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Marine Sgt. Manuel Loggins Remembered at Stanbridge College Graduation
Stanbridge College remembered former student, Sgt. Manuel Loggins at the 2012 Commencement Ceremony in July. The college raised and donated over $1,700 to support his wife and children.
Throughout the recent graduation ceremony, several moments were dedicated in Sgt Loggins’ memory including the presentation of the American flag by the H&S Battalion, Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, the same unit Sgt Loggins was affiliated with. Photos of Sgt Loggins with classmates and friends concluded the class memoirs and one of 2012 Valedictorians, Rashida Khan Muhammad, took the time to pause for Sgt Loggins in her address to the 120 graduates.
“Today, I can truly say that I am so blessed to have met you all. On this note, I would like for all of us to take a moment to reflect upon the life of our former classmate Manny Loggins, and how he truly touched each one of our lives,” stated Ms. Khan Muhammad. “Also I would like to appreciate our classmate and a close friend of Manny, Desiree Lomack for the wonderful work of putting together a great fundraiser for the same cause.”
In March, Stanbridge students showed their solidarity for Loggins by coordinating several dinner fundraisers at the Elks Lodge and Selma’s Chicago Pizzeria in San Clemente. Students and participants wore custom shirts that listed qualities of Loggins’ character including compassion, courage, honor, and strength. At the end of the list it read, “missed”. Students also wore commemorative ribbons on the Stanbridge College campus to show their support.
According to Stanbridge College nursing graduate and coordinator of the fundraisers, Desiree Lomack, “[The fundraiser] was our own closure, not only as students who shared a class with him but also as a family who lost a dear loved one. We received our diploma in honor of Manny.”
Each quarter, Stanbridge College REACH - Beyond the Classroom™ Service Learning and Civic Engagement program raises funds for local and global causes. In 2011, Stanbridge raised funds for the victims of the tsunami in Japan, the tornadoes in Joplin, Missouri and the drought and famine in Somalia.
To continue to support the family of Sgt. Manuel Loggins the Heritage of San Clemente Foundation and the San Clemente Chamber of Commerce have join together to organize a fund raising effort on behalf of the children of Sgt. Loggins. Contributions can be made through any branch of Farmer & Merchants Bank or one can mail their contributions directly to the following:
Checks also can be mailed to the San Clemente Chamber of Commerce, c/o Sgt. Loggins Children's Memorial Fund, 1100 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, CA 92672. Checks are to be made out to: Sgt. Loggins Childrens' Memorial Fund. Contributions are not tax-deductible.
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About Stanbridge College
Based in Irvine, CA, Stanbridge College is a co-educational, technical college with an annual enrollment of over 850 students. Founded in 1996, Stanbridge is nationally accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). Stanbridge College offers Master, Bachelor and Associate of Science degrees and diploma programs in Healthcare and Information Technology.
In 2009, 2010 and 2011, Stanbridge College received an award from Institutional Research & Evaluation, Inc., as one of America's Best Technical Colleges. Stanbridge has also been named to the 2009, 2010 and 2011 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. In 2008-2009 Stanbridge College was the recipient of the School of Excellence Award from the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), and since 2007 it has maintained one of the highest continuous pass rates in California on the NCLEX-PN nursing exam, with a 96% cumulative pass rate. For more information, please visit www.stanbridge.edu or call (949) 794-9090.