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Scholarship established in memory of former SGC employee Cathy Dorminey Davis
Friends and family of former South Georgia State College employee Cathy Dorminey Davis celebrated her life by endowing a scholarship in her memory. The scholarship was presented at the monthly Trustee meeting January 15.
“Cathy was such a valued member of the SGC family,” says SGC Foundation Treasurer Wanda Lloyd. She says the Foundation is honored to have an opportunity to remember her life in such a meaningful way. “Everyone on the campus thought the world of her, and this is a fitting way of saying ‘thank you’ to such a wonderful lady.”
Davis, who passed away in 2006 after an extended battle with cancer, was one of the most beloved employees at SGC. She earned her Associate degree from SGC in 1981 before transferring to Georgia Southern University to earn her Bachelor’s degree. Davis returned to SGC in 1989, working as the Administrative Assistant in the Business & Social Science division. She also earned a technology certificate in 1989 from SGC, making her the go-to person for all things technical.
If there is one word that the faculty and staff would associate with Davis, it was “dedication.” Faculty member Dr. Lori Seward remembers when Davis and her family would stay late helping decorate Collins Hall for Christmas. “It was certainly well above and beyond the call of duty, but Cathy was just like that. She was a hard worker and very dedicated to SGC.”
But she was much more than a dedicated employee. Davis had a personal connection with almost every member of the staff and faculty, whether it was volunteering for SGC’s Relay for Life team, discussing the latest Harry Potter book with faculty member Dr. Michael Fisher, or sharing her latest sewing project with staff member JoAnn Taylor.
“She loved to sew as much as I do,” says Taylor. When she went to visit Davis at her new house, nearly the entire second floor was dedicated to her sewing hobby. “We would always trade stories about any new ways to create a quilt, curtains, or a home-made item. She was always upbeat and smiling wherever she went. I really miss those times with her.”
More than anything, though, Davis motivated her friends and family by remaining positive during her battle with cancer. “Cathy inspired me with her bravery and high spirits,” says Dr. Yuna Chen, who worked in the same building as Davis for many years. “She lived each minute to the fullest, never giving up hope or letting her spirits dwindle. That is the greatest lesson we can learn from her.”
For more information about the SGC’s scholarship program, contact the Office of College Relations at 912.389.4502.
CUTLINE: (L-R) SGC Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Jim Cottingham, Cathy’s son Chris Davis, Cathy’s husband George Davis, and SGC Foundation President Matt Greer stand with a check endowing the Cathy Dorminey Davis Scholarship.
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