Kudos! highlights the accomplishments and special achievements of Manchester Community College faculty, staff, emeriti, alumni and students.

On October 28, 2022, CT State held its first-ever CT State Culinary Challenge. MCC’s culinary arts team was awarded first place in four out of five categories: Best Display, Best Use of the Featured Ingredient, Best Dessert and Best Savory Item. View a recap.  12.12.2022

Diane Hillyer, professor of mathematics, was honored by the Connecticut Science Center as the 2022 STEM Achievement Award Honoree as the Educator of the Year in higher education category, at a gala held in October. You can find our more about Diane and her work in this interview. 11.07.2022

Communications: Journalism Option major Alyssa McCalla was recognized by the African American Registry for her “I Am From” essay, publishing it in their fall journal: https://aaregistry.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/9_2022-Registry_rev.pdf, pages 39-41. The piece had previously be published on the I Am From project website. 11.07.2022

MCC’s Fed Challenge Team tied for third place in their category with Connecticut College, besting two other four-year schools.  The team was asked to consider, “Should the Federal Reserve Raise Interest Rates at Its Next Meeting?”  The team was composed of Antonette Dingwall, Nesrine Tarbint, Trinity Moses, Nicole Figueroa and Timothy Scott, and coached by professors Malton Edwards and Claudia LaRoque. College Fed Challenge is a team competition for undergraduate students. Teams analyze economic and financial conditions and formulate a monetary policy recommendation, modeling the Federal Reserve Bank’s Federal Open Market Committee. 10.14.2022

Communication Professor Albert Kim was invited to co-moderate a virtual Candidates Forum on October 11, 2022.  The online event featured candidates, both new and incumbent, running for CT State Senate 4th District and State Representatives for the 13th, 31st and 55th Districts.  Over 100 local residents participated in both listening and learning candidates’ positions on various local and state issues, plus offering up some of their own questions during a post-forum Q&A. 10.13.2022

Counselor Wanda Reyes-Dawes was appointed to the board of the Connecticut American Council on Education Women’s Network. 09.29.22

Associate Dean of Continuing Education and Workforce Development Mick Pigott represented MCC and the Capital-East Region of CSCU at the Amazon Web Services (AWS) summit in Washington D.C.  He shared the stage with colleagues from Florida and Washington to discuss ways to help build IT talent pipelines through potential partnerships with AWS. 06.07.22

Albert Young, adjunct faculty for MCC’s  Drug and Alcohol Recovery Counselor (DARC) program will receive the Dr. David Powell Award through the Connecticut Certification Board (CCB). This award is presented to a professional who has demonstrated a career-long commitment to helping individuals recover from substance use and co-occurring disorders. He will accept the award on June 2 at the CCB Conference and Annual Awards Presentation. 05.09.22

Stephen Campiglio, workforce development program coordinator, has new poems published or forthcoming in several journals, including Sangam Literary Magazine (Baton Rouge, LA: 2022), VIA: Voices in Italian Americana (New York, NY: 2022) and DASH Literary Journal (Fullerton, CA: 2022). His work is also recently featured in Noh Place Poetry Anthology (Lost Valley Press, Hardwick, MA: 2022), which contains work from members and participants of the Worcester, Mass.-based artists cooperative, “Noh Place.”  04.13.22

Brian Fox ’89, commanding officer of the MCC Police Department, was promoted to the rank of lieutenant. He holds an associate in science in criminal justice from MCC and was certified by the Connecticut Police Academy, after which he served 25 years in the East Hartford Police Department. He joined MCC at the rank of police officer in 2014 and made sergeant in 2017.  03.14.22

Professor of Music Carolina Flores has been invited to guest conduct at New York City’s Carnegie Hall next year. Dr. Flores will conduct the New England Symphonic Ensemble performing three works, by Nathaniel Dett, Bob Chilcott and Franz Joseph Haydn respectively, on June 2, 2023 in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium. 03.10.22

Retired Professor of English (and adjunct faculty) Patrick Sullivan received the 2022 CCCC Outstanding Book Award in the Edited Collection category for Sixteen Teachers Teaching: Two-Year College Perspectives. The Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) is a constituent organization within the National Council of Teachers of English. The award honors books within the field of composition and rhetoric. 02.03.22

Assistant Professor of Visual Fine Arts Brett Eberhardt’s work has won the Manifest Prize from the Manifest Creative Research Gallery in Cincinnati. The painting, “Studio Corner Floor,” is on exhibition at the gallery from December 10 through January 7. The work earned top prize in a competition that included a pool of nearly 800 works by artists from 35 states and 11 countries. Eberhardt will also participate in the gallery’s Artists Panel Talk on January 7 and his work will be featured in the season-documenting Manifest Exhibition Annual publication (aka MEAs18). 12.29.21

Teresa Arnold, development associate, was named a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), and joins over 7,200 professionals around the world who hold the CFRE designation. Individuals granted the CFRE credential have met a series of standards set by CFRE International that include tenure in the profession, education and demonstrated fundraising achievement. They have also passed a rigorous written examination testing the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of a fundraising executive, and have agreed to uphold Accountability Standards and the Donor Bill of Rights. 12.07.21

Nikhom “Eddie” Keopraseuth, an MCC student majoring in mechanical engineering, is honored for his more than 12 years of service as a firefighter, especially his service to the West Hartford department during the pandemic, in the photography exhibit “The Front Line Project” by Ginny Kemp at the Noah Webster House and West Hartford Historical Society. “The Front Line Project” also incorporates  the narratives of those who have had a profound impact on the lives of Connecticut residents over the past 18 months affected by COVID-19. Sajjad Raza’16, a graduate of MCC’s respiratory care program who works at Hartford Hospital now, is also featured in the exhibition. 09.28.21

Adam Saucier, web designer/developer was certified by the US Department of Homeland Security, Office of Accessible Systems and Technology, as a DHS Trusted Tester™ in recognition of successful completion of Trusted Tester for Web on Windows. 08.12.21

Dr. Fatma Salman, interim dean of academic and student affairs, is the July 2021 American Association of Physics Teachers member spotlight. AAPT is a professional membership association of scientists dedicated to enhancing the understanding of the discipline through teaching. Her spotlight relates her story of becoming interested in physics at a young age, studying batteries in household products, to becoming a professor, advisor and mentor to students at MCC. 07.07.21

Dr. Carolina Flores, professor of music, will conduct a workshop in Spain this summer as part of a choral conducting course. “English Diction for Spanish Singers,” will be presented as part of Alaquàsart in Valencia during July. 05.25.21

Dr. Colleen O. Kim, adjunct faculty in medical option, business office technology, will be presenting her evidence-based research study results on Resilience and Professional Quality of Life through Focused Self-Care Practice at the 23rd annual New England Resident Service Coordinators Virtual Conference on May 5, 2021.  This conference serves health and human service practitioners who coordinate community healthcare and advocate for older adults and individuals with disabilities living in low-income housing throughout six New England states. The conference draws from other states too, including Virginia, Texas and California.  03.25.21

Assistant Professor Burcin Calafiore is featured in a case study on the LinkedIn Learning blog. Her work to identify and develop a cost-free multimedia learning resource for her students, inspired by her own challenges with learning through traditional textbooks, is spotlighted. She worked with Director of Library and Educational Technology Deb Herman to use funding from a Perkins grant to make the LinkedIn Learning subscription available at no cost. 03.24.21

Counselor Wanda Reyes-Dawes has been named team lead of the best practices subcommittee for the NACADA First-Generation Advising Community. The NACADA (National Academic Advising Association) community is a national body that identifies and addresses issues for first-generation college students to help ensure their success. 01.11.21

Utah State University Press has published Sixteen Teachers Teaching, edited by Professor Patrick Sullivan of the English department. This is the latest in his list of publications dedicated to the examination of composition and different teaching practices. 12.18.2020

Fatma Salman, interim dean of academic and student affairs, is profiled in the latest issue of her University of Central Florida alumni magazine, College of Sciences News. The article highlights her personal and professional path to success, from a childhood in Egypt to U.S. citizenship.  10.13.2020

Sara Vincent, director of strategic enrollment management, defended her doctoral dissertation in June and was awarded her Ed.D. in August. The title of her dissertation is Understanding the image of Higher Education in the Twenty-First Century. 09.22.2020

Associate Professor Patricia Carrigan’s latest artwork is part of a collection of new exhibitions at Five Points Center for the Visual Arts in Torrington.  Her work will be exhibited July 17 through August 22. Five Points’ mission is to champion and nurture artists at all stages of their careers and to empower a diverse community through the presentation of inspiring exhibitions and educational initiatives.  07.14.2020

Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator for Social Service and Social Work, Therapeutic Recreation, DARC and Early Childhood Education Joanna White is the recipient of the Spring 2020 Educational Excellence and Distinguished Service Award. 06.25.2020

Director of Student Affairs Operations Umesh Vig was named by Connecticut Speaker of the House Joe Aresimowicz to the Commission on Women, Children, Seniors, Equity and Opportunity Advisory Board. 03.02.2020

Stephen Campiglio, coordinator of personal and professional development and community programs, had poems and translations published in five literary  journals: four translated poems from the Italian of Giovanni Pascoli (with co-translator, Elena Borelli, Ph.D.) in Journal of Italian Translation, and one translated poem from the Italian of Giuseppe Bonaviri  in Miramar, plus original work as follows: “Highland Cafe” in Tipton Poetry Journal; “Edgeworth” and “Nameless Beach” in Aji Magazine; and “Know Nature” in Manzano Mountain Review. 11.04.19

