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september 2007 - Highlights at a Glance

 

Ready, Set, Grow!

Construction Update: Image of the Science and Agricultural Complex under construction. Below: Key Agricultural leaders touring facilities under construction.

Construction Update: The new greenhouse facility near the Hi-Bay Laboratory under construction.

On Saturday, September 15, 2007, the Arizona Western College School of Science, Math, and Agriculture and the Arizona Western College Foundation hosted a VIP tour for local leaders within the agricultural community. These VIP’s enjoyed a continental breakfast with Arizona Western College administrators and faculty and were then treated to a walking informational tour of the Science and Agriculture Complex, High Bay and Laboratories, and the new Greenhouses, which are currently under-construction. 

Additional tours will be hosted in the future for community members to view the state-of-the art building project and learn how the College is providing outstanding Agriculture programs for our students and the communities we serve.

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AWC District Governing Board Recognizes YUHSD#70 Board

 

Mr. Steve Shadle and Alica Valdez present AWC Partnership Award to YUHHD#70.

At the first home Matador Football game, AWC District Governing Board President Mr. Steve Shadle along with Alicia Valdez, AWC District Governing Board member, presented YUHHD#70 with an AWC Partnership Award. This award honors the institutions' partnership with the construction of the joint-use Veterans Memorial Stadium.



 

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Non-Traditional Career Fair

Above: A few of the hands-on exhibits that were showcased at the fair.

On September 27th, AWC's Career Development hosted a non-traditional career fair that was open to adult men and women looking to learn about non-traditional careers. The program  featured a Goal Setting Workshop, Campus Tour, and hands-on exhibits that showcased AWC programs and local employers that offer non-traditional career choices. Participants received lunch and were eligible for raffle prizes.

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Student Athlete Successes

For five weeks straight, a Lady Matador has earned the ACCAC Division I Volleyball Player of the Week Award, which means the Lady Matadors have owned all or a piece of each weekly award since the beginning of the season.  Ana Bauer (September 23rd and September 30th) broke the record and earned the award two weeks in a row following her teammates' selections: Patty Panigua (September 2nd), Luci Toazzi (September 9th) and Cayla Knapp (September 16th).

 Cayla Knapp.jpg

Ana Bauer

Patty Panigua

Lucy Toazzi

 Cayla Knapp

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 Mariachi Corazon de Phoenix Performing Arts Event

 

The Mariachi Corazon group performed for everyone at AWC.

AWC's Student Activities hosted the Mariachi Corazon de Phoenix Performing Arts Event on September 20th. Everyone was entertained with a presentation of the most popular mariachi songs through indigenous dialects, traditions, costumes, history, dances, and celebrations of Mexico with music, both vocal and instrumental.

 

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Foundation Renovation by Construction Trades Students

Construction Trades students renovate the Foundation's new offices.

On September 25th, AWC's Construction Trades students started renovating the future offices of the AWC Foundation.  This is the largest project the Construction Trades Program has taken on, since the program was established one year ago. 

The Foundation's new offices are located in the same plaza that they currently occupy a smaller suite that they have outgrown.  The new offices were gifted to the foundation, but required remodeling before they could move in. 

Partnering with the Constructions Trades program will not only save money, but will give students hands-on experience. The job will encompass everything from demolition to building new walls, finished off with plumbing and electrical work. 

The entire project should be completed by the end of the year, before the semester's classes end. 

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Breast Cancer Awareness Day

 

One of the displays for Breast Cancer Awareness Day.

AWC Health Service joined forces with Yuma's Alexander Ford Dealership in bringing Breast Cancer Awareness to the campus on October 3rd. There were displays and free information available at the event, along with the opportunity to sit in 'Mustang Sally' as part of Alexander Ford's Warriors in Pink Campaign. There was also hand on experience palpating lumps and everyone had a chance to win a free Warrior's T-Shirt.

Alexander Ford's 'Mustang Sally'

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kudos

MSC Alumni Association presents the Distinguished Alumni award to Dr. Don Schoening, AWC President.

Dr. Don Schoening

During the September 26-28th Mesa State College Homecoming celebration, Dr. Don Schoening, President of Arizona Western College, received Mesa State College’s highest alumni honor, the Distinguished Alumni Award. This award is given by the Mesa State College (MSC) Alumni Association to honor an alum or alumnus who received an MSC higher education and then moved on to achieve exceptional professional success.

According to Rick Adelman, Mesa State College Alumni Director, “Each year, the biggest highlight is the Distinguished Alumni Banquet. We are proud to honor Dr. Schoening and his achievements. Dr. Schoening’s personality and passion for education really showed through his comments and interaction with our staff, faculty, alumni and students. His speech was the highlight of our entire banquet. It was an honor to have him with us on campus. His accomplishments in higher education make Mesa State College very proud.”

Dr. Schoening attended Mesa State College from 1955 to 1957. While there, he earned his Associate’s degree in English. From MSC, he transferred to Western State College of Colorado where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in English. He then completed his Master’s degree in Guidance Counseling and Psychology at the University of North Dakota in 1964. He also completed his Doctoral degree in Leadership/Education from Gonzaga University.

In addition to this distinguished award, Dr. Schoening was given the opportunity to share his experiences and education with Mesa State College students in the classroom. He will also be featured in the Mesa State College fall issue of The Mosaic and his accomplishment will be displayed on a permanent plaque in the Distinguished Alumni Case located in the W.W. Campbell College Center.


Marketing Awards

At the Region Six National Council of Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) annual conference that took place at the end of September in Nevada, the AWC marketing team earned many accolades for its 2006-07 marketing efforts. NCMPR is a national professional organization and is affiliated with the American Association of Community Colleges. AWC is a member of Region Six, which includes all colleges in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Utah, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of Palau, Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Territory of Guam.

Michelle Sims, Public Relations and Marketing Director

Michelle Sims, Arizona Western College Public Relations and Marketing Director, was awarded the Region Six Communicator of the Year, which is one of the most prestigious awards presented by NCMPR. The Communicator of the Year Award recognizes a marketing, public relations or communications professional at a two-year community, junior or technical college who has demonstrated special leadership or ability in the area of college communications and marketing.

In addition to Sim's award, several of the marketing campaigns and products were recognized. The AWC Career Focus Magazine and the new online newsletter "AWC Highlights" earned a gold medallion. The athletics website (www.azwestern.edu/athletics) and a logo developed for a statewide college enrollment effort earned a silver medallion. The main AWC website (www.azwestern.edu) and the poster for AWC Theatre's play "The Foreigner" earned a bronze medallion.

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