August 2017

Updates From the President

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

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

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

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

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

– Jim Mabry

Upcoming Events

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

MCC In The News



College Financial Literacy Workshop

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

2017 Southeast Asian American Studies Conference

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

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

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

Title III Update

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

Academic Affairs

First-Year Experience

FYE/IDS courses in the summertime!

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

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

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

Office of Professional Development

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

Academic Divisions

Business, Education and Public Service

Fashion Merchandising

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


Performing Arts

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


Nursing and Allied Health

Dental Assisting, Dental Hygiene, and Dental Lab Technology

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

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



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

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

Enrollment Management

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

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

Enrollment Systems

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

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

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

Student Financial Services

New Drop for Nonpayment Policy for Late Registrants

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

Student Affairs

Office of Student Engagement

Introducing the Office of Student Engagement

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

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

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

New Staff Member

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

Student Support Services

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

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

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

Institutional Advancement


Save the Date!

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

Limited tickets are available!
Date: Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 7:10 pm
Ticket price: $32 for tickets

Do You Know Where Our Alumni Are?

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

Corporate Education and Training

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

Corporate Education and Training delivered:

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


Community Education and Training

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

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

Complete course listing link:

College for Kids

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


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

Marketing Communications

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

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

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

Government & Community Relations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Technology Center

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

June/July 2017

Updates From the President

Frank Nocella

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

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

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

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

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

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

Until then, enjoy the summer!
Jim Mabry

Upcoming Events

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

In The News



New Intensive English Institute Classroom

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

Academic Centers for Enrichment English Conversations

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

New AANAPISI Specialist

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

Title III Update

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

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

Academic Affairs

First Year Experience

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Office of Professional Development

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

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

Academic Divisions

Business, Education and Public Service

Fashion Merchandising

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


Art Department

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

Music Department

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

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

Theater Department

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



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

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

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

Enrollment Management

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Student Affairs

Student Engagement

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

Student Support Services

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

Institutional Advancement


Save the Date!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Do You Know Where Our Alumni Are?

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

Corporate and Community Education & Training

Adult Learning Center

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

Corporate Education & Training

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

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

Community Education & Training

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marketing Communications

There is still time to share your Middlesex story!

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

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

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

New Videos

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


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

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

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

Government & Community Relations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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.


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



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.

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/ and/or go to the FYE website


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


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!


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.


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.


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


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.


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.



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!


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.


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


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

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 — 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 — 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

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
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 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:

April 2017

Updates From the President

IMG_1526It wasn’t a harsh winter, but with the storms in March and into April it certainly seemed like a long one. But, just two weeks after hunkering down at home and watching a foot or more of snow fall on April 1, I was out cycling and enjoying the spring weather. I know what they say about the weather and know that complaining is futile, but we seem to never get over it.

Inside the college, our actions are not futile and have a major impact on student success. The work we do transforms lives. Every day at this college, we stand up for our students and advocate for their success. We are proud to be an open-access institution that offers opportunities to those who could be left behind. We are here to support the learning of those from all backgrounds and identities, and seek to empower all to become engaged and involved.

At this exceptional college, we are always seeking new and better ways to promote access and success through continually searching, questioning and learning. It is often reported that Darwin wrote: “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.” While this idea is central to Darwin’s work, he never actually wrote these words. Alvin Toffler did write: “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.” At MCC, learning and relearning goes on every day and is central to what we do and who we are.

We are an academic institution with “excellence” as a key value, and we can only achieve this through continual seeking and learning – even when that means unlearning and relearning. Institutional change is a process of learning and growing together, and when we learn and grow, we become more effective at transforming lives through education. Being strategic about how we learn and grow as an institution is important so we can continue to help those that might not find success without us. Our mission is important and our work is not easy. Keep up the great work and take some time to enjoy spring.

All the best,
Jim Mabry

Upcoming Events

  • April 26 – Honors Poster Conference 2017, 2-4:30 p.m., Café East, Bedford
  • April 27 –Board of Trustees Meeting, 7:30 a.m., Trustees’ House, Bedford
  • May 3 – Sports Recognition Ceremony, 5 p.m.
  • May 4 – MCC Juried Art & Design Show, 5-7 p.m., Lowell Telecommunications Corp.
  • May 5 – Assessment Day, Bedford campus
  • May 5 – 29 Who Shine, 2 p.m., State House, Boston
  • May 10 – All Club Celebration, 5 p.m., UMass Lowell ICC
  • May 11 – Spring Fling, Bedford campus
  • May 23 – Evening of Excellence (Pinning & Honors Night), 4 p.m., Lowell Memorial Auditorium
  • May 25 – Commencement, 10 a.m., Lowell Memorial Auditorium
  • June 8 – Celebrity Forum featuring David Ortiz, 5:30 p.m., Lowell
    Memorial Auditorium
  • August 9 – MCC night at the Spinners, 6:30 p.m., LeLacheur Park

In The News



As an AANAPISI institution, Virak Uy, Director of Asian American Student Advancement Program, and Pat Demaras, Assistant Dean of International and Multicultural Affairs, had the opportunity to participate in the 2017 Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education (APAHE) conference. APAHE is an organization that is devoted to addressing issues affecting Asian-Pacific-American students, staff, faculty and administrators in higher education. The conference took place in Oakland, Calif. This year’s conference theme was “Building Bridges and Connecting the Generations: 30 Years of Activism and Inclusion.” MCC joined UMass Boston, Hunter College, Bunker Hill CC, and other AANAPISI schools in break-out sessions that focused on curriculum development and programming best practices to support Asian-American students.

Screen Shot 2017-04-24 at 3.57.37 PM.pngAANAPISI also sponsored a couple of events that included an “Angkor’s Children” film screening event on April 12. The film is about the inspirational revival of Cambodia’s art and culture following the Khmer Rouge. The screening provided an opportunity for faculty fellows to learn more about Cambodian cultural and artistic renaissance. The story is told through the voices of three young Cambodian women who are the first generation after the Khmer Rouge. The event was well attended by faculty, staff, students and community partners.

Venerable Kou Sopheap and MCC students
Venerable Kou Sopheap and MCC students

The Asian Students In Alliance (A.S.I.A) student group hosted an event that aimed to promote religious tolerance through dialogue. On April 19, MCC students had an opportunity to speak with Buddhist monk, Venerable Kou Sopheap. He is also an Associate Dean at Pannasastra University. The event attracted many students who came with many questions about the Buddhist religion and teachings.

Title III Grant Update

mcc_360_fin_colorThe Title III MCC 360 project has been conducting extensive discussions and research in order to prepare for a redesign of the college’s web portal. Given that the portal impacts the entire MCC community, this redesign represents one of the most important aspects of the MCC 360 project. A subcommittee of the Enrollment Committee, led by Jennifer Aradhya met to review existing portal functions and make short-term recommendations pending the implementation of a new product.

Scott O’Neil is working with a team comprised of members from Admission, Enrollment Management, Financial Aid, and Information Technology to implement the first phase of electronic forms scheduled for availability to students in June. Additional teams are forming for the design and implementation of the Soft Docs technology in Student Accounts, Finance, Payroll and Human Resources.

Peter Shea is developing a Digital Learning Mentor Program in which faculty from each academic division are recruited to model best practices for teaching with digital tools, and optimizing our use of the Blackboard LMS. This aligns with a project objective to increase the use of our primary learning management system to enhance student success.

Finally, planning is underway for a summit meeting on June 20th in Bedford Café East for faculty and staff involved in MCC 360 to coordinate our activities for the coming year and to review our progress.

Academic Affairs

Academic, Career & Transfer Advising

Bryan Wint, Director of Advising & Academic Pathways, and Jane Fain, Transfer Counselor, attended the New England Transfer Association Conference (NETA) in early April to represent the college. Bryan presented a well-attended session on best practices and current research regarding the development of an Intergraded Advising Model at Middlesex and community colleges around the country.

Jane represented Middlesex and our scholarship applicants at the conference. We’re proud to report that one of our own MCC students received the NETA Transfer Scholarship! Middlesex also had the highest number of applicants. Thanks to those of you who encouraged students to apply and for writing nominations.

Work around Academic Pathways continues with a newly developed plan for enrolling students this summer and fall. Advisors are recreating resource and presentation material for our advising and registrations sessions for new students. Sessions for new students will start in May. Our current focus is on outreach to our current student population to encourage early registration. Advising staff members have also participated in recruitment events, including Pathways to Success Day and Open Houses.


CareerCon: A College to Career Day was a tremendous success! This career-readiness event was held on March 29th in the Campus Center in Bedford. The work that went into this event was a campuswide collaboration between Career Services, the Pathways Center, Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, the alumni office and faculty. This event provided invaluable resources for our students; employer panels, alumni experiences, resume workshops, resume critique, LinkedIn photos and profiles, student employment opportunities on campus, mock interviews, and connection of career and transfer. Several hundred students attended this event, and at least 16 classes attended. People from all areas of the college collaborated to create this event and support student success.

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First-Year Experience

FYE/IDS Seminar Courses – It Takes a College Community (Take 3)

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FYE Student Project
A day in the life of a first-year student video.

