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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date Feb. 26

Brookhaven College instrumental music students received high ranking spots in competitive auditions at the 2009 Texas Community College Band Directors Association All-State Symphonic Band, and on February 13th performed in concert with the honor band in San Antonio at the Texas Music Educators Convention. Victor Ramirez, clarinetist, and Jose Ibarra, trombonist, earned second-chair positions making them the runner-up classical musicians on their instruments among all community and junior colleges in the state of Texas. Ryan Arvo, alto saxophonist, received third chair at the auditions, and Daniel Cortez, tenor saxophonist, was ranked first alternate. Three high school students with the Brookhaven Chamber Music Program also earned positions in the Texas All-State high school band. Garrett Wingfield from Lake Highlands High School made second tenor saxophonist in the 5A All-State Jazz Ensemble, making him the second best high school jazz tenor saxophonist in Texas. Nicholas Poulides and Brad Kirkham, musicians from Ranchview High School, earned second-chair tuba and ninth-chair trumpet, respectively, on their instruments in the 5A All-State Symphonic Band. Matt Solis, euphonium player from Ranchview High School, also was announced as a finalist for the United States President’s Own Marine Band concerto competition. Congratulations also are extended to Roy Allen, Jr., director of instrumental studies and saxophone professor at Brookhaven College, as well as adjunct professors Rose Obenhaus, clarinet; Alex Cauthen, tuba and euphonium; Dr. James Sims, trumpet; and Noel Wallace, trombone, for their dedicated work in preparing these student musicians.

On February 19th, Rebecca Garcia, Brookhaven College Spanish professor, was one of the presenters at the “World Languages 2010 Symposium Series.” The series is presented by Cengage Publishing and the current theme was “The Changing Landscape of Language Teaching.” Garcia’s presentation was titled, “Fusing Spanish with Humanities using Cinema.” The symposium was sponsored by both Cengage Learning and the Texas Christian University Department of Spanish and Humanities Studies.

On February 23rd at Brookhaven College, students and employees packed the audience for a “Celebration of African-American Literature.” Hazel Carlos, English professor, took the lead in coordinating the college’s contribution toward the district’s African American Read-In. Employees from throughout the college shared readings from their favorite African-American poets and Chris Cyriaque, ESOL professor, acted as narrator for the event. Hurshel Burton, English professor, supported many of the readings with music and shared a selection of his own. Several students also took part with readings from authors like Langston Hughes, Nikki Giovanni, and Dudley Randall.

Distinguished visitors gathered February 19th for the groundbreaking ceremony of Dallas Independent School District’s new George Herbert Walker Bush Elementary School to be located in the Town of Addison, next to Loos Field at 3939 Spring Valley Road. Making remarks at the ceremony were Joe Chow, mayor of the Town of Addison, Florence Shapiro, state senator, and Michael Hinojosa, DISD superintendent, before welcoming George P. Bush, grandson of the new school’s namesake. Dr. Edwin Flores, member of the DISD Board of Trustees and representing Addison’s District 1-Northwest District, was commended for his untiring work to bring an elementary school to Addison. Children from various elementary schools served as greeters and sang to the audience of about 100 chamber of commerce representatives, city council members, DISD teachers, architects and community members. The new school is planned to be a model for “sustainable” design that incorporates smart, environmentally progressive materials, construction procedures and facility operations. Monica Taliaferro, director for marketing and public information, attended on behalf of Brookhaven College.



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