January 2019

Updates from the President

Table Of Contents

  • Upcoming Events
  • MCC in the News
  • Current Grant Initiatives
    • AANAPISI Grant
    • MCC 360 Update
  • Academic Divisions
    • Arts, Humanities & World Languages
    • Hospitality and Culinary Arts
    • STEM
  • Student Affairs
    • Advising
  • Institutional Advancement
    • College Advancement
    • Community Education & Training
    • Corporate Education & Training
    • Marketing Communications

Upcoming Events

MCC in the News

Current Grant Initiatives


Cultural Competency Training

On November 26, the Program for Asian American Student Advancement (PAASA) hosted a Cultural Competency training for MCC Faculty and Staff. The goal of the training is to enhance the cultural awareness, understanding, and interactions of our staff with our Asian-American students and their families. The training provides strategies for faculty and staff members on how to become more culturally responsive to the Asian-American students in the work environment. Over the past two years, 222 faculty, staff and administrators have attended the training. More training will be offered for all faculty and staff during January and throughout  spring semester.

Financial Aid Workshop

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On December 17, the Program for Asian American Student Advancement (PAASA) hosted a Financial Aid Workshop for students. Gina Pearce, Financial Aid Counselor, presented an overview of the financial aid programs. Participants gained a better understanding of the financial-aid process, as well as assistance with completing their FAFSA applications. As part of the AANAPISI grant initiatives, PAASA will continue to provide financial literacy education programs.

New Asian American Student Advancement Program Specialist

Linda Thiem picture - Virak Uy.jpgWe are pleased to welcome Linda Thiem as our new Program for Asian American Student Advancement (PAASA) program specialist. Linda has six years of AANAPISI-centered experiences as both a student and staff/faculty member. She received her BA and M.Ed. from UMass  Boston, where she participated in high-impact leadership programming in both AANAPISI student support and mentoring programs. Linda is also an adjunct instructor for UMass Boston’s Asian American Studies Program, where she regularly teaches a multi-disciplinary course, titled “Asian Women in the U.S.” She identifies herself as a second-generation Khmer American, daughter of refugee parents, and was first in her family to obtain a college and graduate degree. Linda’s identity development informs her approach toward student success, and she is looking forward to working with the Southeast Asian community in Lowell. In her new role, Linda will be providing individualized student support – in the form of academic advising and mentoring students through the Asian Connections Center. Additionally, she will assist in coordinating programs and services for PAASA.

MCC 360 Update


In December, the on-boarding support for MCC Navigate continued with a series of virtual trainings that allowed attendees to access the Navigate training session from their own computers. Eighteen members of our faculty and staff signed up for virtual training. As of December 20th, 53 percent of professional and faculty advisors with assigned advisees have attended Navigate training. We will continue our training sessions in the spring as we “Go Live” with MCC Navigate on February 1st for all students faculty and staff. In addition, Institutional Research, in conjunction with HelioCampus, is verifying the Banner data tables in the data warehouse to ensure consistency in definitions and how data is stored. This review and verification will allow HelioCampus to develop/create visualizations through the Tableau reporting tool and start us on our way to using analytics to inform decisions around enrollment, retention and student-success initiatives. Also, thank you to those who took part in the external evaluation session on November 15th. Your input and insight was very much appreciated.

Academic Divisions

Arts, Humanities & World Languages

Music Student Recital in Bedford

We had such a variety of performers who performed in the December 10 Student Recital in Bedford – singers, pianists, guitarists, bassoonist, and even a French horn student.


English Faculty Highlighted

Check out this news article in which one of our English adjunct faculty members, Louisa Saladino-Kuhl, was highlighted for making a difference in the life of a returning student.


Music Professor Holds Master Class at AAC

The Donahue Family Academic Arts Center’s Recital Hall was the site of a Master Class run by MCC faculty member Orlando Cela on Nov. 18 in which two students performed staples of the flute literature. Due to the technological capabilities of the Recital Hall, the audience had the rare opportunity to be able to read the music as it was being explained and performed. Additional Master Classes are being planned for the future.

Performing-Arts Student Wins Orchestra of Indian Hill Concerto Competition

MCC Dual Enrollment student and cellist Margaleet Katzenblickstein recently won the Orchestra of Indian Hill concerto competition. She will be playing the Double Cello Concerto by Antonio Vivaldi, along with cellist Alexander Zhang, with the Indian Hill Orchestra on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 7:30 p.m. at Littleton High School Performing Arts Center. Margaleet has taken several music courses at Middlesex, and is studying with MCC professors Carmen Peralta and Orlando Cela. She is also in MCC’s Commonwealth Honors Program.

Hospitality and Culinary Arts

image1 - jennifer aradhyaOn December 6th, the Hospitality and Culinary Arts Programs wrapped up their Professional Development series for the semester by hosting the new Encore Boston Resort and Casino to the Lowell campus. Representatives from the Encore spoke to students about the resort and casino operations, and the more than 5,000 job opportunities they will have when they open in 2019. Students asked lots of great questions and learned about this interesting new property.


Cybersecurity Students Visit Cisco Systems
Twenty-six IT Cybersecurity students recently visited the Cisco Networking Academy at Cisco Systems in Boxborough. Organized by Professor Syeda Ferdous Begum, the field trip provided students with a valuable opportunity for education, training and career mentorship – as well as allowing them to further contextualize their learning. “It was a great opportunity to chat with some of the Cisco sales and network engineers, and ask them questions about the hardware we are learning on,” said student Shane M. Bairos Araujo. Professor Begum would like to thank Audrey Frater and Mary Sadler of the STEM Starter Academy for their support in making this event a success.

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Student Affairs


Advisor Assignments for Spring 2019
Each semester assignments are updated for all faculty and professional staff at the college. After the add/drop period, advising staff will work diligently to have advisor assignments completed early in the spring term. Once completed, a communication will be sent to students of their assigned advisor. Faculty and staff will receive an internal communication as well.

Academic Maps
Updates to academic maps submitted during the fall semester have been reviewed and completed during the winter break. To view the latest copy of your program academic map, visit the current academic catalog, click on the academic map link and refresh the page. New programs for Fall 2019 will have academic maps created for marketing and promotion purposes will be created in February for review.

MCC Navigate
During the fall semester, over 60% of advisors and at the college attended a Navigate training session, The Navigate platform will go live to the entire college community on February 1st. All students will have links to My Explorer and My Planner on their portals. Faculty and Staff advisors will have a Navigate link added to their portals. Once live, we will grow into this new integrated planning and advising application. Additional training sessions for faculty and staff will be held during the spring semester. We will provide a mixture of workshops, , virtual / online, and provide some one-on-one availability.

To help launch Navigate at the college, we plan to have availability in the advising centers the week of February 11th This will allow students to setup their Navigate account and explore the platform. We’ll also have training availability for faculty and staff advisors.

New Part Time Hires:
To boost coverage in the advising centers, two new part-time staff members have been hired. Dan Dilling will be joining out staff on the Bedford campus, while Karina Fontanez will join us on the Lowell campus. Both individuals are expected to start within the next week. We look forward to increasing our capacity in the advising centers with these positions.

Professional Development
Advising will offer a few professional development opportunities for faculty and staff this spring semester. This will include internal training sessions on Navigate and DegreeWorks, but also include webinars and articles on improving advising practice. If there is a topic of interest to you or your academic division, feel free to contact a member of our team. We can review a variety of sources to explore if webinars or other relevant information is available. We encourage all faculty and staff advisors to create an EAB or NACADA account for additional resources.

Academic Advising Institute at MCC
This spring, Advising will hold our annual Academic Advising Institute at MCC for new faculty and staff. Attendees will receive a training and overview of Academic Advising, Career Exploration and Development resources, Transfer Advising resources, a comprehensive review of Academic Standing, Financial Aid, College policies, Navigate and much more. By attending this training, new faculty and staff will properly prepared to assist students in the academic planning process, utilize advising applications, and refer to appropriate college resources.

Spring Transfer Fair
Students who graduate from community colleges are more likely to persist and complete their baccalaureate and advanced degrees. To prepare students for transfer after degree completion, Middlesex will hold our College and University Transfer Fair. The fair, which will focus on Massachusetts State Universities & UMass Campuses will be held in Bedford on February 20th and in Lowell on February 21st. By promoting associate degree completion we can further assist students with the benefit of our MassTransfer and Commonwealth Commitment approve programs. All members of the college community are encouraged to attend this event.

Institutional Advancement

College Advancement

As 2018 draws to a close, please consider joining fellow faculty and staff members by making a gift to the MCC Foundation Middlesex Fund.

Your tax deductible gift will make a difference in the lives of our students by providing much-needed scholarships and innovative academic programs.  Your generosity also supports student, faculty and staff initiatives that are so important to the college experience.

In addition, the Middlesex Fund allows you to direct your donation to a particular area that may be meaningful to you, or to designate the funds for unrestricted use to address needs as they arise.

How can I Give?

Payroll Direct Deposit: Full-time employees may donate to an MCC Foundation fund through payroll direct deposit.  There are two options for the payroll deposit:

Annual Payroll Deposit Form – Your payroll pledge will be made over 26 pay periods during one calendar year.  A new form is required every calendar year.

Recurring Gift Direct Deposit Form – A recurring gift is a set amount to be donated to an MCC Foundation fund on a bi-weekly basis, and one that will recur indefinitely (until stopped or until the employee ends full-time service with the state of Massachusetts).

Online Giving: All employees may use the online giving feature.  Please click here to make your gift via credit card.

Mail: To donate by check, please send to the following address:

MCC Foundation
P.O. Box 8681
Lowell, MA  01853

Checks should be made out to the MCC Foundation.  Please list any fund designation in the memo field of the check.

Questions? Please go to: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/foundation/employgiving.aspx or contact: Amy Lee, Director of Annual Giving & Alumni Relations at x3028 or leea@middlesex.mass.edu.

All donations are fully tax-deductible as allowed by state and federal law. The Middlesex Community College Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c) 3 as recognized by the Internal Revenue Service. 

Remember MCC when you do your holiday shopping on Amazon!

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Community Education & Training

Community Education’s Noncredit Spring 2019 Course Schedule is available and now enrolling! Check out our workforce training, personal enrichment, and youth programs. New programs include “Medical Interpreting,”  “MS Excel Advanced with VBA,” and “Alzheimer’s Care” for health professionals and first responders, “SQL,” “College Essay Writing,” and classes for youth: school vacation week programming. More info: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/uniflip/sp19noncredit/

Community Education ran a course for au pairs to earn education credits while working in Massachusetts. Thirteen au pairs successfully completed our 48-hour program, “ESL for Life in America” and earned 4 educational credits. Kudos!

Our December/January Nurse Assistant Program is under way with 17 enrolled students.

