By Janet Hrezo, CIP Brevard Center
The Brevard Center gathered on January 8th for our Winter Convocation. Staff and students caught up on all the news after the break and we welcomed our first international student, Dane Sampath, who is from Trinidad and Tobago.
The convocation was a great opportunity for all of us to think about and begin to set goals for the upcoming semester. The staff and our guest speaker, Dr. Michael McManmon, presented many ideas for accomplishing this.
Travis McArthur, Residential Coordinator, began the program with a discussion about residential expectations and a preview of some of the exciting activities coming up including attending a Harlem Globetrotters’ game in February and the Washington D.C. trip in March. Jodi Pierce, Advisor, then gave a presentation on “Starting Strong”. She emphasized setting new goals and priorities, building on one’s successes and learning from the past.
In order to “show up for your life”, Jodi suggested some actions to take including getting enough rest, following individual wellness plans, taking initiative and making the decision to control your own life.
Jennifer Kolarik, Career Coordinator, gave students tips on getting ready to go back to work and asked students to set a new goal just for their professional lives. She also presented certificates to Peter Snell, Ben Kesselhaut and Ashley Titone for excellence. Jennifer discussed future community service opportunities and Disney’s new “Give a Day. Get a Day.” volunteer program.
Ryan Therriault, Academic Coordinator, urged each student to “commit to work through the road blocks” and “commit to change”. She announced that the Brevard Center’s overall GPA rose to 3.2 and recognized Moultrie Woodall for being named to Brevard Community College’s President’s List. Peter Snell, Ben Kesselhaut, Sam Kirby and Brian King were also recognized for being named to BCC’s Dean’s List. Additionally, she congratulated Sam Kirby for achieving his N+ certification.
Our “Wellness Team” of Jamie Kennedy, Lee Kananack and Karen Rathgeber were next and each expressed how much they looked forward to helping students reach their individual goals this semester.
Dr. Michael McManmon closed the program reminding students of “the importance of balance” in their lives and emphasized that they could reach that goal if they accessed what was already within their reach. “Use your time. Use the staff. Use the simple things right in front of you.”
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