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Student Affairs readies for returning students with recent alumni hires
By Kelley M. Arnold
Director of News and Public Information
MOUNT VERNON—When Brewton-Parker College students arrive for the first day of class on the Mount Vernon campus Monday, August 27, they’ll find two familiar faces now serving in differing roles inside the Student Affairs office.
Josh Hartley (’05), former Assistant to the Dean of Students, has accepted the position of Director of Residence Life. Hartley served as interim director while performing his other duties after former director Chris Summerlin resigned to accept a position at another college last fall. July marks Hartley’s first month in the position. He served in his former position for two years and holds a bachelor of arts in communication from BPC.
Another recent BPC graduate, Jessica Broughton, was hired to fill Hartley’s position. Broughton graduated in May 2007 with a bachelor of arts in human services. Luckily for Broughton and BPC, she’s already had some hands-on, real-time experience in this new position. She served as an intern to Dean Helms during her senior year to complete her graduation requirements. It was under Broughton’s leadership that the college hosted CultureFEST, an inter-organizational week of cultural awareness, last spring.
Dean of Students Sherrie Helms is excited to have both Hartley and Broughton on her team.
“Both of these former students have served as RD (Resident Director)/RA (Resident Assistant) in the residence halls and bring valuable experience to the college,” said Dean Helms. “They both have a love and dedication to BPC and to the students. I am very fortunate to have them as staff because of their dedication and true love for the Lord. They will represent the students and continue to show their Christian leadership skills.”
Hartley knows the coming months will be full of activity as students return to the residence halls but he reports he’s looking forward to the challenge.
“It’s pretty overwhelming when you think about the many activities residence life has coming up; however, my first priority is RA training, which will be taking place in just a few weeks,” said Hartley. “During that week the RAs will be planning the majority of their events for the year. It seems like just yesterday when I was in their shoes.”
Broughton is also preparing for Fall Orientation 2007, where she knows students will enjoy the many activities geared to meeting new friends and learning more about their future alma mater.
“I’m excited about the fun activities, such as mega relays and water dodge ball, where students can just relax after a long day of unpacking or absorbing information. These activities will be where students form long-lasting friendships,” she added.
Broughton hopes to carry the momentum and excitement of orientation throughout the rest of the year.
“I am looking forward to creating new activities for the students to enjoy on campus. Activities that would bring students together who would normally not get together, like mixing up the athletes with the drama students and music students,” said Broughton. “I’m open to suggestions; my door is always open.”
Hartley is originally from Tennille, where his father and mother raised him and his two brothers and one sister. He reports he loves video games and storytelling.
Broughton is originally from Albany, and is the youngest of five children. She enjoys reading Christian romance novels and swimming in her free time. In addition to her responsibilities in Student Affairs her senior year, Broughton was also employed by Zaxby’s in Vidalia and worked in the campus post office.