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Funds raised at Palette to Palate support Fine Arts at CCC

CCC Foundation News & Events

Annual Meeting , Alumni & Awards Breakfast

​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.

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​​Palette to Palate 2017

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​​​​Palette to Palate 2016 surpassed expectations again this year by raising almost $15,000 for the Fine Arts Department at the College and hosting approximately 350 attendees. It was great to see such strong support from CCC faculty, staff, students and alumni in attendance.

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 Amy Shuman accepts her scholarship certificate from Chris Bavasi, head of the CCC Foundation Scholarship Commiittee at the 2016 Annual Meeting.

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.”