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September 2008 Highlights at a Glance


September 11th Moment of Silence

 Faculty, staff and students gather to remember

Over 100 AWC faculty, staff and students gathered at the flagpole at noon on September remember those that lost their lives in the attack on the World Trade Center.

Angelina Bonta, KAWC Producer and Host, began the ceremony by singing the National Anthem. John Godfrey, AWC's Student Activities Specialist, introduced AWC Police Cheif, John Edmundson. The Cheif described his time at Ground Zero the days following the attacks.

 Dr. Schoening leads the Moment of Silence


Dr. Don Schoening then lead the group in a Moment of Silence to remember the first responders, the innocent victims and those families that lost loved ones in the moments of the attacks.

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Celebration of Scholarships

Foundation Honors Donors

Arizona Western College Foundation hosted the 2008-2009 Celebration of Scholarship. This was a wonderful opportunity to join other exceptional students and generous donors to share stories and experiences.

Scholarship recipients had the opportunity to share their Arizona Western College class experiences and what the scholarship has meant to their educational goals. Scholarship supporters had the opportunity to get to know “their” students.

The Celebration took place on the AWC Main Campus College Union, in the Ocotillo Lounge, on September 18.
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Voice Your Vote


John Munger, Co-Chair for McCain for President AZ Chapter

Arizona Western College’s Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society offered the area a chance to ‘Voice Your Vote’ on Wednesday, September 17th on the AWC main campus in the AWC Theater.

AWC’s Political Science Department & Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society hosted a Voice Your Vote event. During Voice Your Vote, John Munger, the Co-Chair of the McCain for President Arizona Chapter, spoke on the McCain Platform. The forum was open to the public.

AWC will host a second Voice Your Vote on October 1st at 12:15 at the AWC Theater. Howard Blitz, Chairman of the Yuma County Libertarian party will be discussing the Libertarian Party platform, followed by Steve Phlegar who will discuss “What it means to be an Independent today.

The forum will educate and broaden student's knowledge on each of their party’s platforms and their candidate’s platforms as well. There will not be a debate, but a forum where it is open to the students and faculty to ask questions and open a discussion forum. There will also be a registration table set up for those who have not registered to vote and are eligible.

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Cohen Displays

Cohen on Display

AWC's ESL Professor, Ellen Cohen was on hand to open EarthRibbons, her art display on September 12th at the Gallery.

Ellen was joined by a gallery full of friends, students and co-workers to wish her well on her work.

Ellen Cohen,
"During flight, water becomes air.
Darkness becomes light.
Jagged turns smooth.
One becomes another."

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Dillman Publishes

“Cloudcraft,” as story by local writer Darren Dillman, is included in the Fall, 2008 issue of Shenandoah: The Washington and Lee University Review.

Edited by R.T. Smith, Shenandoah has published award-winning fiction, poetry, essays and interviews since 1950. Work published in the magazine is regularly included in the Best American Poetry, New Stories from the South and the Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses annual anthologies. See for more information.

Dillman earned an MFA in creative writing from McNeese State University. His poetry is forthcoming in the Washington Square Review, and his novel The Preacher is forthcoming from David Cook Publishing. He teaches English at Arizona Western College.

"I'm excited to have my work included in Shenandoah. I started writing "Cloudcroft" nearly four years ago, and it has taken all this time to finally see it in print, but it was worth the wait," Dillman commented. "When I took English 102 back in the Stone Age, my professor had published some poetry and fiction, and he read a few of his poems to the class. The fact that he practiced what he taught made a difference in how I perceived him. I think it can lend more credibility to my instruction."

Copies of Shenandoah 58/2 may be purchased for $12 from your local bookseller or ordered directly form Shenandoah, Mattingly House, 2 Lee Ave., Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA 24450-2116.

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SGA Officers

 Newly elected officers attend 'Leadership Training'

Student Government Association would like to formally announce the winners of the Officers Race. At the end of last year elections were held and Diego dos Santos won the majority vote for Student Government Association Presidency. Early this month elections were held for the five Vice Presidential positions. The results are as follows.

Vice President of Finance: Anna Marie Ramirez
Vice President of Marketing: Karl Pope
Vice President of Programming: Les Courts
Vice President of Development: Eric Quesenberry
Vice President of Records:Jose Arias

"Please congratulate these students for their efforts. We are looking forward to an excellent year in Student Government!" John Godfrey, Student Activites Specialist said of the SGA elections.

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Women's Health Fair

The 2008 Women's Health Fair got people moving!

Hundred's join the festivities and celebrated National Women's Health & Fitness Day. All who attended learned about aerobic exercise some even learned how to do the Zumba!

