Montgomery County Community College News Brief – Week of 4/4/16

mccc-logoMontgomery County Community College’s Office of Marketing and Communications provides weekly News Briefs that offer a snapshot of news, press coverage and events of interest to the College community and beyond. The News Briefs meet the College’s strategic goals to "develop an engaged community" and to "create a sense of place to support learning.”

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Welcome Dr. Pollock!

Montgomery County Community College welcomed new President Dr. Kevin Pollock on April 1. He took time out of his busy first day for a quick social media pic (below). The President's Office will host Open Houses on Thursday, April 7 from noon-3 p.m. at the Central Campus and on Wednesday, April 13 from noon-3 p.m. at the West Campus. RSVP to Candy Basile at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Welcome MCCC President Dr. Kevin Pollock! We're excited that you're here!

Posted by Montgomery County Community College on Friday, April 1, 2016

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PA Community Colleges, State System Sign 'Reverse Transfer' Agreement

ReverseTransfer logoPennsylvania's 14 community colleges, including Montgomery County Community College, and 14 State System universities signed a statewide reverse transfer agreement that will allow students who have earned at least 60 total credits to apply for an associate’s degree from the community college where they started.  Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost Dr. Vicki Bastecki-Perez represented Montgomery at the March 30 signing ceremony in Harrisburg. 

“Close to 70 percent of Montgomery County Community College students enter the College each year with the intention to transfer to a four-year institution of higher education, and Pennsylvania’s State System schools are viable transfer destinations,” shared Dr. Bastecki-Perez. "While we encourage our students to earn their associate degree before transferring, it’s important for us to understand that our students take multiple pathways to complete their educational goals.”

The Reverse Transfer Program gives those who transferred without a credential a pathway to their first college degree.

Read the press release

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Theatre Arts Program, Student Groups Present Spring Plays 

The Drama Club and Theatre Arts program at the Central Campus will present “Michael and Edie,” a quirky modern romance by Rachel Bonds. Show dates are Thursday-Saturday, April 14-16, at 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, April 16 and 17, at 2 p.m.; and a special lunchtime performance Friday, April 15, at 12:30 p.m. All performances will be held in the Blackbox Theater, Science Center 107 (lower level). Tickets are $10 for general admission, and $5 for students and seniors.  A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Read the press release

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The West End Student Theatre and Theatre Arts program at the West Campus will present “A Lie of the Mind,” a darkly comic family drama by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Sam Shepard. Show dates are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 21-23, at 7 p.m., with a 12:30 p.m. performance Friday, April 22. All performances will be held in the South Hall Community Room. Tickets cost $10 for general admission and $5 for students and seniors. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Laurel House, offering services for victims of domestic abuse and their families. Read the press release

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To purchase tickets for both shows, visit mc3.edu/livelyarts or call 215-641-6518.

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Montco Radio to Host First-Ever Alumni Broadcast 

Montgomery County Community College’s  student-run, Internet radio station, Montco Radio, will host its first-ever Alumni Broadcast on Saturday, April 16. Starting at 8 a.m. and continuing through 6 p.m., radio station alumni from the 1980s through today will host and broadcast live shows from Montco Radio’s studio in the Advanced Technology Center at the Central Campus in Blue Bell. The community is invited to listen to the live broadcasts by visiting montcoradio.com or by clicking on the microphone icon on the lower left corner of MCCC’s homepage, mc3.edu.

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Current members of MCCC's student-run, Internet radio station Montco Radio prepare to welcome former hosts and DJs during a special Alumni Broadcast on April 16 from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Photo by Sandi Yanisko

“As a student club, the radio station has a long history of bringing together students from all backgrounds and majors to share their passions with the broader MCCC community,” shared Senior Communications Lecturer Jeff Asch, who has served as faculty co-advisor to the radio station since 2000. “We’re excited to re-connect with the station’s alumni and to have them share their experiences with today’s students.”

Read the press release

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Mustangs Update Mustangs logo

The Mustangs will host the 6th Annual Alumni Basketball Game on Friday, April 8 from 6-8 p.m. in the Physical Education Center gymnasium. All former men's and women's Mustangs student athletes are invited to join the festivities as players or spectators. Click here for more info and to RSVP.

The Mustangs Baseball Team started its season with a home game win (5-3) against Luzerne County Community College on March 29. The team also won a double-header (9-3, 13-3) against Williamson College of the Trades on April 2. The team is currently 3-0.

The Mustangs Softball Team opened its season with a double header loss (33-0, 16-1) at Cumberland County College on March 29. The team also lost games against Camden County College (11-0, 16-4), Brookdale Community College (19-0, 19-1), and Middlesex County College (10-8). The team is currently 0-7.

Check out MustangsAthletics.com more info.

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News & Notes

Biotechnology students enrolled in MCCC's Biomanufacturing course (BIT 232) recently toured a GlaxoSmithKline commercial scale biomanufacturing facility in Upper Merion. Cliff Barkley, senior manufacturing training specialist, led the tour and explained each stage of the upstream and downstream process for the production of Albiglutide, an anti-type II diabetes biologic. Read the web release

Biomanufacturing tour

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The Writers’ Club will host its Spring Coffeehouse on Thursday, April 7, 7-10 p.m., at the Barnes & Noble Campus Store, located across from Parkhouse Hall at the Central Campus. The coffeehouse is free and open to the community. Refreshments will be served. The Coffeehouse will feature Peculiar People—a group of friends who are not an official band but enjoy writing their own lyrics and playing music together—followed by an open mic session for writers and poets to share their work. Peculiar People include students Lucas Geniza, Tia Capuano, Alivia Faison and Dennis DiLabio. Read the press release

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