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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date Dec. 22

Outreach efforts by staff from the Ellison Miles Geotechnology Institute (EMGI) have been increasing with November as a highpoint. Members of the EMGI had a booth, November 6-8, at the Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching. Approximately 650 teachers visited the institute’s booth and received a free rock or fossil specimen. Two short courses titled “More Rocks in Your Head” were filled to capacity with 75 teachers in each session. Diane Brownlee, director of the EMGI, served as Applied Science Education Chair at the Society of Exploration Geophysicists International Convention in Las Vegas in November. Gerald Bartz, learning lab coordinator, and Stan Pittman, part-time staff, hosted a booth at the Dallas Gem and Mineral Show, November 22-23, for Boy Scouts, scout leaders, parents and teachers interested in learning more about Earth Science.

The Dallas Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas (DACLU) celebrated Bill Of Rights Day on December 15th with “A Bill Of Rights Renaissance” program at SMU Dallas Hall. Trish Dodd, Ph.D., English professor at Brookhaven College, was one of the speakers at the event. Dr. Dodd represented a local chapter of Amnesty International and discussed the organization’s issues and plans of action concerning the Bill of Rights. The issue of immigration in Farmer’s Branch, as well as freedom of speech on college campuses, was a major point of discussion. Other participating organizations included the DACLU, Bill of Rights Defense Committee, the Dallas Peace Center, LULAC, the Dallas League of Women Voters and many others.

Poor weather conditions delayed the college’s opening on December 16th, but nearly 30 English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) students arrived at Brookhaven College’s East Center for their 8 a.m. courses. Leroy Butler, continuing education and workforce specialist, also arrived early to open the doors knowing that many of these students are dropped off and without transportation. James Burns, ESOL instructor, came in early to teach his courses and volunteered to teach the more than 25 ESOL students who had arrived for their regular courses. He made some coffee and gathered the students from different courses, different levels and different countries for an impromptu grammar lesson.

Staff members of the Brookhaven College Outreach Services Office braved the sleet and cold weather the evening of December 16th for a registration session called “Back to School for Mom and Dad!” Parents of students from Thomas Jefferson High School (TJHS) and two of its feeder schools, Francisco “Pancho” Medrano Middle School and David G. Burnet Elementary School, responded to an invitation to take Brookhaven College non-credit courses in English for speakers of other languages, computer literacy and general education development. The classes were scheduled in response to a survey of parents who expressed their interest in classes taught at the TJHS campus. Jean Kaplan, director for school alliance and institutional outreach, and Marilyn Lynch, associate vice president for career and program resources, worked together with Ed Conger, principal of TJHS, to bring this opportunity to a convenient site for parents wanting to learn English, better their lives through education and serve as role models for their own children. Vernon Hawkins, associate vice president for workforce and continuing education, provided the scheduling of teachers and logistic support in concert with Bob Burchfield, director of financial aid. This collaborative effort delivered information, placement, textbook sales and course instruction at the TJHS site.



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