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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date April 27, 2007

Each year Brookhaven College gives thousands of dollars in scholarships to deserving students, and this year was no different. At the April 22nd Student Award Reception, 61 students received more than $17,000 in scholarship funds. The awards recognized outstanding students in each of the instructional divisions, and many endowed scholarships were awarded to those studying in specific fields. Dr. Sharon L. Blackman presented many of the awards to students, with approximately 150 employees and family looking on in support of the students. The reception was generously sponsored by Town North Bank, carrying on its support of the event since 1994.

Brookhaven College science students were part of a KDFW-TV, Fox 4, news story that aired April 21st. The story focused on erosion and drainage issues on the Elm Fork Trail around Lewisville Lake. Brookhaven College students have been involved in developing and maintaining the trail for four years. Phil Shelp, biology professor, told reporters that the trail is being threatened by erosion that he believes is caused by a development in the area. The development company was fined recently for cutting down 4,000 trees on public lands. Professor Shelp has been asked to provide the television station with periodic updates and other ways his students are making a difference. The story is available online at the following link:

Winners of the Brookhaven College Literary Contest were honored at a reception on April 24th. Edward Garcia, Ph.D., English professor, congratulated the winners and gave each a certificate of achievement. The first place-winners in the poetry, short story, one-act play and personal essay categories read from their works along with a few of the other winners. The first place-winners will go on to the District contest, and possibly the national competition. Dr. Garcia, a published poet, judged the poetry entries. Darise Error, theater professor, judged the one-act plays; Nancy Barlow, English professor and Selena Stewart Alexander, developmental reading and writing professor, judged the personal essays; and Zack Miller, former dean for the Communications Division, judged the fiction pieces.

The Brookhaven College Outreach Services Office had a busy weekend April 20-22. On Friday 35 fourth-and fifth-grade girls from the Dallas Independent School District participated in the SO SMAART program of LINKS, which encourages girls to think about careers, set goals and go to college. Eight of their mentors, professional women from the community, also attended. Brookhaven College employees presented activities focusing on teamwork, personal responsibility and career planning. In addition, Kimberly Ball, reporter, from KTVT-TV, CBS Channel 11, talked about her career in broadcast journalism. Julie Hanson, school alliance coordinator, coordinated the event. Dr. Sharon L. Blackman, college president, is active in LINKS and made arrangements for the girls to attend. On Saturday the college hosted a group of Big Brothers/Big Sisters. The presenters included Professor J. Scott Sires, who gave a presentation on geographic information systems, and student services personnel from Career Development, Financial Aid and the Multicultural Center also spoke with students.




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