Release Date March 31, 2008
Hundreds of students met face-to-face with faculty members representing college programs during this week’s College “Majors” Fair. This two-day event was coordinated by Al Davis and Edeleu Florendo, academic advisors. Dozens of faculty members were available at individual tables with career information on Tuesday and Wednesday in the Student Services Center . The focus of the event was to encourage students to find paths that lead to a transfer to a university or directly to the workplace, as well as what careers are open to students according to their major field of study in college.
Brookhaven College employees encouraged students to “Take Care of Business” this week in the Student Services Center . In support of the week-long focus on student services, faculty members, e-mail and posters reminded students that it is better to take care of any blocks, see an advisor, or discuss next steps with a professor before registration begins for the upcoming term. In addition to the College “Majors” Fair, a “Pay for College/Financial Aid Fair” provided students with financial aid advice and information about scholarships, grants and loans.
The Professional Support Staff Association (PSSA) members conducted a fund-raiser this week, taking advantage of spring weather for their first “Garage-less Sale.” Groups or individuals could rent a table for $15, and the Farmers Branch and Carrollton communities were invited through local newspaper ads purchased by the association. The Brookhaven Rotoract Club purchased a table and worked to raise their own funds, and students in the Visual Communications Club created posters for the event. The PSSA will use the funds to continue their support of the Employee Emergency Fund, Student/Employee Scholarships, and the book fund. The theme for the event was “Recycle, Reuse, Resale.”
Abilene Families , an online magazine that focuses on the issues, joys and challenges facing families in Abilene , Texas , featured an article this month about the Tolosa family. Professor Gustavo Tolosa, who directs the Brookhaven College Arts Academy , is just one of the musicians in his family who is featured in the article. Dr. Tolosa’s mother, children, niece and nephew are all musicians as well, and his children, niece and nephew attend school in Abilene . Dr. Tolosa is a concert pianist who has performed all over the world, including appearances with the Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra. The article focuses on a concert that the family hopes to perform together, featuring three-generations of Tolosas. A printed version of the magazine is a joint project between the city’s newspaper, the Abilene Reporter-News, and Abilene ’s two school districts. The full article is online at http://www.abilenefamilies.com/abilenefamilies/0408music.html.
Faculty members at the Early College High School at Brookhaven College are collaborating with college staff for another special science event in the Mathematics and Science Division. Students in the ninth grade will take part in this activity that is a little bit ‘Clue,’ and a little bit ‘CSI,’ on April 11th and 18th. Staff and faculty members in the science department will prepare the clues and guide students through experiments and observations designed to teach and generate interest in science at the same time. Last year, the students used their science knowledge to examine the clues and successfully solve the mystery.
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