Beginning January 2, in cooperation with the International Institute of New England and D’Youville Life and Wellness Community, MCC will train 10 students in our 100-hour Nurse Assistant Program. All classroom, skills lab, and clinical training will be held at D’Youville. This 16-week grant program, funded by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education, is designed especially for English Language Learners seeking a career in the healthcare field. This grant program offers training in cultural orientation, essential ESOL and MCC’s Nurse Assistant Program. The International Institute of New England serves a diversity of clients with a range of educational and professional backgrounds. The faster immigrants learn English, the more quickly they can obtain a good job, advance in their careers, and participate more fully in civic life.

book_hpSAVE THE DATE: Our spring 2019 MILES Opening Session is March 27, with keynote speaker Bill Cummings, author of “Starting Small and Making It Big: An Entrepreneur’s Journey to Billion-Dollar Philanthropist.” Bill will also meet with students from MCC’s credit Entrepreneurship Program.

Corporate Education & Training

Corporate Education and Training delivered or will be delivering:

  • First Aid/CPR and Medication Administration Recertification trainings for LifeLinks. The courses are conducted at MCC in order to provide employees exposure to taking classes in a college setting.
  • Leadership Development Series training sessions including Your Leadership Style, Effective Communication, Leading in Challenging Situations, and Engaging Employees, for Lowell General Hospital at the Main Campus.
  • Collaborating with the Early Childhood Program to offer Curriculum in ECE Programs, Administration/Early Childhood Program, and Infant Toddler Program Planning courses through the Region 3 Professional Partnership Grant.
  • Personal Protection/Active Shooter training at CTI in Lowell.
  • Microsoft Outlook training for Aved Electronics at MCC’s Lowell campus.
  • Grant Writing workshop at Innovation Academy Charter School in Tyngsboro.
  • Microsoft Excel Strategies I course at Align Credit Union in Lowell.

Hosted a Workforce Training Fund Program Information Session on Wednesday, January 16th from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. in the Federal Building. Kristen Rayne from the Commonwealth Corporation provided an overview of grant options and content on the Workforce Training Fund.

Marketing Communications

MCC Lapel Pins

New 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.

November 2018

Updates from the President

Upcoming Events

  • 6 p.m. Friday, November 30 – MCC Evening in Verona: Premier of Romeo & Juliet (fundraiser) Theatre Production, AAC
  • 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 4 – Trustee Meeting with Student Union Government Association (SUGA), Nesmith House, 229 Andover St., Lowell
  • 2:30 p.m. Thursday, December 6 – FSA meeting, Lowell Cowan Center Lower Café
  • 5 p.m. Friday, December 7 – PTK Honor Society Induction Ceremony, Café East, Bedford
  • January 2, 2019 – Wintersession Begins
  • January 22, 2019 – Spring Semester Begins
  • 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 23, 2019 – College Wide Open Forum, Lowell Cowan Center

MCC in the News

Current Grant Initiatives

MCC 360 Update


MCC Navigate is now available to students as a self-service resource for planning and scheduling through the Student Portal. Faculty and staff training continues to progress as well with 44% of full-time faculty and staff trained on the use of MCC Navigate as of November 2018. Additional training sessions for Navigate have been added to the weekly training schedule and these sessions will run on Monday and Tuesday afternoons until the end of this semester. The coming year will see other new resources added to the Student Portal including Online Orientation and Financial Wellness modules. Both the Online Orientation and the iGrad Financial Literacy and Career Resources platform are anticipated to be available to students in Spring 2019. With our Analytics Officer Robin Marra on board you’ll also be hearing more about how we use data to address questions related to services for students and institutional effectiveness.

Academic Divisions

Arts, Humanities & World Languages

La Guagua Reading Group

On Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018 at 11:30 AM, 4 MCC La Guagua Reading Group members (current MCC students and recent MCC graduates now at UMASS) presented together in a literary panel during the Lawrence International Bookfair 2018. This year the bookfair was dedicated to Puerto Rico. Each La Guagua member did research on a famous author from Puerto Rico and conducted a 10 minute presentation on the author and their work. The students did an amazing job presenting! La Guagua was given a certificate of recognition from the City of Lawrence.

Kerouac Reading Marathon

On Thursday, October 11th, MCC hosted the Kerouac Reading Marathon! In honor of the 60th anniversary of Jack Kerouac’s novel Dharma Bums, a large group of students, faculty, administrators, staff, and members of the Lowell community all took part in a day-long reading of the entire novel. The event kicked off at 9:30am in the Federal Building, then proceeded through Kerouac Memorial Park, and finally concluded at 5pm in MCC’s new Academic Arts Center. This event was sponsored by the MCC Public Humanities Center, the Commonwealth Honors Program, the Provost’s Office and the English Department.

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Music Department Activities

Music faculty member Orlando Cela was the guest conductor of the Manchester Symphony Orchestra on November 2, which performed at the auditorium at Manchester Community College in Manchester, Connecticut. Works by Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky and Brahms were featured.

Music faculty member Carmen Rodriguez-Peralta, pianist, performed in a chamber music concert with Boston Symphony Orchestra members John Ferrillo, Principal Oboe; Elizabeth Ostling, Associate Principal Flute; and Blaise DeJardin, Principal Cello on October 28. The concert was part of the Gratwick Series at Milton Academy in Milton, MA where outstanding classical artists are brought to perform for students and alumni. Works by Bach, Messiaen, Ravel and Gaubert were performed.

Carmen Peralta and members of the BSO.

Concerts and Outreach Programs in the Recital Hall in the AAC

The inaugural concert on October 12 was entitled A Celebration: Honoring the City of Lowell through Music. MCC faculty members Raley Beggs, guitar; Orlando Cela, flute; Susan Dill, choral conductor and Carmen Rodríguez-Peralta, piano were joined by Carley DeFranco, soprano; Cambodian musicians Sovann Khon, tro sau, Sithul Eang, voice and Cambodian flute and Kimhan Meas, drums; the African Fellowship Choir; and the MCC student and alumni chorus. World premieres of works by MCC faculty composers Richard Chowenhill, David Janssen, Pamela Marshall and Aaron Rosenberg, which were inspired by Lowell, were also featured. The full capacity crowd enjoyed the great variety of music.

This concert was filmed by Lowell Telecommunications Corporation and edited by Ron Campbell. It can be viewed here:

The Carlos Odria Trio performed the second concert in the new recital hall in Lowell on November 2 as part of A World of Music Concert Series. The audience responded enthusiastically to their rousing performances of World Jazz pieces.

Carlos Ordia Trio.

On November 14, as part of the Music Outreach Program, there was a MCC student showcase concert performed for LIRA, UMass Lowell’s organization for retired people interested in the arts. MCC student singers, guitarists, pianist, French Hornist and bassoonist performed a variety of music.

MCC student performer at Outreach Concert

Upcoming Concerts in A World of Music Concert Series

Friday, November 30 at 8:00 pm. MCC Concert Hall, Bedford Campus
Noted performers Jill Dreeben, flute and Peter Clemente, guitar will perform a colorful program of works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Astor Piazzolla, Katherine Hoover and a duo by John Kuziak written specially for them.

Monday, December 10 at 12:30 pm. MCC Concert Hall, Bedford Campus
MCC student recital featuring instrumentalists and singers

Student Performances Outside of Middlesex

Fatima Al-Muntafik, guitar student of Raley Beggs, is a member of the Boston Guitar Orchestra, which gives performances throughout the Boston area.

Fatima Al-Muntafik, (first row, first on the left) guitar student of Raley Beggs, is a member of the Boston Guitar Orchestra, which gives performances throughout the Boston area.

English Department

Denise Marchionda attended the week-long Apple Academy in Cupertino, CA in September. She is now officially an Apple Learning Specialist.

Slam Your Vote!

English department reports that the “Slam Your Vote! Open Poetry and Fiction Reading and Contest held on Wednesday, 11/14, in Bedford’s Café East was a great success with 19 readers of poetry and fiction reading for over 90 minutes! After the “ballots” were tallied from the audience, performance poet Nathaniel Price won the $50 prize! The event was co-sponsored by the Creative Writing Program and the Office of Student Engagement.

Group photo of “Slam Your Vote” event. Winning reader Nathaniel Price is in center with light blue hoodie.

Fall 18 events co-sponsored by MCC-ASDP and Asian American Student Advancement

Ardeth Thawnghmung, Chair of UMASS Lowell’s Political Science department, gave a talk at MCC to students and faculty on Everyday Economic Survival in Myanmar.  The talk focused on how people in Myanmar cope with extreme hardship that leaves little time for civic engagement thus affecting the emergence of the democratic values needed to sustain a more open political environment.

Artists from Cambodian Living Arts-Heartstrings performed the multimedia production Heartstrings, which explored the personal journeys of 5 artists from Cambodia.  Through a mix of storytelling and music, three generations of artists shared insights into their experiences over the past 40 years and into the transformation of Cambodia through the arts.

Sreang Heng gave a talk to faculty and students on Buddhism, Culture, Society, and PoliticsSreang Heng is a Fellow of the Harvard and Yale Universities Scholar-At-Risk programs and is founder and president of PEN Cambodia.  He is currently an MCC AANAPISI Scholar for AY 2018-19.

Helen Sworn will give a talk on Dec. 5th on Human Trafficking in Cambodia.  The presentation will introduce the issue of human trafficking in Cambodia and anti-human trafficking practices by the non-profit group Chab Dai. The talk includes a discussion on how attendees can be change agents in addressing human trafficking.  Helen Sworn is the Founder and Director of Chab Dai, a nonprofit based in Cambodia that combats human trafficking through collaboration, capacity building, advocacy, and research. Dr. Cordisco Tsai is a Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and a consultant/academic advisor for Chab Dai.

Curriculum Development/Courses Taught

Through MCC-ASDP professional development and AANAPISI grant opportunities this past year 30 MCC faculty developed Asian focused curriculum in 55 sections covering courses in Anthropology, Art, Business, Communications, Composition, Computing, Cyber Security, Economics, Geography, History, Humanities, Literature, Math, Philosophy, Psychology, and Library Guides for Asian Studies.

Faculty Presentations

East-West Center (EWC) International Conference in Seoul, Korea presentation:  Dona Cady, Professor of Humanities and ASDP Alumni Association President, through EWC and self-funding, presented on “Gender and Relational Cultivation” on the panel Roles, Rights, and Responsibilities for Women and Children. She also participated in an Asian leadership workshop.

Dona Cady, Professor of Humanities, presented at the Western Conference on British Studies in San Antonio, Texas a paper, “There and Back Again:  Amelia B. Edward’s Untrodden Peaks and Unfrequented Valleys” which was part of a panel Women Travelers in Nineteenth Century Italy.  The paper is part of a longer chapter in a book project Victorian Women Travelers to Italy in the Long Nineteenth Century.

Dental Hygiene

Professor Leah MacPherson was invited to speak at the American Dental
Association (ADA) Annual meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii in October 2018.
Professor MacPherson gave three lectures on “Periodontal Up-dates for
the Dental Practitioner” & one hands-on course in “Concepts in Non-
Surgical Periodontal Therapy.”


In November, 2018, Department of Nursing graduating students did their part in an effort to mitigate the issue of opiate addiction and its impact on the health of our communities. The unique aspect of this particular project is that the students immerse themselves into the issue by interviewing the “stakeholders” directly impacted by the crisis; addicted individuals both in recovery and those currently battling addiction, their families and significant others, nurses, doctors, paramedics, law enforcement officers, treatment facilities, public health departments and government officials. The end result was a powerful presentation provided to MCC peers and faculty.

