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Community Colleges to Honor Scholars;
MCCS Trustees to Meet at CMCC

Thursday, March 16, 2006

CONTACTS: Alice Kirkpatrick at (207) 767-0116 x 3
(207) 767-0116 x 4;

AUGUSTA , Maine – Thirteen community college students will be named to the All-Maine Academic Team for two-year colleges at a ceremony to be held next Tuesday, March 21, 2006 at 10:30 a.m. at the Senator Inn in Augusta. The students, who will be announced at the ceremony, are from Auburn, South Paris, Veazie, Knox, Fairfield, Presque Isle, Brunswick, Baileyville, Eastport, York, Arundel and an exchange student from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam who resides in South Portland.

The All-Maine Academic Team is part of the national Phi Theta Kappa program, an international honor society for two-year colleges designed to recognize academic excellence, leadership and community service. Each of the Maine team members has also been selected by their colleges for selection to the All-USA Academic Team, which is sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa, the American Association of Community Colleges and USA Today. The All-Maine Academic Team program is cosponsored by the Bangor Daily News, Creative Awards of Scarborough, and the Maine Community College System.

Two of the students attend CMCC in Auburn; one attends EMCC in Bangor; two attend KVCC in Fairfield; two attend NMCC in Presque Isle; two attend SMCC in South Portland; two attend WCCC in Calais; and two attend YCCC in Wells.


The MCCS Board of Trustees will hold a regularly-scheduled meeting next Wednesday, March 22nd, at Central Maine Community College in Auburn. The meeting will begin at 2:15 p.m. and will be held in the Board Room in Jalbert Hall.

At the meeting, MCCS President John Fitzsimmons will sign a 5-Star Statement of Support for Guard and Reserve Employees in conjunction with the National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), an agency of the Department of Defense. President Fitzsimmons and trustees will be joined by Major Stephen Hatt, Executive Director for the Maine Committee of ESGR, and other ESGR officials.

As a 5-Star employer, the MCCS is being recognized by the ESGR for having human resource policies that go “above and beyond” what is required by the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-Employment Rights Act (USERRA) — including a military leave policy, USERRA training for supervisors, and military leave with pay and benefits.

According to Maj. Hatt, “This Statement of Support serves two very vital functions: first of all, it demonstrates the strong level of support for our Guard and Reserve which is important during this critical time, and secondly, it sends a clear message to the service members that while they’re serving their country, they do not have to worry about their civilian jobs.”

He added, “By signing this Statement of Support, the Maine Community College System is making a valuable contribution to the quality of life of Guard and Reserve employees, and to our national defense effort.”

Also on the Board’s agenda are the following items:

-- Presentation of the System’s Fiscal Year 2005 Financials by Baker Newman Noyes

-- Resolution to authorize construction contracts with Pizzagalli Construction for the building of residence halls at CMCC, EMCC and SMCC

-- Resolution to amend the System’s policy governing sexual harassment and consensual relations

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If special accommodations are needed to attend either event, please contact Ellyn Chase at 629-4007.