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					                                                                                                                         Volume 14, No. 1




alumni news
                                                                                                                               Fall 2006




Car Show Gets Bigger... And Better!
By Glenn Lemaire ’74, Car Show Co-Chair
                                                                                                   2006 Car Show Sponsors

Y
      our MCC Alumni Association Board of
      Directors has been working in the last                                                                  Chrome
      couple of years on developing events                                                                    WDRC-FM
that will bring people from the surrounding
                                                                                                           Revved Engine
community to our campus and have those
events on predictable days. Community col-                                                                 Rockville Bank
lege graduates often move two or three times                                                                 Hi-Octane
in a short period after graduation. If we lose
                                                                                                         Cunliffe Motor Sales
touch with each other, it’s nice to know that
                                                                                                            ConnectiCare
you can see your classmates and other alumni
on the Monday night before Thanksgiving in                                                                 Smooth Brakes
the Cheney Dining Room for the Homecom-                                                                 Cummings Insurance
ing Dinner and on Father’s Day at the annual                                                             NewAlliance Bank
Car Show.
                                                                                                             Headlight
The Car Show was initially a way to pay trib-
                                                                                                           DeCormier Nissan
ute to the late Jack Parker, a long time faculty
                                                                                                    Fast Go Muffler & Brake Center
member and car buff. It has grown significantly
                                                                                                                K-Mart
over the last two years and promises to become
                                                                                                         Monarch Real Estate
one of the largest events on the MCC calendar.
                                                                                                       P and P Auto Repair, Inc.
In spite of a weather forecast that predicted
                                                                                                          Pinewood Furniture
temperatures in the middle 90s, the June 18
                                                                                                             Toyota Lynch
show drew over 120 classic and custom cars
from the 1920s to 2006 and an estimated            Additionally, the “Best in Show” trophy was                 Friends
1,000 spectators. WDRC-FM, the premiere            awarded to Dave Sylvain’s 1934 Chevrolet                      AAA
sponsor, played “big hits” while sponsor tents,    Cabriolet. To see a complete list of results,        Anderson Automotive
giveaways, face painting and a bouncy house        please visit the car show’s website at www.           Bettylou’s Gardening
were among the offerings for family members         mcc.commnet.edu/alumni/eventCar.                       Healthtrax Fitness
of all ages. Several other cash and raffle spon-Father’s Day 2007 falls on June 17. The rain                     Hooters
sors helped to make the day a financial suc-   date for the 3rd annual show and all others                       Lowe’s
cess. Over forty volunteers donated their timein the future will be the following Sunday.             Manchester Country Club
to pitch in.                                  Co-chairs for the ’07 show are Glenn Lemaire           Randy’s Wooster Street Pizza
First, second, and third place clock trophies and Nino Nistri. We hope for over 200 cars and                  Rein’s Deli
were awarded to each of the fourteen car 1500 spectators and we hope you are among                           Salon Petite
classes. Several of the show cars were owned them. For more information, contact Glenn                          Shaw’s
by MCC alumni. Among them was a first at (860) 512 2906 or email glemaire@mcc.                                  Subway
place finish for Ed Firestone’s 1949 Hudson. commnet.edu.                                               Time Plus Payroll Service
                                                                                                            Tolland NAPA
                   Dear alumni:


                                                   Alumni Association
                  COMMUNITY. That’s
                  what MCC is all about.
                  Our network of alumni
                  and guests came together
                  as one on May 11 in the
                  Library Fireside Commons
                                                   Supports Annual Job Fair
                                                   By Cyndianne Guillotin ’92, MCC Alumni Association Secretary and
for the MCC Alumni Association General
                                                   Endia DeCordova-Murphy, Public Relations Associate
Meeting and Reception. We were honored to
have as our special guest speaker Lucy Anne
                                                                                                                                     MCC Alumni Association
Hurston ’93, Assistant Professor of Sociology
                                                                                                                                     Director Carl Stafford ’86
at MCC and author of Speak So You Can
Speak Again: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston.                                                                                         serves popcorn to a job fair
Professor Hurston gave insights on her life’s                                                                                        attendee. The April 1 Job Fair
journey and the person who influenced her                                                                                            drew more than 2,000 job
throughout her life, her aunt Zora Neale                                                                                             seekers and 78 employers
Hurston, a celebrated anthropologist and                                                                                             from across the region.
author.
Every year, the MCC Alumni Association
honors faculty, students, and community
leaders at the General Meeting. The 2006
awards were presented to:

