Category Archives: Campus News

Old roofs spring new leaks

Photo by Jacob Vaughn| A bucket collects water leaking from the ceiling next to 420-volt light dimmers in C Building.

By Jacob Vaughn
Copy Desk Chief/Music Editor

Buildings were made differently in the ’70s when Brookhaven College was under construction. Continue reading

Volunteers swap tacos for pledges

Photo by Jacob Vaughn| Volunteers with HeadCount, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, gives tacos to students, staff and faculty in S Building Oct. 30 in exchange for their pledges to vote during the midterm election.

By Jacob Vaughn
Copy Desk Chief/Music Editor

The smell of pork, chicken and shrimp tacos wafted throughout the S Building lobby as students, staff and faculty walked through Brookhaven College’s Student Services building. A table was set up with all the makings of a south-of-the-border snack Oct. 30. Brookhaveans were invited to prepare themselves a taco to their liking and pledge to vote. Continue reading

Campus celebrates Arbor Day

Photo by Jubenal Aguilar| Brookhaven College President Thom Chesney removes a red ribbon from the college’s newest bur oak Nov. 1 during the sixth annual Arbor Day Celebration.

By John C. McClanahan
Copy Editor/Editorial Proofreader

Green leaves from a small bur oak rustled in the wind across the road from Brookhaven College’s H Building. The tree, situated near the west athletic field, is Brookhaven’s newest botanical installation placed in observance of Arbor Day Nov.1. Continue reading

Texas Rep issues BHC resolution

Photo by Josh Drake | Texas House Rep. Matt Rinaldi (left) and Brookhaven College President Thom Chesney pose for a photo Oct. 24 after Rinaldi presented a resolution commemorating the 40th anniversary of the college.

By Malen Blackmon
Sports Editor

Texas State Rep. Matt Rinaldi visited Brookhaven College to present a resolution commemorating the campus’s 40th anniversary. He presented the resolution, which was passed in the Texas House of Representatives, during the Brookhaven Student Government Association’s general meeting Oct. 24. Continue reading

District to offer bachelor’s degree

Photo by Jubenal Aguilar | Sharon Jackson (left), mathematics professor; Chancellor Joe May; and Brookhaven College President Thom Chesney talk Oct. 15 in the Performance Hall about how the district is working to make students’ experience better.

By Jubenal Aguilar

Brookhaven College will become the first of the Dallas County Community College District schools to offer a baccalaureate degree on its own. Continue reading

Speech professor stresses inclusivity in classroom

Elizabeth Whatley

By Leah Cook
Arts and Culture Editor

Elizabeth Whatley is a top-rated professor at Brookhaven College, according to She has a unique and diverse approach to teaching that reflects her extraordinary background. As a baby, Whatley was adopted by a foster-care family with 45 brothers and sisters of different races, nationalities and ethnicities. Continue reading

Spooky Trot returnns to campus

Courtesy of the Office of Student Life

By Matthew Brown
Copy Editor

Before going trick-or-treating, Brookhaven College students, staff, faculty and community members will have an opportunity to treat students to much-needed meals at the seventh annual Spooky Trot Oct. 26. Continue reading

District initiative to track students’ course programs

By Jubenal Aguilar

Dallas area Democratic candidates took the stage alongside musical performances for a day of entertainment and a massive voter registration two days before the state registration deadline. Continue reading

Founding BHC member retires

Photo by Eriana Ruiz

By Stephanie Colmenero
Managing Editor/Web &
Social Media Director

“I’ve always liked working with people, but I’ve always liked working with data and information,” Michael Dennehy said. “If people have information, good information, they can make better decisions.” Michael Dennehy is executive director of planning, research and instructional effectiveness, is a charter member of Brookhaven College. Continue reading

Bears to party like it’s 1978


By Adam Bourenane
Contributing Writer

Brookhaven College will celebrate its 40th anniversary Oct. 11-13. Students, staff, faculty and alumni can attend various events, including the annual faculty art show, a Bears baseball and soccer game, and a community movie night in celebration of the campus’ milestone.

Meridith McLarty, director of marketing and public information, and Kevin Hurst, athletic director, planned the celebrations for the anniversary semester, though some finalizations are still in process, according to a campus-wide email. 

An arts reception will be held 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11, beginning with dance and harp ensemble performances in front of the faculty art show. 

She said Darise Error, theatre department chair, will overs this year’s fall production of “The Laramie Project” with Brookhaven alumni who attended from 1978-2018. “She will have 40 years of theater in one show,” McLarty said. 

There will also be a tailgating party after a Bears baseball game and before a Bears soccer game from 4-6 p.m. Oct. 12. In the P1 parking lot near the Brookhaven soccer complex. 

Brookhaven will provide burgers, hot dogs, music, carnival games and cornhole toss, McLarty said.

There will also be a screening of 1979’s “The Muppet Movie” around 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13 on campus.

Both McLarty and Hurst encourage all Brookhaveans to join the celebrations. 

“This week isn’t just a time to celebrate or reflect on the past 40 years, but on the potential for the next 40, while enjoying each other’s company,” Hurst said. 

McLarty said, “I really think it’s a time where we can reinvigorate and reimagine ourselves to be whatever we want by the time we hit 50.”

Hurst said he would like to see the same growth he has seen over his 19 years at Brookhaven. 

“Specifically, I would like to see us lead the pack in our students reaching the state of Texas’ goal of 60x30TX – 60 percent of those 25 plus having a degree or certification by 2030,” he said.