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BOARD PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Dear Friends of Cochise College…

Cover: George Bugen, a retired machinist from Bisbee, has made a substantial contribution and pledged additional resources in support of expanded career training opportunities at Cochise College.

At publication of the last issue of “Accolade,” the Cochise College Foundation awaited results of a study to gauge the feasibility of conducting a $7 million campaign in conjunction with Cochise College’s 50th anniversary, to be celebrated in 2014-2015. The plan, reviewed by more than 50 local residents, proposed construction of new facilities for nursing and technology at the Sierra Vista Campus and renovations to student life facilities like the gym and Student Union on the Douglas Campus. While perceptions of the college and reactions to the Case for Support were largely positive, the resulting recommendations pave the way for the college to overcome some challenges. For example, the college is engaging local leaders in conversations about the future economy of Cochise County and its individual communities. Developing a shared vision is key to clarifying the college’s role, as well as in articulating the need for resources. In addition, the Foundation is seeking out individuals on a personal level who are interested in being a part of the college’s future, whether it’s as a board volunteer, an informal advisor, or a donor.

Cochise College Governing Board member Dr. John Eaton welcomes guests at the Bugen celebration in January.

With reductions in state funding and the ongoing evolution of and pressure on higher education aimed at student completion, it is likely the Foundation will be called upon to help bridge gaps. Where donors were previously asked to support scholarships only, they may in the future be asked to help fund things like facilities, technology and faculty. Until then, we will continue to celebrate contributions that enhance access to education. The approximately $1 million contribution and pledge of future assets highlighted in our cover story will leave a lasting legacy in our region in the form of a facility expansion that will make affordable technology training more accessible to students. In addition, a gift from Cochise College alumni brings the college archaeology collection - a long-closeted educational resource – to the public. Both of these gifts will help make the Cochise College experience special.

Dr. J.D. Rottweiler, left, college president, and George Bugen unveil the monument that identifies the facility.

Yolanda M. Anderson Board President Cochise College Foundation

Cochise College Foundation Board President Yolanda Anderson publicly thanks the Bugen family for its contribution.


“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 Gail Zamar, Secretary Mark Battaglia, J.D., Treasurer Board Members Chuck Chambers Jean Giuffrida Cindy Hayostek Karen L. Justice Gene Manring Dan Rehurek, Ph.D. Bob Strain Ruben Teran, J.D. Board Member Emeritus Shirley Gregory Linda Staneart Ex-Officio Members J.D. Rottweiler, Ph.D. (ex-officio) Honorary Members Marsha Arzberger Cochise College Foundation Staff Denise Hoyos, Executive Director Sheila Selby, Foundation Coordinator Rose Berumen, Administrative Assistant “Accolade” is published by the Cochise College Foundation, 4190 W. Highway 80, Douglas, AZ 85607. (520) 417-4100 Contributors Flavio Beltran Rose Berumen Denise Hoyos Liz Manring Rick Whipple 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 Community colleges enroll nearly half of the nation’s college students. However, many institutions are experiencing reductions in funding at the same time that there is pressure to increase certificate and degree completion. Here at Cochise College, state funding per student has dropped by one third since 2010. Where state aid made up 39 percent of the college budget in that year, it’s anticipated to make up 28 percent in FY14. Local property taxes are expected to constitute about half of the budget, with the rest of the burden carried by students through tuition and fees. This trend causes all community college administrators concern; the costs to students are rising at the very colleges that were founded on the promise of access. At Cochise, scholarships make a big difference for many, many students, but there remains the challenge of creating and maintaining the dynamic and progressive type of learning institution that attracts students. We all want our college to be special - the best, even - but it’s difficult to achieve that when the traditional funding sources diminish. Private contributions like the one provided by Mr. George Bugen and his family (see page 6) are becoming more common at community colleges, and they make a tremendous difference for an institution like Cochise, where building a facility is not a matter entered into lightly, even if it clearly will enhance access and help the college carry out its mission. Being the best also requires more than financial resources. Cochise College must be genuinely engaged with its communities so that it can be responsive to their needs. Representatives of many local employers participate on advisory committees for our programs, or volunteer for activities on our campuses, and our employees are involved in a wide array of community organizations. As a result, we’re preparing to launch programs in respiratory therapy and unmanned aerial systems for which we know there will be jobs here or elsewhere. We’re also always on the lookout for more opportunities to pursue. I hope you will take part in efforts to envision our region’s future. By doing so, you help elected leaders to set priorities and to determine how resources are allocated, both in your community and at the college. We’re optimistic that when that vision is clear, resources will follow.

