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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date May 20

For the fourth year in a row, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has selected Brookhaven College for the “President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.” Only three other community colleges in the state received the award this year – Collin County, Ranger, and North West Vista in San Antonio. Brookhaven College received top honors on the honor roll in 2008, and in 2009 was awarded a grant from the CNCS as part of the Learn and Serve America program. Andrew Deibert, program service specialist in student life, has been working most recently on a cookbook as part of the college’s efforts toward public health and combating childhood obesity. The grant program, focused on the head start center and early college high school, has been managed by Oscar Lopez, vice president for student services and enrollment management, for the past two years.

While some students celebrated at commencement this May, another group of students from Brookhaven College’s workforce and continuing education division had a different graduation ceremony. On May 1st, the GED program had 14 graduates participate in their own ceremony with friends and family present. Betsabe Isabel Morales-Mendoza delivered the student address, both in Spanish and English. Vernon Hawkins, associate vice president for workforce training and continuing education, said that her speech and her story represented the reason many choose careers in education. She is a nontraditional student who returned to school with the goal of earning her GED, and she was looking specifically for a program offered in Spanish. Ms. Morales-Mendoza closed her speech with these words, “No matter who you are, how old you are, or where you are from, never give up on your dreams; be always a fighter, never a quitter.”

Students determined the awardees for the visual communications department’s student design competition exhibit this year. Showcasing the variety of work, created within the visual communications courses, students voted for their top choices during the opening reception. “Self-portrait” by Timothy Miller was selected for first place and was awarded a $50 gift certificate which was donated by Asel Art Supply. Sara Simpson was awarded second place for “Tree Art,” and Kathi Hakim’s business cards, letterhead and envelope design titled “Pink Flamingoes Fort Worth Zoo Business Suite” was selected for third place. The student exhibition will be displayed through May 27th in the Atrium Gallery (building B) at Brookhaven College.

On May 1st Brookhaven College received a “Crystal” award at the Choices Leadership Academy 2011 Scholarship Gala. The honor was given for its on-going support of the private Carrollton-based middle school which serves students in the fifth through eighth grades. The college assists the academy each summer by serving as the location for and providing support for the school’s Upward Bound program. The college also was supportive in the academy’s successful quest to receive its regional accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement, which is responsible for the accreditation of elementary, middle and secondary schools. Vernon Hawkins, associate vice president of workforce and continuing education, accepted the honor on behalf of the college. Other employees who attended the event were Bonnie Brisendine, retiring senior executive assistant for workforce and continuing education; Sarah Graifemberg, continuing education workforce specialist; and Sandy Wyche, executive dean of business studies.



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