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Academic Affairs

First Year Experience

Wicked Wellness Weekend IDS 105

Picture6Michael Cermak, professor of Sociology, took the lead in creating the IDS 105 Wicked Wellness Weekend course, blending academic perspectives on wellness and society with professional practice in the movement teaching arts.  Michael coordinated this unique course for more than 80 students, facilitators and practitioners who attended and supported the weekend course on Friday, November 2 and Saturday, November 3 on the Bedford Campus.  In addition to Michael’s commitment to the weekend course, Jonathan Crockett, Micaela Kimball, Shannon Carroll, Karonika Brown, Alejandra Cabrera, Green Dragons (Raphael Marinho, Jin Kong and Josue Theosmy), Peer Mentors (Constantino Quispe, Amir Zamani, Cam DeChiara, Cameron Campbell, Ratthana Yorn and Blake Redfern), Matthew Olson and Jo Mucci also participated and shared Michael’s commitment and enthusiasm for the weekend course.

This highly participatory course engaged all in movement (i.e. Capoeira, Tai Chi, Bollywood Zumba, Yoga, Nia, and Free Movement) during group sessions, wellness evaluations and workshops with professionals.  Students also completed readings and assignments about current academic perspectives on wellness and society.  The assignments focused on student reflections about their own wellness habits and creating a project that compared different wellness activities in which they participated during the weekend course and beyond the weekend.  In addition to the work that students completed before and during the weekend, their final consisted of comparing and contrasting two wellness activities using the eight dimensions of wellness framework as well as sociological observations.  All reflections and analysis of this comparison were also included in the students’ “Wellness Ethnography” final.

Although the weekend of engaging activities by wellness practitioners, facilitated workshop sessions, vegetarian supper and lunch, smoothie breakfast and edible centerpieces of parsley, carrots and asparagus all came to an end, it was evident that wellness awareness and the mind/body connection was experienced by all!

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Student Affairs

English Learner Institute

Earlier this month, the English Learner Institute staff celebrated another PAC (Prepare to Attend College) graduation. Students from 15 countries and Puerto Rico attended classes three days a week in order to improve their English. The graduates had the opportunity to hear from Fatima Al Muntafik, current MCC student who attended the PAC class when she arrived in the US as a refugee a few years ago. Her message was one of appreciation and encouragement for the students as many are recent arrivals in the US beginning a new life.

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Multicultural Affairs

Cambodian Living Arts

CLA - Virak UyOn October 30, MCC’s Program for Asian American Student Advancement (PAASA) and Asian Studies Development Program co-sponsored the Cambodian Living Arts musical performance event that explores the personal journeys of five artists from Cambodia. Through a mix of storytelling and music, three generations of artists share some intimate insights into their experiences over the past 40 years, and into the transformation of Cambodia through the arts. The event was well attended by faculty, staff, students and community partners

Commission on English Language Programs Accreditation Workshop for MCC’s Intensive English Institute

On October 18 and 19, 2018 Ginny Drislane and Marilyn Glazer-Weisner attended the Commission on English Language Program’s Accreditation Process workshop in Alexandria, Virginia where they received their accreditation manual, handbook, 44 standards, self-study template, information regarding the site reviewers’ visit to MCC, and learned who is among the members of the CEA commission. Gaining the insights for this process and the information they need to successfully complete the application for initial accreditation for the Intensive English Institute (IEI) is immensely helpful because it was fully supported by the CEA team in the workshop.

By December 20, 2018 IEI must submit the completed and signed Plan for our Self-Study to CEA. IEI have until February, 2020 to complete the writing of the self-study report by assessing the Intensive English Institute and various areas of MCC against the 44 standards provided. Once the self-study report is submitted to CEA, they review it and assign the site review team to conduct a visit by approximately May, 2020. The site review team conducts their search for evidence based on the self-study report on site at MCC for about two and one-half days. Then they return to Alexandria, Virginia to present their findings to the commission.

CEA, Commission of English Language Programs consists of professionals from the field of teaching English as a Second Language in higher education and in privately-owned intensive English programs. To date they have accredited 341 institutions and programs in our field. Earning CEA’s accreditation for the IEI and MCC elevates the professionalism of our faculty, staff, and program and provides IEI staff with a team of peers who continue to support our work while giving MCC the recognition that we are a member of institutions offering this learning opportunity to international students.

Enrollment Management

Welcome to Sopheavin Sin

We are excited to welcome Sopheavin Sin in the Enrollment Management Center as an Enrollment Assistant. Sopheavin is an MCC student who is seeking her Associate’s degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences, and she is involved in numerous volunteer activities. Sopheavin has served as an Asian Student Orientation Leader and has completed the MCC Staff Cultural Competency Training.

Spring 2019 Registration

Spring 2019 Registration opened on October 15, 2018 for returning students. 7659 registration letters were mailed to currently enrolled students with information on how to register for Spring classes. Early registration is being actively promoted as the best way for students to meet scheduling needs and complete degree requirements.

In November, a postcard promoting MCC’s Wintersession and Minimesters was mailed to students and potential populations interested in accelerated class options.

Walk-in registration/advising postcards will additionally be mailed in early December to notify students of our December and January walk-in hours in Bedford and Lowell, as listed below.

  • Dates: December 17 (Monday) through December 20 (Thursday)
    Walk-In Hours will be from 9am until 5pm Monday – Thursday
  • Dates: January 8 (Tuesday) through January 17 (Thursday)
    Walk-In Hours will be from 9am until 5pm Monday – Thursday and 9am to 4pm on Fridays throughout this period.

Retention calls and outreach to students to encourage Spring registration have started through the Student Information Centers, Enrollment Management Centers, Admissions, and Advising. These calls will continue throughout December and January.

Final Exam Schedule for Fall 2018

The detailed Fall 2018 final exam schedule with dates, times and room locations has been posted. Please go to: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/finalexams/downloads/finexamf18.pdf to confirm dates and times.

Student Evaluations – Pick Up and Return Dates

Picking Up Student Evaluations

All student evaluations will be available for you beginning on Tuesday, November 27, 2018. You should pick them up at the appropriate location prior to the last class. Listed below are the links to where you should pick-up and return your evaluations.

Full-Time Faculty Student Evaluations

Part-Time Faculty Student Evaluations https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/formscatalog/forms/dcestudenteval.docx

World Language Institute Faculty Evaluations

Returning Student Evaluations

Full-time and World Language Institute student evaluations must be returned to the appropriate location no later than Friday, December 14, 2018. These evaluations need to be sent to the University of Washington for processing prior to the holidays in order to ensure timely results.

Part-time student evaluations must be completed and returned to the appropriate location no later than Tuesday, December 18, 2018.

Off-term class evaluations must be returned to the appropriate locations by the last day of class.

Please note that the Student Information Center hours are Monday-Thursday 8:30am-7:00pm and Friday 8:30am-5:00pm.

Institutional Advancement

Marketing Communications

Profiles magazine is now on campus

fa18_profileLook for the fall issue of Profiles, our friends/alumni magazine, on campus in Bedford and Lowell. “It’s Never Too Late” is the theme of this issue and our cover story focuses on the opening of our gorgeous newly refurbished Richard & Nancy Donahue Family Academic Arts Center on the Lowell campus.

Inside we celebrate Returning-Adult Student Success by spotlighting students Daniel Mead, Wendy True, Fatima Al-Muntafik and Kenneth Sargent. We also highlight Engineering Tech students Christian North and Justin Murphy, and profile Engineering Professor Michele Stein, Student Trustee Bridget Byrne, and alumna Lydia Warren.

Here’s a link to the online 2018 fall issue of Profiles: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/Profiles/default.aspx

Marketing Communications Brings Home the Gold – Twice!

The Office of Marketing Communications won three Medallion Awards – two gold and one silver – during the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations (NCMPR) District 1 Conference, held recently in Annapolis, Md. NCMPR, the premiere organization for two-year college communications professionals, awards Medallions to spotlight the best work among District 1 member colleges. More than 200 entries were submitted in 38 categories.

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Also, during the conference, Jennifer Aradhya, Dean of Marketing Communications, and Elizabeth Noel, Assistant Director, presented “Sharing Student Stories to Boost Enrollment & Reputation,” a breakout session detailing our award-winning “myMCC” marketing campaign.

Please, Tell Us Your Stories

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

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

lapelMCC Lapel Pins

You may have noticed colleagues around campus wearing a round MCC lapel pin. You can request lapel pins 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
  • Where to deliver them

We will do our very best to fulfill all requests.

Adult Learning Center

The Adult Learning Center (ALC) and Links program are proud to highlight past student and 2018 MCC Graduate, Natalie Mukankusi. Natalie’s journey at MCC started in the spring of 2015 when she enrolled in the Adult Learning Center on the Bedford campus to prepare for the High School Equivalency Certificate Exam. She attended classes faithfully for several months and was able to successfully pass the HiSET in May 2015.  During the fall semester, Natalie enrolled in Links, where she completed First Year Experience, Explorations in Science and Basic Writing.

In the spring semester of 2016, Ms. Mukankusi became a liberal studies major and by the fall, was inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and became a member of the Commonwealth Honors Program. Not wanting to waste any time, she completed the 63 credits needed for her degree by December 2017. In May 2018, Natalie graduated from MCC with high honors and was inducted into the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS).  She has now transferred to Carlow University in Pittsburgh with a full scholarship and is enrolled in an accelerated (BS + MS) Biology-Cardiovascular Perfusion program.

This summer Natalie came in to say good-bye and asked us to pass along this message: “Thank you MCC for nurturing me into who I am and who I will be. Many thanks to the staff who have been part of my successful journey.”

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College Advancement

MCCF Scholarship Applications accepted until December 14!

The MCC Foundation Scholarship application process is open until December 14, 2018.  Please encourage students to apply for award opportunities.  The application, scholarship information, and resources for the application can be found at https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/foundation/scholarships.aspx.  Please contact Amy Lee leea@middlesex.mass.edu for more information.  Also note that on Tuesday, November 27, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Advancement staff will be tabling on each campus (Main Street in Bedford and Lowell Campus Cafeteria) to answer student questions about MCCF scholarships.

Remember MCC when you do your holiday shopping on Amazon!

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#GivingTuesday is Tuesday, November 27!

Giving Tuesday - Teresa Medina#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, this year’s #GivingTuesday takes place on November 27th and will kick off the giving season by inspiring people to collaborate and give back. The Middlesex Community College Foundation will be participating in #GivingTuesday and hope you will join us on the Lowell Campus in the Cowan Center lobby or on the Bedford Campus Main Street from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  We hope to see you!  Online donations also graciously accepted!