J.D. Rottweiler, Ph.D. President Cochise College


Scholarship fosters nursing student’s positive outlook If there's anyone who knows what it's like to travel over the bumpy road of life and make it to the other side, it's Stephanie Moshe.

In just the last two years, she's grieved over a late-term miscarriage, begun raising 21-month-old twins in addition to her 7-year-old daughter, and finalized a divorce. The longer story, though, began years ago when she had to drop out of school and support herself as a young teenager. She earned her GED at age 17 and never stopped believing that a better future lay ahead. Moshe, 30, graduated from the Cochise College nursing program last semester with an Associate of Applied Science degree and every intention of passing her NCLEX exam in June to license her as a registered nurse. Her success has been driven almost solely by her own ambition, plus, she adds, a little financial help along the way. "Part of what keeps me going is a better life for my little ones," she says. "The other part of it is just that the world is great, and I try to see joy in everything I can and understand that badness is just part of it. I guess that's why I like medicine; it's kind of parallel to my life. Sure, there's sickness and death, but there's also healing and growth, and I relate with that." Becoming an RN is but a stepping stone to her ultimate goal of becoming a nurse practitioner. Moshe always dreamed of being a doctor, but, as she says, life took over. She had her daughter when she was 23 and knew that schooling and training to become a doctor would allow for little to no time for being a mom.

By Liz Manring Her interest in medicine, though, never wavered. "I enjoy helping people, but I also enjoy the mystery of all the things the body can do," she says. "Destruction of a disease to rehabilitation, helping people along that process, and solving that mystery is exciting to me." Moshe began "chiseling away" at nursing pre-requisite classes at 20 while working to support herself in Reno. She started eyeing schools in Nevada and nearby California, but the programs' wait lists were long. Her stepmother works at a hospital in Tucson, which led Moshe to schools in Southern Arizona. She moved to Sierra


Vista three years ago and shortly after was accepted into Cochise College's nursing program, which only has 100 slots open each year. "Some of the instructors here are just so incredibly supportive, and they've supported me in a holistic way," she says. "They've been able to see me and my personality, what I bring to the table as a potential nurse and things to tweak about me. They took an interest in my success, and I've taken a lot of people's suggestions to heart, which has made me better." Without scholarships, Moshe said the end result would be the same, but the journey would have been completely different. Thanks to a $640,000 Road to Nursing grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration, Moshe was able to earn a scholarship to fund daycare for her twins, gas for clinical preceptorship training at the hospital in Willcox, and other expenses to offset the cost of her education. "My success and my development were really dependent on this scholarship," she says. "You know how sometimes you hear of people getting scholarships and wonder 'Do they really need it?' I'm someone who really needed it. To be one of those special cases, to be under those circumstances and have that need fulfilled through scholarships, I'm just really grateful for it." Moshe took the licensed practical nursing examination at the end of her first semester of nursing school to become an LPN, and she's been working at local nursing homes for the past two years to make ends meet at home. Despite constantly running all over the place for her kids or work or school, Moshe said it's all been worth it, even as she looks toward more schooling to fulfill her ultimate goal of becoming a nurse practitioner. "I want to be there for my children, and I also want to satisfy my dreams," she says. "Sometimes I feel embarrassed about being 30 and just now getting into a career. But if you even just look at the last two years of my life, everything I've done, the rigorous program of nursing school, life is pretty good. The kids are happy, we have a happy home life. If I look at it realistically, I'd say I'm a success."

Scholarships simplify the educational journey for students like Stephanie Moshe, a recent nursing graduate with a young family.

Grants propel college healthcare programs By Liz Manring It was a busy year for health sciences at Cochise College. With a brand new program taking shape, things aren't slowing down anytime soon. And that's a good thing. Last fall, the nursing program received a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration to provide $640,000 in scholarships to nursing students. Through HRSA's Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students program, Cochise College's Road to Nursing grant will provide $160,000 annually for scholarships that go to disadvantaged students enrolled in the college's nursing program. "This is the first time in the history of our nursing program that we got an SDS grant that gives direct scholarships to students," said Cochise College Health Sciences Director Jennifer Lakosil. "HRSA grants are hard to get. They're very competitive." This spring semester, the college's Nursing and Allied Health Department received funds from the Arizona Health Facilities Authority and the Cochise College Foundation to purchase a new birthing and maternal simulator, NOELLE S575, to round out its collection of mannequin-based simulators that help train nursing and allied health students.

