Release Date June 24
Semere T. Habtemariam, a continuing education student at Brookhaven College, had his first novel published, Hearts Like Birds. Semere has a master’s degree from the University of North Texas, but had an interest in writing, so he took a continuing education course to learn more. His novel examines how Muslims build their identity in non-Muslim parts of the world. Lee Sneath, adjunct instructor in workforce/continuing education, was Habtemariam’s teacher and developed the college’s first creative writing course. In the past two years, Sneath has developed a full series of subject-area specific creative writing courses. For additional details on the novel and its author, go to http://semerehabtemariam.com.
Tanner Neill, a 2011 Van Alstyne High School graduate, signed a letter of intent June 7th to play baseball at Brookhaven College. The Herald Democrat carried notice that the high school baseball player had committed to attending the college to play under Brandon Rains, college head coach. Neill was a starter on the varsity team for four years and was named to the All-District first team as a utility player his sophomore and junior years. As a senior, he was the district’s “Offensive Player of the Year.”
The Green Team at Brookhaven College has been doing double duty this summer. Their latest project has been gathering old phone books to allow employees and students to recycle for a good cause. An initiative has been underway for a month to gather the books for Mosaic. Mosaic is a local non-profit agency that offers residential care, vocational training, social activities, and transportation to individuals with intellectual disabilities. The donated phone books will be used in training clients in document destruction and shredding. The college also has other recycling efforts underway; plastic bags are gathered to recycle into decking; cell phones are taken to support the micro-loans of the Chiapas Project; and the latest addition is the grease recycling stations as part of the City of Dallas’ “Cease the Grease” campaign.
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