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Date: October 9, 2006
Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 301-251-7970; Steve Simon, 301-251-7952

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Montgomery College to Celebrate 60th Anniversary of Founding
Gala Awards Dinner to be Held at Indian Spring Country Club, Oct. 19

Montgomery College will celebrate its 60th Anniversary with a gala awards dinner honoring alumni, faculty, staff, and friends who have helped the institution grow and serve the community. The gala will be held on Thursday, Oct. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Indian Spring Country Club, 13501 Layhill Road in Silver Spring, Md. Tickets cost $46, in honor of the community college’s founding in 1946.

The College will honor the following friends and benefactors:

  • The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, which recently pledged $3 million to the Montgomery College Foundation—the College’s largest single donation ever. The gift will help the College transform the former Giant Food bakery building, acquired in recent years by the College, into a new visual arts center. The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation is the largest independent grant-making foundation that serves the Washington metropolitan area exclusively. 
  • Maryland Delegate Henry “Hank” Heller, who began his college education at Montgomery College. Heller has served District 19 in the Maryland House of Delegates since 1987. He was instrumental in creating the state’s community college funding formula. This year, he championed legislation in the House of Delegates to enhance the funding formula for the 16 community colleges.
  • Maryland Senator Patrick J. Hogan, who represents the 39th legislative district in the Maryland Senate. Hogan has served since 1995 and is the vice chair of the Budget and Taxation Committee. This year, he led the effort within the State Senate to enhance the community college funding formula, working closely with Heller on the House side. 
  • Joshua M. Freeman, president and chief executive of Carl M. Freeman Associates, Inc. Freeman will receive an honorary degree from the College, in recognition of his generous support for the Montgomery College Foundation. His company invests in several real estate ventures and has several separate operating companies.

The College’s Alumni Association will honor two special alumni with the Milton F. “Sonny” Clogg Outstanding Alumni Achievement Awards.

  • Juan Mendoza is a Clinical Research Technician for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center. He serves on the NIH-Hispanic Employee Organization Executive Board of Directors and is a former Board Member and Director of Allied Health Services of the National Fibromyalgia Partnership, Inc.
  • Alyson Palmer has been the vocalist and bassist for the pop-rock band BETTY since the late 1980s. BETTY has recorded seven albums, the most recent for a semi-autobiographical musical, “BETTY RULES,” that has played in Washington, New York, San Francisco, and Chicago.

The College’s Alumni Association will also honor four former athletes for their contributions to collegiate sports by inducting them into the Montgomery College Athletic Hall of Fame.

  • Jack Curling pitched for Montgomery College’s Rockville Campus baseball team from 1967 to 1969, setting a school record by striking out 23 batters and being named to All-Region. Curling has taught at the College since 1978 and is the athletic director at the Germantown Campus.
  • Bill Goodman wrestled for Montgomery College in 1962. He was undefeated in 14 matches and was named team captain. He also was running back on the 1961 and 1962 football teams, and was named most valuable player. Goodman attended Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, where he was captain of the team.
  • Ted Leneski earned a Best Lineman award and a spot on the Junior College All-American Team as co-captain of the 1954 Montgomery College football team for Montgomery College. Leneski was also captain of the baseball team in 1955. He received a football scholarship to George Washington University for 1956–58, where he helped win the Sun Bowl in 1957.
  • Rudy Meredith played on the men’s soccer team from 1986 to 1988. He was named to the All-American Team and set the record for most goals in a season. In 1988, he went to the Junior College Nationals. In 1992, Meredith became the Yale University women’s soccer assistant coach, followed by head coach in 1995. In 2000, he became the winningest coach in Yale soccer history. Meredith is a three-time Northeast Region Coach of the Year, having guided the Bulldogs to the NCAA College Cup in 2002, 2004 and 2005.

Four current and former faculty and staff will be recognized for their contributions to Montgomery College over the years.

  • Dr. Robert Coley served as a professor in the Chemistry Department at the Germantown and Rockville Campuses for 32 years. Dr. Coley was a founding faculty member at the Germantown Campus, eventually serving as chair of Natural Sciences. He created the Spectrum Lecture Series, which brings scientists to the campus to speak about their work.
  • Dr. Myrna Goldenberg joined the Montgomery College faculty in 1971 as a professor of English. In her 32-year tenure at the College, Dr. Goldenberg served as the chair of the Department of English Composition, Literature, and Professional Writing, founded the Women’s Studies Program, and started the Paul Peck Humanities Institute at Montgomery College.
  • Jo Anne Hanlon is the operations director for Workforce Development and Continuing Education at Montgomery College. She has worked in the unit since 1980, holding various positions. In her more than 30-year career at the College, she has also worked in the Library and Facilities Office.
  • Paula Matuskey, a College alumna from 1967, is currently serving as an instructional dean of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Business at the College’s Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus. Her first job at the College was as secretary to the Associate Dean of Students. She also worked in the Workforce Development and Continuing Education, Admissions, and Marketing Offices.

On September 16, 1946, Montgomery Junior College opened at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School with evening and weekend classes for 186 men and women. By the fall of 1950, the College had acquired the buildings and seven acres previously occupied by the Bliss Electrical Society. This new home in Takoma Park became the first campus of Montgomery College. Over the past six decades, the College has grown to three campuses with more than 22,000 credit students and close to 25,000 noncredit students.

For more information about the gala, contact Stacey Miller at 301-610-4006 or visit www.montgomerycollege.edu.

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