Event Recap

BHCC Celebrates 50 Years

Friday, May 31, 2024

BHCC marked its 50th Anniversary with a celebratory event on April 30, 2024, highlighting the institution's commitment to equity, diversity, and academic excellence. The event opened with remarks by Nahomi Carlisle, Associate Vice President and Chief Equity and Compliance Officer, setting a tone of celebration and reflection.

This was followed by a Land Acknowledgement presented by Professor Kim Frashure and Larry Spotted Crow Mann, BHCC’s 2021-2022 Artist and Scholar in Residence, honoring the Indigenous peoples of the land.

A video presentation titled “What’s Your BHCC Moment?” showcased personal stories from the college community and a reflection from BHCC President Eddinger. “I have many different stories, but they all come together in a common theme,” said Pam. “Our students do this in spite of the struggles, in spite of the lack of resources, and the fact that this may be their second or third try. That was my moment to understand that for our students to continue to succeed and the good stories continue to get told, what is needed at the College is a sense of stability and shared values.”

Following the video, President Pam Eddinger gave a poignant overview of the college's history, emphasizing BHCC's evolution into an engaged campus.

SGA President Javkhaa “Jay” Batsaikhan captivated the audience with a moving poetry reading titled “I Am Home,” which reflected the sense of belonging fostered at BHCC.

James Canniff, Provost and Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs highlighted the legacy of teaching and learning, which included STEM students and staff giving special recognition to founding faculty member Robert Steeper.

The event concluded with an alumni panel, introduced by Dean Arlene Vallie and moderated by Trustee Cathy Guild. The panel featured distinguished alumni Michele Botus, Yong Chen, John Gonsalves, Yamileth Lopez, and Henry Nelson, who shared their inspiring journeys post-BHCC.

In honor of its 50th Anniversary, BHCC is launching a campaign to celebrate the unforgettable moments that have transformed people's lives throughout the College’s history. To share your story, email mymoment@bhcc.edu.

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