Honors & Awards
A summary Listing of Colleges Receiving Institution and Individual Honors and Awards
Gadsden State Community College students Nikki Milam and Evan Greene were honored at the recent Circle K Convention at the University of Alabama. The annual celebration of service and planning summit is open to Alabama colleges and universities with Circle K chapters, a collegiate service organization and leadership program sponsored by Kiwanis International. Milam, who serves as the president of Gadsden State’s Circle K chapter, won the Steve A. Means Outstanding Club President Award, and Greene, the chapter’s vice president, was awarded the Dave Womack Outstanding Vice President Award. “I’m very proud of Nikki and Evan for their achievements as officers of our Circle K chapter,” said Glenda Selman, who has been the chapter advisor since 1985. “We are one of only two community colleges represented at the state convention, and Gadsden State’s Circle K chapter consistently is recognized for exemplary service.” She said the Gadsden State Circle K chapter is focused on reaching out to people in need and performing service projects to better the community. Milam, a resident of Southside, is studying science while Greene of Gadsden is training in electrical technology at Gadsden State. “Nikki and Evan excel as leaders in our Circle K chapter, and it’s nice to have their leadership recognized on a state level,” Said Martha Lavender, president of Gadsden State: “As a Kiwanian myself, I’m proud of the Circle K spirit that these students exemplify.
Central Piedmont Community College (N.C.) student Jimmy Josh Cabrera of Charlotte, N.C., has been selected to participate in the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals, a yearlong, federally-funded fellowship for study and work in Germany. Cabrera is one of 75 American participants, from a pool of more than 600 applicants, to be chosen for the program. While studying abroad in Germany during the 2016-2017 academic year, Cabrera will attend a two-month intensive German language course, study at a German university or professional school for four months and complete a five-month internship with a German company in his career field. These combined experiences will provide Cabrera with an opportunity to learn about everyday German life from a variety of perspectives. Before being selected for the CBYX program, Cabrera was a graduate of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Cato Middle College High School at CPCC’s Cato Campus, a dual-enrollment program that allows high school juniors and seniors to earn free college credit at CPCC; served as president of the college’s German Club; and participated in CPCC’s Go Global Club, an organization that encourages students to not only learn more about different cultures, but also participate in multi-cultural events.
Bunker Hill Community College (Mass.) students Tung Doan and Sondos Alnamos have been honored by the inter national honor society Phi Theta Kappa. Doan was honored by PTK as a 2016 Coca-Cola New Century Scholar for having earned the top All-USA Community College Academic Team score in Massachusetts. Alnamos was named a 2016 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Bronze Scholar for having scored in the top 150 in the All- USA Community College Academic Team competition. Doan, a biological sciences major at BHCC now studying microbiology and cell sciences at the University of Florida, will receive a $2,000 scholarship and will be recognized at the Annual Phi Theta Kappa President’s Breakfast held during the American Association of Community College’s annual convention, as well as at Phi Theta Kappa’s convention. Alnamos, a biomedical engineering major, will receive a $1,000 scholarship and a bronze medallion, and her achievement will be recognized at Phi Theta Kappa’s convention. Doan, who is from Vietnam, received the Trustees’ Service Award from BHCC in 2014. He was a member of the Commonwealth Honors Program, Asian Club vice president and an Orientation Mentor. Alnamos, who is from Syria, serves as student trustee on BHCC’s Board of Trustees. This year, she received the Academic Excellence Award for Continuing Students.