Marian Cook Legacy Award
The Marian D. Cook Legacy Award was established by the Cloud County Community College Humanities Division in 2011. In the spirit of Marian Cook's dedication to the arts and her community, the award is presented annually to an exemplary supporter of the arts and education within the community.
Marian Cook was a patron of the arts – simply described as “one that supports, protects, or champions someone or something, such as an institution, event, or cause.” Colonel N. B. Brown was probably Concordia’s first back in l907 when he opened the Brown Grand Theatre. After a gap of 73 years, Marian D. Cook was the next. Though gone, both are still giving to the Concordia community.
Marian Cook’s husband, the financial wizard Charles, died in l971, and shortly thereafter, Marian joined a small group of citizens talking (some thought nonsense) about buying and restoring the Brown Grand. What followed became another of fate’s happy marriages of time and place.
Marian began giving to the (Brown Grand) theatre from the onset: money, time, ideas, leadership, and encouragement. But she wouldn’t take credit or wish to be singled out above anyone else. She did what she did to get the job done. The Brown Grand Theatre continues today as a testament to Marian’s community-minded generosity.
The Charles and Marian Cook Series was founded in 1992 by Marian in memory of Charles. The Cooks were avid global explorers who embraced travel as life’s greatest form of education. Recognizing that not everyone had the resources for world travel, Mrs. Cook created an ongoing event series that would bring cultural and educational experiences to Concordia through Cloud County Community College.
Peggy Doyen October 6, 2011
A member of the original college faculty, Doyen founded the drama department. In addition, her research and subsequent book, “The History of Theatre in Concordia,” spotlighted the Brown Grand Theatre and its rich history as a live entertainment venue. Doyen's book inspired the community to restore the theatre. In preparation for the theatre’s 1980 reopening, Doyen co-directed the musical, The Vanderbilt Cup, which was the same play performed on the same date, September 17, as the opening production in 1907.
Jack Kaufman October 16, 2012
Kaufman taught art at Cloud County Community College for thirty-two years. He also served as Cooperative Education Coordinator and Director of the Career Center. Kaufman hosted CCCC’s first art show for area high school students which continues to be a popular annual event. A talented ceramics artist, Kaufman’s pottery pieces are prized possessions to many community members.
Don Lambert October 16, 2012
Lambert, a graduate of Cloud County Community College (‘71), is a journalist, author, and arts advocate. In 2007, he became the first Kansan to receive the Arts Award presented by the National Governor’s Association. A year later, he was honored as CCCC’s Alumnus of the Year. Many of the art works that Lambert has donated to CCCC are on display in the college’s library.
Paul Rimovsky November 3, 2013
Rimovsky, a talented musician and businessman, established relationships with more than 200 educational institutions through Tom’s Music House, Concordia. He was instrumental in initiating a partnership with Cloud County Community College to establish Youth for Music in 1970. The annual event gathers musicians from area high schools to perform a joint concert for the community.
In addition to his local musical performances, Rimovsky continues to advocate the humanities throughout North Central Kansas. As a member of the POW Camp Concordia committee, Rimovsky has conducted historical research and preservation. He also serves as a member of the Brown Grand Theatre Board of Directors.