  Distinguished Alumni: Donald Pitkin ’04



                                                   T
 Excellence in Teaching: James Gentile,
                                                            he promise of available work                          “The fact that we are seeing an increase of
 Co-Chair and Associate Professor of
 English                                                    brought out more than 2,000 job                       employers is a positive indicator for our
                                                            seekers and 78 employers from                         economy,” stated Carl J. Ochnio, director of
 Volunteer Service: Phi Theta Kappa.
                                                   across the region to the 17th annual MCC                       Career Services at MCC. “Additionally, job
 Outstanding Business Partner: East Hart-          Regional Job Fair on Saturday, April 1, mak-                   fairs are a cost effective recruiting method
 ford Gazette, accepted by Corinne Horan           ing it one of the most successful events on                    for many employers.”
                                                   the MCC campus. The Alumni Association,
Congratulations to all of our distinguished                                                                       The MCC Regional Job Fair is a collabora-
recipients!                                        a sponsor of the event, provided informa-
                                                                                                                  tive effort between Manchester Commu-
                                                   tion and free popcorn to all attendees.
A brief business meeting was held and, as your                                                                    nity College, the Connecticut Department
President, I outlined the past year’s activities   Among those in attendance was Governor                         of Labor, the Journal Inquirer and Clear
and achievements of the Association. The fol-      M. Jodi Rell, who spent more than one hour                     Channel Radio of Connecticut. Numerous
lowing Officers and Directors were elected:        meeting and greeting job seekers and em-                       members of the College community, includ-
                                                   ployers and attentively listening to the reali-                ing the MCC Alumni Association, worked
 Elizabeth Allyn ’87, Vice President
                                                   ties of the workforce in Connecticut. Last                     effortlessly to make this 17th annual event a
 Cyndianne Guillotin ’92, Secretary
 Susan Howard ’04, Director                        year, 49 employers participated in the job                     great success
 David Litrico ’74, Director                       fair compared to the 44 employers in 2004.
 Vrinda Saxena, Director
Their term of service is July 1, 2006 through
June 30, 2008. Also approved by Association            MCC Alumni Association Board of Directors
members were our updated By-Laws and
Constitution. Dr. Daube’s closing remarks                Officers                                  Directors                   Directors Emeriti
were followed by a reception.                            Joanne Dougherty ’89                      Rachael Ghani ’95           Doris Bourque ’80
                                                         President                                 Susan Howard ’04            Brent Hazzard ’82
I feel confident that the Alumni Association             Elizabeth Allyn ’87                       Glenn Lemaire ’74           Richard Lacafta ’83
will have another great year. We hope you
                                                         Vice-President                            David Litrico ’74           Marie Maturo ’82
join us at one of our upcoming events.
                                                         James T. Hogan ’79                        Raul Mercado ’04
Sincerely,
                                                                                                                               College Representatives
                                                         Treasurer                                 Vrinda Saxena
                                                                                                                               Waldemar Kostrzewa
                                                         Cyndianne Guillotin ’92                   Paul Scappaticci ’98
                                                                                                                               Acting Dean of Institutional
                                                         Secretary                                 Carl Stafford ’86
                                                                                                                               Development
         Joanne F. Dougherty ’89
         President, MCC Alumni Association                                                                                     Audrey Letizia
                                                                                                                               Coordinator of Annual Giving


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644 Become Alumni at MCC’s 42nd Annual                                                                        MCC Alumni
Commencement                                                                                                  Association
                                                                                                              Awards
By Endia DeCordova-Murphy, Public Relations Associate

MCC awarded degrees to 644 gradu-
ates at its 42nd Annual Commencement
Ceremony on Thursday, May 25, 2006.
                                                                                                              Scholarships
Graduates from 65 towns across Connect-
icut, and seven other states, were awarded



