Friday, May 31, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:          MAY 31, 2013
FURTHER INFORMATION:            PAULA GREEN (626) 914-8873, STACY ARMSTRONG (626) 857-4082


Claremont Resident, Community Volunteer Receives Citrus College’s 2013 Distinguished Alumni Honor

Laura Bollinger of Claremont, Calif. is one of three individuals selected to receive Citrus College’s Distinguished Alumni Award for 2013.


Bollinger graduated from Citrus College in 1982 after an illustrious academic career that included being a member of the world-renowned Citrus Singers music group, as well as involvement in the college’s Concert Choir.  She then transferred to California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business.


After spending 11 years working for World Vision International, a relief organization dedicated to assisting children, Bollinger decided to focus on volunteering and community involvement.  The many organizations she has served include the Our Lady of Assumption School Parent Board, Damien High School, the Claremont Community Foundation, the League of Women Voters of the Claremont Area, Claremont Heritage, the Meadowood Association Board, and Fairplex.  She has also served as president of St. Lucy’s High School Parent Board, the Curtain Raisers of the Claremont Colleges, and the Friends of the Claremont Library.


This extensive service, as well as her past involvement with the Citrus College Foundation, earned Bollinger the Citrus College Distinguished Alumni Award for 2013.


“When reviewing nominations, we consider the time each individual spent at Citrus College, as well as their professional career, community involvement, and other accomplishments,” said Eric Magallon, president of the Citrus and Friends Alumni Association.  “Laura has an impressive academic background and her commitment to the community of Claremont is undeniable.  She was an excellent choice to be one of this year’s honorees.”


Mrs. Susan M. Keith, president of the Citrus Community College District Board of Trustees, serves as the Claremont representative on the board and is aware of Bollinger’s many contributions to her community.

"Laura is a former Citrus Singer who maintains her positive outlook while balancing volunteer work, dedication to the community and family commitments. She is highly respected by her peers and colleagues, and is known for being someone who rolls up her sleeves and gets the work done. She is definitely one of Citrus College’s distinguished alumni.”


Dr. Geraldine M. Perri, superintendent/president of Citrus College, said she appreciates all Bollinger has done for the college and congratulates her on receiving this recognition.


“Over the years, Laura Bollinger has demonstrated a passion for education and a commitment to Citrus College that is both inspirational and commendable,” Dr. Perri said.  “I am extremely pleased that the Alumni Association has selected her to be among this year’s list of honorees.  On behalf of the entire college community, I applaud Ms. Bollinger for receiving this recognition and extend my heartfelt gratitude for her years of service.”



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:          MAY 31, 2013
FURTHER INFORMATION:            PAULA GREEN (626) 914-8873, STACY ARMSTRONG (626) 857-4082


Laura Bollinger