HCC Foundation Names 2007 Distinguished Alumni
The Highland Community College Foundation held its Annual “Distinguished Alumni Awards” ceremony on Thursday, October 18, 2007. The Foundation received many responses from the community and the Highland faculty in its search for this year’s recipients. These individuals have shown to be true community leaders who made their start at HCC and still believe in the college mission. The following five individuals have kept the “community” in Highland Community College:
Cindy Carter is a lifelong resident of the area. She is a graduate of both Highland Community College and Columbia College. Her academic honors include membership in Alpha Sigma Lambda and Phi Theta Kappa.
Cindy always exhibits a zest for life and a quest for knowledge. She also exhibits a high level of professionalism and competence. She displays self-confidence, self-discipline and superb organizational skills, as evidenced by her current career as a successful freelance manager and bookkeeper. Her integrity is evident by reviewing her years of work experience in the Freeport area. Cindy has earned the reputation of being honest and dependable.
Cindy has a positive influence on the Freeport community, and she works diligently to improve the quality of life of others. She is actively involved in several charitable organizations including the Highland Community College Alumni Association, HCC Technical Advisory Board, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Illinois, United Way, the Freeport Arts Center, and is a graduate of the Freeport Civilian Police Academy. She devotes many hours of valuable volunteer work to all of these groups.
Cindy is also an avid fan of Highland’s Cougar basketball teams, attending both home and away games. She is an ardent example of HCC’s spirit at its best.
As a women's healthcare practitioner, Judy Murphy, APN/CNP, prides herself in caring for women. Judy partners with her patients to help them make more informed decisions about their bodies, their health and their lives. Although she specializes in the care of mid-life and mature women, she provides care for women of all ages. Judy is able to evaluate abnormal cervical findings through her skills as a nurse colposcopist. She started with FHN in 1964.
Judy first started attending Highland Community College in 1963. She earned an associate of science degree from Highland in 1985. She’s taken courses through the 1990s. She earned an undergraduate nursing degree from the Rockford Memorial School of Nursing. She earned advanced nursing degrees from the University of Alabama Medical Center in Birmingham and Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, where she earned her masters degree in nursing.
Judy serves on the Stephenson County Board of Health and the Senior Center Elder Abuse Advisory Committee. Judy’s professional memberships include the Illinois Society for Advanced Practice Nursing, North American Menopause Society, American Society of Coloscopy and Cervical Pathology, National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Reprotive Health, and Sigma Theta Tau.
Karl Richards, a lifelong resident of Freeport, attended Freeport schools and graduated from Highland Community College before going on to WIU and NIU to get his master’s degree in education. Karl worked as a guidance counselor assisting students with their higher education and career goals. He also led the Upward Bound program at that school.
In 1990 Karl left that job to come to Highland Community College where he has been for the last 17 years in the Admissions and Records Department. Karl takes pride in the fact that his entire family has attended and graduated from Highland. Karl is a great advocate for higher education, and specifically for Highland. Karl truly believes in Highland and what Highland does for the community.
Karl also participates in the Freeport Ambassadors, a volunteer group for the Freeport Area Chamber of Commerce as a Highland representative. He has played Park District softball for many years and he is recognized all over town by former students and community members and is known for his huge and always present smile.
Dr. Jim Wand
Dr. Jim Wand is the founder and owner of Wand Enterprises, The Hypnosis Agency. He has been involved in the field of hypnosis for over 20 years and holds a Ph.D. in the field of psychology. Wand has over 5,000 professional engagements to his credit and is considered to be one of the most professional hypnotic entertainers in the world today. Wand has worked with such personalities as Jay Leno, Chris Rock, Carrot Top, Michael Jordan, Larry the Cable Guy, Jeff Probst the host of Survivor, Sylvester Stallone, and many others. Wand has also appeared on numerous T.V. programs, the Discovery Channel, Comedy Central and other appearances on FOX, ABC, NBC, and CBS.
Dr. Wand has performed at numerous colleges and universities. He was nominated by the National Association of Campus Activities (NACA) for a major entertainment award for 12 consecutive years and has been featured in both NACA and Campus Activities Magazine numerous times.
Wand mesmerizes his audiences with his hypnotic abilities. In addition to the entertainment factor, Wand uses the power of hypnotic suggestion to help people break bad habits, cure anxiety, stop phobias, enhance athletic ability, control weight, and improve memory.
Cal Wescott attended Highland from 1973 through 1975 and has become a successful Freeport businessman since graduating from Highland. Several years ago, Cal purchased Rite-Way Furniture and Appliance in Freeport. Since then, he has also purchased several other buildings downtown and has been active in helping to improve the downtown area by bringing in other businesses.
As the owner of Rite-Way Furniture and Appliance, Cal has a vested interest in the success of Freeport businesses. He is an active member of the Freeport Area Chamber of Commerce as well as a member of the Freeport Downtown Development Foundation Board. Cal serves on the Salvation Army Board and has been an active member of the Family Readiness Group of the 333rd Military Police National Guard Company based in Freeport, raising funds to support the troops.
Giving back to the community is an important part of Cal’s personal philosophy. He is always willing to help out at fundraising events sponsored by the Freeport Area Chamber of Commerce, Freeport Downtown Development Association, and the Family Readiness Group. He also donates gift certificates and other items from his store to local benefits and raffles.
Cal is a proud supporter of Highland. He attends athletic games and events and sponsors ads and provides monetary donations to support the athletic teams. He has also been an integral part of the Highland Alumni Association, serving on the steering committee.
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