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Carol Leahy (left) and MC’s president, Dr. DeRionne Pollard, celebrated the triple exhibition of the Portraits of Life series at Pepco’s Edison Gallery. An Alumni Association board member was featured in each of the portrait series.

From the Alumni Association President

Montgomery County residents have been celebrated in three photo-graphic exhibits, known as Portraits of Life, produced by the College’s Paul Peck Humanities Institute. The first, from 2004, featured Holocaust survivors. The second depicted students from around the world who overcame incredible odds to pursue their education. A third set highlighted members of the county’s LGBT community. Last November, all three series appeared together for the first time, at Pepco’s Edison Gallery in Washington

I’m proud that an Alumni Association leader appears in each set of those portraits. Two of them—Debbie Dwyer ’80 and Dr. Usa Bunnag ’90—joined Dr. Pollard and me at the opening reception to remember the late Bella Mischkinsky ’88, our longtime friend and supporter. The event coincided with the twentieth anniversary of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, a cause that was dear to Bella.

The Holocaust Museum has another tie to MC: an arrangement in which our students hold internships there, as well as at the Smithsonian museums and the Library of Congress. You’ll read more about these partnerships, unique among community colleges, in this issue.

We also have a story of family ties to MC and the community. Graphic design professor Martha Vaughan has not one, but two siblings who hold the College’s highest alumni honor, the Milton F. Clogg Award. Benjamin Vaughan ’75 was recognized for his coaching of Richard Montgomery 
High School’s mock trial team, his mentoring of juvenile offenders, and his fundraising for an orphanage in Tanzania. Judith Vaughan-Prather ’69 is executive director of the Montgomery County Commission for Women—and a member of the Alumni Association’s governing board.

I look forward to making the association’s community involvement even more visible as the College welcomes Karla Silvestre as its director of community engagement, helping to strengthen MC’s involvement in county life.

Finally, I’d like to acknowledge the wonderful help of my fellow officers, board members, and volunteers, who have made our programs and scholarship efforts a success during my two years as your association’s president. Your continuing moral and financial support makes our College, and our community, shine brilliantly.

Carol W. Leahy ’74
Alumni Association President


Montgomery College

Montgomery County, MD


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