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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date Sept. 16

On September 14th, Brookhaven College students and employees packed the performance hall on to hear Joaquín Zihuatanejo, World Poetry Slam Champion and award-winning teacher. Born and raised in the barrio of East Dallas, in his work Joaquín strives to capture the duality of the Chicano culture. With a combination of heart and humor, the poet had students listening and laughing and questioning how he finds his ideas and inspiration. After the forum, Brookhaven College’s welcome-back party brought together the campus community for food and fun with music and caricature, spray paint and henna artists. The Brookhaven College Office of Student Life sponsored the event.

For more than 25 years, the Brookhaven College Automotive Technology Department and Crest Cadillac have been partners in training and employing students. General Motors Corporation’s Automotive Service Educational Program (ASEP) allows students to split time between the classroom and a vehicle dealership to earn money while they learn. High retention rates, improved employee efficiency and better customer service scores make this a winning model for students and businesses alike. A recent article featured Crest Cadillac and Brookhaven College on the Corporate Voices website. The article focuses on the benefits for the employers and employees/students, as well as what works about the program for business. Brookhaven College graduate Jeff Steger also shared his story. Steger has been a Crest Cadillac employee and, though he says he never planned to go to college, he describes the program as “life-changing.” Corporate Voices for Working Families is a leading national business membership organization shaping conversations and collaborations on public and corporate policy issues. To view the article and web page about the cooperative partnership between Brookhaven College Automotive Technology Department and Crest Cadillac, go to and

Decorating the halls of the Brookhaven College Science and Allied Health Building (near the chemistry classrooms) is a giant periodic table of elements. During fall 2010 and summer 2011, students in the CHEM 1405 classes created the individual squares that represent more than the symbols for boron or magnesium. Each is a work of art. Brookhaven College chemistry professor Claire Bambrough acts as curator, assembling the pieces. Students create a “square” of art that represents their element in any way they choose, but they must explain how it represents that element and back up their claims with physical and chemical properties of the element. Rachana Singh, Evgenia Manolova, Warren Kinstley, William Wingo and Bob Holdar, all DCCCD chemistry professors, also participated in the art piece and Andrea Gorczyca will add the project to her classes at Brookhaven College this term. Professor Bambrough will be working with sixth grade teachers and students at her children’s school, Prestonwood Elementary, to re-create the project there.

On September 14th, Brookhaven College athletic program coordinator and basketball coach Kevin Hurst was a guest lecturer at the University of North Texas. He spoke to students interested in becoming coaches about the rewards of being a coach. Hurst also shared the fact that coaching requires an investment of time, energy and emotion. Hurst addressed the group of more than 50 future coaches about academics for their potential players and themselves, and about investing in career development and the importance of continuing their training after completing their degree.



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