Life-like mannequins, like the birthing and maternal simulator recently purchased by the Nursing Department using grant funds, provide learning experiences that might be difficult to come by in a clinical setting.

In March, the college's paramedicine program was the fifth in Arizona to receive national accreditation. The achievement complied with new requirements from the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians, which instituted a policy beginning Jan. 1 that required all paramedicine applicants seeking national EMS certification at the paramedicine level to complete their education through a program with accreditation recognized by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. The college is also one step away from getting its new respiratory therapy program accredited. Its curriculum was approved in December, and, if all goes according to plan, 20 students should begin the program this fall. "Probably within the next two years, we'll see an increase in job opportunities in this field," said program coordinator Jim Nosek.


Family leaves legacy through career, technical education

The Bugen Family, Bisbee: Clockwise from left are Chris, Sam, George, Mamie and Bette Bugen, ca. 1930s.

Upon high school graduation, George Bugen's vision for his future didn't extend much beyond the life of a miner. "I graduated and worked underground," he said. "Then I thought, 'There's a better thing than that.'" Machinist school through the U.S. Navy ensured a surface job when he returned to his hometown of Bisbee, and other opportunities blossomed from there. Today, he's a strong proponent of higher learning, especially in vocational education, after experiencing its benefits firsthand. Bugen affirmed that belief through a historic donation to Cochise College. With the transfer of his late brother's estate to the Cochise College Foundation in December, the Bugen family has given the largest recorded donation in the history of the college, valued at about $1 million. George Bugen has also pledged his own estate to the foundation. Story by Liz Manring


"This wonderful contribution really makes a difference," said Yolanda Anderson, foundation board president. "It makes a difference to students, it makes a difference to faculty and staff ‌ it will make a difference forever." The Bugens, a Serbian family, made Bisbee home in 1912 when George Bugen's father, Chris Bugen, moved from Gary, Ind., first to Globe, then to the Southern Arizona mining town. Chris Bugen immigrated to the U.S. from Yugoslavia and was a "pioneer resident of Bisbee," according to the Bisbee Daily Review. He owned Bugen Grocery on Naco Road and married Bisbeeborn Mamie Milutinovich in 1925. George Bugen is the youngest and last survivor of his siblings. Bette Mae was born in 1925 and died in 2003. Sam was born in 1927 and died in 2011. George was born in the family's home above the grocery store in 1928. He played football for Bisbee High School and graduated in 1947. The Bugen family's donations will go toward expansion of the Career and Technical Education facility on the east side of the Sierra Vista Campus. The building is now marked by a monument bearing the family name. "This is a beautiful honor to the Bugen family name," George Bugen said during the monument's unveiling ceremony in January. "I'd say it's a bet that the rest of the family up there is looking down here right now with a big smile on their face, wishing Cochise College the best of everything in future endeavors. As for me, I think it's the greatest thing that ever happened."

February 1953 as a Machinery Repairman Petty Officer First Class, with skills that would open up doors for the rest of his life. Back with Phelps Dodge in Bisbee, he worked on the labor crew for a bit before a journeyman machinist vacancy opened. In 1956, he moved to Peru to be a machinist instructor. From there, he found work in Stockton, Calif., as a maintenance superintendent; Bisbee as a technical sales representative; and back in Peru in several master mechanic positions. He was the advanced to assistant mechanical superintendent of the Ilo, Peru, Area Mechanical Division, in charge of smelter and industrial railroad, just prior to his retirement in 1986. "I think it's very important to get an education, and when you want to start a career, getting an apprenticeship is damn near impossible," he said. "This is a jump start: out of high school, go to Cochise (College) and get a jump start on a career." Cochise College made an impression on Bugen when he met several of its nursing students at the rest home where his brother stayed. Both George and Sam had played the stock market with a little guidance from an uncle in San Diego. Once they started thinking about future plans for their estates, George took a drive through the Cochise College campus in Sierra Vista and made up his mind almost immediately. "Once I saw this place, I knew it was the best place for a young person to start a career," Bugen said. "I told Sam, 'We're giving our money to Cochise.' This is the place to put your money, because it's a place that's going to grow."

