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Calling Macomb Alums!
We are pleased to announce that we have formed a Macomb Community College Advisory Board to provide input to the College on alumni communications, activities and programs. This important committee will work in strategic alliance with the College and the Macomb Community College Foundation and Office of Alumni Relations to help advance the mission of and provide support for the continued growth and innovation of the College, including alumni relations.
Alumni Advisory Board members must be a graduate or a transfer student who completed a minimum of 40 credits at Macomb Community College. The volunteer board is comprised of a diverse cross-section, representing all areas of the College. It will work with closely with the MCC Foundation and Office of Alumni Relations.
If you are an alum interested in becoming part of this important volunteer group, please contact Dawn Magretta, Director of the MCC Foundation and Alumni Relations at 586.445.7302 or email@example.com.
Commencement speaker urges fellow grads to stay positive
With a message about the power of a positive attitude, Charles Cammarata, Most Distinguished Graduate, delivered the keynote address at the College’s 90th commencement on Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts.
Cammarata, 37, was selected by a panel of faculty and staff based on his
academic accomplishments, an interview with the judges and an essay on how Macomb had made a difference in his life.
“Fellow graduates, as you leave here today please accept these three challenges: First,
identify those that have a positive impact on you. Next, thank them…Finally, be that positive impact and influence on others,” urged Cammarata in his commencement speech. “We have the power to mend hearts or to break them, with nothing more than a few words or a small gesture.”
Students show “limitless” possibilities with renewable energy
While some of the students working on Macomb’s renewable energy project had qualms about using power tools for the first time, others approached computer-aided design software with the same apprehension. But when they put their heads and hands together, they ended up building two solar-charged tricycles (trikes) and new, equally sustainable, skillsets that will take them all miles farther in their careers.
The 13 students that helped build the trikes are earning Renewable Energy Technology certificates from Macomb. Their majors, however, are diverse, including product development, automated systems technology, mechatronics and manufacturing technology. The certificate program, which focuses on sustainability as well as renewable energy concepts, is designed to complement all of these programs and more.
The students first class assignment was to bring in scrap parts that would be used to build the two alternative energy trikes – two-seaters with three wheels, handlebars and a battery to supplement solar and peddle power – and the trailers to haul them. The list of materials read like the inventory at a junkyard: metal shelving units, painting scaffolds, curtain rods and an exit sign - all metal and all old. Add to that the parts from many bicycles.
“So many of our students are passionate about keeping things clean and green, but at first we thought it would be a challenge because they all came from different backgrounds,” said Lisa Richter, Macomb renewable energy professor. “But in less than 16 weeks these students came together and were so inventive and so creative. It was apparent that it was limitless what they could do.”
And that’s an attitude many intend to take with them after they graduate.
“My ultimate dream job,” said Trevor Schick, a Macomb product development major and a Certified USA Cycling Mechanic who worked on the trike project, “is to build cycles like these for people with special needs.”
Raising the bar on retraining
When U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan visited Macomb’s Michigan Technical Education Centersm (M-TECsm) last semester, it was with alumni like David Myles in mind.
Myles came to Macomb after his full time job delivering newspapers for the Detroit Media Partnership was reduced to part time, a casualty of industry downsizing, and the bank forclosed on his and his wife’s home.
“I was making great money and loved what I did, but then the world changed,” said Myles. “I came (to Macomb) not knowing what to expect. But I fell in love with PLC (programmable logic control) and robotics and found I had a knack for computers. I am now a PLC Robotics Engineer.”
Since graduating in 2011 from Macomb’s Multi-Skilled Technician training program, which was funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Myles has been employed full time at Gonzalez Production Systems. With hopes of building on those types of success stories, DOL has awarded another grant to Macomb, this time for a partnership with seven other Michigan community colleges, totaling $24.9 million. The funds will be used by the colleges, with Macomb in the lead, to upgrade their manufacturing training curriculums based on employers’ needs and retrain displaced or under-skilled workers and military veterans.
“Your commitment of $24.9 million represents a substantial investment in Macomb Community College’s capacity to take the offensive in the development of jobs and careers for the manufacturing companies of Michigan,” Jacobs told the secretaries during their tour last December. “The grant will allow us to raise the bar, which I think will set a new standard for community colleges in the future.”
Friends of Macomb Activities held in Naples, Florida
Florida Alumni and MCC retirees reminisied and learned about the college as they cruised on the scenic Gordon River in Naples, Florida.
More than 50 Macomb Community College retirees, alumni, and friends joined President Jim Jacobs in sunny Naples, Florida this winter. Hosted by the Macomb Retiree Association and sponsored by the Macomb Community College Foundation, the MCC Florida Reception was a fun and informative opportunity to see what is new at Macomb while alumni, retirees and friends reunited and reminisced with former classmates and colleagues. Activities began with a reception on Friday, February 28th at Brio Tuscan Grill at the Waterside Shops. On Saturday, March 1st, the fun continued at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. Thank you to all of the MCC Alumni and Retirees who made this year’s reception a huge success!
