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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date April 14, 2008

Dual credit students at Brookhaven College were once again recognized for their outstanding work. Nine Emergency Medical Technician students of Brookhaven College, taught by college professor Jason Thornton, were recognized April 7th at the R. L. Turner High School 2008 Annual Student Recognition Reception. The Emergency Medical Services Program is under the leadership of Juanita Zapata Flint, executive dean of the Health and Human Services Division, who attended the event on behalf of the college. Flint serves as a member of the advisory board for the R. L. Turner Academy of Biomedical Professions. More than 300 people attended the reception at the Hackberry Country Club.

The National Junior College Athletic Association has named one of the Brookhaven Bears basketball team members to the All-American Second Team. Craig Green, who is a sophomore, shooting guard, was ranked first team All-Region and named Conference Most Valuable Player this season. In his first season, Craig was first team All-Region and Freshman of the Year for the conference. Kevin Hurst, academic advisor and team coach, calls Craig one of the greatest stories of his career. Coach Hurst credits Craig with a strong work ethic and dedication that turned him into a starter during his first season and a national-level achiever in his second season.

Costumes and customs were featured at the International Day celebrations on April 9th at Brookhaven College. The Commons Courtyard featured more than a dozen tables that represented the culture, food and dress of the home countries of many of the college’s hundreds of international students. The International Club sponsored the event and coordinated activities throughout the afternoon. A Chinese Lion Dance troupe, flamenco and Turkish dancers performed while the African Student Organization offered visitors tastes of Ethiopian food. An international fashion show gave more than 30 students an opportunity to show-off their native traditional dress. Sheri Van Court and Kevin Paris, professors of English for speakers of other languages, are the advisors for the International Club and helped students coordinate the event.

Laurie Engles, student publications manager, returned with 17 awards for students in the Journalism Program from the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association Convention in College Station, April 3-5. Scott Figuerola, editor; Nadia Galindo, managing editor; Chris Vivero, photo editor; Samantha Nickel, layout editor; and Kristin McKenzie, copy editor, also attended the convention. Nadia was one of four $400 Mike Warms Scholarship recipients for two-year community college students. First place awards went to Glen Sovian for news feature story, Chris Vivero for feature photo, and Samantha Nickel for information graphic. Staff members also were recognized with awards in second place for news photo, sports column, page one design and sports action photo; and, third place for newspaper general column, sports page design and editorial cartoon. In addition, honorable mentions were given for news story, feature story, illustration, picture story, critical review, in-depth reporting and headline.




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Brookhaven College is proud to be an Hispanic-Serving Institution with more than 25 percent Hispanic student enrollment since 2006. Educational opportunities are offered by Brookhaven College without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity or gender expression..

Brookhaven College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate's degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Brookhaven College.

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