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2003-2004 Awards & Recognition

Carolyn Sittner Retires

Carolyn Sittner, 25-year veteran of the Maricopa Community College District, will retire this spring after serving CGCC for 18 years.

Carolyn began her career with Maricopa as the Cashier at the District Office, and was then promoted to Accounting Assistant and then Supervisor of General Accounting. In January 1986, she was accepted by the CGCC administration to do a Visions Project to set up the college's fiscal operation. In July of that same year she accepted a full-time position as the college's Fiscal Agent. In 1999, Carolyn's position was reclassified to Manager, College Business.

"I have made some very wonderful friendships and will take those relationships with me all my life," said Carolyn. "I also take with me a very nice retirement check from one of the best retirement systems in the country."

Carolyn is currently participating in the active retirement program doing what she does best, crunching numbers for CGCC. This fall, Carolyn will pursue her love of reading and golfing with her husband Dave. When Dave retires, the Sittners will winter in Arizona or wherever their son and his family live, and summer on their 20 acres of beautiful mountain property in Montana.

"If God grants me grandchildren I am committed to providing my son and daughter-in-law with the assurance that their children are well taken care of when they are otherwise obligated," said Carolyn.


CGCC Receives NCSD Best Practice Award

The National Council on Student Development (NCSD), a division of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), recently recognized CGCC with a 2004 NCSD Best Practice Award for the colleges Special Services Faculty Liaison program.

The CGCC Special Services Faculty Liaison Program was developed to create a strong and proactive communication between the CGCC faculty and the CGCC Special Services Office in order to serve the needs of students with disabilities in CGCC classrooms and at Chandler-Gilbert Community College.

The program was designed because CGCC recognized that faculty needed to have a faculty colleague who could work one-on-one with them to create successful learning environments for students with disabilities. The Special Services office is good at identifying students and accommodations to the faculty, but faculty needed someone who understood the classroom, teaching/learning issues, and offer support so the faculty member felt they could be successful offering accommodations to students.

The faculty member selected for this role is a psychology faculty member and a licensed psychologist who understood not only the classroom issues but could also define the documentation so that reasonable accommodations could be made on a timely basis to students attending the college.

Employees recognized for this award include Dr. Scott Silberman, former Disability Resources Coordinator Jodi Richardson, current Disability Resources Coordinator Dawn Vucetich, Disability Resources Program Advisor Rebecca Hall, and Dean Lois Bartholomew

NCSD stated that among the many applications that were received, the panel agreed that CGCC's program showed merit in the following areas: 1) program quality, 2) significance to the field, 3) evidence of effectiveness, and 4) ideas that can be transferred to other community colleges.

CGCC is now automatically qualified for the Terry O'Banion Shared Journey Award that is given at NCSD's annual conference annual meeting in October 2004.


Linda Buchanan Honored With WLG Distinguished Achievement Award

Congratulations to Linda Buchanan who was honored with the Women's Leadership Group 2004 "Women of Distinction" Distinguished Achievement Award, which was presented to her at the group's 6th Annual Women's Leadership Luncheon held on March 30 at MCC.

Linda's co-workers comments included the following: "Linda Buchanan is considered a born leader by her peers. She routinely travels the extra mile in assisting students and faculty. Her strong work ethic and enthusiasm consistently show in her campus involvement, including her service as PSA secretary. Many people and many things are better at CGCC because of Linda's influence."

Pictured: Linda Buchanan (sixth from the left) is recognized with other WLG "Women of Distinction" nominees from throughout MCCD at a luncheon on March 30.


Phi Theta Kappa Receives Commendation

Congratulations to the Alpha Sigma Nu Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at CGCC for receiving a special commendation during the Arizona Regional Convention in February. CGCC's chapter fulfilled all requirements to the distinction of being named a "2 Star Chapter." This commendation recognizes the CGCC chapter's successful attainment of goals as presented in the Society's Five Star Chapter Development Program.

CGCC's achievements will be cited in the 2003-2004 Five Star Chapter Development Guide, on the Phi Theta Kappa Society website at, and in the Phi Theta Kappa Chapter Progress Report, mailed to all college presidents.