Corporate Education & Training

Corporate Education and Training delivered or will be delivering:

  • First Aid/CPR, Medication Administration Program, and Medication Administration Recertification trainings for LifeLinks. The courses are conducted at MCC in order to provide employees exposure to taking classes in a college setting.
  • Emotional Intelligence training at E Ink in South Hadley.
  • Group Leader Training at Mack Technologies in Westford. Training topics included Communication Skills for Supervisory Training and Identifying and Building on Strengths.
  • Excellence in Leadership Supervison Training for Group Leaders and Supervisors at Nova Biomedical in Billerica. Training topics included Introduction to Your Leadership Style and Team Building I.
  • Leadership Skill Development workshop at Juniper Networks in Westford.
  • Certified Quality Technician (CQT) exam prep class for students that completed the Quality Training Program through the Massachusetts Advanced Manufacturing TechHire Consortium.

Hosted a Workforce Training Fund Program Information Session on Wednesday, November 7th from 8:30am—10:30am in the Trustees House. Kristen Rayne from the Commonwealth Corporation provided an overview of grant options and content on the Workforce Training Fund.

Homeland Security

Program on Homeland Security Executive Director Terry Downes appeared several times recently on WBZ Radio in relation to acts of terrorism. On October 23 he appeared on “WBZ’s Jay Talking” broadcast from Midnight to 1:30 AM, discussing the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. On October 24, 25 and 26 he was interviewed live by the WBZ News Department, each day providing analysis of the manhunt for the person responsible for sending improvised explosive devices to former President Obama, former Secretary of State Clinton and other federal officials. On November 8 he was again interviewed live, providing analysis of the overnight mass shooting in Thousand Oaks, California, which claimed the lives of 13 people.

October 2018

Updates from the President

Upcoming Events

  • 9:30 a.m. Saturday, October 27 – Open House, Bedford Campus Center
  • Monday, October 29 – Mini-mester II begins
  • 7 p.m. Friday, November 2 – Carlos Odria Ensemble in concert, Academic Arts Center Recital Hall, Lowell Campus
  • 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 4 – Trustee Meeting with Student Union Government Association (SUGA), Nesmith House, 229 Andover St., Lowell
  • 7 p.m. Friday, December 7 – PTK Honor Society Induction Ceremony, Café East, Bedford

MCC in the News

Current Grant Initiatives

AANAPISI Grant Update

Family Night

Asian Family NightOn Thursday, October 11, the Program for Asian American Advancement (PAASA) hosted a Family Night event. Over 100 participants attended the event that included faculty, staff, students and their families. Students and their families learned about the wide range of campus resources from staff members from Financial Aid, Personal Counseling, Student Accounts, Student Engagement Office, ACE and the Asian American Connections Center. Additionally, attendees heard from a panel of current MCC students sharing their college experiences. Participants enjoyed an Asian dinner while listening to Khmer traditional music performed by music masters, Sovann Khon and Sithul Eang. PAASA assists students and their families in transitioning to college by providing them with the opportunity to meet and build connections with faculty, staff and current MCC students.

MCC 360 Update

mcc_360_fin_colorCollegewide trainings for MCC Navigate began this month with Friday trainings being offered on both campuses (alternating locations). In addition, three MCC Navigate training sessions were offered at the All-College Professional Day. Over 50 faculty and staff signed up to be introduced to MCC Navigate on this day.

In addition to the Navigate planning tool, the Student Portal continues to develop through other Title III efforts, as well. An Online Orientation is in development and a one-time supplemental award to Title III projects for the coming year will support a Financial Wellness initiative. The Financial Wellness work will build on efforts currently underway and provide learning content for students through an online platform, as well as direct services through classroom/workshop modules and individual counseling.

Academic Divisions

Arts, Humanities & World Languages

Art Department

IMG_9152.jpgWe welcome, new full-time Art faculty member Angela Ales. Angela holds an MFA from Miami International University of Art and Design. She has been a professional working artist for the past 23 years and has participated in over 40 solo and group exhibitions in the United States and Latin America. Her work can be found in private collections in North, Central, and South America, as well as Europe. In addition, Ms. Alés has 23 years of experience teaching art in K through 12th grade and higher education. She served as an adjunct instructor at MCC before joining the ranks as full-time faculty this fall. Her teaching areas of concentration include, painting, drawing, figure drawing, concept development and color theory. She has already joined the Advisory Board for the new Academic Arts Center which will draw on her background in dance and theater, as well as studio art. We appreciate Angela’s considerable joy, creativity and commitment to students.

Business, Education & Public Service

Fashion Merchandising

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Fashion Merchandising students and Entrepreneurship students attended the EforAll Social Impact pitch contest in Lowell with Professor Ashli Ree. Students were engaged in networking with local entrepreneurs and participated in voting for the winners.

Hospitality and Culinary Arts

Image result for Affordable Colleges OnlineThe MCC Hospitality Management online program has been ranked one of the best in the country by Affordable Colleges Online.

“In our seventh annual survey of online learning programs across the nation, we wanted to honor the colleges and universities that are providing innovative ways for students to complete a degree,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of AffordableCollegesOnline.org. “These schools are going above and beyond the industry standard to help make online education programs more accessible and affordable.”

An online degree in hotel management and hospitality can open the doors for many career opportunities, and with the travel and tourism industry in MA very strong, our program is poised to help students find gainful employment in this vibrant industry.

The Hospitality and Culinary Arts Professional Development series kicked off this fall when students from the Hospitality and Culinary Arts programs visited the UML Inn and Conference Center in early October. Students toured the hotel and met with several members of the ICC management team for an informational session.

Lynne Luongo, General Manager of the Verve Hotel in Natick, spoke with students for the second event in this series. With over 25 years of experience in the hotel industry, Lynne shared stories, career advice and answered a variety of student questions during a lively session.

Public Service

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Halye Sugarman is co-author of the new publication from Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE), “A Practical Guide to Ethics for Paralegals and Legal Assistants.”

Enrollment Management

Admissions and Student Recruitment

The Admissions staff has been busy this fall visiting high schools and attending college fairs. So far, the staff has been to over 30 high schools and fairs, and will continue with visiting throughout the fall and winter months. In the next few weeks Alison Handy, Kristie Faletra, Jeff Tejada and Jennifer Migliozzi will be at Lawrence High School as part of their Application Week initiative, where students can apply to college and have their questions answered on the spot. Additionally, Jeff Tejada has been attending Salem State University’s annual Fall Open Houses.

You may have also seen us at fall community events. Jenna Engelsen represented Middlesex at Bedford Day, and Jeff Tejada and Jennifer Migliozzi were at the Harvest Mill Festival in Lowell. Alison Handy attended the Greater Lowell and Nashoba Valley Chamber’s Annual Business Expo & Showcase in Chelmsford. If you do see us at any of these local events, don’t be shy, come say hi!

Admissions continues to provide personal tours for different high schools and organizations. Jenna Engelsen gave a tour of the Bedford campus for Valley Collaborative students, while Jeff Tejada toured a group of students from Lawrence High School at the Lowell Campus. Coming up, Alison Handy and Kristie Faletra will be touring a group from Hudson High School. These tours are a great way to introduce prospective students to our campuses and for them to see first-hand the opportunities that Middlesex has to offer.

Finally, we’d like to congratulate our very own Jenna Engelsen and all participating MCC students and employees on completing the NECC Campus Classic 5K!

Institutional Advancement

Marketing Communications

Update Your MCC Directory Photo

Screen Shot 2017-09-21 at 10.23.36 AMThe Office of Marketing Communications has once again arranged for a photographer to take professional headshots of interested faculty and staff prior to the start of the November 1 Faculty & Staff Association (FSA) meeting in Bedford. You must pre-register to have your photo taken, and spaces are limited. Starting at 1 p.m., time slots are broken into five-minute increments, and we can accommodate three 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.

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

Please fill out this form to reserve your space:

Contact marketing@middlesex.mass.edu with questions.

Send Us Your News!

Marketing Communications is always looking for “good news” to include in news releases and social media. So, don’t be shy: Please let us know when you or your division/department receive an award or grant – or any other good news about students, faculty and staff. Submit an online Marketing Communications Request Form to request a news release. Include the “4 Ws” info – who, what, when & where – with your Request Form. We will do our best to share your good news with the wider community.

We recently sent news stories to media outlets about two outstanding MCC students: Fatima Al-Muntafik and Raonak Ezahan Shristy. Keep us posted so we can shine a light on YOUR super-star students!


Adult Learning Center

The Adult Learning Center (ALC) and Links Program are proud to highlight past student and 2018 MCC Graduate Natalie Mukankusi. Natalie’s journey at MCC started in the spring of 2015 when she enrolled in the Adult Learning Center on the Bedford campus to prepare for the High School Equivalency Certificate Exam. She attended classes faithfully for several months and was able to successfully pass the HiSET in May 2015.  During the fall semester, Natalie enrolled in Links, where she completed “First Year Experience,” “Explorations in Science” and “Basic Writing.”

In the spring semester of 2016, Ms. Mukankusi became enrolled in our Liberal Studies Program, and by the fall was inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She also joined the Commonwealth Honors Program. Not wanting to waste any time, she completed the 63 credits needed for her degree by December 2017. In May 2018, Natalie graduated from MCC with high honors and was inducted into the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS).  She has now transferred to Carlow University in Pittsburgh with a full scholarship and is enrolled in an accelerated (BS + MS) Biology-Cardiovascular Perfusion program.

This summer Natalie came in to say good-bye and asked us to pass along this message: “Thank you MCC for nurturing me into who I am and who I will be. Many thanks to the staff who have been part of my successful journey.” 

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College Advancement

MCC Foundation Scholarships and Student Outreach:

Amy Lee met with Supplemental Instructors in the ACE Center on October 19 to provide information on the MCC Foundation Scholarship application and how the supplemental instructors can help spread the word in classrooms about scholarship opportunities. Amy will also be available to help students at the Scholarship Workshop hosted by the Asian American Center on October 25.

On November 27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Advancement staff will be tabling on each campus (Main Street in Bedford and Lowell Campus Cafeteria) to answer student questions about MCCF scholarships. Please encourage students to stop by with questions or to learn more about scholarship opportunities. Enrolled MCC students may apply for scholarships online at: www.middlesex.mass.edu/foundation/scholarships. The Application Deadline is FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14. Please contact Amy Lee at leea@middlesex.mass.edu for more information.

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, this year’s #GivingTuesday takes place on November 27 and will kick off the giving season by inspiring people to collaborate and give back. The Middlesex Community College Foundation will be participating in #GivingTuesday and hope you will join us on the Lowell Campus in the Cowan Center lobby or on the Bedford Campus Main Street.  

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Community Education and Training

Community Education hosted 24 local police, fire, and EMT’s representing communities such as Bedford, Burlington, Chelmsford, Lowell, and Tewksbury on the Bedford campus to take part in “Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care for First Responders.”  This one-day course was facilitated by Tammy Pozerycki, owner of Alternatives in Alzheimer’s Care. We will be hosting two sessions, spring 2019. For more information contact Caitlin Campopiano at x3680. 

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Program Manager Lauren Ellis participated in the 7th annual Mill City Grows Harvest Festival on October 13.  This family friendly event showcases Lowell’s community’s growers and farmers, and highlights cultural harvest and food traditions.  MCC is a proud sponsor of this event which allows the college to showcase our academic, noncredit, and College for Kids programs.

