May 2019

Updates from College Leadership

Dear Colleagues,

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

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

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

All the best.

Jim Mabry


Table Of Contents

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

Featured Video

#NextStep on my Path

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


Featured News Story

Reaching for her dreams

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

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Upcoming Events


Awards, Presentations & Publications

Admissions

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

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

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

Entrepreneurship

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

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

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

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

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Multicultural Career & Networking Forum

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

The Career Forum panel included:

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

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Community Submissions

Intensive English Institute

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

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Khmer New Year Celebration at the Asian American Connections Center

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

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

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MCC Alumni Association

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

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

Music Department

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

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

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

 

Student Affairs

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

 

April/May 2019

Updates from the President

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

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

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

All the best,
Jim Mabry


Table Of Contents

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

Upcoming Events

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

MCC in the News


Current Grant Initiatives

AANAPISI Grant

Anti-Human Trafficking Movement

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

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

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

Asian Students in Alliance – Field Trip to Harvard University

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Academic Affairs

Arts, Humanities & World Languages

Music Department

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

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

Upcoming Concerts with MCC Students — Student Singers and Instrumentalists

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


Spotlight Concert featuring three students

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


Hospitality and Culinary Arts

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


Pathways Center

Medical Laboratory Technology Students Visit the American Red Cross

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

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

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

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

Student Affairs

Admissions

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

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

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

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

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


Career Development Center

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

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Enrollment Management 

Multiple Measures

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

English

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

Math

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

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

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

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

Spring 2019 Final Exam Schedule

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

Spring 2019 Student Evaluations

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

Graduation 2019

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

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

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

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

Fall 2019

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


Veterans Resource Center

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

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

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Institutional Advancement

 

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Middlesex Fund

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

Donations to the Middlesex Fund support:

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

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

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

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

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


Community Education & Training

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

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

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

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


Corporate Education & Training

Corporate Education and Training delivered or will be delivering:

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

Homeland Security

MCC Homeland Security Program Hosts Eastern Mass. Medical Reserve Corps

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

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


Marketing Communications

NEW Marketing Communications Request Form

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

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

Please, Tell Us Your Stories

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

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

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Downloadable Templates

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

 

March 2019

Updates from the President

Making Connections for Success

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

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

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

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

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

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

All the best,
Jim Mabry


Table Of Contents

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

Upcoming Events


MCC in the News


Current Grant Initiatives

AANAPISI Grant

“Getting Lao’d”

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


 

Academic Affairs

Arts, Humanities & World Languages

“The Music Man”

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

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Music Department Student Activities

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

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

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

World of Music Concert Series

March Concert

“Reflections: Art and Music”

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

Upcoming Concerts in April

“Holes in the Floor Cello Quartet”

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

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

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

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

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

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

MCC Visiting Writers Series

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


Dental Hygiene

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

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Student Affairs

Office of Student Engagement

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

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


Institutional Advancement

Adult Learning Center

Congratulations to MCC’s Adult Learning Center Staff and Students

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

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


College Advancement

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MCC Foundation 2019 Scholarship Awards

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

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Community Education & Training

C.N.A for Success Graduation

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

MILES Opening Session

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

Noncredit Programs

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


Corporate Education & Training

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

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


Marketing Communications

NEW Marketing Communications Request Form

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

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

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

Please, Tell Us Your Stories

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

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

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Downloadable Templates

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

 

February 2019

Updates from the President

#EndCCStigma

Steve Robinson, president of Owens Community College in Toledo, Ohio, recently started a social media campaign – #EndCCStigma – designed to change the way parents and high school students see community colleges. His thesis states that in order to recruit more students straight from high school, it’s time to admit that community colleges have an image problem.

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Yet, as Robinson says, we are all too often still viewed as second class.

So he (and other community college leaders joining the campaign) are tweeting links to columns by students who found purpose at community colleges and transferred to four-year institutions. They are highlighting pieces in which alumni talk about “overcoming the stigma” of attending a community college, testimonials from celebrities such as Tom Hanks, and data on the benefits of attending community colleges.