Associate Professor Allison MacKenzie contributed to a research study in collaboration with a team at NYU, UConn and LaGuardia Community College. An article with her listed as co-author will be published in a forthcoming issue of the journal Clinical Obesity. She worked on the research project with MCC alumni, graduates of the Health and Exercise Science program, Michael Cunningham ’16 and David Monseratte ’17 who are also credited. 9.18.19

Professor Kerry McNiven has been selected as a fellow of the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC). The award recognizes individuals who have made a profound and lasting contribution to the profession of respiratory care and the AARC, based on a nomination by her peers in the field. She will be formally inducted during the AARC’s 65th International Respiratory Congress this November. 9.16.19

Assistant Professor of English Lisa Sandoval will deliver a talk at the Manchester Public Library called “Journey Into Space” on Monday, July 22. The talk will provide a historical overview of how space has been a setting for works of literature and will consider how that setting has been changed and manipulated to meet the needs of authors and their stories. 7.15.19

Stephen Campiglio, coordinator of personal and professional development and community programs, recently published his poetry in three different literary  journals: “Visiting Hours” in the Tipton Poetry Journal (Winter 2019: Zionsville, OH); “Social Graces” in Aji Magazine (Spring 2019: Alamogordo, NM); and “For Your Amusement” and “Sleep Center” in Chiron Review (Spring 2019: St. John, KS). 5.15.19

Associate Professor of History Sarah Cieglo participated in a panel discussion on finding a path in the academy, as part of the “Where Do I Go From Yale?” (WDIGFY) Conference sponsored by the Yale Graduate School Alumni Association, the Career, Life and Yale Program and the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. The purpose of the conference was to expose graduate students to a range of career paths. This was her second year of participation. 4.12.19

Director of Planning, Research and Assessment David Nielsen was a guest speaker at a National Student Clearinghouse “Lunch and Learn” event held at the Hartford Hilton. He participated in a presentation entitled Using Clearinghouse Data to Measure Student Success. The event was organized by the Clearinghouse Academy. 3.20.19

MCC’s Alpha Upsilon Alpha Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa has been named a 2019 REACH Chapter. The Phi Theta Kappa REACH Rewards program recognizes chapters that excel in the area of membership development. 3.5.19

Visual Fine Arts students Silas Fischer, Braheem Francis, Ryan Gurry, Sammy Sattar, Erin Snyder and Lisa Trotta will have their work shown in the exhibition, “Community,” at the Hartford Art School’s Donald and Linda Slipe Gallery February 14 through 28. “Community” includes the work of art students from across the state’s community colleges. MCC’s students were recommended by Associate Professor Patricia Carrigan and Instructor Brett Eberhardt via a competitive submission and review process, and they are six out of only 28 chosen to have their work featured. The students are eligible for scholarship awards and will be recognized at a reception at the gallery on February 14. 2.1.19

Update: A podcast done in 2017 by Professor Lucy Hurston  ’93 for HarperCollins on the topic of choosing Their Eyes Were Watching God, by her aunt Zora Neale Hurston, for the MCC Common Read that year, was recently revisited in the “HarperAcademic Calling” email newsletter.  1.25.19

Three students from Continuing Education Instructor Liane Fisher‘s  “Adult Ballet for the Absolute Beginner” class landed roles in the Little Theatre of Manchester’s production of the holiday favorite, The Nutcracker. The students are Chris Caesar, Nicole Skirkanich and Olivia Tyler. Caesar has the role of the nutcracker himself! 12.12.18

Interim Director of Enrollment Management Sara Vincent presented at the annual meeting of the Northeast Association of Institutional Research (NEAIR) in Pittsburgh.  Her presentation was “Barriers to Retention for Non-traditional Graduate Students.” NEAIR is an individual membership driven organization that promotes institutional effectiveness in postsecondary education through excellence in the field of institutional research.  It focuses on facilitating the professional development of its members while promoting best practice and ensuring integrity in institutional research. 12.12.18

Professor Lucy Hurston  ’93 participated in the Third Annual Civic Action Conference at Eastern Conneticut State University (ECSU) on Nov. 14, 2018. Hurston delivered a presentation to attendees about learning outcomes from student’s volunteer involvement. She has assigned projects that required research on numerous issues, including homelessness and poverty, which helps students change their perceptions of lower-income populations. ECSU President Elsa Núñez introduced the idea of structured service learning at the university in 2009, when she established the Center for Community Engagement (CCE). The conference has focused on aspects of that activity. 11.19.18

Graphics Specialists John Mik and Paula Raum are National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) 2018 Medallion Winners for the designs of their MCC enrollment management pieces. MCC was awarded a Gold, Silver and Bronze Medallion in the NCMPR District 1 competition. The NCMPR Medallion Awards recognize outstanding achievement in design and communication at community and technical colleges in each of NCMPR’s seven districts. The regional competition is exclusive to marketing and public relations professionals at two-year colleges. 11.12.18

A scarecrow designed and made by students Eric Braun, Sara Dolezel, Michelle D’Aiuto, Dawnee Elmore, Daniel Jimenez, Izzy Kahn, Charlotte Loucraft, Andreia Neves and AnnMarie Pitoniak was awarded second place in the Facebook Favorites catergory of the 2018 Downtown Manchester Scarecrow Festival. The scarecrow, “Dash the Incredible Chef,” was created under the tutelage of Assistant Professor William Williams III, coordinator of the Hotel-Tourism Management program. 10.29.18

Interim Dean of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Peter Harris participated in a panel discussion at Wethersfield Public Library on the history of basketball in Hartford. In his youth, he played high school basketball for Northwest Catholic High School/Weaver High School and was one of six former players to talk about how the experience of playing in Hartford influenced their aspirations and their respective journeys through life to date. 10.19.18

Carol Director BS, RRT; Elizabeth Farnham MS, RRT; and Karen Renaldi MS, RRT, clinical instructors for the Respiratory Therapy program were recognized by the American Association for Respiratory Care as part of the Preceptor Recognition program. 9.11.18

Communications Professor Albert Kim and MCC students involved in ICE Radio were honored by CTNow’s “Best of Hartford 2018” with 3rd Place as “Best College Radio” station. ICE Radio can be heard online, and also on the air at 1620AM. 7.2.18

Stephen Campiglio, coordinator of personal and professional development and community programs, recently had 10 of his translations from the poetry of Italian writer, Giuseppe Bonaviri (1924-2009), accepted for publication in the 2018 issue of Journal of Italian Translation (Brooklyn, N.Y.). The translations are from Campiglio’s manuscript, The Ringing Bones: Selected Poems of Giuseppe Bonaviri. Campiglio also had his poem, “The Seed,” accepted for publication by City Works Journal (San Diego) for their annual 2018 issue. 6.28.18

Springfield Technical Community College named MCC Mathematics Professor Myrta Groeneveld  Distinguished Alumna 2018. She will be honored at STCC’s 51st commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 31 at the MassMutual Center. 5.22.18

Doreen Forbes-Rogers, business representative, Business and Industry Services in the Continuing Education Division, was invited by the University of Wisconsin, Platteville, to join the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.  Invitations recognize distinguished performance in study, research or leadership sustained over a period of time and are awarded to eligible graduate students who rank in the top 10 percent of their class.  She will graduate in May 2018 with a master’s degree in project management. 3.23.18

Fieldwork Coordinator Donna Sweeney received the Award of Service at the annual Conference of the Connecticut Occupational Therapy Association (CONNOTA). The award is given to a person making significant contributions in advancing the mission of CONNOTA and the practice of occupational therapy in the state through community leadership and advocacy. She was recognized for leading the pediatric special interest section, assisting with developing the Guidlines for Occupational Therapy in Connecitcut Schools and organizing a conducting a monthly focus group for practitioners in the schools. 3.8.18

Visual Fine Arts students Chantal Allen, Rachel Fritsch, Phuong Nguyen, Lindsay Pettinicchi, Melisa Robichaux and Miranda Stephens will have their work exhibited in the exhibition, “Community,” at the Hartford Art School’s Donald and Linda Slipe Gallery February 8 through March 2. “Communtiy” includes the work of art students from across the state’s community colleges. MCC’s students were chosen via a competitive submission and review process and they are six out of only 20 chosen to have their work featured. 1.29.18

The faculty and staff of MCC’s Continuing Education division were recognized for the second year in a row by the Hartford Business Journal with the Best of Business Award in the continuing education category. 12.4.17

Professor Patrick Sullivan published an opinion piece, “Shaping the Public Narrative about Teaching and Learning,” in the Summer/Fall 2017 issue of the Association of American Colleges and Universities Liberal Education. His piece makes a case for the “moral and professional responsibility to help shape the public narrative about learning and education in the United States.” 11.20.17

The work of Assistant Professor David Calabrese appears in a forthcoming issue of ImagineFX magazine, a leading worldwide publisher of fantasy and science fiction art that delivers to over 100 countries. His published artwork is fantasy themed art created digitally in Adobe Photoshop. Each is a narrative piece depicting a key moment in a story, leaving the viewer is to discern the events prior, during and after from the single image.  11.15.17

Interim Director of Financial Aid Anna Torres was invited to present at the Hartford-Region YWCA’s Money Conference for Women October 28. The conference, whose honorary chair is Connecticut State Treasurer Denise Nappier, focuses on money management, investment strategies and retirement planning for women of all ages, economic backgrounds and levels of financial knowledge. Anna will present tips on understanding how financial aid varies between public and private institutions, and the value of a smaller college vs. larger. 10.25.17

Professor Ricardo Aragon and culinary students Katelyn Boris and Sean Carney won the annual Manchester Chamber of Commerce “Chefs Challenge.” This was MCC’s second year in a row as winners. 10.5.17

