Teal and Silver


 Teal & Silver Awards 2010

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.

 Patricia Berry, Chandler/Gilbert Family YMCA: K–12 School Colleague

As Early Education Director at the Chandler/Gilbert Family YMCA, Pat Berry has been an important source of support for the Teacher Education Program at Chandler-Gilbert Community College. Students in the Teacher Education Program must complete 20-30 hours of service-learning each semester as part of their coursework. The college relies on support from community partners to mentor teacher education students, and Pat Berry and her teachers and staff at the Chandler/Gilbert Family YMCA have consistently served as mentors to CGCC students for the past two years.

Pat is extremely enthusiastic about having our students at her site, and she deeply values the community connection between her program and CGCC. Pat believes the service-learning experience gives our students an opportunity to learn in an early education environment dedicated to excellence. Consistently, CGCC students placed at the Chandler/Gilbert Family YMCA have positive, professionally enriching experiences, which directly enhances their learning. Pat facilitates this learning through her leadership and spends an extraordinary amount of time each semester helping to manage, guide, coach, and evaluate our students.

Leadership, support, and enthusiasm like Pat’s are behind the success of CGCC’s Teacher Education
Program service-learning component.

 Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport: Advisory Council Members

Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport has been dedicated in their support of the Chandler-Gilbert Community College Aviation program for many years.

In their position as Advisory Council members, Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Executive Director Lynn Kusy, Marketing and Economic Development Manager David Valenzuela, and Community Relations Coordinator Patrick Oakley, have provided excellent vision and leadership in creating a stronger partnership between CGCC and Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.  Under David’s leadership, Phoenix- Mesa Gateway Airport has attracted Cessna Aircraft Company, Hawker Beechcraft Service, and Embraer Executive Jets to Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, which has served to benefit CGCC Aviation students through internship, scholarship, and employment opportunities with these companies.

Lynn, David, and Patrick work together with CGCC and the community, hosting youth clubs, scouts,

and the Mesa Public Schools 5th Grade Aviation Program, and consistently provide support for CGCC’s many events, including the annual Greater Aviation Maintenance Symposium and Generations Prom. 

The success of the college’s Aviation program would not be possible without the dedication and

commitment of Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport and David, Lynn, and Patrick.  

 Alberto Esparza, Si Se Puede Foundation: Community Org Partner

The Si Se Puede Foundation focuses on service provision, educational programming, community activities and advocacy, and recreational activities for youth. Over the past several years, Alberto Esparza, president and CEO of Si Se Puede, has collaborated and partnered with CGCC faculty and staff to provide Chandler youth and their families the opportunity to learn more about higher education and Chandler-Gilbert Community College.

Alberto has worked with CGCC for the past several semesters on the Chandler Writes program, bringing youth from his Scholars Program to participate in writing workshops with students from CGCC English classes. In conjunction with his Scholars Program, Alberto regularly brings students to the college for tours and to receive information about programs, services, and scholarships.  His intent is to encourage students who believe higher education is out of their reach to visualize college in their future. This semester, Alberto is also partnering with CGCC for a community health fair and a soccer clinic with members of CGCC’s soccer team.  Alberto, CGCC faculty, and staff continue to work together to develop programs that highlight the importance and value of pursuing a college education.

Alberto’s deep commitment to the youth in his community and his continued support of CGCC service- learning programs make him an invaluable partner to the college and our students.

 Qwest Foundation: Donor

The Qwest Foundation and Dr. Cindy Barnes Pharr have been integral to the success of the Chandler-Gilbert Community College “Excellence in Mathematics Junior High Competition” and its “Excellence in Mathematics High School Competition,” both of which are held annually at the college’s Pecos Campus. These events, sponsored by the college’s Mathematics Division, support the efforts of Arizona schools by providing a fun, engaging venue to positively reinforce the validity of mathematics education to 7th–12th graders.

By awarding CGCC a “Spirit of Service” grant in the amount of $7,400 in 2008 and $8,000 in 2009, the Qwest Foundation enabled the CGCC Mathematics Division to purchase awards, trophies, plaques, and medals, which were used to recognize outstanding team, individual and student achievement in these competitions.  Their funding also purchased t-shirts and lunch for students who participated, as well as funding for additional clerical support required in organizing these competitions.

The generous contributions made by the Qwest Foundation to the Excellence in Mathematics
Competitions have positively impacted the lives of many Valley students, and we are deeply appreciative of the on-going support of the Qwest Foundation.

 Sun Lakes Rotary Club: Donor

The Sun Lakes Rotary Club was organized in January 1986, with 20 members and became officially chartered on April 22, 1986. Chandler-Gilbert Community College first partnered with the Club in December 1996 when they expressed their passion for education as well as CGCC student success.  

The Rotary Scholarship is designated for applicants with financial need who are pursuing a vocational program of study.  CGCC awarded the first scholarship in 1996-97, and has continued to receive support for the scholarship from the Sun Lakes Rotary Club annually.  Since 1996, CGCC has awarded 34 students more than $43,000 in scholarship assistance.  The Rotary Club interviews each applicant individually. Upon selection, the club invites scholarship recipients to a Rotary Club meeting to honor them with the award and recognize them in front of the entire Club.  Each year students comment what a special event this is and how honored they are to receive the Rotary Club scholarship.

Scholarship chairman Dean Hudson and his committee are a joy to work with and are extremely
dedicated to assisting CGCC students.  The Sun Lakes Rotary Club is a shining example of caring,
committed individuals who constantly strive to help others and give all they can to better their community.

