Friday, Aug. 15, marks a special day for 352 Del Mar College prospective graduates as they take the spotlight during Summer Commencement in Richardson Performance Hall. Before they walk the stage, Chris Adler, the current chair of the College’s Vikings Alumni Association, will give the keynote address before DMC awards 422 certificates and associate’s degrees combined.
The ceremony begins at 7 p.m.
Alder is a mentor, educator, community leader, business co-owner, entertainer and former member of the Corpus Christi City Council. She served on the Del Mar College Board of Regents for more than 10 years, chairing the Board for two years, chairing the Presidential Search Committee and the Legislative Committee as well as serving on most other Board committees during her tenure.
Adler is a graduate of Leadership Corpus Christi and Leadership Texas. She served for eight years on the Board of Trustees of the Corpus Christi Independent School District, including two years as president. In 2002, the Corpus Christi YWCA Women in Careers Program named her as Mentor/Ally of the Year.
She has served on the National Board of Hadassah, the Board of the Art Museum of South Texas, the Board of Advisory Directors of Corpus Christi Bank and Trust, the Board of Trustees of the Corpus Christi Public Library Foundation, the Corpus Christi Medical Center, the Del Mar College Foundation, the Southwest Texas State University Foundation and the B’nai Israel Synagogue. Adler also has provided her leadership on the Board of Directors of the Palmer Drug Abuse Program and Junior Achievement.
In 1997, she was the Honorary Dinner Chair of the American Diabetes Association. In 1992, Adler earned the Golda Meir Award from the State of Israel Bonds, the Corpus Christi Caller-Times named her “Newsmaker of the Year,” and she was the “Most Panned Person” named by the Corpus Christi Press Club. Adler was a National Conference Honoree in 1991 and Jewish Woman of the Year in 1983. She founded the “Check It Out” national breast screening program that was presented to over 150,000 high school students across the nation. The DMC Former Students’ Association inducted her into their “Wall of Honor” in 2003.
Adler participates as a full business partner and co-owner of Atlas Iron and Metal Co. and Adler Pipe Co. In her spare time, she is “Miss Goody 2 Shoes,” one of 12 Clowns Who Care that make regular visits to patients at Driscoll Children’s Hospital.