Release Date Oct. 8
Studies in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are earning scholarships for several Brookhaven College students this fall. Nine students earned $1,000 scholarships as part of a district STEM initiative to promote more students in these academic and career fields and encourage advancement towards a bachelor’s or master’s degree in the field of study. The funds are provided from a $300,000 appropriations package through the Department of Education. The initiative includes faculty mentoring; workshops; financial aid counseling; a spring summit; and bringing in experts in STEM fields to talk with these scholars regarding summer university research opportunities, university transfers, state-of-the-art research, and current industry know how. Five students are considering engineering careers; John Adjei (aerospace engineering); David Sanchez Jr. (engineering); Bradley Alan Beckwell (electrical engineering); and Jonathan Brewer and Daniel Kauffman (mechanical engineering). Three students also are planning to study science; Maria Clemons (biotechnology); Sarrah Lusk (science); and Kayleigh Hanh Nguyen (biology). Saul Eleazar Daza Gutierrez is studying computer science.
The October 3rd edition of The Dallas Morning News featured a story that highlighted the Students 50+ Education Program courses at Brookhaven College. This lecture series, featuring the four corners of the world, allows senior adults to travel the world from their armchairs. “Armchair Travels,” a four-part lecture series, takes students from Australia to Croatia to Indonesia and Turkey. To read the article go to http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/fea/travel/thisweek/stories/DN-notebrookhaven_1003tra.ART.State.Edition1.338c4d1.html.
On September 29th, Good Morning Texas, WFAA-TV show, featured Dr. Gustavo Tolosa, director of the arts academy for continuing education at Brookhaven College, and his Musical Angels program. Tolosa was able to share some stories about his work teaching music to hospitalized children. Musical Angels is a non-profit teaching organization that teaches young patients to actively participate in the joyful and healing process of making music with their own hands and hearts. Musical Angels provides free music lessons in piano, guitar, and voice to children ages five and up while they are in the hospital. Tolosa began the foundation earlier this year. He holds a bachelor’s in music from Abilene Christian University, a master’s in music and piano performance from the University of Redlands, and a doctorate in music and piano performance from the renowned Eastman School of Music. To view the story go to http://www.wfaa.com/good-morning-texas/Musical-Angels-104004143.html.
Franz-Josef Wollang, a senior at the Early College High School at Brookhaven College, has been named as a “commended student” in the 2011 National Merit Scholarship Program. As a commended student, he placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2011 competition. Franz-Josef is an outstanding student who has completed 48 college credit hours at Brookhaven College, which included mathematics courses such as college algebra, plane trigonometry and pre-calculus. Although he will not continue in the 2011 competition, Franz-Josef will continue to focus on his academics with calculus I, general physics, British literature, and introduction to economics courses this semester.
On October 1st, Brookhaven College and its Early College High School (ECHC) seniors hosted 48 eighth-grade students from Vivian Field Middle School. Monica Pauken, the outreach and recruitment coordinator, gave a presentation on “college 101” to give the students an overview of college opportunities and processes. ECHS seniors took small groups on campus tours, and then reassembled for a presentation by Rosie Oliveira, ECHS principal. They also played a game, and had a question and answer session which was led by Aimee Rosier, faculty member, and selected seniors. The day’s activities ended with a lunch where Vivian Field students were able to spend time visiting individually with ECHS seniors.
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