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Tom Peterson, director of Marketing Communications, was presented the Spirit of the Arc Award at the Arc of New Jersey’s annual dinner in December. He has been a volunteer and a member of the Board of Directors of Camp Jaycee, a summer camp for children and adults with developmental disabilities, for 10 years.

The annual holiday party included a food drive that collected boxes of food, which was donated to M.C.F.O.O.D.S. (Middlesex County Food Organization and Outreach Distribution Services). Members of the College community dropped off food as they entered the party. From left, Charlotte Quigley, manager of Career Services; Jose Laureano, director of MCC’s Perth Amboy Center; Melissa Vogel, assistant in the Career and Transfer Services Department; and Barbara Gillen, registration services assistant.

When Professor Christine Harrington published “Student Success in College: Doing What Works!” she took some of the royalties and established a scholarship for students. She invited those taking Student Success 101 classes to create posters summarizing research findings from a journal article. The three winners were honored at a ceremony in December. From left: Professor Albert Joy, whose Student Success classes yielded all three winners; Joann La Perla-Morales, College president; Humberto Marmolejo, first place winner ($1,500) whose poster focused on motivation and academic success; Ashley Abreu, second place winner ($800), who looked at time management; Crysol Lopez-Perez, third place winner ($500), who highlighted how entering college affects health; and Dr. Harrington.

Thirteen 3 to 5 year-olds from Acelero Learning of Monmouth /Middlesex Counties recently visited the MCC Dental Hygiene Clinic. Senior dental hygiene students, faculty and the clinic dentist welcomed the children. The kids received a dental screening, toothbrush education, a teeth cleaning and fluoride varnish application. From left: Joy Mangafas and Marilyn Rangel clean a child’s teeth.

Members of the Renaissance at Monroe Veterans Club recently donated $3,000 to benefit student-veterans. Emergency funds will be provided to assist student-veterans in completing their degree program. The club has been supportive in the past as well, providing funding for books and educational supplies in the amount of $4,000 in each of the last two academic years. From left: Noel Schleifman, club secretary/treasurer; Bob Friedman, vice president; Abe Adams, president; College President Joann La Perla-Morales; Richard Feldman, MCC’s coordinator of Veterans Services; and Joe Barracato, club vice president.

Ziykara Hicks (center right, holding ball) with the banner honoring her for scoring 1,000 points at MCC. The sophomore guard hit the milestone at a December 10 game at Cumberland County College, but the banner was unveiled at the next home game. A larger version will hang in the Physical Education Center. She is surrounded by teammates, coaches, College officials, family and basketball alumnae. Above, she drives in for two of her 1,000 points.