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associate of science degrees, associates of                                                                        he MCC Alumni Association awards stu-
arts degrees, and certificates.                                                                                    dents with scholarships based on merit
This year’s commencement speaker, Dr.                                                                              and/or financial need. This fall, two
Edward R. Braithwaite, author of To Sir,                                                                      students receive $500 grants to continue
With Love, received the honorary degree                                                                       their education at MCC.
of associate in humane letters, honoris
causa. Braithwaite is a novelist, writer,                                                                     Vicki Gagliardi of Southington is in the Occu-
teacher and diplomat from Guyana, best                                                                        pational Therapy Assistant program. She is
known for his stories of social conditions
                                                                                                              a team coordinator at the Visiting Nurse As-
and racial discrimination.                              Dr. Edward R. Braithwaite provided the commencement
                                                                                                              sociation and volunteers as a special events
Melody A. Currey, Mayor of East Hart-                   address.
                                                                                                              coordinator for Assistance Dogs Unlimited.
ford, received the Board of Trustees’ Merit
                                                        The Regional Advisory Council’s Com-                  Her other volunteer activities include her
Award for her commitment and service to
                                                        munity Service Award was awarded to                   service on the Arthritis Foundation’s Walk
Manchester Community College and to
                                                        Eliezer Arzola, of Hartford. This award               Committee, and community theatre where
the field of higher education.
                                                        recognizes service to the College.
                                                                                                              she performs in musicals and improvisa-
The Board of Trustees Merit Award was
                                                        Jamie Putnoki, of Manchester, received                tional comedy. She is also the lead vocalist
created in 1990 to recognize outstand-
                                                        the President’s Student Award, which rec-             of the rock cover band “384 EAST”, a Man-
ing service and support from community
                                                        ognizes a graduate who has demonstrated
members or groups on behalf of an indi-                                                                       chester-based band. Vicki expects to gradu-
                                                        unusual perseverance in spite of difficul-
vidual community college, the system of
                                                        ties, obstacles or challenges.
                                                                                                              ate from MCC this May. With her degree, she
Connecticut Community Colleges, or the                                                                        plans to practice occupational therapy in an
cause of community college education in                 Aaron Mumford, of Manchester, was the
                                                                                                              area that uses animal-assisted therapy with
general.                                                2006 valedictorian.
                                                                                                              either older children or adults.

                                                                                                              Paige Lallier of Tariffville anticipates gradu-
                                                                                                              ating from MCC’s Therapeutic Recreation
                                                                                                              program in May 2008. With this degree,
                                                                                                              Paige plans to fulfill one of her life goals:
                             Diploma Frames                                                                   assisting people in experiencing life to the
                                                                                                              fullest. After graduation, Paige plans to
                                  $30                                                                         work towards a law degree, enabling her to
                                                                                                              advocate for those with disabilities. She is
                                                                                                              very active in the community, volunteering
                               ����������������������������������                                             for Tariffville Village Association.
                             �������������������������������������                                            For information on MCC Foundation/Alumni
                                                                                                              Association scholarships, contact Dianne
                                                                                                              McHutchison at (860) 512-2904.




