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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date May 25

Brookhaven College welcomed more than 400 students from as far away as Russia for the Global Elementary Mobile United Nations (GEMUN) May 15th-16th. During the event, elementary and middle school students role-played as members of the United Nations, representing more than 50 nations. Throughout the school year, the students and their sponsors prepare for this event that gives future leaders a hands-on opportunity to learn in a global context. Carrie Schweitzer, assistant to the president, has worked with GEMUN to host this event at the college for the last three years.

Though the kindergarteners at Hedrick Elementary were much smaller in stature than their visitors last week, they certainly weren’t short on curiosity about college and basketball. On May 18th, six members of the Bears basketball team, along with Kevin Hurst, coach, visited Hedrick Elementary School in Lewisville. Brandon O’Bryant, Joe Wilson, Craigory Christopher, Nosa Amadasun, Chris Smith and Jon Smith, players, took time away from studying for finals to read to the students and discuss the importance of learning to read and getting an education. The kids got a special treat when the players took them outside and gave them a few basketball pointers. Members from the team have visited local elementary schools every spring for the past six years.

Free training for child care staff members is being made available in Spanish at Brookhaven College, thanks to a partnership with the ChildCareGroup (CCG). Johnny Castro and Bernadette Rodriguez, child development professors, will soon be conducting their second series of child care training sessions in Spanish for area child care staff members. The CCG sessions are being funded as part of a child care assistance grant. Topics include professionalism, behavior challenges, child care basics and more. ChildCareGroup, one of the largest non-profit organizations in Dallas, focuses on expanding quality child care, especially infant care, and partially subsidized care for working poor families.

In partnership with the American Association of University Women Farmers Branch-Carrollton Chapter, Brookhaven College welcomed more than 40 women May 16th for a seminar called “Financial Basics for Women: Girlfriends Don’t Let Their Girlfriends Go Broke.” Jan Domaracki, president of the Farmers Branch-Carrollton chapter, led the committee of community and college members through months of planning. Clare Buie Chaney, Ph.D., LPC, delivered the keynote address about how to deal with stress during financial difficulty. Helping with programming, publicity and logistics from the college were Julie Stearman, program director in Workforce and Continuing Education, DeBorah Whaley-Stephenson, senior adult program coordinator, Anahita Sidhwa, professor of astronomy, and Monica Taliaferro, director for marketing and public information. The cost of the seminar was $10, but a $1,000 grant for the event from the Metrocrest Civic League paid not only for the tuition for those in financial need but also for refreshments and other expenses. Resume writing, budgeting and saving, retirement planning, and debt management were among the breakout sessions offered. Regina Garner, director for career services at Mountain View College, also presented a session about career options and opportunities.

The Early College High School (ECHS) at Brookhaven College 11-grade students and parents met Wednesday evening to discuss end-of-year issues, summer school plans, and planning for their senior year as the charter class. Adriana Gomez, principal, Pam Geisinger-Sandy, high school counselor, and Marilyn K. Lynch, ECHS liaison, provided preliminary information regarding senior activities and planning for “next steps” for this very excited group



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