BPC's Helms named to LaGrange College Wall of Outstanding Alumni



Sherrie Thompson Helms, dean of students at Brewton-Parker College, was added to the LaGrange College "Wall of Outstanding Alumni" during the LaGrange Homecoming Alumni Luncheon on Oct. 19.


Each year the College Alumni Association honors those graduates who have distinguished themselves in their chosen professions and communities. More than 60 names have been added to the wall since its dedication in 1994.


Helms, who lives in Vidalia, received a bachelor of arts degree in social work from LaGrange College in 1980 and a master's degree in mental health counseling from Fort Valley State College in 1993.


Helms began her career as a social worker for the state of Georgia upon receiving her master's degree and was instrumental in starting several statewide outreach programs.


She also is credited with launching a successful after-school program for at-risk children in Swainsboro, where she served as continuing education coordinator.  Area schools and state organizations referred children for the program, which is still in existence.


Helms joined the Brewton-Parker staff eight years ago as the director of counseling, and students honored her office as department of the year during her tenure.


She was named dean of students in 1997 and serves on several campus committees. Brewton-Parker students voted her the National Alumni Society Distinguished Staff Member of the Year in 1999.


Helms' community involvement includes serving as captain of the Brewton-Parker Relay for Life Cancer Walk team and participating as a member of Trinity Baptist Church in Vidalia. She also plays each year in the college's student-staff basketball game during Homecoming week.


During her years at LaGrange College, she was a member of the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority.


A four-year liberal arts and sciences college affiliated with the United Methodist Church, LaGrange College is ranked in the top ten and as a "best value" among 105 Southern comprehensive colleges by U.S. News & World Report. The college is the oldest private institution of higher learning in Georgia and has an enrollment of about 1,000 students.