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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date April 23

Students from the Brookhaven College School of the Arts recently returned from the National Council for the Education of the Ceramic Arts in Philadelphia. On March 31st-April 3rd, students Helen Caterino, Stephanie Mains, Liz Netherland and Kasey Wood, and Lisa Ehrich, ceramics professor, attended the conference. Approximately 6,000 students, professors and ceramic artists from around the country convened for the event that included professional demonstrations, lectures, and panel discussions. The students also were able to speak with representatives from universities and art institutions, and see some of the 90 exhibits of ceramic arts that were set-up throughout the city.

On April 18th, dozens of students and their families came to celebrate achievement and scholarships at the 2010 Student Scholarship reception at the Ellison Miles Geotechnology Institute. Thirty-eight students were recognized with merit and special award scholarships totaling more than $13,500. Marilyn K. Lynch, associate vice president for career and program resources, served as mistress of ceremonies, with Lisa Ehrich, art professor and faculty association president, distributing the medallions along with Carrie Schweitzer, assistant to the president. Winners of the endowed scholarships were able to meet the family of those for whom some scholarships are named. Awardees were congratulated by members of the Faculty and Professional Support Staff associations for their accomplishments.

As a harbinger of Cinco de Mayo, students in Tina Aguilar’s cultural studies class at Brookhaven College shared a performance by Ollimpaxqui Ballet Company with the entire college. Tina, who is a visiting scholar in humanities and cultural studies, has invited a variety of speakers to address her classes throughout the semester. Last week Mercedes Olivera, columnist, was Tina’s guest speaker. Mercedes has been a writer for The Dallas Morning News for nearly 35 years, specializing in Hispanic issues of local, national and international importance. In March, Benito Huerta, artist and director of The Gallery at the University of Texas at Arlington, spoke to her humanities class at the same time that the School of the Arts Forum Gallery featured an exhibition by Huerta.

On April 22nd, Brookhaven College gathered to celebrate the 40th anniversary of “Earth Day” with its own Earth Day Fair in the commons courtyard. The college’s Green Team is a committee dedicated to working and teaching green living at the college to create a community in which it incorporates the 3Rs - Reduce, Recycle, Raise awareness. Vendors highlighting green products and practices also participated in the fair. Andrea Chaney, Tommy Gallegos, Maria Hinojosa, Jean Kaplan, Pamela Lucas, Kim Montes, Carrie Schweitzer, Angela Shoultz, Carrie Schweitzer, Bill Sigsbee, Scott Sires, Christie Stone, Michael Trubisky, Sheri Van Court, Ramiro Villarreal, Lois Wagenseil and DeBorah Whaley-Stephenson are the green team members of the event. Team members manned tables that referenced the college’s green initiatives, including single-stream recycling, AlterNet ride sharing, cell phone recycling, the Early College High School’s Chiapas, Mexico Project, and the upcoming e-Waste recycling event. City of Carrollton Parks and Recreation, DART, Metrocrest Social Services and Habitat for Humanity were just some of the community groups participating. The Professional Support Staff Association (PSSA) also had its third annual Big Green Bear Spring Cleaning Garage Sale with items donated by employees for sale in support of the PSSA scholarship and student book fund initiatives. Remaining items were donated for sale in the Metrocrest Social Services shop.



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