Honors And Awards
A summary Listing of Colleges Receiving Institution and Individual Honors and Awards
The fall commencement at Gadsden State Community College (Ala.) was a time to celebrate 175 graduates and their successes, and for the Diggs family, there were three reasons to celebrate. Robin Diggs and her sons, Matt and Jared, all sported caps and gowns during the commencement ceremony at Wallace Hall. It was a long time coming for the 52-year-old Robin. After graduating from high school in 1982, she attended Gadsden State for a semester but soon got married, had children and entered the workforce. She currently works as the office manager at Antonelli’s Rehab South. In 2009, she started taking classes again at Gadsden State. Robin received her associate degree in General Studies and plans to continue her online education and earn a license in Christian counseling. Matt, 26, also received his associate degree in General Studies. A 2008 graduate of Glencoe High School, he attended Gadsden State for a semester before transferring to University of Tennessee at Chattanooga to play football. He returned to Gadsden and landed a full-time job in security at Gadsden Regional Medical Center. He also married his wife, Taylor. They are expecting their first child in February. “It’s taken me a while to earn my degree because I just took the classes that I had the time to take,” he said. “Being married and working a full-time job can make going to college a bit of a challenge.” But enrolling at Gadsden State helped him achieve his goal of getting a degree thanks to its accommodating schedule and variety of course offerings in the classroom and online. Jared, 20, graduated from Glencoe High School in 2013 and enrolled at Gadsden State on an academic scholarship. He received his cosmetology certification at the commencement ceremony. Graduating from college is a big accomplishment, and the Diggs family encouraged each other to get to where they are. “If we combined all of the classes we’ve taken, someone would have a master’s degree,” Robin joked.
Lewis and Clark Community College (Ill.) Welding Program Coordinator Travis Jumper is receiving accolades from the St. Louis section of the American Welding Society. Jumper recently received the organization’s Howard E. Adkins Memorial Instructor of the Year Award. The AWS was founded in 1919, and is a nonprofit organization with a global mission to advance the science, technology and application of welding and allied joining and cutting processes, including brazing, soldering and thermal spraying. The organization serves more than 70,000 members. Jumper joined Lewis and Clark in April 2012 and began developing the welding program curriculum. The program was filled with students by the second eight-week session of the fall semester that same year.