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Date: April 6, 2006
Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 301-251-7970; Steve Simon, 301-251-7952

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Montgomery College Honors Councilmember Subin, Marriott Foundation, Plus Faculty, Staff, Students at Rockville Campus 40th Anniversary

Montgomery College marked the 40th anniversary of its Rockville Campus with a gala dinner and awards ceremony this week that honored Montgomery County Councilmember Michael Subin; the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation; Dr. Donald Day, a longtime engineering professor at the college; Patricia Lopez, of the College’s Financial Aid Office; and the Latino Student Union for their contributions to the College and the Rockville Campus.

Councilmember Subin is serving his fifth term as a member of the Montgomery County Council. He serves as chairman of the Education Committee and has long been a champion for education funding in Montgomery County, both for Montgomery College and for Montgomery County Public Schools. Subin served on the Montgomery College Board of Trustees from 1983-1986.

The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation is a private family foundation that is primarily endowed with funds from the estate of the late hotel magnate J. Willard Marriott Sr. The Marriott Corporation is one of America’s most recognized names in the hospitality and lodging industries. The Marriott Foundation made a leadership gift that established the Marriott Hospitality Center on Montgomery College’s Rockville Campus and provides scholarships and program support for students in the hospitality management field.

Dr. Donald Day is a professor in the Department of Physics and Engineering at Montgomery College’s Rockville Campus. In his nearly 40-year tenure at the College, Dr. Day has become a beloved mentor to many engineering students. He has been particularly instrumental in helping students transfer to four-year institutions, helping them to secure scholarships and to gain acceptance into some of the nation’s top engineering schools, including MIT, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Georgia Tech, and the University of Maryland.

Patricia Lopez serves as the scholarship coordinator for the Office of Student Financial Aid. She is responsible for administering the Maryland State Scholarship program, the Montgomery College Foundation scholarships, and many other scholarship programs. A native of El Salvador, Lopez earned her associate’s degree at Montgomery College, thanks to help from a Board of Trustees scholarship. She has since earned her bachelor’s degree and M.B.A.

With more than 80 students, the Latino Student Union is one of the largest student clubs on the Rockville Campus. The club’s goals are to engage in cultural and humanitarian activities, promote the Hispanic culture, and provide outreach to the Hispanic/Latino community. During the past few years, the club has participated in a Thanksgiving celebration, a clothing drive, and a holiday fiesta for homeless men.

Montgomery College’s Rockville Campus opened in 1965 with an enrollment of less than 2,500. Now, the Rockville Campus is the largest campus at the three-campus community college. Nearly 15,000 students take credit classes at the campus each fall. More than 600 courses are offered in 40 areas of study.

Along with celebrating the honorees and the Rockville Campus history, the gala helped raise funds for the Rockville Campus 40th Anniversary Student Support Fund. The fund, which is set up through the Montgomery College Foundation, will go towards scholarships, books, and learning opportunities for students.

For more information about Montgomery College, visit or call 301-279-5000.

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md. The College serves more than 55,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

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