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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date April 15

Brookhaven College Student Government Association (SGA) officers Daniel Marold, president, Ahmed Elhelw, historian, Daniel Schmidt, student delegate, John Bassili, parliamentarian, and Shundra Gooden, secretary, attended the Texas Junior College Student Government Association (TJCSGA) where the college SGA was elected as state president for the 2011-2012 academic year. Yasaman Contractor, assistant director of student life and student government advisor, said this is the first time one of the DCCCD schools has been selected to head the TJCSGA. The association is the only student-maintained organization in the state that works to promote the cause of community college students at the local, regional, state and national levels. The organization has more than 72 member colleges from across Texas.

The Brookhaven Courier, Brookhaven College student newspaper, sent four editors, Erin Marissa Russell, Natalie Casanova, Jordan Camacho and Matthew Goiffon, to this year’s Texas Intercollegiate Press Association (TIPA) Convention in Fort Worth, March 30th through April 2nd. The newspaper staff members received nine awards in their division, including first place awards in headline writing and general column, as well as honorable mention in best of show. Natalie Casanova, the paper’s current managing editor, was elected president of TIPA; she takes the role following Erin Marissa Russell, current editor-in-chief for the newspaper. Erin and her fellow officers earned praise from TIPA organizers for exceptional work with the organization. Rori Harrington and Daniel Rodrigue, staff advisors, made presentations about cyber civility and narrative writing, respectively. Also, Dr. John Neal, journalism professor, supervised one of the live contests.

Sarah Cook, a student nurse, who was nominated by the Brookhaven College nursing department, has been selected as one of the outstanding DFW nursing students to receive a Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council scholarship. Dr. Mark Meyer, dean of nursing, said the selection process was very competitive. Sarah will receive an award of $1,000 to be used towards her nursing education. A luncheon on April 26th at 11:15 a.m. at the Irving Convention Center is slated to be where Dr. Meyer will present Sarah with the scholarship.

Families packed the Brookhaven College campus on April 9th for Dia de la Familia -- food, fun, education and entertainment. A beautiful spring day helped make the event a success with estimates of approximately 1,500 to 2,000 visitors. Two of the courtyards were busy throughout the day with crowds enjoying performances from the college student groups as well as from nearby high schools and professional dance troupes. Music also was a big part of the day with a performance by the W. T. White High School Mariachi band. The children enjoyed clapping, chanting and interacting with clowns, and beyond the ice cream treats, cotton candy and other activities, lined up for free books donated by Half-Price Books. A magician and a balloon artist were constantly swamped with on-lookers while event sponsors Al Dia newspaper, DART, Radio 1270 AM-La Voz, Radio 107.9-La Kalle, and UNIVISION TV representatives handed out candy, gifts and water bottles. Hundreds of children lined up for painted faces, art projects and “RN2B” nurses’ hats from the faculty in the child development department and nursing students. Children also received toys, candy or miniature toy dinosaurs when they went digging for treasure in a sand box representing an archeological dig and fishing pond designed by the dean and faculty of the social science division. Faculty from the communications division provided a question-and-answer booth about Hispanic authors and other notables. The mathematics and science staff passed out kites and airplanes while urging visitors to think about careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Staff members of the student newspaper passed out folded paper hats, and automotive technology faculty provided tours of the newly-renovated automotive bays. Three co-chairs worked to plan the event, Jamie Jenkins, coordinator for continuing education and workforce development; Jean Kaplan, college director for school alliances and institutional outreach; and Monica Taliaferro, director for marketing and public information. The chairs were assisted by Perla Molina, district office director of outreach and recruitment, each office of student services, business services and instructional divisions, plus dozens of employees who worked on their normal Saturday off.



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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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