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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date May 6

The Brookhaven College art department is celebrating the accomplishments of its students with 94 works on exhibit in the Forum and Studio galleries through May 11th. The exhibition features the works of 66 art students, who were selected from more than 500 entries by juror Dr. Robert Milnes, dean of the college of visual art and design at the University of North Texas and president of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. The works are the culmination of the year’s work in studio art classes, and are representative of the level of student work in media such as art metals, ceramics, design, digital media, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. Six students received Juror’s awards and were announced at the awards reception on May 4th. Francisco Alvardo earned first place with his woodcut on paper, “Seca y Pesada.” Cuyler Etheredge earned second for his painting, “Indian Summer,” and Jonathan Gruchawka was awarded third place for his oil on canvas work, “Boardwalk.” Lisa Barker, Oscar Chacon and David Hurtado all were recognized with honorable mention awards. Full-time art department faculty and staff selected 11 pieces from the exhibition for purchase for the college’s permanent art collection.

The annual literary competition at Brookhaven College honored students for their poetry, fiction and essays. Aaron Clark, English professor, announced the winners to the college this week. Erin Marissa Russell was awarded both first and third place for poetry with Amanda Kersey winning second. Shaunte Allen took first place in fiction with Jerry Dozier earning second place and Bradley Kittle winning third place. Jessica Gerard won first place for essays with Pavin Akis earning second and Abigail Turner winning third. Top winners at the college also sent their pieces on to the DCCCD’s 2010-2011 League for Innovation Literary Competition. Two students took home top honors from this competition and they will move on to compete at the League’s national competition, hosted by San Diego City College. Russell was awarded first place and $100 in the poetry category for her piece, “Boat Steed.” Allen won first place in the fiction category for her story, “Third Life…” Russell won first prize in the national competition in 2009 for a short story titled “That’s What It’s All About.”

Ann Coder, librarian in the learning resource center, has been elected vice chair/chair elect of the board of directors for the Association of College and Research Libraries. Ann’s term will begin at the end of the American Library Association Annual Conference June 23rd-28th in New Orleans. The Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association, is a professional association of academic librarians and other interested individuals.

Employees from every office at Brookhaven College had a chance to come together and celebrate colleagues who are retiring at a special reception on May 4th. There were some who have already left the college, and others who will be taking phased retirement over the coming years. Several of the retirees shared special memories of the college, as they were part of the college’s “charter class” of employees. Joy Arndt, Johnny Balajka, Bonnie Brisendine, Sue Crowson, Grace Dalton, Maria Hinojosa, Bob Hueston, Janice Groeneman, Linda Lee, Kathryn LeGrand, Linda Kleen, Marie Maness, Richard McCrary, Ghada Mohsene, John Neal, Bobby Nieman, Julie Pendleton, Jane Quetin, David Reagan, Justine Schmitt and Jill Williams were all recognized at the event with supervisors sharing a brief comment or remembrance and friends offering good wishes for the future.



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