A PUBLICATION OF THE COCHISE COLLEGE FOUNDATION
LIFE OF VISIONARY FOUNDER CELEBRATED Page 6
BOARD PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE It’s hard to believe that another academic year is coming to a close. The Cochise College Foundation is excited to be working actively to support the students of Cochise College. I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished this year. Here are some of the highlights. Last fall, tours of the college’s campuses and centers re-familiarized us with the institution and connected us with key people, as well as re-energized our commitment to the college and the students we have supported over the years. We’ve begun an effort to connect with community organizations and service clubs. We ended the year on a high note with a recognition dinner for the students named to the All-Arizona academic teams; the students’ wonderful stories of how Cochise College changed their lives inspire us and reinforce our mission. This year, the foundation has added several new board members who bring with them new connections, as well as expertise and fresh perspectives on everything from the military and the RFP process to policies and grant resources. The board also has activated a number of committees, including board development, outreach, policies and procedures, and property and accessions. The committees are looking at ways to help the foundation expand its reach and position itself in preparation for the college’s 50th anniversary celebration. Currently, we are exploring plans for a campaign that we hope will serve to further demonstrate the meaningful ties that students, alumni, donors and others in our communities have made with Cochise College. This is a new frontier for us, which makes it all the more interesting, challenging and exciting. As we work to further develop efforts to meet our mission, we hope you’ll share your stories with us.
Yolanda M. Anderson Board President Cochise College Foundation
Cover: Documents provided by the Spikes family exhibit both the excitement and the tremendous responsibility that went into creating a new college.
“Accolade” inspires charitable contributions in support of Cochise College by raising awareness about competitive advantages of the college and the activities of the Cochise College Foundation. Board Officers Yolanda Anderson, President Jan Guy, Vice President Cindy Hayostek, Secretary Mark Battaglia, J.D., Treasurer Board Members Chuck Chambers Shirley Gregory Karen L. Justice Gene Manring Dan Rehurek, Ph.D. Bob Strain Ruben Teran, J.D. Gail Zamar Board Member Emeritus Linda Staneart Ex-Officio Members J.D. Rottweiler, Ph.D. (ex-officio) Honorary Members Marsha Arzberger Cochise College Foundation Staff Denise Merkel, Executive Director Sheila Selby, Foundation Coordinator Rose Berumen, Administrative Assistant Carmen Moreno, Student Aide “Accolade” is published by the Cochise College Foundation, 4190 W. Highway 80, Douglas, AZ 85607. (520) 417-4100 Editorial Contributors Denise Merkel Liz Manring Design Rick Whipple Photography Liz Manring Denise Merkel Printing/Mailing Keith Ringey Carol Riggs The Cochise College Foundation promotes student success through scholarships, facilities development, and program support. By supporting Cochise College, the Foundation endeavors to increase the college's accessibility to our diverse and changing communities.
FROM THE COCHISE COLLEGE PRESIDENT Cochise College recently celebrated its 47th graduating class. We hosted commencement on the Sierra Vista Campus for the first time in school history, drawing more than 325 from the graduating class of nearly 1,000. Next year, graduation will be back at Douglas, just two years shy of our golden anniversary. That 50-year milestone is quickly approaching, along with opportunities to celebrate. With that in mind, Cochise College is polishing up on its strategic priorities: competitive advantages, excellence, everything speaks, and completion. We have enhanced two of our flagship programs, nursing and aviation. The nursing program has expanded to accommodate more students, and a respiratory therapy program will start this fall. The college also will take advantage of a trend toward unmanned aircraft by launching a UAS training program in a renovated aviation building on the Douglas Campus. We anticipate beginning work to improve athletic facilities for the thousands of students and visitors who use them each year, and healthy enrollments in the Douglas Campus art program are driving our plans to put on a better face for visitors to that department by moving it into a new building. In addition, we now offer the Cochise Combo and Cochise Combo Plus housing rates so that more students can take advantage of the opportunities provided by living on campus. Although our efforts to enhance completion, a national priority, are just getting started, we believe we are already making progress in that area. Last fall, Cochise College and many other institutions experienced significant enrollment decreases. But what’s interesting to us is that fewer students have dropped classes than in the past, meaning that those who enrolled have persevered. We believe this can be attributed in part to modifications in the handling of federal financial aid. Preliminary end-of-semester enrollments show we may not have experienced a true enrollment decline. This trend toward retention and completion will be interesting to watch in coming years as we work to identify and resolve challenges to student goal attainment. Despite anticipating a $2.2 million reduction in state support, Cochise College is moving forward by looking at ways to improve both efficiencies and service to students. We want you to know that we take pride in our programs and that, as our supporters, you should too. As always, we value your feedback and sincerely thank you for all that you do.
