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Celebration Day Honors

MCC faculty and staff were honored during Celebration Day in May, an annual event that recognizes employees for their years of service and commitment to the College. Forty-four employees were recognized for achieving milestone anniversaries, and four received Outstanding Service to the College awards. The Alumnus of the Year is also presented.

Professor Susan Shulman was presented the Outstanding Service to the College Award for faculty. She has been a very dedicated faculty member and has worked for nearly 30 years as coordinator of the Basic Math program. Professor Shulman helped develop the new Johnson Commons Learning Center, which serves thousands of students each semester. She also mentors adjunct faculty.

Patricia Palanker, senior laboratory coordinator in the Biology department, received the Outstanding Service to the College Award for staff. Ms. Palanker's dedication is heralded by faculty members of the Biology department. Every semester she conducts workshops for new adjuncts in the department to aid them in understanding the protocols and acclimating them to the labs, and she helped establish the new Biotechnology lab.

Virgil Blanco, chairperson of the Department of ESL/Languages and Culture Department, was presented the Outstanding Service to the College Award for administrators. Professor Blanco was cited for his character, listening skills and his sincerity in his work with faculty, staff and students. His interests cross the disciplines of the arts and sciences, languages and cultures, education and business.

Caroline Marchitto of the Accounting, Business and Legal Studies Department received the Outstanding Service Award for adjunct faculty.

Professor Marchitto serves as the chair for the Council for Adjunct Faculty Development of which she has been active for 18 years. She participates in all of its activities to welcome, inform and provide professional development opportunities for our part-time faculty members. She does this in addition to teaching her paralegal classes and managing her work as a lawyer.

In addition, Richmond Garrick, a graphic design teacher at the Williamstown High School in Monroe Township, received the College's Alumnus of the Year award. The award was presented by Joann La Perla-Morales, president of the College, and William Egbert, president of the Alumni Association.

Mr. Garrick, a member of the class of 1995, teaches his students the importance of visual arts and its effect on society. He has won several awards, including the Lajos Markos Art Foundation Scholarship for representational art, the Dean John I. Bettenbender Memorial Performance Award, which honors artists for outstanding graduate artistic achievement, and the Montclair State University School of the Arts Advisory Board Talent Award. Mr. Garrick has presented numerous art exhibits in the New York-New Jersey area and in the United Kingdom and has appeared in various publications including the Star Ledger, the Philadelphia Tribune, and the alumni magazines of Middlesex County College and Rutgers University.

Mr. Garrick has contributed to the Middlesex Alumni Art Exhibit on various occasions and has been a member of the adjunct faculty in the Department of Visual, Performing and Media Arts. He graduated with high honors from Middlesex and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Montclair State University and a Master of Fine Arts from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.

Mr. Garrick's artwork is inspirational. He lectures to various student and other groups, explaining the conditions in his homeland of Sierra Leone and the civil unrest that took place and how painting was a means to represent his dismay on canvas. He says he hopes to continue to use his art to bring awareness of his homeland to a wider audience. He also volunteers at the United Methodist Church in New Brunswick as a singer and produces various music programs.