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


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


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 | 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



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.



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

Music instruments in world map

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.


13th Annual Women in STEM Luncheon


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.


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.


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.



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)

NYC Field Trip - ASIA

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


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.


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.

c0ywwzdxuaemuyo-jpg_large2018 Middlesex Fund

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:


  • 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.
  • IMG_2332I also managed to get through Skate Night unscathed and really enjoyed being on the ice with some self-described “first gen skaters.” Several students mentioned they were the first in their family to go skating. Kudos to Wellness Coordinator Emily Norton for putting this event together.
  • 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


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


  • 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

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.

Scott Plath of Stones Hospitality Group

Nursing and Allied Health

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


STEM News January 2018

Students Explore STEM in Winter Workshop


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.


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.



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.

Cradles to Crayons


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.


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


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.


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


“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.

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!


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


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.


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.


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.


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!


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.


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.


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 Management


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.


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/

(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/


October 2017

Updates From the President

I recently returned from leading an accreditation site visit team at a neighboring community college for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)/ Commission of Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE). Last year, I was asked by the president of CIHE, our regional accreditation agency, to lead a team of eight educational professionals to visit and report on how this college meets the nine new standards for accreditation. It was an excellent opportunity become familiar with these new standards.

Site visits are intensive, as you work on tight deadlines, trying to learn about and get a feel for an institution in a very short period of time. Throughout the visit, as I gained insight into how this college worked, it was impossible not to reflect on my home institution. What was happening was what I had hoped for: I was learning more about the best things community colleges can do, and thinking about ways to do them even better.

The whole exercise reminded me of the many enriching co-curricular activities we offer our students, and how this helps them learn and grow through new experiences and reflective exercises. Everything from leading the volleyball team to victory, to traveling abroad, to meeting state and local leaders helps our students gain positive experiences that help them grow as individuals. Perspective is wonderful and exceedingly useful, and I found the deep dive into the structure and culture of another college a beneficial experience that allowed me to reflect on the strength and successes I see every day here at Middlesex.

Another recent highlight was last Saturday’s Fall Open House. It was great to see students, faculty, deans and staff welcome our future students and their families to MCC. I especially enjoyed watching the community enjoy our beautiful Bedford campus on such a great fall day – the Bedford Quad was bustling. These touchpoints with our students are so meaningful and I am grateful to have such a collaborative campus community that supports our students at every stage of their journey at Middlesex.

– Jim Mabry

Upcoming Events

  • October 26 — MCC Trustees Meeting, 7:30 am, Bedford Trustees’ House, Galvani Room
  • October 27 & 28 – Murder at the Nesmith House Scholarship Fundraiser
  • November 9 – Mid-Term Open Forum – 2 pm, Bedford Café East
  • November 18 – Annual Arts & Crafts Fair, Bedford Campus
  • 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 23 – Collegewide Open Forum, 2 pm, Bedford Campus Center

MCC In The News


AANAPISI Grant Update

Meet Our New Graduate Fellows

The Program for Asian American Student Advancement (PAASA) welcomes two new graduate fellows, Argyro Armstrong and Diana Santana, to the team. Both fellows will be working in the Asian American Connections Center on the MCC Lowell Campus.

Roi photoArgyro Armstrong has several years of experience as an adjunct professor of English at Fitchburg State University and UMass Lowell. She received her BA and MA in English and International Affairs. Argyro teaches First Year Seminar (honors) at UMass Lowell and is a teaching assistant in the College of Education, providing writing support to doctoral students. Argyro is currently pursuing her PhD in Leadership in Education at UMass Lowell, focusing on English Language Learner students. In her new role, she will be assisting PAASA staff in mentoring students, as well as working to coordinate and enhance our College Financial Literacy Workshops.

Diana Santana photoDiana Santana currently works as a graduate assistant in the Office of Multicultural Affairs at UMass Lowell where she provides program support and coaches’ students in leadership development. Diana received her AA in Communications from MCC and her BA from UMass Lowell in Sociology and Gender Studies. Currently she is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Community Social Psychology. As a graduate fellow she will be assisting PAASA staff in mentoring students and coordinating PAASA events.


Asian American Family Night

Family Night picture

Over 50 participants attended the first Asian American Student Family Night event on October 12. The event was hosted by the Program for Asian American Student Advancement (PAASA).

Students and their families had an opportunity to learn about the wide range of campus resources, including Financial Aid, Personal Counseling, Student Accounts, Student Life and the Asian American Connections Center. Participants enjoyed a Cambodian dinner and the “Blessing” dance performance by the Angkor Dance Troupe. The program assists students and their families in transitioning to college by providing them with the opportunity to meet and build connections with staff and current MCC students.

MCC 360 Update

mcc_360_fin_colorIn September, MCC purchased a new-student product, and integrated planning and advising solution known as Navigate as part of the Title III Grant, MCC360 Success from the Start: The Path to Completion. On November 8th, EAB will be conducting demonstrations of its Navigate platform. Navigate consists of four key features: Guided Onboarding, Smart Academic Planning, 360 Advisor Dashboard, and Actionable Administrator Views. Demonstrations will be held in Café East on the Bedford campus at 9 am and again at 12:45 pm. This new and exciting product will help our students bring guided pathways on to their road to success.

In addition, MCC will be having a site visit from the Title III External Evaluators, Kathe German and Phil Sbaretta. The site visit will be Thursday, Oct 26th on the Lowell campus.

Academic Divisions

Business, Education & Public Service

Business – Entrepreneurship

DM Kick Off Workshop 1 Oct 2017DifferenceMaker@MCC kicked off with its first workshop focusing on idea generation and evaluating opportunities. Several students from across the school (six from Engineering!) convened with professors Sharma and Hargis.

Stoklosa Pop Up Shop @ Mill No 5 Lowell Oct 2017

Student Randy Nguyen volunteered at the first Stoklosa Pop Up Shop held at Mill No. 5 in Lowell. This student-led social enterprise sells student and faculty created goods. All profits benefit the Stoklosa After School Program, Stoklosa’s sister school in Cambodia, and a scholarship fund for future Stoklosa MCC students.

Fashion Merchandising

Students visited the New England Quilt Museum with Ashli Ree for a scavenger hunt. After completing it in small groups, the students had lunch at Jimmy John’s in downtown Lowell.


Students also visited the New England Apparel Club wholesale show in Royal Plaza Trade Center with students from Framingham State University. They observed how buyers and vendors work in the industry. In addition, Ree worked with local business owners and designers for internship and career opportunities for the students.



Hospitality and Culinary Arts

Culinary Arts classes are off to a great start at their new location, the UTEC Commercial Kitchen in Lowell. Students have been preparing some delicious recipes using brand new equipment in this state-of-the-art kitchen in the heart of downtown Lowell.

Professor Kim Morrissey’s Hospitality Management class toured the UML Inn and Conference Center on October 3rd. Students were given a behind-the-scenes look at hotel operations, and also had the opportunity to meet with several of the hotel’s managers.


Arts, Humanities & World Language Institute

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

  • Friday, November 3 at 8 pm. The Dylan Jack Quartet. This ensemble creates a unique blend of modern music inspired by 20th, and 21st century composers of both “classical” and “jazz.” Percussionist Dylan Jack is a 2008 graduate of MCC, where he majored in music, and he will be joined by Todd Brunel, clarinet and saxophone; Eric Hofbauer, guitar and Anthony Leva, bass.
  • Sunday, November 12 at 3 pm. The noted Ukrainian born pianist Anastasia Seifetdinova will present a piano recital including the Sonata mélancolique by Ignaz Moscheles, Variations sérieuses by Felix Mendelssohn, Papillons by Robert Schumann and the fiery Waldstein Sonata by Ludwig van Beethoven.
  • Tuesday, November 28 at 12:30 pm. There will be a performance which explores LGBT issues through music from the 1600’s until today on. MCC faculty member Anna Ward, soprano, will be joined by Rodolfo Girón, countertenor, Drew Ricciardi, viola, and Elaine Rombola, piano, to perform works by Claudio Monteverdi, George Frideric Handel, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Juliana Hall and Dominick DiOrio.​


This summer, Rick Pozniak, Adjunct, Communications Department, Social Sciences, served as a judge for 2017 Newspaper of the Year, awarded by the New England Newspaper and Press Association. He was also interviewed by CNN on the public relations problems being experienced by The White House.



Ryan Fried is working with students to prepare presentations to 7th and 8th graders in the Bartlett School in Lowell on Internet safety. The IT faculty member also has formed a relationship with BNMC, a local IT government contractor. BNMC staff were brought to campus for a tour, and staffers will be speakers in his fall classes. The company will also provide a summer internship for an IT student.

Professor Fried has also developed Open Educational Resources for his “Introduction to Computer Network Security” (NST 281) course, which saves students $200 compared to previous sections of the course.


Patricia Richard attended the 18th Annual National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science (NCCSTS) Conference in Buffalo, NY, which provided training and resources for teaching case studies in science and problem-based learning.

Students Tayaba Naz, Anant Verma and Jessica Wright-Lichter and faculty advisor Patricia Richard attended the ISPE Student Development Committee Strategic Planning Meeting in Waltham. The group discussed ways to assist other community colleges in creating their own student chapters.

Patricia Richard and former REU student Jessica Wright-Lichter attended recent talks at Tufts University by MCC students Timothy Cooney and Tayaba Naz. Timothy’s REU experience included a study of Cooper’s hawks, and Tayaba studied Interstitial Telomeres.

STEM faculty members Iveta Dinbergs and Patricia Richard are contributing to a handbook, titled “Best Practices for Intersession Teaching.”


Michele Stein met at Northeastern University prior to the fall semester to plan the upcoming year events for the S-Power Engineering grant. The group is hoping to encourage more STEM students in the energy research field.


Enrollment Management

Registration Highlights – Wintersession 2018 & Spring 2018

Intersession Icon2018_CMYKWintersession and Spring registration opened on October 12. Fall 2017 students received letters informing them of Spring 2018 registration and the steps necessary to enroll. On the first day of registration, 417 course enrollments had occurred.

Wintersession continues to be a popular accelerated option for students from MCC and other colleges. Wintersession postcards are being mailed to potential students in October to create a greater awareness of the course offerings. For more information on Wintersession, go to: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/registration/intersession.aspx.

Mid-term deficiency grading opened Wednesday, October 18th. Faculty are only required to enter deficiency grades for students performing at the “D” or “F” grade level, or who are otherwise in danger of failing your course. Mid-term deficiency grades are entered through Self-Service Banner (MiddleNet), and must be entered by 5 pm on Friday, October 27. Midterm grading for Late Start sections will be open Wednesday, November 1st through Friday November 10th.

Student Evaluations
AHP1 faculty members started picking up their evaluations on October 23.
Regular and late start full- and part-time student evaluations will be ready for pick up on November 28. More information on locations will be coming in November through email and on NewsCaster.

Online Graduation Application
Students can now apply for both Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 graduation through the online graduation application. This can be accessed when students log into the portal by selecting “Apply for Graduation” in the portal menu. With the online option and portal location, students have been applying for graduation earlier and with greater ease.

Transcripting Project
As part of the statewide MassTransfer initiative, MCC has been working on certifying the state A2B Pathways on our transcript. Lisa Gibson, Evelin Ovalles and Vanessa Ruiz are building the A2B Pathways for students to view how their coursework will transfer on from Middlesex to the Massachusetts state colleges and universities. The pathways are built through the what-if analysis in Degreeworks, and will also be transcribed on to an additional page on the students’ transcripts. Josephine Gorman and Bud Hall are working on certifying the A2B Pathways on the additional page of the MCC transcript. More information on MassTransfer and the A2B Pathways can be found at:

Electronic Forms
Enrollment Management and the Technology Center designed, created and published two Enrollment Management electronic forms, also known as eForms, onto the student portal. Students can now access two eForms, the ADM High School Certification Form and the ADM In-State Tuition Eligibility Form at any time and at their convenience. Enrollment Management Center staff can retrieve these eForms on their portal, process them, and have the student hold type(s) removed virtually on the same day. More self-service student eForms will be published and made available to students throughout the following semesters. The focus will be on designing and creating eForms for Admissions and Financial Aid to improve the student’s experience and assist them with their pathway to success.

