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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date Nov. 18

Making a name for himself in the byline, Joshua Lagunez, journalism student at Brookhaven College, wrote the lead news story in the November 10th edition of the Dallas Observer. His “Uptown Whirl” story, sandwiched between two columns by the popular Jim Schutze, revolves around an SMU graduate who, after a boozy night in Austin, decided to start a pedicab company in Uptown Dallas. Lagunez is currently interning with the Observer and working at the Brookhaven Courier. He completed his Associate in Arts degree in spring 2011, but is taking the advanced news gathering and writing course before transferring to Southern Methodist University, where he has earned scholarships to fund more than half his tuition. This summer, jurists selected a feature story by Lagunez for the Mayborn Conference’s National Biography Contest. The competition stories are to appear in The Dallas Morning News. The blog version of Lagunez’s Dallas Observer article may be viewed at

Once again, the Brookhaven College Lady Bears Volleyball Team battled their way to the championships and ended their season second in the nation after a rematch of last year’s game against the Ridgewater College Warriors. The team fought hard, defeating Lorain Junior College in the quarterfinals and Northland Community College in the semifinal match. Ridgewater and Brookhaven colleges have traded championship wins over the last four years. In the end, with three games to one, the Bears were defeated 31-29, 17-25, 29-27 and 25-22. Jacklyn Muñoz, outside hitter; Christy Wellman, middle hitter; Shelby Wright, right striker; and Megan Muncy, setter, were all selected for the NJCAA Division III All-Tournament Team. Brookhaven College President Dr. Thom Chesney, who traveled to Minnesota to support the team, shared with the campus, “Amidst the anguish and emotion of the loss were present equal measures of Bear pride and spirit.”

At a reception on November 10th, Andres Alcantar, the commissioner representing the public for the Texas Workforce Commission, presented two local companies (in partnership with Brookhaven College) Skills Development Fund grant checks totaling more than $320,000. Brookhaven College President Dr. Thom Chesney welcomed representatives from each company along with Farmers Branch city officials to the event. The Dallas Area Medical Consortium accepted a check for $199,801 and Air System Components, Inc. received a check for $120,837. Together, the grants will fund 33 new positions and add skills training to improve positions for 350 current workers. The Brookhaven College Workforce and Continuing Education Division will provide training in medical coding, front office software and procedures, X-ray technology, pharmacology, and CPR for the medical employees, and training in software and manufacturing technologies for the Air System Components employees.



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