On October 10, our M.I.L.E.S members enjoyed keynote speaker and local author David S. Brody.  David is a real estate attorney turned fiction writer, author and self-proclaimed “rock nerd.” His keynote presentation focused on sites and artifacts that evidence pre-Columbus exploration of America.  For more information on our MILES program visit https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/careertraining/miles.aspx 

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Twenty-four Registered Dental Hygienists successfully completed our 60-hour “Local Anesthesia Certification” program on October 8.

The following noncredit programs began during October: “MS Excel,” “Intro to SQL,”   “Learn to Draw for Adults,” “Watercolors for Beginners,” “Exceptional Customer Service,” “Essentials of Human Resources Management,” “Home Electrical Repair,” “Wine Tasting & Pairing” and “Vino Rosso: The Incomparable Red Wines of Italy.”

Corporate Education & Training

Corporate Education & Training delivered or will be delivering:

  • Customized training for Job Related English Speakers of Other Languages Intermediate I Part 2 at Aved Electronics in North Billerica.
  • Customized trainings for Intermediate and Advanced Levels of English Speakers of Other Languages at WNA in Chelmsford.
  • Medication Administration Recertification training for LifeLinks. This course is conducted at MCC in order to provide employees exposure to taking classes in a college setting.
  • Leadership Development: Engaging Employees training session for Lowell General Hospital at the Main Campus.
  • Emotional Intelligence training at E Ink in Billerica.
  • Quality Training program offered through the Massachusetts Advanced Manufacturing TechHire Grant at the Cowan Center.
  • General Education Seminar: “First Year Experience” (IDS 101) course for offenders at the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office in Billerica.

Corporate Education & Training collaborated with Resource Development and submitted a Workforce Training Fund Grant for Juniper Networks in Westford that was awarded. Training will include Leadership Skill Development, Project Management, Introduction to Python, C++ Programming, and Software Defined Networks (SDN).

September 2018

Updates from the President

Upcoming Events

MCC in the News

Current Grant Initiatives

AANAPISI Grant Update

Graduate Fellows

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Julie Lun

Through the support of the AANAPISI grant, we are delighted to welcome two Graduate Fellows from UMass Lowell, Julie Lun and Diana Santana. Both Julie and Diana will be working in the Asian American Connections Center on the MCC Lowell Campus.

Julie Lun has over 2 years of experience in higher education at UMass Lowell, including being the Office Assistant for Student Financial Services, and the Site Director for the “Let’s Get Ready Program”, where she mentored and assisted first generation college students with their transition to post-secondary education. Julie is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice, and would like to work as a Victim’s Advocate in the court system. In her role at MCC, she will be providing program support to PAASA staff, as well as working to develop and implement programs that will support student’s professional development.

Diana 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 earned her AA in Communications from MCC, and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Community Social Psychology. Diana will continue to coordinate the MAPP mentorship program and provide program support to PAASA staff.

MCC 360 Update


Nine MCC faculty members are participating in an online course in research-based effective teaching practices. This pilot course, provided by ACUE (Association of College and University Educators), is being funded by our current Title III grant. Other MCC 360 activity includes upcoming weekly MCC Navigate training (starting on Friday, Oct 12th). These training sessions will alternate on both campuses.

As well as the hiring of our new Analytics Officer, Robin Marra, MCC360 is undertaking implementation of HelioCampus, a data warehouse that will support the use of analytics related to student progress and retention.  Stay tuned as reporting on various facets of the student experience, as well as administrative functions, become available through Tableau interactive dashboards.

Mark your calendars Advisory Board members, the coming year’s quarterly MCC 360 Advisory Committee meetings are tentatively scheduled for the following dates:

Monday, October 15; Monday, December 17; Monday, March 11; Monday, June 17

Academic Divisions

Health Division

2018 Lowell Medical Assistant Day Institute

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Claudia Guillen, the coordinator of the Medical Assistant program, was a keynote speaker at the first Lowell Medical Assistant Day Institute on August 25, 2018. The Institute is a workforce development activity designed to engage Medical Assistants in lifelong learning skills leading to better performance, higher recognition, and professional promotion. This event was designed in collaboration with the Greater Lowell Health Alliance, Lowell General Hospital, Lowell Community Health Center, Middlesex Community College, and Damian Folch M.D. A variety of workshops were presented during the day for CEUs. Twenty-eight Medical Assistants participated in the event and fourteen of them received awards ranging from $100 to $500 for their leadership, compassion, teamwork, and logo design.


Congratulations to Dr. Sandra Shapiro, the Director of Nurse Education, for the publication of her research article “An Exploration of the Transition to the Full-Time Faculty Role Among Associate Degree Nurse Educators” in the July/August 2018 edition of Nursing Education Perspectives

We welcome Jeanne McIsaac as new full-time faculty to the nursing department. Jeanne’s education includes a nursing degree from Somerville Hospital School of Nursing, a baccalaureate degree from Chamberlain College, and a master’s degree in nursing education from Salem State University. She has teaching experience as an adjunct faculty member in a variety of educational settings that serve diverse student populations. These include: Roxbury Community College, Bay State College, and Regis College/Lawrence Memorial. Jeanne will also bring her 25 years of clinical expertise in maternal/child health nursing to her classroom. She is a great addition to the nursing faculty team. We are very excited to welcome Jeanne!

Humanities Division

Music Department Activities

MCC Music department faculty members were involved in many exciting activities this summer and early fall.

Orlando Cela was the conductor of the Orchestra of the North Carolina Governor’s School for six weeks. Later in the summer he was the music director of Li-E Chen’s “Silent Opera” presented at The Place, in London, England.

Richard Chowenhill was the Associate Artistic Director and resident composer of the Davis Shakespeare Festival, which runs every summer in Davis, CA. 

David Janssen’s Sonata Fantasia for Violin/ Cello Duo and Suite for Unaccompanied Cello were given world premieres at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Screen Shot 2018-09-23 at 8.56.38 PM.pngMarcus Santos, percussionist, performed at Carnegie Hall in Orchestra Sings, an interactive show created by the Education Department of Carnegie Hall to inspire music education for students of New York City public schools. Later he traveled to Slovakia to participate in a percussion festival. He ended the summer in Trinidad and Tobago where he was an artist in residence at the University of the West Indies for a week.

Anna Ward, soprano, sang an aria from Act 1 of the opera Jeanne, composed by Mark Warhol. Anna was accompanied by the Ensemble Warhol and several dancers. This took place at the Green Street Studios in Cambridge at the beginning of September.

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Encouraged by MCC faculty member Raley Beggs, MCC students Patricia Connors and Fatima Al-Muntafik participated in the Boston GuitarFest at New England Conservatory this past June. Classical guitarists of all ages and levels participated in a variety of programs that included lessons, ensembles, workshops, competitions, master classes, and concerts. The students had a wonderful time.

STEM Division

STEM new faculty and staff: STEM is fortunate to have been able to fill several positions this summer and we would like to introduce you to these talented individuals.

Ahmed Alsaaedi joined the faculty of our Computing and Engineering Technology Department as an Assistant professor of IT Cybersecurity. He is a computer engineer is focused on electrical and computer engineering as well as IT. He has been developing professionally since 2008 and holds a master’s degree in computer engineering. He is very enthusiastic about design and technology and in participating in the digital revolution. When he has some extra time, he watches TV and solve math problems.

Amanda Bordenca joined the STEM divisions as the IT lab tech/Cybersecurity EDP Systems Analyst I. In this role, she collaborates with faculty and the IT department to ensure that the technology in both programs meets the needs of the programs. She works to assist the faculty and students of the CAD/Engineering Department and the Information Technology Cybersecurity Department. She is a graduate of MCC with an Associate Degree in Science in Information Technology Cyber Security and a background in computer science. In her free time enjoys spending time with her family and discovering new technology.

Sophie Kazanis joined the faculty of the Science Department as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry. Dr. Sophia Kazanis received her Ph.D. in Bioorganic chemistry at Brandeis University. Her research investigated the relationship between structure and function of small iron-containing proteins using NMR (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance) techniques. She received her B.Sc. from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. Before joining the faculty at MCC, she taught chemistry part-time as an adjunct professor at Salem State University and prior to that, she tutored chemistry at Mount Wachusett Community College. Dr. Kazanis worked for many years at Bruker Biospin Corporation in Billerica, MA as an application scientist. There she demonstrated the capabilities of high-field NMR spectrometers and instructed customers how to best use their spectrometers. She is interested in helping students prepare for future STEM careers.

Julia Kelly joined the faculty of our Computer Science Department as an Assistant Professor. Julia’s journey to her career as a computer scientist and an assistant professor teaching computer science at Middlesex Community College was not straightforward. Throughout her childhood, Julia vacillated among plans to become a veterinarian, a detective, or a marine biologist. In high school, she thought of herself as a physicist. Because 11% of the women physicists in the United States are Bryn Mawr College graduates, Julia applied as an aspiring physicist. However, cultural and linguistic anthropology wooed her and computational linguistics drew her into computer science. Thus, Julia graduated as an anthropology and computer science double major. Stints in Quality Assurance and IT work led to her desire to go back to school and pursue a graduate degree focusing on educational game design at University of California Santa Cruz. With her new MS in Computer Science, Julia began her career as the founding teacher of computer science, serving students at the Groton School for four years. In an attempt to expand her repertoire of teaching techniques, Julia recently completed a certificate in Technology and Engineering Education at Fitchburg State University. Beyond Julia’s pursuit of all things academic, her interests span sedentary things like reading and knitting to active things like breakdancing and rowing/coaching crew. Julia hopes to inspire students to find their professional passion and pursue that no matter how circuitous or challenging.

Reed Konsler has joined the STEM Division as a Chemist 1/Chemistry Lab coordinator. He holds a BS in Chemistry from the University of Michigan. He previously worked as a High School Chemistry teacher at Weston High School and Cambridge Rindge and Latin. He also served as a teaching fellow at Harvard University in Organic Chemistry.

Lengchivon Kou has joined the faculty of our Mathematics Department as an Assistant Professor. He earned a Bachelor and Master’s degree in Mathematics from Salem State University. At MCC, his ultimate goal is to teach mathematics and help students who are struggling with math. Teaching has always been his passion; He has always wanted to teach at community college since he was a student myself. As a student, he met many great professors who had helped him a lot and served as role models in his career. From their inspiration, he is so inspired, motivated and energetic to teach and serve students at MCC. In his my free time, He enjoys outdoor activities like volley ball, tennis, hiking.

Aliza Miller has joined us as an Associate professor of Mathematics. Aliza received a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and holds a Master of Science in Mathematics specializing in Abstract Algebra and Graph Theory from the University of Vermont. She has always been passionate about teaching since a young age and has over 10 years experience in the classroom. Aliza has taught English in Kaohsiung, Taiwan and mathematics at several colleges and universities throughout New England including the University of Vermont, Champlain College, the Community Colleges of Vermont, Vermont Technical College, and Mount Wachusett Community College.