Student Affairs

Student Support Services

Marilyn Yeo from Personal Counseling and Consultation Services, offered two lunchtime Academic Survival Skills workshops for adult students at Middlesex. The workshops, presented by Noreen McGinness Olson, Director of Academic Support Programs, were held in September on both campuses, and covered a variety of study skills and strategies. Students learned about important resources at the college and had the opportunity to connect with other nontraditional students – something they appreciated and enjoyed. Monthly lunchtime workshops on a variety of topics will be offered throughout the year.

Institutional Advancement


Murder Mystery Nights at Nesmith House to Benefit the MCC Performing Arts Scholarship
Friday, October 27 & Saturday, October 28
The MCC Nesmith House, 229 Andover St., Lowell.
Join us for a wedding reception like no other – it will be a Murder Mystery! Come meet the interesting characters who make up this colorful wedding party (played by MCC’s Performing Arts students). They welcome you as their guests at this wedding reception. Watch every move…observe their behaviors…interact with them….so you can help solve the murder that will take place during this special occasion.
Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the MCC Performing Arts Scholarship.
Tickets are available at www.middlesex.mass.edu/mystery

MCC Advancement and Corporate Education & Training Welcomes Barbara Maglio
The Advancement Office and the Office of Corporate Education & Training is pleased to announce that Barbara Maglio has recently joined their staffs, serving the two departments in the role of Administrative Assistant. Barbara began her career at MCC in 1999, working in many different roles at The CareerPlace. Barbara’s most recent position there was Program Coordinator, where she supervised the operation of grant-funded programs. All of us in Advancement and Corporate Education wish Barbara the very best of success in her new position. We are thrilled to have her on our team!

MCC Foundation Middlesex Fund
Did you know that the MCC Foundation Middlesex Fund supports student scholarships, innovative academic programs, and faculty initiatives? Gifts to the Middlesex Fund from alumni, friends, MCC faculty and staff, and community partners can make a difference in the lives of our students.
Please consider making a gift to the Middlesex Fund. You may choose to direct your donation to a particular area or existing fund, such as a named scholarship or a college program. To donate, go to: https://middlesex.thankyou4caring.org/pages/glr-donation-form-general or contact Amy Lee, leea@middlesex.mass.edu for more information.

MCC Foundation Scholarship Application Open
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.

MCC Arts & Crafts Fair Raffle to benefit the MCC Foundation
Raffle! Prizes! This year, the MCC Arts & Crafts Fair will feature a raffle to benefit the MCC Foundation.

  • First Prize – 4 tickets – 2017 Holiday Pops at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium, Sunday December 17, 2017, donated by Lowell Memorial Auditorium
  • Second Prize – Baseball signed by Red Sox legend David Ortiz and autographed Ortiz book
  • Third Prize – MCC hat signed by David Ortiz and a #34 Boston Red Sox Majestic White Authentic Collection Player Jersey
  • Fourth Prize – Cooking Italian themed basket, donated by Wegmans

To purchase tickets, go to https://middlesex.thankyou4caring.org/pages/raffle

Price: $5 for 1 ticket; $10 for 3 tickets; 10 for $20  Tickets may also be purchased at the MCC Arts & Crafts Fair: Saturday, November 18, Bedford Campus, 591 Springs Road

Drawing to be held at 2:30 pm at the MCC Arts & Crafts Fair.
You do not need to be present to win.
For more information on the MCC Arts & Crafts Fair, go to: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/craftfair/

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 Dennis Malvers at malversd@middlesex.mass.edu or Amy Lee at leea@middlesex.mass.edu and let us know about the alumni with whom you’ve kept in touch.

Corporate Education and Training

Corporate Education and Training delivered or will be delivering:

  • Noncredit advanced manufacturing training program through a Mass AMTC Tech Hire Grant. The program is designed to prepare unemployed or underemployed for entry-level positions in either electronics or machining. The students take their foundational courses at MCC’s Lowell campus and manufacturing training at Greater Lowell Technical High School. The program ends in April 2018 with the students taking over 400 hours of training.
  • Geometric Dimension and Tolerancing Training at Pace Industries in Billerica.
  • Medical Administration Recertification, 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.
  • Reflective Supervision training for CTI at the James Houlares Early Learning Center.
  • Group Leader Training at Mack Technologies in Westford. Training will include Effective Communication Skills, Lean Manufacturing Principles, Effective Problem Solving, and Computer Training.
  • Corporate Education and Training collaborated with Resource Development to complete and submit a Workforce Training Fund Grant for Flir in Billerica that was approved. Training will include Team Building, Negotiation Skills, and Business Conversation Skills.

Community Education and Training

The fall MILES Opening Session was a great success! Local artist Cathy McLaurin was the keynote speaker on October 4th. Cathy is Director of Special Projects at the Elizabeth A. Beland Gallery and Director at the Essex Art Center in Lawrence. There were 75-80 MILES members in attendance, both new and returning members. MILES classes began on October 5th and will run through November 16. We are planning for the spring 2018 MILES Opening Session, so mark your calendar for March 21st, Café East at 2pm. Thank you to our instructor volunteers! If you are ever interested in volunteering for our MILES program, please contact Community Education & Training. Share your passion with the community!

It is not too late to register for our noncredit course offerings in the personal enrichment area. There is still time to sign up for cooking classes at the United Teen Equality Center (UTEC) in Lowell. Come and learn to cook Basic Italian Cuisine on November 16th from 3 t0 6 pm. Check out our holiday floral design classes October 26, November 20, December 4, and 18 with Given Erwin Florist.

During the month of October our newly created Customer Service Certification Program ran with two sections. Employees from Lowell General Hospital and the Career Center of Lowell participated. Other October open enrollment classes included WordPress for Websites, Management Certificate Program, Social Media Certificate, Human Resource Essentials, Microsoft Excel Certificate, Business Computer Applications, and Intro to Cyber Security for Managers.

Nineteen (19) registered dental hygienists successfully completed MCC’s local anesthesia certification program on October 9. Thank you to our Dental Hygiene division/faculty and our Facilities crew for all your hard work in making this a successful program.

We will be offering a winter intersession of our Nurse Assistant/HHA program, December 18 –January 14. More info: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/careertraining/nahhc.aspx

MCC’s first Food Truck Festival will take place Saturday, November 18 from 11 am -2 pm in collaboration with MCC’s 24th Annual Craft Fair. Check out the vendors and stop by for tasty treats! More info: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/craftfair/foodtrucks.aspx

Homeland Security
Downes_7470Homeland Security Program Executive Director Terry Downes made three recent radio appearances, two on WBZ News radio in Boston, the third on WCAP Radio, Lowell. On WBZ, he appeared live for two hours of evening conversation regarding the devastation caused by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Jose. He was also interviewed by WBZ’s News Department providing analysis and discussion following the mass shooting at the Las Vegas Harvest Music Festival, that left 58 people dead and 546 injured. On WCAP, he appeared in a live afternoon drive-time broadcast providing analysis and discussion of the Las Vegas mass shooting.

On October 3, Downes addressed some 200 educators and law enforcement professionals at a K-12 School Safety Summit in Marlborough, providing an overview of recent terror attacks in North America and Europe, and outlining recent cyber-attacks directed against school systems around the U.S.

Marketing Communications

Media Preferences Survey

400-07988208 Marketing Communications is conducting an online survey to help improve the college’s marketing efforts. Everyone who completes the survey will automatically be entered into a drawing for a quarterly prize ($50 VISA gift card).

MCC is always seeking ways to improve our communication efforts. We want to learn more about how faculty and staff use media. Please take this short, fine-minute online survey: www.middlesex.mass.edu/survey

Get Your Headshot/Photo Taken @ FSA

Screen Shot 2017-09-21 at 10.23.36 AMThank you to everyone who participated in the professional headshot photo session at October’s FSA meeting. Your image(s) will arrive in your inbox shortly.

Headshots are available free of charge, and faculty and staff are encouraged to add them to their MCC Directory listings.

Marketing Communications has arranged for a photographer to take professional headshots of interested faculty and staff prior to the start of the November Faculty & Staff Association (FSA)  meeting in Bedford. You must pre-register to have your photo taken, and spaces are limited. Starting at 1 pm, time slots are broken into five-minute increments, and we can accommodate three people per slot.

•  Headshots @ FSA – 1 p.m. Thursday, November 2 (Bedford)

Please fill out this form to reserve your space: https://doodle.com/poll/2zw3pcay58uxidwf

NCMPR – District 1 Communicator of the Year

mcc_aradhya_ncmpr17.jpgMarketing Communications Director Jennifer Aradhya has been named 2017 District 1 Communicator of the Year by the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations (NCMPR), the premiere organization for two-year college communications professionals.

NCMPR’s prestigious Communicator of the Year Award recognizes a two-year college marketing, public relations or communications professional who demonstrates leadership in the area of college communications and marketing. Aradhya was officially given the award at the recent NCMPR District 1 Conference, held in Philadelphia, Penn.


Government & Community Relations

Director of Compliance/Title IX Coordinator Alisa Chapman and many representatives from across the campus are participating in an ADA Strategic Compliance Assessment with our state partners at DCAMM as well as outside consultants. This process started in June and is expected to last through the fall. These assessments evaluate MCC’s physical spaces, as well as our policies, procedures and programs. The consultants will be conducting a community meeting open to the MCC community. This will take place at the beginning of November. Please see Newcaster for the meeting announcement.

Alisa Chapman hosted over 20 of her colleagues from the community colleges on October 13th at the Meeting House. The meeting was for Title IX Coordinators and investigators. The meeting focused around the latest Title IX guidance from the Federal Department of Education, resource and information sharing, and bystander intervention training.

On October 26th, Alisa Chapman will be conducting a training Active Bystander Training- Intervention for an Inclusive Community. This training is provided in partnership with Bedford Embraces Diversity and provides resources for confronting behavior or language that is inappropriate, offensive harassing, abusive or dangerous. Alisa is available to conduct this training for MCC faculty and staff at department or area meetings. Dates for student trainings will be announced in November.

All mandatory state and federal disclosure notifications have been sent out to employees and students. For employees, those notifications included: The Annual Safety & Security Report, MA Domestic Violence Leave Law, Sexual Harassment & Sexual Violence policies, the Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act, and Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989. For students, those notifications included: The Annual Safety & Security Report, Sexual Harassment & Sexual Violence policies, the Availability of Financial Aid, Notice of Student Financial Aid penalties for Drug Law Violations, Voter registration, Privacy of Student Records, the Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act, MA General Law on Hazing, peer-to-peer file sharing and Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989. Please contact Alisa Chapman if you did not receive the notifications.

Director of Public Safety Daniel Martin attended the monthly meeting of the NEMLEC STARS team, training with X-ray machines, metal detectors, and body wands. These meetings help keep team members in touch with the most up-to-date methods of public safety.

Officers Tom Hickey and Craig Naylor, with the help of Dan Martin, Pat Cook, and the Lowell and Bedford police departments, took part in the national “Coffee with a Cop” campaign, offering students the chance to ask questions and have some casual conversation with members of our public safety team.

Lowell Police Officer Tom Hickey worked with staff from the Lowell Middlesex Academy Charter School to obtain restraining orders after numerous infractions/reports of disorderly conduct. Officer Hickey also conducted extensive video surveillance review to obtain information regarding two separate investigations.

Bedford Police Officer Craig Naylor took part in the “It Can Wait” campaign, promoting the consequences of texting while driving. Officer Naylor was stationed on the Bedford Quad, where a wrecked vehicle stood as a testament to texting and driving. Officer Naylor also conducted a welcoming session for the Transition Program on Cyber Safety/Cyber Bullying.

It Can Wait


September 2017

Updates From the President

Smart Start Professional Day – Opening Forum

It never ceases to amaze me how exciting it is to begin a new academic year! Right from the start, I enjoyed reconnecting with many of you and it was great to see how you spent your summer traveling, visiting family, and taking time to get centered.

We kicked off the academic year with a new Smart Start – Fall Professional Day and I want to extend my sincere thanks to the college community for a very successful collaborative effort. The workshop sessions were engaging and helped us explore a wide range of professional topics that will aid us throughout the year.

Next, we welcomed more than 1,000 new students during the two-day re-envisioned mandatory Student Orientation that helped them start their journey at MCC on the right foot. It was wonderful to see so many hands on deck getting our students connected and once again our fantastic Student Orientation leaders put their diverse styles of learning and leadership to good use. There was a great vibe going on both campuses, and I feel like we have begun the semester with some real momentum.

