CRDN Report: Year wraps up with awards, graduation

By Steven Bevier May 03, 2012 12:00 am

Editor’s note: CRDN Report appears every four weeks.

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 hard-earned diplomas.

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 educational goals.

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 at CRDN.

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 “family” members.

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 positions.

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.

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