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Sara Wilkerson
The Montgazette Co-Editor

Phi Theta Kappa is an international honors society dedicated to bettering society through Scholarship, Fellowship, Leadership and Service. Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) has two chapters at MCCC: Alpha Kappa Zeta (AKZ) for Central campus and Beta Tau Lamba (BTL) for West campus. Both PTK chapters held their bi-annual Induction Ceremonies in March to welcome the new members of PTK this spring.

PTK hosts over 700 chapters nationwide for two year college institutions and has a vast network of alumni groups at four year institutions. The society began as an effort to give opportunities for scholars that reach beyond academics and allow students to give back to their communities while helping them transfer into four year institutions.

In order to attain membership with Phi Theta Kappa, students must have a 3.5 GPA and maintain a 3.0 once inducted. In addition, students must have at least 12 credit hours towards an associate’s degree as well as receive an invitation from a PTK chapter. If students meet this criteria, there is a $65 one-time membership fee that must be paid and submitted with a PTK application. Upon acceptance, students have the option of attending a formal induction ceremony hosted by their PTK chapter, where they are inducted through verbal and written pledges in front of their peers and families.

Following inductions, newly inducted members join their fellow chapter members in monthly meetings that can determine their involvement. When describing the level of involvement in PTK, Alpha Kappa Zeta President Alison Giles stated, “… you get what you give. If you want opportunities for scholarships, volunteering, leadership roles, project development, and community engagement, you’ll find that in PTK. In my experience, these opportunities have led to even more opportunities, and my time at MCCC has come to be defined in large part by my involvement…”

Past projects between the two MCCC PTK chapters include AKZ’s 2015 Alternative Spring Break Project “Imagine No Homelessness” and BTL’s annual cleanups of the Schuylkill Riverfront Park.

Currently, AKZ’s efforts in participating in “honors in action” projects, along with their substantial membership roster, have made the chapter a notable five star chapter in the PTK organization. AKZ is working with Central campus’ tutoring center this semester to reform their services. According to Alison Giles, Alpha Kappa Zeta’s goal is to, “… get the word out that the tutors are here and are waiting, they’re available no matter what kind of schedule you have, and there’s no shame in seeking the help you need, especially if that’s all that is standing in the way of you reaching your goals.”

Despite being an international  honors society, Phi Theta Kappa makes differences locally through its chapters, with MCCC’s very own chapters making no exception.

For more information about MCCC’s PTK chapters, contact an advisor: The  Central Campus advisors are Catherine Parzynski (CParzyns@mc3.edu) and Cathy Hoult Shewring (CHoultSh@mc3. edu). The West Campus advisors are Georgette Howell (GHowell@mc3.edu) and Kevin Strunk (KStrunk@mc3.edu).

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Alpha Kappa Zeta’s Leadership Team — Photo courtesy of Sandi Yanisko and Dan Hanson

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Congratulations to the new members of Alpha Kappa Zeta! — Photo courtesy of Sandi Yanisko and Dan Hanson

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Samuel Wallace; Keynote Speaker — Photo courtesy of Sandi Yanisko and Dan Hanson

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Dr. Kevin Pollock; MCCC President — Photo courtesy of Sandi Yanisko and Dan Hanson

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Alison Giles; Alpha Kappa Zeta President — Photo courtesy of Sandi Yanisko and Dan Hanson

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Central Campus
Always Wednesday, 12:20 – 1:15p.m.

April 5
Test Anxiety
Come join us for a workshop to assist you with study strategies and dealing with test anxiety.  — College Hall, Room 147

April 12
Grit and Motivation
Join Dr. Smith as he helps you to unravel your intrinsic motivation through self-discovery of your internal GRIT. This workshop will help you to identify the essential components to develop your confidence and motivation. — College Hall, Room 147

April 19
Getting Ready for Finals
Come join us for a workshop to assist you with study strategies and dealing with test anxiety. — College Hall, Room 147

April 26
Zumba and Nutrition
Come learn some Zumba moves and understanding good nutrition. — College Hall, Room 147


West Campus
Always Monday, 12:20 – 1:15p.m.

April 3
Career Planning
Learn what career best suits your talents, skills, and training you need for your chosen career. — South Hall 202

April 10
Interviewing Tips and Techniques
Learn the right tips and techniques that can help you present yourself effectively at interviews, and get the job you want. – South Hall, Room 222

April 17
Grit and Motivation
Join Dr. Smith as he helps you to unravel your intrinsic motivation through self-discovery of your internal GRIT. This workshop will help you develop your confidence and motivation.  – South Hall 202

April 24
Composing a Resume: Best Practices
This workshop will outline the essential information you need to develop a great resume in a competitive job environment.

May 1
What Next?
Using Your My Career Plan Results for Career and Life Planning – South Hall 216

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David Aston
Montgazette Editor-In-Chief

The hot summer is falling away and a contentious presidential election is still to come. In between is Montgomery County Community College pressing on with a new academic year.

This year heralds a bunch of firsts for Montco and The Montgazette.

