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Mohave Community College

                                                  May 2012

  High School        Intramural     One Credit
Seniors Earning    Sports Kicking   Short of an
College Degrees.    Off at MCC.      Associate
     Page 8           Page 12         Degree.
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MCC expressions

President: Michael J. Kearns

Board of Governors:
Julie Bare, President
Judy Selberg, Secretary
Kathleen Hodel, Trustee                                                          MCC is proving to
Travis Lingenfelter, Trustee
Vance Miller, Trustee
                                                                                 be a powerful
Writers: Charlotte Keller
                                                                                 resource for alumni
         Brian Wedemeyer
Designer: Sarah Crandall                                                         and students
Cover Photo: Sarah Crandall
                                               At MCC, we believe in growing our own talent and workforce for Mohave
Printer: American Graphics                     County. The college prepares people for a wide variety of careers, which they can
                                               pursue here or anywhere in
                                               the world.
Neal Campus - Kingman
1971 Jagerson Avenue                           Many of our alumni will be selected for other markets, but in most cases, the
Kingman, AZ 86409                              apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. In fact, a number of our outstanding graduates
928.757.4331                                   become employees of the college. You’ll meet a couple of them in this issue of
Bullhead City Campus
3400 Highway 95
                                               Also featured are the two All Arizona Academic Team members who were
Bullhead City, AZ 86442
928.758.3926                                   selected from the class of 2012 to receive Regent’s Scholarships for their
                                               academics, civic and college involvement. That scholarship covers full tuition
Lake Havasu City Campus                        and fees for two years at the Arizona university of their choice. One of those
1977 Acoma Blvd., West                         graduates plans to teach third grade in a Bullhead City school when she has
Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403                     completed her bachelor’s degree. That’s very close to the tree!
                                               We are also pleased to introduce this year’s guest speaker for commencement.
North Mohave Campus                            He is Seamus Dever, an alumnus of Mohave High School and MCC, but most
480 S. Central                                 people will know him as NYPD Detective Kevin Ryan from the television
Colorado City, AZ 86021
                                               series “Castle,” or Dr. Ian Devlin from “General Hospital,” or Dr. Getti from
P.O. Box 980, Colorado City, AZ 86021
                                               “Army Wives.”

Distance Education Campus                      This issue will also update you on the growth and development that has taken
1971 Jagerson Avenue                           place at MCC since the last issue in October.
Kingman, AZ 86409
928.757.0867                                   So please enjoy as we brag a little about the success our former students are
                                               enjoying. By the way, if you want to set a new course for your life, enrollment is
                                               open. It’s never too late to make a new start.
Vol. 9 No. 1

Mohave Community College (ISSN: 1554-          Sincerely,
298X) is published 4 times a year (February,
May, August and November) by Mohave
Community College, 1971 Jagerson Ave.,
Kingman, AZ 86409. Periodical postage
rates paid at Kingman, Arizona.
                                               Michael J. Kearns
Postmaster: Send address changes to            President
Mohave Community College
1971 Jagerson Ave
Kingman, AZ 86409-1238.
   Table of Contents
                 MCC News in Brief       4
   Seamus Dever, MCC to Hollywood        6
         Taking care of business early   8
                 Age is but a number     11
         Sports finally come to MCC      12
              Staying focused pays off   13
                   Hands-on learning     15
 MCC grad keeps students motivated       16
              Associate to doctorate     18
               All AZ-Academic Team      20   11
Ballet student dances her way forward    22



    MCC News in Brief

       BHHS Legacy Foundation
       Allied Health Sciences Building II
         The new home of MCC’s radiologic technology                    The BHHS Legacy Foundation Allied Health Sciences
       program, emergency medical technology, medical                 Building II is being funded by the Legacy Foundation
       assisting and health information technology is on              with support from the MCC Foundation. Furnishing
       schedule for an August grand opening on the Bullhead           and equipment will come from MCC’s capital
       City campus.                                                   improvements budget.

    Taking their act                                    New MCC Call Center is up and running
    on the road                                       MCC’s new call center, located      provide world-class customer service,
         Mohave Community College                at the Neal Campus-Kingman, began        so students, faculty and staff can put all
    plans to take industrial-based higher
    education on the road following the
    Board of Governors votes to contribute
    $31,000 to match funds earmarked
    by the City of Kingman through a
    Community Development Block Grant.
         The combined funds will be used
    to outfit a tractor-trailer as a mobile
    training unit with student workstations,
    lecture area with whiteboard and
    digital projectors, full wireless Internet
    capability and air conditioning.
         The traveling classroom will be
    one of three operated by community
    colleges in northwestern Arizona.
    MCC, Coconino Community College              operations on April 9. With 17 new       of their focus into learning.”
    and Northland Pioneer College will           full- and part-time employees working         The objective is to greatly reduce
    expand their current partnership by          at the Call Center, the goal is to       the number of times students need
    making their course-specific mobile          eventually answer 100 percent of         to contact the college in order to get
    training facilities available in the other   incoming customer service calls.
                                                                                          the information they are seeking. The
    service areas when the units are not              “The Call Center will act as an     Center will be open from 6 a.m. to
    needed in their own communities.             advocate for MCC’s constituents,         midnight, seven days a week and 365
                                                 especially students,” said Lynne         days a year.
                                                 Petersen, center director. “We want to

