College & Community Relations

Aims Board of Trustees selects Honorary Fellows

Submitted on: 06-04-2009

The Board of Trustees of Aims Community College has selected the Aims Honorary Fellows for 2009. This year, Aims honored Dr. Lorenso Aragon, Donald Cummins, Julianne Haefeli, H. Gordon Johnson, Dale Majors and Ruth Slomer. The six recipients were honored by President Marsi Liddell and the Board at their May 8 meeting. Dr. Lorenso Aragon was honored for his dedication to the educational needs of Weld and Adams Counties, especially in the area of bilingual education. He has helped write and direct grants totaling over $50 million, benefiting teacher training programs and migrant education services. "Dr. Aragon's desire to change the lives of students who otherwise could not pursue higher education led him to write the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) grant, which provides tuition and books for children of migrant workers," Liddell said. The board also honored Donald Cummins, former Fort Lupton Campus Dean, for his long support of the College. Well respected in the Fort Lupton community where he later became mayor, Cummins developed and encouraged the community's relationship with the college. "For many years, Don was the face and guiding light of the first branch campus of Aims, located in Fort Lupton," Liddell said. Julianne Haefeli received an Aims Fellow Award in recognition of her service to higher education. She has served as Chair of the Colorado Association of Community College Trustees and as Chair of the Colorado State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education for two terms. She has also served on the State Literacy Council and many other boards and committees, including committees at Aims that focus on Career and Technical Education. "Ms. Haefeli has demonstrated for many years that she champions both students and education, Liddell said. "Her life of service to education and, in particular higher education, deserves recognition." The board recognized H. Gordon Johnson for his leadership early in the college's existence. He served on the Aims Board for one six-year term, and was later asked to serve as a Community Representative to the new University of Northern Colorado Laboratory School Board of Governors, a position he retained when the school became University School, independent from UNC. "His service to Aims in its early days and his later service to a new phase of education in the Greeley public schools deserve recognition as an Aims Fellow," said Liddell. The Board of Trustees also extended the Fellows Award to Dale Majors. An early and long-time supporter of Aims Community College and a welder himself, Majors played a significant role in the development of Aims' vocational programs. Dale served on the Aims Board of Trustees for 16 years and was enthusiastic in promoting the significance of the College, especially its vocational programs. Majors passed away on May 3, but Aims Trustee Mike Geile was able to present the award to Dale and his family shortly before his death. "When then-president Ed Beaty asked Dale to design the first welding program, Dale asked, 'How soon do you need it?'" Liddell said. "Dale didn't blink when Beaty responded, 'tomorrow, and it was ready to go." The Aims Fellows recognition was also awarded posthumously to long-time employee and college supporter Ruth Slomer, whose loyalty spanned more than 30 years. As an employee, she functioned as counselor, director, faculty member, advisor and dean. Her strength of character played an integral role in the establishment of many college programs. After her retirement, Ruth continued her tireless support for the college as a board member for the Aims Foundation. "For more than three decades, Ruth made certain our community understood the value of education, especially the value of an education from Aims Community College," Liddell said. 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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