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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date July 1

Daniel Marold, Brookhaven College Student Government Association (SGA) president, can add another presidential title to his résumé. Marold was selected to serve on the executive team for the American Student Association of Community Colleges (ASACC) at the summer leadership conference on June 17th in Park City, Utah. The ASACC is the student-affiliate of the American Association of Community Colleges. Students must apply for the leadership conference and be selected to attend. At the conference, students are interviewed and matched with executive roles within the ASACC. As president, Daniel will serve as the principle spokesperson and ambassador for the association, work with the executive team to set the direction of the entire organization, and coordinate student conferences and initiatives. This appointment marks the second time that a student from the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) has been selected to head the ASACC board. Vanessa Tapia, alumnus and former SGA president, was selected as president of the ASACC in 2008. In April, Marold was the first DCCCD student to be appointed president of the Texas Junior College Student Government Association when the SGA was voted as the “President School” for the year. Yasaman Contractor is the assistant director of student life and student government advisor.

Lauren MacKnight, fine art student at Brookhaven College, earned the Juror’s Award (second place) at the League for Innovation National Student Art Competition. MacKnight was recognized for her piece “Pure Tone,” which is described in the competition record as consisting of plaster, resin, monofilament line and sound. Before the national competition, MacKnight took part in the DCCCD League for Innovation exhibition and competition at Mountain View College where only five of the 70 works in the exhibition were selected for the national competition. The national competition included 95 works from the 19 League for Innovations members and was judged by Wendy Wischer, artist and 2008 recipient of the South Florida Cultural Consortium’s Visual and Media Artists Fellowship; Paco Barragán, an independent curator and an arts writer based in Madrid; and Jorge Gutierrez, museum manager and former director of the National Museum of Visual Arts in Venezuela.

Congratulations to Brookhaven College Courier staffers Erin Marissa Russell and Josh Lagunez who had works selected by jurists for the Mayborn Conference’s National Biography Contest. As two of the 10 who were selected for this honor, Erin and Josh will receive free registration to attend the nationally renowned Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference, July 22nd-24th at the University of North Texas. They will participate in an all-day workshop conducted by one of the nation’s leading biographers James McGrath Morris, author of Pulitzer: A Life in Politics, Print, and Power. Writers will attend a revision workshop where Morris will offer them each specific, concrete suggestions for improving the biographies they wrote. Following the workshop, the biographies will be submitted for publication in The Dallas Morning News, a major partner in the National Biography Contest. The Dallas Morning News also is going to encourage hometown newspapers to publish the young writer’s biographies.



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