October 2019

Updates from College Leadership

This month marked the first Community College Student Advocacy Day at the State House in Boston. Community college students from across the Commonwealth heard from top education policy makers before spreading out across the Statehouse to meet with their respective State Senators and Representatives and make the case for why our community colleges need their support. Middlesex sent nearly two dozen students who hustled up and down five floors to meet with the Senators, Representatives and MCC alumni who now work at the State House. Their stories were heard by ten legislators who were all impressed by our students’ presentation. A group of students from Lowell had a chance encounter with Cambodian Prince Sisowath Thomico, Senator Edward Kennedy invited students into the newly-refurbished Senate chambers, and Representatives Golden and Nangle brought students into a live House of Representatives discussion. It was a wonderful day that afforded our students the chance to advocate for themselves and their education.

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Table Of Contents

  • Featured Video
    • Smart Start 2019
  • Featured News Story
    • National Streaming Theatre Series with a Connection to Middlesex Community College
  • Upcoming Events
  • Awards, Presentations & Publications
    • College Advancement
  • Employee News
    • Program for Asian American Student Advancement
  • Community Submissions
    • College Advancement
    • Corporate Education and Training
    • Financial Aid
    • Middlesex Activities Council

Featured Video

Smart Start 2019


Featured News Story

National Streaming Theatre Series with a Connection to Middlesex Community College

MCC_LetsPlay_F19-610x406.jpgIn Arlington, Virginia, high school students are delving into imperialism, the Black Lives Matter movement, feminism, immigration issues, and First Amendment rights, not in their social studies classes, but in their drama program.

“Signature in the Schools” brings Arlington’s Signature Theatre into public schools.

“At the heart of it, it’s a program that has become about giving kids a voice and a way to understand difficult things happening in their world,” said Education Director David Zobell.

This is just one of the youth theater programs across the United States spotlighted in “Let’s Play,” a docuseries on the streaming Stage Network, an online platform dedicated to showcasing the dramatic arts. The show is directed and hosted by Karen Oster, Middlesex Community College’s Chair of Performing Arts. [Read More]


Upcoming Events


Awards, Presentations & Publications

Community Education and Training

On October 10, our fall MILES Keynote speaker was a success! Local Author, Jose Ramirez enlightened the MILES members about his experience coming to the United States as a Cuban refugee. He shared the history surrounding Pedro Pan and what his life was like living without his parents all the way to meeting his lovely wife, Judith. Mr. Ramirez has a series of books that showcases his life story, specifically, “Defining Moments: A Cuban Exile’s Story about Discovery and a Search for a better Future.  He was simply amazing!

SAVE the date, as our spring 2020 MILES keynote session will be on Wednesday, March 18 when we learn a bit more about the Beatles!


Employee News

Program for Asian American Student Advancement

Whitney picture - Linda ThiemThe Program for Asian American Student Advancement (PAASA) welcomes a new UMass Lowell Graduate Fellow Whitney Tang to the team. She will be working in the Asian American Connections Center on the MCC Lowell Campus.

Whitney completed her AA in Liberal Arts and Sciences at MCC and transferred to UML where she received her BS in Public Health – Community Health. She is currently continuing her studies at UML in the MPH – Epidemiology program. As a graduate fellow, Whitney will be coordinating the Multicultural Achievement Peer Program (MAAP). This peer-mentorship program provides Asian American students a unique opportunity to receive guidance from UMass Lowell’s student mentors who will help with their transition from MCC to a four-year school like UML.


Community Submissions

College Advancement

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Corporate Education and Training

The Corporate and Community Education & Training staff attended the New England Workforce Network (NEWN) Conference on Friday, October 11, 2019, at Mount Wachusett Community College in Gardner, MA.

Financial Aid

MCC’s three-year cohort default rate is the lowest amongst peer institutions in the state.

“A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school’s borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.”

– U.S. Department Education – http://www.ed.gov

The U.S. Department of Education released official cohort default rates on September 23, 2019. The national average cohort default rate for two-year public colleges is reported at 15.9%. Middlesex Community College’s default rate is reported at 9.2%, significantly below the national average – an incredible difference in comparison to our peer colleges.

Federal student loan borrowers in most cases are required to begin repaying their student loans six months after leaving school or dropping below full time enrollment. When a borrower does not make a payment for approximately nine months, they will default on their loans.

The recently announced repayment averages for former Middlesex students is a testament to the many conversations Financial Aid staff has with students who accept Federal Loans to fund their college education.

These important conversations regarding repaying borrowed funds can be considered part of the reason default rates are low for our college. In addition, students entering the workforce after attending Middlesex is evidence of the quality of education MCC provides as well as diverse programs offerings and areas of study complimented by the caliber of teaching. administrative staff and student commitment to learning.

Middlesex Activities Council

Middlesex Activities Council (MAC) hosted their inaugural Spirit of Boston Welcome Cruise on Tuesday, September 24 to kick-off our school year. One hundred students and 10 advisors attended this fun, festive, sold-out event.

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During the sunset cruise, students and advisors enjoyed a fantastic meal and packed the dance floor all night! New and returning students danced and connected with each other and fun was had by all.

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A big thank you is in order for the wonderful advisors, Karonika Brown, Kirsten Morrow, Donna Corbin, Virak Uy, Mary Ellen Powers, Susan Lavallee, Mary Rohnstock, Susan Ryan, and Valerie Morse.

MAC has many upcoming events for MCC students throughout the year. Next is Fright Fest at Six Flags New England on Saturday, October 26. Please share this opportunity with your students!

September 2019

Updates from College Leadership

With the academic year underway, the new Strategic Planning cycle is in full swing. During July the Steering Committee convened in partnership with the Cabinet for a two day retreat and orientation for the new planning cycle. Halye Sugarman, J.D. Paralegal Department Chair and Susan Anderson, Executive Director of Institutional Effectiveness will co-chair the Steering Committee that will convene bi-weekly throughout the Fall.

During the Fall semester the Steering Committee will lead the college in a consideration and review of the current Mission, Vision, and Values while also re-visiting our Strategic Directions and how they align with other critical indicators such as the Department of Higher Education’s performance measurement system and the Equity Framework. Goal Teams for each of the Strategic Directions will be formed by early November to begin the work of identifying goals for each Direction.

A Discovery Day on September 26 will launch the discovery phase in support of the Fall planning activities. The discovery phase is intended to provide critical internal and environmental data to inform the major Strategic Directions and their associated goals.

Sincerely,
Susan Anderson and Halye Sugarman

Table Of Contents

  • Featured Video
    • MCC Convocation 2019
  • Featured News Story
    • MCC Veterans Resource Center a vital program
  • Upcoming Events
  • Awards, Presentations & Publications
    • Music Department
  • Employee News
    • Civic & Service-Learning and Career Development
    • eTutoring
    • Marketing Communications
    • Office of Mutlicultural & International Affairs
    • Student Development
  • Community Submissions
    • AANAPISI Grant
    • New Students Attend August FYE at MCC

Featured Video

MCC Convocation 2019


Featured News Story

MCC Veterans Resource Center a vital program

The Middlesex Community College Veterans Resource Center is dedicated to helping veterans achieve their educational and career goals.

Military service members who are beginning a college career — or returning to complete an academic program — can choose from a variety of degree and certificate programs offered on campus and online. [Read More]

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Upcoming Events


Awards, Presentations & Publications

Music Department

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The Middlesex Music Department is proud to announce that student Anthony Rolli has been accepted to Berklee College of Music. Congratulations to Anthony!

 


Employee News

Civic & Service-Learning and Career Development

The Offices of Civic & Service-Learning and Career Development are pleased to welcome Jessica Feiner as the part-time Program Specialist for Experiential Learning. See the full introduction HERE.

eTutoring

In an effort to provide improved online tutoring services for students, MCC has become a coordinating institution in the Northeast eTutoring Consortium.

The Northeast eTutoring Consortium is a group of colleges and universities committed to providing high-quality online tutoring for both online and face-to-face students, the Northeast eTutoring Consortium offers immediate access to online tutoring across many subject areas – including an Online Writing Lab.

thompson - Noreen McGinness OlsonNancy Thompson joins us as the Coordinator of the Northeast eTutoring Consortium. Nancy has worked with eTutoring for 20 years. She began as a tutor, having been trained by another online tutoring service, and quickly moved into the role of master tutor, providing support and training for tutors and quality review. On February 1, she assumed the role of coordinator of eTutoring while it was housed at Charter Oak State College. She brings many years of experience as a professor of English and humanities. Nancy received an M.A. at the University at Albany and an M.F.A. at Goddard College, and she has special interest in the intersections of religion, history, and society.

