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Featured Alumni Profile (November 2015)      

Alumna of the month, Catania Janean Minter

Lane Lady Catania Janean Minter is a member of the Class of 2004. She is the youngest of five children born to Mr. Willie J. Murphy and Ms. Earlene A. Minter. She is a native of the rural West Tennessee town of Bolivar, Tennessee. Her mother, a devoted homemaker, instilled the importance of education in her children. Ms. Minter's father was a hard working laborer who taught his children the importance of working. Ms. Minter stated, "My parents raised us to be strong and independent. Most importantly, they encouraged us to be humble, seek God and believe in the power of prayer." Her goals have been to help others and give back to her parents. Ms. Minter is always focused on obtaining more education, taking on leadership positions, and networking.

Her four years at Lane College were not only a wonderful educational experience, but also a rewarding cultural experience that afforded her the opportunity to meet people from all over the world. While at Lane, she obtained a greater vision and discovered numerous opportunities. "Teachers at Lane cared about us as individuals," stated Minter. "They taught us the importance of loving God and one another. I received not only a strong educational background from Lane, but also learned many positive life lessons." Since 2003, she has been a strong and prominent member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Beta Chi Chapter. She stated she gained a group of sisters that still remain true and dear to her heart.

After graduating from Lane, she dedicated ten years of service as a Correctional Counselor at the Hardeman County Correctional Facility in Whiteville, TN. While there, she worked with the inmate population helping them to understand the importance of making sound choices and becoming productive citizens. In 2010, she graduated from Freed-Hardeman University with a Master of Education Degree with a focus in Professional School Counseling. Minter wanted to promote positive personal, social, educational, and emotional well-being in young lives before they faced the stage of incarceration. In 2014, she received an Education Specialist Degree from Freed-Hardeman University with a focus in Educational Leadership and Supervision.

As you can see, she is passionate about serving others. Her service includes President of the Tennessee Counseling Association from 2013-2015 (Martha Polk Chapter); President of the Hardeman County Chapter of the Lane College National Alumni Association, member of the NAACP, Delta Kappa Gamma National Education Association, and the Tennessee Education Association.

Her current position as a Professional School Counselor at Bolivar Central High School is such a rewarding career. The joy she feels to see each of her students walk across the stage to receive their high school diploma is unexplainable; knowing that moment is the first step to opening so many doors of opportunity that lies ahead. Let us salute Lane Lady Minter!

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