VVC Hall of Fame Award Recipients Honored

Celebrating it’s 40th Anniversary, the Victor Valley College Foundation threw a bash for the 2015 VVC Alumni Hall of Fame and Distinguished Service Awards recipients on February 28. This year’s honorees were: Alumni Hall of Fame inductee U.S. Congressman Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Turlock; former VVC trustee Carollee Stater, Distinguished Community Service Award; VVC professor Dr. Thomas Miller, Distinguished Education Service Award; and, the VVC Foundation’s first president John Kroencke, Presidents’ Award. This year’s theme was Disco Fever, taking attendees back 40+ years to the ‘70s disco era, and recognizing the foundation’s 40 year existence. Nostalgic music, disco balls and graphics, plus period-correct clothing, heightened the evening’s party atmosphere. Mistress of Ceremonies Caroll Yule was dressed in the most outrageous costume of all.

Congressman Jeff Denham

The who’s who of the community came out to congradulate the honorees and enjoy good food, dancing and acquiring some great silent auction items. Denham graduated from VVC in 1989, and his success in government representing California’s 10th District (Stanislaus County and part of San Joaquin County), now serving his fourth consecutive term.

Carollee Stater

Distinguished Service Award recipient Carollee Stater passed away from cancer in August, 2014. Her husband Gary accepted the award in her honore. Carollee gave freely of her time and talents, volunteering with the Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio, the American Red Cross and the Assistance League of the Victor Valley. She also served as a VVC trustee and was on long-time member on the board of the High Desert Community Foundation.  

Dr. Thomas Miller

Professor Dr. Thomas Miller works in Music Education Department at VVC, and has been teaching there for over 40 years as the school’s longest-tenured professor. He has been successful in developing many music programs, including the college’s chorus, which performs worldwide, a deserving recipient of the Distinguished Education Service Award.  

John Kroencke

John Kroencke received the Presidents’ Award for his accomplishments at the college, plus his continuing work with charitable organizations to help raise money for scholarships to VVC students. The awards are given out annually by the VVC Foundation to recognize the value of local citizens. For more information, call 760-245-4271 ext. 2523, or visit

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