 NEC Corporation of America: Vendor

NEC Corporation of America has provided outstanding professional services, innovation, and technical experience as a partner in the design, implementation, and support of CGCC’s voiceover IP Telephony system.  

NEC has extended educational discounts to the college of up to 40 percent, enabling the college to receive substantial cost savings for this project, as well as providing CGCC with enhanced voice capabilities and improved efficiencies by replacing the previous high-cost Legacy phone system with IP Telephony.  As an added benefit to the conversion to IP phones, the college now has increased functionality through custom voice enabled applications.  An example of this technology is the use of the intercom function of IP phones as an emergency broadcast communication device.   

CGCC thanks Senior Account Manager Rangaswami Vijayasarathi and NEC Corporation of America for their professionalism and commitment and we look forward to continuing our partnership as we further our technology initiatives.

 SanTan Honda Superstore of Chandler: Business & Industry Partner

SanTan Honda Superstore of Chandler has been an invaluable partner to Chandler-Gilbert Community College for the past several years.

This past spring, Angela Thomas, Continuous Improvement Manager, and Carl Young, Parts Director, with support from Monte Yocum, SanTan Honda General Manager, worked with CGCC faculty and students to support the college-wide Souls4Soles campaign, to collect and distribute shoes to vulnerable populations locally and throughout the world.  Angela was immediately interested and enthusiastic about partnering on this project, and worked tirelessly to help promote the project, gather donations, and coordinate and pay for shipping the shoes to the Souls4Soles warehouse in Las Vegas.  This project would not have been a success without the help of Angela and SanTan Honda.  SanTan Honda has also generously volunteered their trucks and drivers for CGCC’s float in both the Gilbert Days Parade and the Chandler Ostrich Festival. Bruce Kral and Dave Bregant, who drove the vehicles, were friendly, personable, and joined in the fun of waving and howling during the parades.   

In 2008, SanTan Honda also supported CGCC’s Athletics Department when the college hosted a
national women’s soccer championship, by providing a generous contribution to the soccer program, as well as advertising for the tournament.

SanTan Honda’s continued support of CGCC and our campus initiatives makes them an invaluable
partner to the college and our students.

 Debra Thompson: Community College Colleague

For the past five years, Debbie Thompson has served as Vice Chancellor for Business Services for the Maricopa Community College District. For the prior 10 years she served in a variety of key finance positions within the District.  During her tenure she has provided exemplary service and leadership to our system.  Under her astute financial leadership, the District successfully maintained its Triple AAA bond rating in the worst economy since the depression.  Additionally, Debbie has provided outstanding leadership and financial acumen as Maricopa designs and implements the 21st Century Maricopa Project.  Under her guidance, colleges are implementing major changes to their funding cycle, account codes, reporting tools, and management strategies, all designed to improve outcomes and accountability while making resources available when needed.

Debbie exhibits “grace under fire” and manages to remain calm and collected in tough budget times.  Her leadership allows CGCC and our sister colleges to navigate turbulent waters successfully.  She has been open to ideas and innovation and strives to find resources to support student success. In whatever spare time she finds, Debbie reflects the CGCC value of civic engagement by being an active volunteer with Liberty Wildlife.

CGCC is honored to name Debra Thompson as our 2010 Community College Colleague.

 Leah Heathcoat: Alumnus

Leah Heathcoat attended Chandler-Gilbert Community College from 2003 to 2005. While at CGCC, Leah served as the CGCC Associated Students President, she established the Women’s Resource Circle of Support (WoRCS), a student group that supports women in transition, and she successfully ran the Vagina Monologues, which raised funds for CGCC’s re-entry program for more than four years. An advocate for CGCC since her leadership days, Leah visits the college on a regular basis to stay connected to our re-entry student population, speak in classes, and attend college functions. As the Coordinator of Charitable and Volunteer Resources for End2End Communications, she recently facilitated the donation of $500 to the Lois M. Bartholomew Emergency Scholarship Fund, which supports students in need at CGCC.

Leah is now a community activist who works tirelessly on behalf of social justice issues in Maricopa County and throughout the state.  She serves on numerous boards in the community and works with women who have been incarcerated. She currently works with a group called Gina’s Team that actively assists female prisoners gain access to education, which helps them prepare to return to the community with important skill sets.

Leah’s dedication to her community and to CGCC is evident in all that she does.  CGCC is proud to
recognize her as an outstanding alumnus.

 George Pettit: Community Leader

George Pettit retired this spring as Town Manager after serving the Town of Gilbert for 25 years.  When he came to Gilbert as an assistant town manager in 1985, the town had just over 12,000 residents and Chandler-Gilbert Community College didn’t exist.  Gilbert now has 220,000 residents and George has been involved in the development of the college since its inception. 

Known for his work ethic and financial knowledge, George is a tireless contributor to community organizations, including CGCC, where he served on the President’s Community Advisory Council since his appointment as Town Manager in 2002.  He involved key individuals at the college in numerous town meetings, attended dozens of meetings at the college, and offered advice on program development, building plans, and infrastructure issues. George understands the connection between economic development and community colleges, and has always been supportive of education.  One example of his direct support was assisting the college in the development of an entrance and the installation of a stoplight on the east side of the Pecos Campus in order to mitigate traffic issues and enhance student safety.  Despite budget constraints and political issues, George pulled together a meeting with various planning and traffic officials, along with college representatives, and the entrance was made possible many years ahead of schedule.

For his tireless support, CGCC is proud to name George Pettit a recipient of a 2010 Teal and Silver