After 14 years at MCC-Maple Woods, outgoing president Merna Saliman is looking forward to beginning the next season of her life. The Maple Woods staff and faculty, along with friends, former chancellors, and her two sons, bid farewell to Dr. Saliman at the campus’ annual holiday party, sharing food, music and fond memories of the president’s tenure.
Not only was Dr. Saliman the guest of honor at the holiday party, the faculty, staff and students managed to orchestrate a complete surprise, including bring her two sons, Scott and Todd, to celebrate her retirement.
Of course, no party would be complete without games, so Maple Woods faculty and staff tested their knowledge in “Who Wants to be a Mernaire” – the results were decidedly positive and good fun for everyone watching as well.
The MCC and Maple Woods community also presented Dr. Saliman and her husband, Stewart, with 8 gifts, one for each night of Hanukkah. Students, faculty, staff, officers and friends presented gifts that speak to Dr. Saliman’s support and guidance over the past 14 years.
But along with the festive party atmosphere was a tone of quiet respect for Dr. Saliman’s accomplishments while president of MCC-Maple Woods. Among the praise were the echoed remarks that she was a steadfast leader, a mentor for other presidents, and a calm presence at officer meetings. Her commitments to diversity, to being a more environmentally-sound campus, and to technology have changed the face of the campus.
In retirement, Merna and Stewart will be traveling – even more, which is no surprise to anyone. More time for family, friends and things as yet undiscovered await Dr. Saliman in her next season, and on behalf of MCC and Maple Woods, we wish her the very best.