City Times

Costco co-founder Jim Sinegal honored as first centurion

President+Anthony+Beebe+presents+Jim+Sinegal+with+the+very+first+Distinguished+Alumnus+Award+at+the+Centennial+Gala+held+at+The+Prado+in+Balboa+Park+on+Sept.+8.+Photo+credit%3A+Richard+Lomibao
Back to Article
Back to Article

Costco co-founder Jim Sinegal honored as first centurion

President Anthony Beebe presents Jim Sinegal with the very first Distinguished Alumnus Award at the Centennial Gala held at The Prado in Balboa Park on Sept. 8. Photo credit: Richard Lomibao

President Anthony Beebe presents Jim Sinegal with the very first Distinguished Alumnus Award at the Centennial Gala held at The Prado in Balboa Park on Sept. 8. Photo credit: Richard Lomibao

President Anthony Beebe presents Jim Sinegal with the very first Distinguished Alumnus Award at the Centennial Gala held at The Prado in Balboa Park on Sept. 8. Photo credit: Richard Lomibao

President Anthony Beebe presents Jim Sinegal with the very first Distinguished Alumnus Award at the Centennial Gala held at The Prado in Balboa Park on Sept. 8. Photo credit: Richard Lomibao

Bob Sly

Phoenix Webb

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






Retired co-founder of Costco Wholesale and City College alumus Jim Sinegal was the guest of honor at the Centennial Gala on Sept. 8. The San Diego City College Foundation held the event in Balboa Park.

The San Diego City College Foundation is a non-profit organization that aims to support students. Heidi Bunkowske, City College public relations officer, stated proceeds from the gala “ … benefit students, scholarships and support programs.”

City College President Anthony Beebe stated, “This foundation has been so supportive of City college students over the years awarding about $400,000 to about 400 students every year.”

The dinner began with welcoming statements from chair and vice chair of the foundation, Anna Garcia and Douglas Gray.

Gray introduced Master of ceremonies Jay Jackson who kept the crowd engaged throughout the program.

Friend of the honored guest Robert Price introduced Sinegal, who was welcomed to the stage with a standing ovation.

Sinegal shared his City College experience. “I reluctantly enrolled at San Diego Junior College when it was junior college. What a fantastic experience: it was literally life-changing for me. I became a student again, I became engaged in what was going on, I made life-long friends at San Diego Junior College … that I’m still friendly with today.”

While Sinegal was at City College, the campus dynamics changed with the return of Korean War veterans. He described them as, “Very serious about school. They raised the bar for all of us who were going to school at that point.”

Deputy Chief of Staff and Chief of Community Engagement Felipe Monroig declared Sept. 8 as “San Diego City College Day” on behalf of Mayor Kevin Faulconer.

Francine Maigue, on behalf of 80th District Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez added, “In short and sweet, thank you for getting it done. Here’s to 100 more years.c Maigue also introduced Field Representative and current City College student, Aida Castaneda.

Foundation Chair Anna Garcia announced that a $1,000 scholarship will be awarded annually to a City College student that is employed by Costco in Sinegal’s name.

Before leaving the stage amid another standing ovation, guest of honor Jim Sinegal said, “I owe it to the university … there’s just no question about it. This experience at San Diego Junior College was indeed life changing for me and I’m sure it’s been life changing for a lot of students over the years. So President Beebe and your staff and all of you. I salute you. You’re the ones doing the job. Thank you very much for being here.”

For more information about the foundation: http://sdcity.edu/About/FoundationCentennial/CityFoundation/Scholarships

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
2 Comments

2 Responses to “Costco co-founder Jim Sinegal honored as first centurion”

  1. hevr on October 17th, 2014 6:49 pm

    Oh boy! Costco-style education! How avante-garde.

    Please keep that ILC woman in the ILC. No need to spread her graces about town, we have enough trouble. I really don’t have to take her to where my money comes from.

    Thanks

  2. Meedle on October 26th, 2014 3:44 am

    We have the Costco education plan now! Do we have to be members?

    I don’t have Down Syndrome, sorry.

Navigate Left
  • Costco co-founder Jim Sinegal honored as first centurion

    NEWS

    Will Friday bring another campus blackout?

  • Costco co-founder Jim Sinegal honored as first centurion

    NEWS

    SDCCD trustees welcome two new, returning members

  • Costco co-founder Jim Sinegal honored as first centurion

    NEWS

    New City College website expected to launch in January

  • Costco co-founder Jim Sinegal honored as first centurion

    NEWS

    Possible TB exposure at community colleges in San Diego

  • Costco co-founder Jim Sinegal honored as first centurion

    NEWS

    Power back after outage at City College, again

  • Costco co-founder Jim Sinegal honored as first centurion

    NEWS

    San Diego City College looks for ways to handle budget deficit

  • Costco co-founder Jim Sinegal honored as first centurion

    NEWS

    Power returns after outage closes City College campus

  • Costco co-founder Jim Sinegal honored as first centurion

    NEWS

    UPDATE: Water leak temporarily shuts off water in R building

  • Costco co-founder Jim Sinegal honored as first centurion

    ELECTIONS 2018

    San Diego election results and analysis

  • Costco co-founder Jim Sinegal honored as first centurion

    NEWS

    Signs of life at new City College buildings

Navigate Right
The news site of San Diego City College
Costco co-founder Jim Sinegal honored as first centurion