June/July 2018

Updates from the President

Working Together To Be the Best

bestcollegescom-subtitle-badgeMiddlesex Community College was recently named the best community college in MA by BestColleges.com. This recognition highlights the exceptional work being done across our two campuses. Our faculty and staff strive every day to keep the door open to an affordable high-quality college education.

I am continually impressed by the number of innovative and creative ways our faculty and staff engage and support students in their learning. As we know, it is often a difficult journey for our students and our willingness to address the needs of the whole student throughout their journey is something that sets us apart.

We continue to highlight and support individual efforts to promote our mission, but it is the ways we work together that have the greatest impact. Individual initiative and entrepreneurship are critical elements but being an entrepreneurial college that uses the latest tools to collectively solve problems is where we will really move the needle on student success.

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Our Title III grant (MCC360) is great example of the entire college coming together to implement new tools and processes to support student success. From the start, new students will begin at MCC by accessing the Navigate online planning and advising tool, completing a hybrid orientation program through a new video based online platform, and be advised by faculty and professional staff who are supported by a data analytics officer and the HelioCampus/Tableau data analytics platform. Additionally, new and experienced faculty will have access to the hybrid ACUE professional development system that assists faculty to develop effective evidence-based pedagogy that advances faculty developed student learning outcomes.

By working and learning together, we can implement and support technologies that will help us assist students in new ways. Our students succeed because of our innovative individual and collective efforts. Your creative efforts inspire and make me proud of MCC so a big thanks for all you do to support student success.

All the best,
Jim Mabry


Upcoming Events

  • August 1, 2018 – Walk-In Enrollment
  • August 7, 2018 – MCC Night at the Spinners, LeLacheur Park, Lowell, MA
  • August 14 – 28, 2018 – Walk-In Enrollment
  • August 29, 2:00 – 4:00 – Division Meetings
  • August 30, 2:00 – 4:00 – Convocation, Bedford Campus
  • August 29 & 30, 2018 – New Student Orientation
  • September 4, 2018 – Fall Semester Begins

MCC in the News


Current Grant Initiatives

AANAPISI Grant Update

The AANAPISI grant has enabled Middlesex Community College to make significant progress in the area of academic quality and student services during its first two years. orientgroupOver the past three months, we have been developing and submitted the annual report which is required by the federal government. This process has given us the opportunity to reflect on the different components of the grant and to thank the numerous faculty, staff and students who have made valuable contributions to the success of the program.

As we enter the next few years of the grant, we hope to continue to leverage and make connections with community partners, and to expand services to more students in the areas of academic quality and student services, and improve the student college-going experience.


MCC 360 Update

mcc_360_fin_colorThe Title III-supported MCC 360 project has had a busy summer. The MCC 360 advisory board met in early July to hear updates about the project’s progress. In the coming year, the advisory board will be meeting on a quarterly basis as we begin the implementation of grant-supported systems such as Navigate (IPAS tool) and Heliocampus (data warehouse). During this summer, we are conducting training on EAB Navigate for faculty who will serve as peer resources for their divisions. We have also begun to look at ways to use the Tableau data visualization tool to help communicate actionable data related to student success. In addition, we have been interviewing applicants for the role of Data Analytics Officer, who will play a key role in helping the college strategize about ways in which we can collect and use data to advance the goals of the grant.


Student Affairs

Adult Learning Center

apitchaya-barbara-maglio.jpgThe Adult Learning Center (ALC) is proud to highlight past ALC Student and 2018 MCC graduate, Apitchaya Thiapphet. Ms. Thiapphet came to the United States from Thailand and began her higher education journey by enrolling in the Adult Learning Center in 2015. After a semester of working on her skills at the ALC, she felt ready to enroll in a degree program at MCC. Ms. Thiapphet took full advantage of her time at MCC by joining clubs, becoming a student leader, attending a diversity summit held during Spring Break as well as traveling to the UK and Ireland as part of a MCC International Fellowship in 2017. She managed all of this while still maintaining a 3.91 GPA and has now graduated with highest honors as a member of the Commonwealth Honors Program and Phi Theta Kappa. Having earned her Associate in History, Politics and Global Studies, Ms. Thiapphet is moving on to even greater accomplishments and modeling the amazing potential for ALC and MCC students. Congratulations, Apitchaya, on all of your hard work and best wishes in your future endeavors!

Veterans Resource Center

jessica-frost-maria-mcduffie.jpgWe are pleased to announce that the Office of International, Multicultural and Veterans Affairs has hired Jessica Frost as the new Director of the Veterans Resource Center located on  the Bedford and Lowell campuses. As a U.S. Navy veteran and proud alumnus of Middlesex Community College, Jessica understands the challenges our veterans, active military and their families face in transitioning back to civilian life and college. Jessica brings a passion and eagerness to help those whom have served our nation’s military. Since 2014, she has been working as a valuable member of the MCC community as a staff assistant in the Academic Advising and Enrollment Management departments.

Jessica obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Framingham State University and a Master of Education in Higher Education Administration from Northeastern University where she was also employed as an Assistant Director to the University Registrar. Currently, she is pursuing her Doctor of Management in Community College Policy and Administration from the University of Maryland University College and will be earning her doctorate at the end of August.

Jessica will be transitioning to the Veterans Resource Center starting on August 6. Please take a moment to congratulate Jessica on her new role at MCC.

Advising

It’s been a busy summer in the Advising Center. Staff in the Advising Center are actively assisting new students in Advising and Registration sessions as well as conducting outreach to returning students. Our goal is have students register as early as possible this summer to ensure that students are ready for class on day one.

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Advisors Working With Students

A recent article in the Lowell Sun showcased advisors Winny Oyamo-Twombly and Helen Vargas working with students during a new student advising and registration session.

New Staff Members Over the past few months the advising department conducted a search for two new academic counselors for the Lowell campus. We’re happy to announce our newest hires:

Yohanka Tejada will transition from the Financial Aid office to the Academic Advising team as an Academic Counselor. Yohanka’s experience in financial aid will greatly assist our department. Yohanka has worked in financial aid for the last 8 years at MCC and also has advising experience from her time at Northern Essex Community College. Fluent in Spanish, Yohanka is also a proud alum of Middlesex and continued her education at Lesley University where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Northeastern University where she obtained her master’s degree in Higher Education Administration. Greatly respected by her colleagues, we’re positive Yohanka will make a great impression on our staff team.

Melinda Hill currently works as a Student Success Advisor at the University of New Haven in West Haven, Connecticut. A Massachusetts native, Melinda will transition back to the Bay State to work at MCC as an Academic Counselor. Melinda has great experience in advising and student affairs. Recently she worked with the Center for Student Success, assisting her caseload of over 200 students with all aspects of college life including academic policy, curriculum requirements, degree audit and the registration process. Before her time as a success advisor she worked as the Coordinator for Student Organization and Operations. A graduate of the University of Rhode Island (Bachelor of Psychology) and the University of Bridgeport, (Master of Counseling & College Student Personnel) Melinda has strong technical experience working with Banner, Argos, and similar student based applications we use at MCC. She has instructed credit based courses for students on academic probation, at-risk first year students, critical thinking and psychology electives. We’re excited to have Melinda join our team.

Academic Maps

academicmap.jpgOver the course of the summer, a comprehensive review of Academic Maps and Pathway Maps took place. Updates shared from faculty and curriculum changes have been implemented and advising staff have taken time to review universal course name changes and program titles that reflect the catalog have been completed. As always, marketing has worked diligently to implement changes and all maps will be posted next week.

To ensure you’re viewing the latest copy of the Academic Maps, be sure to click refresh on your browser or clear your browser history.

EAB Navigate

Over the course of the last few months advisors have reviewed EAB Navigate functions and continued training on the system for faculty and staff will continue throughout the summer and fall terms.

All faculty and staff advisors at the college are encouraged to create an account with EAB. As a member institution, all of us are allowed to create an account to access more information on the EAB Navigate platform, and additionally Student Success research forums, articles and resources. To create an account, visit the EAB Membership Registration page, enter Bedford, Massachusetts, as your location and select Middlesex Community College.

Transfer Advising

Jane Fain, Coordinator of Transfer Affairs and members of Advising have been working on a new Transfer Workshop that discusses the benefits of degree completion. The workshop will be available to view online and will be a path item for new students in the EAB platform.

In addition to being available online, the workshop will be presented throughout the year in the advising centers. In addition to the Transfer Workshop, the Commonwealth Commitment program has been extended and with changes in requirements, will serve more students in the coming year. Advisors are actively working with new students to sign up for the program as well as the Commonwealth Honors Program.

Veteran Advising

Advisors Mike Rideout and Ivette Caletz have been advising and assisting Veteran Students utilizing educational benefits for summer and fall course registration. They have also provided feedback on new E-Forms we plan to use for the upcoming academic year. Starting on August 1st, students seeking to use benefits will be able to request their certification online, ensuring that veterans are being certified properly and are getting the assistance they need.


Enrollment

Enrollment Management

Banner 9 is Live!

Banner 9 has been successfully launched in Enrollment. Thank you to the Enrollment Management Center and Student Information Center staff for their advanced testing of the Banner 9 forms. Staff members used their department processes as part of the testing effort and documented their procedures into Banner 9 training documentation. These documents are in a Banner Documentation SharePoint site where other departments can review and leverage the work of the EMC and SIC. The staff will continue to make necessary modifications to the documentation as issues or changes are discovered since Banner 9 has gone live.

Testing Department

Welcome to Jessica Kennett as the new Multiple Measure Specialist in Lowell! Jessica started as the Multiple Measure Specialist in the Lowell Testing Center this past May. Jessica has previous work experience in student services at North Shore Community College, Arizona State University and the University of Phoenix. Her areas of expertise include testing and working with multiple measures as well as supporting many functions in the Registrar and Financial Aid offices. Jessica has an Associate in Science in Human Services from North Shore Community College, Bachelor of Science in Human Services Counseling from Lesley University and a Master of Education in Higher Education Administration from Arizona State University.

The testing department was focused over the last couple of months in the testing and advising of approximately 400 potential Dual Enrollment students in course placements. During this period Accuplacer testing took place for the following high schools: Bedford High School, Lowell Charter Academy, Greater Lowell Vocational High School, Shawsheen Technical High School, Innovative Academy, Dracut High School and Tewksbury High School. In collaboration with Ellen Grondine and the Math and English departments, Chelmsford High School and Burlington High School will pilot the usage of multiple measures for placements into Dual Enrollment classes for Fall 2018.

Graduation

The Registrar’s Office and the Enrollment Management Center staff were busy in preparing for and contributing to another successful Commencement Day. Graduation review for Spring 2018 has been completed with 702 graduate applicants. All graduates can pick up their diplomas in the Lowell Student Information Center beginning June 22.

Student Evaluations – Spring and Summer 2018

Spring 2018 student evaluation results have been processed and were mailed to faculty on June 13.

Information for student evaluations for the Summer 2018 semester has been posted on NewsCaster and e-mails are being sent to faculty. Evaluations must be picked up and returned in accordance to the below dates:  

  • Summer II:  July 9 – August 8, 2018

Pick-Up Date: July 31, 2018

Return Date: August 8, 2018

  • Summer III (Evening):  June 4 – 31, 2018

Pick-Up Date: July 19, 2018

Return Date: July 31, 2018

  • Summer IV (Evening): June 18 – August 14, 2018

Pick-Up Date: August 2, 2018

Return Date: August 14, 2018

  • AHP1: May 29, – August 4, 2018

Pick-Up Date: July 19, 2018

Return Date: July 31, 2018

Summer 2018 Final Grade Deadlines

Summer faculty are requested to submit final grades by the following dates:

  • Summer Session II: August 13, 2018
  • Summer Session III: August, 2018
  • Summer Session IV: August, 2018

Fall 2018 Registration

Extensive outreach by phone, e-mail and text is underway through a collaborative effort of Enrollment, Admissions and Advising. All Spring 2018 students who are not registered are being contacted with efforts made to assist with advising and self-service registration. New students must register for classes by August 28, and returning students will follow the usual add/drop period.

Fall 2018 Final Exam Schedule

The Fall 2018 Final Exam Schedule has been posted. For information on final exam dates and times for Day, Evening/Saturday, Online, and Minimester classes, please click HERE.


Institutional Advancement

Marketing Communications

New Marketing Campaign

The Office of Marketing Communications has been busy this summer with the creation of a new marketing campaign. Student feedback from the focus groups we held last semester along with quantitative data gathered from the call center, open house surveys, application data and the communications preference surveys were used to create a 2-year, student-focused campaign that is authentic and speaks to the many populations the college serves. The campaign is also institutionally-aligned, focusing on academic pathways and programs and our commitment to student success. Phase 1 of the campaign will be rolled out in August and September in print and digital advertising and in some branded campus signage.

What makes this campaign special are our amazing students and alums who are sharing their MCC stories. Not only will their photos appear in our print and digital materials, they will also be featured in radio and television ads. All photos were taken by the very talented Eno Adoghe, a MCC graduate from the class of 2018!

We are still looking for amazing student stories to tell. If you’d like to recommend a student or alum, please send their name and contact information to marketing@middlesex.mass.edu.

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Marketing collaborated with Facilities on the creation of custom wall graphics for the newly renovated Enrollment Center in Bedford. These brightly colored decals feature the colors and graphic icons associated with each of the 7 pathways. The installation will be complete in time for the start of the fall semester!

Richard and Nancy Donahue Family Academic Arts Center VIDEO

MCC recently hosted an open house for the newly built Richard and Nancy Donahue Family Academic Arts Center to give community members a preview of the space. You can see a sneak peak of the Academic Arts Center on the MCC YouTube channel:  https://youtu.be/hPWUHSRu74E

Digital Asset Management

Dean of Marketing Communications Jennifer Aradhya was recently interviewed on the topic of Digital Asset Management for the August 2018 issue of The Nonprofit Communications Report.

Send Us Your Stories!
20180701_070234_Image_2 (1).jpgDon’t forget: Marketing Communications is always looking for good stories about our outstanding Middlesex programs and students. The Lowell Sun recently ran a nice story about MCC students Stephen Collins and Daniel Iknaian, who won 5 medals in the Collegiate DECA championships: http://www.lowellsun.com

We know there are plenty more great student stories out there. So, please email your student-story ideas to: Marketing@middlesex.mass.edu


College Advancement

Celebrity Forum 2018 with Jamie Lee Curtis and Susan Wornick

35463639_10155681458507709_8155138285073596416_o.jpgOn June 8, the Middlesex Community College Foundation’s Celebrity Forum hosted Jamie Lee Curtis.  For the event, Curtis was interviewed by former news anchor at WCVB, Channel 5, Susan Wornick at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium. The MCC Foundation opened the program with a scholarship awards ceremony, honoring 18 students who were presented with scholarships totaling $39,000.  Special thanks are extended to the Forum’s sponsors and donors.

Do You Know Where Our Alumni Are?

Everyone who works at MCC has had opportunities to meet remarkable students throughout the years. Many have stayed in touch with the students, celebrating their successes. The Advancement Office would like to hear from faculty and staff who are able to provide information about MCC alumni – their careers and life accomplishments. MCC Advancement and Alumni offices appreciate the good work performed by alumni each day and want to encourage long-lasting relationships with the college. Please help the Advancement Office maintain accurate data on alumni. Tell the Advancement office about the impressive alumni you know. They could become commencement speakers, distinguished alumni award recipients, advisory board members, classroom presenters, student mentors, ambassadors for Middlesex Community College, etc! Contact Amy Lee at leea@middlesex.mass.edu and let us know about the alumni with whom you’ve kept in touch.


Community Education and Training

Program Managers Caitlin Campopiano and Lauren Ellis attended the June 2018 UMass Lowell Women’s Leadership Conference, founded by Chancellor Jacqueline Moloney in her inaugural year as the first woman to lead UMass Lowell. The Power and Potential of Women brings together leading women in business, education, government and the nonprofit sector to share their expertise on everything from finding mentors and negotiating salaries to building influence and leading a healthy and productive life. The menu of sessions is designed to engage women in all stages of their careers, from aspiring and emerging leaders to experienced practitioners.

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Our summer College for Kids program began July 9 on both the Lowell and Bedford campuses. This year, 505 kids ages 8-16 will participate in engaging programs such as Theatre, Cartooning, Medical Lab Science, Principles of Electricity, Painting like the Masters, Aviation, and many more!

Workforce Training Fund

The following workforce training and personal enrichment classes began in June/July: SHRM Human Resource Essentials, Nurse Assistant, MS Excel, Biotech Equipment Calibration, Home Electrical Repair, MTEL and TEAS Exam Prep, The Art of Cheese Tasting.


Corporate Education and Training

Corporate Education and Training delivered or will be delivering:

  • CPR/First Aid, Medical Administration Recertification, Medical Administration Program, Urban Youth First Aid/CPR trainings along with Principles of Developmental Disabilities (3 credit course) for LifeLinks. The courses are conducted at MCC in order to provide employees exposure to taking classes in a college setting.
  • Clinical Manager Leadership Development Series training for Lowell General Hospital at the Main Campus.
  • Culturally Linguistically Appropriate Services training for the Greater Lowell Health Alliance at Saints Campus of Lowell General Hospital.
  • Workforce Training Fund Program Information Session on Wednesday, June 20th from 8:30-10:30 a.m. in the Federal Building. Commonwealth Corporation provided an overview of grant options and presented content on the Workforce Training Fund
  • Group Leader Training at Mack Technologies in Westford. Training included Supervisor & Manager Challenges and Strategies for Success.
  • Personal Protection/Active Shooter training for Wingate at Belvidere in Lowell and the Northeast Independent Living Program in Lawrence.
  • Certified Quality Technician (CQT) exams for eleven students that completed Quality Training Program through the Massachusetts Advanced Manufacturing TechHire Consortium.
  • Preventing Harassment and Discrimination in the Workplace training for Hearthstone Alzheimer Care, LTD in Marlborough.

Corporate Education and Training was represented at the The Work+Edu Conference in Boston. The conference brought together leaders in secondary/post-secondary education and employers in the fastest growing industries in the region-healthcare, technology, advanced manufacturing.

Homeland Security

The MCC Law Center works in cooperation with and is funded by the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office and the Massachusetts Office of Public Collaboration.

Atty. Terry Downes, Executive Director of the Program on Homeland Security, continues his work as a frequent news analyst, most recently appearing on WBZ Radio’s Weekend Live broadcast on June 2 and again on July 7, providing analysis and discussion of terror attacks around the world and at home in the U.S., and responding to listener inquiries on a range of issues.

On June 2, the broadcast covered recent school shootings around the U.S.; the increase in Jihadi terror attacks in Muslim countries during Ramadan; and the May 22 terror attack in Liege, Belgium, involving the ambush and murder two female police officers in broad daylight, the murder of a student-teacher, and the taking of 2 women as hostages in a nearby high school.

On July 7, discussion centered on the Annapolis, MD newspaper shootings; the Novichuk poisoning cases in the United Kingdom; the reported death of Abu Bakra al-Baghdadi’s son in Syria; and updates on the Syrian Civil War and the resurgence of the Taliban in Afghanistan.


Office of Professional Development

OER Update

Middlesex continues its work on promoting open educational resources for students. Faculty and staff attended the recent Northeast OER Summit which was held in June at UMass Amherst. Faculty development work is ongoing with over a dozen faculty working to develop OER courses and resources to support our collegewide OER initiative. In addition, Middlesex played a key role in bringing about the creation of an online OER repository specifically for community colleges in Massachusetts.


Finance

Purchasing

Finance Department Banner 9 Training Update

In late May and early June, the Finance department conducted training sessions that highlighted the changes with the upgrade to Banner 9. The team included Maureen Hudson, Kathy Rich, Karen Kurps, Jackson Chege, Christina Kelley and the IT department. We would like to recognize Maureen Hudson for all her efforts in training the Banner Finance users. In total, we offered 8 sessions in 4 weeks and Maureen trained over 60 buyers and over 30 approvers.  She went above and beyond researching the changes in Banner 9 to ensure a smooth transition for the end users. We appreciate all Maureen’s hard work to make the Banner 9 upgrade successful for staff.  Thank you Maureen and the team for all their support! The Finance department is processing the last minor edits to the training manual, which will be posted to the purchasing website in the next few weeks.


 

May 2018

Updates from the President

MCC’s mission of access to an affordable education for a diverse community means that we keep the door open for all who want to change their lives through education. At this time of the year, we see the results of our work, and are privileged to witness the success of our students as they complete their semester, and as many prepare to graduate.

Keeping the door wide open has become ever more challenging as state funding is tight and the fiscal needs of our students continues to rise. Who would have anticipated that in this era of significant economic gains that many of our students struggle with food and housing insecurity? In response, the college has established food pantries on both campuses and has stepped up awareness of the $1.1 million Student Success Fund.

At this college I see professionals — faculty and staff — who do everything they can to help our students rise to the level of expectations we hold for them. They do everything they can to promote student connection and learning. Over and over again I hear from students who praise our faculty and staff, not only for their knowledge, but also for their compassion. It’s not hard to get a student talking about someone at MCC who has made a difference by inspiring them, helping them transcend their challenges, and encouraging them to stay on the path to success.

I often say we keep the door open because we do not know who is walking through. “Exhibit A” for this philosophy visited my home just a couple weeks ago. This young man was 26 when he walked onto the campus where I was working. Two years later, he was turning down an offer from my alma mater, Columbia University, in favor of another school with a stronger robotics program. He earned his BS in two years and now five years later he has a Ph.D. from one of the top five programs in the country.  He recently stopped by for a visit on his way to start a post-doc at Boston University.

Who knew? Who knew that in nine years he would go from a job in the food services industry, to publishing five papers and fielding multiple job offers. This is why we keep the door of opportunity open, because we don’t know who is going to walk through it. And we believe everyone should have a fair chance to reach their full potential. I believe in the mission of open access, and am proud to serve a diverse group of students who want to change their lives. At Commencement, I feel privileged to witness a joyous part in these students’ journey through our doors and onto a bright future.

Thank you for all you do to support this dream for our students.

All the best,
Jim Mabry


Upcoming Events


MCC in the News


Current Grant Initiatives

AANAPISI Grant Update

Multicultural Achievement Peer Program (MAPP)

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On March 11, the Multicultural Achievement Peer Program (MAPP) hosted its end-of-year celebration at the Asian American Connections Center in Lowell. MAPP provides MCC students a unique opportunity for social and educational support, as well as guidance from their mentors, to ensure a smooth and positive transfer experience to UMass Lowell. This year’s pilot program matched 10 MCC student mentees with 10 UML mentors according to their academic program.

