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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date Jan. 21, 2008

One-hundred forty (140) fifth-grade students from Stark and Rainwater elementary schools of the Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD (CFBISD) visited Brookhaven College for a geosciences career and college experience at the Ellison Miles Geotechnology Institute. Professionals in the mining, geothermal, geology, and geospatial technology industries presented an interactive program on careers in their fields that even included a cement mixer on site. Diane Brownlee, director of the EMGI, coordinated the event and worked with Jean Kaplan, college director of school alliance and institutional outreach, and Greg Rife, school alliance associate, on this collaborative program. Hector Lopez, school alliance associate; Julie Hanson, school alliance coordinator; Dennis Maddox, EMGI administrative assistant; and Stan Pittman, EMGI staff retired geologist, helped with the field trips. Four more fifth-grade CFBISD student groups will be visiting this spring for this geosciences career/college program, totaling 420 elementary school student visitors.

For the fourth year, Linus Spiller, service-learning coordinator, Student Programs and Resources Office, was selected to participate in TeCo Theatrical Productions’ annual New Play Competition. This is the sixth year for the event that is designed to encourage playwrights and their works. The competition is sponsored in part by the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, Southwest Airlines, and 94.5 KSOUL. Linus’ play is titled “The World’s Greatest Game Show Ever!” The competition includes six plays, and performances of the contenders will begin February 14th at the Hampton/Illinois Library Black Box Theater.

Ensuring a good first-week-back for the spring semester, the Professional Development Office coordinated a busy week of seminars and training opportunities for employees. In four days, more than 115 faculty and staff members took advantage of six activities. The College Faculty Development Committee, professors Cheryl Dyer Vargas, Marisa Walsdorf and Valerie Martin and Linda Lee, professional development director, presented, “Talking Teaching,” a faculty-led, colleague-to-colleague conversation on best practices. Guests from Estrella Mountain Community College introduced employees to “learning studios” at two sessions. These radically flexible learning spaces integrate furnishings and technology targeted at increasing student engagement and success. Three sessions titled “What If It Happened Here ...?” were presented by Mark Lopez, college police captain, to teach appropriate responses and reviewed systems in place to handle possible violent emergency situations at the college.

Opening on January 14th, the latest exhibition arranged by the Brookhaven College School of the Arts features 29 works by 29 former students of the Fine Arts Department. The exhibition, Brookhaven College School of the Arts Alumni 1978-2008,” is in both the Forum and Studio galleries at Brookhaven College , and runs through February 27th. Marking the 30th anniversary of Brookhaven College , the exhibition presents work by alumni at different stages of their careers, representing a broad survey of professional practices. The reception for the artists is February 22nd from 6-8 p.m.



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