CJ Robinson, Reporter
The 20th annual alumni celebration honored four Pierce College alumni at the Fort Steilacoom campus on April 14. This included a video highlighting each honoree, a dinner, guest speakers and the presentation of an award to each alumni.
The honorees included Amy Eveskcige, Yotsaphon Sangnil, Rosanna Sharpe and Melody Williams.
The event started with a dinner featuring a live student orchestra and social reception. To begin the ceremony, Jeff Brown, president of the Pierce College Foundation Board, introduced the event and its speakers. Denise Yochum, Pierce College Fort Steilacoom president, and Nathan Gibbs-Bowling, Distinguished Alumnus 2015, introduced this year’s distinguished alumni and presented awards to the honorees.
Williams is the owner of Melody Williams Allstate Insurance and achieved her associate degree at Pierce in 1991. Sangil is now the head of investment strategy and financial research at UOB Kay Hian Stock Exchange of Thailand and received his associate degree and high school diploma from Pierce in 2005. Eveskcige is the superintendent of Chief Leschi Schools and earned her associate degree in 1991. Sharpe is the Executive Director of the Northwest African American Museum and achieved her associate degree in 1983.
After the presentation of awards, the speakers gave guests the opportunity to give to the Foundation. Every donation would be matched up to $10,000 that night, donated by a group of attendees.
The selection committee for this event included a range of faculty, staff and previous board members. Nicole Ferris, manager for donor and alumni relations, said the process involved a certain investigative effect.
“I felt like I was a detective,” Ferris said. “Any kind of social media that existed out there, I was able to find information on people.”
After the committee decided on its nominations, these individuals were submitted to the presidents of each Pierce campus and the chancellor to receive input. Their opinions, along with the committee, helped narrow 15 nominations to four.
Next year, the college hopes to plan a gala in honor of its 50th anniversary, Ferris said. For more information on the event, the honorees and Foundation, visit www.pierce.ctc.edu/foundation/.
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