Our Maine Street's Aroostook Issue 5 : Summer 2010 - Page 66

Northern Maine Community College Building Ties with Alumni & Friends It has been several years since Northern Maine Community College has had an active group of alumni come together as an organization to promote and celebrate what it means to be a graduate of the institution, but after months spent laying the groundwork, the new NMCC alumni association is off and running. The group will work to energize and engage alumni and others positively impacted by NMCC and its forerunners, Northern Maine Technical College and Northern Maine Vocational Technical Institute. A group of more than 30 alumni and friends have been hard at work getting the association going. They recently held the association’s first annual meeting and elected a slate of officers to lead the group into its first year of active service. “We are looking forward to old friends coming together and meeting new friends,” said Scott Carlin, who was elected the organization’s first president, in his address to the 70 alumni and friends of the college gathered for the event. “This is an opportunity for those of us who have been so positively impacted by NMCC to celebrate the bond we all share and to help give back to the college.” One way in which they hope to bring folks together and strengthen that bond is by implementing a Homecoming Weekend at the College on Friday, September 10, through Sunday, September 12. Not only will there be many activities taking place on the NMCC campus, but there are also several special activities scheduled throughout the weekend as Presque Isle hosts the Annual Maine State Federation of Firefighters Convention. Alums traveling from out of town will have the added draw of having several fun events to fill out the weekend, including a parade, rides on ‘Big Red’, a performance by comedian Bob Marley, and the Firemen’s Muster. There will definitely by lots to do for the whole family throughout the weekend! Alumni and friends making up the board of the new organization are leading the way to strengthening bonds with and between alums of the College. 64 Higher Education SUMMER & FALL 09 NMCC Homecoming 2010 FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 Open House ~ 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Alumni and community members are invited to come tour college facilities and see what exciting things are happening on Star Herald and on our web-site early this fall. Pep Rally ~ 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Come meet the members of NMCC’s soccer team, enjoy a BBQ lunc [