Booths were available to learn more about heart disease, immunizations, OB/GYN issues, how cigarette smoking affects women, diabetes, HIV, cancer & prevention and much more.

Remember making healthy lifestyle choices facilitates learning!

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Young Parent's Seminar

Christina Hawkey presents at the "Young Parent's Seminar"

The Yuma/La Paz Counties Tech Prep program sponsored a FREE Young Parents Seminar. This seminar was geared toward helping young parents in the community meet their obligations as a parent as well as continuing with their education. These seminars provided dynamic tools and educational opportunities to participants that would enable them to continue their education and meet their personal goals, while still being able to handle the responsibility of being a young parent.

“We know how difficult it is to juggle work, school, time, and a child that is why we feel we would like to provide resources which will assist you in taking on the duties of being a young parent while still maintaining a consistent, goal oriented mind set,” Larry Lebsock, Director of Tech Prep, AWC.

Various topics that were covered included Financial Freedom, Kids, Parents & Puzzles, Getting it Together, and Time – Out for Parents.

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Matador Sports Network Expands

Voice of the Matador's Jim Howell and Patrick Cunningham

Arizona Western College is proud to announce that Year 3 of the Matador Sports Network will began September 6th, with the live radio & internet broadcast of the AWC Football game against American Sports University at the home of the Matadors-Veterans Memorial Stadium. It was the first of 11 radio/internet broadcasts of Matador Football this year, which will be followed by 22 live radio/internet broadcasts of AWC Men’s Basketball and 22 live radio/internet broadcasts of AWC Women’s Basketball. In addition, AWC TV (Time-Warner Cable Channel 74) will broadcast 6 live television broadcasts of Matador Football home games beginning Saturday. AWC TV will follow that will 11 live TV broadcasts of AWC’s home men’s-women’s basketball doubleheaders at ‘The House’ during the 2008-09 season. In addition, MATSN will expand this season in several ways, first expanding to two different internet sites, and also expanding to include selected Matador Volleyball, Soccer, Baseball and Softball games this fall and spring. In fact, Matador Soccer debuted on the Matador Sports Network for the first time ever Wednesday, September 10th, as the Matadors hosted South Mountain at the AWC Soccer Field.

All of the radio broadcasts will be carried live once again by Yuma’s news/talk powerhouse SportsRadio 560 KBLU, who begins its ninth year broadcasting AWC Athletics. Meanwhile, KBLU’s internet site, will join the AWC Athletics website ( to simulcast all of the Matadors’ game broadcasts for the 2008-09 athletic season. And for television, AWC TV continues its excellent coverage of Matador Athletics on Time-Warner Cable Channel 74.

For the tenth straight season, Jim Howell-the ‘Voice of the Matadors’ will be at the microphone providing play-by-play, and AWC Women’s Head Basketball Coach Patrick Cunningham will provide the color commentary throughout the season.

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Real World to the Classroom

Financial Forum held on campus

With the economic roller coaster ride the US is on…one AWC Business professor, in the Business and Liberal Arts Division, (BLAD) Michelle Sims, has brought the real world to the classroom.

Students, faculty and staff were invited to a financial forum with local banking and business leaders on Monday, September 29. The goal was to begin a dialogue about current, national financial events.

Industry Panel:
Terry Frydenlund, President and CEO, First Bank Yuma
John Marino EVP, Chief Financial Officer, First Bank Yuma
Edward Kerwin EVP, Chief Credit Officer, First Bank Yuma
Ken Rosevear, Executive Director, Yuma County Chamber of Commerce

The panelists were asked to review the national financial crisis and what triggered these events and discuss the federal bailout plan and how it impacts the free market.

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Classifed Corner

Eddi and husband Dale enjoy their favorite hobby

Welcome to the Classified Employees Corner. This month we will continue to introduce you to the Classified Employee Association elected officers.

Vice-President of the CEA is Eddi Devore. Eddi is the Administrative Assistant in Facilities Management and Planning. She has been at AWC for over two years. She just celebrated her second year here. Before working at AWC she was the office manager for the Registrar's Office at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas.

Eddi's favorite memory of working at AWC is during one of the CEA's Annual Chile Cook Offs...when her husband, Dale, joined her for lunch.

When asked why she joined the CEA, Eddi comments: "It brings classified employees together through the various events. I was a member of the Classifed Senate at Kansas State University and it was a great way to meet people from around campus so I asked about a similar organization when I came here for that same reason."

Join the CEA as they continue to introduce their officers to the AWC community in next month's Highlights.

If you are a classified employee and would like more information on the Classified Empoyee Association email Pete Cassidy at

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