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                                                   MCC News in Brief
Collaborate adds new                    chemistry, math and computer science.        interested students to enroll in classes,
                                        There is also an Introduction to             earn an associate degree, and transfer
dimension to Distance                   Engineering course, plus courses in          into a university’s teacher certification
Education                               static and dynamic engineering.              program.
                                             About 10 people are currently                Mohave Community College has
                                        enrolled in the program, which is            had degree programs in elementary
                                        designed to give students the solid          education and early childhood
                                        foundation needed to transfer into a         education for years; but there has been
                                        four-year engineering program. Once          growing demand for a program that
                                        there, students can choose from,             provides the lower-division classes
                                        aeronautical, chemical, civil, electrical,   needed for a bachelor’s degree and
                                        industrial, manufacturing, materials,        high school teaching credential.
                                        mechanical, metallurgical and                     Students who plan to enroll in the
                                        computer engineering.                        new secondary education program will
                                             Interested students should have         be encouraged to work closely with the
                                        strong math and science skills, along        university to which they will transfer.
     The pilot for a new instruction    with a drive to succeed.                          The new program also gives
delivery method using Blackboard                                                     interested middle school teachers a
Collaborate software has been well-     Secondary Education                          second option. They can complete the
received by both the instructor and                                                  secondary program and be certified in
his students who are all scattered
                                        program starts in fall                       grades 7-12 in their content area, or
throughout Mohave County. They             A new associate of arts degree at         they can seek an elementary education
are attending class from their home     MCC in secondary education will allow        certificate in grades K-8.
or office computers without having
to worry about issues like childcare,
travel expenses or being out of town.     MCC tutoring
     The system provides live             program receives
classroom interaction through a
combination of video conferencing,        international
instant messaging and other features.     certification
     Kurt Spilker can give lectures,
answer questions and provide                   The program used by Mohave
feedback; and unlike most normal          Community College to train its many
classroom settings, the system allows     tutors is now internationally certified.                             BULLHEAD CITY
him to check for understanding                 The College Reading and
immediately. If a                         Learning Association (CRLA),
student is unsure about a particular      made up of top learning assistance
topic, he or she can check “confused”     professionals from throughout the
in the message box, and Spilker           country, recently notified the college
knows right away.                         that it has received International
     The software could eliminate the     Tutor Program Certification. The
need for the Interactive Television       certification helps ensure that MCC’s
classrooms that have been a part of       tutoring program provides highly
Distance Education instruction for        motivated and trained tutors. It also                             LAKE HAVASU CITY
many years at MCC.                        benefits students, by allowing for
                                          greater consistency between tutors on
                                          the different campuses.
Engineering program                                 In addition, the certification
has begun at MCC                          process sets a standard regarding
     An associate of science degree       tutor roles and responsibilities,
in engineering is now part of the         communications, ethics, study skills,
programs of study at MCC. In addition     strategies and training.
to general education courses, the
program includes classes in physics,                                                                                 KINGMAN

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Seamus Dever

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                                      Photo by Manfred Baumann
                       MCC aluMnus
                       Makes it big in
      A very well-known             and start acting and not stay       knowledge. We had an episode
alumnus will be the guest           in the comfy protection of the      where two Canadian leads didn’t
speaker this year at MCC’s 41st     college,” he explained.             know who Herman Melville
commencement ceremonies on               Seamus graduated from          was. What? You never read
May 11. Audiences know him          NAU with a dual major –             ‘Moby Dick’ or ‘Billy Budd?’”
as NYPD detective Kevin Ryan        broadcast journalism and            he said.
in “Castle,” as Dr. Ian Devlin on   extended theater performance              Seamus said his classes
“General Hospital” and as Dr.       – plus 10 credits more than were    at MCC prepared him well for
Getti from “Army Wives.”            required for graduation; but his    the university. “For one thing,
      That former student is        quest for education didn’t end      it taught me what was ahead of
Seamus Dever, star of stage,        there.                              me as far as the level of work I
screen and television, and son           He became the youngest         would have to put in.
of Diana and James Dever,           person ever to complete the               “Community Colleges
retired high school and Mohave      master’s degree program through     are great because high school
Community College instructors.      Carnegie-Mellon University          students who know they are
      With teachers for parents,    and the Moscow Art Theater,         going to the university can get
it’s not a surprise that Seamus     earning a master’s in acting from   a leg up by getting their (core)
Dever excelled in school,           both Carnegie-Mellon and the        classes out of the way and be
graduating valedictorian from       Russian Ministry of Education.      able to immerse themselves and
Mohave High School, having               “It surprises people when      focus on their major when they
already earned 28 credits from      I say I have a master’s degree      transfer.
MCC before Dual Enrollment          in acting,” he chuckled. “You             “For those who don’t know
was common.                         don’t need a degree to be an        what they want to study, taking
      “I graduated in 1994 and      actor. There are many successful    an assortment of liberal arts
went right to NAU (Northern         actors who never studied acting     classes can help them make a
Arizona University),” Seamus        or even went to college. You        decision,” he added.
said. “It put me in a good          can do it, but your knowledge             He said he is excited about
position because after first        is limited and you don’t have       coming back to Mohave County
semester I was a sophomore and      the technique. I have studied       and addressing the MCC Class
started getting harder classes      theatre, so when inspiration        of 2012, “Hopefully I can
with smaller sections. I took 21    doesn’t hit me, I have technique    provide some inspiration and
hours every semester, so by my      to inspire me.                      be encouraging. I’m proud of
second year, I was a senior.             “My education has been         anyone who takes this step, and
      “One semester I took 24       beneficial. When someone            I’m particularly proud of men
credit hours and was doing a        makes a classical literature        and women in their 30s and 40s
play. It almost killed me, but I    reference, I get the reference.     who are brave enough to make a
was in a hurry. I had to get out    You need more than cursory          change.”

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                For 27 area seniors,
                                                                  Sometimes putting the         selected Dual Enrollment for
                                                             cart before the horse is a good    the long-term cost savings, as
                                                             thing – a sign of initiative,      well as the ability to obtain his
                                                             dedication and achievement.        bachelor’s degree that much
                                                             This is especially true if the     quicker. “Everyone should do
                                                             cart is a college degree, earned   it,” he said. “It’s faster, easier
                                                             before completing a high           and cheaper.”
                                                             school diploma.                          Despite the increased
                                                                  For many years, one or        workload, students still
                                                             more area high school students     managed to find time to
                                                             achieved this goal, then last      participate in multiple extra-
                                                             year the number climbed to         curricular activities.
                                                             seven. This year, it soared              Kaylie Sanchez, who is
                                                             to 27 who will be Mohave           earning an associate degree
                                                             Community College graduates        in liberal arts, was a varsity
                                                             before leaving high school.        athlete in cross country,
     Kingman High Miranda Schmidt (not pictured),                 By taking Dual                basketball and track at LHHS.
     Mike Lama, Haydon Eckstrom, Brant Brough, David Benak   Enrollment, college-level          She was also a member of the
                                                             classes at their high schools,     National Honor Society and
                                                             they earned both high school       the Education Tour Group, and
                                                             and college credits – as many      even volunteered for Hospice
                                                             as 36 credit hours. They took      of Havasu.
                                                             the additional 28 hours during           “I had to make some
                                                             summer sessions or evening         sacrifices my senior year,”
                                                             classes at the college to          Sanchez said. “I did not do any
                                                             complete a two-year degree or      sports because my homework
                                                             certificate.                       load was so extreme.”
                                                                  At Lake Havasu High                 The common denominator
                                                             School alone, 20 from the          for these successful students
                                                             Class of 2012 will also earn       was their supportive parents.
                                                             their associate degree.                  “I owe my success to
                                                                  Savanna Bailey, like          my parents and my family
                                                             many of her classmates, said       because they are an inspiration
                                                             her decision to choose Dual        for me to do what is beyond
                                                             Enrollment had much to             expected,” said Veronica
                                                             do with finances. She has          Escobedo, who plans to
                                                             recently been accepted to the      become a nurse anesthetist.
                                                             new Arizona State University             Rachna Rajpal said, “My
Mohave High                  River Valley High               campus in Lake Havasu City.        parents have seen me at my
Carlos Lopez                 Sammi Miles                          “I thought about how          worst and my best, and they
                                                             expensive college is, and I        supported me through all of it.
                                                             saw Dual Enrollment as an          They never let me give up on
                                                             opportunity to save myself and     my goals.”
                                                             my family some money.”                   Denelle Esmay, who
                                                                  Daniel Odom also              will attend Grand Canyon

