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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date June 8

Carlo Pezzimenti, Brookhaven College School of the Arts Guitar professor, along with members of the Guitar Ensemble from Brookhaven College, were featured on Dallas radio station WRR Classical 101.1 FM on June 5th. Leslie Enlow and Brian Rowe played guitars and Melody Rose played violin. The group was the featured performance for the “Classic Café” program. The musicians performed pieces from their new CD, Arbol del Olvido (or Tree of Oblivion).

Shawn Smith, Brookhaven College Art Department alumnus, is featured in a story in the online magazine Wired. Smith is part of a group exhibition, “40 Under 40: Craft Futures,” which opens in July at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The exhibit features 40 artists born after 1972 investigating the concepts of craft within traditional media. After studying at Brookhaven College, Smith transferred to Washington University in St. Louis to complete his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, where he was a Dean Kenneth E. Hudson Memorial Scholar and the recipient of the Washington University Paris Cite Residency. He received his Master of Fine Arts degree from California College of the Arts and now resides in Austin. To view the Wired article, go to To view an article from the Smithsonian American Art Museum about the exhibition, go to

Brookhaven College’s Delryn Fleming, English professor, and Rodger Bennett, vice president of Academic Affairs and Student Success, presented at the Cisco College Core Curriculum Conference, May 17-18th in Abilene, TX. Their presentation focused on using the Association of American Colleges and Universities VALUE Rubric on Critical Thinking to assess student papers from two different disciplines. (VALUE is the acronym for Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education.) The conference was attended by more than 150 Texas educators who will be making decisions related to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s mandated core changes. Mathematics professor Mary Jackson also represented Brookhaven College at the conference.

Early College High School at Brookhaven College
Before graduation, seniors at the Early College High School (ECHS) at Brookhaven College attended a Senior Honors Breakfast. On May 22nd, ECHS Principal Rosie Oliveira was joined by Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District administrators, Brookhaven College President Dr. Thom Chesney and other college administrators to recognize ECHS Honors graduates, students completing the Distinguished Achievement Program, and salutatorian Heather Luna and valedictorian Katherine Resa. Resa addressed the graduating class at the commencement ceremony held in the college Performance Hall on May 25th. Oliveira shared a special message with the graduates and Chesney delivered an inspiring commencement address. Music for the ceremony was provided by the Brookhaven College Saxophone Quartet.



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