May 2017

Updates From the President

Celebrating Success

The last month of the semester is exhilarating and just a little exhausting. There are so many celebratory events on and off campus that demonstrate just how vital we are to the success of our students and how connected we are to our communities.

Witnessing the success of our magnificently diverse students repeatedly fills me with wonder and hope for the future. From Advanced Manufacturing to Phi Theta Kappa, to the Health Programs Pinning Ceremony, theater, music, art and literary shows, exhibits and performances, Graphic Design portfolio presentations, the Commonwealth Honors Poster Conference, and events celebrating Biotechnology and Paralegal students, celebrations of our student athletes and coaches, club leaders, entrepreneurs, and scholarship winners – along with weekend running events and new colleagues’ inaugurations – this is a time of year that repeatedly reaffirms my commitment to our mission.

All this culminates in our Commencement on May 25, a day when I enjoy celebrating with our extended community. Commencement represents a recognition of all that our students have accomplished, and all the hard work everyone at the college has put in to helping them reach this milestone in their lives. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate all you have done to promote student success at MCC.

I would like once more to extend my appreciation and best wishes to all the faculty and staff who are leaving Middlesex. You are an amazing group of individuals who have given much to MCC and our students. We had a wonderful celebration recently at the Meetinghouse, but I am also including a link to more information about their amazing careers at the college. Check it out.

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As we wind out this academic year and look forward to the next, our focus on student success and retention will be honed and sharpened as we work together to support teaching and learning in all venues. With a renewed focus on customer service, streamlined enrollment processes, and more user-friendly environments, we will welcome all to MCC in the most positive ways possible. And we will continue our efforts to embrace effective technology and data tools that will help our students be successful throughout their entire journey at MCC.

I look forward to reconnecting with many of you at Smart Start: Opening Day for Faculty/Staff on Tuesday, August 29. We will engage in a day of activities designed help us collectively sharpen our focus on systemic solutions to student success. The day will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the UML ICC with the President’s Open Forum, before moving on to professional development workshops, lunch with keynote, and division meetings – as well as a social gathering to finish up the day. More information to come.

Seeing so many of our graduates succeed motivates me to provide better ways to support the success of all our students. When I taught, I wanted every student in my classroom to succeed. Now, as president, I want every student at the college to succeed. I know you will always be there to supply the energy and creative solutions we will need to increase success and retention at MCC.

Enjoy the celebrations of student success and take care or yourselves as we push through the end of the semester and into summer.

All the best,

Jim Mabry


Upcoming Events

  • May 25 – Commencement, 10 a.m., Lowell Memorial Auditorium
  • June 8 – Celebrity Forum featuring David Ortiz, 8 p.m., Lowell
    Memorial Auditorium
  • August 9 – MCC Night at the Lowell Spinners, 6:30 p.m., LeLacheur Park
  • August 29Smart Start: Opening Day for Faculty/Staff, 8:30 a.m., UML ICC

In The News


Grants

AANAPISI Update

On April 22, the A.S.I.A student group participated in the Khmer New Year public event that took place in Clemente Park in Lowell. The students volunteered and created an interactive, educational fishing game for kids to learn about water pollution in the Mekong River in Cambodia. The event lasted from 11 am to 5 pm, and attracted a huge crowd that included Khmer, Lao, Vietnamese, Burmese, and African communities. State Representative Rady Mom, Lowell City Councilors, and MCC Trustee Bopha Malone also participated in the event.  Virak Uy, MCC’s Director of Asian American Student Advancement Program, helped lead the Khmer New Year parade.


Title III Grant Update

mcc_360_fin_colorThe vendor product demonstrations for the Title III MCC 360 Project have been completed.  The final vendors presenting were EduNav and EAB Navigate. The next step for the MCC 360 Steering Committee (which includes faculty liaisons from each academic division) will be to meet on June 20th for a retreat. The committee will review the vendor information as well as identify the most crucial functional and technical needs for the student success systems in which the college will invest. In July, an RFR will be completed and distributed to vendors offering student portal, CRM, and eAdvising systems.

