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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date June 15, 2007

Chelsea Higgins, a Brookhaven College student, won a $2,500 North Texas Energy Council (NTEC) scholarship. Higgins hopes to attend the University of Texas and major in geology. Dianne Brownlee, director of the Ellison Miles Geotechnology Institute, gathers the scholarship applications and screens the applicants before passing on the information to the NTEC scholarship board. Brownlee has administered the process for several years and believes this is the first time a two-year college student has won the scholarship.

The Ellison Miles Geotechnology Institute (EMGI), Miles Foundation and Dallas Geological Society presented this year’s Patty Holyfield Teaching Award for Excellence in Geoscience Teaching to Krystyna Plut at a luncheon at the Royal Oaks Country Club. The award gives $5,000 to the winning teacher for their personal use. Plut has taught science to both middle and elementary school children in the Dallas/Fort Worth area for 20 years. She presently teaches science to 4th and 5th grade students at Holy Trinity Catholic School in Grapevine. The Holyfield Award is given in honor of Ms. Patty Holyfield, whose unflagging devotion to the science and teaching of geology was an inspiration to all who knew her. Diane Brownlee, director of the EMGI, along with two of the committee members and Mark Rainer of the Dallas Geological Society presented the award.

The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics awarded one of the AstroTurf Athletic Director of the Year Award to Lynne Levesque, director of athletics at Brookhaven College. Levesque was honored in the Junior College/Community College division for the West region. She has been at Brookhaven College for more than 20 years, serving as the athletic director for 16 years. Award winners must demonstrate a commitment to higher education and student athletes, and have the ability to inspire individuals and teams to high levels of performance. Congratulations, Lynne.

Dr. Sharon L. Blackman, Brookhaven College president, signed a memo of agreement to join the “Ya Es Hora ¡Ciudadania!” campaign. The national campaign is focused on informing, educating and motivating the more than 8 million legal, permanent residents living in the United States to apply for U.S. citizenship, if they are eligible. The college will distribute N-400 forms at the Multicultural Center during its hours of operation. The college also is offering two citizenship courses this summer through the Corporate and Continuing Education Division designed to offer information about the process for becoming a United States citizen.





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