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2004-2005 Awards & Recognition

CGCC Receives "Industry of the Year" Award

Chandler-Gilbert Community College recently received the Chandler Chamber of Commerce 'Industry of the Year " award at its June 2005 awards dinner at the San Marcos Golf Resort and Conference Center. The award recognized the college's contribution to the growth of the local economy, educational innovation, and community service.

All award winners were nominated by fellow business owners in the Chandler area and are members of the Chandler Chamber of Commerce.


WLG Honors Eva Falletta

Congratulations to Eva Falletta who was honored with the Women's Leadership Group 2005 "Women of Distinction" Distinguished Achievement Award, which was presented to her at the group's 7th Annual Women's Leadership Luncheon held at CGCC in March.

Among the kudos from co-workers in her nomination form were, "Eva Falletta is an excellent role model for the MCCCD community. As the Director of the CGCC Learning Center, she makes herself available as a professional mentor and friend, and encourages her staff in their pursuit of education and professional development. An exceptional leader, Eva always goes beyond the scope of her job description, and believes that every department is working toward the same goal: student success. "

Pictured: Eva Falletta (far left) at the 2005 WLG Women of Distinction luncheon.


Phi Theta Receives Accolades

Congratulations to faculty member and PTK Advisor Ernie Chavez and the CGCC Alpha Sigma Nu chapter who were awarded 5-Star status for the 2004 - 2005 calendar year at the Phi Theta Kappa Regionals hosted by Central Arizona College in February.

The award recognizes the students' commitment to the four Hallmarks of Phi Theta Kappa: fellowship, leadership, scholarship and service. Whether it was service activities, co-hosting the Fall Leadership Conference with Coconino Community College, or raising awareness of domestic violence issues, the members of Alpha Sigma Nu devoted their time, energy, and talents to achieving all four hallmarks.

The chapter also received an award for ranking fifth among all chapters across Arizona for its work in the area of service to college and the community. CGCC student Kristen Reinke, the chapter president, was also awarded the Hall of Honor for Distinguished Chapter Presidents.

Pictured: Members of Phi Theta Kappa display their awards at the PTK Regional Awards ceremony in February - (left to right) Janette Moyer, Joni Lien, Sharon Greenen, Kristen Reinke, PTK Advisor and CGCC faculty Ernie Chavez, and Casey Tambe-Ebot.


MARS Program Awarded

The Maricopa Community College District and the League for Innovation in the Community College recently recognized the Math Anxiety Reduction/Retention Student Success (MARS) program as the CGCC 2004-2005 Innovation of the Year winner.

The Innovation of the Year Award is designed to recognize an individual or a team of employees who have designed and implemented a significant innovation that has had a positive impact on the education of students. Each college, the Maricopa Skill Center, and the District Office participated in a local selection process to determine their Innovation of the Year selections.

The MARS program was designed to improve retention rates and promote student success for developmental math students. It was a collaborative effort by CGCC's counseling and mathematics faculty to develop an effective and efficient method to help developmental math students overcome math anxiety, develop successful study habits, and set academic and career goals, as well as develop and employ effective test taking skills. It employs assessment tools that are used to assess student learning and to continuously improve the program.

MARS team members included: Dr. Wayne Gautreau, math faculty; Dr. Rene Barrios, counseling faculty; Susan Gaumont, nutrition instructor and Registered Dietician; Roy Pope and Michael Lucas, Audiovisual; and Mary Frederick, Career and Placement Services.


CGCC Students Named to All-Arizona Academic Team

Three Chandler-Gilbert Community College students have been named to the All-Arizona Academic Team and will advance to the All-USA Academic Team competition next month. Nancy Brinker, Kristin Reinke, and Tiffani Wade (see attached headshots) represented CGCC at an awards lunch in February, joining 66 academic scholars from community colleges around the state.

Brinker, who was named to the All-Arizona First Team, is an elementary education major who plans to transfer to ASU once she completes her studies at CGCC. A single parent of two children, she has overcome many obstacles in order to realize her dream of going to school full-time to become a teacher. In addition to maintaining her 3.9 GPA, Brinker is involved in a variety of extracurricular activities and clubs, including the Phi Theta Kappa International Society, the Teachers of Tomorrow Club, and she spends time volunteering for organizations close to her heart, including the Boys and Girls Club of Arizona, Greenfield Junior High, and her church.

