News at Brookhaven College

News Note

Release Date March 7

Student Success - Theodor Seuss Geisel turned 110 years over the past weekend and, as part of a celebration, members of the Brookhaven Bears basketball team were invited to share a few of his stories. The team read Dr. Seuss stories and shared the importance of reading and using imagination with the classes at Cigarroa Elementary School in Dallas. Bears coach, Kevin Hurst, and second year students Trey Mohair from Denton, Ryan and Curtis Gile from Richardson Pearce took part in what has become an annual event.

Student Success - The first regular season National Junior College Athletic Association poll was released on February 26, and the Brookhaven College Bears baseball team ranked fifth. Coach Brandon Rains said, this was the second time in two years that the program cracked the top five, and the third time in four years that the program had been ranked in the top 10 nationally. Alexander Anderson, Davis Szanto and Byron Brooks all are in the top five listed for runs batted in. Anderson and Brooks both rank in the top five for home runs. Garrett Harris tops the leader board for pitching wins. The Bears are 12-5 and 4-0 in conference play as of March 3.

Community Engagement - Hundreds of children will find a note of encouragement in their summer camps snacks this year thanks to Brookhaven College students and employees. Andrew Deibert, coordinator of service-learning and civic engagement, partnered with the Open Book Project to gather healthy snacks (February 17 - March 4) to donate to Rainbow Days, Inc.; providing snacks for the 600 children who attend Rainbow Days summer camps. On the final day of the drive, students and employees wrote more than 220 encouraging notes to be included with the snacks. The Professional Support Staff Association donates $300 to the program; providing snacks for three of the four camps. In addition to all the food donated, the drive collected $400, which will fund a camp scholarship. Rainbow 5 Days works with children from homeless and domestic abuse shelters and gives kids hope for a promising future. Special thanks to Sprouts Farmers Market and Men of Note Chorus for the community support as well.

Institutional Effectiveness - This spring, Brookhaven College's Social Science Division is hosting a four- part lecture series, "Focus on Criminal Justice." At the first event on February 12, retired FBI agent Kathy Lumley visited with criminal justice faculty and students to discuss the judicial process from the perspective of the FBI; how cases get referred to the FBI; federal vs. state prosecution and the types of violations that federal law enforcement officials investigate. A question and answer session about careers in the FBI followed. On March 3, the second event featured Kyle Louster, a police officer with the Dallas Police Department, who spoke to students about overcoming challenge and adversity in the line of duty. Kyle recounted the night he was struck by a vehicle while on duty, detailed the long and painful road of personal and professional obstacles he has faced, and explained the importance of having the strong mental mindset to stay in the fight. Two additional events round out the series with Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins speaking on March 20, and a criminal justice symposium on April 25 that will feature speakers from various branches of law enforcement and representing legal and criminal justice support careers.


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