MCC will be taking part in this #EndCCStigma campaign and sharing our own stories about student success. Alumna Fiona Almeida (Class of 2014) will be sharing her #EndCCStigma story on our Middlesex Pathways blog as our next guest contributor.

I encourage all of you to join in and share your stories on Twitter to help #EndCCStigma.

All the best,

Jim Mabry


Table Of Contents

  • Upcoming Events
  • MCC in the News
  • Current Grant Initiatives
    • AANAPISI Grant
    • MCC 360 Update
  • Academic Divisions
    • Communications
  • Student Affairs
    • Advising
    • Enrollment
    • Financial Aid
  • Institutional Advancement
    • College Advancement
    • Community Education & Training
    • Corporate Education & Training
    • Marketing Communications

Upcoming Events


MCC in the News


Current Grant Initiatives

AANAPISI Grant

Asian American Connections Center – Spring Open House

On February 5th, the Asian American Connections Center held a Spring Open House to involve the MCC community in learning more about the programming and services offered by the staff. Students, staff and faculty enjoyed a delicious Khmer meal from a local restaurant and engaged in a showcase of performances from students.

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First-semester student Jian Suos shared her creative-writing piece, which centers her characters on the Asian American narrative. Second-semester student Max Phommashinh shared with guests his hobby of break-dancing and its role in the lives of young Southeast Asian men in Lowell. Julie Lun, the center’s graduate fellow from UMass Lowell, read her college-entrance essay that highlighted the realities and responsibilities associated with growing up as a woman in a Khmer-American household. Julie used comedic buffers to tell a deeply, personal story that is reflective of the Southeast Asian students at MCC. The Open House attracted more than 30 guests who learned about many of the initiatives that has been implemented to enhance the college experience for MCC’s Asian and Asian-American students.


MCC 360 Update

mcc_360_fin_colorWorks continues on the MCC Navigate platform that will provide students with timely access to advising support as well as assistance in selecting and enrolling in courses. The coming weeks will see an information campaign to make students aware of the self-service features and advantages of Navigate with the goal of 100% student use for Fall 2019. Continuing the training sessions we began in the late summer and fall, there will be ten “Introduction to Navigate” training sessions for faculty and staff this spring. Also, we continue to develop a robust collection of online training materials available in the PD Blackboard site. Title III implementers are also exploring Navigate Intelligence, an analytics application that will show advisors select risk factors in connection with student profiles and thereby provide faculty and advisors with additional information for their work with students. The creation of dashboards and visualizations of information is also taking place with a data warehouse to be fully in place later this Spring. The dashboards and visualizations will provide the college community with student trend information in aggregate to inform analysis and the development of institutional strategies to better serve students. In addition, the Title III External Evaluator report on the first two years of the project will soon be made available to the college through the FSA website.


Academic Divisions

Communications

Rick Pozniak, Adjunct, Communications, was a Judge in the annual New England Newspaper and Press Association newspaper industry awards competition, for daily and weekly papers which recognized excellence in news reporting, photography and website design.


Academic Affairs

The Pathways Center Welcomes Students Back to MCC after Winter Break

On January 24th, the Pathways Center (located in Cowan Center, Room 306) hosted a Welcome Back Bash for students to kick-off the spring semester. More than 60 students attended and enjoyed making new friends, meeting the Pathways Center staff, and finding out all that the Pathways Center does to support students and their academic success. Refreshments were served and participants engaged in fun and games, including ping pong, chess, Uno and Jenga. There were several giveaways of MCC T-shirts and other branded items. Former MCC student Jose Jimenez and current student Manuel Abreu were winners in the North Face backpack raffle drawings.

