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Brookhaven College employee newsletter: Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Quick Hits

Garbology 101

Garbology 101

The Brookhaven College Green Team Coalition held a "Garbology 101" interactive outside Building S on Nov. 14 from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Several members of the coalition set up informative signs and encouraged them to recycle as they went to lunch. This event was created to honor America Recycles Day on Nov. 15. This is just one event in the planned campus campaign by the Green Team Coalition in educating students and employees on the benefits and necessities of recycling.

 

 

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North Texas Campus Sustainability Forum
North Texas Campus Sustainability Forum

Brookhaven College hosted the 2013 North Texas Campus Sustainability Forum on Oct. 11 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Several universities attended, including University of Texas at Dallas. Lunch was provided by Enterprise and representative Kristy N. Stephens presented the company's car-sharing program. This program is contracted through 2-5 year agreements, where the school is allowed a certain amount of cars that students or employees are able to "rent" out for a set time. Carrie Schweitzer, assistant to the president, coordinated the forum and closed it with thanks to all who attended.

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Fall Forum
Fall Forum

The English Department collaborated with the QEP, Open Book, Office of Student Life, and the Office of the President to hold the Fall Forum 2013 in the Performance Hall on Oct. 24. Originally, Dr. Ivory Toldson was scheduled to speak, however, after being appointed to a White House position was unable to attend the event. Dr. Thom Chesney, college president, agreed to fill-in and speak to the students. Chesney focused his talk around the success of students who attend community colleges, from the myths surrounding the two-year institution, to where Brookhaven College stands in comparison to other Texas colleges. Thom tied the topic into the current Open Book by discussing some of the books that impacted his life personally, and how those books continue to affect his decisions today. After a short question and answer, he thanked all offices who contributed to the event and encouraged the students to continue to find success here at Brookhaven College.

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Andrew Boyer Concert
Andrew Boyer Concert

Brookhaven student Andrew Boyer held a mini-concert with fellow student Camryn Jackson in the Treetop Café on Oct. 17. Andrew, using all his own personal musical equipment, performed during the lunch rush hours of noon and 2 p.m. The event was free and open to the public, and attracted crowds of up to 20 people at a time. For more information on Andrew Boyer performances, contact Angel Boyer in the Workforce and Continuing Education Division at Ext. 4574.

 

 

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Spook Fest 2013
Spook Fest 2013

This Halloween, Brookhaven College's Student Government Association hosted Spook Fest 2013 on Oct. 31 from 6-10 p.m. outside Building T. The party invited several on-campus clubs and organizations to hold tables of activities. Some of the clubs attending included Phi Theta Kappa, Cheer Club, Radiology Club and the Green Team Coalition. The event was open to students as well as the community with an entrance fee of $5. Guests enjoyed a dance floor powered by a DJ, a buffet food line and a haunted house worked by student volunteers. This event is just one example of all the successful parties and gatherings planned by SGA. To find out more about the Spook Fest, or any future events, visit the Office of Student Life in Bldg. S, Room S201.

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Earth Science Fair
Earth Science Fair

The fall Brookhaven College Earth Science Fair was over the weekend of Oct. 19-20 and had a total of 1,129 attendees. As with every Earth Science Fair, the Girl and Boy Scouts of America were given an on-site curriculum which led to BCGI giving out 342 completion badges over the two days. Some of the returning exhibitions for the fall included the Perot Museum, Fort Worth Museum, Dallas Gem and Mineral Society, and the Society of Petroleum Engineer, while the BCGI brought in the new addition of Mobile Placer Mine Sluice. This mobile wagon was parked in front of Building H for the fair, and created a mining station where the guests could pan for minerals and valuable rocks. Congratulations to the team at BCGI for another successful Earth Science Fair. Keep an eye out for the next fair in the spring, over the weekend of Feb. 22-23, 2014.

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STEM Lecture Series
STEM Lecture Series

Dr. John Varcoe from the University of Surrey, UK, visited Brookhaven College on Nov. 7 as a part of the STEM Lecture series. Dr. Varcoe presented recent research done at the university on clean electrochemical energy systems. Some of the few projects stemming from the research include Redox Flow Batteries, Reverse Electrodialysis Cells, and bioelectrochemical treatment of wastewater. Varcoe also addressed issues of energy security, and how the newly engineered systems based on hydrogen maybe the solution to all problems of modern society. Concluding with questions from the audience, Claire Bambrough, faculty, announced the possibility of future visiting scholars as a part of the STEM Lecture Series.

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Tennis Courts
Tennis Courts

Brookhaven students, staff and faculty will have access to brand new tennis courts for the spring 2014 semester! Users should take note of the available hours to avoid class conflictions. Tuesday-Thursday: 7:30-9 a.m.; Monday-Thursday: 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Saturday: 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. The tennis courts are located next to the P1 parking lot in front of Building W.

 

 

 

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Transfer Fair
Transfer Fair

On Oct. 15 the Brookhaven College Advising Center invited students to the 2013 Transfer Fair. From noon until 2:30 p.m. students were able to meet with a variety of colleges and universities to map out a smooth transition from Brookhaven College to the school of their choice. Some of the schools that attended included University of North Texas, Southern Methodist University, University of Texas at Austin and University of Texas at Dallas.

 

 

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Brookhaven Text and Drive
Brookhaven Text and Drive

Oct. 22 was the kick-off for the Season to be Sober at Brookhaven College. In the Student Services Center Lobby, a driving simulator was set-up for students to experience the negative impacts that distractions have while driving in a safe environment. Around 285 students participated, and 87 pledged to never text and drive after. During the event, MADD, as well as the Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse set up tables, to inform students of the dangers of careless driving. This year, the Brookhaven College Rotorac Club gave 10 volunteers to assist with the event, and dressed up as crash victims to emphasis the fatal consequences and really "drive home" the message of mindful driving.

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Texas 2Show
Texas 2Show

The Texas 2Show was held in the Atrium Gallery at Brookhaven College on Nov. 11. Graphic Artists from many different colleges participated for "best" in many different categories, including Best in Show, Postage Stamp, Book Cover, and Logo Design. The Brookhaven College winners were Kaylee Thompson with second place in Logo Design, Kevin Pha with second place in Self-Promotion, and David Hernandez with second place in Postage Stamp Design. The exhibition is still up in Building B, so make sure to stop by and support the artists before the works are gone!

 

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Seventh Annual Speech Contest Winners
Seventh Annual Speech Contest

The Seventh Annual Speech Contest took place in Building H on Nov. 6. This year's theme was "Your Choices, Your Journey" based on the 2013 Open Book, "The Other Wes Moore." Following the mantra of "life is a choice, not a stereotype", contestants gave personal narratives about times in their lives when a decision completely changed the course they were on. The winners this year were Kalvis Miles in first place with his speech "Decision Making", Dalia Marin in second place with "The Ride of My Life", and Michelle Driver in third place with "Our Miraculous Comeback". The Seventh Annual Speech Contest was sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa, the Communications Division, and the Speech Department.

 

 

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Dave Herman
Dave Herman

Dave Herman, photographer, educator and visual sociologist visited Brookhaven College School of the Arts on Oct. 29, to speak on the power of images. Presenting a few of his images taken in Dallas, Dave invited the students and employees to talk about the difference emotions provoked by certain scenes. Having deep roots in the Gullah Geechee culture, Dave also shared his art revolving around his background and explained how students could apply this to their own lives. For any further information on Dave Herman, or his works, visit his website at www.daveherman.com.