During the celebration, participants had the opportunity to network over lunch and received certificates of completion, T-shirts, and other prizes. We hope to continue the MAPP mentorship program next year with a new cohort of mentees and mentors.

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MCC 360 Update

mcc_360_fin_color The MCC 360 team is moving ahead steadily with our project. Here are a few developments:

After introducing Navigate — the integrated planning and advising system (IPAS) — at the last FSA meeting, we will be following up with super-user training in the summer, where select faculty and staff will be trained on the new IPAS tool. These faculty and staff will serve as resource people for their areas, as training on Navigate is extended to the wider college community.

We have begun work this month on our online orientation initiative and will continue until the May 2019 launch date.

We are moving ahead with the implementation of our data warehouse to support analytics, and will be hiring a full-time data analytics officer to help facilitate this work.

Finally, in the fall, there is an opportunity for select full- and part-time faculty to participate in the ACUE Course on Effective Teaching Practices — an online educational resource that is nationally recognized for promoting best practices in teaching.


Academic Divisions

Arts, Humanities & World Languages

Music Department

MCC_OrlandoCelaMCC faculty member Orlando Cela had a successful season as the music director of the Arlington Philharmonic Orchestra. He was recently honored as a finalist for The American Prize in Orchestral Programming/community division. This prize recognizes and rewards the best achievement in the unique field of orchestral programming, where the selection of repertoire by knowledgeable, creative and courageous music directors builds orchestras and audiences, educates young people and adults, and enriches the community.

Music Outreach Program

RaleyBeggsOutreachOn May 4, MCC faculty member Raley Beggs gave a guitar recital, featuring both classical and popular selections, for students at Bedford High School. The students loved the performance and want him to return next year.

‘Poetry through Music’ Concert

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On April 20, MCC faculty members Orlando Cela, flute; and Carmen Rodriguez-Peralta, piano; were joined by Carley DeFranco, soprano; for a performance of music inspired by poetry. The featured poet was Robert Pinsky, and four MCC faculty composers – Richard Chowenhill, David Janssen, Pamela Marshall and Aaron Rosenberg – wrote pieces based on his poetry. This concert formed part of  the La Guagua Poetry Festival and was very well received. Pinsky kindly wrote to the performers and composers: “I’m grateful for the imagination and musicianship you all contributed. For me, a memorable occasion.”

Student News:
Dual-enrollment student Sarah Kiel, who has taken many music courses and has performed in two student recitals, was accepted to Longy School of Music of Bard College as a violin performance major. She will begin her studies there in the fall.


Business, Education & Public Service

Business

MCC Entrepreneurship Students are a Success

 

For “Intro to Entrepreneurship” (BUS 130) class students, the semester was focused on actively going through the entrepreneurial process, from idea generation and opportunity evaluation, to planning and launch of a business. Students took part in a 2-week competition to get the most sales. During that competition, students voted on a nonprofit organization to donate all their net profit. This semester’s nonprofit donation is going to the Boys & Girls Club of Lowell. Student businesses included T-shirts, face scrub, food, wallets, audio files, shoe cleaning, decorative pillows, and a painting service.

Congratulations to all the students who worked so hard!
Lowell Night Class Net Profit: $774
Bedford Day Class Net Profit: $1,346
TOTAL: $2,120

Students also pitched at the MCC Shark Tank. Each class pitched their business, the work they did, and results to three guest judges. Learn more about the winners and student businesses here: https://ideacentermcc.wordpress.com/

Everyday Entrepreneurs Venture Fund (EEVF)

MCC_EEVF_Award-777x437MCC has received a $250,000 grant from the Everyday Entrepreneurs Venture Fund (EEVF). The EEVF grant will be used to help student entrepreneurs start or grow a small business, including one year of concentrated business mentoring to ensure rapid success. Learn more here: www.launchatmcc.com

DifferenceMaker@MCC

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Last fall, we launched a new partnership with UML to provide DifferenceMaker@MCC Idea Challenge programming. This pitch contest is for students from all disciplines. Last fall, the first place winner from our Idea Challenge was eligible to compete in the UML Spring Idea Challenge. Ten student teams pitched their innovative ideas to a panel of judges. Eleven teams in total received a portion of $50,000 in prizes.

The MCC team did an amazing job! Congratulations to ClassRoots for winning the Significant Social Impact award of $4,500!!!

“A peer learning platform that aims to bring classmates together in order to make friends and utilize each other as tools for academic success.”

MCC student Kevin Seery is graduating this semester and will be attending UMass Lowell in the fall. This summer, Kevin will be at the university going through the DifferenceMaker Boot Camp for ClassRoots.


Hospitality and Culinary Arts

On May 17th, our Culinary Arts students participated in the Grand Opening of the UTEC Hub for Social Innovation and its Commercial Kitchen. Under the instruction of Chef Jim Giordano, students prepared crepes for the event’s guests, and also served baked good prepared by the “Bakery and Pastry” class. Gov. Charlie Baker tried some of their treats and gave them an “A”!


Nursing & Allied Health

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Under the direction of faculty Tina Cormio, Nursing students gave a presentation to the members of the Office of Elder Affairs and Mystic Valley Elder Services. The presentation included the value of the experience of working with independent elders in the community setting, and the insights students gained from the experience.


Enrollment

Admissions

The Office of Admissions and Recruitment had another busy period of recruitment activities. We have been expanding our high school programming and initiatives, engaging students in various settings and via multiple touch points in an effort to attract more students despite the decline of the overall high school population.

As we encourage current Middlesex students to register before they leave campus for the summer, we are applying the same principle with select high schools. We took the MCC fall registration process directly into Dracut and Lowell high schools this past month. This effort, coordinated by Jeff Tejada, allowed us to register more than 70 students onsite at these high schools. We also registered six students from the Lowell Middlesex Charter School in the Lowell Admissions office.

By building these early connections, it is our intention to increase new-student enrollment and engage students earlier in the process. Both the students and the leadership within the high schools were very pleased with this initiative, with Dracut High School even tweeting about their event.

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We also held three On the Spot Admissions events this past month at Methuen, Medford, and Nashua high schools. We attended college fairs at Greater Lowell Technical High School, Lowell High School, Tewksbury High School and UTEC, and Career Day at Woburn High School. We continued with our high school and home-school visits at Lexington, Lawrence, Methuen and the Voyagers home-school organization in Chelmsford.

Kristie Faletra was invited to participate in a panel discussion at Westford Academy for this year’s junior class, to prepare them for the variety of college options they have. Other panel participants were Holy Cross, UMass Amherst, Northeastern University, and Westfield State.

Jason Reynolds visited Nashoba Valley Technical High School twice, once to promote our new Precision Machining program, and another time to hold a Dual Enrollment orientation.

We will be welcoming our Reserved Placement Program (RPP) students for an orientation and welcome on Thursday, June 14. These are students referred to us from UMass Lowell who have the unique opportunity to attend Middlesex while at the same time immersing themselves in all aspects of the UML experience – including the option to live on campus at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center. We admit these student into the Commonwealth Honors Program and develop a personalized honors experience for them. Although students in good standing are automatically accepted into UML for the January semester, many of our previous RPP students have found MCC to be such a good fit for them that they have remained with us longer!


Enrollment Management

Enrollment Management Center (EMC)

The EMC has three employee graduations to celebrate in 2018: Congratulations to Fay Hourihan, Chantelle Maldonado and Justine Marsella!

Fay Hourihan is graduating with her Master’s degree in Management with an Organizational Leadership Concentration from Cambridge College in August of 2018.  Fay enjoys working within higher rducation and hopes to use her degree as she furthers her career with a focus on student services.

13091F6D-8EF7-48B5-8B68-CC0B4DA39F38Chantelle Maldonado will be graduating from Middlesex on May 24. She has worked for MCC since July of 2013, and will be earning her AA  degree in Medical Assisting. Chantelle enjoys helping others and wants to make a positive difference in people’s lives. She has a goal of working in a doctor’s office.

5F4B7674-8636-4CBC-A3FA-D4C8022D240DJustine Marsella graduated with a Master’s of Science in School Counseling from Fitchburg State College on May 17th, 2018. Justine has worked at MCC for the past five years.  Her interests and goals include working as an academic advisor in a college setting or as a high school guidance counselor.

Key Registration Summer Dates
Quick Start
Last Day to Drop May 22
DN Grades Due May 24
Last Day to Withdraw June 5
Final Grades Due June 13

Session 1
Last Day to Drop June 4
DN Grades Due June 4
Last Day to Withdraw June 21
Final Grades Due July 3

Session 2
Last Day to Drop July 13
DN Grades Due July 16
Last Day to Withdraw August 1
Final Grades Due August 13

Session 3
Last Day to Drop June 12
DN Grades Due June 16
Last Day to Withdraw July 19
Final Grades Due August 3

Session 4
Last Day to Drop June 26
DN Grades Due June 30
Last Day to Withdraw August 2
Final Grades Due August 17

Graduation
Diploma Pick-Up June 22


Institutional Advancement

Marketing Communications

Profiles Magazine

sp18_profileThe Spring 2018 edition of Profiles magazine has hit the streets! In this issue, we explore how the college facilitates “Learning in the Digital Age” by interviewing Matthew Olson, Dean of Social Science, Interdisciplinary Studies & Online/Weekend Education. We also spotlight four faculty who teach online, and four students who enjoy learning online. We explore OERs (Open Educational Resources), as well as the successful incorporation of iPads into “English Composition” courses.

Also featured are profiles of Dean of Students Pam Flaherty, exceptional student Stephanie Valdes, and Gail Tuzzolo, our 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award Winner (and Commencement Speaker). Read Profiles on campus and online: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/Profiles/default.aspx

#MCCShoutOut Video

mcc_shoutout_900x900_open - Jennifer AradhyaMCC’s Marketing Communications team would like to thank the 90+ students who participated in the #MCCShoutOut Video Celebration. Students were filmed at the Commencement Fairs and Spring Fling giving shout-outs to their favorite faculty and staff. You can check out the finished video on MCC’s YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BI7hp1MeQfs

Send Us Your Stories!
MCC_MasuzyoMhango_1Don’t forget: Marketing Communications is always looking for good stories about our outstanding Middlesex programs and students. The Lowell Sun recently ran a nice story about Engineering student Masuzyo Mhango, who found success at MCC after moving to the U.S. from Botswana: http://www.lowellsun.com/ci_31823613/

We know there are plenty more great student stories out there. So, please email your student-story ideas to: Marketing@middlesex.mass.edu


Adult Learning Center

baystate 006 croppedThe Adult Learning Center (ALC) on the Bedford campus is pleased to announce that the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has renewed ALC funding for a new five-year cycle.  Since it opened in 1996, the ALC has served hundreds of adult learners with classes and support for basic skills, GED/HiSET preparation, as well as the transition to college and the workforce.  A number of students who attend the ALC continue on to MCC credit programs. The new grant award will allow the ALC to expand its successful services to a satellite location at Waltham High School, as well as continue the programming on the Bedford campus.

Pictured above are several ALC students adding donations to one of the two Textile Recycling boxes located on the Bedford campus. The ALC sends a big THANK YOU to all of the students, faculty and staff who have already begun to reduce waste and protect the environment while simultaneously cleaning out their closets! Proceeds from these donations help support future MCC students who are currently studying at the Adult Learning Center. Almost all textiles can be reused or recycled, including clothing, socks, shoes, pocketbooks, stuffed animals, drapes, rugs or anything else with a fabric base. Please spread the word at the college and in your local communities to utilize these bins and support our students through this green initiative.


College Advancement

MCC Alumni Association Meat Raffle

Thank you to everyone who attended the MCC Alumni Association’s Meat Raffle on May 11 at the Tewksbury Knights of Columbus.  It was a fun, fast-paced event attended by several faculty staff members, and MCC alums. The event raised $1,100 for the Middlesex Fund for Student Scholarships.  For event photos, go to: www.facebook.com/middlesexccalumni

Thank you to the following faculty and staff members and campus departments who donated wonderful themed raffle baskets to the event:

  • Melissa Chandonnet and the MCC Jumpstart Office
  • Maria Cunha
  • Sheri Denk ’90 and the MCC Civic Engagement Office
  • Maria Gonzalez ’91
  • Susan Lavallee ’88 and the MCC Nursing Department
  • Amy Lee, Dennis Malvers and the Department of College Advancement
  • MCC Library Department
  • MCC TRIO Department

AmazonSmile

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Make your online Amazon purchases through AmazonSmile everytime you shop online! AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets you enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices,and convenient shopping features as on Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the eligible charitable organization of your choice. Visit https://smile.amazon.com/ch/04-2973384 , Select Middlesex Community College, Foundation, Inc. At no extra cost to you, you will be supporting The Middlesex Fund!

MCC Celebrity Forum 2018

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Discounted Tickets are still Available to Faculty, Staff and Students for the MCC Celebrity Forum 2018/20th Anniversary!

The 20th annual Middlesex Community College Celebrity Forum will feature actress, children’s-book author and philanthropist Jamie Lee Curtis, at 8 p.m. Friday, June 8, in the Lowell Memorial Auditorium. Jamie Lee Curtis will be interviewed by Emmy-award winning Susan Wornick.

SPECIAL 20th Anniversary Offer to MCC Faculty, Staff and Students: As an MCC faculty, staff member or student, you have the opportunity to purchase tickets (maximum of 4 tickets) at a discounted price of $20 (a $39 value).

Please contact Barbara Maglio at (978) 656-3417 or at magliob@middlesex.mass.edu to make arrangements to purchase your discounted tickets. Payment must be made by check only.  Check should be made payable to the MCC Foundation.


Community Education and Training

Community Education is pleased to announce that they received recognition from the Society of HR Management as a 2017 ‘Top 5’ educational provider for the Essentials of HR Management program.

The 15-hour “Essentials of HR” course is a professional-development intro class targeted for anyone new to HR, anyone who has HR as part of their job, or those that want to learn more about the HR function. Curriculum includes Employment Law, Talent Hiring, Performance Management, Learning and Development, Compensation and Benefits. July session enrollment is open!

Community Education began its summer session with the following classes starting the week of May 21/28: Nurse Assistant/HHA; MS Excel; TEAS Exam Prep; MTEL Exam Prep; Business Computer Applications; Equipment Calibration.

Four students successfully completed our 120-hour Technical Writing Certificate program, May 2018.


Corporate Education and Training

Corporate Education and Training delivered or will be delivering:

  • Project Management Training at Monogram Gourmet Foods in Wilmington.
  • Effective Business Writing training at Lantheus Medical Imaging, Inc. in North Billerica.
  • Presentation Skills course for the Massachusetts Association of Accessing Officers (MAAO) at the NRAAO Annual Conference in Quincy.
  • Six Sigma training at Pace Industries in North Billerica.
  • Time and Priority Management, Influence, Embracing Change, and Managing Conflict training sessions at Flir Systems, Inc. in North Billerica.
  • 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.
  • Wellforce Recruiting & Interviewing training for Lowell General Hospital at the Main Campus.
  • Group Leader Training at Mack Technologies in Westford. Training will include Effective Conflict Management Practices and Supervisor & Manager Challenges and Strategies for Success.
  • Conducted a Workforce Training Fund Program Information Session on Wednesday, May 9th from 8:30am—10:30am in the Trustees’ House. Kristen Rayne from the Commonwealth Corporation provided an overview of grant options and presented content on the Workforce Training Fund.
  • Collaborating with the Early Childhood Education Department to offer Developmental Disabilities at the Lowell campus through the Region 3 Professional Partnership Grant.

Homeland Security

House of Worship Safety Training at MCC-Bedford

The MCC Program on Homeland Security, in partnership with Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan, hosted a House of Worship Safety Training on April 23 on the Bedford campus for approximately 130 faith leaders, volunteers and staff members of religious institutions representing 67 faith communities, on ways they can protect their places of worship.

Recognizing that acts of violence and targeted threats aimed at religious institutions and places of worship are designed to instill fear in congregants, D.A. Ryan stressed the importance of preparedness for staff and volunteers to take precautions to avert tragedy.

“Houses of worship are places where everyone should expect to feel safe from intimidation and violence,” said Ryan. “Unfortunately, we have seen acts intended to threaten and harm religious leaders and congregants of these sacred institutions and with it a tremendous growth of people across all types of workplaces coming to us looking to get educated. These trainings highlight the importance of collaboration between law enforcement and community leaders. I thank our speakers and attendees for engaging in this meaningful dialogue about the unique challenges faith leaders encounter when working to create a balance between security and maintaining a welcoming environment.”

“MCC is delighted to co-host this forum”, said Atty. Terry Downes, Executive Director of the Program on Homeland Security. “We thank the Boston and Merrimack Valley Christian, Jewish and Muslim clergy and administrators, private schools, and police officials from around the region, who have gathered to examine this thorny issue confronting religious congregations. How does a faith community provide for the safety of its congregants and activities while preserving the open and welcoming atmosphere that is the hallmark of their operating philosophies? Providing a safe, convenient and comfortable venue for the discussion of important and sometimes delicate issues is central to the mission of the Homeland Security Program.”

The conference provided attendees with information on preparing themselves for an active threat or emergency event. These tips included:

  • Build relationships with law enforcement; invite them to your building so they can have knowledge of the floorplan in the event of an emergency.
  • Identify a safe space off site in case of an emergency. Contact a neighboring business or organization that has a space that can serve as an emergency shelter.
  • Have an emergency trauma kit on site that includes tourniquets and other first aid equipment.
  • Establish a communication plan to notify both internal and external stakeholders in case of an emergency.

Speakers also discussed the warning signs of violent behavior, active shooter and improvised explosive device (IED) threats and other emergency operations planning.

Featured speakers included Major Scott Range of the Massachusetts State Police Fusion Center, Lieutenant Glen Mills and Sergeant Timothy McDonough of the Burlington Police Department, and Lowell Fire Department Chief Jeffrey Winward.

 

April 2018

Updates from the President

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President Mabry joins MCC 1st Generation Celebration on April 12.

Wherever I go, I am a constant advocate for our students and Middlesex. I believe deeply in the mission of community colleges and know that at MCC we are working together to change lives every day. In the communities we serve, I am an informal, but intentional, advocate and I never fail to laud the transformational efforts by our dedicated faculty and staff.

As I visit with members of the community, I keep a collection of student stories in my pocket, along with a bevy of facts and figures, and community-college trends. Our students’ stories really tug at people’s hearts, while the facts sink into their brains. I often share  how our students have gone on to Columbia and Princeton, or have made it one class or one semester further than they ever thought possible. I promote programs like MassTransfer and the Commonwealth Commitment that start at MCC and lead straight to one of our great public universities, like UMass Lowell.

This year, as Chairman of the Legislative Affairs Committee of the Council of Presidents, I have engaged in advocacy at the State House. In Boston, we are seeking support for additional funding to support our mission of access and excellence. This year, we have chosen to advocate for a number of budget items that would bring additional funding to the colleges and help us help our students.

DaBjoJwWsAEwJJKOne encouraging sign was Gov. Charlie Baker’s inclusion of an additional $7.1 million for the MassGrant program that provides need-based scholarships. We are now working to see that all of this additional funding is allocated for community college students. We are continuing to meet with legislative leaders and other legislators who have filed additional budget amendments. It is always a long process, but we will keep pushing.

Every day, I am fortunate to represent the college in the community, and try to speak every chance I get with honesty and passion about the great work we do at Middlesex. We need to build support for our mission and our students, who deserve nothing but a fair chance to transform their lives through education. Keep up the good work and I will continue to fight the good fight.

All the best.

– Jim Mabry


Upcoming Events

  • April 26, 2018 — Board of Trustees Meeting, 7:30 – 9:30 a.m., Lowell Campus – Federal Building Courtroom
  • May 2, 2018 — MCC Sports Recognition Night, 5:30 p.m., Bedford Campus Center
  • May 4, 2018 — 29 Who Shine Event, 2:00 p.m., State House Great Hall
  • May 22, 2018 — Nurses Pinning Ceremony, 4:00 p.m., Lowell Memorial Auditorium
  • May 22, 2018 — Evening of Excellence, 6:30 p.m., Lowell Memorial Auditorium
  • May 24, 2018 — Trustees Meeting, 8:00 a.m., Cowan Center Room 302
  • May 24, 2018 — Commencement Ceremonies, 10:00 a.m., Lowell Memorial Auditorium

MCC in the News


Current Grant Initiatives

AANAPISI Grant Update

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This month, the Program for Asian American Student Advancement (PAASA) has been celebrating Asian American Heritage Month at MCC. Throughout the month of April, PAASA has been highlighting the diversity of the Asian American population here by asking students to self-identify their ethnicity and taking a picture. Students, faculty, and staff from Cambodia, China, and many other countries proudly had their pictures taken on both campuses.

In addition, we have hosted several events throughout the month, including an Opening Event where students learned about the Japanese Internment. At the end of the month, students volunteered at the local Lowell Khmer New Year Festival in Clemente Park. Thank you to everyone who has participated and we look forward to celebrating next year!


MCC 360 Update

mcc_360_fin_colorConstruction of the test site for EAB Navigate/Campus tools is under way. Training for select staff and faculty will begin in late April and early May. These training sessions will be conducted in the test environment. The MCC EAB team will be making adjustments to the data before we go live. A month-by-month training plan for the wider college community has been prepared. However, it is subject to change until we have a solid production environment for students, faculty and staff. There will be a 10 minute presentation at the May FSA meeting where Bryant Wint, Jillian Freitas-Haley, and Peter Shea will discuss the roll out of EAB Navigate/Campus to the MCC community.


Academic Affairs

Library Services

helm_logo_ Color aiAs you have heard, over the next two months we will be in the process of transitioning to our new library network – HELM. We will join six other libraries that will bring a number of new services to our college focusing on the needs of our campuses and sharing a common catalog.

The founding HELM members are:

• Holyoke Community College
• Massachusetts Bay Community College
• Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
• Middlesex Community College
• North Shore Community College
• Quinsigamond Community College
• Roxbury Community College

As part of this process, we want to remind you that it is important to return all materials borrowed from other libraries by their due dates. Also, be aware that April 20 was the last day to place a hold on materials from the NOBLE libraries, but we can still get the items you are looking for from other libraries. Beginning next week, if you need materials that are not in our collections, please contact a librarian about placing an interlibrary loan request on your behalf.

