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For Immediate Release: Oct. 6, 2003

Celebration Leads to Digging Up the Dirt at Brookhaven College

Farmers Branch, Dallas, Texas - Fifteen years ago the staff and students of Brookhaven College were thinking ahead. They buried a time capsule during the college's 10-year anniversary celebration that was opened recently in honor of the 25th anniversary.

Covered with about 18 inches of sand, the hatbox-shaped capsule was unearthed by Alice Villadsen, president of Brookhaven College, and Vincent Slay, student government president. The capsule was originally buried in the courtyard in 1988, as part of the college’s 10th anniversary celebrations.

Facts from then and now:

1988
2003
Credit Enrollment
7,800+
10,900+
Degree Programs
11
15
Technical Occupational Programs
28
48
Student Population
Caucasian, not Hispanic
78.2%
49.1%
African American
7.4%
14.4%
Hispanic
6.9%
20.7%
Asian
6.2%
11.6%
In-County Tuition
$182 for 15 hrs.
$450 for 15 hrs.



The main campus was composed of 14 buildings in 1978, since then the campus has added a 64,000 square foot Student Services Center, remodeled and expanded an older facility into the new Ellison Miles Geotechnology Institute, and uses nine temporary building for classes and staff offices. Instructional laboratories now include a renovated business studies center, which houses more than 200 student computers. Expansions to the fine arts facilities added a 2,400 square-foot gallery and a renovated ceramic/kiln yard.

The capsule’s contents included course schedules, a 1988 Ford repair manual from the automotive department, photos of the Fine Arts faculty with their artwork, a t-shirt from the intramural sports program and dozens of other mementos. There was also a piece from the windmill, symbolized in the college’s logo, which used to occupy one of the courtyards on the campus.

The items that were preserved in the capsule will be displayed in the Learning Resource Center throughout the fall and spring semester.

Brookhaven College is one of the seven colleges of the Dallas County Community College District. Educational opportunities are offered by the Dallas County Community College District without regard to race, color, age, national origin, religion, sex, disability or sexual orientation. Brookhaven College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 (telephone number 404-679-4501) to award the associate degree.



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