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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date May 19, 2008

In addition to almost 200 excited graduates, Brookhaven College welcomed 25 future graduates in a special section of the arena to this year’s Commencement ceremonies. Ceremonies were at Loos Field House and hundreds of graduates along with their friends and families attended. In addition, Dr. Nita Drescher, developmental reading professor, started a campaign that encouraged faculty and staff members to invite future graduates to attend, and staff members came to sit with them and support them. Many of the Early College High School students came to graduation and 25 volunteers came to watch the ceremony and sit with the students. Of special note this year, were many family and guests in attendance who can speak limited or no English, which will affect programming, signage and printing for future ceremonies.

The Brookhaven College School of the Arts celebrated the students whose art pieces were selected for the Juried Student Art Show. The show includes 98 works selected for the show, and 10 of these works were chosen by the full-time faculty members for the college permanent art collection. There were 26 transferring students recognized at the reception as well. Many will be transferring to complete bachelor’s degree programs at the University of North Texas, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and University of Iowa. Three students are moving on to begin their master’s degrees. One student stands out as a transfer; Will Smith earned a $35,000 scholarship to the Rhode Island Institute of Design.

The faculty and staff of the Brookhaven College Automotive Department celebrated with graduation ceremonies for each of their programs. At a luncheon for the Firestone graduates, representatives of the company also made a donation to the program. David McNabb, automotive professor; Sandy Wyche, interim dean of Business Studies; and Dr. Richard McCrary, vice president for instruction, accepted the $10,000 donation. At the ceremonies, one student, Jose Garfiaz, also received the Snap-On Tool Cart Award as the college’s top maintenance and light repair student.

Board members of the eight-month-old Farmers Branch-Carrollton Hispanic Chamber of Commerce met recently with Brookhaven College representatives to discuss a possible business association. At the invitation of Mr. Ramon Pacheco, J.D., president of the chamber’s board, and Jose Lopez, chamber director for corporate relations, Monica Taliaferro, college director for marketing and public information, met with the board members April 29th to answer questions about the college and possible partnerships for events and training. An ensuing meeting on May 6th with Taliaferro and Vernon Hawkins, associate vice president for workforce and continuing education, resulted in an agreement for further meetings to set up training for the fledgling board as well as courses for the chamber’s 30 members and to discuss other joint projects, including the college’s July 16th Bilingual Job Fair.

Thirty 10th-grade students at the Early College High School at Brookhaven College enjoyed a special activity day May 14th at Lewisville’s Main Event, an arcade that provides more than 100 of the latest video, virtual, interactive and redemption games. Students invited for the special activity committed to a Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills Boot Camp preparing them in math. Each participant was required to attend the preparatory math classes for six weeks after school two days a week for two hours. We are proud of these students who worked diligently to understand math concepts. Mrs. Ann Reavis and Mr. Gary Ruther sponsored the students on the field trip.




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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..

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