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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date Oct. 13

Five members of the Brookhaven Courier, student newspaper, and editorial staff attended the Texas Community College Journalism Association convention October 2nd - 4th in Corpus Christi. Scott Figuerola, editor; Kristin McKenzie, managing editor; Samantha Nickel, creative director; Christian Morales, photo editor; and Chris Vivero, photographer, attended and participated in on-site competitions. Scott received first place for copyediting and Kristin received second place for news writing. Staff members received an additional 16 awards for works submitted in advance.

In Beanie and the Bamboozling Book Machine, Brookhaven presents its first children’s theatre production in more than five years. When his science project goes awry, Beanie Boren brings bits of storybooks to life. Beanie created a machine that read books for him and would give him the answers to his teachers’ questions. However, something goes wrong. With characters drawn from “Hansel and Gretel,” “Snow White” and “The Wizard of Oz,” the production brings to life some of children’s favorite stories in a completely new way. Families and children of all ages are welcome at performances, October. 16th - 26th.

A small group of students, employees and community members gathered October 8th for a meeting of the Hispanic Heritage Club to hear a presentation titled “Hispanic Trends and Success Measures at Brookhaven College” given by Daniel J. Hubbard, M.S., director, Institutional Research Office. The program included general facts about Hispanic students in higher education across the nation with specific information about Brookhaven student data that included persistence and retention facts, and certificate and degree award totals. Community members Emily Simmons and Toni Lawrence-Cato from the Geico office in the Town of Addison added information about their company’s challenge to hire bilingual employees who have college degrees. The presentation concluded with a discussion about risk factors, success strategies and the power of education, followed by planning for a financial aid-application party for club members. The meeting was hosted by one of the club’s five sponsors Monica Taliaferro, college director of marketing and public information.

Though Rodger Bennett has taken on new duties serving as the interim vice president of instruction, he has not neglected his musical roots. This year, Bennett, a classic guitarist, was the featured soloist with the Mesquite Symphony Orchestra. He performed the beautiful Guitar Concerto in D by Mario Casteluovo-Tedesco at the Mesquite Arts Center on September 13th, and at Brookhaven College on September 20th. Bennett dedicated the performance at Brookhaven College to his mother, an accomplished musician, who had passed away the week before the Brookhaven College performance. This is the fourth year that the Mesquite Symphony and the School of the Arts’ Music Department have collaborated in presenting this concert to raise funds for music student scholarships.

Brookhaven College Early College High School (ECHS) 11th-grade parents and students enjoyed a buffet lunch prior to a parent meeting conducted September 27th. The meeting included an update for the coming school year, discussion of the Campus Improvement Plan, curriculum information regarding TAKS, grading and reporting policies for both ECHS and Brookhaven College dual credit classes, and upcoming field trips. Student support and resources provided by Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District and Brookhaven College, such as tutoring, academic mentoring, etc. also were discussed. Members of the high school faculty shared information about their expectations for students during the coming year, and information regarding degree plans and college courses also were presented. The meeting concluded with an invitation for parents to become involved in social activities for their students for the coming year. Presenters included Adriana Gomez, ECHS principal, Pam Geisinger-Sandy, ECHS counselor, Marilyn K. Lynch, associate vice president of career and program resources & ECHS liaison, and ECHS faculty members Brandy Gilmore, Jeanine Powell, and Ann Reavis.




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