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          his year’s An Evening of Fine Wines
          was a very special one. Not only
          did it raise over $100,000, but it
reached a record mark of $1 million raised
since it started in 1992. The event contin-           MCC Foundation Kicks-Off
ues to be the most successful fundraiser
for the college, with all proceeds going to           2006 Annual Fund Campaign
                                                      I
scholarships and college programs.
                                                           n August, the 2006 Annual Fund                and legibility of their handwriting. Other
With the generosity of people such as Ger-                 Campaign was launched with a direct           projects supported through the 2005 An-
aldine Lesunaitis, a benefactor since 2000,                mail campaign. Contributions help             nual Fund drive include the 20th Annual
and Dona D. Young, president of The                   ensure quality support and programming,            Global Issues Conference, the Annual
Phoenix Companies, Inc. and the 2005                  and guarantee that the educational op-             Writing Awards Contest, and the Winter
Honorary Chair, among others, this event              portunities at MCC are available for fu-           and Spring Arts Festivals.
continues to be one of the most anticipated           ture generations of students. Gifts sustain
in the region. The MCC Hospitality De-                                                                   To make a gift to the 2006 Annual Fund
                                                      excellence across virtually every aspect of
partment, Jazz Ensemble, volunteers and                                                                  Campaign, contact Audrey Letizia at
                                                      academic life but, above all, they support
other members of the campus community                                                                    (860) 512-2906 or download a donation
                                                      people—exceptional, motivated students
provided hors d’oeuvres, entertainment,                                                                  form at www.mcc.commnet.edu/founda-
                                                      and the professors and student services
and service to the patrons. Their contribu-                                                              tion/annual.
                                                      professionals who instruct, encourage and
tions make this event memorable.                      inspire them. Donors have the option of
If you have not experienced this event, this          giving to academic programs, student ser-
is your chance. Plan to attend next year              vices, scholarships, and wherever the need
to enjoy a night full of wonderful wine,              is greatest.
amazing food and unique auction items,                The success of last year’s annual fund
all under one roof, and the best part…                drive made an impact on several areas
it’s for a great cause. The 15th An Evening           of the College and, in turn, touched a
of Fine Wines will take place on April 13,            number of MCC students. In 2005, gifts
2007 from 7 to 10 pm. So remember to                  funded the purchase of equipment for the
mark your calendars and save the date!                Precision Machining program. Precision
For more information, contact Carol                   machining skilled workers are in high de-
Cunliffe or Linnette Velazquez-Welle at               mand due to shortages within the field.
(860) 512-2905.                                       Annual Fund money is also being used
                                                      to purchase note-taking assistive technol-
                                                      ogy for students with disabilities. This
                                                      particularly helps students with fine mo-          The student film “86,400 seconds” is one of the projects that
                                                      tor skill challenges that affect the speed         was funded through the 2005 Annual Fund Campaign.

page 4                                                                                                                          Fall 2006 MCC Alumni News
Laila Being Laila
                                                                                                                      mother, Anni; and to be home for Christmas.
                                                                                                                      That summer, Falkenberg wanted to visit Af-
                                                                                                                      rica, but instead spent seven weeks as a coun-
By Marc Goldin, Assistant Athletics Director
                                                                                                                      selor at Camp Berger in Winchester Center.




T
                                                                                                                      She ended up meeting her boyfriend Nate
        he modest and goal-oriented student                                                                           there, a counselor at the camp.
        with Danish roots knew what had to                                                                            Soon after, Falkenberg went back to Den-
        be done and how to do it. She had
                                                                                                                      mark to work two jobs, one cleaning houses
her daily schedule planned out in a way that
                                                                                                                      for the elderly and the other in a grocery store.
could rival any time-management expert.
                                                                                                                      She returned to become an MCC student in
Depending on the day, this itinerary in-                                                                              summer 2004 with no intention of playing
cluded receiving a ride to and from MCC for                                                                           basketball. She left MCC two years later as a
an ambitious class schedule and working in                                                                            well-rounded, model student-athlete.
both the Admissions Office and in the Mi-
                                                                                                                      Said Falkenberg: “I hope others remember
nority and International Student Programs
                                                                                                                      me as someone who worked hard and was a
Office. It included receiving a ride to and
                                                                                                                      good friend and a good teammate.”
from a women’s basketball practice or game
at the college’s off-campus gymnasium at East at Bay Path College, a four-year school in                               Watch the women tip-off their 2006 season
Catholic High School. It included interspers- Longmeadow, MA.                                                         with the home opener on Saturday, November
ing studying with being a helpful and caring                                                                          4. For more information on the MCC wom-
                                              The thought of attending college in the
friend, big sister, daughter and teammate.                                                                            en’s basketball program, please visit www.mcc.
                                              United States and, for that matter, ever play-
                                                                                                                      commnet.edu/athletics/wbasketball.
It is Laila (pronounced LIE-LUH) being Laila. ing basketball again after six seasons on club
Laila Lemming Falkenberg, a 2006 MCC teams in her native Denmark in the highest
summa cum laude graduate with a 3.90 grade- division from ages 13-18, seemed foreign to
point average in general studies. Laila, the Falkenberg as recently as three years ago. In
sophomore captain on the 2005-06 MCC 2003, Falkenberg turned down a basketball
women’s basketball team, is currently a mar- scholarship to a college in Michigan in or-
                                                                                                                        Get Motivated
keting major and a women’s basketball player der to remain close to her sister, Natasja; her
                                                                                                                        to Exercise!
                                                                                                                        Just deciding to exercise makes
                                                                                                                        you feel good...almost like you’ve
                                         20th Annual Global Issues Conference:                                          already done something.

