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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date Sept. 14

Students in the Brookhaven College Emergency Medical Services (EMS) program took part in the Dallas 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb. The event honors the firefighters who went into New York City’s twin towers to save others and lost their lives. On September 8th, several students manned aid stations on every 10th floor of the Renaissance Tower in downtown Dallas. Firefighters from across Texas donned their full gear and climbed the stairs to honor the fallen, and the students helped with water and assisted on-site paramedics in providing medical attention to the climbers. This event is organized by area fire departments. Brookhaven College’s Alex Stadthagen, EMS program director, was asked by the organizers to supply volunteers.

On September 5th, more than 160 Brookhaven College students and employees turned out to hear about the mysteries of the Maya from Adam Herring, associate professor of Art History and director of graduate studies at Southern Methodist University. Herring is a specialist on the art of the pre-Columbian Americas; he focused on Maya art while also addressing some of the 2012 predictions of this ancient civilization. Brookhaven College Humanities Professor Edleeca Thompson coordinated bringing Herring back to the college. (Two years ago, he spoke at one of her classes.) The event was hosted by the Brookhaven College Humanities and Cultural Studies Departments.

Brookhaven College has awarded 13 scholarships to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) students. Students taking more than 12 credit hours will receive $1,250 for the fall semester and an additional $1,250 in the spring, while those taking less than 12 credit hours will receive slightly less each semester. The majority of the students are full-time, with 10 focusing their studies on chemistry and physics and 3 preparing for the Radiologic Sciences program. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board awarded funds for the scholarships this summer. Brookhaven College Instructional Designer Ngoc Truong coordinated much of the efforts to recruit qualified students in just a few short months.

On September 10th, the Open Book Project and Institute of Political Studies (IPS) at Brookhaven College kicked off their events for the year with a joint program. Ahad Hayaud-Din, Brookhaven College Political Science professor, presented “Understanding the People and Politics of Afghanistan.” With the college Quality Enhancement Plan’s focus on reading, Hayaud-Din focused this first IPS event on this year’s shared book, In the Sea There Are Crocodiles. It is the story of a young boy finding his way out of Afghanistan after his mother, fearing the Taliban presence in their home village, abandons him in the city. Hayaud-Din was able to share a personal perspective while speaking to the political and religious history of the region.



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