by Cynthia Tintorri
April 18, 2013
The many talents of Northampton Community College students were recognized and showcased at this year's Monroe Student Celebration, held on April 18 in the Community Room. The celebration awarded students who went above and beyond their usual college day routines, by acknowledging non-academic accomplishments during the 2012-2013 school year.
Dr. Matt Connell, NCC Monroe dean, began the program by mentioning the Boston Marathon terrorist bombings that occurred earlier in the week. He called on all those who deal with students to help them "resolve issues in ways that are best for everyone."
Dr. Mark Erickson, NCC president, congratulated all the students by saying, "You make me proud. You make all of us proud." And he didn't come to the celebration empty-handed: "I brought the biggest box of Whitman's chocolates I could find!"
Master of ceremonies and chairman of Monroe Student Governance, Jose Valderrama, introduced the presenters and musical acts, which included a pitch-perfect, standing ovation-inducing a capella number sung by Deja Brew finalists Jon Alcorn, Christina Ceneyant, and Briggette Scott; and a rousing gospel song belted out by the newly formed NCC Monroe Choir, under the direction of Angela Collins.
John Tindell, associate professor of speech communication, commended the students who participate in activities at the Monroe Campus. "All of you who come to these events -- you are the lifeblood of this college."
The following students, advisors and organizations received special recognition at the celebration:
Phi Theta Kappa recognition: Monica Karlik
Pan African Caucus recognition: Aaron James
Psi Beta and Band of Brothers recognition: Adam Mikuchonis
Band of Brothers advisor recognition: Erin Ward
Martin Luther King, Jr., Writing Award: Ilsia Recinos
2012-13 Speech Contest winners: Elizabeth Malantonio, Lindsey Ruggiero
Monroe County Association for the Education of Young Children award: Taylor Quire
Peer Tutoring award: Stacey Plasencia
Service Learning recognition was given to Jennifer Bradley's honors developmental psychology and psychology of sex and gender classes for their work with the Bangor Area School District, and to Kurt Withey's advanced math classes for their work helping other NCC students struggling with math.
Recognition was given to 48 students who participated in an art exhibit for the Pocono Arts Council.
A reception was held afterward, where students, faculty and staff enjoyed ice cream and Dr. Erickson's chocolates.
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