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Alumni Hall of Fame

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MCTC is pleased to announce this year’s MCTC Hall of Fame inductees. MCTC alumni are our most treasured asset, so it is a privilege to have the opportunity to recognize their many accomplishments. This year MCTC is honoring three well deserving alumni. They have all made significant contributions throughout their careers and in their communities. Congratulations to Daniel Pierce Bergin, Susan Niz and David Brumbaugh.

David A. Brumbaugh

David BrumbaughDavid A. Brumbaugh has enjoyed an extensive career. Brumbaugh is currently the Vice President of Human Resources for Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. His background is both in domestic and international business related to healthcare, avionics and aerospace, computer technology, home and building automation, industrial controls and telecommunications. 

David Brumbaugh began his career at Honeywell, Inc. and progressed to assignments in Boston, Dallas, El Paso, Tampa and Phoenix where he served as Vice President, Human Resources for the Space & Aviation Control Strategic Business Unit. Brumbaugh attended MCTC, formerly Minneapolis Community College, then went on to graduate from the University of Minnesota with a B.S. degree in Business Administration from the Carlson School of Business.

He completed M.B.A. coursework at the University of Minnesota and Northeastern University, and is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources. 

Dave Brumbaugh is chair of the Minneapolis Perkins Education Consortium, vice chair of the Metropolitan Healthcare Partnership, former Chair of the Roosevelt Health Careers Advisory Board and is a member of the Minneapolis Health Careers Partnership Train to Work Advisory Board.

Daniel Pierce Bergin

Dan BerginDaniel Pierce Bergin is an award-winning television producer, media educator and independent filmmaker. His wide-ranging work spans styles and subjects that include public affairs, history, diversity, arts and empowering youth. His Emmy-award winning history documentary, “North Star: Minnesota’s Black Pioneers” earned him recognition as one of the state’s “Artists of the Year” in the Twin Cities weekly, City Pages. The program was regarded as “a triumph,”  “profound” and a “crowning achievement” by viewers and critics alike, and was awarded two regional Emmy awards. “Standing the Test of Time,” his biography of architect Cass Gilbert, received two regional Emmy awards in 2005. His literary history documentary, “Literature & Life: The Givens Collection,” was named the “Best History Documentary” at the Prized Pieces International Black Film Festival. In addition to long-form documentary work, Bergin received a regional Emmy award for “Legacy Letters,” a PSA series about celebrating and protecting Minnesota’s natural, historical and cultural heritage. 

The Minneapolis filmmaker’s media work has been screened at a range of festivals and galleries including the American Film Institute, the Walker Art Center, the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival and the Northern Lights Documentary Film Festival. His award-winning children’s film “Zero Street” played on public TV stations and at film festivals throughout the nation. The short dramatic film, “The Death of Tommy Grimes” premiered at the Hollywood Black Film Festival in 2006.

Susan Niz

Susan NizSusan Niz earned an A.A. from Minneapolis Community College. She went on to the University of Minnesota and earned a B.A. in English with a minor in Spanish and a Master's in Education, specializing in Second Languages and Cultures. She is a tenured teacher in St. Paul Public Schools and teaches English Language Learners. Besides teaching, Susan's other passion is writing. Her first novel, Kara, Lost, was published in June 2011 by North Star Press. Alison McGhee called Kara, Lost “a masterful debut” and Julie Schumacher called it “very compelling.” She has also published short stories and received Honorable Mention for the Loft Literary Center's Mentor Series Award.

To read more about Niz’s book or to read her published stories, visit her website at www.susanniz.com.

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