Marie Tupaj has joined the Computing and Engineering Technology Department as an Assistant Professor of CAD/Engineering. Marie earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Biomedical Engineering from Tufts University. Previously Marie worked as an adjunct professor in the Electronics Engineering Technology Department at Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology. Prior to teaching, Marie was a postdoctoral fellow at Northeastern University and at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) working on biomaterial design projects for nervous tissue regeneration. Marie serves on the IEEE Boston Executive Committee and the IEEE Boston Women in Engineering (WIE) Steering Committee for encouraging women to pursue STEM related careers.


The math department will be holding the Student Math League Competition again this semester on Thursday Oct. 25th at 2:00pm on both campuses. Students compete against other community college students for cash prizes.


Chemistry professor, Sarah (Sally) Quast passed the Oral Defense for her Proposal for her Dissertation. Her research will explore General Chemistry Students’ Perceived Self-Efficacy after Completing Project-Based Service Learning Activities.

Several Biotechnology students received scholarships from The NEPDA-New England Parenteral Drug Assoc. Zeel Patel, Neslihan Ocali, and Katie McManus were awarded $1000 2nd year scholarships and Hetalben Patel, Matt Peranelli and Sieng Heng were awarded $5000 Transfer scholarships.



Michele Stein, Associate Professor of Engineering is hosting the Annual Engineering Panel Night on October 25th at 6 pm on the Bedford campus – Cafe East. This is a great opportunity for students to listen to professional engineers from all backgrounds discuss their paths from Education to where they are today. Students will also have an opportunity to ask the panelists questions.

Student Affairs

Academic Centers for Enrichment (ACE)

New Blackboard Ambassadors Program

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This fall semester, a team of ten student Blackboard (Bb) Ambassadors began providing a new support for Middlesex students in online classes. Bb Ambassadors help students navigate their online courses by guiding them to important information about due dates, course expectations, submitting assignments, making discussion board posts, and by providing communication and study tips. Bb Ambassadors work with students primarily online, but will also be available to talk on the phone or meet in-person in the ACE Centers. The pilot program is supporting 20 online sections.

New ACE Reading and Writing Learning Specialist

Freriks - Noreen McGinness OlsonRosemary Freriks joined Middlesex as a Reading and Writing Learning Specialist working in the Academic Centers for Enrichment (ACE) on August 27, 2018. Rosemary comes to us with a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics with from the University of Nebraska, a Masters of Fine Arts, in Creative Writing, from The New School, New York, NY, and a graduate TESOL Certificate from Teachers College, Columbia University. Rosemary has vast experience working with underrepresented populations, students from different language backgrounds, as well as students with varying levels of academic preparation, and life experiences. Please join us in welcoming Rosemary to the Academic Centers for Enrichment (ACE) team!

New Professional Math RAMP-UP Tutors

omalley - Noreen McGinness OlsonElaine O’Malley joined Middlesex as a Professional Math Tutor in the RAMP-UP program on August 14, 2018. Elaine holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from University of Lowell, a Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of Lowell, and a Master of Education from Rivier College. Elaine has more than twenty years of teaching experience both in higher education and K-12. We are very excited Elaine has joined the Academic Centers for Enrichment (ACE) team!

taylor - Noreen McGinness OlsonKatherine Taylor joined Middlesex as a Professional Math Tutor in the RAMP-UP program on August 14, 2018. Katherine comes to us with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and Physics from Merrimack College, and a Master of Science in Physics from Brown University. Katherine also holds a College Reading and Learning (CRLA) Advanced Tutor certification, and while earning her degree in physics from Brown University, she realized her passion for teaching and tutoring. Please join us in welcoming Katherine to the Academic Centers for Enrichment (ACE) team!

Office of International, Multicultural and Veterans Affairs

New Study Abroad Coordinator

Katie Reynolds - Jennifer AradhyaWe are pleased to announce that the Office of International, Multicultural and Veterans Affairs has hired Katie Reynolds as the new Study Abroad Coordinator. Katie has extensive experience in international education and has a passion for providing study abroad opportunities accessible to a diverse group of community college students.

Katie obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from Tufts University and a Master of Arts degree in French Cultural Studies from Columbia University. She previously coordinated study abroad programs to Europe and China for Tufts University and the University of Virginia. As the Study Abroad Coordinator, she will be coordinating and implanting study abroad programs sponsored by the Center for International Studies (CIS) located on the third floor of the Cowan Center, Lowell.

The Office of Student Engagement

The Office of Student Engagement is please to introduce two new Part-Time Program Assistants on the Lowell Campus.

Shannon Carrol joins us from Barnes and Noble as the Community Business Coordinator and a wealth of experience as an LMHC in MA. She will be working in our Lowell office helping to coordinate logistics for events and supporting students in organizations.

Karonika Brown joins us from our own Middlesex Community College from our Liberal Arts and Sciences program and is currently pursuing a degree in Elementary Education. As an active student, Karonika was an active member of the Outdoor Adventure Club and many others.

Orientation Thank You!

ssfd1-finalThe Office of Student Engagement would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to all faculty, staff, and students who made our New Student Orientation program a success! Orientation is truly a campus-wide initiative, best delivered with a team approach. You have welcomed our newest students to MCC and they are prepared for the journey ahead. Thank you!

Office of Civic & Service-Learning

The Office of Civic & Service-Learning has been selected again as a site for a Merrimack College fellow as part of the Higher Education Fellowship Program. Kirsten Hoey, a graduate student at Merrimack, will be working as the Service-Learning Fellow in the Office of Civic & Service-Learning. In this role, Kirsten will assist in managing the service-learning program and provide ongoing support to students, faculty, and community partners throughout the year. Kirsten is a Lowell native who recently graduated from Framingham State University with a bachelor’s degree in Geography with a concentration in Global Studies, and is pursuing a master’s degree in Higher Education at Merrimack College. Please join us in welcoming Kirsten to MCC!

Career Services

I am pleased to announce MCC will welcome Catherine Cosgrove to the Career Services team at Middlesex Community College. Catherine will serve as Coordinator of Career Planning and Placement and will lead our employment efforts to developing and maintaining effective relationships with local, regional, and state employers to provide opportunities for our students. Catherine brings a wealth of career and business experience to this role. Most recently she served as the Senior Recruiting Coordinator at Worcester Polytechnic Institute for the past two years. Catherine’s primary role at WPI was developing relationships with employers that resulted in successful career fairs, networking events and recruiting opportunities for students. Please join the Student Development team on her first day, 10/2, for coffee and conversation in LC407 from 8am-10am.

Enrollment Management

Admissions and Student Recruitment

The Office of Admissions and Student Recruitment is busy as usual during the opening of the fall semester. During the last weeks of August, we assisted with Walk in Enrollment, enrolled students in selective programs, recruited at our scheduled campus tours and information sessions and represented the college at local community events. Director Jeff Tejada attended the Greater Lawrence Community Action Council Resource Fair and to help kick off Welcoming Week in Lowell, Jeff also attended the Solidarity Lowell Cultural Exchange Potluck Picnic on September 15th. These events allowed us to engage with our local communities and organizations and connect them to services we offer.

Staff are also busy preparing for the upcoming fall recruitment season which includes visiting about 65 high schools and attending over 20 college fairs. Some of the events that have already occurred are the New England School of English College Fair, attended by Jeff Tejada and Tewksbury Memorial High School’s Senior Parent Breakfast and Student Assembly, attended by Assistant Director Jennifer Migliozzi. We will continue recruiting throughout the next few months with high school visits and visits to community agencies, college fairs, and information sessions.

Please save the date for the Fall Admissions Open House, which will be held the morning of Saturday, October 27th on our Bedford campus. We appreciate your support and all those who volunteer their time during this important event for prospective students to learn about our academic programs and the many services we offer!


Key Dates in October

Minimester 1 Student Evaluations
Minimester 1 faculty can pick up and administer their student evaluations beginning on October 17.

Fall 2018 Graduation
The Fall graduation application is now open for students to apply through the portal. The first deadline date is October 26. We encourage students to apply early in order to know their graduation status.

Drop for Nonattendance (DN) Grades
DN grades were due on September 21. Students will be receiving letters regarding their drop of nonattendance grades during the last week in September.

Midterm Deficiency Grades
Midterm deficiency grades are due by October 26. During the first week of November, students will receive letters regarding their deficiencies; the letters will provide them options and assistance on how to improve their grades.

Spring 2019 Registration
The course scheduling for Spring 2019 is nearing completion. Registration is anticipated to open on October 15, 2018 for the continuing student population. Letters and texts to all students currently enrolled this Fall will be going out in mid-October to inform on the opening of registration. Information pertaining to advising, self-service registration, finances, and contact information will be provided.

Enrollment Management and Retention Plan
The Enrollment Working Group is collaborating on the development of key goals and activities to support the revised Enrollment Plan. As the planning progresses, information will be shared with the college community to gain input, ideas and feedback on the initial draft. Stay tuned!

Adult Learning Center

IMG_0150 - Jennifer AradhyaThe Adult Learning Center (ALC) and Links program are proud to highlight past student and 2018 MCC Graduate, Natalie Mukankusi. Natalie’s journey at MCC started in the spring of 2015 when she enrolled in the Adult Learning Center on the Bedford campus to prepare for the High School Equivalency Certificate Exam. She attended classes faithfully for several months and was able to successfully pass the HiSET in May 2015.  During the fall semester, Natalie enrolled in Links, where she completed First Year Experience, Explorations in Science and Basic Writing.

In the spring semester of 2016, Ms. Mukankusi became a liberal studies major and by the fall, was inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and became a member of the Commonwealth Honors Program. Not wanting to waste any time, she completed the 63 credits needed for her degree by December 2017. In May 2018, Natalie graduated from MCC with high honors and was inducted into the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS).  She has now transferred to Carlow University in Pittsburgh with a full scholarship and is enrolled in an accelerated (BS + MS) Biology-Cardiovascular Perfusion program.

This summer Natalie came in to say good-bye and asked us to pass along this message: “Thank you MCC for nurturing me into who I am and who I will be. Many thanks to the staff who have been part of my successful journey.”

Institutional Advancement

Marketing Communications

Owl Sighting Social Media Challenge

Screen Shot 2018-09-24 at 1.37.07 PM.pngAt this fall’s Orientation, we unveiled the school’s new mascot, chosen and created by students over the spring/summer. Help us celebrate the new mascot by encouraging students to participate in the #MCCOwls ‘Owl Sighting’ Challenge. A slideshow of student submissions will be posted on Monday, October 8. All students who participate will be entered into a daily drawing for an MCC Swag Bag. Each week, one randomly selected student participant will win one of three $100 MCC Bookstore Gift Cards. Encourage your students to take part and win one of these great prizes by visiting: http://www.middlesex.mass.edu/owlsighting

Richard and Nancy Donahue Family Academic Arts Center

Last week, MCC celebrated the Ribbon-Cutting and Grand Opening of the Richard and Nancy Donahue Family Academic Arts Center. Learn more about the space from President Mabry, Music Chair Carmen Peralta and Theater Chair Karen Oster:

Middlesex Pathways Blog Coming Soon

MCC is kicking off their 2018-20 marketing campaign with a new blog titled: Middlesex Pathways. The goal of this blog is to have MCC community members share their personal stories centered around a monthly topic that shows their path tofrom or at MCC. Our first contributor will be MCC Professor Willy Ramirez who will discuss how literature paved his path to MCC. The Middlesex Pathways Blog will be featured on all MCC social media on its release.

