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Brookhaven College employee newsletter: Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Campus Quick Hits

West Nile Speaker

Epidemiologist Reports on Hot Topic

Dr. Wendy Chung, chief epidemiologist for Dallas County Department of Health, spoke about the impact of the West Nile virus outbreak in North Texas and the county’s expanded prevention program. More than 200 students and employees attended the Math and Science Lecture series event to learn more about the disease. Chung’s presentation outlined the virus itself, the timeline of last year’s outbreak and the county’s responses through that timeline.

A camera crew from NBC Channel 5 attended the lecture and used footage to supplement its story on the county's extended prevention plan. View NBC 5's story.



Expert Adds Value to Classroom

Pete Freedman, founder and editor of Dallas entertainment website Central Track, visited Daniel Rodrigue's newswriting class in November to talk shop. The award-winning writer discussed the future of journalism, his company's internship opportunities and how to become part of the ever-evolving Dallas scene. Freedman's work has been featured in publications from Miami to Toronto, and his Dallas Observer piece "Swagger Like Us" earned him third place in the Music Reporting/Criticism category of the 2009 Association of Alternative Newsmedia AltWeekly award. Central Track is a local entertainment resource that “reports on everything cool” in Dallas, Freedman said.



Speech Contest Coincides with National Event

Speech Contest

The Speech Department partnered with the Institute of Political Science and Phi Theta Kappa this year for its sixth annual speech contest. In time for the 2012 presidential election, the contest's theme, "Persuasive Campaign Speeches," was timely and relevant. Seven students participated, with first place earning $300, second place $200 and third place $100.

Congratulations to the winners!


America Recycles Day

America Recycles Day

Last month, Brookhaven College celebrated America Recycles Day, and it was a booming success!

eRecycler, the Dallas County Community College District’s electronic waste recycling vendor, was in the Building S parking lot Nov. 15 to collect phones, computers, cables, TVs, batteries and more for recycling.

Chad Clancy, the City of Dallas’ Cease the Grease representative, also made an appearance, offering free supplies and FOG (fats, oils and grease) recycling tips.

Brookhaven College prides itself on promoting “green” living and eco-friendly practices within the community. Recyclemania 2013 is just around the corner, and Brookhaven College plans on competing nationally beginning in February!


Student Art Showcase

Student Art Showcase

The Brookhaven College Art Department recently concluded its Studio Art Class exhibition series, which showcased student works. The three consecutive exhibitions included art from the classes of two- and three-dimensional design, drawing, life drawing, art metals, ceramics, digital media, photography, printmaking, watercolor, painting and sculpture.






PSSA Bake Sale

PSSA Bake Sale Results

A large handful of employees supplemented their Thanksgiving feasts this year with homemade goodies from the annual Professional Support Staff Association bake sale. From coconut pie to pumpkin pie crunch cake, every last sugary confection found its way to a (more than) willing home.

With 70-75 items preordered, bakers made one to two extra desserts, which sold out within minutes. The sale raised $541 for PSSA initiatives, including the PSSA Student Scholarship and the Employee Emergency and Emergency Textbook funds.





Big Band Performs at Vitruvian Park in Addison

Big Band Performs

Brookhaven College’s very own School of the Arts Big Band is scheduled to perform Dec. 19 at 8:30 p.m. at the posh new Vitruvian Park in Addison. The Big Band, a jazz ensemble of adult and high school students, share a love for the swinging-good times of the ‘40s and ‘50s and the sounds of soulful horns and snappy percussion.

This visit will be Big Band's first to Vitruvian Park. The performance takes place during the park’s "Sparkling Lights, Dazzling Sights: Holiday Spectacular," running Nov. 23 through Jan. 1.

For more information about the event, contact the Music Department at Ext. 4102.