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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date July 30

More than a dozen students taking private lessons through the music department at Brookhaven College also are members of two area high school bands that received the highest honors in the state of Texas. The Hebron High School Wind Symphony in the Lewisville Independent School District (ISD) earned first place among the 276 division 5A high schools that participated in the state’s University Interscholastic League (UIL) competition. The Ranchview High School Band in Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD earned second place among the 193 division 3A high schools that also participated in the UIL competition in the state. A number of students in each band take part in the private lessons and chamber ensemble groups through the School of the Arts. Roy Allen Jr., music professor, coordinates the program that offers these lessons to students at their local high school from adjunct and full-time faculty members at Brookhaven College. The bands were judged at the regional- and area-levels, based on a recording of their spring UIL concert program pieces, before a final panel, which included pre-college, retired and college band directors from all over the state, who selected the winners. As the top winner in the state, the Hebron band will present a concert at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention in February 2011, which is attended by 26,000 members.

Professor Sharon Burton, business office systems, is the latest Brookhaven College instructor to receive recognition from Quality Matters (QM) for her online POFT 2312 course. POFT 2312, Business Correspondence and Communication, was among the first online courses created during the first year the district began distance learning. It was the first online course created for the business studies division as well, so it has been evolving over a number of years. The QM program is a faculty-centered, peer course-review quality assurance process, vetted by faculty experts. The goals of the program are to increase student retention, and learning and satisfaction for online courses by implementing better course design. The college has continued efforts for the past few years to increase training opportunities for online instructors and to encourage instructors to seek recognition from QM. The college is continuing in efforts to encourage instructors to seek QM recognition for their online courses. Sharon Burton sent thanks to Marie Maness, the first professor to gain QM recognition, for her willingness to answer questions and help Burton revise her course content.

The Dallas Morning News featured the Ewert & Company in an article this week celebrating the modern dance company. Anna Marie Ewertt-Pittman, an adjunct dance professor at Brookhaven College, started the company ten years ago this summer. To celebrate the anniversary, the company performed a suite of new works, choreographed by Ewertt-Pittman, at the Addison Studio Theatre last weekend. The college dancer’s theatre has its summer festival this weekend with free outdoor performances Friday, Saturday and Sunday night for those who may want to see Ewert-Pittman’s current students perform. To read the full article, go to



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