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The end of the College of the Redwoods-Del Norte school year is fast approaching and it is a busy time of the year for students and faculty alike.
Students are putting on the final touches to their term papers, prepping for finals that start next week, and registering for classes if they plan on attending CRDN during the fall semester.
To a group of 42 students, however, the thing that is foremost in their minds is probably graduation.
On May 11, they will march down the center aisle of the Mary
Peacock Elementary School multi-purpose room to receive their
These graduates plan on going into fields such as early childhood
education, nursing, health and human services, and even local politics.
Some of the students, though, will be transferring to four-year
universities where they will continue on the path to reach their
Also taking place will be the presentation of the Faculty of The
Year Award to mathematics professor Mike Haley, the Associate Faculty of
The Year Award to English teacher Deborah Gerth, and the Classified
Member of The Year Award to IT specialist Jim Graham.
CRDN will also be announcing the yet-to-be identified winner of the Outstanding Student of The Year Award.
In this time of celebration there will also be a time of reflection
and perhaps even sadness as two longtime members of the CRDN family;
Professor Carol Mathews who works in the counseling office, and history
professor Tom Owen, will retire from their positions at CRDN.
This writer feels that although there may be people who step into
the roles that these two individuals filled, it will be a long time
before anyone can fill the indelible footprints that these two have made
Although I have not worked with or called upon Carol often, when I
did she was always there to lend a supporting hand or offer helpful
words of advice depending on the situation.
I have had Tom as a professor and have also verbally sparred with
him as he co-hosted what is affectionately called "The CR Daily Show,"
and although Tom and I didn't always see eye to eye on issues he was
always willing to listen to mine and many others' viewpoints. The CRDN
facilities will seem just a little bit emptier without the presence of
these two wonderful personalities.
I would like to take this time to invite any and all members of the
Del Norte community to help celebrate the accomplishments of our
graduates, our award winners, and the careers of our two retiring
The CRDN Commencement Ceremony will be from 7 to 9 p.m. on May 11
in the multi-purpose room of Mary Peacock Elementary School. The public
is welcome to attend, but seating is limited so if you want to attend
please plan accordingly.
On another note; the Associated Students of College of The Redwoods
(ASCR) Student Senate recently held its annual elections and for the
first time in the history of ASCR five students from the Del Norte
campus will be on the Student Senate, including three in executive
For those of you who don't know what the ASCR Student Senate is I
will offer this brief explanation: The ASCR is the student government
that oversees all of the campuses in the College of The Redwoods
district which includes but is not limited to CRDN, the main campus in
Eureka, and a branch campus in Fort Bragg.
The ASCR acts on behalf of the students in interactions with the CR
Board of Trustees and as mentioned last time, ASCR sometimes will
travel to the state and even the nation's capital to act on behalf of
the CR students. The three CRDN students elected to executive spots will
be responsible for representing all of the CR students while the other
two people were elected to represent just the CRDN students.
Congratulations to CRDN for this previously unprecedented accomplishment for a CR branch campus.
Reach Steven Bevier at firstname.lastname@example.org.