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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, […]

Embracing Change in Demographics

Embracing Change in Demographics

“We are browner, older, and less wealthy than ever in the history of this county. How do we … ensure that those three facts are not seen as negatives, as they are in other places in this world? How do we have student support services so students understand we are here to meet them where […]

Science Center Complex: ‘Money Well Spent’

Science Center Complex: ‘Money Well Spent’

Rockville Campus celebrated the opening of its newly renovated Science Center West building early in February. Soaring windows and spacious and adaptable instructional rooms enhance teaching and learning in popular science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs. The $29 million project, which included adding a third floor, completes a 12-year plan to upgrade science and […]

Parking Improvements

Parking Improvements

On the first day of spring semester MC officially opened the long-awaited parking facility at Rockville, a 918-space, seven-level garage. Located adjacent to the Physical Education Center, the North Campus Garage (NC on collegewide maps), includes 59 security cameras, 20 electric charging stations, two elevators, and nearly 700 parking spaces designated for students. The facility […]

Governor Hogan Delivers State Economic Update from Germantown Campus

Governor Hogan Delivers State Economic Update from Germantown Campus

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan traveled to the Germantown Campus on February 28 to deliver the 2017 Economic Development Update for the state of Maryland. MC President DeRionne Pollard and Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce President Marilyn Balcombe also attended. In his 15-minute speech, the governor announced that Maryland had just been recognized as one of the […]

Kudos

Kudos

Professor Jean Freedman recently published the first full-length biography of music legend Peggy Seeger, entitled Peggy Seeger: A Life of Music, Love, and Politics. The book covers Seeger’s career in music as well as her lifelong advocacy for environmental and feminist causes. Professor Freedman earned a PhD in folklore from Indiana University and is author […]

Community Engagement: Public Forums on Campus Modernization and County Education Budgets

Community Engagement: Public Forums on Campus Modernization and County Education Budgets

On March 21, Dr. Pollard and Takoma Park Mayor Kate Stewart led the first in a series of three Community Conversations with Takoma Park and Silver Spring residents, students, and alumni about the College’s construction projects to replace or modernize existing buildings on the East Campus within Takoma Park. The next project slated for construction […]

MC in the News

MC in the News

Fox News’s “New Yorkers Working with Doctors Without Borders” featured Michelle Mays, MA, RN, BSN, and Montgomery Scholar ’02. Hechinger Report article, “Placement rates, other data colleges provide consumers are often alternative facts,” (March 22, 2017) included comments from Kevin Long, director of policy and planning, on collecting student data. WTOP featured student Constance Roberts […]

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