Fort Scott Community College announces that the 2012
Outstanding Alumna and Young Alumnus have been chosen to speak at graduation
ceremonies. Myrtle Anne Colum was chosen as the 2012 Outstanding Alumna
and will speak at the graduation ceremony on Friday, May 18 at 9:00 a.m. in the
Danny and Willa Ellis Family Fine Arts Center on the FSCC campus. Micheal W. Hill, II, the 2012
Outstanding Young Alumnus, will address graduates at the 12:00 p.m. ceremony on
May 18, also in the Danny and Willa Ellis Family Fine Arts Center. This
year’s recipients will be honored at a special reception on graduation day to
be held on the FSCC campus at 2:00 p.m. in the Meeting Rooms in the Danny and
Willa Ellis Family Fine Arts Center. Friends, family and fellow alumni are
invited to attend.
Micheal W. Hill, II came to Fort Scott Community College
(FSCC) on a football scholarship after graduating from Wyandotte High School in
1989. At FSCC, he was a member of the
Greyhound Marching Band, the President’s Ambassadors, and also lettered on the
basketball and track teams. As a
member of the track team, Hill was a four-time national qualifier to the NJCAA
National Track and Field meet for both indoor and outdoor track finishing with
an overall national ranking of ninth in the triple jump. He was a recipient of numerous
All-Jayhawk Conference honors and was twice named Most Outstanding Athlete for
the track team.
After graduating from FSCC with an Associates of Science
degree in 1991, Hill transferred to the Wichita State University (WSU) where he
earned a Bachelors degree in Administration of Justice. During his time in Wichita, Hill
volunteered regularly with the Sedgwick County Big Brothers and Big Sisters
program, serving as a mentor to local youth. He also competed for the Shocker
track team and currently ranks in the top 10 all-time at WSU in multiple
Shortly after graduating from WSU in 1994, Hill joined the
United States Navy becoming the fourth generation in his family to serve in the
military. He was attached to F-18
Strike Fighter Squadron 147 which deployed to the Persian Gulf onboard the
U.S.S. Nimitz in support of “Operation Southern Watch.” His Squadron returned for a second
deployment onboard the U.S.S. John C. Stennis patrolling the southern section
Upon honorable discharge from the U.S. Navy, Hill began
working for the Social Security Administration (SSA) in 2001 and is still
employed by the Agency today. In
2004, he earned a Masters of Science degree in Management from Friends
University and was later selected for a Regional Management program with SSA.
Since graduating from the program, he has held increasingly responsible
positions with the Agency and currently serves on the management team in the
Kansas City North field office.
He is active in the community and has served as a member for
the local Celebrate Recovery Leadership Board and as the local coordinator for
the United Way Day of Caring. Hill
currently serves on the KC Regional Federal Executive Board Veterans Affairs
Committee and is a member of the American Legion Post 19 in Gardner, KS. He is a member of New Life Community
Church where he also serves on the Deacon Board and Finance team.
He is married to Dayna Hill and has two daughters, Chasity
Graves and Mikayla Hill.
Micheal will speak at the 12:00 p.m. graduation on Friday,
May 18 in the Danny and Willa Ellis Family Fine Arts Center on the FSCC campus.
Myrtle Anne (Lewis) Colum attended Fort Scott Community
College where she studied Liberal Arts in 1952. Later, Anne furthered her education with specialized classes
from San Diego State University in business. She also took management courses from University of Central
Anne and her
late husband, Dr. Elbert A Colum, moved to San Diego, CA in 1964 to start her
work in the insurance field. In
1974 they moved to San Francisco, CA where she continued her career in
insurance resource management. Anne has had a long decorated career in resource
management through the insurance industry. With experience from property clerk to Vice President Director
of Human Resources, Anne’s ability to work with people has given her many
opportunities and success. She was
the recipient of the Marsh & McLennan – San Francisco Profit Center
Employee of the year award in 1988
by the Corporate Human Resources Advisory Board.
After retiring, Anne and her husband returned to Fort
Scott. Anne now serves as Vice
Chairperson of the Fort Scott Community College Board of Trustees. She is also a board member of the
Gordon Parks Foundation and a steering committee member of the Gordon Parks
Anne has a great amount of passion for Fort Scott and Fort
Scott Community College. She
can often be seen lending a helping hand in many functions in the community,
her church, and at Fort Scott Community College.
Anne has one son, Steven K. Colum.
Anne will speak at the 9:00 a.m. graduation on Friday, May
18 in the Danny and Willa Ellis Family Fine Arts Center on the FSCC campus.