K. Umesh Vig, assistant to the dean of student affairs, was recognized at the Tenth Annual Gala of the Asian Pacific American Coalition of Connecticut for his commitment and leadership to the Asian Pacific American community in higher education and public service. 8.29.17

Peter Harris, director of enrollment management, is profiled in the book, Oh, What a Move!: Profiles of Hartford Basketball Players (1954-1894). He was a standout star at Weaver High School in the early 1970s, at Greater Hartford Community College where he scored more than 1100 points, and later at Western New England University where he was inducted into their athletic Hall of Fame. 8.29.17

Patricia Lindo, director of human resources, achieved the SHRM certified professional designation from the Society of Human Resources Management. 8.29.17

Professor Lucy Hurston  ’93 taped a TEDx talk entitled, “Experience is the Best Teacher,” and she recently finished a podcast for HarperCollins on the topic of the MCC Common Read, which will air nationally. 8.29.17

Professor Ann Hadley celebrated her 25th year as a founder and steering committee member for the Connecticut Envirothon Competiton. 8.29.17

Professor Deborah Simmons completed the volunteer program at Mystic Seaport: The Museum of America and the Sea. She also exhibited her second hand-built wooden boat at the Wooden Boat Festival in June. 8.29.17

Professor Dan Long exhibited his photographs as part of the Aviary group exhibition in Boston at Lafayette City Center, organized and curated by the Griffin Museum of Photography. 8.29.17

Associate Professor Carolina Flores has been appointed artistic choral director of the Manchester Symphony Orchestra and Chorale.  8.21.17

Professor Steve Moore, co-chair, Engineering, Technology and Computer Science department, placed 25th overall in the Trans Am Bike Race 2017. The race, which started on June 3 from Astoria, Ore., and finished in Yorktown, Va., covered more than 4200 miles and crossed Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky and Virginia. More than 130 cyclists from around the world competed. Moore’s completion time was 24 days, 17 hours and 47 minutes,  as he averaged 172 miles per day. 7.21.17

Yannick Nicome, who studied business administration at MCC from 2009-2011, has been named by the Hartford Business Journal as one of its “40 Under Forty” class of 2017 honorees.  Nicome, now a large commercial risk adviser at Smith Brothers Insurance, was recognized for establishing an Emerald City Smoothie chain location in South Windsor,  a nutritional smoothie franchise, at the age of 18, and for his work in the community as a board member of Immacare Inc., which strives to end homelessness in the Hartford region. He is also on the advisory board of Love146 Inc., which works to end child trafficking and exploitation.  7.20.17

Sajjad Raza ’16, RRT, will present an abstract at the American Association for Respiratory Care  (AARC) International Congress in Indianapolis this October. He is currently employed at Hartford Hospital. 7.11.17

Donna Sweeney M.Ed., OTR/L, assistant professor and field work/clinical coordinator in MCC’s occupational therapy assistant program, presented at the recent CT Society for Respiratory Care conference on “How to be an Exceptional Communicator with Patients and Colleagues: A Colorful Look at One’s Personality and Communication Style.” 7.6.17

The MCC Respiratory Care Program for the 2nd year in a row received national recognition with the Distinguished RRT Credentialing Success Award. Program Coordinator for Respiratory Care, Professor Nancy LaRoche-Shovak accepted the award at the American Association for Respiratory Care Summer Forum in Tucson, Ariz., on June 25. The national award was presented by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), the accreditation agency for respiratory care programs. 6.26.17

Coordinator of Personal and Professional Development and Community Programs Stephen Campiglio recently published his poems in two journals: “Wake” appears in the Spring 2017 issue of VIA: Voices in Italian Americana (New York, NY); and “At Hand” and “Magic Strings” will appear in the Fall 2017 issue of TAB: A Journal of Poetry & Poetics (Orange, CA). 6.14.17

Precision Manufacturing Instructor Dennis Gareau is the winner of this year’s Joseph Trowbridge Quality Recognition Award.  The American Society for Quality award recognizes individuals or teams who have made significant improvements in quality and productivity in their workplace over the past year.  6.13.17

Doreen Forbes-Rogers, custom training coordinator, Corporate and Community Training Center, was recognized by Connecticut Workforce Partners for being an Outstanding Professional in her work on the Best Chance pre-manufacturing program. Awards were presented May 17 at the 1st Annual Best Chance Awards and Recognition night, an event to recognize many of the Returning Citizens who have received Second Chance Integrated Basic Education and Skills (IBEST) and employment through Governor Malloy’s IBEST Second Chance Society Initiative.  MCC was also recognized for being an outstanding partner in the program. 5.18.17

Professor James Gentile, co-chair of the MCC English department, will be inducted into the Arts Hall of Fame for 2017 at a ceremony on June 1. The Manchester Arts Council established the Hall of Fame awards in 2001 to honor local individuals for their dedication to, advocacy for and achievement in the arts. While the Arts Council disbanded, the Manchester Arts Commission has continued the tradition. 5-4-17

Twenty-four of MCC’s Occupational Therapy Assistant students attended the OTA Centennial Conference March 29 – April 1, 2017 in Philadelphia. Thee students and OTA faculty fund raised throughout the past year to support students’ attendance at this milestone event. Fundraising efforts included profits for the sale of Poinsettias, Candles, Jewelry, Raffle and Benefit Concert as well as support from the Cultural Programs Committee and MCC’s Foundation. 4.7.17

Elijah A. Oliver, enrollment services coordinator, has been named a recipient of Eastern Connecticut State University’s 2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Distinguished Service Award. Oliver, a certified life coach, was recognized by ECSU for founding Take FLYGHT Enterprises, and organization with programs designed to help young people “prepare for lift off” in life and reach their full position. 4.10.17

Professor Lucy Hurston ’93 was inducted into the Rotary Club of Manchester. The Rotary brings together a global network of 1.2 volunteers in more than 200 countries who dedicate their time and talent to tackle the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges, from helping families in need local communities to working toward a polio-free world. Professor Hurston will take on the role of organizing and running a Rotaract chapter, which is a service group sponsored by Rotary clubs to promote leadership, professional development and service among young adults aged 18-30. 11.4.16

Jason Scappaticci, director of new students and first year programs, is co-presenting a lecture on Mark Twain and American Presidents at the Mark Twain House. With Mallory Howard, assistant curator of the historic home and museum in Hartford, Jason will explore Twain’s views on the presidency. 11.2.16

Professor Ricardo Aragon and Hospitality Industry Association members, along with culinary students Connor Hsia and Evan Lamontagne, won the annual Manchester Chamber of Commerce “Chefs Challenge.” The team competed against  A Villa Louisa; Carrabba’s Italian Grille; Corey’s Catsup & Mustard; Hartford Road Pizza; Highland Park Market; LongHorn Steakhouse; Kenny’s Restaurant, MACC Chef’s; Smoke, not just BBQ; and The Main Pub.   9.29.16

Kevin Kelly, who studied at MCC from 2007-08 and then transferred to University of Hartford for his BFA and received his MFA from Hunter College, will have a solo exhibition at the New Britain Museum of Art. 9.21.16

Professor Lucy Hurston ’93, chair of the sociology department, was honored by the New Haven Chapter of Links for her outstanding contributions to the community. The organization is a group of professional women dedicated to improving the lives of people in the greater New Haven area.  She will be honored at the New Haven Chapter of Links’ 2016 gala event November 5.  9.13.16

Jeff Bemiss, adjunct instructor in film and video, was awarded a $5,000 grant from the LEF Foundation to support filming of his documentary, “Missing in Brooks County,” which portrays the issued faced by a small town in South Texas at the epicenter of the growing refugee crisis. The LEF Moving Image Fund invests in innovative feature-length documentary films that demonstrate excellence in technique, strong storytelling ability, and originality of artistic vision and voice.  07.15.16

Program Coordinators Nancy LaRoche-Shovak and Kerry McNiven represented MMC at the American Association for Respiratory Care’s Summer Forum, where they accepted the Distinguished RRT Credentialing Success Award from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).  MCC’s program is among a select group to receive the recognition. MCC students who take the RRT (registered respiratory therapist) exam have averaged a 98% pass rate over the last four years. 06.30.16

Continuing Education Art Instructor Estelle Laschever has been honored with the Connecticut  Academy of Fine Art Graphics Award. The award will be presented at the opening reception of the academy’s 105th annual exhibition at the Mystic Museum of Art on June 30. Laschever is an accomplished artist and teacher who has works in collections throughout the United States. She has been the recipient of more than 30 awards for her work and has had 16 one-woman exhibitions. Her artwork can be viewed at www.Lascheverfineart.net.  06.27.16

Yolanda Bergstrom-Lynch, an adjunct faculty member in the sociology department, received a 2016-17 American Library Association Spectrum Scholarship Award. Bergstrom-Lynch is one of 61 recipients of this scholarship nationally who will use the funds to pursue graduate degrees in library and information studies. 06.06.16

Patricia Lindo, director of Human Resources, completed The Leadership Challenge, one of the many leadership development experiences offered by Leadership Greater Hartford (LGH). The challenge is an intensive two-day workshop designed to foster skills, leverage strengths and clarify goals for people in local leadership roles. LGH provides training to people ranging in age from high school students to retirees. 04.18.16

Professor Kerry McNiven, director of clinical education for the respiratory care program, had an article published in a recent issue of AARC Times magazine, an official publication of the American Association for Respiratory Care. Her essay, “Opportunity Knocks, or Why Should a Student Become Involved in a State Conference,” was published in the magazine’s Student Corner forum. 04.08.16

