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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date Dec. 3

On November 19th, Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) and the Brookhaven College Speech Department co-sponsored the Fourth Annual Speech Contest. Students from all disciplines were encouraged to compose and deliver persuasive speeches on critical issues facing America. First place went to Porscha Jackson who won $300 for her speech on “Mandatory Parenting Classes for Teenage Parents;” Tammy Munoz won $200 for second place for her “Don’t Ask, Don’t Care” speech; and Shannon Smith won $150 for her third place speech entitled “Adoption.” PTK students promoted the activity with their members and classmates, and raised the award monies. Speech professors assisted in a number of ways: Cheryl Dyer Vargas chaired the contest; Julie Perez and Leslie Jackson coached students who wanted to practice delivery; Kent Polk, Andy Mangum and Delryn Fleming judged the presentations; and Adele Plasterr tallied the scores. Kendra Vaglienti, executive dean of the communications division, acted as timekeeper. Michael Navarro, president of PTK, served as master of ceremonies.

Brookhaven College students gave testimonials, and helped with a tour for 45 eighth-graders from Huffines Middle School in Lewisville on November 30th. Monica Pauken, outreach and recruitment coordinator, gave a college overview and took the students to two interactive workshops. Stephanie Wells, radiologic technology professor, explained the radiology program and let the students work with the equipment in the radiology lab. Beverly Neu Menessa, professional counselor, provided a stress-reduction and anti-bullying workshop. Outreach staff will be at the DART Green Line Opening at both the Farmers Branch and Carrollton stations this weekend; students Rebecca Jimenez and Arturo Moncada will be participating along with staff members Daffne Bennett and Suzette Vaquera-Constantine.

Fundraising and open house events added to the upbeat holiday and end-of-semester spirit this week at Brookhaven College. The Art Club offered for sale original, one-of-a-kind holiday gifts created by Brookhaven College fine arts students. Rows of handcrafted ceramics, paintings, prints, photography, jewelry, and drawings were on display for shoppers, and guests had the opportunity to meet the masterminds behind the masterpieces at a reception for the artists. Each year, Susan Mollet, club sponsor and instructional associate, organizes the event, and the sales help fund the Art Club’s student scholarships and activities. The college’s administrators conducted a holiday bazaar with everything for sale from tree trimmings to small gifts to help fund the student scholarship fund of the American Association of University Women. While students registered for spring or changed classes, they dropped in at the Student Life Office for cider and cookies, and employees attended the open house in the Professional Development Office’s Teaching and Learning Center.

The String Ensemble at Brookhaven College played for the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Rotary Club at a luncheon on November 18th. Matson Topper, music professor, took the 18-member ensemble to the Brookhaven Country Club. The ensemble left a great impression on all those who heard, and many offered their compliments to Dr. Richard D. McCrary, interim president, after the performance.



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