SMCC employees receive A Light on the Point President’s Award

Southern Maine Community College employees have been named recipients of the A Light on the Point President’s Award for their tireless work and dedication over the past year.

In making the presentation at Thursday night’s virtual A Light on the Point event, President Joe Cassidy said faculty and staff found new approaches to continue delivering a quality education in a safe environment after SMCC “was called upon to turn our work on its head” with the COVID-19 outbreak last March. Throughout the year, he said, employees have discovered new ways of teaching, new ways of doing business, and new ways to support students and each other.

“Thank you for all that you’ve done this past year and continue to do,” Cassidy said. “I’m incredibly proud to be associated with each and every one of you.”

The A Light on the Point event is hosted by the SMCC Foundation each year to raise funds to help students succeed. This year’s event also included an awards ceremony to recognize those who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in contributing to SMCC’s success this year.

Other award winners were:

  • Outstanding Faculty/Staff Award: Jessica Dreves, SMCC nursing faculty clinical coordinator, who has successfully managed the safe clinical placements for nursing students during the pandemic.
  • Outstanding Alumnus Award: Lacy McMoarn, who as a CPA in Portland gives back to SMCC by speaking to accounting classes, providing advice to students and promoting SMCC in the business community.
  • Outstanding Business Award: Steve Arnold, owner of Yarmouth Boatyard and Marina Holdings, who partnered with SMCC in establishing the Yamaha Outboard Motor Repair Training Course to meet the marine industry’s demand for certified marine technicians.

The video of the President’s Award presentation is available on SMCC’s YouTube channel.