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MCC graduation precedes
a high school diploma
University to pursue a career in special   State University to pursue a degree in     with a certificate from MCC. “The
education and elementary education,        biological sciences-animal behavior.       classes at MCC were easy to understand
gave special thanks to her high school          “Anybody can achieve their            and keep up with,” Brough said.
counselors and MCC staff for seeing her    associate degree if they are willing to         With a college graduates across the
through to graduation.                     put the time and effort into it,” Miles    nation facing staggering student loan
     “The classes have been very           said.                                      debts, it’s good to know that a college
interesting and the assignments have            Haydon Eckstrom from Kingman          education is still possible for almost all
been enjoyable to complete,” Esmay         High School plans to attend the Berklee    families.
said. “MCC is a great tool for the         College of Music in Boston. He said he          The parents of these 27 students
workforce and/or progressing into a        was surprised by the number of college     saved more than $390,000 in tuition
four-year university.”                     courses he was able to complete while      and fees alone. Students in the Dual-
                                           in high school.                            Enrollment classes also saved the cost of
At Mohave High in Bullhead City,                Another KHS senior, Brant Brough,     textbooks, bringing the savings to more
Carlos Lopez is excited about receiving    chose to prepare for a career in welding   than $400,000!
an associate degree. He said
his perception of college
life changed after attending
      “The atmosphere at
MCC is very pleasant and
enjoyable,” said Lopez,
who plans to attend
Northern Arizona University.
“The counselors, staff,
administration and teachers
are all very helpful and nice,
and they deserve the utmost
      Sammi Miles from River
Valley High in Mohave
Valley will also graduate
with an associate degree.
She will attend Arizona

  Lake Havasu High
  (In alphabetical order)
  Carly Anderson
  Savanna Bailey
  Veronica Escobedo
  Denelle Esmay
  Elizabeth Lundin
                                             Jahnnan Patel                              Tyler Salter
  Brandi Mitchell
                                             Karli Pederson                             Carissa Seeley
  Sarah Naves
                                             Rachna Rajpal                              Konrad Skarpness
  Alyssa Niquette
                                             Mateo Rivera                               Kambrea Soltero
  Kalvan Norman
                                             Kaylie Sanchez                             Nolan Walker
  Daniel Odom

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         Do you know where
           you’re headed?
            • Business                                        • Psychology
           • Education                                      • Criminal Justice
       Do you want to be an                                                  Sun Devil?
                Then the        TAG Program is for you.
     How will you benefit?                              	 •	 Complete	an	associate	of	arts,	business	or		 	
     University admission requirements are getting           science at MCC.
     tougher. By completing an MCC & ASU Transfer       	 •	 Maintain	a	specified	GPA.
     Admission Guarantee, you are assured:              	 •	 Complete	the	AGEC	and	your	associate’s		 	
     	 •	 Admission	to	ASU	in	any	of	the	degree		 	     	 	 degree	within	three	years.	
          programs listed above.
     	 •	 That	all	your	MCC	courses	will	transfer		 	   When do you become a Sun Devil?
          AND apply to your ASU degree.                 	 •	 When	you	are	one	year	away	from	
     	 •	 Predefined	limits	on	tuition	increases		  	   	 	 transferring,	talk	to	an	ASU	transfer	
          during your ASU enrollment, as long as             representative.
          you maintain your major.                      	 •	 After	you	have	earned	your	MCC	associate’s	
     	 •	 Access	to	advising	and	pre-enrollment	        	 	 degree,	you’re	on	your	way	to	an	ASU	
          services by phone and occasionally in              campus.
          person.                                       	 •	 If	you	choose	B.S.	in	Criminology	or	the	
     	 •	 And,	you’ll	save	more	than	$12,000	in		   	   	 	 Psychology	BA	degree,	you	can	also	choose	
     	 	 tuition	by	starting	at	MCC	and	finishing	           to transfer to ASU Online and complete
          at ASU.                                            your degree from Mohave County.

     What will be required of you?                      When and how do you get started?
     	 •	 Work	simultaneously	with	an	MCC	and	ASU	      There’s	time	to	lock	in	your	TAG	for	next	
     	 	 advisor,	who	will	share	information	to	        semester.
          monitor your progress through the TAG.
     	 •	 Complete	the	Arizona	General	Education	       Talk	to	an	advisor	at	MCC	today	about	registering	
          Curriculum core classes.                      for the TAG program.

          Visit for more information.
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 80has never been so inspiring
     Most people, even her hairdresser
for the past five years, are surprised to
                                                                         Betty Valdez (center) attending her last class before graduation
                                                                         with classmates Charlene Benoit (left) and Matthew Stanwick.

                                            graduate in the college’s history.
                                                  “My advisor asked me the other
                                                                                         going to dances, boys … stuff like that,”
                                                                                         she said. “In those days, girls weren’t
learn Betty Valdez’s age.                   day if I’m going to walk (participate in     encouraged to go on to college. No
     “When I told her I was having my       the commencement ceremony),” she             one in my crowd did anyway. My
picture taken for this story, she asked     said. “Are you kidding? I wouldn’t miss      mother wanted me to finish school and
me how old I was,” said Betty, who          it for anything. It’s been a long road.”     get married, which is what I did.”
turned 80 in September.  “When I told             Betty was born as Betty Hughes in           After about 10 years, Betty and
her, she said, ‘No you’re not!’…  I get     Los Angeles on Sept. 4, 1931. She grew       her first husband were divorced. 
those kinds of comments every now           up in El Monte, Calif., at a time when       She landed a job running a large
and then. It makes me feel good.”           the country was finally pulling itself out   switchboard for the Jet Propulsion
     Betty, who took her first class at     of the Great Depression and preparing        Laboratory, and later moved into the
Mohave Community College in 1990,           for war.                                     publications office where she worked
will receive an associate degree in               While attending El Monte High          for nine years.
general studies in May. School officials    School, Betty admits, her interest in             In 1969, her sister-in-law intro-
believe that Betty, who also worked for     school could have been greater.              duced her to a man named Gilbert
MCC at one time, is likely the oldest             “I think I was more into having fun,                   Continued on Page 19.