A 22-year-old science major, Reinke was also named to the All-Arizona First Team, and plans to transfer to Northern Arizona University upon completing her studies at CGCC. In addition to maintaining a 4.0 GPA, Reinke has been involved in a variety of extracurricular activities, including participating in the Phi Theta Kappa International Society, organizing the Fed-Up 30 Hour Famine, serving at St. Anne’s Catholic Church as a core member, and tutoring other students. Reinke says that by taking these leadership roles in her community, CGCC has helped her to realize that one person can make an impact on her school, her community, and the world.

Wade, named to the All-Arizona Third Team, is a 19-year-old General Studies major who plans to transfer to Arizona State University upon completion of her studies at CGCC. In addition to maintaining her 3.8 GPA, Wade is active in the Associated Students of CGCC, and has participated in a number of on-campus activities, including coordinating the CGCC Hunger Banquet, co-chairing the college’s Generations Prom, and participating as a site-leader during Into the Streets. Having completed more than 400 community service hours, Wade says her passion is serving others while continuing to further her education.

All three students received four-semester tuition waivers to the Arizona state university of their choice, medallions, and cash scholarships.

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.


Women's Volleyball Nominated for NJCAA Academic Team of the Year

Congratulations to the CGCC Women's Volleyball team for being nominated for the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Academic Team-Of-The-Year. The Volleyball team is comprised of 12 gifted student athletes who carried a cumulative team GPA of 3.36 for the fall 2004 semester. The NJCAA will review the nominations and winner will be announced in June 2005.

Team members: Alison Caroll, Renee Downey, Kiana Hiapo, Christie Hoover, Camille Hunt, Brittney Penrod, Keely Shaw, Sheree Stapley, Sailau Toiaivao, Janalyn VanDeGraff, Ashley Vennard and April Wooden. Coaches are Vee Hiapo, Brian Hiapo, Kurstan Olaso and Jolyn Olaso.


Student Writers Recognized

Congratulations to CGCC students Donn Duncan and Michael Penich, who were recently recognized in the MCCCD District Writing Contest.

Duncan won first place in the Personal Essay category for the essay, "Shards of Light," which will now be entered into the League for Innovation's Student Literary Competition. Penich received an honorable mention for his poem, "Trip to Sacaton."

Both students have been invited to attend and read their work at the awards reception that will be held on Thursday, April 7 at Desert Botanical Gardens. They will be presented their award checks and certificates at that time.


Faculty Members Recognized by "Who's Who"

Congratulations to Jeanne Canham, Barbara Ann Carroll, D.J. Christian, Arthur Dekneef, Sharon Fagan, Wayne Gautreau, Howard Speier, Delon Stultz, and Rhonda Weaver, who were recently recognized for educational excellence by "Who's Who Among America's Teachers, 2004." These faculty members were nominated by community members as an influential educators.


Music Faculty Receives Top Honor

Congratulations to CGCC music faculty, Dr. J. Edmund Hughes, who was recently voted the 2005 "Arizona Music Educator of the Year," at the Arizona Music Educators Association Convention (AMEA).

Hughes, who has been active in music for most of his life, decided early on that teaching was the direction his life would take. After some encouragement from his high school choir instructor, he went to U of A, where he earned a degree in music. He began teaching in 1971 at Tucson High School, where he taught for 13 years and expanded the program by recruiting athletes into music. He was later nominated for the Tucson Unified Schools District Teacher of the Year Award.

Hughes completed his doctorate in Choral Conducting in 1986 after studying under nationally-recognized conductors, Rodney Eichenberger at USC, and Maurey Skones at U of A. He went on to teach at Cal State-Fresno for one year, before beginning his 13-year tenure at Phoenix College in 1990. Hughes began instructing at CGCC in 2003, and continues to visit high schools to recruit students to the college, where he conducts the CGCC Singers, and teaches music theory and conducting.

Hughes says that teaching has been a life-changing experience that continues to bring him fulfillment.