We plan to go live on our new system in June, when you will once again have the ability to place requests to other HELM libraries, as well as through the Commonwealth Catalog, a statewide library resource. If you have any questions about this, don’t hesitate to ask a librarian!


Academic Divisions

Arts, Humanities & World Languages

Music Department

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MCC faculty member and soprano Anna Ward is currently singing in a production of “Here All Night: The Sound of Beckett” in Dublin, Ireland. The Boston Globe called their recent performance in MA “an eerily beautiful and hypnotic marriage of text, music and song.”

Outreach Program:
On April 4, MCC guitar students of Raley Beggs and voice students of Anna Ward performed a recital for the UMass Lowell organization Lira, a group of retired people interested in the arts. The audience members were very appreciative and requested that we offer these recitals for them every semester.

Upcoming Student Recital:
Monday, May 7, at 12:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall of the Bedford campus. Student instrumentalists and singers will perform, and compositions by music technology students will be featured.

Watch This Space…
… for a future report on the musical component of the La Guagua IDS Weekend! Original compositions by MCC Music faculty inspired by former US Poet Laureate, Robert Pinksy!


Business, Education & Public Service

Fashion Merchandising

 

Fashion students started the month off with a learning experience at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston with Professor Ashli Ree. They worked in small groups to find artwork which best represent the image of various businesses.

DXL, a menswear company with its headquarters in Canton, MA, invited faculty and students to discuss different internship and career opportunities available for the students, and tips on how to prepare for them. Students met professionals from many departments and they shared their own career paths. Students also visited the New England Apparel Club, where they interviewed buyers and exhibitors in a wholesale show.

Fashion students participated in the Multicultural Career Institute, where they presented information on how students should dress for an interview. The students wore interview clothes, explained their choices, and spoke about their personal interview experiences.


Hospitality and Culinary Arts

 

On April 10th, Kim Morrissey hosted a career panel for Hospitality and Culinary Arts students. Guest speakers included managers from the UML Inn & Conference Center, the Inn at Hastings Park, Stones Hospitality Group, the Verve Hotel, Webber Restaurant Group, AAA Travel, SwissBakers and the Greater Merrimack Valley Visitors & Convention Bureau. Students heard great career advice from the panel, were able to ask questions, and had the chance to network with them to find summer jobs and internships.


Communications

Bedford Police Chief Robert Bongiorno, an MCC graduate, appeared at Rick Pozniak’s “Introduction to Crisis Communications” class in April. He discussed a white paper that Pozniak and his students prepared on the image and reputation crisis impacting policing in America, along with student recommendations on turning around this reputation crisis. Copies of the report are being sent to police chiefs in the region.


Nursing & Allied Health Division

Several programs in the Nursing & Allied Health Division have been the grateful recipients of donated equipment to help enrich the students learning experience:

  • The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program recently received a donated Vascular Ultrasound machine from Beth Israel Hospital. In addition, Park Vascular Systems donated and installed a hard drive in the machine, so it would be operational for  students to use. Beth Israel also donated 13 ultrasound transducers that are compatible with the existing ultrasound machines in the lab.
  • The Dental Hygiene Program received a Digital Panorex machine for the Dental Hygiene Clinic, donated by a member of their Advisory Board, Dr. J. Steven Tonelli.
  • The Dental Laboratory Technology Program is receiving a Roland Dental Milling Machine from Henry Schein.

These donations are greatly appreciated not only for the very useful equipment, but for the support of our programs from our community partners!

Two faculty in the Nursing & Allied Health Division presented at the Teaching, Learning and Student Development Conference at Berkshire Community College on April 6th. Suzanne McHale & Christine Laviolette led the session “Is Competency-Based Learning Right For You” that was well received.


Student Affairs

Academic Centers for Enrichment (ACE)

fullsizeoutput_1e9d.jpegMichael Bertini joined Middlesex as a Learning Specialist supporting ACE Peer Tutors in Accounting, Business & Economics in March. Mike has a bachelors’ degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Mechanical Engineering. He also holds an MS in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and an M.S. in International Economics and Finance from Brandeis University. Mike currently works as a professional tutor at Lexington Tutors, and has taught Financial Economics at Brandeis University. We are very excited Mike has joined the Academic Centers for Enrichment (ACE) team! Please join us in welcoming Mike to MCC.


Enrollment

Admissions

The last month has been an extremely busy one in Admissions.

  • The Spring Lowell Open House, which has traditionally been held on a Saturday morning, was scheduled for the evening of March 27. This change generated a great deal of additional interest and attendees, and we will more than likely schedule future Lowell Open Houses in the evening.
  • The Bedford Spring Open House will be on Tuesday, April 24, with our Admitted Students Reception opening the festivities at 4:00 p.m.. We want to extend our sincere thanks to all of the members of the campus community who volunteer their time and service to make these recruiting events successful. Students (and parents) are always eager to meet the individuals who will play a significant role in their success at Middlesex.
  • On Thursday, April 19, we hosted Lawrence High School and the Middlesex Charter School for a Pathway to Success Day, held on the Bedford campus. Once again, with help from several of our students and the campus community, first-generation students were able to experience a day in the life of a Middlesex student. Students participated in campus tours, advising, and financial-aid presentations. They also met with the staffs of the Center for Leadership & Engagement, and the Academic Centers for Enrichment to learn how to develop strategies for success in college. They also had the opportunity to meet and ask questions of a panel comprised of our best “advertisers” — our current students and alumni. And of course there was an ample supply of pizza!
  • Jeff Tejada and Jillian Freitas-Haley presented “Recruitment Reimagined – Strategies for Engaging a Diverse Student Population” at the TSLD conference held at Berkshire Community College in early April. Due to the decline of the overall high school population, targeted recruitment strategies specifically designed to meet the needs of non-traditional students have been introduced, most notably the Pathway Day event referred to above. They shared what we are doing at MCC, such as expanding our high school programming and initiatives, engaging students in various settings and via multiple touch points, enhancing the understanding of the student enrollment process, and empowering students to take action.
  • We are also doing more onsite programming at the high schools, bringing Middlesex Community College directly to the student. While we have always had high school visits, we are concentrating on holding more On the Spot Admissions Days, conducting college placement testing at the high schools, and scheduling on-site registration at select schools. By building these early connections, students can be successful from day one because we have helped them navigate the enrollment process.
  • During this extremely busy month we also participated in numerous high school and community fairs and visits, career fairs, both in the high schools and in career centers, On the Spot admission events, and onsite placement testing.

Enrollment Management

NEW! Multiple Measure Information in Degree Works

Degree Works has been updated to provide additional student information to faculty and staff pertaining to the new course placement options. The following information now appears in Degree Works:
• High School GPA
• High School Graduation Date
• SAT Score – indicates verbal and total student SAT scores, when provided
• English Level – indicates if a student is eligible for college-level English courses
• Math level – indicates if a student is eligible for college-level mathematics courses
• Commonwealth Honors – indicates if a student is eligible for First-Term Honors placement

When looking at maximum placements in Degree Works, please note that if a student has an ENG 999 and RD9 999, he/she is exempt from taking the English Accuplacer tests; if a student has a MAT 999, he/she is exempt from taking the Math Accuplacer tests.

Congratulations

AbbieTakvorianAbbie Takvorian, a long-time member of the Bedford Student Information Center team, will be graduating on May 12th with her Master’s in Science degree in Higher Education Administration from Southern New Hampshire University. An extremely dedicated and hard-working mother of three, Abbie completed the program in two years – often doubling up on courses.
Congratulations to Abbie for this outstanding achievement!

Summer 2018 Registration
Summer sessions are fast approaching. Over 13,000 summer postcards were mailed the week of April 16 to support the promotion of Quick Start and MCC’s four summer sessions.

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/sumsess2018.pdf

Spring 2018 Student Evaluations

It is time to administer student evaluations for the Spring 2018 semester. Evaluations will be available beginning Monday, April 23.  Emails were sent to faculty with the evaluation pick-up locations. All student evaluations should be returned no later than May 18, so results can be processed in June.

Graduation 2018

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

Applications can be completed:
• Online ( https://middlenet.middlesex.mass.edu/pls/prod/bwskgrad.p_disp_gradapp
• Paper (https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/studentinformationcenter/downloads/gradapp.pdf

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.


Institutional Advancement

Marketing Communications

PARTICIPATE IN MCC’S MEDIA PREFERENCES SURVEY

Middlesex Community College is conducting an online survey to help improve the college’s marketing efforts.

As the community’s college, MCC is always seeking ways to improve our communication efforts. Whether you are coming to Middlesex directly from high school, enhancing your on-the-job skills, or returning to school after many years, we want to know how to serve you better.

Please take this short, 5 minute online survey and tell us about how you use the media and spend your time. To complete the survey, visit: www.middlesex.mass.edu/survey

New Social Media Coordinator/Writer

170621C-WARING-0117 - Jennifer AradhyaMarketing Communications is pleased to welcome Ron Campbell, our new Social Media Coordinator/Writer. He will be managing our social media channels, creating copy for clients across campus, and sharing college news with media outlets. Ron previously worked as Communications Manager for the Waring School in Beverly, and as Social Media Coordinator for the MA Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs. He holds a BS in Communications & Journalism from Suffolk University. Welcome Ron, we’re happy to have you on our Marketing Communications team!

Student Focus Groups

400-07212233d.jpgThe Office of Marketing Communications is in the process of conducting a series of Student Engagement Focus Groups. The focus groups are collaborative in nature, with student participants sharing what path brought them to MCC, what they like best about the college, and what their future plans are.

To date, student feedback has been gathered from more than 30 student participants. Three discussion sessions have been held thus far, and another two are scheduled for late April, early May.

This valuable student feedback is will be used to shape MCC’s next college marketing campaign.

Educational Advertising Awards

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More than 2,250 entries were received from more than 1,000 colleges, universities and secondary schools from all 50 states and several foreign countries. Agencies representing educational organizations were also eligible.

MCC won Silver and Merit awards in the Publication/External (for PROFILES magazine) and Class Schedules (Spring 2018) categories.

For details: http://educationaladvertisingawards.com/​

Community College Daily Article: Six ways to promote pathways to student success
Screen Shot 2018-04-24 at 11.28.41 AMDean of Marketing Communications Jennifer Aradhya was asked by the American Association of Community Colleges to write an article on “Promoting Pathways to Student Success” after presenting on the topic at an NCMPR (National Council for Marketing & Public Relations) conference last spring.

The article: http://www.ccdaily.com/2018/04/six-ways-promote-pathways-student-success/


Advancement

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Special Offer to the MCC Faculty and Staff
MCC Celebrity Forum 2018/20th Anniversary, An Evening with Jamie Lee Curtis

The 20th anniversary Middlesex Community College Celebrity Forum will feature Jamie Lee Curtis, actress, children’s-book author, and philanthropist on Friday, June 8, at 8pm at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium. www.middlesex.mass.edu/cf18

SPECIAL 20th Anniversary Offer to MCC Faculty and Staff:
As an MCC faculty or staff member, you have the opportunity to purchase tickets (maximum of 4 tickets) at a discounted price of $20 (a $39 value). A limited number of tickets is available for purchase at this price so please plan to buy them early!

Please contact Barbara Maglio at 978-656-3417 or at magliob@middlesex.mass.edu to make arrangements to purchase your discounted tickets.

• A maximum of 4 tickets may be purchased at the discounted price
• Payment must be made by check only. Check should be made payable to the MCC Foundation.

For all other ticket sales, please go to http://www.middlesex.mass.edu/cf18 or http://www.lowellauditorium.com or call 866-722-8881. Tickets are priced at $29, $39, and $49.

Also available are Celebrity Forum sponsor packages, which begin at $1,000 and include a photo with Jamie Lee Curtis, private reception and dinner, and table seating on the floor of the auditorium. Please call Dennis Malvers, Dean of College Advancement, at 978-656-3027 or email him at malversd@middlesex.mass.edu for more information. Proceeds from Celebrity Forum support scholarships for Middlesex students.

MCC Alumni Association Meat Raffle – Friday, May 11, 7-10 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)

Join the MCC Alumni Association for a Meat Raffle Fundraiser to support MCC Middlesex Fund for Student Scholarships: Tewksbury Knights of Columbus, 2068 Main Street, Tewksbury

What is a Meat Raffle?
It is like playing BINGO, except prizes are food items (MEAT) and some cash prizes.
Instead of bingo cards, you purchase a trio of playing cards for $1.00 or $2.00 depending on the game; if your 3 cards are called, then you win!

Tickets to the event are free, but please register at: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/alumni/events.aspx

Interested in supporting the Alumni Association Meat Raffle Committee? The Alumni Association is also looking for help with donations for theme baskets to raffle off that evening. Themes to consider: BBQ, MCC, Sports, Movie Night, Lottery Tickets, Pets, Breakfast, Pasta Dinner, Bath/Beauty, Games, Crafts, and Baby. Perhaps your department would consider sponsoring a basket? Placards will be placed beside each basket to identify its sponsor.

For more information, contact Amy Lee at leea@middlesex.mass.edu

MCC Foundation Middlesex Fund

Your gift can be doubled to support student success! The MCC Foundation will match faculty/staff gifts to the Middlesex Fund up to $25,000.

Donations to the Middlesex Fund may be directed to a specific fund such as the faculty/staff grant program or to a named scholarship. By supporting the Middlesex Fund, you are helping our students achieve their goals and dreams. The Middlesex Fund campaign runs until June 30, 2018. Thank you for your support and generosity.

For more information or to donate, go to http://www.middlesex.mass.edu/foundation


Community Education and Training

The following noncredit open enrollment classes started April 2018: “SHRM Essentials of HR Management,” “Increase Your Website Presence with WordPress,” “Exceptional Customer Service,” “Practical Computers,” “Intro to Floral Design with GivenErwin Florist,” and “Art Exploration Seminars.”

Jim Campanini of the Wine Novice presented two wine tasting classes at Nesmith House in April. Forty participants had a wonderful experience, stepping up their knowledge of Noble red and white Wines, exploring its characteristics and styles, food-wine pairings, the basics of domestic and foreign labels, and price comparisons. More classes with Jim to be offered this fall.

Community Education participated at the Merrimack Valley Chamber Business Expo on April 4.


Corporate Education and Training

Corporate Education and Training delivered or will be delivering:

• Customized training for Beginner Level for English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) at Monogram Gourmet Foods in Wilmington.
• Customized training for Beginner and Intermediate Levels of English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) at WNA in Chelmsford.
• 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.

• Leadership Development training sessions for Lowell General Hospital at the Main Campus.
• Conducted a Workforce Training Fund Program Information Session on Tuesday, April 3rd from 8:30am—10:30am in the Federal Building. Kristen Rayne from the Commonwealth Corporation provided an overview of grant options and presented content on the Workforce Training Fund.
• Collaborated with the Early Childhood Education Department to offer Teaching Young Children with Trauma at the Lowell campus through the Region 3 Professional Partnership Grant.
The Advanced Manufacturing Graduation was held April 24 on the Lowell campus. There were 16 students that completed over 400 hours of training that resulted in 7 students receiving a certificate in electronics, and 9 in machining.


Government and Community Relations

Alisa Chapman continues to conduct a variety of Title IX training for faculty and staff on both the Bedford and Lowell campuses. In additions, Alisa has offered multiple sessions of Active Bystander training for faculty and staff, as well as students and participants in the MILES program. If deans, department chairs or supervisors would like any of these trainings during a staff meeting time, please contact Alisa Chapman at chapmana@middlesex.mass.edu

Alisa Chapman attended a training on Sexual Misconduct in the Workplace presented by District Attorney Marion Ryan. This training focused on the important distinction between sexual/discriminatory harassment and sexual assault – and the law surrounding both, strategies for improving response to all forms of sexual misconduct in the workplace and attempts to prevent it, the Complainant/Victim viewpoint and how to manage employee expectations, and the common characteristics, motivations and traits of perpetrators of sexual misconduct.

Abby Vergados continues to process CORI/SORI screenings for clinical placements for students enrolled in summer courses through CET and AHP. Abby also is responsible for processing these checks for instructors and assistants for the upcoming College for Kids session this summer.

Daniel Martin, Patrick Cook and Officer Tom Hickey conducted preliminary site assessment for upcoming Active Shooter Awareness Trainings at Wingate at Belvidere Senior Short-Term Rehab in Lowell and Northeast Independent Living Center in Lawrence. These trainings by the MCC team will help staff at both facilities know how to respond in the event of an active shooter.

Dan Martin has been working to coordinate Summer 2018 shuttle services for students, faculty and staff on campus. Dan continues to update policies and procedures relating to shuttle services on campus to ensure that all drivers are trained and ready to offer the MCC community the best service possible.

Lowell Campus Resource Officer Tom Hickey assisted an MCC staff member with a situation involving suspicious activity near the staff member’s home address. Officer Hickey was able to provide guidance and direction to help ensure the matter was addressed in the timely and correct manner. Officer Hickey also met with several students on campus to offer guidance as to the steps to becoming a police officer, addressing both the physical and educational/training requirements.

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March 2018

Updates from the President

I trust that our hardworking faculty had a chance to get just a little refreshed over spring break. Teaching is hard work and the mid-term break is a much needed opportunity to reflect and prepare for the final weeks of the semester. Let’s hope the snow is behind us and we can leave our shovels hanging in the garage until next year.

Listening to the College

I have, as promised, been out listening to members of our college community in meetings large and small. I am always impressed by just how deeply people are committed to our mission and how deeply they care about MCC. It is clear we face some challenges, but I remain convinced that by listening to each other, actively engaging with new ideas, and continuing to think entrepreneurially, we will stay at the top and continue changing lives.

MCC 360
EAB_navigateThe MCC 360 Title III grant continues to move forward in ways that will make us more efficient and give us additional capabilities to help our students succeed. The document imaging initiative continues to move forward and we are beginning the implementation process for the Navigate student portal. Coming up next are a data warehouse, along with data analytics and predictive analytics tools. These tools will continue to help us remove barriers to success and improve student retention.

Academic Arts Center
bandm6.jpgThe MCC Academic Arts Center, constructed within the 1876 Boston & Maine building in Lowell is nearing completion. Many of you have noticed that the lights are on at night (sometimes, red, sometimes purple, and recently green!) and the clocks in the tower are keeping time. There is still finish work to be completed but our theater, music and dance programs should be in this wonderful space for the Fall 2018 semester.

MCC_MabryDonahueWe are delighted to announce that Nancy Donahue, a well-known local philanthropist has provided a very generous donation to support arts education at the college. The donation, coupled with Donahue’s longtime support of the college’s Celebrity Forum speaker series and several other funds, will result in the branding of the new facility with the Donahue name. She has also agreed to serve as the chairperson of the naming campaign and will be joined by other prominent members of the community who will help us raise additional money to support arts programming at the college. The MCC Foundation will manage the funds we raise through this campaign. You too could support arts programing at MCC – more information will be coming your way shortly.

Partnerships

Following our leadership summit at the UMass Lowell Riverhawks hockey game, MCC and UML are finding a whole series of new ways to partner and collaborate. There are exciting prospects on the horizon that will provide new opportunities to expand programs and provide additional incentives to attend MCC.

Every day we are working to keep MCC at the top and continue our focus on innovation to support student success. The effort that each and every one of you puts in to support our mission is greatly appreciated. We will keep listening to you and working to provide you with the environment and tools with which you can do your best work.

All the best.

– Jim Mabry


Upcoming Events

  • March 27, 2018 — Lowell Open House — 5:30 p.m., Lowell Campus
  • April 4, 2018 — Student Art Beautification Project Reception, 2:00 p.m., Cataldo Admin Building, Bedford
  • April 6, 2018 — 2018 Teaching, Learning & Student Development Conference, Berkshire Community College
  • April 13, 2018 — PTK Induction Ceremony, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Bedford Café East
  • April 24, 2018 — Bedford Open House — 5:30 p.m., Bedford Campus
  • April 26, 2018 — Board of Trustees Meeting, 7:30 – 9:30 a.m., Trustees House, Galvani Room
  • May 2, 2018 — MCC Sports Recognition Night, 5:30 p.m., Bedford Campus Center
  • May 4, 2018 — 29 Who Shine Event, 2:00 p.m., State House Great Hall
  • May 22, 2018 — Nurses Pinning Ceremony, 4:00 p.m., Lowell Memorial Auditorium
  • May 22, 2018 — Evening of Excellence, 6:30 p.m., Lowell Memorial Auditorium
  • May 24, 2018 — Trustee Meeting, 8:00 a.m., Cowan Center Room 302
  • May 24, 2018 — Commencement Ceremonies, 10:00 a.m., Lowell Memorial Auditorium

MCC in the News


Current Grant Initiatives

AANAPISI Grant Update

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On February 22, the Program for Asian American Student Advancement launched the Multicultural Achievement Peer Program (MAPP), a new mentorship program. The program matches Middlesex Community College students with UMass Lowell students who are in similar fields of study. MAPP provides MCC students a unique opportunity for social and educational support, as well as guidance from their mentors providing a smooth and positive transfer experience to UML. In addition to engaging in social events, mentors and mentees have the opportunity to develop their leadership and networking skills by participating in workshops and forums. MAPP is a collaboration of the MCC Program for Asian American Student Advancement (PAASA) and the UML Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) staff


MCC 360 Update

mcc_360_fin_colorSusan Anderson, Dean of Resource Development, has been appointed the new Title III Project Coordinator. (Susan replaces Jennifer Luddy, our former Dean of Institutional Research, who accepted a position at UMass Amherst.) The EAB Navigate test environment is in the process of being built and should be ready on March 30th for the Navigate Build Teams to start reviewing the data. A description of EAB Navigate’ s functions will be presented at the last FSA meeting of the year. In addition, the MCC 360 steering committee is reviewing both data warehouse and online orientation technology as potential investments later in the MCC 360 project timeline.


Academic Affairs

Library Services

helm_logo_ Color aiWe’re moving to a new library network – HELM! Over the next few months our library will be completing work needed to move from the NOBLE network to a new network of academic libraries now forming in Massachusetts. We will join six other libraries that will bring a number of new services to our college focusing on the needs of our campuses and sharing a common catalog.

The initial HELM members are:
• Holyoke Community College
• Massachusetts Bay Community College
• Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
• Middlesex Community College
• North Shore Community College
• Quinsigamond Community College
• Roxbury Community College

This move will mean changes in the way we provide services and we will be reaching out to faculty as we move forward to ensure that you maintain access to all the resources you have come to rely on for your students. No need for any changes yet, but if you are eager to hear more about this, don’t hesitate to ask a librarian!


