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Sept. 2022 News Blog

DATE: Tuesday, September 13, 2022

News briefs from the HCC campus and beyond

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Patrol officer Randon Garvey stands in front of the new campus police facility on the second floor of the Frost Buildinhg

Police Moves

Campus Police have moved out of their old home in the Facilities Building and into a new one on the second floor of Frost. The department now occupies a completely renovated space in Frost 273, the former offices of HCC's ACT Center (Advising, Career and Transfer), which was relocated to the Campus Center after the renovation of that building was completed in September 2019. The police move was made to make the college's Public Safety facility more accessible and bring it up to current standards and more convenient for students and staff. Above, patrol officer Brandon Garvey stands in the vestibule outside the new Campus Police headquarters.

HCC alum Nicole Ortiz '21 brings her Crave cuisine to the HCC food court


Culinary arts alum Nicole Ortiz '20 brought her Crave cuisine to the HCC Food Court for the first time on Wed., Sept 21. After graduating from HCC, Ortiz started her entrepreneurial career with her Crave food truck, selling her unique versions of traditional Latin American fare on the streets of Holyoke and Springfield. Since then, she's opened a Crave storefront restaurant on High Street in Holyoke, and on Wednedsdays, Crave will be one of the featured guest restaurants invited to serve up their delights to HCC students, faculty and staff. Above, Ortiz prepares fried tacos (Cubano and tropical). Also on the menu: rice bowls and Mexican street corn (off the cob for easy eating). 

Late-in-Life Lessons 

Prime magazine featured Livingstone Richardson '22 Livingstone "Gillie" Richardsonin a recent story about people who return to college later in their life. Richardson – "Gillie to those who know him – graduated from HCC with his degree in liberal arts at the age of 63. Originally from Antigua, he is a musician who used to play in an area band called Raggae Vision and now works as an organic farmer. He decided to try college "just to educate myself" and started at HCC through the Transition to College and Careers program. He succeeded with the help of the college's New Directions for Adult Learners program. "I think I was a pretty smart guy before that, but I mean getting an education helped me be able to even think better, and now I feel like I have choices," he told Prime. "I hope my story shows no matter how old, or how young, you are, you can go back to school. And go to HCC. I really love that place." Read the full story online: "Lessons Learned: Reaping the benefits of late-in-life education.

Alanah Brunt and Maria Plessx

Tee to Green(backs)

Nearly 100 golfers teed off at Springfield Country Club for the HCC Foundation's 35th annual golf benefit at Springfield Country Club on Monday, Sept. 12, to raise money for student scholarsships. Each year, the golf tournament raises about $30,000 for student scholarships managed by the Foundation. Over the past 35 years, the HCC Foundation Golf Classic has raised more than $500,000 for scholarships, student support programs, and classroom technology. On hand for the dinner that followed the golf outing were 2022 HCC scholarship recipients Alanah Brunt and Maria Pless, pictured above, left to right. "As a first-generation college student from a low-income background who is supporting myself through  college, these scholarships mean that I can focus on the right things instead of dividing my time between a job that might take me away from my schoolwork," Pless told the dinner attendees. "Thank you again for your generosity and your attendance at today's event. It really means a lot."