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Release Date March 2

Congratulations were extended to two Brookhaven College instrumental music students who took top spots in competitive auditions at the 2009 Texas Community College Band Directors Association All-State Symphonic Band and performed in concert with the honor band in San Antonio on February 14th. Victor Ramirez, clarinetist, and Ryan Arvo, alto saxophonist, earned the first-chair positions, marking them as the best classical musicians on their instruments from all of the community and junior colleges in Texas. Four high school students, also studying instrumental music at the college, earned positions in the Texas All-State high school band groups. Chris Rzeznik, from Hebron High School, made first-chair alto saxophonist in the 5A Symphonic Band for the second year in a row. Sol Park, an oboist from R.L. Turner High School, made second-chair in the 5A Philharmonic Orchestra. Nicholas Poulides (tuba player) and Matthew Solis (euphonium player) from Ranchview High School also earned first chair in the top 3A All-State Band. Congratulations also are extended to Roy Allen, Jr., director of instrumental studies and professor of saxophone, as well as adjunct professors Rose Obenhaus (clarinet), Donna Schmidt (oboe), and Clinton Sims (tuba and euphonium) along with the high school band directors from Hebron, R. L. Turner and Ranchview for their dedicated work in preparing these student musicians.

Faculty and staff members from Brookhaven College’s Radiologic Technology program recently attended the annual Association of Collegiate Educators in Radiologic Technology 34th Annual Education Conference and Business Meeting in Las Vegas. The conference attracts educators and students from all over the nation. Topics at the conference range from educational assessment and new technologies to professional review. The conference also attracted many highly regarded speakers from authors to leaders in our professional societies. Stephanie Wells, radiologic technology faculty, and Valerie Martin, clinical coordinator, ran the conference student challenge competition along with Beth Veale’ from Midwestern State University. Norm Burgess, adjunct professor, presented “Transitioning The Change In Your Teaching Styles; Or Why Do We Not Want To Try Something Different.” Christi Carter, professor, presented “Picture Archiving and Communication Systems: The Electronic File Room.”

Richard McCrary, interim president, led a group of Brookhaven College faculty and administrators to the Achieving the Dream 2009 Strategy Institute, February 17-20th in San Francisco. Over four days, representatives from each college in the nation participating in the “Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count” program shared success stories of their programs and strategies with the theme of “Equity and Excellence.” Much of the conference focused heavily on the colleges’ use of data as a tool in developing and testing their initiatives. Other presentations viewed how colleges would be moving forward with successful programs and initiatives.

The annual DCCCD Conference Day conducted at Brookhaven College on February 19th included field trips, teacher training, great food and fellowship. This year’s event began with brief remarks from Dr. John Williams, emcee and psychology professor, who introduced recorded comments from the chancellor as well as highlights from the District Awards Program. Some employees departed early on the first field trip of the day for “Retracing the steps of Lee Harvey Oswald” through the Dallas Historical Society, while others attended sessions about team-building, coping with change and human migration. Bob Ferguson, DCCCD trustee, also gave a presentation focusing on how to build community in a business by looking beyond differences. From food to finance to fitness, the presentations offered fun and education to employees throughout the day. Monica Taliaferro, director of marketing, headed this year’s conference committee for a second year with programming co-chairs Sheri Van Court, professor of ESOL, and Vicki DeFord, student support coordinator, and help from more than 50 employees to make the day a resounding success.




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