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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date Jan. 27

Before the winter break, students enrolled in music classes at Brookhaven College were given an opportunity to go to the symphony. The Music Club, sponsored by Music Professor Octavio Gutierrez, coordinated the field trip, providing students from the Music Appreciation classes a chance to see the Dallas Symphony Orchestra perform at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. In November, 55 students (more than 30 from the Early College High School at Brookhaven College) saw the Overture to Der Freischütz by Weber, Mathis der Maler Symphony by Hindemith, and Piano Concerto No.2 by Rachmaninoff. The field trip was subsidized by the Brookhaven College School of the Arts and is a favorite with students.

Instead of spending a Saturday at the movies or the mall, a group of students spent January 21st in service to their community. The Office of Student Life at Brookhaven College coordinated a challenge for students and faculty for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. Participants were given approximately three hours to accomplish one of three goals: gather 100 books for the patients at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children; “bling” out some class passes and raise funds for the Town North YMCA; or buy prizes and snacks for the weekly bingo game at Emeritus Senior Living. Each student also pledged to fulfill 100 hours of community service this year. This project was funded in part by Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that strengthens communities through service.

Dr. Jose Angel Gutierrez, professor of political science at The University of Texas at Arlington, was the first spring guest speaker for the Brookhaven College Institute of Political Science (IPS). There were 65 students and employees in the audience to hear his discussion titled, “Political Empowerment in Minority Populations.” Gutierrez used humor to engage the students while addressing the growing importance of Hispanic communities as a political voice, and the dangers of being politically discounted. Brookhaven College Government Professor Ahad Hayaud-Din has been developing the IPS and bringing speakers to the college for more than four years.

A former student and current instructor in the Visual Communications Department at Brookhaven College has his first television commercial! Ted Forbes is the multimedia producer for the Dallas Museum of Art, but still has ties to the college as an adjunct professor teaching web design. Forbes filmed and completed the post-production work for his commercial for the exhibition, “The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk.”



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Brookhaven College is proud to be an Hispanic-Serving Institution with more than 25 percent Hispanic student enrollment since 2006. Educational opportunities are offered by Brookhaven College without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity or gender expression..

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