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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date July 27

Congratulations go to Brookhaven College star students Diana Abou-Saleh and Jaime Baadsgaard, both nominated for the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) USA TODAY All-USA Academic Team award. This nationwide program includes university and community college students. Students are selected based on their grades, academic rigor and growth, as well as how well they use their education to benefit their surrounding schools and communities. The top 20 students chosen for the All-USA Academic Team are each rewarded with a $2,500 scholarship and national recognition through USA TODAY. This is not the first time these students have won awards through PTK. Abou-Saleh won the Outstanding Officer award and Baadsgaard won the Outstanding Member award at the Phi Theta Kappa 2012 Texas Regional Convention in March.

Adam Blake, former Brookhaven College student and Social Science Division assistant, recently returned from a 10-day trip to China. He was one of only eight students chosen to participate in the prestigious 2012 Young Entrepreneurs’ Summit internship in Beijing, China. Sponsored by the Chinese government and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, the internship targets students pursuing studies in social science, international affairs, economics and business. Ahad Hayaud-Din, Blake’s former supervisor and social science professor at Brookhaven College, encouraged him to apply. From June 1st-11th, Blake attended conferences, forums and panel discussions on topics, such as entrepreneurship, the global market and the future of the Chinese economy. Blake is currently a political science student at the University of North Texas and expects to graduate in the spring of 2013.

Participants in the Teen Fire and Teen Police academies had opportunities for hands-on activities at Brookhaven College. The Farmers Branch Fire Department, with support from the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, holds the one-week camps to showcase the skills used by these first responders. A number of departments — from Student Services to Instruction — planned activities ranging from career trivia contests to crash scene exercises. Campers joined Brookhaven College Emergency Medical Services faculty members Alex Stadthagen and Joel “Duck” Hawkins for an exercise in loading patients onto a backboard, gurney and scupper, then into an ambulance. One camp day included an action-packed demonstration by Brookhaven College police officer Vikki Ethington, who taught the students how to protect themselves without a gun.



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