We will continue to assess the impact of Smart Start but the initial survey data was encouraging as more than 86 percent responded that the August version of Professional Day was better than, or equal to, the late fall professional day of previous years. Transforming a culture takes time and effort and the work by faculty and staff to make this new Smart Start a success is greatly appreciated.

I look forward to a great year and hearing your entrepreneurial ideas to help us break down the barriers in order to increase student success and retention, and make MCC a beacon for our wonderfully diverse communities.

– Jim Mabry

Upcoming Events

  • September 28, — MCC Trustees Meeting, 7:30 am, Bedford Trustees’ House, Galvani Room
  • October 5 — Faculty Staff Association (FSA) meeting, 2:30 pm, Lowell Cowan Center, Lower Café
  • October 2 — Late Start Session begins
  • October 4 —  MILES Opening Session, 2 p.m., Bedford Campus Center
  • October 21 — Open House, 9:30 a.m., Bedford Campus Center
  • October 26 — MCC Trustees Meeting, 7:30 am, Bedford Trustees’ House, Galvani Room

MCC In The News


AANAPISI Grant Update

Asian American Student Orientation

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On Tuesday, August 22, the Program for Asian American Student Advancement (PAASA) hosted a special orientation for new Asian American students. The program assists students in transitioning to college by providing the opportunity to meet and build connections with faculty, staff and current MCC students. As part of the orientation, students learned how to use MCC’s online tools, and were introduced to the wide range of college resources MCC has to offer. Students were also provided an opportunity to tour the Lowell campus, led by student mentors. This event was supported by MCC’s recent five-year, $1.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Asian American Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI) program.

Title III Update

mcc_360_fin_colorWe are pleased to announce that the college has entered into a partnership with EAB (the Education Advisory Board Company), and has purchased its EAB-Navigate product and services. EAB-Navigate has an extensive number of robust and exciting features that support many objectives identified in our Title III Grant, “MCC360 Success from the Start: The Path to Completion.”

This tool will enable the college to promote a deeper integration of student planning and advising tools. Many months of dialogue, product presentations, and vendor document reviews helped to achieve this new partnership. Implementation of EAB-Navigate began in mid-September.

As we enter year 2 of the Title III grant, we will shift our focus to procure solutions for CRM (customer relationship management) and data analytics resources.

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Academic Affairs

Hornet nest outside Phyllis Gleason’s office.

First-Year Experience

Our FYE team recently met in Phyllis Gleason’s office to discuss our FYE/IDS Program Review. While there, we could not help but notice the hornet nest (shown above) attached to the outside of her window. We were amazed to see a cross-section of the nest that is not what one usually sees when the nest is hanging from a tree. This intricate colony kept our attention as we talked about how remarkable it was to see this inner world of hornets. We also found ourselves trying to figure out how the hornets created their nest and why it was attached to the outside of this window. We checked out the size and shape, the maze-like pathways, and wondered how the hornets were so focused on the work they were doing – unconcerned about being observed. It was both exciting and mysterious at the same time to watch and envision how this nest and community was designed, went through changes, and what might happen to it going forward.

As we segued from the topic of the hornet nest to the program review, it was fascinating to think that there were similarities – especially if one views the program review as a natural process, whereby a collaborative work group is focused on learning more about the “why,” “what,” and “how” of a particular program. The work group, or team members, become engaged in research to find answers to questions that lead to information that helps to understand and learn more about the development, design and growth of a program. Also, the team works together through the inquiry process to come up with questions that are relevant to the program, and provide important information that impacts students, faculty and our college community.
The experience of the hornet nest is a good reminder that being curious is a good thing, because it also involves reflection and assessment – as will the FYE/IDS Program Review process.

2017 Fall Semester FYE/IDS Program Courses:
• IDS 101 Freshman Seminar
• IDS 102 Service-Learning
• IDS 103 Leadership
• IDS 104 Research
• IDS 105 Interdisciplinary Weekend: Global Business
• IDS 106 Career
• IDS 108 Wellness
• IDS 110 The Choices We Make
• IDS 116 Leadership in Action (LiA)
• IDS 117 Entrepreneurial Thinking
• IDS 120 Money Matters: Personal Finance

IDS Career Exploration Courses for Pathways:
• IDS 131 Business Career Exploration
• IDS 132 Health Career Exploration
• IDS 133 Public Service Career Exploration
• IDS 134 Social Science Career Exploration
• IDS 135 STEM Career Exploration

Offered in Spring Semester 2018:
IDS 130 Arts, Humanities & Communication Career Exploration

Office of Professional Development

SmartStart_Icon.jpgOur first Professional Day to be held at the beginning of the school year was a success! The theme was “Smart Start” and the feedback from the post-event survey was very positive. Below are some images from the day.

Academic Divisions

Business, Education & Public Service


Screen Shot 2017-09-21 at 10.20.36 AMThe Entrepreneurship Program is kicking off a new initiative: DifferenceMaker @ MCC is a new partnership with UML to offer innovative campuswide programming to engage all students in creative problem-solving, innovation and entrepreneurship. This initiative will include 3 workshops in October to help prepare students for a Pitch Contest during IDEA Week in November. The workshops will help teams of students identify a problem they want to solve (could be a social problem, such as homelessness, or a business idea – we are open to all sorts of ideas), assess the opportunities, understand their value proposition & business model, then prepare for their pitch. The pitch will be held the Thursday during IDEA Week, with lots of prizes to be won. The winner of the Pitch Contest will get to compete at UML in the spring during their big IDEA Challenge, with a chance to win A LOT OF MONEY to pursue the idea! Any student can participate. More info contact hargiss@middlesex.mass.edu.

Fashion Merchandising

Ree also had a meeting with a department manager from Nordstrom in Burlington Mall. They discussed how MCC and the company can work together to better prepare Fashion Merchandising and Business students for both internship and long-term career opportunities. After the meeting, Ree shared employment information with current students and graduates.

Human Services

Grant News
In April 2017, the Human Services Department received a grant from Wayside Youth and Family Services to provide training in the area of children’s behavioral health. In addition to existing MCC Human Services courses, curriculum was developed. Students attended an English/Writing noncredit course over the summer, and have begun the program. Under the direction of Human Services Chair Paulo Barrio and Children’s Behavioral Health Grant Coordinator Lisa Higgins-Smith, 17 students are enrolled in grant-paid Human Services courses to strengthen their skills in the area of children’s behavioral health.

Addictions Counselor Program Celebrates Graduates
The Addictions Counselor Program recognized the accomplishments of 16 graduates from its certificate program on September 21, 2017. Family, friends, and faculty joined in the 25th annual graduation ceremony and celebrated with the graduates, past and current students in the program, and several treatment agency staff. The highlights of the evening were the presentations by two of the 2017 graduates who recounted their personal journeys and also the successful employment in addiction treatment agencies by past and recent graduates.



Happy fall semester! During the opening of this school year, the Office of Admissions & Recruitment has had the opportunity to meet with many new and returning students. As we make our way through the semester, staff continues to meet with students who are interested in enrolling in Late Start courses. We are now coming up on one of our busiest times of the year, the 2018 recruitment season. Our focus will be recruiting high school juniors and seniors, as well as adult students, interested in attending this spring or next fall. In the coming weeks, staff will be visiting over 50 local high schools, including multiple college fairs and parent-information nights. Staff will also be participating in local community events, including Bedford Day, a job fair at the Bedford VA hospital, and a college fair at Lawrence Boys and Girls Club.

We have also begun planning our annual Fall Open House. This year the event takes place at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, October 21st, on the Bedford Campus. If you would like more information on the event or would like to get involved, please contact Admissions or visit www.middlesex.mass.edu/OH.

Enrollment Management


Welcome to Jamil Jean Jacques and Joseph Lindsey – our part-time Enrollment Assistants in the Enrollment Management Center. Jamil Jean Jacques earned his BA  degree from UMass Lowell, where he is continuing his education. Joseph Lindsey earned his AA at MCC and completed his bachelor’s degree at Salem State University.

Preferred Student Name

MCC’s Preferred Student Name Policy has been updated and can be found in the 2017-2018 catalog at https://catalog.middlesex.mass.edu/content.php?catoid=20&navoid=1843#_changing-biographical-data. Presently, preferred student names appear on the faculty class list, in Degree Works, and in SARs Grid. The Information Technology Department is working to allow preferred names to appear in Blackboard and other places, such as the online directory and college email. Students can submit their preferred name through the self-service portal, or they can contact the Registrar.

Fall 2017 Semester

The beginning of the fall semester has been busy and off to a good start. Some key dates to remember for the semester include:

  • Students can still register for Late Start classes until September 28.
  • The Drop for Nonattendance (DN) deadline for grades for full-semester classes is Friday, September 22. The DN deadline for grades for the Late Start semester is October 13. Dropping non-attending students will minimize potential financial and academic issues for students.
  • Mid-term deficiency grades for the full-semester classes are due by noon on Friday, October 27. Notices will go out to students by November 1 encouraging them to seek assistance if they have deficiencies. Mid-term deficiency grades for Late Start classes are due by November 10 with letters going out by November 14.
  • Wednesday, November 22, is the last day for students to withdraw from a class. Conversations before the withdrawal deadline (11/22) are encouraged for students who are considering the option of withdrawing vs. completing the course. Faculty and staff should remind students to speak to Financial Aid or other applicable areas (e.g., veterans and international students) when making decisions.
  • Final fall grades are due by 10 am on Tuesday, January 2, 2018. Graduation review and academic review will begin by January 5, 2018.

In September, a group of 226 students were named Summer 2017 graduates. Summer graduates were notified of their accomplishment, and they can pick up their diplomas beginning September 22, 2017.

Spring 2018

The planning and course scheduling for Spring 2018 is in progress! Registration is anticipated to open on October 12, 2017, for our continuing-student population. Letters to all currently enrolled students will be going out in early October to inform continuing students of upcoming Spring 2018 registration and to provide important information pertaining to advising, finances, contact information, etc.

Student Affairs

Academic Advising

New Advising Center

Over the course of the summer, Academic Advising on the Bedford campus moved to a new space within Building 9. The new space will allow advisors to meet with students in a multitude of different ways. Students will be able to view workshops on academic planning, transfer, and career assessment, or simply stop in to register online. As we grow and explore our new space, be sure to stop in to check it out. We plan on having an Advising Open House later this semester.

Walk-In Enrollment

The Advising team, with assistance from Admissions and Enrollment staff, served over 1,500 students during the Walk-In Enrollment period. This is in addition to over 800 new students who were seen over the summer in New Student Advising and Registration sessions. In support of our Late Start enrollment initiative, advisors have been available for a combination of Walk-In and One-On-One appointments.

Advisor Assignments

Advisor Assignments have been completed for the fall 2017 semester and are currently being uploaded into Banner and DegreeWorks. Once this process is completed, students will be contacted through a variety of channels (email, text, MyMCC) to ensure they have clear information on their assigned advisor. Faculty will be able to view and contact their assigned students through DegreeWorks and MyMCC. An Advising Guide will be shared with faculty and professional staff shortly.

With the spring 2018 enrollment period quickly approaching, it’s recommend that all advisors reach out to their students to encourage early registration and support of student success initiatives, including Honors, 15 to Finish, the Commonwealth Commitment, and much more.

Academic Maps

Over the course of the summer, through a collaborative effort with faculty, administrators, Advising and Marketing Communications, Academic Maps were updated. Recently a new rotation of maps were uploaded to the college website and catalog. An archive of prior Academic Maps has also been developed and added to over the course of the summer. With the college investing in EAB-Navigate, our work around Academic Maps is now more important than ever.

To view Academic Maps, visiting the following website: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/advising/academicmaps/default.aspx
Be sure to click “refresh” in your internet browser to pull the newest version of your selected map.

Academic Pathways

Our work around Academic Pathways/Meta-Majors continues within Advising. This summer, a strong emphasis in Advising was assisting our undecided student population with exploring a field of interest. Students selected an appropriate Academic Pathway and enrolled in appropriate courses, including First-Year Experience and Career Exploration courses. Our next steps include assisting students transition to an academic program by Spring 2018 or continue working on program prerequisite courses.

For more information on Academic Pathways, visit the following website: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/advising/pathways.aspx

Advisor Training Sessions

In addition to participation in New Faculty Training, Advising staff provide training sessions to the college community. With approaches to advising changing within higher education, it’s important that all of take the time to refine our skillset in this area. Training sessions revolve around our current practices, but also review NACADA resources for on-going improvement.