Adjunct Faculty Receives Presidential Excellence Award

Chandler-Gilbert Community College adjunct math and science faculty, Nancy Foote was among 95 mathematics and science teachers honored in March with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST), the nation's highest commendation for work in the classroom.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) administers the awards program for the White House. NSF is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering, with an annual budget of nearly $5.58 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 universities and institutions.

The teachers visited Washington, D.C. in early March for an awards ceremony, congressional meetings, conversations with education leaders, and a series of professional development activities.

"These outstanding teachers show us what excellent teaching looks like," said Mark Saul, NSF's PAEMST project director. "They have a passion for their subject and a dedication to their students. They know how to bring out the best in every student, in every kind of school. We hope their example will stimulate the creativity of other teachers and help to attract new recruits to the mathematics and science teaching profession."

The only Arizona teacher honored, Foote has been teaching math and chemistry at CGCC since Fall 2003. During her time in Washington, she had the opportunity to testify at a congressional hearing as to the importance of community colleges to the educational system in the U.S.

"The community college system is a fundamental and under-appreciated part of the American educational system. I urged Congress to consider providing some much needed funding to the Community Colleges in the United States," said Foote. "Since the focus of the hearings, and the focus of many of the seminars we attended was on how best to prepare students to be the scientists, engineers, and mathematicians of the future, it seemed to me that community colleges were not only a viable stepping-stone from high school to the university, but also a place for adults to reenter the world of academia."

Pictured: Ninety-five teachers from across the U.S., honored with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, pose for a picture with President George W. Bush.


MyEport Awarded Innovation of the Year

Congratulations to Bill Mullaney, David Weaver, Audree Thurman, Tom Foster, Shirley Miller, and Chris Schnick, recipients of CGCC's Innovation of the Year, for their project, entitled, "MyEport: The Chandler-Gilbert Community College Electronic Portfolio System."

The Innovation Review Committee met and reviewed a number of excellent applications for Innovation of the Year. After much discussion of the merits of the projects submitted, the Electronic Portfolio Project was deemed the most outstanding this year. Special recognition also goes to the Math Anxiety Reduction Project and the Service Begins at Home Project, both of which received high ratings and wonderful compliments from the committee.

MyEport: The Chandler-Gilbert Community College Electronic Portfolio System, Executive Summary: Uniting the instructional value that is the cornerstone of all portfolios with the graphical and navigational capabilities of the World Wide Web, CGCC has developed MyEport, its own electronic portfolio system, which has been adopted by instructors in many disciplines across campus because of its ease of use and appeal to students.

Special thanks to the Innovation Review Committee: Marybeth Mason, Loretta Smalls, Tim Keefe, Mary Frederick, Mary McGlasson, and Sharon Fagan.


Students Named to All-Arizona Academic Team

Two CGCC students have been named to the All-Arizona Academic Team and will advance to the All-USA Academic Team competition next month. Arwa Jamil and Brittany Trevino represented CGCC at the awards lunch on February 19, joining academic scholars from community colleges around the state.

An accounting major, Arwa Jamil has completed 40 credit hours at CGCC with a 4.0 grade point average. Jamil moved from the island of Borneo to attend CGCC, and immediately joined Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), an International Honor Society for two-year colleges, as a way of getting involved on campus and in the community. Her involvement with community service in addition to her academic achievement resulted in her being selected as an All-Arizona scholar.

"Community activities are important to participate in as they help bring students closer to their own communities, especially students who are away from home," said Jamil. "Even though home for me is on the island of Borneo, community activities have helped me feel more comfortable living in Gilbert, as I have had the chance to connect with so many people, and be able to know that no matter how much I do, it can make a difference."

Jamil has served as an officer for PTK, participated in CGCC's Into the Streets, a one-day service project in which students spend time serving the community, and is enrolled in the CGCC Honors Program.

Brittany Trevino will graduate with an Associates Degree in General Studies from CGCC this spring, and plans to transfer to Arizona State University as a journalism major in the fall.

In addition to pursuing her Associates degree at CGCC, Trevino says it was important for her to be involved on campus, so she made it a point to be active in a variety of campus events and clubs, including PTK. This past November, Trevino chaired the PTK Relay for Life cancer walk, an undertaking she found exhausting, yet one she says impacted her greatly.

