News Release – A Reunion of Former Miss Diné College Titleholders, New Titleholder is Crowned

A Reunion of Former Miss Diné College Titleholder, New Titleholder is Crowned

Oct. 15, 2019

TSAILE, Ariz. – Diné College hosted the 50th annual Miss Diné College Pageant and crowned a new Miss Diné College and recognized past Miss Diné College titleholders recently.

When the pageant started in 1970, the event was called Miss Red Dawn and later renamed Miss Navajo Community College to reflect the name of the college. When Navajo Community College changed to Diné College in 1997, the pageant name was also changed.

Stacey Jones, who served as Miss Red Dawn from 1990 to 1991, said there have been big changes across campus. “There are some different buildings and I know that Diné College is now a four-year institution,” Jones said. Jones is a human resources representative in Phoenix. “The coffee shop (Warrior Coffee) is nice.”

Originally from Wheatfields, Ariz., Jones majored in education while a student at Diné College and went on to graduate from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo., with a degree in elementary education.

Quintanya Claw-Jensen of Many Farms, Ariz., one of the eight titleholders that attended a meet-and-greet session, held her title from 2005 to 2006. She studied Diné Studies and Navajo Language and went on to receive a master’s degree in elementary education from Arizona State University. An accomplished flautist and graphic artist, Claw-Jensen is now a teacher at Window Rock High School.

“This brings back a lot of memories,” Claw-Jensen said. “I recognize some of the staff that are still working here. There is some new stuff happening at the college, new programs and majors. The college has flourished. I really like the new coffee shop.”

Among the requirements to be crowned Miss Diné College are full or part-time student enrollment status, a grade point average of at least a 2.5 and an understanding of Navajo culture, history and traditional values. The one-year reign comes with a $1,500 academic scholarship.

A panel of judges crowned Mercede Johnson of Tsaile as the new 2019 Miss Diné College.  Johnson, who is pursuing a bachelor’s of science degree in public health, excited the crowd when she sang a traditional Navajo Mountain Song for her traditional talent segment, while her contemporary talent foray was a demonstration on “How to do CPR.” The other two contestants were Shaynee Bileen (A.S. of Applied Science – Health Occupations major), and Shastikka Iyua (A.S. Health Occupations major).

“The pageant is important not because of the title it carries, but the embodiment of the values of our college and community,” Dine College Board of Regents President Greg Bigman said. “Values play a key role in the cultivation of people and organizations. Having values reflective of our college is important for our students and growth.”

“The Miss Diné College Advisory Committee promotes student success through acknowledging our students’ talents and abilities,” Stephanie Jim, committee member and first year student coordinator at the college. “The pageant serves our students in showcasing their platforms, talents and culture.”

Besides Claw-Jensen and Jones, the past Miss Diné College’s attending the meet-and-greet were Koltey Tso-Poorman (2012-2013), Crystal Littleben (2009-2010), Miss Navajo Nation (2017-2018), Jerilyn Harvey (2004-2005), Wilpita Bia (1998-1999) and Glennita Haskey (1991-1992). Haskey, who is from Lukachukai, Ariz., was Miss Red  and is the current Vice President of Student Affairs at the college and holds a master’s degree from the University of New Mexico.

 

CONTACT US

Marie R. Etsitty Nez 
Vice President of External Affairs
marienez@dinecollege.edu
928-724-6985

George Joe, M.A., M.Ed, Director Of Marketing and Communications
grjoe@dinecollege.edu
928-724-6695

Bernie DotsonPublic Relations Officer
bdotson@dinecollege.edu
928-724-6697

Scott TomGraphic Design & Digital Media Specialist
shtom@dinecollege.edu
928-724-6698

Associate Professor Chengde Wang

COURSES:

MTH 110: College Algebra, MTH 365: Modern Geometry, MTH 106: Survey on College Mathematics, MTH 191: Calculus I, MTH 221: Ordinary Differential Equation

CREDENTIALS:

Doctorate in Ph.D.: Arizona State University

Major: Mathematics

Master of Science: Beijing Biss International School

Major: Mathematics

Bachelor of Arts: Beijing Biss International School

Major: Mathematics

Willis Tsosie

COURSES:

CIS 111: Intro to Computers, CIS 210: Systems Analysis and Design, CSC 150: Programming Fundamentals, MTH 096: Basic Mathematics, MTH 100: Intermediate Algebra

CREDENTIALS:

Master of Science: Montana State University

Major: Information Processing & Communication

Bachelor of Science: Montana State University

Major: Computer Science

Associate Professor Donald Robinson

COURSES:

CHM 130: Fundamental Chemistry

CREDENTIALS:

Doctorate in Ph.D.: Maharishi University of Management

Major: Physiology

Master of Arts: Maharishi International University

Major: Science of Creative Intelligence

Master of Scienece: The University of Akron

Major: Biology

Bachelor of Scienece: Northern Arizona University

Major: Biology

Dennis Price

COURSES:

Credentialed to teach MTH 096: Basic Mathematics, MTH 100: Intermediate Algebra, MTH 110: College Algebra

CREDENTIALS:

Bachelor of Science: Northern Arizona University

Major: Agriculture

Associate Professor John Murray

COURSES:

MTH 100: Intermediate Algebra, PHY 111: Algebra based Physics II, PHY 131: Calculus based Physics II

CREDENTIALS:

Doctorate in Ph.D.: Clemson University

Major: Engineering

Master of Science: Clemson University

Major: Engineering

Bachelor of Scienece in Engineering: University of South Florida

Major: Engineering

Bachelor of Scienece: University of South Florida

Major: Engineering

Associate Professor Oleksandr Makeyev

COURSES:

Credentialed to in all MTH courses and Engineering.

