Release Date Dec. 13
Community Engagement - Daffne Bennett, Brookhaven College outreach and recruitment coordinator, and student volunteers helped a little street in Farmers Branch prepare for the holidays. Bennett and the students “elves” volunteered three afternoons to help hang holiday lights, turning the street into a magical place for the community. Every weekend in December, thousands of visitors come to see the light display, Santa Claus, listen to holiday music, enjoy hot cocoa, share in the community and give. Last year, there were 50,000 visitors; more than 13,000 pounds of food, 120 brand new bicycles, 600 toys and $3,000 were donated.
Institutional Effectiveness and Employee Success - The Texas State Technical College (TSTC) Police Department sent a thank you note to John Klingensmith, chief of the Brookhaven College Police, for the help Lt. Gabe Galvez offered TSTC in planning emergency operations and drill procedures, threat and risk assessments, and training. Galvez had worked with one of the TSTC officers at a leadership training conference, and the two have stayed in contact. When asked to share how Brookhaven College has taken steps to prepare for an emergency, Galvez jumped at the chance. He considers passing on the insights he has gained and the materials he and the department have developed with others, a way to show his appreciation for all the training he has received through Brookhaven College.
Employee Success - Pies and cakes were packed onto tables in the Workforce and Continuing Education Office just before the Thanksgiving break for the annual Professional Support Staff Association (PSSA) Bake Sale at Brookhaven College. PSSA holds the bake sale for those who may want to purchase homemade items for their families or holiday parties. This year, more than $650 was raised. Student scholarships and donations to the employee emergency fund are two of the ways the funds are used. The bake sale is one of the biggest fundraisers for the association. In fact, after complaints that some of the choicest items sell out too fast, the sale now allows those who “can’t live” without a particular item to pre-order. This helps the bakers to be prepared and it boosts sales, too.
Student and Employee Success - Brookhaven College has two artists featured in the exhibition, “Creative Differences: 35 Years at 500 X” - Don Taylor, art professor, and John Taylor, Brookhaven College alumnus. 500X is one of the oldest artist-run galleries in Texas and a noted Dallas art space. The exhibition features a variety of works by a selection of 29 former gallery members, from the founding artists to more recent alumni. Both Don and John (father and son, respectively) collaborated on an installation that features Don’s paintings and John’s vinyl mural pieces, and emphasizes the connections between the artists in this show and throughout the history of 500X.
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