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Student Named to National Academic TeamChristina Freund, the co-president of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges, has been named a Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Silver Scholar. The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation sponsors the Community College Academic Team program by recognizing 50 Gold, 50 Silver and 50 Bronze scholars nationally, and by providing nearly $187,500 in stipends annually. The program is in partnership with Phi Theta Kappa. Silver Scholars each receive a $1,250 stipend and a special medallion. All Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Scholars were included in the April 11 issue of "USA Today."Student Takes 1st Place at Radiography ContestChristopher Quilban, a student in the radiography program, recently won first place in a competition at the New Jersey Society of Radiologic Technologists Annual Meeting. He was awarded first place in the Emma Wolf Memorial X-ray Competition and won $300. This competition included more than 100 radiography education students from programs in New Jersey. Thirteen students from Middlesex, members of the Student Association of Radiographers, attended the conference."I am really proud of Chris and all of the students who participated in the competition," said Kimberly Krapels, radiology instructor. "I celebrated my birthday during this conference and Chris's winning was my favorite present."The competition consisted of a series of radiography questions and used a single elimination format. Professor Krapels is the advisor to the student organizationand also presented a lecture at the conference.John Hoffman, a shareholder of the law firm Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer P.A. and the legal counsel to Middlesex County College since 1964, is the 2010 L'Hommedieu Award recipient.The L'Hommedieu Award is named for Paige D. L'Hommedieu, the founding chairman of the College's Board of Trustees, a humanitarian who worked tirelessly on behalf of his fellow citizens. It is presented annually by Middlesex County College to an individual who exemplifies those characteristics. Coach Wins 300th Game Baseball coach Mike Lepore coached his 300th collegiate win in March as Middlesex swept a doubleheader against Cumberland. The second game, a 9-8 victory, was his first 300 games there as well.300th career collegiate win (all at Middlesex). The team won 7-2 in the fiirst game. Before coaching at Middlesex, he was a high school coach and won around

1166Lakhwinderpal "Paul" Singh '11Five days a week, he was doing 16-hour shifts as a chauffeur in New York City. Weekends? Those were spent working at a retail store in New Jersey. "It was no way to live," Paul Singh says. "I was working seven days a week and not going anywhere with my life. I needed to get it under control."Paul knew education was the answer. He had moved to Middlesex County, and some of his friends had been students at MCC."They said it was one of the best community colleges around," he said. "They liked the small class sizes, which was important to me because I didn't want to be in a class with 300 other students. That was one of the biggest factors for me because I wanted to interact with the professor so I can learn from the professor."He graduated in May of 2011 but decided to come back and apply to get into the radiography program. His reason? Job security."The health care field provides job stability and income stability," Paul said. "By combining radiography with my business degree, it'll put me in a position that I'll never have to worry about job prospects."Middlesex by the Numbers23.4Average Student AgeAlesha CurryAlesha Curry was working in corporate America at a job shedidn't love and didn't hate. It was just a job. But the recession hit and she was laid off. Nerve-wracking? Yes, but it might have been the best thing to happen to her."I decided it was time for me to do me," she said. "To pursue my dreams and what made me happy. And the one thing that makes me happy is cooking - creating things with my hands and watching people enjoy the fruits of my labor. I decided to become a chef, to pursue the culinary arts. I knew it'd be a lot of hard work but I was definitely up for the challenge because who doesn't want to work for a passion?"She did some research and discovered that MCC has a great culinary program."The staff here has been encouraging, professional, educational and welcoming," Alesha said. "I needed that support and encouragement, that level of professionalism, that standard of excellence."Profiles