“For me the draw of teaching is a combination of two things - people and music. Since I have been teaching, I've been amazed and humbled by my experiences (musical and personal) that I would never have had in any other profession,” says Hughes. “Not only the creation of beautiful music (I hope) but watching the transformation of students as they go through the often times frustrating process of progress, stumbling and continuing to reach their goals and dreams. Bringing people together, regardless of their backgrounds, and creating a high standard of choral music with them will always be one of the most exciting things about directing.”

Active in the music community, Hughes has served the AMEA as the Choral Directors of Arizona President, Regional Governor, and Choral Chairman. He has served the Arizona Choral Directors Association as the State President and the American Choral Director's Association Western Division Repertoire and Standards Chair for Community Colleges. He has also received the Arizona Choral Directors Association “Outstanding Choral Educator Award,” and has been honored by multiple student nominations to “Who's Who Among American Teachers.” Choirs under his direction have been invited to sing at ACDA and AMEA conventions, most recently CGCC College Singers performed at the AMEA Convention in January 2005.

Hughes is an accomplished composer in his own right, with 11 choral works published by Santa Barbara Music Publishing Company in California. In addition, he has conducted honor choirs in every region of Arizona, festival choirs throughout the Southwest, and the Director of Music at Velda Rose United Methodist Church since 1990.

“If given the choice, I would do it all over again,” says Hughes. Hopefully a little better than the first time around.”

The AMEA is one of the largest educational organizations in the state and has a statewide membership of 1500 elementary, high school, college, and private music teachers and administrators. This award is one of the most prestigious given in the state in music education, and in music in general.


Howard Speier Awarded Grant

Congratulations to Howard Speier on his successful grant application, "Training and dissemination of IT tools, materials, and experiences in web-based/supported instruction."

Among other things, the grant provides: - Upgrades for an existing computer classroom or lab at CGCC with new computers and/or projection system (up to $20,000). - Specialized software valued at $45,000 - Staff support in the form of student assistants (up to $5000) - Travel expenses for Howard to attend meetings with others involved in this national project - Stipends for Howard's time and effort

In addition to the benefits to CGCC, Howard will be involved with training faculty from other institutions in three states--California, Nevada and New Mexico.


Noel Morelos Receives $2,500 Grant

Kudos to Noel Morelos, who was awarded a $2,500 grant from "By the People" a project of MacNeil/Lehrer Productions.

The grant supported October's "Issue of Offshore Outsourcing" event, which was an unqualified success, attracting both students and community members, and sparking a lively discussion on issues related to offshore job outsourcing.


CGCC Wins Architectural Awards

Chandler-Gilbert Community College was recently chosen as the recipient of two City of Chandler Architectural Awards for the college's Performing Arts Center and Student Center.

The CGCC Performing Arts Center was designed by architect Gould Evans and was completed in 2002; the CGCC Student Center, designed by Architekton, and was completed in 2003.

The 2004 City of Chandler Architectural Awards recognize projects that represent the best examples of architectural excellence throughout the city.

Both buildings have received numerous other architectural awards, most notably, several from the Arizona Institute of Architects (AIA), including the AIA Honor Award, which is considered the highest recognition for building design.


CGCC Student Awarded Coca-Cola Scholarship

Chandler-Gilbert Community College student Ruth Biggs, 41, was recently awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation.

A re-entry student and an elementary education major on CGCC's Pecos Campus, Biggs says she recently returned to college after taking a 20-year hiatus to care for her husband and seven children, who range in age from 18 to 4.

“I've always wanted to be a teacher, and I think had I gone into it 20 years ago I would have done a great job,” says Biggs. “But after 20 years, I have a different appreciation and love for young children and I think I can really make a difference in their lives.”

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 have demonstrated academic success and performed 100 hours of community service within the past 12 months.


Marketing & PR Take Home Six Medallions

Congratulations to Chuck Reinebold and the Marketing & Public Relations Department for receiving six Medallion Awards from the National Council of Marketing and Public Relations in September.

The Department received a gold award for the CGCC Viewbook, silver awards for the Teacher Education Program brochure and the CGCC Strategic Plan; and bronze awards for the International Student Services folder cover, the CGCC Summer Recruitment Postcard, and the CGCC Advisement Video, which was created by Enid Sugiyama-Murray, Bethany Moncivaiz, and Roy Pope.

This now gives CGCC 20 Medallion awards for marketing excellence in the past 5 years.