The person we honor today is an inspiration for those who know him and has shown by example that a community college degree provides a solid foundation for an outstanding career.
Dr. Thomas Allingham is a 1974 graduate of Cape Cod Community College. He continued his undergraduate education at Fitchburg State College, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1977. In 1984, Tom graduated from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. His professional training continued with an internship at Clarion Osteopathic Hospital and a residency in anesthesiology at the Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.
Tom has served 21 years of active duty service as a Naval Officer in United States Naval Medical Corp, retiring in 2006 as a Captain. His duties included service in both Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom. His last assignment on active duty was as Commanding Officer of the Medical Treatment Facility of the United States Naval Ship COMFORT. In 2005, he had the privilege of taking the ship to the Gulf Coast in support of relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
After retirement, Tom worked in private practice in rural Tennessee for 18 months before discovering that he missed the academic aspects of medicine. In 2008, Tom joined the faculty of the University of Mississippi Medical Center as an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and is currently the Interim Chair of the Anesthesiology Department.
On his years at Cape Cod Community College, Tom writes, "When I graduated from high school I was lost...torn between joining the military and pursuing my education. I decided to try 4 C’s. During the two wonderful years there, I discovered what I really wanted to do with my life. Much of that had to do with the courses and the professors. It is because of this that I have so enjoyed teaching I have done and the young lives I have touched."
With such enthusiasm for the teaching and learning, and such excellence in leadership and acheivement, we are proud to honor tonight our Alumnus of the Year 2011, Dr. Thomas Allingham.
2010 Alumni of the Year
Charles Marshall Classes of 1995, 1996
Presentation at 2010 Commencement:
The person we honor today is an inspiration for those who know him and a great ambassador for the College in the community.
Charles is director of ML Weekes & Company, a public accounting and consulting firm serving the needs of colleges, universities, hospitals, non-profits and government contractors receiving grants and contracts with various federal, state and local governments. He earned an AA in Accounting and Business in 1995 and an AS in Computer Information Systems in 1996 from Cape Cod Community College, a BS in Accounting in 1999 and a MBA in Finance in 2001 from Fairfield University, and a BS in Information Technology from UMass, Lowell in 2009.
Charles has demonstrated a continuing interest in and support of the Cape Cod Community College over time through contributions of his time, talents and resources. Charles has been an active member of the CCCC Educational Foundation (2004–2007), serving as treasurer on the Executive Committee during the last two years of his term. He has also been a strong advocate for energizing the Alumni Association and fueled that advocacy with his volunteer leadership of the board since 2004, including serving two terms as chair 2005–2006 and again in 2008-2009. He currently develops and supports the CCCC Alumni web site, alumni email and the monthly alumni newsletter.
In the community, Charles serves as a volunteer firefighter in West Barnstable and is enrolled in the EMT program at CCCC as part of his commitment to be available as a first responder in the community.
With such enthusiasm for the College, and such excellence in leadership and life itself, we are proud to honor tonight our Alumnus of the Year 2010, Charles Marshall.
2009 Alumni of the Year
Betty Anne Bevis Class of 2002
Presentation at 2009 Commencement:
The person we honor today exemplifies the great determination and perseverance of many of our non-traditional students.
In 2002, Betty Anne Bevis graduated from Cape Cod Community College and transferred to the University of Massachusetts Boston on a Foster Furcolo Scholarship. As a non-traditional student with a learning difference, married with two children, she was a master at juggling a multitude of community and church activities along with her studies. Her activities included serving as a church youth leader, co-president of Cape Cod Academy's Parent's Association for two years, co-chair of the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition's Against the Tide event, and summer camp coordinator for the Rolling Ridge Christian Summer Camp for seven years.
She graduated in 2005 with a degree in psychology, however during that time her life took an unexpected turn when she was diagnosed with cancer. This life changing event gave her a renewed sense of the importance of family, education and community. She decided to further her education in graduate school studying family and systems theory. In 2008, Betty Anne graduated with a Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, an experience which involved weekly trips to New Hampshire, a full course load and a half-time volunteer internship for two years.
As she wrote in her letter, "Ten years ago when I entered CCCC, I couldn't have imagined what was in store for me. However, I was prepared for this journey thanks to the supportive environment, help with my learning difference, access to resources and availability of the caring faculty and staff at Cape Cod Community College."
