Sandwiched into the celebrations at Clatsop Community College's new Columba Hall was a personal award that deserved additional applause.

Patricia Lehman, of Seaside, was honored with the Clatsop Spirit Award. The award, which was launched last year, highlights individuals who go above and beyond the call of duty on behalf of CCC.

Lehman serves on the Clatsop College Foundation, but it was for her work on the WINGS conference that she was especially honored. WINGS is an acronym for Women Interested in Going to School. The one-day event takes place the second Saturday in September and is a collaboration between CCC and the American Association of University Women. It is designed to offer information for women who may want to return to school, often after a life change, so they can enrich their lives and take a positive direction.

The Daily Astorian highlights the annual conference with an advance story in which a reporter talks with someone who has attended a prior year's conference. These stories are always poignant and uplifting. They remind hard-working organizers like Lehman, Karen Kenyon and others how they have touched - or indeed changed - another life.

The event will see its ninth year Sept. 11.

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