Advising will offer additional training sessions in October and November. Be sure to check NewsCaster daily for training dates. Faculty and professional staff may also visit our Academic Advising Institute website for resources around advising, DegreeWorks, Career Services, Transfer, Academic Progress and much more.

MCC Academic Advising Institute: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/advising/aai.aspx

NACADA Advising Resources: http://www.nacada.ksu.edu/Resources/Clearinghouse/View-Articles/Advising-as-teaching-resource-links.aspx

MassTransfer Pathways / Commonwealth Commitment

DKMGMh_WAAA5j--.jpg-largeAdditional MassTransfer Pathways have been added for the 2017-2018 academic year. With the addition of more pathways, more students are now eligible for the Commonwealth Commitment. Over the course of the fall semester, members of the Advising staff will conduct outreach to encourage students to sign up for the Commonwealth Commitment and review eligible pathways.

To view updates, visit the MassTransfer/Commonwealth Commitment website: http://www.mass.edu/masstransfer/

Academic Centers for Enrichment

This past August, the ACE Department trained over 100 student leaders to work as Peer Tutors and Supplemental Instruction (SI) Leaders. They are excited to help support MCC students! With the success of the SI Program, we have reestablished the SI Mentor role, through which five of our of veteran leaders gain additional leadership experience while mentoring our new SI leaders.

From left to right: SI Mentors Eno Adoghe, Matt Rondeau and Molyda Eang

nadeauLynne Nadeau joined Middlesex as a Reading and Writing Learning Specialist working in the Academic Centers for Enrichment (ACE) on August 15. Lynne comes to us with a Bachelor of Arts in English with high honors from Bates College, and a Masters of Arts in English Literature from Brown University. Previously, Lynne worked at Northern Essex Community College (NECC) for over 16 years and has extensive experience in implementing academic support best practices as a professional tutor, coordinator, and administrator. Lynne also brings her experience teaching “Basic Writing” and “English Composition I” to a diverse body of students at NECC. We are very excited Lynne has joined our team.

International, Multicultural and Veterans Affairs

Veterans Resource Center

The Veterans Resource Center is pleased to announce the appointment of two part-time Veterans Resource Coordinators who will be supporting our veteran students on the Bedford and Lowell campuses.

timTimothy Quinn will be working as the Coordinator in the Bedford Veterans Resource Center. He is a United States Navy Veteran having served five years during Operation Noble Anvil (Kosovo conflict) and Operation Enduring Freedom. He brings a passion and eagerness to help those who have served our nation’s military. Tim attended classes at MCC before transferring to Anna Maria College where he earned his BS in Fire Administration and master’s degree in Public Administration. In addition to his role at Middlesex, Tim is a firefighter for the City of Waltham and is married with four children.

JorgeJorge Morales-Lopez will be working as the Coordinator in the Lowell Veterans Resource Center. He is an Air Force veteran and was stationed with the 96 Transportation Squadron assigned to the 96th Air Base Wing Materiel Command at Elgin Air Force Base, Florida. He was then assigned the United States Central Command’s Joint Task Force Southwest Asia whose mission was monitoring and controlling the airspace south of the 32nd parallel during the period following the end of the 1991 Gulf War. Jorge is a graduate of Lowell High School and received his BA in Political Science from UMass Lowell. He is currently working on a master’s degree in English from Southern New Hampshire University. Jorge worked as a Victim Witness Advocate with the Middlesex District Attorney Office and also worked as a mediator with the MCC Law Center.

New Coordinator of Student Diversity and Inclusion

kizzyAgain this year, the Office of International & Multicultural Affairs has been selected as a site for a Merrimack College fellow as part of the Higher Education Fellowship Program. Kizzy Borbon will be working as the Coordinator of Student Diversity & Inclusion in the Multicultural Centers on the Lowell and Bedford campuses. In the role of the Coordinator of Student Diversity & Inclusion, she will play a pivotal, leadership role in the development and implementation of campus initiatives that work to support our students who are from diverse backgrounds. Kizzy graduated from Atlantic Union College with a BS in Business Administration and Accounting, and is pursuing a master’s degree in Higher Education at Merrimack College.

International Day of Peace

Peace_sign_SMThe International Day of Peace is observed around the world each year on September 21. Established in 1981 by a unanimous United Nations resolution, Peace Day provides a globally shared date to commit to peace above all differences and to contribute to building a culture of peace. This year, the International & Multicultural Affairs Office is sponsoring a new initiative, the “International Peace Series,” designed to promote understanding of different narratives, and encourage further dialogues within the college community. Beginning with the recognition of International Peace Day on both campuses, the series will feature events held each month this semester, including Lunch & Learn, Soup & Stories, and the annual Social Justice in Action Conference. Please look to Newscaster more information regarding upcoming events.

Office of Student Engagement

ssfd1-finalThank you to all faculty, staff, and student leaders who participated in making our New Student Orientation such a great success! Over 1,000 new students attended and the MCC community gave them an outstanding welcome. Students who missed the experience will be required to attend a make-up session on September 29th.

Student Support Services

TRIOIn August, the TRIO Student Success Program brought together students and staff for a team-building challenge course with the nonprofit Project Adventure in Beverly.  Spending the day together, participants focused on individual and group challenges, including low- and high-ropes courses, free falls, and trust-building exercises. The goals for the day included overcoming personal challenges, learning to work with small and large groups, and building relationships. It was a very successful day in which everyone helped each other and worked together to overcome obstacles, face new challenges and meet new people – and of course have some fun!

Pat Bruno, Associate Dean of Student Support Services, and Lynn Gregory, Personal Counselor/Student Affairs Consultation Liaison, presented a training session, called “Dealing with Distressed, Disruptive and/or Disturbing Student Behavior,” to the MCC Library staff on August 28th. Staff members were very engaged in discussing this important topic, and afterwards reported that processing the “real-life” behavior scenarios was extremely helpful and informative. We plan to offer more training sessions like this for other groups during this academic year.

Institutional Advancement


SM_graphics_SP17.791_MAR_SM_CCDayFenwayCommunity College Night at Fenway Park

Community College Night at Fenway Park with the Boston Red Sox takes place on Thursday, September 28.

Middlesex will be well-represented by students, staff, alumni, and friends as the Red Sox face the Huston Astros. Very few tickets remain (a few single seats) for the section of grandstand seats provided for MCC. For the latest information on any remaining tickets ($32), please contact Amy Lee in the Advancement Office at 978-656-3028. Tickets in general for this game are still available on the Red Sox’s main site. President Mabry and MCC student trustee Sierra DeWalt will take to the field, joining representatives from the other Massachusetts community colleges, to participate in a pre-game ceremony.

MCCF Murder Mystery!

SAVE THE DATE: Friday, October 27 or Saturday, October 28
LOCATION: The MCC Nesmith House, 229 Andover St., Lowell.

Join us for a wedding reception like no other: It’ll be a murder mystery! Come meet the interesting characters who make up this colorful wedding party (played by MCC’s Performing Arts students). They welcome you as their guests at this wedding reception. Watch every move, observe their behavior, and interact with them so you can help solve the murder that will take place during this special occasion. Watch for details on Newscaster. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the MCC Performing Arts Scholarship. This Murder Mystery at Nesmith House will give new meaning to the phrase, ” ‘Til Death Do Us Part.”

The 2017 PDA New England Scholarships Announced

The New England Parenteral Drug Association (NEPDA) has awarded its 2017 scholarships to 6 MCC students enrolled in the Biotechnology Program. Three students have each received a $5,000 Transfer Scholarship, and 3 additional students have each received a $1,000 Second Year Scholarship. The total amount awarded this year is $18,000. NEPDA has been a strong partner at MCC for the past 10 years. We are extremely grateful for their generous scholarships, on-going support of the MCC Student PDA Chapter, and their commitment to providing career opportunities for our Biotech students.

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 Dennis Malvers at malversd@middlesex.mass.edu or Amy Lee at leea@middlesex.mass.edu and let us know about the alumni with whom you’ve kept in touch.

Corporate Education and Training

Corporate Education and Training delivered:

  • Combined First Aid and CPR, Medical Administration Recertification trainings for LifeLinks. The courses are conducted at MCC in order to provide employees exposure to taking classes in a college setting.
  • Offered customized training for English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) training at WNA in Chelmsford.
  • Provided Group Leader training at Mack Technologies, Inc. in Westford.

Corporate Education and Training collaborated with Resource Development to complete and submit a Workforce Training Fund Grant for Pace Industries that was approved. Training will include Statistical Process Controls, Failure Mode and Effects Analysis, Leadership Skills for Managers, and Fundamentals of Performance Management.

Executive Director of Institutional Advancement Judy Burke spoke about Workforce Development at the Rapid Response and Business Engagement National Summit on September 1st at the Park Plaza Hotel in Boston with Roxbury, North Shore, and Bunker Hill community colleges.


Community Education and Training

Our fall noncredit programs are under way! Some of the programs that are starting this month include, Digital Photography, Floral Design, MTEL Exam Prep, Digital Media Marketing Certificate, Technical Writing, HR Certification Exam Prep, Pharmacy Technician, Nurse Assistant.

New this fall — Community Education and Training is partnering with Au Pair America to offer a series of open-enrollment, noncredit classes tailored for au pairs. Tuesday, September 19th from 6:30 – 8:30 pm, CET will be hosting an Au Pair Open House held at  Trustees’ House on the Bedford campus. Au pairs will be able to learn about MCC, tour campus, learn about the World Language Institute and register for classes that will be taught by MCC Professor Deb Botker and Boston Newborn Care. If you know of any au pairs looking for educational credits, please refer them to Lauren Ellis at ellisl@middlesex.mass.edu or call 781-280-3669.

CathyMcLaurinAs your calendar begins to get full, don’t forget the MILES Opening Session with artist Cathy McLaurin on Wednesday, October 4th from 2-4 pm in the Bedford Campus Center. This event is free and open to the public! More info: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/careertraining/miles.aspx

Community Education will participate in the following events/expos: Bedford Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Bedford Chamber of Commerce Leadership Luncheon, Lowell General Hospital Career and Education Fair, Lowell Harvest Festival, Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce Business Expo, and Power of Flowers Community Auction.
We also promoted/distributed  40 CET semester schedules to the City of Lowell/Bridge Street Business Owner meeting.

Marketing Communications

Update Your MCC Directory Photo

Screen Shot 2017-09-21 at 10.23.36 AMFree headshots @ FSA — The Office of Marketing Communications has arranged for a photographer to take professional headshots of interested faculty and staff prior to the start of the October and November Faculty & Staff Association (FSA)  meetings.  You must pre-register to have your photo taken, and spaces are limited. Starting at 1 p.m., time slots are broken into 5-minute increments, and we can accommodate 3 people per slot. Your photo will be shared with you within 3 weeks of the shoot. Headshots are available free of charge and you are encouraged to add yours to your MCC Directory listing.

• 1 p.m. Thursday, October 5 (Lowell)
• 1 p.m. Thursday, November 2 (Bedford)

Please fill out the form to reserve your space: https://doodle.com/poll/2zw3pcay58uxidwf

Campus Photo Shoot

400-04502644bThank you to everyone who has already reached out to participate in our next campus photo shoot scheduled for Monday, October 2. We still have some classroom slots available. The goal of each classroom photo shoot is to capture your students in action: engaging in small group work, listening to your lecture, working in the lab, etc. And the best part is it only takes 30 minutes! Participating is a great way to support the college mission and is one of the ways we illustrate that student success starts at MCC.

If you are interested in participating, please email noelb@middlesex.mass.edu use SUBJECT: Photograph My Class.

Did you know…

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.

MCC Folders Available


Need folders for an internal or external special event? Our branded MCC folders are available. To request folders, please email marketing@middlesex.mass.edu with “MCC Folder 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.


August 2017

Updates From the President

MCC_diversityAs we prepare to launch a new academic year and welcome our students back to campus, I want to take a moment to address the tragic events and turbulent aftermath that transpired at the University of Virginia and in Charlottesville. The violent expressions of racism, anti-Semitism and bigotry are in complete opposition to the values of our country and the core commitments of our institution.

