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November 7, 2007 > Chabot College Honored at Annual Symposium

Chabot College Honored at Annual Symposium

Submitted By Heidi B. Finberg

Chabot College was the recipient of two special awards at the annual Network of California Community College Foundation's annual symposium held in Sacramento. The NCCCF is an association of the more than 100 California Community College Foundations.

Former Chabot College Foundation CEO, Richard Talmo, was awarded the Eagle Award, which is presented annually to a California Community College foundation executive director who has performed in a consistently exemplary manner, has achieved a significant level of success in leading the foundation and is held in high esteem by his or her colleagues.

Richard served four years as the Foundation CEO, taking it from a four person founding board to a respected community organization boasting an elite board of 19 voting embers and an advisory/honorary Board of 13. The Foundation reached its first million dollars in revenue this year and Richard was instrumental in securing the prestigious Valley Foundation Grant which established the Chabot College-San Leandro Center. He also created a Foundation legacy with the commissioning of a faculty designed cast iron sculpture for a newly created annual volunteer award (The Chabot Foundation Gladiator Award).

Retiring Chabot College President, Dr. Robert Carlson, was awarded the Presidential Leadership Award, which is presented to a California Community College President or Chancellor who has excelled in the area of fundraising leadership and community relations achievement.

Dr. Carlson has been a strong supporter of the Chabot College Foundation, from the initial formative stages nearly five years ago, to our upcoming fall event, where we will be directing proceeds to create a new annual Classified Staff Award in his name.

He was an integral member of the team that successfully passed the first Bond Measure for the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District in 2004, actively addressing community organizations and performing outreach efforts. The first Chabot bond project, renovation of the swimming pool, was completed this year on time and under budget.

Dr. Carlson regularly hosts one-on-one meetings with prospective and current donors and has served as host and tour guide for Foundation functions on campus. He is working with the Foundation to establish a "Fund for Excellence" which will facilitate the awarding of mini-grants throughout the campus.

Foundation Chair John Gutierrez, Vice Presidents George Famous and Gordon Galvan, Boardmember Tom Guarino, Founding Chair Marshall Mitzman and Foundation Interim CEO Heidi Finberg were on hand for the presentations. We are extremely proud of the awards and the recognition Dr. Carlson and Richard Talmo bring to the Foundation as well as their dedicated service.

The Chabot College Foundation provides donors with an opportunity to contribute to the college with tax-deductible gifts that can be used for student support, including scholarships, staff development and technology upgrades. Foundation funds are also used to improve and increase the school performing arts and other college programs and services.

Chabot College is a community college offering nearly 100 degree and certificate programs throughout the year. Celebrating more than 45 years, the campus caters to a diverse, vital student population of more than 14,000 whose goals range from transfer to a four-year college to skills training to personal enrichment. Classes cost $20 per unit for California residents. Students may apply, register, and pay online at Chabot College is located at 25555 Hesperian Boulevard in Hayward. Call (510) 510-723-6600 for more information.

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