Teal & Silver Awards 2006

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.

Jeff Cowger: K - 12 School Colleague

Jeff Cowger Jeff Cowger, math teacher and administrator of the San Tan Academy, an alternative high school housed on the CGCC Pecos Campus and operated through the Chandler Unified School District (CUSD), has been a partner of CGCC for more than 15 years. During this time his vision of providing access to education for all students, including those identified as at-risk, has made a lasting difference in the lives of the more than 2,300 students who have gone through the Academy.

Jeff has not only helped to motivate, educate, and support students in their efforts to graduate from the Academy, but he regularly collaborates with CGCC faculty and staff to help students enroll in the college's Achieving a College Education (ACE) Plus program, a scholarship-based, early-outreach college preparation program for high school students.

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Joyce Lutrey: K - 12 School Colleague

Joyce Lutrey Superintendent of the Higley Unified School District, Joyce Lutrey, has collaborated extensively with the CGCC Teacher Education and Service-Learning Programs for the past two years and has contributed to these programs in many diverse ways.

As a K - 12 School Colleague, she has opened the doors of administration team meetings to CGCC in order to better facilitate smooth and meaningful placement of our student interns. In addition, she has been instrumental in refining criteria for mentor teachers with whom CGCC students are placed, ensuring consistent quality experiences for students and allowing for positive relationships with professionals in the field.

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Mary Logan Rothschild, Ph.D.: University Colleague

Mary Logan Rothschild, Ph.D. In more than 20 years as a professor of Women's Studies at ASU, Dr. Mary Rothschild, Ph.D., has proven herself to be a tireless advocate for women's issues and gender equality. Dr. Rothschild has not only served as mentor to countless women faculty members, but was instrumental in bringing Women's Studies to ASU. Through her dedication to this program, Women's Studies evolved from a certificate program to a major program and intellectual center for research with more than 100 affiliate faculty across ASU.

Throughout her years researching Women's Studies, Dr. Rothschild amassed an enormous personal collection of literature, which she generously donated to the CGCC Library last fall. The collection included 2,343 hardback books, 460 soft back books, 75 professional journals, and 52 VHS videos which are now housed in the college's library and available to all students.

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Christine Repar, MPH, RD, CNSD: Business and Industry Partner

Christine Repar, MPH, RD, CNSD Christine Repar, Clinical Nutrition Manager for Banner Desert Medical Center, has been a tremendous support to the CGCC/PVCC Dietetic Technology Consortium Program for the past several years.

Under Christine's leadership, CGCC students have been welcomed into Banner Desert to meet their required hours of practicum experience. Because of the professionalism and expertise of Christine and her staff, students have successfully completed their practicum rotations and gone on to pass the registration examination administered by the American Dietetic Association to be a Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR).

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Laurie Eberst, David Covert, Peggy Smith, JoBeth Crawford, Christopher Lovett, Steve Henderson, and

Laurie Eberst, David Covert, Peggy Smith, JoBeth Crawford, Chistopher Lovett, Steve Henderson, and In order to implement a Nursing Program at CGCC in fall 2005, the college was required to construct a Nursing Resource Lab (Skills Lab). While CGCC was able to obtain funding for a modular building to serve as the lab space, equipment was still needed to complete the facility.

Through the outstanding combined efforts of Laurie Eberst, President and CEO, Mercy Gilbert Medical Center; David Covert, President and CEO, Chandler Regional Hospital; Peggy Smith, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, Chandler Regional Hospital; JoBeth Crawford, Vice President, Chandler Regional Hospital; Christopher Lovett, Administrator, Catholic Healthcare West; Steve Henderson, Account Manager, Hill-Rom; and Bob Goldthwaite, Region Manager, Boehringer, 10 hospital beds, over-bed tables, bedside cabinets, and IV pumps were donated to the Nursing Program.

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Jeff Hubbell: Technology Partner

Jeff Hubbell Jeff Hubbell, HP Public Sector Account Manager, has been a pre-sales support liaison responsible for customer relations with the Maricopa County Community College District and CGCC for the past three years.

Prior to his career at HP, Jeff was a technology manager at SRP and was initially hired by HP as a Field Engineer. With this experience Jeff brings his technical background and customer perspective to quickly understand and respond to the college's technology requirements. He has encouraged collaborative buying strategies among several colleges to leverage discounts and create customer purchase programs that have enabled several colleges to standardize HP desktops, servers, printers, and storage products.

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Forrest Erickson: Community Organization Partner

Forrest Erickson Forrest Erickson, Pastor of the Rock Church of the Valley, has been involved with CGCC in a variety of capacities over the past several years, including serving as an unofficial advisor/advocate for the Christians in Action student group, volunteering his time to host a weekly Bible study at the college, assisting various employee groups with campus events, and donating cookies to San Tan Academy students on a weekly basis.

Forrest makes himself available to discuss the spiritual, emotional, and financial needs of students and employees attending his Bible study, and recently went out of his way to locate, repair, and donate a vehicle, using his own resources, to an employee and single mother who was without transportation. As advisor to CIA, he encourages students to get involved on campus.