Academic Divisions

Arts, Humanities & World Languages

English Department

Literary News:

BlackLighteningEnglish faculty member Jean Flanagan will have an illustrated version of her poem “Black Lightning” featured in an exhibit at the Moakley Courthouse, One Courthouse Way, in Boston April 4th – June 28th. The coloring of Ireland reflects how the famine affected the country, especially in the South & West. The cross to the right is a copy of the one being erected on Boston’s Deer Island where over 800 Irish are buried in an unmarked grave.

English faculty member Tom Laughlin‘s poem, “Night Swimming at Lake Waban” was just selected for publication in the Spring 2018 issue of Muddy River Poetry Review.

Community Event: On the Road Marathon
RoadReadingA team of faculty and students joined Provost Phil Sisson and Dean Ellen Nichols at the first annual On the Road Reading Marathon, a twelve-hour reading of Jack Kerouac’s famed novel. Middlesex faculty and students who participated in this new Lowell tradition include Carlos Brocatto, Kerri Gamache, Stacie Hargis, Tom Laughlin, Cathy McCarron, Joe Nardoni, Willy Ramirez, Anthony Cruz, Adam Cappucci, and
Edison Perez.

 

Second Annual La Guagua Poetry Festival
Mark Your Calendar for The Second Annual La Guagua Poetry Festival featuring concert and reading by Robert Pinsky. On April 20th – 21st, Middlesex will host its second annual La Guagua Poetry Festival. This year’s event will be part of an IDS Weekend and features former United States Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky. Friday’s schedule includes a choice of a literary or historical tour of Lowell and the concert comprising original works of music composed by Middlesex faculty inspired by Pinsky. Saturday includes a full-day of poetry readings by more than 20 poets from all over the country. The poems will be read in their original language and in English. The keynote session will be delivered jointly by Dominican poet Leonardo Inn and Haitian poet Jean Dany-Joachim. To commemorate the festival, the second La Guagua poetry anthology: La Guagua Poetry Anthology; Mother of Exiles, will be published and available that weekend.


Music Department

Outreach Program:
MCC guitar students of Raley Beggs and voice students of Anna Ward will perform a recital for the UMass Lowell organization Lira, a group of retired people interested in the arts.

  • Wednesday, April 4, 11:00 am. Federal Building, Assembly Room, Lowell Campus

A World of Music Concerts:

  • Poetry through Music with a focus on Robert Pinsky
    MCC faculty members Orlando Cela, flute and Carmen Rodriguez-Peralta, piano will be joined by soprano Carley DeFranco to perform four world premiere performances of compositions by MCC faculty composers Richard Chowenhill, David Janssen, Pamela Marshall and Aaron Rosenberg inspired by the evocative and thoughtful poetry of Robert Pinsky. Greatly influenced by jazz, the poet will read one of his poems as part of a duo with Orlando Cela, who will improvise a jazz flute solo. The program will also include settings of German, French and Spanish poetry by Richard Strauss, Albert Roussel and Astor Piazzolla respectively.
    Co-sponsored by MCC’s La Guagua Poetry Festival
    Friday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m., Federal Building, Assembly Room, Lowell Campus
  • MCC Student Recital
    Monday, May 7 at 12:30 p.m., Concert Hall, Bedford Campus

Music Alumni news:
Judie Toti, MCC class of 2016, performed as part of the “Bach in the Subways” – a global movement to promote the performance and appreciation J. S. Bach and to sow the seeds of classical music appreciation across social and musical boundaries. On Wednesday March 21, 2018, Judie will joined UMass faculty and student musicians to perform at Boston’s South Station in a special celebration of the music of J.S. Bach on his 333rd birthday. Judie Toti performed as part of the Chamber Singers, and she is also performing solo keyboard works and keyboard accompaniment to a vocal/ instrumental ensemble. Judie previously studied piano with Carmen Rodriguez-Peralta and guitar with Adam Levin at MCC. She is currently pursuing a B.A. in Music at UMass Boston and studying Classical Guitar with Adam Levin there.


Theater Department

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Come enjoy our next production, Spring Awakening starting May 3rd at 7 p.m., May 4th at 7 p.m., May 5th at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., May 6th at 2 p.m. at The Burgoyne Theatre


 Asian Studies Professional Development

March has been a busy month for Asian Studies at MCC. Three faculty members Kerri Gamache, Lara Kradinova, and Marge Rack presented at the 24th National Conference Understanding Asia Past and Present of the Asian Studies Development Program (ASDP) (Conference_2018_Final(2)) on March 1-3rd in Washington, D.C. The conference was organized and co-chaired by Dona Cady, President of the ASDP Alumni Association. Their presentations will be workshopped in the fall.

On March 5th, MCC Professor and Art Historian Shelley Hawkes (Shelley flyer MCC March 5 Bedford) gave an illustrated talk in Bedford on her new book The Art of Resistance: Painting by Candlelight in Mao’s China. She was followed by internationally known scholar Roger Ames (Roger Ames 3-5-18 flyer final), co-founder of ASDP and current Humanities Chair Professor and the Academic Director of the Berggruen China Center at Peking University, who presented on Confucian China in a Changing World Order. This was followed in the afternoon with a workshop for AANAPISI faculty on China’s One Belt One Road Initiative.

On March 12th, Arn Chorn Pond (Arn Chorn Pond 3-12-18 final), founder of Cambodian Living Arts and a former Lowell resident as well as subject of the book Never Fall Down and the movie The Flute Player, shared his own experiences as a refugee and how arts can move From Genocide to Cultural Renewal in Cambodia.

On April 5th, Yale and Harvard Universities Scholar at Risk Sreang Heng (Sreang Heng 4-5-18) will speak in Lowell from 2 – 3:30 p.m. on Environmental Land Grabs in Present Cambodia: Violence and Resistance.

The Asian Studies Professional Development Fall 17 and Spring 18 events include:

  • September visit with AANAPISI faculty to the Lowell Khmer Temple
  • October workshops with Title 9, Time Magazine and Sports Illustrated front-liner Melissa Ludtke on Touching Home in China in Search of Missing Girlhoods (THIC one-page info FINAL PDF)
  • October Cambodian Music Listening Event (MCC_CambodianMusicEvent_Flyer_Updated.ppt) in association with WGBH and GroundTruth Project: The Cambodian Drummer and the Protégé. A panel discussion by community leaders and MCC Trustee Bopha Malone followed the podcast.
  • November three-day AANAPISI-ASDP (SE ASia Workshop AANAPISI yr2 conference program) faculty conference on Politics, History, Religion, Environment in partnership with Bridgewater State University at MCC and Wat Nawamintararachutis with presentations by Eric Tagliacozzo, Anne Hansen, Jonathan Padwe, and Ardeth Thawnghmung, and Brooke Schedneck.
  • December 6th saw MCC hosting renowned composer Him Spohy for In Conversation with Him Sophy (Bangsokol Contextual Program- MCC) And the musicians behind Bangsokol: A Requiem for Cambodia as part of the Cambodian Living Arts/ArtsEmerson Boston area events which included speaking to 1300 students at Stoklosa, LHS, and UML, and MCC. This was followed by the AANAPISI faculty attending the Bangsokol event at ArtsEmerson on December 19th.
  • February saw the AANAPISI faculty discussing how to incorporate into their classrooms issues raised in the classic text Imagined Communities by Benedict Anderson

Please consider attending future Asian Studies events.


Business, Education & Public Service

Fashion Merchandising

Fashion Merchandising March

Students and Professor Ashli Ree volunteered their time to create tactile sewing kits for Mitsy Kit https://www.mitsykit.org/about-us/. The special kits remove barriers, enabling visually challenged people to be able to sew. The students and Professor Ree have met a few times already and plan to continue this good work throughout the semester.


Hospitality and Culinary Arts

img_5028.jpgProf. Kim Morrissey‘s Conventions and Events Planning and Sales class visited the Tsongas center on March 15th. Students were given a behind the scenes tour of the venue and learned about arena and large event management. They were fortunate to visit on a day when the arena was setting up for a large concert, and got to see the chaos (and the noise) that goes into such a set up!


Student Affairs

Civic & Service-Learning

 

Middlesex Community College was recognized last month for ranking among the top 100 partners (of almost 3000) in terms of how many voters we registered on National Voter Registration Day in 2017. Democratic engagement is a priority at MCC and can be witnessed through myriad programs in and out of the classroom. Most recently, the College sent a group of student leaders to the Massachusetts State House to advocate for Public Higher Education. Other students organized programs to teach their peers about the national debt. Sheri Denk, Coordinator for Civic & Service-Learning, leads these efforts and continues to mobilize our community members and raise awareness about civic responsibility.


Transition Program

The Middlesex Community College Transition Program, located on the Bedford campus, recently hosted a Resource Fair to better support its students, current and alumni, in planning for their next steps in life. The Transition Program, designed expressly for students with significant learning disabilities, is also part of the Disability Support Services Department. This two-year, non-credit certificate program teaches consumer and business skills, independent living, and personal and social development, leading participants to a Certificate in Office and Business Support. The Transition Program prepares students with many skills for independent living and vocational success. The focus of the Resource Fair was to introduce students and families with a plethora of information about additional programs and services, including other specialized training opportunities in credentialed career specific trades (automotive, culinary, security, masonry, certified nursing assistant, technical skills in Microsoft Office Suite and more). Programs providing information at the fair included, AANE (Asperger / Autism Network), Project Triangle, Job Corps, Career Source Career Center, Boston Center for Independent Living and TILL (Towards Independent Living and Learning). The fair was well received and attended by approximately 100 current and alumni students and their families. For more information about the Transition Program, please visit our website at: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/transitionprogram/


Enrollment

Enrollment Management

Testing Department
BeautyPlus_20180319055556_saveWelcome to Kathrina Gaffron as the first Multiple Measure Specialist in the Testing department. Kathrina will be working with the Academic areas in the development of a college-wide multiple measure system as well as continuing to administer tests on-campus and at local high schools and companies. Kathrina brings a background in using multiple measures and has extensive experience in testing, student placement, assessment, and academic advising. Kathrina earned her Bachelor of Arts in Legal Management from the University of Santo Tomas.

Accuplacer testing at local high schools has been busy with an increased interest in Dual Enrollment. Between February and March, the Testing department administered Accuplacer at a variety of high schools, including: Bedford High School, Burlington High School, Groton Dunstable, Nashoba Valley, Lowell High School, and Woburn High School.

Enrollment Management has been working in collaboration with the Math and English departments and with Admissions on the implementation of new policies pertaining to multiple-measure course placement.

Effective immediately,

• Students who have graduated from high school within the last three years (2015 through 2018) are eligible for exemption from Accuplacer testing for BOTH Math and English if they have an overall high school GPA of 2.7 or higher. These students are eligible to go directly into ENG 101 and college level Math.
• Any student who has a verbal SAT score of 500 or higher in the last three years (2015-2018) 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 (2015-2018) with an overall high school GPA of 3.2 or higher or a verbal SAT score 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.

Student Information Center
The Enrollment Management division is pleased to announce the addition of Monica Miranda-Mbabali to the staff of the Student Information Center. Monica comes to MCC with a strong background in office administration and over 14 years’ experience in the healthcare industry and the Army National Guard. Monica received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Cambridge College in 2013. Monica and her family are Lowell residents, and she will be working in the Lowell SIC. Please join us in welcoming Monica.

Summer 2018 and Fall 2018 Registration
Fall 2018 registration is expected to open on March 26, 2018, for returning students. Nearly 7,000 letters will be mailed to students alerting them to the opening of registration and providing them ways to register. These letters will be followed with an e-mail as a reminder to register early.

Summer 2018 registration has been underway since February 19. Potential populations of students are presently being sent texts or e-mails on a bi-weekly basis. A Summer Postcard campaign is scheduled for April.

Midterm Deficiencies
Midterm deficiencies grades are completed, and letters will be mailed to students on Spring break. Students are encouraged to seek assistance through advising, counseling, and/or tutoring. The last day to withdraw for full-semester classes is April 18.

DEAN and MERIT Lists
Fall 2017 Dean’s and Merit lists were posted. As always, full-time students achieving a minimum 3.2 GPA for the fall semester have been recognized for their academic achievement on the Dean’s List. The Merit List, established exclusively to recognize part-time students, is for students enrolled in at least six but less than 12 credits who achieve a minimum 3.2 GPA.

Fall 2017 Dean’s List can be found at https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/studentinformationcenter/downloads/fa17dean.pdf

Fall 2017 Merit List can be found at
https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/studentinformationcenter/downloads/fa17merit.pdf

Graduation 2018
Graduation is just around the corner. Please ask students to either apply via the portal or by submitting a paper application by April 20th in order to ensure addition into the commencement program. The Registrar’s Office has started outreach to students with 45 or more credits to encourage all eligible students to apply. Potential graduates should be receiving an e-mail this week.

Banner 9
The Enrollment Management Center staff has been documenting navigation steps between the Banner 8 and Banner 9 forms. Staff members are reviewing their operational processes and Banner quick flows using the Banner 9 forms. Peter Shea, Director of Professional Instructional Development, has developed a Banner 9 User Template which staff will be using to document the navigation steps of their Banner 9 forms. This effort will continue until the college migrates from the current Banner 8 forms to new Banner 9 forms this May, 2018.

Massachusetts Transfer Pathways
The coding of the Massachusetts Transfer Pathways was successfully tested in the college’s and the vendor’s electronic test environments. The new code supporting this data is scheduled to be moved to production by April, 2018. This will allow the transcripting of the Massachusetts Transfer Pathways on students’ transcripts.


Finance

Congrats!

boscajag_LThumbGabriela Boscaja has been selected as one of Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce’s 2nd Annual Distinguished Young Professional Awards. The Distinguished Young Professional Awards Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, April 18th at the Tewksbury Country Club.


Institutional Advancement

Marketing Communications

MCC Earns Six National Higher-Education Digital Marketing Awards

Screen Shot 2018-03-26 at 9.01.47 AM.pngMiddlesex Community College’s Office of Marketing Communications has earned five Gold Awards and one Bronze Award in the fifth Annual Education Digital Marketing Awards competition.

Sponsored by Higher Education Marketing Report, the Educational Digital Marketing Awards competition recognizes the best educational websites, digital content, electronic communications, mobile media and social media. Learn more:
https://teamsites.middlesex.mass.edu/pressreleases/Announcements/DispForm.aspx?ID=1818

MCC Marketing Communications Presents at National Conference

resized952018031995080715.jpgEarlier this month at the National Council of Marketing & Public Relations (NCMPR) Conference, Dean of Marketing Communications Jennifer Aradhya and Beth Noel, Assistant Director of Marketing Communications presented a session on  “Sharing Student Stories to Boost Reputation.” The session focused on the #myMCC campaign and the creation of personas and workflow implementation.


The Adult Learning Center

With the support of Colleen Cox, Brian Butler, and Judy Burke the Adult Learning Center is excited to announce that Bay State Textiles School Box Program is coming to the Bedford campus. Every year, 21 billion pounds of textiles are sent to landfills and incinerators in the United States. 45% of these textiles can be reused, 30% can be turned into wiping cloths, and 20% recycled into new products. The focus of the School Box Program is to spread awareness to the problem of unwanted textiles and educate on acceptable items for textile recycling/reuse. As a further incentive, Bay State Textiles offers a rebate for every ton of unwanted textiles collected which will generate revenue for the Adult Basic Education program at the college.

Bay State Textiles accepts “the good, the bad and the ugly” as long as they are clean and dry. Whether you are cleaning out your closets, redecorating and updating draperies, linens, etc. or it is time to get rid of the childhood stuffed animals, keep them out of the waste stream.

Acceptable items include clothing, shoes, pocketbooks, linens, stuffed animals and accessories. Please start saving textiles now and watch for boxes to appear on the Bedford campus soon!
Click on the link below for a full list of acceptable items:
https://irp-cdn.multiscreensite.com/096fb2fb/files/uploaded/AcceptableItemsforRecycling.pdf


Advancement

MCC Foundation Scholarship Awards Ceremony:

Scholarship Ceremony 2018

On Tuesday, March 6, 2018, the MCC Foundation hosted the 2018 Scholarship Awards Ceremony on the Bedford Campus. At the award ceremony, 49 awards were presented to 41 MCC students, totaling over $48,000 in scholarship awards.

There were two new awards presented this year, The Kathy Reticker Scholarship and the International Student Scholarship. The Kathy Reticker Scholarship was established by the family, friends, and colleagues of Kathy Reticker to celebrate her lifetime of work and advocacy for affordable, high quality childcare and education for all children and families. The purpose of this scholarship is to assist a student who is pursuing a program in early childhood education. The International Student Scholarship was the result of a classroom project conceived by an engaged and compassionate group of MCC students in the Paul Sullivan Leadership in Action course. Inspired by a desire to help an underrepresented student population on campus, these students have become advocates for international students who have great financial need, but whom do not qualify for federal aid.

Over 200 guests attended the ceremony including scholarship donors and representatives, family members of the recipients, and MCC faculty and staff members. We thank the generous donors who make the awards possible and who help to advance the education of MCC Students.
To review a list of the 2018 Scholarship recipients and to receive more information on the MCC Foundation Scholarship Program, please go to this site: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/foundation/scholarships.aspx

2018 Middlesex Fund:
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Thank you for your generosity and support!


Community Education and Training

Program Manager Lauren Ellis participated in community summer fair tables this March to promote our summer College for Kids program! March 4 and 10 were Macaroni Kid. Macaroni Kid enriches local communities by connecting local libraries, schools, rec centers, community centers and all of the wonderful organizations and businesses that create programming and fun for kids and families. MCC is proud to be a part of Lowell and Bedford Marconi Kid fairs! More info https://national.macaronikid.com/   https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/collegeforkids/

Carlisle PTO summer kids fair is March 27 for parents/kids in the Concord Carlisle community.

Our spring M.I.L.E.S opening session is Wednesday March 28 from 2 – 4 p.m. with keynote speaker Joan Vennochi, columnist/writer for the Boston Globe. Our spring MILES class brochure is available! Classes begin March 26. More info: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/careertraining/miles.aspx

The following workforce training classes began this month: Local anesthesia certification program for registered dental hygienists; Digital Photography II, and Adobe Photoshop.
On March 16, Corporate & Community Education participated in the 2018 NEWN (New England Workforce Network) conference. NEWN has held a number of day-long conferences that focus on a range of topics that resonate among professionals who are involved in workforce development within community colleges, workforce development boards, economic development agencies, and other settings. This year, “Growing Stronger Together”, reflects the tremendous synergistic value of planning and acting in concert with the various stakeholders in workforce areas ranging from individual professional development to regional economic development and all that falls between. The conference is designed to be an inclusive gathering of educators, industry partners and community/workforce development professionals.


Corporate Education and Training

Corporate Education and Training delivered or will be delivering:
• Customized training for English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) at Aved Electronics in North Billerica.
• First Line Supervisors Leadership Training in collaboration with The Lowell Police Department. This seven week program will meet every Friday on our Lowell campus. Instructors are law enforcement specialists and leadership experts. Some of the courses offered are: Risk Management, Accountability, Ethics, Dealing with Gangs and Drugs in your Community, and Supervisory and Team Communication Skills.
• 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.
• Collaborated with the Early Childhood Department to offer Guiding Children’s Behavior at the Lowell campus through the Region 3 Professional Partnership Grant.


Government and Community Relations

Alisa Chapman conducted workshops on Title IX: Working with Pregnant & Parenting Students. Trainings were provided to both faculty and staff, as well as students. If Deans, Department chairs or supervisors would like this training during a staff meeting time, please contact Alisa Chapman at chapmana@middlesex.mass.edu
Additional Title IX Trainings will be held on both the Lowell and Bedford campuses in the coming weeks, next being March 30th – Supporting Victims of Sexual Violence, Domestic & Dating Violence and Stalking.

Alisa Chapman continues to conduct Active Bystander Training- Intervention for an Inclusive Community sessions, with the latest being held for students at the end of February. Alisa also conducted an Active Bystander Training session for the town of Sharon, MA Continuing Education.

Patrick Cook, Dan Martin, Alisa Chapman, Abby Vergados, Officer Tom Hickey, Officer Craig Naylor and Jeff Peterson joined with other members of the MCC community to attend a Cultural Competency training conducted by Phitsamay Sychitkokhong Uy and the Asian American Connections Center.

Abby Vergados has begun to process CORI/SORI screenings for clinical placements for students enrolled in summer courses through CET.

Daniel Martin, Patrick Cook, Abby Vergados, Officer Tom Hickey, Officer Craig Naylor and Jeff Peterson conducted a very well-received Active Shooter Preparedness Training for the Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce members at the beginning of March. Patrick, Dan, Alisa, and Officer Naylor also travelled to the Haverhill campus of Northern Essex Community College and conducted and Active Shooter Preparedness training for 90 members of NECC’s faculty and staff. The group will be conducting the same training on NECC’s Lawrence campus later in March.

As a member of the NEMLEC STARS team Dan Martin responded to three (3) emergency call-outs to schools in the month of March.

Dan Martin continues to coordinate shuttle driver services for Spring 2018 and Summer 2018 semesters. Dan has also been working to update policies and procedures relating to shuttle services on campus.  Dan has also met with Cabinet members to discuss changes and improvements to the Cowan Center Parking Lot on the Lowell Campus.

Lowell Campus Resource Officer Tom Hickey met with Carrie Finestone‘s class to speak about his role as part of the Public Safety Team at MCC and his part in active shooter training and drills.

Officer Hickey worked with Public Safety to deal with instances of suspected drugs on campus, trespassers and inappropriate use of Library computers, as well as several on-campus medical emergencies.

 

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February 2018

Updates from the President

Smart Start for Success

I have always found the start of the semester an exciting time. When I taught, I would get the jitters before every new class. I still thrive on the energy of the first few days when excitement, nervousness, and hope permeate the college. I recognize how much planning and hard work go into making the start of the semester a success – and for MCC, getting students on the path to success has been an ongoing endeavor.

ssfd1-finalFor the last three years the college has been working hard to provide a robust New Student Orientation (NSO) that engages students and gets them connected and on the path to success. Initial efforts on both campuses were focused around a dynamic half-day NSO on the Tuesday after the Labor Day weekend. While much thought, planning, and hard work went into making this a success, this model had inherent flaws that made it less successful than it could be.