                                         Global Climate Change                                                                                   The problem happens when it comes
                                                                                                                                                 time to follow through and actually
                                                                                                                                                 get it done. Let us help you with
                                                                                                                                                 that motivation piece. The Fitness
                                         October 21, 8:30 am-12:30 pm                                                                            Center offers a comprehensive group
                                         SBM Charitable Foundation Auditorium, AST                                                               fitness program with offerings to
                                                                                                                        suit a variety of interests and all fitness levels. Exercising in
                                         There is a growing body of evidence of the grave consequences of a             a group is fun and motivating. Come give it a try. For more
                                         changing climate. Experts in the Environmental Science field will shed          information on fees and class listings log onto www.mcc.
                                         light on the science, policy and politics of global climate change and how     commnet.edu/athletics/fitness.
                                         individuals, communities and organizations can help safeguard the planet
                                         for future generations.
                                         Free and open to the public. Registration online at
                                         www.mcc.commnet.edu/global or call 860-512-2691.

                                         Global Warming: The Signs and the Science
                                         A one-hour PBS film to be aired on Oct. 17, 11 am and 7 pm; and
                                         Oct. 21, 2 pm; SBM Charitable Foundation Auditorium, AST. Filmed in
                                         the United States, Asia and South America, this wide-ranging, compelling
                                         documentary brings the reality of climate change to life and offers viewers
                                         inspiring examples of people who are making a difference.
                                         No preregistration required. Info: 860-512-2691.


Fall 2006 MCC Alumni News                                                                                                                                                         page 5
   Class Notes
                                                                                                                                1982
                                                                                                                                Denise Hill and her husband raise guide dog puppies
                                                                                                                                for the Fidelco Foundation and have a retired dog whom
                                                                                                                                they take to visit hospitals as a therapy dog.
                                                                                                                                Phyllis Royx is a freelance writer, published regularly in
                                                                                                                                the Reminder newspapers. Her poems appear periodi-
    1969                                                          1978                                                          cally in the Journal Inquirer Poetry Corner.
    Barbara (Bahr) Bernacki has trained military and               Irving Goldin celebrated his 41st anniversary with his
    civilian doctors and nurses on Department of Defense           wife, Barbara. The couple lives in Vernon and have two
    proprietary software, used for electronic medical re-          grown children. Their daughter has a son, with another       1985
    cords. She has traveled to military treatment facilities       child on the way. He enjoys visiting Cape Cod with his       Janet Columbia received a master’s degree from East-
    worldwide. She has recently returned from a two month          family. Irving is retired from the USPS, after 33 years of   ern Connecticut State University. She has received a certi-
    assignment in Sicily.                                          service.                                                     fication in SASI, a student information system. She loves
                                                                                                                                to travel and has been to many places in the Caribbean,
    William Wardrop has been semi-retired since June                                                                            as well as Hawaii, Alaska, Bermuda, Italy, Croatia, France
    2005. He has taken cruises to Bermuda and the Balkans.        1979                                                          and Barcelona. She is married with one daughter. In her
    Countries visited include Estonia, Russia, Holland, Ger-       John Cappalla and his wife have relocated to their re-       spare time, Janet loves to read and tend her garden.
    many, Denmark, Sweden and the Netherlands.                     tirement destination, hot and sunny Arizona.
                                                                   Jamie Morton now lives in Davis, CA with his wife. He        1987
    1973                                                           is a clinical counselor at a homeless shelter and family     Jennifer Flynn Bernard received a BA in American
    Robert Fritsch II has become a grandparent for the             housing program. He completed his B.S. in Business at        Culture from Emerson College in 1989. After a career
    second time. He is also busy restoring his 1964 Corvette       the University of Connecticut in 1981 and a master’s         in higher education administration, she decided it was
    Coupe.                                                         degree in Counseling at New Hampshire College in 1987.       time for a change and obtained a M.A. in Counseling
                                                                   He spends his free time skiing, rollerblading, traveling     Psychology from Lesley University in 2004. Jennifer now
                                                                   and practicing Bikram yoga.
    1974                                                                                                                        works as a mental health therapist. She lives in North
    Richard MacDonald earned a B.A. at Colorado College                                                                         Adams, MA with her husband and daughter.
    in 1976 and a law degree from Willamette University           1980
    in 1979. Since 1980, he has been practicing law in Lan-        Brian Johnson is currently the managing director for         1988
    caster, PA. He and his wife, Barbara (Breighner) ‘74 have      Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson, AZ. He most           Susan Monaghan received a B.S. in Nursing. She was
    raised two children, Miles and Morgan.                         recently received the “Hotelier of the Year” award from      inducted into Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society
                                                                   Arizona Hotel and Lodging Association.                       and was the recipient of the Nightingale Award in 2006.