The college’s Statement on Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity & Diversity states: “Middlesex is committed to providing a learning, working and living environment for its students, employees and other members of the College Community, which values the diverse backgrounds of all people. The College is committed to assuring that the “College Experience” is one that challenges, empowers, supports, and prepares its students to live in, work in, and value our increasingly global and diverse world. The College believes that the diversity of socio-economic, racial, ethnic, religious, gender, sexual orientation, age, and disability backgrounds of members of the College Community enriches the institution and its various constituencies. The College will not tolerate behavior based on bigotry, which has the effect of discriminating unlawfully against any member of its communities.”

As an educational institution dedicated to civil discourse and critical thinking, as well as providing learning opportunities for individuals of all backgrounds, it is necessary for Middlesex to stand in unity with the larger community when these fundamental principles are under attack.  Middlesex will always respect and protect the rights of both free speech and freedom from discrimination, as these are essential foundations for the learning environment. To this end, we are developing a new review process to ensure that requests to use campus facilities are in alignment with college policies.

The safety and well-being of all members of our community remains our focus as we prepare for the new academic year. I believe now more than ever, we need to do everything in our power to promote a system of higher education that is open to all and build pathways to success for everyone who walks through our doors. A well-educated population with opportunities for social and economic mobility is our best bet for a bright future.

I look forward to seeing you at Smart Start Professional Day on August 29.

– Jim Mabry

Upcoming Events

  • August 29 – Smart Start: Opening Day for Faculty/Staff, 8:30 a.m., UML ICC
  • August 30 & 31 – New-Student Orientation
  • September 5 – Fall Classes Begin

MCC In The News



College Financial Literacy Workshop

Fin. Lit Robert and screenOn July 25th, the Program for Asian American Student Advancement (PAASA) and the Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association (CMAA) co-hosted a College Financial Literacy Night. The purpose of the workshop was to help students and their families gain a better understanding of the financial aid process. Robert Baumel, Director of Financial Aid, presented tips on how to complete the FAFSA application, as well as an overview of the financial aid process. With the assistance of a CMAA staff translator, Visal Chin, we were able to present the workshop simultaneously in Khmer and English. The event was well attended by incoming students, current MCC students, parents, and community members.

2017 Southeast Asian American Studies Conference

Screen Shot 2017-08-21 at 12.32.05 PM.pngThe AANAPISI Team had a unique opportunity to participate in the 2017 Southeast Asian American Studies (SEAAS) Conference at UMass  Lowell on July 27-29. The SEAAS Conference is a national summit of researchers, community organizers, artists, students, service providers, policymakers, community members, and others. The purpose is to reflect on the histories and current states of Southeast Asian American communities and to discuss solutions to the most pressing issues facing Southeast Asians in the U.S.

Staff representatives from Middlesex attended the conference along with colleagues from other AANAPISI schools, including UMass Boston, Bunker Hill Community College, California State University East Bay, and Highline College. The conference provided break-out sessions that focused on programming best practices in improving access, retention and graduation of Southeast Asian American college students through the AANAPISI grant. The session’s presenters included Virak Uy, Director of Asian American Student Advancement Program at MCC, and Maria Puente, Interim Dean at Bunker Hill Community College. Additionally, the AANAPISI session attendees had an opportunity to visit the Asian American Connections Center at MCC.

MCC staff that attended the conference were Pam Flaherty, Dean of Students, Pat Demaras, Assistant Dean of International and Multicultural Affairs, Cherry Lim, Program Specialist, Noreen McGinness Olson, Director of Academic Support Program, Virginia Drislane, ELL Learning Specialist, and Yatsen Paak, ACE Program Assistant. Additionally, several MCC students also attended and served as volunteers throughout the conference.

Title III Update

mcc_360_fin_colorAfter a thorough review of the proposals submitted for the Student Portal and IPAS contract, a final vendor will be selected before the end of August. Following that, the MCC 360 committee will begin working in the fall on the next two requests for proposals — for the CRM and Data Analytics software.

Academic Affairs

First-Year Experience

FYE/IDS courses in the summertime!

Many students got a jump start on the fall semester by attending FYE/IDS courses in August. These three-day, IDS courses included “FYE/IDS 101 (Freshman Seminar),” “IDS 103 Leadership,” “IDS 106 Career Exploration” and “IDS 108 Wellness.” Some students even completed three of the one-credit courses during this time.

Students were engaged in collaborative group work and great discussions on a variety of topics. The leadership group focused on “social change” and explored leadership styles and skills, and individual and group values. The time spent on campus also provided many opportunities to learn more about the college community, support services and resources. Students also participated in myriad activities and even had fun! All in all, it was an exciting time to be on campus in August … see you in September.

Taking a short break outside Café East: instructor Melissa Welch and some of her students in the “IDS 103 Leadership” class.
Students in the “IDS 101 Freshman Seminar,” and Peer Champion Tianna Guerra, enjoyed a breath of fresh air with their instructor Willy Ramirez.

Office of Professional Development

SmartStart_Icon.jpgThe Office of Professional Development, in collaboration with the President’s Office, the Lowell Campus Manager’s Office, Office of Marketing Communications, and the indispensable Ellen Ricca in IT, has been hard at work preparing for our fall Professional Day on Tuesday, August 29th, in Lowell. The theme of the day is “Smart Start.” Along with the President’s Opening Forum in the morning, the central activity of the day consists of two sessions of various professional development presentations, followed by lunch at the UML ICC, and a reception in the late afternoon. For more information, please visit the Professional Day web page at https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/profday17.

Academic Divisions

Business, Education and Public Service

Fashion Merchandising

Ashli Ree had a meeting with the store manager and the district manager from Brighton Collectibles in Burlington Mall. They discussed how the school and the company can work together to better prepare Fashion Merchandising and Business students for both internships and long-term career opportunities. After the meeting, Ashli shared employment information with current students and graduates.


Performing Arts

MCC-ChilderenTheatreMCC’s College for Kids three-week Children’s Theater program, directed by Performing Arts Chair Karen Oster, culminated in performances of “Lion King Jr.” at the Merrimack Repertory Theater on July 28th and 29th.


Nursing and Allied Health

Dental Assisting, Dental Hygiene, and Dental Lab Technology

logocoda2xThe Dental Assisting, Dental Hygiene, and Dental Lab Technology programs were notified that the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA), at its  August 3, 2017 meeting, granted these programs the accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements,” until the next site visit in 2023. Congratulations to the faculty and staff in these programs for all their hard work and dedication! And a special thanks goes to Peg Bloy, Apollon Bouzerdan, and Karen Townsend for providing the leadership to achieve this very positive finding.

And there’s more good news: Amanda Kozik, a second-year Nursing student, was recently awarded a $500 scholarship by the Altrusa Club of Merrimack Valley. Selection is based on merit, financial need, and academic ability. Congratulations Amanda!



The Office of Admissions and Recruitment is busy as ever preparing for the fall semester.

  • wie_buttonStaff members are hard at work meeting with new and returning students during Walk-in Enrollment, enrolling students in selective programs, recruiting at our scheduled campus tours and information sessions, and visiting our community partners.
  • Recently, Assistant Directors Alison Handy and Jenna Engelsen hosted a group of 55 young students, ages 6-10, on our Bedford campus. They were accompanied by high school and college student chaperones as part of the new Power Scholars program out of Woburn. We believe it is never too young to expose children to the benefits of a higher education, and look forward to working with this organization again in the future.
  • Additionally, we will be piloting a new on-campus recruiting event this fall. The Admissions staff will be offering combined information sessions and tours on both campuses. This will allow prospective students and families a place to gather information about MCC and ask questions, as well as a chance to see both of our amazing campuses! Please feel free to interact with staff during our tours. We love when faculty or staff give us a wave or even stop to say a few words.
  • Lastly, we are beginning to plan our fall Open House. Please save the date, Saturday October 21st, on the Bedford campus. Be sure to keep an eye out for information in your email about how you can participate in this important recruiting event. We are always so lucky to have collegewide participation.See you in September!

Enrollment Management

Bedford Student Information Center
Over the summer, the first floor of the Enrollment Center was updated and transformed to create a more student-focused and welcoming environment for student services. Lisa Gibson, Assistant Registrar, is now located in Bedford with the SIC’s Christopher Parcella, Serrahtani Parrish and Abbie Takvorian. Please come by and visit our newly restored location!

Enrollment Management Center
Congratulations to Carolyn Delehanty who finished the Mill Cities Leadership Institute on June 8th. In Carolyn’s words, “This program opened my eyes to the injustice impoverished people face every day. From homelessness, to incarceration and prejudice.” Because of the program, Carolyn has started a campaign, “Volunteer now, ask me how” that was showcased at MCC. She has also enrolled in courses to begin her master’s degree in Community Social Psychology at UMass Lowell.

Enrollment Systems

  • Degree Works – Degree Works UAT (User Acceptance Testing) for version 4.1.6 was completed by Enrollment staff with an upgrade taking place on August 7. This recent version will allow Enrollment staff to use the web-based Scribe application, rather than desktop application.
  • Parchment  – A process to release individual electronic transcript orders that are on hold for grades was implemented. This process allows Enrollment staff to release these order types when students’ grades have been rolled and updated in Banner, reducing the delivery time from several days to less than one hour.
  • Enterprise Content Management System – Enrollment staff is working with the Technology Center on completing the final preparations to release several electronic forms within our ECMS (Enterprise Content Management System) to students. This student self-service feature will reduce the need for paper documents and the staggering number of touch points it takes to have this type of information processed. Certain student holds, such as high school certification and in-state tuition eligibility, can be released by an Enrollment staff member within an hour rather than in days.

Fall 2017 Registration
Please see the June/July issue of Middlesex Connector for many of the changes in registration this summer. Highlights include:

  • Increased Walk-In options – This summer, students were provided many options for walk-in registration and testing; appointments and evening options were also offered to meet varying student needs.
  • On-time registration – New students must register by August 28th for day classes; after August 28th new students can register into our Late-Start classes.
  • Changes to the Enrollment Exception form – New students will no longer be able to obtain permission for Late Admit status; the Enrollment Exception form has been revised to eliminate this option. See this link.
  • Fall 2017 Final Exam schedule – The final exam schedule has been posted on the college website.

Student Financial Services

New Drop for Nonpayment Policy for Late Registrants

  • After review of data analytics from previous academic years, where statistics have shown a strong correlation between outstanding account balances with low course completion and GPA rates, Middlesex is now requiring a firm financial commitment for those students that initially register for the Fall semester after July 31st.Specifically, students will need to address their semester bill within two weeks of registration by doing the following: pay their bill in full; set up a payment plan with MCC; or apply for financial aid (and be in compliance with U.S. DOE minimum academic progress standards). Faculty will be notified of students who are withdrawn from their classes after the start of the semester via email by the Student Accounts Office. Please contact Christopher Fiori, Director of Student Financial Services, if you have any questions regarding this policy.

Student Affairs

Office of Student Engagement

Introducing the Office of Student Engagement

The Center for Health & Wellness and the Center for Leadership & Engagement have merged! The team will continue to provide integrated learning experiences that lead to student success, while also encouraging a sense of community pride, joy and well-being among the student body and beyond. The redefined joint mission statement reads: “To provide engagement opportunities and cultivate student success, within and beyond the classroom, with a focus on developing the whole student.” Every program and service offered will represent at least one of the following tenets:

  • Learning is a life-long process and occurs through a variety of experiences.
  • Personal wellness and life-balance are essential for student success.
  • Leadership is a process and attainable by everyone.
  • Engaging in the MCC community is central to student success, and creates a more satisfying and rewarding college experience.
  • Inclusive student-centered programming supports the growth and success of individual students and our entire campus community.

Stay tuned for a robust calendar that will continue to include wellness education, leadership development, faculty-student engagement opportunities, and social, athletic and recreational experiences. Over-the-counter health/first-aid supplies will still be available in limited quantities until depleted.

New Staff Member

IMG_9704The Office of Student Engagement welcomes Kirsten Morrow to the team! Kirsten brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from her time working as an MCC Academic Advisor and her previous years in higher education. Her interest in student development theory will continue to serve students well. She begins her role as Coordinator of Engagement & Retention on August 28th.

Student Support Services

valerieDisability Support Services welcomed Valerie Morse to our team on August 14th. Valerie was hired as a part-time Disability Support Specialist and will be working on the Bedford campus assisting students with classroom accommodations and support services. Valerie comes to us with a strong background in special education working in the Pelham, NH, school district as an Access Specialist, Inclusion Facilitator, and Special Education Teacher/Case Manager.