FYE Student ePortfolio

In Their Own Words: Faculty and Student Reflections

Faculty“FYE linked coursework in unison, sharing the same first- year students who are encouraged to connect and grow within a supportive and nurturing environment. This model fosters a deep sense of community and engagement. Because faculty members share some of the same learning outcomes, students practice the skills necessary to be successful college students as a whole. Student development is quite evident at the end of the semester, and almost every student can see the value of this unique teaching and learning experience.”

“I have also observed a strengthening of student relationships from some students in the linked sections. They tend to bond easier, perhaps as a result of mutual activities and spending more class time with each other. The FYE instructor always comes in to my class at the start of the semester to remind students of the importance of attendance at both classes in order to pass. I think it is very important for both faculty to share a similar vision of what this experience should be.”

“I have built my FYE courses around goal-setting, reflection, and creating ePortfolios as a place for students to showcase their progress and hold themselves accountable for meeting their goals.”

Students — “Thanks to this class, I’ve learned about different activities that are offered at the school and that it’s important to get involved or reach out and ask for help if you need it. While in this class, I was able to do a short oral presentation which I didn’t like doing. But I did it and it helped me prepare for that week when I had to present three oral reports in other classes.”

“I learned this was a great class to take my first semester. Being a single mom, it was really hard for me to mentally get back into school, I didn’t know what I was doing or where I was going. In this class, I’ve learned that it’s important to learn to manage your time, because if you can’t then you fall behind. I watched a lot of students drop classes, and if I didn’t figure out how to manage my time I feel I would have become one of those people.”

“I learned a lot this year. I discovered how to stay on track till the very end no matter what. Even with so much on my plate, I managed my classes pretty well and learned even with some struggles. There were so many mistakes I made in school that I’ve learned not to do for next semester. School isn’t like a hobby or any side thing, it should be your prime thing in your life.”

Office of Professional Development

Summer 2017 Professional Development Minigrants

The Office of Professional Development is now seeking applicants for summer minigrant projects. Proposals dealing with open educational resources, improving data-driven decision making, digital learning, intersession teaching, and best practices in assessment work will be given priority consideration. For more information, go to

Academic Divisions

Business, Education and Public Service

Paralegal Studies Program

On March 29, Professor Hayle Sugarman, Coordinator of the Paralegal Studies Program, organized and moderated Paralegal Career Night, welcoming a panel of working paralegals to speak with current and prospective students about their positions and the paralegal profession. Panelists included MCC alumna and Advisory Board Member Lynn Malburne (’08); MCC alumna Dana DiSenso (’15), and soon-to-be MCC graduate Owen Doherty. Other panelists included Advisory Board member Jackie Baker, who is co-Membership Chair of the Massachusetts Paralegal Association, and Vicki Samuels, Treasurer of the Paralegal Association of New Hampshire. Two legal recruiters with Robert Half Legal also spoke with students about trends in the paralegal market, and Clare McCurley of the MCC Law Center networked with students about internships. Assistant Director of Admissions Alison Handy met with several prospective students. Approximately 40 people attended this very successful event.

Positive Psychology Scholarship

Dawn Stickney, a former student of Professor Bob Fera, has let him know that she is running the 3rd Annual Gate City Marathon to raise funds for the Positive Psychology Scholarship she established through the MCC Foundation. Dawn had this to say about the scholarship and the course:

“This scholarship fully pays for students to take the “Positive Psychology” course that is simply amazing. We at Leilani Salon are the main benefactors of this scholarship and are hoping to send more students each year to take this amazing course. If anyone wishes to donate to the scholarship fund, you can send (funds) directly to: MCC Positive Psychology Scholarship in care of Amy Cahill Lee, MCC Advancement.”

Humanities Division

Highlights from the Music Department


  • MCC faculty member Raley Beggs gave a guitar recital as part of the A World of Music Concert Series in the Bedford Concert Hall on the snowy evening of March 31. On April 14, he brought a small ensemble of his guitar students to play for MCC’s PTK ceremony in Bedford.
  • Orland Cela, MCC faculty member and flutist, performed in concert with Parallax, a new music and multimedia consort, in Rhode Island in March. On April 12 he performed a program of Brahms, Ravel and Ligeti with Berklee and Boston Conservatory faculty and students at the Words and Music Festival held at Berklee, where he is also a faculty member.
  • MCC faculty member Anna Ward, soprano, is performing in the series “Soir de Femmes,” which feature selections from operas composed by women. The most recent concert was held April 15 at the Brookline Library.

Middlesex Humanities Center

La Guagua Community Poetry Festival: Voices and Translations

On April 21 and 22, the Middlesex Community College Humanities Center sponsored its inaugural event, “La Guagua Community Poetry Festival: Voices and Translation” featuring reading by poets from all over the world including noted poet and translator  Rhina P. Espaillat and Harvard Scholar-at-Risk Jorge Olivera Castillo. Over 120 community members participated in the festival activities which included original poetry and translations as well as musical performance and a celebration of multicultural literature. Many of the poems for this festival have been translated English and compiled in an anthology published by Loom Press. This anthology is available for use by all of our community partners, to request a copy contact: kalivasd@middlesex.mass.

For more information about the MCC Humanities Center, visit

Nursing & Allied Health Division

Students and faculty in the Radiologic Technology Program attended the annual Massachusetts Society of Radiologic Technology Conference on April 13-14. In addition to attending professional-development seminars, where they learned about emerging imaging procedures, the students also competed in a “Jeopardy!”-style game that helped them prepare for their upcoming board exams. The MCC student team took third place out of eight teams.



Faculty are working on the planning for the Annual STEM Poster Session to be held May 2 in the Lowell Campus Cafeteria. Middlesex students, and students from Lowell High School, will present research posters.


MCC hosted the NEPDA (New England Parenteral Drug Association) Business Meeting on April 12. Middlesex students earned honors in the poster contest:

  • 3rd place — Tim Cooney, Sieng Heng and Aaron Prager; 2nd place — Catherine Cano; and 1st place — Tayaba Naz. The NEPDA Student of the Year was Matt Peranelli.

The club also has student-designed Biotech Program T-shirts available for sale.


In March, the Math Department administered the second round of the Student Math League (SML) exam. The SML at Middlesex is a member of both the AMATYC (American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges) and the NEMATYC (New England Mathematical Association of Two Year Colleges) Student Math Leagues. The League has grown to more than 165 colleges in more than 35 states, including Bermuda. It currently involves more than 8,000 community college math students. Any Middlesex student, full or part time, who has not earned a two-year college or higher degree, is eligible to participate. However, every student is welcome to join the fun, even if they have a degree. Two tests are given, one in October and one in March. The test is one hour long and contains 20 multiple-choice questions. Many questions assume a knowledge of precalculus mathematics: algebra, trigonometry, geometry and probability. Many of the questions are more like puzzles, and can be solved with a minimal knowledge of college-level mathematics. We had more than 100 students participate in the two rounds of testing.

In 2014 and 2016, our SML came in first in the NEMATYC region and was awarded plaques that have been placed on each campus. This year, we came in second in the region. NEMATYC offers a prize of $100 to the top student at each community college in New England. The national AMATYC top scorer prize is a $3,000 scholarship. Our top scorer this year at MCC is Qitong Yuan who will receive the $100 from NEMATYC at its annual conference on April 29th.

Professor Dora Ottariano coordinates the SML here at MCC with help from Professors Michael Williamson, Tonka Zelenkova, Regina Goodwin, and Aisha Arroyo.

Pathways Center

The Pathways Center held its fifth Career Fair on April 13th. The Pathways Center planning team – Joseph Braga, Joyce Wang, Karen James, Melissa Welch, Nancy Quinn, Kristen Silva and Audrey Frater – did a great job in pulling together the best Pathways Center Career Fair yet. We were assisted on the day of the fair by a number of awesome volunteers and our Peer Mentors, who all did a phenomenal job. With 50+ companies and 230+ students participating, we are excited about the great career opportunities this event has sprouted.

To quote one of our very supportive STEM faculty: “My students loved it! Many went to all vendors. They also got, on average, three interviews. Thanks for adding a new dimension to my class.”

The center has had more than 390 student visits over the last month, and our staff has visited multiple classrooms. We also had an employer on campus, People Ready, that  interviewed 17 of our students. Our staff also presented at the Woburn Career Place and had 41 attendees.

Job placement and internship numbers combined for the last month exceeded 30.



Spring is in the air and so are high school visits and college fairs. Since late March, Admissions staff have attended the North Shore Catholic High School fair, held at Malden Catholic; and the fairs at Matignon, Arlington Catholic, and Whittier Regional Tech. We participated in the two-year options fair at Waltham High School, which featured schools that offered associate degrees and apprenticeships. We also crossed the New Hampshire border to represent MCC at Nashua North and Windham high schools.

We also participated in fairs that cater to non-traditional students. We have agreements with several English-language schools in the region to grant conditional acceptance to students once they have achieved MCC’s English language proficiency requirements. ASC English in Boston held a fair that promoted higher-education options, and we participated to attract international students. We also attended a fair at the National Aviation Academy to increase interest in our Aviation Program. The technical courses in that program are taught at NAA in Concord.

