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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date May 12, 2008

For the second year, Global Elementary Model United Nations (GEMUN) will come to Brookhaven College on May 9th and 10th. For 19 years, GEMUN has provided a unique opportunity for 4th-8th grade students to role-play as United Nations delegations in committee and in General Assembly. More than 300 students, sponsors and parents will attend GEMUN as delegates from public and private schools throughout Texas, the nation, and from Russia and Mexico. Carrie Schweitzer, assistant to the president, coordinates much of the group’s activity around the college along with Jane Quetin, theater professor, Sarah Ferguson, executive dean of educational resources, and others who serve on the committee.

In anticipation of Memorial Day, members of the Brookhaven Student Government Association worked with the Walden Preparatory School of Farmers Branch to bring in a display titled “The Human Cost.” Students and staff at the 36-year old school have created a memorial for fallen soldiers of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The memorial includes panels on display in the Student Services Center which are painted to resemble the American flag; glued to each panel are hundreds of popsicle sticks, each with the name of one of the soldiers and the date that he or she died. More about Walden’ dedication to “high school students who hate school” and the memorial project is available on the school’s web site at

Juanita Zapata Flint, executive dean, Health and Human Services, represented Brookhaven College at the Texas Women in Higher Education Annual Conference, April 24-25, at Texas State University, San Marcos. The conference was for women leaders of higher education to discuss leadership challenges that are unique to women and learn how to advance in leadership positions. The keynote address was titled “Ariadne’s New Threads: Women Reclaiming the Labyrinth” and delivered by Dr. Ann Daly, a professional speaker, life coach, and author based in Austin, Texas, and former professor at The University of Texas at Austin.

Brookhaven College, in partnership with Thomas Jefferson High School (TJHS), has developed an initiative to increase the enrollment of TJHS seniors in classes at Brookhaven College. As part of President Sharon L. Blackman’s “Southern Sector Initiative” to reach out to the southern sector of the college’s service area, the college’s admissions, advising, testing, and financial aid departments collaborated with the Institutional Outreach and Recruiting Department to remove barriers and provide services to facilitate enrollment at the college. By early April, 75 seniors completed enrollment forms for the summer and fall. The summer students took the Accuplacer assessment test and completed financial aid forms. Last week, all 75 seniors visited Brookhaven College for an orientation, a tour, advising for summer students, assistance with financial aid forms, and to hear about student services, including Rising Star, EXCEL, and the Career Development Center. Jean Kaplan, Julie Hanson and Greg Rife, school alliance coordinators, planned and organized the visit.

Ann Reavis, a math teacher at the Early College High School at Brookhaven College and adjunct math professor at Brookhaven College, received a $1,000 grant from the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District Education Foundation. The grant was awarded for the Reading and Writing in the Math Classroom Program that works to build literacy in Reavis’ math classroom. Her pilot program used current events, activities and books to increase interaction of the students and demonstrate the students’ talents and strengths in math through reading and writing. The grant money is provided to assist programs that promote achievement of academic excellence.





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