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Shawnee Community College celebrates 50th anniversary

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ULLIN -- Shawnee Community College hits a major milestone this year.

The college hosted a day full of events for its 50th anniversary Friday. That includes a ceremony honoring the school's first students from the late 1960s.

Shawnee's president, Dr. Peggy Bradford, and board president Steve Heisner weren't too far behind those students, graduating in the 70s.

"The facilities have just really expanded, the resources that we have, the gymnasium that the college has here and the fact that we're so active in the business community," Bradford said.

Heisner graduated a few years before Bradford.

"In those days of course, this campus wasn't here. It was what we called in those days 'Plywood Tech,' the 'Rustic Campus' that we call it now," Heisner said. "But for us it was not high school as many believed, it was college."

The school also collected some memorabilia from the past 50 years and put them on display. Mindy Ashby coordinated the exhibits.

"It was really nice because I grew up in this area so a lot of the faces in the pictures that I went through were very familiar and it brought back a lot of memories," Ashby said. "Also, I got to see a lot of people that work here now and what they looked like 20 years ago so that was pretty cool."

The school also announced a partnership with Legence Bank, providing a new scholarship for students interested in business.

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