Diné College establishes alumni association

Nov 6th, 2012 | By | Category: 24-2: The Future of the Tribal College Movement, Tribal College News
By Ed McCombs

Diné College (Tsaile, AZ) is pleased to announce its alumni association. Its goal is to promote the spirit of fellowship among Diné College graduates and past students to strengthen their relations with the tribal college. The inaugural board members, who have strong ties to their alma mater, were announced at the commencement ceremony in May 2012.

Courtney James, from Lower Greasewood, is a 1992 graduate of Diné College. James has spent 12 years working in information technology; ten of those years were at Diné College. James’s clans are Táchii’nii and born for Tódích’íi’nii. Her maternal grandparents are Kinlichíi’nii and her paternal grandparents are Áshiihí.

Charles J. Coffey graduated from Diné College in 2002 with an Associate of Arts in Diné studies. Mr. Coffey had previously earned a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in computer information systems at National University in San Diego, CA and a Bachelor of Science in computer science with a minor in mathematics at the University of Oregon in 1975. He has served at Diné College since 1994 in various capacities including faculty, chair of the Business Academic Division, and grant principle investigator. He currently teaches business and computer information systems classes.

Duane A. Hanley of Indian Wells, AZ is currently a 6th-grade teacher at Greasewood Springs, AZ. Hanley graduated from Diné College in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. Hanley’s clans are Kinyaa’1anii born for Tó’aheedlínii. His maternal grandfathers are !sh88h7 and his paternal grandfathers are Táchii’nii.

Annabell Bowen is of the Diné and Seneca nations. She is from Tuba City, AZ and Jimersontown, NY on the Allegany Seneca reservation. Her clans are Biih bitoodnii born for the Bear Clan of the Seneca Nation. Her maternal grandfathers are Tlízílaní and her paternal grandfather’s clan is the Snipe Clan of the Seneca Nation. Bowen earned her Associate of Arts degree from Diné College in 1996 and went on to Arizona State University (ASU) where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in history, a Bachelor of Science in American Indian studies, and a Master of Education in curriculum and instruction with a concentration in Indian education. She currently works as the coordinator for the ASU Office of Special Advisor to the President on American Indian Initiatives. In addition, she serves as the treasurer for the ASU Native American Alumni Chapter and co-advisor to the ASU Student American Indian Council.

Harrilene Yazzie is a 1992 graduate of Diné College. While attending the tribal college on an archery scholarship, she was president of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society. After attending Diné College, she studied at the University of Fairbanks in Alaska and New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. She has worked in the environmental field for the past 21 years for nonprofits and tribal governments. Yazzie currently works for the Bureau of Indian Affairs as the Regional National Environmental Policy Act coordinator.

“I’m extremely pleased to welcome our inaugural alumni association board members,” says President Maggie George. “I look forward to working closely with them.”

The Alumni Association works to engage alumni in the life of Diné College and its students, and to hearten lifelong connections among alumni and support of the college’s goals.

For more information, contact Daryl R. Begay at darbegay@dinecollege.edu.

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