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At every South Foundation Board meeting a faculty member, staff member, and student are recognized for their outstanding achievements. The board recognition awards are meant to acknowledge people on campus who are making a difference. Inviting the recipients to a foundation board meeting connects our board volunteers to individuals who are involved in making South’s programs successful.

July 2012 Recipients
The South Seattle College Foundation Board recognized staff member Danisha Rawlings, faculty member Annette Stofer, and student Holly Thomas for their outstanding work on campus. They are pictured here with Foundation Board Chair, Keith Schreiber.

Tysen Hillquist Tysen Hillquist
Outstanding Student
Tysen Hilquist, the South Seattle College Foundation Board’s outstanding student for May, is a recent recipient of the Boeing Endowed scholarship. He has served in the role of Vice President of student government and he is running for President. Tysen says despite the challenges of growing up in a less privileged community, he is making his dreams come true of pursuing higher education. After Tysen graduates from South, he plans to attend business school to earn his M.B.A.

Jill McDonough Jill McDonough
Outstanding Faculty Member
Jill McDonough is the South Seattle College Foundation Board’s outstanding faculty member for May. Jill has experience teaching all over the world. When she first came to South she worked in the International Programs. She attended Seattle University and completed her M.A. in Adult Education. In addition to teaching, Jill is involved in many other projects on campus including serving as the faculty coordinator Intensive English faculty, and she has developed an online orientation toll for Seattle Tutoring Coalition.

Kathy Vedvick Kathy Vedvick
Outstanding Staff Member
Kathy Vedvick is the South Seattle College Foundation Board’s outstanding staff member for the month of May. Kathy was originally hired in 1967 by Seattle Community Colleges. In 1971 she was hired to work at Central, and then in 1973 she transferred to South with Jerry Brockey. From 1978-1988 she was the Administrative Services Manager, and she has been in her current position of Director of Human Resources since 1988. Kathy is also an alumnus of South, and the University of Washington.

Cory Roberts Cory Roberts – Outstanding Student
Recent Recipient of the Marjorie I. and Michael D. Alhadeff Endowed Scholarship

  • Cory Roberts was born and raised in Wyoming.
  • He discovered early on that he had a knack for storytelling and a passion for entertaining which led him down the road of an array of different positions in the film and entertainment industry. He’s worked as a sound mixer, boom operator and production assistant on six feature films, dozens of short films and many commercials!
  • Cory is now pursuing his associate of arts degree here at South, with plans to transfer to the University of Washington this fall to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications.
  • Ultimately he would like to earn his master’s degree in youth and family counseling.
  • In addition to his studies Cory has been working in the Campus Public Information Office since last fall.
  • Candace Oehler, Interim Director of South’s Public Information Office says "In a short time Cory has single-handedly edited hours of raw video footage to create the college’s YouTube channel, and he has written a "how-to" editing guide and work study orientation which is used campus wide."
  • He also volunteers at the Center for Wooden Boats in Seattle and at the Orion Youth Care Center where he spends time working with homeless teens.
  • Cory uses the tag line “Start Here, Go Anywhere to help motivate the teens he works with.

Glenn Gauthier Glenn Gauthier – Outstanding Staff Member
Graphic Design Specialist in the Public Information Office

  • Glenn is the graphic designer at South, but he’s probably better known as the photographer because he’s always taking pictures!
  • Glenn attributes his creative talents to a crazy and varied work history – As he confesses, he went through about 587 different jobs trying to figure out what he wanted to be when he "grew up."
  • He took a year off to decide what he wanted to do, and he began drawing and painting and selling his art, but the fumes of the paint and the isolation of being a painter got to him, and it wasn’t long before he became a "starving artist."
  • Going back to school seemed like the best option, so Glenn enrolled at Seattle Central College in the Illustration and Design Program.
  • He was the most talented and noted individual that they had ever seen in the history of the college!
  • Fast forward...Glenn is now at his 588th job, and has been for twelve years as the graphic designer at South…And he’s the most talented and noted individual they have ever seen at the college!
  • We're recognizing Glenn today for his outstanding contributions to the college and foundation – he designs all of the printed materials including event invitations, the quarterly schedule, programs, signs, labels…. And list goes on.
  • Glenn is also an accomplished painter whose work has been exhibited in galleries and he has written and illustrated an awesome children’s book!
  • When he is not emerged in art Glenn is spending time with his fantastically fluffy Belgian Shepherd, Briea – they like to have cocktails, cookies and go for long walks.

Mary Lantz Mary Lantz – Outstanding Faculty Member
Full-Time Faculty Member in Academic Programs – Art Instructor

  • Growing up with a father in the military, Mary had the chance to live in twelve cities throughout the U.S. It was this upbringing, and being exposed to so many different people that shaped her to be the person she is today.
  • Art has been her life-long passion and she knew from a young age that painting would somehow be a part of her career.
  • After earning her master of fine arts degree at the University of Minnesota, she taught in the studio art department for eight years. Her teaching experience in the Twin Cities also included Macalester College and MacPhail Center for the Arts.
  • Mary has exhibited in many galleries and art museums, and after moving to Seattle she began teaching at South part-time. She is now in her 18th year as a full-time art instructor at South!
  • Mary says "In this community we meet wonderful people from all over the world. To teach here enables us to bring in art professionals, work with students of all ages, backgrounds and guide them to give voice to their unique vision."
  • In addition to her great work at South, Mary coordinated the first Seattle College District student art show, and the first high school exhibitions, providing outreach to seven area high schools.
  • She has also served on various college committees including: the Art Gallery Committee, Dean’s Advisory Committee, Campus Center Art Committee for Public Places and League for Innovation, just to name a few!
  • Outside of her great work here at the college Mary enjoys her children, a large extended family, friendships, travel and of course art exhibition opportunities!


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