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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date Jan. 28

Someday a giant mass in the sky may have a close relationship to Brookhaven College and the Dallas County Community College District. Students in Anahita Sidhwa’s astronomy classes at the college have been looking for asteroids for more than four years as part of their participation in the International Asteroid Search Collaboration (IASC.) One particular mass, identified by the college students, recently reached the numbering stage and has been submitted for numbering by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) located in Paris, France. This feat in discovery distinguishes these students for their calculations, hard work and tenacity, said Dr. Patrick M. Miller, Hardin-Simmons University professor of astronomy and IASC director. Chaz Hafey, Brookhaven College instructional lab coordinator, was recognized at the workshop for his work with students and the astronomy department’s search for asteroids. The surprise announcement was made at the Ellison Miles Geotechnology Institute on January 21st during a workshop conducted by IASC staff members for area K-12 school teachers. The workshop was sponsored by the Texas Regional Collaboratives for Excellence in Teaching Math and Science of the College of Education at the University of Texas at Arlington. An asteroid is only numbered once its orbit has been calculated, and eventually the discoverer is given the opportunity to name it. Professor Sidhwa and her class groups will be allowed to offer a name once the privilege is extended by the IAU. The number of letters allowed is limited to only 16 letters, too short for “Brookhaven College,” but not for “DCCCD-Brookhaven.”

Students in the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Program at Brookhaven College had the chance to take part in a crisis-scene practice with members of the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) medical tactical team from the City of Irving. In the EMS scene practice room of the science and allied health building, the lights were turned out and a “body” was discovered by a SWAT team member. After this team assessed the conditions and administered treatment for the victim, the students in the program were required to take over treatment and move the victim into the ambulance simulator. David Dunafan, EMS professor, serves as a fireman and paramedic for the City of Irving, and brought this team to the college for an opportunity for the two groups to have the chance for hands-on practice in real world scenarios. The Irving SWAT medical team will be on-call to support the National Football League Super Bowl XLV on February 6th, and this exercise was part of their readiness requirement before the big game.

Brookhaven College transformed into the Emerald City of Oz for a few hours on January 27th for the annual “Emerald Awards Ceremony.” Each year the college recognizes new employees, employee longevity, and college award winners with a “tongue in cheek” celebration. Rick Maxwell, interim dean of the school of the arts, played a part as Elphaba Thropp, a fictional character in “Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West,” and Jameleh Stroman, world languages professor, was Glinda the Good Witch of the South. Together these two “witches” acted as emcees. Dr. Richard D. McCrary, interim president, was the “wizard” and Ray Attner, business professor, took part as the Mayor of Munchkinland. The awards ceremony recognizes employees who have served the district for five to 40 years, and each of the professional service award recipients was recognized as well.

Beginning February 1st, the Brookhaven College police department officers can issue city citations for Farmers Branch on college property in addition to college citations. Officers will have discretion to issue a city or college citation. The agreement was reached with the Farmers Branch police department to reduce the number of on-campus infractions for driving without a license and insurance, parking in fire lanes and handicap spaces, and leaving unattended children in vehicles. Lt. John Klingensmith said the police do not plan to use the citations often, but will issue a city citation only for multiple, repeated or serious offenses.



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