News at Brookhaven College

News Note

Release Date Feb. 28

Community Engagement - The STEM Fair at Brookhaven College on February 22nd-23rd was a huge success! Brookhaven College Geotechnology Institute (BCGI) staff members Melanie Gamble and Venus Bullard recorded more than 1,500 attendees. Educational booths provided hands-on activities which included “Cloudy with a Chance of Rainbow,” “Many Crystal Faces” and “Ask the Expert.” In addition, the booths served as a resource for the 250 Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts who earned STEM badges by completing an on-site curriculum. To coordinate the fair, the BCGI collaborated with dozens of departments at Brookhaven College - from Outreach to Facilities Services - and with 115 student and employee volunteers. The BCGI also partnered with local businesses and groups, including The University of Texas at Dallas GeoClub, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, Green Mountain Energy and the Heard Museum. Also, in only its second offering, the STEM lecture series had a record participation of 230 attendees.

Brookhaven College was the host site for Las Llaves del Éxito (The Keys to Success) on February 15th. There were more than 350 high school juniors and seniors who, along with their parents, were given the opportunity to learn more about college planning, financial aid, scholarship opportunities and entrance exams, as well as listen to personal experiences of college students and their parents. Jean Kaplan, director of outreach at Brookhaven College, coordinated the event with District Outreach staff members. According to the District Outreach Office, Brookhaven College had the most student and employee volunteers of any host campus in the history of the event (11 years).

Student Success - Three music students in the Brookhaven College Music Department program achieved high rankings in the Texas Community College Band Directors Association All-State Symphonic Band.  Based on taped and live auditions, John Justus was selected as 7th chair clarinetist, Eduardo Garcia was chosen as 2nd chair alto saxophonist and Martha Zamora was selected as 12th chair flutist. These students competed with others from junior and community college across the state and performed in a concert at the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Convention, held in San Antonio, February 12-15th.  TMEA is the largest state music convention in the country with nearly 30,000 music educators and performers attending from all over the state and country.

Six Brookhaven College Bears Basketball Team members were recently selected for the Metro Athletic Conference All-Conference Team. Sophomore Trey Mohair from Denton Ryan High School was selected to the First Team. Kenny Slocum and Zac Bowman, both freshmen, were named to the Second and Third teams, respectively. Tray Baldwin, Obioma Ugoala and Austin Combs, all second-year players, received Honorable Mention All-Conference honors.


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