CREDENTIALS:

Doctorate in Ph.D.: Clarkson University

Major: Engineering Science

Master of Science: Kyiv Taras Shevchenko National University

Major: Statistics

Bachelor of Scienece: Kyiv Taras Shevchenko National University

Major: Mathematics

Barbara Klein

COURSES:

BIO 205: Microbiology, CHM 152: General Chemistry II, CHM 230: Fundamental Organic Chemistry, CHM 236: General Organic Chemistry II
*Credentialed in CHM 100-300, BIO 100-400, HEE 100 and PUH 100-300. PUH is contingent based on official transcript.

CREDENTIALS:

Master of Arts, Master of Science: Iowa State University

Major: Microbiology

Master of Science: Clark College

Major: Computer Application

Bachelor of Arts: Mercyhurst College

Major: Chemistry

Carmella Kahn

COURSES:

PUH 100, 200, 300, 400

Professor Shazia Tabassum Hakim

COURSES:

Bio 100, 200, 300, 400

Associate Professor Fredrick Boyd

COURSES:

Needs credential form, BIO 160: Intro to Human Anatomy & Philosophy, BIO 201: Human Anatomy & Physiology, BIO 202: Human Anatomy & Physiology II
Credentialed for BIO 100-400, CHM 100-200 (300 level will be reviewed w/ faculty), HEE 100

CREDENTIALS:

Doctorate in PH.D.: University of Florida

Major: Medical Science and Physiology

Bachelor of Science: University of Wisconsin

Major: Zoology

Professor Michael Begaye

COURSES:

CHM 130: Fundamental Chemistry, CHM 152: General Chemistry II, CHM 230: Fundamental Organic Chemistry
CHM 100-300
*MTH 100-200 (300-400 level will be reviewed with Dean)

CREDENTIALS:

Doctorate in PH.D.: New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

Major: Chemistry

Bachelor of Science: Fort Lewis College

Major: Chemistry

Professor Mark Bauer

COURSES:

PUH 200: Principles of Health Education, PUH 280: Implement &Evaluation of Public Health Intervention
*Anthropology 100, 200 level
Public Health 100-400 level

CREDENTIALS:

Doctorate in PH.D.: Northwestern University

Major: Anthropology

Bachelor of Arts: Ohio State University

Major: Anthropology

Associate Professor Don Whitesinger

COURSES:

FA227: Arts for Teachers, ARH 211: Survey of Native American Art, FA 106 Color Theory, FA112: 2D Design, FA 390: Painting III

CREDENTIALS:

Master Art of Teaching: Rhode Island School of Design

Bachelor of Arts: Arizona State University

Major: Studio Arts

Associate Professor Sheila White

COURSES:

HUM 152: Film Appreciation, HUM 131: Music Appreciation, ENG 101, 102

CREDENTIALS:

Master of Arts: Northern Arizona University

Major: English, Bilingual & Multicultural Education

Bachelor of Find Arts: University of Arizona

Major: Theatre Arts

Orlando White

COURSES:

ENG 101, 102: Freshman English II, ENG 212: Creative Writing: Poetry, ENG 233: Intro to Native American Literature

CREDENTIALS:

Master of Fine Arts: Brown University

Major: Literary Arts

Bachelor of Find Arts: Institute of American Indian Arts

Major: Creating Writing

Anna Walters

COURSES:

ENG 082, 085, ENG 101,102, 233

CREDENTIALS:

Master of Fine Arts: Goddard University

Bachelor of Arts

Professor Irvin Morris

COURSES:

ENG 082: Communication Workshop I, ENG 101, 102 Freshman English I&II, ENG 231 Intro to Literature

CREDENTIALS:

Master of Fine Arts: Cornell University

Major: Creative Writing

Jesse Maloney

COURSES:

ENG 233: Intro. to Native American Literature, ENG 075: Advanced Reading, ENG 082: Communication Workshop I, ENG 101: Freshman English I, ENG 102: Freshman English II,

Not Reading

CREDENTIALS:

Master of Fine Arts: Lindenwood University

Major: Writing

Bachelor of Arts: Northern Arizona University

Major:

Associate Professor Andrew Kwon

COURSES:

ENG 082: Communication Workshop I, ENG 101: Freshman English I, ENG 102: Freshman English II, ENG 212: Creative Writing: Poetry, ENG 238: Introduction to Indigenous Literacy

CREDENTIALS:

Doctorate of Philosophy: Oklahoma State University-College of Arts & Science

Major: English

Master of Fine Arts: University of Massachusetts

Major: English

Bachelor of Arts: Clark University

Major: History

Velma Hale

COURSES:

ENG 085: Communications Workshop II, ENG 072: Foundation of Reading, EDU 100, 200, 300, 400

CREDENTIALS:

Master of Arts: Northern Arizona University

Major: Bilingual-Multicultural Education

Bachelor of Science: Northern Arizona University

Major: Secondary Education in English

Emily Green

COURSES:

ENG 072: Foundation of Reading, ENG 082 Communication Workshop I, ENG 085 Communication Workshop II, ENG 101

CREDENTIALS:

Master of Arts: Old Dominquez University

Major: Applied Linguistic

Bachelor of Arts: Old Dominquez University

Major: English

Bachelor of Science

Associate Professor Robert Bollinger

COURSES:

DA 110: Introduction to Graphic Arts, DA 112: Computer Illustration I, DA 115: Web Design I, DA 212: Computer Illustration II, FA107: 3D design, FA Drawing II, FA 315: Drawing III

CREDENTIALS:

Master of Architecture: UNM

Major: Architectural design

Master of Fine Arts: San Francisco Art Institute

Major: Painting

Bachelor of Arts

Major: Fine Arts

Professor Karla Britton

COURSES:

ART 100, 200, 300, 400, FA 300, 400

CREDENTIALS:

Ph.D. Architecture