"I am so fortunate to have had the opportunity to be part of an experience like Relay for Life," says Trevino. "Having an aunt and a grandmother who both struggled with cancer, this experience was meaningful to me because I felt like I was giving back and helping others to suffer less."

Trevino has also spent time volunteering at the Gilbert Senior Center and participating in CGCC's Into the Streets.

The All-USA Academic Team is sponsored by USA Today, the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. The criteria are designed to identify students who excel academically, demonstrate intellectual rigor in their course of study, show academic growth and potential, and use their two-year college education to better themselves, their schools, and their communities.


Adjunct Faculty Recognized for 20+ Semesters of Service

Congratulations to the following adjunct faculty members with 20 or more semesters of service who were recognized at the Spring 2004 all-faculty meeting:

David L. Forsyth has been teaching Business and Accounting for the Business and Computer Information Systems Division for 23 semesters.

Manou Lajavardi has been teaching Chemistry for the Science Division for 22 semesters (not pictured).

Rulon James Parker has been teaching English for the Language and Humanities Division for 21 semesters.

James Ahl has been teaching Aviation for the Aviation Division for 21 semesters.

Michael Waldon has been teaching English for the Language and Humanities Division for 20 semesters (not pictured).

James E. Davis has been teaching Aviation for the Aviation Division for 20 semesters.

Debra S. Daly has been teaching Business and Personal Computing (BPC) for the Business and Computer Information Systems Division for 20 semesters.


College Budget System Receives Innovation Award

Congratulations to Audree Thurman who recently received a 2003 Berkeley DB XML Innovation Award for the College Budget System she designed.

The contest, sponsored by Sleepycat Software, makers of Berkeley DB - the most widely used application-specific data management software in the world - drew hundreds of entries from among the more than 6,000 users of Berkeley DB XML. Sleepycat recognized 20 innovators from large corporations, non-profit organizations and individuals from all over the world.

The College Budget System will manage CGCC's annual budget request and approval process. Managers/deans submit will their requests for additional funds via this system. There is 3-level approval process that results in supplemental budget allocations. All data is persisted as XML fragments; system components are all open source.

For more information, access:


CGCC Awarded Arizona Wing Endowment

The Arizona Wing of the Commemorative Air Force recently awarded CGCC with a $5,500 endowed scholarship fund. CGCC students who are in their third semester of the AMT or the AET programs are eligible to apply for the scholarship, which will total $500 each year to assist with tuition and other costs associated with these programs. The endowed fund that supports the scholarship will enable the Arizona Wing to award scholarships on an annual basis. The scholarship will be announced in February 2004 and awarded for the fall 2004 and spring 2005 semesters. The endowed scholarship fund will be increased to $10,000 this spring.

The Arizona Wing of the Commemorative Air Force is the largest division of its type in the country. The all-volunteer organization restores, preserves, and displays aircraft at Falcon Field in Mesa. According to Wing Leader, Colonel Houdashell, the organization is currently restoring a B25 Mitchell Bomber, one of many military aircraft assigned to squadrons during WWII. The restored and preserved aircraft displayed at Falcon Field serve an educational purpose, offering history and insight into WWII aircraft, the pilots who flew them, and the missions accomplished.

The Arizona Wing volunteers are dedicated to more than the preservation and restoration of aircraft. The organization recognizes the exemplary service of its members who have often enlisted to serve the country through dedicated military service as pilots of various aircraft in WWII, Vietnam and other conflicts.

Congratulations to Frank Zamora, Harvey Stone, Maritza Tapia, Mary Graci, and Carol Carter who aided in swaying Arizona Wing to select CGCC for this endowment over ASU, Embry Riddle, and many other colleges and universities vying for this award.

Pictured (l to r): Carol Carter, Mary Graci, Arizona Wing of the Commemorative Air Force representatives Aubrey Woolsey and Floyd Houdashell, Harvey Stone, Maritza Tapia, and Frank Zamora.


Continuing Education Receives Design Awards

The CGCC Continuing Education Department was recently awarded The LERN (Learning Resources Network) International Award for Excellence in Business & Industry Programming for their Adventures in Online Education brochure. Continuing Education also received an honorable mention marketing award from the ACHE (Association for Continuing Higher Education), for their Center for Gifted Youth program poster and brochure.


