Release Date July 15
The Dallas TexPREP program is operating its second year of classes at Brookhaven College for middle school students from the Dallas Independent School District. The seven-week program has brought 55 middle school students to the college Monday through Thursday since June 13th. Students take part in intensive coursework, team projects, class presentations, field trips, special events and examinations. Enrollment increased from 15 students during the first year, and the majority of those students have returned this year. Students come from E. D. Walker, Marsh and Medrano middle schools. Currently, 20 students are enrolled in the second course which provides instruction in physics, algebraic structures and problem solving. Students visited the DART station and learned the daily operation of the trains. They listened to Marvin Hurt, a mechanical engineer who explained how trains are scheduled and maintained to provide a service to the community. Another trip is planned to Texas Instruments to learn how math contributes to the operation of the company. Several speakers have made presentations to the students and emphasized the importance of higher education with math as an essential part of a quality job. TexPREP is an academically intense, mathematics-based, summer enrichment program designed to develop students’ abstract reasoning and problem solving skills. PREP is a national program with an emphasis on increasing the number of students in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. Eligibility requirements include an 85 percent or better in math or science courses, recommendations from a math teacher, and an essay.
Final rehearsals are underway for Theatre Brookhaven’s summer musical “Titanic.” History’s most tragic maiden voyage may not sound like material for a musical, but from the bridge to the boiler room, characters and songs capture the romance, grandeur and adventure that was the voyage of the Titanic. The musical first opened in New York in 1997, and won five Tony Awards that year, including “Best Musical.” The musical is directed by Darise Error and the music direction is done by Gary Okeson. The sets for the summer musicals are always done on a grand scale, and Jane Quetin, drama professor, said the “Titanic” sets are more than 24 feet tall. Performances are July 21-31st in the college performance hall.
In two new exhibits, the Brookhaven College art department galleries feature print media and book art by an internationally recognized artist, and works in wood by a faculty member. Canadian artist Sean Caulfield, along with his collaborator writer Jonathan Hart, is showing “Darkfire” and “The Waiting Room” in the Forum Gallery through July 29th. In the Studio Gallery, Eric Tosten, ceramics professor, is exhibiting works in wood. Caulfield uses mezzotint and other intaglio techniques with chine-collé to create visually rich surfaces, contrasting with the menacing visual metaphors depicted in the prints. Dante’s “Divine Comedy” inspired Caulfield and Hart. Both are professors at the University of Alberta. Caulfield teaches printmaking at the department of art and design, and his exhibitions are displayed around the world and are represented in the collections of the Houghton Library at Harvard University; the Fitzwilliam Museum at the University of Cambridge; and the Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin. Hart also has been a visiting professor at Harvard, Toronto, Cambridge and Princeton universities as well as the Sorbonne Nouvelle. His writing portfolio includes “Empires and Colonies,” “Shakespeare: Poetry, History and Culture,” “Literature, Theory, History” “Dreamwork” and “Musing.”
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