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Raptor Day Fall 2023

Campus hosts opportunity for Montgomery College Students to learn about student resources

Raptor Day is an opportunity for Montgomery College Students to learn about student resources and organizations within the Takoma campus, and this year the event was held on Wednesday, Aug. 16 at 1 p.m. in the ST Building on the Takoma Campus.

There were several student resource representatives present ranging from STEM tutoring, Math tutoring, the Student Academic Board, MC Leads and even a representative from Library Access Services.

Thamar Gonzalez-Kaufman, Instructional Associate of the Academic Success Center and the Writing, Reading, and Language Center poses with a pamphlet. (Photo credit, Leslie Quinonez)

MC had representatives present to speak with students directly, even though there are explanations of the resources online. The in-person connections allow students to interact with the people that run them. Students can join many of these programs. 

“I had an Awesome time here, meeting new people and finding opportunities” said Zelaye Yerenmy, a Computer Science major. As a returning student, he explained that he has had positive experiences here at the college with making new friends at events like these.

Yerenmy Zelaya, a second-year Computer Science major in the Student Government Association, talks about his experience so far at Montgomery College. (Photo credit, Leslie Quinonez)

Bharat Dhakal, a lab coordinator at the Science Center in Takoma Park, helps tutor math students. In addition to offering tutoring services, they have computers accessible to students to use in the math center, as well as the opportunity to borrow a calculator.

Bharat Dhakal, Lab Coordinator talks about the purpose of the Math & Science Learning Center at his table on Raptor Day 2023. (Photo credit, Leslie Quinonez)

Valeri Zampi who has been working with MC as a Library Access Services Specialist since last November gave her opinion about her experience here when she said, “This has been my first time working with a community college and I really enjoyed it!”.

Zampi also helps with daily operations and helps to plan library events, as well as student resources like interlibrary loans and campus loans.

Floor plans of the new library were up for display on their board at the event, and Zampi further explained we can expect from this new library renovation.

“The latest floor plan here shows that students will have a lot more sitting space, glass, modern, fancy! It’s around a 13-million-dollar renovation!” said Zampi.

She also explained that she felt there was a lot of thought put into the project.

Max Nam who is a Physics Professor here at MC and has been here for twenty years explained that MC has combined the Engineering, Physical and Computer Science departments into one big department.

Physics Professor Max Nam, who received his Bachelor of Science in Physics degree from San Jose, CA, and a PhD in Physics from the University of Connecticut speaks about the tutoring process. (Photo credit, Leslie Quinonez)

When asked about his goals for the upcoming semester he said, “Increase the number of students who are actively majoring in Physics, engineering and computer science” and to “potentially” start another STEM based club.

Collegewide Dean of Student Engagement and Takoma Park/Silver Spring Student Affairs Jeneé McFadden explained her role in supervising student life for all the different campuses.

She does this by providing resources for people to do their jobs whether it be training or professional development.

McFadden went on to explain the administrator role at events like Raptor Day: “I think that one of the goals for us is to make sure that the orientation program has everything it needs to be a very robust thriving program to welcome new students back.”



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Blaize Krause
Blaize Krause, Former Photo Editor
Blaize Krause joined The Excalibur as a photographer in the fall of 2022. He is the Photo Editor, managing photo editing and staff photography, for the Excalibur in the spring of 2023. He is based at the Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus where he is completing his degree in general studies to become a Film maker. He joined the paper to attain his goal of becoming a better writer and photographer.
Leslie Quinonez
Leslie Quinonez, Assistant Editor
Leslie Quinonez joined The Excalibur as a photographer in the fall of 2022 and was a photographer for a year before she became the assistant editor in the fall of 2023. She is a business student who is interested in studying accounting after graduating from MC. Her interests include reading comics and watching automotive sports events.

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