We want every student to know the educational possibilities available to them. We represented the college at the UTEC fair in Lowell. UTEC’s mission is “to ignite and nurture the ambition of Lowell’s most disconnected young people to trade violence and poverty for social and economic success. “ And again this year we attended the Department of Children and Families (DCF) fair held in Westborough. We also hosted two groups on campus, Valley Collaborative and the PALS group from Lowell. Valley Collaborative is a “small therapeutic school that assists students with their social, emotional, behavioral, and/or academic needs.” And Partners in Achievement at Lowell High School (PALS) is “an after-school mentorship program that strives to positively impact the lives of young people by providing peer support and learning opportunities.”
We also had high school visits at Central Catholic, Methuen, Westford and Bedford high schools, and an On the Spot Admissions event at Minuteman Regional High School in Lexington. We also attended Parent’s Nights at Woburn HS and at the Bruce School, a middle school in Lawrence.

In addition, we hosted 70 students from Lawrence and Lowell high schools for our Pathways to Success day on April 12. We also participated, along with faculty and staff from around the college, in the Department of Higher Education’s Go Higher event at Lawrence High School. We also arranged to have MCC and Southern NH University graduate Delores Sierra participate on a student panel at her alma mater, Greater Lowell Tech, at the Go Higher event at that school. Delores is a former Admissions Work- Study student and we like to think that our mentoring has had a hand in her success!

Lastly, we hosted an Admissions Open House on the Lowell campus on Saturday, April 8, and one on the Bedford campus April 25. These events are successful due to the participation we receive from the campus community, and for that we are extremely grateful. Prior to the Open House in Bedford, we are hosting a reception for new students accepted for the fall semester.

Many of the admissions staff wear devices that track the steps they take in a day. We are always amazed that the devices can count that high!

Enrollment Management


Welcome to Gabriella Pruitt, our new evening Enrollment Assistant in the Lowell Student Information Center. Gabriella brings prior work experience in higher education and community organizations. She earned her BA in Political Science from California State University, her masters in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University, and she is currently pursuing her PhD in Global Studies at UMass  Lowell.

Congratulations to Judith Bonzcar and Patricia Hunt on their retirements and their plans for the future. Their experience, team spirit, and contributions to Registration and the Enrollment Management Center will be greatly missed. We wish them the best!

DEAN and MERIT Lists

Fall 2016 Dean’s and Merit lists were posted. As always, full-time students achieving a minimum 3.2 GPA* for the fall semester have been recognized for their academic achievement on the Dean’s List. New for the 2016 fall semester is the Merit List, established exclusively to recognize part-time students enrolled in six to 12 credits who achieve a minimum 3.2GPA*. Prior to the creation of the Merit List, part-time students were required to accumulate 15 credits over multiple semesters to be recognized on the Dean’s List. Now their academic achievements can be recognized each semester on the Merit List.

*Other conditions apply. For additional information go to


Registration for the Fall 2017 semester is open and the fall semester has some notable changes.
• Accelerated Learning in English – ENG 099/ENG101 has expanded for the fall with the goal of having a seat available for all students qualified for this co-requisite program.
• iPads have been added for instruction to several sections of ENG099 and ENG 101 for the fall, in lieu of using computer classrooms. The iPads will be issued to students in these sections for the semester. A Technology/Lab Fee of $125 has been added to ENG101 sections using this technology.
• A “Late Start” term, designed for new students who would otherwise be registering late, has been added. Late Start courses are designated with sections starting with an “L.” Three-credit Late Start classes will meet MWF in the same time blocks as full-term classes, and finals will be held along with other sections.

It is time to administer student evaluations for Spring 2017 semester. Evaluation packets are now available for pick-up, and emails were sent out to the applicable Spring 2017 faculty. If there are questions, please contact Registrar Daniel Moynihan ( or Lisa Gibson (

Enrollment Management has worked with Information Technology and Institutional Research to enhance our Retention database as a way to communicate with students to encourage registration and to assist in understanding the reasons students sometimes do not persist. The SIC and EMC staff are supporting the efforts through direct phone calls and conversations with MCC’s part-time students who have not yet registered for Fall 2017.


Lisa Gibson and Scott O’Neil attended the Ellucian Live DegreeWorks Forum to learn more about future enhancements and the possibilities for Degree Works at MCC. A newly enhanced web-based Scribe tool was demonstrated, along with the ability to create customized, semester-by-semester Student Educational Plans that follow our current academic maps. Students can have the ability to register for classes directly from their educational planners in DegreeWorks.

Student Affairs

Academic Centers for Enrichment

ACE Student Leaders Present Their SoTL Projects

ACE student leaders completing their College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) Level III Master Tutor certificates participated in an undergraduate IDS SoTL Research course this spring. The undergraduate research course is facilitated by SoTL co-coordinators, Professors Sally Quast and Cathy McCarron, and the course is based in action research principles. It is designed for ACE Peer Tutors and SI Leaders to investigate a question to improve their practice working in the centers or departmental practices that could make a difference to student success. The ACE student leaders presented their on-going projects on April 7 to the department, and they range from ways to improve ELL students’ experiences, to supporting math anxious students. All the projects were thought-provoking for both academic support personnel and faculty. Please contact Noreen McGinness Olson, Sally Quast or Cathy McCarron if you want to learn more about this initiative.

Below are the project titles:
• “ELL Student Experiences at MCC” – Siwei Shen
• “Supporting Students Taking Economics” – Roxann Weir
• “Dealing With Math Anxiety” – Jacob Guerra
• “Using ‘Read and Write Gold’ to Enhance Academic Writing” – Deanna Witter
• “Advancing Computer Literacy” – Maria Aybar
• “Centralized vs. Decentralized ACE Spaces” – Diego Leonardo-Garcia

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Seasons of Celebration

For a flyer listing our end-of-semester celebration events, click here.

Sports & Recreation

The MCC Men’s Basketball team won the UMass Lowell Intramural League tournament for the spring semester. They completed their perfect 7-0 season by winning the championship game 58-47 on April 4th. Led by captain Edison Perez, the team came together to win MCC’s first title of the 2016-2017 school year after a season of close contests and strong play. We congratulate them on their fantastic accomplishment!

Institutional Advancement


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

CF17_HeaderWe are very excited about this year’s Celebrity Forum, now in its 19th year! The Middlesex Community College Foundation presents David Ortiz, retired Boston Red Sox designated hitter, interviewed by Dan Roche, award-winning sports anchor and reporter for WBZ-TV News, at 8 p.m. 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

Proceeds from Celebrity Forum support scholarships for Middlesex students. Since 2004, $269,000 in Celebrity Forum Scholarships has been awarded to 104 MCC students. In addition to Celebrity Forum Scholarships, the MCC Foundation annually awards more than $100,000 in student scholarships.

David Ortiz will be interviewed by Dan Roche, an award-winning sports anchor and reporter for WBZ-TV News and myTV38 (WSBK-TV). A leader in Boston sports coverage for two decades, Roche won a New England Emmy Award for Outstanding Sports Series for “Red Sox This Week.”

David Americo Ortiz Arias, popularly known as “Big Papi,” is the recently retired Boston Red Sox designated hitter. A proud Dominican-American, Ortiz has an undisputed talent for hitting larger-than-life home runs for the Sox. Ortiz is a 10-time All Star and three-time World Series Champion. He currently holds the Boston Red Sox single-season record for home runs with 54, and is an all-time leader in Major League Baseball history for home runs, RBIs and hits by a designated hitter.

At Celebrity Forum, in addition to his successful career, Papi will also be asked to speak about his life in the Dominican Republic and his immigration to the United States. He will talk about his role in helping the Boston community heal and remain strong after the Boston Marathon bombing. And he will discuss the David Ortiz Children’s Fund, which is committed to helping children in New England and the Dominican Republic who do not have access to the critical pediatric services they need.

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 — 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 — 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

MCC Alumni Association Board Forming Committees

The newly established MCC Alumni Association is looking for alumni to serve on committees to organize social and networking events, to fundraise for MCC Foundation programs, and to advocate for MCC in the community. If you are an alum or know of alumni (including all former students) who may be interested in volunteering for the Alumni Association, please ask them to contact Amy Lee,, Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations, or go to for more information.

Community Education and Training

Lauren Ellis and Tim Scanlon attended the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce Expo, held at DiBurro’s in Haverhill, on April 5th. As part of the event, Lauren and Tim attended the VIP Business Luncheon with featured speaker Honorable Robert De Leo, Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives. This event was a great opportunity for new connections to be made. In addition, Lauren attended the Family Citywide Resource Fair, hosted by the Lowell Public School Parent Liaisons on April 12th at the Rogers School in Lowell to market College for Kids and After School Programming.

Corporate Education and Training

  • Delivered “CPR/ First Aid” and “Medical Administration Recertification” classes for LifeLinks, Chelmsford. Courses are conducted on campus at MCC in order to provide employees exposure to taking classes in a college setting.
  • Offered “Effective Communication Skills” training at Minuteman Senior Services in Bedford.
  • Delivered customized “Financial Fundamentals” training at Enterprise Bank in Lowell.
  • Delivered “Effective Business Writing” training at Lantheus Medical Imaging, Inc. in North Billerica.

