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Brookhaven College employee newsletter: Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Student Event Recap

As always, the first month of the fall semester has been full of fun activities. Here's a quick recap of some of the things you may have missed.

Student Event Recap


Bear athletics are off to a great start, as the Lady Bear soccer team stands undefeated after six games. Metro Athletic Conference play began with a home game against Eastfield College Sept. 11, where the Bears scored seven unanswered points. Check the latest soccer scores.

"Our Lady Bears soccer team continues rolling along towards what hopes to be a trip to the National tournament," said Lynne Levesque, director of athletics.

Lady Bear volleyball is 7-11 in nonconference play after its Sept. 15 game vs. Trinity Valley Community College. Conference play began Sept. 17 with a home game against Eastfield College. Check the latest volleyball scores.

Student Event Recap

Students 50+ Party, Fall Preview

The Students 50+ Program saw its largest crowd yet at its fourth-annual “Get a Running Start on the Fall Semester” event Aug. 4.

Senior adults between the ages of 50 and 90 stopped by to socialize, learn more about the program’s fall courses and register, according to DeBorah Whaley-Stephenson, senior adult student advisor and event coordinator.

The Brookhaven College Students 50+ Program, a college staple for more than 10 years, allows senior adults to improve their skills related to the workplace and their hobby/passion, as well as to acquire a degree and enjoy learning.

The event was organized by the Brookhaven Active Adult Students club and the Students 50+ Program.

Student Event Recap

Slam Poet Joaquin Zihuatanejo

“I promise you – this isn’t going to be one of those poetry readings.”

Joaquin Zihuatanejo, Individual World Poetry Slam champion and HBO Def poet, entertained a packed crowd Sept. 4 for the 2012 Fall Forum. The poet’s passion for his work lit the stage as he rhymed like a rapper, performed like an actor and inspired like an artist.

The event included readings from the poet’s recent work, including a few from his new book “Family Tree.”

Following the reading, Joaquin chatted with students for a brief meet-and-greet, then lectured in the Slam Poetry workshop.

Student Event Recap

Maya Culture, Prophecies

Adam Herring, Ph.D., popped by for a visit Sept. 5 to lecture about one of his specialty subjects, the Maya people. The guest speaker delved into fascinating topics such as Maya prophecies and divination, as well as more historical discussions about their art, culture and languages.

Students had an opportunity to pose questions, and some attendees asked about the much-debated Mayan calendar. Herring is an associate professor of art history and the director of graduate studies at Southern Methodist University.

Student Event Recap

The People and Politics of Afghanistan

Ahad Hayaud-Din, social sciences instructor, drew quite a crowd Sept. 10 for his GOVT 2301 open lecture “Understanding the People and Politics of Afghanistan.”

Students and staff gathered to learn more about the culture, people, economy and politics of this country that is so much in the news yet so little understood. Ahad gave insight into why the country is in its current state and answered questions that have remained without an answer for many.

The lecture was part of the Institute for Political Studies events and was sponsored by the Open Book Project initiative.