What is the X Factor?

President Erickson Can Explain

This past year Northampton became the first community college in the country to win an award for overall excellence in fundraising in five separate years from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. 

On November 21 the College hosted a recognition dinner to pay tribute to the donors whose generosity made that possible.

Addressing a crowd of more than 250 President Mark Erickson, said "At the end of the day....it is not about the awards or national recognition; it is about our students."

Erickson called the volunteer fundraisers on the College's Foundation Board "the X factor" that allows Northampton to "do those extra things that make all the difference," and he thanked donors for giving Northampton the ability to change lives every day.

One of the students whose life has changed at NCC is Wesley Smith.  Smith described the frustration he experienced as a child due to childhood apraxia of speech, a neurological disorder that makes it difficult  for youngsters to form words.  Because people had trouble understanding him, Smith became timid, but after twelve years of speech therapy he was elected president of his class at Pen Argyl Area High School.  With help from a scholarship from the NCC Foundation , he is now majoring in business administration at NCC.  He plans to transfer to a nationally-ranked four-year college and hopes to become a United States congressman or senator someday.

Diane Martin, chair of NCC's Foundation, presented a special award to Pat Ward, long-time assistant to the vice president for enrollment and student affairs.  The Foundation Chair Award is given to a member of the college staff - outside of the Advancement Office - whose efforts significantly advance the work of the Foundation.  Martin described Ward as "one of those secret ingredients that make NCC special."   She praised her for serving as "the point person" for the Presidential Ambassador Program and for helping students, faculty, staff and alums "in a hundred different ways, both big and small, every single day."

Martin made a special point of thanking two retiring members of the Foundation Board - Tom Doluisio and Tim Lewis.  Doluisio will continue to serve the college as a trustee, and Tim will remain on the Foundation's Finance Committee.

Newly elected members of the Foundation Board are Robert Albert, Mark Juliano, Thomas Marnell, and Susan Yee.  The following individuals were reelected to the Board:  Patrice Amin, Charles Hannig, Silvia Hoffman, Michael Krupa, Mike Molewski, Charles Peischl, and Bruce Waldman.               

The following members were inducted into the College's giving societies:

Founders Society
Nancy B. Foltz

1967 Society
Allentown Beverage
Capital Blue Cross
Mr. & Mrs. Donald S. Follett
Southern Wine & Spirits Charitable Foundation

Laureate Society
Ross J. Born
Timothy and Colleen Lewis
Dr. Gene & Joan Witiak '78 

Cornerstone Society
Richard J. Jr. and Claire Ashby
Robert and Catherine Barrett
Coca Cola Mt. Pocono
Daniels BMW MINI of Allentown
Dr. Bernard E. Droney
Embassy Bank
Steve'72 and Margaret Grimes
HB Engineers Inc.
Dr. Elizabeth Jill Hirt
Craig C. and Barbara Kilpatrick
Lehigh Valley Business
The Mattioli Foundation
Petrucci Family Foundation, Inc.
Pocono ProFoods
Steve and Mathilda Sheptak
Kathleen ῾83, ῾95 and Robert Siegfried
Ray J. Starner
Swift Transportation
Donna Zlocki 

Gifts were produced in Northampton's Fab Lab, a mecca for local entrepreneurs, inventors and "makers." See more photos of the evening in this Flickr gallery.