Awards > 2007 Alumni Awardees|
Alumni of the Year Award
Presented to an alumnus/alumna who has enriched the lives
of others through their generous gifts of time and talent,
their involvement with civic, charitable and social causes
and their ability to inspire.
Alumna of the Year Award
Lt. Colonel Lillian Martin, Retired ‘51
Our Alumna of the Year Award recipient is a credit to the
academic roots of NICE that is today, Lewis-Clark State
College. Lt. Colonel Lillian Martin became familiar with our
institution at a very early age as her father worked as a
maintenance man at NICE. Lillian, like so many others, was
not the product of a wealthy family and for many that meant
that working one’s way through school was a necessity. Her
family’s wealth was measured by what her parents could do to
ground her in a value system worthy of respect.
Practicality enticed Lillian to enlist in the U.S. Army,
where she embarked on a 20 year career (23 with the Army
Reserve years) climbing to the ranks of Lt. Colonel. There
were no “re-ups” past the 20 years available to her, but she
wasn’t ready for retirement.
Lillian went job hunting and purposefully applied at LCSC
when she heard of a librarian’s opening. In 1977, Lillian
began her second tour of duty at the college. When Lillian
left LC ranks, she did so as a proud participant in the
Alumni Association, a philanthropist for many who could not
have walked at graduation without the assistance of the
alumni group, and a professional who was a living part of
the school’s history.
Alumnus of the Year Award
Representative Mike Mitchell ‘51
Mike’s award nomination materials included these tributes:
“When I came to Lewiston, Mike was the talk of the town –
the newly elected distributing man who made it big in his
bid to go to Boise. Mike was Lewiston’s hometown vocal
presence in Boise, he was to become a vocal supporter of the
LCSC and its place in the Lewis-Clark Valley. Mike grew up
in the normal hill area where he delivered newspapers as a
young man. He moved to California and returned to Lewiston
after service in the U.S. Navy. Mike has always been a
promoter who wasn’t afraid of work. He helped to found a
semi-pro baseball team, honored local football players with
an annual banquet and funded the Opportunity School for
handicapped and disadvantaged children. This laid the
groundwork for Mike’s health and welfare interest in Boise
and work for good causes, including LCSC.
He served six two-year terms in the House of
Representatives. He then became Governor Cecil Andrus’ Chief
of Staff. He left elected office until running again
successfully for the House just a few years ago for the seat
now held by alumna Liz Chavez upon Mike’s retirement. In the
interim he was a member of the Idaho Transportation Board.
He has also been known as “Idaho’s Mr. Clean.” For a number
of years he coordinated a volunteer program to keep our
We want to recognize and thank Mike and his wife, Arlene,
for their continued support of LCSC and our community. They
both still find LC events at the center of their lives and
consider themselves to be the distributors of the LC message
in every corner of the state.
Marion Shinn Lifelong Achievement
This year the Alumni Association wanted to create an
award that would recognize the outstanding contributions of
an alumnus who has shown long-term dedication and service to
the College and their community. The board chose to honor
Dr. Marion Shinn for his distinguished record of service
and achievement, by naming the new award in his honor.
Dr. Shinn graduated from Lewiston Normal in 1940. After
graduation he taught in one room schools in Dixie and
Melrose, Idaho. After serving our country in World War II he
returned to Lewiston to teach at Lewiston High School. He
received his Doctorate from the University of Idaho in 1972.
His career at L-C began as the Dean of Vocational Education
in 1965. He was instrumental in organizing the board of
directors of Clearwater Economic Development Association,
where he served from 1967 to 1984.
Marion was a major factor in the formation and building of
the Lewis-Clark State College Alumni Association. Marion
retired from L-C in 198l.
His dedication and commitment to his community is
impressive, to say the least. He was a member of the
Lewiston City Council beginning in 1980 and proudly served
as Lewiston’s mayor from 1987-1988.
He has been a member – with 46 years of perfect attendance –
of the Lewiston Orchards Kiwanis Club. He is a past
president of the organization, served as Governor three
times, and currently serves as secretary – a position he has
held for the past 22 years. He has also member a member of
the U.S. Submarine Veterans of WWII since 1976. He served as
Idaho State Commander for 13 years, past Regional Director
of the NW District and is the representative to the Idaho
Veterans Home in Lewiston. In addition he is involved with
the Retired Educators of North Central Idaho; volunteered
for the Senior Nutrition Program since 1992. He and his wife
have presented hundreds of travelogues to service, church
and other organizations over the last 20 years.
Recognizes superior achievement in the field of
education. The recipient serves as a role model and sets
standards of excellence to which others can aspire.
Greg Rish ‘80
Greg currently teaches PE at Cedar Valley Elementary School
in the Kent School District. He has been a presenter at
numerous Best of the West PE Conferences. He also was the
Keynote presenter at the Kennewick School District for their
Focus on Instruction for elementary PE teachers. He
specializes in games that are fun for kids as well as
promoting physical fitness. He has PE clubs at his school
that teachers all over the state are using. These clubs go
anywhere from the hackey sack club to the mileage club for
running. His students say they love PE and find that Mr.
Rish loves them as well.
Cedar Valley students are very lucky to have Mr. Rish as
their teacher. He spends literally hundreds of dollars out
of his own pocket each year to ensure that his students get
the best equipment and rewards. He is truly a professional
Greg fondly remembers his days at L-C – the wonderful
faculty, small class sizes and Effie Burgers!
Aletha Pabst Award
Pays tribute to someone who is not an alumnus, but has
made significant contributions to Lewis-Clark State College.
Mike has a passion to see LC succeed! He has served on the
Warrior Athletic Association board for a number of years,
helping create a WAA our athletes and fans can be proud of.
Mike has also joined the LCSC Foundation as a board member
and serves as the Chair of the Development Committee which
is leading the $3 million fundraising endeavor for the
institution. Mike has also spent years promoting LCSC by
broadcasting the LCSC NAIA World Series.
Mike is an outstanding advocate and spokesperson to see
great things transpire on the LCSC campus. With his
enthusiasm, knowledge and contacts, he has benefited the
institution in numerous ways and we are proud to recognize
him with this year’s Aletha Pabst Award.
Recognizes significant contributions by an individual in
their field of endeavor, whether through professional
achievement or community service. The recipient is aged 40
or under, and sets and inspirational example for future
Young Alumna of the Year
Natalie (Munn) Holman ‘99/’00.
Natalie graduated with her Associate’s Degree in Paralegal
Studies in 1999 and her Bachelor of Applied Science in 2000.
Natalie represents LCSC as a positive role model of an
outstanding young alumna. She has accomplished numerous
goals since attending LCSC. She has used her paralegal
profession to become a productive member of the Lewiston
community. Natalie is a dependable and loyal employee. She
has stayed connected to LCSC as an active alumna
contributing to the paralegal program, including speaking to
classes of prospective paralegal students. Natalie currently
balances her professional work with her marriage and
Young Alumnus of the Year
Spencer Branting ‘97
Spencer is a highly-regarded mechanical designer. His resume
includes extensive work in structural engineering and
machining, inorganic and organic chemistry, and atomic force
microscopy and semiconductor construction. He is also a key
link in the biodiesel/alternative fuels network in the
Spencer’s motto is “Multiple solutions to a single problem.”
Some of his accomplishments are International Science and
Engineering Fair finalist, 4 times (3 awards); Patent Office
(Department of Commerce) Award for creative engineering.