After graduating from Bisbee High, Bugen worked as a laborer with M and M Enterprise, then as a miner's helper for Phelps Dodge. He joined the U.S. Navy on Valentine's Day in 1949 and, following boot camp, he attended Navy School in San Diego to become a Machinery Repairman NTC. He was assigned to the USS Jason, a heavy-duty repair vessel. After three tours in the Korean War, he was discharged in

"I think it's the greatest thing that ever happened," said George Bugen, second from right, at a celebration in January.


Everything in Common Former players, recruited in Canada, share experience, even today Story by Liz Manring When Greg Duce and Daniel Desgagne turn into the Douglas Campus, park their cars near the baseball field and take their seats to watch a game, it's a little like being at home again, even though Cochise College felt about as far away from home as they could get 25 years ago. Both Duce and Desgagne hail from Canada and played for the Cochise College baseball team during the mid-1980s under then-head coach Bo Hall. Although they grew up on separate sides of their home country — Duce in Alberta and Desgagne in Quebec — and never wore an Apache uniform at the same time — Duce played 1984-85 and Desgagne from 1986-87 — their experiences in southeast Arizona and as Cochise College alumni mirror each other in many ways. While at Cochise, each met and dated "local gals," who they later married. Annette Duce, a Cochise volleyball player, graduated from Bisbee High, and Martina Desgagne graduated from Douglas High School. Both ball players earned roster spots with four-year schools after Cochise, eventually returned to work in Southern Arizona, and remained ingrained in the game even though day jobs now tie them to an office.

Daniel and Stephan Desgagne, left, and Tagg and Greg Duce, right


Their memories of Cochise College? They echo sentiments there, too. "I have very good memories, and really for me, it was about getting an opportunity to play college baseball, but I also met a lot of great people," Duce said. "Coming right out of high school and having that little community right there helped me tremendously, and I think that's why they continue to have success down there. You concentrate on school and you concentrate on playing. I think that's good." Added Desgagne: "The Cochise era is definitely one of the best times of my life. A lot happened for me there." Both alumni also passed on their love of baseball to their kids, and the most coincidental similarity right now is that their oldest children are both infielders who transferred from other schools to play for the Cochise College baseball team this season. Tagg Duce, a Buena High grad, played last year at Grand Canyon University — where his father actually completed his years of college baseball — and had a successful season despite a coaching change and torn labrum. Tagg had been recruited by Cochise head coach Todd Inglehart out of high school, and the program has turned out to be a better fit for the second baseman, who was named team most valuable player in April.

The elder Duce played infield for Cochise and is tied for eighth for most home runs in a season, with 10 in 1984. As a freshman, Greg Duce was named to the All-Region First Team and All-Conference as designated hitter, but he sees an even better bat in Tagg's hands. "I think as a hitter, he's smarter than I was, and he's definitely a lot stronger than I ever was," Duce said. "What we've always talked about from a young age is respecting the game and playing it hard. You go out and compete to the best of your ability, don't cheat yourself, and whatever happens, happens. Baseball is a game of failure, struggle, so we've tried to say, you're going to have ups, but don't make them too high, and you'll have downs, don't make them too low." Stephan Desgagne, who graduated from Flowing Wells High School in Tucson, was recruited by Division I schools, but gravitated to the junior college level and started his college baseball career at Arizona Western. Like his teammate, his first school wasn't the best fit. After completing his freshman season, he took a year off before joining the Apaches, and the fact that his father had a good experience in Cochise's program made the opportunity all the more attractive. Daniel Desgagne went on to play for College, now University, of the Southwest, and continues to play in a men's senior baseball league in Tucson. But when he first moved to Southern Arizona, he came with one obstacle that Duce didn't have: a language barrier. Desgagne, a pitcher and infielder, spoke French and barely a lick of English. When Hall needed to talk to him or give him direction, a teammate had to translate. "I was so eager to play ball, so it didn't matter to me," he laughed. "I went full right into it, English Immersion Program, and I went from only know-

“ The Cochise era is definitely one of the best times of my life. A lot happened for me there.�

ing yes and no to completely learning English when I was there. I started taking regular classes in the spring and graduated with an associate degree. I was one of those people who never feared moving forward. It was a challenge, but I was so motivated by it." During this year's baseball season, each time Duce and Desgagne have traveled back to the field to watch their sons play on their old stomping grounds, memories flood back. With Hall also along the outside of the fence, watching games as the college's athletic director, conversations are steeped in baseball ... and occasionally recalling the good old days. "It's like I've never left, and there's definitely a pride there, having a kid going through the same steps," Desgagne said. "I have good memories, and I believe in Coach Hall tremendously; best coach I ever had, very in control. He just knows how to do things, doesn't BS anybody and he's fair. That's what I see in Coach Inglehart. Fair coaches, and I trust them."


