Release Date Sept. 13
Student Success - Thirteen students studying biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, mathematics and radiologic science at Brookhaven College have been awarded T-STEM Challenge Scholarships for the fall 2013 semester in amounts ranging from $1,000 to $1,250. The T-STEM Challenge Scholarship program supports the education and training of STEM students at Texas public community and technical colleges. A grant provided by the Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board funds the scholarships. Brookhaven College’s Ngoc Truong, program development and renewal, administrates this grant program with support from John Wells, director of financial aid. This collaborative effort with Cedar Valley and Eastfield colleges will provide funds for up to 25 Brookhaven College students this academic year, for a total of up to $62,500.
Community Engagement - Representatives from the Dallas Police Department, Farmers Branch Fire Department and other local first responders, along with members of the Brookhaven College Police and dozens of students and employees, gathered for a solemn ceremony as the American flag was raised to half staff on September 11th in observance of the 12th anniversary of the terror attacks on New York City and the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Brookhaven College President Dr. Thom Chesney recounted his remembrances of that day to open the 9/11 Day to Remember. Service-learning and Civic Engagement Coordinator Andrew Deibert organized the event, which included information tables from first responders and, with the Brookhaven College Health Center, a “Battle of the Badges” blood drive as a way to remember those who lost their lives in 2001.
The Brookhaven College Geotechnology Institute (BCGI) hosted a table at NASA Space Science Day, which was held at Mountain View College on September 6th. The day’s events fit with the institute’s expanding focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) initiatives. BCGI staff engaged children with a “Spin the Wheel” game that challenged them to answer STEM questions for prizes. Claire Bambrough, Brookhaven College associate dean for STEM initiatives, spoke with participants about the periodic table of elements and asked students to pick an element to create some periodic art of their own!
Institutional Effectiveness - On September 4th, the Institute for Political Studies at Brookhaven College opened for the fall with a panel discussion on the current climate of Latino politics in Texas. Panelists provided a variety of perspectives from several disciplines on the politics of identity, voting behavior and motivations, and potential issues in the future of state and local politics. The conversation began with a broad examination of party politics in the state, and concluded with a focus on Farmers Branch city politics - all from a Latino voter’s perspective. The audience was highly engaged and much enthusiasm was shown by those who asked questions and those who participated in the discussions. An upcoming event on September 16th will feature Nicola Longford from The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza in Dallas discussing “The Impact of the Kennedy Assassination on Dallas.”
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