Cochise College officially began its 50th anniversary year on July 1. We’re already receiving an enthusiastic response to our plans, which include a reunion of faculty, students and community leaders who were part of the college in the 1960s; two performances by Twist & Shout: The Definitive Beatles Experience; a rodeo benefit planned to feature actor Wilford Brimley; an aviation event; and a traveling college historical display. In addition, the Student Government Association recently announced a 50-hour challenge to track and recognize community service by students, faculty and staff.
A few months ago, this column hinted at another special effort – the Cochise College Hall of Fame – for which details are now available. The Hall of Fame seeks to recognize students, employees and community leaders who have made a major contribution to the mission and goals of Cochise College, or who have contributed in a significant way to the lives of others after being a part of the Cochise College community. We seek nominees who have demonstrated a deep connection to the college, or who have made a substantial contribution to the college through personal time, effort and interest.
More precisely, we seek to honor legacies in a consistent, sustainable manner so that future generations of community members, students, and employees understand the history and highlights of the institution, which was built by ambitious, visionary people.
Criteria for the four induction categories – student/alumnus; team/student group; faculty/staff; and community leader – are available online at www.cochise.edu/50. We’re looking for folks who have helped bring recognition and prominence to Cochise College by achieving outstanding success professionally or in an academic or volunteer effort; who have made a major contribution to the college or the community; and who have actively supported the college or the mission of higher education in Cochise County in a meaningful way that has positively affected the college or students.
Nominees may be inducted posthumously, and I can think of several viable candidates whose legacies are tied to Cochise College and will be considered.
To ensure meaningful nominations, we request a biography and two letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak knowledgeably about the nominee’s contributions. Nominators who can provide these materials should be easy to find for truly deserving candidates.
Hall of Fame nomination information and materials are available at the website above, where you’ll also find an online and a printable submission form. The nomination deadline is December 17.
I leave you with this question for reflection: how has someone you know left a legacy tied to Cochise College? We look forward to receiving your nominations.
J.D. Rottweiler is president of Cochise College. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.