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

Dual Enrolled Students Awarded Scholarships through the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Starter Academy Grant

MCC19_1161.jpgMiddlesex Community College’s Pathways Center held a Dual Enrollment Scholarship Dinner on January 31st, honoring 22 dual-enrolled students with a STEM Starter Academy Scholarship. Students were nominated by a high school representative or MCC faculty member based on their interest in a STEM-related field and academic achievement. The scholarship covers the cost of one MCC STEM course. The dinner took place from 6-7 p.m. in the Lowell Campus Cafeteria. Parents and guardians joined the scholarship recipients in celebrating their awards, and recipients received certificates highlighting their accomplishment. Students were also made aware of opportunities to enroll in the STEM Starter Academy summer programs, which are offered free of charge through the Pathways Center, and are designed to help students succeed in STEM subject areas, like math, as well as engage in STEM-career exploration.

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


Student Affairs

Admissions

The Admissions staff began the New Year assisting the Advising Centers during the very busy Walk-In Enrollment weeks. In addition to our regular recruitment activities, such as campus tours and health-admissions overview sessions, we continue to be busy off-campus as well – visiting high schools and community programs, attending college fairs and holding On the Spot Admissions Events. Jeff Tejada visited with the Strive-Department of Youth Services Program. Jenna Engelsen attended a busy college fair at Tyngsboro High School. Jason Reynolds, along with Kristie Faletra and Jeff Tejada, participated in a day-long On the Spot Admissions event at Nashoba Valley Technical High School. Additionally, Jennifer Migliozzi hosted On the Spot Admissions events at North Reading High School and Wilmington High School.

We also have had a number of campus visitors. Jason Reynolds toured the Bedford campus with a group from the Bedford Bridge Program. Jeff Tejada hosted a group of students from the Lowell Career Academy, who toured both campuses and had the opportunity to take the campus shuttle.

Lastly, Admissions staff have been busy seeking professional development opportunities. They had the opportunity to participate in Cultural Competency training, sponsored by the Asian American Connections Center, and on February 15th the entire Admissions staff took part in a staff retreat. After taking Strengths Finder, the staff came together to better understand their strengths with the help of facilitator, Judith Kramer. It was a great way for the staff to get to know one another and learn how our individual strengths have an impact on our students.

Save the Date! We will be welcoming prospective students and their families to campus for Open Houses on the following days: Wednesday, April 10, at 4:30 pm in Lowell, and Tuesday, April 23, at 4:30 pm in Bedford. We appreciate that many of you will be joining us for those events! We will also be welcoming high school students for our biannual Pathway to Success Day on Wednesday, April 3rd in Bedford.

Enrollment 

Spring 2019- Key Dates and Activities

Mini-mester II is being actively promoted and students can register until March 25.

Drop for Nonattendance Due Dates
Mini-mester II– April 10

Last Day to Withdraw
Full-Semester  – April 11
Mini-mester I  –March 1
Mini-mester II – May 3

Faculty and staff should have conversations with students who are struggling before the withdrawal deadlines to discuss the option of withdrawing versus completing the course. Faculty and staff should encourage students to speak to Financial Aid or other applicable areas (e.g. Veterans & International students).

Midterm Grades Due
Full Semester – March 15
Mini-mester I – February 22
Mini-mester II – April 26

Final Grades Due
Full Semester  – May 22
Mini-mester I – March 15
Mini-mester II  – May 22

Student Evaluations available for pick-up

March 11 – Mini-mester I
April 22 – Full term and Mini-mester II

Graduation Application Deadlines

February 22 and March 22  – Please encourage eligible students to apply as soon as possible by selecting “Apply for Graduation” from their MyMCC menu.

Summer 2019

Summer 2019 registration opens on February 25.  Online, day and evening classes will be offered during all summer sessions.  Key sessions are:

Quick Start (May 28-June 14): 3 weeks – Classes generally meet 4-5 times a week
Session 1 (May 28-June 27): 5 weeks – Classes generally meet 3 times a week (TWR)
Session 2 (May 28-July 24): 8 weeks – Classes generally meet 2 times a week (MW or TR)
Session 3 (July 9-August 8):  5 weeks – Classes generally meet 3 times days a week (TWR)

Fall 2019

Fall 2019 registration is scheduled to open on April 8.  Students will be receiving letters with registration information by the end of March 2019.  Promotion through text and e-mail will be sent following the mailing of student letters.

