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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date March 3, 2008

Two dual credit students in Brookhaven College’s Emergency Medical Technician Program earned regional honors and will move onto the state competition. On February 23-24, Bilal Master and Lindsey Holder competed at the area-level for Health Occupations Students of America. The two students, who are in the dual credit program through R. L. Turner High School, earned first place, and in April will be advancing to the state competition in Austin.

Students in the Cultural Studies: Mexico-A Cultural Perspective class, taught by Professors Adrien Cuellar-McGuire and Edleeca Thompson, recently celebrated a pre-Valentine’s Day Mexican potluck luncheon. This course is supported in part by a grant from the Fund for the Improvement of Post Secondary Education. The grant supports research to determine if there is an effect on student access, persistence and retention when a student-identified key family member is involved in the instructional process. Students brought in a traditional Mexican dish to share, along with a history of their food item and the recipe, and many also brought a family member or mentor as a guest for the meal. The project recipes will be published and given to the students and faculty. The pot luck is one of four family involvement activities that students complete during the semester.

Roy Allen, music professor, traveled with several students to the Texas Music Educators’ Association (TMEA) Convention in San Antonio, February 13-16th. Michael Easton, Brookhaven College freshman, was chosen as second-chair alto saxophonist in the final audition for the all-state TMEA Symphonic Band. Daniel Cortez, another freshman, earned the first-chair for tenor saxophone. Two high school saxophone players who are enrolled in the Brookhaven Chamber Ensemble and Private Lesson Program were selected for the Texas 5A All-State Symphonic Band. Chris Rezeznik, a junior from Hebron High School, made first-chair alto saxophonist, thus being rated the “best” high school classical alto saxophonist in the state of Texas. Dennis Liang, a senior from L. V. Berkner High School, made fifth-chair alto saxophonist.

Theatre Brookhaven opens its spring season with “The Visit” by Friedrich Düerrenmatt and translated by Patrick Bowles, February 28-March 9. When a bankrupt town has to choose between one of its long-time citizens and millions of dollars, satire and tragedy open a door for some truly funny moments. Directed by Michael A. Robinson, the play focuses on Claire, who left town years ago but is coming back willing to share her wealth -- on one condition. In exchange for her millions, all she wants in return is for the town’s people to turn over and execute, Ill, her former friend and lover.

Parents and students at the Early College High School at Brookhaven College gathered last week to make choices for their next academic year. On February 25th, the 10th-grade students and their parents took part in presentations and discussions concerning four-year plans, DCCCD dual credit and core curriculum requirements, and initial information about university transfer. The families also heard a presentation about financial aid options from a team from the University of North Texas. On February 28th, the ninth-grade students and parents participated in information sessions regarding dual credit and their 10th-grade choices, and viewed a video about college expectations.

Students from the Early College High School at Brookhaven College freshmen class are volunteering at the Greater Dallas Head Start Center at the college. Anita Jackson, site manager for the center, met with 15 students who applied to volunteer on a weekly basis. Students will assist the teachers in activities during circle time while children are learning their letters, singing songs and finger plays. They will help in large groups and small groups. The students are excited to be able to provide quality time for service-learning. Some of the students are interested in the teacher education field and will use this experience to explore teaching as a career.



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