College & Community Relations

Aims Community College names Honorary Fellows

Submitted on: 06-01-2008

The Board of Trustees of Aims Community College has selected the Aims Honorary Fellows for 2008. This year, Aims honored Scott Ehrlich, Dave Owen, Ken Nickerson and Bernie Kinnick. The four recipients were honored by President Marsi Liddell and the board at their May 7 meeting. The Board honored Greeley entrepreneur Scott Ehrlich for his leading role in creating the CollegePromise scholarship program. "Mr. Ehrlich has been the driving force in the project since he approached the college with a proposal to create a scholarship based on the highly successful 'Kalamazoo Promise,'" Liddell said. Wholly funded by private and corporate donations, the program is intended to assist District 6 high school graduates with tuition, fees and book costs of up to $2,000 for their first year at Aims. The fund raising efforts, spearheaded by Ehrlich, have so far raised more than $132,000, which will be awarded to an estimated 80 students. Ehrlich worked with college and district staff to develop eligibility requirements and informational materials for the program. The board also honored former State Senator Dave Owen for his tireless efforts on behalf of the college. During his tenure as member and chair of the Joint Budget Committee, he worked to ensure that the local district colleges were given equitable consideration in the budget process. As a legislator, Owen consistently worked to include Aims Community College’s perspective and philosophy regarding potential legislation for higher education. He often consulted with college officials in terms of financial needs and expectations as well, particularly in terms of providing line item appropriations for financial aid from the state. “As a legislator and chair of the Joint Budget Committee, Senator Owen was one of the strongest advocates for Aims Community College and its financial position in the volatile state budget,” Liddell said. The Board of Trustees also extended the Fellows Award to two recently retired Aims board members, Ken Nickerson and Bernie Kinnick. Both trustees served for eight years and held officer positions on the Board. Ken Nickerson, who served first as trustee and later as Board President, saw many changes at Aims including the resignation of one president, two interim presidents and the search for and hiring of current president, Marsi Liddell. “Throughout his tenure Ken brought leadership and stability to the Board of Trustees and continually kept the future of Aims in mind,” Liddell said. "Ken profoundly impacted the future of Aims through his vision and courage as chairman of the Board during Aims' strategic planning for new campus acquisitions." Known for his commitment to students, Bernie Kinnick taught for 32 years at the University of Northern Colorado, where he was named Professor Emeritus upon his retirement. After serving two terms on Greeley City Council, he ran for and was elected to the Aims Board of Trustees. “Dr. Bernie Kinnick has literally devoted his entire professional life to higher education,” Liddell said. "One of the very best memories about Bernie is his great sense of doing whatever it takes to put students at the forefront of learning at Aims." The Aims Honorary Fellows award recognizes community members for their extraordinary commitment, allegiance and contributions to the goals of Aims Community College and higher education in general. They are selected based on: - Long-standing efforts to further the goals and purposes of higher education - Service as an advocate of life-long learning - Championing and/or supporting students and education - Significant contributions to the furthering of scholarship in the state, county, community or the mission of Aims Community College

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