News at Brookhaven College

News Note

Release Date April 26

Student Success — A recent special display in the Brookhaven College Library featured haiku poems distilled from events from World War I.  Talented students from the Early College High School at Brookhaven College created a “History Haiku,” concentrating a historical event into just 17 syllables to accompany a historical photograph.  Nancy Barlow, Brookhaven College English professor, stated that students were asked to closely examine one event or person and create a poem that would capture the essence of the event.  The students used language skills and history knowledge to create the poetry and then created a visual sense of the piece by selecting an image to accompany the haiku.  The display, which included related books from the library, was also created by the students.

Two members of the Brookhaven College Bears Baseball team recently signed national letters of intent to National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I programs.  Student athletes Clay Haltom and Ryan Flynn will both graduate in May from Brookhaven College.  Haltom (from Edgewood, TX) will be attending The University of Texas-Pan American and Flynn (from The Woodlands, TX) will be attending Southern University in Louisiana.  This makes five Brookhaven College baseball players who have moved on to become NCAA Division I athletes in the past two years.

Community Outreach — The Brookhaven College Classical Guitar Ensemble recently made some “noise” at the Manske Library in Farmers Branch.  Directed by internationally recognized classical guitarist and recording artist Carlo Pezzimenti, the group performed a concert consisting of pieces from the Renaissance to the 21st century.  More than a hundred visitors attended the event, and library staff was not expecting such a large crowd.  So, while more performance programs were being printed, Suzette Vaquera-Constantine, college outreach coordinator, spoke to attendees about Brookhaven College offerings.

Institutional Effectiveness — Brookhaven College Geotechnology Institute (BCGI) was on display at Earth Day Dallas held at Fair Park, April 20th-21st.  The event is an annual, free, two-day, outdoor festival that seeks to raise awareness of the environment and influence the way North Texans think, live and work.  An estimated 65,000 visitors had the opportunity to view BCGI’s booth and testtheir green trivia knowledge, track their carbon footprints, take the CO2 emissions quiz and play “Spin the Wheel”for green prizes.  Susan Reinke, instructional learning lab coordinator at Brookhaven College, spoke with booth visitors about core samples of ocean sediments to explain the layering process and how it relates to time and events.  Many volunteers from the Brookhaven College Geology Department, Mathematics and Science Division, Green Team, Outreach Office and BCGI staff, as well as staff from Greenhill School in Addison, donated their weekend time to staff the booth.  BCGI partnered with Greenhill School prior to the festival for an Earth Day contest where students decorated green-themed grocery bags, some of which were displayed in the booth.


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