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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date Sept. 23

Brookhaven College students Marissa Garcia and Brooke Sanders were selected as the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Women’s Soccer Division III Player and Goalie of the Week for games played September 12-18th. Forward Marissa Garcia registered one goal and one assist in Brookhaven College’s 2-0 win over Cedar Valley College. On the other end of the pitch for the Lady Bears, goalie Brooke Sanders turned away all five shots at the goal in the victory. Both freshmen will look to keep up the pace against their next opponent, Richland College. Forward Katrina Harrington was named Player of the Week for games played September 5-11th. The Lady Bears Volleyball Team was also in the NJCAA news with a national ranking of fourth in the top ten national poll for Division III Women’s Volleyball.

For the eighth year, the Mesquite Symphony Orchestra and the Brookhaven College School of the Arts partnered for a special concert event on September 17th in the college performance hall. In a concert that was “timeless,” the symphony performed pieces from Rossini’s classic “Overture: The Barber of Seville,” Norman Dello Joio’s captivating “Scenes from the Louvre” and Alexander Borodin’s “Dances from Prince Igor.” In Bach’s beautiful “Concerto for Two Violins,” Matson Topper, Brookhaven College music professor, and his wife, Alicja I. Usarek, Collin College music professor, were the featured soloists. The concert supports scholarship funds that are awarded to students in the Brookhaven College School of the Arts Music Department.

Jason Cates, new developmental mathematics instructor at Brookhaven College, was recently certified as a “Developmental Education Specialist” through the Kellogg Institute. The program requires an intensive four-week training program at Appalachian State University with seminars focusing on assessment and placement for developmental educators, designing learning environments, student support systems, and outcomes assessment, and program evaluation. Upon completing the program, Cates was required to implement a program development project based on his training. The certification is recognized by the Kellogg Institute for the Training and Certification of Developmental Educators, the National Center for Developmental Education, and Appalachian State University, and is regarded as one of the most prestigious credentials in the field of developmental education. Cates is among fewer than 1,000 professionals in the field to have attained certification.



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