J.D. Rottweiler, Ph.D. President Cochise College firstname.lastname@example.org
Scholarships help students finish The Cochise College Foundation has awarded scholarships to four students named to the 2012 All-Arizona Academic Team. The students also were recognized, along with 65 of their peers from other community colleges, at a luncheon in Mesa. The All-Arizona program aims to point the best and brightest community college students toward enrollment at Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona. The students receive tuition waivers to complete their bachelor’s degrees at one of the state’s public universities. All-Arizona students are evaluated for academic performance and service to the college and the community. They are ranked and placed accordingly on first, second and third academic teams. Cochise College’s All-Arizona nominees were named to the second team. The recognition and scholarships will go a long way toward helping the following students take a significant step toward achieving their academic and career goals. Michelle Cardenas studied fine arts at the Douglas Campus with plans to transfer to the University of Arizona, where she’ll complete her fine arts degree, then attend graduate school for art therapy. Cardenas graduated from high school in San Diego in 1985 and returned to the classroom in her early 40s. “After 20-plus years away from academia, I was very nervous about returning to school,” she said. “As it turned out, I fell in love with learning again and being around others with the same passion.” At Cochise, Cardenas was active in Phi Theta Kappa, the honor society of two-year colleges, which she served as co-president and secretary. She also was the president, vice president and treasurer of the Social Concerns Club. In addition, she led an Alternative Spring Break project at the Jewish Cemetery in Douglas.
Story and photos by Liz Manring
Carmen Moreno is a first-generation college student and Douglas High School graduate who will continue her studies at the University of Arizona. In addition to acceptance to the university’s College of Science as a psychology major, Moreno was admitted to the Honors College. “Being named one of the top community college students in Arizona has been an amazing honor, especially since I am the first in my family to attend college,” Moreno said. “Being able to continue my education at a higher level has always been a dream of mine, and it’s finally coming true.” Moreno remained heavily involved in student activities at the Douglas Campus while also working to help financially support her family. She was co-president and vice president of scholarship of the Alpha Beta Zeta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa and assisted in fundraising for Relay for Life. An advocate for mental health awareness, she coordinated with the National Alliance for Mental Illness to bring the presentation “Mind Storm” to campus, and she was the college’s team captain for area NAMI Walks, which are held across the nation to raise money and awareness for people with mental illness. Moreno’s college honors include Douglas Campus Psychology Student of the Year and the Douglas Campus Phi Theta Kappa Leadership Award, both for the 2010-11 academic year, as well as TRiO Student Support Services Academic Achiever in 2010 and 2011. Moreno credits her success to, simply, hard work. “I have been blessed with a powerful mind that seeks information and new things to learn,” she said. “My desire to learn every day is what keeps me thriving in my education.” Emily Moxley graduated from Cochise College in December and is on her way to completing her studies in history and humanities at Northern Arizona University. The Buena High School alumna was highly involved in Sierra Vista Campus activities during her time at
degrees Cochise College. She was a communications officer and historian for Phi Theta Kappa, as well as an aide for the summer camp Write Now! She also worked as an elementary school classroom volunteer for special needs students on Fort Huachuca. “Attending my local community college has gifted me with numerous positive experiences and growing opportunities,” Moxley said. “Though I was a good student in high school, I know because of my time at Cochise College I will be a better asset to Northern Arizona University.” Moxley’s Cochise College honors include earning honors certificates of recognition in four courses and being elected to “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.” Tonya Pike majored in journalism and media arts at the Sierra Vista Campus and will transfer to the University of Arizona, where she is planning to major in marketing and entrepreneurship, to complete her bachelor’s degree at the Eller College of Management. She is also set to minor in communications and has been accepted into the UA Honors College. After graduating from Buena High School and enrolling at Cochise College, Pike became deeply involved in student activities on campus. She was the president of the campus Student Government Association, secretary of Phi Theta Kappa, and past vice president of the Literary Guild club for readers and lovers of books. “Community college has given me the chance to excel academically and to experience leadership and service,” she said. “In the last two years, I have made my parents proud, grown more than I could have imagined, and feel ready for the challenge of university life.”
