Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Judge Parks was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award by Central New Mexico Community College at an appreciation dinner on July 18.
Some 500 CNM donors and guests attended the annual dinner that also featured speeches by five current CNM students.
Receiving the CNM Foundation Faculty Appreciation Award was Yvonne Darcy, Ph.D., a faculty member in the School of Communications, Humanities and Social Sciences.
Judge Willow Misty Parks of the Bernalillo County Court of Wills, Estates and Probate received the CNM Distinguished Alumni Award.
Parks was elected to serve as Bernalillo County Probate Judge. She is a practicing attorney who earned an Associates of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies at CNM and her law degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law, graduating magna cum laude. She is a sole practitioner operating Parks Law Office, LLC, where her practice centers on small business formation, wills, trusts, probate and estate planning.
Student speakers were Abran Salazar, a Construction Technologies major with a concentration in Electrical Trades; Corina Marquez, a Radiologic Technologies major; Patrick Rabezanany, a Pre-health Sciences major; Lorrissa Orosco, a Child, Youth, and Family Development Major; and Anna McCall, a Construction Technologies major with a concentration in Electrical Trades.
Also announced at the dinner was the formation of the Bobby Matteucci Presidential Scholarship in honor of Bobby Matteucci, who is stepping down from the CNM Governing Board after 26 years of service. The scholarship will provide a graduating high school senior dual credit student, who plans to attend CNM, with a $2,500 per year stipend for two years to pay for educational expenses.
The CNM Foundation serves as the 501(c)(3) corporation to accept and administer private gifts on behalf of CNM.
Photo: Monique J. Parks
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