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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date July 13

A letter to the editor at, the official web site for The Dallas Morning News newspaper, offered a response with a Brookhaven College connection. The letter was a response to a recent article that profiled how some students had to choose state universities and community colleges instead of top-tier universities due to the recession. The writer sponsored a foreign student who wanted to go to school in America. That student chose Brookhaven College to learn English, earned a 4.0 grade point average in her college-level courses and went on to receive a scholarship to the University of Texas at Dallas, where she graduated with honors. Susan Maxey, geology professor, remembers this student and her enthusiasm for learning. The crux of the letter is that students can and should take advantage of all learning opportunities, even if it is not in the Ivy League. To read the full article, go to

ADDISON, the magazine of the North Dallas Corridor, recognized Brookhaven College at its first annual Reader’s Choice Awards July 1st. Dr. Richard D. McCrary, interim president, Vernon Hawkins, associate vice president of workforce and continuing education, attended the reception and Hawkins accepted the award for the college. The college was honored as the favorite continuing education provider.

Richard Campbell, emergency medical services professor, recently attended the two-week, advanced Leadership Issues in EMS course at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland. The course used situational, scenario-based instruction as the foundation for the training, with an emphasis on problem-solving and decision-making techniques. It focused on educating upper-management persons who have organizational responsibility for EMS operations in their agency or jurisdiction and the leadership techniques as they relate to establishing and directing EMS work teams. Campbell said the course information will be used to improve EMS student’s leadership skills as the EMS profession continues to grow and change in the future.

The Oxford Round Table (ORT) has invited Anahita Sidhwa, astronomy professor at Brookhaven College, to take part in this year’s discussion of science, humanities and religion. The ORT sessions focus on a variety of issues that affect education, art, science, religion and charity around the world. The July 26th-31st round table session will investigate ways to reconcile science, humanities and religion. Sidhwa is bringing together her expertise in astronomy with her Zoroastrian beliefs stated in her paper titled “The Sky: Connecting Science and Symmetry with Reverence.” “When you look at the sky, you can’t help but be amazed and inspired by everything that is out there,” she said. “And so you do get a great sense of the divine.” She was featured in an article in The Dallas Morning News on July 5th. To read the full article, go to



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