News at Brookhaven College

News Note

Release Date April 25

Community Outreach - The skies were beautifully clear for the nearly 200 people who gathered at Brookhaven College during the early morning hours of April 15th to observe the total lunar eclipse. The Brookhaven College Astronomy Department (Chaz Hafey, Anahita Sidhwa, Lana Sutton) and the Texas Astronomical Society had set up seven telescopes and several pairs of binoculars to allow participants to see fine details of the craters and mountains on the moon.  A number of observers used their cell phones to take photographs through the telescopes eyepieces to commemorate the rare event. In addition to the college’s astronomy students, many more from Brookhaven College and other schools participated; a number of community members also took advantage of the viewing opportunity. Because the temperature was a bit cold, the Astronomy Department had a live feed of the eclipse from Arizona available in one of the nearby classrooms. Most people, however, preferred to stay outdoors and watch the real event.

Student Success - The staff of the Brookhaven Courier had great news to report from this year’s Texas Intercollegiate Press Association (TIPA) Convention, which was held in San Antonio, April 10-12th. The student editors, writers, photographers, and designers received 16 awards, doubling last year’s awards numbers. At the TIPA event, students compete against staffs from two- and four-year colleges and universities from around the state. The Brookhaven College staff earned the following awards: first place for in-depth reporting, single subject page design, and picture story for previously published works; second place for critical review and photo illustration; third place for sports news, sports page design, lit magazine cover design, and feature photo; and honorable mention for news feature, feature page, and lit magazine illustration. In live contests at the Convention, Kathy Tran won honorable mention awards for print ad design and feature photo, and Chris Allison was also awarded honorable mentions for copy editing and PR release writing.

Three Brookhaven College ceramics students, Esther Durrschmidt, Dulcinea Hair, and Syliva Lopez, were chosen to exhibit in the first annual Rose Award for Ceramic Innovation held at the Janette Kennedy Gallery at South Side on Lamar in Dallas, April 5-18th.  This new competition is for ceramics students within the DCCCD, chosen by their ceramics instructors to send work to the exhibit.  The pieces were juried for awards by Amy Halko, a successful Californian ceramicist.  The Director’s Award was presented to Dulcinea Hair at the reception that was held April 8th.

Employee Success and Institutional Effectiveness - Rodger Bennett, Brookhaven College vice president for academic affairs and student success, has been elected to serve on the inaugural Board of Directors for LEAP Texas. Brookhaven College is one of the founding members of a consortium of more than 60 higher education institutions in Texas taking part in national efforts for Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP): Excellence for Everyone as a Nation Goes to College. Created by the Association of American Colleges and Universities, LEAP is a national initiative championing the importance of a 21st-century college education. LEAP Texas provides an opportunity for institutions across the state to collaborate to face the challenges of increasing demands for accountability, a diverse and evolving student population, a new core curriculum, and rapidly changing technology and globalization.


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