Big Bend Community College is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2012 with special events, alumni outreach, and recognition.
“We are asking alumni to send us their stories, to tell us how their lives changed because Big Bend was there when they needed it,” said BBCC President Bill Bonaudi.
“Celebrating our Past, Investing in our Future,” is the theme for BBCC’s 50th year. It is important to recognize and celebrate student success and the history of the college, Bonaudi said .
BBCC has unveiled a 50th Anniversary website at www.bigbend.edu. Alumni and friends of the college can share their stories, post on BBCC’s Facebook page and keep track of upcoming events on this portal. Over time BBCC wants to develop a historic virtual exhibit including a timeline, interesting facts, and a photo gallery.
A 50th anniversary logo has been designed, and is already being used on publications and at special events. The BBCC Foundation minted a coin to be presented to friends and supporters of the college during the anniversary year.
One of the premier events celebrating college’s 50th year will be the President’s Ball on March 3, 2012. The event features a gourmet dinner, wine tasting, recognition of college friends, and dancing to a live band. The President’s Ball this year replaces Winter Serenade.
BBCC retirees will be invited to the Classified Staff Awards Luncheon in January so they can provide more history. Other events with the anniversary theme will be the President’s State of the College Address in May, Cellarbration! For Education in May, and Commencement in June.
“We have been going through photo archives, and thought it would be a great idea to have photo ID parties so alumni and retirees can help us reconnect to the college’s past,” said Doug Sly, BBCC Foundation Director.
The college’s 50th commencement is more than a chance to honor the class of 2012. It is an opportunity for everyone who is part of the BBCC family to celebrate the accomplishments of our graduates of the last 50 years, Sly said.
Thousands of people visit BBCC and use its facilities for events each year. These visitors provide even more opportunities for outreach and sharing in the celebration.
Established in 1962, BBCC serves a 4,600-square-mile rural service district including all of Grant and Adams counties and part of Lincoln County. The College serves 15 primary communities in this area.
A sample of BBCC facts from the past: