Must Credit: The Cullman Times

CULLMAN, Ala. — Donna Nunnelley is a big supporter of Wallace State Community College. She and her husband Phillip are owners of Pasquale’s Pizza, which celebrated 50 years in business last year. They were among the first businesses to offer discounts to members of the Wallace State Alumni Association.

Nunnelley is an alumna herself, having attended Wallace State just out of high school in 1982. She left college about a year later, then married and started running the business with her husband. While she doesn’t regret where life has taken her, she does admit she wished she’d put a little more effort into college at the time.

“I didn’t take it as seriously as I should have,” she admits. “I realized later on that I should have kept going.” Over time she realized that education was important and she’s made an effort to educate herself by taking classes and seminars through her business.

She said she often tells people that it should be mandatory for area students to attend their first two years of college at Wallace State so that they can mature and be better prepared when they move on to a four-year university. Had her son Tyler not received a full scholarship for football to the University of Eastern Kentucky, Wallace State is where she would have encouraged him to attend.

“I would give anything if my son was going there first, and if they had a football program, I would have had him there.”

As for supporting Wallace State, Nunnelley said it’s just a good thing to do. She said they get a good amount of business from Wallace State students, faculty and staff. “I see a lot of Wallace shirts,” she said.

Other businesses who might like to support the Wallace State Alumni Association by providing discounts to members can contact LaDonna Allen at 256.352.8071 or ladonna.allen@wallacestate.edu.