M. Graham Vinzant, Jr. Center for Enrollment and Student Services at CCBC Catonsville named in honor of founding faculty member of then Catonsville Community College
Oct 20, 2015 | by Jacquie Lucy | 443.840.4668 (office) | 443.761.2482 (cell)Recognition Reception, 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 30, CCBC Catonsville
Catonsville, MD – Institutions rely on visionaries and activists to transform great ideas into reality. M. Graham Vinzant, Jr. (1930-2009) served these roles for the Community College of Baltimore County then Catonsville Community College (CCC). To honor his many contributions to CCC, the Community College of Baltimore County will host a reception at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 30 in the Student Services Center at CCBC Catonsville, 800 S. Rolling Road. The highlight of the event, which is free and open to the public, will be the naming of the M. Graham Vinzant, Jr. Center for Enrollment and Student Services, which will house services for financial aid, counseling/advisement, admissions, etc.
The event will include presentations by some members of the M. Graham Vinzant, Jr. Development Fund Committee, which was formed by his family and friends to recognize his service to the College as an educator, counselor, mentor, leader and student advocate. The invocation will be given by Reverend Kristofer Lindh-Payne, co-rector of Epiphany Episcopal Church and his grandson. CCBC President Sandra L. Kurtinitis will give remarks. The M. Graham Vinzant, Jr. Development Fund Committee members are: Eric. W. Reitz (Chairman), Vincent R. Coleianne (Co-Chairman), Margaret F. Bowler, P. Michael Carey, Cecilia Coliton, Mariano Gonzalez, George J. Lavery, Jerome Lovick and Beverly K. Vinzant (his widow).
M. Graham Vinzant, Jr. joined CCC as a college counselor in 1961 and two years later was promoted to dean of students. As a counselor and dean of students, he was primarily responsible for developing a campus climate that respected the individual dignity and worth of students. During his tenure, Vinzant and his staff developed student service programs such as child care center, health services, counseling/advisement, student mentoring, career development, staff diversity and special services for the physically handicapped at the college drew national attention. Under his leadership, the first phase of the Student Services Center was designed and constructed providing a dedicated space for students to engage.
In 1982, Mr. Vinzant was named director of the college's occupational training center, which assisted thousands of displaced workers and unemployed adults with career skill building and finding jobs. Through his work, he developed an intensive curriculum that provided a model for training disadvantaged adults and worked with corporate partners like IBM, General Motors, Ford, Westinghouse and others to provide equipment and needed resources for the program.
In 1992, Mr. Vinzant retired from Catonsville Community College. Today his contributions continue to have a great impact on CCBC, our students, faculty/staff and alumni as well as the community of Catonsville. For information about the M. Graham Vinzant, Jr. Development Fund Committee, contact Ann-Marie Thornton, CCBC director of Development and Alumni Relations, 443-840-3118.
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