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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date Feb. 25

From digging in the dirt to sewing at the school, employees from Brookhaven College were out in force for the “Day of Service” on February 18th. Approximately 30 employees served as greeters at DFW airport for troops returning home. The Lake Highlands Community Garden and the Harry C. Withers Elementary School garden had its weeds pulled, mulch raked, roses trimmed and much, much more with volunteers enjoying the day outdoors. Four different agencies will receive donations of nine quilts and many crochet projects after 32 employees had needles flying to honor or comfort wounded veterans, homeless people and patients of HIV/AIDS. More than 15 students spent a day at the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area re-planting native grasses with geology professor Susan Maxey. Many individuals chose other locations for their service including the University Park Public Library, Meals on Wheels and the African American Museum in Fair Park.

Mark Meyer, Ph.D., dean of nursing, and Juanita Zapata Flint, Ph.D., executive dean of health and human services division, attended the I-35 Life Sciences Consortium Conference on February 22nd. The conference was held in Austin and brought together industry, economic development, and education representatives to discuss training needs as the medical professions advance in Texas. The Texas Workforce Commission funded the conference to establish strategies to meet the recruitment and training needs of businesses in the life sciences. Mark and Juanita were able to attend programs that focused on the staffing requirements for the evolving health delivery system and the importance of supplying the life sciences in the region with entry-skill labor.

Four students taking private lessons and in the Chamber Ensemble at Brookhaven College have earned high honors at the state level. Greg Newton, a senior from Hebron High School, reached 3rd chair alto saxophone in the Texas 5A All-State Symphonic Band. Kevin Sauerwein, a junior from Sache High School, earned 7th chair alto saxophone in the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) 5A All-State Symphonic Band. Alexander Silver, a junior from Booker T. Washington High School, made second tenor saxophone in the Texas All-State Jazz Ensemble. James Ramsey, a senior from Townview Magnet School, is not only a past recipient of the “Outstanding Soloist” award at the 2010 Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest on alto saxophone, but has been recently accepted into Yale University. The four students study both solo and chamber music with Roy Allen Jr., Brookhaven College music professor. Each of these students had to compete at several levels to reach state competition. They were honored to perform as part of these state bands at a concert for the TMEA Convention in San Antonio from February 8-12th. TMEA is the largest state music convention in the country with attendance of nearly 30,000 music educators and performers from all over the state and country. Roy works closely with the high schools in the area, and recently asked Dr. Wright L. Lassiter Jr., DCCCD chancellor, to speak with students at Ranchview High School.

Two Brookhaven College art students were selected for the League for Innovation in Community College’s National Student Art Competition. Francisco Alvarado’s four-part large format woodcut, “Seca y Pesado,” and Lauren MacKnight’s “Pure Tone,” plaster, resin, monofilament wood and sound sculpture will be included in the national competition and exhibition, hosted this year by Miami Dade Community College. They were among the 70 students represented in the DCCCD League for Innovation exhibition and competition. From the district exhibition, a total of five students were chosen to participate.

Marilyn K. Lynch, Brookhaven College associate vice president of career and program resources, attended a work session for Early College High School Institutions of Higher Education liaisons at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board in Austin earlier this month. The goals for the work session were to develop an understanding of what it means to be an early college high school partner (ECHS), create an environment to allow for institutional and regional networking, highlight innovations in ECHS partnerships, and identify potential opportunities for broader regional impact of ECHS partnerships. Sponsored by the Texas High School Project and the Texas Education Agency, this highly-interactive work session utilized several of the instructional protocols practiced by ECHS faculty in their classrooms and were attended by institutions of higher education liaisons from throughout Texas.




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