GEM ADDS COLOR TO BENSON CENTER A purple Brazilian amethyst now draws the attention of students and visitors alike to the Benson Center. The amethyst was donated by Ernie Graves, who, with a partner, also contributed the property on which the center sits. Graves’ gave the gem in recognition of Mark Battaglia for unreserved service to the Benson community. Battaglia, an attorney, is a member of the Cochise College Foundation and Kartchner Caverns boards of directors and served as city manager during the planning of the educational facility. The amethyst fits right in at the center, which overlooks the San Pedro Valley and the Dragoon Mountains and regularly displays the work of local artists. According to the Virtual Geology Museum sponsored by Cochise College, amethyst is a variety of quartz mined in South America, Africa and a number of other countries. It occurs in large geodes within volcanic rocks. The purple color has been attributed to the presence of iron. Some sources cite it as a power crystal with prolific healing powers. The ancient Greeks believed it prevented intoxication, and medieval European soldiers used it as protection in battle.
Pike has earned the Honors Scholarship at Cochise, awarded for completion of an individual honors project, as well as the Honors Tuition Scholarship, awarded to honors students with a 3.5 or higher GPA.
The founding of Cochise College can be attributed to the work and support of local residents, many of whose contributions are not documented. But much of what does exist – presidential correspondence, board agendas and minutes, curriculum and facility planning documents, historical recordings, and letters like the one above that was discovered in a box of college archives - includes the name of George Albert Spikes, M.D., a Bowie native and Douglas physician who passed away in November 2011.
The story goes that Spikes’ father, A.R. Spikes, was an Arizona senator, chair of the Senate Education Committee, and an author of the bill that established the community college system in the state. He collaborated with his son to lay the foundation and inspire local voters to support the construction of a community college in Cochise County. During a decade when more than 450 like institutions were established across the nation, including the one at the remote edge of its southwestern border, it’s no stretch to imagine the excitement of the 441 students who enrolled at Cochise College for the first semester. “My father and I talked a great deal about what we would accomplish…in those days, the smelter was running, and smeltermen made lots of money, but their kids didn’t ever go away to school. They just graduated from high school and then went to work in the smelter or got married or something. We hoped that some of those kids would get two more years of education and become nurses or secretaries or get the first two years of college and then go on to the university. And you know it turned out to be just about that?” In those first years, the younger Spikes served on the local Governing Board, dealing with everything from facility construction to curriculum development and hiring. Early correspondence indicates a need to review 600 job applications and interview 250 to 300 potential teachers.
Dr. Spikes explores a nursery while vacationing in Costa Rica.
Spikes was there through debates about site selection – Bisbee, Douglas, Elfrida and Tombstone locations were considered – and played a role in the development of districts from which board members were elected and the establishment of the nursing and aviation programs, which interested him because of his military background and his profession in the medical field.
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“One of the programs that was always a hallmark of the Douglas Campus in the early days, and one that Dr. Spikes was so instrumental in supporting, was the nursing program,” said Dr. Joanna Michelich, an alumnus and retired vice president for instruction/provost at the college. “Every time I have access with the nursing personnel in any way, shape, or form in this county, I would say the average nurse has graduated from Cochise College and is so appreciative of having had the opportunity to stay right at home to receive their degree.” Around the time of the college’s founding, Republican Charles Bloomquist, an Arizona State Representative, served on the state board for community colleges. When Phoenix politics changed, he and Spikes, a Democrat, agreed to try to swap positions, a successful effort that allowed Spikes to be part of the opening of Pima Community College and Yavapai College, according to a 2005 interview.
arships. Eaton also was familiar with Spikes’ hypothesizing about the “what if” when it came to backyard gardening and experimenting with plants. “George had the theory that if they had seeds, they ought to be good for something,” a philosophy that one may relate to education. “When reflecting on his life, know that he was not just a medical doctor. He was a humanitarian. He was a philanthropist. He was a philosopher. He was a scientist. And he was a backyard gardener.”
