Celebrity Forum 2013 has come and gone, and it was a remarkable night all around, with some former First Ladies of the White House joining us in Lowell for a candid, heartfelt, and charming night at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium.
Laura Bush and her daughter, Jenna Bush Hager shared terrific stories about their work overseas, particularly in Africa, as well as their newest addition to the Bush clan, Jenna's daughter, Margaret Laura "Mila" Hager, who now has her own custom-made MCC onesie, thanks to Mike Kuenzler and his team at All Sports of Lowell.
The Bush women also shared their accounts of living in the White House in the time of September 11, 2001, when our nation came under attack. Mrs. Bush also spoke repeatedly about her love of education, libraries and reading, a passion which resonated well with the evening's crowd.
Kudos right out of the gate to Dean of Advancement Dennis Malvers and his whole team for pulling off another successful event for not just the college community, but our larger community as well.
The auditorium looked gorgeous once again, thanks to Design Diva Elaine Crandall, and the food from Fireside Catering of Burlington was sumptuous, as indicated by the cleaned plates around the tables!
Thanks as always to the army of MCC volunteers who pitched in the weeks and months leading to the event, as well as at the event itself for helping us pull off another winner!
Thanks also to the host of sponsors that help support the night, many of whom have been with us since our first year. In particular, many thanks to the folks at the TJX Companies, the presenting sponsor for the evening, who through TJX CEO Carol Meyrowitz and VP Jerome Smalls renewed their commitment to the college at Friday's event and gave away 100 gift cards to their stores to lucky attendees in the audience. The event couldn't happen so successfully every year without the backing of the hordes of sponsors.
Proceeds from the event go toward the MCC Foundation, and help provide scholarships for some of our students, 14 of whom received their awards Friday night. Congrats to Miranda Cashman of Billerica (the Debra Chemelli Evans scholarship winner) and the Celebrity Forum scholarship winners - Thomas Babaletos of Dracut, Julie Dale of North Reading, Student Trustee Gabrielle Davis of Dracut, Kelley DeCola of Waltham, Timothy Judge of Lowell, Calida Khut of Lowell, Dennis Murphy of Wilmington, Palak Patel of Woburn, Karen Pruy of Waltham, Cynthia Sao of Lowell, Devon Schneider of Billerica, Maclane Walsh of Westford, and Stephanie Young of Townsend.
Now that we've caught our breath, it's full steam ahead for Celebrity Forum 2014. (Just kidding, we won't start on that planning until at least next week.) Who would you like to see come visit the college for next year's Celebrity Forum?
In the meantime, enjoy this gallery of pics via photog to the Celebrities Kevin Harkins of www.harkinsphotography.com
This weekend saw the third annual MCC Bike Challenge, featuring 10 and 40 mile loops, and once again the MCC community, both within and without, turned out on a gorgeous spring day to join the festivities!
Proceeds from the charity ride go toward the MCC Foundation, which, among other roles, help supply scholarships for MCC students.
The ride is organized by a volunteer team of MCC staff, faculty and students, as well as community members.
This year, for the first time, we were joined by members of the Bedford Police Department who helped provide a bicycle safety primer for young children and also helped distribute new cycling helmets to everyone.
Thanks also to our partners at the Cycle Loft who helped fine-tune everyone's bikes for them before the ride!
Lots of laughs, lots of food, and tremendous community spirit from our folks as well as all of the kids and adults who participated in the rides.
Take a gander at this gallery of pics from Alyce O'Connell of www.alyceoconnell.com photography for a great flavor from the day, and thanks again to the entire extended team who helped pull off another great cycling and FUN-raiser event!
Congrats to the student winners of this year's Juried Student Art Show!
Middlesex Community College, in conjunction with Lowell Telecommunications Corp (LTC), is presenting the 2013 Juried Student Art show, which runs through Saturday, June 15, at LTC headquarters at 246 Market St. in Lowell.
Above is James Peddle with his print of an underwater scene he photographed while scuba diving at Folly Cove in Gloucester.
The show features artwork created by students enrolled in MCC's Graphic Design and Fine Art programs, including drawings, paintings, photographs, sculptures and digital media.
Above, Pai-Fang Lin, Art and Design Assistant, stands with her cut-paper wall hanging that incorporates the logos of MCC and LTC to symbolize the partnership.
Huge props to Margaret Swan, chair of MCC's Fine Art and and Graphic Design department for helping showcase the great efforts of the MCC students.
Above, Magda Francowicz gets her first place Studio Art award for Self Portrait from MCC Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs Phil Sisson.
Above is Fire Protection and Safety Technology major Brendan Lyons with his Waiting for the Call Studio Art award winner.
The juried show features about 50 pieces of art from students enrolled in Art and Design courses. The jurors were faculty members Jan Arabas, Joe Eiler, Jean Hammond, Margaret Rack, and Margaret Swan.
Here's a run-down of all the award winners:
1st place, Studio Art, Magda Francowicz
2nd place, Studio Art, Brendan Lyons
Honorable Mention, Studio Art, Khin Ha
Honorable Mention, Studio Art, Sharon Kiel
1st place, Graphic Design, Rose Martin
2nd place, Graphic Design, Courtney Erickson
Honorable mention, Graphic Design, Lucy Aldrich
Honorable Mention, Graphic Design, Peggy Wargelin
Clearly, our students have this contest down to an art!