Last fall, as part of a more comprehensive Smart Start initiative, the college engaged faculty and staff in a more comprehensive two-day mandatory NSO. This, combined with On Time Enrollment, was designed to give students greater opportunities to connect with other students, interact with faculty, and receive more comprehensive advisement. The goal was to have students better prepared for the start of the semester and improve retention rates. While there is still much work to be done, the results from the first year of the Smart Start initiative are encouraging.

Mcc_orientation lowell 2017 118The Fall to Spring retention rates was 16% higher (61% v. 77%) for the new students who attended orientation versus those that did not. The retention rate was 4% higher in 2017 than in 2016 (73% v. 77%). In 2017, 978 students attended NSO representing 55% of the 1,651 new students eligible. The goal in 2018 will be to increase the number of students who attend NSO and make the NSO even more engaging. To do this, we will need your support and ideas, so we can get every student on the path to success. A group of more than 12 staff members from across the institution have already begun meeting to plan this pivotal student event.

Two equally important faculty- and staff-focused events are Fall Opening Forum and Professional Day. Fall Opening Forum will be an experiment this year. In order to allow everyone at the college to participate, I will prepare an opening video statement with the ability for asynchronous dialogue. This will enable those who are serving students to participate as their schedule allows, with an option to ask questions and view the ensuing dialogue. We will, of course, asses the effectiveness of this approach.

Professional Day is another very important activity that succeeds because of the involvement of a wide range of faculty and professional staff. Because of scheduling issues, we will be doing Fall Professional Day on Tuesday, Oct. 23, this year. With your participation, I am confident this will be another great opportunity for reflection and professional development.

– Jim Mabry


Upcoming Events


MCC in the News


Current Grant Initiatives

AANAPISI Grant Update

flyer First They Killed My Father.pngOn February 1, the Program for Asian American Student Advancement (PAASA) hosted a screening of the film “First They Killed My Father.” The film is an adaptation of Cambodian author and human rights activist Loung Ung’s gripping memoir of surviving the deadly Khmer Rouge regime from 1975 to 1978. The story is told through her eyes as a child soldier when the Khmer Rouge came to power, and depicts the indomitable spirit and devotion of Loung and her family as they struggle to stay together during the Khmer Rouge years.

Following the film, the audience had an opportunity to engage in a dialogue with a distinguished panel of community members about the film’s topic. The panel included Dr. George Chigas, Senior Lecturer in Cambodian Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell; Tim Chan Thou, founder of Angkor Dance Troupe; Yary Livan, Adjunct Professor of Ceramics at Middlesex Community College; and Sovann Khon, Adjunct Professor of World Music at UMass Lowell. The event was organized in collaboration with the Office of Student Engagement, UMass Lowell Office of Multicultural Affairs, The Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association, and The Lowell Community Health Center.


MCC 360 Update

mcc_360_fin_colorOn January 2, MCC leaders convened for “The Future of Data at MCC: A Summit” to discuss the College’s current and future needs for information and analysis. The importance of data was underscored in MCC’s most recent strategic plan under the goal of Institutional Effectiveness and the College’s commitment to the objectives outlined in the Title III-supported MCC 360 project. The Summit was facilitated by Frank DeRose of DeRose Consulting Services and was organized to draw upon the collective experiences and expertise of those who use data to make decisions or who play major roles in the management of information.

On January 10, the College had a day-long series of workshops related to the adoption of EAB Navigate. At this meeting, four build-teams were formed whose members included faculty, staff, and students from across the College. These teams were tasked with addressing four areas related to the college-wide adoption of EAB Navigate: Advising, Onboarding, Communications and Academic Planning. In addition, the EAB team meets virtually with the leadership of the build-teams and the technical team on a regular basis. After user training, full implementation of EAB Navigate is expected for the fall, depending on the internal team’s ability to meet expectations.

On January 30, as part of our efforts toward obtaining a CRM to store and organize our institutional data, representatives from MCC met with administrators & IT staff at UML to discuss UML’s experience with Salesforce, a comprehensive CRM built to address multiple communication and case management needs, including recruitment, retention, workforce development, and financial aid. The Salesforce CRM also serves as a ‘solutions center’ for faculty, staff, and students who have any type of question.


Academic Affairs

Advising

Staff in the Advising Center are currently assisting students with summer registration and developing their academic plans for fall registration, which opens March 26. We encourage all advisors at the college to connect with their assigned students to prompt early registration for both summer and fall terms. Every step we take to encourage early registration of returning students ensures they are prepared to be successful and in your class on the first day.

State University / University of Massachusetts Transfer Fairs

img_0638.jpgThis week, we held our annual State Transfer Fair. Representatives from public institutions throughout the Commonwealth were on the Lowell campus February 21 and Bedford campus February 22. The fairs were a huge success, focusing on degree completion and utilizing MassTransfer Pathways and agreements to simplify the transfer admission process. Jane Fain, Coordinator of Transfer Affairs, and the advising staff worked diligently to pull off the event and encourage students to attend. A special thank-you to faculty and staff for prompting their students to attend and to thoroughly participate in the plan, incorporating transfer into their academic plan.

Advising Summaries

The Advising Center is incorporating an overview of theoretical approaches to advising in online resources and in virtual training sessions. Whether you prefer an intrusive/proactive approach, appreciative approach, or developmental approach to advising, reviewing the following resource can assist in developing an advising method that works for you and your students. You can find the following document on our Academic Advising Institute website.

Advising Refresher Sessions

This semester, all Advisor Refresher Workshops will be held virtually online! Faculty and Professional Staff will be able to log in from their desktop, laptop, or mobile device. Each session will run 60-75 minutes and participants will be able to interact via your microphone or the chat function. Simply sign up with Jessica Frost at frostJ@middlesex.mass.edu to ensure you receive the link via email.

Our online sessions will be:

  • February 28 @ 2 p.m.
  • March 8 @2 p.m.
  • March 8 @ 3:30 p.m.
  • March 14 @ 3:30 p.m.

EAB Navigate

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We encourage all advisors at the college to create an account with EAB. As a member institution, all of us are allowed to create an account to access more information on the EAB Navigate platform, and additionally Student Success research forums, articles and resources. To create an account, visit the following page, enter Bedford, Massachusetts, as your location, and select Middlesex Community College. EAB – Member Registration Website

NACADA

NACADA | The Global Community for Academic Advising, provides webinars on their YouTube page for free. Topics include Learning Outcomes for Academic Advising, Effective Academic Advising Strategies, The Role of Academic Advising in Student Persistence, and much more. We encourage all advisors to bookmark this page and review webinars to impact their practice of advising students. NACADA Executive Office – YouTube Page 

Commonwealth Commitment / MassTransfer

Thank you for referring students to participate in the Commonwealth Commitment at Middlesex Community College. This past fall semester we awarded 27 Commonwealth Commitment rebates, providing these students with 10% savings off their fall overall cost. We are also proud to report that we have our first potential graduates of the program this spring and summer! This work would not be possible without your efforts in promoting the program and encouraging students to sign up. With changes to the program being considered for Fall 2018, we’re hopeful that more students can participate in the program. We will keep you updated!

Classroom Visits

Advisors at the college are available for classroom visits. Whether you want a staff member to provide an overview of academic maps, DegreeWorks, Career or Transfer Services, simply reach out to our department and we’ll work with you to have a visit take place. Simply email Bryan Wint at wintb@middlesex.mass.edu or Jessica Frost at frostj@middlesex.mass.edu for more information.

First-Year Experience

IMG_0413First-Year Experience FYE/IDS Spring Semester Pilot – An exciting experience for our students! “IDS 101 Freshman Seminar,” “IDS 102 Service-Learning” and “IDS 103 Leadership” — What do these three one-credit courses have in common? They are all part of a pilot whereby students are enrolled in all 3 IDS courses for the spring semester, with each course lasting 5 weeks, meeting twice a week. In addition to the integration of the Freshman Seminar, Leadership and Service-Learning curriculum, students in this cohort are also reading Liz Murray’s “Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard,” the common book for all three courses. Guided reading, reflections, thought-provoking questions and discussions are all part of this three-IDS model.

The first of the three courses is “IDS 101 Freshman Seminar,” in which students are also introduced to the area of service and prepared by getting to know Service-Learning folks and sites. This course started in January and will soon end. “IDS 103 Leadership” is the second course, in which the preparation and theme will continue. Then, “IDS 102 Service-Learning,” is the final course, ending in May. In the “IDS 102 Service-Learning” course, students will complete 22 hours of service. Among the service options is Mill City Grows and the Merrimack Valley Food Bank. The students will also be able to complete some of their 22 hours in the Bedford Campus Food Pantry (awareness, tabling events, etc.), and the Community Garden (primarily preparing the garden).

FYE Faculty, Lorrie DiBona-Jones, Lauren Ellis and Pavithra Giridharan developed the curriculum and coordinated the activities, events and the Service-Learning component in the three courses, which included the Common Book. The story of Liz Murray, who went from homeless to Harvard, has been integrated throughout the three courses, culminating with the 22 hours of service. This new IDS model is an exciting experience for both faculty and the cohort of students who have been attending class on the Bedford campus. During the fall semester 2018, there will also be a section of this new model on the Lowell campus.

The coordination and collaboration of any new pilot and college initiative takes an entire community who believe that our students should have positive and lasting experiences. Therefore, our thanks go out to the many areas of the college that have been supportive in our efforts.


Academic Divisions

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)

img_0810.jpgThe MCC Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Community has launched an initiative to create a culture of persistence and student success at the College. Over the past six months, we have presented the concept to senior administration and faculty, formed a launch group composed of eight faculty members and the dean of institutional planning, and hosted a retreat to attract faculty to take on our mission. At a retreat in January, 22 faculty committed to participating in the 100% Course Completion Initiative, a project in which full- and part-time faculty will document explicit efforts to retain 100% of the students in one course without sacrificing academic standards.


Business, Education & Public Service

Business

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MCC Sweeps the DECA Regionals!

The Business and Economics Club, representing the DECA chapter of MCC, participated in the Annual Regional DECA competition at Johnson and Wales University, Providence R.I., on February 2, 2018. A team of two students led by Accounting Professor Vikram Sharma participated in Accounting and Marketing competitions. Daniel Iknanian (Accounting) and Stephen Collins (Marketing) won two Gold Medals each, for a total of four Gold Medals. Daniel also won the Rhode Island Accounting Scholarship. He secured the highest score of all tests in all categories! It is important to note that our students were competing against students from four-year institutions.

The DECA chapter of MCC was started in 2013 under the leadership of Dean Judy Hogan. The present DECA advisors are Professor Rob Kaulfuss (Economics), Professor Stacie Hargis (Entrepreneurship) and Professor Vikram Sharma (Accounting). The club would like to thank Dean Judy Hogan, Kirsten Morrow, and Steve Rossi (Office of Student Engagement) for their continued support in all our endeavors.

Fashion Merchandising

Ashli Ree and a group of students attended MAGIC in Las Vegas, which is the largest apparel and accessories trade show in the United States.  They also visited Zappos headquarters to learn about company culture.  In addition, students spent a day at the Grand Canyon National Park.

Students in the online fashion course had lunch together to meet the instructor and other students. They shared course/transfer information, employment opportunities, and more.

Music

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MCC faculty member and flutist Orlando Cela recently released a CD on the Ravello label, titled “Shadow Etchings: New Music for Flute.” The recording features works by contemporary composers Jean-Patrick Besingrand, Lou Bunk, Robert Gross, Dana Kaufman, Stratis Minakakis, Maxwell Dulaney (former MCC faculty member), and Ziteng Ye, written utilizing extended techniques for the flute, for the purposes of helping promote these great works and to encourage daring new works for the flute in general.

The CD review by Naxos states ” ‘SHADOW ETCHINGS’ demonstrates Orlando Cela’s ingenious ability to navigate complexities of postmodernism in chamber music and the avant garde with this rich recording of flute and piccolo treasures for the curious ear… Cela’s flawless delivery leads the way. ‘Shadow Etchings’ is unapologetically unconventional yet simultaneously accessible to even the untrained ear. If you are looking to expand your horizons, this is the place to start.”

A World of Music Concerts

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Sunday, March 4 at 3 p.m. MCC faculty member Raley Beggs, guitar, will be joined by Celia Zhang, violin, for a vibrant program of works by Nicolo Paganini, Johann Sebastian Bach, Astor Piazzolla , Domenico Scarlatti and Luigi Legnani.

Friday, March 16 at p.m. This concert will feature seven new works for saxophones, each written to pair with a piece of artwork by MCC faculty member Jan Arabas. The composers include MCC faculty member David Janssen and Anne Guzzo, Forrest Pierce, Timothy Miller, Jack Wilds, Shawna Wolf and Allison McIntosh. The saxophonists are Sean Mix, Bennett Parsons, Morgan Smallwood and Andy Wilds. Most of the art featured is inspired by the natural beauty of Grand Teton National Park, creating an exciting fusion of art, music, and nature.

STEM

13th Annual Women in STEM Luncheon

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The annual Women in STEM Luncheon will be held on Wednesday February 28th from 1 to 3 p.m. in the college’s Campus Center, Café East. The Women in STEM Luncheon will feature a panel of women who contribute to the fields and advancement of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). Michele Stein has organized this year’s event which allows students to learn about their exemplary careers and current research projects, and network with these extraordinary women over lunch as they launch their own STEM careers.

Science

Sally Quast and Iveta Dinbergs will represent Middlesex at the statewide MassTransfer Pathways convening sponsored by the DHE at Fitchburg State University on Feb. 23. The focus of the conference is to align the Chemistry and Biology majors throughout the Mass Higher Ed for easy transfer and efficient scheduling to help achieve graduation. Both Jane Fain from advising and Kate Sweeney will attend the convening as well.

Mathematics

sml-logoDora Ottariano, Aisha Arroyo, Tonka Zelenkova and Mike Williamson held practice sessions for students to prepare for the Student Math League competition. On Feb. 20th 35 students took the exam and will compete for the highest score among other community college students here in the Northeast and across the country.

Aisha Arroyo, Robyn McDonough and Linda Dart-Kathios continue to work with the Department of Higher Education on Math Pathways and co-requisite models for math.


Information Technology

Banner 9 Going Live in May

Are You Ready? Banner 9 will be going live in early May. Banner users can log in to the Banner 9 test system at any time to begin testing your processes and becoming comfortable with the new interface and navigation. Look for the “Banner 9 Test: BANLT” link on the MyMCC portal links list to log in.

Banner 9 Drop-In Lab Times

It can be difficult to find time to test Banner 9. Computer Labs in Bedford and Lowell have been reserved so you and your colleagues can have a quiet space and uninterrupted time to practice using Banner 9. Drop in when you can:

       Lowell – LC 213A
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each Friday, now through April 27, 2018

Bedford – AR LIB3
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each Thursday, now through April 26, 2018

Report any issues or problems you discover during your Banner 9 testing to servicedesk@middlesex.mass.edu.

Classroom Emergency App for Technology Now Available

MCC is pleased to offer a Classroom Emergency App for faculty to report technology related classroom issues. The app allows faculty to quickly send an alert to all on-site/on-call technicians that technical help is needed in the classroom. A classroom emergency is defined as a technology problem in the classroom experienced by a faculty member on campus at the start of or during class time which prevents the faculty member from continuing with their class.appSome examples might be:

  • Classroom projector is not working
  • Classroom computer\monitor is not working
  • Cables are missing
  • Classroom network Issue

The Classroom Emergency App should ONLY be used for technology issues in an MCC classroom, not for any other kind of emergency.

The Classroom Emergency App is free and available from the Google Play store and the Apple App store. Additional information including how to use the app is available on our MCC Technology Center website.


Enrollment

Admissions

The Office of Admissions and Student Recruitment is gearing up for a busy spring recruiting season. In addition to our regular visits and college fairs, many of our counselors have taken the initiative to book ‘On-the-Spot-Admissions’ days at some of our local high schools. These days give seniors early access to pre-admission advising for the fall 2018 semester. On-the-Spot-Days were held at the following high schools:

  • Greater Lawrence Technical High School, Assistant Director Camille Brown
  • North Reading and Wilmington high schools, Assistant Director Jennifer Migliozzi
  • Nashoba Valley Regional High School, Assistant Director Jason Reynolds and Director Jeffrey Tejada

In addition to our high school population, we are also focused on expanding access to our community partners. Assistant Director Alison Handy held information sessions at the Woburn YMCA, and together with our partners in the LINKS Program she will be bringing members of the Methuen YMCA to the Lowell campus next week. Assistant Director Jason Reynolds visited the Instrumentation Laboratory Company in Bedford, to speak to staff about educational opportunities. This was in collaboration with MCC Workforce Development, an area with which we often partner. We are always looking to grow our list of community partners and company contacts and welcome insight from the College community.

Lastly, we have just passed the deadline (February 1) for our selective health program applications for the Dental Hygiene, Radiologic Technology, and Diagnostic Medical Sonography programs. Qualified applicants work very hard to put together competitive applications for a limited number of seats. If you encounter any students with questions about this process during your advising sessions or in the classroom, please feel free to refer them directly to the Admissions office or email us at admissions@middlesex.mass.edu.


Enrollment Management

Spring 2018 Semester Key Dates

Summer 2018 Registration opened on February 15, 2018.
Go to https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/summer/ for information on MCC’s Summer Sessions.

Fall 2018 Registration will begin on March 26, 2018. Students should be receiving letters on Fall registration beginning the week of March 19.

Drop for Nonattendance Grades Due
• Minimester II April 5

Last Day for students to Withdraw
• Mini-mester I March 2
• Full-Term April 18
• Mini-mester II May 4

Final Grades Due
• Mini-mester I March 21 at 10 a.m.
• Full-Term and Mini-mester II May 23 at 10 a.m.

Spring 2018 Final Exam Schedule

The Spring 2018 Final Exam Schedule with exam dates and times for Day, Evening and Online classes can be found at https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/finalexams/. Detailed room locations will be posted in April 2018.


Student Affairs

International & Multicultural Affairs

The Office of International & Multicultural Affairs has developed a new series of dialogues to address current events. Intercultural Dialogues is a series of discussions regarding critical matters that affect members of the campus community. The first Session was held Tuesday, Feb 13, titled “I Am Not Black, You Are Not White.” The students present engaged in a lively discussion on race and what it means to them personally. Our next session is “Focus on Wealth Inequality in America.” Every other Thursday, we will facilitate current topics related to diversity and inclusion. All are welcome to come and participate.

Program for Asian American Student Advancement (PAASA)

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On January 19, the Program for Asian American Student Advancement took 17 students on a field trip to New York City. The purpose of the trip was to continue to build upon the strong relationships and connections with new and current students during spring orientation. A highlight of the trip was an opportunity to visit New York University (NYU) and explore their transfer options. NYU’s Center for Multicultural Education and Programs presented a panel of students who shared their experiences and the benefits of being engaged students. Students were also able to tour a residence hall in Union Square, where they learned just how small New York City apartments can be! We closed the day by exploring the Rubin Museum of Art, where students explored Himalayan Asia through art. Exhibits on display included a Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room, where students could experience firsthand a traditional household shrine. After a long day, we caught a quick glimpse of the robust diversity and vast career options that a place like New York City can offer.

Student Support Services

Dawn Gross, Coordinator of MCC’s ICE Program, hosted the annual mid-year MAICEI Coordinators Meeting for the Massachusetts’s Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment Initiative on January 11.

Program Coordinators from UMass Boston, UMass Amherst, Salem, and Framingham, Westfield and Bridgewater state universities, as well as Mass Bay, Massasoit, Northern Essex, Holyoke, Cape Cod and Bunker Hill community colleges met to discuss statewide updates and look at best practices with Glenn Gabbard, MAICEI Coordinator, Department of Higher Education.

The agenda also included an engaging conversation with Thomas Heir, Silvana and Christopher Pascucci Professor of Practice in Learning Differences, Harvard University Graduate School of Education. Tom served as director of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs from 1993 to 1999. As director, he was responsible for federal leadership in implementing the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). MCC continues to be a model for best practices in this movement for inclusive practices to support diverse learners on public higher education campuses. For more information about MAICEI and MCC’s ICE Program, please visit: http://www.mass.edu/strategic/read_maicei.asp and https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/disabilitysupport/iceprogram/default.aspx

Veterans Resource Center

veterans.pngThe Veterans Resource Center sponsored a visit from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Office of the Treasurer, Veterans’ Bonus Division, on the Bedford and Lowell campuses February 15. The Welcome Home Bonus provides bonus payments to family members of deceased eligible veterans and service members who have served in the United States Armed Forces. Many MCC student veterans took advantage of the campus visit and discovered they were eligible to receive a one-time bonus of up to $1,500. The Veteran Resource Center is eager to sponsor this event each semester.


Institutional Advancement

Marketing Communications

Showcasing Student Stories

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Rad Tech Student Saves Baby with (Required) CPR Skills

Before student Ebonie Seriam could be accepted into the Radiologic Technology Program, she had to complete one more class: A four-hour course in CPR. It never occurred to her that one nagging requirement would help her save the life of a baby.

Here’s the full story: http://bit.ly/2ELXqYE

Kathy Gehly, Dean of Allied Health, and Bill Darmody, Rad Tech Department Chairman, tipped us off to this AMAZING story and it attracted lots of interest via our social media channels.

If you have an interesting story about students, faculty or staff in your area, please let Marketing Communications know. We love to share good news about MCC! (Email story ideas to: marketing@middlesex.mass.edu)

MCC Lapel Pins

lapelNew to the college? You may have noticed colleagues around the college wearing an MCC pin. You can request a MCC lapel pin from Marketing Communications. (And we now have extra lapel-pin replacement backs, in case you’ve lost yours.) To request pins or replacement backs, please use this form.


Advancement

MCC Foundation Scholarship Awards Ceremony

The MCC Foundation Scholarship Awards Ceremony will be held Tuesday, March 6, at 3:30 pm in the Bedford Campus Center. The entire college community is welcome to the event that honors our student recipients and acknowledges the MCC Foundation scholarship donors. This year, 49 scholarships will be presented to 41 students totaling more than $48,000 in award funds. View the list of the 2018 Scholarship Awardees. If you would like to attend the event to congratulate the students, please email Amy Lee at leea@middlesex.mass.edu.

Looking for MCC Employee Alumni

The Alumni Office is looking for MCC employees who are also MCC grads. If you are an employee and an alum, please email Amy Lee, leea@middlesex.mass.edu in the Alumni Office.

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The MCC Foundation Middlesex Fund provides funding for student scholarships, academic enrichment, and faculty initiatives. By supporting the Middlesex Fund, you are helping our students achieve their goals and dreams.

