Honors & Awards
Donnie Oldham was honored for his service to Central Carolina Community College’s (N.C.) Board of Trustees before the Trustees’ meeting on July 20. Oldham, who had served on the board since 2015, said he enjoyed his time on the board. “I enjoyed it, and maybe down the road I can come back on,” said Oldham, who is chairman of the Sanford Area Growth Alliance. “Thank you for accepting me. It’s been good. It’s a great board, and great school as everyone knows.” Oldham, president of Sanford Contractors, has noted that CCCC’s values mirror those of his company in a lot of ways. “They believe that each student should receive an educational experience steeped in excellence. Each student not only receives an education but they are also taught values that we, at Sanford Contractors, value in our own team members — integrity, a sense of community, and that if you are willing to put forth an effort, the reward is success,” said Oldham. In April, the trustees voted to name the College’s Engineering Technology Program in honor of Sanford Contractors. Julian Philpott, chairman of the CCCC Board of Trustees, said that Oldham has been dedicated for a number of years through his work with the college’s Foundation. “He’s been dedicated to making Central Carolina Community College the place to come when we’re looking for innovative job training programs and for job creation,” said Philpott.
As Fabiola Chavez prepares to leave Eastfield College (Texas) this summer, she will take with her the President’s Volunteer Service Award from President Barack Obama. Chavez, who is transferring to the University of Dallas this fall, has volunteered her time at Methodist Hospital since August 2015 in the clinical research department where she assists a clinical research scientist. “I’ve learned how to publish and how to submit a manuscript during that time. The hours I spent in the department were submitted for the President’s Award,” said Chavez about her award. After earning an associate degree at Eastfield in 2015 and taking classes at the college for an additional year, Chavez has been preparing for the next phase of her education — a career in medicine — by studying hard and getting involved in student leadership organizations along the way. As an Eastfield College student, Chavez was involved in several student organizations, and she traveled as well to study and to tell the community college story to national legislators. Fabiola was a member of the twoyear academic honorary Phi Theta Kappa and served as a student ambassador at Eastfield. She traveled to Hawaii for biology studies one summer; to the Big Thicket Natural Preserve for more biology studies; and then to Washington, D.C., in February of this year to represent the Dallas County Community College District during the 2016 National Legislative Summit. She told the community college story to legislators at the U.S. Capitol.
Mott Community College (Mich.) graphic design student Gabrielle Cook earned Best of Show and a $5,000 scholarship to attend Wayne State University at the 2016 Great Lakes Regional Community College Art Exhibition. The exhibition, hosted by the James Pearson Duffy Department of Art & Art History at Wayne State, features approximately 50 artworks created by students and instructors from eight community colleges. The Art Department Gallery is located in the Art Building on the campus of Wayne State. Cook received the Best of Show award for her three dimensional piece titled “Corruption.” The title of the piece was inspired by the transformation of the basic material Cook used, she said, “Taking something as simple as a Slinky and corrupting it to look so completely different gave me the idea for the title.” Cook will graduate from MCC in spring 2017 and will transfer to Wayne State to study fine arts and graphic design. Her long-term career goal is to be the art director for a museum.