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December 2007 - Highlights at a Glance


AWC's New San Luis Learning Center


Steve Shadle, Governing Board President, and Dr. Don Schoening, AWC President, were the official ribbon cutters for the newly completed San Luis Learning Center.

AWC's new San Luis Learning Center located in San Luis, AZ is ready for learning, which is the first building to be completed as part of the 2004 special bond election approved by Yuma and La Paz counties’ voters. AWC held a ribbon cutting and tour of the newly completed San Luis Learning Center to mark this monumental event on December 11th at 11:00 am followed by refreshments.

The construction of the AWC San Luis Learning Center first broke ground on March 26, 2007 and was constructed by Don Peterson Engineering, Inc. The new center is a 20,000-square-foot classroom building located in San Luis, Arizona adjacent to the San Luis High School. Now that the San Luis Learning Center is completed, AWC will have 15 new classrooms available for classes that will significantly improve the service the College can provide residents of Somerton and San Luis. Classes in the new building will begin this January for the start of the Spring 2008 semester.

The 2004 special bond was a result of the robust growth within the Yuma and La Paz Counties, and the community’s growth demands for higher education. The approved projects include the construction of the Science/Agriculture Complex, the College Community Center, Child Development Learning Lab, and required infrastructure improvements that are all currently still under construction at the College’s main campus in Yuma, as well as learning centers in San Luis, Wellton, Quartzsite, and Parker.



 "The Clock Struck Twelve"

Scenes from the play, "The Clock Struck Twelve."

"The Clock Struck Twelve" was a play put on by the AWC Theatre.  The play performances ran November 9-11th and Nov 14-18.  "The Clock Struck Twelve" allowed the audience to engage in a mystery farce that harbored many humorous moments.   

AWC Theatre does not charge an admission price for their productions, but suggest a $5 donation. In lieu of money, AWC Theatre also accepts five articles of non-perishable food items or five articles of clean usable clothing, which is then donated to the Crossroads Mission. Remember that AWC Theatre is here for you, and appreciate any suggestions for shows to present and events to produce.






AWC Nominates Two Students for the Phi Theta Kappa All-Arizona Academic Team

Arizona Western College is excited to announce that two AWC students, Virginia Brindley and Eva Olvera, have been nominated for the Phi Theta Kappa All-Arizona Academic Team.

State-level awards are announced at the All-AZ Academic Team luncheon on Thursday, February 21, 2008, at Mesa Community College. Both AWC nominees will automatically be offered four semesters of tuition waivers from the Arizona Board of Regents to be applied towards their junior and senior years at an Arizona university. Third Team members receive a cash award of $500, and Second Team members receive $750. First Team members receive $1000 and will then be considered for national ranking and awards. Furthermore, a PTK press release states:

"If your student is selected to the All-USA First Team [national level], he or she will receive a $2,500 stipend and your student and college will also be recognized at the annual convention of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and be featured in USA TODAY on April 7, 2008.... All receive extensive national recognition through coverage in USA TODAY."

"IN ADDITION, the top-scoring student from each state in the All-USA Academic Team competition will be named a New Century Scholar and will receive a $2,000 stipend funded by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and the Coca-Cola Foundation. New Century Scholars will also be recognized at the AACC Convention in Long Beach, California."

Biographies of the 2007-08 All-Arizona Nominees:

Eva Olvera

Eva Olvera:
Place of birth: Yuma, AZ
Age: 19 years old
How long living in the area: Lived in Yuma most of her life
Current School attending: Arizona Western College
Future school attending: NAU-Yuma
Chosen field of study: Community Counseling
Career goal: Children’s Therapist

Eva Olvera commented on her future goals by saying, “Even though my first goal was to attend U of A, after much prayer and debate, I decided to stay here at Arizona Western College (and I have never regretted that decision). I plan on transferring to the NAU-Yuma campus since they offer my major, Community Counseling, there. I want to work one-on-one with other individuals, having that personal contact, and advise them in anyway possible. I love people and helping them is what I have always loved to do. More specifically, I would love to work with children. Therefore, my career goal is to become a children's therapist.”

Virginia Brindley

Virginia Brindley:
Place of birth: Mexico City
Age: 36 years old
How long living in the area: 4 years
Current School attending: Arizona Western College
Future school attending: NAU-Yuma.
Chosen field of study: Psychology
Career goal: Psychiatry

Virginia Brindley comments on her future goals by saying, “It has always been my passion and intrigue to learn about the mind and the role that human behavior plays in social dynamics. I believe that by learning all the phenomena of the mind -- behavior, perception, emotion, and personality -- I could contribute to the betterment of interpersonal relationships in our society. While working in the medical field for more than a decade, I realized how important it was for me to choose a medical field in which I would be able to have direct contact with the patient, but more importantly, to be able to make a positive change in people's lives.”

New Director of Tech Prep and Vocational Projects


Larry Lebsock, Director of Tech Prep and Vocational Projects

Larry Lebsock is the new Director of Tech Prep and Vocational Projects at Arizona Western College. His first official day at AWC was on November 12th.  Larry is an alumnus from Arizona Western College where he received his AA Degree in Welding Technology.  He also has a B.S. and a Masters Degree from Northern Arizona University.  He taught welding at Kofa High School for 15 years and taught TV Productions at Cibola for 15 years.  He said that he is very happy to be a part of the AWC community.


AWC Holiday Luncheon and Service Recognition


AWC President Dr. Don Schoening presented Kathryn Watson, Professor of Family Studies, with the President's Trophy for her 30 years of service at the College.

President Schoening's annual AWC Holiday Luncheon and Service Recognition was held on Thursday, December 13, 2007 in the College Union Cafeteria.

This year's service recognition pins went to:

30 Years:
Kathryn Watson

15 Years:


The AWC Chamber Singers directed by Dr. Charles Smalley, Professor of Choral and Vocal Music, provided the entertainment for the luncheon.

Moses Diaz de Leon
Albert John King
Nancy Langford
Charles Morris
Sherry Needham
Gary Neumeyer
Carl Posch
Carol Rinehart

10 Years:
Elizabeth Arturi
Jerry Frame
Michael Kelly Green
Richard Hernandez
Teresa Livingston
Jonathan Porter
Timothy Smith
Michelle Thomas

5 Years:
Julia Armer
Troy Baughtman
Charles Beasley
Penelope Cooper
Danny Culley
Rosalia Delgado
Margaret Dewey
Olga Escalante
Francisco Gauna
Lauryn Geritz
Brandi Halford
Mary Heiligenthal
Paul Koblas
Pat Lamaestra
Kevin Mann
Liza Martinez
Travis Mitchell
Randall Nelson
Veronica Porchas
Beth Roe
Eleanor Sayles
William Smith
Michelle Urena
Timothy Whittier

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