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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date March 12

Brookhaven College has been named to the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. The college came together last year for “30 days of service” as a celebration of its 30th anniversary. Student and employee groups volunteered with a variety of organizations throughout the month, and gathered stuffed animals, school supplies and more for even other nonprofit organizations. All this was in addition to the strong programs for service-learning that have long existed at the college. The college was honored as a Presidential awardee in 2008.

Rodger Bennett, interim vice president for instruction, has been selected to present at the Chair Academy on March 15th-18th in Minneapolis, Minn. He will present “Creativity in Leading and a Little Guitar Picking,” focusing on balancing creativity and pragmatism within the leadership role. Using his own experience as a musician, who turned to administration, he will help attendees strengthen the “harmony” between function and creativity in their work. In addition to presenting, Bennett also has been asked to be on the Chair Academy International Practitioner’s Advisory Board. Members of this board provide advice, consultation, ideas, strategies, etc. to improve the programs and services offered through the academy. Membership to the board is for three years with the possibility of renewing.

The Honorable Rafael Anchía, Texas State Representative-District 103, spoke to students in Ahad Din’s government class on February 25th. He shared his personal perspectives on the importance of civic engagement and public service. Anchía has served in the Texas House of Representatives since 2004, representing a diverse area ranging from North Oak Cliff to Carrollton. He explained to the students about the way the Texas House of Representatives works and how he works to represent his varied constituencies.

This month, several Brookhaven College faculty members will present their art in venues throughout Texas. Rick Maxwell and Don Taylor, art professors, and David Newman, adjunct professor and gallery director, will exhibit their works of sculpture, printmaking and painting at the University of Dallas Haggerty Gallery through March 28th. Chong Chu, art professor, and his wife Hyun-Ju will present an exhibition of paintings through April 10th. Their exhibit, which features Christian artwork, will be on display at the First Evangelical Free Church of Austin.

Brookhaven College students and students from the Early College High School (ECHS) at Brookhaven College are collaborating on a writing project. In early March, ENGL-1301 students in a class taught by Haven Abedin, professor of English, completed a memoir assignment and then brought their work to the ECHS English III classes taught by Jeanine Powell. The college students will guide the high school students through writing their own memoir, and discuss tips about college success to encourage motivation, persistence and planning. The student authors read some poignant memoirs as models, shared their challenges, and offered useful tips for completing such an assignment. During the second week of March, the college students returned to present a vivid mini-lesson demonstrating how to “show, not tell” when writing. Both groups are looking forward to a third get-together after spring break. By that time, the high school students will have completed their own writing assignments, and the ENGL 1301 students will peer-edit the high school students’ essays.



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