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Columbia College honors four alumni with awards

The Columbia College Alumni Association (CCAA) honored four alumni at the college’s annual Reunion Weekend celebration in late April:

• Sandy Adams ’00 - Columbia College Distinguished Alumni Award for attaining outstanding regional and national recognition in one’s chosen career field. • Shanta Barton-Stubbs ’05 - Columbia College Community Service Award for demonstrating outstanding leadership and service to the citizens of one’s community. • James “Jim” Pasley ’87 - Columbia College Service Award for significant contributions and service to the college. • Victoria Bishop Ryan ’99 - Columbia College Professional Achievement Award for attaining outstanding regional and national recognition in one’s chosen career field.

“We are proud to recognize these exceptional alumni,” said Susan Davis, senior director of Alumni Relations. “They represent the caliber of alumni we have here at Columbia College and will serve as great role models for our students.”

Adams served more than 17 years as a deputy sheriff in the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and was involved in road patrol, foot patrol, intelligence and undercover work. She was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2002 and the U.S. House of Representatives in 2011. She is in her first term serving as the representative of Florida’s 24th district.

Barton-Stubbs founded New Image Youth Center in 2004, a nonprofit for children in the poverty-stricken neighborhood of Parramore in Orlando, Fla. In addition to her responsibilities at New Image, Barton-Stubbs is a certified life coach, a registered mental health counselor for the state of Florida and operates Underconstruction Empowerment Services, where she travels around the world empowering others to be their best.

Pasley began teaching history classes at Columbia College-Jefferson City in 1990 and then at the Lake of the Ozarks campus in 1996. He’s since taught more than 200 history courses in 22 years of teaching and is a favorite among students. Pasley is a member of the Columbia College-Lake of the Ozarks Advisory Committee and has served as chairman since 2009. He currently serves as a senior advisor to the Missouri State Homeland Security Agency and is a sought-after expert on history, regularly appearing and speaking on radio stations, at schools and in the community.

Ryan works for HD Supply, Inc., one of the largest industrial distribution companies in North America, which caters to more than 450,000 professional customers. As the director of learning and organizational effectiveness, she leads innovative solutions to develop, deliver, reinforce and measure learning effectiveness.

Founded in 1851 in Columbia, Mo., Columbia College has been helping students advance their lives through higher education for more than 160 years. As a private, nonprofit, liberal arts and sciences institution, the college takes pride in its small classes, experienced faculty and quality educational programs. With more than 30 campuses across the country, 18 of which are on military installations, students may enroll in day, evening or online classes. The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Columbia College educates more than 30,000 students each year and has more than 70,000 alumni worldwide. For more information, visit www.ccis.edu.