We offer our members learning opportunities and support the MPC community through a variety of unique activities, a scholarship program, and an eclectic book club. Keep reading for more information on each of these. You are sure to find something interesting.
The Gentrain Society sponsors several Special Events throughout the year to provide opportunities for cultural enrichment while meeting new friends and sharing the fun of group activities. They include day trips to performances, exhibitions, lectures, and demonstrations in Monterey and the surrounding area, as well as social gatherings. They are arranged on an ad hoc basis, according to opportunity and the interests of our members. There is no set schedule, but 4 to 6 events are normally held each year. Participation is usually restricted to members of the Society and are either free or charged at cost.
The Gentrain Society Scholarship Program is administered by the Gentrain Scholarship Committee in partnership with the MPC Financial Aid Office. It is designed to serve students over age 30, many of whom come back to college to enhance their workplace skills. The number and amount of scholarships varies from year to year, depending on need and available funding. A special scholarship is available for someone who as completed at least three units of the Gentrain class with a grade of “B” or higher.
Since 1991, we have awarded more than $450,000 has been awarded to over 400 deserving students. How about making a gift to the Scholarship Fund yourself?
To get started send an email to The Scholarship Committee.
This group is designed for bibliophiles, the sort whose best friends are books and those who love talking about them.
Everyone is welcome. Gentrain Society membership is optional. The only requirement is that you do the reading before each meeting and engage in the conversation. Life is short. So many books, so little time. Why not read the best? To join the Book Club contact Gerry Kapolka.
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Gerry Kapolka received his undergraduate degree from St. John’s College with its Great Books program. After studying for a year at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, he went on to receive his Ph.D. in Slavic languages and literatures from The University of Chicago. He has taught English, World literature, and general humanities at Rhode Island College, St. Mary’s College in Michigan, MPC, Wagner College, and Rutgers University. For the past 23 years he has taught English at Santa Catalina School, serving eventually as Chair of the English department and Dean of Academics. He retired in June, 2018 and spent the winter semester as a senior lecturer at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. He has published three book length translations of Polish literature and numerous articles, book reviews, and translations in a variety of academic journals and anthologies.
Moby Dick: Etymology through Chapter 9
Moby Dick: Chapters 10-23
Moby Dick: Chapters 24-33
Moby Dick: Chapters 34-45
Moby Dick: Chapters 46-56
Moby Dick: Chapters 57-73
Moby Dick: Chapters 74-88
Moby Dick: Chapters 89-103
Moby Dick: Chapters 104-123
Moby Dick: Chapter 124 through Epilogue
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$2000Carlos Benitez-Bonne, Engineering, in memory of Chuck KimzeyLuz Maria Estrada, Spanish Translator and Paralegal, in memory of Jack and Isaline SedanMaria Duenas, Kinesiology, in memory of Anne FlynnAshlin Habes, Nursing, in memory of Lynn SwerrieVanessa Bell, Medical AssistantMaria del Rosario Alvarez-Lopez, Pre-nursingKecia Denk, Kinesiology, in memory of Conrad and Norma EsselstynCeline Franklin-Sogge, NursingEmily Howard, NursingKaly Mariano, PsychologyShelby Napier, Nursing, in memory of Geri AllisonEsmeralda Schwerin, PsychologyAmber Stroud, NursingClaudia Gonzales-Godinez Warrington, Nursing
$2500Alex Reyes-Velencia, Special Gentrain Program Award
$5000Karla Garcia, Nursing, in memory of Mary Ann Kane
Total awarded this year, $35,500 Total awarded since 1991, $452,250
Anthony Walker, in memory of Paul SmithJonathon Soule, in memory of Lynn SwerrieHeather Radcliffe, in memory of Chuck KimzeyKevin Weech, in memory of Anne FlynnMiranda Talbott, in memory of Jack and Isalene SedanSusan Rafeiro, in memory of Jack and Isalene SedanMatthew PerkinsShams ShniianMaritza RivasMaximillian JungTrang DuongBrian MunozZuleyda ArguetaCasey Armbruster
Total awarded this year, $14,000Total awarded since 1991, $402,750
Ho Gia Bao Le, in memory of Elizabeth FriedenthalCourtney Blunt, in memory of Lynn SwerrieLaura Mejia, in memory of Jack and Isaline SedanKarla GarciaRoger Borrayo, in memory of Jack and Isaline SedanGundega NigaleBreanna Edwards, in memory of Dr. Phil NashAndrea Cruz MontesBritneigh Ray, in memory of Anne FlynnJames CollardAnthony Walker, in memory of Paul SmithClaudia GrayTotal $12,000