Marketing Communications

Marketing Communications welcomes two new employees to their department, Caroline Eaton and Caitlin Buckley. Caroline is the new Administrative Assistant who comes to us from UMass Lowell. Caitlin is the new Staff Writer, previously at the Greater Boston YMCA. Both are excited to join the MCC team!

Office of Mutlicultural & International Affairs

The Office of International & Multicultural Affairs has been selected again as a site for a Merrimack College fellow as part of the Higher Education Fellowship Program.  Kofi Boateng will be working as the Coordinator of Multicultural Student Retention in the Multicultural Centers on the Lowell and Bedford campuses. In this position, Kofi will play a leadership role in the development and implementation of campus initiatives that work to support and retain our students who are from diverse backgrounds. An MCC alumnus, Kofi is originally from Ghana and graduated from UMass Boston with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Currently, Kofi is pursuing a master’s degree in Higher Education at Merrimack College. Previously, he worked as a social worker in the North Shore for 5 years as well as lived and studied abroad in Spain. In his leisure time, Kofi plays and coaches soccer.

Student Development

The Student Development team is pleased to welcome Sothy Gaipo who has recently transitioned to a full-time coordinator role with the STEM Starter Academy. See the full introduction HERE.


Community Submissions

AANAPISI Grant

On August 22, 2019 the Program for Asian American Student Advancement (PAASA) hosted a special orientation for new Asian American students to build a foundational connection to the program and the Asian American Connections Center. The program assists students in transitioning to Middlesex Community College by providing the opportunity to meet and build connections with faculty, staff and current MCC students connected to PAASA, an introduction to the wide range of college resources MCC has to offer, and a karaoke party to celebrate their entrance to the college. Thirty one upcoming students participated in the one-day special orientation that was offered in addition to our campuses’ new student onboarding process. The orientation also engaged fourteen current student volunteers who are actively connected to PAASA. The volunteers participated the entire day to further build strong student-to-student connections by leading a scavenger hunt, participating on a student panel and leading activities during the games and karaoke portion of the event.

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New Students Attend August FYE at MCC

The First-Year Experience (FYE) at Middlesex Community College took place August 12-27 with over 700 new students who attended the Smart Start session with a 91% course completion.

Students who attended completed the new online orientation, were enrolled in the FYE/IDS 101 course, and participated in the Financial Wellness and Resources and Services workshops. The college community also met our new students as they worked in teams while on their MCC Scavenger Hunt to find those places and offices on campus important to their success.

Transitions are not always easy, but the hope is that our new students feel a sense of belonging and connection to each other and the college community.

One student’s reflection after attending the FYE/IDS 101 course:

“I would love to let you know that my first year experience was amazing. We were given assignments by our instructor and learned a lot of lessons in her class such as, knowing the differences between intrinsic and extrinsic after reading, I Missed the Marathon. Then, we got signed up to do an engagement activity and I did the Fitness Trail with two orientation students and a few other members of the MCC community. After our final day of meeting, the teacher assigned us a project that is based off of our personal, academic and professional goals and I got all A’s in that class… I feel like all first year experience students at MCC either in Lowell and Bedford should know that MCC does provide you so much dedication and education… I know that right now it’s taking me a while to get used to my schedule, but I now know where I am exactly going and what my assignments need to be and that I can always talk to my professors if I need help with anything.”

August 2019

Updates from College Leadership

The 2019-2020 academic year is officially underway and I have enjoyed reconnecting with faculty and staff these last few weeks as we have prepared to welcome students back on campus. I hope you all had the opportunity this summer to relax and reset. I myself, used the summer months to reflect on my mission and vision for the college and I am excited for us to continue working together, to connect resources and systems that support our students along their paths to success.

The success of our students is a testament to the transformative experience that happens here at Middlesex. Our students are our best ambassadors and we only have to listen to their personal stories to know that it is the dedicated faculty and staff of this institution that play a crucial role in their educational success. But don’t take my word for it, watch the college’s new television commercial (below) and listen to recent graduate Randy Nguyen as he shares what MCC meant to him.

All the best.

Jim Mabry


Table Of Contents

  • Featured Video
    • Discover Your Path – Randy Nguyen
  • Featured News Story
    • Linda Nara named new MCC student trustee
  • Upcoming Events
  • Awards, Presentations & Publications
    • Communications
    • Community Education and Training
    • Summer STEM Starter Academy
  • Employee News
    • Lowell Student Information Center
    • MCC Libraries
    • Allied Health
  • Community Submissions
    • Asian Students in Alliance
    • Career Development
    • College for Kids
    • Enrollment Management – Key Fall 2019 Dates
    • Enrollment Management – New Policies
    • MCC Libraries

Featured Video

Discover Your Path – Randy Nguyen


Featured News Story

Linda Nara named new MCC student trustee

The Middlesex Community College board of trustees has named Linda Nara of Lowell student trustee for the 2019-2020 academic year.

An international student from Cambodia, Nara has been studying at MCC since January 2018. She is pursuing an Associate degree in Liberal Arts & Sciences with a History, Politics & Global Studies concentration. She expects to graduate in May, then earn Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees before returning to Cambodia to launch a diplomatic career. [Read More]

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Upcoming Events


Awards, Presentations & Publications

Communications 

Communications adjunct Rick Pozniak is working with the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism to create guidelines on how the media covers mass shootings. He lectured on public relations to graduates of the crisis communications program at Israel’s Tel-Aviv University.

Community Education and Training

On August 13th, D’Youville Health and Wellness Center hosted a ceremony to celebrate 12 student graduates from our C.N.A for Success program. The C.N.A. for Success is a DESI-Funded ESOL-Integrated Certified Nurse Assistant training collaboration between MCC, Abisi Adult Education, International Institute, and D’Youville. The 3rd cohort will begin in October 2019. Congratulations to all who support this program!

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Summer STEM Starter Academy

Summer STEM Starter Academy opportunities included research experiences and free courses at MCC and UML. SSA also awarded 6 students with a summer math scholarship. Bridge programs and accelerated math courses offered extensive academic support with hands-on experiences impacting student success.

 

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Employee News

Lowell Student Information Center

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Welcome to Nancy Fields! Nancy Fields works as an administrative assistant in the Lowell campus Student Information Center. She previously worked in the Enrollment department in 2014 and graduated from MCC in 2015 with a Communications Concentration degree. After leaving for almost 4 years, she’s excited to be back and starting her new journey here with everyone at Middlesex. Nancy is also a photographer and the co-founder of Girl Magic, which is a space where women empower each other through collaboration, photography, and sisterhood.

MCC Libraries

The MCC Libraries welcome new Coordinator of Library Services Tracy Joyce to the Bedford campus. Tracy hails from the Nutmeg State (CT) but has called Massachusetts home since she completed her undergraduate degree at UMASS Amherst in 2006. In 2010, Tracy completed her MS in Library & Information Science from Simmons University. Her career in academic libraries includes tenures at small colleges in the region, most notably, Bay Path University (Information Literacy Librarian), Wheelock College (Learning and Research Services Librarian), and most recently Mount Ida College (Applied Sciences and Business Liaison and Reference Services Librarian). Tracy worked as a part-time evening librarian in Lowell before taking on her new role at the college. Tracy enjoys providing services and resources to help students succeed and looks forward to working with the MCC community.

As Tracy takes the helm in Bedford, we also welcome Jordana Shaw back to the Lowell campus as Coordinator of Library Services. Tracy, Jordana and our Student Success Librarians, Kim Money Priddy, Kara Schwartz and Joanna Gray along with Assistant Librarian Rip Rybnikar have worked tirelessly throughout the summer. In June at Mount Wachusett, Joanna conducted a workshop for Group Administrators from across the state on uploading OER materials to the Massachusetts Community College Hub on OER Commons. In July, students in the Summer STEM & Pathways Exploration Bridge programs participated in customized library orientation sessions in Lowell with Jordana. In August, IDS and FYE Quick Start students took part in a newly crafted library immersion experience with Kim, Kara, Rip and Tracy. Designed to engage, enlighten and inform, students learned that librarians, library resources and services offer them a critical support network, which can positively impact their success at MCC.

Allied Health

The Nursing and Allied Health Division is pleased to welcome three new full-time faculty.

