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Career Center Presents Annual Trailblazers Awards

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Author: Timothy C. Ervin

Release Date: Oct 03, 2017

ASU alumna and Board of Trustees member, Brenda Brown Hunter, offered words of professional wisdom to students receiving the Career Center's 2017 Trailblazers Awards.

The Alabama State University Office of Career Services honored several students during its Trailblazers Awards Banquet and Conference. The event was held October 2 in the John Garrick Hardy Student Center.

“I am very pleased that ASU has students that are achieving their goals; that we have students who are making a difference and are representing ASU in the best light,” said Jeremy Hodge, director of Career Services.

The Trailblazers Award was given to individuals who completed internships, are currently interning, have done community service and are inspiring role models to fellow students.

Kaelin Vaughn, a senior biology major, received the award for the internship he completed with the Tropical Pathology and Infectious Disease Association (TPalDA) in Iquitos, Peru. During his internship, he worked “hands-on” in the hospital on infectious disease ward rotations, maternity ward rotations, emergency room rotations and assisted doctors in the operating room.

“I am very humbled and grateful to receive this award. It’s very encouraging and lets me know that there is more to come,” Vaughn said. “All things are possible if you put God first. If it wasn’t for Him, I wouldn’t have been able to get the money to go to Peru.”

The ceremony featured several guest presenters including Emery Kidd, musician and ASU faculty member; Charity Latimore, SGA Chief of Staff; Michelle Summers, actress and instructor of Theatre; Nicholas Ivey, SGA President; and guest speaker ASU Trustee Brenda Brown-Hunter, who encouraged students to be models of service for current and future students.

“You need to always be about helping someone else,” Hunter said. “So whatever you are going through, think how you can help another student. Think how you can be something that is going to touch someone’s life. So when I think about my struggles, I wouldn’t take back any of it because the struggle is what fuels and molds you to be who you are today. My purpose in life is to impact someone else’s life.”

Hunter also said that even being great isn’t good enough. You have to be amazing.
“You can’t be average. You can’t be good. And even being great isn’t good enough,” Hunter said. “You have to be amazing to walk this world to get where you need to be. My challenge to you is to give back to your university.”

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