Teal and Silver

 Teal & Silver Awards 2013

​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.

 Lisa Traube, Weinberg Elementary School: K-12 School Colleague

For the past three years, Lisa Traube, third-grade teacher at Weinberg Elementary School in Chandler, has been a key partner in an exciting service-learning event called Kids Rock! As part of CGCC’s teacher education program, students in professor Roy Schiesser’s geology class create physical science lesson plans that directly align with the Arizona science standard for third graders. When Roy approached Weinberg Elementary School about partnering with CGCC so college students could work with elementary school students, Lisa jumped at the chance.
On the day of the event, 100 third graders arrive at the Pecos Campus by bus and spend four hours engaged in active learning and critical thinking. CGCC students gain practical, hands-on knowledge and experience while the elementary students are challenged to think hard. Lisa’s coordination efforts and her contagious excitement about the event create an anchor for this successful learning environment. Lisa arranges all of the logistical details and is integrally involved in the event’s planning. She also helps the elementary students feel as if they are a part of the college and that college is attainable. CGCC thanks Lisa for her commitment to helping her third graders and our college
students succeed.

 Mercy Gilbert Medical Center: Business and Industry Partner

Mercy Gilbert Medical Center CGCC’s Dietetic Technology Program relies on community partners to provide experiences for dietetic students in the areas of medical nutrition therapy, food service management and community nutrition. Mercy Gilbert Medical Center has provided several CGCC interns with their medical nutrition therapy (clinical) experience, which requires 167 hours of internship under the supervision of the clinical nutrition manager and the staff of registered dietitians and dietetic technicians. Shauna Salvesen, an employee at Mercy Gilbert Medical Center and CGCC adjunct faculty, and Kevan Welsch have been instrumental in providing guidance and leadership to several CGCC interns as they work to complete this rigorous program. The partnership has proven beneficial in other ways as well with Mercy Gilbert Medical Center employing a CGCC alumnus in their Food and Nutrition Department. Internships are a valuable component of higher education, providing students with real-world experience as they prepare for employment after graduation. Thank you for providing these opportunities.

 APS Foundation: Donor

APS Foundation is the charitable giving arm of Arizona Public Service, a leading producer of electric power in the southwest. The APS Foundation’s focus is to improve Arizona student performance in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. As part of this effort, the APS Foundation donated two grants totaling $60,000 to CGCC, allowing the college to purchase two pieces of equipment for the Electric Utility Technology program.

The addition of the reel trailer and tension trailer to the EUT laboratory affords students the chance to work on same state-of-the-art equipment that they will work with in the field following graduation. The donation not only helps the further the development of CGCC’s EUT program but enables every student in the program to gain a better understanding of the theory, operation, and functionality of the reel and tension system.

CGCC appreciates the APS Foundation for their generous donation that supports the college in its efforts to provide high-wage, high-skill job opportunities to Arizona’s workforce. 


 Chandler/Gilbert Family YMCA: Vendor Partner

The Chandler/Gilbert Family YMCA has been a donor to CGCC’s Employee Appreciation Spring Picnic for the past two years, allowing the college to use their inflatable bounce houses for the children (and some adults) to enjoy. This year, Chandler/Gilbert YMCA allowed the college to use two bounce houses, designating one for the smaller children so they are less likely to get hurt by larger children. In the past, the college has had to rent the inflatables for this activity. Through YMCA’s donations, CGCC has saved several hundred dollars, resources that can be rechanneled to student success programs. Beyond the dollars saved, the YMCA bounce houses provide an added enjoyment for the children who come to the picnic. They also promote health and wellness for the kids by jumping and climbing.

YMCA has been a long-standing partner with CGCC on other programs as well. Each semester, more than a dozen CGCC teacher education students work with the preschool at the Chandler/Gilbert YMCA to get hands-on experience. They are also participants in CGCC’s service-learning event Into the Streets where CGCC communications students apply skills they’ve learned in the classroom to a community project. YMCA has also been a contributor to CGCC’s signature fundraising event Champagne, Chocolate and all that Jazz. For all the ways the staff of the two organizations partner, we honor Chandler/Gilbert YMCA with a Teal & Silver Award.

 Gail Barney, Mayor, Town of Queen Creek: Community Leader

Town of Queen Creek Mayor Gail Barney is a committed and passionate advocate and supporter of education. Not only does his family have a long legacy of supporting education in Queen Creek dating from the 1940s, Gail is an alumnus of one of CGCC’s sister colleges, Mesa Community College.

In his service on the Queen Creek Town Council, Mayor Barney has encouraged the visibility and community presence of CGCC and Maricopa Community Colleges in the fast-growing Queen Creek community. He has been an advocate for CGCC having stronger marketing and community presence and has forged closer ties with the college through a variety of programs. This past year, CGCC spent time sharing information about the educational opportunities available to Queen Creek residents at the Williams Campus through advertisements, posters, direct mail and tables at many Town of Queen Creek events, such as Roots N’ Boots.

