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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date April 5, 2007

The Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas, Dallas Chapter, brought 55 students from the Dallas Independent School District and other local high schools to Brookhaven College on March 24th under the leadership of Juanita Nanez, HWNT chapter president. The students were taking part in the organization’s last meeting of a year-long Education Seminar Series. In addition to a tour and lunch, students were able to speak to different Brookhaven College students, faculty and administrators. Dr. Sharon L. Blackman, college president, was “interviewed” by two of the student-participants who asked about her education, unique challenges as woman of color, and her path to becoming a college president. Sam Govea, academic advisor and professor of psychology, presented an hour-long lesson from the human development course he teaches about student success. The visit was coordinated by Jean Kaplan, director, Outreach Services, and Monica Taliaferro, college director, marketing and public information.

Three Brookhaven College students were recognized as “Outstanding Soloists” at the North Texas Jazz Festival in Addison March 29-31. Bryan Campbell, plays trombone in the Brookhaven Lab Band; Lafael Banks, sings tenor in the Brookhaven Vocal Jazz Ensemble; and Sung Choi plays guitar in the Brookhaven Vocal Jazz Combo. The North Texas Jazz Festival is a collaboration between the University of North Texas Jazz Studies Division and the Town of Addison, which host the annual invitational jazz festival including performances by top UNT ensembles, major jazz headliners and outstanding school groups from across the United States. Schools must submit an application and recording to be invited to the festival.

Several from Brookhaven College traveled to Austin, March 28-30, for the Texas Association of College Technical Educators, TACTE, Conference. The association is a professional organization dedicated to providing leadership for the delivery of quality workforce education in Texas. Vernon L. Hawkins, associate vice president of workforce and continuing education, moderated a session focused on the educational and career opportunities available in Texas in gaming, simulation and animation fields. Representatives from The Guild Hall at Southern Methodist University, Houston Community College-Southwest Campus, and industry spoke about this challenging program's opportunities. Also attending were Sharon Burton, professor and new program developer; Ngoc Truong, instructional designer; and Thomas Anderson, assistant to the vice president for instruction.

As president of the Greater Dallas Association of Fundraising Professionals, Dr. Mary Brumbach, vice president for resource and economic development, served as host for 4,200 fundraisers in town for the International Conference last week at the Dallas Convention Center. In addition to those duties, she chaired the panel of corporate funders including Verizon, EDS, and Texas Instruments and led the orientation for 250 scholarship recipients for the conference. Dr. Brumbach also serves on the International Conference Advisory Committee responsible for selecting the speakers and 130 breakout sessions on topics ranging from direct mail to capital campaigns.

The Early College High School at Brookhaven College received a visit March 29 from Patricia Loera and Yoe-Ann Chow, representatives of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, along with Susie Goldberger and Leslie Haynes, staff members of Jobs for the Future. The visit was coordinated by Alma Garcia, Texas High School Project of the Communities Foundation of Texas and Denise Davis, ECHS Project Director, University of North Texas. The visitors observed several classes, talked with students, and engaged in a conversation with partners from the ECHS at Brookhaven College, and the University of North Texas regarding the pilot project's successes and challenges. Those present included Dr. Sharon L. Blackman, president; Dr. Mary Brumbach, vice president, resource and economic development; Marilyn Lynch, associate vice president, carer and program resources; and Dr. Barbara Bush from UNT's College of Education.




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