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Brookhaven College employee newsletter: Wednesday, September 18, 2013

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IPS Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with Latino Politics

The Institute for Political Science (IPS) kicked off its first event of the year with a panel composed of Social Science professors. The first scheduled speaker had to cancel unexpectedly, so Bob Little, Mark Skorick, Ahad Hayaud-Din and Bill Sigsbee stepped in to carry on with a discussion of “Latinos in Politics.” The panel went smoothly, with the faculty members being fed questions from the audience. Hopefully the previously scheduled guest speaker will be rearranged into a later date, so keep an eye out for a revised schedule from Ahad.



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Open-Book

Open Book Inspires with Videos for First Event

Hurshel Burton opened this year's first Open Book event on Sept. 4. Held in the auditorium, the event was composed of two videos. The first video was of Wes Moore, author of “The Other Wes Moore,” as he spoke about his life’s journey from public school to becoming a Rhodes Scholar. He also explained how his choices and the encouragement of loved ones kept him from a path bent on pain and destruction. Wes Moore stated, “We are not products of our environment, we are products of our expectations.” The second video shown was President Obama’s Graduation Speech to Morehouse College. The president talked about his choices that led him to Morehouse, and he encouraged the graduating class to remain “Morehouse men” when they leave. Hurshel closed the event, and reminded students to keep attending future Open Book events.



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Remembering 9/11

Remembering 9/11

Representatives from the Dallas Police Department, Farmers Branch Fire Department and other local first responders along with members of the Brookhaven College Police, gathered with dozens of students and employees for a solemn ceremony as the American flag was raised to half-staff on Sept. 11th. Dr. Thom Chesney, college president, recounted his remembrances of that day to open the 9/11 Day to Remember. Andrew Deibert, service-learning and civic engagement coordinator, put together the program along with information tables from first responders and, along with the Health Center, a “Battle of the Badges” blood drive as a way to remember and offer thanks to those who lost their lives in 2011.

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Welcomes Back

Student Life Welcomes Back Students

This past Thursday, the Office of Student Life hosted the Welcome Back Carnival. The party took place in the Commons Courtyard, with music, food and several clubs managing their own carnival “booths.” Each club had games supplied to them, where they could engage students participating in activities around campus, as well as offer them actual prizes in true carnival fashion. Aside from clubs, a caricature artist, a magician and a balloon artist were present to entertain. Congratulations to the Office of Student Life on yet another successful welcome back party.

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Remembers JFK Assassination

IPS Remembers JFK Assassination

For the second IPS event, Nicola Longford, executive director of The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, visited Brookhaven College to discuss the “Impact of the Kennedy Assassination on Dallas.” Nicola presented several videos from the museum, as well as the events planned for the 50th anniversary of the JFK shooting. The main goal of the 50th anniversary is to make the subject matter relevant to generations today and to get rid of the remaining stigma tied to Dallas from the incident. At The Sixth Floor Museum, there are volunteer and career opportunities for anyone interested. For more information, visit their website at www.JFK.org.


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Constitution Day

IPS Salutes Constitution Day with Special Guest

This month’s final Institute for Political Science event welcomed Judge John Creuzot Sept. 17 from 9-10:20 a.m. in Bldg. K, Room K234 for a lecture entitled, “Criminal Rights and the Constitution” in honor of Constitution Day. Creuzot touched on topics ranging from historical civil rights cases to slavery as well as engaged in discussions with students about our country’s current political climate and hot-button issues. He was the State District Judge of Dallas for 22 years and is now in private legal practice.