2019-2020 Catalog Update

It’s time to update the Academic Catalog! Starting in March, every area will be asked to review and make major changes, and/or minor edits and corrections, to the catalog.  The goal is to have all the change and edits completed by the end of April.

Two Acalog training sessions have been scheduled for anyone who will be involved in updating the catalog. The dates and times are:

BEDFORD: March 13, Wednesday 2:30 to 4 pm in AR 101  (Snow date: March 29)
LOWELL: March 26, Tuesday 2:30 to 4 pm in Lowell LC 203

If you would like Acalog training, please contact Evelin Ovalles at ovallese@middlesex.mass.edu.

25 Live

MCC is transitioning from R-25 to 25Live Pro, the newest version of CollegeNet’s academic and event scheduling application. 25Live is fully hosted by CollegeNet and enables event planners and academic schedulers to search and schedule dates, venues, and resources all in one program.  User training will take place the week of March 18 for room approvers, with full roll-out later this year.


Financial Aid

The start of a semester at MCC is always a busy time for the Financial Aid Team. The 1819 Academic Year welcomed two new members to the department, our Director, Barbara Winchell, and Gina Pearce, our newest Senior Financial Aid Counselor.  We encourage all to come and meet these two wonderful additions to the department.

MCC Financial Aid offers assistance with FAFSA filing throughout the year. Our front office staff Karen Tarr, Mona Barck, Dany Mot, and Nat Frissore regularly provide students and their families with hands-on assistance in both our Lowell and Bedford Offices.

In addition to in office assistance, outreach to surrounding communities is on the forefront of services that the Financial Aid team offers. Recently, at Lawrence High school, Barbara Winchell, Deb Marsella, Mary Mullens, Gina Pearce, and Roxana Zeledon assisted students with their FAFSA filing.

On Saturday February 9th the Financial Aid Office hosted the annual FAFSA Day on the Lowell campus.  Coordinated by Deb Marsella, volunteers from MCC and other colleges, the event was again a success and served more than 30 participants. FAFSA day is designed to help students and their families navigate the financial aid process towards success in their college enrollment. Whether it is at a local school, venue, or an IDS class here at MCC, the financial aid staff support students and their families with any questions and concerns throughout the academic year.

Professional development is ongoing in the Financial Aid Department as well, to ensure compliance and to learn and implement new policies and procedures.  Barbara Winchell and Deb Marsella traveled to Atlanta for the weeklong Federal Student Aid National Conference in December. Deb Marsella also presented a session on academic issues that affect financial aid eligibility at our MCC Professional Day.

Here are some additional events MCC’s Financial Aid staff participated in most recently:

Deb Marsella presented financial aid planning information to parents at local schools as part of MEFA’s College Planning Seminars.

Jackie Crotty, Deb Marsella and Gina Pearce presented to Senior English classes at Lowell High School.

Roxana Zeledon and Gina Pearce presented to high school students participating in the MCC Admissions Pathways to Success program.

Institutional Advancement

College Advancement

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MCC Foundation Middlesex Fund Grant Awards

The MCC Foundation has awarded 10 grants to MCC faculty and staff members totaling $46,649.25 in grant awards.  The funds for the awards are from generous donations from college supporters to the 2017 & 2018 Middlesex Fund.  Attached is a list of the grants awarded and the faculty/staff recipients.

The MCC Foundation is proud to support the work of dedicated faculty and staff members though the Middlesex Fund.  The 2019 Middlesex Fund campaign continues through June 30, 2019. To donate or for more information on the Middlesex Fund, go to https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/foundation/mfund.aspx.

