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Brookhaven College employee newsletter: Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Quick Hits

Baseball

Bears Hit it Out of the Park
After a great season of hard work and determination, the Brookhaven Bears baseball team has secured its first ever Metro Athletic Conference Championship! The team also earned the top seed in the upcoming National Junior College Athletic Association Regional Tournament, set for May 17-19 at Craig’s Ranch in McKinney. The team finished the season with an impressive 19-11 record, tying with North Lake College. Let’s cheer them on as they make their way to the NJCAA College World Series!

 

 

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Barry Hoffman

Reporters Recall "The Turbulent 60's"
Reporters Barry Hoffman and Hugh Hynesworth visited Brookhaven College April 18 to recount “The Turbulent 60’s” and their personal experiences as eyewitnesses. Barry and Hugh were invited by Daniel Rodrigue, John Neal and Deborah Whaley-Stephenson, upon the discovery that Barry taught Continuing Education courses at the college. After summarizing the major cultural and political events from 1960 to 1970, both gentlemen shared “behind the scenes” stories: some with wild dashes, some with humor and some with somber tragedies. Both reporters had very interesting points of view of the John F. Kennedy shooting, as Barry was interviewing then-lawyer Richard Nixon, while Hugh was running around Dallas chasing Lee Harvey Oswald. The audience peppered both gentlemen with questions ranging from journalism to rumors of the '60s. Barry Hoffman, in closing, left this quote as the take-away of his career and experiences: “One thing that makes a free America is a free press.”

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Reporting Child Abuse

"Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse"
In conjunction with Child Abuse Awareness Month, the Dallas Children's Advocacy Center presented "Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse" on April 24. The engaged audience learned the signs of child abuse and how (and when) to report cases--one in four girls and one in six boys are abused before the age of 18, though only one in 10 children report it. Samantha Tello, DCAC representative, shared the warning signs of child abuse: bruises in odd places such as behind the ears, on the sides of the body and under the feet; major change in mood; not wanting to go home; speech disorders; unattended medical needs; and poor nutrition. If you suspect that a child is being abused physically, mentally or through neglect, you are required by law to report your suspicions. Anonymous reports can be made to the state's 24-hour abuse hotline: 1-800-252-5400. If the child is in immediate danger, call 911.

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Mike Mezeul

Photographer Offers Insight
Mike Mezeul, all-occasion Dallas photographer, met with students April 24 to discuss how they can build a portfolio, market their work and get access to events. Mezeul made two career recommendations to the up-and-coming photographers: have a website, updated portfolio and business cards; and take the “Eddie Adams Workshop," a four-day, tuition-free intensive that did wonders for Mike's career, he said. In closing, Mike answered questions from the audience and offered to review portfolios on a one-on-one basis. To view Mike’s work or to contact him, visit his website at http://www.mikemezphotography.com/.

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Arbor Day Celebration

Arbor Day Celebration
A crowd of employees and students helped plant a young tree April 25 in celebration of Arbor Day. Thom D. Chesney, Brookhaven College president, and Patrizio Chiquini, student government president-elect, presided over the ceremony. Placed between buildings S and A, the cedar elm was donated by Valleycrest, the college's landscape service company.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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End-of-Year Party

End-of-Year Party
Hopefully you didn’t miss the good food and great times of the “End of Year Party” April 25! Hosted by the Office of Student Life, the event was open to everyone, including classes in session. With catering from Marshall’s Barbeque, cotton candy, a mechanical bull and a DJ, high attendance by both students and employees came as no surprise. Thanks to Dominica McCarthy, Yasaman Contractor and their team for the fun event, and congratulations to all our graduating students!

 

 

 

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Healthy Family Day

Healthy Family Day
Andrew Deibert and the Office of Service-Learning hosted Healthy Family Day April 27--a day full of fun and health-awareness. The RN2B had a table set up with nutritional comparisons between major food and beverage brands, and several volunteers assisted participates with activities offered. The day kicked off with a Run/Walk 5k, and guests were challenged with a rock wall, an inflatable funhouse, a water balloon station, hula hoops and a DJ-lead dance floor. The event was a part of the “Take 10” movement to end childhood obesity, which encourages youth to exercise for at least ten minutes a day.

 

 

 

 

 

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Dr. Idean Salehyan

“Impact of Violence in Syria on US Foreign Policy”
Dr. Idean Salehyan, University of North Texas associate professor of Political Science, concluded the Spring 2013 IPS event series with “Impact of Violence in Syria on US Foreign Policy.” Salehyan examined Syria’s history, demographics, political events and relatively recent Arab Spring movement, all of which fed into not only the US’ response through policy, but also the four possible outcomes for Syria. The professor has authored three books, one of which relates to the topic of the international civil war movements, “Rebels Without Borders: Transnational Insurgencies in World Politics.” For more information on Salehyan and his writings, visit his faculty page on the UNT website: http://www.cas.unt.edu/~idean/.

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A Taste of Culture

A Taste of Culture: Asian and Pacific Islander
In celebration of Asian and Pacific Islander month, the Office of Student Life presented "A Taste of Culture" May 1. Passersby were treated to Asian and Pacific Islander cuisine samples and a Hula dancing performance.

 

 

 

 

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Julie Perez

"The Parental Decision Making Process"
For the semester’s final Open Book Project event, Julie Perez, Brookhaven College faculty, led an interactive workshop April 17 about parental decision-making. In one exercise, each audience member guessed or recalled how their parents would have or did react to certain life situations. Perez concluded the workshop by spiritually guiding the audience through a meditation exercise intended to place the audience member in a physical memory of a chosen parent, whilst the parent was faced with a difficult decision. The purpose of the workshop was to reflect the tough choices the mother made in this year’s common reader, “In the Sea there are Crocodiles" and to bring catharsis to any student or employee suffering emotionally from past childhood events.

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Almost, Maine
Love Stories Find a Home in "Almost, Maine"
Theatre Brookhaven performed a rendition of John Cariani’s quirky compilation of love stories, “Almost, Maine," April 25-May 5. Directed by Lisa Devine, the showings on May 3 and 4 were free for employees, courtesy of Thom Chesney and Rick Maxwell. With great vocal projections, fully developed character portrayals, great line deliverance and beautiful lighting, the cast and crew received standing ovations. Congratulations to the Theatre Department for an outstanding performance! The department's next feature, "Little Women," runs June 27-July 7.