Our Transition Program held its Annual Orientation on August 15th and 16th for the new class of 19 students starting in September. Our Transition Program team of Nancy Sleger, Terese D’Eramo and Kaleigh Tardiff has been busy working all summer to prepare for the new class this year. The Transition Program is a two-year, noncredit certificate program designed for students with significant learning disabilities who would find college-level academics too challenging, even with extensive supports.

The ICE Program (Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment) held its Welcome Day on August 17th. The ICE Program is a dual enrollment opportunity for high school students with intellectual disabilities, ages 18-21, who are enrolled in a participating school district. Program Coordinator Dawn Gross led this session welcoming four new students to the program this year.

Institutional Advancement


Save the Date!

SM_graphics_SP17.791_MAR_SM_CCDayFenwayThursday, September 28, is the second annual Massachusetts Community College Day at Fenway Park with the Boston Red Sox! Join Middlesex alumni, students, faculty, staff, donors, and friends, along with other community college graduates from around Massachusetts, and cheer on the Red Sox as they play the Houston Astros. Prior to the game, the Red Sox will acknowledge students from each community college within Massachusetts.

Limited tickets are available!
Date: Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 7:10 pm
Ticket price: $32
http://bit.ly/17redsox for tickets

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 MCC, etc! Contact Dennis Malvers at malversd@middlesex.mass.edu or Amy Lee at leea@middlesex.mass.edu and let us know about the alumni with whom you’ve kept in touch.

Corporate Education and Training

A Department of Labor Mass AMTC Tech Hire Grant was recently awarded to Mount Wachusett Community College. Middlesex, Northern Essex and North Shore community colleges are sub-recipients on the grant. Middlesex offered a training program centered around Quality in July. Nine students will graduate on August 24th from the Quality Training program.

Corporate Education and Training delivered:

  • Combined First Aid and CPR, Medical Administration Program training for LifeLinks. The courses are conducted at MCC in order to provide employees exposure to taking classes in a college setting.
  • Customized “Financial Fundamentals” and “Project Management” training at Enterprise Bank in Lowell.
  • A Project Management Professional (PMP) Exam/Review Prep course for the Mass Army National Guard military personnel at Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford.


Community Education and Training

Community Education graduated 25 Nurse Assistant students in summer 2017, day and evening sessions.

Our fall noncredit programs are enrolling! Some terrific new programs include:
• Digital Media Marketing Certificate
• Graphic Design for the Nondesigner Certificate
• Customer Service Certificate
• Preparing & Supporting Students with Disabilities
• ServSafe Re-Certification
• Cybersecurity for Managers
• Driver Education
• French & Basic Italian Cuisine (cooking classes in partnership with UTEC)
• SMART Self-Defense
• MTEL exam prep
• Early Colonial America – classes for Au Pairs

Complete course listing link: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/uniflip/f17noncredit/

College for Kids

20841805_1766358673405005_153203108947416295_nBoth campuses were very active this summer with our College for Kids summer program! This summer, during the month of August alone, there were 150+ youth learning all about science and coding, making cakes and cupcakes, getting comfortable with the inner workings of film production and Stop Motion/I-Movie Software. Our Veterinary program attended Middlesex Country Animal Hospital and Strongwater Farm (therapeutic equestrian center) alongside our Digital Photography program that took pictures of all the action. Lastly, our MCC Children’s Theater production of “Lion King, Jr.” was a smashing success! Kudos to all the CFK summer staff and CET staff for enabling College for Kids to have such an impact on our youth.


MILES_timeless_SP17Do you have a passion or expertise that you would like to share with the community? The Middlesex Institute for Life Long Learning for Seniors (M.I.L.E.S) provides a rich learning environment for active older adults. If you would like to volunteer to lead a two-hour workshop (held 2-4 pm) this fall or in spring 2018, please email Lauren Ellis, MILES Program Manager, at ellisl@middlesex.mass.edu. We welcome topic suggestions. For more MILES info, visit our website.

Marketing Communications

Screen Shot 2017-08-21 at 9.41.15 AM.pngThere are lots of great reasons to choose MCC. The Office Marketing Communications selected 10 of them and created a fun video to share with students who are considering enrolling in college. Check the video out at www.middlesex.mass.edu/10.

mcc_genericbannerCheck your closets and storage areas – Retractable Banners WANTED
If your office has an old or unused retractable banner like this one, please return it to the Marketing Office. We are eager to repurpose the hardware for the new academic year.

Our office is always on the lookout for professors who are willing to let us take photographs of their classes. These photos are an essential component of the college brand and are just one of the ways we are able to illustrate student success at MCC. If you are willing to have a photographer visit your classroom this fall, email noelb@middlesex.mass.edu use SUBJECT: Photograph My Class – our next shoot is scheduled for Monday, October 2.

Government & Community Relations

Director of Compliance Alisa Chapman has attended various trainings throughout the summer to ensure the College is up-to-date with best practices and current State and Federal regulations. These trainings include, Title IX, Sexual Violence response, Clery Act reporting, ADA for employments and emergency response.

Alisa Chapman and many representatives from across the campus are participating in an ADA Strategic Compliance Assessment with our State partners at DCAMM as well as outside consultants. This process started in June and is expected to last through the fall 2017 semester. These assessments evaluate MCC’s physical spaces as well as our policies, procedures and programs. Any questions regarding this assessment should be directed to Alisa Chapman.

Alisa Chapman, Patrick Cook and Dan Martin are in the final edits of the Annual Safety and Security Report. This report is in compliance with the Clery Act. The report covers various policies, 2014-2016 crime statistics for each campus, as well as our Emergency Response protocols and notifications. It is important for all members of the community to review the report and familiarize themselves with the policies and procedures in the event of an emergency.

Alisa Chapman has been asked to assist the Concord/Carlisle community with developing a Bystander Intervention program. This is still in the early stages; however, a group of community representatives will be meeting in the middle of September to develop the training which will take place later in the fall.

Alisa Chapman and Abby Vergados have been working to complete all clinical placement CORI/SORIs for AHP and CET for the Fall 2017 semester. Timely processing of these forms help to ensure that all students enrolled in courses that require clinical placements will be ready for placement at the start of their classes.

Director of Public Safety Daniel Martin has been updating the Active Shooter Presentation and Training for the upcoming Smart Start day on August 29. Dan will also be using this presentation for subsequent training opportunities on campus as we move into a new academic year.

Dan Martin, with support from Facilities, has been working on planned changes to the parking lots on the Bedford campus. These changes will not affect students, but will result in more streamlined parking designations for faculty, staff, and visitors.

With some changes to security personnel, Dan has been working with Lowell CRO Tom Hickey and Bedford CRO Craig Naylor, as well as Securitas Account Manager, Jeff Peterson, to ensure a smooth transition into the Fall 2017 semester.

Technology Center

The college’s wireless network has been expanded to provide even more coverage from anywhere on campus and easier connectivity. New wireless network names are MCCGuest and MCCWiFi. MCCGuest provides an unsecured connection to the internet/www. MCCWiFi provides a secure connection. Staff, Faculty and Students should choose to use MCCWiFi when connecting their mobile device or laptop to the wireless network. The secure MCCWiFi connection also provides a persistent connection for authenticated users, whereas the MCGuest access requires users to re-login after 48 hours.
The college is pleased to announce that the Technology Center Service Desk Tier One response is now provided by BlackBelt Help. BlackBelt Help is a 24/7 service desk and can be reached anytime day or night, holidays, and weekends at x3301 (978-656-3301). BlackBelt Help will answer the calls or emails and provide support for issues that they can resolve immediately and escalate those that cannot be resolved by them to Technology Center staff for internal resolution.
Now students, faculty, and staff on the Bedford Campus can have access to on-site service at the Walk-In Service Desk in Bedford, located in AR (Bldg. 1), 2nd floor. The Bedford Walk-In Service Desk should be open for business by mid-September.
Banner 9 is a major upgrade to the Banner enterprise application system which will provide new functionality and a completely new look and feel. Many back-end projects have been completed to prepare the environment and systems infrastructure that is mandatory for the upgrade. More work will continue to happen in the coming months to achieve a smooth and successful upgrade for this major piece of college software.
Students and faculty will experience better performance and response from the new and improved VDI infrastructure. CAD and Engineering labs have moved into the VDI environment as well starting this Fall semester. One of the major benefits of using VDI technology is the ability of students and faculty to use the same software used in the classroom from off-campus, making it easier and more convenient for students to complete assignments. Students and faculty can access the VDI system from on campus or off campus on the My MCC portal by clicking the Academic Virtual Desktop link under My Launchpad.
9 new Capital Skills Grant computer classrooms and 10 English Composition mobile technology classrooms have been provisioned for the Fall semester. These classrooms provide wireless projection from laptops, iPads, or iPhones using Apple TV devices installed in the rooms. Classrooms, wireless projection, iPads for faculty and students in English Composition courses.
Blackboard LMS has undergone a major cumulative upgrade. This upgrade allows for the college to implement the new Ally product from Blackboard into the system. Ally is a revolutionary product that focuses on making digital course content more accessible which benefits all students, not only those with disabilities. Ally provides alternative accessible formats for course content items and provides feedback and tools to the instructor on how to improve the quality of their content. Nancy Curll has joined the Technology Center team and will be a resource for the Blackboard Ally product.
Another new tool in Blackboard, which replaces the Digication system, is the Blackboard Portfolio system. Portfolios are an invaluable tool in academic and professional development. They provide a powerful medium for students to efficiently collect and organize artifacts representative of work completed over time.
Faculty, staff and students can now access their email through the MCC Mobile app. Download the mobile app from the Apple or Google Play stores. More information on MCC Mobile available here: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/technologycenter/mccmobile.aspx
The My Links list of links on the My MCC portal have been categorized, refined, and redesigned to provide easier access to major systems. More improvements are planned including the ability for users to move and organize the links themselves into a “favorites” category and to collapse and expand categories. Another addition to the My MCC portal is the My Inbox web part that provides a quick view of most recent items in your e-mail inbox. The My Inbox web part appears on the portal for Faculty, Staff, and Students. For students, we hope that it provides a more visible presence to their college email and encourages them to read their college e-mail often. A future enhancement for this web part is a “privacy screen” to hide it, if desired.
The Technology Center has completed an internal reorganization. Kevin Belfiore’s title is Principle Manager of IT Services, Pramod Bhardwaj’s title is Principle Manager of IT Infrastructure, and Ellen Ricca’s title is Principle Manager of IT Applications. Nancy Curll has joined the Technology Center as Instructional Technologist and is a resource to faculty for Blackboard.

June/July 2017

Updates From the President

Frank Nocella

On June 13, 2017, the MCC Board of Trustees passed a balanced interim budget for FY 18. This marks a huge turnaround in the budget situation we faced a year ago, and I want to thank leaders throughout the college who, along with our dedicated Board of Trustees, helped us reshape the fiscal landscape at MCC. I also want to thank our interim CFO Betty Ann Learned for helping us put in place open and transparent budget processes that will be continued by our new CFO, Frank Nocella. With our fiscal house coming into order, we can now focus on investing strategically in projects supporting student success.

Across this college, dedicated educational professionals are continuing to roll up their sleeves and do great work. As we build collaborative processes to promote entrepreneurial innovation, broad participation and a collective passion for student success will continue to emerge and be nurtured. Below, I want to highlight just a few outstanding examples of collaborative innovation – and more examples will be showcased in the submissions that follow.

At the cross-divisional Enrollment Working Group (EWG), active participation and energetic “discussions” flow as ideas are explored, and revised processes and policies to support student success are emerging. Through a free-flowing process of open participation and questioning, this group is doing some exciting work. They may get a bit raucous at times, but they get things done! Who could ask for more?

Creating a New-Student Orientation is an exciting collaboration between faculty leadership and Student Affairs, and is led by Rebecca Newell and Joanna Delmonico, with support from many areas of Student Affairs, CAO Colleen Cox and many others. They are planning some innovative interactive activities to engage new students and get them on the path to success.

LC-201Over the summer, we have started upgrading learning environments on campus through the innovative work undertaken by Resource Development, IT, the FSA Technology Committee, and Facilities. Susan Anderson and her team helped MCC secure a $475,000 MA Skills Capital Grant that is financing the rebuilding and upgrading of nine engineering and CAD classrooms. With advice and input from the FSA Technology Committee, and support from IT and Facilities, another 10 classrooms are getting extensive upgrades. We hope to keep this program moving forward as we upgrade and improve learning spaces across both campuses.

