Release Date Feb. 10
Gjekë Marinaj, Brookhaven College graduate, was recently awarded the 2011 Albanian BookerMan Prize for Literature by the National Media Group of Tirana, Albania. The award is granted to an author who has published in the field of creativity, annual literary studies, translations and criticism. Marinaj received the award for his book Protonism: Theory into Practice. Born in Albania, Marinaj struggled with the political conditions in his country and fled. He now resides in Richardson and is a prolific author. Creative writing has recently been experiencing a resurgence at Brookhaven College with the revival of the literary magazine Moulin Review, as an avenue for creative writing students to publish works.
In the January edition of Graphic Design USA, Samantha Mak, graduate of Brookhaven College, was included in “Students to Watch in 2012.” Mak studied traditional analog art processes at the college, and her hard work and passion helped her earn a Student Ambassador Scholarship to the Kansas City Art Institute where she is currently a junior studying graphic design. The Kansas City Art Institute is a small private college (under 800 students) located in Kansas City, MO.
Texans Can! Academy in Carrollton/Farmers Branch held commencement ceremonies at Ellison Miles Geotechnology Institute at Brookhaven College on January 27th. Melissa Groetsch (principal), Debbie Rodriguez (assistant principal) and a standing-room-only crowd of families and friends congratulated the 25 young men and women who received their high school diplomas. Texans Can! Academy provides a second chance for at-risk youth and their families. Brookhaven College has partnered with the academy in dual credit programs and offers students numerous outreach activities ranging from college tours to application assistance. As a result of this partnership, 18 of the graduates have identified programs offered by DCCCD colleges as their next educational goal. Marilyn K. Lynch, Brookhaven College associate vice president of Career and Program Resources, hosted the event.
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