Marketing Communications

Profiles Magazine

spring_17Look for the spring issue of Profiles magazine around campus. This issue’s theme is “Leadership at MCC.” We feature stories about collegewide student-leadership programs, as outlined by Assistant Dean of Students Rebecca Newell. And we spotlight outstanding student leaders Nelson Guevara, Karonika Brown, Nick Mozzicato and David Germinari.

Students in Criminal Justice Professor Lynda Pintrich’s “Law, Justice & Society” class jumped into a Service-Learning project (with help from S-L Coordinator Leah Pronovost) to mentor at-risk Lowell High School students through the PALS (Partners in Achievement of Lowell Students) Program. CJ student Rose Figueroa especially enjoyed mentoring her “two Jasmines.”

We also interviewed three new MCC Trustees: Chairman Jim Campbell, Cheryl Howard and Alec Belanger. And our Faculty Profile focuses on Associate Professor of Philosophy Carlos Broccato, who likes to provoke his students into thoughtful engagement.

You can also read Profiles online:

Did you know?

Middlesex has an online MCC Style Guide. Organized alphabetically, just like the Associated Press Style Guide, Marketing Communications created this handy, online guide to answer frequently asked questions about proper spelling, titles, and department, program and building names, etc.

For example, we spell “collegewide” and “coursework” as one word. And, following AP style, in titles we use “Chairwoman” and “Chairman, (rather than “chairperson” or just “chair”).

Why be so obsessive/compulsive about spelling and style? Because, as an institution of higher learning, we want everything written about MCC – whether it appears online in a press release, on the college website, in posters and fliers, or in the Academic Catalog – to be clear and consistent. As much as possible, we want everyone at the college to be on the same page.

The MCC Style Guide is a “living” document that is frequently updated. If you have a question about spelling or style that isn’t included, please email Kathy Register ( to bring it to our attention.

To access the MCC Style Guide, please visit:

Other News

Director of Marketing Communications Jennifer Aradhya has an article in the April issue of Counsel magazine, published by the National Council of Marketing & Public Relations (NCMR). Titled “Adventures in Geofencing,” the article outlines how to reach students “where they live” – ­ namely online. MCC has successfully used geofencing to promote Walk-In Enrollment Sessions and other Admissions events.  Additionally, she led a session at NCMPR’s National Conference last month on Marketing Student Success Initiatives.

Marketing Communications is losing a key member of our team when Writer/Social Media Coordinator Tura Linderholm returns to her hometown of Albuquerque, N.M., at the end of the month. In the 4+ years Tura has been with us, she has taken our social media efforts to new heights, increasing our numbers and engagements. Tura will be sorely missed, but we wish her the best of luck in the Land of Enchantment!

Career Centers

Career Source

Career Source in Cambridge held two job fairs the first week of April – Retail & Hospitality on the 5th, and Healthcare & Human Services on the 7th. Twenty-five employers and approximately 175 job seekers attended. Job seekers had the opportunity to connect with hiring companies and do on-the-spot interviews with several employers.

Career Source’s Retail Training Program, funded by the Cook Partnership, has just successfully completed its first year. The program includes a free two-week Customer Service & Sales course, the opportunity to receive National Retail Federation certification in Customer Service & Sales, placement assistance, and ongoing career coaching. The next class starts May 15th—contact Laurie at for more info.

Government & Community Relations

Director of Compliance Alisa Chapman has been crafting new and updating existing policies and procedures. In addition, Alisa has started to revise the 2016 Annual Safety and Security Report which will be sent out to the MCC community in the fall.

The Title IX Coordinators from the Massachusetts community Colleges met on Friday, March 24th at MCC. This meeting and training was coordinated by Chapman and Abby Vergados and featured a guest trainer from Domestic Violence Services Network, a local domestic violence service provider. The amendments to the Clery Act require annual training for Title IX Coordinators. These meetings are held every other month and work to aid the Title IX Coordinators in this obligation.

Chapman and Vergados continue to perform CORI and SORI checks for all students entering into a clinical placement for courses in Health Programs and Continuing Education.

Chapman and Dan Martin are partnering with Bedford Youth & Family Services to assist in developing specialized bystander intervention training. The training is open to all Bedford area community members including MCC. The training is on May 21st from noon to 2 p.m. For more information or to sign up, contact Alisa or Dan.

Director of Public Safety Daniel Martin once again took part in the bi-monthly Violence Prevention Coalition meeting, working with Bedford police, Bedford Town Manager, personnel from Hanscom Airforce Base, and town clergy to formulate plans to reduce incidents of violence within the community. This ongoing effort plays a positive role in maintaining a level of safety within the community and on our MCC campus.

Martin, Lowell Campus Resource Officer Tom Hickey, and Bedford Campus Resource Officer Craig Naylor took part in the roll-out of the NEMLEC STARS tool kit. This tool kit provides customizable Emergency Preparedness Guides for schools to use in a variety of emergency situations.

Martin and Hickey completed an evening Active Shooter training with members of our Ramp-Up Math staff and students.

Officer Hickey counseled two students on getting harassment protection orders. Officer Naylor spent time in the Transitions classroom, interacting with students and answering questions related to campus policy and safety.

Officer Hickey and Officer Naylor also completed a TCCC 1st Responder course in April.

Technology Center

Technology Center staff attended the Ellucian Live conference in March. This conference provided invaluable information on Ellucian’s roadmap for rolling out the new, re-engineered version of the Banner student information system, Banner 9. Preparations are underway to meet the aggressive deadline of going live with Banner 9 by the summer of 2018.

sunPlease join us in welcoming our new systems programmer/analyst, John Sun. John previously worked in a similar position at North Shore Community College. John is a valuable member of the Enterprise Applications team working with Banner, Degree Works, and on other programming projects.

Work is underway to replace many student paper forms with electronic forms using SoftDocs. Automated workflows will be applied to the forms which can be routed for approvals and other actions, then automatically filed in the student’s electronic file folder in the SoftDocs system.

SARS scheduling software has been upgraded to a fully web-based application. The college’s SharePoint environment has been completely upgraded to SharePoint 2016, the latest version, which provides improved navigation and support for mobile devices.

Preparation is ongoing for upcoming Summer 2017 projects, including 19 classroom re-designs, staff and faculty office moves, equipment distribution including iPads, network wiring for the Boston & Maine Building, and upgrading the college’s wireless network.


March 2017

Updates From the President

Tools for Student Success

400-08133471d.jpgAs technology continues to fundamentally change the way our students communicate, learn and interact with the college, it is important we continue to adapt and innovate. As part of our Strategic Transformation, Middlesex is actively seeking out technologies that help faculty and staff focus on promoting and supporting student success, retention and completion. Below is a sampling of the exciting technology initiatives that are under way at MCC.

In order to recruit and assist students through the admissions, financial aid, enrollment and advisement processes, we are searching for a more engaging and effective student portal. This portal will feature better tools to connect new students with inviting self-service options for students who prefer to communicate through a technologically mediated relationship. It will also provide Admissions and Advising staff with tools that enable them to track and communicate with current and prospective students. It also will equip our advisors with tools to identify and assist those students who need extra help and support. These technologies, in conjunction with micro messaging, social media, and mobile apps, are showing promise in connecting students and boosting retention – and will better help us help our students as we guide them on their path to success.

400-05911808In the classroom, we are greatly expanding the use of mobile technologies. Over the past year, several Learning Communities used iPads extensively in their coursework as part of a very successful pilot program. This fall, we will build on that success by rolling out iPads in “ENG 101” courses to engage students and enhance their learning experience. To keep up with the use of mobile technologies by faculty, staff and students, we will be overhauling our wireless network over the summer to provide better connectivity throughout our campuses.

The members of the FSA Technology Committee are partnering with the administration to provide information and understanding around which tools faculty and staff need to enhance learning environments. We are examining how to best get these tools into the hands of our educators – with the proper training and support they need to use them efficiently.

While we have made some meaningful progress using technology to promote and foster student success, our work is not done. This will mean making significant changes in how administrators, faculty and staff make decisions and how we work on a daily basis. By tapping into our collective intelligence and expertise, and by sharing innovative ideas and strategies, we can build solutions that will strengthen Middlesex for the future.

There is much that is still taking shape and this will be on ongoing journey. Hop on, it will be exciting!

