P-TECH) school Project that involves partnerships with the East Baton Rouge Parish School system, BRCC and IBM. The P-TECH program gives high school students an opportunity to earn an Associate of Applied Science degree while completing their high school diploma requirements. The P-TECH program represents the best of what public-private partnerships look like.  These young students have an opportunity to acquire academic, technical, and professional skills that will prepare them for 21st century jobs. 

Mr. Sylvester is the second of seven sons born to the late Mr. and Mrs. Louis and Doretha Sylvester and is the proud father of four – David Sylvester, Jr., Amber Nicole Sylvester, Ashley Doretha Sylvester, and Jaden Iverson Sylvester.

President’s Faculty Fellowship – Eboni Saurage, Practicing Surgical Technologist
Eboni Saurage is a practicing surgical technologist and surgical technology educator with 15 years’ experience as a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST). She holds degrees in Surgical Technology, Health Science and Academic Administration. She recently began working towards her Doctorate of Education in Healthcare.

She is the director of surgical technology program at Baton Rouge Community College and serves as Vice-President of the Louisiana State Assembly of the Association of Surgical Technologists and Vice-Chair of the United States Chapter of The Operating Room Global (TORG). Her passion for advancing safe perioperative patient care through fundamental and continuing education has driven her to also serve on numerous regional, state, and national committees for surgical technology and education.