05/2005

Chandler-Gilbert Community College Teal & Silver Awards 2005

Chandler-Gilbert Community College collaborates with community and school partners to serve our students, and we rely on community support to achieve our goals. It is appropriate to recognize the contributions of our colleagues, partners, supporters, alumni, and community leaders in the success of our students.

The Chandler-Gilbert Community College Teal & Silver Awards Program was created to recognize the contributions of individuals who support CGCC students, employees, programs, services, and the college community.

These individuals positively impact the college by assisting with program or service improvements, supporting creative and innovative ideas, improving the quality of the college experience, supporting the delivery of instruction, providing resources or assisting with cost-saving measures, and advocating for the college in the media, with elected officials, and in the community.

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Dr. David Schwalm - University Colleague

Dr. David Schwalm, Vice Provost of ASU East, has been a long-standing and staunch supporter of the Partnership in Baccalaureate Education. This program is a collaboration between Chandler-Gilbert Community College and ASU East, which facilitates seamless articulation and co-enrollment for students who wish to complete a four-year degree at the Williams Campus.

David has worked tirelessly for many years on the operational end of this partnership, translating a vision into actions that benefit students.

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Margaret Souders - Community College Colleague

Margaret Souders, Chair of the Nursing Program at Phoenix College, has been instrumental in guiding the process of expanding the Maricopa Community College District Nursing Program to include CGCC as an additional site.

Margaret met with CGCC administrators, clarifying the requirements of a nursing program for several months prior to CGCC hiring a nursing director. She served on the committee interviewing for a CGCC director of nursing, adding her valuable input.

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Pat Harris - Community College Colleague

Pat Harris, District Director of Health Care Education, has provided invaluable support for the expansion of the Maricopa Community College District Nursing Program to CGCC.

From the college's initial discussions with community stakeholders, Pat has been actively involved in the development of CGCC's proposed Nursing Program. She has made herself available to attend college meetings and shared her insight into administrative guidelines, regulations, and criteria required for nursing program approval.

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George Bowers, Jill Bowers, Kevin Rainey, Ron Izzett - K - 12 School Colleagues

George Bowers, Highland Junior High School Principal; Jill Bowers, Greenfield Junior High School Principal; Kevin Rainey, Gilbert Junior High School Principal; and Ron Izzett, Mesquite Junior High School Principal, have all worked diligently with Chandler-Gilbert Community College over the past several years in helping to provide more than 165 CGCC teacher education students with service learning opportunities.

Dr. Brenda Larson, CGCC education faculty, says she initially experienced resistance from teacher education majors to do service learning at the junior high school level. After telling George Bowers of her dilemma, George offered to speak to Brenda's class about the joys of teaching junior high and successfully convinced students of the benefits of the opportunity.

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Connie Kostelac - Advisory Council Member

Connie Kostelac, Crime Analyst for the Phoenix Police Department, has devoted endless time and energy helping to create and continuing to develop the Chandler-Gilbert Community College Crime and Intelligence Analysis program.

In addition to serving as the chairperson for the CGCC Crime and Intelligence Analysis Advisory Council since its inception four years ago, she coordinates the entire Crime and Intelligence Analysis certificate program for the college's Social and Behavioral Division and serves as an instructor, teaching the required statistics class.

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Cathy Yurchick - Technology Partner

Cathy Yurchick, sales representative for NextiraOne Technology, has been the liaison for the past 10 years between the Maricopa Community College District and several technology companies. During that time, she has provided value added service to CGCC by facilitating a lease/purchase program to annualize the cost of upgrading CGCC's network infrastructure equipment.

This project required approximately six months of work from beginning to end, and resulted in a state-of-the-art network that has positioned the college to respond to various current and future technologies. Cathy worked diligently to facilitate the negotiation of lease terms between MCCCD Purchasing and a third party finance company, which provided an immediate solution for students and employees that fit within the constraints of the college's budget.

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Joe Tidwell - Business & Industry Partner

Joe Tidwell, Manager of Engineering and Technical Education and University Relations for the Boeing Company, has been a long-time supporter of both the Maricopa County Community College District and of Chandler-Gilbert Community College and its students.

