Release Date May 4
It was difficult to find a place to stand or a way to move through the Forum Gallery at Brookhaven College as the awards were announced for the Juried Art Student Exhibition on May 2nd. The juror for the show, Mary Vernon, professor of Art at the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University, sifted through 447 entries to choose 226 pieces to be included in the exhibition. The three Brookhaven College students who earned top honors with Juror’s Awards are Nicholas Gonzalez, Kenneth Rajspis and Utopia Weiner. In addition, 11 pieces were selected for purchase by the college to add to its Permanent Collection, which currently totals more than 350 pieces. The full-time faculty and staff members of the Fine Arts Department selected the purchase pieces.
After the awards were presented at the Juried Art Student Exhibition, approximately 100 students, families, friends and Brookhaven College employees proceeded to the Sculpture Courtyard for hamburgers. The Art Club funded the celebration, and faculty and staff members worked the event. In addition to the awards presentation, it is a tradition to congratulate and announce those art students who will be transferring the next year. This year, there are two dozen students who will be transferring to schools ranging from The University of Texas at Austin, to Kansas City Art Institute, to Southern Methodist University, to San Francisco Art Institute.
Several students are switching roles in Theatre Brookhaven’s “A Night of One Acts.” Some play a part in more than one of three short plays. Sorry, Wrong Number is a gripping, mystery thriller about a handicapped woman who relies on phone communication to reach the outside world. Racism in early Hollywood is center stage in Opening, a fictional conversation focusing on the challenges of Hattie McDaniel (Mammy in the movie, Gone with the Wind). The school portrayed in Beyond Tolerance (U. Burnem), strictly enforces political correctness and requires conformity to its ideals — noncompliance could mean death. The plays will be performed May 3rd-5th at 8:00 p.m. and May 6th at 2:30 p.m. in the Arena Theatre at Brookhaven College.
The Brookhaven College Professional Support Staff Association’s Co-Worker Appreciation Day set a new record this year! For more than 15 years, the PSSA has sold carnations as a fundraiser to support student scholarships, the emergency textbook fund, the employee emergency fund and ongoing community and campus needs. This year, there were almost 2,000 flowers ordered that volunteers wrapped, attached handwritten notes to and delivered to campus employees. The sale was the biggest to date, raising almost $700.
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