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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date Sept. 28

Fernando Johnson, art student at Brookhaven College, earned the 2012 Edith Baker Art Scholarship presented by the Dallas Art Dealers Association on September 21st at an awards reception and exhibition at the Irving Arts Center. Johnson has earned his bachelor’s degree, but returned to Brookhaven College to build a portfolio for his master’s degree. He will receive a $2,500 cash award, a mentorship, an internship and an artist studio visit. Johnson will be applying for graduate school in spring 2013. Each of the DCCCD colleges nominates three students for the scholarship who present their work and themselves in an interview process to the gallery owners who serve on the scholarship committee. In the three years the scholarship has been awarded, this is the second time a Brookhaven College art student has been selected as recipient.

A group of students from the Brookhaven College Nursing Program truly made an impact at this year’s Healthy Living Expo held at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, September 22nd. The eight students volunteered their services, taking heights and weights and performing body fat screenings within the “Healthy You” portion of the Expo. They received rave reviews from Sherry Hill, director of Programs and Education for the American Diabetes Association: “They were prompt, knowledgeable, flexible and willing to do what was necessary to get the job done. The professionalism, expertise and patience exhibited during screenings were noteworthy.”

Brookhaven College music student Eunjin An received two standing ovations for her performance with the Mesquite Symphony Orchestra on September 15th at the college, which was attended by approximately 200 people. This is the eighth consecutive year of the collaborative concert. Each year, the Brookhaven College Music Department and the Mesquite Symphony Orchestra coordinate a concert for two separate performances — one in Mesquite and one at the college. A featured soloist is chosen from Brookhaven College, usually a faculty member. This is the first time a student has been selected for the role. Proceeds from the performance at the college help support scholarship funds for music students, and this year’s concert raised $2,500.

Two Criminal Justice instructors at Brookhaven College, Michael Freeman and David Griggs, have collaborated to write a new textbook. Criminal Justice in America: Crime Control and Due Process, published by Kendall Hunt Publishing Company, is being used for the Introduction to Criminal Justice course. Classes at Brookhaven College, as well as some sections at Mountain View College, are using the text. Freeman is a Dallas police officer and Griggs is an attorney. Both have been teaching at Brookhaven College for several years.



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