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“Endless Possibilities” Documents 50 Years of MCC Achievements

Three members of the Middlesex County College class of 2014 have collaborated on a history of the College. “Endless Possibilities: Middlesex County College 1964-2014” was written by Kim Silva-Martinez, the photo editor is Nicole Kazar and the art director is Damian Gonzalez.

From left: Alumni Damian Gonzalez,the art director; Kim Silva-Martinez, the author; and Nicole Kazar, the photo editor.

From left: Alumni Damian Gonzalez,the art director;
Kim Silva-Martinez, the author; and Nicole Kazar, the photo editor.

“Middlesex is a unique college, with a fascinating history and a rich legacy,” Ms. Silva-Martinez said. “This was truly a labor of love.”

“Endless Possibilities” is divided into sections by decades. It actually touches on pre-college history, as the land was part of the Raritan Arsenal, an Army base. It covers the conversion of the property; the public relations campaign in the county to convince the residents of the need for a county college; and hiring the first president, Frank Chambers.

It then spans the decades from the 1960s to the 2010s, featuring faculty, staff and students. Each section includes a two-page spread on a graduate or faculty member, as well as smaller features on other prominent members of the College community. It is speckled with photos through the years. The text includes smaller stories on students, faculty and staff during those eras. In addition, there are separate sections on the library, athletics, student life, the student newspaper and the MCC Foundation.

Published by the College, the 152-page book, which runs 40,000 words, is available at the Middlesex County College Bookstore.

Ms. Silva-Martinez is now a student at Montclair State University; Ms. Kazar graduated in 2014 with a degree in photography and is now completing her Associate Degree in Graphic Arts at Middlesex; and Mr. Gonzalez is the graphic services coordinator in MCC’s Office of Marketing Communications.

“I think Kim, Nicole and Damian have done a fabulous job in capturing the fabric of Middlesex County College,” said Patrick Madama, vice president for institutional advancement at MCC. “It is very well written, and the photographs and design work together to create a wonderful tapestry. I think anyone who enjoys local history or cares about MCC will love it.”