Elizabeth Stone is a new full-time faculty in Dental Hygiene.  Elizabeth earned her Dental Hygiene certification from Forsyth School for Dental Hygienists, her BS in Dental Hygiene from Northeastern University, and is currently pursuing her MS Ed. From St Joseph’s College.  Elizabeth has extensive experience as a clinical dental hygienist, specializing in periodontics. Elizabeth has been teaching part-time in our dental hygiene department since 2006.

Two new full time faculty are joining the nursing department to replace faculty who retired.

Sharon Hamel comes from Northern Essex Community College where she taught for 8 years.  She brings her expertise and passion for simulation to MCC, where she will be coordinating the Nursing Skills and Simulation Lab.  Sharon’s education includes an associate degree from Northern Essex Community College, a bachelor‘s from Salem State College, and a master’s degree from Saint’s Joseph College.  Sharon is also certified in Simulation from Drexel University.  Sharon has expertise as an emergency medical technician and a critical care flight nurse, with many years’ experience working in Lowell hospitals as a critical care and emergency department nurse.

Susan Miller has been teaching part-time in the nursing department for the past four years.  Susan has a bachelor’s degree from Luther College, Iowa, and a master’s degree Framingham State University.  She has also earned the distinction of Certified Nurse Educator.  Susan has extensive clinical experience in cardiology, gerontology, ophthalmology, and urology.  Over the past four years, Susan has demonstrated her ability to teach and her ability to grow the nursing profession by mentoring others.


Community Submissions

Asian Students in Alliance

On August 1, 2019 the Program for Asian American Student Advancement (PAASA) and their Program Specialist, Linda Thiem led a experiential learning retreat for the officers of MCC’s Asian Students in Alliance (A.S.I.A). Eleven members of the alliance attended the one-day retreat in Chinatown, which provided an opportunity for past leaders to pass on the responsibilities to students who are interested in becoming officers of the A.S.I.A student group for the Fall 2019 – Spring 2020 year. Using Boston’s Chinatown as the contextual learning environment, participants examined the mission of the alliance, utilized key geographical markers in Chinatown as places of experiential learning about leadership, activism and community development, and integrated their individual cultural identities in understanding their unique leadership styles.

MCC’s students commented in their surveys after the trip:

“I learned how to be an effective leader, and I was able to share my ideas with others. I learned a lot from ASIA’s previous leaders, and the retreat made me want to get to know more about other people around me.”

“The most important thing I learned during this trip was how much Asian culture has impacted the cities around me and the need to keep our culture alive. Through the retreat activities I also learned about myself, that I’m really good at making connections, and as a leader that’s an important skill to use to get others engaged.”

The retreat helped to create a pathway for new officers of the A.S.I.A group and to show gratitude for the officers of the prior year. New officers received events and programming for the upcoming academic year, which helped to create an atmosphere of excitement to engage other students for the upcoming fall semester. Advising the officers of the Asian Students in Alliance allows the AANAPISI grant to meet one of our initiatives in fostering mutual support and leadership for Asian American students on campus.

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Career Development

This summer Career Development staff met with MCC alumni on visits to companies such as Black & Veatch in Burlington and Gillette in Boston to learn about career paths, competencies and internships. The team has been joined by STEM faculty and staff, Alumni Relations and Reps from UML and WIT.

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College for Kids

College for Kids launched a number of new programs this summer, two of which deserve a special highlight! Our new Farm to Table: Healthy Eating class taught by instructor, Gina Mustoe, was a huge success! The program hosted 12 students who learned how to cook safely in the kitchen with proper cutting skills and health eating recipes. The week began with the students utilizing the squash, zucchini, cherry tomatoes and fresh mint grown from our own MCC Community Garden. The students also made ranch dressing, strawberry salad with a vinaigrette dressing, fresh homemade pasta, ravioli and red sauce. They finished the week with a health pizza challenge, which the Marguerite pizza took the championship! Yum!

LEGO City Planning was phenomenal. Students built a city, all with LEGO’s. Kids wasted no time planning their city, and began building day one. All the way from a subway station, to multiple tower buildings, to residential, commercial, industrial and governmental zones. The program focused on what it takes to run a city, the services provided and how certain services are strategically placed in a city through zoning. Instructor, Eric Kingsley of Brickapalooza, really put these kids to work with LEGO City Planning! Can’t wait to see what we have in store for next year!

Enrollment Management – Key Fall 2019 Dates

Add/Drop

Course additions:

  • New students must register by 8/30.
  • Continuing, Transfer, and Visiting Students may add a day class until Saturday 9/7.
  • New Students registered by 8/30 may also add a day class until 9/7.
  • Evening/weekend classes may be added by Continuing, Transfer, and Visiting Students before the second class meeting as follows:
  • 9/16 for Monday classes.
  • 9/17 for Tuesday classes.
  • 9/11 for Wednesday classes.
  • 9/12 for Thursday classes.
  • 9/14 for Saturday classes.

New students may add an evening/weekend class only until the first meeting.

  • Web classes may be added until 9/7 for Continuing, Transfer, and Visiting Students. New Student registration in web classes is required before 9/4.

Course drops, withdrawals and refunds:

  • The last day to drop a class for 100% refund is 9/10. 50% refunds are granted from 9/11-9/17.
  • No refund is made after 9/17.
  • Go to https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/studentaccounts/downloads/wrs2019.pdf for complete Withdrawal/Refund information, including for Minimester classes.
  • Thursday 11/21 is the last day to withdraw from a full-term class.

Last Day to Withdraw

  • Full-Semester – 11/21/19
  • Minimester 1 – 10/11/19
  • Minimester 2 – 12/6/19

Grades – Drop for Nonattendance

  • Full Term – 9/20/19
  • Minimester I – 9/20/19
  • Minimester 2 – 11/15/19

Grades-Midterms

  • Full Term – 10/25/19
  • Minimester 1 – 10/4/19
  • Minimester 2 – 11/27/19

Grades-Final

  • Full Term – 1/2/20
  • Minimster 1 –  10/28/19
  • Minimester 2 – 11/2/19

Minimester 2

  • Registration open until 10/28/19

Enrollment Management – New Policies

Student Program Change Policy

Once a Middlesex Community College student is admitted into a specific open enrollment program or certificate program, the student has the option to change a program once per semester. For Fall 2019, in order to change a program, students must submit a completed and signed Change of Program Request form by September 20. Students are required to meet with and obtain the signature of an academic advisor to discuss career and educational goals. Students who receive Veterans benefits must also meet with a Veterans Certifying Official. Change of Program requests forms can be obtained through the Student Information Centers or on the website at: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/studentinformationcenter/downloads/programch19.pdf

Dual Major Policy

Students may earn additional Associate Degrees or Certificates either by concurrent completion of the requirements of the credential or by subsequent study after the first degree is received.  To receive an associate degree and certificate from Middlesex Community College, students must complete courses that meet the requirements of both programs and follow specific dual major policy guidelines. In many instances, certificate courses can automatically be applied to associate degrees. Students seeking a dual major should meet with an advisor to understand dual major guidelines and requirements and complete the Dual Major form found at: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/studentinformationcenter/downloads/dualmaj19.pdf

MCC Libraries

The MCC Libraries offer these exciting new resources for the fall semester:

  • American Mosaic databases: The African American Experience and The Latino American Experience document the rich heritage and current culture of these groups in the United States.
  • Credo Instruct platform: modules that help students acquire crucial information literacy and critical thinking skills they need to thrive in their academic careers and beyond.
  • OverDrive via the SAILS Network- use your MCC library card to check out current ebooks, audiobooks and magazines!

 

June/July 2019

Updates from College Leadership

Summer is in full swing and the warm weather is certainly here. I hope you are all able to spend some time outside enjoying the sunshine. As usual, I have been out many mornings, running, biking and swimming.

Both campuses are buzzing with energy and excitement this summer with students enrolled in our summer course sessions, College for Kids Summer Programs, and the STEM Starter Academy Math Booster, to name a few. It is also a busy time for facility upgrades and classroom refreshes.

But summer also provides the college with an opportunity to reflect on the past year and prepare for the coming semester. We complete evaluations, finalize budgets and reports, and close the books on the previous fiscal year. We are also engaged in planning, both operational and strategic initiatives that will give us focus for the coming year. This summer we completed our 5-year NECHE accreditation report, an effort led by Provost Phil Sisson and Five-Year Interim Report Faculty Chair Cathy McCarron. This document shows the significant progress MCC has made since its last major accreditation report in 2014.

