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Alumni Association Celebrates Homecoming

Gadsden Mayor Sherman Guyton was the recipient of the 2011 Distinguished Service Award presented by the Gadsden State Community College Alumni Association. 

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VP Valerie Richardson & Mayor Guyton

The award was presented by Alumni President Tom McElrath and Dr. Valerie Richardson, vice president of Gadsden State, during the recent Homecoming festivities.  The award is presented annually to an outstanding individual who has given freely of their time, energy and support to Gadsden State.  Photos of the recipients are displayed in Meadows Library on the Wallace Drive Campus.  Guyton will join 29 previous winners named since the wall of honor began in 1994.

Guyton, serving his second term as mayor, is also the owner and broker of Sherman Guyton Realty for over 30 years.  He is actively involved in many civic organizations including Gadsden Rotary and Alabama City Lions Club.  He is best known for the successful programs he implemented such as the Save Our Neighborhood Program, Recycling Program and the Workforce Development Partnership.

Guyton is a former chairman of the Chamber Gadsden/Etowah County, Community Development Board and vice chairman of the Gadsden Convention Authority.

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Mark Webb and VP Richardson

Mark Webb, manager of operations of the Montgomery office of Alabama Power Company, was named Outstanding Alumnus for 2011.  He received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Auburn University and an associate of science degree from Gadsden State.  Webb is responsible for providing service to over 100,000 customers in the Montgomery and surrounding areas.  This includes all the design, construction, maintenance and operation of Alabama Power Company facilities dedicated to serving those customers.  Webb is a former recipient of the Alabama Power Company Employee of the year and the Chamber of Commerce Gadsden/Etowah Bobby L. Austin Community Impact Award. 

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Deb Atkins

An Outstanding Instructor Award was presented to both Deborah Reynolds, electrical technology instructor and Cindy Mullinax, wellness, health, physical education/nursing instructor. 

Reynolds holds a bachelor’s degree in applied science and technology from Thomas Edison State College in Trenton, New Jersey.  She has been an instructor at Gadsden State since 1994.  She develops the curriculum for the electrical technology classes and is the National Technical Honor Society advisor for the Technical Division of Gadsden State.  Reynolds is active in the community donating her time and energy for various projects including the Gadsden/Etowah Habitat for Humanity.  She has orchestrated a coat drive at Gadsden State for the past three years collecting over 1300 coats which were donated to local mission centers and shelters for the homeless.  She is the recipient of the Outstanding Technical Faculty Award.

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Cindy Mullinax

Cindy Mullinax has been teaching health education courses and exercise classes since 2003.  In addition to her classes, she is the chair person for orientation.  Mullinax holds bachelor’s degree in nursing from Jacksonville State University and a Master of Science degree in nursing from Georgia State University.  She is a certified personal trainer and group exercise instructor through the Aerobic and Fitness Association of America.  Mullinax is the recipient of the Outstanding Academic Faculty Award.

The Alumni Association awarded a $1,000 tuition scholarship to Micah LeCroy of Attalla.  She is the daughter of Michael and Pat LeCroy. During her first year at Gadsden State LeCroy participated in Diamond Dolls, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and the Theater Department.  She is secretary of the Science, Math & Engineering Club and has been named to the Dean’s List.  She will continue her education at Gadsden State while she pursues her degree in pharmacy.  LeCroy also participates in the community and has been a part of the Gadsden Regional Medical Center Teen Volunteer Program for the past three years. 

Caiti Gattis from Gadsden was crowned Homecoming Queen 2011 by Miss Gadsden State Lauren Thomas of Southside.  Amanda Cook and Maegan Gladden (Gadsden), Christina Ellis (Southside), Heather Free (Centre), and Sage Kong (Korea) were chosen campus favorites.  Escorts for the homecoming court were Garrett Walker (Southside), Richard Smith and Jesse Brewer (Gadsden), Kody Dodd (Centre), Tyler Roberts (Ohatchee) and Johnathan Chadwick (Gaylesville).

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