The Spikes Scholarship has awarded $56,635 to 33 students since fall 1999.
Cochise College and the Cochise College Foundation, which administers the Spikes Scholarship for Douglas High School graduating seniors, along with 250 of Spikes’ family and friends, celebrated his life during a luncheon at the Douglas Campus on March 17. The reunion included remarks from representatives of various professional organizations with which he served, as well as the video “Servant to Society,” which detailed his many contributions to Southeast Arizona Medical Center, the Douglas Dialysis Center, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the Douglas Food Bank, Cochise College, and the community in general. Dr. John Eaton, an early college administrator, former neighbor of the Spikes family, and current Governing Board member, said Spikes’ philosophy was that any would-be student ought to have the opportunity to attend college, a philosophy he supported with a financial commitment to schol-
George Albert Spikes, M.D. circa 1962.
Board member honored for service When faced with retirement from a 30-plus-year federal career as a management analyst, Jan Guy (â€˜76) wondered what she would do with all the spare hours that come with full-time unemployment. Already on the Cochise College Foundation board of directors and a product of the college herself, her choice to run for a seat on the college's governing board only made sense. "I'd never run a political campaign in my life," Guy said, laughing while recalling the time she and a friend worked on getting her name out into the community by returning shopping carts in the Bisbee Safeway parking lot. "I decided I could do it, had two opponents and won in a landslide. And here I am, going on 18 years later." Since she was first elected to the Precinct 5 spot in 1994, Guy has been re-elected in 2000 and 2006. She was named the board's chair, as voted annually by her governing board peers, each year from 1998 until 2003, then again from 2005 through the present. In February, Guy was surprised and flattered to be presented at the annual Faculty and Staff Development Day with a Lifetime Membership in the Association of Community College Trustees. The ACCT is a nonprofit organization of more than 6,500 elected and appointed trustees who govern more than 1,200 community, technical and junior colleges in the United States and abroad. Guy is the seventh person in Arizona to be presented with a lifetime membership, which honors outstanding and retiring board members, recognizes trustee contributions to community colleges, and supports and promotes continuing trustee education and professional development. "What I am most pleased about is the growth of the college," she said of all the changes made during her time on the governing board. "The campuses look and feel collegial. They're not just a collection of buildings. And the growth in programs
and the outreach to the community. There is no question that Cochise College is the premier community college in the State of Arizona. We have a wonderful reputation, and we've had fantastic leaders and administrators who have brought the college where it is today." Early in her board tenure, Guy also was active at the state level, serving as a representative and chair of the Arizona Association of District Governing Boards and the Arizona Community College Association when it was still in existence. She once traveled to Oxford University for a worldwide community college roundtable to make a presentation on behalf of Cochise College about the rise, relevance and future of online classes. "That was a fascinating experience and it was truly and international group," she said. Guy, born and raised in Mississippi, began attending classes at Cochise College when she decided to make a career change within her work with the federal government. She went on to earn her associate of arts degree, then a bachelor of science from University of the State of New York, and a master's in public administration from Golden Gate University, which offered the program on Fort Huachuca. "I was one of those elderly students who sat in a classroom full of high school graduates," Guy laughed about her time as a student at Cochise College. "It set my feet on a path that allowed me to make a career change in civil service and succeed at that career change. I suspect if I'd have been thrown into a university class, I might have pulled the plug and said 'I don't want to do this.' (Cochise College) is a very nurturing environment, especially for someone who had been out of school a long time. I wanted a quality education. I didn't want my ticket punched." That experience as a student would bring her back as a Foundation board member and governing board member years later. Now faced with retirement from service with the college that spanned nearly two decades, Guy won't be sitting idly by when the time comes. She recently started working with a therapy dog, a labradoodle, that visits local elementary schools and hospitals. Guy is a firm believer in the duty and responsibility of public servants in a community. "Public service is work. You have to work at it. You have to commit the time if it will be a success," she says. "There are too many people who won't step up to the plate, but it is important because money is tight everywhere â€” in education, in health care, money is scarce and they need volunteers. And those volunteers have to be committed."