NISOD Excellence Award

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Colleagues nominated Leslie Clark, left, and Grace Mah, right, pictured with Cochise College President Dr. J.D. Rottweiler, for the NISOD award.

The National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award honors distinction in teaching. Cochise College is one of more than 700 community colleges around the world that belong to NISOD. Employees at participating institutions recognize their colleagues by nominating them for the award. This year's Cochise College recipients are Leslie Clark, English instructor, and Grace Mah, assistant director of the Virtual Campus. Clark became a full-time faculty member with the Cochise College English Department in 2003. Since then, she has aided in implementing courses, helped create the department's electronic handbook and served as an Honors Committee member. In 1999, she co-founded the Cochise Community Creative Writing Celebration along with fellow faculty member Diane Freund. Clark retired at the end of the 2012-2013 academic year. Mah has been with Cochise College since 2005. She was a computer information systems instructor and department chair before moving to the Virtual Campus. During the college's switch to a new online course management system last summer, Mah worked to ease the transition with technical research and instructor training. She is also on the curriculum committee and co-chair of the professional development committee.

More alumni news available online Did you know that: • Former Cochise College basketball players appeared in a national news clip about their heartwarming actions as high school coaches in El Paso? • A student who is a Holocaust survivor found the courage to revisit some of her memories through Cochise College ceramics classes? • A retired faculty member served on the dissertation committee of an alumnus who now directs a grant program at the college? You can read these stories – and submit others for consideration – on the Cochise College Alumni blog at


Our Mission Cochise College provides accessible educational opportunities that are responsive to a diverse population and lead to constructive citizenship, meaningful careers and lifelong learning. The Cochise College Foundation promotes student success through scholarships, facilities development, and program support.

DEC. 31 DEADLINE FOR IRA CHARITABLE ROLLOVER EXTENSION The IRA charitable rollover is a popular way for donors to support their favorite causes. The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 extends for 2012 and 2013 the IRA rollover giving incentive, which expired at the end of 2011. It allows individual taxpayers older than 70 ½ years to donate up to $100,000 from their individual retirement accounts (IRAs) and Roth IRAs to charitable nonprofits without having to treat the withdrawals as taxable income.

Ways to Give Donor contributions help provide thousands of dollars in scholarships and program support each year. You can help support these and other college activities in a variety of ways. • Establish an Annual or Endowed Fund • Planned Gifts • Personal Property • Real Estate • Cash and Pledges • Matching Gifts

You can support Cochise College’s mission to provide accessible educational opportunities that are responsive to a diverse population and lead to constructive citizenship, meaningful careers and lifelong learning by making a gift of IRA assets before Dec. 31, 2013.

Check our website to give online, or contact us at (520) 417-4100 to determine an appropriate use for your gift.

• You must be age 70 ½ or older • The transfer must go directly from your IRA to the Cochise College Foundation

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FOUNDATION BOARD NEWS The Cochise College Foundation welcomed real estate professional Jean Giuffrida to its board of directors in April. A 20-year resident of Sierra Vista, Giuffrida manages the Sierra Vista office of Long Realty. She became a licensed real estate agent with Long in 1998. Previously, she taught elementary school after graduating from Farleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, NJ. One of Giuffrida’s children is a Cochise Jean Giuffrida College graduate. Giuffrida is past president of the Women’s Council of Realtors and a past officer of the Southeast Arizona Association of Realtors and Multiple Listing Service. She also recently completed service on the Greater Sierra Vista Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors. • The foundation board of directors also recently named Shirley Gregory as its second board member emeritus. Gregory joined the board in 1993 and resigned in 2012. A long-time Douglas resident, she remains a believer in, and an advocate for, Cochise College, particularly the Douglas Campus, which was landscaped by her late husband Bill. Prior to joining the board, she co-chaired a bond drive for the college. “I am very grateful for the opportunity and the privilege of serving with such a devoted, caring group, and I am so proud to have been connected to Cochise College in so many ways,” Gregory said. • Foundation board vice president Jan Guy is Cochise College’s first trustee emeritus. Guy served on the Governing Board for 18 years, chairing the board numerous times and finishing her last term in December.

