State Farm Insurance Company is once again donating a repairable vehicle to Dunwoody College’s Collision Repair & Refinishing Program. The company has donated five vehicles over the past five years. This year’s vehicle is a 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier LS and will be worked on by our Collision students over the next eight months.
The donated vehicles provide hard to find structural repair training and advanced vehicle systems training for our students. After Collision students and faculty repair them, the vehicles are sold. State Farm stipulates that any net profit on the vehicles they donate be used for equipment for the Collision Program. For example, profits from recent donations helped the Program purchase a squeeze type resistance spot welder last year.
A representative from State Farm said: “These donations are a great example of how State Farm is working with the Auto Body repair program at Dunwoody. This collaboration supports improvement in the collision repair process — something that benefits our customers, repairers and State Farm. It also makes a positive impact on the environment. Donating vehicles helps reduce the amount of waste added to our nation’s landfills.
State Farm is committed to meeting the needs of our communities, and this program is a great opportunity to meet a need and make a difference.”
Dunwoody’s connection with State Farm began with alumnus Bob Roiger, an estimatics trainer for the company. Roiger graduated in 1978 from the Collision Repair and Refinishing program. State Farm also helps with the Skills USA contest for Collision Repair.
The Collision Program will put the profit from the sale of the repaired and refinished Cavalier towards a computerized measuring system and is looking to partner with another repairable vehicle donation source per year to help reach that goal sooner.
Click here for more photos of Collision student projects. We’ll post the after shots of the Cavalier once it’s complete about 8 months from now.
Gail Rosenblum’s Star Tribune column today featured Kofi Law, who graduated from Dunwoody’s Automotive program. The column focused on his journey from citizen of Togo to Minnesota resident (and Dunwoody student) to American citizen and U.S. serviceman. It also featured comments from Student Services Advisor Molly Malone.
Law, 28, had dreamed of becoming a U.S. citizen since he was a boy. He moved to Minneapolis in January 2003 from Togo (where the average daily temperature is 80 degrees), taught himself English, graduated from Dunwoody College of Technology and gathered the required paperwork to become a new American.
A few days after a joyful citizenship celebration at Bethel University in Arden Hills in August, Law headed to Fort McCoy in Wisconsin for premobilization training.
Later she reports on a conversation she had with Molly:
Molly Malone Docken, student services adviser at Dunwoody, calls him “the nicest guy in the whole world,” and a model student to boot. “He would come early and stay late,” she said. “Whenever he had questions, he would ask. When he got nervous, he’d seek tutoring. Deadlines looming? He never missed one. Then he would follow up. We would love to clone him.”
For more, click here to read the full column on the Star Tribune website.
John P. Walsh, a former president of Dunwoody College, died Dec. 10, 2009. He was 94.
On Sept. 30, 2008, the College named its manufacturing center in honor of Dr. Walsh and his wife. Here is the text of the plaque that hangs at the entrance to the center:
President Emeritus John Walsh served as president of Dunwoody College of Technology from 1968 to 1978. During his administration, Dunwoody dedicated the “Warren Building,” which had been donated to the college by the estate of H.E. Warren; graduated its first women from the full-time Day School programs, remodeled the Architectural and Baking departments and the Decker Auditorium; expanded Dunwoody training internationally; and launched the $6 million “Vital Source” capital campaign.
Dr. Walsh and his wife Marie have provided generously for Dunwoody in their estate plans. Since Dr. Walsh began his career as a machinist and machine shop instructor, Dunwoody has named its manufacturing technology center in honor of Dr. and Mrs. Walsh.
For more, see the New Hampshire Union Leader obituary.