Royal speaking with Physical Science students

“Phoenix College gave me a fresh start”, says Arizona Family’s (3TV) Chief Meteorologist, “It was the place that said yes when everywhere else said no. I owe PC a big debt of gratitude.”

A Career In The Making

Royal Noman has always been a man to pursue his passions. Enthusiastic for a career on the air, Royal supported himself as a disc jockey (DJ) at a local radio station while a student at Illinois State. Like many students eager to start their career, college classes took a backseat to experience in the field. It was not until a few years later, when Royal applied to Arizona State University for a degree in meteorology; he was informed that he neglected to formally withdraw from his last semester at Illinois State. The university suggested that he attend a local community college to improve his grade point average.

Royal spent a year at Phoenix College, bringing up his grades and discovering his potential.

I was an average student through high school. PC made me realize I could be a better student.  I was pretty much a straight-A student at PC and then moved on to Arizona State University as a straight-A student.”

Paying It Forward

As an alumnus and donor, Royal has reconnected with Phoenix College students, staff, and faculty. He volunteers his time as a member of the PC Alumni Association Advisory Council and connects with members of the Physical Sciences Department.

Now, back on campus, he is flooded with memories.

It reminds me of being young and of how passionate I was about learning. I was scared about whether I could do it or not. I spent hours in the library. It was a place to get homework done, research done, or just a quiet place to read; it was my sanctuary.”

In the fall of 2018, Royal was a speaker at the Physical Sciences Grand Re-Opening Ceremony. This fall, he is collaborating with faculty to be a guest lecturer in geology and other physical science classes.

I hope to inspire students to find their passion,” he says. “I was lucky enough to find my passion in meteorology. If you can find something that challenges you and makes you happy every day, that’s what I hope to spark.”

Royal is not only passionate about the sciences, but also about lifting others up and removing barriers to education. To support his goals, he contributes to the Phoenix College Emergency Fund on a monthly basis. 

“I was stunned to find out that there are students on campus who struggle with hunger and everyday bills. I wanted to help.” With a twinkle, he continues, “I set up my contribution through auto pay so I wouldn’t forget about it.”

Take The Challenge

He challenges others in the community to connect with PC.

Spend a couple of hours on campus, take a tour, and see how active and vital it is. You’ll want to be part of it.”

Alumni donors like Royal Norman play a critical role in student success and persistence by providing financial support for emergency and basic student needs. If you are interested in supporting students or PC programs, please email development@phoenixcollege.edu or visit phoenixcollege.edu/waystogive.

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