Montgomery County Community College News Brief – Week of 5/2/16

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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Coding & Problem Solving at Regional Hackathons

Montgomery County Community College Computer Science students are building a groundswell of support for honing, as well as showcasing, their coding skills through participation in regional hackathons. Computer Science Professor Dr. Kendall Martin said it started two years ago when an MCCC student took part in PennApps, a student-run college hackathon at the University of Pennsylvania. The following year, two MCCC students participated. This spring, five students have taken part in three different hackathons – PennApps, Philly Codefest and FemmeHacks, a University of Pennsylvania hackathon for women.

“At Philly Codefest, our students saw a number of civic-minded hacks developed,” Martin said. “At FemmeHacks, the top programming students from Swarthmore, Penn and Princeton were all working together to develop and exchange skills. To be part of that energizes students and focuses them on new career goals.”

Philly CodeFest

MCCC's team presents to judges at Philly Codefest. Photo courtesy of Drexel University College of Computing and Informatics

Even after the two- or three-day events are over, students continue to build upon what they learned, she said.

“We had students come back and give talks to other students on specific Computer Science tools they had learned,” Martin said. “We’ve had students come back and start up clubs to work together to be more prepared for hackathons.”

Read the press release

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LED Lighting Project Earns Rebate

During MCCC's Earth Day Sustainability Festival at the Central Campus, PECO presented a PECO Smart Ideas rebate for $36,000 to the College for its energy efficiency initiatives during the past year. MCCC qualified for a PECO Smart Ideas rebate as a result of its project to replace existing exterior lighting with high-efficiency LED lighting at the Central Campus in Blue Bell and West Campus in Pottstown. In total, MCCC’s exterior lighting project reduced the college’s energy consumption by more than 416,000 kilowatt hours.

Read the press release

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Betzwood Silent Film Festival

On Saturday, May 7, 2016, at 8 p.m., the Betzwood Silent Film Festival will pay tribute to America’s earliest pioneering “disaster films.” An illustrated lecture explaining how the Lubin Film Company staged hair-raising spectacles at their Philadelphia and Betzwood studios will be followed by a screening of the 1913 feature film, When The Earth Trembled, or the Strength of Love. The screening will be held at MCCC's Central Campus, and tickets cost $15 and can be ordered by calling the Box Office at 215-641-6518 or visiting mc3.edu/livelyarts.

Watch a video preview below:

When the Earth Trembled (1913) - Earthquake Sequence from SilentRobert on Vimeo.

Read the press release

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Mustangs Update Mustangs logo

Four student-athletes -- including Julie Primavera, Marisa Christensen, Nicko Balis and Jaron Kicinski -- were among those recognized for their efforts in and out of the classroom as well as the contributions each made to the athletics program at the college. Balis and Primavera were honored as the Male & Female Student-Athletes of the Year. Balis played basketball for two seasons and was a key player for Head Coach Denny Surovec. Kicinski and Christensen each earned the coveted Mustang Award. Kicinski, a co-captain of the 2015-16 Men's Soccer team, was integral to his team's success. Read the press release

Check out MustangsAthletics.com more info. 

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News & Notes

The Foundation’s Planned Giving Advisory Council will present a free seminar, “Having it All Come Together—Meeting Your Financial Goals,” on Friday, May 13, from 8-10 a.m. in College Hall room 151 at Central Campus. Breakfast will be served. To RSVP, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by May 6. Read the press release

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Montgomery County Community College's Central Campus hosted ACLAMO's Culinary Celebration on May 1. Culinary Arts Institute students, faculty and staff prepared and served outstanding food and also assisted the event's food vendors.  Read media coverage from The Times Herald

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Students in the Beta Tau Lambda chapter of Phi Theta Kappa participated in a River Cleanup in Riverfront Park in Pottstown on April 27 for Earth Day 2016.

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In honor of Earth Day, the Climate Commitment Advisory Council asked students to take and share "sustainable selfies" with the hashtag #mc3green. Selfies, along with all Earth Week photos are compiled in Storify!

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MCCC's International Club and ESL/International Student Services hosted the 7th annual International Night on April 20, at the Central Campus. Proceeds benefitted the Intercontinental Education Community Center in Nigeria. Check out the photos on Facebook!

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