In addition, a position for a full-time analyst position will be posted in the summer with the intention of filling the position by October 1st.


Academic Affairs

Academic, Career & Transfer Advising

Staff in the Academic, Career & Transfer Centers have been actively reaching out and assisting students with summer and fall registration. Earlier than in years past, New Student Advising and Registration Sessions have already begun. Sessions have been filled to capacity and additional dates for June have been added. Additionally, Advising staff recently assisted our colleagues in Admissions with an on-site registration event at Lowell High School. LHS graduates were able to meet with an advisor, review academic programs and pathways, and set a schedule for the summer and fall semesters.

Our work with Academic Pathways enrollment carries on during the summer and fall registration. Staff have worked together to create new forms, resources and processes to effectively have students select an academic pathway or major at the time of enrollment. Staff have also created a targeted outreach plan for this upcoming fall to assist students with transitioning from an academic pathway to a degree program.

Advising staff are making phone calls to currently enrolled full-time students to provide registration assistance and other resources. This is a collaborative effort with Admissions and Enrollment Management to reach out to difference segments of our prospective and current student populations. It is our hope that this outreach will not only promote early and on-time registrations, but also provide another avenue to connect with our students to offer resources and support.

Career Services has a new look! We have revamped our Career Services website to make it easier for students, employers and faculty to navigate the services we offer. The site includes information on career exploration, Linkedin, and resume and job search advice.


First-Year Experience

It Takes a College Community – Thank You! (And Summer Sessions)
As the spring semester comes to a close, we want to take this opportunity to thank our college community for providing support to the students who have been enrolled in our FYE/IDS Seminar courses.

QuickStart
We are looking forward to QuickStart, which includes IDS courses that are online and on campus starting on May 22nd.  Also, in August we will once again welcome a new group of students taking IDS courses, who, like those in past summers (see below), are a good looking group!

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If you happen to be on campus during QuickStart and in August, we hope you will join us in greeting our students who are enrolled in IDS courses. Our students may also stop by your department/area to learn more about the college community.  They may also have worksheets with them, like the ones below, to gather information about the campus resources and services.  Both worksheets were developed by Jacqueline Gately, IDS 101 and philosophy instructor and advisor.

For more information about the FYE Program, please call or e-mail Jo Mucci
(781-280-3724/muccij@middlesex.mass.edu) and/or go to the FYE website  www.middlesex.mass.edu/fye.


Library

Carrie Salazar, Information Literacy and Assessment Librarian, was invited in May to speak to a graduate class of library students at Simmon’s College about her approach to library instruction, collaborating with professors, research consultations, and working with a diverse student population in Lowell.

In support of the OER initiatives now under way, Donna Maturi, Coordinator of Library Services, Lowell, presented at the Academic Program Team Learning (APT) Summit of the Massachusetts Community Colleges GPSTEM initiative held at Massasoit Community College in May. The title of her presentation was, “Creative Commons Licensing and Your TAACCCT Content.”


Academic Divisions

Business, Education & Public Service

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

In March, students went to a Social Entrepreneurship Conference at Harvard over Spring Break. This May, students in the “Intro to Entrepreneurship” courses are donating more than $1,572 to community organizations through a business competition with teams. “Social Entrepreneurship” students went to the Stoklosa Middle School in Lowell to teach 5th graders how to start a social enterprise – this new Pop Up Store will be popping up at a location near you!


FASHION MERCHANDISING

Screen Shot 2017-05-22 at 12.24.01 PM.pngFashion students and Ashli Ree attended the 2nd Annual New Hampshire Fashion Week fashion show, at the Radisson Hotel in Nashua, NH.  The students met various local designers and boutique owners.

Screen Shot 2017-05-22 at 12.24.13 PM.pngStudents and Ree also created handmade scarves to be donated to a local charitable organization.  The students learned how to draw the pattern, cut, and assemble the pieces.  This required no sewing so all students were able to participate.

Screen Shot 2017-05-22 at 12.24.30 PMAnd, students, fashion faculty from Framingham State University, and Ree went to New York City to visit fashion businesses.  The trip also included going to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to see the “Rei Kawakubo / Comme des Garcons / Art of the In-Between” fashion exhibition.