Linda Staneart, a member of the Cochise College Foundation board for 15 years, was named Board Member Emeritus upon her resignation from active service earlier this year. Staneart served on the Nominating Committee and worked with the Board Development Committee to recruit new members and with the Finance Committee to substantially grow and stabilize the organization’s assets. “I have been fortunate to serve on the board with wonderful, talented people who I have admired and who have taught me a great deal,” Staneart said when she resigned. “The experience has been one that I will always remember as one of the most exciting and fulfilling times of my life.” Rose Berumen, who has worked at Cochise College for almost 24 years, recently transitioned into a role with the Office of External Affairs. Berumen first worked in human resources and then as administrative assistant to the vice president for administration. She joined External Affairs last year and is currently assisting with the update of alumni contact information, as well as with foundation meetings, events and communications. She continues to greet visitors to the Douglas Campus Administration Building, and she serves as the college wellness coordinator. She also is a two-time recipient of the Cochise College Classified Association’s ACE Award.
NEW FUNDS SMALL BUSINESS ESTABLISHES NEW SCHOLARSHIP This summer, 11 students will receive the news that they’ve been awarded the Geeks and Nerds Scholarship, funded by a $10,300 gift from Geeks and Nerds (GaN) Corporation. The scholarship supports full- and part-time students who have declared a major in science, technology, engineering, math, business, or nursing. GaN Corp. is a Huntsville, Ala.-based small business, with an office in Sierra Vista, that provides a range of technical and management services to government and commercial customers. Company CEO Dr. Jonn Kim toured the Sierra Vista Campus, including the mechatronics lab, last year while managing the local office.
FUND TO SUPPORT STUDENTS IN WILLCOX A new Willcox Center Fund is an opportunity for donors who wish to support students and the education center in that community. The fund is supported in part by vending machine proceeds, with expenditures targeted toward scholarships, special purchases or other enhancements at the Willcox Center.
“When people ask me where I work, I’m proud to say I work for Cochise College,” Berumen said. “I enjoy coming to work every single day. Working with the faculty, staff and students is awesome.”
NEWS OF ALUMNI & FRIENDS Joan Anderson Gilliland (’73) graduated with honors and was an active contributor to the Heliograph, the Cochise College newspaper. She earned a degree in business from Arizona State University and a master's in business from the University of Phoenix. Joan held a number of positions as human resources officer before joining the international engineering firm of Bechtel as a human resources officer. Her husband Clay Gilliland is former president of the Cochise College Student Government Association. He will soon retire from Amtrak in Phoenix. •
Lisé Gilliland (’75) earned an associate of arts in liberal arts and is now director of the Cochise County Library. Previously, she worked as director at the Southeast Steuben County Library in Corning, NY, and as city librarian at Bisbee’s Copper Queen Library. She graduated from Cochise College with honors and holds a bachelor’s degree in humanities from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo.; she also earned a master's in library science at the University of Arizona. Between Cochise and Fort Lewis, she spent a year in Perugia,
Italy, with the American Institute of Foreign Study and the Italian University for Foreigners studying Italian and art history. Lisé has two pugs and three lhasa apsoshih tzus, all rescue dogs. • Orlando Griego (‘06) played basketball at Cochise College and earned an associate of arts in general studies. He is an independent distributor in Colorado for SendOutCards, an online greeting card system. •
Gary K. Johnson (’76), whose career with the NCAA was featured in the spring 2010 “Accolade,” has authored “Artie,” the story of a high school basketball star who is transported from 1988 to 1918 Kansas after a car accident and who re-learns the rules of his favorite sports, plays on the university basketball team with his great-grandfather, and finds love along the way. The book was published in 2011 by Xlibris Corporation.
