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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date April 30

On April 28th, hundreds of students came together in the commons courtyard at Brookhaven College to celebrate at the annual graduation party, coordinated by the Office of Student Life. This year’s party featured a barbecue lunch, Latin and Caribbean band, spray paint artist, airbrush tattoos, a caricature artist, and photo key chains. Every year, the party is a great opportunity for employees and students to gather and celebrate the end of another successful year.

On April 8th-10th, the Alpha Delta Pi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at Brookhaven College received the following awards at the 2010 Phi Theta Kappa Annual Convention in Orlando, Florida: Service Hallmark award, Distinguished Chapter award and Top 100 Chapter. The Hallmark awards program is the society’s capstone awards competition recognizing excellence in programs that promote the honor society’s hallmarks of scholarship, leadership, service, and fellowship. Schools must submit applications to be considered for the Distinguished Chapter award. The scores in each of these categories are averaged to determine a chapter’s overall ranking. Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, is the largest honor society in American higher education with 1,250 chapters.

On April 27th, members of the Farmers Branch Chamber of Commerce conducted a business seminar in the new science and allied health building at Brookhaven College. Several students and staff members attended “Aging and the Caregiver.” Anne Acuna, director of the Farmers Branch Chamber of Commerce, sent a note of thanks for the college’s support in advertising the event, reserving space for guests, and support for media. “Brookhaven College always does a fantastic job in serving its community! We greatly value our partnership with Brookhaven College,” said Anne in a note to Dr. Richard D. McCrary, interim president.

During a recent visit by students from Bishop Dunne Catholic High School, Scott Sires, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) professor, demonstrated how professionals learn about and use geographic information systems. On April 29th, Sires had a meeting in the Ellison Miles Geotechnology Institute (EMGI) with representatives from Fugro World Wide, an international, multi-company geotechnology industry giant, to discuss recruitment and placement of GIS students upon graduation. Coincidentally, during the same time, the visiting high school students from Bishop Dunne were taking a field trip to the EMGI to see the facility and the GIS lab. Professor Sires invited them to sit in on his presentation for Fugro. Diane Brownlee, director of the EMGI, said “These students will see a bonafide industry leader looking for a way to be among the first to recruit Brookhaven College GIS students from graduation directly into the workplace.”

Seniors of the Early College High School (ECHS) at Brookhaven College celebrated their last year by successfully planning and participating in their senior prom. The prom was April 24th at the Doubletree Hotel North Dallas. The students, who determined which senior activities they wished to establish, had several fund-raising events during the year to fund the occasion. The seniors selected Amanda Gonzalez as Prom Queen and Edgardo Dominguez as Prom King. The evening was a very special one for the initial group of students who, just four years ago, made a life-changing decision to become part of the charter class for this non-traditional program. The parents assisted with decorations and served as chaperones for the evening of dancing. Faculty members of the ECHS also were in attendance.




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