Four Center for New Media students are the recipients of the 2016 Middlesex Community College Academic Awards. These awards recognize high-level of academic performance at the College. Matthew Frederick, Christine Mongillo, Angelique Ortiz, and Brendan Plake were chosen by faculty to receive this award. These students, along with the other recipients, will be honored at a ceremony on campus on May 6.

matthew_frederick_award_picMatthew Frederick is the Digital Arts/Multimedia department’s winner. Matthew has been working full-time as a graphic designer for a major audiobook publisher all while earning his degree and excelling in his studies. In the future he’d like to get a bachelor’s degree when he has a more concrete idea about what kind of career he wants. He will spend the next year doing online training through websites like to learn new skills at his own pace. Matthew believes MxCC has given him an amazing education experience and is thankful to his advisor, Professor Rick Eriksen, for helping him get where he is today.



Christine Mongillo is the Communication department’s winner. Christine has done well at Middlesex, juggling a full-time job, a side business, and doing an internship at Wesleyan University’s Center for Fine Arts. Christine loves learning and knows earning a degree will help her stay on top with an economy that has changed so much since she first entered the workforce. After earning her associate’s degree from MxCC, Christine hopes to continue on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Communications and to have a job where she can be as creative as possible.


Angelique Ortiz

Angelique Ortiz is the Fine Arts: Graphic Design department’s winner. Angelique, an Air Force veteran, was able to use her veterans benefits to go to school full-time and not have to worry about juggling work and school. This past semester, Angelique has been interning at (a)squarestudio, and will continue there as a full-time employee after graduation. After MxCC, Angelique hopes to further her skills in design, photography, and fine art. She hopes working at (a)squaredstudio will help her achieve those goals and give her a better understanding of running a small business.


Brendan Plake

Brendan Plake is the Broadcast-Cinema department’s winner. He has managed to do really well in his studies while working full-time and raising a family. While at MxCC he has done an internship at Wesleyan’s Center for Fine Arts and completed a practicum with the MxCC Corporate Media Center. After graduation, Brendan plans to transfer to Southern New Hampshire State University. After he earns in bachelor’s degree in Communication with a New Media concentration, he hopes to get a master’s degree from Wesleyan and return to MxCC to teach production classes. In the future, Brendan would love to be a full-time camera and Steadicam operator for films. He would love to own his own production company producing films, commercials, and live events around the world.

For a full list of winners, click here.