Medical Simulation Lab is Renamed in Honor of Donation
November 01, 2018
The University of Arkansas Cossatot Foundation received a Legacy 2020 capital campaign donation from UA Cossatot Medical Education Instructor Kay Trotta of De Queen.
In a reception at the college on October 31, 2018, the Medical Education Skills and Simulation Lab in the Allison Building on the De Queen Campus was named the Berner-Trotta Medical Skill and Simulation Lab. The name was chosen in honor of Trotta’s donation and in memory of her mother, Shirley Berner.
“My parents grew up during the Great Depression and taught me and my sister the value of a dollar and the importance of education,” said Trotta.
“Because I was taught how to be frugal, I am now able to pay it forward and invest in the lives of UA Cossatot students.”
Trotta has been with UA Cossatot for 10 years, training students who will enter the workforce as nurses.
Speaking of her contribution to the college and students, UA Cossatot Chancellor Steve Cole said, “Most of Kay's students know her affectionately as ‘Mama Kay.’ That speaks volumes as to what Kay means to medical education and this college. She is a wonderful person and a tremendous mentor. Her contribution means the world to every student that will learn in this lab.”
The UA Cossatot Foundation Legacy 2020 campaign focuses on community members who wish to invest in the development of the college on all four campuses: De Queen, Nashville, Ashdown, and Lockesburg. For every donation amount, there is a naming opportunity for those who want to leave a visible legacy in the donor’s community.
“Kay is a much-loved member of the UA Cossatot family and her passion for students is truly inspiring,” said UA Cossatot Development Coordinator Dustin Roberts.
“Kay works hard and puts many hours into the lab - from building it, to stocking it and maintaining it. She is such a great asset to the college and is one of many people in our community who is making a positive impact in Southwest Arkansas.”
More information about the Legacy 2020 is available on the college’s website at www.cccua.edu/legacy2020