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Del Mar College inducting single newest “Hall of Fame” member, Ethan Gene Sullivan, during tonight’s 72nd Annual Recognition Ceremony

DMC also recognizing 125 “outstanding students” and faculty during ceremony in Richardson Performance Hall beginning at 6 p.m.

Article by Melinda Eddleman

The Del Mar College (DMC) event started in 1949 and has been a time-honored tradition ever since––the annual Recognition Ceremony. The College holds the celebratory ceremony to induct new “Hall of Fame” members, recognize students’ academic dedication and honor faculty deemed “Instructors of the Year” by the student body. And tonight, the College will hold its 72nd Annual Recognition Ceremony beginning at 6 p.m. in Richardson Performance Hall located on the Heritage Campus (101 Baldwin Blvd., 78404, directions and campus map).

Student Government Association leadership will first recognize the three “Instructors of the Year” who were selected by the student body with each representing one of the College’s three campuses. The 2024 honorees include Dr. Dawson Barrett, Associate Professor of History with the Social Sciences Department, representing the Heritage Campus; Mary Guerra, Assistant Instructor of Dental Hygiene with the Dental and Imaging Technology Department, representing the Windward Campus; and Lisa Pollakis, Professor of Hospitality Management and Program Director with the Business Administration and Entrepreneurship Department, representing the Oso Creek Campus.

College administrators and faculty will also recognize 125 DMC students’ academic achievement with “Outstanding Student” Awards among the programs in the College’s four divisions: 1) Communications, Fine Arts and Social Sciences; 2) Sciences, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Kinesiology and Education; 3) Business, Entrepreneurship and Health Sciences; and 4) Industry and Public Service.

Ethan Gene Sullivan_Drama Major_2024 Hall of Fame Inductee

Ethan Gene Sullivan_Drama Major_2024 Hall of Fame Inductee

And with much anticipated celebration toward the end of the ceremony, the College’s single newest “Hall of Fame” inductee––Ethan Gene Sullivan––will be recognized and honored for his accomplishments. He will join the ranks among the 423 inductees who met the benchmark for over more than seven decades. The prestigious honor is reserved for the select few who have demonstrated scholarly dedication, leadership and participation in student organizations and community service. 

The Drama major will not only be recognized as the only “Hall of Famer” but also as an “Outstanding Student” just as he was in spring 2023. Sullivan is also a recipient of the Sue Sellors Finley Drama Endowed Scholarship for 2023-2024. Among his campus achievements he is a member of three student organizations, including serving as current Treasurer of DMC’s Gamma Sigma Chapter of the international college honor society Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), a member of the country’s largest leadership honor society the National Society of Leadership & Success and as current President of the Safe Space Club at DMC. He has also served on the All-Texas Academic Team. 

Sullivan has volunteered on and off campus, providing sound mix and technical support for both Del Mar Drama productions and at the Church of Grace, volunteering with the Corpus Christi Diversity Council and participating during National Humanitarian Day. 

His campus activities specifically include volunteering with Groceries to Go by providing mobile food distribution, attending regional and national PTK conferences, assisting with the College’s “Discover Del Mar” event to recruit and inform high school students as potential Vikings, participating during Adopt-A-Beach cleanup events and going beyond his roles with Del Mar Drama productions to volunteer additional assistance to support his fellow actors and classmates. 

Sullivan graduates next Friday, May 17, as part of Del Mar College’s Class of Spring 2024. 

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