Knead-to-know basis: Students turn out for Pizza with the President

Meridian Community College sophomore Almay Brooks was one of the hundreds of students who took a break to join Thursday’s Pizza with the President.

Brooks made time from her busy schedule to participate in this Campus Life sponsored event again this semester. “I did this last semester … even got my photo taken with the president,” she said.

Pizza with the President is held the first week of the semester and MCC President Dr. Thomas Huebner offers slices of pizza and meets, greets and eats with students in the campus Quave Student Life Center.

Brooks is Daleville resident who’ll turn 61 next week and she is a student in the Business and Office Technology Program with plans to graduate in May. A Dean’s List scholar, Brooks is also a member of Phi Beta Lambda, a campus organization that provides opportunities for students to develop business-related career competencies.

She came to MCC because of her employer’s layoffs; the company moved a majority of  its manufacturing processes to Mexico. Wanting to earn her college degree, Brooks said when the opportunity to go to college came, she looked to MCC. “It’s been a challenge. I’ve learned things that I’ve never thought I would,” she said.

Though it’s been hard for her to juggle her full-time school work while taking care of her elderly parent, Brooks knows her efforts will pay off. She said, “If I can get this degree, it will be a pat on the back.”

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