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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date Oct. 12

Each semester, Daniel Rodrigue, Brookhaven College Journalism and Photography professor, dedicates one class period in his Photography classes to the use of instant film.  Students who are used to having hundreds of chances to take a photo with a digital camera gain a different perspective from shooting with very limited number of images that generate an instant result.  This year, he invited Justin Goode, professional photographer and instant film fan, to speak to the class.  Goode contacted The Impossible Project (the company that now makes film for Polaroid cameras) about his upcoming guest lecture and the company sent cameras and hundreds of dollars worth of film for the students to use that day.  Goode took the student’s photos and scanned and posted them to his blog; he also tweeted about the lecture.  The Impossible Project USA Team retweeted the posts and photos to its more than 14,000 followers.  Goode’s blog post can be viewed at

The work done by students in the Geospatial Technology Program at Brookhaven College will soon serve as a resource for educational programs around the country.  George Dailey, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in Schools program manager for Esri, has asked Scott Sires, Brookhaven College GIS Technologies professor, if the company may use the college’s ArcGIS Online public gallery as a reference site for other institutions or public entities interested in leveraging the tools of GIS for public projects.  Esri is the maker of geographic information systems software used throughout the world for mapping, modeling and analyzing data.

The Office of Student Life and the Institute for Political Studies partnered to bring José Angel Gutierrez, Ph.D., J.D., associate professor of Political Science at The University of Texas at Arlington and licensed attorney, to Brookhaven College to discuss Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).  The event was just one piece of the college’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.  On October 16th, Student Life has coordinated a DREAMers Immigration Workshop for students who might benefit from DACA.  On October 9th, cultural performances included a celebration of Latin heritage through dance with the Ollimpaxqui Ballet Company.  On October 11th, the first production for fall from Theatre Brookhaven opened (which focuses on issues of immigration) and also the play, ¿De Dónde?, by Mary Gallagher.

Aamir Ashiqali, principal of Thomas Jefferson High School in Dallas, invited Marilyn K. Lynch, Brookhaven College associate vice president for Career and Program Resources, to Governor Rick Perry’s news conference at the high school, October 2nd.  Gov. Perry used his time at the school to announce his intentions to focus on accessibility, accountability and affordability in higher education.  It is fitting that Lynch represented Brookhaven College at this event at Thomas Jefferson High School, as the college has focused outreach efforts towards the school for several years with presentations to seniors about college applications and what to expect in college, and preparation for Free Application for Federal Student Aid.  To view an article about Gov. Perry’s news conference, go to



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Brookhaven College is proud to be an Hispanic-Serving Institution with more than 25 percent Hispanic student enrollment since 2006. Educational opportunities are offered by Brookhaven College without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity or gender expression..

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