2008-2009 Special Events


A great beginning to a great year!

August … bringing friends together

The Jennifer O’Neil Graphic Design Golf Outing, was held at Sugarbush Golf Club in Davison, Michigan on August 2nd and was well attended. Proceeds went to the Jennifer O’Neil Graphic Design Scholarship Endowment.


The Donor Reception (right) was held August 27th to honor our donors and provide a glimpse into Financial Aid’s new software which assists in identifying students eligible for specific scholarships.

Jennifer O'Neil Graphic Design Golf Outing


September … bringing friends together

Lapeer Golf Outing

The MCC-Lapeer Golf Outing was held September 5th at Devil’s Ridge Golf Club in Oxford, MI with proceeds to the Lapeer Learner Scholarship!

A Sneak Peek of the Bear Sculpture was offered on September 3rd to donors contributing to the project, as well as faculty and students who worked on it over the past three years.

The official and long-awaited Bear Unveiling was held September 24th along with the 10th Anniversary of MCC’s newly-remodeled Trustee Memorial Courtyard. Unveiling attendees and courtyard brick/bench owners were hosted to a reception. The bear sculpture affectionately titled “Babe” by faculty and students was commissioned three years ago and made possible by contributions from the Ruth Mott Foundation, the Bruin Club, and the Honorable and Mrs. Thomas Yeotis.

MCC's "Babe" the Bear Sculpture


October…A Time of Reflection

Lapeer Golf Outing

The 16th Annual Peace & Dignity Ceremony was held October 13th on the lawn outside Curtice-Mott. This sacred ceremony celebrates the "Four Colors" of the world.

MCC's "Babe" the Bear Sculpture
(l-r) Jennifer Fillion, M.A., Terri Lynch-Caris, Ph.D., Tammy Chang, M.D., and Dorceta Taylor, Ph.D.
The Ballenger Lecture Series held its semi-annual lecture on October 24th. Mothers of Invention: Women In Science featured keynote speaker Dorceta Taylor, PhD, Associate Professor of Environmental Sociology and Associate Professor of Afroamerican and African Studies, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Michigan) and panelists Amy Cheng Vollmer, PhD, Professor of Biology, Swarthmore College (Swarthmore, Pennsylvania), Tammy Chang, MD, Physician of Family Medicine and Founder/Director of Health in Action (Ann Arbor, Michigan), Jennifer Fillion, MA, Professor of Anthropology, Archeology and Forensics, Mott Community College (Flint, Michigan), and Terri Lynch-Caris, PhD, Associate Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Kettering University (Flint, Michigan).

2008 Distinguished Alumni & Outstanding Retiree
l-r: Michael Rachor, Dr. Gladys Beckwith, Al Koegel, Grayce Scholt, Judge Robert Ransom

The 7th Annual MCC Distinguished Alumni & Outstanding Retiree Awards Dinner was held on October 29th and honored alums Dr. Gladys Beckwith, Al Koegel, Michael Rachor and Judge Robert Ransom, as well as outstanding retiree Grayce Scholt. These prestigious awards are granted to alums and MCC retirees who show outstanding service to the college and community.


To:Our Donors
From: Stewards of Your Foundation Funds

With the economic downturn, our portfolio is down by 19%. However, the Foundation for MCC remains strong because of friends like you. We are grateful for your support over the years and wish you a wonderful and prosperous holiday!

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays 2008
Standing (l-r): Mary Brown, Bookkeeper; Sue Frownfelter, Alumni/Special Events Coordinator; Kacey Seay, WIE Fellowship Consultant Vera Jenkins, Administrative Assistant; Sitting: Doris Thomas, Development/Marketing Coordinator; Lennetta Coney, President; Mary Yarbrough, Development Associate


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Dinner was held January 15, 2009 at the Sarvis Center and featured guest speaker Linda V. Parker, Director of Civil Rights in Michigan. The event was extremely well attended.



February featured Black History Month Celebration with specialty African cuisine and entertainment every Wednesday at Applewood Cafe. Join us next year!



The Ballenger Lecture Series will hold a discussion on Stem Cell Research, its political ramifications, ethics/risks, alternative options and more on March 25 at 7pm in MCC's Ballenger Field House. Panelists include leading stem cell advocate and former congressman Dr. Joe Schwarz, ethicist and former legislator Dr. David Orentlicher, biology professor Dr. Sue O'Shea, and stem cell advocate Kathleen Russell. The lecture is FREE. Join us in this premiere event …


Dr. Joe Schwarz Dr. David Orentlicher
Dr. Joe Schwarz   Dr. David Orentlicher
Dr. Sue O'Shea   Kathleen Russell
Dr. Sue O'Shea   Kathleen Russell


Dr. Lillie McCain Joe McCain
Dr. Lillie McCain   Joe McCain
Douglas Blackmon    
Douglas Blackmon    


"Erasing Racial Boundaries: the McCain Family Explores Roots" featuring Mott's Dr. Lillie McCain, Joe McCain (brother of Senator and Presidential hopeful John McCain), and Wall Street Journalist Douglas Blackmon was held Tuesday, March 31, and was well attended. It was an interesting and thought-provoking event.


Motown, Mott & More lip sync performance was held May 15th and was a huge success! The evening featured acts such as Whitney Houston by Pat Scott; Little Richard by Michael Simon; Prince by Raul Alvarez; Gloria Estefan by Robin Benson; and John Travolta & Olivia Newton by Dale Weighill & Elizabeth Saab – to name a few! Join us again in 2010!



Ruby Jean Butler
Ruby Jean Butler

On June 11th, the Foundation held the event, "Hats Off to Ruby Jean!" - a celebration of Ruby Jean Butler's indomitable spirit! An inspiration to many, this tribute was truly an honor for the Foundation and event sponsors to host.

The 7th Annual Heritage Society Dinner was held June 18th at hosts Carol and Gary Hurand's residence. The evening honored the Foundation for MCC's planned giving, annual giving, and endowment donors. Thank you to our hosts, the Hurands, for a wonderful evening! And many thanks to our donors who make it possible to provide scholarships and awards to Mott students and help provide innovative college programs.


The Foundation for Mott Community College
thanks you for your continued support!

The Foundation for Mott Community College