Your gift can:

  • Empower a young student who struggles to finance his/her college education
  • Support an adult who needs new skills and education to begin a new career path
  • Provide funding for innovative, sustainable academic enrichment and campus projects
  • Address areas of greatest need for the college

You may choose to direct your donation to a particular area or existing fund, such as a named scholarship for faculty grants. Give online today. Full-time employees may give via payroll direct deposit. The payroll form can be found at this link: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/foundation/downloads/payroll18.pdf  For any questions regarding the Middlesex Fund, please Amy Lee at leea@middlesex.mass.edu or 978-656-3028.

Remember the MCC Foundation while shopping online. If you choose the MCC Foundation for your charity on Amazon Smile, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of the purchase to the MCC Foundation. Thank you for your generosity and support!


Corporate Education and Training

Corporate Education and Training delivered or will be delivering:

  • Customized training for English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) at Center for Manufacturing Technology in Woburn.
  • Emotional Intelligence training at E Ink in Billerica.
  • Instructor Training Session for the Massachusetts Association of Accessing Officers (MAAO) at the East Café in Bedford.
  • First Aid/CPR and Medication Administration trainings for LifeLinks. The courses are conducted at MCC in order to provide employees exposure to taking classes in a college setting.
  • Collaborated with the Early Childhood Department to offer “English Composition I” at the Lowell campus through the Region 3 Professional Partnership Grant.
  • Applying Basic Leadership Skills training at Pace Industries in Billerica.
  • Accuplacer testing sessions at Raytheon in Andover.
  • Collaborated with Resource Development to complete and submit a Workforce Training Fund Small Business Direct Access Program Grant that will be focused in training for Non-Technical Professional Skills and Management/Supervisory/
    Leadership Skills. The training topics will consist of Effective Business Writing, Workplace Team Building, Time Management, Management and Supervisory Skills, Dealing with Difficult Customers, and Change Management.

Community Education and Training

College for Kids TimelessSummer is here! College for Kids summer 2018 enrollment began February 20. Check out our multiple offerings on both the Bedford and Lowell campuses.

This year, we are welcoming a new programs: “Medical Laboratory Science” with Program Coordinator, Suzanne McHale; “Golf 101,” “Exploring Mono-types and Collages,” “Artwork in the Making,” and “Zip and Zap: Principles of Electricity.” Don’t forget about our ever-popular programs, exploring topics such as veterinary science, aviation, and Legos, and our popular Children’s Theater program, led by Performing Arts Chair Karen Oster. The performance this summer is “Peter Pan Jr.”

A special thank you to Lura Smith and the Lura Smith Foundation, for opening doors for Lowell youth to experience College for Kids. The foundation will provide 6 scholarships this summer for children connected to Girls Inc. of Greater Lowell, the Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association, and the Greater Lowell Boys and Girls Club.

We were excited to offer our first babysitter-training class, in partnership with the American Red Cross, during February school vacation week. This babysitter training is a new endeavor supporting the expansion of youth programs. Led by R.N. instructor Kathy Regan, 10 children, ages 11-15, learned the skills necessary to safely provide care for children and infants.

Community Education is supporting Massachusetts K-12 educators in a variety of areas now that Middlesex is registered with DESE as a Professional Development Provider. In addition to our online MTEL exam prep classes, a new class on Feb. 21 provided resources on how to navigate the MA teacher state licensure process, titled “SOS – Teacher Licensing in the State of Massachusetts.”

Do you know a Massachusetts K-12 educator who needs to earn PDP’s to keep their license current? CET’s course with Susan Woods, titled “Effective Strategies and Instruction for Students with Disabilities,” began Feb. 5. By completing this course, licensed K-12 educators will earn 15 PDPs towards recertification. More classes will be offered fall 2018 for K-12 educators.

Workforce training programs that began this month include Pharmacy Technician with CVS Pharmacy, MS Excel, CE class for dental hygienists: Safe and Effective Local Anesthesia, SHRM HR Certification Exam Prep, Digital Media Marketing, Business of Photography, and Energy Auditing.


Government & Community Relations

Director of Compliance Alisa Chapman and Rebecca Newell attended a joint meeting of Title IX Coordinator and Student Conduct officers at MBCC. This meeting was to have the groups converse and understand the role all areas play in the investigation of Title IX cases. Alisa Chapman also assisted colleagues at Mass Bay CC with Sexual Harassment & Sexual Violence training and Quinsigamond CC with Bystander Intervention training over the past month.

On Friday, February 9th Alisa Chapman conducted training on “Working with Pregnant and Parenting Students in the Classroom.” Alisa has also conducted Bedford and Lowell sessions of “Title IX: Understanding the College’s Policy Against Sexual Harassment & Sexual Violence.” If deans, department chairs or supervisors would like these trainings to be held during a staff meeting time, please contact Alisa Chapman at chapmana@middlesex.mass.edu

Director of Public Safety Daniel Martin and Bedford Campus Resource Officer Craig Naylor conducted Active Shooter Training that was open to all faculty and staff. This training provided a general presentation of what to do in an active shooter event. As part of the College’s mission to ensure best practices in public safety, these trainings will be held on a monthly basis on alternating campuses, with the next scheduled training to take place in Lowell on Monday, February 26th. These trainings can also be conducted for individual departments/geographical areas by contacting Dan Martin at martind@middlesex.mass.edu

Dan Martin continued to update shuttle transportation services for the College community, making adjustments to shuttle schedules as needed to best serve our students. Dan is working to ensure that all shuttle drivers are properly trained and maintain a high level of customer service.

Lowell Campus Resource Officer Tom Hickey assisted Lowell Police detectives with a possible B&E in the building to the rear of the Blue Taleh restaurant at the end of January. Officer Hickey worked with library staff to identify an individual who was using library computers to access inappropriate material. Officer Hickey checked the individual with the LPD and determined that the individual had a record with the LPD. Officer Hickey issued no-trespass orders for these instances. Bedford Campus Resource Officer Craig Naylor conducted investigations on campus dealing with child neglect and shoplifting from the campus cafeteria. Officer Naylor also attended police training/baton certification.

Alisa Chapman, Dan Martin, Abby Vergados and Officer Naylor attended the #MeToo – Survivors’ Stories panel discussion held on the Bedford Campus. This event allowed attendees to hear a first-person account from a survivor of sexual violence.

December 2017/January 2018

Updates from the President

I love the sense of a fresh start that comes at the beginning of a new semester. It is great to have everyone back on campus and seeing our students reminds me how much faculty and staff do for them as they move through their educational journeys. At MCC, we care deeply about our mission and the students we serve.

This semester, we will continue to work on supporting efforts that promote student success and retention, improve learning environments, and enhance institutional efficiency and effectiveness. In each of these areas, there are many collaborative projects underway. At this week’s Opening Forum (Link to Presentation), we discussed a wide range of innovative collaborations but it is only a fraction of the many initiatives going on at this vibrant college.

samarasOver the break, I was involved in Martin Luther King, Jr. celebrations both in Bedford and Lowell. I am proud that our college participates actively in our communities to promote Dr. King’s message of peace and reconciliation. In an increasingly divisive world, this message still rings loud and clear. Additionally, I attended the swearing in of the new Lowell Mayor, Bill Samaras, former Headmaster of Lowell High School – it’s great to have a career educator in that seat.

Another highlight was an opportunity to sit in on part of the SOTL (Scholarship of Teaching and Learning) Winter Retreat and learn about the very interesting  work they are pursuing to increase retention. Their creative efforts, led by professors Sally Quast and Cathy McCarron, are research based and classroom focused and will be supported by the college.

Getting a chance to spend time with students is always a bonus, here are a few of my most recent meet ups:

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  • I had lunch with students in the National Science Foundation LSAMP (Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation) program that works to strengthen the preparation, representation, and success of historically under-represented minority students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Many thanks to Michele Stein, Assistant Professor, STEM for inviting me.
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  • My wife, Judy, and I caught up with two well-known alumni, Maria Aybar and Diego Garcia. Diego is fast approaching graduation at Boston University and Maria just completed her first semester at Amherst College.
  • Finally, I also had coffee with Sarah Marcotte, another MCC alum who just successfully completed her first semester at my alma mater Columbia University.

When asked about transitioning to their respective institutions, each student made clear that MCC had prepared them well. Each of these students will go on to do great things because MCC gave them a rare combination of opportunity and support that put them on the path to success.

We do good work here and I feel lucky to be part of a mission driven institution where helping others achieve their goals is our number one priority.

Please stay healthy and have a great semester.

– Jim Mabry


Upcoming Events

  • February 21 —  Transfer Fair, 10 a.m. – 1. p.m., Lowell Campus
  • February 22 —  Transfer Fair, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Bedford Campus
  • February 22 —  MCC Trustee Meeting, 7:30 a.m., Bedford Campus

MCC in the News


Current Grant Initiatives

AANAPISI Grant Update

Land of the Wandering Soul Panel DiscussionOn December 4, the Program for Asian American Student Advancement (PAASA) and the Boston Asian American Film Festival hosted a screening of the film “The Land of Wandering Souls”. The event engaged faculty, staff, students and community members in a conversation about the economic development and land cultivation in Cambodia after the civil war. This film provides a haunting glimpse into the lives of these indigent workers as they encounter painful remnants of the past in a landscape littered with human suffering, land mines and human remains.

Following the film, the audience had the opportunity to ask our distinguished panel about the documentary’s topic. The panel included Dr. Phala Chea who is an educator and administrator in the Lowell Public Schools; Claire Kamasaki, Professor of English at Middlesex Community College; Visal Chin from the Cambodian Mutual Assistant Association; Margaret Rack, Professor of Art at Middlesex Community College; Venerable Lem Mee from the Angkor Temple; and Soeun Sok who is the co-founder of the USA-Cambodia Basketball Program.


MCC 360 Update

mcc_360_fin_colorThe MCC 360 project has been moving forward with the implementation of EAB Navigate, the IPAS (Integrated Planning and Advising Services) solution which the college is purchasing with funds from Title III grant. Several cross-functional teams have been assembled from stakeholders across the college to help plan the rollout. The EAB team was on campus on January 10 to work with four functional teams: Academic Planning, Advising, Onboarding, and Communication. On that day, 30 faculty and staff received guidance as to their roles in the implementation over the next six months, while students provided their perspectives on navigating the current system and how new features may help them enroll at the college, register for classes, and persist into graduation and/or transfer.

EAB_navigateEAB Navigate will transform the entire student experience through promoting self-service guided by technology. The tool will help faculty and staff communicate with students more effectively, and offer more targeted just-in-time guidance. You are invited to take some time to become familiar with this exciting and potentially game-changing tool. Information on MCC360 and the EAB Navigate tool can be located at https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/mcc360/. For a presentation of the project that was conducted at Middlesex, please go to https://youtube.com/watch?v=SvQoahKvF5o&feature=youtube.be

A second grant activity, increasing student success through data analytics, is underway with a review of data warehouse and predictive analytics solutions. Several products are under consideration, with the goal of finalizing a contract by the end of FY18.


Academic Affairs

Advising

The Advising staff would like to welcome all members of the campus community back for the Spring 2018 semester. Over winter break, the Advising staff has been busy assisting students and preparing for the semester ahead.

The leadership provided from the Enrollment Working Group has led to a combined effort from Advising, Admission, Enrollment Management, and Student Financial Service staff to support walk-in registration for Spring 2018. Since walk-in registration began on December 19, the advising centers in Lowell and Bedford have assisted over 2200 students with their registrations for intersession and the spring semester. This does not include group advising sessions or one-on-one appointments during this time frame. This work would not be possible without the support of Enrollment staff and assistance provided by Admissions. We would like to thank them for their continued support. While we lost some registration periods due to inclement weather, the combined effort of all staff has made up for some lost time.

Thanks to the efforts of faculty and academic deans through the curriculum process and the great work of marketing, updates to Academic Maps for spring 2018 have been completed and uploaded to the college catalog and website. Our continued efforts in this area are important as we begin the process of onboarding EAB Navigate here at Middlesex Community College. This application will provide a great visual tool for faculty, staff, and students to work with in the future, and it all revolves around your great work on Academic Maps.

We have made some changes to staff in the Advising department. Winny Oyamo will now serve as a Coordinator of Advising for our Lowell Advising Center, while Jane Fain will now serve as the Coordinator of Transfer Affairs. These changes will allow for us to continue our diligent work around Pathways, EAB Navigate, and transfer-related work. We are also proud to announce that Josselyn Porter and Jacqueline Volk will now work as full-time advisors in Bedford and Lowell, filling past full-time positions. The Advising Department is also working closely with area Higher Education programs to provide graduate assistant opportunities to students, to provide them with relative work experience and encourage future practitioners in the field to see the great work being done at Middlesex and the possibilities of working in a community college environment.

As we move into the Spring 2018 semester the Advising staff is preparing training sessions for new faculty members and for the college community. The Academic Advising Institute will begin next week with training for new faculty and staff to the college. Sessions will include information on Advising Theory and Practice, Career Advising, Transfer Advising, Academic Progress, Financial Aid and other related topics. We will also begin to offer online advisor training for faculty and staff. We will share those dates with the faculty and professional staff shortly.

A new semester brings another round of advisor assignments for faculty and professional staff. We have worked closely with the academic leadership regarding assignments and hope to have assignments completed by the third week of the semester. Faculty and staff advisors will receive a communication from the department when completed, as well as tips throughout the semester to aid early registration for upcoming summer and fall terms.

In closing, we are excited about the renovation progress taking place in the Bedford Enrollment Building. New furniture has been delivered to the Advising Center and other offices on the first floor. Our workshop room is starting to come together with technology options being reviewed. Our goal is to provide a great space for students. A space where new students feel comfortable and supported during the onboarding process, while providing ample space for returning students to meet with advisors to assist with academic planning and utilize self-service applications on their personal or college provided devices for registration and more. It is starting to take shape and we encourage you to walk through to see the progress and say hello students and staff.

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Academic Divisions

Business, Education & Public Service

Business

  • Student Venture Fund committee members Kevin Seery and Gillian Inglis organized an extremely successful SVF fundraiser that brought in over $130 dollars.SVF Fundraiser Oct 2017
  • Jasmin Colon, Maureen Simolaris, and Kerianne Riley attended the Babson Entrepreneurship Forum in Newton on Nov 10.Babson 2017
  • Students in the Business Department participated in many IDEA Week activities including tours of the LowellMaker space, a finance talk from bankers at Leader Bank, and the DifferenceMaker@MCC IDEA Challenge.

Hospitality and Culinary Arts

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Tom Totman, COO of Webber Restaurant Group

The Hospitality and Culinary Arts Program hosted a two part speaker series discussing restaurant management on November 27 and December 5. Students heard from Tom Totman, the COO of Webber Restaurant Group, owners of The Gibbet Hill Grill in Groton and The Bancroft in Burlington, as well as Fireside Catering ; and Scott Plath, owner of Cobblestones of Lowell and Moonstones of Chelmsford. Both speakers talked about the challenges of the restaurant industry today, careers in management and answered many student questions, while offering some great career advice.

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Scott Plath of Stones Hospitality Group

Nursing and Allied Health

Mass Casualty Teddy Bear Triage Simulation – A Unique Way to Teach Disaster Preparedness


STEM

STEM News January 2018

Students Explore STEM in Winter Workshop

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Seventeen students recently spent a week of their winter break exploring science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) as part of an LSAMP (Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation) Winter Workshop, held on the Bedford campus.
The workshop was supported by a longstanding partnership with UMass Boston funded by the National Science Foundation, Urban Massachusetts Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Project. The grant is aimed at strengthening the participation, representation and success of historically under-represented minority students in STEM fields. The workshop was designed by Michele Stein. She and fellow faculty Patricia Richard, Linda Dart Kathios and Cris Algarra designed and implemented sessions. The students spent five days doing hands-on activities such as isolating DNA from their own saliva, dissected cow eyeballs, and designing roller coasters. The Winter Workshop helped give students a sense of community.

Biotechnology

4x3-slate-1.jpgBiotechnology MassBioEd has endorsed Middlesex’s Biotechnology Associate degree program and certificate program at the Platinum level. We are pleased to have our Biotechnology program recognized with this platinum endorsement from Mass Bio Ed. The endorsement validates the work our Biotechnology coordinator and faculty do on behalf of the program and its students. Further, this platinum recognition highlights the valuable work of our faculty in their collaboration with our industry partners and preparing our students for the Biotechnology workforce.


Enrollment 

Admissions

PathwaytoSuccess_Icon_colorOn December 5, the Office of Admissions and Recruitment sponsored a Pathways to Success Day under the direction of Jeff Tejada. With the assistance of guidance counselors, this event targeted first-generation students who are eager to attend college. We hosted 80 students from two of our feeder schools – Greater Lowell Technical and Greater Lawrence Technical High. This event gave students the opportunity to experience college for a day, complete with admissions, transfer and financial aid presentations, campus tours, and student engagement opportunities. One of the highlights was a student panel made up of current students and alumni who explained why they decided to attend MCC, what they do for fun on campus, what campus resources they use, and what they plan to do after graduation. And we know our students are our best advertisers! Many thanks to multiple members of the college community for helping to make this a successful event.

The second week in December we partnered with Colleen Winn to offer College Application Week at Lowell High School. Some impressive numbers: 154 participants submitted 167 applications to two and four year schools – and 89% of the students who applied to 2 year schools, applied to MCC!

Campus Tours and Information Sessions

Campus_tourWe continue to offer campus tours and information sessions for various populations. Cold weather is never a deterrent. We ended December and have devoted January to working with Advising, the Student Information Centers, and Testing Centers, to offer Walk-in Enrollment sessions. These three walk in weeks provide students with the flexibility to register without an appointment. Hopefully the weather will cooperate a few more days so we are able to register as many students as possible.


Enrollment Management

Spring 2018 Semester Key Dates

The Spring 2018 semester is underway. Full-term and Minimester I classes begin on Monday, January 22 and Minimester II classes start on Monday, March 26.

Key semester dates to remember include:

Drop for Nonattendance Grades Due
• Minimester I February 1
• Full-Term February 10
• Minimester II April 5

Last Day for students to Withdraw
• Minimester I March 2
• Full-Term April 18
• Minimester II May 4

Final Grades Due
• Minimester I March 21 at 10am
• Full-Term and Minimester II May 23 at 10am

Academic Calendar and Spring 2018 Final Exam Schedule

The 2017-2018 Academic Calendar (https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/academiccalendar/Downloads/acnew.pdf) was slightly revised to better reflect the final exam dates.

The Spring 2018 Final Exam Schedule with exam dates and times for Day, Evening and Online classes can be found at https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/finalexams/. Detailed room locations will be posted in April 2018.

Fall 2017 Graduation

Graduation review and awarding for Fall is complete resulting in 338 new Fall 2017 graduates. Students can pick up their diplomas beginning on February 16, 2018.

Enrollment Management Center (EMC) Activities

Over the past few months the EMC and SIC staff made over 1,000 calls to students to encourage registration and assist with questions or issues. A big thank you to the full- and part-time EMC staff for coming in over the holiday and on a recent snow day to make calls.

Banner 9 Implementation is Just Around the Corner….

The Enrollment Management Center staff have started to review their current processes by using the new Banner 9 forms. The staff are taking an active role in documenting the differences in their procedures, using the current Banner forms compared to the new Banner 9 forms. This documentation will assist other areas of the college in their testing and training plans.

Soft Docs Rollout – Human Resources and Payroll

The Human Resource and Payroll Departments went live with Etrieve Content. The two departments have created a total of 100 document types that can be stored and shared electronically amongst their own department. The latest version of Etrieve Content contained a critical security feature that allows only sensitive documents to be viewed exclusively by department users. Technical support can be granted by viewing the document structure such as area, document types and key fields, but not viewing the electronic document itself. A number of hours were allocated from HR, Payroll, Enrollment Management and the Technology Center staff to make this implementation deadline.

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Student Affairs

Civic & Service-Learning

Middlesex Community College has partnered with Up to Us, a national program building awareness and generating action around America’s fiscal future. Six MCC students will be competing against student teams from across the nation to create campus-based programs informing their communities about the long-term national debt. With support from their Principles of Economics faculty, the Civic and Service-Learning Office, and the Office of Student Engagement, these students will participate in regular webinars about the topic, promotion, and event management and meet frequently as a group to plan and implement their ideas. They will attend in-person campaign preparation in Oakland, Calif. in February and bring their events to MCC by the end of March. The top 20 teams will head to Washington, D.C. in May to participate in deliberative dialogue with senators around this critical issue.


International, Multicultural and Veterans Affairs

Social Justice in Action Conference

20171201_110818The second annual Social Justice in Action conference, focused on Fostering Financial Freedom, took place on Friday, December 1, 2017. The conference was well attended by 30 “transformer” students who took part in dialogues and activities that promoted awareness of the Social Justice issue of wealth inequality. At the end of the conference, students recognized how their personal experiences and perspectives impact their understanding of social justice issues. They demonstrated and articulated the process of collectively taking action in promoting equity and inclusion in our communities. At the conclusion of the conference, participants connected with UMass Lowell students and partnered with Fair Shot to share their debt stories with the hope of encouraging others who might be in similar journeys.


Veterans Club

The Veterans Club teamed up this holiday season in December with Cradles to Crayons. This non-profit organization provides items for homeless and low-income children living in the Greater Boston area with the essentials they require to feel safe, warm and valued. With the help of MCC faculty, staff, and students over 500 children’s books were collected as well as school supplies and assorted toys. The donations were delivered by Veteran Club members to a local donation site.

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Wellness

Social MediaThe 2017-2018 flu season has proven to be unusually challenging, as a particularly resistant and aggressive strain of the flu virus has made its way to all corners of the nation. The Office of Student Engagement has shared Newscaster information (provided by the CDC) to the MCC campus community about best practices for flu protection/prevention. Additionally, the OSE has scheduled two additional flu clinics, and is strongly encouraging those who have not already received a seasonal flu vaccine to do so. Flu clinics will be offered on Monday, January 29, from 9-2 on the Bedford Campus (Main St. – Campus Center) and on Thursday, February 1, from 9-2 in the Lowell Campus Upper Cafeteria. Please check Newscaster for additional information regarding the registration process and accepted health insurances.


Institutional Advancement

The Institutional Advancement team has been working together for more than a year now. Its’ mission is to advance Middlesex Community College through a strategically aligned team that is charged with identifying opportunities to promote institutional effectiveness and support student success.  As you can see from the organization chart below, it is a collection of departments that have come together in a synergistic way to advance the college.

