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Mendocino College Student Caitlin Luke Receives the Albert & Patricia Beltrami Scholarship

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Friday, 29 April 2016 12:07

Twenty-year-old Caitlin Luke is the latest student to receive the Albert and Patricia Beltrami Scholarship at Mendocino College.

Luke will graduate from Mendocino College in May with a degree in Business Administration. She maintains an impressive 3.99 grade point average and plans to transfer to Chico or Long Beach to obtain a four-year degree in business with an emphasis in human resources.

Luke completed her internship with the Mendocino County HHSA Staff Resources division. She assisted staff with documentation pertaining to medical and maternity leaves, making accommodations for individuals with medical conditions, hiring, counseling, coaching and training. She researched job descriptions and salary schedules and learned how to create a new position and the required process.

Caitlyn Luke knew she was interested in human resources and liked the idea of an internship. An internship would give her the opportunity to see what HR was really like. According to Caitlyn Luke, “the internship convinced me that a career in human resources is exactly what I want.”

Albert Beltrami established the scholarship in 2012 to provide an opportunity for students to gain valuable real life experience and exposure to the internal workings of local government. “It was Al’s express wish to create a program which excites and encourages individuals to pursue a career in local government, politics, and upper level management positions,” stated Lana Eberhard, Scholarship Coordinator.

For more information about the Mendocino College Foundation or to donate towards any of their programs, call them at 707-467-1018.

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The Mendocino College Foundation Evelyn Redemeyer Foote Scholarships

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Tuesday, 12 April 2016 17:08

by Lynda Myers,Mendocino College Foundation Board Director

Evelyn Redemeyer Foote was born at the family home at Vichy Springs on August 26, 1902, to Martha and John Augustus Redemeyer. Her father managed the Vichy Springs resort when she was a child. In 1995, when she was 93, Mrs. Foote attributed her longevity to drinking mineral water from Vichy Springs throughout her life.

Mrs. Foote was the granddaughter of Augustus F. Redemeyer, who settled in Ukiah in the mid-1800's, and was the founder of the Savings Bank of Mendocino County.

According to a family history published in 1991, “when Evelyn reached school age, John Redemeyer moved his family to a home at 400 E. Perkins St., 'so the children no longer had to ford the river to get to school.' John continued to manage Vichy Springs resort during those early years, and the children have many fond memories of the time they spent there.”

Evelyn married Russell Foote in 1946, after the death of his first wife, Dorothy Holland Foote in 1945. Russell was Mendocino County's agricultural commissioner for many years. When the couple were not living in Australia or San Francisco, they made their home at West Standley and South Barnes streets, where Mrs. Foote loved to garden.

Russell died July 30, 1975, and Mrs. Foote entered the Ukiah Convalescent Hospital shortly thereafter. At that time, a conservator was appointed by the court to manage her financial affairs. After a few years, Esther Clark, a legal secretary, was approached by attorney Burgess Williams, and asked to take over as the conservator for Mrs. Foote. According to Mrs. Clark, “At that time, Mrs. Foote had become estranged from her family and most of her friends. Although she had a lot of money, she was 'living poor' in the convalescent home. I talked to people I knew in the legal field, and they all encouraged me to become Mrs. Foote's conservator, so I agreed to do it. I got her the best care that was available. I paid a very kind young woman minimum wage to be her caregiver: to go in and read to her, do her nails, mend her clothes, things like that. Sometimes the caregiver and I would take her for drives to the Coast, and other places. We brightened her life.

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“The Robert & Marlys Blanc Perpetual Scholarship”

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Tuesday, 19 January 2016 12:22

On Tuesday, December 8 during their bi-monthly board meeting the Mendocino College Foundation Board approved the creation of the Robert (Bob) and Marlys Blanc perpetual scholarship.

Bob served on the Foundation Board in the mid-90s and was instrumental in preparing Mendocino College for the future. He and fellow board members dreamed of obtaining the 400 acres west of the campus in Ukiah commonly known as the Evans property. “We tried off and on over 20 years to obtain the property because we knew how important it would be for the growth and long term future expansion of Mendocino College,” stated Blanc.

Blanc and the Foundation Board never lost sight of the importance of obtaining those acres. As fortune would have it, the Foundation was given the opportunity to purchase the highly sought after Evans property in June of 2013. According to Tom Herman, Land Committee Chair for the Foundation, “Bob Blanc was with us every step of the way throughout the purchase process and was just as excited about the future and possibilities as he had been twenty-some years ago. His excitement and enthusiasm was infectious, and when the full board was asked to expend the funds for the purchase, the decision was a resounding yes.”

Read more: “The Robert & Marlys Blanc Perpetual Scholarship”


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