As we look forward to the start of the new academic year, many collaborative ventures are happening at MCC that will promote and support student success. At the Opening Forum, part of August 29’s Smart Start: Opening Day for Faculty/Staff, we will highlight more innovative projects underway at Middlesex. It will be great to have everyone back for Smart Start and I look forward to hearing about your summer adventures.

Until then, enjoy the summer!
Jim Mabry

Upcoming Events

  • August 9 – MCC Night at the Lowell Spinners, 6:30 p.m., LeLacheur Park
  • August 29 – Smart Start: Opening Day for Faculty/Staff, 8:30 a.m., UML ICC
  • August 30 & 31 – New-Student Orientation
  • September 5 – Fall Classes Begin

In The News



New Intensive English Institute Classroom

PAASA_iconThe AANAPISI grant has been able to purchase and equip the new Intensive English Institute classroom with the latest technologies. The creation of this new classroom will allow MCC to support innovative pedagogical approaches that will help our ELL students to be ready for college-level courses. Construction has begun on the fourth floor of the Cowan Center. We anticipate the new classroom will be ready for the start of the fall semester.

Academic Centers for Enrichment English Conversations

The Lowell Writing Center is offering “English Conversation” sessions throughout the summer that are designed to help English language learners increase fluency and boost confidence in speaking English. Sessions are held in small groups and guided by a tutor, giving each student ample opportunity to speak and be heard. For more information, contact the Writing Center (City Building, LC 406B) by phone 978-656-3365 or e-mail Mari Sapina-Kerkhove at sapinam@middlesex.mass.edu.

New AANAPISI Specialist

Cherry Lim bio pictureCherry Lim is the new AANAPISI Specialist for the Asian American Student Advancement Program working in the Asian American Connections Center. She has most recently graduated from Boston College with her master’s degree in Higher Education Administration. While pursuing her degree, Cherry worked at Boston College as a graduate assistant where she helped plan and coordinate various projects. In her new role, she will be providing individualized student support – in the form of counseling, advising, and mentoring students through the Connections Center. Additionally, Cherry will assist in coordinating programs and services for the Asian American Student Advancement Program.

Title III Update

mcc_360_fin_colorAn MCC 360 Summit was held on Tuesday, June 20th in Café East Bedford. Members of the Title III MCC 360 Advisory Committee met to discuss the Requests for Proposals that were sent out to vendors on Wednesday, June 21st. The advisory committee reviewed the rubric for assessing vendor proposals and made suggestions on ways to improve it.

One change announced at the summit: Instead of submitting a single comprehensive RFP, three RFPs covering student portal and IPAS, CRM (with AANAPISI grant) and data analytics were discussed and the first RFP (student portal and IPAS) was submitted to vendors on June 21st. Eight vendors responded. The next step in the process is to review the documents submitted by each vendor and to complete the RFP rubric.

Academic Affairs

First Year Experience

Great Start for FYE QuickStart!
Summer QuickStart sections of FYE/IDS courses were fully enrolled and taught by faculty on campus and online. Students commented on how much they enjoyed the “QuickStart” model, and hoped more sections would be offered in the future. Students not only liked taking the IDS courses during QuickStart, but also felt that it was a great way to start, and for some, to continue their college experience at MCC. Students also explained how they plan on taking other courses during Summer QuickStart in the future.

“FYE/IDS 101,” a 3-day, on-campus course, was taught by Kendalle Jones; and Sarah Hahn taught the online section. Topics included, self-discovery and understanding oneself as a learner and as a college student, time management, and study strategies just to name a few.

Students taking the on-campus “FYE/IDS 101 (Freshman Seminar)” had an opportunity to meet folks from the college community, explored a variety of topics, and participated in sessions with the library staff, folks from ACE and other areas of the college. The students taking the “WEB IDS 101” course were also engaged and actively participating through great discussions and connecting through a variety of ways with Sarah and each other as they learned about the college community, its support services and resources. These connections have proven to be invaluable to students as they continue to take courses on campus and online.

Guest speaker and English Faculty, Willy Ramirez, engaged students in a discussion about Getting Ready for College Writing. Kendalle Jones, “IDS 101” instructor, also facilitated the group discussions.

Karen James, Coordinator of Career Planning and Placement, taught “IDS 106 Career Exploration” during Summer QuickStart, and was extremely pleased at how well she was able to get to know the students during the three days. The students were extremely participatory and had lots to say about their experiences at the college. They also provided thoughtful feedback through discussions and written reflections about how important it was to learn about career choices, life goals and planning.

After the class was over, one student wasted no time contacting Karen about another course she was going to be taking. Most importantly, the student had made a connection and knew who to contact for help and support.

Karen James’ “Career Exploration IDS 106” students raved about the course! Karen also enjoyed the students and the 3-day format.

Coming up in August …  FYE/IDS courses are offered during the first two weeks in August. The August IDS courses are also fully enrolled, and include “FYE/IDS 101 (Freshman Seminar),” “IDS 103 Leadership,” “IDS 106 Career Exploration” and “IDS 108 Wellness.” Peer Champions/Mentors will also be attending the 3-day “IDS 101” classes in August to provide support to our new students as they transition to college life. It truly does take a village!

Office of Professional Development

SmartStart_Icon.jpgSmart Start: Opening Day for Faculty/Staff will take place  Tuesday, August 29th, and will have more than 20 presentations during each of the two concurrent sessions. To see the agenda for the day, descriptions of the concurrent session presentations, and a link to the registration form, please go to https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/profday17.

Please make certain you register by Friday, August 4th. The online registration will close at the end of that day at 5 pm.

Academic Divisions

Business, Education and Public Service

Fashion Merchandising

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Ashli Ree visited Jose Cotacachi’s (a master weaver) studio in Peguche, Ecuador. He did a weaving demonstration and shared his experience as a successful artisan entrepreneur selling his products in Ecuador and exporting them as well. A dyer demonstrated natural dying processes using vegetables, volcanic ash, etc. Ree took field notes and collected other teaching resources to be used in her fashion courses, as well as business courses.
Ree also met with fashion faculty members from Framingham State University to update the articulation agreement and to receive feedback on the new course outcomes.


Art Department

DgAkpn8cxGZ3Nf7LL6r8irXB 2Congratulations to Professor Yary Livan. Two of his artworks are now in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institutions’ Sackler/Freer Gallery in Washington D.C., following a visit to his studio in Lowell by the Smithsonian Curator of Ceramics Louise Cort, and subsequent purchase by the Smithsonian. Yary’s elephant pot and vase, fired in MCC’s Cambodian wood fire kiln, were recently included in a show, titled “The Glazed Elephant,” set amidst historical Cambodian ceramics. The Sackler had arranged a series of public programs in early July to celebrate Yary’s accomplishments, including an artist’s talk in the Sackler Gallery, and ceramic workshops for adults and children at the District Clay Center, a new ceramics facility in Washington. In addition, Yary and Louise Cort were joined by Maggie Holtzburg of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, for a public conversation in the auditorium adjacent to the Sackler, followed by a reception with Cambodian food.

Music Department

Faculty Summer Activities
MCC_OrlandoCela.jpgOrlando Cela, new MCC Music full-time faculty member, is the Music Director and Conductor of the Orchestra of the Governor’s School of North Carolina this summer. This school offers a 5.5 week summer residential program for intellectually and musically gifted high school students, integrating academic disciplines, the arts, and unique courses on each of two campuses. The orchestra performs throughout the South.

MCC_R_Chowenhill.jpgRichard Chowenhill is the Associate Artistic Director of the Davis Shakespeare Ensemble this summer in California. This ensemble serves as a vital artistic resource for the people of Davis and the greater Sacramento region, and produces Shakespeare’s works, modern classics, new works inspired by the classics, and educational programs. Richard’s compositions are often featured.

Theater Department

megpix-060917-1390 - Low ResOn June 9th, the Theater Department received the Merrimack Regional Theater Donahue Award for Community Leadership. MCC’s Theater Program has long partnered with MRT to provide discounted tickets to MRT productions for students and staff at the college, but in the past two years the partnership has deepened. Students have been invited to participate in workshopping efforts for three plays: “Chill,” “Little Women Retold,” and Hurricane, The Musical.” Students take part by observing and working behind the scene, and in the case of “Hurricane” appearing on stage. This award has provided even more visibility for MCC’s Theater and Dance programs as we look forward to our new performing arts building in downtown Lowell.



The staff of the Admissions and Recruitment area have been hard at work this summer recruiting new students. Since recruitment is not always focused on the high school population, summertime is often a great opportunity to engage with our community. Recently, Jeff Tejada hosted a group of 20 young women from Girls Inc. on the Lowell campus, and he will also be the guest speaker at the Smart Hoops Community Basketball Program in Lawrence. The Smart Hoops program is an academic basketball academy designed to help Lawrence teens improve their basketball skills, stay active, and keep on track with their school work during the summer. Alison Handy had the opportunity to attend the MIT/Wellesley Upward Bound Program – Annual College Day fair at Wellesley College. Jennifer Migliozzi presented at the Wilmington Job Networkers meeting, and Jenna Engelsen, along with our partners in Community Education, represented Middlesex at the Bedford Summer Walk-About. There, Jenna was able to engage with our local community and even play a little Frisbee! Lastly, we have multiple presentations scheduled at the local career centers that will give us even more opportunities to connect with our adult-student population.

Additionally, we were pleased to once again host our Reserved Placement students on the Lowell campus on June 22nd. About 27 students will be participating in this partnership with UMass Lowell, which allows qualified students to enroll at Middlesex for the fall semester and transition to UMass in the spring. These are students who have met the admissions standards for UMass Lowell, but were not offered admission due to space constraints. After running this program last year, we learned that many students were so happy with Middlesex, they chose to enroll for the spring semester as well! Many of these students also took advantage of our Commonwealth Honors courses. We look forward to a continued partnership with our colleagues at UMass Lowell.

Summer is also a great time for professional development. The admissions counselors, along with staff from the Academic, Career & Transfer Center, had the opportunity to visit with our counterparts in Admissions at UMass Lowell. After an informative presentation and visit to their admissions offices, we were provided with a tour of their brand new, state-of-the-art Business facility, the Pulichino Tong Business Center. Visits like this provide us with up-to-date information that we can pass along to our students interested in transfer. Lastly, we would like to recognize Camille Brown for her participation in the Chair Academy. Camille had the opportunity, along with other MCC professional staff and faculty, to travel to Berkshire Community College for a week-long intensive leadership experience. This was only the beginning of her participation in Chair Academy and we wish her the best!

Enrollment Management

Registration/Grades – Summer registration was busy this semester with our offering of five Summer sessions. With Sessions II, III and IV still underway, the Registrar’s Office is actively involved in ensuring the timely release of grades and transcripts. Faculty e-mails and a Newscaster posting have been made with the remaining due dates:
• Session II: Beginning July 10 – Final grades due August 11
• Session III: Beginning June 5 – Final grades due August 3
• Session IV: Beginning June 19 – Final grades due August 17

Student Evaluations – Information for Summer Evaluations was e-mailed to faculty and posted on Newscaster during the Summer. As sessions are completed, results are being compiled and will be distributed throughout August. Remaining pick-up and return dates for Sessions II, III and IV are as follows:
Session Pick-Up Date Return Date
• Sum II — 8/3/17   8/10/17
• Sum III (Eve) — 8/21/17  8/2/17
• Sum IV (Eve) — 8/3/17  8/16/17

Graduation – During the summer, students continue to submit graduation applications for review and feedback. Final Summer graduation review and awarding will begin on August 21. Presently 253 applications have been reviewed.

Soft Docs Update -There are several departments that will be going live with Softdocs Etrieve Content on July 31st. Lena Mason from Softdocs will be on campus July 31st through August 2nd to assist the Finance, Purchasing, AR and AP departments with their implementation. HR, Payroll and Student Accounts are scheduled to go live this October.  Eforms and workflows have been created and tested by the Technology Center. The college anticipates that a number of Enrollment Management and Finance Aid forms will be available to students by August, 2017. Many thanks to Ellen Ricca, Josie Gorman, Scott O’Neil and Al Keniston and their teams for helping to keep this initiative on track.

