A true legend: MCC celebrates Jeff Armstrong at annual event

Margaret Hurlbert
Margaret Hurlberthttps://discovermuscatine.com
Margaret Hurlbert works as the Editor of Discover Muscatine Newspaper.

Muscatine Living

MUSCATINE, Iowa–March 31, friends and supporters of Muscatine Community College will reconvene for the first time since February of 2020 to experience MCC Legends, a night of fine dining, fellowship, and reminiscences about the college’s greatest supporters, all while raising funds for the Muscatine Junior College and Muscatine Community College Alumni Association and the Muscatine Community College Foundation. The evening’s program will also pay tribute to former Muscatine Community College administrator Jeff Armstrong, an advocate for international programming at the college as well as for better education worldwide.

An evening filled with delectable food, the Muscatine Community College Legends event will begin with a grand salon style dinner. Guests may sample food from some of the area’s best eateries, including Geneva Country Club, a Guy and a Grill, Maxwell’s at the Merrill Hotel, the Muscatine Waffle and Pancake House, Port City Underground, and the Rendezvous, as well as dishes created by students in Muscatine and Scott Community College’s culinary programs. As diners savor the fine fare available, they may also socialize with other guests, sharing their stories about the college. Alumnus Michael Miller will provide musical accompaniment for the evening.

Following dinner, the college will put on a program posthumously honoring Armstrong. A champion of community colleges, Armstrong worked for Eastern Iowa Community Colleges (the consortium Muscatine Community College belongs to) for 33 years. Armstrong served as the president and dean of Muscatine Community College as well as their chief academic officer at various points. After a brief stint as provost of Northeast Iowa Community College, Armstrong devoted himself to helping improve higher education opportunities in Afghanistan. Throughout his life, Armstrong traveled extensively and helped improve access to higher education in countries around the world. Highly decorated with awards from Eastern Iowa Community College and a member of the Muscatine High School Hall of Fame, Armstrong received an honorary doctorate from the Ivan-Franko Pedagogical University in Muscatine’s sister city of Drohobych, Ukraine. The program will include a documentary featuring Muscatine Community College faculty and former students sharing how Armstrong impacted them, especially through organizing trips abroad and bringing international students to the college.

The first Muscatine Community College Legends event held since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the evening will take time to honor frontline workers as well. This will include celebrating the work of healthcare professionals, law enforcement officers, and teachers who started their education at the college.

An important fundraiser for both the Muscatine Junior College and Muscatine Community College Alumni Association and the Muscatine Community College Foundation, all of the night’s profit will go to providing career and technical education scholarships and to improving programming in those areas. Anyone who would like to support these causes and attend MCC Legends may purchase a ticket for $75 on the college’s website. Dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. March 31 at the Merrill Hotel, located at 119 Mississippi Drive in Muscatine.

A signature event supporters of Muscatine Community College missed last year, President Naomi DeWinter relishes the opportunity to bring it back and to remember one of the college’s most remarkable faculty members. She anticipates seeing many come out to join in this special gathering, which she feels, “combines everything great about Muscatine–the people we care about, the delicious food, music, and a very special honoree.”

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