Happy Birthday to Us

by Cynthia Tintorri; photos by Brian Shaud
October 02, 2012

Dr. Erickson received a commemorative shovel from the Student SenateGiven the monsoons outside, Tuesday, October 2, was a great day to be indoors, particularly if you were in Laub Lounge around 11 a.m. The official student celebration of Northampton Community College's 45th anniversary was held, complete with music, dancing, singing, games, confetti cannons and cake.

Bryon Garrison was the event MC, and David Yarborough, a.k.a. "DJ Grimez," played music from all six decades of NCC's history (1967-2012). Noah Smith read a poem, and Alex Camareri gave a non-denominational dedication.

The NCC Community Chorus sang the alma mater, and Acta Non Verba, NCC's dance club, performed an original piece called "My Strength." Mike Agosto played a piano rendition of happy birthday to Sam Spartan and NCC, followed by a sing-along version in Spanish. Both songs were followed by a confetti-cannon blast.

And then there was cake! Dr. Erickson ceremonially cut the 45th anniversary cake, before being presented with a commemorative orange shovel, complete with NCC logo, by the Student Senate, "in case you ever want to expand."

Happy 45th, Sam!Student Senate President Tim Semonich hosted an NCC version of the game show "Family Feud," in which members of the Hispanic American Cultural Club and International Student Organization were pitted against the Residence Hall and Honors Club. Each team tried to guess what surveyed NCC students answered to questions like "Where's the best place to pick up a number?" (the cafeteria), "Where's the best place to catch some z's?" (okay, who said "in class?!"), and "What's the biggest distraction in class?" (cell phones and the opposite sex).

Semonich ended the formal part of the celebration by drawing tickets for prizes in the Spartan Rewards program. $100 gift cards for Melt, ArtsQuest, Walmart, Visa and Flex Dollars went to lucky winners who had earned tickets by attending Student Life events.

A similar celebration is planned for Wednesday, October 3, at the Monroe Campus at noon.

To see more photos of the fun, check out this gallery on Flickr.


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