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MCC Foundation 2019 Scholarship Awards

On March 6, the MCC Foundation will recognize outstanding scholarship students at the MCC Foundation Scholarship Awards Ceremony to be held at 3:30 pm in the Bedford Campus Center.  At the ceremony, over $65,000 in scholarships will be awarded to 49 MCC students. The MCC Foundation welcomes the entire college community to the event to celebrate student success and to thank the generosity of the scholarship donors.  For more information, contact Amy Lee, leea@middlesex.mass.edu.


Community Education & Training

Community Education offers a variety of activities and educational programs for youth. Exceptional programs are delivered and developed to empower and guide youth as they reach personal goals and achieve academic and professional success. Vacation week, after-school, and summer programs are offered at our Bedford and Lowell campuses. College for Kids Timeless (1)

College for Kids — Summer 2019 College for Kids summer registration is now open! In addition to our existing programs – including  Aviation, Vet Medicine, Science and Web Design – Community Education is offering new programs this year through which students will learn about Healthy Eating, Creative Writing and Drawing. We are very excited to offer new programs geared toward high school students, such as Medical Laboratory Science, Career Exploration, and a high school Theater Production, directed by Karen Oster at our new Academic Arts Center.

The following career training programs began January/February: Accounting Fundamentals, Local Anesthesia Certification, HR Certification Exam Prep, CE course Preventing Medical Emergencies in Dental Hygiene Practice, Tools and Technologies for Technical Writers, ESL for Life in America, MTEL Exam Prep, TEAS Exam Prep, Beginning Portuguese, Digital Photography, Babysitter Certification for Youth, Personal Trainer Certification, Pharmacy Technician training, CE class Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care, Strategies for Working with Student Disabilities, Buying/Financing a Home.


Corporate Education & Training

Corporate Education and Training delivered, or will be delivering:

  • Becoming a Strategic Leader and New Leader Onboarding training in Engaging Employees for Lowell General Hospital at the Tyngsboro campus.
  • Emotional Intelligence training at E Ink in Billerica.
  • Building Competent and Confident Leaders training at Pace Industries in North Billerica.
  • Group Leadership and Supervisory Leadership Training at Nova Biomedical in Billerica. Training topics included Effective Communication Skills, Effective Conflict Management Practices, and Mentoring Others and Developing New Leaders.
  • Quality Technician Training Program at Nova Biomedical in Waltham.
  • Collaborated with the Early Childhood Department to offer Multicultural Communication course through the Region 3 Professional Partnership Grant.
  • Introduction to Python training at Juniper Networks in Westford.
  • Personal Protection/Active Shooter training at CTI in Lowell and Juniper Networks in Westford.
  • Optimizing Productivity through Time Management training at Reliable Fence in Woburn.

Partnered with Shawsheen Valley Technical High School’s Advanced Manufacturing Welding Program to offer Blueprint Reading and Technical Math through a grant from the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (EOHED).


Marketing Communications

NEW Marketing Communications Request Form

New-Form.jpgWe are excited to announce that we have streamlined the Marketing & Social Media request forms. You will now be able to request marketing services, press releases, and social media services all in the same form. The form has been shortened in length to make it easier to fill out and we have added the ability to upload files with your request (Please note: to upload files you will need a Google account. If you do not already have a google account, you can create one using your college email address). Additionally, all requests that are submitted will be sent back a receipt via email. If you have any questions about the new Marketing request form, please email marketing@middlesex.mass.edu for assistance.

NEW Marketing Request Form

Please, Tell Us Your Stories

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

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

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

AANAPISI Grant

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

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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.

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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.

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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.


STEM

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

Advising

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”


Nursing

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
https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/formscatalog/forms/fulltimestudentevals.doc

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

World Language Institute Faculty Evaluations
https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/formscatalog/forms/worldlanguagestudentevals.docx

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!

Amazon Smile - Teresa Medina

#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

Pitch Contest - Ashli Ree

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

image1.pngParalegal Studies 

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:
https://doodle.com/poll/vwxh9zbqhd4ghsh5

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.  

Giving Tuesday - Jennifer Aradhya


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).