Release Date May 9
Student Success - Shoulder Bones by Brookhaven College student Kelly Canavan was selected first in the poetry category in the League for Innovation in the Community College Student Literary Competition for the District. Her poem will now go to the national League competition. Two other Brookhaven College students were also recognized in the District competition. Ashley Balcazar earned third place for her essay, “Facing Glossophobia”; Tyler Satchwell was awarded second place in the fiction category for his piece, “One Phone Call.”
More than 300 Brookhaven College students and their family members, employees, and scholarship sponsors gathered for the Celebration of Excellence on April 29. The event recognizes the college’s outstanding students who participate in athletics, leadership and service-learning activities, student government, clubs, tutoring, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and more. This year, more than 175 scholarships totaling $165,667 were awarded. The Celebration of Excellence brings together all of the students who have been recognized at prior smaller events, to build a sense of community across the campus and highlight the various efforts of the college to provide opportunities for excellence to its students.
Community Engagement - On April 30, Brookhaven College welcomed U.S. Olympic gold medalist Justin Olsen. He spoke to more than 30 students as part of the Student Leadership Institute sponsored by the Brookhaven College Office of Student Life. A sergeant in the Army National Guard, Olsen engaged in an active discussion with the students about working within a team, staying focused, and striving to reach a goal. He shared his experiences in the military while training for competition and also making friends with athletes from other countries during the Olympics. Olsen has been competing since 2007 in the sport of bobsledding and won the gold medal at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. As an added bonus, he brought his gold medal and Olympic uniform for the students to see and hold.
Employee Success - A recent article published on the NerdScholar website (resource for college students) focused on the advantages of starting at a community college and included some advice from Jennifer Hudson Allen, a visiting scholar for history at Brookhaven College. She was one of the education experts consulted for input regarding how to best take advantage of and navigate between a two-year college and a four-year university. She emphasized the fact that attending a community college can allow students to start their higher education careers while remaining within the familiar and supportive home environment. To access the article, go to
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