Author: Vanessa Ray


There is no better time to be a journalist

One of the highlights of being on The Agora is attending the College Media Association Convention in New York City.  There are many ways to get involved while attending MCCC. You can join the Student Government, become a Writing Fellow, or a Student Ambassador. All of these groups provide wonderful […]


MCCC career fair offers opportunities for many

Sean Dechart shakes the hand of an officer as he finds information about a job in criminal justice.   The Career and Opportunity Expo brought out students, both current and alumni, as well as community members. There was opportunity for welders, police officers, nurses, and more. Sean Dechert, a 2016 […]


Cheryl Johnston was destined to teach

Cheryl Johnston reads a list of options for events from One Book, One Community. In a school full of talented and exceptional professors, Cheryl Johnston stands out. Johnston, Assistant Professor of English and Reading, is retiring at the end of the Winter 2017 semester. Along with being a respected educator, […]


Nicholas Prush: Outstanding Faculty Award

Miranda Gardner   Staff member   Meyer theater was filled with emotion as a nominee turned into an outstanding faculty of the year.  Grace Yackee, vice president of instruction remained composed after an emotional announcement for the outstanding adjunct faculty award, but like a wave, the tears came back.  “You’re […]


MCCC hires Science and Mathematics Dean

Kevin Cooper, new Science and Mathematics Dean. Photo courtesy of Kevin Cooper. MCCC has filled the Dean of Science and Mathematics vacancy that opened up when former Dean Vinnie Maltese retired last fall. Kevin Cooper, who is currently the Assistant Dean/Instructional Chair of the Math, Science, and Social Studies division […]


Hope after addiction

Cheri Peters grew up seeing the type of evil that is normally only reserved for fictionalized horror. As the final event of Women’s History Month, Peters, host of the television program “Celebrating Life in Recovery,” and founder of a non-profit organization that provides recovery, spoke about her life and struggles as an addict.. Born to a […]


Abdur-Razzaq plays flute for students

A flutist, double bassist, and drummer played jazz rhythms in the dining room during lunch on Feb. 8 to celebrate Black History Month. The jazz trio opened for flutist Galen Abdur-Razzaq, who talked about civil rights after the musical performance. MCCC President Kojo Quartey was sitting front row to […]


Daniels provides support, guidance to students

Daniels works hard to make sure students receive the tools they need for success. Randy Daniels never meant to stay here. The vice president of Student and Information Services started at MCCC 20 years ago to get some experience. He planned to leave and not come back, but he never […]


Bodell retires, leaves legacy of tolerance

Penny Bodell adds her artistic touch to “We Are One” — the diversity mural located in the A Building. Penny Bodell truly embodies the values MCCC holds dear, as her friends and colleagues will attest.  “She was an outstanding assistant,” says Vice President of Student and Information Services Randy Daniels. […]


On the Raydar

Hello!! I'm Vanessa — a 30's something lady who believes it's important to temper the "important stuff" with the little things that make me happy. I take self-care very seriously and believe a hot bath, a face mask, and the occasional glass of wine (or champagne!) can relieve stress better […]