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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date April 20

Staff members from the Brookhaven Courier, Brookhaven College’s student newspaper, won six Division II awards at the annual Texas Intercollegiate Press Association convention in Corpus Christi for their work from the 2011 calendar year. Congratulations to the Courier news team! The Brookhaven Courier won a staff award for page design, and five individual awards for photos, stories, columns and infographics. Honorable Mentions were awarded to Jordan Camacho for the Staff Single Subject Page Design; Matthew Goiffon for Photo Illustration Information Graphic; Josh Lagunez for General Column; Amy Price for News Story; and Coleman Thompson for News Photo. Brookhaven College Journalism Professor Daniel Rodrigue and five students attended the convention and participated in numerous competitions and workshops ranging from emerging media to photojournalism.

On April 17th, Brookhaven College students and employees were very excited when student Derek Madrigal returned to campus. Madrigal, who was beaten and stabbed while on spring break in Galveston, was withdrawing from his spring classes (though he hopes to return to college in the summer or fall). Students and employees were on hand when Madrigal arrived in the Student Services Center and welcomed him with applause for his strength and bravery. Brookhaven College President Dr. Thom Chesney had been in touch with family members on how Madrigal’s recovery was progressing. When he learned that Madrigal would be on campus to visit friends and formally withdraw from his classes, he shared the good news with the entire college.

In spite of the threat of severe storms, friends and family came out to support their students at the annual Student Scholarship Award Presentation on April 15th. Brookhaven College’s Marilyn K. Lynch, associate vice president for Resource and Career Development, welcomed everyone to the special event. This year, there were 53 awardees who received more than $17,000 in scholarships. College President Dr. Thom Chesney thanked the families and acknowledged the important role their support plays in student success. Ray Attner, Business Management professor, and Adrien Cuellar-McGuire, Humanities professor, split duties in presenting the awards. The full scope of the student body was reflected at the ceremony: adults retraining after a job loss, veterans adding new skills, international students, a high school student earning dual credit and more traditional students — all outstanding in their fields.

Impressed with various things they had been hearing, representatives from The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) recently visited Brookhaven College. The three representative were Dr. John Smith, chairman of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction; Dr. Shirley Theriot, director of the Center for Community Service Learning; and Sharon Hughlett, administrative assistant for the Center. UTA wants to benchmark its service-learning program against the program at Brookhaven College. Oscar Lopez, vice president for Enrollment Management and Student Services, and Andrew Deibert, Service-Learning and Civic Engagement coordinator, acted as hosts, showing the work that Brookhaven College has done. UTA became aware of the hard work being performed at the college when Lopez spoke at the Dallas/Fort Worth Service Learning Intercollegiate Council Institute last year.



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