HUMAN SERVICES

The Direct Support in Human Services program held its graduation event on May 17 at the Federal Building on the Lowell Campus. Numerous graduates and supporters of this exceptional program were in attendance, including Provost Phil Sisson, Asst. Dean Deb Walsh, and Prof. Robert Gray. The event was organized by Prof. Julia Mirras and highlighted two of the graduates, who told their stories about how this program has improved their lives and given them a career purpose within the Human Services field.


PARALEGAL PROGRAM

The Paralegal Program held its graduation event at the Trustee’s House in Bedford on May 17. Organized by Prof. Halye Sugarman, Chair of the Department, more than 15 graduates attended, along with President Mabry, Prof. Michael Kilkelly, Prof. Pat Lemire, Asst. Dean Deb Walsh and Doris Mackie Sullivan from the Advisory Board. The newly named Deborah Walsh Paralegal Excellence Award was presented to graduate Heather Bee.


Humanities Division

English Department

MCC_Literary ConferenceLast month on the Lowell campus, the English Department hosted its second MCC Student Literary Conference. Keynote speaker, Middlesex alumna, and English faculty member Katie Slezas delivered a compelling keynote that drew from her remarkable memoir. Her remarks were followed by two concurrent sessions of student panels, featuring critical papers and media presentations on literature from more than 20 students. The nearly 100 students, faculty, administrators, family members, and friends in attendance received conference tote bags and T-shirts. Special thanks to conference director Kerrianne Gamache for making this event happen!

Other News:

  • English faculty member and poet Tom Laughlin will have his poem, “Monday Morning on the Town Green,” published in the next edition of the Ibbetson Street Press, a nationally renowned small press located in Somerville.
  • This spring, Delere Press published English Department Assistant Professor Jonathan Bennett Bonilla‘s book, “What Matter Who’s Speaking: Residue.” The text is positioned somewhere between poetry and philosophy, and can be purchased on Amazon.

Music Department

Student Recital

Two student recitals, one on each campus, were held recently. On May 1. there was a performance in the Bedford Concert Hall featuring student guitarists, singers, pianist and violinist. Original compositions by Music Technology students were also played. On May 2, in the Federal Building Assembly Room voice students of Anna Ward and guitar students of Raley Beggs performed.

A World of Music Concert Series concluded with a trio concert on May 12 in the Bedford Concert Hall featuring Jill Dreeben flute; Renée Delgado, cello and MCC faculty member Carmen Rodríguez-Peralta, piano. This program was repeated on May 19 at Town Hall in Arlington, as part the Menotomy Concert Series.


STEM Division

Science

Iveta Dinbergs attended the NEBATYC (New England Biology Association of Two Year Colleges) conference on May 22 hosted by Quinsigamond Community College.  Topics of the conference included:

  • Using technology to help students get the most out of their learning,
  • Incorporating a course-based undergraduate research experience (CURE) into your biology laboratory,
  • Easy Steps Toward the Integration of BioMath Concepts into Your Biology Courses, and
  • Place-based service-learning projects in field labs.

Engineering

Students in the “Strength and Materials” class participated in a balsa wood bridge competition this May. The winning bridge held more than 280 pounds! This project was designed by Department Chair and Faculty Michele Stein based on her experience at Merrimack College.


Enrollment

Admissions

MCc_Admitted StudentsThe staff of Admissions and Recruitment are never afraid to try new things as evidenced by two events held this past month.  The first was our Admitted Students Reception, which was held prior to the Bedford Admissions Open House on April 25. Despite the pouring rain, we hosted 53 students and their families at the reception. (Another 89 attended the Open House.)  Our admitted students were welcomed by Phil Sisson and Marilynn Gallagan and received the following presentations: Getting Started at MCC by Jillian Freitas-Haley and Jeff Tejada, and How to be Successful in Your First Year and Beyond by Pamela Flaherty and Bryan Wint. Pam also engaged the crowd with some ice breakers and Marketing Communications took pictures of our new students posing as “future graduates” to share on social media as we waited to begin the program. Students and families were also given the opportunity to attend the Open House, where students could make registration appointments, meet with faculty and deans, learn about Mass Transfer and the Commonwealth Commitment, and take campus tours.  And the rain did not limit the participants taking tours or dampen their enthusiasm.

