Nirvana is in. So is Kiss, the E Street Band, Peter Gabriel, Cat Stevens, Hall and Oates, and Linda Ronstadt.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted them this year because they have had a significant impact on the evolution, development and perpetuation of rock. At the induction ceremony, Nirvana’s music was celebrated as the beginning of the rise of the voice of “the outsiders,” people who often weren’t heard. The renowned and respected Stevie Nicks identified a Ronstadt tune as one that made her want to become a musician (imagine if she hadn’t). And don’t we all know somebody who once dressed up as Gene Simmons for Halloween?
Recognizing its “rock stars” is what Cochise College plans to do when it sets into motion plans for its own Hall of Fame during the 50th anniversary year, to be celebrated in 2014-2015. Specific criteria have not been finalized, but we at Cochise believe it’s high time we begin celebrating the contributions of our graduates, our faculty and staff, as well as those of others who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to the evolution, development and perpetuation of the institution. The Hall of Fame will also recognize athletes, volunteers, donors, and other community members.
Although the Hall of Fame will be announced in detail at a later date, I ask you to start thinking right now of individuals who fit one of these categories who you might nominate. Who do you know who is connected with the college and stands out as an outstanding alum, or one who went above and beyond normal expectations in carrying out services to students and/or the college community?
Nominations will be accepted from the entire community. We anticipate a late 2014 or early 2015 nomination deadline, with information available on the college website, www.cochise.edu, and the first public recognition event next spring. We fully intend for the Hall of Fame to be a sustainable annual program, so just like the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a nominee who isn’t inducted one year may be inducted in another.
In looking back these 50 years, we believe there are many people we may recognize; Cochise County’s “best kept secret” has had a profound impact on our region. Together with you, we hope to use this opportunity to share the value and the story of Cochise College.
J.D. Rottweiler is president of Cochise College. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.