President’s Message

Alumni Scholars

Lori Thomas ’99 (at left) and scholarships chair Suzanne Thompson ’82 (at right) congratulate Kevin Ramirez, Maggie Routson, Andre Jackson, Alexander Hedley, Joseph Linkio, and Kristen Isaacs on receiving Association-managed scholarships at the Alumni Association’s September board meeting.

We were thrilled to host the wrap-up concert of the College’s 70th anniversary season, as Alyson Palmer ’80 and Tony Salvatore ’81 brought BETTY to MC. And by the time this issue arrives, we’ll also have met new members for MC Day at Thurmont’s Springfield Manor Winery and Distillery, a beautiful site owned by Amie ’85 and John ’88 St. Angelo—whose five children also attended MC.

We have more great times coming in the spring, so mark your calendars. On April 21, we’ll celebrate our finest alumni and athletic achievements at the Alumni Awards on the Rockville Campus. Come to see how our fellow MCers have gone on to change the world. (A past awardee, Greg Wims ’70, won new honors this fall from the Family Justice Center for his work with the Victims’ Rights Foundation.) Also this spring, we’ll host our seventh Dogfishing for MC Scholarships at Gaithersburg’s Dogfish Head Alehouse, which generously donates 15 percent of their day’s receipts to our scholarship fund.

All those events succeed because of efforts by many members, and the best way to connect with other MC alums is to offer a little of your time to help make these programs better than ever. I hope you’ll follow our Facebook page ( for details, and visit us soon.

While we serve our Alumni Association members, we get the best rewards from seeing the students we help at MC today. Several of them joined us recently to explain what their Association scholarships mean to their education. It’s a highlight of our year to welcome these future alumni into the MC family.

This year’s scholarships come with a note of geeky pride. Every college has a team working to raise funds to help its students (ours is the Montgomery College Foundation), and each year they compare notes to see which college’s alumni participated the most in voluntary support for education. For several years, that “VSE” report has ranked MC among the top ten community colleges for the percentage
of alumni making contributions. That’s a testament to the many alumni who know how important MC was for them—and is today for our newest students.

Then we looked closer at the data and found something remarkable. For three years, MC has been among the top three community colleges in total dollars donated by alumni, and this past year we were number one nationally. So, Knights, Falcons, Gryphons, and Raptors: Take a bow! You stepped up for hundreds of students whose educational goals depended on a little extra help from those of us who’ve been here. Now I urge you to keep us on top. Your gift to the Alumni Association counts in the total, so please remember us for year-end contributions.

Our new alumni logo debuts on this issue. Look for it on our communications and a special “MC ALUM” design on some exclusive Alumni Association items. Now, read on to learn about Nelly Mutlu ’14’s travel to and beyond MC’s nursing program, David Matheny ’16’s experience with the solar eclipse, and the artistic journeys of Kenia Avendano-Garro ’10 and Derrick Douglass ’11.

Lori A. Thomas ’99
Montgomery College
Alumni Association President

Photography by Pete Vidal