In late July, the Strategic Planning Committee, along with the President’s Cabinet, participated in a two-day Strategic Planning Retreat, led by facilitator Nicki Harrington from Collaborative Brain Trust. During the two days, we covered a lot of ground and the Strategic Planning Committee is now ready to get to work with the campus community on building a collaborative and transparent process for deciding where the college is going over the next few years. More information on the retreat and the Strategic Planning Process will soon be available on the Strategic Planning web page.

Enjoy the rest of the summer and we’ll see you back at MCC in September.

All the best.

Jim Mabry


Table Of Contents

  • Featured Video
    • Commencement 2019
  • Featured News Story
    • Bedford Police Chief Robert Bongiorno Delivers the 2019 Middlesex College Commencement Address
  • Upcoming Events
  • Awards, Presentations & Publications
    • AANAPISI Financial Literacy Workshops
    • Corporate Education and Training
  • Employee News
    • Student Support Services

Featured Video

Commencement 2019


Featured News Story

Bedford Police Chief Robert Bongiorno Delivers the 2019 Middlesex College Commencement Address

Bedford Chief of Police Robert Bongiorno delivered the 2019 Middlesex Community College Commencement Address on May 23 in the Lowell Memorial Auditorium, a room full of attentive degree candidates and family members, President James C. Mabry and his Cabinet, along with faculty, professional staff and administrators. [Read More]

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Upcoming Events

  • August 14. 2019 – Staff Appreciation Cookout, Lowell Campus, 12 – 2 p.m.
  • August 20, 2019 – Foundation Board Meeting, Trustee House, 8 a.m.
  • September 3, 2019 – Convocation/Professional Day, ICC/Lowell Campus
  • September 4, 2019 – Fall Semester Begins
  • September 26, 2019 – Trustee Board Meeting, Trustee House, 8 a.m.

Awards, Presentations & Publications

AANAPISI Financial Literacy Workshops

In early June, the Program for Asian American Student Advancement (PAASA) co-hosted a two-part workshop series on Financial Literacy for MCC’s Asian American students and their families. The first workshop occurred on June 5, 2019 and was co-hosted by our Financial Aid advisors, where students met with Gina Pearce and Dany Mot. Many students were able to start their 2019-2020 FAFSA application, and many came back for the second workshop the following week. The second part of the series was co-hosted by MCC’s Financial Wellness Program on June 12, 2019. Students met with a staff member from a local credit union to learn how to budget their daily and monthly expenses. Students also worked closely with MCC’s Financial Specialist, Anita Negi. Anita walked the students through an online module for managing money, which is available to all students through our MCC portal. Our students had various opportunities to participate in games, raffles and giveaways throughout the series.

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Corporate Education and Training

The Advanced Manufacturing Graduation was held on June 25 at the Custom Group Center for Manufacturing Technology (CMT) in Woburn. The program was funded by the Department of Higher Education. Thirteen students completed over 230 hours of training and all received a Computer Numerical Control Operator certificate of completion.

Additionally, CET hosted a Workforce Training Fund Program Information Session on Wednesday, June 19 from 8:30—10:30 a.m. in the Trustee House. Kristen Rayne from the Commonwealth Corporation provided an overview of grant options and content on the Workforce Training Fund.


Employee News

Student Support Services

The TRIO Program for Student Achievement (PSA) welcomes a new program Director, Kaleigh Tardiff. The TRIO PSA works with students with documented disabilities. Kaleigh has done wonderful work over the past several years working at MCC as an Assistant Coordinator and teaching students with significant disabilities in the Transition Program. Kaleigh received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Education from Merrimack College. Kaleigh brings much experience working with students with disabilities both teaching and working in the education fields.

The Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment Initiative (ICEI) Program welcomes a new part-time Disabilities Learning Specialist/Senior Educational Coach, Leslie Stafford. Many of you know Leslie from her years of work here at MCC in the Disability Support Services Department and most recently as the Program Director for the TRIO Program for Student Achievement. Leslie received both her undergraduate degree in Psychology and her graduate degree in Counseling at the University of New Hampshire, Durham. Leslie brings a wealth of experience to this position in working with students with a variety of disabilities.

May 2019

Updates from College Leadership

Dear Colleagues,

Summer is upon us and I am hoping that everyone will take some time this summer to reconnect and recharge. Everybody has their own way of doing this, but whatever works for you, please get out there and go for it.

This summer, I am planning on spending time with my family, including our brand new granddaughter who was born three days before graduation. I will also be out running new trails, biking new roads and swimming in Walden Pond. I also hope to have a chance to attack that large pile of books next to my bed that just never seems to diminish in size.

At MCC, I will have more time to roam the campuses so don’t be surprised if I pop in some day to see how you are doing. It is always fun to connect with the interesting individuals who do so much for our students.

All the best.

Jim Mabry


Table Of Contents

  • Featured Video
    • #NextStep on my Path
  • Featured News Story
    • Reaching for her dreams
  • Upcoming Events
  • Awards, Presentations & Publications
    • Admissions
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Multicultural Career & Networking Forum
  • Community Submissions
    • Intensive English Institute
    • Khmer New Year Celebration at the Asian American Connections Center
    • MCC Alumni Association
    • Music Department
    • Student Affairs

Featured Video

#NextStep on my Path

Hear from recent graduates who share the next steps on their paths following Middlesex.


Featured News Story

Reaching for her dreams

No obstacle could keep mother of three from her degree. Read more: http://www.lowellsun.com/local/ci_32641054/reaching-her-dreams#ixzz5pKx5gR7D

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Upcoming Events


Awards, Presentations & Publications

Admissions

May is a busy month not only for our current students, but also for our new, incoming students! Admissions held three On Site Registration events at Greater Lowell Technical High School, Dracut High School and Lowell High School. At each event, students were able to meet one-on-one with a representative from Admissions or Advising, select their personalized schedule for the fall, and receive important information about starting as a new student at MCC. We registered a total of 83 new students in an estimated 900 plus credits! Big thanks to the Advising and the Student Information staffs for teaming up with us and making these events such a positive experience for new students.

On May 14th the Admissions and Advising teams collaborated with Student Affairs for the Admitted Student Family Night. About 35 new students and their families attended this first time event. Student Engagement coordinated a reception and workshop sessions for the families, while the Advising and Admissions staffs were able to connect with new students and get them started on next steps for the fall, whether that was scheduling a placement test appointment or even registering them for fall classes. Many thanks to Financial Aid, Financial Wellness and Student Accounts for their participation as well.

This fall, the Admissions team looks forward to engaging with various areas of the college. Our goal is always to be as informed as possible about the numerous opportunities available to our students. Please feel free to invite a member of the Admissions team to your meeting or share information with us via email. We are always eager for new and updated information regarding programs, events and engagement activities.  We hope you enjoy the summer months.

Entrepreneurship

For our “Intro to Entrepreneurship” (BUS 130) class, students plan and launch a business, then pitch at an MCC Shark Tank. Students also donate their net-profit to the Lowell Boys and Girls Club. In total, students this semester are donating $1,539.77. Donations over the years come to $10,722.

The winning team from the Fall DifferenceMaker@MCC Idea Challenge moved on to the DifferenceMaker at UMass Lowell competition to win $4,500 to develop their idea of a clean, nonpartisan, voter education app to assist busy people with their civic duty.

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Conscious Capitalism – a speaker series hosted by the IDEA Center invited Megan Schleck, CEO of new start-up COIN. COIN is a conscious investing platform that empowers people to make a difference with their money.

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Students enrolled in Launch Your Business Now, an applied-entrepreneurship certificate program designed for students to start or grow a business, pitched to the Everyday Entrepreneurs Venture Fund on May 16th. The committee gave out $50,000 in seed funding.

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Multicultural Career & Networking Forum

On April 25, the Program for Asian American Student Advancement hosted a Career & Networking Forum to provide students an opportunity to network and learn about different careers from professionals in various fields. Additionally, students were able to hear about the career paths from the panelists who also offered career advice. After the panel discussion, students got the opportunity to practice their networking skills and connect with members of the panel over lunch.

The Career Forum panel included:

  • Jenny Chang, Executive Director for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Asian American Commission
  • Kenneth An, Director of the Boston Area Office of the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
  • Lada Lau, Assistant Director of Co-op in the Kennedy College of Sciences at UMass Lowell
  • Kirirath Saing, Multicultural Program Specialist for Element Care
  • Vichtcha Kong, Business Development & Community Relations Officer at Washington Savings Bank
  • Superintendent Richard K. Richardson, Lowell Police Department
  • Patrolwoman Andeth Vann, first Cambodian female police officer in the Lowell Police Department

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Community Submissions

Intensive English Institute

In Fall 2017, MCC launched an Intensive English Institute (IEI), offering 18 hours per week of noncredit, high-intermediate and advanced English language instruction. Now, IEI will be expanding from 20 students to up to 40 students. For domestic students the cost is only $450 per semester. Interested individuals should contact Marilyn Glazer-Weisner.

