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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date May 14

The 2010 Juried Art Student Exhibition for the Brookhaven College School of the Arts (BCSA) closed just this week, but many students will remember the outcome for quite some time to come. John Kuehne and Marut Juksuwatchara tied for the top Juror’s award with second place to Behsid Dalili; third place to Jim Tompkins; and honorable mentions to Sheryl David and Evita Tezeno. Juror’s awards were chosen by Jean MK Miller, associate dean of the college of visual art and design at the University of North Texas. Six pieces were chosen by the BCSA fine art faculty and staff members for purchase and addition to Brookhaven College’s permanent collection. The chosen pieces were created by Francisco Alvarado, Lisa Barker, Michael Cerda, Sheryl David, Susan Sheils Johnson, John Kuehne, Samantha Mak, Deborah Mullen and Barbara Purdy. A luncheon after the May 5th awards reception recognized the award winners and students who are transferring to other universities to further their education. Those students transferring to a university are Bryan Byum, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Alfredo Salazar-Caro, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Holly Frank, California College of the Arts; Oscar Mejia, Southern Methodist University; Sheryl David, undecided; Samantha Mak, Kansas City Art Institute; and Taylor Dupre, Savannah College of Art and Design.

On April 29th, Brookhaven College employees welcomed seventy-two seniors from Thomas Jefferson High School for a college visit. Each of these seniors had already applied to the college and was ready to take their next steps toward summer enrollment. Each student completed orientation, toured the campus, and completed the Rising Star and FAFSA applications. In addition, forty-six seniors who met the criteria were academically advised and registered for the bridge program called “Summer Math and Reading Together,” often called the SMART Program. Currently enrolled Brookhaven College students took the high school seniors on tours and shared why they chose Brookhaven College, along with some of their personal experiences and advice. Monica Pauken, outreach and recruitment coordinator, put all the pieces together for the successful visit; Brenda Dalton, Edeleu Florendo and David McClure, advisors, worked with each student through the college orientation, academic advising and enrollment. Pamela Lucas, Nacole Lacey and Sharmal Taft from the financial aid office assisted students with financial aid, scholarship and grant applications. Angela Shoultz, career planning and placement specialist, provided students with a career assessment and options. Mary Milligan, computer information technology professor, and Bob Smith, instructional associate, informed students about eConnect services. Those who also were instrumental in the success of the day included Daffne Bennett, Greg Rife, Suzette Vaquera-Constantine and Jean Kaplan from the Office of Institutional Outreach.

Elizabeth “Jane” Rowe, Ph.D., child development professor, and Anita Jackson, Brookhaven College Head Start site manager, presented a workshop on “Temperament and Guidance” at the 37th Annual Head Start Conference. Johnny Castro, child development professor, presented a workshop titled “Race and Ethnic Identity in Young Children.” The conference, “Reaching Higher,” was conducted May 3rd-8th at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel. The comprehensive event is designed specifically for Head Start and early education and care community to help members gain the training and professional development needed to promote optimal child and family outcomes.

Thirty students from the Early College High School (ECHS) at Brookhaven College will receive their college degree before they receive their high school diploma. Each ECHS student will receive an associate’s degrees and graduate from Brookhaven College at commencement ceremonies on May 13th -- two weeks before their high school graduation ceremonies. These students are members of the first graduating class of the ECHS. Underclassmen and faculty of the ECHS will watch the high school seniors graduate from college along with Rosie Oliveria, ECHS principal, according to Marilyn Kolesar-Lynch, college liaison to the ECHS and associate vice president for career and program development. This year’s commencement is scheduled at the Alfred J. Loos Field House in the Town of Addison with Sheri Van Court, Minnie Stevens Piper nominee and professor of ESOL, scheduled to deliver the commencement address.



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