Amanda MacTaggart, FIRST Scholars program coordinator, was selected to deliver her presentation, “Attract, Engage, Retain and Convert: Non-Themed Learning Communities @ Manchester Community College” at the CSCU 2016 Faculty Advisory Committee Conference on Shared Governance and Student Success at Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport April 8. 03.22.16

MCC Music Club members Christopher Adam Daugherty, Sydney Bridgeman, Rachel Comarella and Alexander Lehofer will sing on WFSB-TV’s “Better Connecticut” on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 12.23.15

Coordinator of  Personal and Professional Development and Community Programs Stephen Campiglio’s translations of Italian poet Giuseppe Bonaviri (1924-2009) are forthcoming in issues of the Journal of Italian Translation and VIA: Voices in Italian Americana. The poems are from a book-length manuscript he is preparing, The Ringing Bones: Selected Poems of Giuseppe Bonaviri, for which the poet’s daughter has agreed to write a preface. 12.04.15

Professor Kerry McNiven has been elected secretary of the house for the American Association of Respiratory Care’s House of Delegates, a two-year term. 11.24.15

Manchester Community College Culinary Arts program students won 2nd Place in the People’s Choice category of the Manchester Scarecrow Festival Contest for their entry, “Chef Crow.” 11.24.15

Second-year Respiratory Care student Beatrix Perez was awarded a $1000 scholarship from the Connecticut Society for Respiratory Care. 11.24.15

Faculty and staff volunteers collected winter coats, boots and other needed clothing items for residents of the Manchester-based Transitional Living Center (TLC) — a temporary home offering a structured family-like environment to Manchester school children who are victims of abuse, neglect or family disruption.  Nicole Esposito, LMHC, assistant professor and disability specialist program coordinator, and a TLC advisory board member, facilitated collection and delivery of the donations. 10.19.15

G. Duncan Harris, dean of student affairs and enrollment management, has been elected to the Windsor Federal Savings board of directors. 10.12.15

Recent work from Professor Susan Classen-Sullivan will be part of the inaugural exhibition at the New Britain Museum of American Art’s (NBMAA) new new 3,000-sq.-ft. Stitzer Family Gallery . The exhibition comprises art chosen by NBMAA Director Doug Hyland from among nearly 6,000 works under consideration for display. More info on the exhibition can be found here. 10.12.15

Biology Instructor Eileen Roark has invited to participate in the B2 Scholars program, a national initiative of the National Association of Biology Teachers.  The program is a two-year transformative professional development experience for community college biology faculty with the goal of increasing student success by providing faculty with enhanced skills and resources to improve retention. 09.30.15

Instructor Robert Brandt’s  screenplay, “Clown Motel,” earned The Klaus Phillips/UCLA Screenwriting Award, which is given to the screenplay that best exemplifies the joyous, courageous, independent spirit that emanated from Klaus Phillips, an internationally recognized film scholar who passed away in October 2011. 09.02.15

Professor Dan Long‘s work was featured in the August edition of ArtAscent Magazine , an international bi-monthly art magazine that showcases exciting emerging and indie artists and writers from around the world. His next show, at the Davis Orton Gallery,  runs from September 5 through October 4.  In addition, his work will be featured in the forthcoming Agave Magazine, a quarterly online and print publication showcasing original literary, artistic and photographic works. 08.26.15

Communication Professor Rebecca Townsend attended the Kettering Foundation-sponsored Deliberation and Democracy exchange for communication scholars, and was one of three steering committee members to form a Public Dialogue and Deliberation Division of the National Communication Association.

Dr. Deborah Simmons, professor and coordinator, MCC Music Studies degree program, placed first in Mystic Seaport’s Annual Wooden Boat Show and also was awarded the Judges’ Choice Award for the sailboat she constructed based on a theme inspired by a nautical map of the Connecticut River. 06.29.15

Jason Scappaticci, director, Student Success and First-Year programs, published an  article, “Connecticut at the New York World’s Fair,” in the Summer 2015 issue of Connecticut Explored.  While the journal is not available electronically, the MCC library has a copy. 06.16.15

Linda Devlin, student development educational assistant, is the author of a case study about MCC’s Math Blast entitled “Using Khan Academy in a Self-Paced Developmental Mathematics Model.” The case study is featured on the on the website for the New England Board of Higher Education and there is also a write-up on Khan Academy’s site. 06.12.15

Adjunct Faculty Instructor Diana Hossain participated as a panelist for “Honest Conversations with Muslim Neighbors,” a series of dialogues meant to promote peace and understanding, sponsored by the Connecticut Council for Interreligious Understanding, the Muslim Coalition of Connecticut and Hartford Seminary. 06.12.15

Professor Rebecca Townsend was elected town meeting moderator in her hometown of Longmeadow, Mass. 06.10.15

Dean of Development and Community Engagement Endia DeCordova was selected as a winner of Hartford Business Journal’s  “40 Under Forty Award.” The “40 Under Forty” Class of 2015 is recognized both in a special issue of the HBJ and at a special ceremony at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. 06.10.15

Professor Maura O’Connor has been selected to serve on the National Blended-Learning Course Scholars team for the Economic Inequality Initiative. 06.04.15

Jonathan M. Daube, president emeritus of Manchester Community College, delivered the address at Northwestern Connecticut Community College’s 49th annual Commencement Exercises.

Students created MCC Unites in response to racial and ethnic inclusion concerns with a week-long program of speakers and events.

PTK selected student Keri Renner as one of Phi Theta Kappa’s 2015 Distinguished Regional Officers and she was selected as one of the top ten students nationally.

Professor Maggie Moriarty served as the grand marshal for the Hartford St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Maggie was being honored in this capacity for her many years of volunteerism for the Central Connecticut Celtic Cultural Club.

Continuing Education Program Coordinator Stephen Campiglio’s translation of Giuseppe Bonaviri‘s poem “The Ringing Bones” appeared in the latest issue of The Massachusetts Review. Stephen’s new poetry book, Verbal Clouds through Various Magritte Skies, was just published by Cy Gist Press of New Haven, CT.

Continuing Education Coordinator of Youth Programs Carleigh Schultz directed Martin Casella’s comedy “The Irish Curse” at The Connecticut Cabaret Theatre (Berlin, CT) on February 12 and 15.  She was the first person other than the cabaret’s artistic director to direct a show there in its 30-year history.

Professor Dan Long was part of a show curated by the Griffin Museum of Photography in Boston from April to May 2015 called (Photo)gogues, as part of the Flash Forward Festival featuring the work of 10 New England photography professors.  He also exhibited his photography in the Spirol Gallery at Quinnebaug Valley Community College in March.

Jason Scappaticci, director, Student Success and First-Year programs, was unanimously elected by his fellow board members to serve a second term as secretary of the Manchester Board of Education.

Teresa Daley, administrative assistant in the Marketing and Public Relations department, earned a master of social work degree from Springfield College with Phi Alpha honor status.

Professor Deborah Simmons exhibited her newest artwork, including a collage/ink drawing of topographical maps of the Connecticut River, at Harry’s Glastonbury and is also exhibiting in a show at Harbor Park, sponsored by Wesleyan University, that is a tribute to the river.

Kerry McNiven, professor of respiratory care, was awarded the Delegate of the Year award at the national convention of the American Association for Respiratory Care.

Under the direction of Assistant Professor Ricardo Aragon and MCC Hospitality Industry Association club leader Ed Calixto, culinary students Samantha Pietro, Amy Davis, Joseph Pajak and Tanari Perez prepared and served a Thanksgiving feast for clients of the Hartford Community Renewal Team (CRT) and Connecticut veterans.  The event was covered by WFSB TV and other local news outlets.

Francesco Blackmore, a Phi Theta Kappa student in MCC’s music program and vice president of the college music club, was tapped to play piano as part of the November  Mishi-Maya-Gat  Spoken Word and Music series. Blackmore’s selections from his own CD Music for the Soul were the prelude to a poetry reading by Mary Ann Caws, distinguished professor of English, French and comparative literature at the Graduate Center of CUNY.

Instructor Brion van Over presented work at the 2014 National Communication Association (NCA) convention that has been recognized as one of the “top four papers in language and social interaction,” by the NCA’s Language and Social Interaction Division. Brion also presented several other topics at the annual event. Professor Rebecca Townsend presented as well.

Students of Professor Rebecca Townsend participated in a Transportation Planning and Communication project whose results were featured on the National Communication Association’s website October 27. The students include Berlin Pineda, Jonathan Colon, Nate Sims, Mary Merlino, Jesse Faipler, Brett Averso, Erin Williams, Jennifer Cowles and Brooke Porter.

Leia Bell, executive director for the MCC Foundation, is featured in a video produced by The Pita Group. Speaking as part of the group’s “In the Pocket” series, she talks about partnering with local businesses is a great way for companies to have a positive impact on their communities and how Manchester Community College is aligning programs to better Connecticut’s workforce.

Professor Rebecca Townsend, President Gena Glickman, and Dean of Development and Community Engagement Endia DeCordova presented “Revitalization of Main Street: Fine Art and Deliberative Arts Downtown” at the 6th National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation in Washington, D.C.

President Gena Glickman was named to the AAC&U Board of Directors and Trust in January 2015, as First Vice President for the Greater Hartford Arts Council Board of Directors, and as a Corporator for Hartford Hospital.

Umesh Vig was an honoree at “Connecticut Immigrant Day” at the state capitol. In a separate honor, he was appointed to the UConn Alumni Association’s “Diversity and Opportunity” committee.

