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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date March 16

The Brookhaven College Lab Band has been selected to participate in the New Generation Jazz Festival, April 4-5th, in conjunction with the 52nd Annual Monterey Jazz Festival in Monterey, California. The New Generation Jazz festival promotes jazz education and features instrumental and vocal groups from across the country, ranging from middle school through college level. The band is scheduled to perform on Sunday, competing against five other schools for top festival honors. Guest bands are traveling in from Japan and England, with 57 bands from six states, from Alaska to Texas, participating in the prestigious event. The festival also hosts a variety of educational clinics.

Students and faculty members in the Brookhaven College School of the Arts’ ceramics department continued their support of the Empty Bowls event this year. Lisa Ehrich, art professor, and Susan Mollet, adjunct instructor and instructional associate, had a “bowlathon,” with open studio time so students could use the ceramics lab to throw bowls from recycled clay. The bowls were taken to Trinity Ceramics, one of the major sponsors of the annual event. The 10th Annual Empty Bowls, supporting the North Texas Food Bank, was this organization’s most successful to date, raising $146,520 or enough for 586,080 meals for North Texans. Through Empty Bowls, local artists create ceramic bowls for the event where patrons select a bowl and enjoy a simple lunch of soup and bread. Guests keep the bowl as a reminder that there are always “empty bowls” in the world.

Patricia “Trish” Dodd, Ph.D., professor of English at Brookhaven College, has been invited to be part of a panel discussion at the 2009 Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) Annual Convention in San Francisco, March 11-14th. The CCCC is the world’s largest professional organization for researching and teaching composition, from writing to new media. Dodd will be presenting during the session, “Toward a Civic Discourse on the Israel-Palestine Conflict.” Dodd’s presentation is titled “Speaking of the Other: Humanizing Palestinians.” This roundtable will present multiple perspectives on how productive exchanges can occur around the Israel-Palestine conflict. Each year the convention draws college faculty members from around the world. They gather to hear award-winning keynote speakers, attend presentations by colleagues on the latest innovations in education, and network to gain knowledge of best practices in the field.

The Women’s Expo at Brookhaven College drew more than 44 vendors with a focus on sustainability and the environment this year. “Women Taking The Lead to Save Our Planet” is the national theme of this year’s Women’s History Month and this year’s expo focused on green opportunities through local businesses and community resources as well as women’s health and wellness. Led by Suzette Vaquera-Constantine, outreach and recruitment coordinator, Outreach Services partnered in the event with the college’s Green Team, Health Center and Student Programs and Resources office. There were opportunities for students and employees to recycle everything from clothing and household items to plastic grocery bags and electronics.



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