College Advancement

MCC Foundation Scholarship Application to open in October

The MCC Foundation Scholarship Application will open October 1st for enrolled MCC students. The deadline to apply is December 14th. Please encourage your students to apply for the awards. There are over 40 awards with a wide range of criteria including major, home town, volunteer service, academic achievement, financial need, and more. Students apply in the fall for the scholarships, and the awards are made for the spring 2019 semester.

Students may find more information and tips for applying on this website: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/foundation/scholarships.aspx

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Community Education and Training

Our fall semester is off to a great start. The following Community Education courses began September 2018:

Technical Writing Certificate Program, Pharmacy Technician, Digital Photography; SHRM HR Certification Exam Prep; Accounting and Bookkeeping; ESL for Au Pair’s – Life in America; APICS Supply Chain Certification Exam Prep; Social Media for Business; MTEL exam prep; TEAS Exam Prep; Preventing Medical Emergencies in Dental Hygiene Practice; Digital Media Marketing;

NEW this fall, Community Education is offering Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care for Healthcare Professionals along with Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care for First Responders through the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners. The Certified Dementia Practitioner is the earned credential that recognizes the highest standard in Alzheimer’s disease and dementia care education. The only way to provide successful dementia care is to understand the disease process and the significance behind the dementia related behaviors. Certification is essential for today’s health care and first responder professional as the dementia population continues to rise. These course awards Continuing Education Units for RN’s, Dental Professionals, Activity Professionals, Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Mental Health Counselors as well as Continuing Education Credit approved through OEMS (6 hours for Basic, Advanced, & Paramedic). For more information visit https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/careertraining/certdementia.aspx. Questions please contact Caitlin Campopiano at 781-280-3680.

On September 12, Sheila Morin and Lauren Ellis participated in the Merrimack Valley Chamber Expo on behalf of MCC. Representatives from area businesses promoted their organizations with consumers throughout the Merrimack Valley.

Corporate Education and Training

Corporate Education and Training delivered or will be delivering:

  • Your Leadership Style, Effective Communication, and Leading in Challenging Situations trainings for Lowell General Hospital at the Main Campus.
  • Group Leader Training at Mack Technologies in Westford. Training will include Strategies for Supervisory Success and Beyond.
  • Curriculum in ECE Programs, Child Growth and Development, and Guiding Children’s Behavior courses through the Region 3 Professional Partnership Grant with the Early Childhood Department.
  • Accuplacer testing sessions at Raytheon in Andover.
  • Customized training for Intermediate Level – English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) at Monogram Gourmet Foods in Wilmington.
  • First Aid/CPR and Medication Administration Recertification trainings for LifeLinks. The courses are conducted at MCC in order to provide employees exposure to taking classes in a college setting.
  • SHRM HR Certification Exam Review/Prep course for the Massachusetts Army National Guard at Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford.

Hosting a Workforce Training Fund Program Information Session on Wednesday, September 26th from 8:30am—10:30am in the Federal Building. Kristen Rayne from the Commonwealth Corporation will provide an overview of grant options and present content on the Workforce Training Fund.

Government and Community Relations

The College is required to annual notify students and employees of various laws and statutes.

Alisa Chapman has sent all College employees, via MCC e-mail, notifications for the following: Annual Safety & Security Report, Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention programs, the Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act, the Policies against Sexual Harassment & Sexual Violence, and Massachusetts Domestic Violence Law

Students have been sent via MCC e-mail notifications for the following: Annual Safety & Security Report, Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention programs, the Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act, MA General Law on Hazing, Higher Education Opportunity Act, the Policies against Sexual Harassment & Sexual Violence, Voter Registration, FERPA, and Financial Aid.

If you have not received the notifications listed above, please contact Alisa Chapman at chapmana@middlesex.mass.edu.

Daniel Martin and Securitas Account Manager Jeff Peterson have been involved with hiring and training several new security officers with the start of the new academic year. These officers demonstrate a high caliber of professionalism and indicate they will be a good fit for placement at MCC.

Dan Martin has been working to coordinate Fall 2018 shuttle services for students, faculty and staff on campus. Dan continues to update policies and procedures relating to shuttle services on campus to ensure that all drivers are trained and ready to offer the MCC community the best service possible. Two new handicap-accessible vans have been added to the MCC shuttle services, allowing our drivers to better serve our College community.

Bedford Campus Resource Officer Craig Naylor has been able to assist several students early in the semester by helping to locate lost/missing property and giving directions. Officer Naylor also “assisted” with the FYE scavenger hunt – by being located! Officer Naylor has been able to engage with several veteran students and talk to students who have expressed interest in becoming a police officer.

Officer Naylor helps to monitor campus parking and traffic, making sure traffic flow is steady and students are parking in designated areas on campus. Officer Naylor also conducts radar on Springs Rd to help promote the safety of all traveling to our campus.

Lowell Campus Resource Officer Tom Hickey was involved in several investigations of missing/reported stolen property on campus. Working with other members of the Lowell PD, Officer Hickey was able to bring these issues to satisfactory resolutions.

In the coming weeks, Abby Vergados will be scheduling various training sessions on both campuses to be conducted by Dan Martin (safety) and Alisa Chapman (compliance/Title IX). Please keep an eye on Newscaster for all upcoming offerings. If you are interested in scheduling a training for your department or class, please contact Dan Martin at martind@middlesex.mass.edu, Alisa Chapman at chapmana@middlesex.mass.edu, or Abby Vergados at vergadosa@middlesex.mass.edu.


August 2018

Updates from the President

Upcoming Events

  • August 29 & 30, 9 a.m. – New Student Orientation, both campuses
  • August 29, 2 p.m. – Division Meetings, both campuses
  • August 30, 2 p.m. – Convocation, Bedford Quad
  • September 4 – First day of classes
  • September 26 – MA Community College Night at Fenway Park
  • September 27, 8 a.m. – Trustees Meeting, Trustees’ House, Bedford
  • October 5, 2:30 p.m. – Faculty Staff Association meeting, Lowell

MCC in the News

Current Grant Initiatives

AANAPISI Grant Update

The Chelly Foundation Scholarship for AANAPISI Students

We are pleased to announce the establishment of a new scholarship supported by the Chelly Foundation which will provide educational assistance for female students of Cambodian heritage. The scholarship may be used to cover tuition, fees, books, materials, and other eligible costs for students.

The mission of the Chelly Foundation is to support positive changes in people’s lives (especially children) through literacy, education and other means. Since 2015, the Chelly Foundation has been furthering this mission by providing educational opportunities, primarily to young women from villages in the Chumkuri District of Kampot Province in Cambodia.

MCC 360 Update

DrRobinMarraWelcome to Dr. Robin F. Marra who joins MCC this month as our new Analytics Officer. Dr. Marra is a former professor of political science at Franklin Pierce University and has taught at Southern Methodist University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In addition to a Master of Science in Analytics, Dr. Marra has extensive experience in scholarly research as well as being the founding director of the Polling Institute at Franklin Pierce. During the 2000 NH Presidential Primary the Polling Institute was the most accurate in predicting Sen. John McCain’s double-digit win over then-Governor George W. Bush. Dr. Marra will be working with MCC administrators, faculty, and staff as we implement data analytics as part of our MCC 360 efforts and will oversee the Institutional Research Office as part of the Institutional Effectiveness area.

Academic Divisions



Communications alumni Brian Chhom ’18, Nick Bunzick ’17, and Cristina Rivera ’17, screened their short film, “Static” at this year’s Boston Independent Film Festival. They created the film in their “Film Production” class (COM 105). Nick is currently studying at Emerson College, Brian is headed to Fitchburg State this fall, and Cristina is freelancing while working a full-time job. They plan to enter “Static” into more film festivals this fall.

In August, Rick Pozniak, communications adjunct, taught community policing, public relations and public speaking to 56 officers attending the Lowell Police Academy. The July 26 edition of the Billerica Minuteman reported on his crisis communications course offered at MCC, describing it as a unique course that is not readily available in communications programs at local colleges and universities.


We welcome Jeanne McIsaac RN to the nursing department. Jeanne’s education includes a nursing degree from Somerville Hospital School of Nursing, a Baccalaureate degree from Chamberlain College, and a Master’s degree in Nursing Education from Salem State University. Jeanne has teaching experience as an adjunct faculty member in a variety of educational settings that serve diverse student populations. These include: Roxbury Community College, Bay State College, and Regis College/Lawrence Memorial. Jeanne will also bring her 25 years of clinical expertise in maternal/child health nursing to her classroom. She is a great addition to the full-time nursing faculty team. We are very excited to welcome Jeanne!

Student Affairs

Office of International & Multicultural Affairs

New Coordinator of Student Diversity and Inclusion

Malachi R._Photo - Jennifer AradhyaThe Office of International & Multicultural Affairs has been selected again as a site for a Merrimack College fellow as part of the Higher Education Fellowship Program. Malachi Robinson, a graduate student at Merrimack, will be working as Coordinator of Student Diversity & Inclusion in the Multicultural Centers on the Lowell and Bedford campuses. In this position, Malachi will play a leadership role in the development and implementation of campus initiatives that work to support our students who are from diverse backgrounds. A New Jersey native, Malachi graduated from Montclair State University with a bachelor’s degree in Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, and is pursuing a master’s degree in Higher Education at Merrimack College.

Grant Awards

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The Out of School Youth Development Center is pleased to announce the awarding of grants from the Tomfohrde Foundation and the Greater Lowell Workforce Development Board.

This summer, more than 40 students from Vietnam, Afghanistan, Haiti, Ivory Coast, Colombia, Venezuela and Morocco received four weeks of intensive English classes as part of MCC’s English Learner Institute, with the support of a $10,000 Tomfohrde Foundation grant.  Students focused on improving their reading and writing skills in order to be better prepared for the College Placement Test and college classes.

Supported by a $101,000 Greater Lowell Workforce Development Board grant, the Out Of School Youth Development Center will provide HiSET instruction and case management for youth, ages 16-24. In addition, funds will provide youth from Lowell and surrounding towns with the opportunity to receive pre-employment opportunities, such as job shadowing, internships and assistance with short-term training or enrollment at MCC. Our staff is grateful for the support given to the program for the last 15 years. Hundreds of young men and women have been able to complete their HiSET/GED and were able to continue their education or seek employment in the community.

Sports and Recreation

Deborah Botker and Nick Papas have coached MCC Soccer for many years and have just finished their final season. They are wonderful individuals who have given their time to run practices and games, communicating with team members, helping promote/recruit, and so much more. They have our utmost respect and gratitude. Though their full impact on student athletes is hard to measure, it is certain they will have a lasting impact on the lives and development of our students. While we are sad to see them move on, we couldn’t be more grateful for their selflessness and commitment to their teams and student athletes.

