2012 Alumni Hall of Fame Honorees
More than 130 guests joined the Phoenix College Alumni Association to recognize 10 distinguished honorees being inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame on Thursday, Nov. 8 at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix. Each year, the gala affair is organized by the Office of Alumni and Development so that the PCAA can highlight outstanding alumni, faculty and staff in three award categories. The dinner, sponsors and silent auction raise funds for PCAA scholarships.
Eileen Archibald, director of Institutional Advancement, welcomed the gathering and turned the mike over to PC alumni and inveterate KEZ radio personality Marty Manning. A video and then an often humorous anecdote by Marty introduced each honoree with Elias Esquer accepting for his wife Cecilia who has sadly passed away. President Anna Solley and PCAA President Steven Chapman ’08 handed each new Hall of Fame member an award medal along with a warm congratulations.
The following honorees are the 2012 Hall of Fame inductees:
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 assist students in the Phoenix College football program. Skip was a member of the legendary 1964 national football championship team and has had an illustrious professional career in addition to his athletic accomplishments.
Dennis “Mo” Layton ‘68
A Phoenix College basketball legend, Mo Layton is known to most of the world for his years as a Phoenix Sun. But the accomplished athlete cites his service 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 coach of the Phoenix College football program when Coach Shanty Hogan retired. Ken 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.”
Gen Kriner ‘55
Gen Kriner has an extensive resume of 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.
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 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.