News from Montgomery College

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Date: October 15, 2003 (03-80)
Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 240-567-7970;
Steve Simon, 240-567-7952

Montgomery College Celebrates 25th Anniversary of Germantown Campus
Students, Faculty, Staff, and Community to Attend October 21 Event 

In 1978, Jimmy Carter led the nation as president.  Annie Hall won the Academy Award for Best Picture.  John Ritter made viewers laugh on television’s “Three’s Company.”  The Bee Gees’ disco song, Night Fever, topped the charts and Maryland’s oldest community college – Montgomery College – added its third campus to the growing community of Germantown.

            At the October 21, 1978 dedication, the Germantown Campus had less than 1,200 enrolled students, only two academic buildings completed, and 50 people employed as full-time faculty and staff.  Twenty-five years later, the Germantown Campus has grown to more than 5,000 full- and part-time students, four academic buildings, and approximately 225 full-time faculty and staff. 

Montgomery College will celebrate the Germantown Campus’ 25-years of history and academic achievement with a celebration on Tuesday, October 21, 2003

The highlights of the day include:

·         25th Anniversary Program and Reception: The program and reception will honor the people who contributed to the campus’ success, such as former Montgomery College Presidents Dr. William Strasser and Dr. Robert Parilla, and former Germantown Campus Provosts Dr. Stan Dahlman and Dr. Noreen Lyne.  Other honored guests include local, county, and state civic leaders.  Dr. Charlene Nunley, president of Montgomery College; Roberta Shulman, vice chair of the Montgomery College Board of Trustees; and Dr. Hercules Pinkney, vice president and provost of the Germantown Campus, will speak.  The program is from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Globe Hall, High Technology and Science Center.

·         Campus Birthday Party: Students will celebrate with cake and ice cream served in the student cafeteria.  Party times are from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. to accommodate day and night students.  The student cafeteria is located on the bottom level of the Humanities and Social Sciences Building.

·         25th Anniversary Garden Dedication:  Students from the landscape technology program, at the Germantown Campus, designed and constructed the garden and patio.  Fine Earth Landscaping in Poolesville and Stadler’s Nursery in Laytonsville donated materials.  A grant from The Professional Grounds Management Society also helped pay for the project.  It will be dedicated at 12:30 p.m.  The garden is located outdoors by the Sciences and Applied Studies Building.

·         Dale Johnson Honors Classroom Dedication: The Germantown Campus will designate one of its classrooms in the Humanities and Social Sciences Building as an honors classroom, holding as many honors courses there as possible.  Montgomery College’s Germantown Campus currently offers honors modules, honors courses, and honors tutorials.  The honors classroom is intended to raise awareness of the honors curriculum among all students.  Photographs will also be posted in the classroom of current and past classes of Millennium Scholars, a selective honors program for part-time students.  It will be named in memory of Dale Johnson, instructional dean of humanities, social sciences and education at Montgomery College’s Germantown Campus, who passed away on September 9, 2003.  The dedication will take place from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in room 177, Humanities and Social Sciences Building.

All events to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Montgomery College’s Germantown Campus will take place at the Germantown Campus, 20200 Observation Drive, Germantown.

For information about the 25th Anniversary celebration at Montgomery College’s Germantown Campus, contact the Office of Dr. Hercules Pinkney, vice president and provost of the Germantown Campus, at 240-567-7711.


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