Calhoun to Host Minority Male Success Summit
The Huntsville campus of Calhoun Community College will serve as the site for The Success Summit, to be held Thursday, March 8, 2012, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm in the Student Center.
According to event organizer Dr. Kermit Carter, Calhoun’s Dean of Students, the event’s goal is to target minority male students. “The purpose of the Success Summit will be to afford minority male students the opportunity to meet with and talk to successful African American and Hispanic role models who serve in various professional positions throughout the community,” commented Carter. “These professionals will share what it was like in their personal experience as a minority male student going through college and what it took to be successful,” Carter added.
Presenters will provide information which will help the students avoid the pitfalls they often face which can result in dropping out of college. “In their comments, our presenters will encourage and motivate those in attendance to complete what they start and to take full advantage of available resources while in school,” said Carter.
Format for the program will include panel and round table discussions. Under the theme, FAME (Financial, Academic, Mental, Emotional), panelists will address each topic in an effort to stress the importance of students finding the discipline and balance in these areas in order to be successful in school and in life.
Keynote speaker for the summit is Rod Rodriguez, business executive with the Wyle Corporation. Panelists will include Patches Little, a local engineer; Pastor Rines Varrette with The Rock; Bruce Jones, executive director for Decatur Youth Services; Lester Jones, Kerry Warner, and Markeeva Morgan with NASA; and Dexter Williams with Austin High School.
The program is free and refreshments and door prizes will be provided. For more information, contact Calhoun’s Office of Student Affairs at 256/306-2613 or 2614.