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Patrick Madama, vice president for institutional advancement, was recognized for 25 years of outstanding service to the advancement profession at the annual District II CASE Conference in Baltimore in February. Other achievement award winners included Barbara Capsouras of the County College of Morris and Donna Salmon of the University of Rochester.

The children in MCC’s Kindergarten class recently visited the College Center to create their own pizzas for a hands-on lesson and cooking activity. Math was also incorporated into the lesson; the pizzas were cut in half and then quarters, as Debra Stoler, the kindergarten teacher, explained basic fractions. The children were able to visualize the math lesson they had been working on throughout the week. And they enjoyed eating the pizzas. Chloe Jencik works on her creation.

The Veterans and Servicemembers Association hosted two representatives of the Veterans Administration at a recent meeting. Dave Brimmer, outreach coordinator of the VA New Jersey Health Care System, and Janine Decker, women veterans program manager, spoke to the group about their health care benefits, especially those for women veterans. They chatted with the MCC students before the presentation. From left: Mr. Brimmer, Ms. Decker, Estela Sharp, vice president of the association, and Sam Olesinski, president.

Students, faculty and staff in the Nursing Program participated in the “National Wear Red Day” campaign on Thursday, February 16, promoted by the American Heart Association and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. They were asked to wear red on that day, since red is a color that stands out. Everyone was given a Heart Health Information Packet and asked to share it with someone they knew who could benefit from it. This was a wonderful community outreach activity.

An art exhibition by Richmond Garrick ’96 opened with a reception, in which he shared his story and his vision with the capacity crowd. The artist, a native of Sierra Leone, displayed his work that included vivid scenes of his native land, including during its civil war, as well as 13 portraits of noted black luminaries. Mr. Garrick is donating the portraits to the College, which will permanently display them in West Hall. Mr. Garrick is a teacher at Williamstown High School, and many of his students and colleagues attended the reception. He spoke with high school students Maggie O’Donnell (center) and Samantha Ancello about his painting, “Wife’s Parents.”