Office of Development / Alumni Affairs
Spring 2001
(508) 588-9100, x1105 &1960 ~ Fax: (508) 427-1255

President Bush's Chief of Staff Addresses Graduates"
"Brockton is the City of Champions and you are all champions," stated Andrew Card during his keynote address at the 2001 Commencement Exercises. Chief of Staff to the President of the United States, Card gave special recognition to his father-in-law, Joseph Bryan, for being a member of America's greatest generation and recognized all other veterans and their families who made sacrifices during Word War II. Joseph Bryan was the oldest graduate this year and plans to return to MCC this fall to take more classes. "He loves learning," stated Card. "It keeps him young."


35th Anniversary Appeal
Once again, we are appealing to our loyal Alumni to support the Foundation's Annual Appeal. During this 35th anniversary year, our goal for this appeal is participation. In other words, any amount large or small will be appreciated. The success of our follow-up appeal to local corporations will depend on our ability to boast that almost 100% of our Alumni have already contributed to the campaign. Please complete the attached form, detach and return in the envelope provided along with your 35th Anniversary gift.
35th Anniversary Party
Mark your calendars: October 12, 2001 at the MCC Conference Center. The Live! At Massasoit Performance Series will be presenting "The Rock 'n Roll Emerald Anniversary Bash" - a dinner dance with the swinging 9-piece Harvey Robbins' Royalty of Rock 'n Roll All Stars featuring Billie Davies, lead guitar with Hank Ballard, and special guests, The Belmonts.

Gifts of Securities
The MCC Foundation has recently established procedures for accepting gifts of stock and has just received its first stock gift. In addition to the satisfaction of knowing that this gift will ultimately support student scholarships at MCC, this donor will receive an income tax charitable deduction for the full value of the shares on the date of the transfer of ownership. The donor will also avoid the capital gains tax that otherwise would be imposed had the appreciated stock been sold. We are really excited about this opportunity for our donors and about the additional funds that will be made available for the College and its students.

President Rose and Linda Rose enjoy their caricature sketched by roving artists at the "Evening in Paris" fundraiser held at MCC's Conference Center in March 3, 2001.

Massasoit Athletes
MCC's Athletic Department is still searching for Alumni who participated in sports at MCC. If you were a MCC athlete and have not yet contacted the Athletic Depart- ment, please call Marie Forrest at (508) 588-9100 x1431 or e-mail

The Alumni Office would like to welcome the 1500 alumni who have recently been added to our mailing list. This office plans to
complete its "search for lost Alumni" project before the end of MCC's 35th Anniversary year.

Conference Center News >>>
By Director Linda Bean, class of '92 We are pleased to announce that the MCC Conference Center is now open to the public for private functions such as wedding receptions, anniversaries, retirements, etc. The success of the Conference Center has grown in leaps and bounds since it was opened four years ago. This year, our clients numbered almost 40,000. Special discounts are available for MCC Alumni. Stop by for a visit some time.

Alumni Milestones top
Peter Gates, class of "92 entered the United States Airforce where he served in Operation Allied Force and in Operation Desert Shield. He has received two Medals of Merit for his expertise as well as the Air Force Achievement Award for his outstanding leadership while being deployed for Operation Allied Force. Peter received a Community College of the Air Force Degree in 1999 and earned his Bachelor's degree from Western New England College on May 20, 2001. "I have many ford memories of the small, family like camaraderie that illuminated the halls on any given day," states Peter. "I accredit much of my success to the support that I received at MCC particularly from Barbara Napoli."

Susan (Porter) Panepinto, class of '95 is a Medical Assistant at South Shore Urology in South Weymouth.

Karyn (Pennington) O'Connor and her husband, Patrick, both graduated from MCC in 1995. Karyn went on to earn her BA at Bridgewater State and is now a Senior Planner at Import Products in Bridgewater. "My experience at Massasoit Community College was a highlight in my educational career. The classes and professors prepared me well in order to continue on and receive my bachelors degree."

After earning his BS from Bridgewater State, Gregory Martin, class of '97, entered the field of engineering and is currently working for EMC Corporation as an Operations Engineer. Gregory is engaged to Korri (Grant), class of '95.

Nancy Smith, class of '83, is currently the Finance Coordinator and an instructor for the SeniorNet, a program at MCC that teaches senior citizens how to use computers. Nancy is the president of the Alumni Association, as well as, a former Treasurer and Secretary. She also serves on the board of Brockton Community Access. In addition to the above, Nancy served as the Alumni Trustee on the MCC Board for ten years. During her tenure, she was elected Secretary of the Board and appointed Co-chair of the technology Committee and Co-chair of the Presidential Search Committee.

Marie Collins, class of "82, has served as the Vice Chair on the MCC Board of Trustees for the past three years. Marie was elected by the Association to serve as the Alumni Trustee for a five-year term. Prior to that election, she served as president of the Alumni Association for 10 years. As a former Green Key recipient, Marie now enjoys attending MCC Honors Convocations as a Trustee. She has also volunteered for the Avon HeadStart Program and helped raise money for the South Shore Cerebral Palsy Association. Marie is employed as the Regional Business Coordinator for Costco's Wholesale. She would love to hear from other Alumni.

Next Meeting top
The next meeting of the Alumni Association will be on September 13th at 7:15 p.m. in the Student Senate Conference Room.

Campus News top
Web for Alumni
Colin Moran, CIO
The College has begun a three and one-half year project to modernize and replace the Administrative and Student Records system. As part of that process, the Alumni Office will support and develop the "SCT Web for Alumni" solution. "Web for Alumni" will bring to our graduates a rich, on-line environment capable of providing communication about college events, career and volunteer opportunities, discussion groups and services that will enhance and nurture the relationship built during the years you attended.

From your web browser, you will be able to update personal records, search for items and events of community interest, and extend you educational opportunities through activities and events supported by alumni participation and contributions. The alumni system is scheduled to "go-live" in the summer of 2002.

Massasoit's Web Manager, James Lynch, has recently been recognized with a Golden Web Award by the International Association of Web Masters and Designers (IAWMD.) Members of this association are business people and students from all over the world with a variety of backgrounds, careers and interests. The organization is dedicated to providing a common ground where-by students and regular members can come together with their respective peers, via the Internet to participate in numerous activities and common interests such as web site awards, polling and informational networking.

MCC's Choices Program has recently been recognized at the Professional Development Day sponsored by the Council of Massachusetts Community Colleges. Special recognition was given to Alice Wallace-Moore, Pat Reale and Joanne Sansoucie.

MCC's PTK has been awarded the Regional Service Hallmark Award, the Scholarship Hallmark Award, the Science and Technology Award as well as the Five Star Status and Distinguished Chapter President Award. The region includes New England, New York, and New Jersey. MCC was also recognized at the International Convention in Chicago with the International Service Award, Distinguished President Award, and Distinguished Chapter Award. Internationally, MCC's PTK is ranked among the top 25 chapters.

MCC's Math Club has been recognized by the American Mathematics Association of Two-Year Colleges with a 4th place award for the Northeast Region, 1st place in New England and Massachusetts. Two MCC students ranked among the top ten in the NorthEast competition.


Last revised: July 31, 2001 11:19 AM