POTTSTOWN PA – Residents of Limerick, Linfield, Royersford, Spring City, Trappe, Collegeville, Creamery, Kimberton and Phoenixville are among dozens of students who were named Monday (Jan. 25, 2011) to the Dean’s List for the fall 2010 semester at Montgomery County Community College.

South Hall on the West (Pottstown) campus of Montgomery County Community College.

South Hall on the West (Pottstown) campus of MCCC.

The Dean’s List recognizes the academic achievements of students who earned 12 or more cumulative credits and received a grade point average of 3.5 (of 4) or higher.

Among the honored are, in:

  • Limerick: Megan Bedard, Kylee Dea, Jessica DiFrancesco, Miranda Dombrosky, Brittany Fuller, Seth Howard, Tyler Little, Amanda Lozinak
  • Linfield: Stephen Calamia, Casey Hennessey
  • Royersford: Christina Barnshaw, Alexandria Bergmaier, Timothy Bergmaier, Lauren Breccia, Jennifer Callahan, Brett Clark, Carmen Colicino, Mark Cuevas, Michael Dyba, Chelsea Freeburn, Jonelle Green, Carolyn Hennessy, Julia Hoffman, Eric Marble, Adrianna Nicoline, Caitlin Norris, Josh Pindjak, Cassondra Sluszka, Hannah Thompson, Erin Walker, Sarah Wong
  • Spring City: Bryan Bankes, Nicholas Jensen, Leslie Proffitt, Jennifer Shaner, Corey Trego
  • Collegeville: Laura Allen, Lisa Bassett, Rebecca Beattie, Christopher Blegen, Gregory Boyd, Susan Brooks, Sarah Czochanski, Hannah Diemer, Thomas Dmochowski, Nancy Eisenhardt, Steven Entenman, Matthew Ford, Kaitlyn Franks, Timothy Fultz, Paul Goraczko, Robert Handzus, Dana Hoyer, Evan Hundertmark, Jessica Judyski, Jennifer Lamar, Hunter MacBain, Robert Maier, Austin Moyer, Christina Moyer, Gatrina Nolan, Emily Pigeon, Elizabeth Platchek, Heather Schultz, Samantha Schwartz, Andrew Shirley, Matthew Shirley, Jennifer Topham, Shelby Walter, Kyrsten Wilson, Krysti Yakonick
  • Creamery: Eric Nethery
  • Kimberton: Trever Dolan
  • Phoenixville: Liliana Avila Gamba, Rachel Beutler, Alexandra Dark, Steven Dewbrew, Victoria Eckman, Ashley Gadsden, Michelle Gaven, Hannah Keogh, Elizabeth McCarty, Carig Moritz, Thomas Mundy, Mary Odira, Kelsey Pacell, Lauren Quinn, Karen Vasko, Lauren Weimar
  • Trappe: Landon Hunsberger, Kellen Kissinger, Kyle Nolan, Courtney Schmidt

POTTSTOWN PA – If you’re among the more than 8 percent of greater Pottstown area residents now without a job, here are opportunities to get back into the hunt.

Montgomery County Community College will hold career fairs this spring at both its West Campus in Pottstown PA and its Central Campus in Blue Bell PA. The fairs are free, open to the public and will feature up to 20 area businesses and organizations looking to recruit for part-time, full-time, temporary and seasonal employment, as well as for internships.

Career fairs at the Pottstown campus are scheduled over three consecutive months, on Feb. 2, March 2 and April 6, all from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the main lobby of South Hall, 101 College Drive, Pottstown.

At the Blue Bell campus, similar fairs will be held Feb. 2, Feb. 3, March 1 and March 7, also from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the atrium of the Advanced Technology Center, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell. In addition, the college’s annual Spring Employment and Internship Expo, featuring up to 50 employers, will be held April 20 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in its Physical Education Center at Blue Bell.

Businesses and organizations that wish to participate in the career fairs should call Cindy Murphy in the college’s Office of Career Services, 610-718-1802, or e-mail her.

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COLLEGEVILLE PA – As the first graduate of Montgomery County Community College’s Theatre Arts program, Krista Kenney of Collegeville intends to take the industry by storm.

Kenney, who graduated from the college last month, said she is looking forward to a year-long intensive study program at Vancouver Film School in British Columbia, thanks in part to her training so far. “This has been an amazing experience for me,” Kenney noted. “A passion has awoken inside me that I did not know existed.”

Kirsta Kenney of Collegeville is Montgomery County Community College's first graduate in its theatre arts program.

The college began offering a theatre arts program in 2009, and Kenney found many of her existing credits were applicable. With resources offered there, she said, Kenney has complied three binders ready to present to potential employers for a variety of jobs, such as props master, assistant stage manager and stage manager.

Her memories of the past year: intense teamwork in class and scene work that created close friendships. Her classmates constitute a “family full of people with the same passion, pride, and commitment,” Kenney said.

After Vancouver, Kenney hopes to join the Disney College Internship Program and pursue a bachelor’s degree in theatre arts.

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Barbara Lontz.

COLLEGEVILLE PA – A Collegeville resident earned the Montgomery County Community College “2010 Innovation of the Year” Award for a mathematics pilot program she developed and taught, the college announced Wednesday (May 5, 2010).

Barbara Lontz, MCCC’s assistant vice president of academic affairs, was presented with the award for her creation and implementation of a developmental arithmetic and pre-algebra course that helped more students understand specific math concepts.

The college earlier identified a math course, called MAT 010 as a barrier to student success; only 43 percent of students who took it passed it. Lontz reformatted it so students could progress through concepts rather than through topics, and created the course textbook and teaching materials. The pass rate at the college’s West campus in Pottstown, where it was taught for three semesters, climbed to 70 percent.