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           In the first official at-                                                                            a baseball and softball
     bat of her life, McKenna                                                                                   diamond over the years,”
     Street had trouble judging                                                                                 Wedemeyer said; “but
     the ball as it came down                                                                                   that was just incredible,
     from an extremely high                                                                                     especially after what she
     arch.                                                                                                      went through a few weeks
           The 19-year-old                                                                                      before. I was so happy for
     member of Mohave                                                                                           her.”
     Community College’s                                                                                              Already known for
     first softball team from                                                                                   shining a light on the future,
     the Lake Havasu City                                                                                       MCC is making memories
     campus missed badly on                                                                                     like these possible with a
     three swings. She couldn’t                                                                                 new emphasis on intramural
     fight back the tears as she                                                                                sports.
     returned to the dugout,                                                                                          It started with a men’s
     even with a large cheering                                                                                 softball team from the
     squad of friends and                                                                                       Kingman campus about a
     family members doing                                                                                       year ago, followed by a co-
     their best to comfort her.                                                                                 ed team in Kingman during
           With a full two weeks                                                                                the summer.
     before her next game,                                                                                            David Shabazz,
     Street spent much of                                                                                       director of admission and
     that time practicing. She                                                                                  recruitment, said many
     showed up to her next                                                                                      students asked for more
     game against one of the                                                                                    sports programs in a survey
     best teams in Lake Havasu                                                                                  conducted by the Student
     City’s co-ed softball league                                                                               Activity Council. He said the
     with a determined look.                                                                                    sports program has grown
           This time, Street made                                                                               ever since.
     contact with the first pitch                                                                                     When word got out
     and took off for first base                                                                                about the softball teams in
     as her teammates cheered.                                                                                  Kingman, it didn’t take long
     The ball wasn’t hit very                                                                                   before students asked for the
     hard, but it managed to                                                                                    same in Bullhead City and
     roll in between shortstop                                                                                  Lake Havasu City.
     and third base – just out                                                                                        Kim Matie, an
     of the immediate reach of                                                                                  admissions and recruitment
     two of Lake Havasu City’s                                                                                  counselor with the college,
     top male players. The                                                                                      agreed to coach the Bullhead
     shortstop chased the ball        Top: Lake Havasu City Campus softball team, Middle: Neal Campus -         City team.
     down and gunned it to first Kingman flag football team, Bottom: Bullhead City Campus softball team.              “When we first put it
     base, but the throw was late                                                                             together, it was mostly staff,
     by a fraction of a second.                      information officer and volunteer                        but that didn’t last long,”
           “It felt awesome,” said Street,           softball coach, said he got goose              said Matie, a former college shortstop.
     who is studying at MCC to become a              bumps as soon as the umpire yelled,            “When more students started taking the
     teacher. “I worked very hard on my              “Safe!”                                        field, that’s when we started winning.”
     hitting, and it paid off.”                           “I have to tell you, I’ve participated         After a slow start to the season, the
           Brian Wedemeyer, MCC’s public             in many thrilling moments on both                                   Continued on Page 22.

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                                                                                                       activities throughout
                                                                                                       high school. Whenever I
                                                                                                       encountered him in the
                                                                                                       community, he was cheerful,
                                                                                                       focused and optimistic. He
                                                                                                       is absolutely an amazing
                                                                                                       young man.”
                                                                                                             Despite Littlefield’s
                                                                                                       constant battle with pain, the
                                                                                                       former Mohave Community
                                                                                                       College student never
                                                                                                       stopped pursuing his dream
                                                                                                       of becoming a chemistry
                                                                                                       professor at a university.
                                                                                                       That pursuit is paying off. He
                                                                                                       was recently accepted into
                                                                                                       a doctoral program at the
                                                                                                       University of Missouri.
                                                                                                             Littlefield started taking
                                                                                                       his first classes at MCC during
                                                                                                       his junior year in high school.
                                                                                                       He earned nearly 35 credits
C.W. Littlefield, poses for a                                                                          before transferring to Nevada

                                Clearly focused on
picture with classmate Nikki                                                                           State College in Henderson,
Leff, after graduating from                                                                            Nev. He then transferred
Northern Arizona University.                                                                           to Northern Arizona State

                                teaching chemistry
Littlefield started at Mohave                                                                          University in Flagstaff and
Community College and now                                                                              earned his bachelor’s degree
is pursuing a doctorate in                                                                             in chemistry.
organic chemistry from the                                                                                   “Mohave Community
University of Missouri.                                                                                College really gave me
                                      Even under the most                “It was always hard to        the foundation I needed to
                                difficult circumstances, C.W.      concentrate … and still is to       begin my course work at the
                                Littlefield has never lost sight   some degree,” Littlefield said.     university level,” he said.
                                of what matters to him most –      “But I tried not to let it bother   “They also kept chemistry
                                his education.                     me too much … as best I             interesting for me.”
                                      At age 8, Littlefield was    could anyway.”                            Littlefield isn’t sure where
                                diagnosed with a tumor in                Dr. Julie Bare was            he is going to end up, but he
                                his optic nerve, making him        Littlefield’s principal at both     plans to send his resume to
                                legally blind in his right eye.    Mountain View Elementary            many universities after earning
                                      He grew up with              and Fox Creek Junior High in        his doctorate.
                                constant headaches and             Bullhead City.                            “This is what I’ve always
                                tried more than a dozen pain             “As a teenager, C.W.          wanted to do … teach
                                medications with little or no      faced health challenges             chemistry at the college
                                success. He also went through      that would have made most           level,” he said. “I’ve always
                                chemotherapy during his            students leave school,” Bare        loved chemistry, and I’m
                                freshman and sophomore year        said. “He chose to work             fascinated by how much of
                                at Mohave High School in           harder, plowing ahead in            life is built around it. There is
                                Bullhead City.                     his academics and school            so much you can do with it.”

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      keep learning
     without leaving.
                         EARN YOUR NAU DEGREE
                                AT MCC

