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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date Oct. 29, 2007

Several Brookhaven College students returned from the Texas Community College Journalism Association's October 12th Convention in San Marcos with awards. Attending the event were Brookhaven Courier staff members Scott Figuerola, editor; Nadia Galindo, managing editor; Chris Vivero, photography editor; Rod Diaz, senior staff writer; and Larie Engles, manager of student publications. Scott received a first-place award for copy editing, Chris received a second-place award for a news photograph and Nadia received an honorable mention for news writing. The student newspaper staff members received additional awards for the year with a second-place award for editorial writing by Shreeya Rana, second-place award for in-depth investigative series by Glen Sovian, honorable mention for sports photo by Chris Vivero, and an honorable mention for overall excellence by the Courier staff members.

The Southern Regional Conference of the National Council on Black American Affairs met in Dallas on October 19-20. The NCBAA is a council of the American Association of Community Colleges. Brookhaven College was well represented at the event with Dr. Sharon L. Blackman, college president, giving the welcome address and taking part in a panel of presidents. Two Brookhaven College employees gave presentations including Joy Bailey, program director for Workforce and Continuing Education, who talked about servant leadership in a presentation called "Who's the Real Boss?" Her topic focused on leadership motivated by faith and integrity and was so well received by the audience that she has had several invitations to speak at numerous colleges within and outside the district. "Using Academic-based Service-Learning to Support Black Student Success" was the topic for Student Services Specialist Linus Spiller's workshop focusing on tools to create service-learning programs and civic engagement activities. The closing banquet featured Dr. Walter G. Bumphus, former president of Brookhaven College and the Louisiana Community and Technical College System.

The Brookhaven College Green Team, a group of employees who support a healthy environment, sponsored a free lecture titled "The Changing Debate on Global Warming" on October 24th. Guest speaker Dr. Eric J. Barron, dean of the Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas at Austin , reviewed the science behind the differing beliefs about global warming. He spoke to the students and employees about what is confirmed and what is presumed about the science of the problem. Barron has studied and worked in geology, oceanography and climate and atmospheric research. Mike Lobel, adjunct government professor, and Susan Maxey, geology professor, hosted the presentation.

Dr. Sharon L. Blackman, Brookhaven College president, attended Forum 2007, the College Board's annual conference in New York October 24-27. "Setting the Agenda for Education," is the theme for the event. The conference brings together superintendents, teachers and counselors, presidents, faculty, admissions and financial aid officers to share ideas. Professionals from schools and colleges across the nation and around the world attend. Dr. Blackman was appointed to the Commission on Community Colleges, a new project of the College Board's Center for Innovative Thought in February.




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