CMC students win David Allen Awards |

CMC students win David Allen Awards

Five Colorado Mountain College students received the David Allen Outstanding Student Award along with diplomas this month.

David Allen’s mother, Joan Allen, came from Oklahoma to present the awards at CMC’s Spring Valley Campus. David Allen suffered a devastating head injury after being hit by a drunken driver. He worked long years to regain autonomy and eventually graduated from CMC.

The award honors others who have faced obstacles to graduate from CMC. The students awarded this year were:

n Siohban Conway ” nursing: When Siohban Conway confronted uncertainties common to many nontraditional students, her greatest fear was a devastating case of math anxiety. She maintained a nearly a 4.0 GPA while balancing family life with her studies.

n Reyna Mondragon Cruz ” associate of arts: Reyna Mondragon Cruz set out on a path unfamiliar to family and friends as she pursued an associate of arts degree as a first-generation college student, studying in her second language.

n Jenn Kessler ” veterinary technology: Jenn Kessler came to CMC with a love for animals, and exhibits sincere devotion to the program and animals.

n Kathy Williams ” bilingual education: Kathy Williams has attended CMC for five years, and she is in the Bilingual Teacher Education Program. While completing her AA degree, Kathy has completed 30 credit hours with MSC.

n Merne Judson III ” professional photography: Resident assistant Merne Judson has devoted hundreds of hours to Spring Valley students. Merne has celebrated achievements as a photographer, guitarist and vocalist.

Literacy Outreach seeks tutors

Literacy Outreach is presented four volunteer tutor informational sessions Tuesday. An additional session has been added at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 26, at the Glenwood Springs Library.

If you want to help people improve their reading, writing, math, or English-speaking skills, attending one of these sessions is a great way to start.

Mandatory training sessions for volunteer tutors will be from 6:30-9:30 p.m. May 31, June 7 and June 14 at the Glenwood Springs Library. Please reserve your space by calling Literacy Outreach at 945-5282.

Renelle Lott writes a CMC column for the Post Independent. If you have questions, please call the CMC Public Info Office, 384-8506.

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