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FACULTY EMERITI Cochise College recognizes the profession of teaching as a lifetime commitment for many members of its faculty. Although they are no longer full-time employees, these individuals may continue their interest and make many more contributions to the education process. Retired members of the full-time faculty, counselors or librarians are eligible for emeriti status if they have served for 10 or more years and consistently made significant meritorious contributions to the instructional process. Nominees are recommended to the college president and Governing Board by the Senate, and the distinction is celebrated at commencement. Dr. Mark von Destinon Cochise College and Mark von Destinon share a relationship that spans nearly a lifetime. He's been spotted in old photographs on the Douglas Campus as a youngster while his father was an administrator at the college during the late 1960s and early '70s. He remembers former Cochise College Vice President/Provost Joanna (Kurdeka) Michelich (’68) first as his babysitter. Von Destinon began working for Cochise College in 1980 as the director of admissions and registrar, and over his 23 years at Cochise, he was also a counselor, department chair, dean and teacher. He "oversaw the conversion from key punch to online registration - a true nightmare - and volunteered as the Rodeo Club advisor and member of the Apache Booster Club, while also teaching political science courses in the evening," according to longtime behavioral sciences Instructor Dave Pettes. Von Destinon left the college in 1985 to pursue his master's and doctoral degrees in higher education student services, with an emphasis in counseling and guidance, at the University of Arizona. He returned in 1992 as dean of student services in Sierra Vista and was instrumental in scholarship creation and fundraising. In 1999, von Destinon became a full-time psychol-

ogy and sociology instructor. He was the first Psychology 101 online instructor. He was also an active member of the academic council, senate and other committees. After retiring in 2011, he became a lifetime member of the Friends of the Library, a regular contributor to the Cochise College Foundation, and he continues to teach online courses for Cochise College in social/behavioral sciences. Charles Perry Charles "Chuck" Perry retired from Cochise College in 2011 after a 27-year career as a full-time faculty member in the Aviation Department. During his distinguished career with the college, he served as flight instructor and chief flight instructor. He holds a bachelor of science degree from the University of Denver and a master of arts from The American College. Perry was selected as the 1992 Arizona Flight Instructor of the Year by the Federal Aviation Administration Scottsdale Flight Standards District. Since 1997, he has been authorized to conduct flight tests on behalf of the FAA as a designated pilot examiner, which means he acts as a final "quality control inspector," ensuring that applicants for a pilot certificate or rating meet FAA performance standards. Carlos Cartagena, the vice president for information technology and the former senior administrator point of contact for aviation programs, recalled the end of many fall semesters in which the rest of the college was ready to close for winter break, "Mr. Perry was usually the last person to leave the Douglas Campus, as he would do his best to accommodate lastminute flight test requests so that students could better plan their future training and educational goals." For about the last 12 years of his career, Perry was elected to the college Senate, on which he served as president or secretary on a number of occasions. He also served on the Employee Relations Committee. A new Pre-Pharmacy Club Fund will help the student organization advance its mission of engaging potential pharmacy students and preparing Cochise College students for the next step in pharmacy education.

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Under the direction of advisor Tasneem Ashraf, department chair for the sciences, the club has put on a summer PharmCamp for elementary and middle school students in conjunction with the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy. This year, the club raised funds to support the camp by selling space in a PharmCamp calendar. Gifts to the Pre-Pharmacy Club Fund can help with everything from PharmCamp supplies to guest speakers.

NEWS OF ALUMNI & FRIENDS Six years in the U.S. Marine Corps and an associate of science in professional flight technology earned at Cochise College helped lay the foundation for Jeffrey Best (’93) in his role as chief executive officer and executive director of Katanga Mining Limited, which operates a large-scale coppercobalt project with high-grade mineral reserves and integrated metallurgical operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo. After Cochise, Best earned a bachelor of science in mineral engineering at New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology and a master’s of business administration at the University of Chicago. He also previously worked for Phelps Dodge Corp, Accenture, and Freeport McMoran Copper and Gold. • Anyone who follows Tucson-area news might occasionally run across the name of Sgt. Tim Brunenkant (’90), who made friends from across the nation when he lived in the Douglas Campus residence halls. A 17-year veteran of the Marana Police Department, Brunenkant’s experience includes criminal investigations, police administration, and media relations. • Dora A. (Villa) Curiel (’96), who studied criminal justice at Cochise, is an intake clerk for the U.S. District Court.