We also piloted on-site class registration as part of our activities with the seniors from Lowell High School who plan to attend MCC in the fall. On May 16, Admissions and Advising staff  Jillian Freitas-Haley, Jeff Tejada, Kristie Faletra, Bryan Wint, Maria Gonzales and Patrick Fama met with and registered 25 students. We originally planned to meet with double that number, but found out two days prior to the event that we were competing against Senior Skip Day. While Admissions staff is used to contending with obstacles, we never saw this one coming! However the 25 seniors we did see were engaged and grateful to secure the class schedules they wanted. It is our hope that we can build on this remote-registration model and incorporate it at some of our other feeder high schools.

These two events were successful because of the assistance we received from the college community. We want to express our sincere gratitude for this support.

In other Admissions news, we hosted several high schools on our campuses for tours and presentations. Medford High School, Nashoba Regional in Bolton, and St. Anne’s school in Methuen visited, and met with Student Support staff, as well. Essex Technical High School toured our Dental programs and labs.  During the month of May, we also continued recruiting visits at Methuen High School, Westford Academy, Lowell High School, Nashoba Valley Technical High School, Stoneham High School, Tewksbury High School, Lawrence High School, Notre Dame in Lawrence, and Voyagers Home School Association. Our visits to nontraditional markets included the Stafford House (formerly known as the Boston Academy of English) Language School, the YMCA in Woburn, and the Best Fitness in Chelmsford (where we even participated in a spin class).

Everyone in the office of Admissions and Recruitment is eagerly awaiting Commencement.  It is so rewarding to see the students we met at various recruiting events walk across the stage!


Enrollment Management

Graduation – Numerous outreach efforts have garnered a total of 1,397 certificate and associate degree applicants, with 795 students planning to attend the Commencement ceremony on May 25th. To ensure a smooth and memorable day for our graduates, the Enrollment Management Department has been assisting students with questions, reviewing graduation applications and requirements, and devoting countless hours to ensuring that all academic honors, special awards, global scholars, dual enrollment, PTK, and Commonwealth Honors Scholars students are recognized for their accomplishments in both the Commencement program and on individual student speaker cards. The final awarding of Spring 2017 graduates will occur during early June, with a diploma pick-up date of June 19.

Communications – Enrollment Management continues retention efforts through direct calls to students and other forms of communication to promote Summer 2017 and Fall 2017 registration. In April/May, over 25,000 e-mails or texts were sent to past students with information targeted to their potential needs.

Softdocs and Banner – Phase III of Softdocs began with discovery sessions with Human Resources, Finance, Payroll, Accounts Payables and Accounts Receivables. Student Accounts, Finance and Payroll will engage in administration training during the week of June 12th with a “Go Live” date scheduled for the week of July 31st. Upcoming security enhancements will allow HR to “Go Live” in October. Jackson Chege, Kathy Rich, Kathy DiRienzo, Lauren Hutchinson, Vinnie Funaro and Barbara Malobecki will serve as the project leads for their departments. Deb Ciccolo, Scott O’Neil and Technology Center staff have been assisting with the implementation. Enrollment Management continues to support the preparation of a conversion to Banner 9. This past month, the department completed User Acceptance Testing (UAT) for the Oracle 12c upgrade. Banner forms, Degree Works, Parchment eTranscripts, College Scheduler, and other various EM Access databases were tested.

Skills Capital Grant – Computer Lab renovations are underway, thanks to funding from the Skills Capital Grant. Six labs in Bedford and three in Lowell are receiving a facelift, along with improved technology for Engineering and Computer Science instruction. The Registrar’s Office has been working as part of a collaborative team to ensure that room needs for students, faculty and staff are accomplished while supporting the grant’s efforts to keep the project on time and on budget.