Leo “Butch” Lynn attended Cochise College until 1966 and went on to a career working as a publicist. In this photo taken in the early 1990s when he was affiliated with the opening of Dick Clark’s Reno, Nev., nightclub American Bandstand, he is pictured (second from the right) with the late Dick Clark (right), television news anchor Sam Shad (left), and Paul Revere of Paul Revere and the Raiders. Today, Butch coordinates regular luncheons for a group of Bisbee High School graduates. • Steve A. Moncibaez (’91) played baseball and earned an associate of arts in general studies at Cochise College. He is an environmental technician for Salt River Material Group. •
George Montaño, who transferred from Cochise College in 1974, came out of retirement in 2011 to serve as principal at Stevenson Elementary School in Douglas. After Cochise, Montaño earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education in history at Northern Arizona University and a master’s in school administration from West-
ern New Mexico University. He taught for Douglas Unified School District, coached high school baseball, and went on to serve as vice principal at Huber Middle School; principal at Sarah Marley Elementary School; and athletic director, vice principal and principal at Douglas High School. Montaño retired in 2006 and continues to teach Introduction to Education for Cochise College. • Becky Newcomb (’10) earned an associate of arts in music and is an artist in Tucson. • U.S. Army officer Jeremy Prince (’00) has served two tours in Iraq and Afghanistan since earning a bachelor of science in veterinary science at the University of Arizona in 2003. In 2011, he completed a master of arts in business and organizational security management at Webster University. • Terry Wolfe (’92) earned an associate degree in computer information systems and is a field engineer with NCR Corp., a global technology company and leader in automated teller machines, self-checkouts and other self- and assisted-service solutions.
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First Nicodemus-Michelich Innovation Grant awarded Story by Liz Manring. Photo by Beatrice Richardson/Courtesy of the Sierra Vista Herald/Review
Ramirez Loya has been implementing and experimenting with digital storytelling techniques since spring 2011. While her students were learning, she was researching and analyzing their development inside and outside the classroom. Her work has earned her invitations to share her findings at professional development events at the Sierra Vista and Douglas campuses, as well as to present at the International Conference on Digital Storytelling that was held in Valencia, Spain, in March.
The Oral History Project, which elevates the communication skills of ESL and pre-college-level English students, is the first recipient of the Nicodemus-Michelich Innovation Grant, which was awarded Feb. 24 at Faculty and Staff Development Day.
Ramirez Loya said what makes this ESL project innovative is that something like it would normally be done as an honors project. The communication skills it ingrains also takes students well beyond the realm of academic learning, teaching them abilities they'll be able to use for the rest of their lives.
The grant is supported by the Nicodemus-Michelich Fund for Teaching and Learning, which was established in 2009 to support innovative classroom practices. It is named for Cochise College President Emeritus Dr. Karen Nicodemus and retired Vice President for Instruction/Provost Dr. Joanna Michelich (â€™68), who worked together for many years and retired in the same semester.
"When students become engaged in big projects with high expectations, they will achieve beyond their expectations," she said. "By working beyond the classroom and interacting with the community, they not only develop their academic skills, but most importantly, they acquire a sense of understanding, appreciation, and respect towards their community and the members that it represents."
Students participating in The Oral History Project interview local citizens in an effort to preserve and capture history. They organize, interview, edit and present their projects in local public venues, such as at the Gadsden Hotel in Douglas and the collegeâ€™s Little Theatre.
To establish a foundation for innovation, the college hosted a series of workshops last fall that offered faculty members a chance to share ideas and explore ways to promote learning among todayâ€™s students. Participating faculty were eligible to submit proposals for funds in support of innovative teaching and learning in their classrooms. As a recipient, Ramirez Loya will participate on the committee that reviews the next round of proposals.
"Students' language development, as well as their communication skills, has grown," said Margarita Ramirez Loya, the faculty member who leads the project in her ESL and pre-college-level English courses. "But, most importantly, I have seen them engaged in their own learning, taking responsibility and ownership of their growth in important academic and social skills. They take pride to represent Cochise College in each presentation that they carry out. The Oral History Project has turned into a vehicle to learning."
Cochise College ESL Instructor Margarita Ramirez Loya leads a discussion with students about The Oral History Project. Participants sharpen their language skills by interviewing local residents and re-telling their stories in a variety of communication formats.
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