                                           A Joint Admission Program

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   Teaching hands-on skills
   to surgical technicians
         There’s a story about a man whose         was fun but she knew
    son asked him, “Papa, do you know              she needed to go back
    how to swim?” The father answered,             to college and prepare
    “Yes, son, I know how to swim.                 for a career.
    However, actually swimming is a                       “I found the
    different story.”                              surgical technology
         One MCC alumna learned the                program. Back then
    meaning of that anecdote firsthand.            it took just one year
          “I was born in Germany – my dad          – a semester in the
    was in the Army,” she said. “It gave me        classroom and second
    an opportunity to see the world. We            semester in the lab,
    lived in Georgia, California, Panama,          then an internship
    South Carolina and back to Germany             at the hospital,” she
                                                        said. When it was
                                                        time to actually
                                                        scrub and assist
                                                        in a surgery suite,
                                                        she had to take her
                                                        “swimming” lessons
                                                        and put them into
                                                          Courtney said,
                                                                                 Kendi McKinney, left and Miranda Allie, middle, are shown
                                                        “I honestly didn’t
                                                                                 the proper way to put on gowns and gloves in the operating
                                                        know what I was
                                                                                 room by Courtney, right.
                                                        getting into. I had
                                                        never had surgery
                                                        and had only seen it on TV. It was        the physicians complete evaluations.
Courtney Murdock at HRMC where she is a
                                                        a little uncomfortable at first. Then          She had a year to finish the clinical
surgical assistant and a clinical instructor for
                                                     you get used to things and know your         work. With help from all the surgeons
MCC’s surgical technology program.
                                                     place, and what you are supposed to          at Havasu Regional Medical Center and
                                                     do.                                          special mentoring from Dr. Balderrama
    where I graduated from high school.”                  “As surgical technicians we have to     and Dr. Tilgner as she prepared to take
         After high school, she earned an          know and set up everything the doctor          the examination.
    associate of science degree from Dixie         needs for surgery. We should know                   She also spent three months before
    State College, then it was back to             the surgical procedure as well as the          the test, constantly reviewing 780 flash
    Germany for eight months, including            surgeon does so we can keep the flow           cards she had created. It paid off. “They
    a month of backpacking with a friend,          going. If we don’t know what is next,          give us four hours to take the test. I
    touring Pamplona, Barcelona, Paris,            we are really no help,” she explained.         took two hours and thought, if it should
    Amsterdam, Genoa, Prague, Munich                      Courtney found the career to be         take four hours, I probably didn’t pass.”
    and Berlin.                                    such a good fit that she decided to            She did, and is now a NIFA certified
         She was headed back to Utah,              further her education and become               surgical assistant.
    but decided to visit her grandparents          a surgical assistant. She enrolled                  She was asked in January 2011,
    in Havasu. The city agreed with her            in an online program through the               to be a clinical instructor for the MCC
    and she went to work for the Nautical          National Institute of First Assisting.         program she had graduate from nearly
    Inn as a lifeguard, then a bar manager         After completing eight online learning         five years earlier.
    and banquets manager.                          modules, she was required to                        “My job for MCC is to teach the
         She said her work at the Nautical         participate in 135 surgeries and have                              Continued on Page 19.

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                    Connecting the education

                                                                     the Strip country.   reservation were failing; they
                                                                        In her current    needed a school system that better
                                                                     position as branch   fit their needs,” Colette explained.
                                                                     manager and          “I appealed to Carol Timpson,
                                                                     employment           superintendent of schools, for a
                                                                     counselor for the    personal favor, and we ended up
                                                                     Utah Department      sending many Native American
                                                                     of Workforce         students of all ages to what
                                                                     Services (UDWS),     amounts to an all-white school.
                                                                     she advises          It was a cultural awakening for
                                                                     people about the     everyone.”
                                                                     opportunities for          While maintaining full-time
                                                                     skills development   employment, she works part-
                                                                     and higher           time with CAVIAT – Coconino
                                                                     education at MCC.    Association for Vocations, Industry
                                                                        She also helped   and Technology – helping to
                                                                     to implement an      develop vocational training
                                                                     agreement between    opportunities for students in the
                                                                     MCC and UDWS         Fredonia area. “I really believe in
                                                                     that makes it        career and technical education
                   Colette Cox once said that        possible for Utah residents to get   and in bringing students along
              Mohave Community College is            funding for vocational training      a pathway through the high
              the glue that holds the Arizona        at the Arizona school. “It was       school to the community colleges
              Strip area together. “Access to        allowed because MCC is the           and into the workforce,” she
              higher education has reshaped          closest provider, and a good one,”   explained.
              the Arizona Strip. Without it, life    she explained.                             Prior to her service to
              in the area would be so much                Before taking the UDWF          the Tribe, Colette worked for
              different.                             position in Kanab, Colette was the   two years as a business and
                   “We literally would not           education director for the Kaibab    marketing teacher at her alma
              have the educated people to run        Band of Paiute Indians for almost    mater, Fredonia High School.
              the agencies and businesses, or        three years. In that position, she   She also served as advisor to the
              the ability to send our students       referred tribal members to MCC       FHS chapter of the Distributive
              to college because we are so           classes, helped to coordinate        Education Clubs of America
              disconnected, so remote,” she          placement of an MCC Interactive      (DECA), a club she belonged to in
              said.                                  Television classroom on the          high school that led her into her
                   However, if you look at           Reservation, and worked with the     bachelor’s degree in marketing.
              the picture from a degrees-of-         Colorado City school district to           “Through our activities in
              separation perspective, Colette is a   place Native American students in    DECA I learned that I had a knack
              connecting fiber that has helped to    their K-12 system.                   for marketing and it has played
              link every aspect of education in           “Many of our kids on the        a part in every job I’ve had,”

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       dots in Northwest Arizona

she said. “I morph the job into         college since 1992. She started as       the Arizona Strip go from being
marketing because these remote          a full-time middle school and high       house moms lacking confidence to
agencies don’t have as much             school instructor and part-time          being teachers and administrators.
recognition as they need.”              college instructor and has taught             “The culture of learning is
      Today, Colette is just two        full time at MCC for the last four       set for the Arizona Strip. We have
classes short of finishing a Master’s   years.                                   broken down some boundaries
in Business Administration with an            “It seems that I have always       and over time we’ve been able
emphasis in marketing.                  had ties to MCC,” Colette said. “I       to link the varied communities in
      Her marketing ability was         attended College for Kids when           the area; and MCC has been the
put to good use during her four         I was 8, earned my associate’s           common factor,” Colette said.
years of employment with MCC.           degree and was top of my class                It could be argued that a
Her first position at MCC was as        – ‘Graduate of the Year’ with a          common factor is only as powerful
manager of the Fredonia satellite       4.0 grade point average. In all my       as its multiplier; and for northwest
campus, where she increased             jobs, MCC has been a resource.           Arizona, Colette Cox has been
enrollment by 30 percent.                     “My daughter Sabrina is            that multiplier – using her
      “We had so much fun that          15. At 37, I will be an empty            knowledge and determination to
year, developing the schedule,          nester. I would love to get back to      link every aspect of education in
coordinating programs, hiring staff     working for a community college          the Strip country.
and running College for Kids,”          or vocational
she said.                               school,” Colette
      When MCC’s agreement              said. “They
expired with Coconino                   work so well for
Community College, in whose             first-generation
jurisdiction Fredonia lies, she was     college students
moved to MCC’s Colorado City            who need a small
campus where she did marketing          environment, for
and public relations for three          working adults,
years. From her post in Colorado        especially single
City, she worked closely with local     parents, and for
high school students, with the          families who are
community and with the Tribe.           trying to balance
      Her familiarity with the          all the demands
diverse agencies in the area has        of life.
allowed her to see opportunities              “I have
to enhance education and, many          seen the people
times, to be the catalyst that brings   who come out
it all together.                        of community
      It is not surprising that she     colleges do great
values education. Her mother,           things. I have             Colette Cox, second from left., participates in the
Marilyn, has been a teacher at the      seen women on              MCC College for Kids program in 1986.

