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 ratemyprofessor.com. 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 Speech professor stresses inclusivity in classroom

Photographer shares presidential snapshots

Photo by Josh Drake | Photographer Phil Huber talks to students, staff and faculty about his career photographing former U.S. presidents Oct. 9 in Q Building.

By Adam Bourenane
Contributing Writer

George H.W. Bush watching baseball, bombs in Beirut and Brazilian beaches do not easily relate, except on Phil Huber’s résumé. With 40 years of photojournalism under his belt, he has captured every U.S. president from Lyndon B. Johnson to George W. Bush, according to D Magazine. Huber, a Brookhaven College adjunct faculty and professional photographer, spoke to students about gaining access to unique photo opportunities with the likes of George H.W. Bush and Ross Perot, during his talk Politics and Photojournalism Oct. 9.

Huber’s political photos are on display on the library’s second and third floors through October. Huber’s subjects include Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. Continue reading Photographer shares presidential snapshots

Beto rocks Dallas

Photo by Jubenal Aguilar | Beto O’Rourke, .Democratic nominee for the Texas U.S. Senate speaks to Dallasites at the Buffalo Trees Festival Oct. 7.

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 Beto rocks Dallas

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 Founding BHC member retires

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.

Ban yields no tickets on campus

By Robyn McAllister
Layout Editor

While cruising on North Texas highways, drivers may see several billboards warning about the dangers of texting and driving. On June 6, 2017, Gov. Greg Abbott signed House Bill 62, which banned Texas motorists from texting and driving. However, no citations have been issued at Brookhaven College since the bill went into effect, Dallas County Community College District Cmdr. Mark Lopez, said in an email to The Courier.  Continue reading Ban yields no tickets on campus

Chesney presents State of the College

Photo by Jubenal Aguilar | Brookhaven College President Thom Chesney presents the annual State of the College address to staff, faculty and administrators Sept. 13.

By Jubenal Aguilar

“The state of the college is good. … And getting better,” Thom Chesney, Brookhaven College president, said. “In fact, I think it’s getting greater day by day and it takes every one of us to ensure that it does so.” Continue reading Chesney presents State of the College

Alumni to act in returning play

Courtesy of the Brookhaven College of the Arts

By Karla Estrada
Contributing Writer

Theatre Brookhaven will present “The Laramie Project” Oct. 11-21. The shows will be the second production of “The Laramie Project” at Brookhaven College since its first in 2005. The play, which will be included in Brookhaven College’s 40th anniversary celebration, will include alumni from each decade since it opened in 1978. Continue reading Alumni to act in returning play