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Marketing Communications

Marketing Efforts for Wintersession

There were many ways that Wintersession was promoted, below are some by-the-#s:

  • 10 print ads
  • Online ads yielding over 50k impressions
  • Showcase Movie Advertising (Lowell + Woburn)
  • RMV Advertising
  • Social Media (10 second animation reaching over 438 users)
  • Postcard sent to 5,500 recipients
  • Campus Table Tents, posters, and TV advertising


Marketing Efforts for Spring 18 (Including Mini-mesters)

There were many ways that Spring Semester (including Mini-mesters) was promoted, below are some by-the-#s:

  • 16 print ads
  • Online ads yielding over 100k impressions
  • Geofencing to 13 communities
  • Comcast TV Commercial (multiple zones)
  • Showcase Movie Advertising (Lowell + Woburn)
  • RMV Advertising
  • Instagram posts with a reach of over 1,900 users
  • Boosted FB ads (People Reached: over 11K, Post Engagement: 1500)
  • Multiple postcards sent to 16,000+ recipients
  • Spring 2018 + Mini-mester Promo with LTC
  • Campus Table Tents, posters, and TV advertising

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Need folders for an internal or external special event? Our newly redesigned #MyMCC folders are now available. To request folders, please email marketing@middlesex.mass.edu with “folders request” in the subject line. In the body of the email tell us: the quantity you need; the purpose/event you need them for; date needed; and where to deliver them. We will do our very best to fulfill all requests.


Advancement

Alumni Association Social

Alumni Event Group PictureOn Thursday, December 7, the MCC Alumni Association held its first social and networking event at the Nesmith House in Lowell. Close to 30 alumni, representing a broad range of class years from the first MCC graduating class of 1972 to the class of 2016, came to celebrate, connect, and share stories with fellow MCC alums. Fiona Almeida, MCC alumna 2012 and Alumni Association Board members, greeted the group and discussed that the Alumni Association’s mission is to engage MCC alums through social events and to provide opportunities for alums to network, to fundraise for the MCC Foundation, and to advocate for MCC in the community. Several alumni shared their MCC experiences with the group and talked about how the college has made a positive impact on their careers and lives. The MCC Alumni Association plans to hold more social events in 2018, and the Alumni Association is actively looking for members to join committees and to volunteer.

For more information about the MCC Alumni Association, go to: www.middlesex.mass.edu/alumni follow us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/middlesexccalumni, or contact Amy Lee, Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations at leea@middlesex.mass.edu.

2017 Year End Middlesex Fund Message

Through the generosity of alumni, faculty and staff, and community donors, the MCC Foundation Middlesex Fund provides funding for student scholarships, academic enrichments, and faculty initiatives. By supporting the Middlesex Fund, you are helping our students achieve their goals and dreams. Your gift can:
• Empower a young student who struggles to finance his/her college education
• Support an adult who needs new skills and education to begin a new career path
• Provide funding for innovative, sustainable academic enrichment and campus projects
• Address areas of greatest need for the college

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“Thanks to the generosity of the donors to the MCC Foundation, I am one step closer to my career goal.  Hopefully, one day I too will be able to contribute to the Middlesex Community College Foundation and continue the tradition of supporting future students.”

Jesse, MCC 2017 graduate – Nursing; PTK member, 2017 Secretary of the Student Nursing Club, and 2016 & 2017 MCC Foundation Scholarship recipient

You may choose to direct your donation to a particular area or existing fund such as a named scholarship or a college program. Thank you for your generosity and support!
To give online, go to http://www.middlesex.mass.edu/thefund. Full-time employees may give via payroll direct deposit. Payroll forms can be found on the foundation website: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/foundation/
To give by mail: Middlesex Community Foundation, P.O. Box 8681, Lowell, MA 01853
For any questions regarding the Middlesex Fund, please Amy Lee at leea@middlesex.mass.edu or 978-656-3028.
Remember the MCC Foundation while shopping online. If you choose the MCC Foundation for your charity on Amazon Smile, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of the purchase to the MCC Foundation.

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Corporate Education and Training

Corporate Education and Training delivered or will be delivering:
• First Aid and CPR trainings for LifeLinks. The courses are conducted at MCC in order to provide employees exposure to taking classes in a college setting.
• Managing Change trainings for Minuteman Senior Services at the Meetinghouse.
• Dealing with Difficult Client training for CTI at the James Houlares Early Learning Center.
• Basic Safety, Personal Protective Equipment, and Global Harmonization trainings at Montevideo Technology, Inc.—Torque Systems in Billerica, MA.
• Customized trainings for English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) at WNA in Chelmsford.
• Effective Communication trainings for Lowell General Hospital at the Main Campus.
• A Workforce Training Fund Program Information Session on Friday, January 26th from 8:30am—10:30am in the Trustees House. Kristen Rayne from the Commonwealth Corporation will be providing an overview of grant options and presenting content on the Workforce Training Fund.

Corporate Education and Training collaborated with Resource Development to complete and submit a Workforce Training Fund Grant for Monogram Gourmet Foods, LLC, in Wilmington that was awarded. The training topics will consist of English as a Second Language (ESL) courses, Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) training, LEAN training, Math in the Workplace, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, MS Word, Project Management, and Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) training.

Corporate Education and Training collaborated with Resource Development to complete and submit a Workforce Training Fund Grant for Aved Electronics, Inc. in Billerica. Topics will include ESOL, Electrical Mechanical Assembly, Critical and Creative Thinking, Management and Supervisory Skills, Inspection Techniques, Fundamentals of Problem Solving, and Basic Blueprint Reading courses.


Community Education and Training

MCC’s 1st Annual Food Truck Festival in conjunction with our 24th annual Craft Fair was a great success! It was a beautiful, crisp fall day with hundreds of people in attendance. Clyde’s Cupcakes sold out of cupcakes by 12:30pm and Phoenix Rising Pizza sold over 70 box tops. The Food Trucks in attendance included Souped-Up Foods, Clyde’s Cupcakes, Chez Rafiki, Teddy’s Lunchbox, Big T’s Jerky & BBQ House, Phoenix Rising Pizza, and Let’s Roll Egg Roll. AMP 103.3 radio provided music for a party-like atmosphere on the quad. Given Erwin Florist and Mill City Grows Mobile Food Market were a highlight as well. Thank you to everyone who helped support this wonderful event.

NC_cover.pngCheck out Community Education’s non-credit course catalog for the spring 2018 term. Enrollment is open.
https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/uniflip/sp18noncredit/

Lauren Ellis attended Career Night at Coalition for a Better Acre to talk about her role at the college to their after school youth program. It was great to partner with Coalition for a Better Acre as the Program Coordinator, Dolores Sierra is a MCC graduate. Keep your eye out for more happenings with CBA as Dolores is partnering with another MCC alumni, Nicholas Lopez, to launch a Teen Program in March 2018.

Fourteen students successfully completed our 4-week winter intersession Nurse Assistant/HHA training program, January, 2018.

Our spring 2018 term is under way. January classes include MTEL Exam Preparation classes, TEAS Exam Preparation classes, Digital Photography, Social Media Certificate Program, Accounting Fundamentals, Technical Writing Certificate Program, and Couples Cooking.


Homeland Security

Downes_7470The MCC Law Center works in cooperation with and is funded by the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office and the Massachusetts Office of Public Collaboration.
MCC Program on Homeland Security Executive Director Terry Downes made a number of recent appearances as a radio news analyst. On November 1 he was interviewed by WBZ Radio News/CBS Boston regarding the previous evening’s New York City massacre, when 29 year-old Sayfullo Saipov, an Uzbekistani immigrant living in the U.S., acting in the name of ISIS, drove a pickup truck down a crowded bicycle path, killing eight and injuring another twelve. Mayor Bill deBlasio described the attack as “a particularly cowardly act of terror”.

On November 4 Terry appeared on WBZ’s “Weekend Live” broadcast for two hours of conversation and listener questions, discussing the Manhattan truck attack, the Las Vegas mass shooting investigation, the recent shooting inside a Colorado Walmart, and analyzing the threat posed by ISIS to the U.S. and Europe during the upcoming holiday period.

On December 11, he was interviewed by WBZ News live on-air concerning that morning’s New York City subway attack. Akayed Ullah, a Bangladeshi immigrant living in Brooklyn, allegedly set off an improvised explosive device he had made and carried strapped to his body. Fortunately the device did not fully detonate; this resulted in serious injury to the bomber but only minor injuries to bystanders. Arrested immediately, he told police he was inspired by ISIS attacks on Christmas markets in Europe, and by the U.S.-led campaign against ISIS in the Middle East.

And on December 17, Terry returned to “Weekend Live” for another two hour discussion of the Manhattan subway attack, to review recent terror attacks around the country, and to analyze the current threat posed by ISIS-directed or inspired terrorists to holiday events in the U.S. and Europe.

In addition, Terry recently collaborated with Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan on an employer forum entitled “Workplace Violence and Mental Illness”, examining the growing phenomenon of violence against medical and nursing in hospitals and other medical settings. And he recently attended the Boston Corporate Security Symposium at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The symposium featured presentations and interactive audience participation with experts from the Department of Homeland Security, the F.B.I., the Massachusetts State Police and the Boston Police Department.


Government & Community Relations

  • MCC sent a team of 7 staff members to training Jan. 11th and 12th at Worcester State University for Title IX Training. Alisa Chapman attended as MCC’s Title IX Coordinator, as well as Phil Sisson, Pam Flaherty and Pat Bruno on behalf of Academic & Student Affairs, and Mary Emerick, Reggie Nichols and Marielle Abou-Mitri on behalf of Human Resources. This training focused on conducting investigations.
  • Alisa Chapman continues to conduct Active Bystander Training- Intervention for an Inclusive Community sessions. Future sessions of these trainings will be posted on Newscaster.
  • Alisa Chapman is conducting a Title IX Training Series for the Spring 2018 semester. The information for these is listed below. They will also be posted on Newscaster with campus location and times. If there are Departments interested in a specialized training or training during a department meeting, please contact Alisa Chapman.
    • January 25th (B) & 31st (L): Understanding the College’s Policy Against Sexual Harassment & Sexual Violence
    • February 9th (B) & 16th (L): Working with Pregnant & Parenting Students in the Classroom
    • March 6th (B) & 30th (L): Supporting Victims of Sexual Violence, Domestic & Dating Violence and Stalking
  • Alisa Chapman and Abby Vergados continued the CORI/SORI screenings for students in clinical placements for the upcoming Spring 2018 semester. These checks are required for all students in AHP courses and CET courses that have a clinical placement as part of the course requirements.
  • Director of Public Safety Daniel Martin, Bedford Campus Resource Officer Craig Naylor, Executive Director of Government & Community Relations Patrick Cook and Securitas Account Manager Jeff Peterson conducted an Active Shooter Training for students and faculty of the Lowell Middlesex Academy Charter School (LMACS). As these tragic incidents continue to occur across the country, it is more important than ever that people be armed with the tools that will help them choose their best course of action in the case of such an event.
  • Dan Martin hosted the December meeting of NEMLEC STARS on the Bedford Campus. These monthly meetings afford the opportunity for team members to review previous call outs, discuss upcoming trainings, and hold various trainings for members, ensuring that the most up-to-date information and procedures are available to all.
  • Since taking over the College’s transportation services, Dan Martin has been working to plan and coordinate shuttle driver services for Winter Session and the Spring 2018 semester. Dan has also been working to update policies and procedures relating to shuttle services on campus.
  • Lowell Campus Resource Officer Tom Hickey filed and A&B report on behalf of an LMACS student and instructed said student how to file for a harassment order. Officer Hickey also supported another LMACS student and parent with the steps to file a harassment order.
  • Officer Hickey assisted several students with various issues, ranging from a medical call to helping to locate lost property on campus. Officer Hickey also installed a car seat for an MCC staff member.
  • Bedford Campus Resource Officer Craig Naylor presented to two Intro to Criminal Justice classes on how to become a police officer. Officer Naylor also presented to a First Year Experience class about the job of being a police officer, not only training, but what it takes to successfully carry out the day-to-day responsibilities. In addition, Officer Naylor conducted a program for Transition students on online safety.
  • Officer Naylor attended annual training, covering topics including legal updates, defensive tactics, and CPR First Responder/Defibrillator training.

 

November 2017

Updates From the President

Innovation + Student Support @ MCC

IMG_1915The Mid-Term Open Forum on Thursday, Nov. 9, shined some light on a few of the innovative projects underway at MCC, and really highlighted how we are working together in very creative ways to support student success and retention. I found the presentations interesting and informative, as well as helpful in letting other committed faculty and staff to better understand some of the creative solutions being introduced to campus.

educauseThe “MCC 360” Title III grant is another vehicle through which Middlesex is building the infrastructure to better support and promote student success and retention. To research how data and data analytics are being used to drive student success, I recently attended the EDUCAUSE Conference. The conference attracts a wide range of colleges and technology vendors, and I was able to take a focused dive into emerging technologies and practices that directly support student success.

A few of my takeaways:

  • We have a lot of data on our students that we currently are unable to use to effectively promote student success.
  • Data can point us in the right direction, highlight issues, and give us timely warnings – but it takes a professional educator to design and implement the appropriate intervention and success strategies.
  • Emerging tools will provide faculty and advisors with actionable information that will help us keep students on the path to success.
  • Intervention teams using a case-management approach may be an effective model for supporting student success.

There is no silver bullet that will instantly permit us to help a very diverse group of students succeed. No technology will replace the positive interactions with our students that we engage in every day. However, as an institution with a long history of innovation and leadership, we must continue to explore emerging technologies and embrace promising tools that can assist us in helping our students in the most effective ways possible.

FA17_Profiles_Firsts_Page_01The latest issue of PROFILES magazine will be on campus this week. Our Fall ’17 issue highlights the many ways MCC supports our first-generation students. This issue also spotlights four current “first-gen” students – Hamid Bouagal, Stacy Holmes, Jennifer Khuy and Theresa Sherman – who are successfully progressing toward their goals.

Keep up the excellent work!

– Jim Mabry


Upcoming Events

  • November 25 – City of Lights Parade, 4:30 pm, Downtown Lowell
    November 28 – MCC Night at UMass Lowell Riverhawks Hockey vs Bentley, 7 pm, Tsongas Arena
  • December 5 – Trustee Meeting w/Student Government, 5:30 pm, Nesmith House, 229 Andover St., Lowell
  • December 8 – PTK Honor Society Induction Ceremony, 5pm, Bedford Café East
  • January 2, 2018 –  Wintersession begins
  • January 22 – Spring Semester begins
  • January 23 – Collegewide Open Forum, 2 pm, Bedford Campus Center

MCC In The News


Current Grant Initiatives

AANAPISI Grant Update

College Financial Literacy Workshop

In November, Robert Baumel, Director of Financial Aid Office, gave a presentation to students on the importance of completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at the Asian American Connections Center. The goal of the workshop was to help students gain a better understanding of the financial aid process, and to ask questions about the application process. In addition, Rob discussed the financial aid procedure for those interested in transferring to a four-year institution.

This workshop was the second in a series of workshops that the Program for Asian American Student Advancement (PAASA) is hosting on campus, as well as in our local communities, in an effort to increase college financial literacy.

Intensive English Institute (IEI) Pilot Year Update

Middlesex Community College launched a new Intensive English Institute this semester. Through networking and recruiting, we were able to reach MCC students and community members from the Greater Lowell area and beyond.

Our IEI students represent a wide range of countries and cultures, including Vietnam, India, Russia, Africa, Spain, Syria, Brazil, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic. As we continue to grow in diversity, in addition to the cultures currently represented our in-coming spring semester students will represent their native countries, which include China, Turkey and Afghanistan.

In the IEI, our students attend rigorous classes each week, Monday through Thursday, and participate in our “lunch and learn” experience. During “lunch and learn,” under the direction of Gillian Nsuh, Supplemental Instruction Leader, our students support their studies with targeted language lessons. They also participate in a conversation group led by Caitlin Jordan in our Academic Center for Enrichment; and work together as a student-lead study group, where they rotate roles; facilitator, time keeper, recorder, and presenter.

Lunch with Faculty Series

On November 7, the Asian American Connections Center hosted the first Lunch with Faculty, the first event in what will become a monthly series of events. The focus of the series is to support MCC students with their career-development process by exploring career options, learning networking skills, and job-search strategies.

Lunch with FacultyThe series is designed to provide students with an opportunity to engage in conversation with faculty members outside of the classroom. Ashli Ree, Associate Professor in Fashion Merchandising, was the first faculty guest speaker. Students were able to learn about her career path, and obtain valuable career advice. Students asked questions about what skills and experiences guided Professor Ree to her current position, as well as hear about challenges that she had to overcome in order to achieve her career goals.

Be sure to check Newscaster for the next Lunch with Faculty event.


MCC 360 Update

mcc_360_fin_colorThe MCC 360 kick off presentation occurred Wednesday, November 8th, in Cafe East of the Bedford campus. Representatives from EAB demonstrated Navigate, the enterprise management software, which the college is purchasing with funds from our current Title III grant. The intent of the kickoff was to help the college become familiar with the various modules and functionalities of Navigate, and to better understand our business processes related to student access, communications, advising, and registration – as well as technology and workflow audits. The PowerPoint presentation that accompanied the kickoff can be seen on the MCC 360 webpage: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/mcc360/. There is also a video of the day’s presentation for those who were not able to attend.

The next step is building the teams that will implement EAB Navigate. There will be a meeting with our EAB partners on January 10th for this purpose. In addition, a guide to building teams for EAB Navigate has been posted on the MCC 360 webpage.


Academic Affairs

First-Year Experience

IDS 105 ‘Interdisciplinary Weekend Course: Global Business’

Students, along with faculty, staff and Peer Champions/Mentors Tianna Guerra and Rhaisa Rhoden, filled the Student Lounge and Café East on November 3 and 4 for the IDS 105 weekend course on “Global Business.” From the time the activities began on Friday with a trip to the Peabody Essex Museum, until late afternoon on Saturday, students were engaged in activities and rich discussions that lasted the entire weekend.

On Saturday, Keynote, Rob Kaulfuss, presented his topic on “Perils and Possibilities: Is the Global Economy on a Sustainable Path?” Students were attentive, while also taking copious notes and asking many thoughtful questions. After that, the plenary panel, Prabha Dublish, Co-Founder of Womentum, Paula Murphy, Director of the Massachusetts Export Center, and Rafael Gonzalez, Chief Executive Officer of Enel Green Power North America, Inc., continued to engage students, while also educating and challenging them about each of their particular areas of expertise.

Just before lunch, the students attended the faculty-facilitated sessions with relevant topics: Michael Cermak’s “Fair Trade: Ethics and Scandal in the Effort for Justice and Sustainability in Internationally Traded Foods”; James Dottin’s “Foreign Direct Investments: The Transformational Impact on the World’s Emerging Nations”; Ashli Ree’s “Globalization of Samsung: From a Humble Trading Company to a Multinational Conglomerate”; and Peyton Paxson’s “Global Media and Ethics: An Overview.” The same interesting topics were offered after lunch, as students continued in their weekend course.

Once the students returned from their chosen sessions, Binnur Ercem engaged them with a film, “The Economics of Happiness,” followed by thought-provoking, lively discussions.

The weekend course finally came to an end as students gathered their backpacks, notebooks, water bottles, world maps and food – but not before Stacie Hargis reminded everyone of their assignment and due date. The “IDS 105-Global Business weekend” course came to an end, but the course was not over because the students still had to submit their assignments. Yes, there was an assignment, and a very comprehensive one at that!

As the students left Café East, they appeared very different than when they began their weekend journey. Not only was there a lot more chatter, but also signs of friendships and connections.


Library Services

Pop-up Librarians

Popup librarian

The MCC library has begun to offer library services at various locations across both campuses. Throughout the year, the three “Pop-up” librarians will be extending our reach by bringing library resources and services to students outside the library walls. Look for Kara Schwartz, Joanna Gray, and Kim Money, who will be coming soon to a building near you!

Presentation

Carrie Salazar presented a lightning round at the Dartmouth College annual library conference in October, where she discussed the MCC librarians’ collaborative process in creating their information literacy rubric, which will be used for both outreach and as an assessment tool.


Office of Professional Development

Call for Spring 2018 Minigrant Proposals

For any faculty or staff member interested in submitting a minigrant proposal for spring 2018, the deadline is December 15th. For more information, please visit our PD minigrant webpage at https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/professionaldevelopment/minigrants.aspx or email Peter Shea at sheap@middlesex.mass.edu.

OER Update

OER_IconThree members of the MCC community participated in a keynote panel discussion on open educational resources at the recent fall 2017 New England Faculty Development Consortium (NEFDC) conference held on Friday, November 17th, at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester. Faculty member Patricia Richard joined librarian Donna Maturi as they discussed OER implementation at Middlesex. The panel moderator was Peter Shea, MCC’s Director of the Office of Professional Development.

Assignment Design & Digital Learning Workshop for Educators

MCC PD is co-sponsoring an Assignment Design & Digital Learning Workshop for Educators to be conducted by Alan November, the well-known digital learning pioneer. The day-long workshop will take place at Northern Essex Community College on Wednesday, January 10th (with a snow makeup date of Thursday, January 11th). Any interested faculty should contact Peter Shea at sheap@middlesex.mass.edu.


Academic Divisions

Business, Education & Public Service

Business

Nine student teams pitched innovative ideas at the DifferenceMaker@MCC Idea Challenge Pitch Contest on Thursday, 11/16. Students from various disciplines, including business and engineering, presented. Ideas included technology, energy, agriculture, food, and product innovations. The first place winners, ClassRoots, will go on to pitch at UML’s IDEA Challenge in the spring. ClassRoots is a social networking application that organizes assignments by class, offers discussion forums, and has an integrated messaging platform for seamless communication with peers.

Guest judges included:
• Judith Hogan, Dean of Business, Legal Studies, and Public Service
• Diana Coluntino, founder of New Vestures Co-Working Space
• Raymond Hamilton CTO & Co-founder, invisaWear
• Susu Wong, founder of Tomo360

Find out more here: https://ideacentermcc.wordpress.com/


Fashion Merchandising

Students visited various fashion businesses on Newbury Street with Professor Ashli Ree to learn about the different types of visual merchandising. Students also discussed the shopping experience of being in a physical store environment compared to online shopping.

