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Counseling alumni, friends hold reunion, honor John Galassi, Duane Brown

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(l to r) John Galassi and Duane Brown


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Steve Mullinix


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John Westefeld


Photo of Corrine Bohling

Corrine Bohling


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Alumni and friends gather to honor Galassi and Brown.

Photos by David Gellatly

Alumni and friends of the School of Education’s School Counseling, Guidance and Counseling, and Counseling Psychology Programs gathered at the William and Ida Friday Center on April 25 to reunite and honor the work of Duane Brown and John Galassi.

The event was organized by John Westefeld (Ph.D. ’78) and Steve Mullinix (Ph.D. ’78), former students of Galassi, who is now a professor and the coordinator of the School Counseling program. Laurie Norman, director of alumni relations for the School of Education, collaborated in planning the event.

“The reunion happened because one of my former doctoral students [Steve Mullinix] approached me about the fact that Duane Brown was retiring and said he wanted to do something to recognize Dr. Brown and me, as both of us have been here for 36 years,” said Galassi. “We discussed making the event into a reunion of students who have graduated from the various counseling programs that the two of us have been involved in over those 36 years.”

The evening was also marked with the presentation of the first Galassi-Brown Advocacy Award. This award was created to recognize and honor one current student in the program who has been the greatest advocate for children, schools and the profession. Peers, faculty and public school personnel were invited to submit nominations.

With nearly 90 alumni and guests in attendance, this year’s award was presented to Corrine Bohling by Patrick Akos, associate professor of school counseling. Bohling, a first-generation college student, received her B.A. from Carolina in 2007 with a major in international studies. She is currently an M.Ed. student in the School Counseling program.

In giving the award, Akos noted the inspirational counseling work that Bohling is doing at Wakefield High School in Raleigh. “An exceptional student, Corrine was already practicing advocacy tutoring ESL and special needs students before she came to our program,” remarked Akos. “In fact, she started her application statement by stating, ‘I believe that the greatest service anyone can do for society is to inspire its youth.’”

Bohling has embraced many challenges while completing her internship at Wakefield.  She has worked tirelessly with girls who have been suspended from school, with parents, and with students who are repeating ninth grade.

The reunion was also an opportunity to honor and highlight the work that Galassi and Brown have contributed to the counseling programs.

“In addition to the enjoyment of hearing Drs. Brown and Galassi reflect on their careers in the Counseling Program, it was interesting to hear the perspectives from past faculty members, Drs. Linda Brooks and Courtland Lee, as well as from current faculty,” commented Mullinix. “As a graduate of the program from 31 years ago, it was very enlightening for me to ‘eavesdrop’ on the interplay among them.”

“The reunion was both an enjoyable and moving event for me,” said Galassi. “As a professor, it is gratifying to hear about the careers and impressive accomplishments of your graduates. And it was rewarding to learn that many of them attributed something that we said or did while they were in the program with helping them grow and develop both professionally and personally.”

However, there was plenty of time for friends and former students to “roast” the two honorees.

“The evening was filled with laughter as the participants who spoke took advantage of the opportunity to ‘roast’ me and Dr. Brown,” commented Galassi. “We, in turn, returned the favor.”