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Legacy Ladies


Doris Van Dyke and Nell Burnham

Once again, the foundation recognizes two new members of the Central Community College Foundation Legacy Society in this years' annual report. In addition to these two ladies, five other couples or individuals have become members of the Legacy Society in 2010-2011. The new members recognized here are Nell Burnham and Doris Van Dyke, both of Columbus, Nebraska. They began serving the students of Platte College (now CCC-Columbus Campus) during the very early days of 1969-70.

Dr. Nell Burnham came to the Columbus Campus in 1970. She was an instructor in the Secretarial Science Department, now Office Technology. After completing requirements for her Ed.D degree from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, in 1982, she accepted the position of Associate Dean of Learning Resources in 1985. The departments in that area included the library, media, Desktop Publishing and Printing.

Nell retired in 2000 and enjoys playing bridge, reading, traveling and spending time with family in South Dakota and Colorado.

Doris Van Dyke joined the Platte Campus staff in 1969 as a charter member on opening day for the college. She served in various capacities, including assistant in the physical plant, business department, operations and to the campus president. She was instrumental in the writing and compilation of a publication commemorating the first 25 years of the Platte Campus.

Doris retired as secretary for campus operations in 1993 and still enjoys maintaining the historical records of the Columbus Campus since its opening day in 1969.

Nell and Doris continue to possess a strong passion for the Columbus campus and the students of Central Community College. That passion and desire to give back to the college is only one of many reasons we honor them as our legacy ladies. We sincerely thank Nell and Doris for electing to name the Central Community Foundation as a beneficiary in their personal estate plan.