Kathy Jefferies, coordinator, dental assistant program, was reappointed as a consultant to the CT State Dental Association Continuing Education Council for 2014-15.

Instructor Dave Dubiel presented at the Delaware Office of Highway Safety Convention in Baltimore.

Professor Albert Kim presented/moderated as part of a panel discussion entitled “Your College Radio Station: Launching, Programming, Promoting and Recruiting — Part II” at the Broadcast Educators Association Annual Conference.

Professor Sharale Golding was accepted into the educational leadership doctorate program at the University of Hartford.

Wanda Reyes-Dawes, director of advising and counseling, was accepted into the Ed.D. program at Northeastern University.

Professor Jayne Pearson is the recipient of the college’s 2015 Educational Excellence and Distinguished Service Award.

Professor Francine Rosselli-Navarra published three articles last year in the Journal of Eating Disorders.

Endia DeCordova, dean of development and community engagement, was elected to the Manchester Scholarship Foundation’s board of directors.

Professors James Gentile and Ken Klucznik presented the college’s work on college readiness at the AAC&U Network for Academic Renewal Conference.

Professors Paul Edelen and Tanya Millner-Harlee with Chief Academic Officer/Provost Sandra Palmer presented at the AAC&U Annual Conference on ways in which MCC is responding to PA 12-40.

Professors James Gentile, Jeanine DeRusha, Tanya Millner-Harlee and Kaarina Finegan-LaBella were invited to present this fall on the pilots they have developed in response to PA 12-40 at the Two-Year College English Association, after presenting last fall.

Professor Steve Straight presented at the Two-Year College English Association on his work with area high schools.

The MCC Phi Theta Kappa chapter has been named a “Five Star Chapter” by the National Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

Duncan Harris, dean of student affairs, has been elected president of the National Council on Black American Affairs (NCBAA).

MCC students Eric Jenkins and Mike Italiano worked as extras in an upcoming 30-second TV commercial for American Eagle Federal Credit Union. The spot — produced by the Rocky Hill, Conn.-based Pita Group — was shot on the MCC campus and features a college-age student who gets his first auto loan.

Professor Rebecca Townsend will be serving on the Advisory Board of the Capital Region Council of Governments to help conduct a major transit study in conjunction with the Connecticut Department of Transportation and CTTransit and regional CTTransit services.

Stephen Pedneault has been appointed to serve on the 30-member Advisory Council of the Connecticut Society of Public Accountants (CTCPA) for the council’s 2014-15 activity year. The Glastonbury, CT-based CPA teaches for MCC’s Continuing Education Divsion and also holds an associate in science degree from the college.

Becky Beas won the Ada Comstock Scholarship for non-traditional students to support her attendance at Smith College.

MCC Choral students led by Professor Carolina Flores were invited by the Hartt School to join them in a choral tour of Italy at the end of May. The group performed at the Aula Magna of the University of Florence, the lower Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, and Sant’Agnes in Agone in Rome’s Pizza Navona. Also, while on a sight-seeing tour, the group was approached by a Tokyo-based television crew who asked them to sing in Japanese. Although the group only knew a few bars of a piece called “Akari (Light),” the crew was so impressed that they requested more — whatever the language. The group’s impromptu performance at the Spanish Steps was recorded by the crew and now has an upcoming air date on Tokyo TV. 6/14

Georgia Buckles, professor of accounting and finance, was honored by the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants (CTCPA) with an “Educator of Excellence” award at the organization’s second annual Educators of Excellence awards night, known as “The Eddys.”  The award recognizes Connecticut accounting professors who have had a positive influence on the lives and careers of their students by exceling in teaching and mentoring, inspiring students to reach beyond the ordinary, and going the extra mile for their students.  6/14

Darlene Mancini-Brown, director of facilities and planning, was named the MCC Women’s Caucus “Outstanding Woman of the Year” for 2013. The award is given annually to a female faculty or staff member (alternating years between the two groups) who has made an important contribution to the achievements of women at the college. 6/14

Stephen Campiglio, program associate, Continuing Education credit-free programs, is the recipient of the Willis Barnstone Translation Prize sponsored by The Evansville Review. He won the prize for his translation of “The Hermit” by Giuseppe Bonaviri (1924 to 2009). His winning translation was published in the journal’s April 2014 issue. Campiglio has been translating Bonaviri’s poetry from Italian to English since May 2013 with the approval of the Centro Studi Internazionale Giuseppe Bonaviri, curated by Bonaviri’s daughter, Giuseppina. 5/14

Continuing Education Coordinator of Youth Programs Carleigh Schultz, who serves on the Manchester Arts Commission, co-chaired this event to select Manchester’s first local poet laureate. Poets John Stanizzi, an MCC adjunct and Credit-Free Programs instructor; and Elizabeth Thomas, who has also taught here, read at the event. 5/14

Joe Navarra presented on MCC’s achievements under the suicide prevention grant at the conference, “Celebrating Today & Promoting Tomorrows: Suicide Prevention and Mental Health in Connecticut, held at the Rocky Hill Sheraton May 1. 5/14

President Emeritus Jonathan M. Daube received an honorary Doctor of the Uinveristy (DU) degree from the University of Aberdeen. A graduate of the university, Dr. Daube also serves as the president of its Development Trust (USA). 7/12

Ta’Shema Odoms, Program Coordinator for the college’s Arts and Education Center, MCC on Main, was interviewed on WSDK 1550 by Associate Professor of Communication, Albert Kim. 7/12

Lois Ryan, Professor of Liberal Arts, was selected by the Manchester Arts Commission to be inducted into the Manchester Arts Hall of Fame. The ceremony took place in June at the Lutz Museum. 6/12

Joanne Russell, Dean of Academic Affairs; Stacy Giguere, Professor of Psychology; Bonnie Riedinger, Director of the Library and Educational Technology; Len Dupille, Professor of Psychology; Chris Paulin, Academic Division Director; Kaarina Finegan, Associate Professor of English; James Gentile, Professor of Englishand Wanda Reyes-Dawes, Counselor will participate in the Institute on Integrative Learning and the Departments at the University of Vermont from July 11-July 15. The goal is to develop a comprehensive plan to engage faculty from different departmetns to teach and assess integrative learning in the new General Education Core. 6/12

G. Duncan Harris, Dean of Student Affairs, was the key note speaker at the Greater Waterbury NAACP 69th Annual Freedom Fund Awards Dinner held in June. 6/12

G. Duncan Harris, Dean of Student Affairs; Julie Greene, Senior Associate Director of Career Services; Cynthia Zeldner, Associate Director of Admissions; Endia DeCordova, Assoociate Dean of Institutional Development, and Carla Adams, Associate Professor of Business Office Technology, were interviewed during the 2012 spring semester by WSDK 1550 Life Changing Radio. The programs were moderated by Albert Kim and the guests were invited to talk about their program areas at the college. 6/12

Wanda Reyes-Dawes, Counselor, was selected as a member of the 2012-2014 Class of Emerging Leaders for the National Academic Advising Association. 6/12

Gena Glickman, President, was honored in May at a luncheon by the Hartford Business Journal as one of the Women in Business leaders in the Greater Hartford community. 6/12

Sandy Jenkins, Professor of Hostpiality Management, was one of four chefs to receive a Cutting Edge Award at the American Culinary Federation’s Northeast Regional Conference. She was also the recipient of the Connecticut Higher Education Community Service Award. 6/12

Ivetter Rivera-Dreyer, Director of Financial Aid Services, was instrumental in organizing the US Hispanic Leadership Institute Student Leadership Series, which took place at Capital Community College. The conference provided information to Latino youth about post-secondary education, financial aid and training opportunities. 6/12

Lucy Hurston, Professor of Sociologydelivered a presentation to inmates at the Corrigan-Radgowski Correctional Center in Uncasville in celebration of Black History Month. 6/12

Dan Long, Associate Professor of Photography, exhibited his photographs at the Pegasus Gallery at Middlesex Community College. 6/12

Diana Hossain, Professor of ESl and English and Fatma Antar, Professor of Economics, were interviewed on the program Manchester Review, a Cox Cable program. They spoke about their personal experiences as Muslim women in America and their involvement in the community. 6/12

Susan Classen-Sullivan, Professor of Fine Arts, held an art exhibit at Real Art Ways which opened February 16, 2012. The exhibit is entitled “Love You More Than Life”. Susan has exhibited her work in museums and galleries throughout the Northeast and in New York. 3/12

Stephen Campiglio, Continuing Education Program Associatehas assembled a collection of his poems in chapbook form. The collection, entitled Cross-Fluence, was published by Soft Spur Press, Missoula, Montana. 3/12

Donna Nicholson, Professor of Criminal Justicecordinated a Toy Dirive that was held at the end of December and served over 300 children. 3/12

Albert Kim, Associate Professor of Communicationinvited Ms. Paula Yoo, an accomplished book author( Good Enough, national journalist ( Detroit Free Press; People Magazine) and Hollywood screenwriter ( The West Wing ; Eureka) to MCC as part of the Communication Department’s “Media NOW!”s” expert panel. 3/12

Kerry McNiven ,Professor/Director of Clinical Education, Respiratory Carewon a professional association’s photography contest and the photo is on the cover of the Feb. 2012 AARC Times Magazine. She is also the Chair of the American Association of Respiratory Care’s House of Delegate’s Ad Hoc Committee on Student Mentoring. 3/12

Robert Kagan, Professor of Communication, led a film disucssion of a German science fiction film at Real Art Ways Cinema.3/12

Rick Harden, Associate Professor of Fine Artscompleted a large scale commissioned painting for the home of a Hollywood producer. 3/12

