Release Date Jan. 14
Brookhaven College has teamed up with students from Germany to search for and study asteroids. Though students on campus have been participating in asteroid searches for several years, it was only in the fall that the new partnership was formed. Chaz Hafey, lab coordinator, said that the college started looking at images taken by Pan STARRS, and paired with the European school in the asteroid search. The Pan-STARRS-International Astronomical Search Collaboration (IASC) search campaign includes 10 Texas schools and 10 German schools, who paired up to study images from the Pan-STARRS 1 telescope in hopes of discovering and learning about asteroids. The college is working with Gymnasium Neckargemnd from Neckargemnd, Germany. The students use hundreds of images the Pan-STARRS 1 telescope captures to track known asteroids, discover possible asteroid candidates and analyze celestial data, then report their observations to the IASC. The program, which began in fall 2006, has included students from more than 200 schools and includes more than 30 countries.
The art department at Brookhaven College hosted more than 80 advanced placement students and instructors on January 12th from schools across the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District. The students were given the opportunity to take part in the advanced programs that would help them build portfolio pieces. The students participated in six workshops: ceramics with Lisa Ehrich and Susan Mollet; drawing with Marla Ziegler; digital imaging with David Newman; painting with Chong Chu; printmaking with John Taylor; and sculpture with Natalie Macellaio. Many of the students who worked on sculpture will be able to come back to the college in April to cast their pieces. Rick Maxwell, interim dean of the school of the arts, grilled hamburgers for everyone’s lunch.
The annual Adjunct Faculty Awards reception at Brookhaven College was conducted January 13th at the Ellison Miles Geotechnology Institute. The celebration recognized Charlie Warnberg, adjunct professor of developmental writing, as the winner of the Excellence in Teaching award for adjunct faculty. Charlie has taught all levels of developmental writing at the college since August 2008 and currently teaches hybrid versions of DWRI 0093. Melinda Franklin, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) instructor, was recognized as the Workforce and Continuing Education Instructor of the Year. Melinda teaches all components of the ESOL program – reading, writing, listening, comprehension, and speaking. Dr. Richard D. McCrary, interim president, and Rodger P. Bennett, vice president for academic achievement and student success, shared duties at the podium to congratulate the award winners and recognize instructors for their years of service. In addition to the award winners, the college recognized instructors who have taught for 10, 20, 30, 40 and more semesters, including Joe Altick, who has taught for 90 semesters at the college.
Brookhaven College gathered to kick-off the new semester at an all-college meeting on January 14th. Employees gathered to discuss the college’s two Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) topics that are still being considered: reading and learning skills. According to Haven Abedin, English professor and co-chair of the QEP committee, members of the QEP committee discussed how the two final topics were chosen, requested feedback from each college department, explained what’s yet to come in the process, and answered questions. Broad involvement in QEP activities is essential to the college’s reaffirmation for accreditation by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The QEP committee members represent administrators, faculty and professional support staff; Haven Abedin, Ahad Hayaud-Din, Inske Zandvliet, Nimmy Nair, Bernadette Rodriquez, John Flores, Dr. Czarina Reyes, Ricky Reeves, Dr. John Williams, Beverly Neu Menassa, Sarah Graifemberg and Rebecca Garcia.
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