Student Affairs

Leadership Recognition Ceremony

MCC_Student LeadersThe Center for Leadership & Engagement, the Academic Centers for Enrichment, and the Multicultural Center, hosted the annual Leadership Recognition Ceremony on May 9th.  Highlighting student leaders, this event recognized over 100 students serving in myriad ways across campus – acknowledging the tremendous learning which stemmed from their experiences.  Outstanding club members were honored the following day at a celebration that recognized over 40 clubs and student organizations.  Students engaged in these transformative opportunities have positively contributed to the campus culture while strengthening their own personal and professional development.  Worthy of special distinction is the Business & Economics Club, which earned two top awards, including Club Program of the Year and Club of the Year.


Student Support Services

Student Support Services initiatives & celebrations:

Adult Student Outreach

Efforts to provide a welcoming environment for adult students, through support, assistance with navigating the college, identifying resources, and providing opportunities to connect with other adults, have been achieved through a number of outreach events held throughout the semester and continuing through the summer.  Among these are: “Nontraditional Student” Orientation, welcome lunch, morning coffee break and evening gatherings. The goal of this outreach initiative is to improve student’s college experience by offering information, support and encouraging connections among adult students.

Transition Program Awards Breakfast

On Monday, May 8th, graduating second-year Transition Program students were treated to breakfast, served by first-year classmates. Transition Program faculty presented students with special recognition awards pertaining to their two-day per week internship and classroom success. Second-year students also displayed personalized Vision Boards depicting both short and long-term goals upon graduation and completion of their Certificate in Office and Business Support.

Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment (ICE) Showcase and Celebration

On May 24th at 11 am in the Bedford Campus Center’s Café East, students enrolled in the Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment (ICE) initiative will showcase highlights from their college experience and receive completion certificates. ICE is an Executive Office of Education grant-funded partnership between MCC and the LABBB Special Education Collaborative and Bedford Public Schools.

TRIO Graduation Event

On May 22nd members of the MCC community joined graduating TRIO students from the Student Success Program and Program for Student Achievement to celebrate their success. Our TRIO Programs, funded through the U.S. Department of Education, support eligible low-income, first-generation college students and individuals with disabilities –  providing academic and support services to help students to improve their grades, stay in school, graduate from Middlesex, and transfer to baccalaureate programs. The reception included program certificates, Community Partner Awards, and student presentations.


Sports and Recreation

MCC_Sports AwardsOn May 3rd the Annual Sports Recognition Ceremony was held to honor student athletes who had success both on and off the playing field.  Over 100 people attended the event to celebrate and be inspired by their fellow athletes, coaches, family, and members of the MCC community with a special presentation by Lowell Spinners General Manager Shawn Smith.  Nearly half of the athletes received academic awards for having GPAs above 3.0.  The Most Valuable Player, Offensive and Defensive Players of the Season, and Coaches Award were highlights, while captains of each team were also recognized as an acknowledgment of their willingness to step up and be student leaders for their teams.

Hockey coaches George Jacobs and Phil Loranger have helped build the team into a competitive program which takes on colleges from around the region including Sacred Heart, Dartmouth, University of Hartford, among other high-profile colleges. Soccer coaches Deb Botker and Nick Papas recently helped move the two teams from the UMass Lowell intramural league into an adult league which competes against advanced skilled players from northern Massachusetts.  Coaches volunteer a significant amount of time and effort to support the teams and individual athletes.  The success of the MCC Sports Program is due, in large part, to their commitment and dedication.

This year, approximately 170 MCC student-athletes competed on 13 teams throughout six sports.  In a total of 79 games, the teams had a combined record of 45-32-2 for a 57% winning percentage.  Fifty-one of our players competed in multiple sports over the course of the academic year, and 40 female athletes competed on our co-ed teams.  Three teams reached the championship game of their respective leagues:  volleyball, soccer, and basketball, with basketball winning the championship!


