(January 15, 2020) – Students at Hagerstown Community College have Dick Moser to thank for being held accountable to pay their parking tickets.
Moser started volunteering at HCC in 1991 and, in 2008, was approached to help in the Campus Police Department. After being asked to maintain the parking citation database, he noticed that there were many unpaid citations.
“I thought, ‘Why are we writing tickets if they aren’t being enforced?’” he said.
He then developed a new, monthly report that showed which tickets had not been paid. That report paved the way for stronger enforcement of campus parking rules.
“Eleven years later and I’m still here,” said Moser. “This has been the most important part of the volunteer work I’ve done at the college.”
Now, due to an automated database, Moser will no longer be responsible for the parking citations. He’s looking forward to serving the college in others ways, most notably through the HCC Alumni Association, of which he’s been a member since he graduated in 1966.
He attended Hagerstown Junior College after serving four years of active duty in the U.S. Air Force. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland. He had a 27-year career with Bell Atlantic in Rockville, starting as installer/repairman and working his way to the director of quality service, a position he held at the time of his retirement in 1991.
He became actively involved with the HJC Alumni Association immediately after retiring. He served on the alumni board of directors and helped to start the annual golf tournament. It was during his time of service at the college that he began to realize how important the college is to the community.
“I wanted to do more than give my time,” Moser stated. “I saw that many students needed financial assistance to be able to graduate.”
His first financial donation was for a scholarship for the girls’ softball team and it grew from there. Since 1990, he and his wife, Sharron, have donated more than $60,000 to support HCC students and student athletes.
“The college has been really good to me,” Moser said. “This is my pay back.”