Upcoming Events

  • March 30, April 3, 4 & 5 – Advisory Board Dinners, Bedford Campus Center
  • April 8 – Lowell Open House
  • April 25 – Admitted Student Reception & Bedford Open House
  • April 26 – 2017 Honors Poster Conference, 2-4:30 p.m., Café East, Bedford
  • April 27 –Board of Trustees Meeting, 7:30 a.m., Trustees’ House, Bedford
  • May 3 – Sports Recognition Ceremony, 5 p.m.
  • May 4 – MCC Juried Art and Design Show,5-7 p.m., Lowell Telecommunications Corp.
  • May 5 – Assessment Day, Bedford campus
  • May 5 – 29 Who Shine, 2 p.m., State House, Boston
  • May 10 – All Club Celebration, 5 p.m., UMass Lowell ICC
  • May 11 – Spring Fling, Bedford campus
  • May 23 – Evening of Excellence (Pinning & Honors Night), 4 p.m., Lowell Memorial Auditorium
  • May 25 – Commencement, 10 a.m., Lowell Memorial Auditorium

In The News


Massachusetts Skills Capital Grant

MCC_MASkillsCapitalGrant_sp17Middlesex was recently awarded a $489,750 Massachusetts Skills Capital Grant to improve Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) learning environments and academic pathways for its Computer Science, Engineering Technology/CAD programs. The grant is part of the Massachusetts Skills Capital Grant Program, an initiative of Gov. Charlie Baker’s Workforce Skills Cabinet, which seeks to align education, workforce, and economic development strategies across the state.

MCC will use the grant to provide updated equipment – including new computers, work stations, projectors, wiring and router updates, new servers, and regular and 3D printers – in in five Computer Science and four Engineering/CAD classrooms on the Bedford and Lowell campuses.

“We are grateful for this funding that will allow us to improve our facilities with state-of-the-art equipment,” said Kathleen Sweeney, Dean of STEM. “Having access to optimal learning environments and equipment will ensure our graduates are better prepared to meet the needs of employers in high-demand STEM fields.”


Asian American Connections Center Ribbon Cutting Ceremony


The doors of the Asian American Connections Center officially opened  March 2nd. Located on the ground floor of the Cowan Center on the Lowell campus, the center is one of four strategies being implemented to help Asian-American students succeed through the support of the AANAPISI grant. This grant allows us to provide a holistic support system designed to improve student’s college-going experience, increase retention, graduation and transfer outcomes.

More than 100 students, staff, faculty and community partners turned out for the  ribbon-cutting ceremony. Speakers included President James Mabry, Dean of Students Pam Flaherty, Virak Uy, the new Director of the Asian American Advancement Program, State Sen. Eileen Donoghue, State Rep. (and alum) Rady Mom, MCC Trustee Bopha Malone, and Russell Panderes, representing Congresswoman Niki Tsongas. The Asian American Connections Center received a citation from Mom, as well as a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from Tsongas.

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Title III Grant Update

mcc_360_fin_colorMCC360 is a five-year, $2.2 million Title III grant to transform the student experience through self-service, data analytics, and integrated planning and advising. The various Title III committees continue to meet with vendors to strengthen student success. First-year Title III activities include procuring a student portal solution, completing RFRs for a customer-relationship management system (CRM) and eAdvising, and posting a grant-funded Data Analyst position. Both the revision of the MCC student portal and hiring of the Data Analyst are scheduled for the second year of the grant.

Academic Affairs

Academic, Career & Transfer Advising

On March 10th, an MCC staff panel presented “Complete College America: Building Collaborations Between Academic Advising and Academic Departments at Middlesex Community College” at the National Association for Academic Advising Region 1 Conference to an audience of close to 50 staff from a variety of regional institutions.

Region 1 includes all of the New England states, as well as New York state. It was a great opportunity to showcase the work we have been doing with regard to the development of our Academic Maps, Pathways Maps, and the advancement of our advising services. MCC panelists included Pat Bruno, Dean of Academic Advising, Transfer & Career Services; Bryan Wint, Director of Advising and Academic Pathways;  and Jane Fain, Transfer Counselor, Advising Liaison to Business Division.

The new Advising Institute completed its first training series on March 17th. Some 12 faculty members participated in this six-week series, which was very well received. This Institute provides in-depth training for new faculty advisors on topics such a career advising, transfer advising, financial aid, academic progress, registration processes, advising strategies, tools and resources. Congratulations to all the faculty who participated. Many thanks to the guest speakers who helped make this first Institute a great success, including Pat Bruno, Bryan Wint, Karen James, Melissa Welch, Gail Lucozzi and Deb Marsella.

A challenge for any college student is building their course schedule. To assist students with this process, Middlesex has invested in College Scheduler, a dynamic, web-based application that takes the guesswork out of finding courses, and simplifies the registration process with an easy-to-use, versatile (desktop & mobile) interface. To view more information on College Scheduler, including video tutorials, visit

CareerConCareer Services: Save the Date! CareerCon, a career-readiness workshop, will be held  from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 29th, in the Bedford Campus Center. This event will include:
• Career advice from industry experts
• Resume and cover-letter critiques and workshops
• Mock interviews
• LinkedIn Lab (professional photos)
• Networking Nook with alumni and employers

We hope you will encourage your students to attend this important event.

First-Year Experience

It Takes a College Community
to Build a Successful FYE Program – Take 2

The FYE Program continues to grow, offereing IDS courses online, on weekends and  3-day accelerated, WinterSession, Late Start and summer QuickStart.

The mission of the “FYE Seminar” courses continues by being academically and socially enriching and engaging. With the ongoing support of Leadership & Engagement, our faculty, Peer Champions/Mentors and students continue to engage in a variety of activities that provide experiences in and out of the classroom. The following trips are just a few examples of recent engagement activities planned and coordinated by faculty, Peer Champions/Mentors and students: Museum of Fine Arts, Lazer Craze, Zip Lining, Gormley Café, Bedford Farms, Go Carting, Time Out Café, Blue Taleh Restaurant, Owl Diner, American Textile History Museum, and New England Quilt Museum. These engagement opportunities continue to contribute to persistence, retention and student success.


Dianne Traynor writes: We had a fantastic luncheon social today with our FYE class–100 percent in attendance–at Time Out Cafe in Lowell. My Champion took this “selfie” with the group.

A few More FYE Updates:
Lauren Ellis, Dianne Traynor, Lorraine DiBona Jones, Ashli Ree, Marja-Leena Bailey, Peter Maskaluk, Ben Adoo and Jo Mucci are presenting at the Teaching, Learning & Student Development Conference at Massasoit Community College on April 7th. Their topic: “Peer Champions in the FYE Classrooms: A High-Impact Model for Student Engagement and Success.”

Phyllis Gleason and Jo Mucci are also presenting “Enhancing First- to Second-Year Retention Rates: The First-Year Experience Course at Middlesex Community College,” at the Leading for Change Diversity Consortium Spring Summit, held at Bridgewater State University on March 23rd.

Office of Professional Development

The Office of Professional Development is requesting minigrant proposals from faculty who wish to adopt or develop Open Educational Resources (OER) for their summer or fall courses. This is intended to support any course not covered under OER funding opportunities currently available for STEM Pathway courses. For more information, please contact Peter Shea at

Academic Divisions

Business, Education and Public Service

Criminal Justice Department

Criminal Justice Professors Ron Brevard and Heloisa DaCunha coordinated a Civil Service Exam preparation session for Middlesex students on March 8. Bedford Police Chief Robert Bongiorno and Arlington Police Chief Frederick Ryan did an outstanding job of presenting very valuable information to 50-55 Criminal Justice students about the police civil service exam and hiring process. The chiefs also conducted a realistic mock interview which was a real “eye opener” for the students. The students were very engaged during the entire event asking questions right up until the session ended.


Fashion Merchandising

The MAGIC (Men’s Apparel Guild in California) trade show attracts a wide variety fashion-related people from around the globe. For the last three years the college, through the BEP Division budget, has contributed to student travel to attend the show. This year, five students attended the event, and had a wonderful learning experience.

Fashion students also participated in a NY City experience, and field trips to ZAPPOS Corp. and the Peabody Essex Museum for the “WOW:World of Wearable Art” exhibit.

Human Services

Prof. Paulo Barrio attended the Chair Academy’s Northeast Leadership Development Institute (NELDI) at the UMASS Club March 9-10 for a mid-year event. He joined colleagues from the other 15 community colleges on Beacon Hill to work with the Massachusetts Community Colleges Executive Office (MCCEO) on Appreciative Inquiry; and understanding the legislative process, by meeting with state representatives, touring the State House, and discussing legislation with representatives from the Dept. of Higher Ed (Secretary James Peyser; Commissioner Carlos Santiago) and the community colleges (presidents of Holyoke, Berkshire, MassBay community colleges, and Springfield Tech, and others.)

Global Education

Student Receives State Department Fellowship

Global Education is very pleased to announce that Patrick Flynn, enrolled in Liberal Arts & Sciences, is the first MCC student to apply for and receive the prestigious  Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX) Fellowship for 2017-18.

This fellowship, funded by the German Bundestag and U.S. Department of State, annually provides 75 American and 75 German professionals, between the ages of 18-24, the opportunity to spend one year in each other’s countries, studying, interning, and living with hosts on a cultural-immersion program.

The program consists of three phases:

  • Two months of intensive German-language training
  • Four months of classes in one’s academic or career field at a university, technical or professional school
  • Five-month internships in one’s career field

Congratulations, Patrick!

Fulbright-Hays Conference Friday & Saturday, March 31 & April 1

The MCC Fulbright Hays Group Study Abroad Project – “Cambodia’s Cultural Heritage in a Modern World” – will hold a reception and conference March 31st and April 1st in Lowell. The event is free and open to all.

