News at Brookhaven College

News Note

Release Date April 11

Student Success - Mary Catherine Schoals, student and part-time graphics assistant at Brookhaven College, made her on-camera film debut March 20th at the premiere of Cry Heard ‘Round the World: The Journey to DC to Take a Stand for Mother Earth. She and fellow student Josh Juhl were two of the students sponsored on a trip (along with other Texans) to Washington, DC last year for the largest climate rally in recorded history. The documentary by Dolphin Blue wraps up a journey following the eminent domain issue related to the Keystone pipeline that started more than a year ago. The Angelika Film Center was the first stop on the Texas tour for the documentary. After the premiere, Schoals joined a panel discussion with the filmmakers; Tom Kemper, founder and chief executive officer of Dolphin Blue; David Griggs, political coordinator of the Dallas Sierra Club; Rita Beving, head of Public Citizen, Dallas chapter; and Julia Trigg Crawford, the famous East Texas landowner who has made national headlines while fighting the Keystone pipeline on her land. Following the showing of the documentary, Schoals joined many others who had traveled on the bus, along with several political dignitaries from the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.

Institutional Effectiveness - More than 400 attendees enjoyed the sunshine at Brookhaven College to celebrate Earth Day on April 9th. Carrie Schweitzer, assistant to the president and leader of the Green Team, stated that Mother Nature helped encourage the crowds and student members of the Green Team also played a key role in drumming up support for the event. Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas Farmers Market, Green Dallas, Sprouts Farmers Market, and the Sierra Club were just a few of the vendors and visitors at the 5th Annual Earth Day Fest. From opportunities for buying locally sourced foods to organizations supporting international conservation, Earth Day Fest provides students an opportunity to build a more sustainable lifestyle in a variety of ways.

Employee Success - Vikki Ethington, college police officer at Brookhaven College, has been nominated for a Commitment to Youth award from the North Texas affiliate of Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Ethington is one of 25 law enforcement officers who will be recognized as a local DFW Commitment Hero. She has taken responsibility for coordinating a number of crime prevention and safety programs at the college, including the “Season to be Sober” event to raise alcohol awareness. As the safety officer, she works on a variety of crime prevention initiatives targeted toward college students as well as the students at Head Start of Greater Dallas and Early College High School at Brookhaven College. The award recognizes officers for their work in DWI and underage drinking education from police departments and law enforcement agencies throughout Dallas County.

Thom Chesney, Brookhaven College president, recently presented on two panels - “Leading a College in a Financially Challenging Time” and “Maintaining Ethics and Integrity in the College Presidency” - at the American Council on Education’s Spectrum Executive Leadership Program. He also participated in mock candidate interviews and credentials review sessions. Chesney currently serves as a presidential advisor to nine aspiring higher education chief executive officers in the Spectrum program, which is designed to further diversify the senior leadership ranks of U.S. higher education by preparing diverse senior-level administrators from underrepresented groups to be strong candidates for presidencies and chancellorships in the near term.


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