Top Stories: May 21 Campus Connections

Students lauded for leadership

Several dozen students received well-earned recognition for their leadership and accomplishments over the past year at the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership’s annual awards ceremony on April 30.

This year’s winners are:

  • President’s Award: Student of the Year- Claudia Johnson
  • Dean of Students Service Award: Alex Kennedy
  • Leader of the Pack: Claudia Johnson, Troy Hudson, Nicole Wickstrom, Tammy Creamer, Taylor Gerrish, Celetta Richard, Rachel Merrill, Madaleine Baker, Brandon Buck, Isaac McIntire, Jason Smith, Jean Zulu
  • Rising Star: Omid Rohani, Eric Dodge, Ashley Holmes, Dale Wilbur, Megan Waters, Taylor Miller, Rebecca Dow, Taylor Markee, Leah Parrish, Rachel Lanzikas, Shannon Chisholm, Nkana Dorcas Ngaliema
  • Organization of the Year: Activities Board
  • Organizational Program of the Year: Southern Poverty Law Center organization, Real Talk series of open forums
  • RA Program of the Year: Cultural Night by Jean Zulu
  • Advisor of the Year: Kelly Levine
  • Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) Graduates: Peggy Goodfield, Merrick Banks, Madison Holbrook, Mary Jo Smith, Ashley Holmes, Nkana Dorcas Ngaliema, Brandon Buck, Loreal Legare, Zainab Miguel, Matthew Cleary, Cameron Wheelock, William Chabot, Abigail Myatt, Megan Perrault

Students who served as staff members of The Beacon student newspapers were also recognized for their outstanding work.

  • Beacon scholarship recipients: Rebecca Dow, Danielle Amandolini
  • Beacon Honors Awards: Oguzhan Ozkan, Vanessa Poirier, Paul Moosman, Troy Hudson, Lloyd Metcalf, Cassie-Briana Marceau, Jacob Clowes, Ben Riggleman
  • Beacon Alumni Honor Awards: Garrick Hoffman, Eric Squire

Photo: Graduates of our Emerging Leaders Program included Dorcus Ngaliema, Ashley Holmes, Megan Perrault, Matthew Cleary, Madison Holbrook, Loreal Legare, Brandon Buck, Merrick Banks, Zainab Miguel and Mary Jo Smith. They are shown here with Dean of Student Life Tiffanie Bentley and President Ron Cantor.

Employees recognized for service to SMCC

SMCC honored dozens of employees at a recognition ceremony who have reached employment milestones or are retiring from SMCC.

At a ceremony in the Culinary Arts Center on May 2, the college recognized employees who have reached five, 10, 15, 25, 30 and 35-year landmarks of employment.

  • Five years: Laura Barclay, Clarke Canfield, Sinisa Filipovic, Scott Fortin, Lori Hall, Courtney Hannus, Heather Higgins, Brandon LaBerge, Julie Mueller, Paul Richardson and Kathryn Stannard.
  • Ten years: Jeff Badger, Mike Bove, Bob Brydon, Larry Chaney, Bob Coffman, Rob Coombs, Jerremy Dill, Lynn Golder, Rachel Guthrie, Karlee Hoecker, Jodie Lane, Robert Lindstedt, Mike Lussier, Martin Malone, Jamie McGhee, Daniel Moore, Bobby Morrissey, Vicki Porter, David Stankiewicz and Scott Thibodeaux.
  • Fifteen years: John Bolduc, Chad Cichon, Mike Cyr, Dave Eng, Karen Gordon, Matt Richards, Carrie Rose and Norma Willis.
  • Twenty-five years: Pat Boissonneault, Maggie Frigard and Earl Lamoreau.
  • Thirty years: Cheryl Serfes and Odilia Silveira-Harmon.
  • Thirty-five years: Kevin Sweeney.
  • Retirees: Dennis Leaver, Philip Lowell, James McCormack and Gayle Peavey.

President Cantor also recognized gave medals to three employees who were awarded NISOD Teaching Excellence awards this year. They are Elizabeth Arsenault, Teresa Swinbourne and Brian Tarbox.

Photo: Employees with 10 years of service included Martin Malone, Jeremy Dill, Rob Coombs, Robert Lindstedt, Jeff Badger, David Stankiewicz, Lynn Golder, Bob Brydon, Daniel Moore, Bob Coffman, Vicki Porter, Bobby Morrissey, Karlee Hoecker, Jodie Lane, Scott Thibodeaux and Mike Bove.

Workforce development: Stitching graduates honored

Congratulations to graduates of our latest workforce development professional stitcher training program.

Six graduates received certificates of readiness during a ceremony May 2 at the McKernan Center. The class trains students how to stitch and then places them into jobs at textile companies in southern Maine.

Following the graduation ceremony, the students took part in a reverse job fair where they displayed samples of their work to and met with representatives of area textile businesses.

The companies that visited the job fair were Flowfold, Hyperlite, Angelrox, Belted Cow Co., Wallace James, American Roots and CellBlock.

Photo: Manuela Afamado, Adelina Ndombe, Sempa Kamalandua, Franehely Benazo, Edwige Bikoumou and Ulduz Badalova proudly hold up their certificates.