Former CGCC Administrators Endow Scholarship Funds

Two former Chandler-Gilbert Community College administrators are making college possible for students who may not otherwise have been able to pursue their dream of a higher education.

Former CGCC president Dr. Maria Hesse and former Vice President of Academic Affairs Lois Bartholomew endowed scholarship funds last fall, which inspired the launch of the college’s “Be the Connection Student Scholarship Campaign.”  The goal of the campaign is 100 percent employee participation, along with contributions from community partners.  The campaign has raised more than $80,000 to date to fund these scholarships, and the Arnette S. Ward General Scholarship fund.

Pictured left to right: CGCC scholarship winners Wendy Kretz, Ilse Urias,  Anita Adjei, and Joie Gibbar

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  CGCC Creates Sustainable Community Garden

Chandler-Gilbert Community College students and employees armed with rakes, shovels, and mulch are digging, planting, and learning about sustainable gardening as they work together to create a community garden on the college’s Pecos campus.


The garden is part of a larger sustainability project slated for the north end of the campus, which will feature an Environmental Technology Center (ETC) - an outdoor classroom powered completely by solar energy.


Chris Schnick, CGCC English faculty and garden project coordinator, says that in addition to CGCC faculty incorporating the garden into their curriculum, it will also be used for K-12 outreach, and service-learning projects with local community agencies.

“The ETC community garden is a learning lab that will teach people how to grow food and why it is beneficial to our health, the earth and the local community,” Schnick said.

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CGCC students Adam Roberts, Liz Mantsch, and Michael Royer plant a tomato plant in CGCC’s new community garden.

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 CGCC Receives National Recognition for Community Service, Named to President’s Honor Roll

Chandler-Gilbert Community College has been named for the fourth year in a row to the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.

Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors including the scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service, and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses.

“Congratulations to Chandler-Gilbert Community College and its students for their dedication to service and commitment to improving their local communities,” said Patrick Corvington, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. “Our nation’s students are a critical part of the equation and vital to our efforts to tackle the most persistent challenges we face. They have achieved impactful results and demonstrated the value of putting knowledge into practice to help renew America through service.”

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