by Tanya Nyborg
On April 19, 2016, Tulsa Community College (TCC) Metro Campus Awards Banquet occurred at the Student Commons area of the campus.
TCC teachers, counselors, top officials, including TCC President and CEO Leigh Goodson, and representatives of 11 student organizations gathered to summarize results of the 2015-2016 school year and to recognize outstanding students and employees with awards.
Darin Behara, dean of Student Affairs, Judicial Affairs and Safety, gave a talk on the subject “Leading from the Heart,” based on the book with the same title.
“It is important for student leaders to earn the trust of students,” he emphasized. “The leaders need to learn how to compromise.”
Behara also called leaders to be creative and driven to succeed, “Do your best and never give up.”
He stressed that the leaders’ qualities should include courage, caring, serving, being disciplined and planning in advance.
President Goodson and other top TCC officials showed an example of leading from the heart at the banquet by rolling up their sleeves and serving food for the students and guests.
Then, members of the following student organizations spoke about their achievements, activities and challenges. The organizations were the African American Student Association, Chinese Language Association, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Hispanic Student Association, Phi Beta Lambda, Phi Theta Kappa, Student Government Association, Students of Physical Therapy Assistants, Student Nurses Association, Student Nurses Christian Fellowship, and TRIO Student Association.
Lauren Post and Hunter Chilcoat, presidents of the Chinese Language Association, announced that they created a Facebook page so anyone can see what their passions and drives are.
“Our organization helps students to understand the different cultures of the world and study Chinese, which is not an easy language,” said Post.
Lauren Gifford, vice president of the Student Nurses Association, also admitted that studying nursing sometimes gets very difficult. She said that the organization helps her personally and other students in the nursing program by offering support, friendship and by connecting with potential employers.”
Amairani Perez, president of the Hispanic Student Association, invited everybody to join the organization.
“You do not have to be a Latino to become a member of our association, but (we help you to) understand education, immigration and racism issues (from Latino perspective),” she said.
“We meet every Thursday,” Perez added.
Tyrance Billingsley, Metro Campus Student Government president, wrapped up the meeting by awarding all student organizations’ advisors with memorable gifts and a powerful message, “Think about your potential.”
For more information about the banquet and Metro Campus events and organizations, contact David Alexander Adams, director of Student Life, at 918-595-7272.