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Collin College Seeks Nominations for Living Legends

August 10, 2007 -- On Nov. 10 Collin College will recognize the 2007 Living Legends in honor of those who have given so much of themselves for the community. Nominations are now open and forms are available at the college website at Nomination forms are due to the Collin College Foundation office by Friday, Sept. 7.

"Many individuals have not been recognized for their commitment to making a difference," said Ron Johnson, chair, Collin College Foundation Board of Directors. "We invite anyone to nominate individuals who have greatly contributed to enhancing our community."

Selection of Living Legends will be based on the following criteria:

Nominees must reflect the college's core values: learning, service and involvement, creativity and innovation, academic excellence, dignity and respect, and integrity.

Nominees must have profoundly shaped the progress of the community and have a record of service and philanthropy.

Individuals and couples are eligible.

Anyone may nominate a Living Legend, but those nominated must live and/or work in Collin County or the college's service area.

On Nov. 10, the 2007 Living Legends Tribute ceremony and dinner will be held in the conference center at the college's Spring Creek Campus in Plano. Proceeds from the event will go toward the Living Legends Fund, which supports student scholarships and academic success.

Last year's Living Legends were Mike and Jean Newman, Fred and Mazzie Moses of Plano; Raymond B. Cooper of Wylie; and Helen Hall of McKinney. Past honorees include: Gladys Harrington of Plano; Richard and Diane Dill of McKinney; John and Myrtle Hightower of Plano; Jan Miller of Anna/Celina; Dr. Erwin and Elisabeth Pink of Frisco; Gerry Ruschhaupt of McKinney; Rita G. Smith of Wylie; and Bob Warren of Frisco. They include community activists, doctors, educators, entrepreneurs, philanthropists and public servants.

"Our community prides itself on its legendary leadership that not only impacts its citizens of today, but the future generations," said college President Cary Israel. "This program is a great opportunity to recognize some of these leaders for their many insightful contributions to our community, and we urge the community to support the Living Legends ideal by submitting a nomination."

For more information about Living Legends, call Mary Frazier, executive director for major gifts at the Foundation, at 972.599.3143, or e-mail

Collin College serves more than 46,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.