College and Health Fair
The Student Services Center was packed with tables March 13 for the 2013 College and Health Fair. A total of 70 college and health representatives were on-hand to answer students' questions, with the colleges and universities near admissions, and the health tables near advising. The event, coordinated by the Advising Center, created a setting where students could have a great time. Apart from the 315 give-away items provided by the Advising Center to students who attended, free massages, merchandise from various universities, and free, blood pressure tests were just some of the added incentives of the fair. Congratulations to Al Davis, academic advisorn, and his amazing team for the success of this year’s College & Health Fair!
"Human Rights of Afghan Children"
Jacqueline De Meritt, political science professor at the University of North Texas, visited Brookhaven College March 26 for “Human Rights and Afghan Children." De Meritt examined the effect of war on the education, health care and life expectancy of children in Afghanistan over the past several decades. After taking questions from the audience that tied in other tragic world events in Syria, Iran, South Africa and Thailand, Jacqueline ended with information on how Brookhaven College students could help remedy situations in Afghanistan. Jacqueline referred students to www.helptheafghanchildren.org, www.savethechildren.org and www.freerice.com. Through Free Rice, for example, students can donate rice in their spare time by answering simple trivia questions. For more information, contact Jacqueline De Meritt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Women's Progression in Society
Former Texas State Representative Harryette Ehrhardt presented a look at women’s progression in society on March 27, the final event for Women’s History Month. Harryette discussed women’s rights in America over the past 150 years and emphasized both pay inequality and the efforts of those who fought for women’s suffrage. Now retired, Ehrhardt focuses her efforts in organizing the campaigns of those who wish to run for political offices.
College Hosts Platinum Club Luncheon
Dr. Thom Chesney, college president, and the School of the Arts hosted the Farmers Branch Chamber of Commerce Platinum Club luncheon April 3. Enjoying lunch on the Performance Hall stage, the group was treated to exclusive theater, music and dance performances, and received hand-crafted ceramic tumblers as gifts. Dr. Chesney let the BCSA students' talent "do the talking" to promote the college's performance opportunities. More than 25 students participated in the event, and several BCSA faculty members performed with their students.
Earth Day Fest 2013
Kermit the Frog says “It’s not easy being green,” but he’s never attended the Brookhaven College Earth Day Fest!
The Green Team sponsored the fourth-annual celebration April 4 in the Commons Courtyard and welcomed environmentally friendly vendors such as Green Mountain Energy, Cease the Grease, Ground Work Dallas and Carrollton Parks and Recreation. The volume was turned up when a Nissan Leaf electric car made an appearance, courtesy of Nissan and the Brookhaven College Automotive Technology Department.
The Big Green Bear Garage Sale also set up shop, selling donated, used items and brought in $60 that will benefit the Professional Support Staff Association. Last but not least, electronic recyclables were accepted through eRecycler, the e-waste vendor. Thanks to everyone for their participation and support!
Religion in Society: Panel Discussion
The question “What role does religion play in society?” was addressed during a panel discussion April 6. Panel members included Dr. Justin Fisher, professor of philosophy at Southern Methodist University; Reverend William Thompson, executive director of Union Gospel Mission of Dallas; Dr. Michael Harding, adjunct professor; Daniel Cundiff, adjunct professor of philosophy and monk; and Alexandra Espinoza, student at Brookhaven College. Many aspects of religion and its role in society were brought up, including the applications of controversial issues, standards held to throughout time, conflicts within the Church, and the various relationships developed in society in respect to religion. Due to questioning from the audience, the event ran a little longer than originally expected. Those who attended left with the conclusion that religion must play a role in society, no matter how great or how small.
Spring 2013 Career Fair
Hundreds of job seekers from across the DFW metroplex dropped by the 2013 Spring Career Fair April 11. The fair, which spanned the length of the Student Services Center, offered students and the public a sampling of full- and part-time positions from more than 50 participating companies. Positions ranged from nurses and caregivers to sales representatives and service technicians, and companies included sponsor Texas Army National Guard, Dallas Police Department, Gaylord Texan, One Network Enterprises, Pappas Restaurants and more. In addition to the myriad of available jobs, the Career Development Center also offered one fair-goer a $300 scholarship. Congratulations to winner Maria Batista!
International Day: A Celebration of Culture
Wondering why the Common’s Courtyard was so full of students, music and great food April 15? Hopefully you didn’t miss this year’s International Day Fest, organized by the World Languages Division. For four hours, both students and employees enjoyed musical performances, dances, home-cooked food and little trinkets for sale from all over the world. International students who dressed in traditional wear from their native countries had the chance to participate in a fashion show with employees. More than 10 countries were represented in the fashion show, and 24 total countries were featured throughout the event. Congratulations to Grant Sisk, Sheri Van-Court and the amazing team in the World Languages Division for the great success of their festival!
"Addiction and Alcoholism as a Disease”
Don Radon of Brazos Recovery Center visited Brookhaven College April 17 and 18 to discuss “Addiction and Alcoholism as a Disease” and how to change the social and medical mentality associated with the diseases. Using the findings in studies on addiction in the past ten years, Radon discussed the difference between a heavy user and drinker to an actual addict or alcoholic, beginning with the definition of Hedonic Dysregulation. Don utilized emotional experiences in his life as a recovered addict and alcoholic to better explain how the irregularity lies with the mid-brain, where all primal instincts reside. The talk revolved around the role of drugs or alcohol to a person suffering from Hedonic Dysregulation, that “drugs become survival” and “survival overrides morality.” Although Don points out addiction as a disease, he does not believe those who commit crimes should be exempt from the law, only that they receive the proper medical care normally provided to those with diseases. Concluding his talk, Don fielded questions from the audience and encouraged future contact with him or his center for any help with addiction and alcoholism. For any further information on the Brazos Recovery Center, visit their website at http://www.brazosrecovery.com/.