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2014 July 15 - 11:24 am

Grants & Gifts

The San Diego Community College District has been awarded nearly $1.2 million in state grants to coordinate regional and statewide efforts that prepare students with in-demand skills needed by employers in growing industries. Grants are distributed through the Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy program, which is run through the California Community Colleges chancellor’s office, Division of Economic and Workforce Development. The program focuses on 10 industries, or sectors, in San Diego and Imperial counties, and SDCCD secured grants in four of those areas. Grants help fund a variety of specific endeavors. San Diego Miramar College Biotech Professor Sandra Slivka is a “sector navigator” for life sciences/biotechnology whose duties include aligning community college and other workforce development resources across the state to keep up with the latest trends. As the second largest of California’s 72 community college districts, the San Diego Community College District serves approximately 130,000 students annually through three two-year colleges and seven continuing education campuses.

Emil Calice never graduated from college, but his legacy ensures that others will. The Binghamton, N.Y., resident has left SUNY Broome Community College $10 million — the biggest gift in the college’s history, and possibly the largest philanthropic gift ever presented to a SUNY community college. The money will be used to establish the Paul and Mary Calice and Mildred Barton Memorial Scholarship Fund, which will provide need-based financial aid to SUNY Broome students. The Broome Community College Foundation — among the top 10 percent of community college foundations in the country — has an important role in accepting and administering the gift. “Sonny,” as he was known by family and friends, came from a large Italian family with eight brothers and sisters.

His parents, Paul and Mary, emigrated from Italy and first lived in Michigan before joining relatives in Binghamton. Calice served with his four brothers during World War II. After the war ended, he spent his entire 47-year career at IBM and was also an avid ham radio operator. His lifelong companion, Millie Barton, also worked at IBM during the World War II era to further the war effort. Barton was a passionate naturalist and gardener, as well as a philanthropist who donated to many charities.

The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology announced that the new twocourt gymnasium being built at the college will be named for former school President Harvey Fraser. The new gym is under construction and expected to be complete by early 2015. Fraser, who passed away in 2013, served as Mines president from 1966 to 1975. The new gymnasium will be part of the new 24,750-square-foot Stephen D. Newlin Family Student Wellness & Recreation Center being built as an addition to the King Center. It’s cost is being covered by $1 million in donations from alums Bill Brodsky and Larry Pearson and 300 other alumni. The School of Mines also announced that it will do more to help students and honor Fraser. The Brodsky and Pearson families will match contributions up to $250,000 for two scholarship funds: the Fraser Academic Scholarship fund and the Fraser Athletic Scholarship fund. Brodsky is a 1968 mechanical engineering graduate, who has spent his career in the railroad industry and is president of the Washington Transportation Group in Missoula, Mont. Pearson received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Mines in 1972 and an M.B.A from Creighton University in 1981. Pearson was named president and CEO of Tenaska, Inc., in 2002, he was named president and CEO of operations at Tenaska. He retired in 2008.

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