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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date April 16

On April 8-10th in College Station, Texas, six students attended the Student Conference on Latino Affairs at Texas A&M University. Paloma Davila, Saile Estrada, Ayleen Garcia, Yoany Servin, Karen Cruz and Michael Gary were accompanied by Edleeca Thompson, humanities and cultural studies professor, and Rebecca Garcia, Spanish professor. The students were encouraged to bring their resumes and attend career-oriented sessions such as resume writing, interviewing, salary negotiation, and networking. The theme of the conference was “War, Peace & Politics: An American Crisis.” In conjunction with examining the human costs of drug wars in the Americas, students attended topic presentations on “Trans-nationalism: Law Enforcement Perception’s of Gang Activity on the Texas/Mexico Border;” “Rethinking the Drug War;” “The Causes and Consequences of Latino Drug Violence;” and a panel discussion titled “War Zone: Drugs in the Americas.” A special presentation also was offered by Gary J. Hale, field intelligence manager for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency Houston Field Division, on the role of the DEA and the challenges it faces in the south Texas region. The college’s Hispanic Heritage Club sponsored the trip.

On March 13th, Monica Pauken, outreach and recruitment coordinator, organized a college and financial aid information session in conjunction with Pam Lucas, assistant director of financial aid, for the Plazas Communitarias Adult Education program. The program offers preparation for the General Educational Development (GED) test in Spanish, computer classes, and English as a Second Language (ESL) at three levels (basic, intermediate and advanced) at the Richardson Public Library. Monica, who is a volunteer ESL teacher for the program, and Yomaira Arrendondo, financial aid program coordinator, provided a “College 101” and financial aid session in Spanish to 25 adults in the morning. Sandy Zeringue, administrative assistant for financial aid, assisted them. In the afternoon, Jean Kaplan, outreach services director, and Daffne Bennett, outreach and recruitment coordinator, delivered a session in English about financial aid and filling out the free application for federal student aid to 20 community members.

On April 9th, Brookhaven College welcomed the “2010 Leadership Metrocrest” class. Dr. Richard D. McCrary, interim president, and Vernon Hawkins, associate vice president for workforce training and continuing education, spoke to more than a dozen community and business leaders from the Carrollton, Farmers Branch and Town of Addison. Leadership Metrocrest is a program of the Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce designed to increase the community knowledge and leadership skills of individuals seeking civic leadership positions in the community. Dr. Juanita Zapata Flint, executive dean of the health and human services division, took the class members on a tour of the facilities she oversees in the new science and allied health building, which include nursing, radiologic technology and emergency medical services/paramedicine.

On May 14th at 6:30 p.m., Carlo Pezzimenti, adjunct music professor at Brookhaven College, has been asked to perform at the Italian Embassy in Washington, D.C. He will be performing works by Villa Lobos, Fernando Sor, de Leon, Manuel Ponce, and Leo Brouwer. This recital is in conjunction with the European Cultural Week, sponsored by the European embassies. Members of the White House have been invited to attend as well. Pezzimenti has been studying guitar since age 13 and is an active performer in the United States, Europe and Latin America. He also is devoted to instructing the most promising young guitarists in the Denton-Dallas area, where he holds faculty positions at Texas Woman’s University and Brookhaven College.



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