MCLA Alumni Association to Hold Awards Ceremony for Distinguished Alumni and Friends of the College

September 26, 2022

On Saturday, Oct. 1, the MCLA Alumni Association will hold its annual Alumni Awards Brunch to recognize distinguished alumni and friends of the College for their accomplishments. The event will run from 10 a.m.–12 p.m., on campus at the Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation, with a special time set aside for photos of awardees from 12–12:30 p.m. 

Members of the media are welcome to attend the program, during which the following recipients will be recognized:  

Juwonni “J” Cottle ’13, 2022 Vanguard Award 
Rebbecca Cohen ’04, 2022 Distinguished Alumnus Award   
Shaniqua Choice ’13, 2022 Outstanding Educator Award   
Stephen Simo ’90, 2022 Outstanding Educator Award   
Mikaelle Olivier ’15, 2022 Community Service & Citizenship Award 
Claire Shea ’65, 2022 Outstanding Educator Emeritus Award   

See descriptions of each award at  

About MCLA:
At MCLA, we’re here for all — and focused on each — of our students. Classes are taught by educators who care deeply about teaching, and about seeing their students thrive on every level of their lives. In nearly every way possible, the experience at MCLA is designed to elevate our students as individuals, leaders, and communicators, fully empowered to make their impressions on the world. In addition to our 128-year commitment to public education, we have fortified our commitment to equitable academic excellence. For 10 of the last 12 years, MCLA has been named a Top Ten College by U.S. News and World Report. MCLA also appears on the organization’s list of top National Public Liberal Arts Colleges. Since the list was created, MCLA has risen to #33 as a Top Performer on Social Mobility and ranks first among all  

Massachusetts liberal arts schools, which measures how well schools graduate students who receive Federal Pell Grants. Learn more at