Message from President Carole A. Cowan C O M M E M O R AT I N G 4 0 Y E A R S O F E XC E P T I O NA L G R O W T H & E D U C AT I O NA L S U C C E S S In celebration of our 40th anniversary, Middlesex Community College proudly brings you this collection of four decades of memories. From humble beginnings in the Bedford Veterans Administration Medical Center to our thriving, comprehensive, dual-campus settings in Bedford and Lowell, Massachusetts, Middlesex has experienced incredible growth over the past 40 years. This book is our attempt to chronicle that growth on campus, in our communities and around the world. This project is a product of countless hours of hard work by many dedicated employees and the financial backing of many valued supporters. I’d like to thank the members of the Middlesex Community College Board of Trustees, past and present, who have allowed the college to take risks and develop many new and exciting programs on behalf of our students. Thank you also to the MCC Foundation for its financial support of so many major college initiatives over the last few decades – including the publication of this book. It is the visionary, entrepreneurial leadership of the Trustees and the financial support of the Foundation that have allowed the college to realize so many of the lofty goals we set for ourselves. vi