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Kitchen Confidential

Kitchen Confidential

Did you ever take a cooking class at Montgomery College led by Carla Hall, a finalist on Bravo-TV’s Top Chef? Perhaps you caught a lecture by Christopher Kimball, founder, editor, and publisher of Cook’s Illustrated magazine and cookbook empire, and host of PBS’s America’s Test Kitchen and Cook’s Country. Or hung on the words of […]

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Recipes for Success

Recipes for Success

On almost any street corner in America, you will find a restaurant. It has become a staple of family eating, attracting more than 130 million people each day. But as the recession has hit wallets and pocketbooks, the industry has been challenged. MC alumni restaurateurs turn the tables in a down economy continuing to satisfy […]

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An Architectural Fixture

An Architectural Fixture

For someone who’s called a minimalist, his portfolio brims with details; for a man of modest physical stature, he’s reached iconic proportions in the world of architecture. Hugh Newell Jacobsen ’48 has spent 45 years building on his passion for pure architectural design. “If I’m remembered for anything, it will be that,” Jacobsen says, pointing […]

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Midas Touch

Midas Touch

William Adair ’68 is a artist, master gilder, frame conservator, and frame historian who cut his creative teeth as an art student at Montgomery College. “I got my first ‘A’ in art in high school, and that was an indication to me that someone—one of my teachers—thought that I was exceptional …. So [I began […]

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Dawn of a New Day

Dawn of a New Day

Montgomery College World Music Professor Dawn Ieriho:kwats Avery. One of the darkest episodes in Native American history from the mid-1900s through the 1960s was the removal and isolation of children from their families, traditions, and culture to assimilate them into the dominant culture. Young children were forcibly ripped from their homes, often taken far from […]

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Sweet Dreams

Sweet Dreams

When Eric Reid ’92 and his wife, Crisoire, began farming their 300 acres in the Dominican Republic, their dream was to build a business that would sustain their families, both in the United States and the Dominican Republic. Over several years, they raised crops and livestock—papayas, tangerines, pigs, and cattle—and with each ag-venture, they learned […]

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A Talent for Genius

A Talent for Genius

When the early morning phone call in September 2010 came out of the blue, sculptor Elizabeth Turk ’92 was on the road in Colorado. Seated next to her was former Montgomery College classmate Kirara Kawauchi ’92, a close friend, fellow artist, and collaborator. On the line was the MacArthur Foundation’s Dan Socolow. Turk remembers exactly what […]

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Marga Fripp ’05, Founder and President of Empowered Women International

Marga Fripp ’05, Founder and President of Empowered Women International

Marga Fripp ’05 learned how to run a successful nonprofit by the age of 23 in her native Romania. There, Fripp founded and led a nonprofit organization that provided services to women survivors of domestic violence and advocated for legislation. Fripp also hosted a local TV talk show that promoted discussion of women’s rights; its […]

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My Year in Tanzania

My Year in Tanzania

Wonderful or terrible, there is never ever an ordinary boring day in Tanzania. Extraordinary beauty of flora, fauna, and the Swahili language inundated my senses. In the ocean air, everything rusts, roads crumble, rains flood. “Kiswahili Time” means ‘whenever, but certainly not now.’ Tanzanians are unflappably polite no matter what is happening—good or bad. An […]

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Fit For A New Career

Fit For A New Career

Julie Mathis’s inner athlete was struggling to get out. The former high school athlete took a full load of physical education courses at Messiah College in Grantham, Pa., back in the early 90s. But when it came time to think about a major, Mathis chose computer applications, for which she received an associate’s degree from […]

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