Release Date June 10
Texans Can! Academy at Carrollton/Farmers Branch had its spring 2011 commencement at Brookhaven College’s Ellison Miles Geotechnology Institute on June 2nd. Graduates, cheered on by a standing-room-only crowd of families, friends and Texans Can! Staff members, were presented with special awards, scholarships and diplomas by Melissa Groetsch, principal; Debbie Rodriguez-Burton, assistant principal; and several of the school’s advisors. The featured speaker was Billy Staples, author and teacher; and Lindy McDaniel, former major league baseball player, gave the commencement address. Yolanda Cruz-Wilder, superintendent of Texans Can! Academy, also was among the special guests. It was announced at commencement that 16 of the 32 graduates were planning to attend Brookhaven College, with one also headed to El Centro College, and another to Richland College. Marilyn K. Lynch, associate vice president of career and program resources, coordinated the event.
On June 7th, Stephen Herd, automotive instructor at Brookhaven College, attended a General Motors (GM) South Central Regional Buick-GMC Parts and Service Club meeting at the GM Arlington assembly plant. He was invited to speak at the regional meeting, after speaking to another group of service club members in May. In attendance were approximately 30 parts and service managers from a number of GM dealers along with several district managers of aftersales. Stephen outlined the college’s current efforts in supporting and promoting the GM automotive service educational program, including the student recruiting and communications activities. There was a positive response from the group, and several additional contacts for potential student sponsors were made. The partnership with dealers is critical to the program’s success. The desire to be included in the dealership-sponsored GM program at the college is evidence of their commitment to support the college mission to train the entry-level technicians for the dealerships.
Parents and children got the first look at their recipe book at a special presentation on June 3rd at the Brookhaven College Head Start Center (HSC). The idea behind the cookbook was to add a new and healthier spin to recipes the families already liked. Betel Afework-Beyene, nutrition specialist with Head Start, gave families at the center a copy of Cooking Guide - a cookbook compiled from recipes submitted by parents and modified to increase their nutritional value. For most of the school year, the HSC and the college have been working in partnership to create this healthy cookbook as part of a grant-funded program to support healthy living. The cookbook project was already underway when Andrew Deibert, program service specialist in student life, started at the college, but he took on the project to ensure it was completed. Monica Taliaferro, director of marketing and public information, helped to make the names a little more kid-friendly, added graphics and assembled the recipes into the final cookbook.
The Dallas Paleontological Society held its June 8th meeting at the Ellison Miles Geotechnology Institute at Brookhaven College. The institute hosts the group’s monthly meetings, and has for several years. The speaker was George Maxey, Ph.D., geology and geography lecturer at the University of North Texas. His topic was “The Mesozoic - the age of dinosaurs: Life Styles of the Dead and Famous.” His wife, Susan Maxey, is also a professor and teaches geology at Brookhaven College.
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