                                                                                            May 2012 | MCC expressions |   17
          Bachelor’s to Associate to Doctorate
                  – the path less traveled
                                                         While most students           That was very important to my
                                                    come to Mohave Community           growth.”
                                                    College before moving on to             His mother, Laura Smith,
                                                    a university, Lake Havasu City     remains an active community
                                                    native Chad Friedle took a         leader in Lake Havasu City
                                                    different approach.                and has been a major donor to
                                                         After receiving a             the MCC Foundation’s nursing
                                                    bachelor’s degree in biology       scholarship program. She is
                                                    from the University of             also an extremely proud mom.
                                                    Nebraska in 2004, Chad, who             “Chad is going to be
                                                    was still a bit unsure about his   an excellent doctor,” Smith
                                                    career plans, returned to Lake     said. “You can just feel the
                                                    Havasu City and entered the        enthusiasm he has for it, and
                                                    nursing program at MCC.            when he gets into something,
                                                         It didn’t take long at MCC    he never loses his focus.”
                                                    before Chad discovered a love           Chad met his wife, Sara,
                                                    for medicine in a hospital         while attending the University
                                                    setting. He graduated from         of Nebraska. They were
      Dr. Chad Friedle and his wife, Sara, at his   the nursing program in 2007        married at Rotary Community
      graduation from Lake Erie College of          and went on to graduate            Park in Lake Havasu City in
      Osteopathic Medicine.                         from the Lake Erie College of      2009. Today, they live in York,
                                                    Osteopathic Medicine. He is        where she works as an English
                                                    now in residency at Memorial       professor at Harrisburg Area
                                                    Hospital in York, Penn.            Community College.
                                                         His hopes to return to             Chad said his experience
                                                    Lake Havasu City someday           as a nursing student at MCC
                                                    and serve the community he         will help make him a better
                                                    loves as a general surgeon.        doctor.
                                                         “I enjoy this area of              “I understand what the
                                                    medicine because I have the        next step is from a nurse’s
                                                    instant gratification of knowing   point of view. I have a better
                                                    I have fixed a problem, and the    idea of what they’re going
                                                    patient is going to get better,”   to ask and why they ask it,”
                                                    said Chad, a 2000 Lake             he said. “On the downside,
                                                    Havasu High School graduate.       I guess I expect a little more
                                                         Chad credits the              from the nurses, and if they’re
                                                    instructors at Mohave              not doing what they’re
                                                    Community College for              supposed to do, I will speak
                                                    helping to develop his strong      my mind from time to time.”
                                                    passion. During his time with           Chad encourages other
                                                    the nursing program, he also       students to consider Mohave
                                                    shadowed Dr. Theron Tilgner        Community College when
                                                    in the operating room.             deciding on their career paths.
       Dr. Chad Friedle with his doctorate               “The instructors were very         “It’s a great place to get
       degree from Lake Erie College of             good at teaching us what we        that basic curriculum you
       Osteopathic Medicine.                        needed to know … all of the        need, even if you’re not sure
                                                    procedural things,” said Chad.     you’re on the right track,” he
                                                    “But they also taught us why       said. “MCC has a lot to offer.”
                                                    we needed to learn them.

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                                               Inspiring                                  college life is taking classes with
                                               Continued from Page 11                     students who are nearly 60 years
                                               Valdez. He had also attended El            younger in most cases.
                                               Monte High School, but the two                  “I don’t like to take classes online
                                               had never met. Within six months,          because I enjoy the camaraderie with
                                               they were married and moved to             the other students,” she said. “The
                                               Prosser, Wash.                             other day, we needed a partner for
                                                     After visiting a brother in          an activity, and a girl said, ‘Betty,
                                               Kingman in 1989 and buying four            come back here!’ She is only 18,
                                               lots for a grand total of $3,000,          but it didn’t seem to make a bit
                                               they moved to the outskirts of             of difference. They all treat me
Courtney Murdock, left, observes as            Kingman where Betty searched for           wonderfully.”
student Kendi McKinney sets up instru-         employment, but it didn’t go well.              Prior to this semester, Betty
ments in an HRMC operating room.                     “I tried really hard to get a job,   realized she was only one credit short
                                               but I didn’t know anything about           of earning a degree. Having taken
 Hands-on                                      computers,” she
 Continued from Page 15                        said. “That’s when
 surgical tech students the clinical side      I decided to go
 of the job while they are here at Havasu      to MCC and see
 Regional Medical Center. I love it. It’s      if I could take a
 the hands-on part and that’s what I’m         computer class.”
 good at. Continued on Page 17                       When she
 I like to get in and Courtney... continued    walked into the
 from Page 15 do things. I can have            registrar’s office
 people show me something once and             and explained how
 I’ve got it,” she said, “I learn by doing.”   difficult it was to
       The hands-on, clinical instruction      find a job, the staff
 involves the entire surgical team,            encouraged her to
 Courtney said. “Everyone in the O.R.          apply for a work-
 is a preceptor to the students. There is      study position.  She
 always someone who is teaching them           ended up taking
 something and everyone works well             two classes while
 together.” Courtney reports the students’     working in that same office filing         nearly every other general studies
 progress to Dr. Robert Goodrich,              papers. She was about 60 years old at      class offered, she enrolled in STU
 director of the MCC surgical technology       the time.                                  103 – Mastering Skills for College
 program.                                            She continued to take a few          Success. It is a class typically taken
       While providing clinical instruction    classes each semester until 1996,          by young, incoming freshmen.
 for her three MCC students, she               gathering up roughly 40 credits                 “I don’t think any class is
 maintains a full-time position as a           along the way. In 1996, her husband        a waste,” Betty said. “There is
 surgical assistant; but, she said, “I feel    retired. The couple sold everything        something to learn in every class you
 like I should always be going to school       they had, purchased an RV, and             take.”
 or I’m not doing everything I could.”         hit the road. For seven years, they             Betty doesn’t think she will
       The next step in her career may         traveled all over the United States.       pursue a bachelor’s degree. But she
 be into a nursing program, so she                   When they finally had enough         does see herself taking an art class
 could serve as a Registered Nurse             of traveling, the couple decided that      here or there. She said she might
 First Assistant; but she said she enjoys      Bullhead City was the perfect place        even write a book. “I have to keep
 teaching as well. “It’s fun to see the        to settle in for good.                     that gray matter moving,” she said.
 students’ progress, to see them doing               A few years ago, she figured              While she gives much credit to a
 well.” She is seeing to it that her           it was time to finish what she had         healthy diet and exercise, Betty said
 students not only know how to swim,           started. She walked into the Bullhead      the real key to longevity has been
 but are prepared to do so when it really      City campus and enrolled in classes.       happiness – especially in her 43-year
 matters.                                      She said one of her greatest joys of       marriage to Gilbert and in learning.

