Release Date May 10
Student Success — More than 250 students, their family members and friends, and college employees gathered on April 30th for Brookhaven College’s first Celebration of Excellence. The event brought together student scholarship winners and honorees from throughout the college in a single celebration of success. From journalism and art programs to student leadership and service-learning, as well as student athletes and tutors — dozens of students were recognized for excellence. In the past, students who received scholarships, awards and honors were recognized at various smaller events. This is the first time all of these have been combined, building a sense of community across the campus and showcasing the commitment to excellence the various parts of the college work to support.
On April 30th, 30 students took part in the Spring 2013 Civic Engagement Showcase presented by the Brookhaven College Office of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement. Participants exhibited 14 displays highlighting ways they used their time, resources and influence to address community needs or areas of concern. Three groups were honored with special recognition and prizes for their submissions, which effectively displayed the students’ learning and personal growth and reflected details about their community partner, and shared the impact on the community. Yuleana Rodriguez, Erin Townsend and Scarlet Spencer were recognized as Most Innovative for their presentation, “Got Nutrition?” The award for Most Creative was presented to Stevenie Ray, Doneil Smith and Stacey Williams for their “Healthy Family Day” project. Angela Dundas and Kimberley Witzel were honored as Best Overall and People’s Choice for their presentation, “Take 10 and Get Active.” Poster presentations from the event may be viewed at www.facebook.com/BHCservice.
Congratulations to the Brookhaven College Bears Baseball team for its first ever Metro Athletic Conference Championship. Coach Brandon Rains stated that the team had a strong finish, winning two out of three games against the Cedar Valley College Suns. In addition to raising a pennant, the team also locked up the top seed for the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Regional Tournament scheduled for May 17-19th at Craig Ranch in McKinney. A win would put the team in position to pursue its first trip to the NJCAA College World Series.
Brookhaven College students were big winners for the district in this year’s League for Innovation in the Community College Student Literary Competition. Joseph Rowe and Paulina Lopez each received a first-place award — Rowe for fiction and Lopez for poetry. The third-place fiction winner, DeiArecia Washington, studies creative writing with Brookhaven College English Professor Aaron Clark, even though she is officially a student at Mountain View College.
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