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Oakland, CA - Christine Fisher, a child development major at Mills College, is one of only seven students nationwide to win a 2006-07 Coca-Cola Community All-American award. Coca-Cola North America and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) announced the winners, selected in recognition and celebration of student-athletes who are making a difference in their communities.

Fisher will receive her award at the 42nd annual NACDA Convention in Orlando, Florida, in June. Coca-Cola will make a $5,000 donation to the philanthropic cause of each recipient's choice; Fisher has selected the Child Life Department at Children's Hospital in Oakland, and the Mills College Athletics Department to receive the donation.

Fisher is a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) All-American Scholar-Athlete and Collegiate Swimming Coaches Association of America Academic All-American. She is the recipient of the NAIA Champion of Character Award, the Team-Up for Youth Certificate of Appreciation for Coaching Corps, and the NCAA CHAMPS*/Life Skills Certificate of Appreciation.  *Challenging Athletes’ Minds for Personal Success

A member of the Mills women's swim team, Fisher competed in two NAIA national swimming championships as an individual and a member of a relay team. She was instrumental in organizing the swim team's community service efforts that were honored with the Jostens/National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators Community Service Award of Merit, and the NAIA Buffalo Funds Five Star Team Champion of Character Award.

She has been the Mills CHAMPS Student-Athlete Advisory Committee leader for two years, helping to organize an empowerment workshop for Mills student-athletes, and the Havenscourt Middle School restoration project. Fisher also taught in swim clinics and helped with the Swim-A-Mile fundraiser at Mills that raised $260,000 for the Women's Cancer Resource Center. She helped to coordinate Mills student-athletes' efforts for the Fall Frenzy, a day of soccer and poetry for underserved youth hosted by Bay Area SCORES at Mills. Fisher volunteered to be the first Mills coordinator for Coaching Corps, which recruits, trains, and places college students as volunteer coaches in community organizations serving children in low-income neighborhoods.

Mills College is a nationally renowned, independent liberal arts college offering innovative degree programs for undergraduate women, and graduate degree and certificate programs for women and men. Consistently recognized as one of the top 100 liberal arts colleges in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, Mills currently ranks among the top 20 most diverse liberal arts colleges. The New York Times recently selected Mills as one of three leading California colleges for students to consider.

In 2006, the Washington Monthly College Rankings named Mills a leading liberal arts college based on community service, research spending, quality of preparation for graduate education, and social mobility. In addition, The Princeton Review’s annual guide, the Best 361 Colleges (2007) included Mills for the second year in a row among top U.S. institutions offering students an outstanding undergraduate education.

Nestled in the foothills of Oakland, California, on 135 lush acres, Mills provides a dynamic liberal arts education fostering women’s leadership, social responsibility, and creativity.

Deborah Dallinger
Communications Consultant

Last Updated: 5/7/07