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Guess What? You can Go Home Again

Above, Don Drost ’79, left, the executive director of facilities management at MCC, with Alberto Alayón ’84 in front of the new South Hall.

Alberto Alayón looks at the new South Hall building with pride. He knows every inch of it and can tell you when the windows will be installed, when the plumbing will be set up, when the electricity will be turned on. The senior project manager for EPIC, Mr. Alayón is MCC’s representative in making sure the work is done right, and on time.

Thirty years earlier, he was taking classes on the same spot he is working at now. South I and South II, which were razed in the summer of 2014 to make room for the new construction, had been used for technology classes when he was a student. Mr. Alayón graduated in 1984 with an Associate Degree in Civil Engineering Technology.

“We had a great cadre of professors,” he said. “Ray Nolan, Frank Rubino, Carl Kiesewetter and Jay Edelson, to name a few. They enjoyed teaching and they enjoyed the students. They made it a home for us. It was a very positive experience for me. I got a great education.”

He graduated from MCC, and was awarded an ROTC scholarship from the U.S. Army and continued his studies at NJIT in Newark. In 1987 he graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Civil Engineering Technology and received a commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He worked briefly for EPIC before being called to active duty in the Army Corps of Engineers during Desert Storm. He spent five years on active duty with assignments in Germany and the U.S. followed by three years with the National Guard attaining the rank of major, before returning to EPIC. He has been there for the last 25 years.

Mr. Alayón resides in Pennsylvania with his wife Rose of 25 years and has two children.

This is his first project for MCC.

“I was excited to come back,” he said. “There’s been a lot of positive changes. Aside from the original Arsenal buildings, there were only six or seven College buildings then. It’s kind of coincidental that I’m working on the same ground that I stood at when I was a student. It brings back positive memories.”

Above, Don Drost ’79, left, the executive director of facilities management at MCC, with Alberto Alayón ’84 in front of the new South Hall. At right, the two gave MCC engineering students a tour of the construction last fall. At right, the two gave MCC engineering students a tour of the construction last fall.

At right, the two gave MCC engineering students a tour of the construction last fall. At right, the two gave MCC engineering students a tour of the construction last fall.