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Civic & Service-Learning

MCC has welcomed Patrick Kenney to the Civic & Service-Learning team. Patrick is available on both campuses with his primary office located in the Lowell Cowan Center, Room 407. An alumni of the college, Patrick knows MCC well and has expressed the positive sense of “coming full circle.” Since his graduation from MCC in 2008, Patrick has furthered his education at the University of Massachusetts where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, a Master of Public Policy and Administration, and a Master of Education in Higher Education. He specifically focused a Capstone project on Embracing Critical Service-Learning Through Faculty Development. Patrick has worked myriad roles in Student Affairs with an impressive array of responsibilities allowing him hands-on opportunities to further his understanding of student development. He most recently served as the District Manager and Director of Scheduling in the office of Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, where he gained invaluable insight into civic and social responsibility, and community engagement. Joining Patrick, will be a Part Time Service-Learning Program Assistant and a Merrimack Graduate Fellow. We are also delighted to welcome back Faculty Fellow Mike Cermak!

We are also pleased to announce that Melissa Chandonnet has joined the Civic & Service-Learning team. Over the last seven years, Melissa has served as the City Program & Site Manager for the Jumpstart Program at MCC and Northern Essex Community College. Previously, Melissa also served at MCC as a Multicultural Specialist in the International & Multicultural Office, and as the Coordinator for the Multicultural Achievement Peer Program (MAPP). Through her numerous roles at the college, Melissa has had the opportunity to further her understanding of student development and success. Melissa is currently a graduate student in the Higher Education Administration Program at Southern New Hampshire University and has earned a bachelor of science in Retail Marketing & Management at Johnson & Wales University. Please join us in welcoming Melissa back to MCC as the Service-Learning Program Assistant!



It is hard to believe we are coming to the end of another summer in the Office of Admissions & Recruitment. Admissions staff have been very busy working with prospective and current students to enroll at MCC. In addition to our typical enrollment activities, we have also been focusing on working with our community partners to offer on-campus recruiting events, and have been on the road visiting different organizations. On-campus recruiting activities have included organizations such The ASPIRE program from Mass General Hospital, the Lowell Police Student Academy, and the TRIO Upward Bound College Fair. Staff have also been busy traveling and have visited organizations and events such as Youth Build, Upward Bound College for a Day, Tewksbury Job Seekers, National Night Out in Lowell, and the Career Transition Educational Opportunity Fair. These events all occur in addition to our regularly scheduled campus tours, information sessions, and one-on-one appointments with students.

We are also welcoming a new VISTA volunteer in to our office. Wayva Lyons joined our team on August 22 as a Research Assistant, tasked with gathering data and examining factors that contribute to the non-enrollment/attendance of students at MCC – the majority of whom are low-income and/or first generation. Although the college has had a long relationship with the AmeriCorps VISTA program, this will be the first time a volunteer will be working with Admissions & Enrollment. We are excited for Wayva to get started!

Lastly, this month we will be saying goodbye to Marilynn Gallagan, Dean of Admissions. Marilynn joined the Middlesex community as a part-time Admissions counselor in 2001, and became full time in Admissions in 2002. Her dedication to students and profound work ethic were quickly recognized and she was soon offered the position of Director of Enrollment Communications & Support; overseeing the call center staff and back-end processing for the college. Before this time the call center and the processing center were separate departments. With Marilynn’s attention to detail, commitment to accuracy, timeliness in execution of tasks, and supervisory skills, the area flourished. In September 2006, Marilynn was named Dean of Admissions. In her 12 years of leadership, the Admissions has developed into a critical department of the Enrollment area. Her staff work closely with her, and know that they will always receive dedicated guidance and support. Marilynn’s retirement will be a great loss to the Admissions area, but her leadership, caring and ability to develop her staff will not be forgotten. We wish her an enjoyable retirement.

Enrollment Management

Lowell Student Information Center

The Enrollment Management division is pleased to announce the addition of Paradis Saathoff to the staff of the Lowell Student Information Center (SIC). Paradis is a 2017 graduate of MCC and is continuing her education at UMass Lowell. Along with her experience as a student at Middlesex, Paradis brings several years of customer service experience in banking and retail. Paradis will work late afternoons/evenings in the Lowell SIC, assisting students and supporting Advising staff. Please join us in welcoming Paradis and please stop by to introduce yourself when you have a chance.

Advanced Placement (AP) Credit

The college has been re-evaluating options for transferring incoming AP credits. See an updated listing of transfer equivalencies posted at https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/priorlearning/downloads/apequi5.pdf

Spring 2018 Dean’s and Merit Lists

Congratulations to all students who made the Spring 2018 Dean’s and Merit Lists! All students making the lists can be found at https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/studentinformationcenter/

Summer 2018 Graduates

Graduates are in the process of being awarded for Summer. Please note that the Summer 2018Diploma Release date is September 21.

Registration – Key Fall 2018 Dates

Last Day to Withdraw
Full-Semester November 26
Minimester 1 October 12
Minimester 2 December 7

Drop for Nonattendance Due
Full Semester September 21
Minimester 1 September 21
Minimester 2 November 16

Midterm Grades Due
Full Semester October 26
Minimester 1 October 5
Minimester 2 November 30

Grades Due
Full Semester January 2
Minimester 1 October 31
Minimester 2 January 2

Beginning of faculty pick-up for student evaluations November 27

Institutional Advancement

Marketing Communications

Email Signature Graphic Available

As part of Marketing Communications’ continuing efforts to consistently brand the college, a new email signature graphic has been created. All college employees are welcome to place this image in the footer of their emails. You can access the graphic from the Marketing Communications website at https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/marketing/logo.aspx

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The college’s new Discover Your Path marketing campaign officially launched August 1 with a new digital billboard featuring five of our amazing students and alums. The digital billboard can be seen through the end of the month on Route 3 northbound, near Exit 31.

evan_img_9275-beth-noel.jpgOne of the students featured is Evan Rees, a 2015 graduate who is currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program at Cornell University. In addition to appearing larger-than life on the digital billboard, Evan was featured on the front page of the latest issue of RUMBO News. Learn more about what Evan is doing now and how he discovered his path at MCC.

The rollout of the new campaign will continue through September with print and online advertising in more than a dozen outlets. Also, look for new Cowan Center lobby graphics, as well as new lamp-post banners on both campuses.

Don’t Be Shy: Send Us Your News!

Marketing Communications is always looking for “good news” to include in news releases and social media. So don’t be shy: Please let us know when you or your division/department receive an award or grant – or any other good news about students, faculty and staff. Submit an online Marketing Communications Request Form to request a news release. Please include the “4-Ws” info – who, what, when & where – with your Request Form. We will do our best to share your good news with the wider community. Below is a story that just ran in the Lowell Sun on one of our student stories:

Meet Enomanhon Adoghe!
MCC_E_Adoghe - Jennifer Aradhya The Lowell Sun recently ran a nice story about MCC grad Enomanhon Adoghe and her journey to becoming a professional photographer: http://www.lowellsun.com/news/ci_32051680/photo-finish-camera-buff


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


Service Desk News

In an effort to respond to the needs of the college community, the MCC Service Desk will be making the following service improvements starting on September 4: The number of on-site Service Desk staff will increase. Service Desk staff hours will change to accommodate the needs of early-morning classes and events (7 a.m.). Between 7 a.m. – 5 p.m., on-site staff will be answering the Service Desk phone and email, as well as assist with classroom technical emergencies. Between 5 p.m. – 7 a.m., off-site phone assistance (or online chat) is available after hours, holidays and weekends. Walk-in Service Desk hours are 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Monday through Friday in Bedford (AR-203) and Lowell (LC-402). As always, the Service Desk can be reached at 978-656-3301 or at servicedesk@middlesex.mass.edu. Please visit our MCC Technology Center Web Site for information: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/technologycenter/

Network Upgrade

The Technology Center  recently upgraded the college’s network infrastructure campus wide. Work was completed on time and with minimal interruption to users. This upgrade provides the college community with the following benefits:

  • Network bandwidth is increased overall, meaning faster performance.
  • 4 times increase (10GB to 40GB) between the campuses.
  • 10 times increase (1GB to 10GB) in locations identified as high network usage locations.
  • More reliable and stable network connections, due to replacement of obsolete equipment.

June/July 2018

Updates from the President

Working Together To Be the Best

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

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

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


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

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

All the best,
Jim Mabry

Upcoming Events

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

MCC in the News

Current Grant Initiatives

AANAPISI Grant Update

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

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

MCC 360 Update

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

Student Affairs

Adult Learning Center

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

Veterans Resource Center

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

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

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


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


Advisors Working With Students

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

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

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

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

Academic Maps

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

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

EAB Navigate

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

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

Transfer Advising

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

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

Veteran Advising

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


Enrollment Management

Banner 9 is Live!

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

Testing Department

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

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


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

Student Evaluations – Spring and Summer 2018

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

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

  • Summer II:  July 9 – August 8, 2018

Pick-Up Date: July 31, 2018

Return Date: August 8, 2018

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

Pick-Up Date: July 19, 2018

Return Date: July 31, 2018

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

Pick-Up Date: August 2, 2018

Return Date: August 14, 2018

  • AHP1: May 29, – August 4, 2018

Pick-Up Date: July 19, 2018

Return Date: July 31, 2018

Summer 2018 Final Grade Deadlines

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

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

Fall 2018 Registration

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

Fall 2018 Final Exam Schedule

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

Institutional Advancement

Marketing Communications

New Marketing Campaign

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

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

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

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

Richard and Nancy Donahue Family Academic Arts Center VIDEO

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

Digital Asset Management

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

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

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

College Advancement

Celebrity Forum 2018 with Jamie Lee Curtis and Susan Wornick

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

Do You Know Where Our Alumni Are?

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

Community Education and Training

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

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

Workforce Training Fund

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

Corporate Education and Training

Corporate Education and Training delivered or will be delivering:

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

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

Homeland Security

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

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

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

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

Office of Professional Development

OER Update

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



Finance Department Banner 9 Training Update

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


May 2018

Updates from the President

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

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

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

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

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

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

All the best,
Jim Mabry

Upcoming Events

MCC in the News

Current Grant Initiatives

AANAPISI Grant Update

Multicultural Achievement Peer Program (MAPP)

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

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

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MCC 360 Update

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

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

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

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

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

Academic Divisions

Arts, Humanities & World Languages

Music Department

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

Music Outreach Program

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

‘Poetry through Music’ Concert

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

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

Business, Education & Public Service


MCC Entrepreneurship Students are a Success


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

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

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

Everyday Entrepreneurs Venture Fund (EEVF)

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


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

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

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

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

Hospitality and Culinary Arts

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

Nursing & Allied Health

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Enrollment Management

Enrollment Management Center (EMC)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Diploma Pick-Up June 22

Institutional Advancement

Marketing Communications

Profiles Magazine

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

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

#MCCShoutOut Video

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

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

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

Adult Learning Center

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

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

College Advancement

MCC Alumni Association Meat Raffle

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

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

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


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

MCC Celebrity Forum 2018


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

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

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

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

Community Education and Training

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

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

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

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

Corporate Education and Training

Corporate Education and Training delivered or will be delivering:

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

Homeland Security

House of Worship Safety Training at MCC-Bedford

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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