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A                ll-Arizona Academic Team
                    MCC’s 2012 representatives are
                    headed to NAU for bachelor’s degrees

          Each year, community college
     students from across the country submit
     applications to be considered for their
     state’s Academic Team.
          This year, two MCC student
                                                of their choice and a small stipend for
                                                books and fees.
                                                     The award is based on academic
                                                achievement and service to their school
                                                and community.
                                                                                              will be studying elementary
                                                                                              education through NAU’s
                                                                                              Distance Learning division from
                                                                                              MCC’s Bullhead City campus,
                                                                                              and Olivia Gessey will move to
     nominees were deemed worthy of the              This year, both All-Arizona              the NAU campus in Flagstaff to
     honor, which earns them a Regent’s         Academic Team members will be going           study engineering.
     Scholarship good for two years’ tuition    on to Northern Arizona University but              Read their stories below:
     and fees at the Arizona state university   through different channels. Ava Long

     “What will you be when you grow up?”
     Olivia                                          “Nothing as big as this had ever
                                                happened to me. I can actually giggle
                                                                                              president of Phi Theta Kappa,
                                                                                              the international honor

     Gessey                                     now that my dream is possible. I
                                                always I knew I could do it, but now I
                                                                                              society for community college

     Engineering dream
                                                can say, ‘I will be an engineer,’ not just,        Dreams and visions are not
                                                ‘I might.’ I will get my degree.”             realized without a lot of hard

     is now possible
                                                     She said she is going to Northern        work and focus on the answer
                                                Arizona University for a bachelor’s           to that childhood questions,
                                                degree in biomedical science and              “What will you be when you
          Young people need a vision of         microbiology and then on to Arizona           grow up?”
     themselves in a career field. It’s part    State University for a masters’ in
     of why we ask youngsters, “What            biomedical engineering.
     are you going to be when you grow
     us?” For Olivia Gessey, that vision
                                                     Olivia started college classes
                                                through the Dual Enrollment program           ava
     was encouraged by her aunt who is a        at MCC when she was a junior in
     nuclear engineer.                          high school. Right after graduation,
          “My aunt got me headed toward         she started at MCC, concentrating on
     engineering and she was really excited     science and liberal arts classes.             Making
     that our dream is going to come true,”          “I chose MCC because it offered
     Olivia said. She wasn’t sure how           me the best educational opportunity at        education
     she would manage the expense of            a reasonable cost. I also enjoyed being
     two years at the university to earn a      able to mature my college experience a        her favorite
     bachelor’s degree, and another two         bit prior to moving away from home to
     years for a masters; but now it is more    be on my own for the first time,”             pastime
     clear.                                     she said.
          Olivia’s nomination to be a                She will graduate from MCC with               Ava Long was the oldest
     member of the All-Arizona Academic         honors on May 11. During her MCC              of four children. Her teen years were
     Team was approved by Mohave                tenure, she has been the recipient            extremely turbulent and school was not
     Community College. Her selection           of the Mohave Scholars award,                 “her favorite pastime,” she said.
     carries with it a scholarship for full     president’s high academic honors                   “It takes a special kind of student
     tuition and fees for two years at any of   scholarship, Elk’s Auxiliary scholarship      to sit through class every day for four
     the three Arizona universities.            and Northwest Arizona Healthcare              years,” she said. “That wasn’t me.” She
          “When I learned I was on the          Foundation scholarship.                       dropped out of high school and was
     All-Arizona Academic Team, it was a             She was also among BHC                   helping to home school her brother
     shock. When I went to take the picture,    students named to the Dean’s List             when she realized that teaching was
     I thought I was a nominee and didn’t       and Honors List and was recognized            her calling.
     know I actually won.                       for Outstanding Participation as vice              She went to Mohave Community

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                                                                                                   to make my mother proud
                                                                                                   and become a college
                                                                                                   graduate,” she added.
                                                                                                        She will do that on May
                                                                                                   11, earning an associate of
                                                                                                   arts degree; but now there
                                                                                                   is even more to make Mom
                                                                                                   and Ava proud. She was
                                                                                                   selected as a member of the
                                                                                                   All-Arizona Academic Team
                                                                                                   and will be going on to
                                                                                                   earn a bachelor’s degree in
                                                                                                   elementary education.
                                                                                                        The honor affords her
                                                                                                   a scholarship for two-years’
                                                                                                   tuition and fees and she
                                                                                                   has chosen to complete the
                                                                                                   degree through Northern
                                                                                                   Arizona University’s
                                                                                                   Distance Learning program.
                                                                                                         “I volunteer at Desert
                                                                                                   Valley Elementary School
                                                                                                   and hope when I get my
                                                                                                   teaching certificate I’ll be
                                                                                                   able to work there full-
                                                                                                   time.” Though she expects
                                                                                                   to be teaching in a public
                                                                                                   school, she hasn’t forgotten
                                                                                                   the genesis of her love for
                                                                                                        “I completely believe
                                                                                                   in home schooling and I
                                                                                                   would have chosen it for
                                                                                                   myself. It gives kids who
                                          Olivia Gessey, left, and Ava Long, MCC’s 2012 All-       haven’t blossomed yet a
                                                     Arizona Academic Team representatives.        choice,” she said. “That’s
                                                                                                   the thing about going to
                                                                                                   college, too. Everyone gets
College and earned her GED, then         had this choice because it gave me           to belong and come into their own in
enrolled in college classes. “I am the   room to grow and the time to figure out      college.”
daughter of a figure skating national    that I was, in fact, on the right path.           During her years at MCC she
champion whose biggest thing in life          “I think that starting out in a small   earned the MCC Returning and
was education,” Ava said. “I knew the    school gave me the chance to test the        Transfer Scholarship, the MCC Board of
fact that I had dropped out of school    academic waters. A large university          Governors’ scholarship and was named
was a disappointment to her but I also   at that time in my life would have           to the Dean’s List and Honors List
knew that I would go back some day.      intimidated me.                              multiple times.
     “I chose MCC because it was              “When I found out I was the first            It turns out that going to school has
close. A four-year university never      person on both sides of my family who        become one of Ava’s favorite pastimes
crossed my mind. I’m thrilled to have    did not graduate high school, I wanted       after all.

