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Educators Honored for Helping Hispanic Students

May 10, 2013

IMAGE de Northern Utah will honor educators from Weber State University and Ogden Weber Applied Technology College during its "Legacy, an Honorary Tribute" event.

With the event, IMAGE de Northern Utah says it recognizes individuals who have been longtime champions of the educational pursuits of Latinos in the community at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Zucca Trattoria Restaurant, 1479 E. 5600 South, South Ogden.

Honorees will be retired WSU President F. Ann Millner; retired OWATC President C. Brent Wallis; current OWATC President Collette Mercier; WSU Assist to the President for Diversity and Professor of Education Forrest Crawford; WSU director affirmative action/equal Opportunity Barry Gomberg; and retired OWATC director of diversity Pamela Candia-Hernandez.

"The individuals that we're honoring have been very supportive of IMAGE for many, many years," as well as of Latinos on their campuses, IMAGE de Northern Utah Chairwoman AnnaJane Arroyo said.

During the event, IMAGE de Northern Utah will introduce newly appointed WSU President Charles A. Wight and the university's new Assistant for Diversity.

Organizers say the honorees have collaborated with IMAGE de Northern Utah and many other local and statewide Latino organizations in efforts to help the community advance in the areas of education and employment.

Proceeds from the evening will go toward IMAGE de Northern Utah's scholarship fund, which helps enrolled college students facing a financial crisis to continue their education without interruption.

"What we found in the past is, it becomes very difficult to access the money if a student is in crisis," Arroyo said, "but with this one, its a discretionary fund. It doesn't exceed a certain amount of money."

By providing a discretionary fund, students will not have to choose between things, such as replacing a blown-out tire on their cars or buying books for the semester.

"It is not a substantial scholarship," Arroyo said, "but it is a significant scholarship."

The event is $50 a person and includes dinner. The price to co-sponsor the event is $1,000. Seating is limited to 80, so advance registration is necessary.

Donations to the scholarship will be accepted in care of IMAGE de Northern Utah at PO BOX 1053 Clearfield UT 84015.

For more information, call 801-644-6362.


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