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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date Oct. 28

At the kick-off for the Marathon Kids program on October 23rd, six Brookhaven College basketball team members volunteered to sign autographs at Loos Field for the young runners. The Marathon Kids program is designed to promote fitness and wellness in elementary-age children. Kevin Hurst, Brookhaven College basketball coach and athletic program coordinator, estimated that more than 1,000 elementary-age children were at the track to run the first 0.2 miles of the 26.2-mile marathon they will complete this school year. After completing the lap-and-a-half around the track, the children visited a table where Brookhaven College basketball players Chris Johnson, Willie Byrd, Alec Heffler, Rickey Pegues, David Miller and Colton Steglich signed autographs. Members of the Brookhaven College basketball team have taken part in this event for the last four years because they enjoy participating in the activity, as well as providing role models for younger children.

Students in an acting class at Brookhaven College had an unexpected treat when a film and television actor/writer/director came to speak to their class. Lou Diamond Phillips, whose acting credits range from starring roles in La Bamba and Young Guns, to recurring roles in television shows like Numb3rs, to appearances on Cougar Town, was in town to do a reading of his new play at Theatre Three. Lisa Devine, Brookhaven College adjunct acting instructor, is directing the play and invited Phillips to come and talk to her acting class. He agreed and had a very relaxed and candid discussion with students about the life and work of a professional actor. Though many students were a bit star-struck, it did not stop them from asking questions like how he got his start or how he balanced his home and professional lives.

The Denton Record Chronicle announced the final recycling day for 2011 for the state-recognized program, Denton’s Drug Disposal Day, will be October 29th and Brookhaven College will be a partner. On October 4th, the event was awarded the State of Texas Alliance for Recycling’s Outstanding Special Event prize. The event that lets the public drop off unused prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications for proper disposal at no charge, was designed to reduce the quantity of medications that are often disposed of in toilets and drains, which can put them into the city’s water system. Susan Maxey, Brookhaven College geology professor, first connected the college to the event and her students are participating as volunteers. For details about the event, go to

Two professors from the Brookhaven College School of the Arts were among those selected to create art for the new Omni Hotel in Downtown Dallas, set to open November 11th. Rick Maxwell, interim dean for the School of the Arts, was hired to create “Wooden Ribbon,” a work in wood, for the hotel’s collection. The piece is 96 feet long (comprised of two sections of 48 feet) and will be suspended from the ceiling on the second floor near the hotel’s conference rooms. Maxwell was contacted and asked to design the work by art consultants hired through Omni’s design firm. Also included in the hotel’s collection is “Garden+Gardener #1,” an oil painting on canvas by art professor Chong Chu. This unique work of art measures six feet by six feet.



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