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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date May 11

Seniors from Thomas Jefferson High School visited Brookhaven College on April 30th and spent half of the day going through preparations to enroll in summer or fall courses. The 50 students were able to go through orientation, speak to advisors about summer courses, fill out financial aid forms and tour the college. Czarina Reyes, Ph.D., professor of mathematics, and Monique Mannering, professor of developmental reading, told the students about a summer bridge program designed especially for Thomas Jefferson students, to boost their math and reading skills. The Summer Math and Reading Together (SMART) Program includes a common reading book, seminars, supplemental instruction, interactive math software, and advising, at no cost to the student. Each student met with an advisor one-on-one to discuss registering for SMART. Monica Pauken, outreach and recruitment coordinator, arranged the visit in collaboration with Brenda Dalton, dean of student success. David McClure and Laury Lynch from advising; Bob Burchfield, Pam Lucas and Maritza Gutierrez from financial aid; Beverly Neu-Menassa, counselor, and Angela Shoultz and Robin Washington-White from the career development center, worked with the seniors to help them take the next steps to becoming Brookhaven College students. Greg Rife, Suzette Constantine, and Jean Kaplan, director from the Institutional Outreach Services office, coordinated the visit.

The Brookhaven College Ford ASSET Program had a graduation dinner on May 6th at the Ellison Miles Geotechnology Institute (EMGI) for the 13 students completing their associate degree program. In addition to their degree, each graduate received credit for several hundred hours of Ford Service Technician Specialty Training necessary to perform warranty service on Ford and Lincoln-Mercury vehicles. Norma Conrad, regional manager; Joe Carpenter, technical operations coordinator, and Joe McDonald, field service engineer, attended from Ford Motor Company. On May 11th, the Automotive Technology Department will be having the GM Automotive Service Educational Program graduation dinner at the EMGI as well, and will be graduating 10 students. On May 13th, at the college’s new facilities, the Firestone graduation will take place, where the company hands out certificates, and a Snap-On toolbox to one deserving student.

The 2009 Juried Art Student Exhibition opened in forum and studio galleries of the Brookhaven College School of the Arts on April 29th. The exhibition, which runs through May 11th, features 177 works representing 102 art students. At an awards reception on May 6th, students learned which pieces received juror’s awards and which were selected for purchase by the college for the permanent art collection. Selected by Patricia Meadows, juror, from 461 entries, the works in the exhibition are the culmination of the year’s work in studio art classes and are representative of the breadth of the curriculum with works in art metals, ceramics, computer imaging, design, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and video classes. Shafaq Ahmad earned first place for her digital photograph, “Light As a Metaphor;” Kenneth Rajspis earned second place for his digital photograph “Untitled;” and Franscisco Alvarado’s oil painting “Smile” was selected for third place. Honorable mention awards went to Behshid Dalili, Susan Johnson and Fredo Salazar.

Rarely seen during the last hundred years, Brookhaven College revived the tradition of the Maypole dance on May 1st at the finale of the college’s “30 Days of Service” project. To celebrate that employees and students worked together in the community throughout April, all participants were invited to a picnic in the International Courtyard. Throughout the 30 days of service, 84 employees and 119 students served on 19 projects that totaled 849 service hours. Volunteers also donated enough cake mix to make 476 cupcakes along with enough birthday party supplies to host 1,400 guests for The Family Place, the largest family violence service provider in the Dallas area. Also nearly 100 stuffed animals were collected and donated to the Farmers Branch 911 Responders, along with two 55-gallon drums filled with school supplies and athletic shoes for the Metrocrest Social Services. Students from developmental reading and writing classes also donated a check in the amount of $137 along with additional school supplies.

The Early College High School (ECHS) at Brookhaven College took part in Texas Early College High School Awareness Week with an open house and reception on May 6th. Adriana Gomez, ECHS principal, and the ECHS students welcomed guests to a lunch and to review some of the students’ work. More than 60 students showcased their projects. The open house was sponsored by the Carrollton-Framers Branch Independent School District, Brookhaven College and the DCCCD.



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