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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date Feb. 12

The Student Leadership Institute, let by Joy Arndt, director of student life at Brookhaven College, welcomed DCCCD Trustee Martha Sanchez Metzger for a dialogue with students on February 9th. Trustee Metzger spoke one-on-one with many of the students and happily gave her business card to each at the end of her talk. She asked the students to name a mentor and to share why that person was a mentor to them. College employees in the room were asked to introduce themselves and say something about their role at the college, and Trustee Metzger encouraged each of the students in the room to make a buddy of one of the employees present. Trustee Metzger shared her appreciation of her mother and a librarian who were her mentors on her life path through school, college, work and leadership positions as a business owner and elected official.

Medhat Abdelmonem Ahmed Mossa is visiting Brookhaven College this week as a U.S. Department of State exchange visitor. As a licensed Egyptologist, tour guide and organizer, he is visiting the college to share his expertise in Egyptian culture. Mossa is working with Violet Sparks, anthropology professor, to coordinate development of an Egyptian International Studies Program for our students. He was introduced to Dr. Richard D. McCrary, interim president; Rodger Bennet, interim vice president of instruction; and Sam Govea, interim dean of Social Science, at a small reception in the president’s office on February 8th. Mossa will be in Dallas through February 19th and will speak to various classes, along with taking some time to tour the city.

Brookhaven College will be receiving the Heart and Soul Award for Community Service by Mosaic™ on February 13th at its 13th annual Heart and Soul Gala at the Doubletree Hotel Richardson. Mosaic™ is a faith-based, non-profit agency with an office in Carrollton, as well as across Texas and 13 other states that serves individuals who have intellectual and development disabilities. Mosaic™ has long been a service-learning site for the college and also a community service location for the college’s employees and students during the college’s “30 Days of Service Project” in April 2009. Guests at the college’s table will include, Dr. Richard D. McCrary, interim president; Oscar Lopez, vice president of student services and enrollment management; Molly Bewley, district director of outreach, recruitment and community engagement; Mary Norman, outreach and recruitment specialist; Sheri Van Court, Piper nominee and professor of English as a second language; Janice Groeneman, director of senior adult services; and Ina Bostick, student recipient of the Goldblatt Scholarship for community service. Proceeds raised at the gala will be used to open doors to extraordinary lives for individuals with developmental disabilities in Dallas.



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