Middlesex Community College was recognized as an exemplary college committed to diversity by Minority Access Inc. at its 16th annual National Role Models Conference, held recently in Baltimore, Md.
Middlesex President James C. Mabry accepted the award, along with Darcy Orellana, Assistant Director of Human Resources/Affirmative Action Officer.
President Mabry addressed the conference on behalf of the colleges and universities honored. Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.) and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake also spoke as part of the program.
“The Minority Access National Role Model recognition is the result of MCC's collegewide commitment to diversity, and to our ongoing work to promote student success,” said Orellana. “At Middlesex, our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion can be found everywhere – inside and outside the classroom, and in our community connections.
“Everyone at MCC shares responsibility to ensure that our programs, practices and policies are designed to foster success for underserved and under-represented populations,” said Orellana. “We are fully engaged in addressing achievement and opportunity gaps.”
Minority Access is a nonprofit organization committed to increasing diversity, decreasing disparities and reducing incidences of environmental injustices. It assists colleges and universities, as well as the federal government and corporations, in implementing programs and providing services to recruit, enhance and retain underserved and under-represented populations
Our MCC students took to the streets to celebrate Bedford Day 2015, joining President Mabry and his wife Judy and thousands of other revelers who packed the Great Road and Town Hall environs in a great family outing.
Student leaders and members of the Leadership In Action/Paul Sullivan Leadership Institute gave up part of their weekend to help represent the college with flying colors - and flying lollipops, too!
Three cheers for MCC's incredible Facilities Crew, especially Parade Veteran Thomas Asiamah who's an expert at winding the MCC float through our communities' roadways.
The highlight of the outing was unquestionably seeing our students interacting with the small children who lined the parade route, and were overjoyed when they were given one of the official MCC lollipops. Never underestimate the value of a good lollipop.
Afterwards, hamburgers and ice cream courtesy of President Mabry!
A great day for Bedford, and a great outing by some of MCC's finest!
Time for the annual Middlesex Community College night at the Lowell Spinners, a terrific night of fun pulling together the extended MCC family, and their respective families for lots of laughs, hot dogs, and of course, top-notch baseball from the Boston Red Sox single A affiliate, the Lowell Spinners!
This year, though, the summer outing included a special treat for not just the MCC hordes in attendance, but the thousands of other Spinners fans as well - MCC President James Mabry hurled the ceremonial first pitch!
We're not going to go into too many particulars on this blog - those in attendance saw it in all its glory - but let's just say it was a blazing fastball, high and inside. Clearly, no batter would have been able to get ahold of it.
Here's the windup
And the pitch!
Afterwards, here's President Mabry apologizing to the Spinners catcher for hurting his hand with the fastball, even through the padded mitt
On-field, with the MCC Spinners spinerette, Ginny Barrelle!
And of course, no visit to Lelacheur Park in Lowell would be complete without a visit from the Spinners' rambunctious mascot, the Canaligator! A fan favorite all-season long, but an especially big hit with the MCC kids in attendance!
Just a word of warning - when the Canaligator takes out his Silly String - RUN!
Members of the MCC family
And it goes without saying, anytime you go to the ballpark, bring your vintage baseball glove, ready to catch that errant foul ball. But be careful - when the Canaligator's involved - YOU might be the catch of the night