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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date Feb. 3

Brookhaven College Government Professor Ahad Hayaud-Din recently received an email from a former student requesting a new letter of recommendation. Michael Hartman, former Brookhaven College student, had previously been provided a reference for his application for a scholarship at The University of Texas at Arlington. Hartman received a $1,100 scholarship to study abroad and is just days away from leaving for two weeks of study in Sydney, Australia. The newest letter of recommendation was needed for the Archer Program in Washington, DC. Hartman has been selected to apply for the program, which allows students to spend a semester in the nation’s capital taking government and policy classes while participating in an internship full-time. Though the number of interns varies each semester, competition for the spots is keen, with students from all University of Texas universities competing.

The spring Brookhaven College Open Book Project kicked off with a presentation by Jeffrey Zaslow, co-author of The Last Lecture (with Randy Pausch). Zaslow is a columnist for The Wall Street Journal and has worked with a number of famous figures in writing books — most recently, Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and Representative Gabrielle Giffords. Zaslow shared his personal experiences about gathering inspirational stories and working with Randy Pausch. This fall, there were 163 course sections that signed on to use The Last Lecture — an almost 50 percent increase over last fall.

The Dallas Observer arts blog pays tribute to Du Chau, Brookhaven College adjunct art professor, for his exhibition at Kirk Hopper Fine Art gallery. The writer noted Chau’s balance of the organic and the modern, attributing his balance in the piece, “Inch by Inch, (to Laura Porter),” to Chau’s own balance of science and art. The piece is a tribute to his friend Laura Porter, a fellow artist who passed away. The DCCCD Foundation lists Du Chau as one its student success stories, as a past Fordham Memorial Award in Visual Arts recipient when he was a student at Brookhaven College. Chau is just one of five former art students now teaching in the Brookhaven College School of the Arts, and one of 21 currently teaching art in universities, colleges and high schools around the country.

Continuing a long tradition of community building at Brookhaven College, the Emerald Awards for 2012 brought together employees from across the campus to recognize colleagues and to have a good laugh. Taking on the tongue-twisting tales of Dr. Seuss, each of the college’s award winners had a special story read extolling his/her virtues. Dozens of other employees were honored for their longevity at the college and within the District, with Ray Attner, Brookhaven College business professor, receiving a special nod for 40 years of service in the DCCCD.



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