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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date Aug. 5

The Ellison Miles Geotechnology Institute was the site of the Brookhaven College TexPREP completion ceremony last week. Three classes, totaling 47 students participating in this year’s program, celebrated with an assembly for parents, community guests and college administrators. Marilyn K. Lynch, associate vice president of career and program resources, offered opening remarks. George Herring, vice president of business services and interim president; Rodger Bennett, vice president of academic affairs and student success; Doris Rousey, executive dean of science and mathematics; and Melodie Morris, coordinator of development with the district development office, also were in attendance. Adriana Gomez, TexPREP director, gave a presentation highlighting major projects and acknowledging parents for supporting their students during the rigorous experience. Students demonstrated activities from lessons learned during the seven-week program that focused on the development of math and science through interactive instruction, guest speakers and field trips. Selected individual students shared presentations on science and engineering projects detailing the responsibilities of different types of professionals, specific universities promoting their studies, and portraits of individuals and their contributions to society. Student teams presented their results of a bridge building experiment, while other students demonstrated the use of physics concepts related to a catapult and math applications for an electric circuit. Instructors Meaghan Dougherty, Charles Mensah, and Mickell Bruce presented each student with a certificate for their participation in the program and awarded special medallions designating exceptional effort and commitment. Khuong Nguyen, Blanca Sanchez and Franz-Josef Wollang, program assistants, served as tutors and mentors to the students. Also, Monica Pauken, Daffne Bennett, outreach coordinators, and Jean Kaplan, college director of school alliance and community outreach, provided valuable support for this special STEM summer program. Students who showed mastery of the objectives will receive an elective high school credit.

A recent exhibition at the Xue Gallery showcased artwork by students in the fine arts programs at Brookhaven College. Francisco Alvarado, Taylor Bryant, Nicole Dane, Evan Davis, Nelson Nance and Viviyanne Yi had a group exhibition, “Trash,” at the gallery. Beyond exhibitions, the Brookhaven College School of the Arts also has students who are moving on to continue their education at a number of four-year universities. David Newman, gallery director and art professor, has kept a list of students who transfer from the Brookhaven College art programs to various undergraduate and graduate schools. For fall 2011, Whitney Beasley, Jose Canepa, Amy Chavera, Sheryl David, Brian Hauser, Jiwon Han, Isaiah Santos Hernandez, David Hurtado, Sofia Retta, Emeterio Rojas and Dejah Sanchez have all contacted David to confirm their plans for four-year degrees. In addition to the undergraduate students, Erick Figueroa, Erin Hinz, Marion Lefeld, Lauren MacKnight, Alexander Orosco, Rani Rautela and Allison Starr are moving on to begin Master of Fine Arts programs at universities around the country.

Professors from Brookhaven College could soon be traveling to China to teach English for speakers of other languages. Grant Sisk, Ph.D., associate dean for world languages, is currently negotiating with the Shanghai FCD Institute of Education in China on a partnership to teach English to recent Chinese high school graduates. The partnership would have the college professors teaching ESOL courses in China to prepare students with sufficient English skills to enter college credit courses at Brookhaven College. Students would be able to come to Texas with the English skills to start on their college programs and later transfer to a four-year university.



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