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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date May 18

More than 300 students crossed the stage in Brookhaven College’s Commencement ceremonies on May 10th at Loos Field House. Daniel Marold, Student Government Association president and American Student Association of Community Colleges president, was the student speaker. Adrien Cuellar-McGuire, Brookhaven College Humanities professor and Minnie Stevens Piper Award nominee, gave the commencement address and shared her memories as a DCCCD student. This spring, more than 580 students completed their associate degrees, including 26 from the Early College High School.

A small group of students at Brookhaven College had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hold a conversation with a sitting Cabinet member. Former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk, who is the U.S. Trade Representative, stopped by the college on May 11th to speak to students about college affordability. Brookhaven College President Dr. Thom Chesney thanked the students for coming in the day after commencement/the end of the semester to make sure that students’ voices were heard. With Congress debating bills that would stop a rate increase in interest loans to students, Kirk was just one member of the President’s Cabinet who was speaking about having events with students to gather student perspectives.

In the coming year, several members of the Brookhaven College Bears Baseball Team will be heading off to four-year universities on scholarships. Jeffery Sealy and Mac James were both named to First Team All Conference. Sealy signed to play at the NCAA Division I team at Prairie View A&M University. James signed to play at The University of Texas at San Antonio. A.J. Helms made Second Team All Conference and signed to play at Prairie View A&M University. Garret Hackley also made Second Team All Conference and was invited to walk on at The University of Oklahoma. Freshmen Adoynis Wright and Tyler Edwards also earned places on Second Team All Conference and Justin Rhea earned Honorable Mention All Conference, as did Frankie Valdez, who was invited to walk on at Tarleton State University. In addition, Jerrod Oneal earned an academic scholarship to LeTourneau University. The Brookhaven College Bears Baseball Team made its second straight post-season appearance this year.

Two former journalism students from Brookhaven College have had their essays published in The Dallas Morning News. Back in July, Erin Marissa Russell and Josh Lagunez had works selected by jurists for the Mayborn Conference’s National Biography Contest. Part of the prize included an all-day workshop with a revision session, where James McGrath Morris, one of the nation’s leading biographers, offered them specific suggestions for improving the biographies they wrote. Russell is now a student at Texas Woman’s University and Lagunez is studying at the University of North Texas. The articles can be viewed at (Russell’s article) and (Lagunez’ article).



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