Kim Zunino named MCC 2011 Distinguished Alumni.

Middlesex Community College will present Kim Zunino with its 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award at Commencement exercises to be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 26, in Lowell Memorial Auditorium.

A 2004 graduate of Middlesex, Zunino is Assistant Administrator of the Lowell Historic Board, where she helps preserve the architectural integrity and history of Lowell. A resident of Lowell, she lives in an 1892 Victorian, which she is in the process of renovating.

Zunino became involved with the Historic Board in 2004 as a student volunteer through MCC’s Service-Learning Program. After earning an associate degree in Liberal Arts & Sciences, she transferred to Wellesley College. While pursuing her bachelor’s degree in architecture, her involvement with the Historic Board became a paid internship.

After Zunino graduated from Wellesley in 2007, the Historic Board hired her full time. She continues to call on Service-Learning students and other Middlesex volunteers to help with preservation work in the Historic Board’s City Hall office, and for special projects.

Over the years, Zunino has worked on numerous special events, including Doors Open Lowell, held annually in May, national Historic Preservation Month. This popular weekend event features public tours of many of Lowell’s finest restored buildings, showing how preservation and rehabilitation can work together. Zunino also has become active in preserving and restoring Lowell’s historic burial grounds.

MCC’s Distinguished Alumni Award is given annually to a graduate who demonstrates achievement in their career or other areas of life, exceptional service to the community, and commitment to Middlesex, as well as integrity and character.

Past Distinguished Alumni Award winners include Tami Dristiliaris (’83),
Bruce Weeks (’06), Alan Melkonian (’84), Jean Connor (’94) and William Chemelli (’75).

For more information about MCC’s Distinguished Alumni Award, contact Dennis Malvers, Dean of College Advancement, at malversd@middlesex.mass.edu or 781-280-3514.