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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date May 5, 2008

Members of the Brookhaven College Geology Club volunteered at the Sally Ride Science Festival on April 26th at Southern Methodist University. The festival, hosted by the SMU School of Engineering, featured a talk from Dr. Sally Ride, America’s first woman in space. The festival featured discovery workshops for girls in elementary and middle school; ranging from how to extract deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) from a strawberry to how to search for signs of life on other planets. Twelve club members assisted with registration, at a variety of festival booths, and to direct the girls and parents to a variety of events and workshops. Susan Maxey, geology professor, sponsors the club and met Ride at the National Science Teachers’ Association conference in March. Sally Ride Science™ is an innovative science content company dedicated to fueling students’ interests in science, math and technology.

Each year Brookhaven College presents thousands of dollars in scholarships to deserving students, and this year’s Student Scholarship Reception was no exception. At the April 27th event, 50 students received more than $15,000 in scholarship funds. The awards recognized outstanding students in each of the instructional divisions, and many endowed scholarships were awarded to those studying in specific fields. Dr. Sharon L. Blackman presented the awards to students with approximately 150 employees, family and community leaders looking on in support of the students. Brookhaven College Piper Professor nominees Ray Attner, professor of marketing, and Dr. Nita Drescher, professor of developmental reading, assisted with the awards ceremony. New this year was an award given to a Brookhaven College student who is a parent of a child enrolled at the college’s Head Start Center. The event was generously sponsored by Town North Bank, carrying on its support of the event since 1994. The event was coordinated by Hannah Love, senior administrative assistant to Dr. Mary Brumbach in the Office of Resource and Economic Development. A saxophone quartet, under the direction of Professor Roy Allen, Jr., director of instrumental studies, provided music for the reception.

Students from Creekview and Coppell high schools and Booker T. Washington Arts Magnet took part in the annual “Night of Fire,” coordinated by faculty in the Brookhaven College School of the Arts. More than 30 students from Creekview High School worked on ceramics projects with Lisa Ehrich, professor of fine art. Students from Creekview and Coppell had the opportunity to see their metal works poured in bronze, and students from the arts magnet were able to have pieces poured in aluminum. The work with these students was a continuation of the School of the Arts partnership with local high schools’ advanced placement programs.

Brookhaven College was the host site for a special Learning Styles Academy on April 17-18th. The workshops, focusing on learning styles, brain-based and accelerated learning, were facilitated by Donna Willingham of Tomball College and Jose Baltazar of El Paso Community College. Instructors from throughout the district as well as others from Del Mar College and Tyler Junior College attended the two-day event. The workshop was funded by the THECB, through Carl D. Perkins Grants, as part of the Texas Professional Development Project for Texas Community College Faculty.





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