Several honored for helping others

The Disability Services department recently honored five college employees for going the extra mile to help students.

Gerald Betty, Alexander Heatherley, Jennifer Oden, Andrea Johnson and Paula Kenney-Wallace were named Advocates of the Year at an Oct. 26 ceremony in Wolfe Recital Hall.

“It is an honor to Inspire students,” Betty said, adding that he wants his students to succeed even if they need a little help.

Heatherly said he enjoys seeing students reach their full potential.

“It is an honor to inspire students,” Heatherly said.

The department has served more than 600 students this year, a 9 percent increase from last year. Those 634 students enrolled in 1,335 courses and earned more than 3,900 credit hours.

Kennedy-Wallace said she grew up with a disability and continues to overcome her challenges.

“I am just doing my job,” she modestly said.

Odem encouraged all students to seek out help if they are struggling.

“If a student is struggling then they need to find out what resources are available to them,” Odem said. “Don’t be afraid to ask for help.”

Disabilities Services will see anyone who is struggling and the services are confidential.

Johnson said knowing someone is there for you can make all the difference.

“Everyone needs to have opportunities and to know that there is someone who cares,” she said.

For more information on Disability Services, call 361-698-1292 or visit them in Room 188 of the Harvin Center.

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