Cochise College names Hall of Fame inductees

Cochise College is excited to announce the induction of five members to the college’s Hall of Fame Class of 2018. The honor recognizes current, past or honorary members of the college community.

The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on Saturday, November 17 at 12 p.m. in the Student Union on the Douglas Campus at 4190 West Highway 80. The event is open to the public and tickets may be purchased online.

“The 2018 Hall of Fame honors some highly deserving community members, legends and special college contributors. We are excited to welcome them all to the Cochise College Hall of Fame,” said Dr. J.D. Rottweiler, Cochise College president. “We are proud to honor these individuals who have contributed to the college’s success and legacy.”

The inductees were nominated through letters of recommendation for their contribution to the mission and goals of the college. The 2018 honorees who have impacted the college through their time, effort and vision are Matthew W. Borowiec, Charles C. DiPeso, Ph.D., Charles Hoyack, Lee Oppenheim, and Sammie Howard Paschal.

Matthew W. Borowiec served on the Cochise College Governing Board from January 1969 to October 1978. He was awarded the Arizona Supreme Court’s Distinguished Service Award for outstanding achievement in improving public trust and confidence in Arizona’s court system. He also served as the Cochise County Superior Court Judge from 1979 to 2000.

Charles C. DiPeso, Ph.D., an archaeologist well known for his pioneering excavations at Casas Grandes in northern Chihuahua, was a founding member of the Cochise College Governing Board. He also served as the chairperson from 1966 to 1968 and from 1975 to 1977.

Exemplifying the phrase “Do Good, Be Good,” Charles “Chuck” Hoyack was well respected and liked by staff, colleagues and students. He served as a faculty, coach, mentor, and dean at Cochise College. Hoyack was committed to Cochise College and fostering student success. He was a leader and volunteer with many community organizations including the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, Douglas Unified School District Governing Board, and St. Luke’s Catholic Church.

A founding member and former director of the aviation department, Lee Oppenheim was dedicated to growing and advancing the program. He established an aviation mechanics program and grew the aviation program to provide flight instruction at off-site locations.

Sammie Howard Paschal, who retired in 1996, was a devoted staff member known by many female students as the director for what was then the women’s dormitory on the Douglas Campus. She’s also known for starting Camp Cochise, which brought University of Arizona summer football practice to the campus, and Elderhostel, which offered educational opportunities for senior citizens and drew guests from around the nation.

Alumni, faculty, staff, students and the public are invited to attend the 2018 Hall of Fame induction. Tickets may be purchased for $30 each by Tuesday, Nov. 13.

If you go…

What: 2018 Cochise College Hall of Fame Induction

When: Saturday, Nov. 17, 12 p.m.

Where: Cochise College, Douglas Campus, 4190 W Highway 80, Douglas, AZ 85607

Menu: Chicken piccata; steak stroganoff with portobello mushrooms; roasted asparagus; salad; rolls; and dessert.

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Call: (520) 417-4735