Release Date March 28
Community Engagement - On February 28th, more than 200 students were provided the chance to meet faculty and learn about career opportunities available in technical fields at two events at Brookhaven College. The Automotive Technology Expo and the Technology Career Expo were originally planned as a single event, but Brookhaven College’s Stephen Herd, automotive technology faculty, and Sherry Lowery, computer information technology faculty, realized they were inviting two different groups of high school students. Both expos offered students the chance to learn about career opportunities, meet faculty, and see the college, but splitting into two events enabled them to better meet the needs of the students. The Technology Career Expo showcased the Computer Information Technology, Visual Communications, and Geographic Information Systems programs. Everyone who was a part of these first-time expos was pleased with the attendance and the interest expressed by students and their high school teachers.
Student Success - Brookhaven College students Sandy Gonzalez and Casandra Vasquez attended the IGNITE 2nd Annual Young Women’s Political Leadership Conference: Transforming Your Passion into Political Action, held at Texas Wesleyan University on February 22nd. The organization encourages political ambition in young women ages 14-25 through education, training, work opportunities, and networking. The conference addressed a variety of relevant topics for high school and college students in both state and national politics, such as immigration and reproductive rights. The day-long event included a lunch with state and local elected officials, and concluded with a networking reception to help college students build professional contacts.
Student Success and Community Engagement - On March 17th, Daniel Rodrigue, Brookhaven College journalism professor, hosted a question and answer panel (open to students and community members) that featured some of the best music photographers in North Texas. Rodrigue gathered nine of the artists voted “best” by readers of the Dallas Observer to share their photography “war stories.” Each photographer discussed his/her involvement in the community, how he/she got into photography, and his/her favorite experience in the North Texas music scene. Included on the celebrity panel was Brookhaven College student Kathy Tran. Tran is well known on campus for her contributions to the Brookhaven Courier (student newspaper) and the Dallas media outlet, Central Track, and also for her private sessions with fellow students. The event concluded with student discussions and networking.
Employee Success - Grant Sisk, Brookhaven College associate dean for the World Languages Division and interim director of the Multicultural Center, was recently notified by Lamar University Press of its interest in publishing his novel. He began writing the novel while he was a graduate student and resumed working on it in the last few months. When he received a notice that Lamar was looking for novel-length prose submissions, he decided to submit it. Sisk stated that his original intent had been to write a dark novel about the decay of post-World War I western civilization. The novel that emerged is instead something more comedic and modern. The working title is A Thousand Miles Out of My Mind, but the title and story may change a bit as he plans a deep edit of the book before it goes to the publisher.
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