Two years ago the Delta College Foundation Board of Trustees officially recognized the Dr. Robert R. “Dr. Bob” Zimmermann Endowed Teaching Chair Award that Ted and I established. Imagine our excitement when we found out this week that the 2020 award was given to Andrew “AJ” Neumann, Instructor of Residential Construction, for his project “Residential Construction Equipment Training.” AJ will use the funds to become certified as a Telehandler and Mobile Elevating Work Platform Trainer. Congratulations to AJ! My dad would be thrilled. As an undergraduate, he worked as a carpenter on home construction in the summers. He put those skills to work on many home projects and always had some sort of carpentry work to do around the house. Ted and I look forward to the many professional development ventures my dad’s award will fund in the future.
Ted and I established two funds at Delta College in my dad’s name, one for student scholarships and the other for faculty professional development. As of June 2019 both passed the $120,000 mark, which means larger distributions and higher awards. Many thanks to Delta College Foundation’s Pamela Clark and Mary Harding (who recently retired) for helping us set up the endowments. We also appreciate the Foundation’s effective stewardship of all the college’s endowments. The Foundation will award more than $600,000 in scholarships for the 2019-2020 academic year. Impressive for a community college!
Robert R. Zimmermann, or “Dr. Bob” as his students called him, died seven years ago today. Shortly before his death, he wondered what the world would do without him. The world has muddled on, but has not forgotten him. Dr. Bob lives on in a scholarship fund at Delta College. Three students earned Dr. Bob scholarships in 2015-16. In addition, an endowed teaching fund has been established in his name, also at Delta College. That fund should reach full endowment status in three years.