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Donna-Marie Gardner Named Alumna of the Year

Donna Marie Gardner of the Natural Sciences Department received the 2015 Alumna of the Year Award for Contributions to the College, its Alumni Association or Foundation. The award was presented during Celebration Day in May, an annual event that also honors College employees reaching milestone service anniversaries and two Outstanding Service to the College award winners.thismonth-jun2015-donna-gardner
From left: Dorothy Bitetto, president of the Alumni Association; Donna-Marie Gardner; and College President Joann La Perla-Morales.

Professor Gardner, a member of the MCC class of 2000, is a superb teacher who motivates and inspires her students. She is an innovative educator who brings many different learning and teaching styles to her classroom. She is respected, admired and liked by her students, both science and non-science majors. In 2014, she was awarded the MCC Excellence in Teaching Award.

Professor Gardner graduated from MCC with an Associate Degree with highest honors and transferred to Columbia University, where she earned both her Bachelor’s Degree and her Master’s Degree. She is pursuing a doctorate in post-secondary and adult education.

Along with Professor Mat Spano, Professor Gardner is co-director of the College’s Honors Program and the advisor to several clubs on campus.

She also volunteers in the community, participating with Habitat for Humanity, Elijah’s Promise Soup Kitchen, and with her church.

She generously offers her time with Alumni Association projects, as well as Foundation events and activities.

“I’m honored, flattered and privileged to be recognized,” Professor Gardner said. “This is an important award for me because of how I feel about Middlesex. The College is my home; it transformed my life.”

At the Celebration Day ceremony, Damian Gonzalez, graphic services coordinator, received the award for Outstanding Service to the College for Staff and Mark Thompson, director of the Library, for Administrators.