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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date Feb. 9

The Texas Scholars Program is a program sponsored by the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District (C-FBISD) where local business people are invited into eighth-grade class rooms to discuss the importance of setting goals during high school. On January 27th, Dr. Richard D. McCrary, executive vice president of Brookhaven College, spent an hour with 20 eighth-graders at Blalack Middle School of Carrollton discussing the importance of decision-making and planning. In addition, information about the C-FBISD’s Early College High School at Brookhaven College and the DCCCD Rising Star program was shared. Students also participated in budget planning so to better understand the costs of daily living.

More than 100 students and employees came together to the 10th Annual Rhythms and Sounds of Poetry on February 3rd at Brookhaven College in celebration of the 2009 National African American Read-In. “Celebrating the Legacy: 10 Years in the Making,” honored the memory of Ben E. Barnes, former executive dean of administrative and instructional technology, who had been a long-time participant in the event. Selena Stewart-Alexander, developmental writing professor, organizes the event each year and co-hosts with Bill Sigsbee, professor of English for speakers of other languages. Roy Allen, music professor, and Hurshel Burton, English professor, performed musical tributes. The musical quartet of Greg Jacobs, sociology professor, Zack Miller, former dean of communications, Brad Thomas, academic advisor, and Dr. John Williams, psychology professor, reunited for a special performance of some of Ben’s favorite songs. The nationwide Read-In, in its 20th year, has been endorsed by the International Reading Association. More than a million readers of all ethnic groups from 49 states, the West Indies, and African countries have participated. The goal is to make the celebration of African American literacy a traditional part of Black History Month activities.

Elementary schools from throughout the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District sent more than 300 students to five special presentations in December and January at Brookhaven College’s Ellison Miles Geotechnology Institute (EMGI). The college’s Institutional Outreach office, led by Jean Kaplan, director, worked with the C-FBISD staff to introduce fifth-grade students to college and career opportunities. Diane Brownlee, director of the EMGI, scheduled speakers and was active in presenting about geology, called “Rocks In Your Head.” During the visits, the students rotated in small groups between presentations about geographic information systems, geology, and a tour of the college campus.

Mayor Tim O’Hare delivered the Farmers Branch annual state of the city address January 29th at the Sheraton Dallas North hotel during a meeting of the Farmers Branch Chamber of Commerce. Brookhaven College sponsored a table attended by Dr. Richard D. McCrary, executive vice president and chief instructional officer, Rodger P. Bennett, interim vice president for instruction, Diane Graifemberg, Farmers Branch resident and Richland College employee, George T. Herring, vice president for business services, Marilyn K. Lynch, associate vice president, career and program resources, Monica Taliaferro, director, marketing and public information, and Monica Wenthold, senior administrative assistant for the health and human services division.

The Early College High School (ECHS) at Brookhaven College conducted its end-of-semester student recognition ceremony on January 30th. The Achieving the Dream awardees were Alexis Arevalo, Arturo Gonzalez, Erika Hinojosa, Donavan Sengphaathit and Eric Torres. Students in ninth- and 10-grades were recognized for making the A-B honor roll, demonstrating good character, leadership and most improvement. The 11th-grade students received a variety of academic and leadership achievement awards and five students received awards commending their Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count. Students were selected by the ECHS faculty for going beyond expectations and demonstrating their commitment to accomplishing their post-secondary goals.



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