Washtenaw Community College President Dr. Rose B. Bellanca recently was presented with the NAACP’s prestigious Honorary Mary McLeod Bethune Award by the NAACP Ypsilanti Willow Run (YWR) Branch. Dr. Bellanca was cited for her “dedication” to education and a life of “empowering youth” The presentation took place at the YWR Branch’s Annual Fight for Freedom Gala.


President Bellanca also was presented with the Pacesetter of the Year Award in October by the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR), Disrict 3, organization. The award, given annually, recognizes a chief executive officer at a two-year college who has demonstrated leadership and support in the area of communication and marketing. Emphasis is placed on accomplishments in the past year. President Bellanca now will be among finalists for the NCMPR’s national award.


WCC Board of Trustees Chair Richard J. Landau J.D., Ph.D. received a service pin from the Michigan Community Colleges Association for his many years of service on the WCC board. The presentation took place at the September Board of Trustees meeting.


The third annual Bravo 51 will showcase a diversity of talents from WCC faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Artwork, dance, song, poetry, and music of all genres will be featured. Bravo 51 will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11, in the Towsley Auditorium at the Morris Lawrence building.


Diana McKnight-Morton, vice chair of the WCC Board of Trustees, has been appointed vice chair alternate to the Regional Clearinghouse Review Committee of the Education Bloc Caucus of the Southeast Michigan Council of Government (SEMCOG).


More than 150 students, alumni and community members attended the Fall Career Fair at WCC, which included 69 employers and seven non-profit organizations. An added bonus this year: A professional photographer offered portraits for job seekers’ LinkedIn profiles.