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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date July 20

Obed Manuel, journalism student at Brookhaven College, has been selected as one of just 10 students in the country to participate in this year’s Mayborn Conference’s National Biography Writing Contest. Students must enter a biographical piece for consideration, and Manuel worked to expand and update a series of pieces he wrote as part of the Brookhaven Courier staff this spring. He and Daniel Rodrigue, Brookhaven College Journalism professor, received free registration (including accommodations) at the nationally renowned Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference, July 20th-22nd. Manuel will have the opportunity to participate in an all-day workshop conducted by one of the nation’s leading biographers, James McGrath Morris, author of Pulitzer: A Life in Politics, Print, and Power. Once he has used this workshop experience to rework his biography, Manuel’s piece will be published in The Dallas Morning News, a partner in the contest. Last year, two Brookhaven College students and Courier writers, Erin Marissa Russell and Josh Lagunez, were selected for this conference.

In the past few weeks, Brookhaven College nursing students have been out in the field working with children as part of a new partnership. Mark A. Meyer, Ph.D., R.N., dean of Nursing at Brookhaven College, contacted ChildCareGroup (CCG) to inquire about openings for nursing interns. CCG has often been a partner with the Child Development Program at the college, but this is a first for the Nursing Program. The CCG Health Services Department worked with Brookhaven College to develop a plan to meet the requirements of students in its Nursing Program and also help CCG provide health screenings to children at their centers. It takes weeks for one CCG health specialist to take blood pressure readings, heights, weights and provide blood tests to 120 students, whereas the 18 nursing students were able to screen a comparable number of children during just two health fairs. A blog post with additional details can be found online at

Brookhaven College’s Jerry Bartz, Geospatial Technology Lab coordinator, and Scott Sires, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technologies professor, were 2 of only 23 educators in the nation chosen to attend an American Geophysical Union (AGU) workshop at AGU headquarters in Washington, DC, July 11-13th. At the workshop, representatives from two-year colleges discussed the importance of incorporating research activities in introductory STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) courses and demonstrated their college’s research initiatives. Brookhaven College’s GIS Technology made an impressive showing, prompting requests for help from three other attending colleges in interpreting data from their own work.



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