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BKM Honors DCCCD Chancellor, Helps Students


For immediate release - July 28, 2006

(DALLAS) – Dr. Wright Lassiter, chancellor of the Dallas County Community College District, will be honored by BKM Total Office of Texas – a Dallas-based office furnishings company – with a scholarship donation in his name during a special higher education seminar on Thursday, Aug. 17. BKM officials will announce that the company has established the Dr. Wright Lassiter Jr. BKM Scholarship, which will be administered by the DCCCD Foundation; a student recipient will be announced that day as well.

“I am honored to accept this scholarship gift on behalf of DCCCD and all of our students,” said Lassiter. “Our partnerships with area businesses like BKM provide students with critical resources they need to pursue a career and to lead productive lives.”

Lassiter will speak to participants of the “Higher Ed Higher Tech ’06” conference at 8:30 a.m. about “The Changing Face of Higher Education.” The seminar will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at BKM’s corporate offices, 9755 Clifford Drive, Suite 100, in Dallas. BKM’s one-day program targets facilities managers, university deans, architects, designers, information technology and audio/visual professionals, and human resources management. 

“We are pleased to honor Dr. Lassiter with this scholarship gift, which enables us to help DCCCD students and also to recognize the chancellor’s integrity and leadership in higher education,” said Carol Roehrig, BKM’s president. Carlene Wilson, vice president of sales for BKM, will introduce the chancellor.

Interested DCCCD students who would like to apply for the scholarship:

  • Must have completed at least one semester at a DCCCD college and have earned a minimum grade point average of 2.5 or better;
  • Must enroll in a minimum of 12 credit hours;
  • Must be majoring in entrepreneurship studies, education, leadership studies, mid-management careers, science, mathematics or technology, and they may apply to any college in the district; and
  • Must complete the DCCCD Foundation Scholarship Application form, which must include a one-page essay about the student’s long- and short-term goals plus one letter of recommendation from a DCCCD faculty member, high school counselor or college academic advisor.

Preference will be given to students who do not qualify for PELL grants but who have financial need.

DCCCD, the largest undergraduate institution of higher education in Texas, serves more than 63,000 credit and 21,000 continuing education students each semester. The district includes seven individually accredited colleges – Brookhaven, Cedar Valley, Eastfield, El Centro, Mountain View, North Lake and Richland – plus the Dallas TeleCollege and several additional locations. DCCCD is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2006-2007.

BKM Total Office of Texas provides workplace furniture and related services throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area. BKM is a certified HUB dealer and Women Owned Business Enterprise; its products, breadth of services and experienced team enable the company to provide creative, comprehensive furniture solutions that work within any budget. BKM's clients include DCCCD, American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Bank of America, SBC, Verizon, the University of Texas Arlington, UT-Dallas, UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Southern Methodist University and Baylor University.

For more information about the scholarship, contact Ella Shaw, scholarship coordinator for the DCCCD Foundation, at (214) 860-2149. For details about BKM, contact Clark Rachesky at (214) 902-7274.

Press contact: Ann Hatch, 214-860-2478