STC Foundation celebrates 2011 Tribute to Community STARS

SAVANNAH – A crowd of 200 gathered in the Eckburg Auditorium on the campus of Savannah Technical College today to celebrate the 2011 Tribute to Community STARS luncheon, an annual event recognizing people for their service and dedication in the community or at work.

Honored were:

Katie Bradley, a nurse practitioner at Savannah Vascular & Cardiac Institute, sponsored by Savannah Vascular & Cardiac Institute and Strategic Healthcare Partners;

Cindy Burns, community employment services supervisor at Coastal Center for Developmental Services, Inc., sponsored by Coastal Center for Developmental Services, Inc.;

Leo Center, retired community leaders, sponsored by National Office Systems;

Mary Jane Crouch, executive director of America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia, sponsored by Bank of America Merrill Lynch;

Peter Doliber, executive director of the West Broad Street YMCA, sponsored by Howard Morrison;

John Kendricks and Malik Watkins, CEO and president respectively of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Coastal Empire, sponsored by Dick and Judy Eckburg;

Tom Kohler, coordinator and executive director of Savannah-Chatham Citizen Advocacy, sponsored by Versteel;

Laura Connerat Lawton, retired educator, sponsored by Hansen Architects, Bernard Williams, Inc. and Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty;

Roger Moss, co-founder of the Savannah Children’s Choir, sponsored by the Savannah Technical College Foundation Community Council;

Patti Schminke, law librarian at Hunter Maclean, sponsored by Hunter Maclean;

Kathy Thomson, executive director of Coastal Center for Developmental Services, Inc., sponsored by DIRTT-Doing It Right This Time;

Cinda Young, department head and instructor of Early Childhood Care and Education at Savannah Technical College, sponsored by Savannah Technical College; and

Marjorie Young, CEO/president of Carriage Trade PR, sponsored by Savannah Morning News.

The event is organized by the Savannah Technical College Foundation Community Council, a group of young professionals charges with expanding the awareness of Savannah Technical College and its mission through advocacy, awareness and fundraising.

Savannah Technical College serves Coastal Georgia with quality, market-driven technical education with campus locations in Chatham, Effingham and Liberty Counties. Serving more than 10,000 credit and non-credit students annually, Savannah Tech offers nearly 150 different instructional programs in Aviation Technology, Business and Professional Services, Industrial Technology, and Health Sciences in addition to Adult Education classes, industry-specific training and continuing education. The College serves as an economic and community development partner for the region, offering corporate and customized training and assessment programs for business and industry.

Savannah Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate degrees, diplomas and technical certificates of credit. Questions about the accreditation of Savannah Technical College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (