2010 November 3 - 12:00 am


  • The Board of Governors of New River Community and Technical College in West Virginia has presented Nadine Hambrick with the first Good Samaritan Award given by the college. Hambrick, a criminal justice and law enforcement major at the Greenbrier Valley Campus, was nominated for the award by Ann Tate Bell of Lewisburg for the prompt and compassionate way in which Hambrick assisted Bell after Bell was seriously injured in a fall. Last May 27, Bell was leaving a volunteer shift at the North House Museum when she fell and severely cut her leg. She was losing blood rapidly when Hambrick approached and asked if she could assist her. Hambrick had recently completed a first aid class and, not wanting to leave Bell alone, she fashioned a tourniquet from her shirt and stayed with her until an ambulance arrived. Bell received four units of blood at the hospital and later stated that Hambrick’s quick action probably saved her life. Board member David Nalker brought the incident to the attention to the Board of Governors at an earlier meeting. They voted to establish the Good Samaritan Award to recognize acts of “compassion, courage and commitment for the good of others.” Hambrick’s humble response to all the attention was to simply comment, “I am just glad I was there,” she said.

  • Kate Mueller, dean of student affairs at California’s Orange Coast College, will receive the Region VI 2010 Community College Professional Award from NAPSA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. Mueller has been an active member of the group for many years, of the group and serves on its Community College Advisory Board. In addition to her duties as dean of student affairs, Mueller is taking over responsibilities of dean of enrollment services. She has been instrumental in establishing campus programs that directly help students succeed, peer-mentoring and the Pirate Referral Program to assist students in crisis. In May, Mueller was recognized as an “Amiga de Puente” or for mentoring students in OCC’s Puente program for at-risk students who are the first in their families to attend college. Mueller joined OCC in 2001. She earned a bachelor’s degree in comparative literature at Scripps College and completed an master’s in counseling at California State University Long Beach. In 2008, she received a doctorate in education at the University of Nebraska.

  • Southern California Edison has been named the “Bernard Osher Philanthropist of the Year” by the Network of California Community College Foundations for its continued support and contributions to California Community Colleges. SCE – one of the nation’s largest electric utilities, serving Central, Coastal and Southern California – has made a tremendous impact on community colleges through its support of workforce development and student financial needs. Over the past year alone, SCE has contributed $1.4 million to support scholarships for students at numerous colleges throughout Southern California. A large portion of that funding launched the “Green Jobs Education Initiative” in January 2010, a $1 million initiative which supports students with financial need who are enrolled in green job workforce preparation, training programs or studying key areas of the green economy for which workforce demand continues to grow, such as solar panel installation, water and wastewater management and sustainability planning, among others. In addition, SCE gave $400,000 to community colleges for scholarship funds in fall 2009. Both contributions were leveraged with the ongoing Osher Initiative for California Community College Students, which provides a 2-to-1 match on every gift donated to the California Community Colleges Scholarship Endowment until June 2011. Thanks to the match, SCE’s combined gifts have triggered another $700,000 in match dollars from the Osher Foundation, resulting in $2.1 million in endowment funds that will provide scholarships to numerous community colleges students. The Bernard Osher Philanthropist of the Year award, named after the longtime community college benefactor, is bestowed each year at the NCCCF Symposium to honor an individual or organization that has supported the California Community Colleges through philanthropy.
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