Friday March 31st — reception and pop-up Photo Show from 5-7 p.m. at UnchARTed Gallery (103 Market St., Lowell) to benefit Cambodia Living Arts RSVP

Saturday April 1st — keynote and presentations by participants from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in MCC’s Federal Building Assembly Room

  • 9 a.m. — Leonard Andaya, Professor of History at University of Hawai’i, will speak on “The Mekong River System and Its Impact on Cambodia”
  • 10:30 – 11:45 a.m. — Participant Presentation Panel
  • 12-12:30 p.m. —  Lunch
  • 12:45-2 p.m. — Panel Presentation Panels
  • 2:15-3:30 p.m. — Panel Presentation Panels
  • 3:30-3:45 p.m. — Wrap-up



In a world where everything is connected to the Internet, hacking leads the news, and kids are connecting to social media without understanding the consequences of putting their information online, Internet safety is an extremely important topic.

STEM Professor Ryan Fried recently took two of his IT Cybersecurity classes (“Computer Security I & II”) to two Lowell middle schools (21st Century School and Bartlett School) to talk about various Internet safety topics – including cyber bullying, social media, and passwords.

The MCC students came up with engaging activities to promote the characteristics of a strong password, and the consequences of posting pictures online (and how they are never erased). Fried’s students also created handouts for the middle schoolers and their parents outlining tips to increase online safety. Below is a photo from the “Computer Security II” presentation at the 21st Century School. Overall, it was an extremely rewarding experience for all involved.

Cyber in middle school


Science faculty are highly involved in the use of Supplemental Instruction (SI) in their classes. Iveta Dinbergs attended the inaugural Bi-Annual Northeast Supplemental Instruction (NERSI) Conference March 20 at MCC. Fellow science faculty members Jean Cremins and Beth Kelley co-presented a seminar titled, “The Symbiotic Relationship Between the Students, SI Leader, and Professor – How SI Transforms the Classroom.”

Sally Quast organized a group of STEM students to attend a screening of the movie “Hidden Figures” at Lowell Cinemas. Science Faculty Jean Cremins and Patricia Richard also accompanied the students. The movie depicts the struggles of black women obtaining equal respect and status in the male-dominated world of the NASA space program in 1961. It’s a true inspiration to all entering STEM fields. The trip was supported by Student Affairs.


The Parenteral Drug Association that supports a student club on campus donated $3,000 for the development and printing of MCC Biotech T-shirts.

Pathways Center: The center trained new Peer Mentors in mid-February and is busy preparing for the April 23 Career Fair. More than 50 employers have signed up to participate in the Career Fair, and to day the job opportunities number more than 200. Pathways Center staff recently visited six classrooms to run Career Prep Workshops, and plan to do  many more. Please invite the Pathways Center to your classroom.



Selective Admissions — Admission review for the selective admission programs of Dental Hygiene, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, and Radiologic Technology is in the final stages. Because the number of applicants who meet the minimum admission requirements far exceeds the number of available seats, applicants are scored in several categories, such as GPA related to credits taken, success in science courses, recommendation letters, history as an MCC student, related health and customer-service experience, and previous qualified applications. An applicant’s overall score determines acceptance.

We will be unable to admit many qualified applicants, and many students will be disappointed when decisions are received. The Admissions team will receive several questions from applicants in the weeks following the release of decisions. By using a completely objective method of rating applicants, these conversations, while difficult, will assure applicants that they have been fairly evaluated. During these conversations, we also offer suggestions as to how a student might improve any future applications.

Special activities — We have several activities scheduled with Lowell High School in the coming weeks.The MCC Hub, a one-stop networking event, is scheduled for March 30 and 31 at the high school. Spearheaded by Jillian Freitas-Haley and Jeff Tejada, we are taking our show on the road. This is a mini-open house, featuring representatives from Admissions, Advising, Disability Support, the Center for Health & Wellness, Academic Centers for Enrichment, and Student Financial Services. Several faculty members have committed to attend. We will also offer Financial Aid workshops twice each day.

We have ongoing presentations in Lowell High’s Careers in Health classes. Camille Brown has scheduled Sue McHale, Sandra Shapiro, Julie Breen, Jane Morrison and Apollon Bouzerdan to speak to the students each week regarding their respective health care fields, and what students need to be successful as an applicant and in the occupation.

We also have placement testing scheduled at LHS on April 11. We are inviting students who have applied to MCC for the fall and still need to test. And on April 12 we will host Lowell High School students on the MCC campus for a Pathways to Success Day. Students participating in this event will have been selected by the guidance department because they are a good fit for MCC. Lastly, we intend to hold On-the-Spot Registration at Lowell High in mid-May. These events are intended to remove the barriers that often keep students from completing the enrollment process.

We’ve also held events in other local high schools: Camille Brown held an On-the-Spot Admissions event at Greater Lowell Technical High School, and Jen Migliozzi conducted one at Wilmington High School. In addition, Jen visited classrooms at Nashoba Tech and Shawsheen Tech to promote our Dental Lab Tech program.

CPL Training — Alison Handy, Camille Brown and Marilynn Gallagan will be attending regional training for Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) over the next few weeks at two of our sister community colleges. We are doing this to learn what options we can offer adult students who come to us with non-academic experience related to one of our programs of study.

Enrollment Management

Fall Registration – Fall 2017 registration started on March 15th and is open to all returning students. Letters and emails went out to 7,890 students with communications pertaining to their advisor assignments, general registration information, and key contacts. As the college continues to look at new scheduling models and opportunities, this fall will provide the opportunity to implement on-time registration for new students. On-Time registration has proven to enhance student success and will require that new students register prior to the first day of class. Late-start class scheduling will be provided to those new students who register after the traditional start of classes.

Communications – Enrollment Management (EM) has been actively identifying a variety of student populations for communications to promote and encourage summer and fall registrations. Working with Institutional Research, EM has started to refine populations and standardize the ability to access information for these communications. EM will continue to participate in the review and selection of vendors in the Title III grant, ultimately enhancing the ability to communicate with students through the student portal and CRM system.

Final Exam Schedule Reminder – Please check the detailed Final Exam Schedule, which identifies all courses with the dates, times, and room assignments for finals. Over the last few semesters, Registration has provided a direct link to a detailed Final Exam Schedule for students, faculty and staff. Please visit:

Student Affairs

Academic Centers for Enrichment


The Academic Centers for Enrichment (ACE) hosted the first Northeast Supplemental Instruction Conference on March 20. Theme of the conference was, “Transforming the Way Students Learn: Game Changing SI Strategies.” There were 83 participants in attendance from 10 community colleges, and 18 four-year colleges and universities, with representatives traveling from as far away as California, and as near as UMass Lowell. Eleven workshops were presented, on topics ranging from fostering student success and retention, supporting online and developmental courses, SI training highlights, and how SI transforms the classroom. Follow this link,  for a video prepared for the conference, filmed by MCC Communication students, and featuring Middlesex students and faculty talking about SI.

Center for Leadership & Engagement

Advocacy Day 2017Middlesex students,  including student government officers, and Paul Sullivan Fellows from the “Leadership In Action” class, recently joined 600 other students from across the Commonwealth at the Statehouse in Boston to speak with representatives, and advocate for a high-quality, debt-free public higher education system for students and working families in our state.

The “Leadership In Action” class met with their mentors for the first time recently in an event held at the John Nesmith House. Thank you to our outstanding community partners who step up every year to support our students by providing them with guidance in their fields of interest.


Center for Health & Wellness

Thursday April 27: MCC Spins — Best Fitness, Rt. 110, Chelmsford MA

Institutional Advancement


MCC Foundation Scholarship Ceremony


On March 1, the MCC Foundation celebrated student success and thanked its generous scholarship donors during a ceremony on the Bedford Campus. The MCC Foundation awarded 53 scholarships to 47 MCC students totaling $48,450 in awards.

There were three newly established scholarships for 2017 presented at the ceremony: The Beauchemin Music Scholarship, established by Jennifer Aradhya in memory of her father; The MCC Performing Arts Scholarship, established with funds raised at the fall 2016  Murder Mystery event at Nesmith House; and The MCC Foundation Board of Directors Founders Award, presented to five students traveling on the China and Ireland International Education Fellowships and summer study-abroad programs.

It’s not too late to donate to the MCC Foundation

Help deserving Middlesex students pursue their educational and career goals by making a gift to the MCC Foundation. There are two ways to give and to impact student success:

The Annual
The Annual Fund provides funding for faculty and staff grant projects that diversify 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
The Middlesex Fund Supports:

  • 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

Thank you for your support. For questions regarding the MCC Foundation Annual Fund or the Middlesex Fund, please contact Amy Lee, or 781-280-3579.