Could a Planned Gift Be the Ideal Avenue to Fulfill Your Philanthropic Desires?
A planned gift is commonly described as charitable giving which results from a donor’s planning process in a donor’s financial and estate plans. Bequests are the most popular planned giving method.
The easily understood nature of bequests is appealing and they can be put in place through a statement in a legal document such as a will. In addition, you will have peace of mind knowing your assets are available to satisfy unforeseen expenses such as medical and nursing home costs; all while your desire to help a heartfelt cause is being satisfied.
By making bequests and other planned gifts, you can continue to help organizations that are making an important difference in your community. You will be leaving a charitable legacy for future generations. Perhaps, a larger charitable contribution than you thought possible.
If you think that a planned gift to the Macomb Community College Foundation might be right for you, call Kathleen Wentzel, Major and Planned Gifts Manager at 586.445.7302 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let new website put a little “Spring” in your step
The Macomb Community College website has had a long-awaited makeover, and it is now easier than ever to find information about alumni services and programs.
The College website is still located at www.macomb.edu, but it has a fresh face and user-friendly feel, not to mention an exclusive site for our students – My Macomb.
Alumni will find an entire page devoted to services and programs under the heading Alumni and Donors. This is the place to go for a variety of resources available, including:
- @Macomb (alumni newsletter)
- Career Services – Alumni can find help with job searches, resume writing, and interview techniques
- Macomb Libraries – Don’t miss out on the thousands of titles available to our Alumni! You can still check out books and utilize library services
- Transcript Requests
- Alumni Updates – Keep in touch and let us know what you are up to! Share employment news, accomplishments, and announcements. We want to know what you’ve been up to since leaving Macomb.
Peter J. Lucido (1981) obtained a Bachelors in Public Administration and Business from Oakland University, a Masters in Business from Central Michigan University, and a J.D. from Detroit College of Law. He started his own law firm and also publishes Macomb Now magazine. He has been involved in numerous charities and was honored to be inducted into the Macomb County Hall of Fame in 2003. Recently, he announced his candidacy for State Representative in the 36th district.
Alan Geldhof (1981) has earned a B.S. in Psychology and an M.A. in Teaching at Wayne State University. He is a 5th grade teacher with Roseville Community Schools.
Sheryl Essenmacher (1989) has earned a B.S. from Oakland University and an M.A. from Wayne State University. She is the CEO of Person-Centered Counseling.
Marcia Mattiello (1985) is working at the Karmanos Cancer Center as Manager of Clinical Resource Management. She received her MSW at Wayne State University.
Mary Ann (Panetta) David (1996) is a store manager at Evola Music where she teaches active adults and retirees how to play music.
Richard VanHulle (1971) has retired from the City of Warren Police Department.
Yvonne (Bright/Strem) Messick (1974) is writing creative non-fiction on spiritual growth/meditation.
A Special Opportunity...
September 16, 2014 will mark 60 years of educational excellence at Macomb Community College.
As part of the celebration, Macomb is redesigning the South Campus Twelve Mile Road entrance, which will provide greater accessibility for our students and the community. For a limited time only, you can be a part of history in the making.
For $60, you can order an inscribed brick (up to three lines of text) and become part of the permanently installed walkway that will greet students and visitors as they enter our College. Proceeds will be used to support programs and services provided through the College’s Student Success programs. From Veterans Services to emergency needs funds, these important resources help support our students, allowing them to fulfill their goal of achieving a quality education.
Can I still order a brick?
Yes! Bricks may still be ordered, but will not be installed by September 16, 2014 for the 60th Anniversary festivities.
If you would like to make an additional gift to a specific area or fund, you are more than welcome to note that on the form as well.
Please consider being a part of this important celebration, while supporting the Macomb students we so proudly serve. If you have any questions or need more information, contact the Macomb Community College Foundation at 586.445.7302.
2014 Comedy & Cocktails Fundraising Gala
A Benefit for Arts & Cultural Programming at Macomb Community College
October 10, 2014
Lorenzo Cultural Center & the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts
Fun begins at 5:30 p.m. Including dinner & performance by the popular political satire group The Capitol Steps
For ticket and sponsorship information, please contact the Macomb Community College Foundation at 586.445.7302
Special Offer for Macomb Community College Alumni
Does your business or organization need to meet offsite? Consider the John Lewis Center (K Bldg) at South Campus, conveniently located on the corner of 12 Mile and Hayes Roads
• 15,000 sq. ft. of conference space
• 12 Meeting Rooms
• On-site catering
• Many free support services
*FREE coffee service for up to 50 guests on first-time facility rental.