Calhoun to Host 2nd Annual Minority Male Success Summit


The Huntsville campus of Calhoun Community College will serve as the site for The 2nd Annual Minority Male Success Summit, “No Excuses,” to be held Thursday, March 7, 2013, from 7:00 – 9:00 pm in the Student Center.

According to event organizer Dr. Kermit Carter, Calhoun’s Dean of Students, the purpose of the Success Summit is to afford minority male students the opportunity to meet with and talk to successful minority male role models who serve in various professional positions throughout the community.  “These professionals will share what it was like in their personal experience as a minority male student going through college and what it took for them to be successful,” said Carter.

Presenters will provide information designed to help the students avoid the pitfalls they sometimes 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 addressing such topics as time management, money management, goal setting, academic/professional development, and mental and emotional stability.  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 Tim Worley, nationally-recognized motivational speaker and co-founder and CEO of Worley Global Enterprises (WGE).  A former NFL first-round draft pick, Worley played for a combined seven years for the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Chicago Bears.  After leaving professional football, Worley and his wife, Dee, co-founded WGE, a multifaceted organization where Worley leads the motivational and mentoring divisions and his wife heads up the business consulting side, specializing in branding, marketing, public relations and social media marketing.

Panelists for the Summit  include Patches Little, software manager with LTPO; Lester Jones, regional vice president for Primerica;  Dexter Williams, math teacher at Austin High School; Kerry Warner, quality assurance specialist with NASA; and Tyrone Phillips, coordinator, Launch program.

The program is free and open to male students throughout the community.  In addition to comments from the presenters, the Summit will include a number of resource booths providing information on such topics as financial aid, tutoring, advising and career services.  Refreshments and door prizes will be provided. 

For more information, contact Calhoun’s Office of Student Affairs at 256/306-2613 or 2614.


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