Wellness

This academic year, Middlesex partnered with the Massachusetts Service Alliance as an agency in their Commonwealth Corps Program aimed at addressing unmet needs and engaging communities through service.  Through this initiative, Lucy Paynter and Courtney Spence joined MCC as Wellness Ambassadors – serving the college community by promoting an overall sense of wellness while improving awareness of the following critical health concerns:  substance abuse prevention, mental health awareness, nutrition information and access.  Lucy, an MCC student, has served over 550 hours to reduce the stigma of mental illness on campus.  She has been presenting to various classes about stress management and mental health issues.  In addition, Lucy organized an all-college presentation on “Healthy Relationships” in collaboration with REACH, a local organization working to prevent domestic violence.  Courtney has been focused on increasing awareness and education about nutrition and food insecurity.  She has served almost 600 hours on projects such as a recent showing of the documentary, “Food for Change,” which included an informative Q&A session with the film producer/director.  Most notably, she has been instrumental in launching two new campus food pantries at MCC – one on each campus.  The college plans to sustain their efforts going forward to support wellness and student success.


Institutional Advancement

Adult Learning Center

On May 5, Middlesex was notified by the governor’s office that we have been awarded an Adult Basic Education (ABE) Transition to Community College grant for FY 2018 -2020. The award letter thanked MCC for our commitment to providing college transition services to ABE students. Through this funding (just under $100,000 per year), we will be able to continue supporting ABE students from the Adult Learning Center on the Bedford campus, as well as students from DESE-funded Adult Learning Centers in other communities, such as Lowell, Methuen and Somerville. Many of you know our transitions program as Links which, since its inception in 2000, has enrolled several hundred students in MCC classes and has given them the foundation to pursue college degrees and certificates.  The grant has been continuously funded since 2000 and so much of its success has been due to the tireless efforts of the program’s coordinator, Ruth Clark.  Ruth will be retiring this June and we are very grateful for her commitment to the students in the program throughout their enrollment in Links and beyond.


Advancement

An Evening With David Ortiz Interviewed by WBZ-TV’s Dan Roche to Benefit Student Scholarships

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Some tickets are still available for this year’s Celebrity Forum with  David Ortiz, retired Boston Red Sox designated hitter, interviewed by Dan Roche, award-winning sports anchor and reporter for WBZ-TV News.  This event takes place at  8 pm on Thursday, June 8, in the Lowell Memorial Auditorium.

Tickets may be purchased:
– In person at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium Box Office located at 50 East Merrimack Street, Lowell, MA.
– By calling the Lowell Memorial Auditorium Box Office at 866-722-8881
– Online at http://www.lowellauditorium.com

Proceeds from Celebrity Forum support scholarships for Middlesex students.

MCC’s Celebrity Forum is an annual event that presents well-known personalities for the educational and cultural enrichment of area residents. It raises money for student scholarships.

There is still time to make a donation to the MCC Foundation!

Help deserving MCC students pursue their educational and career goals by making a gift to the MCC Foundation today.

The Annual Fund www.middlesex.mass.edu/AF — The MCC Foundation Annual Fund provides funding for faculty and staff grant projects that support MCC’s academic offerings. Over the last decade, the MCC Foundation Annual Fund has funded 125 grant projects such as:
• The First Generation Initiative at Middlesex
• Business Ethics Speaker and Film Series
• STEM Research Sea Turtle Course
• MCC’s First International Pow Wow
• Student Art Celebration and Display
• Faculty Staff Professional Development, Emergency Funds for Students

The Middlesex Fund  www.middlesex.mass.edu/thefund — The Middlesex Fund is a new fund established by the MCC Foundation to support the following areas at the college:
• Scholarships
• International Travel Opportunities
• Entrepreneurship Programs
• Student Leadership Programs
• Technology for Academic Programs
• Classroom and Lab Equipment
• Fitness and Wellness
• Lectures/Film Series
• Service Learning Opportunities


Corporate Education and Training

  • Delivered Technical Communication training for inmates at the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office in Billerica.
  • Offered Medical Administration Recertification, Medical Administration Program, and First Aid/CPR trainings for LifeLinks.  The course is conducted at MCC in order to provide employees exposure to taking classes in a college setting.