Dr. Kevin Pollock begins his first full academic year as the college’s president. Starting with this issue, The Montgazette is bringing back the sports schedules. Also, you’ll see we’ve added a new section called “College Spotlight.” Each month, The Montgazette will showcase a MCCC partner college or university. These spotlights will present important information you need to know so you can make an informed choice on where to transfer so you can continue to achieve your dreams after your time at Montco.

For all of the new students for this academic year, Welcome! The Students Office of Leadership and Involvement hosted the club fair at the start of the semester and numerous students clubs were represented. I am here to encourage you to get involved! We have included in this issue a few highlights from the club fair. Enjoy!

If you would like to join the team here at The Montgazette, we welcome your story perspectives. During my time at Montco, I have put my all into making this paper thrive in a climate that says the paper is dead. You, the readers of The Montgazette, have proven the naysayers wrong. You see the value in bringing your voice to the world and I am humbled to be the leader that has made that a success.

So this, in the words of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a famous novelist, “Stories matter.”

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Established in 1884, Temple University is a graduate-level, public, coed university. The main campus is located in urban downtown Philadelphia, PA. There are also many subruban campuses. Temple offers many student services including nonremedial tutoring, a women’s center, placement services, health services and health insurance. In addition, Temple has campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, a late night transport and escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways and sidewalks, controlled dormitory access using keys, security cards and other methods. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Temple University.

Montgomery County Community College signed a Core-to-Core Agreement with Temple University in 2002. This agreement allows the following:

Dual admissions: Any MCCC student who has earned an A.A., A.S. or A.G.S. degree is guaranteed admission as long as the student has a minimum GPA of 2.3 and completes a letter of intent before completion of 30 MCCC credits. The student must also complete a minimum of 30 of the last 45 credits at Temple to earn a Temple degree. This agreement also entitles an MCCC student to a waiver of the application fee and is eligible for renewable, merit based scholarships between $1000 to $2000 per year for full time students.

Core-to-core agreement: Students who earn an A.A. or A.S. degree have all requirements of the undergraduate general education waived.

Program-to-program agreement: Students who earn certain A.A. or A.S. degrees have most or all requirements of the respective undergraduate programs waived.

-Special Scholarships. Even if a MCCC student has not enrolled under dual admissions, the student is entitled to numerous special scholarships.

Temple University:

• endowed for $372,337,000 (2014)
• ranks 115 in National Universities, 94 by Best Colleges for Veterans, 85 by High School Counselors (2016)
• selective in acceptance with an acceptance rate of 61.7 percent (Fall 2014)
• enrollment of over 37,000 students
• 4-year graduation rate of 41 percent
• tuition rates of $15,096 in-state and $25,122 out-ofstate (as of the 2015-16 academic year)
• average room and board of $10,738 (as of the 2015- 16 academic year)
• 69 percent of students receive financial aid
• average need-based grant of $6401
• 125 majors available • majority class size: 20-49 students
• student to faculty ratio of 14:1
• NCAA Division 1 Athletics

Application deadline: March 1 | SAT/ACT deadline: March 1

All information sourced from Montgomery County Community College’s Student Resources webpage and sub pages and U.S. News & World Report’s Higher Education Rankings webpage.

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By: Alexandra Arthur-Lowry
Montgazette Contributing Writer, student COM 100 DC

In the year 2016, it is rare
to see anyone under the age of
30 in a TV studio and working
hands-on with aspiring
broadcast journalism students.
Amanda Zacharias, executive
producer of “The Buzz Update”
and president of Montgomery
County Community College’s
CAPG media club, runs the
college television newscasts.
Working in the college TV
studio has given her real work
media experience.
At the age of 20, Zacharias
helped with Comcast News
Makers as an intern, creating
a wide range of media content.
She has also interned with KYW
News where she observed dayto-day
functions of the radio
station and produced stories.
This year, Zacharias also
landed an internship with Geo
Traffic as an assistant reporter.
She done some amazing things
in media and is also a member
of Phi Theta Kappa, the
national honor society for two
year colleges.
Zacharias studies
included with classes with
MCCC professor and Emmy
Award-winning journalist
Alan Schear and she was
introduced to all of the aspects
of the campus television
station, which included
writing scripts for television
broadcasts, picking speakers
and camera operators. As the
executive producer of “The
Buzz Update,” she spoke to
my class of new students
and welcomed them openly,
encouraging them to work
with her and to join the media
clubs. Zacharias said it would
allow them to make their own
personal dreams come true so
they can become the next hard
working media personality
like her.
Zacharias attended
Perkiomen Valley High school
prior to attending MCCC. She
graduated this spring with
an A.A.S. degree in digital
broadcasting. Congratulations
to Amanda Zacharias and all
of the graduates of the 2016


Amanda Zacharias

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By: Joe Donley
President of West End Student Theater and Montgazette Contributor

