BMCC helps Author Book

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Blue Mountain Community College,

Date: December 14, 2010
Contact:  Karen L. Hill, Public Relations, 541-278-5933 or 541-379-2753





BMCC Alumni Helps Author Book

A Blue Mountain Community College (BMCC) alumni’s story is featured in motivational speaker Dr. Will Keim’s latest book, Welcome to the Time of Your Life, Twenty-One Lessons for the Twenty-First Century. Citing a 60% drop-out rate among college student, Dr. Keim said the book was written for first year college students and is being used in student orientation classes at University of Mississippi, California State University, and Iowa State University to mitigate the high incidence of student failure.


Jesus used his family’s plight, the negative effects of racism, and the tragic loss of his younger brother to motivate him to go on the path of higher learning. He credits much of his success to GED instructor Jeannie Lockwood because of her positive influence and encouragement. Welcome to the Time of Your Life is a compilation of stories written by people like Jesus Jaime-Diaz, to illustrate how students can overcome adversary on their journey through life. In BMCC education instructor Cindy Lenhart’s view, the book speaks to students like they are real people and she praised its multi-cultural focus that lets students from every background relate to the message.

Jesus Jaime-Diaz, is now a graduate student at Oregon State University and a candidate for the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS), was invited by Dr. Keim to share his personal story in the Diversity section of the book. Jesus received his General Equivalence Diploma (GED) at BMCC Hermiston in 2002, graduated with his Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer Degree (AAOT) from Blue Mountain Community College in June 2005.

Jesus is remembered at BMCC for his leadership roles as a Student Ambassador, officer of the Associated Student Government, for assisting in the establishment of a MEChA Movimiento Estudiantil Chicana/o de Aztlan (Student Movement Chicana/o’s of Aztlan) chapter, and for assisting in development of the multi-cultural center. Dr. Keim was a BMCC commencement speaker in 2004.




"My time at Blue Mountain Community College was a blessing to me. Faculty and administrators alike assisted in making me a firm believer in my ability to reach my full potential. I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart, I will carry your kind words with me wherever I may go. You all contributed to what I have been able to accomplish, this is our story because it was accomplished in the spirit of community, a key word in community college" Jesus Jaime-Diaz BMCC Alumni 2005