The Media Arts & Technology Center was dedicated to long-time professor and Mount Wachusett Community College administrator Vincent Ialenti on October 24.
The ceremony took place in the media center, where a sign and plaque will stand to commemorate the newly-named center. The full language of the plaque explains the significance of Ialenti to the program, and MWCC:
During his nearly 50 years of service to Mount Wachusett Community College, Vincent S. Ialenti was an indispensable leader serving in numerous roles, retiring in 2018 as Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs.
Over the course of his career at MWCC, Ialenti served in almost every administrative role possible while working for three college presidents. His longevity and varied roles are a testimony to the incredible value and trust placed in him throughout his career.
As the Dean of Academic and Institutional Technology, he oversaw the ongoing implementation and creation of online courses at MWCC. His involvement with this teaching medium started with its adoption at MWCC in 1997 when he was the Assistant Dean of Distance Learning. In that role, his goal was to encourage and support the use of technology to enhance teaching and learning.
Before there was distance learning, there was an interest in broadcasting for Ialenti, who holds a Masters in Radio and Television from Syracuse University. He applied this knowledge to 33 years as a professor. But even after he had transitioned away from teaching into administrative work, Ialenti remained involved with the school’s Media Arts & Technology program.
However, Ialenti’s influence cannot be summed up in a particular title or list of accomplishments. His historic perspective on life coupled with his interest in technology ensured that he was both forward-facing and yet served as the college’s unofficial historian. It took a special person to be able to both be an authority on how a program started and be able to give input on where it should go moving forward.
Ialenti holds an A.B. from Providence College, an M.S. from Syracuse University, and an Ed.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.