New Staff Joins Manchester Community College

Manchester, CT – August 25, 2005 . . . Manchester Community College is pleased to announce the following additions to its staff:

Richard P. Gnall , of New Britain , has joined MCC as assistant professor in the Center for Business and Technologies. He will be teaching courses in Computer Science.  

MCC’s Center for Business and Technologies houses the college’s Accounting/ Business/Marketing/Paralegal, Computer Technology, and Engineering & Technology departments. In his role as assistant professor, Gnall will teach four courses, including “Introduction to Information Technology” and “System Software Maintenance”, as well as advise students, serve on college committees and participate in special project work.

Prior to joining MCC, Gnall taught part-time at several Connecticut community colleges and was a consultant for a web design firm. The majority of his career was spent at a research scientist/engineer specializing in photonics for AT&T/Lucent Bell Laboratories, where he received two Bell Labs Performance Awards and published numerous papers and articles. He is a member of the Optical Society of America and the Association of Computing Machinery, as well as the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Connecticut Object Oriented Users Group.

Gnall is a graduate of the University of Southern California with an MA in Physics and also holds a bachelor of arts in Physics from Cornell University.

Rachel E. Mintell , of Granby , has been hired as a Biology Instructor at MCC, in its Mathematics, Science and Health Careers division. Mintell will be teaching both Introduction to Biology and General Biology courses and labs, advising students, leading them in fieldwork and participating on college committees.

Mintell most recently taught biology at Central Connecticut State University and the University of Hartford’s Hillyer College. She had previously taught part-time at MCC, as well as in the Simsbury and Bloomfield public high schools and CSCU’s ConnCAP program for ninth and tenth graders.

A graduate of Central Connecticut State University with master of science degree in Biology, Mintell also received a bachelor of science degree in Biology from the same institution. While a graduate student, she served two terms as a research assistant, assessing the water quality of Wethersfield Cove. Mintell specializes in the field of Aquaculture, which is the science of rearing aquatic animals or cultivating aquatic plants for food.

Students of any age who possess the desire to pursue higher education are welcome at Manchester Community College.   MCC is proud of its academic excellence, new facilities, flexible schedules, small classes, low tuition and faculty with both academic and “real world” credentials. The College offers over 80 programs, transfer options, financial aid and scholarships.   MCC is situated on a park-like campus and is easily accessible from I-84.