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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date Nov. 11

The Brookhaven College student newspaper, the Brookhaven Courier, earned 11 awards at this year’s Texas Community College Journalism Association (TCCJA) Convention. These TCCJA awards were presented for work during the 2010-11 academic year. Daniel Rodrigue, Brookhaven College journalism professor, is especially proud of the General Excellence award and the three awards that went to Erin Marissa Russell, Brookhaven Courier former editor-in-chief. The editorial staff earned a second place in Headline Writing and an honorable mention in Layout and Design. Russell received a second place award and an honorable mention in both News Writing and Picture Page. Natalie Casanova shared the honorable mention award with Russell in News Writing and also won second place in News Photo and third place in Sports Action Photo. Sasha Marchant was recognized with a third-place award in Sports News and Matthew Goiffon was awarded third place in Cartoon. Jessica Yanez-Perez received an honorable mention award in Sports Feature.

On November 4th, Brookhaven College was the host site for the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Conference, Reach for the Stars. The Carrollton-Farmers Branch AAUW branch coordinated the conference, with Anahita Sidhwa, Brookhaven College astronomy professor, as a key organizer. The conference, for 7th and 8th grade girls, is designed to expose girls to topics in mathematics and science and encourage pursuing careers in these fields. This year, 225 girls and adults attended the event. Brookhaven College Professors Claire Bambrough, Dusty Girard and Christi Carter, and Director of the Nursing Skills Lab Brandy Baker gave presentations on careers in science. Delryn Fleming, Brookhaven College English professor, coordinated the student volunteers and Doris Rousey, Brookhaven College dean - mathematics and science division; Peggy Mason, Brookhaven College faculty member; and Ann Cortez of the Brookhaven College nursing department assisted with onsite registration. Dozens of other employees and offices also supported the event — from coordinating space to pre-seminar registration.

Marilyn K. Lynch, Brookhaven College associate vice president for career and program resources, was among several presenters participating in the recent Dallas Regional Chamber (DRC) Leadership Dallas Education Class Day at the University of North Texas at Dallas (UNT Dallas). Topics she presented included information about the DCCCD, early college high school and other initiatives designed to provide postsecondary education within Dallas County. The 60-member group selected for participation in the year-long DRC leadership development program also heard from UNT Dallas President Dr. John Price, Senator Royce West, Representative Dan Branch and a variety of education leaders from local ISD boards, non-profit and private sector education initiatives. The day concluded with a discussion led by Dena Jackson, DRC vice president of education, regarding DRC education initiatives.

David Newman, Brookhaven College gallery director and art department adjunct professor, served as juror for the James S. Barnett Jr. Charitable Foundation Scholarship for photography students in The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) Department of Art and Art History. The scholarship supports and recognizes visual artists enrolled at UTA through the Ideas in Art Awards annual visual art project competition. Students are asked to formulate and present project proposals in written and oral form to a panel of jurors to simulate the competitive environment of grant proposition.

Students at the Early College High School (ECHS) at Brookhaven College will be among the first in the state to benefit from more than $3 million in scholarship funds from the Greater Texas Foundation. At the announcement ceremony on November 4th, leaders from the University of North Texas (UNT), ECHS at Brookhaven College, the Texas High School Project and the Greater Texas Foundation gathered at Brookhaven College to celebrate the donation of $605,000 for ECHS student scholarships at UNT. Statewide, five colleges received funds; however, UNT is the only one located in North Texas. UNT has dedicated an ECHS office and liaison to provide a full range of support services to the students. Dr. Wynn Rosser, executive director of the Greater Texas Foundation; Lee Jackson, chancellor of the University of North Texas System; Wright L. Lassiter, Jr., chancellor of the Dallas County Community College District; V. Lane Rawlins, UNT president; and Alma Garcia, program officer for the Texas High School Project, all shared their different experiences working with and promoting early college high schools. Emmanuel Torres, a senior at the ECHS at Brookhaven College, has set a goal of completing his associate’s degree before graduating from high school in May 2012. Thus far, he has completed 42 hours. After sharing his personal story, Rosser offered an executive, on-the-spot scholarship of $1,000 to Torres for use at any college in the state. Marilyn K. Lynch, Brookhaven College associate vice president for career and program resources, and Rosie Oliveria, principal of the ECHS at Brookhaven College, also attended the ceremony, reinforcing the partnership between institutions that is central to the success of the program. The Greater Texas Foundation is a statewide education grantmaker based in Bryan, Texas with the mission of supporting efforts to ensure all Texas students are prepared for, have access to, persist in and complete a postsecondary education.



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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..

Brookhaven College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate's degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Brookhaven College.

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