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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date Dec. 10, 2007

Michael Easton and Daniel Cortez, music majors at Brookhaven College , were recently selected to perform with the Texas Community College All-State Symphonic Band. Easton plays alto saxophone and Cortez plays tenor saxophone. The students were selected from a pool of more than 180 musicians from community colleges in Texas . These students will perform at the Texas Music Educators Association convention in San Antonio in February. Founded in 1920 as the Texas Band Teachers Association, the Texas Music Educators Association is an organization of nearly 9,000 music educators in the state.

The Brookhaven Student Government Association coordinated its annual Angel Tree Project, asking employees to be an angel to benefit the Genesis Women’s Shelter. Bags filled with coats and presents for 150 women and children have overfilled the Student Programs and Resources Office, said Yasaman Contractor, BSGA sponsor. The Genesis Women’s Shelter offers therapeutic counseling to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault at no cost to any client. Students and employees gathered items from the wish lists of those in the shelter as well as general items for the shelter. The Psychology Club members conducted pizza sales to raise funds to sponsor two requests on the Angel Tree.

One Brookhaven College student, Teddy Gambordella, was featured in a recent article in the Dallas Morning News (DMN). Gambordella has been paying his college tuition by selling pixels on his Web site. Now, in addition to paying his tuition, he is asking for matching donations to his favorite candidate’s campaign. His father has so far refused to pay his tuition since his son would not register as a Republican. (See article attached.) Find the full story at the DMN online.

This week, the Ellison Miles Geotechnology Institute (EMGI) was the site for a training session for members of 4-H, the 100-year-old organization of young people ages 9 (or 8 and in the 3rd grade) to 18 who are learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. The training offered at the EMGI leverages Brookhaven’s Community Mapping Project and other Geospatial Information System programs to enable cities and rural areas to use 4-H inter-generational teams to help with calls to “Alert, Evacuate and Shelter” during disasters. Diane Brownlee, director of the EMGI, has worked with Tom Tate, Washington D.C.-based 4-H National Director, as the training progressed. Teams from Texas and Oklahoma are learning how to map locations for emergency evacuation sites and shelters as well as how to use the 96-hour survival packs each trained 4-H team has with them at all times to help bridge the gap before emergency supplies can be brought in. In addition, the City of Dallas Office of Emergency Management has shown an interest in the program for the local area.




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