Dr. Michael Glass Wins MCCC's Human Relations Award

5-23-06


For Dr. Michael Glass, community involvement comes naturally. The Trenton resident was recently recognized by his peers at Mercer County Community College (MCCC) with the 2006 "Human Relations Award."

Glass, who has been with the college for 29 years, gives his time freely on campus as well as in the community. He has lent his support to Trenton's arts community for years, and now gives a great deal of volunteer time to work for human rights and justice in Northern Ireland, at the local and international level.

Dr. Michael Glass, center, receiving his award from MCCC Board Vice Chair William E. Coleman, Jr., left, and Acting President Thomas N. Wilfrid, right.

He serves on an advisory board with US Department of State in Washington regarding Northern Ireland, meeting regularly with members of Congress. He is a member of the board of the national and local Hibernians, an Irish Catholic men’s organization.

Glass earned his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo, his M.S. at SUNY at Brockport, and his Ed.D. at Rutgers University. At MCCC he has served professionally in the Financial Aid office, as director of Student Services, director of Admissions, director of the NOTE (Network for Occupational Training and Education) program, and now director of the statewide Self-Employment Assistance Program (SEA), which provides a 60-hour training program for anyone who wants to start their own small business. The SEA program is celebrating its tenth year and has helped create over 5000 new small businesses in New Jersey.

In his volunteer roles at the college Glass currently serves on the College Forum, a governing body, and on the Human Resouces Committee, working on holiday parties and staff recognition events. For many years he has chaired the college's United Way campaign.

When asked why he gives so much of his time to community and world affairs, Glass said, "Your adult life is often a reflection of your parents, and my parents were always involved in doing charity work. I guess it just follows that way."

Each year an award recipient is selected by college staff and faculty members. Glass said he was surprised and thankful to be this year's recipient. "It is always nice to be acknowledged by your peers," he said.

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