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Khmer New Year Celebration at the Asian American Connections Center

On April 17, the Asian Students in Alliance (A.S.I.A) hosted a celebration in the Asian American Connections Center to celebrate the Cambodian New Year, a three-day festival honoring the harvesting season in Southeast Asia.

More than 50 people participated in the celebration, which included faculty, staff and students. The event was planned by student leaders from the A.S.I.A group. A.S.I.A also collaborated with a local clothing boutique, Kravant Boutique, to showcase traditional Cambodian clothing that is typically worn for celebratory occasions. Alumni Vattara Heng, who is now at UMass Lowell, helped to MC the event where the MCC community learned about Khmer culture, tasted Khmer traditional foods, and danced to Cambodian folk and contemporary music. First-semester student, Pichraksmey Hoeu, fluidly performed a classical dance, which contributes to the preservation of Khmer identity and culture for Cambodian youth in Lowell.

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MCC Alumni Association

On Monday, May 13, the MCC Alumni Association Board met for its spring meeting at Osteria Nino in Burlington. Over the past year, the Alumni Association has increased alumni engagement with the college by 41% through marketing and social and fundraising events.  To get involved with the Alumni Association, go to www.middlesex.mass.edu/alumni or contact Amy Lee at leea@middlesex.mass.edu; 978-656-3028.

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In photo (standing in back row, l to r): Gail Tuzzolo ’75; Caitlin Jordan ’10; Sheri Denk ’90; Diana Nelson ’12; Amy Lee, Director of Alumni Relations, Rogers Muyanja ’13; Bob Bongiorno ’93, Scot Weisman ’13; and Diego Leonardo Garcia ’16. (Seated l to r): Judy Burke, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement; Michele Hutcheon ’72; Willy Ramirez ’03; and Susan Lavallee ’88.

Music Department

The MCC Student Recital on May 6 featured singers, guitarists, pianists, French hornist, bassoonist, cellist and compositions by Music Technology students.

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Five music students performed in the Piano Men fundraiser on May 8. Em Russell, bassoon; Robin Panariti, French horn; Margaleet Katzenblickstien, cello; and Mason Borsini, percussion performed in the orchestra, and Heather Demers, voice, sang a selection with the orchestra. Orlando Cela conducted.

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MCC music students performed at Commencement, Tylor Hoyt sang the National Anthem. Cellist Nathaniel Abreu performed “The Swan” by Saint-Saens. And a vocal ensemble of singers Heather Demers, Abbie King, Celine Lizotte, Em Russell and Diana Sears performed “God Bless America.”

 

Student Affairs

MCC students traveled to Houston, Texas, to assist with rehabilitation after Hurricane Harvey. They helped restore four homes with a nonprofit organization that supports low-income seniors, veterans and those with disabilities. Their mission is to revitalize communities, and rebuild lives.

 

April/May 2019

Updates from the President

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On May 3, I attended the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education’s 29 Who Shine event when Bridget Byrne – along with 28 other outstanding graduates from the state’s public colleges and universities – was honored in a State House ceremony.  Byrne was selected as MCC’s honoree based on her academic achievement and her record of student leadership.

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As Commencement approaches, we have an amazing line-up of upcoming graduation events. From Spring Fling and the TRIO Graduation Celebration, to the Health Programs Pinning Ceremony, and Evening of Excellence, this truly is a time for celebration.

But what I’m really looking forward to is the pleasure of congratulating students as they walk across the Lowell Memorial Auditorium stage on graduation day. Every year, as I shake each graduate’s hand, I’m reminded that one of the things that makes this college so special is the diversity of our student body – and the way we respect and support each other.

All the best,
Jim Mabry


Table Of Contents

  • Upcoming Events
  • MCC in the News
  • Current Grant Initiatives
    • AANAPISI Grant
  • Academic Affairs
    • Arts, Humanities & World Languages
    • Hospitality and Culinary Arts
    • Pathways Center
  • Student Affairs
    • Admissions
    • Career Development Center
    • Enrollment Management 
    • Veterans Resource Center
  • Institutional Advancement
    • College Advancement
    • Community Education & Training
    • Corporate Education & Training
    • Homeland Security
    • Marketing Communications

Upcoming Events

  • May 7, 2019 – Retirement Gathering, 2 p.m., Meeting House, Concord Road, Billerica
  • May 8, 2019 – “Piano Men: The Music of Elton and Billy”
  • May 10, 2019 – MCC Student Art Show/Award Ceremony, 5 pm, Lowell Telecommunications
  • May 21, 2019 – Pinning Ceremony & Evening of Excellence, 4 pm, Lowell Memorial Auditorium
  • May 23, 2019 – Trustee Meeting, 8 a.m., Cowan Center Room 302, Lowell
  • May 23, 2019Commencement
  • May 28, 2019 – QuickStart Summer Session Begins
  • July 8 to August 15, 2019 – College for Kids
  • June 11, 2019 – Board of Trustee meeting, 8 a.m., Federal Building 3rd Floor Courtroom, Lowell

MCC in the News


Current Grant Initiatives

AANAPISI Grant

Anti-Human Trafficking Movement

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On March 28, the Program for Asian American Student Advancement (PAASA) hosted a presentation on a 10-year human trafficking research project to better understand the rehabilitation process, aftercare and society re-integration experience of over 100 male and female survivors of sex trafficking in Cambodia.

The presentation was presented by two visiting researchers from Cambodia, Vanntheary Lim and Channtha Nhanh as part of the Chab Dai’s Butterfly Re-integration Longitudinal Research project. The Chab Dai organization has been building partners and competency within the anti-trafficking movement since 2005.

Founded in Cambodia, Chab Dai – which means “joining hands” in Khmer – is an organization committed to working with diverse stakeholders to abolish all forms of abuse and exploitation. The presentation illuminated the issue’s complexity, fueled by social inequality, culture, history, gender inequality, poverty, and economic disempowerment. Faculty, staff, students and community members had an opportunity to engage in conversation about our shared responsibility to combat human trafficking through our consumer power, education and prevention strategies that will help end all forms of abuse and exploitation.

Asian Students in Alliance – Field Trip to Harvard University

On March 30, the Program for Asian American Student Advancement (PAASA) and Program Specialist Linda Thiem, led a field trip for MCC’s Asian Students in Alliance (A.S.I.A) to a conference at Harvard University Twelve members of the alliance attended the Let’s Talk! Conference– a free event organized by Harvard’s Asian/Asian American graduate student volunteers. This year’s conference theme focused on promoting the success and well-being of Asian Pacific Islander (API) students.

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Our MCC students delved into dialogues that celebrated their identities and unpacked many of the cultural challenges that may affect their educational success. The keynote speaker, Dr. Liza Talusan facilitated an opportunity for our students to meet the other attendees, which included API high school students who came with their parents and teachers, other undergraduate students from institutions throughout the country, and the Harvard community. MCC’s students commented in their surveys after the trip:

“It was the first conference I’ve been to and the experience was great. I was surprised to see that people came from all over the country just to attend this conference.”

“It was great being on the Harvard campus. Everyone in my group in the breakout sessions were open, supportive and willing to listen to my experiences as an Asian American student.”

“It was a powerful conference. I feel that I became a mentally stronger person than I used to be. Thanks for the opportunity letting me be a part of it.”

“I never thought that talking about my own experience is also a way to practice advocacy. I also learned that no matter what situation I’m facing, I have the privilege of safely voicing my thoughts.”

The field trip proved to be a successful event that helped to enhance the experiences of MCC’s API students.


Academic Affairs

Arts, Humanities & World Languages

Music Department

Music for Classical Guitars and Violin — MCC faculty member Raley Beggs, guitar, will join guitarist Adam Levin and violinist William Knuth (as Duo Sonidos) to perform an evening of colorful music from Spain, Latin America and the United States. Works by Leo Brouwer, Eduardo Morales-Caso, Lucas Foss, Joaquín Rodrigo, Manuel Ponce and George Gershwin will be featured.