                                                                                                                                1991
                                                                                                                                Dot Drobney continued her education with a bachelor’s
                                                                                                                                degree in History/Social Science with elementary edu-
                                                                                                                                cation teaching certification from Eastern Connecticut
    MCC Alumni Association                                                                                                      State University. She graduated magna cum laude in
                                                                                                                                1994. In 2002 she earned a master’s degree in Reading

    Membership Application
                                                                                                                                and Language Arts also from ECSU. In 2004, Dot com-
                                                                                                                                pleted extra coursework to earn reading consultant cer-
                                                                                                                                tification. She is now employed as a reading specialist at
                                                                                                                                Birch Grove Primary School in Tolland.
    Yes! I want to belong to the MCC Alumni Association!
                                                                                                                                Pamela John earned a B.A. in Psychology from Eastern
           Enclosed please find my annual dues of $20.          Cash             Check (payable to MCC Alumni Association)       Connecticut State University in 1997. She is currently
                                                                                                                                attending the University of Connecticut School of Social
           Enclosed please find my lifetime dues of $100.       Discover         MasterCard             Visa
                                                                                                                                Work. She bought a beautiful house in Manchester and
                                                                                                                                is a substitute teacher.
    Account Number                                                           Expiration Date

    Signature                                                                                                                   1993
                                                                                                                                Florence Sheils has been appointed director of the
    Name                                                                                                                        Center for Student Development at MCC. She has worked
                                                                                                                                at MCC for 11 years. Florence graduated with honors
    Other Name While at MCC                                                  Year of Graduation                                 from the University of Connecticut with a B.A. in Political
                                                                                                                                Science and has a M.A. in Administration, Planning and
    Address
                                                                                                                                Social Policy from Harvard University in Cambridge, MA.
    City                                                                     State                    Zip                       She has been involved in various aspects of the commu-
                                                                                                                                nity, including serving as a board member for the Julie
    Home Phone                                                               Email                                              Education Center and the Trust House Adult Education
                                                                                                                                Advisory Committee in Hartford. She also served as a
    Please return to: MCC Alumni Association, Great Path MS #6, PO Box 1046, Manchester, CT 06045-1046


