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2012 Phoenix College History Makers Alumni Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

August 29, 2012
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Phoenix College Alumni Hall of Fame Inductees

The Phoenix College Alumni Association (PCAA) will be honoring ten individuals for induction in the Alumni Hall of Fame on Thursday, November 8 at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix.

The PCAA recognizes outstanding alumni, faculty, and staff in three award categories that are outlined below along with this year's recipients.

Signature Award:  Open to any Phoenix College alumna/us who meets the following criteria: (1) achieved excellence in his/her career or profession; (2) demonstrated commitment to volunteerism and/or community service; (3) responsible, law abiding citizen in good standing within the community.

James “Skip” Davis ‘64

For the past eight years, Skip Davis has been an integral part of the fundraising team that helped establish the Shanty Hogan Memorial Scholarship and the Shanty Hogan Legacy Fund which assists students in the Phoenix College football program. He was a member of the infamous 1964 national football championship team and has had an illustrious professional career in addition to his athletic accomplishments.

Dennis “Mo” Layton ‘68

Mo Layton is most well-known for having played professional basketball for the Phoenix Suns, but serving as an ambassador to the sport of basketball is his proudest accomplishment. He has coached and organized numerous basketball camps for underprivileged youth throughout the state of Arizona. In addition, he has served as the coach of the Banner Phoenix Wheelchair Suns, which is a member of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA).  

Dr. Daniel Enrique Perez ‘91

Dr. Daniel Enrique Perez is a professor of Spanish and Chicano/Latino Studies at the University of Nevada-Reno. He is also the co-founder of El Teatro Bravo, the first Latino theater in the Valley that has helped stage several Latina/o plays in English and Spanish in Phoenix, Reno, and other parts of the United States. He is the author of the book entitled Rethinking Chicana/o and Latina/o Popular Culture and editor of Heritage on State: A Teatro Bravo Anthology.

Kenneth Stites ‘60

Kenneth Stites is a living legend at Phoenix College having been a player on the 1959 Potato Bowl championship winning football team and then coaching the Phoenix College football program upon the retirement of Coach Shanty Hogan. Although retired, he continues to support Phoenix College through his philanthropic work for the Shanty Hogan Scholarship Fund and the Shanty Hogan Legacy Fund. In 2009, he was inducted into the Phoenix College Athletic Hall of Fame.

Lourdes Vasquez ‘08

Lourdes Vasquez is a conscientious filmmaker who uses her talents to capture a diversity of perspectives, analyze social norms, and show the interconnection of our humanity to create positive social change. She is the founder of the non-profit arts organization Embracing Humanity; the director of the video production company Deep Focus Cinema; and the producer of the documentary The Immigration Paradox.

Legend Award: Designated for any Phoenix College alumna/us who has demonstrated service to the Phoenix College Alumni Association (e.g., board members, committee members, etc.) and meets the following criteria: (1) achieved excellence in his/her career or profession; (2) demonstrated commitment to volunteerism and/or community service; (3) responsible, law abiding citizen in good standing within the community.

Gen Kriner ‘55

Gen Kriner has an extensive resume when it comes to her volunteer work for Phoenix College. In addition to serving as the president of the Phoenix College Half-Century Club, she has also served and chaired numerous committees and continues to be an active member of the Half-Century Club Board of Directors. She has also mentored several students who have received the Alumni Bear Scholarship.

Heritage Award: Designated for current or retired faculty members of Phoenix College who meets the following criteria: (1) achieved excellence in his/her career or profession; (2) demonstrated commitment to volunteerism and/or community service; (3) responsible, law abiding citizen in good standing within the community.  (Note: nominee does is not required to be an alum)

Judy Boschult ‘04

Judy Boschult began working for Phoenix College in 1971 as an adjunct faculty member in the English Department and eventually became the chair of the department. Before retiring in 2004, she served as the editor for PeerPoint—a district-wide newsletter for the faculty association as well as serving as a faculty/staff development coordinator for Phoenix College.

Dr. Albert Celoza

Dr. Albert Celoza has been a faculty member in the Liberal Arts Department since 1987 and teaches courses in the areas of social science and humanities. Through his work as the advisor of the award-winning Model U.N. program, he has helped hundreds of students understand the complexity of international relations.

Cecilia Esquer (posthumously)

Cecilia Esquer spent many years as a faculty member at Phoenix College where she chaired the Justice and Legal Studies Department and is credited for bringing it great notoriety as the top program of its kind in the Maricopa Community College District. Cecilia worked to rid inequitable treatment of minorities and women, and raise awareness of the political strength young people hold. She is the author of the book entitled The Lie About My Inferiority: Evolution of a Chicana Activist.

Merrill Mahaffey

Merrill Mahaffey was a faculty member in the Arts Department for almost two decades. His students have included world-renowned artists Eric Fischl and Bruce Aiken. In addition to his extensive teaching experience, he is also a well-known artist in his own right. His paintings are showcased in collections throughout the United States. 

For more information about the Alumni Hall of Fame or to purchase tickets, contact Christy Flora at 602.285.7652 or alumni@phoenixcollege.edu.