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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date March 23

Top honors were presented to Brookhaven College’s Phi Theta Kappa students at the honor society’s 2012 Texas Regional Convention in Odessa, TX, March 8-11th. As individuals and as a chapter, several members and officers were recognized. Michael Navarro, the chapter’s representative as District II vice president, was entered into the Hall of Honor for District Vice Presidents in the Texas Region. Diana Abou-Saleh won the Outstanding Officer Award and Jamie Baadsgaard won the Outstanding Member Award. The chapter received the Texas Top Chapter Award for 2011-2012, as well as the Pinnacle and Five Star Chapter Development Awards (for the fifth time), College Project C4 Participation Award, and Honors in Action Award of Distinction for Economy and Business.

In addition to the honors for students, the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) 2012 Texas Regional Convention also recognized Brookhaven College administrators for their support. Sheri Van Court, professor and PTK advisor, was honored with the Horizon Award and will have an engraved brick in the Alpha Courtyard at PTK International Headquarters in Jackson, MS. Dr. Thom D. Chesney, college president, was entered into the CEO Hall of Honor for the State of Texas and George Herring, vice president for Business Services, was entered in the Administrator Hall of Honor for the State of Texas. Top honors were given to Rodger Bennett, vice president for Academic Affairs and Student Success. At the PTK Annual Convention in April, Bennett will receive the prestigious Distinguished College Administrator Award by the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. This award will be presented before an audience of approximately 3,500 students, advisors and college presidents.

Have you ever been invited to a birthday party for a 537-year-old? On March 6th, the Brookhaven College Vivace Madrigal Ensemble was invited to be the featured performers at a birthday party in honor of the artist Michelangelo at the Museum of Biblical Art in Dallas. This event was a showcase for three bronze sculpture castings of Michelangelo’s pietas by a special donor. Directed by Melody Gamblin-Bullock, Vivace is a costumed madrigal ensemble, so the group provided both musical and visual representations of the Italian Renaissance.

Though Daniel Rodrigue, Brookhaven College journalism professor, does not have a gallery for student works, he has carved out a space for students to highlight their work in a completely different way. The first show was in February and featured Issac J. Velarde’s photographs in an exhibit titled “Auto Ranch.” Velarde’s images lined the hallway in the lower level of Building L, showcasing the cars at the 45-acre salvage yard in Denton known to car enthusiasts as the Auto Ranch. On February 9th, he gave a gallery talk about his work.



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