2012 August 20 - 12:00 am


  • Ed Garrison likes being involved in organizations that help people help themselves. He said that’s what attracted him to Central Carolina Community College (N.C.) For the past eight years, Garrison, who is vice president/branch manager of Davenport & Co., in Sanford, N.C., has served on the college’s Board of Trustees. That included one term as board chair in 2010-11 and seven years on the Finance Committee, including five as chair. At the end of June, Garrison’s term on the board ended. In recognition of his service to the college, he was honored at a dinner by the board. Garrison was presented by CCCC President Bud Marchant with a Jerry Miller limited edition print of the original buildings on the college’s Chatham, Harnett and Lee campuses. Garrison, a Sanford resident, was appointed to the Board of Trustees by the Lee County Board of Commissioners in 2004 and reappointed to a second four-year term in 2008. Looking back on his eight years on the board, Garrison said one of the actions that he is most proud of as a member was convincing a Lee County commissioner to vote to approve the county’s providing $102,000 to complete funding for the purchase of 56 acres adjacent to the college’s Lee County Campus. That 2006 purchase more than doubled the size of the campus, from 48 to 104 acres.

  • Wake Technical Community College (N.C.) student Fiaunna Shivers has won a prestigious honor in Phi Beta Lambda’s National Leadership Conference competition, held in San Antonio, Texas. Phi Beta Lambda is the national student academic organization for business and leadership. Shivers, president of Wake Tech’s local PBL chapter and vice president of the central region, earned first place in the Future Business Executive competition, the top award given at the conference. She finished above students from such highly-regarded schools as Alabama State University, Temple University and the University of Texas. Shivers was awarded the top prize after answering mock interview questions on leadership, business staffing, accounting, and marketing. As first place winner, Shivers receives a $750 scholarship and a special plaque.

  • St. Clair County Community College (Mich.) alumnus Karl Tomion is being recognized with the 2012 Outstanding Alumnus Award from the Michigan Community College Association. The award is presented to a Michigan community college alumnus based on achievement in his or her professional career, service to humanity, honors received and commitment to the purpose and philosophy of the community college mission. Tomion earned an associate degree from SC4 in 1971. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in public administration from Wayne State University. Tomion has been serving the Blue Water Area and other Michigan communities for more than 30 years. He served as city manager for Dowagiac (1980 to 1992), Midland (1992 to 2006), Port Huron (2006 to 2008) and Algonac (2010 to 2012). He also has served in numerous local leadership roles. Tomion has served on the SC4 Foundation Board of Directors since 2006. He is vice president of the foundation board and co-chair of the “All Aboard: Campaign for Talent, Technology and Tomorrow” fundraising drive.
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