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Two future nurses at YC named Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise scholars

Two aspiring nurses at Yavapai College have won prestigious Phi Theta Kappa honor society scholarships.

Heidi Howden of Prescott and Vrindavan Silva of Cornville are 2022 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise scholars. The two PTK members and YC Honors students are among a total of 207 Leaders of Promise selected from 1,300 applicants nationwide. Selection was based on academic achievement and demonstrated leadership potential.

Heidi and Vrindavan each were awarded $1,000 to assist them in obtaining their desired degrees and to encourage their continued leadership and participation in PTK programs.

“Today, the Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship is more relevant than ever as our organization, colleges, and communities actively encourage the completion of a college credential, an associate degree, or certificate among college students,” said Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner, president and CEO of Jackson, Miss.-based PTK international.

A current YC nursing student, Heidi is the president of the YC PTK chapter this year. She was part of the team of PTK members who earned the YC chapter a fourth-place international ranking last academic year based on the quality of the chapter’s research, Honors in Action and community service projects. She said she plans to use her scholarship award to defray expenses associated with pursuing both an associate degree and a bachelor’s degree (at Arizona State University) in nursing concurrently. “This scholarship is really going to help me pay for books and tuition,” she said.

Vrindavan, an active member of PTK, is working to complete her prerequisites for nursing school. She said the PTK scholarship award will help offset expenses related to commuting to the Prescott campus from Cornville and help her fund a dorm room at the Prescott campus at some point in the future.



Yavapai College Police Department Promotes Two to Detective Ranks

The Yavapai College Police Department has promoted two of its finest to the rank of detective.

The detective titles for Travis Munday and Megyn Felton are the first for the YCPD in many years, owing to sheer determination on the part of each of the officers and the agency’s leadership.

“For at least the past year, Munday and Felton have been preparing to test for the position of detective. They have attended basic and advance crime-scene investigation schools and worked with local agencies and their investigative teams in an effort to obtain knowledge and build relationships with other departments,” said YC Police Chief Tyran Payne. “Creating this position within campus safety will allow the department to conduct more detailed investigations and provide a more advanced level of service for the college community.”

Dets. Munday and Felton were feted during a traditional law enforcement pinning ceremony earlier this month at the YC Prescott campus. Among those on hand to congratulate the promotees were YC President Dr. Lisa Rhine and the YC Women’s Soccer Team. 

Pinning the detective badge on Munday, a veteran YCPD officer primarily serving the Verde Valley Campus and Sedona Center, was his wife, Tania. The couple’s daughter, Bailey, and son, Colton, also were on hand for the celebration.

Mark Evens pinned the detective badge on his daughter, Megyn, a YC Administration of Justice alumna and December 2020 Northern Arizona Regional Training Academy (NARTA) graduate.

In remarks during the pinning ceremony, YCPD Sgt. Jake Jackson thanked Munday and Felton for their hard work and dedication. “You guys are tremendous, passion-driven individuals and are amazing to work with. I look forward to the next chapter.” 

Both new YCPD detectives thanked the department and the college for the opportunity to advance their law enforcement skills and their careers.

“Thank you so much for all the support you have given me, for pushing me harder and harder every day to do better and for seeing the potential in me,” Felton said.

Munday echoed Felton’s gratitude saying he relishes the opportunity to serve the college in a greater capacity.


National Association honors three at YC for leadership, initiative, innovation

The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) has honored three Yavapai College innovators with its annual leadership and professional awards.

The organization representing elected and appointed governors of 1,100 community colleges nationwide earlier this month announced that 17-year YC Governing Board member and seven-time Board Chair Ray Sigafoos has been awarded the 2022 Pacific Regional Trustee Leadership Award.

Winner of the ACCT’s 2022 Pacific Regional Faculty Leadership Award is YC English Professor and Faculty Senate President Dr. Karen Palmer.

And the 2022 Pacific Regional Professional Board Staff Member awardee is Yvonne Martinez-Sandoval who, for the past four years, has served as the executive assistant to YC President Dr. Lisa Rhine and the college’s District Governing Board.

ACCT's Regional Awards recognize the tremendous contributions made by community colleges and their leaders to meet the needs of their communities.  

"Community colleges are unique institutions dedicated to making high-quality higher education accessible for all Americans," said ACCT President and CEO Jee Hang Lee. "This year's regional ACCT awardees represent the most outstanding people and programs from throughout the country, and we are excited to be able to bring attention to them."

Mr. Sigafoos’ award recognizes his leadership and contributions to multiple innovative and successful academic and career-training programs and the development of state-of-the art facilities for those programs. Examples include YC’s Promise program, a tuition-reimbursement program that has significantly improved degree-completion rates; the development of the Southwest Wine Center, an acclaimed teaching winery; the launch of the Skilled Trades Center on the Verde Valley Campus; and the award-winning Family Enrichment Center, an early childhood teaching and learning laboratory. As the liaison to the YC Foundation Board, Mr. Sigafoos has helped the foundation significantly increase its philanthropic and scholarship capacity.

A full-time YC faculty member since 2018, Dr. Palmer was lauded by the ACCT for teaching practices that build strong student relationships and engender inclusion and belonging. She was also recognized for her leadership and contributions to the college’s Open Educational Resources initiative that has saved YC students nearly $1 million to date in textbook costs. Additionally, she has championed the college’s Quality Matters initiative to ensure excellence in online courses.

Martinez-Sandoval was honored for her initiative on a variety of projects that enhance the workplace experience and job performance of her peers, colleagues and college leadership. Examples include spearheading the creation of a statewide council of executive assistants to community college governing boards and her pivotal role in a comprehensive review and overhaul of District Governing Board processes and operations.   




PRESCOTT ARIZONA (October 5, 2022) – The YCSO Auxiliary Force under the direction of the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office consists of Volunteers in Protection, Yavapai County Jeep Posse, Verde Search and Rescue, and the Yavapai County Search and Rescue Team. These All-volunteer, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations assist the Sheriff’s Office searching for lost, stranded, or injured persons anywhere in the county, including cities. The Sheriff’s Auxiliary Force is more than 350 volunteers who stand ready, 24/7 in any weather conditions to help keep you safe where you live and in the backcountry.

The cost to obtain and maintain safety equipment, communications systems, and training comes from volunteers themselves, and tax-deductible donations like yours.

Be sure to check your mailbox for a special invitation to help offset out-of-pocket expenses of over 350 volunteers who work daily to help keep you safe.

For more information contact Dennyse Loll @ 928-771-3281 or to make an online donation visit: www.ycsoaf.org


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