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2013 Golden Bear Partners

July 15, 2013


The following partners were honored this year as 2013 Phoenix College Golden Bear Champions for their outstanding contribuitions in support of PC students, employees, programs, services and the college community. The ceremony was held on May 2, 2013.

Dr. Christine Marin, Raul H. Castro Institute - Advisory Council Member

Dr. Christine Marin has volunteered countless hours as an active and founding advisory committee member of the Raul H. Castro Institute of Phoenix College. In that role she has become an effective bridge builder with Phoenix College and Arizona State University serving as a consultant who continues to assist in assuring that the students, college personnel and the RCI are given opportunities for growth. She also serves as a positive ambassador assuring that the Raul H. Castor Institute is well-respected in the community. Dr. Marin is key in the preservation of the Phoenix College Castro Collection Library Archives. As a strong advocate for our former Governor Castro and his legacy, she assures that all historical data is accurate and made available for our students. Her passion to preserve Governor Castro’s legacy is evident in all of the work that she does.  

Marty Manning, Phoenix College Alumni – Class of 1970 - Alumni Partner

Marty Manning, class of 1970, has lent his considerable talents to fundraising efforts at Phoenix College. As a gifted orator, Marty lends his time in an effort to help Phoenix College and its students. In addition to various live broadcasts that he has done on campus to promote college events, he has served as master of ceremonies at several Phoenix College events including major events, such as the 90th Anniversary Celebration in 2010. Marty’s generosity with his time and talents not only demonstrates his passion and love for his alma mater, but also encourages other alumni to volunteer their services to Phoenix College.

Climatec, Inc. - Business & Industry Partner

Climatec, Inc. has supported the Phoenix College Eric Fischl Lecture Series since its inception in 2007. Over the years, Climatec has increased their level of sponsorship and has become the presenting sponsor of the event. With their support, Phoenix College is able to annually host the series, presenting PC alumnus and nationally renowned contemporary artist Eric Fischl and guest. The speaker series, which is held at the Phoenix Art Museum, is free and open to the public and gives students exposure to prominent artists. Without the support of Climatec as the presenting sponsor, Phoenix College would not be able to offer opportunities to our students to be inspired by and learn from the stars of the art world.

Dr. Chris Bustamante, Rio Salado College - Community Leader

Dr. Chris Bustamante, president of Rio Salado College, is an enthusiastic supporter of Phoenix College. Dr. Bustamante is well-known as an advocate for increasing access to higher education, and has forged transformational partnerships with business, government, and other educational providers. Among those partnerships is a collaboration between Phoenix College and Rio Salado College to provide outstanding educational opportunities in the Northwest Valley through the Communiversity@Surprise. The Communiversity provides students with the opportunity to complete certificates, associate degrees, bachelor's degrees, and master's degrees all in one location. Dr. Bustamante has also contributed to Phoenix College by generously supporting the transfer of a key staff member to advance the college’s institutional planning, research, and evaluation efforts. Phoenix College is proud to call Dr. Chris Bustamante an esteemed colleague, partner and friend.   

Linda Ragan, Virginia G. Piper Medical and Dental Clinic - Community Organization Partner

In her role as the Coordinator of Dental Volunteers, Linda Ragan has been offering the Dental Clinic at St. Vincent de Paul as a training ground for our Dental Assisting student-externs for well over 15 years. Linda trains PC students in their earliest clinical experiences in this dynamic dental setting, providing them great tutelage as she shares her clinical expertise and her wisdom of the field of dentistry. Students learn about more than “dentistry” in this clinic under her mentorship.  They learn the importance of compassion, team work, respect, professionalism and commitment to quality care. Linda has also been a valued member of the Dental Assisting Program Advisory Council for over 15 years, providing input on curriculum and community needs, as well as continued support and advocacy for our program. Her many years of direct contribution to the greatness of our Dental Assisting program is greatly appreciated.

Cyndi Tercero-Sandoval, Phoenix Union High School District - K-12 School Colleague

With the student's success in mind, Cyndi Tercero-Sandoval actively seeks partnerships that will promote student achievement and is always willing to lend a helping hand to create positive outcomes for students.  Regardless of whether or not it is in her scope of duty, Cyndi is active in implementing strategies that will benefit students.  Recently, Cyndi helped in the coordination and implementation of FAFSA completion events at the four Degree Phoenix partner high schools. These events consisted of a student financial aid workshop, a parent financial aid workshop and securing transportation to College Goal Sunday. Her willingness and availability to partner makes the jobs of those around her easier and makes her a great asset to our Degree Phoenix team. 

Tom McBroom, Southwest Gas Corporation - Public Service Partner

As part of his responsibilities within risk management for Southwest Gas Corporation, Tom McBroom oversees training for the safe handling of natural gas emergencies that includes both gas leaks with and without fire involvement. For each of the last 15 semesters, Tom has led a team of instructors that present these educational and training services to the Phoenix College Firefighter Operations Academy. These exercises give students the most realistic and practical experiences available.  Tom readily shares his vast experience and knowledge with the students through stimulating and thought-provoking interactions and creating competencies through exercises that cannot be duplicated any place else. Tom's dedication to our students, their education, and to the safe practices he instills in them will pay off in the long run as they begin their fire service careers.   

Jay Faulkner, Phoenix College Alumni - Scholarship Donor

Jay Faulkner, Phoenix College class of 1947 graduate, has expanded his already generous scholarships endowment to the college in July 2012 by contributing additional funding to the college’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) scholarship program. To date, Phoenix College has received gifts totaling $71,745.00.  Giving young people the opportunity for academic and personal success is a reflection of his lifelong service to others that has includes not only his admirable scholarship contributions, but also his volunteer efforts across the state. Jay's wealth of information and passion for students helps countless Phoenix College students make the most of their educational experience.

David Carter, Phoenix Fire Department- Technology Partner

As Deputy Chief of the Phoenix Fire Department Training Academy, David has gone above and beyond his assigned duties to ensure the safe and effective delivery of several Phoenix College Fire Science and EMT classes held at his facility.  A longtime supporter of Phoenix College and all of the Maricopa Colleges, David created and maintains a collaborative relationship by including our programs in regular staff meetings and communications processes to keep us informed and up-to-date on current practices, procedures, and sharing of resources. Without the support of David and his staff, we would not be able to provide the high level of training that has resulted in a large percentage of our students being successful in their pursuit of a career as a firefighter.

Lori Johnson, Arizona State University - University Colleague

Lori Johnson is a full-time staff interpreter at Arizona State University.  For several years, Lori has provided opportunities for interns in the Interpreter Preparation Program. Lori has been extremely supportive, going above and beyond in her work and personal schedule to accommodate student needs to fulfill their required internship hours. With limited opportunities out there for students to observe interpreters and to have internship experiences, Lori has single-handedly provided a tremendous number of hours for students at Phoenix College. Students have gained invaluable insights into the profession from a working interpreter's perspective.