Annual Award

Nominate the 2017 Alumnus/Alumna of the Year

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2017 Alumnus/Alumna of the Year. This award is bestowed upon an alumnus or alumna of Manchester Community College who has demonstrated an outstanding level of success in their career, earned high respect among their colleagues, and has brought credit to themselves and MCC through distinguished accomplishments.

Do you know someone who fits this criteria? You can nominate them for this award by completing the nomination application.

The award will be presented at the annual Alumni Dinner held on Tuesday, November 14, 2017. The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, September 22, 2017. Contact Diana Reid by email to or call 860-512-2909 with questions.

Meet the 2016 Alumnus of the Year

Sgt. Michael Hicks ’00 was bestowed the 2016 Alumnus/Alumna of the Year Award at the annual Alumni Dinner held on November 25, 2016.

About Michael Hicks

Police Sgt. Michael Hicks ’00, a resident of Coventry, has been named 2016 Alumnus of the Year by the Manchester Community College Alumni Association.

As a student, Sgt. Hicks participated on MCC’s nationally ranked Mock Trial Team for three years. The team successfully competed against UCLA, Yale, Harvard and other schools.

He began his academic career at MCC in 1997 pursuing an associate degree in Criminal Justice. After graduating in 2000, he became a booking officer for the Manchester Police Department, while simultaneously working as a part-time dispatcher for Coventry Police Department.

The following year, he accepted a full-time dispatch position for Coventry Police Department. He attended the CT State Municipal Police Academy in Meriden, Conn., and was first in his class. He was sworn in as a police officer for the Coventry Police Department in 2004.

Sgt. Hicks has continued to excel in law enforcement. In 2007 he was recognized for saving the life of a town resident. He has also received countless citations of merit and a distinguished service award issued by the chief of police. In 2010, he was promoted to detective; to sergeant in November 2014.

In addition, he was named Police Officer of the Year by the judicial district of Tolland County in recognition of the outstanding number of high-profile cases he has solved throughout his career.

As the father of two young daughters, Sgt. Hicks still manages to serve on the Youth Advisory Board in Coventry, Connecticut Suicide Advisory Board, and as a volunteer instructor at the Cadet Police Academy for teenage police explorers. He is an Eagle Scout.


Contact Diana Reid, by email at or call 860-512-2909.

Past Recipients

2016 Sgt. Michael Hicks ’00
2015 Dr. Roger Thrall ’71
2014 Jose D. Rios ’11
2013 Tina Carnelli ’99
2009 Frances Segal ’94
2008 Edward Firestone ’71
2007 Richard MacDonald ’74
2006 Donald Pitkin ’04
2005 Rae Strickland ’77
2004 Toni Dolan ’95
2003 Claire Janowski ’85
2002 Glenn Lemaire ’74
2001 Candice Tatro ’69
2000 Florence Sheils ’93
1999 Karen Lepak ’83
1998 Lucy Ann Hurston ’93
1997 Brent P. Hazzard ’82
1996 Julie Dagle ’73
1995 Gordon Hallberg ’70
1994 Loretta Pilagin ’83
1993 Thomas Sheridan ‘73
1992 Richard Quinlan ’75
1991 Rosemary Moynihan ’78
1990 Barbara Barrett ’82
1989 Nancy Kelley ‘82
1988 David Gay ’78
1987 Gregory Kane ’74
1986 George Brophy ’82
1985 Marcella Fahey ‘75
1984 Violet Simon ’75
1983 Stephen Cassano ’68