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January 13, 2006

Cervantes named Cowley’s fifth endowed chair


Marlys Cervantes, Cowley College humanities instructor, was named the school’s fifth endowed chair during a ceremony held Thursday at the college’s Webb Brown Building.

Cervantes was nominated by her peers and selected by a pair of committees.

Thanks to the generous support of CornerBank, Cervantes will receive $2,000 a year for each of the next two years. A total of $500 each year will be used for continuing education, while the other $1,500 is Cervantes’ to use however she would like.

With Cervantes being the fifth recipient of the award, CornerBank has now donated $20,000 to the endowed chairs. Former endowed chair recipients are, Dejon Ewing, Michelle Schoon, Connie Donatelli, and Pam Smith.

Cervantes has taught at Cowley for six years. She is a member of the outcome’s assessment team; she also serves on the AQIP council and student success team. She is active in campus activities, and is a familiar face at concerts, art exhibitions, theatre productions, and sporting events. She was also the recipient of the 2004 Tiger Booster of the Year Award.

She has been a presenter at NISOD twice, and is planning to present another proposal this year. She has won the Master Teacher Award, and is valued as an excellent teacher and a positive role model to her students.

“I feel so honored to be nominated by my peers and looked at by the committees,” Cervantes said. “I do the job because I love the job. I love it here at Cowley and I honestly love my students. To be honored this way is overwhelming.”

CornerBank president Bruce Schwyhart, and vice president/branch manager Joyce McArtor, were on hand to honor Cervantes.

“CornerBank, along with Joyce and Bruce, have been great friends of the college for a long time,” Cowley President Dr. Pat McAtee said. “They have supported us with their leg work as well as financially, and we sincerely appreciate their support in this.