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Student Trustee Phil Stan

Student Trustee Phillip Stan has been named a 2015 Coca-Cola Scholar

MWCC Student Trustee Phillip Stan has been named a 2015 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Bronze Scholar. This year, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation recognized 150 students out of 1,700 applicants. Stan was awarded a $1,000 scholarship and a medallion.

“We are extremely proud of Phil Stan for achieving this prestigious recognition,” said President Daniel M. Asquino. “The Coca-Cola scholars program is highly competitive and is awarded to our nation’s best and brightest students. Phil is an outstanding, dedicated mentor to his peers and an inspiration to the entire college community.”

The competition required students to write an essay on what they view as their most significant contribution at their college. Stan’s award-winning essay focused on his work as a volunteer mentor to fellow students through the Students Serving Our Students (SOS) program, created by students and administered through the Center for Civic Learning and Community Engagement.

“Were it not for the SOS program, many of the students that have visited us would not have seen their dream of college completion reach fruition,” Stan wrote. “It is for this reason that I consider my involvement with the program my greatest collegiate contribution.”

A Gardner resident and accomplished musician, Stan is majoring in Liberal Arts with a concentration in music. After graduating from MWCC this May, he plans to continue for his bachelor’s and master’s degrees and pursue a career as a music therapist working with children with autism and other special needs.

At MWCC, Stan serves in several leadership roles. In addition to serving on the Board of Trustees, he is vice president of civic and community engagement for the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, a member of Commonwealth Honors Program, and a mentor with the Students Serving Our Students (SOS) program within the Center for Civic Learning and Community Engagement.

Stan will be honored during the PTK All-State Academic Team Recognition ceremony on May 1 at the State House in Boston.

The Phi Theta Kappa international honor society administers the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Program and recognizes Coca-Cola Community College scholars during All-State Community College Academic Team Recognition ceremonies held in 38 states.

Community college presidents or their designated nominators may submit no more than two nominations per campus for this award. An independent panel of judges considers outstanding academic rigor, grade point average, academic and leadership awards, and engagement in college and community service in the selection process.

“We thank the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation for their vote of confidence in community college students by investing in their futures,” said Dr. Rod Risley, Executive Director of Phi Theta Kappa. “Their support is especially welcome during this challenging economic climate, as more and more community college students need additional resources to help them complete their degrees.”

“The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation has a long history of providing financial assistance to outstanding students at community colleges,” said J. Mark Davis, President of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. “We are proud to partner with Phi Theta Kappa and make it possible for deserving students to achieve their educational goals.”

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society the largest honor society in American higher education with more than 1,285 chapters on two-year and community college campuses in all 50 states of the U.S., and in numerous countries. More than three million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 134,000 students inducted annually.

 

The Phi Theta Kappa honor Society is hosting a character breakfast on Saturday, April 11 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Gardner campus. Proceeds will be used to support hunger alleviation programs in North Central Massachusetts.

Participants can enjoy a hot breakfast of pancakes, sausage, bacon, eggs, and beverages with family, friends, and favorite characters. Costumes are encouraged.

Admission is $7 for ages 12 and over, $5 for ages 2 to 11, and free for infants age one and under.

For more information, contact John Day at jday12@mwcc.mass.edu or 978-360-9255.

 

By Elizabeth Reiser

Commencement DVD sales will benefit the House of Peace and Education in Gardner. Pictured, from left, PTK co-advisor Dr. Michael T. Greenwood, Christian Orobello,executive director of HOPE; PTK Vice President Eric Ababio and PTK President Elizabeth Reiser.

Mount Wachusett Community College’s Phi Delta Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society is sponsoring its 10th annual “Project Graduation” food drive in conjunction with the college’s 48th Commencement ceremony on May 16. In addition, the chapter is once again joining with the Broadcasting and Electronic Media program and the college’s media services department to produce Commencement videos. Proceeds from the video sales will be shared between the chapter and the House of Peace and Education (HOPE), a local non-profit agency that assists at-risk women and children.

All graduates and their guests are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to the Commencement rehearsal and/or ceremony. Receptacles will be located at entrances to the Fitness & Wellness Center. All donations will be delivered to the Gardner Community Action Committee’s food pantry to benefit the local community. In addition to Commencement collections, donation receptacles are available in various areas of the campus through May 8.

In addition to the food drive, professional quality, edited DVDs of the ceremony will be available for $12 each if purchased before May 15, and for $15 after that date. This cost includes shipping and handling. Graduates and their families can pre-pay with the form enclosed in the graduation package they received, at the Phi Theta Kappa table at the rehearsal or at the ceremony, or online through MWCC’s iConnect Graduation 2013 tab.

Enjoy this special 50th Anniversary of Mount Wachusett Community College graduation ceremony and help your community. Donate to the food drive and place an order for your graduation DVD so you can share your accomplishment with your family and friends!

Thank you for your support!

Elizabeth M. Reiser is president of MWCC’s Phi Delta Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

 

Members of MWCC’s Phi Delta chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society recently presented a donation to the House of Peace and Education from proceeds raised during the chapter’s ninth annual Project Graduation.

The $300 donation was collected through the sale of Commencement DVDs in conjunction with the college’s Broadcasting and Electronic Media program.

“We truly appreciate this,” HOPE Executive Director Christian Orobello told the chapter members during a visit to the college. “The money you  raised will send a child to summer camp who would not be able to go otherwise. The good you’ve done and the effort you put in really grows within HOPE. We could not exist without the people of greater Gardner.”

In addition to this donation to HOPE, the Alpha Beta Gamma business honor society also raised funds for the nonprofit organization through a recent bake sale.

Pictured from left, Julie Graziano; Michelle Peters, chapter secretary; Megan Reiser; Elizabeth Reiser chapter president, HOPE Executive Director Christian Orobello; MWCC Professor Michael Greenwood, PTK faculty advisor; Karen Duchnowski, Project Graduation co-chair; MWCC Executive Vice President Ann McDonald; Fagan Forhan, Director of Experiential Learning Opportunities & Civic Engagement and PTK Faculty Advisor; Stevie Burwell.