Feeding the Metroplex, One Meal at a Time
On Feb. 26 our Good NeighBEARS gathered at the North Texas Food Bank in Dallas for their latest service-learning project: packaging food for kids across the metroplex. There were about 25 participants from Brookhaven including students and employees. Other organizations were also present, giving the food bank more than enough help for one morning.
The process of packing the food had volunteers working together like a well-oiled machine. Volunteers formed an assembly line and worked together to fill bags with food items from plastic bins on top of a long table. The bags were then placed in cardboard boxes and baggers moved to the end of the line to do it all over again. Everyone played an important role with some bagging, some boxing, and others constantly topping off the food bins to keep the line moving.
All in all, volunteers for this shift produced:
- 10 pallets
- 300 boxes
- 2,100 bags
- 7,500 lbs
- 6,250 meals
Service-learning addresses human and community needs with structured opportunities that are designed to promote learning and development. More Good NeighBEARS service-learning projects are scheduled throughout the semester and are open to all students and employees. Sign up here!
Brookhaven Emergency Operations Plan Receives High Marks
Years of hard work and collaboration paid off last month when the FBI campus liaison agent commended the Brookhaven Police Department for excellence in critical incident response planning and preparation. The agent met with Capt. Gabe Galvez and Lt. Napoleon Hill on Feb. 24 to review the campus emergency operations plan.
The special agent has oversight for more than 40 colleges and universities in the FBI-Dallas Division’s AOR (area of operation). He noted in his evaluation that Brookhaven’s plan is one of the best currently in place.
“It is my humble opinion that your plan should be used as the standard for all of the DCCCD colleges and possibly as an example for other colleges/universities in our area,” the agent stated in an email.
The evaluation included responses, standard operation procedures, maps, cross training within the department and coordinated interagency cooperation. Extensive cross training allows every officer within the department to step into any role in a crisis situation.
“He was so impressed with our program, a topic for the next meeting is for us to present the program to (area) campus leadership including both two- and four-year institutions,” Hill said.
The emergency response plan was developed over a seven year period working with the district liaison and district risk management. The plan is tailored for Brookhaven College and takes into consideration all types of threats – disaster, fire, active shooter, etc.
“We think of what would be someone’s worst day and multiply that by 10,” Galvez said. “It’s great to know that all the hard work is paying off and the work will continue to assist our campus and other colleges and universities in the area.”
Igniting Tomorrow's Leaders Today
Leaders,” the IGNITE Texas State Conference, was held on Feb. 20 at SMU where more
than 200 young women gathered from across the state to learn about women in
politics. The conference included workshops on a number of issues like voting,
equal pay, the image of the female president, fundraising and more. Attendees
also had the opportunity to speak to and network with more than 32 women
elected officials, two of whom are U.S. congresswomen, during the roundtable
This year’s keynote
speaker was congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham, a U.S. representative of New
Mexico. Grisham spoke of her apathy in her own youth and her personal tipping
point when she truly began to see the value of public service and encouraged
attendees to start serving in their communities now. “IGNITE is the tipping point for transformation in this country, by
engaging young women in a whole new process of making a difference in the lives
of so many Americans. Thank you IGNITE for really moving our country
one step forward,” Grisham said. She also noted how she wished an
organization like IGNITE existed when she was a young woman and how lucky
today’s young women are to have it.
The highlight of the
conference for Brookhaven’s IGNITE chapter was the presentation of three
scholarships, two of which were awarded to Brookhaven students, Lauryn
Rodriguez and Nicki Elliott. Congratulations to both young women and to
Brookhaven’s IGNITE chapter.
IGNITE is a national
organization that builds political ambition in young women. Women make up 51%
of the population but hold only 20% of elective offices. So each year, the
organization trains thousands of high school and college women to run for and
be elected to political office. IGNITE was founded in California in 2009, and currently
has chapters in Texas and Colorado with plans to expand the model nationally
Brookhaven Receives 2015 Tree Campus USA® Recognition
Earlier this month, Brookhaven College was named a 2015 Tree Campus USA® school by the Arbor Day Foundation. Previously awarded to the school in 2013 and 2014, this marks the third time for Brookhaven to receive the national recognition. Being a Tree Campus USA® school means we have dedicated valuable time and resources to providing a nurturing environment for the trees on our campus, promoting conservation efforts and engaging others to do the same. Five core standards put forth by the Arbor Day Foundation were met by Brookhaven:
- Establish a tree advisory committee;
- Show evidence of a campus tree-care plan;
- Dedicate annual expenditures to the tree program;
- An Arbor Day observance; and
- Sponsor student service-learning projects.
“This designation has been important for Brookhaven, I believe, for it has caused us to look at our campus in a new way – as an urban forest and as an environmental ecosystem,” says Carrie Schweitzer, sustainability coordinator.
Through the school’s Arbor Day 2015 observance, service-learning projects and other events, the Brookhaven community came together to plant 117 new trees on campus. Unfortunately, excessive rains in the spring and a drought in the summer claimed 30 of them and were removed due to extreme weather damage.
