Student stories and history of the college dominated the CCC Foundation’s Annual Meeting, Alumni and Awards Breakfast at the Lone Tree Campus on Friday, Sept. 16, 2016. More than 200 people attended the event, where a longtime educator and supporter of the college received recognition for his contributions.
CCC President Colleen A. Smith, PhD, recognized the CCC Foundation Board Members for their selfless service.
“These are the folks who have our backs,” President Smith said. “The Foundation is all about student scholarships and helping students to succeed.”
President Smith reminded the crowd that CCC turned 25 years old in 2016.
“I like to think we’re 25 years strong,” President Smith said, adding that CCC is a community of learners who have contributed to the fabric of the community over the last quarter century. “And we do it because of your help.”
President Smith and District Governing Board Chair Patricia Garcia announced the 2016 selection of the CCC Distinguished Service Award – Dr. Eugene Hughes, President Emeritus of Northern Arizona University.
“I feel deeply honored,” Dr. Hughes said, adding that community colleges have been important to him throughout his life. Were it not for a community college in his hometown in Kansas, he might have turned out to be a farmer instead of an educator who became president of three different universities.
Dr. Hughes was instrumental in the formation of Coconino Community College back in 1991 (see related story).
CCC Foundation Board Member Emeritus Chris Bavasi handed out more than 60 scholarships to CCC students at the Annual Meeting.
The final student speaker of the morning was Juana Martinez Cardenas, of Williams, wo received the City of Williams & Epsilon Sigma Alpha and CCC Employees scholarships.
Cardenas, a high school dropout with two children, had nearly given up on life when she went back to CCC to get a General Equivalency Diploma. To her surprise, she passed the tests and received her GED.
“Tears filled my eyes,” Cardenas said, adding that, to some people, it might not seem like much of an accomplishment, but to her, it meant the world.
She enrolled at CCC. She worked full time and raised her two boys. Scholarships have been crucial to her success.
“I had never applied for a scholarship,” she told the crowd. “I figured, ‘What the heck?’ and tried to apply.”
She is on her way to getting a psychology degree. Her eventual goal is to work in a high school setting to help young people stay in school and not take the path she took.
“You are making dreams and goals come true,” Cardenas said. “I’m fully confident I’m going to achieve this because of you.”
Record Crowds at 2017 Palette to Palate
Palette to Palate keeps growing and getting better every year. The fundraising event to support the CCC Fine Arts Department and student scholarships attracted more than 350 participants from the community who enjoyed hors d'oeuvres and desserts from 15 of the best local restaurants as well as musical and dance performances by high school students from Flagstaff Arts &Leadership Academy. Thank you to our Patron Sponsor, Findlay Toyota.
A special thank you goes out to the artists and in-kind donors who generously provided items for the live and silent auctions which raised more than $10,000 for art programs at CCC.
Thank You: Tom Alexander, Art of the People (Baje Whithorne Sr., Bahe Whitethorne Jr. and Randall Wilson), Hope Barnett, Bryan Bates, Blendz Winery & Bar, Gary Boyer, Anita Caro, Arlene Connolly, Creative Spirits, Robert Dalegowski, David Dawangyumptewa, Janet Dean (for APS), Matthew Derminio, Elaine Dillingham, Darcy Falk, Don Fethkenher, Connie Fletcher, Sondra Francis, Pamela Grantham, Jamey Hasapis, Donal Hill, Lee hughes, Patrick Hurley, Shane Knight, Sonja London-Hall, Sharon McGinnis, Joshua Meyer, Museum of Northern Arizona, Karen Myers, Jerry O'Connor, Lynn Overend, Bill Owen, Adair Patterson, Alan Petersen, Sharri Penland, Nick Quayle, Carol Rackley, Carme Ribera, Fran Robbins, Elisa Rosales, Rus Rose, Ben Roti, Don Rowley, Nancy Ruby, Leancy Rupert, Linda Russell, Jim Schroeder, Linda Shearer-Shiting, Jocelyn Shiner, Alexi Stoll, Dawn Sutherland, Connie Townsend, Mark Vranesh, Lina Wallen, Lani Weis, Elizbieta Zalewska.
The evening would not have been such a great success without the participation of businesses in our community who show their support of the College. Please consider supporting the following businesses that generously contribute to Palette to Palate:
To see photos of the event visit the flickr link. We look forward to seeing you at next year's event!
Friday, September 16, 2016
Coconino Community College nursing student Amy Shuman took a rocky road to get to college. Raised by her grandmother, Shuman had plans to go to college because her grandmother wanted that for her.
But before that, she received certification to be a Certified Medical Assistant. She met her husband, a Purple Heart veteran who had his sights set on a law enforcement career, so she put her plans for college on the back burner.
Shuman’s grandmother died before she could make a run at college. She and her husband moved to Flagstaff so her husband could follow through on her law enforcement career. She enrolled at Coconino Community College in search of a nursing degree.
“It’s been an incredible journey, and we’ve had tons of support,” Shuman said, adding that scholarship support she received was helpful.
She was selected as the 2016-17 recipient of the Jason Kurtz Nursing Scholarship, and she thanked the donors to the scholarships at the CCC Foundation.
“The money the College receives really does go to people who appreciate it,” Shuman said.