Somerset Community College Alumni and Friends to be Inducted into the SCC Hall of Honor October 29
|Alton E. Blakley, Jr.||Donald E. Bloomer|
|Chuck Coldiron||Clay Parker Davis|
|George W. Griffith, MD||Charlene Harris|
|Rodney J. Oakes, MD||Larry Turpen|
|Carol Ann VanHook||Judge David L. Williams|
The honorees, who are retired faculty, alumni or friends of SCC, are all being recognized for their exceptional contributions to the college and the community. The dinner and fundraiser, hosted by the SCC Foundation, will begin at 6 p.m. at The Center for Rural Development in Somerset, Kentucky.
This event is a wonderful way to honor some of our most successful alums and retired faculty and friends of SCC, said SCC President and CEO Dr. Jo Marshall. The individuals we are honoring are responsible for the success of SCC over the last fifty years and they have dedicated their lives to improving the quality of life and educational attainment of citizens in this region. We look forward to honoring them at this event.
Alton E. Blakley, Jr.
Al Blakley, of Knoxville, has been a supporter of Somerset Community College for many years. He is the president of The Alton E. Blakley Company, Inc. and served as the campaign co-chair for SCCs Partners in Progress fundraising campaign. He has been previously named SCCs benefactor and business person of the year. The Alton Blakley Academic/Technical Building on SCCs campus is named in honor of Blakleys father. Blakley and his wife Lisa have two children, Allie and Trey.
Donald E. Bloomer
Don Bloomer, of Somerset, is a graduate of Eubank High School. He attended SCC from 1972 to 1974. At SCC, Bloomer earned an associate degree in management technology and was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society. He later earned a BBA in Finance from Eastern Kentucky University. Bloomer is currently the president and CEO of Citizens National Bank in Somerset. He serves on the Business, Technology, Management and Banking Advisory Committee and the Cooperative Education Advisory Committee at SCC. He and his wife Rhonda have two children, Macy Ryan and Elliot Craig.
Chuck Coldiron attended SCC from 1969 to 1971. While he was a student, Coldiron served as president of the student government association. He is past board member and chair of the SCC Foundation and is the owner of Hyundai of Somerset and Donatos of Somerset. He and his wife Jennifer have three children, Matthew, Ashley and Michael.
Clay Parker Davis
Clay Davis, of Somerset, has served as a SCC Board of Directors since 2002 and has served as vice chair of that board since 2006. He was a founding board member of the SCC Foundation, serving on that board from 2006 to 2012. During his tenure, he was appointed as chair and vice chair numerous times. Davis is the retired president and CEO of Citizens National Bank in Somerset. Davis is a veteran and has been given numerous awards of recognition, including the Distinguished Service Award by SCC in 1995. Davis is married to Sheryn and has one daughter, Jodie Parker Davis Owings, a stepson, David Shearer, and together they have three grandchildren.
George W. Griffith, MD
Dr. George Griffith, of Mount Vernon, is a graduate of SCC, having attended from 1965-1967. He graduated from the University of Kentucky before attending medical school at the University of Louisville. He has been in family practice in Mount Vernon since 1974. From 2004 to 2008, Dr. Griffith served as the chair of the SCC nominating commission. He and his wife Charlotte have three children and seven grandchildren.
Charlene Harris, of Russell Springs, has been a member of the SCC Board of Directors since 1995 and has served as chair since 2001. She has also been a member of the SCC Foundation Board since serving as a founding member in 2006. Harris is currently the president and CEO of First National Bank, where she started her career as a teller. Harris is married to Limon and has two siblings, Charles B. Smith and Deborah Popplewell, as well as nieces and nephews.
Rodney J. Oakes, MD
Dr. Rodney Oakes is a graduate of Nancy High School. He attended Somerset Community College and was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society, the public relations committee and a chemistry laboratory assistant while he was a student. He later graduated from the University of Kentucky and later the UK College of Medicine. Dr. Oakes is a primary care physician at Lake Cumberland Medical Arts, where he has practiced since 1991. He and his wife Christy have three children, Meredith, Caroline and Grant.
Larry Turpen, of Somerset, attended Somerset Community College from 1969-1971. He is the co-founder of Toyota of Somerset, where he has been employed since 1988. A scholarship in Turpens name was awarded in the fall of 2015 to an SCC automotive technology student. Turpen and his wife Phyllis have two children, Brett and Michelle, and four grandchildren.
Carol Ann VanHook
Dr. Carol Ann VanHook, of Brodhead, is a retired faculty member of Somerset Community College. She also served as the Director of Somerset Technical College from 1990 until her retirement in 2002. VanHook and her husband Harold, also a retired SCC faculty member, have two children, Martha Lynn Hall and Harold Mark VanHook.
Judge David L. Williams
Judge David Williams is the Circuit Judge for the 40th Judicial District that includes Clinton, Cumberland and Monroe Counties. He served in the Kentucky General Assembly for 28 years, becoming the first Republican elected to serve as Senate President in 2000. Judge Williams was instrumental in providing support for the SCC Clinton Center, SCC McCreary Center and other state funding projects that have supported community college education.
Presenting sponsors for the event include First National Bank of Russell Springs and Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital. Silver sponsors are Citizens National Bank and Rockcastle Regional Hospital amp; Respiratory Care Center. Bronze sponsors are South Kentucky RECC, Blackboard Student Services, Southern Petroleum, DC Trimble, Inc., Somerset Hardwood Flooring, Gary Napier and Joe and Mardi Montgomery.
For more information about the event or for ticket information, please contact Cindy Clouse, SCC Foundation Executive Director, at (606) 451-6618 or firstname.lastname@example.org.