Dedication Ceremony Held for Newly Named J. Rosemary Shockey HCC Bookstore

By: WIFR Newsroom
By: WIFR Newsroom

FREEPORT (WIFR) -- During their August 2013 meeting, the Highland Community College Board of Trustees approved the honorary naming of the College’s bookstore, located in the Student/Conference Center. Following an official dedication ceremony held on September 26, the bookstore is now named the J. Rosemary Shockey HCC Bookstore.

The designation honors Mrs. J. Rosemary Shockey, a Freeport resident who has been a lifelong professional and advocate in the field of education. Mrs. Shockey graduated from Illinois State University in 1941, and taught in the Stephenson County rural schools and the Freeport School District for over 30 years. Following retirement, Mrs. Shockey spent 15 years as a member of the HCC Foundation Board; she remains an honorary member of the Foundation Board to this day. Her husband, Donald L. Shockey, was also an advocate of education and served 10 years on the Dakota School District Board of Education. He was deceased in 1990.

Mrs. Shockey was present at the dedication ceremony where she addressed the guests. “I am honored to have the HCC Bookstore reflect my family's belief that an investment in Highland Community College is an investment in the education of northwest Illinois,” said Mrs. Shockey.

The honorary naming of the bookstore is the result of a generous gift to the HCC Foundation’s Major Gifts Campaign, made by Mrs. Shockey’s son David, a current Highland Community College Trustee. This naming gift qualifies for the Foundation’s “Double Play” matching gift appeal, whereby donations to the campaign (or the “College’s Greatest Needs” fund) are being matched this year by a special match pool, in effect doubling the value of each donation.

“Making a naming gift to the College through the Foundation is an excellent way to honor a loved one who values higher education,” according to Kim Rampenthal, Director of Fundraising at the Foundation. “The funds donated will help create a legacy that will endure into the future – not only when the person’s name appears on the space or program, but when the Foundation puts the dollars to work to benefit HCC students going forward.”

For more information about J. Rosemary Shockey HCC Bookstore naming and dedication event, or other naming opportunities at HCC, as well as the “Double Play” appeal, please contact Kim at 815-599-3724 or kim.rampenthal@highland.edu.


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