Alumni in the News

At MCC, we never tire of hearing about the pursuits and successes of our alumni.  Below is a compilation of alumni who have been in the news.  If you or a fellow alum is featured in the news, we’d like to know.  Send the information to

The AZ Technology Council Announces Promotion of Leigh Goldstein to Chief Operations Officer and Vice President, Programs and Events
CW Richmond reports that the Arizona Technology Council announced that Leigh Goldstein has been promoted to chief operations officer (COO), and vice president, programs and events. Goldstein received a bachelor of arts in business and economics from Arizona State University and associate degrees in marketing, management and organizational leadership from Mesa Community College. 

Native American Education
Cronkite News, AZ PBS, report on Native American Education includes interview with Julianne Keams, a Navajo student at MCC and Quimbie Gonnie, Miss Native MCC, who is studying construction management. Report at minute 10:48. 

Film Project is Debut for Fountain Hills Man
The Fountain Hills Times reports Fountain Hills resident William Kenny and Tempe resident Stephen Kessen have made a movie, "How Can I Help?" Kenny attended MCC. 

Mayor Giles Among Community Members Welcomed into MCC Hall of Fame
Thirteen East Valley community members will be welcomed into Mesa Community College’s Hall of Fame during a reception and ceremony hosted by the MCC Alumni Association tomorrow, Nov. 3, in the MCC Theatre at the Southern and Dobson campus, 1833 W. Southern Ave. in Mesa.

Small town girl heads Arizona Democratic Party, to cast electoral vote for president
Copper Area News reports that Alexis Tameron, the first female Hispanic State Chair of the Arizona Democratic Party, has not forgotten her small-town roots in Superior, AZ. She attended MCC and graduated with a Political Science degree from ASU.

McCain, Romney Talk Small Business and Innovation at Infusionsoft HQ
The Phoenix Business Journal reports that Arizona Sen. John McCain and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney talked Friday morning with Infusionsoft CEO Clate Mask about small business, innovation and entrepreneurship. Mask attended MCC. 

Faris Knew She Would Become a WAC
The Daily Miner covers the story of Rebecca (Neill) Faris, an MCC graduate who became a member of the United States Women’s Army Corps (WAC). 

ASU, MCC students win $50,000 and patent for ‘Fire Mitt' invention
KPNX/12News featured MCC marketing student Scott Johnson, along with ASU student Emma Spencer, as Paradigm Challenge grand prize recipients for their invention of the "Fire Mitt." 

Desert Oasis in Mesa Protects Endangered Species
12 News video features MCC's cienega at the Red Mountain campus in northeast Mesa with comments by Griffin Logue, exhibits curator for MCC. Matt Pace, the meteorologist from 12 News, is a former student and instructor at MCC.

Passion for Environment Turns into Sustainability Major
ASU NOW profiles Jason Tibbetts, who began his major in sustainability at MCC.

Six Days After Boise State Extended Scholarship to MCC Standout, He Committed to the Blue and Orange reports that six days after Boise State extended a scholarship offer to Rathen Ricedorff, the Mesa Community College standout committed to the blue and orange while on an official visit.

Ricedorff Crowned NJCAA Offensive Player of the Year
The NJCAA crowned MCC sophomore quarterback Rathen Ricedorff as the 2016 Spalding® NJCAA Football Offensive Player of the Year.

My Turn: Education is the Future of Mesa
Mesa Mayor John Giles writes a My Turn column for The Arizona Republic that names MCC as one of the city's core educational organizations.

Baltramonas Joins Minnesota Valley Funeral Home
The Journal (New Ulm, MN) reports that Dan Baltramonas joined the staff at Minnesota Valley Funeral Homes (MVFH) as a licensed funeral director on Dec. 10, 2016. He earned a degree in Mortuary Science from MCC.

Arizona Public Universities Turn to Fundraising to Close Gaps
The Phoenix Business Journal reports that as state funding continues to dwindle for Arizona's public universities and community colleges, they are turning to private and philanthropic fundraising to grow resources — something formerly reserved for private schools.  Jared Langkilde, MCC alumnus and Director of Development, is quoted.