Release Date Dec. 15
On November 23rd, Phi Theta Kappa student honor society conducted its fall induction ceremonies and the Brookhaven College Alpha Delta Pi student chapter welcomed 120 new members. The Early College High School was well represented among the new PTK members with 22 ECHS students inducted. Aaron Ostrom, Ph.D., executive dean of special programs, advises the organization. Along with more than 40 students and several family members, Dr. Richard McCrary, executive vice president and chief instructional officer; Oscar Lopez, vice president of enrollment management and student success; and, Rodger Bennett, interim vice president of instruction, also attended. Adrianna Gomez, ECHS principal, and Pam Geisinger-Sandy, ECHS counselor, attended to offer encouragement to the students they serve. “While I am always happy to see any of our students inducted into this honor society,” said Dr. McCrary, “the fact that 22 of them are ECHS students speaks to the academic excellence of those students.”
Two music majors at Brookhaven College were selected for the Texas Community College All-State Honor Band. Victor Ramirez plays clarinet and Ryan Arvo plays alto saxophone. These students were selected from among more than 170 tapes submitted from community and junior colleges from all over the state of Texas. The Texas Community College All State Honor Band now performs a concert each year at the Texas Music Educators Association Annual Conference in February 2009. In addition, Daniel Cortez, who plays tenor saxophone, was selected as a first alternate.
As the economy continues to take hits, the needs at local animal shelters have grown when families can no longer afford the cost of their pets. Doug Swofford, Brookhaven College student and member of the college’s Amnesty International group, organized with fellow students a fundraiser called “Save the Animals” on December 4th. Other student clubs from the college also took part in the event in support of the Dallas Humane Society. Sixty-four students, as well as a few college employees, gathered at the El Chico restaurant in Carrollton to gather dog and cat food, and other supplies to support the shelter. The restaurant also donated 10 percent of the night’s proceeds to the Humane Society.
The Alternative Certification for Teachers Program celebrated the program successes at the advisory council holiday reception on December 10th. Two intern teachers were presented with engraved apples named after Brookhaven College ACT founder Marjorie Westberry, professor of English. Janis Grace, one of the recipients, teaches World History at Lake Highlands 9th Grade Center. As a probationary teacher, she earned the distinction of being asked to make a staff development presentation to other district teachers on classroom management. Miguel Topps, the second recipient, teaches science at Bowie Middle School in the Irving Independent School District. His supervisor and mentor recognized him for his excitement for science and his belief in kids that permeates his classes. Two Brookhaven College employees also were recognized; Vicky Jackson-High was selected as ACT faculty member of the year and Sarah Ferguson, executive dean for educational resources, was selected as the ACT Program advisory council member of the year. The event was sponsored by the Credit Union of Texas and a variety of volunteers, school administrators, and past and present alternative certification students attended.
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