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For Immediate Release (00-60)
Date: October 17, 2000
Contact: Steve Simon, 240-567-7952 (Pager: 301-930-2880)

Leadership Montgomery’s Esther Newman to be Honored
Montgomery College’s Outstanding Alumna;
Five to be Inducted into MC’s Athletic Hall of Fame

Esther B. Newman, executive director of Leadership Montgomery—a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that educates, connects, and recognizes community leaders—will be honored as the 2000 Outstanding Alumna by Montgomery College’s Alumni Association. In addition, former College athletes John Papanicolas (class of 1960), Earl Lauer (class of 1968), and Russell LaHayne (class of 1973), as well as former coaches Helen Dorsavage and Phil Adams, will be inducted into Montgomery College’s Athletic Hall of Fame. These individuals will be recognized at Montgomery College’s Alumni Awards Dinner on Friday, November 3, 6:30 p.m., Theatre Arts Building.

Newman, who founded Leadership Montgomery in 1989, graduated from Montgomery College—with honors—in 1975. She received her B.A. and M.A. degrees from Antioch University and Johns Hopkins University respectively. She is the founder of the Family Life Center, and has also worked in leadership positions at Montgomery General Hospital, the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, and the YWCA. She is also a former president of Montgomery College’s Alumni Association.

Montgomery College Athletic Hall of Fame inductee John Papanicolas was a standout on the Takoma Park Campus’s baseball and boxing teams in the late 1950s. Lauer lettered in cross-country, wrestling, and track at Rockville during the 1960s. And LaHayne led Rockville’s football and baseball teams during the early 1970s.

Phil Adams enjoyed a 25-year tenure as coach of the Rockville Campus’s tennis, gymnastics, football, and basketball programs. He earned honors as Maryland JUCO Coach of the year 10 times. Coach Helen Dorsavage, the first woman coach at Montgomery College, piloted the women’s field hockey, basketball, volleyball, tennis, and cheerleading programs throughout her 22-year career at the College.

The Outstanding Alumni Award recognizes Montgomery College alumni who distinguish themselves through professional achievements, exemplary service to the community, and/or exceptional service to the College through activities with the Alumni Association or other volunteer work.

The Montgomery College Athletic Hall of Fame, established by members of the MC Club and College coaches, recognizes former student athletes and coaches. Criteria for induction includes outstanding athletic achievement as a student, outstanding contributions as a coach, and/or outstanding athletic achievement as a player or coach after leaving the College.

Tickets for the Montgomery College Alumni Association Awards Dinner are $25 ($10 for children 12 and under). To purchase tickets for the event or for more information on the Montgomery College Alumni Association, call 240-567-7951.

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