Career Centers

Career Source

Two job fairs are coming in April: Retail & Hospitality Job Fair, April 5th, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., and Healthcare & Human Services Job Fair, April 7th, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Both job fairs will be held at Career Source in Cambridge, 186 Alewife Brook Parkway, 3rd floor. Chat with HR reps in person and find job leads. Professional dress is required. More info:

Community Education and Training

College for Kids TimelessCollege for Kids summer enrollment begins! March 6th marked the official launch of the College for Kids Summer Program. To date we have more than 100 registrations collected. This year we have increased our marketing efforts and are outreaching to more public school systems in our region. Lauren Ellis, Program Manager, hand delivered CFK flyers to our Lowell public elementary schools and attended the Macaroni Kid Summer Camp & Kids Activities Fair, where she was able to connect with more than 500 families who attended. Our MCC Children’s Theater, taught by Performing Arts Chair Karen Oster, will be performing “Lion King Jr.” this year. Our Fashion Design program in Lowell and Lego Mindstorms program in Bedford will be returning, and we are looking forward to two new offerings this year: Exploring Acrylic Painting and Calling All Explorers. To view the complete listing of College for Kids summer programming, take a look at our brochure.

MILES_timeless_SP17Save the Date! The spring  Middlesex Institute for Lifelong Education for Seniors (MILES) Opening Session will take place on Thursday, March 23rd from 2 to 4pm in Café East, Campus Center, Building 8. The Key note speaker will be Stephen O’Connor, local author, who is a native of Lowell. Stephen has written a host of novels and short stories, and recently received the Helen Literary Award for his short story, “Work, Music and Love.” After our Opening Session,  MILES members will be able to enjoy a variety of classes into the month of May. View our class schedule or learn more about MILES.

Corporate Education and Training

CET offered CPR/ First Aid and Medical Administration Recertification classes for LifeLinks. Courses are conducted at MCC in order to provide employees exposure to taking classes in a college setting. We also offered a Workforce Training Fund Program information session on March 7,  on the Bedford Campus.

The Advanced Manufacturing Graduation was held March 29 on the Lowell campus. Graduating were 19 students who completed more than 350 hours of training. Thirteen students received Certificates in Electronics, and six earned Certificates in Machining.

Adult Learning Center/Links Programs

The GED is Back: As of January 1, 2017, candidates for the Massachusetts High School Equivalency Credential may choose one of two assessments – the GED test or the HiSET*– as a pathway to the credential.

The equivalency process was completely redesigned in 2014, and for the past three years the only test available in Massachusetts was the HiSET.

In order to better prepare students for the return of the GED as an additional option, staff from the Adult Learning Center in Bedford attended a regional training at Lowell’s Abisi Adult Education Center in February. Representatives from GED Testing Service presented on GED testing program features, and research-based classroom strategies, techniques, and tools that can be used. Staff attending this professional development opportunity included: Erin Callahan, Ann Hale, Kathy Innis, Allison Norton, Debra Szylvian and Georgia Whelton.

Marketing Communications

Share the Love Social Media Challenge: What do you LOVE about MCC?

That was the focus of the most recent social media challenge from the Office of Marketing Communications. We asked students, faculty, staff and community members to tell us what they love about MCC by using #myMCC on Twitter & Instagram, or by leaving a comment on our Facebook page. We received a number of wonderful responses from our community and the big winner (drawn at random) was student Nicholas Mozzicato. Stay connected to MCC Social Media: and join the conversation.

Did you know?

Marketing Communications has created a series of easy-to-use Microsoft Office templates. Available to everyone in the college community, templates enable individuals and departments to create good-looking, MCC-branded communications without having to submit job requests to Marketing Communications. All approved templates are available online, and already include the college logo and college colors. Some templates come in more than one design option, and each comes with a set of instructions. Templates include: • Meeting/Event Agenda • Fliers • Report Covers • Reports • PowerPoint Presentation • Certificate Template • Room Sign • Name Tags To access all these templates, please visit this link.

Government & Community Relations

Director of Compliance Alisa Chapman has been working with representatives from Academic & Student Affairs, Human Resources, Facilities, Public Safety and Public Affairs to establish a protocol for the reporting and resolution of communicable diseases within the MCC community. This procedure will ensure that the college has a comprehensive response when situations arise in which a community member is diagnosed with, or exposed to, a communicable disease that could possibly warrant a notification to all or part of the Middlesex community.

Title IX Coordinators from the Massachusetts community colleges will be attending a meeting and training on Friday, March 24th, at MCC. This meeting and training was coordinated by Alisa Chapman and Abby Vergados, and will feature a guest trainer from Domestic Violence Services Network, a local domestic-violence service provider. Amendments to the Clery Act require annual training for Title IX Coordinators. These meetings are held every other month and are designed to aid Title IX Coordinators in this obligation.

Director of Public Safety Daniel Martin attended a roll-out of the new NEMLEC STARS toolkit in March at Endicott College. This toolkit is designed to provide visitors with a comprehensive resource to aid them in their school crisis-management planning and response. The toolkit provides a basic plan for response to a variety of emergency situations and can easily be customized to a particular school. The toolkit contains samples and templates that can be used to jump-start a new school preparedness program or update one that is already in place. This is an invaluable tool that will help provide MCC with the most up-to-date emergency preparedness guidelines. MCC’s Campus Resource Officers also attended the toolkit roll-out event.

Lowell Campus Resource Office Tom Hickey and Bedford Campus Resource Officer Craig Naylor were guests at a recent Civil Service Test Exam Prep Class hosted by MCC’s Criminal Justice Department and Professor Ron Brevard. Bedford Police Chief Robert Bongiorno and Arlington Police Chief Fred Ryan were presenters for the class.

Officer Hickey attended firearms recertification in March, and provided security for March college events at the Nesmith House and the Federal Building. Officer Naylor met with Bedford residents in a continuation to remedy issues of speeding on campus and on Springs Road.

Human Resources

The 2017-2018 Academic Catalog is Coming – Update Your Credentials Today!

The online Academic Catalog will be updated soon. Faculty and Staff are encouraged to review the current catalog to ensure their name, title and credentials listed are accurate.

The current Academic Catalog Faculty & Staff Listing can be accessed by visiting the website:

Full-Time Faculty, Professional Staff and Administrative Staff will be listed in the catalog. Also, Part-Time Faculty and Part-Time Unit Professionals who are on their respective seniority list will be included. Part-Time Administrative Staff will be listed at the discretion of the President.

Please follow the instructions detailed below to submit edits to update the listing of Faculty & Staff names and academic credentials.

Current Faculty & Staff
If corrections are needed to your listing in the current catalog, please send the updated information, via email, to Julie Kelley ( in HR by Monday, May 1, 2017.

New Faculty & Staff
If you are not currently listed in the catalog, please send your name, credentials, current position, and full-time/part-time status, via email, to Julie Kelley ( in HR by Monday, May 1, 2017.

The information will be included in the Academic Catalog’s Faculty & Staff Listing in the following format:

  • Example: Jane Doe, B.A., Higher Education College; M.A., New England Graduate School; Instructor, English.

February 2017

Updates from the President

Progress on Many Fronts

Connecting with our diverse communities is a key to our success at MCC and I am excited that the Asian American Connections Center will be formally commissioned with a ribbon cutting on March 2. This space on the ground floor of the Cowan Center is part of our U.S. Department of Education AANAPISI (Asian American Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution) grant led by Dean of Students Pamela Flaherty. This grant will assist the college in better connecting with our diverse Asian-American communities. Assisting more members of this community to succeed will be a focus of the college in the coming years.

mcc_360_fin_colorWorking more effectively with technology tools and data to support student success is a key part of the MCC 360 (Title III) grant. Efforts in this area, led by Project Director Scott O’Neil, is gathering speed through a series of informative presentations by innovative companies. The MCC Advisory Committee has been deep into learning about cutting-edge student portals, analytics programs, CRMs, and much more. The products and services are complex, rapidly evolving, and demonstrate the potential to utilize predictive analytics to support our students. When implemented, these new technology tools will help us better serve our students and promote success and retention across the entire college.

The document imaging project (SoftDocs) led by Scott O’Neil, got off to a seamless start in December. We are now looking at ways to create fillable digital documents that will make it much easier for students to submit information and applications. This digital initiative will later expand to other departments and areas as we work to improve the efficiency of our business services at the college.

We are also moving toward a model of embedded technology support to better utilize our IT support staff. You will soon begin seeing IT Support Techs in the libraries as we work to provide direct support to students where they need the help.

Strategic Transformation Update

img_9093The major elements of the Strategic Transformation are moving forward. As outlined above, many initiatives to more fully engage the digital world are underway at MCC. We want to put better digital resources into the hands of our students, faculty and staff so that we can work more effectively to promote retention and completion.

Working with the FSA Technology Committee, we are seeking input on the best ways to update and configure teaching and learning spaces at MCC. Much work needs to be done, but we are committed to focusing resources in these core areas.

The work to balance the budget is difficult, but necessary. If we are to put the college on solid ground for the coming decade, we need to work through the necessary restructuring processes. Through all of this, we are working closely with MCCC and the FSA leadership to keep the dialogue open and professional. We all care deeply for the mission of this great institution full of dedicated educational professionals. My team and I will work honestly, openly, and strategically to put the college in the best position possible so that we can continue to serve our wonderfully diverse student body.

Support for Success

In the next few weeks there will be additional grant and positive funding announcements that will help us in our efforts to greatly improve teaching and learning environments across both campuses.

Also, I have negotiated two new student scholarships from community members who are looking for creative ways to help our students and build strong communities. Once the contracts are signed, we will formally acknowledge these generous community members.