Brookhaven exceeded the previous record of tree-related volunteer hours with 150 hours total, valued at $2,700. Sixty of those hours were completed by John Colias, a Geospatial Information Systems student, who collected and analyzed data from Brookhaven’s tree inventory. His work resulted in an almost 100 percent completion rate for the interior plantings of the campus.
Thank you to the Office of Sustainability, Green Team Coalition and our many partners and volunteers that helped make this recognition possible once again!
About the Arbor Day Foundation: As a million-member nonprofit conservation and educational organization, the Arbor Day Foundation has helped campuses throughout the country plant thousands of trees. Visit arborday.org/TreeCampusUSA for more information about the program.
Let's Grow Something Together
Today Feb. 22, marks the end of week one in Brookhaven’s
first ever crowdfunding campaign for the Windmill Garden. We are gaining
momentum and are on track to meet our goal of raising $7,500.
Beds and crushed gravel walkways, irrigation and an outdoor
classroom have been installed for quite some time with the completion of phase
one. The purpose of the crowdfunding campaign is to raise money for the
completion of phase two.
The three goals of phase two are to:
and install pollinator-friendly native plants
a garden storage unit
basic tools for volunteer gardeners
Check out the campaign video to see design plans for
the garden and testimonial from students on what the garden means to them.
Donate or learn more at https://dcccd.useed.net/projects/376/home.
DCCCD has partnered with USEED, a crowdfunding site similar
to GoFundMe and Kickstarter, but specifically geared toward higher education.
Brookhaven was chosen to launch the pilot campaign for the entire district and
will be a model to the other colleges in the future.
The USEED model is unique in many
ways, and these qualities are exactly what make it so successful. Not just
anyone can start his or her own USEED campaign, and there is an application and
approval process that must be followed. All crowdfunding campaigns through
USEED must be project based and have a clear and specific goal in mind. Another
key component of the USEED model is that all campaigns have only 30 days to
raise the money. It takes a hardworking team to get a campaign off the ground,
but the USEED success rate is much higher than your typical crowdfunding site.
With only three weeks to go, please consider making a
donation and help the Windmill Garden bloom!
Art Department Presents Two Exhibitions – Rachel Livedalen: Wannabe and Debora Hunter: POV
The Brookhaven College Art Department is pleased to present an installation of printmaking media by Rachel Livedalen in the Forum Gallery, and a digital photographic installation by Debora Hunter in the Studio Gallery of the Brookhaven College School of the Arts, Art Department Feb. 8-March 7.
Rachel Livedalen is an assistant professor of printmaking at the School of Art at Texas Christian University. Her work incorporates historical socio-cultural symbols and mythologies representing gender roles, identities and expectations. Her interdisciplinary professional practice —based in printmaking— includes drawing, sculpture, installation and performance.
Debora Hunter is a professor of photography at the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University. Hunter’s site-specific photographic installation in the Studio Gallery represents the gallery space within the gallery space.
Receptions for both exhibitions are March 4, 6-8 p.m. in their respective galleries.
Exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public. The Forum Gallery is located in Building F, Room F101, and the Studio Gallery is located in Building D, Room D127. Both galleries are open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about the exhibitions, contact David Newman, gallery director, at 972-860-4101 or at dNewman@dcccd.edu.
It won’t happen right away, but we will be moving the location of news notes like these to the college’s MyPortal pages.
The district has made several communication changes since January. The chancellor is no longer sending out what was the Weekend Memos. Each week these memos were sent around to the colleges and shared with the Board of Trustees as a way of keeping up–to-date with what was happening at each of the locations. Now, each college and the district is using the portal and the DCCCD The Week email to share this kind of information.
If you have an item you’d like to have added to the college’s news site, you can do it yourself now too. You are still welcome to send us your news items or ideas to share, but you have the option of submitting news to MyPortal as well. We’ll start linking items in the Chatter over to the portal for the time being and move to having this posted solely in the portal by this summer.
If you have trouble submitting news or need help navigating the site, please just let me know. We are still working some kinks out in the best way to make use of this resource, and want it to become a useful communication and information tool.
STEM Fair Offers Entertainment for All Ages
Experience the world through math and science at the Brookhaven College Spring STEM Fair Feb. 20 and 21 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in Building H.
Spark a budding interest in science, technology, engineering and math with Lego and K’nex design and build contests for age groups 6-8, 9-13 and 14-18. Prizes will be awarded for the best design in each age category.
Kids can enjoy demonstrations and hands-on activities including working with tangrams and making their own slime. The whole family can explore strawberry DNA, a human bubble and much more. All Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts in uniform will receive a free gift and can also earn a patch or rocker.
The STEM Fair is designed for all ages. It’s the perfect opportunity to explore the technology of today and imagine the unlimited possibilities of tomorrow. Reach higher and map out your own path to an exciting career by learning about new engineering classes at Brookhaven College.
There is something for everyone - from fossils to forensics and atmosphere to aeronautics. Check out the professional STEM lecture series and museum exhibits. Browse more than 32 vendor booths and enjoy lunch or a snack at the food trucks. Admission, parking and popcorn are free.