Friday, May 10 at 8 pm
Concert Hall, Bedford Campus
 

Upcoming Concerts with MCC Students — Student Singers and Instrumentalists

Monday, May 6 at 12:30 pm
Concert Hall, Bedford Campus


Spotlight Concert featuring three students

Thursday, May 9 at 11:30
Recital Hall, Donahue Family Academic Arts Center, Lowell Campus​


Hospitality and Culinary Arts

The annual Hospitality & Culinary Arts Career Panel Breakfast was hosted by Kim Morrissey on April 9th. Managers in these industries spoke to students about their educational & career paths. They offered career advice, answered questions & shared job & internship opportunities with our students.


Pathways Center

Medical Laboratory Technology Students Visit the American Red Cross

The Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Starter Academy Grant sponsored a field trip for Medical Laboratory Technology students and Assistant Professor Christine Laviolette, to visit the American Red Cross in Dedham, on April 19.

The field trip provided students learning opportunities about how a blood bank operates, how to see, firsthand, component preparation and specialty compatibility testing, as well as other processes in action. Laviolette believes that having MLT students visit the American Red Cross provides a great extension to their on-campus learning.

For more information about the event or the summer programs, visit https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/pathwayscenter/ or contact Audrey Frater, Director of the Pathways Center, at fratera@middlesex.mass.edu.

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MLT students visit the American Red Cross and appreciate the Pathways Center for funding such a worthwhile experience.

Student Affairs

Admissions

April showers may bring May flowers, but they also bring lots of recruiting events! The Admissions Office has been out on the road for the past few months visiting with high school students and community groups, as well as welcoming many visitors to both our campuses. Below you find a breakdown of where we’ve been recently!

The five ‘On the Spot’ events are held at high schools, where students can submit an application, get their admission package and get next step information directly from Admissions staff.

The 25 college fairs are mostly held at local high schools and some community organizations, and are a great opportunity to meet with students just beginning the college search, or to check in with students who are anticipating starting with us this fall. These 20 other events include everything from specialized campus tours, high school visits, college and career panels, presenting to community groups and many more diverse ways we connect with prospective students.

Additionally, we welcomed 65 students from Lowell High School and for the first time Waltham High School at our biannual Pathways to Success Day in Bedford on April 3rd. Thank you to our colleagues in ACE, Advising, Financial Aid and the Office of Student Engagement for making this signature event a great place for students to learn more about all the opportunities available at Middlesex!

We also held two Open Houses – in Lowell on April 10th and in Bedford on April 23rd – and between both events we were able to service 170 prospective students and their families! Our Open Houses are a great way for students to explore academic pathways and meet with our varied student service areas. Thank you to all who volunteered your time during these events to meet and speak with prospective students and their families!


Career Development Center

The Career Development Center sponsored an Etiquette Dinner for a select group of MCC students, preparing them for professional conduct during a meal interview. The students are now equipped with knowledge on how to deal with challenges that may arise in this setting.

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Enrollment Management 

Multiple Measures

New multiple measures have been added for Fall 2019 placement.  Currently, students graduating within the past three years are eligible to use the following measures for course placement:

English

  • If students have an overall unweighted high school GPA of 2.7 (83%) or higher within the last three years then they are eligible to go directly into ENG 101.
  • Any student who has a verbal SAT score (critical reading and writing) of 500 or higher in the last three years (2016-2019) is exempt from taking the English Accuplacer test and is eligible for ENG 101.
  • Students who have graduated from high school within the last three years (2016-2019) with an overall unweighted high school GPA of 3.2 or higher or a verbal SAT score (critical reading and writing) of 600 or a combined SAT score of 1150 will be qualified as eligible for Honors ENG 101 and entry into the Commonwealth Honors Program.  These students are exempt from taking the English Accuplacer test.

Math

  • If students have an overall unweighted high school GPA of 2.7 (83%) or higher within the last three years then they are eligible to go directly into college level Math. The one exception is MAT 290 – Calculus.
  • Students who score a 600 on the SAT Math section will be eligible for MAT290 – Calculus regardless of HS GPA. Student will be exempt from taking the Math sections of the Accuplacer test.
  • Students who have graduated from high school within the last three years (2016-2019) with an overall unweighted high school GPA of 2.7 or higher and completion of Algebra 2 with a grade of B+ or better will be eligible for MAT 196 – Accelerated Precalculus & Trigonometry for Engineering and Science.
  • Students who have graduated from high school within the last three years (2016-2019) with an overall unweighted high school GPA of 2.7 or higher and completion of Trigonometry and Precalculus or equivalent with a grade of B or better will be eligible for MAT290-Calculus.

Summer 2019 Registration
Summer Quickstart and Sessions I and II will be starting on May 28.  Marketing Communications is actively promoting the Summer Sessions and over 22,000 summer postcards were mailed in March and April to support enrollment.

For a quick overview of classes being offered go to https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/registration/downloads/summsec2019.pdf

For detailed information on the last day to add, drop and withdraw for each Summer Session, please visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/registration/downloads/sumsess2019.pdf

Spring 2019 Final Exam Schedule

The detailed final exam schedule with courses, times and room locations can be found at: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/finalexams/downloads/finexam19.pdf

Spring 2019 Student Evaluations

It is time to administer full-semester student evaluations for the Spring 2019 semester. Evaluations will be available beginning Monday, April 22.  Emails were sent to faculty with the evaluation pick-up locations and information was posted on NewsCaster. All student evaluations should be returned no later than May 17, so results can be processed in June.

Graduation 2019

Graduation applications are still being accepted and reviewed for degree/certificate completion. We encourage students to apply!

Students can now apply by selecting “Apply for graduation” on their MyMcc portal.   Please encourage all commencement attendees to submit their applications by 9 am on May 7th if they want their names in the Commencement Program.

For information on the graduation ceremony and application, you can visit:https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/graduation/

For questions pertaining to the graduation application, students should contact the Enrollment Management Center at 978-656-3393; for questions regarding graduation eligibility, students should contact the Assistant Registrar at 781-280-3625.

Fall 2019

Registration for returning students for Fall 2019 started on April 8. New students were able to begin registering on April 16.  Letters were mailed to all students who were enrolled in the Spring 2019 semester with information on registration and advising. E-mails and texts were sent out as reminders throughout April.


Veterans Resource Center

On April 9th, the Veterans Resource Center hosted “Photo Voice: Beyond the Shadow of a Label.” Narrative photography addressed stigma of veterans with mental illness, and healing. Anne Craman, a nurse specializing in equine therapy, developed the exhibit with sponsorship from the Bedford VAMC.

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On April 9th, Heroes Among Us featured former U.S. Naval Radioman, Timothy Quinn. He shared how his military and educational experiences supported his future career decisions, including becoming a firefighter. Thank you to Marie Ryder, Catherine McGorty, and their Nursing student volunteers!

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Institutional Advancement

 

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Middlesex Fund

There is still time to support the MCC Foundation Middlesex Fund!

Donations to the Middlesex Fund support:

  • Scholarships
  • Classroom and lab equipment
  • International study opportunities
  • Entrepreneurship programs
  • Student leadership programs
  • Technology for academic programs
  • Fitness and wellness facilities
  • Lecture and film series
  • Service-learning opportunities
  • Faculty and staff initiatives​

Online donations may be made at: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/foundation/donations.aspx

Full-time faculty and staff may make their gift via payroll direct deposit. Information on payroll deposit can be found at: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/foundation/employgiving.aspx

For more information on the Middlesex Fund, please go to: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/foundation/mfund.aspx or contact Amy Lee at leea@middlesex.mass.edu​.

Thank you for your support and for making a difference in the lives of our students.


Community Education & Training

On April 4, MCC welcomed Bill O’Hearn, Assistant Attorney General and Deputy Chief of the Consumer Advocacy & Response Division of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office. His public open forum highlighted ways to protect consumer identity. Topics included: the dark web, robocalls and protecting your credit. The Massachusetts Consumer Advocacy & Response Division receives and reviews complaints, advocates on behalf of Massachusetts consumers, and implements settlements entered into by the Attorney General’s Office in various areas relating to the Office’s consumer protection efforts. In addition to his work related to robocalls and telemarketing, Bill’s recent work includes enforcement of the state’s Consumer Protection Act, and Home Improvement Contractor Act. This event was coordinated by Community Education and Training and The MCC Law Center.

On March 27 MCC Community Education and Training welcomed keynote speaker, Bill Cummings author of “Starting Small and Making it Big” to our MILES opening session. Prior to the MILES session, Cummings met with MCC Business and Entrepreneurship students and MCC faculty/staff to discuss how he started in business, and offer words of advice and encouragement.

