Students in HCC's Culinary Arts Department prepared and served a sumptuous feast Thursday, Dec. 1, in honor of the college's 65th anniversary.
The Picknelly Conference room was packed with students, faculty and staff who sampled dozens of gourmet dishes, including roasted sirloin, salmon, scallops, grilled vegetables, miniature lamb burgers and three different kinds of risotto. The event was sponsored by the HCC Foundation.
"We're here to acknowledge our 65th year,:" said HCC President William Messner. "That makes us the oldest--and the best--community college in the Commonwealth. That's what we're here to celebrate today--and the holiday season."
Attendees were also treated to a slideshow of archival and more recent photographs showcasing the college, staff and students through the years.
In keeping with the season, Keith McKittrick, director of Development, and Joanna Brown, director of Alumni Relations, took the opportunity to ask guests to consider making a contribution to the Holyoke Community College Foundation, which supports purchases for areas of the college that often aren't paid for by state funds.
"If you are in the spirit of giving, we would like you to join us," Brown said. "Choose your passion, where you want to make a difference. We make a huge difference here. Thanks to our Culinary Department, and thanks to all of you."