The McLennan Community College Foundation presented the Distinguished Alumni and Distinguished Leader awards during its annual Scholarship, Alumni and Donor Recognition Ceremony on Sept. 17.
More than 300 scholarship students, 22 50th-anniversary sponsors and six major donors were recognzed at the ceremony. The sponsors and donors contributed almost $500,000 in support of MCC students and the college’s 50th anniversary.
Danny Uptmore was named the 2015 Distinguished Alumnus. Uptmore, a 1969 graduate of McLennan Community College, obtained his bachelor’s in business administration from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1973 and his master’s of business administration from Baylor University in 1977.
Not only was he one of MCC’s first Student Government presidents, he also served on MCC’s board of trustees (1980-94), as the executive director of the McLennan Community College Foundation (1995-2000) and as executive director of corporate training.
“Having served in several capacities, it is difficult to say just one great thing about McLennan Community College,” Uptmore said. “MCC gives all students, both traditional and nontraditional, the opportunity to attend and succeed, and that is a huge benefit to our county.”
Miguel Diaz, of Waco, was awarded the 2015 Distinguished Leader Award. Diaz graduated with his associate in science with a 4.0 grade-point average from McLennan Community College in 2015 and was awarded one of three full-tuition scholarships from the MAC College Money Program through the Waco Foundation to continue his education at Baylor University.
While at MCC, Diaz served as president of the Hispanic Student Association and was a Presidential Scholar. Diaz also spent time giving back to the community by serving at the Salvation Army.
McLennan Community College Foundation Executive Director Harry Harelik (left) and Jana Bland, MCC Foundation coordinator of alumni engagement, recognize honorees Miguel Diaz (second from left) and Danny Uptmore.