MWCC e-News

May 15, 2013

In This Issue
Christopher P. Brown Named 2013 Alumnus of the Year
MWCC Honors Outstanding Students during Evening of Excellence ceremony
MWCC Foundation Honors Patrick L. Muldon as 2013 Citizen of the Year
Dental Programs Pinning Ceremony
MWCC Student Trustee Christine Eck Receives 29 Who Shine Award
MWCC PTK Leaders Feted at State House Ceremony
James D. Murphy Retrospective in East Wing Gallery
MWCC Announces Summer Business Luncheon Series
Officials Thanked for Mentoring Criminal Justice Interns
MWCC Employees Recognized During 2013 Service Awards Celebration
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topChristopher P. Brown 2013 Alumnus of the Year

Christopher P. BrownChristopher P. Brown, a physical therapist assistant who was recognized by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Westminster public safety officials earlier this year for his heroic actions at the scene of an accident, has been named Mount Wachusett Community College's 2013 Alumnus of the Year.The Westminster resident and Persian Gulf War veteran will be honored during the college's 48th Commencement on May 16.


"We are extremely proud to honor Christopher Brown as our 2013 Alumnus of the Year," said President Daniel M. Asquino. "Like many of our students, Christopher discovered his vocation while attending Mount Wachusett Community College, and then followed that path to achieve success both academically and professionally. Moreover, he has consistently demonstrated his commitment to serving others, first in the military, then as a student at Mount Wachusett, in his new career, and in his personal life."


Brown graduated from MWCC in 2010 with an associate degree in Physical Therapist Assistant and works at Genesis Rehab Services in Westford. Over the past several years, he has carved out a niche as a veterans' services specialist in the national company of more than 7,000 rehabilitation professionals.


Brown said he was humbled to receive the award. "It's an extraordinary honor to return to your college to receive an award when you believe the college has already given you more than enough to succeed in your career and to pursue your passion and goals in life."


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MWCC Honors Outstanding Students with an Evening of Excellence
Mount Wachusett Community College celebrated the academic accomplishments of extraordinary students at the annual Evening of Excellence awards dinner May 9 at the Four Points by Sheraton, Leominster. The students were honored with prestigious awards not only for their performance inside of the classroom, but for their contributions in the community as well.


MWCC Foundation Honors Patrick L. Muldoon as 2013 Citizen of the Year
Patrick L. Muldoon, president and CEO of HealthAlliance Hospitals and Central New England Health Alliance, was recognized as the 2013 Harold E. Drake Jr. Citizen of the Year by Mount Wachusett Community College Foundation, Inc. The Princeton resident was honored during the foundation's annual dinner on May 2 at the Colonial Hotel in Gardner.
Dental Hygiene and First Dental Assisting Graduates Honored During Pinning Ceremony
MWCC made history on Monday, May 13 when the first graduates of the new Dental Assisting program made their way up to the stage. These eight graduates along with the 12 graduates from the Dental Hygiene program were welcomed into the profession during a traditional pinning ceremony in the Raymond M. Lafontaine Fine Arts Center theatre.
MWCC Student Trustee Christine L. Eck Receives 29 Who Shine Award
MWCC Student Trustee Christine L. Eck was honored in the Department of Higher Education's "29 Who Shine" awards ceremony, held May 2 at the State House. Now in its third year, the celebration recognizes outstanding graduates from all 29 public colleges and universities. 
MWCC PTK Leaders Feted at State House Ceremony
Mount Wachusett Community College student leaders Elizabeth Reiser and Karen Duchnowski were honored as members of the All-Massachusetts Academic Team during a recognition ceremony at the State House on April 17. The Phi Theta Kappa honor society, community college presidents and the Massachusetts Community College Association sponsored the event.
James D. Murphy Retrospective in East Wing Gallery
As a part of MWCC's 50th anniversary celebration, an exhibition of artwork by James D. Murphy, the first chair of the college's Board of Trustees, will be on display from June 3 through June 7 in the East Wing Gallery of the Raymond LaFontaine Fine Arts Center. The exhibit will include works in watercolor, oil and pen and ink created throughout his life and also features never before seen watercolors. A reception fundraiser will take place on Thursday, June 6.


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MWCC Announces Summer Business Luncheon Series 
Mount Wachusett Community College is offering a summer business luncheon series on a variety of topics including leadership, networking, technology and safety beginning in June through August. The college's Division of Lifelong Learning and Workforce Development has bundled several of its popular course offerings for entrepreneurs, small businesses, nonprofit as well as corporate staff.


Officials Thanked for Mentoring MWCC Criminal Justice Student Interns

Criminal justice officials throughout the region provided internship opportunities for a number of MWCC students during the spring semester. To thank them for providing real-life, career experiences for the criminal justice students, department chair Reed Hillman presented certificates of appreciation during a recent gathering on the Gardner campus.


Employees Recognized During 2013 Service Awards Celebration
President Daniel M. Asquino and the Human Resources department honored employees who reached the milestone years of service with the college during the 18th Annual Employee Service Awards Ceremony on May 6 in the North Café. In addition to the service awards, MWCC announced the recipients of the 2013 Commonwealth Citation for Outstanding Performance and the recipients of the college's third annual da Vinci Parachute Award.
Upcoming Events 
Upcoming at MWCC: 
  • Commencement May 16
  • Nurse Pinning Ceremony May 17
  • Gateway and Pathways graduation May 22
  • MWCC Info Night June 11
  • Summer Business Luncheon Series

For information about upcoming events click here. 

Janice O'Connor
Director of Public Relations
Mount Wachusett Community College