The Pierce College Foundation is welcoming nominations from the community for its Distinguished Alumni Awards to be presented at a dinner celebration April 10. The deadline for nominations is Feb. 7. For nomination forms and information, call (253) 840-8495 or access the Foundations Web page at http://www.pierce.ctc.edu/foundation/alumni/
The event will be the seventh honoring alumni from the districts 35-year history. Honorees need not have received a degree from Pierce College, but should have earned 15 or more credits from the school.
Past recipients of the award include:
1982 (Pierce Colleges 15th anniversary): Jerry McLaughlin, JayRay Advertising;
1997: Dr. Stan Flemming, physician; Frank Gavaldon, City of University Place; Calvin Goings, Pierce County Council Member and former State Senator; The Honorable Judy Jasprica, district court judge; Jan Halverson, retired instructor;
1998: Leslie Garvin, Boeing Co.; Tana Hasart, formerly president of Clark College; Danny Marshall, Tacoma Police Department; Larry Pierce, director of student development at Pierce College; Marguerite Shannon, McChord Child Development Center;
1999: Kathleen Hopkins, nationally recognized child care provider; Robert Crane, owner, Cranes Creations; Kathleen Rhodes, national rehabilitation expert; Karen Leming, firefighter; and Joyce MacDonald, former State Representative.
2000: Dan Bennett, owner, Martin Henry Coffee Roasters; Bill Cardwell, former owner, YES Computers; Cleo Farr, vice principal, Narrows View Intermediate School (University Place); Lisa Flores, director of continuing education, Pierce College.
2001: Athula “Bo” Cooper, formerly of Pierce College Continuing Education; Linda “Lin” (Allen) Dryer, independent consultant (posthumous); David Hayes, Bon Marche; Chief Eileen Lewis, Tacoma Fire Department; Amy (Ackley) McFarland, Muckleshoot Tribal School; and Paul Scheffler, Child Study and Treatment Center, Department of Social and Health Services.
2002: Jason Edwards, Puyallup teacher and mountain climber; Nita Rutkosky, textbook author; Paul Shelley, Boeing research engineer; Ronald Stephens, Tacoma assistant fire chief; Terry Weber, Pacific Mountain Workforce Non-Custodial Program counselor.