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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date April 1

Art students, accompanied by Don Taylor, professor of art, and David Newman, adjunct faculty and gallery director, participated in the Southern Graphics Council International (SGCI) Printmaking Conference, hosted by Washington University in St. Louis. Students Francisco Alvarado, Evan Blakely, Nicole Dane, Evan Davis, Alex Orosco, Elaine Weatherall, and Vivyanne Yi presented their work in the open portfolio review and met with printmaking faculty from universities and colleges across the nation. They also attended exhibitions of historical and contemporary printmaking in area museums and galleries and toured area university printmaking facilities. Alex Orosco, a college alumnus who has just completed his bachelor of architecture degree at the University of Texas at Arlington, was accepted for graduate study in printmaking at Washington University in St. Louis beginning fall 2011. Don Taylor received the Mentorship in Printmaking award that recognizes the printmaking area at the college as exceptional for the number of students it sends on to complete bachelor of fine arts degrees at four-year institutions nationally. Alumnus Tony Garbarini received the graduate student fellowship from SGCI and chaired a panel, “Gateways: A Look at Student Choices and the Transformative Nature of Print,” along with another alumnus Bruce Monroe, who will complete his master of fine arts in printmaking at the University of South Florida in May.

Hundreds of students, along with teachers and staff, crowded the performance hall at Brookhaven College on March 30th to hear Jennifer Thompson-Cannino, co-author and subject of the best-selling novel Picking Cotton. Jennifer shared her personal experience as a victim of rape, as an accuser, as someone granted forgiveness, and as an advocate for victims of the justice system. Picking Cotton tells the heartbreaking story of a woman’s mistake, a man’s wrongful imprisonment, and how forgiveness brought them together. All this year Nelda Contreras, developmental writing professor, and Kendra Vaglienti, executive dean of communications, have served as co-chairs of the “Open Book Project” committee and have arranged events to promote the book’s theme of redemption.

More than 250 child care professionals came to Brookhaven College for a day of free professional development. Bernadette Rodriguez, child care professor, along with Amy Rangel and Chris Shelby, adjunct professors, taught workshops at the training event, which was fully funded by WorkSolutions of Dallas County. In addition, Dr. Elizabeth “Jane” Rowe and Johnny Castro, child development professors, both presented workshops for Head Start of Greater Dallas’ spring conference that was held at Cedar Valley College. Dr. Rowe presented information on obtaining a child development credential in the DCCCD system, while Castro presented on ethnic and racial identity.

Daniel Marold, Brookhaven College president of student government, served as spokesperson for the student body at this year’s “student forum” with the college president and key personnel. Dr. Richard McCrary, interim president, gave students an overview of recent initiatives and efforts at the college. Students were able to submit questions to student government to be asked at the forum. Internet connectivity, possible changes to services due to budget cuts, and difficulties with the changes in financial aid were the primary concerns addressed. Safety concerns were also addressed in light of possible changes in rules governing concealed handguns and the college’s lock-down last fall. Among those present were Captain John Klingensmith, police chief, Rodger Bennett, vice president for academic affairs, George Herring, vice president for business services, Oscar Lopez, vice president for enrollment management, Marilyn Kolesar-Lynch, associate vice president for career and program resources, and Vernon Hawkins, associate vice president for workforce and continuing education.

Ten students from the Early College High School at Brookhaven College were among those inducted into the Alpha Delta Pi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society on March 26th. Juniors Heather Luna, Ruben Navarro and Katherina Resa, and seniors Janice Altamirano, Raul Amaya, Melissa Barron, Brittney Bourn, Diego Pantoja, Susana Rodriguez, Valeria Rodriguez joined the eight current members Eric Stecker, Latifah Adeleke, Victoria Miranda, Andrea Otero, Tania Rodriguez, Jessica Rojas, Matthew Winn and Franz Wollang who were present for the ceremony.



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