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FSCC Announces Outstanding Alumna and Young Alumnus for 2012

5/11/2012
FSCC Announces Outstanding Alumna and Young Alumnus for 2012

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 events.

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 of Iraq.

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 Berkeley.

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 Celebration.

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.

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