Ashli Ree also met with her Fashion Merchandising Advisory Board members to discuss transfer options and internship/career opportunities for the students.


Hospitality and Culinary Arts

The MCC Hospitality and Culinary Arts Programs were recently featured in an article in the Lowell Sun. Here is the link.


Humanities

Art Department

Jan Arabas, Professor of Art, exhibited a major installation piece as part of the exhibition, “Marking Time 2017: The Boston Printmakers 1947-2017 CELEBRATING SEVENTY YEARS.” The exhibit was hosted by the Cotuit Center for the Arts, Cotuit, MA. Arabas is a long-time member of the Boston Printmakers and has won multiple jurors awards in the international biennales hosted by the organization.


English Department

English Department Hosts Four Community Events

The English Department, Office of Student Engagement, and Commonwealth Honors Program joined forces to host four literary events. Poet Jill McDonagh read her award-winning poetry on October 18th in Bedford. On November 14th, Poet Juan Matos and Poet/Translator Rhina Espaillat presented a moving bilingual poetry reading in Lowell. On November 15th, fiction writer Kevin McIlvoy read from his latest collection in Bedford. Middlesex students and faculty read their original works of poetry and fiction at the open reading on November 22nd in Bedford. Thanks to English faculty Tom Laughlin, Jonathan Bennett and Willy Ramirez for making these events possible. ​


Music Department

MCC students performed at the Arts & Crafts Fair on November 18. Singer Cynthia Long, voice student of Anna Ward, was accompanied by Brent Kincaid, MCC class of 2010. Guitarists Trevor Sullivan, Brian Horn and Ryan Overoye, students of Raley Beggs, were also featured. They performed in the Bedford Campus Center as people shopped.

On Sunday, November 19 there was a master class for flute and cello students from Arlington High School in the Concert Hall of the Bedford campus. MCC faculty member Orlando Cela gave flute students Hannah Summers and Alex Colety a short individual lesson, and Renée Delgado, cello, worked with cello students Aidan Klingsberg and Charlotte Bell.

A series of public master classes will be a new component of the MCC Music Department Outreach Program. MCC music faculty members and guest artists will be giving public lessons/master classes to advanced students from area high schools. This will give talented high school students an opportunity to work with our music faculty and to perform in public at the college. These master classes will be presented on both campuses throughout the academic year.

Orlando Cela working with Hannah Summers. Renée Delgado with Charlotte Bell. MCC faculty member Carmen Rodriguez-Peralta accompanied on the piano.

December concerts in A World of Music Concert Series in the Concert Hall, Bedford

  • Friday, December 1 at 8:00 pm. MCC Faculty Recital. MCC Music faculty members Raley Beggs, guitar; Orlando Cela, flute; Carmen Rodríguez-Peralta, piano and Anna Ward, soprano will perform works from the Renaissance until the present. Works for a variety of combinations by John Dowland, Gabriel Fauré, Jacques Ibert, Hong-Da Chin and Gabriela Lena Frank will be performed.
  • Monday, December 11 at 12:30 pm. MCC Student Recital. Student instrumentalists and singers will be featured.

STEM

Teaching with Tablets

At the November 7 STEM division meeting, the focus was on teaching and highlighted some of the great faculty work that is done in STEM. John Smith, Michael Williamson, Robyn McDonough, Aisha Arroyo, Ryan Fried and Syeda Begum presented to faculty on how they use tablets in their teaching to enhance student learning. They shared with their peers how they use the tablet and what they have learned from its use. The presentations were well received and were followed up with a discussion with Joe Patuto on best practices and future options for use in teaching.

Engineering

On October 26th, the fourth Engineering Panel was held with over a hundred students in attendance on the Bedford Campus, Café East. This is a great career “feel-good” night in which five engineers working in the industry give their stories from college to where they are today.

On November 2nd, Dr. Bradley Lehman from Northeastern University visited the “Introduction to Engineering” classes to facilitate a laboratory on solar panels. Students had hands-on experience with solar panels and voltage readers, and were able to determine the ultimate power achieved with the panels.

The Computer, Engineering and Technology Department is excited to announce the new Associate Degree in Science Program for Electrical & Computer Engineering Students. Please spread the work to interested students. Beginning Fall 2018!

IT/Cybersecurity

On Thursday October, 19th, two classes of Ryan Fried’s IT students went to the Bartlett School in Lowell to talk about internet safety to a group of 6th-, 7th- and 8th-graders. In a world where everything is connected to the internet, and kids are connecting to social media without understanding the consequences of putting their information online. This presentation was timely and encouraged a conversation that a lot of parents aren’t sure how to handle.

Mathematics

In October, the Math Department administered the first round of the Student Math League (SML) exam. The SML at Middlesex is a member of both the AMATYC (American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges) and the NEMATYC (New England Mathematical Association of Two Year Colleges) Student Math Leagues. The League has grown to more than 165 colleges in more than 35 states, including Bermuda. It currently involves more than 8,000 community college math students. Any Middlesex student, full- or part-time, who has not earned a two-year college or higher degree, is eligible to participate. However, every student is welcome to join the fun, even if they have a degree. Two tests are given, one in October and one in March. The test is one hour long and contains 20 multiple-choice questions. Many questions assume a knowledge of precalculus mathematics: algebra, trigonometry, geometry and probability. Many of the questions are more like puzzles, and can be solved with a minimal knowledge of college-level mathematics.

We had 58 students take part in the SML this fall. The top five scorers make up the team. They are Steven Oslan, Adenine Pall, Donald Knott, Stephany Pang and Bonse Seraphine. Steven Oslan came in second in the Northeast Region of the league. Our team is currently in third place in the Northeast Region. In 2014 and 2016, our SML came in first in the New England region and was awarded plaques that have been placed on each campus. Professor Dora Ottariano coordinates the SML here at MCC, with help from Professors Michael Williamson, Tonka Zelenkova, Aisha Arroyo and Robyn McDonough.

Science

In November, the newly formed International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) student chapter held a re–showing of “Focused Trends from FDA: What are they focusing on during their inspection?” in the Federal Building Assembly Room. Four industry professionals, three professors (Paul Patev, Korynn Stoyanoff and Patricia Richard) and 33 students were in attendance.

Peter Shea, Donna Maturi and Patricia Richard will join others as Open Education Resources (OER) panelists at the New England Faculty Development Conference (NEFDC) on Friday 11/17.

Mariluci Bladon, Biotech Program Coordinator; Michele Stein, CET Department Chairwoman; Ryan Fried and Kate Sweeney attended the annual Massachusetts STEM Summit at the DCU center in Worcester on Nov. 14, 2017. The summit promotes STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education and workforce development from early childhood through adulthood. The theme for the 2017 Summit – Progress Through Partnership – celebrated the rich tradition of creative collaboration that has been the hallmark of the Commonwealth’s powerful STEM movement since its earliest inception.

Stephen Smith, a SCI 201 research student, under the direction of Jean Cremins, is following up on news reports concerning the bacteria found in commercial ice, such as bagged iced in grocery stores as well as restaurants. He will report his findings December 14th at the Health Fair in Lowell.

Jean Cremins presented at the October’s SoTL meeting on the strategic use of images in Bb to make courses more welcoming, organized and content rich. She also presented at the New Faculty Institute on November 8th on Bb’s new accessibility feature, “Ally” and tech tools to enhance student success.

The Belize Coral Reef Experience will take place June 13-27, 2018, under the direction of John Savage and Paul Patev. MCC’S “International Fellowship to Belize” is a 3-credit course and 1-credit “Coral Conservation Lab” with in-country travel and research. Students study coral reef ecosystems and the global perspectives of complex environmental issues, including marine resource management and the importance of reefs in Belize culture. Activities include data collection while scuba diving and/or snorkeling.

Paul Patev and Doug Moffat, coordinators of The Journal Club, will be holding meetings once a month on Thursday afternoons in LP405. Participants read a small selection of scientific journal articles focused on a chosen current scientific topic of interest prior to the meeting, and discuss their thoughts in a casual, open-forum format. The first meeting was held Nov. 16.

Mariluci Bladon has been invited to participate on the Biotechnology Education Foundation Steering Committee. She participated in a teleconference with multiple colleges and universities to share information and decide new improved communication among the various Institutions. She also attended the Biotechnology Education Foundation’s 2nd Annual Champions for Biotechnology Education Awards Reception on Nov. 8th. Professor Bladon accompanied seven Biotechnolgy students for a visit at Shire Human Genetics Therapies in Lexington on October 27th. They met with the managers and directors of the department dealing with different projects utilizing protein purification.


Enrollment

Enrollment Management

E-forms

Enrollment Management, Financial Aid, and Advising are reviewing eForms that have been designed for their departments. There are a number of Financial Aid eForms scheduled to be published to students within the next few weeks. Advising is reviewing various processes, such as the Three-Peat Process and Credit Overload Process in order to build an optimal and streamlined electronic process for students and staff. All veteran documents will be converted into eForms. Student Account and Health and Wellness documents are scheduled to be stored in Etrieve Content before the end of the calendar year.

Cultural Competency Workshop

Katharina Lach, Evelin Ovalles and Serrahtani Parrish participated in a cultural competency workshop that is being offered as part of the AANAPISI grant. The workshop focused on improving cultural awareness, understanding, and interactions with Asian American students and the community.

Health Records

A big welcome to Carrie Fantasia and Kathryn Johnian as they join the Registrar’s Office and the Enrollment Management division. The submission of health records now reports to the Registrar’s Office; please note that students should be bringing their health records to the Lowell Student Information Center or the Bedford Student Center.

Academic Calendar

The 2017-2018 academic calendar has been updated and incorporates two Mini-mesters. Spring Mini-mester I classes will run from January 22 through March 16; and Spring Mini-mester II classes will run from March 26 through May 18. Please see the revised academic calendar at https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/academiccalendar/Downloads/2017-2018g.pdf

Student Evaluations

It is time again to administer Student Evaluations for the Fall 2017 Semester. Full- and part-time evaluations will be available for faculty, beginning Tuesday, November 28. Faculty should pick up evaluations at the appropriate location, which is listed below.

All completed full-time evaluations must be returned by December 15,and all completed part-time evaluations by December 22.

Fall 2017 Final Grades

As the close of the fall semester nears, final grades must be entered through our online system by Monday, January 2, 2018, at 10:00am. In December, the Registrar’s Office will begin collegewide prerequisite checking and graduation review, so it would be greatly appreciated if all grades could be entered at your earliest convenience.


Office of Admission and Student Recruitment

The Office of Admission and Student Recruitment continually tries new ways to attract different populations. We love it when prospective students visit campus because students are always very impressed with our facilities, classrooms, and the services we offer. Kristie Faletra and Jen Migliozzi hosted students from Essex Technical High School interested in MCC’s Dental programs, and there are plans to do the same with Somerville HS. Jenna Engelsen toured the Bedford campus with Billerica Memorial High School seniors and parents on Billerica’s “College Visit Day.” The students were able to discuss MassTransfer and had the opportunity to meet one-on-one with Jenna to discuss interest in specific programs.

We also recruit in non-traditional venues. Jenna attended an Open House at Salem State University at their request and promoted Middlesex as an option. Alison Handy represented MCC at two fairs, the Lowell General Employees Resource fair and the Boston Children’s Hospital Employee and Family Resource Fair. She also attended the MCI Framingham women’s prison re-entry fair.

In addition, Alison is serving on the City of Cambridge College Success Initiative, a committee formed to support Cambridge students and families with obtaining a post-secondary credential. Committee members include representatives from various programs throughout the City of Cambridge, such as the Cambridge Housing Authority, Cambridge Rindge Latin School, Lesley University, Department of Youth Services, City Manager’s office, UAspire, and the Department of Human Services.

While we have always recruited in southern NH, we are making additional efforts in this area and focusing more resources. Camille Brown is launching a six-month series of lunchtime high school visits the first Friday of each month at Nashua High School North. In the past, we have been limited to a fall visit and a spring college and career fair. We feel this will increase our visibility and create more opportunities for conversations to promote MCC in the Nashua community. Also, in October we participated in the NH Job Corps Center Educational Fair at a recently opened center in Manchester that serves many MA residents.

Jeff Tejada, Alison Handy and Kristie Faletra are participating in Lawrence High School’s Application Weeks. This is an event that happens on several days over a three-week period that provides students the opportunity to apply to college and have their questions answered on the spot. This is sponsored by the Gear Up grant-funded program.

We are also constantly striving to increase our international student numbers. We’ve recently entered into an agreement with the International School of Advanced Learning, an intensive English language school located in Allston. We now have agreements with five language schools in the Boston area. These agreements allow students to attend MCC after successfully mastering language skills. We are very happy that plans are underway to enhance English-language instruction on the Middlesex campus under the AANAPISI grant, because that is the primary reason we are unable to offer admission to international applicants.


Finance

IMG_0579Middlesex Community College, Office of Finance is pleased to announce and welcome Christina Kelley to the team in her new role as Director of Procurement.

Christina began her career at MCC in 1997 , at The Career Place as a Database Administrator.  Christina  has a strong background in database development, data analysis, automating processes, overseeing office operations including purchasing, and training on policies/ procedures.

Christina Kelley’s  excellent work  at the Career Place  provides a strong base in  support to  faculty, staff, and student success, said CFO Frank Nocella.

Christina earned her Bachelor’s degree from UMass Lowell.


Student Affairs

International, Multicultural and Veterans Affairs

Many of the students, faculty, and staff at Middlesex have family and friends who have been directly affected by the recent hurricane that has devastated the island nation of Puerto Rico. Several in the MCC community were looking for ways to contribute and support those dealing with this natural disaster. During the month of October, the Latinos Unidos and Women’s Leadership Network club members collaborated and held a bake sale in order to raise funds to contribute and support those affected by the recent hurricane. These student organizations chose to send the raised funds to The Boston Foundation because they were impressed with this organization’s commitment to relief efforts, reconstruction, and economic recovery projects in Puerto Rico. In support of the partnership with The Latino Legacy Fund, the students donated a total of $860 toward Massachusetts United for Puerto Rico. Thank you to all that contributed to this worthy cause.

As part of the International Peace Series, a Soup and Stories program was held on November 13. Students, faculty and staff spent their lunch hour hearing a fascinating personal story told by guest speaker Luis Cotto, Executive Director of Egleston Square Main Street (ESMS), while enjoying delicious soup in the Lowell Campus Cafeteria. Luis, who has just traveled to Puerto Rico on a humanitarian mission carrying supplies to those in need, described an overview of global warming and the consequences of Hurricane Maria on the island. After the presentation, MCC’s Glaisma Perez Silva moderated a lively discussion.


Institutional Advancement

Marketing Communications

Add Your Headshot to Your Online Directory Profile

Screen Shot 2017-09-21 at 10.23.36 AMThanks to everyone who participated in the professional headshot photo session Marketing Communications conducted before November’s FSA meeting. We took 58 faculty and staff headshots before the November FSA meeting, and 48 in October.

Everyone should have received communication about distribution of their headshot, and most of the photos have been sent out. If you have questions about your headshot, contact Beth Noel at: noele@middlesex.mass.edu

Faculty and staff are encouraged to add their headshot to their online MCC Directory profile. To do this, log into myMCC and click on your name in the upper right corner. Select “about me” and click the “edit” button under your name. In the picture section, click on “upload picture.” You will then be directed to locate the photo that you saved on your computer. Once your new picture is loaded, click on “save and close.”

Online Directory updates are important. While you’re adding your new headshot to your profile, please take a moment to update the rest of your information. The online Directory is an important communications tool for prospective and current students.

Profiles magazine is on campus!

FAProfiles_ConnectorImageThe fall issue of Profiles, our alumni and friends magazine, is now on campus. “First-Generation Student Success” is the theme and the cover story features Ann Buskey’s TRIO Student Success Program, which supports 200 first-generation students each year.

We also include profiles of Bryan Wint, Director of Academic Advising & Academic Pathways; Sierra DeWalt, new student member of the MCC Board of Trustees; and alum Jasmine Lo, who is starting a paralegal career. (If you are unable to find a print version of the magazine on campus, please contact Marketing Communications: marketing@middlesex.mass.edu)

Here’s a link to the online 2017 fall issue of Profiles.

Wintersession and Spring 2018 Marketing Campaigns

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Campaigns to promote Wintersession and 2018 Spring Semester are well underway. Marketing Communications has produced postcards, print ads (in six local publications), online ads, social media posts and ads, on-campus promotions (including table tents, TV monitor slides, and posters), news releases, and radio spots (on Pandora and iHeart Radio) to market these enrollment periods.


Adult Learning Center

Karen Spengler (002)On August 8th, The Adult Learning Center welcomed Karen Spengler as the part-time Links Program Coordinator and Advisor. Karen comes to MCC with a dozen years of experience in higher education. She has worked with both traditional-aged students and adult learners in residence life, student leadership, Disability Services, educational coaching and advising. Links is a transition program designed for adults who have obtained a high school equivalency credential and would like to start college with focused academic support and advising. Karen is based on the Bedford campus but will be overseeing the expansion of the Links Program to the Lowell campus in the spring semester.


Corporate Education and Training

Corporate Education and Training delivered or will be delivering:

• Medical Administration Program and First Aid/CPR trainings for LifeLinks. The courses are conducted at MCC in order to provide employees exposure to taking classes in a college setting.

• Effective Communication Skills and Managing Change trainings for Minuteman Senior Services at the Meetinghouse.

Corporate Education and Training collaborated with Resource Development to complete and submit a Workforce Training Fund Grant for Monogram Gourmet Foods in Wilmington. Topics will include ESOL, Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point, LEAN Manufacturing, Math in the Workplace, Excel, Programmable Logic Controller Programming, and Project Management courses.

Conducted a Workforce Training Fund Program Information Session on Wednesday, November 8th from 8:30am—10:30am in the Federal Building. Kristen Rayne from the Commonwealth Corporation provided an overview of grant options and presented content on the Workforce Training Fund.


Community Education and Training

  • 30 students successfully completed our newly developed Customer Service training program with instructors Jan Romano and Laura Kangas. Several of the participants are employees from Lowell General Hospital and the Career Center of Lowell.
  • 9 students earned their Nurse Assistant/Home Health Aide Certificate, November 2017. We will be running an accelerated Nurse Assistant/HHA program during the winter intersession beginning December 18.
  • Seeking a RN educator: If you are a R.N. educator and have an interest in teaching part-time (once per year) in our Nurse Assistant/Home Health Aide program, please e-mail Caitlin Campopiano at campopianoc@middlesex.mass.edu
  • 24 students completed our SHRM HR Certification Exam Prep course, November 2017 to prepare to sit for the high stakes exam, Jan/Feb 2018.
  • 26 students completed our SHRM HR Essential course with business faculty, Patricia Morrow. This program is a great intro course for those just starting out in HR or for small business owners.
  • 17 students completed our 8-week social media certificate program, taught by MCC alumni and PR business owner Angela Mastrogiancomo.
  • 15 students learned how to create a successful Digital Media Marketing campaign with instructor Beth Noel.
  • Enrollment is now open for the spring 2018 semester! Catalogs will be on-campus shortly: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/careertraining/

M.I.L.E.S.
(Middlesex Institute for Lifelong Education for Seniors)

MILES Nov 17

UPDATE:  A big thank-you to our MCC staff and faculty who taught this fall: Edward Alessi, Patrick Cook, Jessica Frost, Stan Hitron, Rob Kaulfuss, Emily Norton, and all our MILES class facilitators. MILES is always looking for volunteers to facilitate a 2 hour class.

NEW for MCC: Any MCC faculty or staff member who volunteers their time for MILES will be able to use those hours toward college service. Share your passion with the community. Members love to learn about healthy eating, fitness, history, politics, poetry, art, diverse culture, theater, travel. A great photo from Cindy Mattson’s floral design MILES class in action is attached. If you are interested, please contact Lauren Ellis, ellisl@middlesex.mass.edu or x3669.

SAVE THE DATE: Wednesday, March 21 from 2 – 4 pm is our MILES spring 2018 opening session. Bedford campus, Café East. Keynote speaker is Joan Vennochi, Associate Editor and Columnist from the Boston Globe.


College for Kids

It is barely winter, but our College for Kids summer 2018 planning is under way. Be on the look-out for more programs offered on the Lowell campus. College for Kids summer enrollment begins February 20, 2018.


Office of College Advancement

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Save the Date! MCC Celebrates #GivingTuesday
On Tuesday, November 28, 2017, Middlesex Community College is participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to charitable giving. Celebrate this day by making a gift to the MCC Foundation.

Your gift to the MCC Foundation can:
• Empower a young student who struggles to finance his/her college education.
• Inspire an adult learner who needs news skills and education to begin a new career path.
• Support scholarship awards which range in value from $500 to $5,000 annually.
• Provide funding for innovative, sustainable academic enrichment and campus projects.
• Address areas of greatest need for the college.

To donate: http://www.middlesex.mass.edu/foundation/donate
Thank you for your support.

MCC Foundation Scholarship Application Open – Deadline is December 15th!
The MCC Foundation Scholarship Application is currently open, and the deadline for students to apply is FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15. The application and instructions can be found at: www.middlesex.mass.edu/foundation/scholarships.

For a list of the awards available, go to: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/foundation/fscholarship.aspx.
Please encourage students to take advantage of this opportunity to apply for awards ranging from $500 to $5,000. All awards are applied for the spring 2018 semester.
For questions regarding the application, the MCC Foundation Scholarships, or the online application process, please contact Amy Lee, at leea@middlesex.mass.edu.


Office of Institutional Research and Planning

The Office of Institutional Research and Planning supported the implementation of three collegewide surveys this fall – two for students, and one for faculty and staff. The first survey, a Facility Conditions Assessment, was requested by the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM) to evaluate students’ impressions of all of the public campuses. Second, the Wisconsin Hope Lab survey was sent to all MCC students to assess food insecurity in the community. Both the DCAMM and Hope Lab surveys were required by the DHE. Finally, working with the Office of Student Engagement, MCC employees were given the opportunity to fill out the National Faculty and Staff Health Assessment. This national survey was designed to describe faculty and staff employees’ health behaviors in order to provide better services and support. Approximately 20 percent of MCC employees responded. The Office of Institutional Research and Planning will work with the Office of Student Engagement to disseminate the findings.

In an effort to provide public access to enrollment information and demographics, the Office of Research and Planning has developed Fall Enrollment Dashboards using Tableau. This information will be updated each fall with enrollment information as soon as it is available. The dashboard can be found at https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/strategicplanning/

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