Great Alumni Hunt Reconnects 1,150 Former Students to VVC

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(L-R) Jeff Lonshore (Team Longshore), Century 21 Fairway; Gabe Lovato, Apple Valley Communications (Team Beatty), Kirsten Acosta, Goodspeed Companies (Team Callahan), Abigail Ledesma (Team Ross), Megan Toas (Team Toas), Cece Myers (Team Myers) and Amanda Callahan (Team Callahan).

By Staff Reports

(Victorville) – More than 1,150 former Victor Valley College students were found through an innovative outreach effort that sought to reconnect alumni to their alma mater.  The Great Alumni Hunt presented by Desert Valley Hospital and the Auto Park at Valley Center involved 13 teams locating and contacting college alumni in a competition to win scholarships for student interns.

The campaign began October 15 and concluded with a halftime announcement of Great Alumni Hunt winners at the November 15 regular season finale of the undefeated Rams Football team.

“Alumni are very important to Victor Valley College.  They represent the results of our work to change lives for good,” said Roger Wagner, Superintendent / President.  “We hoped to reconnect with 500 in a way that made them part of something special, but more twice as many were found.”

Each outreach team in the hunt was led by a community volunteer, included a faculty or staff member from the college and was supported by a student intern.  The winning team led by Mike Nutter of ISU / ARMAC Insurance, included Victor Valley College Webmaster Justin Gatewood, and was supported by VVC Intern I’tavia Peters who earned a $2,500 scholarship for her team’s performance.

“I thank the Lord for bringing strength to my team especially to my team captain, Mike Nutter. The alumni were amazing for helping too. I had so much fun and learned a lot,” said Peters.

Team “Tay”, as they were known, was responsible for connecting with 454 alumni and earned more than 2750 points to take first place.  Points were awarded based on the number of alumni they found, meeting challenges that included finding specific categories of alumni and for bringing alumni to the football game.

“This was a blast,” said Nutter. “We found some amazing people among VVC Alumni and they love their alma mater.  Our team even found the Valedictorian of VVC’s first graduating class, Ms. Norma Stafford.”

Five runners-up on the Great Alumni Hunt each received $500 scholarships.  Runners up included:

  • Team Callahan – Team Captain: Kirsten Acosta, Goodspeed Companies; Student Intern Amanda Callahan
  • Team Ross – Team Captain: Randy Terrell, Passantino Andersen; Student Intern Esther Ross
  • Team Beatty – Team Captains: Gabe and Anna Lovato, Apple Valley Communications; Student Intern Sarah Beatty
  • Team Toas – Team Captain: Scott Webb, City of Victorville; Student Intern Megan Toas
  • Team Longshore – Team Captains: Fred Hunter, Roseanne Weathers, Desert Valley Hospital, Jeff Longshore, Century 21 Fairway; Student Intern Alyssa Longshore

People attend Victor Valley College for many different reasons.  They come to the college to earn a degree, to obtain a professional certificate, to prepare to transfer to a university or simply to learn a specific skill.  Alumni, therefore, include anyone who has ever completed a class at Victor Valley College.  Alumni found in the Great Alumni Hunt will receive updates about their alma mater.  Any alum who still wants to be found can visit the Foundation website at www.vvcfoundation.com to reconnect.

Sponsors for the Great Alumni Hunt whose support made the campaign and scholarships awarded possible included Desert Valley Hospital, Auto Park at Valley Center, Daily Press, Y102, KAT Country, Fox106.5, Talk960, Southern California Logistics Airport, Victor Valley Global Medical Center, and Park University.

The Great Alumni Hunt was organized by the Victor Valley College Foundation who coordinates alumni outreach efforts on behalf of the college.  The Foundation also helps the college serve students better by securing alternative resources through philanthropic gifts, grants and partnership contracts.   For more information about the Great Alumni Hunt, the alumni who were found or the Foundation itself, visit www.vvcfoundation.com or find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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