‘Giants’ in their own right

College of the Sequoias names four alumni to be honored at its Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Oct. 10


VISALIA — Each year the College of the Sequoias announces four former Giants who stand tall in their communities.

Alumni who have demonstrated what it is to be a COS Giant will be inducted into the community college’s Hall of Fame this fall as the Class of 2019 after making notable contributions to their profession, their community, and the college itself. The inductees include two longtime board members, a former professor and a community leader.

Ralph Homan
COS Art Professor

Ralph Homan touched the lives of thousands of people during his 38 years of teaching. He worked at Divisadero Middle School as an art teacher and a professor at the College of the Sequoias teaching classes in painting/drawing and art history.  While at COS, he was in charge of the Art Gallery and was the Art Department Chair. Ralph was also a professional artist from 1956-2005. This induction is posthumous; Homan died in November 2018.

Earl Mann
COS Trustee, Ward 3

Earl Mann served as the elected COS Trustee of Ward 3 for 18 years. He the lives of thousands of people during his 33 years as a teacher and administrator in Woodlake. He also taught evening and summer photography classes at COS.  Earl was very active in his community of Woodlake, which he served as the Chairman of the Charter Committee, served on the Redevelopment Committee and 8 years as a Woodlake High Board of Trustee. He served as the President of the TCOVE Board and was a COS Board of Trustee for 18 years.  Earl received the CTA State Award. Mann was nominated by the three fellow trustees still serving on the COS Board of Trustees since Mann’s retirement in 2018.

Elizabeth Wynn
Community Leader

Elizabeth “Liz” Wynn has created some great legacies within several local organizations. She worked at Quad/Knopf as vice president/planner III; First Church of the Nazarene as administrative pastor; Visalia Economic Development Council as interim director; Self Help Enterprises as assistant program manager; Gold Creek Community Church as director; Visalia Emergency Aid Council as executive director; and currently working at Kaweah Delta Hospital District Foundation as director.

John Zumwalt served as the elected COS Trustee of Ward 5 for 24 years and is a successful business owner in Hanford. In 1973 he began his own business, Zumwalt-Hansen & Associates and continues to have that business today. Zumwalt has served the City of Hanford in many capacities including on its Parking & Traffic Commission 1984 – 1998; General Plan Advisory Commission, chairman 1994. Zumwalt was also on the YMCA Board of Directors 1976-1992 and chairman of the Building Industry of Tulare/Kings County in 2011. His business was awarded the 2008 Business of the Year from the Hanford Chamber of Commerce. Zumwalt was nominated by the three fellow trustees still serving on the COS Board of Trustees since Zumwalt’s retirement in 2018.

This year’s honorees will be inducted at the annual Hall of Fame Induction Reception on Thursday, Oct. 10, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the COS Porter Field House. Tickets are $50 and are available online at cos.edu/events or call 559-730-3861.

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