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Awards given at WVC commencement ceremonies

Eli Chambers of Entiat and Greg Epps of Tonasket were awarded 2010 President’s Medals for academic achievement and leadership during Wenatchee Valley College commencement ceremonies in Wenatchee and Omak. Dr. Ronald Adolphi, director of financial management for CALIBRE, a management and technology services company in Alexandria, Virginia, was named alumni of the year.

Chambers served as vice president of the Associated Students of Wenatchee Valley College (ASWVC) at the Wenatchee campus and worked as a tutor in the WVC Tutor Center. He earned a 3.85 grade point average while taking difficult classes in chemistry, calculus, and physics for his associate in science degree. He plans to transfer to a university to major in chemical engineering. He is active in his community with the volunteer fire department, Make A Difference Day events, musical entertainment, and a youth group.

Epps served as president of the ASWVC at the Omak campus. He established a campus recycling program and served as co-chair of the first Green Fest in 2009. He is active in Phi Theta Kappa, the student honorary society, and volunteered to tutor beginning accounting students. He is chairman of the WVC Omak Alumni Association and vice president of Green Okanogan, a not-for-profit recycling organization.

Adolphi served as student treasurer at WVC during 1965-66. After graduating from WVC with his associate of arts and sciences, he earned degrees at the University of Washington, Butler University, Syracuse University and California Coast University, where he earned his doctorate. He retired from the United States Senior Executive Service in 2002 after 34 years of service, including serving as director for finance and management policy in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (comptroller).

At the Omak campus, Stella Dee Columbia of Loomis received the Academic Achievement Award and wrote the winning entry nominating her daughter Marchand Reynald for the Most Supportive Partner Award.

Six students on the Wenatchee campus were recognized as Outstanding Graduates. Taerrah Bond of Spokane, David Drollman of Wenatchee, Darci Hawkins of Wenatchee, Rodrigo Laguna of Peru, Cory Mason of Wenatchee, and Jeffrey Wilson of Cashmere were nominated by faculty members for their academic achievements and acknowledged during the graduation ceremony.

Michael Choman of East Wenatchee, accounting and business faculty member on the Wenatchee campus, was honored as the 2010 Linda Schultz Herzog Faculty Member of the Year.





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