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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date July 27

Dancers’ Theatre is in final rehearsals for their “Summer Dance Festival” (SDF) at Brookhaven College. With choreography by students and special guest performances by Shelley Padilla, Company Mayes and the Repertory Dance Theatre of Texas, the SDF presents a unique outlet for the dance students in the college’s dance department. In addition, the performance is free and takes place outdoors where guests can bring a lawn chair or blanket and relax in the International Courtyard. Performances are July 31st and August 1st-2nd at 8:30 p.m. The festival is coordinated by Key Meersman, professor of dance.

With a little help from NASA, Brookhaven College has celebrated the anniversary of man’s first steps on the moon. On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took the first human steps on the surface of the moon. To celebrate the event, on July 22nd at 8:00 p.m., Chaz Hafey, physics and astronomy learning lab coordinator at the college, offered a presentation “40 Years Ago We First Set Foot Upon the Moon,”. Hafey had lunar rock samples at hand for the presentation and shared them with students in the geology labs on July 20th. Students could have their photos taken with the moon rocks and were able to use microscopes for close-up views of these priceless specimens.

Members of the Outreach Department at Brookhaven College have been spending a large part of this summer working with a variety of nonprofit agencies to reach high school students and area adults. Julie Hanson, outreach and recruitment coordinator, met with 75 high school students currently in foster care to discuss college and financial aid options through an event at the Refuge House. She and Monica Pauken, outreach and recruitment coordinator also had an opportunity to talk to more than 100 high school students and their mentors at a college fair for Girls, Inc. In collaboration with Texas Woman’s University, 15 girls from Girls, Inc. will be visiting the college to take a tour and to hear about community college opportunities. In addition to their work with nonprofits, Julie and Greg Rife, outreach and recruitment coordinators will be attending an education fair for more than 1,500 JP Morgan Chase employees in the Lewisville area.

Rodger Bennett, interim vice president of instruction along with 10 other district faculty and administrators led by Dr. Andrew C. Jones, vice chancellor of educational affairs, and Dr. Sharon L. Blackman, senior associate vice chancellor, attended the Institute for Higher Education Policy’s Summer Academy in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, July 21st-23rd. This year’s emphasis at the Academy was “Cultivating Student Access & Success: Investing in First-Generation Student Achievement.” Attendees focused on strategies and best practices to increase college access and success for first-generation students. The Summer Academy also addressed first-generation student issues through daily activities that will help institutional teams integrate best practices in student learning, use of data to develop cultures of evidence, and developing strategies to sustain campus change and build buy-in.



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