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MC Celebrates Grand Opening of Cybersecurity Lab at Germantown Campus

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President's Corner Message: Dr. Pollard Talks About Visit from the Chief of Police, Student Safety, BOT Meeting

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Montgomery College Board of Trustees Reviews $68 Million in Capital Projects

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Cultural Arts Center Honored with Design Excellence Award by Montgomery County Planning Department

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National Compliance Awareness Week - Nov 2-6

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National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2015

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Faculty Book Event: "Latinos in the Metro Washington Area" Thursday in the Germantown Campus Library

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Focus on Transfer - Information Session on UMBC on Oct. 30

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MC/AFI Film Series Screening of "Detour" Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., AFI Silver Theatre

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Hispanic Heritage Month Proclamation Presented at Luis Enrique Concert

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Helpful Tips for Preparing Your Professional Development Leave Application: Workshop on Nov. 10

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Adult Student Focus Groups to Be Held On All Campuses

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Raptors Men's Soccer Takes Top Seed in NJCAA Region XX Tournament

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Montgomery College Students' Essays Featured in Literary Journal

President's Corner Message: Dr. Pollard Talks About Visit from the Chief of Police, Student Safety, BOT Meeting

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Category: President's Corner

Published: Oct 27 2015 12:00AM

Inspiration often comes in unexpected places. I certainly didn't expect to find it in some serious safety issues we faced last week. In the wake of the Umpqua Community College shootings I reached out to Montgomery County Chief of Police Tom Manger, who came to the College on Tuesday. While touring our Rockville Campus, we talked about the best ways to collaborate and communicate among our teams, and the chief responded to questions about campus-specific issues posed by vice president and provosts and administrators from across the College. I was deeply impressed by Chief Manger--along with his assistant chief and district commanders--who were eager to learn about each campus, any special security concerns that exist, and how their team can deepen its partnerships with the College.

On the night before this visit, a disturbing incident occurred on the Rockville Campus in which a female student was accosted in a restroom. As was reported in local media, a fellow student who heard her cries came to her aid and then chased and held the suspect until campus security and police arrived. I want to commend the students who responded in this incident for their quick thinking and courage in apprehending the suspect before he could exit the campus. In this case, much like our safety meetings with Montgomery County Police, working together produced the best outcome in a difficult situation.

Creating a safe space for students, faculty, and staff is imperative for successful learning. I hope all of us will look for ways to watch out for one another--be it with security measures, academic challenges, or personal support. This week has reminded me, once again, that none of us does it alone.

Finally, I invite you to view highlights from last week's Board of Trustees' meeting and other College news in my <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-UnA8Agrmk">video message</a>. The written President's Focus report I mention can be found <a href="http://cms.montgomerycollege.edu/EDU/Department.aspx?id=21553">here</a>.

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