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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date Nov. 23

The Lady Bears did it again! The Brookhaven College women’s volleyball team won its second National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) championship on November 14th in Rochester, MN. This was a back-to-back win after last year’s win and their fourth title in the past six years in the NJCAA Division III. The tournament was November 13-14 at the University Center Rochester Sports Center, and Dr. Richard D. McCrary, interim president of Brookhaven College, made the trip to Minnesota for this anticipated big win. Three Lady Bears, Katie Schlup, Chelcy Trejo and Sarah Terry, were named to the All Tournament Team and Callie Martin was named Most Valuable Player. Coach Jason Hopkins was named as Coach of the Year. For more information about the team, please refer to the following link.

Rodger P. Bennett, interim vice president for instruction, and Marilyn K. Lynch, associate vice president for career and program resources, attended the Farmers Branch Chamber of Commerce’s annual Student Recognition Luncheon November 13th at the Brookhaven Country Club. The luncheon honors two-hundred fifty outstanding students who attend high school in the city of Farmers Branch. Eight Brookhaven College Early College High School (ECHS) students selected by faculty, along with Rosie Oliveria, ECHS principal, also attended the event to hear guest speaker Steve Blow, columnist for The Dallas Morning News. Shanna Sims-Bradish, assistant city manager of Farmers Branch, provided an update on city issues and projects.

Members of the Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors visited Brookhaven College’s new Science and Allied Health Building as an agenda item at their regular board meeting on November 18th. Dr. Richard D. McCrary, interim president of Brookhaven College, who serves on the board, scheduled the meeting at the college to provide this group of leaders a tour of the new home for the Biology and Chemistry departments, Emergency Medical Services, and Nursing and Radiologic Technology programs, as well as the headquarters of the Health and Human Services Division. Wendy Wong-Majors, regional public funds manager of Capital One Bank, serves as this year’s board chair. She, along with many of the other members, was able to take a tour of the new three-story building.

Brookhaven College students and employees celebrated Veteran’s Day with an observance in the Student Services Center. This year’s guest speaker was Colonel Billy G. Tollison, deputy commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Southwestern Division, Dallas. Colonel Tollison also served as chief of staff for the Gulf Region Division located in Baghdad, Iraq before being stationed in Dallas. He concentrated his remarks on the many sacrifices military members and their families make and the role freedom plays in the choices soldiers make when they decide to serve. As a graduate from East Central University in Oklahoma in 1984 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics, and a Master’s Degree in Applied Mathematics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute of New York in 1994, Colonel Tollison also remarked on the importance of persistence in higher education. Ben Nystrom, Student Government Association senior executive officer, welcomed all those in attendance, extended an invitation to share in refreshments after the event, and thanked military veterans who were in the audience.

The Early College High School (ECHS) at Brookhaven College juniors and seniors recently hosted sixty Vivian Field Middle School students for a day filled with activities focusing on the importance of attending college. Activities included an extensive tour of the college and ECHS student panel discussions on college-going issues. Arturo Moncada and Rebecca Jimenez, student assistants from the college’s Outreach Services Office, provided training to ECHS tour guides about how to conduct a meaningful tour.



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