Wanda Reyes-Dawes, Counselor,has received two scholarships from the National Academic Advising Association to attend the Advising Administrators Institute and for the Assessment Institute held in San Diego, CA in February, 2012. 3/12

Endia DeCordova, Associate Dean of Institutional Development, was a presentor at the Women in Business Summit in Hartford in March .3/12

Ann L. Bonney, Director of Non-Credit Programsparticipated as a panelist at the South Windsor Chamber of Commerce’s Greater Hartford Women’s Conference on the importance of continuing education. 3/12

Joe Fairchild, Associate Professor of Criminal Justicewas elected as the first alternate for the Faculty Advisory Committee to the Board of Regents at the Congress of Connecticut Community Colleges Delegate Assembly in December. .3/12

Pauline Lizotte, Instructor of Biologyhad a case study that she co-wrote published in a National Science Teachers Association book. 3/12

Rebecca Townsend, Assistant Professor of Communications and Endia DeCordova, Associate Dean of Institutional Developmentparticipated in training from the Kettering Institute on convening and conducting deliberative forums using a variety of kinds of discussion formats with the National Issues Forum. MCC is the only National Issues Foundation network affiliated campus in Connecticut. 3/12

Matthew Fitzgerald, English tutor in the Academic Support Center, earned a College Reading & Learning Association (CRLA) Tutor Certification. 3/12

Rebecca Jackson, a computer peer tutor in the Academic Support Center, earned a College Reading & Learning Association (CRLA) Tutor Certification. 3/12

Elaine Kotler, MCC adjunct,, was a presentor at the National Science Teachers Association Confernce in Hartford in October, 2011. Her talk entitled ” Earth Day Every Day” was in the strandSustainability:Green is Growing. 3/12

Bobbi Miller , MCC adjunct, is now represented by Karen Grencik of Red Fox Literary Agency! The publisher, Holiday House, a New York Publisher, just purchased her novel, Big River’s Daughter. The contract includes an option for a sequel. Her third book, Big Sally Ann and the Panther, is due for release in fall 2012. 3/12

Patricia Nelson, MCC adjunct, completed her 6th level degree in Educational Leadership from Sacred Heart University in December 2011. 3/12

Greg Palmerino, MCC adjunct, published an essay last fall in Explicator titled, “DIckinson’s ‘My Life had Stood–a Loaded Gun'”. 3/12

Carolyn Sluis, MCC adjunct, was awarded a B.S. in Earth Sciences, with a concentration in Astronomy and Geology in December 2011 from Central Connecticut State University. She graduated cum laude.

Charlie Wilcox, MCC adjunct, finished his book entitled Fundamentally Finn and is beginning to find a publisher. 3/12

Wanda-Reyes-Dawes was selected as a National Community College Hispanic Council’s Leadership Fellow. As one of eighteen Hispanic community college leaders from across the country, she attended two required training sessions one in Long Beach CA in June 2011 and most recently in San Antonio, TX in September, 2011. She recieved a NCCHC Leadership Fellows pin and a certificate of completion. 10/11

Gerard Weatherby, MCC adjunct,was third author of “CONNJUR spectrum translator: An open source application for reformatting NMR spectral data,”published in the March 2011 Journal of Biomolecular NMR> In April 2011 he was first author of the poster”CONNJUR Workflow Builder: Open Source sosftware for spectral reconstruction of NMR data” at the 52nd annual Experiment Nuclear Resonance Conference. 10/11

Kathleen Smits, MCC adjunct, had her digital art selected for an exhibit in Soho, NYC. She exhibited five pieces of digital art at the Soho Gallery for Digital Art from September 7- September 14, 2011. Also, her digital art, Sky Petals, was accepted into the Faber Birren National Color Award Show in Stamford, CT. 10/11

Nora Matthews, MCC adjunct, presented ” The Safe Theatre Project” at an American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE) conference in Chicago and she also attended a conference held by the Association for Theater in Higher Education (ATHE). 10/11

Edward Knoeckel III, MCC adjunct, was selected as a guest speaker at the National Symposium of Music Theory this past February at the University of Buffalo. His presentation was entitled Politics, Patrons and the Pathetique; Hungarian Influences in Beethoven’s Op. 13 Sonata. This will be published in the College Music Journal. 10/11

Joanne Ives,MCC adjunct is a full time teacher and the drama advisor at Coventry High School. Her recent productions include Arsenic and Old Lace and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.10/11

Eric Flynn, MCC Adjunct, participated in a College of Technology and CBIA funded faculty externship and consulted with Hamilton Sundstrant ( United Technologies) on Additive Manufacturing and rapid Prototyping. He participated in a week long workshop in Manufacturing at Rapidtech in Irvine, California and traveled to Dayton, Ohio to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base to sell the United States Air Force a new type of optical imaging technology. 10/11

Fitzroy Gordon, MCC adjunct, was successful in completing his comprehensive exams and is awaiting approval for his Ph.D proposal. 10/11

Jolie Rocke Brown, MCC Adjunct, sang the lead role of Harriet Tubman in the Opera ” Harriet: A WOman Called Moses” by Thea Musgrave with Trilogy Opera in Newark, NJ this summer. She also desinged and implemented the Faith Summer Arts Program in collaboration with Faithlyn Johnson and Benjamin gary at Faith Congregational Church in Hartford. 10/11

Rebecca Townsend wrote the “Partnership for Inclusive, Cost-Effective Public Participation” sponsored by the Federal Transit Administration’s Public Transportation Particiation Pilot Program. It has ben selected for publication in the “Public Engagement with Science” catalog funded by the National Science Foundation. 10/11

Albert Kim was invited to be the 2011 graduation speaker at ceremonies held this past June for Great Path Academy. He also helped launch a new talk radio station in Greater Hartford this spring, WSDK 1550 on your AM dial. He hosts the Rise and Shine morning show every Monday-Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. 10/11

Dr. Carolina Flores was named President Elect of the CT American Choral Directors Association. She will serve in thee role of President-elect through 2013 when she will be elevated to the position of President for the following two years. She has also been appointed an Artist Teacher at the Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford. She will help strengthen the bridge between MCC’s Music Program and the program at Hartt School of Music. 10/11

Jean Wynn participated in the following two week Chautauqua Short Course in Guatemala: “Journey to the Maya Pilgrimage of Volcano Tajumulco: Modern Maya Spirtuality in the Highlands of Guatemala”. She traveled with several Mayan Shaman and their families.They conducted ceremonies at several sacred sites and went to a number of cities. 10/11

Jonathan Morris atended a three day Coverts Project Seminar at Yale Forestry Camp in the Great Mountain Forest in Norfolk, CT. This seminar is an annual event sponsored by the University of Connecticut Cooperative Extension System, Connecticut Forest and Park Association , and Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. 10/11

Rae Strickland is in the process of having “Composing Our Identities: Teaching Composition in an American Community College” published by Lambert Academic Publishing. 10/11

Steve Torres is the new Fiction Editor for Crimespree Magazine. 10/11

Stephen Campiglio, One of his poems “Cause and Effect” was recently published in the anthology, New Hungers for Old: One-Hundred Years of Italian American Poetry ( Star Cloud Press) edited by Dennis Barone,, professor at St. Joseph’s College. He also will have a chapbook,Cross-Fluence, published by Soft Spur Press this year. 10/11

Ken Klucznik and Kim Hamilton Bborow co-authored the session proposal entitled “Critical Innovations: General Education Reform at the Two Year College”. This proposal has been accepted for the conference General Education and Assessment: New Contexts, New Cultures which will take place in New Orleans in February 2012. Additional MCC presenters will be Christopher Paulin and Catherine Seaver. 10/11

Bob Segall MCC adjunt,, was teh 2011 recipient of the David Blick Education Award from the NEAG School of Education at the University of Connecticut. 10/11

Aynsley Diamond, Regional Coordinator for the SOAR program, initiated edcuational outreach initiatives as part of the agreement between Connecticut Clean Energy Fund and Manchester Community College. Aynsley was instrumental in organizing the Connecticut Municipal Climate Network Workshop which was held June 20, 2011 at Manchester Community College. 6/11

Wanda Reyes-Dawes, MCC Counselor, was selected as NACADA’s ( National Academic Advising Association) Region 1 Liaison for the First Generation Interest Group. She also holds membership with NACADA’s Steering Committee, Advising Administration Commission, Awards Selection Committee, Advising Today Article Committee, and the Hot Topics Session for Annual Conference. 6/11

Grace Talaga, Social Science and Hospitality Academic Assistant, received her Master’s degree in Marrige and Family Therapy. 6/11

Joseph Navarra, MCC Counselor, presented a lecture in February at the Educational meeting of the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Manchester. 6/11

Jason Scappaticci, Student Retention Specialist, presented an illustrated lecture for the Manchester Historical Society’s June television show entitled Hartford’s Changing East Side on Television. 6/11

ETDL Director Bonnie Riedinger and LAS Director Mike Stefanowicz are co-directing a pilot online adult success center funded by Davis Education Foundation and FIPSE grants administered by the Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium. 6/11

Fine Arts Professor Susan Claussen-Sullivan‘s art students hosted Nathan Hale School students who created art projects to be displayed at the grand opening of the Spruce Street Neighborhood Center. 6/11

Kaarina Finegan and Albert Kim coordinated and starred in “Recipe for Murder,” MCC’s second annual dinner theater performance on April 26, 2011. 6/11

Five faculty members from Manchester Community College have been honored by the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) for excellence in teaching: Michael Diraimo, Bobbi Fox, James Gentile, Rick Harden and Negussie Tirfessa. They have also received the MCC Excellence in Teaching Award. 6/11

