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Alumni ball celebrates HCC's diamond jubilee

September 10, 2006|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

HAGERSTOWN - Over chicken saltimbocca and salmon fillet, about 300 people toasted Hagerstown Community College's 60th anniversary Saturday at an alumni ball.

"Sixty years of changing lives for the better," President Guy Altieri characterized the school's place in local history.

The diamond jubilee dinner was held at Fountain Head Country Club, north of Hagerstown.

The crowd stood and applauded as Altieri introduced HCC's only two other presidents - Norman Shea, who served from 1986 to 2002, and Atlee Kepler, who served from 1961 to 1986.

Kepler was a dean at the college from 1953 to 1961.

The audience also gave a standing ovation to Lois Smith Harrison, "who has frequently been described as HCC's first employee," Altieri said.

Enlarged photos of assorted moments in HCC's history decorated the walls of the banquet room and the hallway.

Besides the alumni ball, other events connected to the anniversary have been organized.

Gerry McCarney, the president of HCC's alumni association, told the crowd that there was a golf tournament on Friday.

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He invited people to attend a free performance today by the U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers' Chorus at the college's Alumni Amphitheater.

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