Robert Ellis (’68) embarked on a career in education and law enforcement after studying drafting and journalism at Cochise College. He earned a bachelor of science in education at Northern Arizona University and a master’s degree in educational technology at the University of Arizona, participating in additional classes in his role with the Arizona Department of Education, School Improvement Unit. He also worked with various law enforcement agencies, has since retired, and resides in the Prescott area. • Michael Kron (’03), of North Carolina, is a pilot for Pinnacle Airlines/Delta Connection. • Carmen Moreno (’12), who is attending the University of Arizona on an All-Arizona tuition waiver, a scholarship awarded annually to Arizona’s top community college students, has been accepted into the university’s accelerated master’s degree program in psychology. • A native of Douglas, Cesar Ramirez (’99) earned an associate of applied science in network management at Cochise and a computer engineering degree at the University of Arizona. Today, he is a computer engineer with the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground. • Gary Spence (’71) took a circuitous route to becoming a pilot for Netjets. A graduate of Tucson’s Palo Verde High School, he enrolled at Cochise, moved on to the University of Arizona, and came back to Cochise

to study in the airframe and powerplant program. He completed flight training after joining the U.S. Navy in 1972. Today, he winters in Tempe and spends summers in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. • Now retired from the U.S. Army, Guadalupe Vallejo (’94) is a substitute teacher for the Huachuca City School. Cathy Jo (Hedges) Waters (’91), who retired as an administrative assistant in the Cochise College library in 2009, married Albert Koester in January 2013 and now resides in Concord, Ca.

Ellen Whitehead (‘11), who earned an All-Arizona nomination and a waiver to complete her bachelor’s degree at one of Arizona’s public universities, was named the outstanding senior in the University of Arizona Sociology Department. She plans to pursue a master’s degree at Rice University. • Christopher Woods attended flight ground school and took various other Cochise College courses, last attending in 1996. He left the military in 2000 and now works as a civilian calibration technician for the U.S. Army.

IN MEMORIAM M. David Meeker, Faculty, Behavioral and Social Science/Music, April 26, 2013 • Raymond Dean Morin, Facilities Maintenance, May 3, 2013 • Ronald Olson, Faculty, Business, April 29, 2013 • Flossie Mae Pearce, Purchasing, April 21, 2013 Share your news and updates at or email

For many military students, opportunities began with IO training Numerous military students who pursued affordable opportunities to earn college credit through their intelligence operations training at Fort Huachuca have used that preparation to pursue further education and advanced careers. Cochise College evaluates and awards credit for intelligence operations training provided by military personnel, enabling soldiers to achieve credits affordably and to get started on higher education that applies to their military careers and beyond. William Alsobrook ('12) earned an associate of applied science in intelligence operations/human intelligence analyst before going to work for BKM Global. David Blamire of Maryland studied intelligence operations/human intelligence collection and is employed by the U.S. Army. Michelle Campana (’04), who earned an associate of applied science in intelligence operations, is a manager for Northrop Grumman in Virginia. Lynda Hickey earned an associate degree in intelligence operations in 2004 and a UNIX certificate in 2013. She’s now pursuing a bachelor’s degree and works as an IT specialist and Certified Information Systems Security Professional with the U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM). Matthew Ogiwara studied intelligence operations/intelligence analyst and is employed by the U.S. Army. Peter Park earned two degrees – an associate of general studies in 2007 and an associate of applied science in intelligence operations in 2010 – and now works for defense contractor General Dynamics Information Technology. Eamonn Walsh (’11) earned associate of applied science degrees in administration of justice and intelligence operations studies at Cochise College and transferred to Mount Saint Mary’s University. Today, he works for a government contractor.


From left: Karly Scarbrough, Patty Leyva, Cathy Ortiz and Ron Hyde.

Medium: Sculpture Material: Cor-Ten, or weathering steel Setting: Douglas Campus, south of Building 700, current home of the bookstore Era: 1969-1973 Artist: Brad Lawrence Context: Rumored to represent an impolite gesture and created in protest over a disagreement with college leaders, the sculpture’s first home was in front of the Administration Building. The artist, a former student, has not been located, and no record of the purported dispute has been found in college publications or records. Source: Dr. Dan Rehurek, Cochise College president, 1985 – 1994 (retired); artist; and member of the Cochise College Foundation board of directors. “Very few knew what the symbolism was. I, frankly, think it's a great piece!”

