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Here’s Who Made the Scholar-Athlete List at Your College

Many of our student-athletes have proved to be winners off the playing field as well as on. Metro Athletic Conference Academic Awards were presented recently to these students. To be on the list, students must maintain at least a 3.25 grade point average. Find out which student-athletes are on the Fall 2013 MAC Academic Awards list.

Nine Award-Winning Cedar Valley Artists to be Honored

Cedar Valley College students Lauren Bartley, Lindsey Burrus, Phillip Washington, Dave Seifert, Justin Davidson, Ben Loftis, Gabrielle Titus, Katherine George and Derrick Lattimore will be honored Feb. 15. They and other DCCCD student artists will be honored for being selected to have their artwork displayed at the League for Innovation in the Community College Student Art Competition exhibit at Mountain View College. They were each nominated by their instructors.

You can attend the reception, which starts at 6 p.m. in the Mountain View College Kiva Gallery. The artists’ work will be on display through Feb. 21.

Five From Richland Earn Spots on All-State Band

Congratulations go to five Richland College instrumental music students for earning places in the 2013-14 Texas Community College All-State Symphonic Band. They competed against instrumentalists from Texas two-year colleges. The students earned the following places: 

  • Jorge Gaundique, bassoon, 2nd
  • Briana Perez, flute, 2nd
  • Kerri Shomette, flute, 3rd
  • Wladimir Herrera, flute, 12th
  • Desiree Gonzalez, clarinet, 17th

The all-state band will perform at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention in San Antonio in February.

Three Win Cedar Valley Nature Photography Contest

Timothy Minor, Sydney Spann and Gabriel Penaloza are winners in Cedar Valley College’s “Photo Scavenger Hunt: Take Pictures of Nature and Win Prizes” contest. The Sustainability Office organized the event Nov. 14, part of its Sustainability Awareness Campaign. The first-place photo showed a group of ducks flying over Cedar Valley College Lake; second place was of a student walking and texting in the middle of nature; and third place was a landscape photograph of Cedar Valley College Lake and its surroundings.

Two Mountain View Students Nominated to Academic Team

Taylor Souryachak and Eric Torbellin have been selected as nominees for the All-USA and the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team scholarship programs. Students’ applications are scored based on grade point average, participation in honors programs, honors and recognitions received, service to their college and community, and two essays that they write regarding their academic achievements and how they employ their leadership skills. Phi Theta Kappa administers the scholarship. Find application details on its website,

It’s Official: Brookhaven Is a Tree Campus USA College

Brookhaven College recently has got word that it has been recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree Campus USA college. Brookhaven College is only the 10th college/university in Texas to receive this designation. Being recognized as a Tree Campus USA college acknowledges the school’s commitment of resources to protect and enhance its urban forest and raise awareness of the importance of trees to the college — and to the planet.

Rotary Club Awards $4,000 Scholarship to Richland Student

The Dallas Rotary Club Foundation recently presented a $4,000 scholarship to Richland College student Damian Garcia for the costs of his education. Rotary Club of Dallas members represent a cross-section of the community’s owners, leaders, executives, managers, political leaders and professionals who promote international understanding, peace and the belief that by serving the community, they can make the world a better place.