Mayor Barney often speaks at community and business meetings about the presence of CGCC Williams Campus so individuals recognize the benefits of this campus adjacent to Queen Creek. He understands and articulates that a key component to economic development is providing educational opportunities at all levels. He has a particular interest in growing the area’s aviation workforce, which impacts CGCC aviation program at the Williams Campus.

For all these reasons and more, CGCC is proud to name Mayor Gail Barney as its 2013 Teal & Silver Community Leader.

 East Valley Jewish Community Center: Community Organization Partner

In 2011-2012, CGCC participated in the President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge requesting people from different religious and non-religious backgrounds to tackle community challenges together. East Valley Jewish Community Center (EVJCC) opened its hearts and doors to service-learning opportunities for CGCC students, which has blossomed into a multi-faceted relationship. Initially, faculty member Elaine Groppenbacher complemented the Jewish section of her Religious Studies class with service to EVJCC, giving a real-world feel to the studies.

This project inspired another connecting students to the powerful, national Anne Frank exhibit. EVJCC selected 22 students from CGCC’s communications program to observe docents, receive training, and conduct tours as docents of the exhibit for the community. Additionally, 72 students from the public speaking program received a minimum of six hours of Holocaust training; five hours of classroom instruction on conducting a tour, Holocaust websites and resources; and feedback on panel presentations and tours. This investment from EVJCC is an excellent example of the generous contributions to student-learning and to our partnership.

EVJCC also welcomes CGCC students to its facility during Into the Streets and offers their highly skilled teachers as mentors to CGCC teacher education students. CGCC is grateful to EVJCC for the depth of their involvement which adds so richly to our students’ learning.

 Cox Communications: Technology Partner

Cox CommunicationsOne of CGCC’s goals in designing buildings is to provide “sticky spaces” where students feel comfortable and can interact and socialize. Cable programming adds to the attraction of spaces like these and allows the college community access to news, sports and educational content that benefit the college experience.
Within two years, Cox Communications provided programming to facilities at both the Pecos Campus and the Williams Campus, absorbing more than $16,000 in costs. With the addition of Bridget Hall at the Williams Campus, CGCC wanted to provide programming in the student lounge and cafeteria space. Tony Ebersole, Cox Communication design engineer and father of a CGCC Coyote baseball player, returned an estimate of $10,441. When CGCC notified Cox it could not account for the costs, Ann Newman replied that Cox would support this project at no expense to the college.
Two years later, as designs progressed for the Coyote Center, Cox was asked to provide an estimate for providing cable service to the fitness center and the Student Services area of the building. The estimate was $5,700 and again Cox waived the expense. Ann and Tony have been exceptional to work with and supportive of our objectives and Cox Communications has provided a meaningful and valuable service to the college.

 Lionel Diaz, MCCCD Facilities Planning & Dev Dept: Community College Colleague

Maricopa County Community College District Facilities Planning & Development (FP&D) serves as CGCC’s partners in capital development projects. Led by Lionel Diaz, FP&D has a team of architects and engineers that provide expert advice on projects from concept to concrete. Members of the team, most notably Arlen Solochek and Gary Eberhard, have facilitated evaluation and construction of projects as simple as the Environmental Technology Center ramada to those as complex as overhauling the CGCC’s Central Plant. They also work with CGCC to evaluate new technologies, such as thermal storage.

Noteworthy among their contributions is their support in CGCC’s decision to redefine the program for the Coyote Center. While the college negotiated the internal discussions about the change in direction, FP&D staff negotiated with the consultant team and, with the blessing of the Procurement Office, secured revised contracts for the project. These allowed the project to move forward efficiently, not losing valuable time in procuring a new team or with bringing a new team up to speed. Consequently, the revised Coyote Center project phase was informed by the original plan and able to move more quickly and efficiently through the project design. This will enable us to open the facility much sooner than would have otherwise been possible.

 Barbara Gomez, Williams Field High School: Vendor Partner

CGCC’s One World Committee provides the college with meaningful and engaging projects as well as events and activities that promote inclusiveness, critical thinking, and appreciation for commonalities as people.

In Fall 2012, the committee brought in Barbara Gomez, muralist and art teacher at Williams Field High School to facilitate the creation of a mural on the Pecos campus.  The mural is a rich depiction of the region’s history, the college, and CGCC’s student population and invites viewers to reflect on themes that span diversity, environment and future visioning.  After the design of the mural, the entire college community was invited to assist in the painting of the mural, providing an opportunity to work in unity on something meaningful.  As the leader of the painting phase, Barbara skillfully directed and engaged all participants with varying levels of painting experience to help them feel pride in their collaborative efforts.
As a result of the success of the first mural project, the Williams campus sought a similar experience and obtained a grant to bring Barbara back in Spring 2013 to vision, design, and create a second mural on Bluford Hall.
The murals would not have been possible without the creative expertise of master artist Barbara Gomez who made the vision of the murals an element of CGCC’s legacy.  CGCC is grateful to Barbara for her talent, patience and creative essence in guiding both the One World project and the William’s project.