Over the last four years, with Joe's help and Boeing's generosity, CGCC has been able to award 24 students scholarships totaling $18,800 for students in the CGCC Aircraft Maintenance Technology Program. In addition, the college has been able to purchase a variety of items that aid in student success, such as a tool kit for the CGCC Tool Lending Program, used by students

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Linda Czarnecki & the Dougherty Foundation - Scholarship Donor

Linda Czarnecki serves as the Executive Director of the Dougherty Foundation, which has provided more than $85,000 to over 200 Chandler-Gilbert Community College students during the past 16 years.

The Dougherty Foundation was established in 1954 by M.J.G. and Bess Dougherty. Its purpose was "to assist deserving and qualified students who would not otherwise be able to continue their undergraduate or past education." The Dougherty's love of education and children is where the idea for this foundation formed, even though they themselves were childless.

Linda has been immensely helpful in working directly with the college financial aid office over the years to help facilitate these awards

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Cicely Rocha - Community Organization Partner

Cicely Rocha, Volunteer Director for Save the Family, has worked with Chandler-Gilbert Community College for the past several years in placing students individually and in large groups for service learning and volunteer projects.

The most important part of service-learning for students is that it is a meaningful service. At Save the Family, CGCC students always have the ability to do service that is valuable, as well as receiving a quality orientation to the program.

In addition to placing students in appropriate experiences, Cicely is consistently involved in multiple aspects of the CGCC service-learning program. She helps with class projects, such as the college's clothing and art supply drive to benefit

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Jean Reynolds - Community Organization Partner

Jean Reynolds, City of Chandler Public History Coordinator, has worked closely with Chandler-Gilbert Community College history faculty for the past three years. Jean has helped to co-design and implement meaningful service-learning projects with numerous CGCC faculty, to present students with valuable learning experiences.

Jean recently worked with CGCC faculty member Kim Chuppa-Cornell in designing an oral history service-learning project for women's history students. She was instrumental in finding a group of long-term Chandler residents for students to interview. She then came to Kim's class to give the students a brief training on how to conduct oral histories and worked with Kim to design appropriate directions for assignment sheets and to write appropriate questions to ask the residents.

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Cynthia Barnes Pharr - Alumni

One of the very first students to attend Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Cynthia Barnes Pharr attended full-time from 1987 to 1989, before going on to graduate from ASU in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science in Communication. She then earned a master's degree from ASU in Recreation Management in 1993 and a Ph.D. in Public Affairs, along with a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from ASU in 2001. Now the Manager of Arizona Affairs at Qwest Communications, Cynthia was instrumental in awarding a $30,000 grant from Qwest to the Maricopa Community College's ACE (Achieving a College Education) Program last fall.

The ACE program allows high schools students from underrepresented populations who are financially disadvantaged to pursue higher education. Students can earn up to 24 college credits while still attending their junior and senior years in high school.

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Consuelo Velazquez Salas - Alumni

Consuelo Velazquez Salas is a remarkable CGCC alumni who sets an example for other students of the drive and determination it takes to make dreams come true. Not only was she a re-entry student, wife, and mother, but an emigrant to the United States, facing all of the challenges of learning a new language and culture.

Consuelo came to Chandler-Gilbert Community College with a passion for learning and a drive to achieve an education. She worked diligently to complete all of her classes to become an engineer, never complaining about the hardships of being a re-entry woman with multiple family and educational roles. She met each challenge with grace and was successful in her quest to become an engineer. Consuelo graduated from CGCC with an Associate in Applied Science Degree in 1996 and went on to graduate from ASU

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Robert Wold - Community Leader

Robert Wold has been actively involved with the CGCC service-learning program for the past three years. As an Institute Director for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and one of the advisors to the CGCC Latter Day Saints Student Association, Robert has contributed tirelessly to many college events.

As a team leader for Into the Streets for the last three years, he has participated with energy and commitment, often helping to recruit student participants and site leaders. He has also participated in the CGCC Hunger Banquet and Generations Prom.

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