Professor reflects on creative career

Photos by Jubenal Aguilar | Chong Chu, art professor (right), talks with Nancy Neergaard, a student, about her painting project and what she can do to improve the art piece to render a more realistic interpretation of a potato Nov. 6.

By John C. McClanahan
Copy Editor/Editorial Proofreader

Paint fumes linger throughout Brookhaven College’s F Building. There, art students stand in front of canvases, splashing colors and shapes sparked by their imaginations. Drawings and paintings are pinned and propped against the walls in Room F114.
Some of the works were made by students under the tutelage of professor Chong Chu, who helps them channel their artistic abilities. Chu, a professional artist and full-time faculty, began his formal training 40 years ago in the classroom next door. Now, he passes his knowledge of art on to younger generations. Continue reading Professor reflects on creative career

Bestselling author shares lessons

Photo by Jubenal Aguilar | Bestselling author Jeff Guinn (left) shares his experiences as a journalist and writer during the fifth annual True Stories April 26 in Room K234.

By Jubenal Aguilar
Editor-in-Chief
CourierEIC@dcccd.edu

“More than ever, this world needs truth tellers,” former journalist Jeff Guinn said. Guinn, a New York Times bestselling author, spoke about his career as a journalist and non-fiction. He was part of the fifth annual True Stories event, at which journalists shared their experiences with students, staff and faculty April 26 in Room K234. Continue reading Bestselling author shares lessons

Former U.S. ambassador talks Saudi press restrictions abroad

Photo by Susan Edgley | Robert Jordan, former U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia, discusses Jamal Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post, and the implications of his assassination during a visit April 15 to Brookhaven College.

By Jacob Vaughn
Managing Editor/Music Editor

Jamal Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post, entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul Oct. 2. Surveillance video shows Khashoggi entering the consulate, and seemingly leaving sometime later. However, he did not make it out alive, Robert Jordan, former U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia, said during a discussion on Saudi free speech and media April 15 in Room K234 at Brookhaven College. Continue reading Former U.S. ambassador talks Saudi press restrictions abroad

Longtime prof retires

Photo by Susan Edgley | For several decades, Hazel Carlos, an English professor, has passed down knowledge to Brookhaven College students through English courses and the annual African-American Read-In.

By Mykel Hilliard
Contributing Writer

Nestled into a corner of L Building in Brookhaven College’s third floor is a vibrant office that almost doubles as an African American history museum – a place where vintage and modern black culture meet. Posters of historical African and African American figures, such as Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie I, former president Barack Obama and his family, poet Langston Hughes and James Baldwin, cover the walls. Continue reading Longtime prof retires

College hunts for president

By Jubenal Aguilar
Editor-in-Chief

A focus on sustainability issues and an understanding of technological advances are just two traits some say the new college president should have.
Staff, faculty and administrators gathered for a roundtable discussion April 25 in the Performance Hall to discuss the qualities, qualifications and skills they want Brookhaven College’s next president to have. Continue reading College hunts for president

Programs offer help

Photo illustration by Jubenal Aguilar | Brookhaven College students who are homeless or at risk of losing their home can find help through various programs and groups on campus.

By Jubenal Aguilar
Editor-in-Chief
CourierEIC@dcccd.edu

Angela left her home to avoid problems after a family friend made a move on her. She thought she would be blamed if anyone found out, and she did not want her mother to lose her place to live too.
So she started sleeping at friends’ places when she could and in her car when she could not. Continue reading Programs offer help

Music faculty shares guitar wisdom

Photo by Jubenal Aguilar | Carlo Pezzimenti (left), Brookhaven College music adjunct faculty, and Leslie Enlow perform a song during a guitar recital April 9 at the Little Chapel in the Woods at Texas Woman’s University.

By John C. McClanahan
Editor-at-Large

Since 1979, Carlo Pezzimenti, a Brookhaven College charter music professor and world-class guitarist, has taught students the nuances of classical guitar and musicianship. Forty years after signing on at Brookhaven, Pezzimenti still sits with aspiring guitarists in a downstairs studio in D Building and teaches them to fine tune their playing techniques. Continue reading Music faculty shares guitar wisdom

Biology prof reflects on passion for teaching

Glenn Kasparian

By Malen Blackmon
Sports Editor

Sunlight glistens through windows of empty offices in X Building as biology professor Glenn Kasparian enters after a busy day of teaching. Kasparian had a hand in X Building’s design in the mid-1980s. Natural light shines into the building’s classrooms and office windows, which were strategically placed. “I wanted every office to have a window,” he said. Kasparian has taught at Brookhaven College since its founding in 1978. Continue reading Biology prof reflects on passion for teaching

Cities count homeless

Photo by Jubenal Aguilar | Today, more students enroll in college without a safety net. Losing a job or going through financial or family emergency could put them on the streets.

By Stephanie Salas-Vega
Arts & Culture Editor

In January, according to a Point in Time count that included Farmers Branch, 43 Farmers Branch students were identified as being homeless. The finding prompted the Farmers Branch City Council to approve a contract with Metrocrest Services, a local service agency.

The contract, approved April 2, will help the identified families break the cycle of homelessness, according to a press release by the city. Services provided will include rental assistance, workforce development, financial literacy and educational opportunities. Continue reading Cities count homeless

Media experts to talk at BHC

By Josh Drake
Distribution Manager

North Texas journalists and photographers will return to Brookhaven College for the fifth annual True Stories to share their experiences in the field.

True Stories will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 26 in Room K234.

Professionals will map out their Texas-sized tales and photos from concept to publication in this interactive forum. Attendees will hear about the creative process that brings a project to life. Continue reading Media experts to talk at BHC