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Release Date Dec. 10

Students and family members will come together on December 11th for the “Class 25” paramedic graduation ceremonies. Students Michael Farley, class representative, and Nik Swiderski, class valedictorian, will speak. Damon Johnson, paramedicine professor, will give the introduction and present the degrees along with Alex Stadthagen, program director.

When the 30-foot tree outside the Winspear Opera House was lit on December 7th, the Brookhaven College Handbell Ensemble was just one of the local groups who performed for the first “Holiday in the Dallas Arts District” at the AT&T Performing Arts Center. The performance was just a warm-up for the concert on December 11th. The Handbell Ensemble and Campus Bells of the college will have a free concert that features Christmas carols, marches, and spirituals. Directed by Bonnie Riddle, since their inception in 1983, the ensembles boast members of college-age through senior adult, who hail from all across Dallas-Fort Worth.

On December 9th, employees gathered for food and fun at the annual holiday party at Brookhaven College. This year, in addition to sharing a meal, employees were asked to share even more. Each person was asked to bring a non-perishable food item for donation to Metrocrest Social Services. In addition to the food items, some brought new and unwrapped toys, which were used as the table centerpieces. Sarah Graifemberg, workforce and continuing education specialist, headed planning for the event. A representative from Metrocrest came to the party to accept the donations. Elizabeth Whatley, speech professor, brought some of her students to the event to recognize Dr. Richard D. McCrary, interim president, for his service at the college.

Brookhaven College was the site for the second day of a recent two-day workshop for staff members of the Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT). Approximately 30 Foundation employees were welcomed by Dr. Richard D. McCrary, interim president; Dr. Bobby Burns, superintendent of the Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD; and Marilyn K. Lynch, associate vice president for career and program resources. John Fitzpatrick, executive director of the Texas High School Project (THSP) also offered opening remarks. Guided by Rosie Oliveira, principal of the Brookhaven College Early College High School (ECHS), and Pam Geisinger-Sandy, counselor, the visitors were split into groups to see various ECHS classes, as well as the college science labs. Following a working lunch, Gary Ruther, Nancy Adams, April Russell, and Jeanine Powell, ECHS instructors, served on a panel facilitated by Sarah Croft, CFT THSP coordinator. Nelson Rodas, Valeria Rodriguez, Victoria Miranda and Janice Altamirano, ECHS students, served on the student panel interviewed by Tracey Hurst, THSP coordinator. The session concluded with a discussion of critical issues related to the ECHS and how the Communities Foundation of Texas and the early college high schools might begin to identify some solutions.



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