Release Date Nov. 30
On November 28th, the Math and Science Lecture Series at Brookhaven College touched on a very timely topic. Dr. Wendy Chung, chief epidemiologist for Dallas County Department of Health, spoke about the impact of the West Nile virus outbreak in North Texas and the county’s expanded prevention program. More than 200 college students and employees turned out to learn more about the disease. Chung’s presentation outlined the disease itself, followed the timeline of last year’s outbreak and summarized the county’s responses through that timeline.
Students from Brookhaven College worked toward making a difference by participating in volunteer events for the national Make A Difference Day on October 27th. Andrew Deibert, Brookhaven College Service Learning coordinator, offered three different opportunities to the students. Dozens worked at the Brookhaven College Head Start program, cleaning and organizing classrooms; or played games and talked with children from homeless and domestic abuse shelters (that are constituents of Rainbow Days); or socialized with elderly residents at The Madison on Marsh nursing home. Many of the students indicated they plan to engage more in civic activities or continue volunteering, as this project helped them connect with the needs of the community.
On November 18th, Clayton Haltom, sophomore and center fielder for the Brookhaven College Bears baseball team, was invited to participate in a workout in front of representatives from National Collegiate Athletic Association and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics schools, as well as professional baseball scouts. Haltom has an outstanding grade point average, but it was three throws from left field to home plate, clocked at 95, 96 and 97 miles per hour, that made him a standout at the workout. Bears baseball coach Brandon Rains stated that Haltom has become one of the most sought-after junior college players in the state of Texas.
Three Brookhaven College Instrumental Music majors have just been selected as members of the Texas Community College All-State Band. Based on each player’s preliminary taped performances, John Justus (clarinet) and Eduardo Garcia (alto saxophone) received first-place rankings; and Mitchell Hilton (tenor saxophone) earned a rank of second. More than 200 students from junior/community colleges in Texas submitted audition tapes for consideration. The next step for these students is the live auditions for final chair placement with the band which will take place at the 2013 Texas Music Educators Association Convention in February. It is the largest state music convention in the country, with more than 25,000 students and music educators attending.
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