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Student Trustee on the Board of Trustees of Connecticut  Al Rivera is a manager of a call center, supervising      2006
Community-Technical Colleges from 1992 to 1994.          11 people who sell student loans. He is continuing        Aloysius “Stan” Barsch completed his internship at Clay-
                                                         his education at Central Connecticut State University     ton House.
Dorothy Tuthill left her job as a Loan Officer in 2003
                                                         and is in the process of starting his own business,
and went back to school to finish her degree. She gradu-                                                            Philip DeMonte, Jr. has enjoyed his summer, visiting Six
                                                         purchasing and renovating real estate properties.
ated in 2005 from Central Connecticut State University                                                             Flags and Lake Compounce. He is looking for a surgical tech-
with a bachelor’s degree in math.                        Maria Sanhueza has earned a degree, allowing              nology job in a hospital.
                                                         her to work as a Spanish teacher at Wethersfield
                                                         High School. She is married to her sweetheart, Diego      Shannon Ford visited Las Vegas this summer. She is pur-
1996                                                     Sanhueza.                                                 suing a bachelor’s degree from Western Connecticut State
Theresa Carllo had a baby girl on February 10 (8 lbs,                                                              University.
1 oz.; 20 1/2”). She was named Anna Mackenzie after
Theresa’s grandmother. This is her first child and she is 2005                                                      Tanya Nixon is working at Goodwin College. This fall, she
a stay-at-home mom. Terry is also going back to school Katie Arnold is continuing her education at the Uni-        has begun to work on a B.A. in History at the University of
at Westfield State.                                       versity of Connecticut’s School of Business. Her goal     Connecticut.
                                                         is to obtain her bachelor’s degree in Accounting.
1998                                                  Patricia Chaves, also a 2002 MCC graduate, earned
Kenneth Brown was promoted to a Corrections Officer the Academic Excellence Award in Business Office
Lieutenant at MacDougall/Walker Correctional Institu- Technology. She is pursuing a bachelor’s degree at
tion. He is also working for Pratt & Whitney.         Eastern Connecticut State University. Pat is married
                                                      with four teenage children.
                                                                                                                            Your classmates
2000                                                        Tammy Crisp is preparing to transfer to Eastern
Erin Elizabeth Hurley married Timothy Schilling on Connecticut State University by completing some
                                                                                                                            want to know
July 1, 2006 at St. Thomas Villa in St. Thomas, USVI, while general education requirements at MCC. She plans
on a Caribbean cruise. She is employed by the Connecti- to work towards a bachelor’s degree in Social Work.
cut Air National Guard.                                     Tammy is working at the Institute of Living, a tran-
                                                                                                                            what’s become
Jeannie M. Leitao completed her fourth degree–a B.S. sitional home for women recovering from drug and
in Nutrition and R.D. at the University of New Haven. She alcohol addictions.
                                                                                                                            of you!
states that MCC is still her favorite school.               Cindy Faienza has become a justice of the peace
                                                            in New Britain. She is building a replica of a 1920             Please let us know what you are
Deborah K. White graduated from Albertus Magnus
                                                            Colonial Revival in New Britain. She has just been
College in May with a B.S. in Business Management. She
                                                            accepted to Central Connecticut State University and            doing and we will include that informa-
graduated magna cum laude and Kappa Gamma Pi.
                                                            will be pursuing a B.S. in Sports Science and Health
                                                            Promotion.                                                      tion in the next issue of Alumni News.
2003
Cheryl Ann LeDoux continued her education at Smith          Holly Jacobs is working in the surgical technology              Contact us at alumni@mcc.commnet.edu
College, graduating with a degree in Government. She is     laboratory at MCC. She is also working per diem as
beginning a new career, as a 6th grade teacher for the De   a medical receptionist at Dermatology Associates of             with any information such as received
La Salle Blackfeet Middle School on the Blackfeet Indian    Glastonbury. Holly is in the band “C-“.
Reservation in Browning, MT.
                                                                                                                            another degree, gotten married, had any
                                                            Alana Jahns took a trip to Europe, exploring Ger-
                                                            many and the Netherlands. She is currently a student                                 children, got a great job,
2004                                                        at the University of Connecticut.
Virginia Monteiro is working for Ned Lamont for U.S.        Susy Lozano had her second child in May, Corey A.                                       received any awards,
Senate Campaign Headquarters. She has completed two         Verraneault. Her older daughter will be 5 years old
courses at the University of New Haven, where she has       in October and just started kindergarten. She will                                       taken any exciting
made the President’s List. She is pursuing a degree in      be completing a bachelor’s degree in Accounting
Public Administration. Virginia is also actively involved   at Central Connecticut State University in one more
                                                                                                                                                     trips, etc.
with the National Association for the Advancement of        year. Susy is working at Webster Bank as a financial
Colored People. She was elected Third Vice President of     service representative.
the CT NAACP State Conference from 2003-2005 and
is currently the State Secretary of the CT NAACP State      J. Winthrop Porter, also a 1992 and 2001 MCC
Conference.                                                 graduate, stopped going to college for the first time
                                                            since 1985. After 20 years, he has earned a second
Donald Pitkin was re-elected to the East Hartford Town      bachelor’s degree (from Central Connecticut State
Council-Minority Leader. He was also elected as Modera-     University) and five associate degrees from MCC, all
tor to his church. He is a board member for Friends of      in data processing, computer information systems,
East Hartford Senior Center and East Hartford Exchange      and computer technology. He now plans to enjoy his
Club. He is a member of East Hartford Rotary Club. He       retirement.
serves East Hartford’s Sixth Grade Academy as Historian
Roundtable Member. Recently, Don was awarded the
MCC Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award.
He hopes to return to MCC this fall.


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