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Tera Crossland, mother of the late Nathaniel Silvas, made a $25,000 contribution to Odessa College to establish the Nathaniel Silvas Memorial Scholarship, which will be handled by the Odessa College Foundation. Odessa College also matched the amount. The funds will go to students in the bachelor of applied arts and science in automation and occupational safety and management degree programs. Silvas died Oct. 1, 2017, as a result of a head-on collision with a drunk driver. A Permian High School student, Silvas was driving his girlfriend home from his family residence in Pleasant Farms when a drunk driver crossed the median on U.S. Highway 385 and ran head on into Silvas’ truck. Since then, Crossland has chosen to honor her son’s memory through fundraising efforts, establishing scholarships to help others and a nonprofit called NATE, which stands for Need Advice Talk Experiences. Pictured are, from left: Jacqui Gore, Institutional Advancement executive director; Aimee Callahan, vice president for Instruction; Virginia Chisum, vice president for Business Affairs; Don Wood, vice president for Institutional Research and Effectiveness; Gregory D. Williams, president; Tara Crossland, mother of Nate Silvas; David Boutin, OC Foundation Board member; Kim McKay, vice president for Student Services; Robert Rivas, Chief of Staff; Jim Breaux, president of OC Foundation Board.

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