- Cullman, Alabama


December 10, 2013

Wallace State celebrated Native American Heritage Month

Former student, LaShanda April Bremer-Bennett, was keynote speaker

HANCEVILLE — Wallace State Community College celebrated Native American Heritage Month in November by hosting former student LaShanda April Bremer-Bennett, a proud member of the Navajo tribe.

Bremer-Bennett grew up in Gallup, N.M., where the largest concentration of the Navajo nation still resides. Since 2006, Bremer-Bennett has alternated living in both Alabama and New Mexico after meeting some Alabamians through summer Bible school camps on her reservation.

Bremer-Bennett, 26, moved to Alabama in 2006 and attended Wallace State before returning to New Mexico a couple of years later to attend to ill family members. She’s now back in Alabama, living in Decatur, and recently spent a couple of days on campus enlightening students, employees and the community about her rich Native American heritage.

The event marked a significant milestone for Bremer-Bennett because it was the first speech she’s ever presented to an assembly about her tribe and Native American background.

“I was nervous at times, but it was very, very important to me. I feel very honored when I talk about my people because it’s important, especially to those who understand and want to know more about various tribes and cultures,” Bremer-Bennett said. “Every tribe is different and special to each person associated with it. There’s no doubt my grandparents would be very, very proud of me of standing up and educating these crowds about my people.”

Bremer-Bennett covered multiple characteristics and traditions regarding her proud Native American heritage, including talking about her grandfather, now 91 years old, who was one of the original Navajo code talkers during World War II. A code talker used various native languages to break code during war times. Bremer-Bennett also had a table on display of baskets, quilts and dolls made by her relatives.

According to Bremer-Bennett, the Navajo Indian nation relies on beauty, peace, happiness and positive reinforcement to attain its “harmony of life.” The Navajo tribe believes in four sacred mountains: the Blanco Peak, Mount Taylor, the San Francisco Peaks and the Hesperus Peak, and its tribal colors are signified by direction through white, yellow, blue and black. It’s also the largest American Indian tribe, totaling 385,862 people among its reservation, primarily located in New Mexico, Utah and Arizona.

Bremer-Bennett’s visit was co-sponsored by the Wallace State Diversity Committee and the Wallace State Learning Communities Committee.

“It’s been a big passion of ours to educate our students and the community about Native American heritages. We actually have quite a few students on campus who represent local tribes. We were very delighted LaShanda could be our guest speaker,” said Wallace State’s Stacy Brunner, a psychology instructor and chair of the Diversity Committee. “I was fortunate to know LaShanda as a student and I’ve got to learn more and more about her. She was thrilled to be able to share how special her culture is to all who are involved.”

For more information about Wallace State, visit


Text Only
  • WSCC patient care specialist BOOST program offers certification as Patient Care Specialist in one year

    Starting this fall, Wallace State Community College will offer a new health program aimed at helping individuals who are looking for entry into the medical field, or to change gears after spending time out of the workforce, whether from losing their jobs due to the economy, downsizing or other factors.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • WSCC HILL.jpg Hill hits the ground running at Wallace State

    Marcie Hill of Double Springs likes taking on new challenges. As an 18-year veteran of the education system, Hill has taught first grade, sixth grade and served as a reading coach to students and teachers in Kindergarten through sixth grade.

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Barnes enjoy Samford's governor's school.jpg Area residents enjoy Samford’s Alabama Governor’s School

    Students from two area high schools were chosen to attend Alabama Governor’s School at Samford University June 15-27. They were among 91 outstanding rising high school seniors from 24 counties who were selected for the two-week honors program.

    July 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • University of Memphis Reduces Tuition for Out-of-State Students

    The Tennessee Board of Regents has approved a proposal that will significantly reduce the amount of tuition that out-of-state students pay to attend the University of Memphis.

    Under the new 250-R program, full-time undergraduates who graduated from a high school within 250 miles of Memphis will now pay $12,456 a year, an almost $10,000 reduction from last year’s amount of $21,768.

    June 20, 2014

  • WSCC students SkillsUSA comp 1.jpg Four Wallace State students set to compete this month at the 50th annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference

    Wallace State’s Technical Division has made it an annual tradition to send multiple students to the SkillsUSA national competition. This year is no different.

    June 11, 2014 3 Photos

  • Dickerson chosen Boys State.jpg Dickerson chosen to attend Boys State

    Davis Dickerson, a student at Good Hope High School, son of Bruce and Jennifer Dickerson, received the American Legion Boys’ State award for 2014 from American Legion Post 4 Adjutant Don Reid.

    June 3, 2014 1 Photo

  • Southern Am. Legion Girls State.jpg Southern chosen for Girls State

    Miranda Southern, a student at Good Hope High School, daughter of Douglas Southern, received the American Legion Auxiliary 2014 Girls’ State award of $200 from American Legion Auxiliary Unit 4 Secretary-Treasurer Mary Reid.

    June 3, 2014 1 Photo

  • Cullman students earn Martin Methodist College honors

    Two residents of Cullman County received academic honors during the spring semester at Martin Methodist College in Pulaski, Tenn.
    Brandie Overton and Darcie Wilson, both of Cullman, were named to the Dean’s List with a semester grade point average of 3.5 to 3.9.

    May 30, 2014

  • Crisologo earns degree.jpg Crisologo earns D.P.M. degree from Des Moines University

    Des Moines University granted 539 degrees at its 2014 Commencement Ceremony, the 114th in the university's history, on Saturday, May 24, at 10 a.m. at Hy-Vee Hall in the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. The dean from each of the three DMU colleges presented their classes and DMU President Angela L. Walker Franklin, Ph.D., conferred degrees.

    May 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Moon graduates from Southeastern Bible College

    John Clint Moon of Empire was awarded an associate of arts degree in leadership ministries from Southeastern Bible College Friday, May 9, 2014.

    May 29, 2014