Forty Years of CCC People

Forty Years of CCC People

 
By Marie Tedesco

The 40th anniversary celebration was held on Thursday October 5th which invited professors, staff and students to celebrate 40 years for CCC. It was an array of festivities, which included a spectacular aerial photo, an open campus party, an official ceremony to announce the anniversary, and a time capsule reception to capture this pivotal point.

“It’s a great milestone in the college’s history, and we have seen many great changes”, said Spanish Professor Linda Lleras a fulltime employee here at CCC since 1978.
At ten A.M. students and college faculty clambered outside on the left lawn of the Student Center to line up shoulder to shoulder in the shape of a huge forty. Most of the staff wore yellow tie die shirts. A professional cameraman took the photos from the rooftop of the Student Center.
Lleras went on to say that it was an uplifting time and that it was a definite moment to remember how wonderful it had been to work with the countless students and faculty over the past several years. Lleras said she wanted to see the upcoming graduating class to walk away with pride when they received their diploma.
After the photo students and faculty watched the President of CCC, Dr. Ken Ender and the Chairperson of the Student Senate, Devin Brown officially cut the anniversary cake. It didn’t take long to distribute slices of the huge marble desert to the surrounding celebrators.
Brown felt very energetic and a sense of unity among the student body.
“I think its great to be a part of history”
Brown was just recently elected to his position as Chairperson of the Senate and this in his fourth semester and plans to transfer to Rowan sometime in the future. His one word for the graduating class of 2007 was “excellence.” He said he wanted to see this generation of CCC students to walk away with a knowing that they achieved a high standard of education through hard work and effort.
One man who was really enjoying the anniversary cake was Biology Professor William Olivero. Professor Olivero had been an employee here at CCC since the very first year the college opened.
Professor Olivero was asked what made this day extremely important for him. He said, “ I think about all the people I have known through the years especially the students who have graduated, who went on and continued their education, and became professional people and stayed in this county to help their friends and neighbors.”
Professor Olivero said that he wanted this year’s graduating class to walk away with an appreciation for the advantages they had taken, for their parents who had gotten them this far, and for the staff’s time and effort that they had put into the students.
At that time an “anniversary memento” was distributed and handed out that gave students a little souvenir to celebrate the occasion. It was a blue metallic key chain that had the years 1966 to 2006 printed on it.
Sasha Saunders a secondary education major and a first semester student here at CCC commented about the whole celebration, “ I feel awesome. It’s a once in lifetime experience.”

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