Volume 47, Number 1 - August 24, 2009

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Malou Harrison
Malou Harrison
Dean of Students North Campus

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‘Your Destiny Is In Your Very Own Hands’

By Malou Harrison

Malou Harrison
Dean Harrison

Dear North Campus Students:

I extend a very warm welcome to each and every one of our new and continuing students.  At North Campus and our Carrie P. Meek Entrepreneurial Education Center, we have a most committed and qualified faculty and staff who have chosen to be here to facilitate your learning and overall success.  Your much anticipated graduation day will be one to be forever cherished, and we will all be there to witness the conferring of your well-deserved diploma.

The pages of this award-winning newspaper, The Falcon Times, are not sufficient to capture the numerous "advice bytes" that I'd want to share with you. However, for the sake of brevity, I remind you to take heed and not lose sight of your responsibilities as a student: priority #1 is your academic work.  You are enrolled at a first-class college, and I want you to know your destiny is in your very own hands. Pledge to have a 100 percent attendance record in all your classes.  Participate fully in the learning process by thinking critically about the information in your textbooks, actively sharing your perspective on issues, and posing questions at every opportunity to assure your own comprehension of the course material and discourse.  In your busy schedule of work and important family obligations, be realistic in scheduling an adequate amount of time out of class to complete your assignments and to study. 

In September, new students must visit the Advisement & Career Services Department, where advisors will work with you to develop an individualized education plan -- your very own academic road map that charts the courses and programs that will lead you to accomplish your degree requirements and future career goals.  Continuing students should plan a visit to their academic department for advisement and special information.

If there's a problem you've not been able to resolve, I invite you to seek the assistance of the Dean of Students office in Room 1317 or email me (malou.harrison@mdc.edu).

Do know you're in the best position right now to chart a course of educational and professional success for yourself and the distinguished faculty and staff of the North Campus will be with you every step of the way and at every juncture advising, teaching, challenging, and supporting you toward the fruition of the goals you've outlined for yourself.  All we ask is that you remain committed and put forth your very best effort!

Have a productive academic year, and thank you for selecting the North Campus as your college of choice!


Malou C. Harrison

Dean of Students

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