With such enthusiasm for the College, and such excellence in scholarship and life itself, we are proud to honor tonight our Alumna of the Year 2009, Betty Ann Bevis.
2008 Alumni of the Year
Jeanne Heroux Class of 1995
Presentation given at 2008 Commencement:
The person we honor today transformed what could well have been a very bleak future into one we celebrate today, and she did it with great determination and perseverance.
In 1990, it wasn't easy...first one...then two...then three courses...then finally entry into the Nursing Program – ending with High Honors and an Associate of Science Degree in Nursing in 1995. While at the College, excellence was always her goal, and she achieved it repeatedly including serving as President of the College's chapter of the International Honor Society, Phi Theta Kappa.
She was awarded the Chancellor's Scholarship to attend the University of Massachusetts–Boston, free tuition! But it was not to be. With no transportation to Boston and young children on the Cape, the Bachelor's Degree in Nursing was not possible...until – five years later - a new "2 + 2" program partnership with UMass-Boston brought that degree to campus. She graduated again with High Honors.
As a single parent with a daughter entering college and an another daughter attending CCCC, graduate school seemed impossible, but she would overcome this barrier as well. Over a four year period of completely online study, coupled with 500-plus hours of clinical work at Outer Cape Health Services and at Cape Cod Hospital, she earned her Mental Health Nurse Practitioner/Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist Masters Degree.
Currently, she's employed as a mental health practitioner at Cape Cod Hospital, has been a collaborator with the State's Department of Mental Health, and has been published in the Journal of Nursing Scholarship. There is so much more to tell, but her own words say it best...
"I have accomplished many things since I graduated from 4Cs; it was that diploma, and the events leading up to it, that gave me the confidence to go where I have today. No words are truer than these are: "Start here and you can take your life anywhere." I am just getting started!!!"
With such enthusiasm for the College, and such excellence in scholarship and life itself, we are proud to honor tonight our Alumna of the Year 2008, Jeannie Heroux.
2012 Alumni of the Year
Dimitar Arabadzhiev Class of 2003
Presentation at 2012 Commencement:
The person we honor today is an inspiration for those who know him, and has shown by example that a community college degree is the solid foundation from which to launch a successful life.
Dimitar Arabadzhiev's first experience with Cape Cod Community College was in 2000 through the English as a Second Language Program. Upon successful completion, he enrolled in the College full time, earning an Associate of Science degree in Management in 2003. Dimitar acknowledges that although he came to the College already having earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration & Economics from Southwestern University in his native country of Bulgaria, his experiences here gave him the English skills needed, made him more professional and effective in his work, and helped him prepare for graduate school. He earned a MBA in Finance from Providence College in 2006.
Dimitar has been with Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management since 2002 and is currently a financial advisor, providing comprehensive banking and investment advisory services. Professionally, he is Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor and a Certified Special Needs Advisor.
The College has always been his first priority, giving it his time, talents, and financial support. He's been extremely active, especially sharing his experiences and providing advice to current English as a Second Language and ACCCESS students, and serving served on the ACCCESS program advisory Board.
He’s also joined the Alumni Association board and the Cape Cod Community College Foundation Board, and has been a very active member of both.
We are proud to honor today our Alumnus of the Year 2012, Dimitar Arabadzhiev.
2013 Alumni of the Year
Dr. Alice Curran Class of 1977
Dr. Alice Curran’s passion for oral pathology began when she was a Dental Hygiene student at Cape Cod Community College (CCCC). After graduating in 1977, Dr. Curran pursued advanced education in oral pathology. She taught in the University of Kentucky Dental Hygiene Program for 10 years before pursuing her dental degree at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry. She is a fellow in the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology. She is currently an associate professor in the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology at the University of North Carolina where he teaches, conducts research and practices clinical and surgical oral pathology.
Last year, Dr. Curran learned of the College's plan to renovate its highly successful Dental Hygiene clinic and classrooms while reading an alumni newsletter. "I couldn’t wait to get involved,” she said. “When I learned that the clinic I had trained in almost 35 years ago was still being used to train current students, I was stunned."
CCCC recently celebrated its 50th anniversary, and in concert with that milestone, launched a $2.5 million campaign to renovate the existing clinic. These renovations will support state-of-the-art clinical education and practice and contemporary facility design. The renovation was completed on time and on budget, and the clinic is once again open to the public.