In 1964, he spent $4,000 to purchase his first real business, a hundred-year-old manufacturer of fruit-juice-beverage bases, which he quickly expanded by providing refrigerated dispensers and drinks to several hundred colleges and universities. With the million-dollar proceeds from the sale of that business in 1970, he founded a suburban-Boston commercial real estate firm. Cummings Properties quickly grew from one small building to a portfolio of more than 100 modern buildings today. Cummings and his wife, Joyce, were the first Massachusetts couple to join the Giving Pledge, an international philanthropic organization founded by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffet.

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The following Community Ed programs began in April: Intro to Floral Design, MILES daily class sessions (April 1 – May 8), Social Media Marketing, Creating Marketing Materials.


Corporate Education & Training

Corporate Education and Training delivered or will be delivering:

  • Blueprint Reading training at Aved Electronics in North Billerica.
  • Accuplacer testing sessions at Raytheon in Andover.
  • Culture of Inclusion: Call of Action All Staff Professional day for CTI at Tewksbury High School.
  • Medication Administration Recertification training for LifeLinks. This course is conducted at MCC in order to provide employees exposure to taking classes in a college setting.
  • Leadership Development Series training sessions including Your Leadership Style MBTI, Effective Communication, Leading in Challenging Situations, and Engaging Employees, for Lowell General Hospital at the Main Campus.
  • Managing Difficult People and Introduction to Diversity and Inclusion trainings at Nova Biomedical in Billerica
  • Introduction to Leadership and Introduction to Human Behavior in the Workplace trainings at Nova Biomedical in Waltham.
  • Collaborating with the Early Childhood Department to offer a Health, Safety, and Nutrition in Early Childhood through the Region 3 Professional Partnership Grant.
  • Microsoft Excel Strategies training at Minuteman Regional Vocational Technical High School in Lexington.
  • C++ Programming course at Juniper Networks in Westford.
  • HAZMAT Awareness training at Sterling Corporation in Chelmsford.

Homeland Security

MCC Homeland Security Program Hosts Eastern Mass. Medical Reserve Corps

On Saturday, April 6, the MCC Program on Homeland Security again hosted the Medical Reserve Corps’ (MRC) Annual Training Day on the Bedford campus. Under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, the MRC is a nation-wide coalition of physicians, nurses, behavioral health experts, paramedics and others who volunteer their services in times of disaster or widespread medical event.

This is the 6th year the training has taken place in partnership with MCC’s Homeland Security Program. From one local unit and 70 attendees, the event has now grown to 5 eastern Massachusetts units and 170 professionals gathering at MCC. The keynote address was delivered by Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan, followed by presentations on the MRC’s sustained response to last September’s Greater Lawrence natural gas disaster. Afternoon breakout sessions covered such topics as traumatic brain injury, advances in cardiac care, the regional opioid epidemic, a skills workshop on Narcan administration, emergency treatment of pediatric patients, and advanced nursing skills.


Marketing Communications

NEW Marketing Communications Request Form

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The form has been shortened in length to make it easier to fill out and we have added the ability to upload files with your request (Please note: to upload files you will need a Google account. If you do not already have a google account, you can create one using your college email address).

Additionally, all requests submitted will be sent back a receipt via email. If you have any questions about the new Marketing request form, please email marketing@middlesex.mass.edu for assistance. NEW Marketing Request Form

Please, Tell Us Your Stories

Don’t forget: Marketing Communications is always looking for “good news” to include in news releases and social media. So, don’t be shy: Please let us know when you or your division/department receive an award or grant – or any other good news about students, faculty and staff.

Submit an online Marketing Communications Request Form to request a news release. Include the WWWW info – who, what, when & where – with your Request Form. We will do our best to share your good news with the wider community.

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Downloadable Templates

To better support the marketing needs of the college, Marketing Communications has created a series of Microsoft templates that are MCC branded. These templates can be used by anyone in the college community, and enable individuals and departments to create their own communications without having to submit job requests to Marketing Communications. Find the templates on the Marketing Communications page.

 

March 2019

Updates from the President

Making Connections for Success

The concept of student success runs through our strategic plan, Transformative Education, and is the primary focus of the entire college community. Everything we plan, implement and assess is based on positively impacting student success.

Over the last three years, through the innovative and collaborative work of faculty and staff at the college, we have streamlined our enrollment processes, implemented a Success From Day One program, and worked to get students better connected to the college. All of these efforts are based on research, data and best practices for improving student success. We have made tremendous progress, but we still have work to do.

For two years, we piloted a new academic calendar that included faculty involvement in student orientation and advising, as well as professional-development activities during the week before Labor Day weekend. This year, we are piloting a video-based online orientation for new students, along with opportunities for these students to attend FYE and IDS courses during the summer. For more information on the New Student Onboarding process, click here. We believe these new initiatives will help get students connected and prepared for the start of the semester. Once the semester has begun, additional academic and co-curricular programs will further promote student success.

This fall, we will be starting the semester with a full day of professional-development activities for faculty and staff on the day after Labor Day – Tuesday, Sept. 3 – and classes will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 4. The Spring 2020 semester will begin with a full day of professional-development activities on the Tuesday after Martin Luther King Jr. Day – Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020 – and classes will begin on Wednesday, Jan. 22Download a copy of the updated Academic Calendar.

During fall and spring semesters there will be the equivalent of two additional Professional Days, but these may be broken up into half-day and asynchronous segments. The Professional Development Advisory Committee, under the leadership of Peter Shea, will work with groups across campus to design engaging, flexible and valuable professional-development opportunities.

We are still searching for the best way to start the semester, taking into account how to have faculty and students ready to go on the first day of class, while also maintaining a robust professional-development agenda at the college. We look forward to a meaningful dialogue about these issues in the coming months and welcome your input on these matters. We recognize that ongoing professional development is a key to meeting the needs of all our faculty and staff, as well as maintaining MCC’s status as the premier community college in the Commonwealth.

All the best,
Jim Mabry


Table Of Contents

  • Upcoming Events
  • MCC in the News
  • Current Grant Initiatives
    • AANAPISI Grant
  • Academic Affairs
    • Arts, Humanities & World Languages
    • Dental Hygiene
  • Student Affairs
    • Office of Student Engagement
  • Institutional Advancement
    • Adult Learning Center
    • College Advancement
    • Community Education & Training
    • Corporate Education & Training
    • Marketing Communications

Upcoming Events


MCC in the News


Current Grant Initiatives

AANAPISI Grant

“Getting Lao’d”

article pic - Virak Uy.jpgOn March 11, the Program for Asian American Student Advancement (PAASA) hosted a screening of the film “Getting Lao’d.” Filmed over 14 years, the documentary follows a new generation of young pioneers as they re-imagine Lao media in a communist country. After 25 years of silence, the private Lao music and film industries are reawakening. The film features many of the country’s most prominent musicians and filmmakers, and is perhaps the most comprehensive examination of the media landscape in Laos. Following the film, faculty, staff, students and community members had a unique opportunity to engage in a conversation with the award-winning filmmaker, Dr. Steve Arounsack, about the rise of modern music and film, as well as the challenges around censorship and the business behind these two industries.


 

Academic Affairs

Arts, Humanities & World Languages

“The Music Man”

The MCC Theatre Department presents “The Music Man” April 10th- 14th visit http://www.middlesex.mass.edu/performingarts for tickets

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Music Department Student Activities

On February 7, Anthony Rolli, MCC guitar student of Raley Beggs, and his band “Northwoods” performed at “The Middle East” music venue as part of a larger concert. They are promoting their new album “Ebb & Flow.”

On February 8 Fatima Al-Muntafik, also a guitar student of Raley Beggs, performed as part of the Boston Classical Guitar Orchestra (BCGO) to open for a concert featuring the trio “The Great Necks” at First Lutheran Church of Boston.

Dual-enrollment student Nathaniel Abreu gave a cello recital on Wednesday, February 27 in the Bedford Concert Hall. He played the “Suite for Solo Cello No. 4 in E Flat Major” by J.S. Bach, “Solo Sonata” by George Crumb, and the first movement of the “Sonata in E Minor for Cello and Piano” and “Romance for Cello and Piano” by Gabriel Fauré. Abreu  was assisted by Carmen Rodriguez-Peralta in the last two selections. He has won several concerto competitions, including the New England Conservatory Prep Concerto Competition, the Concord Orchestra Concerto Competition, and most recently the Arlington Philharmonic Concerto Competition. He studies cello at New England Conservatory with Sam Ou.

