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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date April 6

Students surrounded tables filled with information about career options, college majors and transfer opportunities during the College and Majors Fair on April 1st at Brookhaven College. Al Davis and Edeleu Florendo, academic advisors, coordinate the Majors Fair each year during the college’s Take Care of Business Week. What was different this year is that Tricia Harrison, senior academic advisor and coordinator of the annual College Fair, worked with Davis and Forendo to present the two events on the same day to attract even more students. Faculty members represented their instructional divisions at tables with materials showcasing their courses, advising staff provided resources for career options open in different fields of study and university representatives from the region provided transfer information.

Brookhaven College created an innovative program to bring a “taste of college” to 180 Thomas Jefferson High School seniors in March. Faculty and staff members offered engaging workshops in a mini-college setting to highlight different fields of study and college challenges new students might face. Students at Thomas Jefferson were able to choose two workshops to attend. Sessions included psychology, computers, art appreciation and art history, visual communications, the summer bridge program, making the transition to college, setting goals, financial planning, and GIS. Bob Smith, Brad Thomas, Greg Jacobs, Sam Govea, Patti Burks, Cynthia Mills, Haven Abedin, Wes Smith, Gerald Bartz, Czarina Reyes, Monique Mannering, Pat Byars, Sharon Burton, and Bobby Nieman presented the college courses. The Outreach Team, Jean Kaplan, Monica Pauken, Suzette Constantine and Greg Rife, coordinated the program.

Anahita Sidhwa, astronomy professor, gave a presentation on April 2nd focusing on the life and importance of Galileo. As a way to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Galileo and the telescope, the world will celebrate the International Year of Astronomy in 2009 and April 2nd-5th is a global event, 100 Hours of Astronomy, to encourage public enjoyment of the sky. Brookhaven College celebrated this week with events for star observing on April 2nd and solar gazing April 3rd. Chaz Hafey, science learning lab coordinator, and the Astronomy Department set telescopes on the lawn by the Ellison Miles Geotechnology Institute, with a special telescope for viewing the sun for the morning viewing on April 3rd.

On the first official day, April 1st, of Brookhaven College’s 30 Days of Service, community service and outreach project, there were very few volunteer opportunities left. Group projects, such as packing food at the North Texas Food Bank, helping seniors care for their lawns and homes through senior adult services, making care packages for troops overseas with Airborne Angel Cadets and others filled quickly. More than 80 employees have volunteered for more than 230 hours of service and more than 60 students have volunteered. The 30 Days of Service project was developed as a way to celebrate the college’s 30th anniversary in a way that also served our community.



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