Montgomery County Community College News Brief – Week of 5/9/16

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.”


Library of Congress Preserves Veterans' Stories

Long after their time in the military, the stories of Montgomery County Community College veterans will live on, inspiring and educating future generations. That is the goal of the College’s Veterans Coordinator Mike Brown, as well as his colleagues from the Veterans Resource Center. During the fall semester, Brown began interviewing and capturing audio recordings of student veterans as part of the Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center.

In all, Brown recorded the stories of 10 veterans so far. He plans to record the stories of many more of the College’s roughly 300 student veterans. Recordings will be permanently archived at the Library of Congress, where all recordings have been housed since the Veterans History Project began in 2000. Recordings are searchable online by war, military branch, the contributor’s name and various other search criteria.

“The variety of experiences from the students really has been fantastic to hear,” said Brown, an Army veteran who served in the infantry during a 1997 deployment to Bosnia. “I shared my story. Two generations from now my grandkids and great-grandkids will be able to listen to my story forever.”

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Celebrating Student Writing

MCCC recently celebrated the work of 20 students enrolled in developmental English (ENG 010, ENG 011 and Gateway to College) courses during a Student Writing Showcase at the Central Campus. The students' work is also published in a booklet and online

Assistant Professor of English Thea Howey authored the student showcase idea and put in the legwork for approval of a Faculty Diversity Initiative Support Grant. From there, she enlisted help from MCCC professors teaching developmental English courses. Faculty submitted what they felt were their students’ best writings, which amounted to more than 90 pages of material.

Dean of Arts and Humanities Michele Cuomo applauded Howey’s effort as a way to “change the conversation” about developmental students.

“Presenting work publicly is usually something that graduate students do, that seniors at a university do,” Cuomo said. “It gives the students a sense of confidence and helps them recognize that ‘yes, I do belong here.’”

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Proposals Sought for Technology & Learning Conference

The College is seeking proposals for papers, hands-on labs and roundtables for its 22nd Annual Technology and Learning Conference, scheduled for Friday, Oct. 7, 2016 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Central Campus. The theme is “Enhancing the Educational Environment.” The deadline to submit proposals is June 1, 2016. Proposals can be submitted online at

Designed for faculty and administrators from both higher education and K-12 sectors, MCCC’s Technology and Learning Conference provides a forum for participants to share state-of-the-art information technologies, contribute to a vision of the future of information technology in the academic enterprise, and exchange ideas and best practices for incorporating technology, security and learning.

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Meet the Class of 2016: Lavinia Soliman, Newman Civic Fellow

lg web LaviniaSolimanA passionate advocate for people who are underprivileged, especially in support of women and their pursuit of education, Lavinia Soliman was named a 2016 Newman Civic Fellow, an award that honors inspiring college student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country.

“This award means that the world still cares about service and dedication to those in need. This award is proof that, globally, empathy is winning over apathy,” the 21-year old Liberal Studies major at Montgomery County Community College said.

Lavinia, who will graduate later this month, is well-equipped to fight the battle against apathy. On campus, her drive to serve has led her to assume leadership roles in the Student Government Association, MCCC’s chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW), the Environmental Sustainability Club, and the Anthropology and Archaeology Club. She has participated in a number of service projects, including excavations at The Speaker’s House, volunteering at the Whitpain Community Festival, and participating in the MLK Day of Service.

Lavinia is also a representative on the Student Board for the Pennsylvania State Board of Education, “to represent marginalized students and give them a voice,” she said, speaking for college and K-12 students living below the poverty line. She participated in and now interns with MCCC’s Legislator in Residence program, which helps to build connections between at-risk female students and female mentors in positions of public service, and she is a regional ambassador for the Girl Rising Movement, which advocates for educational equality or young girls.

“I am humbled to be considered for an award that honors dedication to public service, especially because the students being nominated are the sets of helping hands that are going to change the world,” Soliman said. “My own dedication stems from my passions for universal education, poverty alleviation, and gender equality. At my school, I’ve committed myself to these causes and have tried to make a positive impact. Although we have raised funds, encouraged service, and have been advocates, there’s more to be done!”

Read Lavinia's profile


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The Mustangs Women's Soccer Team is hosting the 1st Annual Montgomery County Community College Soccer Summer 7's, a six-week league created to bring together serious soccer players in a positive, player-centric atmosphere to encourage freedom, fair play, fitness and fun. Matches will be played Tuesday and Thursday evenings June 20-July 28, with start times of 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Games will be played on 60x80 natural grass fields at MCCC's soccer complex at the Central Campus. Learn more

Mustangs Softball Team Co-Captain Julie Primavera was named to Eastern Pennsylvania Athletic Conference's (EPAC) First Team All Conference. Julie batted .385 in 27 games with 7 doubles (tied for team lead) and 18 RBI. Read the press release

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News & Notes

Twenty-five students from MCCC's Cyber Security program  participated in the NSA Day of Cyber,  an online cyber security mentorship experience sponsored by the National Security Agency. The Day of Cyber enabled students to test drive and experience a day in the life of six NSA cyber professionals and introduced them to challenging real-life cyber scenarios. Students were able to explore the growing number of careers in cyber security that require different skills and experience levels specifically within the NSA and in the security field in general.


Police Academy alumni James Hagan and Gabriel Wasserman were hired as officers with Towamencin Township Police Department. 


On Wednesday, April 13, students enrolled in MCCC's Hospitality Special Events class joined with Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) for a Spring Fiesta fundraising event. Prizes totaling more than $2,500 were collected and raffled, raising close to $700 during the event. Guests were treated to wonderful music from Marketing Lecturer David Lee and his band. The upbeat function featured food and beverages such as a taco bar and hors d’oeuvres, including 6-Layer Dip and Black Bean and Corn Salsa. Proceeds will support the Stock Up for Success food pantry on campus and the PBL travel fund. Since the event, the groups have also collected additional supplies for the food pantry in College Hall.


Congressman Brendan Boyle recognized the late Thomas Pitts for 21 years of service to the Tuskegee Airmen. He presented a plaque to Pitts window Barbara during the Veterans Service Day at MCCC's Central Campus on May 6. PA Senator Art Haywood also participated. The event was covered by Action News.


 The work of Fine Arts alumna Amy Stephan is currently on exhibit at Firefly Café in Boyertown. 


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