Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending a dinner event at the Public House, a local eatery co-owned by one of our alumni, Jackie Coarser, who coincidentally, has just been selected as this year’s Alumnus of the Year. You should hear her story at Commencement.
I was invited to this event by Professor Alex Babycz, who after 28 years of diligently serving MCCC has decided to retire. Alex invited me to this event because it was a celebration of one his former students’ ‘ascension’ to the ranks of Licensed Architect. Others present at this event from MCCC were Professors Gary Wilson and Ted Vassar. Both Gary and Ted have served MCCC as art professors for 45 years (almost as long as I have been alive). Gary is retiring in a couple of months, and Ted will soon follow. Among the three of them, they have served MCCC for 118 years. But their length of service is not why I am writing this blog. I am writing because of their dedication and commitment over those years to motivating and inspiring students like Jonathon to aspire to the greatest heights.
When Jonathon made his heartfelt comments about the reasons for his success, the only individuals he mentioned by name were his family members, Alex, Ted, and Gary. He gave a wonderful testimonial of the impact that MCCC and those three in particular have had on his life.
Yes, transforming and enriching lives, that’s what Alex, Gary, and Ted have done for many who have attended MCCC. The best way to do that is to take a personal interest in students like Jonathon. That’s what Alex, Gary, Ted and many other faculty have done since MCCC was founded 52 years ago. I hope the next generation of faculty can do the same for the next generation of students.