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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date Aug. 10

The Institute for Political Science at Brookhaven College has scored a coup for its fall season of events. The mayors of Addison, Farmers Branch and Carrollton have all agreed to take part in a special panel discussion on November 12th. Brookhaven College Government Professor Ahad Hayaud-Din has often brought local and area politicians into his classrooms, but this will be a “first” for having three city mayors. These various events bring local politics into the classroom, helping students to connect what they are reading in class with what is happening in their environment.

Brookhaven College partnered with Rainbow Days during July in efforts to support the more than 600 children in Dallas and Collin counties residing in homeless, domestic violence or transitional living shelters who lack the resources necessary to return to school. Students, individual employees and entire offices donated crayons, pencils, backpacks and much more. Brookhaven College Service-Learning Coordinator Andrew Deibert collected a huge box of school supplies, along with seven backpacks stuffed with more supplies — together valued at almost $500—and cash totaling an additional $700. Through the college’s generosity, 19 children will have the essential resources they need to start down the road to success in school. For 21 years, Rainbow Day’s Back-To-School Celebration has been helping children from local shelters begin each school year excited and prepared.

This summer has been a busy one for Brookhaven College Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technologies Professor Scott Sires, with travel to a number of conferences. In June, he attended a T3G - Teachers Teaching Teachers GIS workshop in Redlands, CA where he learned about using mobile technologies for GIS applications. Sires has already started applying these practices in the classroom and believes they can save the program money in the future. In July, Sires and Brookhaven College’s Gerry Bartz, GIS Lab coordinator, along with James Walker, recent GIS graduate, attended the Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri) International Education Conference and the Esri International User Conference in San Diego, CA. Sires gave a presentation that drew the attention of professors at Texas A&M University, who are now very interested in recruiting Brookhaven College students. Esri Director of Marketing for the Energy and Petroleum Industry Geoff Wade asked Sires to take a lead role in recruiting students to attend the Esri Petroleum User Group Conference in 2013.



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