September 2018

Updates from the President


Upcoming Events


MCC in the News


Current Grant Initiatives

AANAPISI Grant Update

Graduate Fellows

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Julie Lun

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

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

Diana Santana currently works as a Graduate Assistant in the Office of Multicultural Affairs at UMass Lowell, where she provides program support and coaches students in leadership development. Diana earned her AA in Communications from MCC, and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Community Social Psychology. Diana will continue to coordinate the MAPP mentorship program and provide program support to PAASA staff.


MCC 360 Update

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

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

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

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


Academic Divisions

Health Division

2018 Lowell Medical Assistant Day Institute

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

Nursing

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

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


Humanities Division

Music Department Activities

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


STEM Division

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mathematics

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

Science

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

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

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Engineering

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


Student Affairs

Academic Centers for Enrichment (ACE)

New Blackboard Ambassadors Program

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

New ACE Reading and Writing Learning Specialist

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

New Professional Math RAMP-UP Tutors

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

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


Office of International, Multicultural and Veterans Affairs

New Study Abroad Coordinator

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

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


The Office of Student Engagement

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

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

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

Orientation Thank You!

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


Office of Civic & Service-Learning

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


Career Services

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


Enrollment Management

Admissions and Student Recruitment

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

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

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


Registration

Key Dates in October

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

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

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

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

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

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


Adult Learning Center

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

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

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


Institutional Advancement

Marketing Communications

Owl Sighting Social Media Challenge

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

Richard and Nancy Donahue Family Academic Arts Center

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

Middlesex Pathways Blog Coming Soon

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


College Advancement

MCC Foundation Scholarship Application to open in October

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

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

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Community Education and Training

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

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

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

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

Corporate Education and Training

Corporate Education and Training delivered or will be delivering:

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

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


Government and Community Relations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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