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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date May 11

Several Brookhaven College students recently received honors in student literary competitions for their poems and essays. Brandy Walthall was awarded first place at the district’s League for Innovation in the Community College Student Literary Competition. Prior to this, she won first place in the Brookhaven College competition. Her poem, “Black Skin,” will now go to the national literary competition. (Poetry has proven to be a strong category for the college, with Erin Russell having won top prize in poetry last year.) Karah Denney was awarded third place in the district for her essay, “Aim for Analytical,” after taking first place at the college. Brian Hux placed second in both the essay and poetry categories; Lauren Madison placed third with her essay; and Kevin Regis placed third in the poetry category in Brookhaven College’s literary competition.

MTV has been filming at Brookhaven College this week for the reality show MADE. The show features students and young adults who have dreams or goals they are not sure how to reach. The individuals are put with a coach for five weeks of intensive training to help them reach their goals. Jeff (we cannot reveal anything more about the student) was filmed as he finished his final exams and in his meeting with David McClure, Brookhaven College academic advisor, to discuss his career and educational goals. The episode of the show featuring Jeff should air sometime this season.

There were dozens of tables featuring paintings, ceramics and jewelry at the Brookhaven College Spring Art Club Sale, May 1st-2nd. The total amount raised was $6,834. (Students receive 80 percent and the Art Club retains 20 percent of the proceeds.) With these funds, the club supports a lunch reception for art students in the Juried Art Student Exhibition and those transferring in the fall, and a lunch for students and the site team for the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. The Art Club also makes donations to the Promise of Peace Community Garden in East Dallas.

Brookhaven College was the host site for a meeting of North Texas higher education sustainability coordinators and faculty and staff members. Representatives from Richland, Cedar Valley and North Lake colleges attended, along with those from The University of Texas at Arlington, Austin College and University of North Texas. The meeting focused on developing a support network among sustainability coordinators and advocates. Parween Dayanada, National Wildlife Federation’s campus ecology coordinator, facilitated the meeting. Carrie Schweitzer, assistant to the president of Brookhaven College, said the coordinators plan to move forward, working together more in the future.



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