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February 2010

L'Hommedieus Receive College's Highest Honor
Paige B. and Elizabeth L'Hommedieu were awarded the College's highest honor in a campus ceremony on January 19. The award, presented each year since 1975, is named for Mr. L'Hommedieu's father, Paige D. L'Hommedieu, the founding chairman of the College's Board of Trustees and an executive with Johnson & Johnson.

MCC Foundation Receives $1 Million Gift from Johnson Foundation
The Middlesex County College Foundation has received a $1 million gift from the Willard T.C. Johnson Foundation. The gift is structured in two parts: an outright gift of $500,000 as well as a challenge grant of $500,000.

Joseph Morano Appointed Assistant to the President for Labor Relations and Legal Affairs
Joseph R. Morano has been appointed special assistant to the president for labor relations and legal affairs at the College. He is responsible for guiding union/management relationships, contract administration and related personnel, affirmative action and compliance issues.

Foundation Creates Mini-Campaign to Support Biotech Program
The Middlesex County College Foundation recently hosted a breakfast meeting so that industry and four-year educational institutions can learn about the new biotechnology program at the College. The Foundation has developed a mini-fundraising campaign to support scholarships, the purchase of specialized lab equipment for the biotech laboratory and for outreach programs to interest high school students in the field.

Middle States Brief
As many of you heard at the College's Spring Convocation, MCC's Middle States Self-Study project is moving along at a rapid pace with many activities taking place simultaneously. Our goal is to produce an accurate, well-written report that reflects MCC's compliance with each of the 14 Middle States Characteristics of Excellence. Our last two submissions – the Self-Study in 2000 and the Periodic Review Report in 2006 – were very well received and our goal is to maintain that quality.

Middlesex County College Police Chief a Finalist for National Award
Robert Smilek, chief of the Middlesex County College Police Department, is one of 10 finalists for Campus Safety Director of the Year. The award is presented by Campus Safety Magazine.