Endia Decordova and Rebecca Townsend attended the National Issues Forum supported by the Kettering Foundation in June. Their focus will concentrate on the high school dropout rate. 6/11

The National Junior College Athletic Association has honored two MCC baseball players. MCC pitcher Kevin Madera was named a first team All-American for the second consecutive year and freshman shortstop Jesse Sutherland was named to the second team All-American. 6/11

Susan Classen-Sullivan had works featured in the following exhibitions:

Mind Sets Exhibition: A show featuring work by artists in response to reserach projects by scientists from the Yale Haskings Labortories, New Haven, CT

Grey Area Exhibition: work by Recipients of Connecticut Commission on the Art Fellowship Grants 50th Anniversary Exhibition: John Slade ELy House, Center for Contemporary Art, New Haven, CT 3/11

Mehrdad Faezi attended a 5-day Pressure Sensor Cleanroom workshop at Southwest Center for Microsystems Education(SCME); a National Science Foundation supported Advanced Technological Education Center associated with University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. 3/11

In December 2010, Bobbi Fox was elected as a board member to the newly formed ” National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission.” 3/11

Theresa Janeczek accepted an award for being a “Recognized Partner to Connecticut Small Business Development Center’s Third Annual Achievers Breakfast on behalf of the MCC Entrepreneurship Center.3/11

In January 2011. Bob Kagan provided introductory remarks and led a film discussion on a documentary about Ernest Shackelton at Real Art Ways, in Hartford, CT. He will also be introducing and leading a discussion of the Jack Lemmon film “The Out of Towners’ at Eastern Connecticut State University on February 12. Bob has also introduced and led discussions at a number of film screenings at the Wadsworth Atheneum and Real Art Ways in Hartford.. 10/11

Albert Kim and Rebecca Townsend presented a paper in November 2010 entitled ” Rubrics Cube: Assessment of Public Speaking, ALignment of Interests, and Program Revision” at the Fall Forum of the New England Educational Assessment Network( NEAAN) at Holy Cross College in Worcester, MA. 3/11

Albert KimBonnie Riedinger, and Catherine Seaver attended an Academic Impressions’ National Higher Education Online Learning Conference entitled “Planning & Growing Online Learning Initiatives, in Atlanta, GA in October, 2010. 3/11

Dan Long exhibited his photography in three venues:

Silverman Guild Arts Center, New Canaan, CT November 14-December 23, 2010. Delaplaine Visual Arts Center, Frederick, MD, October 10-October 31, 2010 and Mills Pond House Gallery, St. James, N.Y. October 8-October 30, 2010. 3/11

Tanya Millner-Harlee led a roundtable discussion in November on her paper “Part-time Faculty at Community Colleges: Are They Satisfied.?” at the Association for the Study of Higher Education Conference in Indianapolis, IN. 3/11

Jon Morris participated in a Mastering Biology Development Summit in San Francisco in November 2010. He also gave a presentation and workshop on bioluminescence to teachers a the National Association of Biology Teachers Annual Professional Development Conference in Minneapolis. 3/11

Francine Rosselli-Navarra coauthored two research papers:

Behavioral Symptoms of Eating Disorders in Native Americans: Results from the Add Health Survey Wave III by R. Striegel-Moore, F. Rosselli, N. Holtzman, L. Dierker, A. Becker, & G. Swaney, was published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders ( January 2011). 3/11

Health Services Use in Women with Binge Eating Disorders by J. Dickerson, L.DeBar, N.Perrin, F. Lynch,G.T> Wilson, F. Rosselli, H. Kraemer, & R. Striegel-Moore was also published in theInternational Journal Of Eating Disorders ( October 2010) 3/11

Sharon Serow attended the Annual Connecticut Bar Association Meeting in June 2010. Sharon is also a member of the Estates and Probate Section of the Connecticut Bar Association. 3/11

Guocun Yang was elected to the Connecticut Coordinating Committee for the Promotion of History in September 2010. CCCPH has provided assistance to and worked with various organizations and agencies to promote the study of the state’s rich history for over 30 years. In April 2011 he was elected president of the Association for the Study of Connecticut History(ASCH) for a second year term. 10/11

Joe Fairchild, MCC Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, was honored recently for his tenure as Thomaston Judge of Probate where he served from January 6, 1999 to January 4, 2011. A plaque was presented to him by the new District 26 Probate Judeg Diane Blick on January 5, 2011. In June he completed a course entitled ” Forensic Anthropplogy for Educators” and in July 2011, the Chief Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court appointed Joe as a Connecticut Probate Court Magistrate. 10/11

Albert Kim, MCC Assistant Professor of Communication, has been on staff with CBS Radio for the past 7 years and serves as a part-time On-Air Talent for Lite 100.5FM WRCH/Hartford. On January 1, 2011, he helped ring in the 2011 New Year on Lite 100.5FM during their 10 a.m.-3 p.m. midday shift. 1/11

Robert Segall, MCC Adjunct was awarded the 2010 Excellence in Teaching Award for a part time instructor at Manchester Community College. A resident of Manchester, he has taught for 16 years as an adjunct professor of Chemistry at Manchester Community College and is also an adjunct professor in the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. 1/11

Carla Adams and the Administrative Professionals Club collected over 300 personal care items for local homeless shelters, which were assembled into 50 personal care “kits” for men, women and children and delivered to local shelters. 12/10

Catherine Seaver has accepted the position as the Division Director, Center for Business and Technologies at MCC. Catherine has a MS in Educational Technology from Eastern Connecticut State University, a MS in Computer Information Systems from the University of Phoenix, and a BS in Manufacturing Engineering from Miami University in Ohio. She is currently enrolled in the Ph.D program in Higher Education Administration at the University of Phoenix. Before coming to MCC in 2002, Catherine was employed for many years in industry as a systems engineer, systems manager, and IT project manager. She was a Professor of Engineering and Technology at Manchester Community College and for the past four years has served as the department chairperson. 11/10

Mike Stefanowicz has accepted the position of Division Director, Liberal Arts Division. He has a Masters of Education in Counseling and Psychological Services from Springfield College and his Bachelors of Arts in English from Bucknell University. He has served as the Director of Transitional Programs at Manchester Commuity College for over three years and has worked in higher education for over eleven years as Coordinator of Advising, Lead Counselor, and Counselor at Manchester Community College and Assistant Coordinator of Vocational-Technical Education at Asnuntuck Community College. 11/10

Dr. Fatma Salman has been hired as an Instructor of Physics. Dr. Salman has a PH.D and Masters Degree in Physics from the University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL and Masters degree and BS degree in physics from Ain-Shams University in Cairo, Egypt. Most recently, she was a full-time professor at Valencia Community College, Orlando,FL. Fatma will be teaching the broad range of Physics courses as well as Astronomy. 11/10

Dr. Carolina Flores has been hired as an Instructor of Music. Dr. Flores has a Doctor of Music Arts in Choral Conducting from the Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford, CT, a Master of Musical Arts in Piano Pedagogy from the Royal Superior Conservatory of Music, Madrid , Spain and a Bachelor of Musical Arts in Music Education, Superior COnservatory of Music, Zaragoza, Spain. 11/10

Dr. Pamela Mitchell-Crump is MCC’s new Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. Dr. Crump has her Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Massachusetts, Masters in Public Administration from the University of Hartford and her B.S. in Justice and Law Administration from Western CT State University. She has worked in higher education for over seventeen years as an Associate Dean of Academic Finance and Assistant to the Senior Vice President at Westfield State College as well as an instructor teaching graduate level students leadership, supervision, human resource management and thesis preparation at Springfield College in Springfield, MA. 11/10

Susan Meisler‘s article about women artists at the Wadsworth Atheneum,”Do Women have to Appear Naked to Get into Museums?!” was published in the Wadsworth Atheneum’s “Docent Dialogue” and she has shared her research at two community venues.11/10

Stephen Campiglio won honorable mention in the 2010 Worcester County Poetry Association’s Frank O’Hara Poetry Prize, read at the winner’s reading in September and the poem will be published in the Fall 2010 issue of The Worcester Review. Stephen also has a poem forthcoming in the annual literary journal, Caduceus, which is published through the Yale Medical Group/Art Place in New Haven and had a poem selected for a 2011 anthology from Star Cloud Press, calledNew Hungers for Old: 100 Years of Italian American Poetry.11/10

The Department of Higher Education has approved the licensure and accreditation of the Culinary Arts degree program. The entire Food Management and Culinary Arts Department, lead byJayne Pearson, Program Coordinator worked for rmore than two years to obtain the licensure and accreditation. 10/10

Dr. Linda J. Burk served as chair of the evaluation team for the Foreign Languages Discipline Review at Gateway Community College in May and as chair of the evaluation team for the Foreing Languages Discipline Review at Tunxis Community College.11/10

Dr. Carolina FloresDr. Deborah Simmons and Pat Carrigan planned and offered a Music/Visual Arts Adjunct in-service on August 18th, which was attended by twelve adjunct faculty.11/10

Pat Carrigan is a 2010 Recipient of Individual Artist Fellowship Grant for works on paper from the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism. During spring 2010 she exhibited her work at Alexy von Schlippe Art Gallery UConn at Avery Point. This fall she will be exhibiting new work at Birdsall Gallery, Old Lyme, CT. 11/10

Dr. Lois Coleman‘s dissertation project was published with the Lambert Academic Publishing Company. The title is: Michelle Cliff’s Fiction: Rescuing the Past, Engendering Frontier Consciousness 11/10.