Marketing Department Takes Home Six Medallions

The CGCC Marketing and Public Relations Department received six Medallion Awards during a recent competition at the District VI conference of the National Council of Marketing and Public Relations. CGCC received two gold, two silver, and two bronze Medallion awards for college promotional brochures and for college promotional videos produced by Roy Pope and Media Services. CGCC has now been awarded 14 Medallions for marketing excellence in the past four years.

Pictured: Chuck Reinebold displays two of the six Medallion awards.


CGCC Wins MLX Race

Congratulations to CGCC for being the first place winner in the Maricopa Learning exchange (MLX) Package Race. The MLX is an electronic warehouse of ideas, examples, and resources (represented as "packages")that support student learning at the Maricopa Community Colleges. Every six months, MCCCD awards technology prizes to the college that submits the most items.

Chandler-Gilbert made a college-wide effort to jump out in front and stay there, with a total of 77 shared innovations adding to the MLX between October 1, 2003 and March 31, 2004.


Student Center Honored with AIA Design Awards

The CGCC Student Center design team received a variety of awards from the Arizona Institute of Architects (AIA) during spring and fall 2003.

The AIA Distinguished Building Award recognized significant achievement in the planning, design and execution of the Student Center. The AIA Honor Award is selected by an out-of-state jury of architects and is the highest recognition for building design. Of the 90 projects submitted, only CGCC's Student Center received the Honor Award. The AIA Kemper Goodwin Award was awarded to the team for demonstrating exceptional collaboration between the architect, the construction firm, and the college facilities and student services team. The AIA Valley Forward Association Design Award was given for the overall design, environmental sensitivity, and efficiency of the Student Center.

The Student Center Design team consisted of Dean of Student Services Lois Bartholomew, all CGCC Student Services managers, many students, Duane Oakes (former Director of Student Life, now at MCC), Director of Facilities Services Jaime Garrido, and Tim Kineipp of the District Facilities office. The architectural firm who designed the Student Center is Architekton, based in Tempe, with John Kane as the principle architect.


CGCC Student Awarded Coca-Cola Scholarship

CGCC student Cassandra Thomas, 19, was recently awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation.

An elementary education major in the Teachers Today & Tomorrow (T3) program at CGCC's Williams Campus, Thomas currently spends time working with Therapeutic Skating, a program in which she teaches special-needs children how to ice skate.

"I have always loved working with children, so I'm hoping to teach children in grades K-3 once I complete my degree," says Thomas.

Through the Coca-Cola Two-Year Colleges Scholarship Program, the Foundation awards a total of 400 scholarships annually to students attending higher-education institutions granting two-year degrees.

All recipients must demonstrate academic success and have performed 100 hours of community service within the past 12 months.


CGCC Kicks Off Therapeutic Massage Program

Students interested in entering the field of therapeutic massage can now earn their certificate or Associates degree at CGCC. With the help of Phoenix College, CGCC will be the second Maricopa Community College to offer a Therapeutic Massage Program, and the first community college in the East Valley to offer the program.

Kicking off the program this fall, the CGCC Wellness Division is now offering the prerequisite classes students will need in order to enter the program in fall 2004. This degree program is designed to provide students with the philosophical foundation and technical skills required to perform therapeutic massage. Students are prepared to manage a private massage practice and/or work in collaboration with other health field professionals. Upon completion of this program, students will be eligible to take the state exam to be licensed in Arizona as a massage therapist.

The CGCC Therapeutic Massage Program will be a wonderful opportunity for students who want excellent training at a reasonable cost says Ed Loughlin, program coordinator. We are very excited to be able to offer students this new program.

Students must complete the following prerequisites and complete the application process by the end of the spring 2004 semester in order to enter the program in fall 2004: Anatomy & Physiology (BIO160); Overview of Alternative Medicine (WED151); Overview of Massage Therapy (WED165); Fundamentals of Health Care Delivery (HCC130); Medical Terminology for Health Care Workers I (HCC145AA); Self-care for Massage Therapists (WED215).