Release Date May 25
On May 18th, three Brookhaven Bears Basketball Team members spent the day at Hedrick Elementary School in Lewisville. Joe Williams, Daniel Piper and Matt Wingo participated in Career Day for third- through fifth-grade students and spoke about the importance of hard work and education. The keynote speaker for the event was Kevin Hurst, college athletic program coordinator and basketball coach. In the afternoon, the three young men and Hurst spent time reading to the kindergarten classes. Hurst remarked that the basketball team members did an outstanding job of representing Brookhaven College and being involved in the community.
More than 150 astronomy enthusiasts gathered at Brookhaven College to watch the partial solar eclipse on May 20th. The Astronomy Department set up telescopes, binoculars and other filtered instruments for safe viewing. Staff members Chaz Hafey, Stephen Rowley and Anahita Sidhwa coordinated the event, with assistance from Astronomy student Jack French. Unfortunately, high clouds rolled in just as the eclipse was about to begin. Although disappointed, the crowd moved to the second floor of Building X where a live video feed allowed people to see what was happening elsewhere. Attendees who were patient were rewarded, however, when — with just minutes remaining — the clouds broke and they got to view the eclipse at its peak. Cameras clicked, filters were passed around and everyone agreed it was well worth the wait. The Astronomy Department will soon set up everything again for a viewing of Venus gliding across the sun on June 5th from 5:30 p.m. until sunset.
On May 9th, Kevin Tran, Brookhaven College part-time instructional associate in Biology, was taken by surprise when Elizabeth Whatley and her speech class visited him at the Biology Resource Center. The students weren’t in need of tutoring — they were there to recognize Tran as someone who goes “above and beyond.” Each semester, Whatley’s students nominate and vote on a Brookhaven College employee who stands out because of the extra effort he/she puts forth to ensure student success. The final project for the class is a public speech to that employee. In addition to the kind words each student spoke about him, Tran was rewarded with handmade cards, original poems, candy, photos and other crafts from the students.
The Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) test results are in for the students at the Early College High School (ECHS) at Brookhaven College. The 10th-grade students had perfect pass rates on the English Language Arts and Social Studies test, a 99 percent pass rate in Science and a 96 percent pass rate in Mathematics. The 11th-grade students had perfect pass rates on their Social Studies test (with 82 percent commended for their performance) and perfect pass rates in Science (with 43 percent commended). They also passed their English Language Arts and Mathematics tests with a 96 percent pass rate. Though the state averages for TAKS are not yet available for the current year, the Brookhaven College ECHS student results are more than 20 percent higher than last year’s state average in both Mathematics and Science.
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