World of Music Concert Series

March Concert

“Reflections: Art and Music”

A collaboration between the Art and Music departments, this event on March 15 opened with a faculty art exhibit in the new Academic Arts Center in Lowell and concluded with a concert in the Recital Hall. The exhibit featured sculpture, painting, ceramics, stained glass, photography, collage and works on paper by Angela Alés, Bill Bradbury, Jeanne Cronin, Joe Eiler, Meredith Fife-Day, Mary Hart, George Herman, Tamara Krendel, Yary Livan, Roneld Lores, Margaret Rack and Carolyn Stock. The concert included music which reflected the cultures, images and emotions of the artwork. MCC faculty members Orlando Cela, flute, Carmen Rodríguez-Peralta, piano, and Anna Ward, soprano, were joined by David Clark, composer/double bass, and Steve Hunt, piano. Works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Olivier Messiaen, Chinary Ung, Jaime León, Jacques Ibert, David Clark and Beau Kenyon were featured.

Upcoming Concerts in April

“Holes in the Floor Cello Quartet”

This Boston-based ensemble will perform works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Ian Wiese, Jeremy Crosmer, Claude Debussy and Ludwig van Beethoven.

Friday, April 5 at 8:00 pm Concert Hall, Bedford Campus

“Chamber Music for Oboe, Flute, Cello and Piano”

John Ferrillo, Principal Oboe of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Elizabeth Ostling, Associate Principal Flute of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, William Rounds, cello, and Carmen Rodriguez-Peralta, piano, will perform music for various combinations of these instruments. Works by Franz Joseph Haydn, Aaron Copland, Olivier Messiaen, Maurice Ravel and Philippe Gaubert will be featured.

Friday, April 26 at 8:00 pm, Concert Hall, Bedford Campus and
Sunday, April 28 at 3:00 pm Academic Arts Center, Recital Hall, Lowell Campus

For information about the entire series, please visit https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/worldofmusic/

MCC Visiting Writers Series

UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_3 - Ellen NicholsOn 2/25, the MCC Visiting Writers Series featured poet January Gill O’Neil, a few days after her poem “Hoodie” was published in the New York Times. An audience of over 85 students, faculty, and community members showed up to hear her read from her newest book, “Rewilding,” as well as from her other books of poetry, and answer questions about poetry, her work, her writing process, and creative writing programs at Salem State University, where she is Professor of English.


Dental Hygiene

Dental hygiene students and faculty attended Massachusetts Dental Hygiene Association’s (MDHA) annual lobby day at the Statehouse on February 26. Each student had the opportunity to meet with elected officials to advocate for several pieces of legislation put forth by MDHA. Many focused on advocating for a bill that would establish a mid-level oral health care provider, Dental Therapist. Dental Therapists are dental hygienists with advanced training and certification, who would be able to deliver basic but critically necessary care to underserved populations in Massachusetts.

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Student Affairs

Office of Student Engagement

The MCC Hockey Team wrapped up an excellent 2018-2019 season with a 5-4 victory over Mass Maritime. The Owls finished the season strong after an up and down first month. They played one of their strongest schedules in recent years with games against Mass Maritime, WPI, and UNH. While these match-ups were very difficult, MCC was able to defeat all three teams this season!

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Coach George Jacobs and Assistant Coach Steve Resca were dedicated to improving the team over the course of the year, leading to hard-fought victories. Special recognition also goes to MCC student and team manager Michael Cadden, as well as the captain and assistant captains Ian Wright, Joe Stackhouse and Ron MacDougall. In addition to their on-ice leadership roles, they promoted the team’s success this season and in growing school spirit around campus.


Institutional Advancement

Adult Learning Center

Congratulations to MCC’s Adult Learning Center Staff and Students

The Middlesex Community College Adult Learning Center (ALC) offers free classes for adults on the Bedford campus and at the McDevitt Middle School in Waltham. The program administration is proud to report that the center recently achieved a student skills gain score of 68.3 percent, exceeding the expected target by 216 percent! These results place the ALC third in the state for students’ Measureable Skills Gains.

The Adult Learning Center is a grant-funded program through Massachusetts Department of Education and is required to meet an annual Measurable Skill Gains Target. This standard includes outcomes in the areas of Educational Functioning Level improvement, High School Equivalency (HSE) credential attainment, and post-econdary education and training enrollment after a student exits the program. Congratulations to both the students and staff at the Adult Learning Center for all of their hard work and commitment to academic success.


College Advancement

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MCC Foundation 2019 Scholarship Awards

On March 6, the MCC Foundation awarded 62 scholarships to 49 students, totaling over $65,000 in scholarship awards. More than 200 guests attended the ceremony, including scholarship representatives and donors, guests of scholarship recipients, and MCC faculty and staff. It was an inspiring ceremony that celebrated student success and the generosity of the scholarship donors.

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Community Education & Training

C.N.A for Success Graduation

Congratulations to our C.N.A for Success graduates who completed their program on March 14! Community Education, in cooperation with the International Institute of New England, Lowell ABE Center, and D’Youville Life & Wellness Community, offered a 16-week training program funded by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education. Our students were trained in essential ESOL, cultural competencies, and MCC’s 100-hour Nurse Assistant program. C.N.A for Success is designed especially for English Language Learners seeking a career in the in-demand healthcare field. The International Institute of New England serves a diversity of clients with a range of educational and professional backgrounds. The faster immigrants learn English, the more quickly they can obtain a good job, advance in their careers, and participate more fully in civic life. A special thank you to our MCC staff: Caitlin Campopiano, Kathy Gehly, Angel Pepin, and dedicated nursing faculty Debra Shaw. Please read more at the Lowell Sun.

MILES Opening Session

Please join us for our MILES opening session on March 27 at 2 pm in Café East. Keynote speaker Bill Cummings, author of “Starting Small and Making It Big: An Entrepreneur’s Journey to Billion-Dollar Philanthropist.” Bill will also meet with President Mabry and students from MCC’s credit Entrepreneurship Program.

Noncredit Programs

The following noncredit programs began in March: Dental Hygiene Local Anesthesia Certification, SHRM HR Essentials, Nurse Assistant/HHA, CompTia A+ Exam Prep, Digital Media Marketing, Management and Leadership Series, Intro to SQL, Art Seminar: The Works of Edgar Degas, Sparking Wines, DIY Holistic Happiness.


Corporate Education & Training

Corporate Education and Training recently delivered, or will be delivering:
• Beginner/Intermediate Microsoft Excel training for Aved Electronics at the Cowan Center.
• Effective Problem Solving at Nova Biomedical in Billerica.
• Collaborating with the Early Childhood Education Department to offer Supervised Field Placement and Guiding Children’s Behavior through the Region 3 Professional Partnership Grant.
• First Aid/CPR and Medication Administration Recertification trainings for LifeLinks. The courses are conducted at MCC in order to provide employees exposure to taking classes in a college setting.
• Authentic Leadership Presence training for Lowell General Hospital’s Main Campus.
• Customized training for Advanced Level – English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) at Monogram Gourmet Foods in Wilmington.
• Introduction to Python and Leadership Skill Development trainings at Juniper Networks in Westford.
• Personal Protection/Active Shooter training at CTI in Lowell and Juniper Networks in Westford.

CET also hosted a Workforce Training Fund Program Information Session on Wednesday, March 6th in Trustees House. Kristen Rayne from Commonwealth Corporation provided an overview of grant options and content on the Workforce Training Fund to local employers.


Marketing Communications

NEW Marketing Communications Request Form

New-Form.jpgWe are excited to announce that we have streamlined the Marketing & Social Media request forms. You will now be able to request marketing services, press releases, and social media services all in the same form.

The form has been shortened in length to make it easier to fill out and we have added the ability to upload files with your request (Please note: to upload files you will need a Google account. If you do not already have a google account, you can create one using your college email address).

Additionally, all requests submitted will be sent back a receipt via email. If you have any questions about the new Marketing request form, please email marketing@middlesex.mass.edu for assistance. NEW Marketing Request Form

Please, Tell Us Your Stories

Don’t forget: Marketing Communications is always looking for “good news” to include in news releases and social media. So, don’t be shy: Please let us know when you or your division/department receive an award or grant – or any other good news about students, faculty and staff.

Submit an online Marketing Communications Request Form to request a news release. Include the WWWW info – who, what, when & where – with your Request Form. We will do our best to share your good news with the wider community.

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Downloadable Templates

To better support the marketing needs of the college, Marketing Communications has created a series of Microsoft templates that are MCC branded. These templates can be used by anyone in the college community, and enable individuals and departments to create their own communications without having to submit job requests to Marketing Communications. Find the templates on the Marketing Communications page.