Achieved Classified Excellence Award The Cochise College Classified Association is a group of employees at the college united based on employment classification. The association holds an annual raffle, food drives and fundraisers throughout the year to donate to the college and its students through scholarships and other contributions. The Classified Association also presents four of its members with ACE (Achieved Classified Excellence) awards every year. ACE award winners are nominated by their peers, who provide examples of each nominee's service to the college and community. Recipients receive a letter of commendation from the college president, a plaque and a monetary award. Ron Hyde is the ITV coordinator for the Library/Instructional Media Services. He served for years as the association's secretary on the Executive Council, volunteers his "techie" skills at college events and enjoys working with students in his Digital Media Arts classes. Patty Leyva is the position control technician for the Business Office. She has served on the association's Social Concerns Committee and often volunteers for the college as a rodeo timekeeper, at the county fair booth, and as a Wellness Ambassador. Cathy Ortiz is a computer support technician for the Information Technology Department. She has served on the association's Scholarship Committee and can often be found tutoring students in the computer lab in addition to her full-time duties of providing tech support on the Douglas Campus. Karly Scarbrough is the library circulation supervisor on the Sierra Vista Campus. She volunteers to help the annual Creative Writing Celebration run smoothly and is described as consistently courteous and patient in providing resources to students and other library patrons.


Exhibit sheds light on heritage of Cochise County By Denise Hoyos Cochise College’s first “El Recuerdo” yearbook – published in 1965 - pictures some 250 “young pioneers,” the fledgling institution’s first students. Among them are yearbook staff member Rosaline Campas and John Pintek Jr., who met at Cochise and married, despite the heated football rivalry between their respective hometowns, Douglas and Bisbee. The Cochise student body elected John its first president, and he’s also pictured with the Gymnastics Club. Rosaline’s activities included the Newman Association and College Y, and she served as an officer in the Cochise College YWCA. Now retired and residing in the Las Vegas, N.M., area, the Pinteks take great pride in their Cochise College experience. During periodic trips back to Cochise County, they’ve attended graduation and can often be spotted at Apache basketball games. Interest in an archaeology collection that has been housed at the college since students began unearthing pieces in the 1960s inspired the couple to fund the first installation of “The Prehistoric Peoples of Cochise County,” a recently unveiled exhibit that tells the story of Cochise County’s earliest residents. The display in the Douglas Campus Administration Building includes primitive pottery, baskets, jewelry, and tools set against a backdrop of illustrations depicting Native American life. The collection extends well beyond the current exhibit because students undertook at least seven major excavations across the county during the years of the active program, first led by faculty member Richard Myers. Between 1964 and 1983, students unearthed and documented significant evidence of prehistoric life; in addition, the college received from local families items collected over many years from Cochise County and northern Mexico, as well as a 1974 donation of artifacts seized by U.S. Customs. The result is a study collection of ceramics from prehistoric cultures in the area that rivals or surpasses any other existing collection, according to Rebecca Orozco, the faculty member who also curates the collection and once participated in the classes. “The college possesses an incredible educational resource that is important to the border region and relevant to today’s residents,” Orozco says. The college envisions expanding the exhibit to its other locations. With additional assistance from the Pinteks, planning for a second installation, to be housed at the Sierra Vista Campus, is underway.

Cochise College History Instructor Rebecca Orozco, once a student in the anthropology program, places an Apache water jar in a Douglas Campus exhibit of locally relevant archaeological pieces.


A 1960s SOIREE During Dr. William Harwood’s mid-1960s tenure as president of Cochise College, he and his wife, Jerry, entertained Governing Board, faculty and staff guests, and other dignitaries at their Bisbee residence. In this photo, taken at one of those gatherings, Dr. Charles DiPeso, for whom the Douglas Campus library is named, and his wife, Frances, right, greet Doris Dees, left, the first assistant to the new college’s presidents. DiPeso, an archaeologist and director of The Amerind Museum, was elected to the Governing Board in 1963 and served until his death in 1982.



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Accolade spring 2013  

Publication of the Cochise College Foundation.

Accolade spring 2013  

Publication of the Cochise College Foundation.