                                                                                        May 2012 | MCC expressions |               21
     MCC ballet student going to Joffrey this summer
 MCC expressions

 President: Michael J. Kearns
        Mohave Community                                                                                          surprised to hear Rosie’s
     College students choose so                                                                                   good news a few days after
 Board of Governors:
     many other different paths to                                                                                the audition.
 Julie Bare, President particular is
     success. One in                                                                                                 “Rosie has worked
 Judy Selberg, Secretary
     dancing her way.
 Kathleen Hodel, Trustee who has
           Rosie Martinez,
                                                                                          MCC is proving to       extremely hard to get where
                                                                                                                  she is,” Fernando said. “She
 Travis Lingenfelter, Trustee at
     been taking instruction
 Vance Miller, Trustee six years,
     MCC for more than
                                                                                          be a powerful           has never missed a class, and
                                                                                                                  she has always been up for
     was recently accepted into the
 Writers: Charlotte Keller summer
     Joffrey Ballet School’s
                                                                                          resource for alumni     every challenge presented to
                                                                                                                  her. I knew right away she
             Brian Wedemeyer
     intensive program in New
 Designer: Sarah Crandall
     York City after a successful
                                                                                          and students            had the work ethic and the
                                                                                                                  enthusiasm that is needed to
     audition in Las Vegas.                                                                                       get where she is.”
 Cover Photo: Sarah Crandall
           Many graduates of the                                                                                     Rosie is not sure where
                                                        At MCC, we believe in growing our own talent and workforce for Mohave
     prestigious Joffrey Ballet                                                                                   her dance career will take
 Printer: American Graphics                             County. The college prepares people for a wide variety of careers, which they can
     School have moved on
                                          Rosie Martinez attends balletanywhere in in Lake Havasu City. her after she returns from
                                                        pursue here or class at MCC
     to dance with major ballet                                                                                 Joffrey Ballet School this
                                                        the world.
     companies both in the United                                                                               summer. Ballet is not her only
 Neal Campus - Kingman
     States and internationally.                     of the room. The girls were about 5 or 6                   interest.
 1971 Jagerson Avenue                                   Many of our alumni will be selected for other markets, but in most cases, the
     Martinez will learn from master                 years old at the time.                                “Who knows what the future will
 Kingman, AZ 86409                                      apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. In fact, a number of our outstanding graduates
 928.757.4331 in a professional setting
     instructors                                           “What I saw were ballet dancers,           hold,” Rosie said. “I also plan to be a
                                                        become employees of the college. You’ll meet a couple of them in this issue of
     while being exposed to what some                not martial arts experts,” said Fernando,        neurosurgeon.”
     consider an unparalleled dance
 Bullhead City Campus                                a ballet instructor with Mohave                        Rosie said she wouldn’t have
     community 95 New York City.
 3400 Highway       in                               Community College’s community                    received this opportunity without
                                                        Also featured are the two All Arizona Academic Team members who were
 Bullhead City, AZ 86442 Rosie, a
           “I can’t wait,” said                      outreach program at the Lake Havasu              Fernando’s guidance over the years.
 928.758.3926 sophomore at Lake Havasu                  selected from the class of 2012 to receive Regent’s Scholarships for their
     15-year-old                                     City campus. “They were very cute and                 “The public should know that
                                                        academics, civic and college involvement. That scholarship covers full tuition
     High School.                                    very lively … definitely ballet material.        Mohave Community College is a place
 Lake Havasu City Campus Jeanne                         and fees for two years at the Arizona university of their choice. One of those
           About 10 years ago,                       I just thought they would look better in         where you can receive serious ballet
 1977 Acoma Blvd., West                                 graduates plans to teach third grade in a Bullhead City school when she has
     Fernando was watching her son                   leotards.”                                       instruction,” she said. “Mrs. Fernando is
 Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403                             completed her bachelor’s degree. That’s very close to the tree!
     participate at judo practice when she                Ever since receiving the big news,          an amazing dancer herself, and she is
     noticed two young sisters, Rosie and            the pressure has been on to keep Rosie           very good at passing on that knowledge
                                                        We are also pleased to introduce this year’s guest speaker for commencement.
     Rachael Martinez, grappling in a corner
 North Mohave Campus                                 in top form. Fernando said she wasn’t            to her students.”
                                                        He is Seamus Dever, an alumnus of Mohave High School and MCC, but most
 480 S. Central                                         people will know him as NYPD Detective Kevin Ryan from the television
 Colorado City, AZ 86021
                                                        series “Castle,” or Dr. Ian Devlin from “General Hospital,” or Dr. Getti from
 P.O. Box 980, Colorado City, AZ 86021
                                                        “Army Wives.”
                                                          The Student Activities Council
     Continued from Page 12                          has allocated some of its funds to
 Distance Education Campus                              This issue will also update you on the growth and development that has taken
     Bullhead City team put together a string        help support the sports teams with
 1971 wins and qualified for the playoffs.              place at MCC since the last issue in October.
     of Jagerson Avenue                              league fees, uniforms and equipment.
     The team 86409
 Kingman, AZ won its first-round game                     “They deserve a lot of thanks
 928.757.0867 eliminated.                               So please enjoy as we brag a little about the success our former students are
     before being                                    for believing in our vision, and
                                                        enjoying. By the way, if you want to set a new course for your life, enrollment is
           We’re really having fun out there         supporting that vision to make it a
                                                        open. It’s never too late to make a new start.
     and working together,” Matie said. “The         reality,” Wedemeyer said.
 Vol. 9 No. 1 wait for the next season to
     players can’t                                         “I really wasn’t sure about sports
     start.”                                         taking off here at MCC, but we’ve
 Mohave Community College (ISSN: 1554-                  Sincerely,
 298X) is Shabazz,4who once led the nation
           published times a year (February,         had so many students respond, I’m a
     in kickoff return yards as a receiver for
 May, August and November) by Mohave                 true believer now,” said Anne Frazier,
     Saint Joseph’s College (Ind.), organized
 Community College, 1971 Jagerson Ave.,              admissions counselor at the Lake
     a football team Periodical postage
 Kingman, AZ 86409. in Kingman last fall.            Havasu City campus. “Not only have
 rates paid at Kingman, Arizona.
     Twenty-three male and female students           I had students wanting softball and              the college every day with a little more
                                                        Michael J. Kearns
     signed up. The Bighorns won their first
 Postmaster: Send address changes to                 basketball, but I now have lists going           motivation than ever before.
     two contests inCollege
 Mohave Community      Kingman’s adult flag          for volleyball, soccer and flag football.”            “It makes me feel like I’m a part of
     football league, but missed the playoffs
 1971 Jagerson Ave                                        Street, who also picked up a single         something,” she said.
 Kingman, AZ 86409-1238.
     by one game.                                    in her next game, said she comes to
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