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Joe Garcia: Community Organization Partner

Joe Garcia Joe Garcia, President of the Chandler Coalition for Human Rights (C3HR) and former CGCC employee, has had a profound and lasting impact on CGCC over the past 16 years.

Joe influenced the lives of both students and fellow employees in his position as Director of College Safety and founding advisor to the Hispanic Student Organization (HSO). A strong role model, he demonstrated to students the importance of social responsibility, leadership, and the value of a formal education, improving retention of first generation and at-risk students, while providing guidance and direction to those struggling with language barriers.

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Okie Delci: Community Organization Partner

Okie Delci Okie Delci, Youth Development Director of the Boys and Girls Club, Compadre Branch Chandler, has been CGCC's contact for service learning with the Boys and Girls Club for more than a decade.

The longevity of the partnership and Okie's familiarity with the college and our goals has created and fostered student placements that are both timely and powerful, through a seamless process which has provided more than 150 students with over 1,000 hours of service learning over the past four years. Okie dedicates herself to making sure all students have a positive learning experience that stays with them well beyond their time at CGCC.

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Dr. Jesus Ortiz and Dede Coombs: Scholarship Donor

Dr. Jesus Ortiz and Dede Coombs Dr. Jesus Ortiz serves as the Chair of the Scholarships and Awards Committee for the Rotary Club of Chandler Horizon and Dede Coombs serves as the Historian and chairs the Interact/Rotaract Committee.

Since the first scholarship award from the Chandler Horizon Rotary Club in the 1990-91 academic year, the Rotary Club has awarded more than $12,000 in scholarships to 25 CGCC students. Bob Coombs, who passed away two years ago, was CGCC's initial contact with the Rotary, along with his wife Dede. Bob was a kind and generous man who was truly the epitome of what the Rotary values, and will be missed by the college. Dr. Ortiz has since stepped in as Chair and continues to work with the college to help CGCC students.

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Jesse Delgado: Advisory Council Member

Jesse Delgado Jesse Delgado, Senior Human Resources Consultant at Arizona Public Service has been dedicated in his support of the CGCC Electric Utility Technology Program since its inception at the college in 2000.

In his position as Advisory Council Member, Jesse has provided excellent vision and leadership in orchestrating a stronger partnership with other electric utilities to enhance and expand the line work program. Under his leadership, APS contributions over the years have resulted in obtaining critical equipment necessary for the training of students, including line poles, transformers, wire, hardware, tools, and man hours to help set up the program's first training lab.

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Donna Simone: Alumni

Donna Simone Not everyone who enrolls at CGCC intends to pursue a degree. Donna Simone, Queen Creek resident and CGCC alumni, just wanted to take a few college courses for fun and self-development. So in 1985, when CGCC was still housed in the former Seton High School building, Donna enrolled in Conversational Spanish, hoping she could better communicate with the Hispanic migrant workers of her husband's business, the Empire Fruit Packing Company.

Five years later, Donna graduated with an Associate in General Studies and transferred to Arizona State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Business in 1990. Donna has the distinction of being CGCC's first student to graduate having taken all her coursework at the college.

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Phillip Westbrooks: Alumni

Phillip Westbrooks Chandler Vice Mayor Phillip Westbrooks is an outstanding CGCC alumni who sets an example for others through his civic commitment and his volunteer work with a multitude of local and national organizations.

Phill attended CGCC from 1989 to 1991, then went on to graduate from MCC, and eventually ASU with a bachelor's degree in Public/Urban Recreation and a master's degree in Public Administration. After serving on the Chandler City Council for eight years, he was elected as the city's Vice Mayor.

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Cynthia Dunham: Community Leader

Cynthia Dunham Cynthia Dunham, Founder and Executive Director of The Leadership Centre, and former Gilbert Mayor has been a long-standing supporter of and partner to CGCC.

During her time as mayor of Gilbert, Cynthia created The Leadership Centre, which provides training for homeowners' associations, and brought CGCC in as a partner to provide administrative support. This innovative program won Cynthia and the Town of Gilbert an Outstanding Achievement Award in the 1998 City Livability Awards for cities with population less than 100,000. A longtime member of the CGCC's President's Community Advisory Council (PCAC), Cynthia has provided input to help shape the strategic direction of the college and has created connections and provided outreach for the college with various segments of the community.

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Rufus Glasper, Ph.D., CPA, CGFM: Community College Partner

Rufus Glasper, Ph.D, CPA, CGFM Maricopa County Community College District Chancellor Rufus Glasper, Ph.D., has been at the helm of the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) for the past three years. Prior to being named Chancellor, Dr. Glasper served as Acting Chancellor; Executive Vice Chancellor for Human Resources and Administration; and Director of Finance. All told, he has held executive-level leadership roles through the District for the past 18 years.

Although busy with all 10 colleges, Dr. Glasper has made time for significant involvement at CGCC, including speaking at an all-employee meeting, addressing professional staff, participating in numerous college-related discussions, and attending student leadership forums and college events such as Project Challenge and CGCC's annual Aviation Symposium.

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