News at Brookhaven College

News Note

Release Date April 12

Student Success — Brookhaven College students came home big winners from the 2013 Texas Intercollegiate Press Association Convention held in Fort Worth, April 4-6th.  This convention brings together student media from two- and four-year public and private institutions throughout the state.  This year, Kathy Tran and Scott Mitchell earned first place in the 2-Person Photo Essay live competition, which takes place among the schools at the convention.  Tran also won an honorable mention in On-site Print Advertisement, and Amy Price earned an honorable mention in Critical Review.  Brookhaven Courier staff earned additional awards — First-place awards went to:  Obed Manuel for News Feature Story; Kathy Tran and Jordan Wylie for Newspaper Illustration; and Wylie for Single Subject Presentation Design.  Price earned a third-place award for General Column and the entire staff won an honorable mention for Special Edition or Section.

Community Engagement — The Platinum Club of the Farmers Branch Chamber of Commerce — the highest membership level for the chamber — had lunch last week on the stage of the Brookhaven College Performance Hall.  The group was treated to exclusive theater and music performances.  Instead of a presentation about the college, Dr. Thom Chesney, college president, elected to have the students “do the talking” with a focus on the performance opportunities available through the School of the Arts — whether playing an instrument, performing a dramatic piece or having prepared the ceramic goblets each attendee was given as a remembrance of the event.  More than 25 students participated; School of the Arts faculty hosted tables at the luncheon and performed with their students.

On April 4th, Brookhaven College held its fourth annual Earth Day Fest sponsored by the Brookhaven College Green Team and Big Green Bear Garage Sale, which benefits the Professional Support Staff Association.  The Green Team coordinated the event with 19 participating community agencies, whose representatives provided information about sustainability ranging from recycling to community service to clean energy.  With an invitation from the college’s automotive department, Nissan provided a Leaf, its electric vehicle.  The party atmosphere was encouraged with music by DJ Earthshine, aka Brookhaven College English Professor Hurshel Burton, and with complimentary cookies provided by Subway.

The Dallas Area Philosophical Society held a panel discussion on April 6th at Brookhaven College to discuss the question, “What role should religion play in society?”  The panel included a Brookhaven College student, a Southern Methodist University professor, a monk, a recent Ph.D. graduate from the University of Dallas and a Christian minister/homeless shelter director.  Jerrod Scott, the Philosophy professor who brought the event to Brookhaven College, stated that the discussion was a tremendous success, with more than 60 people attending.  Students and professors from colleges across Dallas attended, as well as community members not associated with an institution, who simply wanted to listen to some good discussion.  When audience members were given opportunities to participate, the debate got a bit heated, with issues such as abortion and gay marriage generating discussion about the role of religion in society.


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