Release Date Nov. 19
On November 13th, the Brookhaven College Lady Bears volleyball team took second at nationals after a hard fought series against the Ridgewater Warriors. The Bears were ranked No. 1 going into the tournament and were hoping for a “three-peat” as National Junior College Athletic Association Division III National Champions. The team from Ridgewater College in Wilmar, MN was seeded in second place going into the tournament. These two teams have almost traded the championship title back and forth with Brookhaven College winning in 2004, 2005, 2008 and 2009, and the Ridgewater team winning in 2002, 2006 and again this year. Two Lady Bear sophomores, Brandi Barber and Sarah Terry, and freshman Megan Muncy were named to the All-Tournament team. The season may not have ended as they wished, but the team was not disappointed either. For the seventh year, the team won the Metro Athletic Conference, along with the seventh regional title and their second undefeated season in the conference.
Ahad Hayaud-Din’s political science course overflowed the Brookhaven College auditorium on November 17th when Honorable Senator Royce West came to speak. There were more than 60 students and employees who attended his presentation focusing on the role of the public in political campaigns and voting responsibilities. He told students that business and politics were interchangeable in many ways, and this helped to show the students the way that politics can relate to everyone’s life whether they decide to participate in the political process or not. West shared stories about his own background in politics and encouraged students to get involved in campaigns, or at the very least to vote.
Funded by a Carl Perkins grant and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), Marilyn K. Lynch, associate vice president, and Monica Taliaferro, marketing director, attended the Career Technical Education (CTE) workshop on November 18th in Austin, TX. El Paso Community College received second-year funding from THECB for the Branding and Strategic Marketing Plan project for CET in Texas. The branding message, TEXASgenuine, is part of the leadership project to promote the value of CTE and the opportunities that exist at colleges and Texas state technical colleges statewide. Attendees reviewed statewide branding and marketing strategies during the one-day workshop.
Members of the Central Asia Institute (CAI) donated a table of ten to Trish Dodd, Ph.D., Brookhaven College Professor of English, to attend the November 13th sold-out annual gala at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in honor of her work in human rights. Dr. Dodd treated eight of her students to the event to hear keynote speaker and best-selling author Greg Mortenson, author of Stones in Schools and Three Cups of Tea. The gala event focuses on the institute’s vision of literacy through peace. CAI has established 145 schools and educated 64,000 students, including 52,000 girls. Dr. Dodd remains active in human rights and peace activities around the world and teaches about human rights through literature studied in her English classes.
The staff and students of the Early College High School (ECHS) at Brookhaven College hosted an “open house” on November 15th to show off their new digs. The ECHS has been relocated to the college’s Building P, which was renovated specifically to house these classes. For the first time since 2007, all the students in the ECHS are able to take their classes on the campus at Brookhaven College. For the past two years students took their freshman and sophomore courses at Ranchview High School in Farmers Branch. Rosie Oliveira, principal, welcomed visitors, and students offered tours of their new space.
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