‘Summer Release’ Provides Fun Break While Helping Others

Sometimes college students can get bogged down with studying, studying, and more studying so when someone gives you free food and a chance to decompress, all while helping others, you jump on it! That’s exactly what the Student Leadership Council at Columbus Technical College did at the end of Summer semester. On July 30, the SLC sponsored a “Summer Release Cook-Out” complete with hot dogs and hamburgers with chips and drinks, music, a chance for students, faculty, and staff to fellowship with one another and even a way to give back.


Free food! There was a steady line of folks ready to fill up on dogs, burgers, and all the fixin’s.


Dir. of Student Activities Ken Lockhart (green shirt) works the line.

“We just want to create a venue for student interaction and to help them connect with faculty and staff,” said Ken Lockhart, director of student activities. “It’s really just to have fun and hang out.”

Computer Support Specialist student and mother of four, Tscharner Love, really enjoyed the get-together.


Student Tscharner Love had a great time at the party.

“It just let’s us know we’re appreciated,” Love said. “We worked hard all semster and its nice to blow off a little steam.”This is Love’s second time as a Columbus Technical College student. She said when she was here in the -mid 2000’s, the atmoshpere was much different.

“This is a big change. They do things for us students all the time now and we really appreicate it. It makes us feel like we’re not just coming to class and going home. There’s a lot of fun stuff to do,” she smiled.


Chester’s BBQ of Columbus handled the cooking.


Cosmetology students enjoyed having a little break.


What’s a party without music?

Doing something for others is also fun and rewarding. The Student Leadership Council sponsored a school supply drive to concide with the cook-out. Items collected benefit the mothers and children living at Hope Harbor — a Columbus shelter for victims of domestic abuse. All together, 14 packs of paper, 84 packages of pens and pencils, 16 glue sticks, three bottles of glue, 13 folders, 21 spiral notebooks, six rulers, nine boxes of crayons, four boxes/packages each of colored pencils, highlighters, notecards, paper clips, and one ABC tablet were taken to Hope Harbor.


Student Activities Assistant Bentavious Trammell and his fiance’/fellow student, Mykeita Wilson, discuss the donated school supplies.


Hope Harbour supporters gladly accept school supplies donated by Columbus Technical College. Left to right are: Judy Talley/Executive Secretary, Diane Hett/Exec. Director, March Burnett/Board Chair, Durona Courington/Treasurer.  Not pictured: Kermelle Hensley/Exec. Vice-Chair (and Columbus Technical College Assoc. VP of Enrollment Services!).

There are still a few days of rest and relaxation ahead for the students; Fall semester starts on Aug. 20th.

If you or someone you know would like to be part of this fun learning environment, it’s not too late! Late registration is available from August 19-22, 2013 just email admissions@columbustech.edu for more information.