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Testify!

Testify!

President DeRionne Pollard gave testimony on Capitol Hill and in Annapolis in February as part of an effort to persuade lawmakers to make higher education more affordable. She spoke to the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, detailing MC’s efforts to close the affordability gap, which also helped make the argument for […]

Raptors Basketball Teams Finish Fifth in the Nation

Raptors Basketball Teams Finish Fifth in the Nation

The Raptors men’s and women’s basketball teams both finished fifth in their 2017–2018 NJCAA Division III Championship tournaments. This season the women’s team tied best finishes from their 2012 and 2013 national tournament appearances. The Raptors finished their season with an overall record of 22–7 and fifth place in the country out of 100 Division […]

Color Trending

Color Trending

MC is at the height of fashion this year, according to color experts at the Pantone Color Institute. The institute, a consulting service with Pantone, chose a shade of purple (18-3838 ultra violet) akin to MC’s official color (Pantone 2617) as 2018 color of the year. Each year, the institute forecasts global color trends and […]

Web Updates

Web Updates

Alumni Association If you have visited montgomerycollege.edu/alumni recently, you’ll notice that things have changed. We have redesigned our Alumni Association web pages, making it easier to become a member, access your benefits, and find ways to stay involved with MC. Check it out, and send your feedback on the new pages to alumni@montgomerycollege.edu. Language Resource […]

Giving Peace a Chance

Giving Peace a Chance

One week after the deadly school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Professor Pat Ruppert asked her philosophy class to comment on the Parkland students’ activism. In a closed, online forum their conversation—like many across the country—held opinions ranging from anti-gun to pro-Second Amendment. But Ruppert noticed a glaring difference between […]

Lit Picks

Lit Picks

MC librarians at all three campuses know a thing or two about good books. And—no surprise here—they had a lot to say when Insights asked for summer reading recommendations. Here are a few of their new favorites. Kari Schmidt, technical services manager, recommends: Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders This imaginative ghost story about […]

All That Data: New Program Helps Meet Workforce Demands in a Data-driven World

All That Data: New Program Helps Meet Workforce Demands in a Data-driven World

All organizations and enterprises—profit, nonprofit, private, public, etc.—need to find efficient methods to turn data into usable information. And they need workers conversant in ideas and tools. Data science combines math, statistics, programming, and hacking skills, as well as data journalism, to gain insight from a growing volume of information produced by an increasingly data-driven […]

And the Award Goes to …

And the Award Goes to …

The Carnegie Corporation of New York named MC President DeRionne P. Pollard a recipient of its Academic Leadership Award. Pollard is only the second community college recipient of this award. The honor consists of $500,000 in support for each winner’s academic initiatives.  Pollard has earmarked the Carnegie award funds for two landmark MC programs: the […]

New Center for Justice Supports Student Activism

New Center for Justice Supports Student Activism

When Patty Pablo ’18 went to bed on August 13—after the nation spent the weekend watching white supremacists trudge through Charlottesville bearing torches and messages of bigotry and hate—only four people had signed up to join the protest event she advertised on Facebook. She assumed only a handful of people would show up the next […]

Food for Thought: Students Struggle with Basic Needs

Food for Thought: Students Struggle with Basic Needs

A Mobile Market program now brings fresh food to campus for students and members of the community experiencing food insecurity. Food insecurity, or reduced quality of diet and access to nutrition, can sometimes be overlooked at the college level, but it plays an important role in academic performance. The Mobile Markets, provided in partnership with […]

College Partners with County and Nonprofits To Host First Conference for Single Parents

College Partners with County and Nonprofits To Host First Conference for Single Parents

Erica Brizuela has a two-year-old son, works as a waitress, and takes classes at Montgomery College. Single parents like Brizuela, 23, rarely have time to get together with other single parents, or attend workshops, no matter how helpful they promise to be. When she heard about the Single Parent Conference at the College’s Rockville Campus, […]

Q & A

Q & A

Insights talks with Martha Schoonmaker, executive director, Pinkney Innovation Complex for Science and Technology at Montgomery College (PIC MC). Q: PIC MC was named for Dr. Hercules Pinkney, who was vice president and provost at the Germantown Campus when the integrated campus idea was conceived. What aspects of the PIC MC’s 40 acres has already […]

Retired Professor’s Holocaust Memoirs Book Wins Award

Retired Professor’s Holocaust Memoirs Book Wins Award

Professor Emerita Myrna Goldenberg’s latest book, Before All Memory Is Lost, received the 2017 Canadian Jewish Literary Award in Holocaust literature. One juror called the book “remarkable.” “It was a kind of joy to shine a spotlight on the survivors—some are still living—and to share the book with survivors’ families,” says Goldenberg. Before All Memory […]

CS Students Help Keep County Networks Safe, Earn Scholarships

CS Students Help Keep County Networks Safe, Earn Scholarships

Though many might think of computer science as the kind of profession where work is left at work, Bryan Solis ’17 disagrees. His cybersecurity internship in Montgomery County’s Information Security Department is over, but he has been busy sealing his home against a cyber attack. “Everything I learned, I’m doing it on my own house,” […]

Groundbreaking: Rockville Student Services Center

Groundbreaking: Rockville Student Services Center

Montgomery College broke ground in June on a 130,000-square-foot Student Services Center, which will provide a centralized location for all student services at the Rockville Campus. “I am pleased that the Student Services Center is now shovel-ready,” said Montgomery County Executive Isiah (Ike) Leggett at the ceremony. “This fantastic building will give students an easier […]

Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign

Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign

“MC is a welcoming institution, and the College’s refreshed entrances at the Rockville and Germantown campuses showcase our hospitality even more,” says Emily Schmidt, marketing director. The new gateway signs feature brushed-silver lettering mounted on stone. Digital signage was incorporated into the entrance areas to improve communications with the community. Students and visitors to campus […]

Presidential Dialogues: Defining America—Dialogues Across Difference

Presidential Dialogues: Defining America—Dialogues Across Difference

Join President Pollard for a series of conversations focused on American identity. All events are free and open to the public. For information, call 240-567-5267 or visit montgomerycollege.edu/dialogues. Seth Goldman, CEO and cofounder, Honest Tea November 28 @ 7 p.m. Rockville Campus, Science West Building, Room 301, 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, MD. Free parking. Goldman […]

Grand Reopening of Student-Run Café

Grand Reopening of Student-Run Café

The MBI Café, a student-run coffee shop on the Rockville Campus, celebrated its grand reopening in a new and bigger space across from the campus cafeteria in June. The café is a We Proudly Serve Starbucks operation. MBI students run the café, including front line and managerial operations. The café opened in 2003, when 17 […]

1946–1947 A Year of Firsts… and Simpler Times Celebrating Montgomery 70th Anniversary Series Part 2 of 2*

1946–1947 A Year of Firsts… and Simpler Times Celebrating Montgomery 70th Anniversary Series Part 2 of 2*

Enthusiasm among the first class of 186 students was high during the College’s first semester in 1946, as evidenced by the remarkable list of firsts in the College archives. Students established the first student council and the first yearbook committee—which produced the first edition of the yearbook, Accolade. The same committee coordinated with art students […]

Past Presidents Reunited for Special 70th Anniversary State of the College

Past Presidents Reunited for Special 70th Anniversary State of the College

At the sixth annual State of the College in March, Dr. Pollard was joined by three former College presidents: Dr. Hercules Pinkney, Dr. Charlene R. Nunley, and Dr. Robert E. Parilla. During her introduction, Pollard drew comparisons among their tenures—which among them spans 37 years of the College’s 70-year history—as well as differences (e.g., budgets, […]

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