FALL 2017
Registration – Fall 2017 registration has been underway since February 2017. Students have been self-registering, meeting with Advisors and Counselors, visiting the Student Information Centers, and calling the 800 line to register. In early July, the Registration PIN holds for a select group of returning students with GPAs of 2.0 or higher were lifted, allowing these students the option of self-registering. Additionally, Advising continues to provide more walk-in options to students for Fall 2017 registration, and the Student Information Centers are actively involved in supporting this model.

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On-Time Registration and Late Start Classes – A major change for Fall 2017 will be the on-time registration policy for NEW students. New degree-seeking students who arrive for registration after August 28, will register for Late Start classes beginning in October. Late Start will offer a variety of courses for new students, and the October start will help ensure these late-arriving new students begin their classes on day-one.

New non-degree seeking students may register for classes after August 28. These students must register for on-campus classes before the class begins. For online classes, new students registering after August 28 must register before September 5.

Enrollment Exceptions – The Enrollment Exception Form available on the Student Information Center webpage and in the Centers has been revised for the fall. The option for ‘Late Admit’ has been removed. While faculty will still have the ability to ‘Late Admit’ a returning student, removing the option from the form should help reduce the number of requests instructors receive.

Communications – Through the efforts of the Enrollment Management Center and the Student Information Centers, Enrollment Management has focused on retention efforts through direct calls to students to encourage them to test and/or register for classes. Throughout June and July, a Summer postcard was mailed and more than 32,000 e-mails or texts were sent to targeted returning-student populations.

Fall 2017 Final Exam Schedule – The Fall 2017 Final Exam Schedule has been posted! With the assistance of Cheryl Ruiz and Katharina Lach, the website was modified to clarify the exam schedules for Day, Evening/Saturday and Online classes (see https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/finalexams/.) Please note that after final course cancellations, course additions, and student registrations, the Fall 2017 Exam Schedule will be updated to reflect added course sections, special program considerations, and space accommodations. Changes will always be made available through the website.

Student Affairs

Student Engagement

The Student Engagement team, in collaboration with the Orientation Implementation Committee, is feverishly preparing to welcome our newest incoming students at Orientation on August 30th and 31st. New-Student Orientation is a crucial on-boarding process that paves the way for student success. Hundreds of students are expected at this required program where they will join peers with a shared program of study. Participating faculty and staff will receive more information about their roles soon.

Student Support Services

A Familiar Face in a New Role!
Student Support Services welcomed Pat Bruno to her new role as Associate Dean of Student Support Services on July 1st. Pat is stepping into the role long-held by Susan Woods, who will be retiring on August 31st. Most of you already know Pat from her leadership role in Academic Advising over the past nine years. Pat will be providing the leadership for the following programs and services: Disability Support Services, Personal Counseling and Consultation, TRIO Student Success, TRIO Student Achievement, Transition Program, and the ICE Program. In addition to her advising experience, Pat brings her extensive background as a manager and clinical social worker to this new role. Pat will be located on the Bedford campus. If you have any questions about Student Support Services, please do not hesitate to contact Pat at brunop@middlesex.mass.edu.

Institutional Advancement


Save the Date!

SM_graphics_SP17.791_MAR_SM_CCDayFenwayThe second annual Massachusetts Community College Day at Fenway Park will take place on Thursday, September 28, 2017. The Red Sox will play the Houston Astros. Game time is at 7:10 pm. MCC students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends are all welcome to join others from community colleges across the Commonwealth as Fenway Park promotes our community colleges. Each of the 15 Massachusetts community colleges will be recognized at a pre-game ceremony that evening. Stay tuned for more information! Ticket information will be posted soon on Newscaster.

Celebrity Forum 2017 with David “Big Papi” Ortiz and WBZ-TV’s Dan Roche Raises Dollars for MCC Scholarships

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‘Big Papi’ David Ortiz is interviewed by WBZ’s Dan Roche at MCC’s Celebrity Forum.

On June 8, the Middlesex Community College Foundation’s 2017 Celebrity Forum hosted Red Sox legend David Ortiz, aka Big Papi. For the event, Ortiz was interviewed by award-winning sports anchor Dan Roche and the Lowell Memorial Auditorium was filled with sponsors and ticket buyers. This well-admired community event is a major fundraiser for MCC scholarships.

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The MCC Foundation opened the program with a scholarship awards ceremony, honoring 18 students who were presented with scholarships that ranged from $1,000 to $5,000 each. Proceeds also benefit MCC Foundation scholarships awarded annually during a campus ceremony each March. Special thanks are extended to the Forum’s sponsors and donors.

Our thanks are also extended to everyone who purchased a ticket to this event. It was a very successful event filled with much excitement – truly a great night for MCC and a great night for our greater community!

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 Dennis Malvers at malversd@middlesex.mass.edu or Amy Lee at leea@middlesex.mass.edu and let us know about the alumni with whom you’ve kept in touch.

Corporate and Community Education & Training

Adult Learning Center

The Adult Learning Center (ALC) and the Links Program are proud to highlight two stellar students from the 2016-2017 academic year: Montse Pou and Ashraf Muguluma. Both students began in the ALC to prepare for the high school equivalency exam. They each passed the HiSET® and then enrolled in Links, MCC’s transition-to-college program, where they excelled. During this past spring semester, Ms. Pou and Mr. Muguluma passed the “Preparation for College Math” course and were able to enroll in and pass the “Accelerated Statistics” course as well. To recognize their achievements, President James Mabry awarded each student one, 3-credit tuition waiver for the 2017-2018 academic year. The Links Program gives special thanks to President Mabry for his continued support of our students. Ms. Pou will continue her academic work this fall while also working as a Ramp-Up Math tutor. Mr. Muguluma is continuing his academic work this summer with an interest in pursuing studies in the Biotechnology Program.

Corporate Education & Training

Meetings are taking place over the summer on the Department of Labor Mass AMTC Tech Hire Grant that was recently awarded to Mount Wachusett Community College. Middlesex, Northern Essex and North Shore community colleges are sub-recipients on the grant. Middlesex is offering a Quality training program in July 2017. MCC will be offering Electronic Technician, and Machining training in 2017.

  • Offered CPR, First Aid, Medical Administration Recertification, Urban Youth First Aid/CPR trainings along with credit course “Developmental Disabilities” for LifeLinks. The courses are conducted at MCC in order to provide employees exposure to taking classes in a college setting.
  • Delivered customized “Financial Fundamentals” and “Project Management” training at Enterprise Bank in Lowell.
  • Offered “Effective Communication Skills” training at Minuteman Senior Services in Bedford.

Community Education & Training

Please join us in congratulating Lauren Ellis who successfully completed MCC’s Leadership Academy. Lauren received her Graduate Certificate in recognition of successful completion of the Chair Academy for Leadership and Development on June 9, 2017. The Chair Academy provided Lauren with a constructive learning community to further develop her personal and professional objectives, while building a growth plan for the future. She was able to build upon her strengths and become a more productive, better adjusted, healthier professional.

The Community Education & Training Department has moved from the Enrollment Center to the Trustees’ House (2nd floor). Please stop by and say hello!

Four students successfully completed and graduated May, 2017 with a Certificate in Technical Writing. Our 120-hour program prepares student for a career in tech writing and editing.

Community Education graduated 13 students from our Pharmacy Technician program that took place during spring semester. The Pharmacy Technician program includes 60 in-class hours, along with an 80-hour externship with a CVS pharmacy. One of our students is now working part-time at CVS Pharmacy in Acton.

There is lots of activity on our Lowell and Bedford campuses this month with the start of our College for Kids programs. Approximately 470 children, ages 8 -15, will be on campus through August 17. July programs include “Fashion Design,” “Children’s Theatre” with Karen Oster, “Veterinary Program,” “Acrylic Painting,” “Legomindstorms,” and so much more!

Community Education offered an off-campus “Equipment Calibration” certificate course at MASY BioTech Services in Pepperell. MCC Biotech Faculty Patricia Richard taught a 10-hour “Equipment Calibration” course for 17 students that included both MCC biotech students and MASY employees. Community Education will be offering an off-campus “Equipment Validation” course at MASY BioServices in the fall.

Community Education staffed the MCC table at three summer community events: The June 17 and July 9 Lowell Summer Music Series concerts; and June 22 Town of Bedford Walk-About.

M.I.L.E.S. – Do you have a passion or expertise that you would like to share with the community? The Middlesex Institute for Life Long Learning for Seniors (M.I.L.E.S) provides a rich learning environment for active older adults. If you would like to volunteer to lead a two-hour workshop (2-4 pm) this fall or spring 2018, please email Lauren Ellis, Program Manager, at ellisl@middlesex.mass.edu.  We welcome topic suggestions from MCC’s faculty and staff.

Marketing Communications

There is still time to share your Middlesex story!

As part of “myMCC,” the college’s two-year brand campaign, Marketing Communications has been sharing stories of our students. Now we want to hear from YOU – faculty & staff. We want to add your story to the “myMCC” narrative because our amazing students are able to reach their goals because you inspire them, and you push them to learn and grow.

To participate in the “myMCC” campaign, please complete the brief Faculty & Staff ‘myMCC’ Questionnaire https://goo.gl/forms/ET0c9MW2csfyhgjn1. Respondents to the questionnaire could potentially be asked to participate in a video interview or photo shoot.

Thank you to those of you who have signed up already. We will be reaching out soon.

New Videos

myMCC - MariaMarketing Communications is always creating new ways to share our students’ stories. As part of the ‘myMCC‘ brand campaign, we have produced a series of quick videos featuring some of our outstanding students. You can view all of the videos on our YouTube channel. Keep checking back for new videos throughout the year. https://www.youtube.com/user/TheMiddlesexcc


LC-203With the arrival of summer and the new fiscal year, we have moved on to what will be another busy season. Facilities focuses on projects – ongoing and summer projects –  and planning and renovation construction projects. The work done this summer across both campuses is wide ranging, including custodial projects, building consolidations for the summer hours, installing additional user-friendly water-filling stations, the Mass re-lamping project converting to energy efficient LED lights, and installation of electric hand dryers. All of these projects save energy, reduce the colleges carbon foot print and reduce operational costs.

The Boston & Maine Academics Arts Center renovation project is progressing nicely.

A BIG THANK YOU to the FACILITIES TEAM – you are the best!!!

Government & Community Relations

Director of Compliance/Title IX Coordinator Alisa Chapman and Director of Public Safety Daniel Martin are partnering with Bedford Youth & Family Services to assist in developing specialized bystander intervention training. The training is open to all Bedford area community members, including members of the MCC community. The program has over 20 participants and looks to be a great opportunity to educate the community at large.

Alisa Chapman attended the Jane Doe Inc. Prevention Summit: Transforming Communities on April 27th. The day was filled with training and resources to work with victims of sexual violence, dating & domestic violence and discrimination in more effective and inclusive ways. The information and resources will be incorporated into existing policies and procedures here at MCC.

Alisa Chapman, Abby Vergados and Patrick Cook continue to process CORI/SORI checks for students in the Academy of Health Professions. These checks are necessary for all students entering into a clinical field placement.

Abby Vergados has taken over the ticket sales for the 2017 MCC Night at the Spinners. Tickets are available through the college website (www.middlesex.mass.edu/spinners) or may be ordered/picked up in person by visiting Abby on the Bedford Campus or Mandy Vozzo/Carmen Pagan in Lowell.

Dan Martin attended the monthly meeting of the NEMLEC STARS team. During these meetings, the STARS team debrief on recent incidents and explore new ideas on how to best serve school communities. The STARS team is on-call to work with students, faculty and staff after incidents, including, but not limited to, bomb threats, homicides, student-deaths, and enhanced lockdown situations.

Dan Martin, Executive Director Patrick Cook, and Lowell Campus Resource Officer Tom Hickey conducted a Run, Hide, Fight Active Shooter Training sessions for MILES participants. This was by specific request from MILES members after the success of the last training session offered.

Dan Martin, Patrick Cook, Officer Hickey and Bedford Campus Resource Officer Craig Naylor also conducted Active Shooter Safety Training at Gillette Stadium for the Massachusetts Facilities Management Association (MAFMA). During the course of the training, Officer Naylor was called in to assist with a medical call for one of the attendants.

Patrick Cook, Dan Martin, Alisa Chapman, Abby Vergados, CRO Hickey and CRO Naylor attended the 2017 Workplace Safety Summit put on by D.A. Marian Ryan’s office and held at MCC. This valuable training explored signs of and tips for handling situations of workplace violence, and the importance of reporting what you see to appropriate personnel.