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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date Dec. 14

A Civic Engagement Showcase on November 29th featured 18 presentations from 39 Brookhaven College students.  Presentations ranged from a mathematics tutor’s experience at a local elementary school to a video storytelling presentation that captured the childhood stories of two senior citizens.  Judges evaluated the presentations based on the personal growth of the presenter through his/her service-learning experience, academic learning, community impact, challenges and rewards, and information about the community partner.  The students had an opportunity to win sweatshirts, book rentals, and a Kindle (for the overall winner).  According to Andrew Deibert, Brookhaven College Service Learning and Civic Engagement coordinator, the showcase “is a means to make the service experiences of our students more public.”

The Garland ISD has offered temporary work in the coming months for Brookhaven College Geographic Information System (GIS) program students.  The school district is implementing new GIS-based bus routing and transportation technology, and to do so, it needs to prepare data.  James Walker, who works at the Garland ISD, is a former Brookhaven College student and currently serves on the advisory committee for the GIS program.  The relationship the program has developed with the Garland ISD has helped several students work part-time and temporarily with the school district and, therefore, build their resumés.

With perhaps a touch of irony, a saxophone quartet from Brookhaven College was one of the musical performances at the 2012 Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) Annual Meeting.  The SACS Quartet — named for that evening — played at the December 11th keynote address.  Brookhaven College President Dr. Thom Chesney had communicated with SACSCOC President Dr. Belle Wheelan several months ago and offered to find musical groups from the college to perform at the event.  On December 7th, another group from the college provided string music for a reception for the SACSCOC Board of Trustees and their spouses and staff members prior to the annual meeting.

A display in the Brookhaven College library has highlighted this year’s Open Book, In the Sea There Are Crocodiles.  Contestants were asked to recreate the book cover or explore any aspect of the book in a visual way, using any medium.  Brookhaven College’s Lisa Ehrich, Art professor, and Wes Smith, Visual Communications professor, volunteered to serve as judges for the 25 student entries.  The winners of the contest are:  Ashley Baker - First Place ($75 Follett gift card); Kevin Pha - Second Place ($50 Follett gift card); Mary Kay Patterson - Third Place ($25 Follett gift card); and Josephina Esparza, Juyoung Han and Raquel Retana - Honorable Mentions ($10 Starbucks gift cards).



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