Four of MCC’s math faculty, Dr. Paul EdelenMyrta GroeneveldChris Hamelin and Milaim Tahiri, were awarded a $40,000 grant from the National Center for Academic Transformation ( NCAT) to support the redesign of developmental math education. 11/10

Mehrdad Faezi conducted a workshop for 23 teachers from around the country and Puerto Rico entitled “Engineering Challenge for the 21st Century” from July 11-17th at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy as part of the College of Technology’s Regional Center for Next Generation Manufacturing ( COT’s RCNGM) and in collaboration with the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Engineering Department 11/10

Dr. Stacy Giguere delivered a paper entitled “Childbearing: Revelations of Another World in Other Words” delivered at the International Human Science Research Conferene in Seattle, WA. 11/10

Ann Hadley ws selected to be a presenter at a National Science Foundation leadership workshop designed to strengthen the national role of two year colleges in Geoscience Education. This workshop was held in June 2010 in Washington, D.C. 11/10

Kim Hamilton Bobrow was admitted to Brandeis University PHD program in English and American Literature. 11/10

Diana Hossain was the recipient of the Educational Excellence and Distinguished Service Award in May. Throughout 2010-2011 she will be engage in professional development activities to enhance her work in peace studies with an emphasis on conflict resolution.11/10

Susan Classen-Sullivan and Patricia Carrigan have works of art exhibited at the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism Gallery in Hartford from November 19-January 21, 201. 11/10

Dr. Tanya Millner-Harlee earned her doctorate from Georgetown University after successfully defending her dissertation in June. She has been invitd to present her research ,”Part TIme Faculty at Community Colleges: Are They Satisfied?” at the Association for the Study of Higher Eduction Conference in November, 2010. 11/10

Dr. Heather Ricker-Gilbert has been nominated to the Alumni Board of Directors for the Pennsylvania State Higher Education Program, ranked as one of the top programs in the country.11/10

Dr. Francine Rosselli-Navarra co-authored two articles which appeared in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology and the International Journal of Eating Disorders. 11/10

Dr. Steve Torres had a novel published in March by St. Martin’s Press: Blackout in Precinct Puerto Rico. 11/10

Dr. Rebecca Townsend has been invited to work with the Kettering Foundation.11/10

Members of the Psychology Department at MCC ( Dr. Francine Rosselli-NavarraDr. Stacy GiguereDr. Len Dupille, and Dr. Jean Wynn) are presenting the study” Assessing Research Methods Learning Outcomes in Introoductory Psychology at a Community College: An examination of the Scope and Nature of Existing Assessment Strategies”. 11/10

Albert Kim and Dr. Rebecca Townsend presented their assessment work in Public Speaking at the NEEAN Fall Forum Assessment Conference at the College of the Holy Cross on November 5, 2010. 11/10

Dr. Negussie Tirfessa received the Manchester Community College Excellence in Teaching Award on August 25, 2010. 11/10

Ta’Shema Odoms was a Presenter/Panelist for New England Transfer Association Annual Professional workshop”Transfer-The Contemporaory Mix”, in September 2010. Her topic was Boots to Books: Addressing the Needs of Returning Veterans-How MCC supports its student veterans. She also received a Sam’s Club Community Grant for $1,000 towards Veterans OASIS center.11/10

Julie Greene is Chair of the CT Community Colleges Career Services Council and a member of the Planning Committee for the Hartford-Springfield Economic Partnership annual “Colleg2Career Expo”. She also serves as a planning committee members for CT Learns and Works annual conference. She also runs the successful 12th annual Part-Time Job Fair and the 12th annual Community Service Fair. 11/10

Camille McGadney, MCC adjunct, is a member of the CT Community Colleges Career Services Council, a planning committee member of Hartford -Springfield Economic Partnership annual “Colleg2Career Expo” and a planning committee member for CT Learns and Works annual conference. She was a workshop presenter, Town of Tolland Public Library on resume writing, interviewing and job search strategies. 11/10

Joan Kantor, MCC adjunct, published a book of poetry in July, 2010 Shadow Sounds, with Antrim House. She was also a guest poet at Mishi Maya Gat, a poetry and musical program at MCC. 11/10

Vince McCann attended the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) 34th Annual Conference at Disney’s Coronado Springs in Florida in October, 2010. 11/10

Wanda Reyes-Dawes was selected as one of ten international NADADA Emerging Leaders, Class 2010-2012 and was recently paired with a NACADA mentor. She attended and presented at NACADA’s National Conference in Orlando, Florida in October, 2010 as an Advising Administrator Commission member on the topic of higher enrollment v.s. flat advising staff. Wanda was nominated as the secretary for the Connecticut Council for Acadmic Advising Coordinators for the 2010-2011 year. 11/10

Georgia Buckles, Accounting and Business Administration department chair, is recognized for her work on the recently signed articulation agreement between Manchester Community College and the University of Hartford Barney School of Business. This agreement will allow the smooth transfer of MCC graduates in the Accounting and Business Administration Transfer A.S. program to the University of Hartford Barney School of Business.11/10

Ivette Rivera-Dreyer, Director of Financial Aid Service, received the 2010 Latino de Oro award in Education in November, 2010 for her active involvement with Hispanic youth and students to encourage them to pursue a college education. 11/10

Paula Raum attended the District 1 Annual Conference for the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations in October, 2010 and was awarded bronze medallions for the Student Handbook and Online Marketing and Advertising. 11/10

Nancy Lentocha was awarded a bronze medallion in the Wild Card category at the Distrit 1 Annual Conference for the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations in October, 2010 for the design of the strategic planning banners.11/10

Patrick Sullivan, Professor of English, in collaboration with Howard Tinberg and Sheridan Blau, edited a second book entitled What is “College-Level” Writing? This is a sequel to the first volume of What is “College Level Writing”, published in 2006. 11/10

Sandra Jenkins, Professor of Hospitality Management at MCC, coordinates the “kids Up Front” program at the college. This is a six-week interactive progam emphasizing healthy cooking, food safety and food resource management. Students and faculty in the college’s Culinary Arts program host a group of 3rd to 5th graders from the Asylum Hill Boys and Girls Club in Hartford. For a video of this program please use this link: 11/10

Amy Garcia, of Oakdale, is a recipient of the 2009 Phi Theta Kappa Leaders of Promise Scholarship. Thirty Phi Theta Kappa members from 21 states have been named recipients of this award.  Each student received a $1,000 scholarship to further their associate degree education.11/09

Dr. Gena Glickman, president of Manchester Community College, was appointed to serve as a member of the American Council on Education’s Commission on Advancement of Racial and Ethnic Equity.  Glickman will serve a three-year term.   The Commission comprises thirty-five presidents from various academic institutions and provides counsel to the American Council on Education and to the Center for Advancement of Racial and Ethnic Equity on policies, programs and issues that influence equity, access and diversity in higher education. Dr. Glickman was also appointed to serve as a member of the Commission on Research, Technology, and Emerging Trends through the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).  Glickman will serve a three-year term.  Each of AACC’s six commissions focuses on a key aspect of the Association’s work on behalf of its member colleges.  These commissions act in an advisory capacity to the AACC Board of Directors. 11/09

MCC student Lydia Johnson, of Manchester, has been elected as the non-technical member to the Standing Advisory Committee of the Board of Governors for Higher Education.  Johnson was elected by the 2009 CT Community College Student Electoral Assembly, which consists of 48 student representatives from the twelve Connecticut community colleges. 11/09

MCC was awarded a $77,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, Federal Transit Administration.  The grant will fund the Public Transportation Participation Program at MCC, where students will learn how to conduct discussions on transportation planning issues. Dr. Rebecca Townsend, instructor of communications, and Martin Hart, instructor of business and accounting, will coordinate the program at MCC.  The program is scheduled to begin in spring 2010.  11/09

Bobbi Miller, adjunct instructor of English, has recently published two children’s books. “One Fine Trade,” illustrated by Will Hillenbrand, was released in February 2009, and “Davy Crockett Gets Hitched,” illustrated by Megan Lloyd, was released in July 2009. Copies of each book are available in the MCC library. 6/09

Dr. Deborah Simmons, professor of music, has recently published a children’s book, entitled “Little Deboo and Her Big Sister Rose: Learning About Diabetes.”  Dr. Simmons is both author and illustrator.  The creation of the project was a three-year process, involving reviewing current research on diabetes among minorities, diabetes and youth, and the use of children’s literature to promote health issues; writing a storyline targeting a 6th-grade readability level incorporating the research findings; and creating vibrant illustrations to support the text.   An abstract of the creation of the book was accepted and presented at the 2009 Center for Disease Control Conference on Diabetes Transitions, in Long Beach, California.  The conference hosted over 500 educators, advocates and health practitioners from around the world.  Copies of the book are available in the MCC library.6/09

Patrick Sullivan, professor of English and advisor of the Alpha Upsilon Alpha chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Manchester Community College, received the Distinguished Chapter Advisor award at the 2009 Phi Theta Kappa International Convention.6/09

Dr. Rebecca Townsend, instructor of communication, was published in the prestigious journal,Research on Language and Social Interaction, Volume 42. Her article, “Town Meeting as a Communication Event: Democracy’s Act Sequence” is based on a chapter from her doctoral dissertation 6/09

Joan Walden, adjunct instructor of communication, edited a book, entitled “Remembering the Old Neighborhood: Stories of Hartford’s North End.”  The book was conceived by Estelle Kafer, executive director of the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford, and features stories of some of the people who lived in one urban neighborhood that was a true American melting pot in the early to middle years of the 20th Century. 6/09