“Post a Secret” was an
anonymous art project in
conjunction with Montgomery
County Community College’s
West End Student Theatre’s
(W.E.S.T.) production of “A
Lie of the Mind” by Sam
Shepard and with the support
of the Office of Student
Leadership and Involvement
and the Student Support and
Referral Team.
The idea came from
theater adjunct Samantha
Clarke who directed the play at
West Campus this semester.
According to W.E.S.T.
advisor Tim Gallagher, the
project’s aim was to allow those
with deeply personal secrets to
take their voice back, which
tied into the primary domestic
violence theme of the play.
“We all have hopes, dreams
and surprises in our lives but
many of us are shouldering
heavy burdens from abuse,
bullying, harassment, etc.,”
Gallagher said. “We hope to
empower people by allowing
them to share their silly,
hopeful and sorrowful secrets
W.E.S.T. students created
and set up five display areas
that each included materials
for making a secret, a secret
box and resources for dating
abuse, domestic violence and
student success, among other
subjects. Three boxes were set
up in South Hall and another
two in North Hall.
The displays with the secret
boxes asked several questions.
Among them were: “Was there
a time you felt as though you
had no voice?” “Have you been
a victim of discrimination or
harassment?” “What about deep
longings or desires?” “What are
you afraid of?”
In addition to providing
a space where MCCC faculty,
staff and students could share
their secrets, Gallagher said
they hoped the boxes shined a
light on the unseen struggles of
those around them. “We hope to
raise awareness and discussion
of  what our fellow community
members may be experiencing,”
Gallagher said.
The anonymous “Post
a Secret” submissions were
displayed during the April 21-
22 performances of “A Lie of
the Mind” in the South Hall
Community Room at West
For more information on
“Post a Secret” or W.E.S.T.,
please contact Tim Gallagher
at tgallagh@mc3.edu.

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Photo Courtesy of Rebecca McGovney-Ingram “Post a Secret” kiosks were located in 5 locations throughout South Hall and North Hall on West Campus.

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Photo Courtesy of Rebecca McGovney-Ingram “What’s your secret?” slips allowed students, staff and faculty to share their secrets with anonymity.

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By: Jessica Pupillo
Montgazette Editorial Assistant

On Thursday May 19, 2016, approximately
1,500 students graduated from Montgomery
County Community College during the 49th
commencement ceremony. Nearly 1,600 degrees
and certificates were awarded, including 45
students earning their degrees through the
college’s Virtual Campus, 30 from the Culinary
Arts Institute and 133 as part of the Dual
Enrollment Program, which allows students to
earn a degree while still in high school.
After inspiring speeches by VicePresident
of Academic Affairs and Provost Dr. Victoria
Bastecki Perez and MCCC’s new President Dr.
Kevin Pollock, the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke
Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholar
Award was presented to Montgazette Staff
Writer and CoPresident of Montco’s National
Organization for Women Club Lavinia Soliman.
This award grants Soliman up to 50,000 dollars
in scholarship funds per year to pursue bachelor
degree or better.
Michael D’Aniello, the chairman of
the Board of Trustees, then stepped up to
congratulate the students for working hard for
their degrees and the faculty for assisting the
students in achieving their academic as well as
their own personal goals and their hard work at
the school.
This year’s student commencement speaker
was Jacqueline Ramos, a graduate from the
Culinary Arts Institute. Ramos talked about the
teachers who inspired her, about the future and
hard work that all the students put in to get to
graduation. “Thanks to MONTCO and Culinary
Arts Institute I became part of a family!” she
The Keynote Speaker was Craig Adams,
CEO and President of PECO. Adams talked
about the school and student’s bright futures.
Adams also told the story of how his experiences
in community college and the military helped
him to be in the position he is today. “Look for
opportunity in every situation. Don’t give up.
And make a difference,” he said.
Adams’ speech was followed by the
presentation of the teaching excellence awards.
Dr. Lee Bender, who recently passed away,
but was awarded the Pearlstine Award for
Teaching Excellence which was accepted by his
wife, Carol. Mary Breanna Burch and Ricardo
Lopez earned the PartTime Faculty Teaching
Excellence Award.
After the college choir sang John Lennon’s
“Imagine,” the graduates filed across the stage
to receive their various degrees. With the
ceremonies concluded and the graduates filed
out with certificates in hand, some students
stopped to share their thoughts.
Bill Bianco, a graduating sophomore of
this year’s class, said, “I have mixed feelings
about graduating from Montco. I feel really
happy knowing my professors were passionate
about their subjects and that their enthusiasm
and energy would rub off on me.” Bianco’s
future plans include, “transferring to Kutztown
University [and] majoring in accounting and
business administration.”
Kristen Saul, a freshmen and orchestra
and choir member enjoyed performing for the
ceremony. “Performing at [the] graduation was
a learning experience.” While Saul felt glad
to be part of the festivities, she can’t wait to
participate in the ceremony as a graduate.
This year’s Montgomery County
Community College commencement
ceremony was not only successful, but helped
to send off over 1,500 new graduates into the
world to not only better their own lives, but
the lives of others.


The Graduating Class of 2016 Image credit: Sandi Yanisko

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