September 9, 2017 marked the official dedication of the Maureen McGrory Stewart Library at the Upper Bucks Campus. It was an emotionally moving day. Please read on to learn the story of Maureen McGrory Stewart, a remarkable and much loved member of the Bucks County Community College family.
“Born in Bryn Mawr, Pa., Maureen McGrory Stewart moved to Doylestown, Pa., in 1977. She received a nursing degree from Gwynedd Mercy University, specializing in psychiatric medicine. She spent 20 years in supervisory positions at the State Hospital in Collegeville, Pa., and the Lenape Valley Foundation in Doylestown. Maureen then earned an associates degree in PC/End User Support at Bucks County Community College and subsequently worked in the Upper Bucks Library for many happy years. She took pride in working with students to solve problems, while participating with the faculty in maintaining a supportive and relaxed atmosphere.
Maureen loved Irish music and dance and supporting her great neieces and nephews in their dancing and music development. She enjoyed many activities such as skiing, horseback riding (also being a proud member of the Bucks Equestrian team), kayaking, and traveling. She is sorely missed.
The Maureen McGrory Stewart Library was dedicated by her loving family in 2017. In addition, a scholarship endowment has been established in her name to support Bucks nursing students pursuing their associates degree.”
Earlier this year, it was announced that Director of Library Services Linda McCann would be retiring. The news both surprised and saddened many in the Bucks County Community College family. On August 14th, Linda McCann will serve her last official day as Director of Library Services. We are grateful to her for her many years of service and her unwavering commitment to the library. Her tenure as director included many awards and acknowledgements. Below is a listing of some of the milestones marking Director McCann’s work in the library and at Bucks County Community College from October 2005 to her retirement in August 2017:
Fall 2007- The Learning Studio opens at the Newtown Campus
2007- New Lower Bucks Campus Library opens in new building
2007- Library elevator installed
2007-2017- Linda served on the Administrative Employees’ Committee
2009- Linda receives the Administrative Employees’ Special Recognition Award
2010-2013- Newtown Campus Library renovations in three phases
2010- ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award
2010- Upper Bucks Campus Library opens in new building
2014-BCCC Foundation Community Awards- Linda received the Education Award primarily for Friends of the Library fundraising efforts to add to the Library Endowment Fund.
When asked about the milestones, Linda McCann was quick to share the spotlight and point out that it was all a group effort. Community involvement and mentoring within her profession made it evident that Director McCann placed a high level of importance on making a difference in people’s lives. Through the years, she has represented the library at many events both near and far. She was active in planning Technology Day and the Faculty of the Future Conference at the College. She’s also served on various governance committees, TLTR, and the Planning Advisory Group. Once a year, together with her family and friends, Director McCann opened up her home to the Friends of the Library and hosted an elegant afternoon of delicious appetizers and aperitifs to benefit the Library Endowment Fund. Adjusting to the library without her daily presence will certainly be strange for many. Happily, she will continue on as a part-time faculty librarian in the fall. We thank Linda McCann and wish her a wonderful retirement!
Our Academic Success Center (formerly the Tutoring Center) has been awarded the two-year-college Frank Christ Outstanding Learning Center award of the National College Learning Center Association. The award “is given as a national recognition of the work done by learning centers and to foster their future growth and development.”
Please join us in the Library’s Learning Studio on Thursday, June 22, at 3:00 for WRITERS READING 5!
- You can read 5-7 minutes of any original work you’ve created: poetry, fiction, or nonfiction, in front of a supportive audience, or,
- You can be part of that supportive audience and just listen.
image: gacabo. writers block. January 13, 2012. http://bit.ly/2dBTVp3. Some rights reserved
The end of the spring semester is often accompanied by many bitter sweet moments. The frenzied pace of last minute papers and final exams yields to the promise and the freedom of summer. There is a sense of completion and new beginnings that is undeniable. This year it is especially true for Learning Resources staff as we come to terms with the retirement of three of our own. Library Director Linda McCann, Administrative Assistant Dolores Smith, and Custodian Elena Cushing will be retiring and setting off to new adventures. Their importance to Learning Resources is reflected not only in their accomplishments, but also in the extent to which we will miss seeing them every day. We thank them for their contributions to Learning Resources. We wish them joy and happiness as they move on to the new opportunities in their lives.
Bucks County Community College Retirement Ceremony – Spring 2017