Honors & Awards
A Summary Listing of Honors and Awards at Colleges Around the Nation
Jon Lane has dedicated the majority of his life to the service of education. Nationally, his name is synonymous with what many consider the first mass school shooting that made headlines on a national stage here locally at Frontier Middle School in Moses Lake, Wash., in February 1996. Lane subdued shoote Barry Loukaitisr — but tragically, not before he claimed three victims and scarred a community. Lane was hailed a hero and the part he played was definitely a defining moment in his life. But it is not the full definition of it. If asked, Lane would tell you that his life has been one of service — service to education and service to the place he calls home: Moses Lake. And, it is for the totality of his career dedicated to education that he will be one of just six recipients nationwide of the 2017 Outstanding Alumni Award to be presented by the American Association of Community Colleges on April 24th in New Orleans. Born in San Francisco in 1947, his family moved to Moses Lake in 1953 where he and his twin sister, along with seven other brothers and sisters, grew up on a small farm. His father worked in general construction, and his mother was a rural mail carrier once all of his siblings were of school age. He was educated in Moses Lake through high school and was active in the school’s band, was president of his senior class, and grew up participating in local 4-H programs that included junior leadership. As an athlete, Lane was a twotime Washington State High School Wrestling Champion and his talent overflowed into college where he continued to wrestle at Big Bend Community College, the University of Washington, and Central Washington University. During his time at Big Bend, he was vice president of the Big Bend Associated Student Body as well as a two-time Washington State Community College Wrestling Champion and a National Junior College Wrestling Champion. Big Bend Community College is a family affair for Lane with both of his parents, eight of his nine siblings, his wife, and two of his grandchildren all attending BBCC. Lane and his family have also established the Lane Family Scholarship at BBCC that helps support students struggling with tuition. A career educator and esteemed Big Bend alumni, Lane continues to sing the praises of the community college system and their impact on the economic development of the areas they service and exemplifies the character and fortitude that encompasses this recognition.
Randolph Community College’s (N.C.) Continuing Education and Industrial Center was honored with The Innovator Award, part of the Piedmont Triad 2017 Sustainable Leadership Awards, at a ceremony held by the U.S. Green Building Council North Carolina at Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts in Winston-Salem. The Innovator Award seeks to recognize an innovative solution to a green building problem, including existing, new or renovated buildings, systems or operations. RCC shares this award with Scott Ennis, a mechanical engineer with Progressive Design Collaborative of Raleigh, which submitted the nomination. Progressive Design was the engineering firm for the CEIC project. Ennis and Cindi Goodwin, director of facilities operations for RCC, attended the ceremony and accepted the award. The trophy will be placed in the lobby of the CEIC. The Continuing Education and Industrial Center became the first LEED Gold Certified building in Randolph County in June 2013. It was also named one of the Top 10 Best Managed and Administered Construction Projects by the State Construction Office in 2014. The CEIC, which opened in January 2013, houses the Gene Haas Computer-Integrated Machining Institute; the JB and Claire Davis Corporate Training Center; classroom and lab space for Electrical Systems Technology and Mechatronics Engineering Technology programs; the College’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education Division; and the Small Business Center.
John J. Sbrega, president of Bristol Community College (Mass.), received the Massachusetts Excellence Award at the New England Board of Higher Education’s 2017 Excellence Awards ceremony at the Massachusetts State House. The New England Board of Higher Education Excellence Awards are presented to an individual, program, organization, institution or business for exemplifying, through their work, excellence in promoting college readiness and success for the students of New England. The ceremony took place in the Great Hall, and included welcoming remarks from president and CEO of the New England Board of Higher Education, Michael K. Thomas, as well as the presentation of the award by Sen. Mark Pacheco, vice chair of the Massachusetts Delegation to NEBHE, and Joan Menard, former chair of the Massachusetts Delegation to NEBHE. Both Pacheco and the Honorable Joan Menard spoke highly of President Sbrega’s leadership and career accomplishments. The event concluded with remarks from Sbrega, who offered his appreciation to NEBHE and his family, before reinforcing Bristol Community College’s mission of providing access to lifechanging education for all learners.