The award is based on criteria from the national League for Innovation in the Community College. It recognizes faculty and staff who have designed and started significant innovations at their institutions.

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by Diane H. VanDyke

SPRING CITY PA – Recently several students from Montgomery County Community College met with children at Spring City Elementary School to ask for their help in extending some joy to soldiers currently serving in the military.

The children’s responses were overwhelming.

The winning picture, center, in Spring City Elementary School's "Sunshine For Soldiers" project, was created by fourth-grader Matt Taylor. Runner-up winners are, clockwise from top left, Kaytlin Rotondi, Taylor Santiago, Ryan Larkins, and Daniel Kuklinski. Many of the students wrote messages thanking soldiers for their bravery and courage.

For the “Sunshine for Soldiers” project, the children in kindergarten through fourth grade created pictures depicting what a soldier means to them. Many drew pictures of helicopters, soldiers and tanks and used red, white and blue colors. Their heartfelt, hand-printed messages included words of thanks, praise for the soldiers’ courage and bravery and appreciation for keeping them and our country safe.

This is the second year members of Doug’s Corner, a community-service group located at the college’s West Campus in Pottstown, have done such a project with the elementary school.

“The children enjoy when we present the project, because we have soldiers from the Army National Guard and teachers who are veterans dress in their military attire and answer questions,” said club president Krysta DiSabatino. “They ask a lot of questions.”

As an extra incentive, the club awarded prizes to five students who drew the best pictures. Sergeant First Class David Weller, Staff Sergeant Tiffany Mondragon, Private First Class Anthony Heimback and reading specialist Marylu Onorato served as judges. SFC Weller and Private First Class Jonathan Dotterer fielded the children’s questions.

Fourth grader Matt Taylor won first prize, which included a Toys ‘R Us gift card and a pizza party for his class. The four runner-up winners, who each received a gift card, are Kaytlin Rotondi, Daniel Kuklinski, Taylor Santiago and Ryan Larkins. A total of 54 students participated; some created more than one picture.

Sunshine for Soldiers is only one of several projects that members of Doug’s Corner host throughout the year. They also:

  • Assisted last fall with the Pottstown YMCA Halloween Safe House;
  • Went trick or treating for canned goods and non-perishable items to fill about 70 bags for the Jerusalem Pantry in Schwenksville;
  • Collected signed holiday cards to send to the troops;
  • Participated with The (Pottstown PA) Mercury’s Operation Holiday;
  • Provided an informational table during the college’s Homelessness and Hunger Awareness Week;
  • Assisted with the Stuff-A-Plush program; and
  • Held a book swap.

Currently, club members are planning several events for Earth Day, including bingo, posters and a nature walk.

The group consists of a few dedicated students. In addition to DiSabatino, Jessica Judyski serves as vice president, Liz Wilson as secretary, and Candance Hageter as treasurer. Cynthia Murphy, college administrative assistant for Career Services and Student Leadership and Involvement, is the adviser and has worked with the group since its inception seven years ago.

“It started with four students during their first semester here,” Murphy said. “They wanted to help with The (Pottstown PA) Mercury’s Operation Holiday, which raises money for needy families at Christmas time. They set up a table in the lobby, and within four days, they raised more than $400.”

Unlike some other student clubs, Doug’s Corner has no requirements to become a member. Any student who wants to do community service is welcomed.

“Over the years, the club’s membership has fluctuated from a few students to as many as 10 to 15 members,” Murphy said. “They’ve done numerous fundraisers for a variety of organizations and causes, such as the Hurricane Katrina relief, American Cancer Society, Pottstown Cluster Outreach, American Red Cross, Salvation Army and the Open Door Pantry.”

The club was named after one of the founding teens, Doug Stanley. The initial members, David Woodley, Jerry Schwartz and Sheena Myers, met in the corner of the lobby to make their plans.

“It’s been great being associated with them,” Murphy said. “The students are good people, who are very dedicated to helping others.”

Photo by Diane H. VanDyke

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BLUE BELL PA – Speaker and author Bruce A. Jacobs will discuss the research and recommendations in his book, “Race Manners for the 21st Century: Navigating the Minefield Between Black and White Americans in an Age of Fear,” during a symposium Tuesday (April 6, 2010) from 12:30-2 p.m. at Montgomery County Community College’s central campus, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell PA. The free event is open to the public.

The symposium is the final event of the college’s current year dialog on diversity.

Between 2000 and 2007, overall growth in Montgomery County (PA) was about 3 percent. During the same period, however, the county’s African American population grew 13 percent; its Asian American population, 32 percent; and its Hispanic or Latino American population, 49 percent. The college has even greater percentages of mixed cultures. “We are looking at what we are doing to see where we need to change, adapt and grow to meet the needs of our students and the community,” said Rose Makofske, the college’s director of equity and diversity initiatives.

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Montco Radio students Paul Vidas, Aaron Leimbach, Ryan Teterus and Sean Vela broadcast live from the Advanced Technology Center.

BLUE BELL PA – Montco Radio, the student-operated Internet radio station at Montgomery County Community College’s central campus in Blue Bell PA, has been recognized by College Media Journal (CMJ) as one of the top five college Internet-only radio stations in the country.

CMJ is a New York City-based network that tracks the activities and radio airplay of college and non-commercial broadcast stations across the United States. Its award arrived just as the MCCC station moved into the college’s new Advanced Technology Center.

The station dates back to the late 1960s, when it began as a student club to DJ music on campus. In the early 1970s, the station gained an audience when it began broadcasting in the College Hall cafeteria on the Blue Bell campus.  The station began broadcasting on the Internet in 2003, and in 2008, the College began offering Campus Radio Workshops I and II courses to place greater emphasis on professional content.

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