Program on Homeland Security

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President Mabry welcomed the attendees to MCC at the 2017 Workplace Safety Summit

The 2017 Workplace Safety Summit

The 2017 Workplace Safety Summit took place at on the Bedford campus on May 15, sponsored by Middlesex District Attorney Marian T. Ryan and the MCC Program on Homeland Security. Over 100 people, representing 78 companies, agencies, hospitals, schools and colleges attended the half-day forum. Presenters were District Attorney Ryan; Keith Jones, Director of Corporate Security – Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Cambridge; Jean Haertl, President – Safety and Respect at Work, LLC, Framingham; and Wakefield Police Chief Richard Smith. Terry Downes, Executive Director of the Homeland Security Program was event moderator.

President James C. Mabry welcomed the attendees to MCC, and thanked them for joining in this important discussion. Discussions centered on the unfortunate frequency of workplace violence and threats of violence, and the resulting safety concerns for employees, visitors and vendors found daily at nearly all places of employment; the legal obligation of employers to provide a safe workplace, including under OSHA’s General Duty Clause; and practical steps employers can take to increase safety and mitigate the possibility of violence. Special emphasis was placed on the importance of establishing open and honest communication within organizations on this sensitive topic, and on building vital working relationships with local police departments.

Attendees gave the conference high marks, and made several requests for follow-on sessions as they work to make workplace safety an integral part of their daily operations.


Marketing Communications

Marketing Communications Wins Six Educational Advertising
Awards

Screen Shot 2017-05-22 at 1.44.17 PMMarketing Communications has earned six awards, including two Gold in the 32nd Annual Educational Advertising Awards competition. The Educational Advertising Awards is the largest, oldest and most respected educational advertising awards competition in the country.
Awards include:
GOLD    LOGO    Commonwealth Honors Program
GOLD    IMPRINTED MATERIALS    MCC Lapel Pin
SILVER    PUBLICATION EXTERNAL    Profiles: Fall 2016
BRONZE    SPECIAL VIDEO    Commonwealth Honors Program Video
MERIT    CLASS SCHEDULE    Corporate & Community Education & Training
MERIT    DIRECT MAIL    Returning Adult Mailer
This year, more than 2,250 entries were received from more than 1,000 colleges, universities and secondary schools from all 50 states and several foreign countries. A national panel of industry specialists judged each piece for creativity, marketing execution, message impact, technology application, and innovation content.

Wanted: Faculty & Staff Spotlights for ‘myMCC’ Narrative

mymcc_t1_300x250_thuAs part of “myMCC,” the college’s two-year brand campaign, Marketing Communications has been sharing stories of our students. Now we want to hear from YOU – faculty & staff.

We want to add your story to the “myMCC” narrative because our amazing students are able to reach their goals because you inspire them, and you push them to learn and grow.

To participate in the “myMCC” campaign, please email marketing@middlesex.mass.edu and put “myMCC” in the subject line. You will be emailed a brief questionnaire to begin the process. Respondents to the questionnaire could potentially be asked to participate in a video interview or photo shoot.

Annual Campuswide Photo Shoot

Digital photo camera on white isolated background.Many thanks to everyone who participated in our recent campuswide photo shoot. The goals for these annual shoots with a professional photographer are to capture imagery that reinforces the MCC brand and reflects our diverse college community.

We visited both campuses on May 9, captured shots in six classrooms, the Multicultural Center, the Math Center and ACE. More than 120 students, faculty and staff participated, making this one of our most successful shoots to date.

Did you know?

You can keep up with all the action at Commencement 2017! Use the hashtag #MCCGrad and follow the conversation on MCC social media channels.

Also, 2017 Commencement exercises will stream live on the Lowell Telecommunications Corp. (LTC) website: http://www.ltc.org/watch/channel-8


One thought on “May 2017

  1. elizabeth m hastings

    As an adjunct faculty, my access to the achievements and goings on college-wide require more effort than when I was full-time at the college. No more cafeteria quick conversations or chasing IT people through Dunkin’ Donuts lines for information I need:-)

    Reading the Connector is “almost” a substitute for “real-time” information.

    So thank you for keeping me current with the progress of my favorite college!

    Elizabeth Hastings
    Business, Entrepreneurship & Legal Studies

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