Release Date Nov. 15
Student Success - The 7th Annual Speech Contest at Brookhaven College was a collaborative affair, combining the efforts of the Communications Division, Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) and the Open Book Project. This led to the most successful contest to date! On November 6th, 10 contestants presented their speeches to an audience of more than 125. The Open Book provided the theme for this year’s speeches, “Your Choices, Your Journey.” Kalvis Miles, speech student, earned first place and a prize of $300 (sponsored by PTK) for his speech, “Decision Making.” Dalia Marin placed second with “The Ride of My Life”; Michelle Driver won third place for “Our Miraculous Comeback.” Each student who participates in the contest is sponsored and coached by one of the professors or adjunct instructors in the Speech Department at Brookhaven College.
Student and Employee Success - Brookhaven College Radiologic Sciences students and graduates received awards at the recent North Texas Radiologic Technologist Society annual banquet. The event honors the top 25 technologists in North Texas. Sharon Watson, Brookhaven College radiologic technology professor, and two students, Darchelle Scott and Angela Toombs, attended the banquet. Included among the top 25 technologists were two graduates of the Brookhaven College program, Janet Benton and Tammy Montour, who are also adjunct faculty in the program. Brookhaven College students, Ronnie Manning, Jeffrey Abraham and Stephen Fontenot, were nominated for the Rising Star Award, which recognizes overall class and clinical performance, community involvement and efforts above and beyond the norm. Manning won second place and received a trophy and a certificate, along with a check for $300.
Community Engagement - The World Languages Division at Brookhaven College coordinated a “Bring a Buddy to School” event on October 31st, encouraging current students to bring a friend who might be interested in attending the college. The event was open to all Brookhaven College students and featured music, food, games and information about entering college. During the half-day event, more than a hundred students and potential future students stopped by to see what the party was all about. This was a new recruiting initiative focused on using our own students’ experiences to spread the word about college opportunities.
The 2nd Annual Spooky Trot at Brookhaven College was a huge success! Vikki Ethington, college police officer and event organizer, reported an almost 25 percent increase in the number of people who registered and the amount of food collected, over last year’s totals. While the rainy weather may have reduced the number of participants to just 74, there were 146 who registered for the run/walk of October 31st. The Dallas Medical Center provided T-shirts to those who registered and donated food items. All of the participants - and many who just wanted the T-shirt - donated more than a thousand pounds of food for the college’s student food pantry. Ethington is still accepting donations in exchange for the few remaining shirts. Winners of the Spooky Trot were recognized for both speed and creativity, with prizes for those who won the race and those who had the best costumes.
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