Congratulations to the 2016 Violet Lumley Rau Award Recipients
Undergraduate Award: Miguel Juarez
Graduate Award: Kevin Chase
Each year at Commencement, Heritage University honors an undergraduate alumnus who embodies the ideals of the University in their life and in the community. It is a distinct pleasure to present the 2016 Violet Lumley Rau Outstanding Undergraduate Alumni Award to Miguel Juarez and the Graduate Award to Kevin Chase.
Miguel Juarez graduated from Heritage University at Columbia Basin College in 2002 with a Bachelor of Social Work. After graduating, he attended Eastern Washington University and earned his Master of Social Work. Juarez currently serves as a professor for Heritage University at Columbia Basin College. Juarez was selected for the "exemplary professionalism he models for his students in the field of social work and the opportunities he promotes for students entering the field of social work to be more involved in their communities" according to the selection committee. Further, "Juarez demonstrates that teaching is more than what is taught in a book. He teaches with passion, awareness, and real life experiences."
Juarez is involved in a number of community activities in the Yakima Valley. Through volunteering with the nonprofit human development organization FHI360, he promotes human development around the world. His connections with local organizations have created many placements for students in the social work program.
Kevin Chase graduated from Heritage University at Columbia Basin College in 1993 with a Master of Education with a concentration in Education Administration (Principal). Chase currently serves as the Superintendent of the Grandview School District, and starting July 1, will be the Superintendent for ESD 105.
From the day he graduated, Chase has continued to work closely with Heritage University and the College of Education. Every year he welcomes students from Heritage who are serving as student teachers and administrative interns. Chase is district coordinator for WE Day and volunteers with the Grandview Fair and United Way.