Sinclair Honors Donors, Alumni and Students at 2010 Donor Reception

DAYTON, Ohio (12/27/10) – Sinclair Community College honored donors, alumni and students at the 2010 Donor Reception on Thursday, December 16. This event is designed to thank individuals who have generously provided support for Sinclair as well as recognize outstanding individuals for their contributions to the college.
The Sinclair Foundation recognized several individuals wit h special awards and recognitions:

  • Larrell Walters (45373) received the 2010 David H. Ponitz Honorary Alumnus Award. This award is presented to a non-Sinclair graduate who has made significant contributions to further the growth and success of Sinclair Community College. Having served in numerous leadership capacities throughout Dayton, Walters is currently the Director of Technology Partnership at the University of Dayton Research Institute. His work with Sinclair led to the creation of the Advanced Integrated Manufacturing (AIM) Center, a partnership between Sinclair and the University of Dayton, designed to tr ain workers and assist employers in advanced manufacturing.
  • Tom Ariss (45040) received the 2010 Alumni Association Service Award. This award recognizes Sinclair graduates who have made notable contributions to the college, their professions and the community. Ariss graduated from Sinclair with a degree in criminal justice. He served as the Warren County sheriff for 17 years and previously worked for the Ohio State Patrol for 30 years. He was recently elected to the Warren County Commission.
  • Dawayne Kirkman (45342) received the 2010 President’s Award for his outstanding work on behalf of the college in the establishment and growth of the Sinclair. He was the founding manager of the Englewood Learning Center and currently oversees both the Englewood and Huber Heights Learning Centers. Kirkman is recognized for his energetic and innovative leadership and commitment to student success..
  • Tom Raga (45040) also received the 2010 President’s Award for his leadership as the foundin g Vice President of Advancement for Sinclair. His work in the last two years has resulted in an increase of $5 million in the value of the Sinclair Foundation, receipt of $26 million in grants, and the awarding of nearly $7 million in student scholarships and program support.

During the event, a student scholarship was also awarded. The Dayton Chapter of Links Incorporated awarded Sinclair student Harolyn Williams (45417) a scholarship to continue courses in medical coding and billing. The Dayton Chapter of Links Incorporated Scholarship was established in 1983 and is awarded to African American students to assist in attending Sinclair and earning a degree. Williams is a single mother and also a student at Wright State University. She is a true philanthropist, giving much of her time to help those less fortunate. Without this scholarship, Wi lliams would not be able to complete her classes at Sinclair.

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