Montgomery County Community College News Brief – Week of 4/11/16

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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MCCC is Tops In Tech!

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Montgomery County Community College is ranked as the top community college in the country for its use of technology according to a recent Digital Community Colleges Survey issued by e.Republic’s Center for Digital Education (CDE). The 250 data-point survey analyzes how community colleges use digital technologies to improve services to students, faculty, staff and the community at large. MCCC has ranked among the survey’s top 10 large community colleges since CDE introduced it 11 years ago. This is the fourth time MCCC has ranked first.

A key reason for MCCC’s success over the last decade is its holistic approach to using technology. "IT innovation is no longer about the technology itself. However, when that technology is combined with vision, creativity and leadership, it has the power to revolutionize teaching and learning,” said Dr. Celeste Schwartz, vice president for information technology and research at MCCC.

Read the press release

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Students Named to All-PA Academic Team

Four extraordinary students from Montgomery County Community College can attend one of Pennsylvania’s State System universities tuition free in recognition of their academic and civic achievements. The Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges (PACCC) recognized 44 students from across the Commonwealth as members of the All-Pennsylvania Academic Team on April 4 in Harrisburg. In partnership with the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (State System), honorees are awarded two-year scholarships to any of the 14 State System institutions. MCCC’s recipients are Cassandra Davis, Paul Jaworski, James Wamsley and Amanda Zhou. All four will graduate in May. Meet the students

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Montgomery County Community College President Dr. Kevin Pollock (center) stands with the College’s All-Pennsylvania Academic Team honorees (from left) Paul Jaworski, Cassandra Davis, Amanda Zhou and James Walmsley. Photo by Alana J. Mauger

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Student Art on Display 

The 11th Annual Art Students’ Exhibition and Competition opened last week and continues through April 29 in MCCC's West Campus Gallery in Pottstown. A reception for the artists will be held Wednesday, April 13 from 5-7 p.m. with an awards ceremony at 6 p.m. Approximately 50 students will be displaying their artwork in a variety of media, including drawings, paintings and mixed media. Read the press release

Bottle on the Beach

“Bottle on the Beach” by Lauren Marsh

The 49th Annual Art Students’ Exhibition opens on April 11 and continues through April 29 in MCCC's Fine Arts Center at the Central Campus in Blue Bell. A reception for the artists will be held Wednesday, April 20, from 5-7 p.m. with an awards ceremony at 6 p.m. More than 85 students will be displaying their artwork in the show. The exhibition includes a full-range of media, including ceramics, sculptures, oil paintings, water colors, drawings, photography, digital arts and mixed media. Read the press release

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"I’m Wet” by Collin Cousart

Both exhibits and receptions are free and are open to the public.

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Join Earth Day Celebrations

Web Earth Day 2016The College will join communities across the world in celebrating Earth Day 2016 with a series of activities that engage students, faculty and community members with the institution’s sustainability efforts. 

Activities off on Monday, April 18 with the grand opening of the college’s Sustainability and Innovation Hub, located 140 College Drive in Pottstown. A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 1:30 p.m., followed by tours of the Sustainability and Innovation Hub, as well as tours of the Schuylkill River Heritage Area’s Interpretative Center. Prior to ceremony, MCCC’s West Campus will host a Sustainability Fair in its South Hall, 101 College Drive, from noon-1 p.m. The fair will highlight many of the College’s green practices and STEM-related academic programming.

Earth Day activities continue on Wednesday, April 20 at noon with a Sustainability Festival in the Advanced Technology Center at the Central Campus in Blue Bell. The festival will feature sustainable student and College exhibits, as well as information and activities from green vendors and community organizations. Assistant Professor of Biology Jerry Coleman will also offer a walking tour of a proposed trail route that will pass through MCCC’s Central Campus, weather permitting. Following the Sustainability Festival, the Student Environmental Sustainability Club will host a discussion with Montgomery County Recycling Coordinator Veronica Harris in Science Center room 308 from 2-3 p.m.

During Earth Day events at both campuses, MCCC’s Ceramics Club, in collaboration with the Inter-Faith Housing Alliance in Ambler, will be selling handmade bowls as part of its Empty Bowls Project—an international grassroots effort to raise awareness in the fight to end hunger. Individuals who purchase a bowl—or who bring their own bowl—can receive a 25-cent discount off the purchase of soup in MCCC’s cafeterias.

Read the press release

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Mustangs Update Mustangs logo

Registration is going on now for Mustangs Summer Sports Camps! The Mustangs athletics department runs several week-long sport training camps to provide children with the opportunity to learn a new sport, enhance their performance and excel in their athletic pursuits. 2016 camps include Soccer, Baseball and Softball.  Visit the camp webpage for info and to register.

The Mustangs Baseball Team is 5-0 after wins against Williamson College of the Trades, Delaware County Community College and Bucks County Community College last week. The team will play a home double-header against Gwynedd Mercy University JV on April 16 at noon and 3 p.m.  

The Mustangs Softball Team earned its first win on the season against Luzerene County Community College on April 5. The team has a conference record of 1-1 and is 1-13 overall. The team will play double-header home games on April 12 and 14 at 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. Then, on Sunday, April 17, help the team "Strike Out Cancer" during a home doubleheader against Ocean County College at noon and 2 p.m. Cheer on the Mustangs and support the cause by purchasing a "Strike Out Cancer" shirt. All proceeds will be donated to a local breast cancer awareness organization.

Check out MustangsAthletics.com more info. 

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News & Notes

lg web Dr. B. HarunThe College will host its 10th Annual Deans’ Lecture on Tuesday, April 12, at 12:30 p.m. featuring guest speaker, Dr. B. Harun Kϋҫük, an assistant professor and fellow at the Middle Eastern Center at the University of Pennsylvania. He will present his research on Christian refugees who fled persecution in 18th century Europe and found new homes in the welcoming environment of the Muslim Ottoman Empire. The lecture will be held in Science Center 214 at the Central Campus and will be simulcast to North Hall 218 at the West Campus. The Deans’ Lecture is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Reserve tickets at mc3.edu/DeansLecture. Read the press release

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Congratulations to MCCC alumnus Geno Auriemma, head coach of UCONN's women's basketball team, for becoming the winningest coach in college basketball history! The Huskies won their fourth consecutive championship on April 5, marking the 11th championship win for Coach Auriemma!

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