And last, the Soupfest for Scholars, fueled by soup made by my wife Judy and myself, and three local restaurants, raised just over $5,000. A big thanks to Blue Taleh, Simply Khmer, and Athenian Corner for their support.

Upcoming Events

  • March 1 – MCCF Scholarship Award Ceremony, 3:30 p.m., Bedford Campus Center 
  • March 2 – Asian American Connections Center Ribbon-Cutting, Noon to 2 p.m., Cowan Center, Lowell campus
  • March 20-24 – Spring Break
  • March 30, April 3, 4 & 5 – Advisory Board Dinners, Bedford Campus Center
  • April 8 – Lowell Open House
  • April 25 – Admitted Student Reception & Bedford Open House
  • April 26 – 2017 Honors Poster Conference, 2-4:30 p.m., Café East, Bedford
  • April 27 –Board of Trustees Meeting, 7:30 a.m., Trustees’ House, Bedford
  • May 3 – Sports Recognition Ceremony, 5 p.m.
  • May 5 – Assessment Day, Bedford campus
  • May 5 – 29 Who Shine, 2 p.m., State House, Boston
  • May 10 – All Club Celebration, 5 p.m., UMass ICC
  • May 11 – Spring Fling, Lowell campus
  • May 23 – Evening of Excellence (Pinning & Honors Night), 4 p.m., Lowell Memorial Auditorium
  • May 25 – Commencement, 10 a.m., Lowell Memorial Auditorium

In The News

Grant News


Opening of the Asian American Connections Center and introducing the new Director of Asian American Student Advancement Program

Virak Uy

You are invited to attend a special ribbon-cutting celebration and reception to mark the opening of the new Asian American Connections Center on the Lowell campus. The ceremony will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 2, on the ground floor of the Cowan Center. This will also be an opportunity to meet Virak Uy, Director of the Asian American Student Advancement Program. Virak has extensive experience working with the Asian community in the greater Lowell area, most recently as the Board President of the Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association (CMAA). He also has a background in education, marketing and finance. After earning a bachelor’s degree from Boston College, Virak received his master’s degree in education from UMass Boston.

Southeast Asia Conference – March 16-18

Middlesex will host a free three-day Southeast Asia Conference on the Lowell campus as part of the AANAPISI grant:

  • Thursday at 6:30 p.m. the conference begins with a public talk by Peter Hershock, East-West Center, on “Climate and Compassion: Buddhism & Ethical Concern for Future Generations.”
  • It continues Friday starting at 9 a.m. when Trude Jacobsen, Northern Illinois University, will speak on “Southeast Asia: History in Action and Engendering Southeast Asia.” Peter Hershock follows with “Buddhism in Southeast Asia: Transmissions and Transformations;” and Paul Lavy, University of Hawaii, Manoa, on “Art of Khmer Civilization in the Crucible of Southeast Asia.”
  • On Saturday, Paul Lavy will discuss “Art of Cambodia: Continuity and Change through Crisis and Renewal,” and Teri Yamada, California State University Long Beach, will present on “Teaching Southeast Asia through Literature.”

The conference ends with a panel discussion on “Southeast Asia in the Undergraduate Classroom.”

New ELL Learning Specialist

Ginny Drislane

ELL Learning Specialist Virginia (Ginny) Drislane joined Middlesex through the AANAPISI grant as an ELL Learning Specialist working in the Academic Centers for Enrichment (ACE) in February. Ginny comes to us with a master’s degree in foreign languages/TESOL from West Virginia University, and a Ph.D. in sociolinguistics from Universitaet des Saarlandes in Saarbruecken, Germany. Previously, Ginny has taught at international universities, as well as at Boston University and the Institute for English Language Programs in the Harvard University Extension School. Additionally, she has experience teaching in China, Hong Kong, Germany, Ukraine and Kuwait. In this new role and among other duties, Ginny will be providing professional development for faculty, learning specialists, tutors and SI Leaders who work directly with ELL students. We are very excited Ginny has joined our team.

News from the Divisions

Academic Affairs

Academic, Career & Transfer Department

Academic Advising

The new Advising Institute was launched on Feb. 3 and is off to a great start. This six-week institute provides in-depth training for new faculty advisors on topics such a career advising, transfer advising, financial aid, academic progress, registration processes, advising strategies, tools and resources.

The Advising Centers have worked closely with members of Marketing, Academic Affairs, and IT to create a web portal for Academic Maps. This new website will provide members of the college community with up-to-date copies of Academic Maps based on catalog year. In addition to the portal, we plan to improve access to maps by having direct links to the portal in Degree Works and on the Middlesex mobile app. To view this new portal, visit:

One of the biggest challenges for Middlesex students is scheduling courses. To assist with this process, MCC invested in College Scheduler, a dynamic web-based application that takes the guess work out of finding courses, and simplifies the registration process with an easy-to-use online interface. Access to College Scheduler was unlocked in late October.  To date, we have had the following usage: total unique users: 2,211; total logins: 5,063

Over 500 reviews were completed by Academic Advising staff. In our review, we found that most students selected appropriate courses that supported their Academic Map and Degree Works audit. We also found that more than 60 percent of students who used College Scheduler registered for spring semester. Our next steps include marketing College Scheduler to the entire campus community, provide training sessions, and moving the application to the Middlesex app for smartphones and tablets.

To improve our access to students, the ACT Centers are piloting Walk-In Hours during the spring semester. Students can now stop in during select times to meet with an advisor to review their academic plan, inquire about changing their major program of study, and registering for summer courses. Walk-In Hours are: Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and Friday 9 a.m. to noon on both campuses.

Members of the ACT staff are available to visit your classroom to provide an overview to students about advising tools and resources, including College Scheduler, Degree Works, Academic Maps, MassTransfer information, and much more. To schedule a visit, please contact us at

Career Services

Save the Date! CareerCon: A College to Career Day, a career-readiness workshop, will be held March 29 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Bedford Campus Center. This event will include:

  • Career advice from industry experts
  • Resume and cover – letter critiques and workshops
  • Mock interviews • LinkedIn Lab (professional photos)
  • Networking Nook with alumni and employers

Karen James and Melissa Welch have worked closely with members of the advising staff by providing overviews of career resources, including Focus2, Optimal Resume and other online resources. With improvements to the Focus2 assessment, they are working closely with IT and the vendor to bring this resource to the Middlesex mobile app.

Karen James is participating in a project with the Lowell Workforce Development Board – Youth Employer Services. Karen will appear in a video featuring area employers talking about soft skills to help high school students prepare for their annual job fair. Topics include interviewing skills, how to fill out job applications, appropriate dress, and professional correspondence. This video will run on all public monitors around different schools. Employers featured on the video include  Lowell General Hospital, TJ Maxx, Target, Washington Bank and Middlesex Community College. Karen has also been working with the Lowell High School Career Resource Center on a collaboration to create a recent resume workshop for juniors and seniors.

Transfer Services

Our annual State Transfer Fair was held Feb. 15 in Bedford and Feb. 16 in Lowell. All four-year state colleges and universities were on campus to discuss transfer options for our students. The fairs were well attended and we appreciate faculty who brought students from their courses to these events or who gave students assignments related to these events. The spring fairs focused on our partnerships with public institutions, the Commonwealth Commitment, and the benefits of associate-degree completion utilizing MassTransfer agreements and pathways. The governor specifically mentioned the Commonwealth Commitment by name during his State of the Commonwealth address: “We’ve also made attending a public college more affordable. Through the Commonwealth Commitment, we’ve created a pathway for students to secure a bachelor’s degree from UMass or one of our state universities for half the price.” With eight students signed up, Middlesex has one of the largest ComCom cohorts in the state, thus far. With 10 additional transfer pathways on track for fall 2017 and a full year of marketing to prospective students, enrollment in the program is expected to rise statewide.

Academic Divisions

Business, Education and Public Service

Criminal Justice Department

Ron Brevard and Heloisa DaCunha are preparing a prep session for the Civil Service Exam. Ron and Heloisa have done this every two years when the exam is offered. The exam will be held March 25 and they have at least two 2 local police chiefs come in the afternoon for a three-hour session to prep students for the test, and the hiring process after passing the test. This is always a very successful event with high student attendance.

Fashion Merchandising

fashionStudents met with Ashli Ree in January and worked very hard to prepare/complete the prep work for the DECA regional competition at Johnson and Wales University. Unfortunately, the event itself on Feb. 2 was cancelled due to the snowstorm, but the Fashion Merchandising and Business students will work together in creating our own MCC competition this semester to show their work.

Human Services Department

The Mental Health Association of Greater Lowell was recently recognized for Project CARE (Child Assessment and Response Evaluation) and its commitment to offering trauma services to children who witness an opioid overdose by a parent or loved one. Julie Mirras is a long-time member of the MHA Board of Directors. Read the full article.

Lisa Higgins-Smith is coordinating the Children’s Behavioral Health (CBH) pilot in the Human Services Program and is helping coordinate informational sessions regarding CBH courses. Our grant allows the possibility for 10 credits in the field, including an internship, for qualified students this coming fall and spring. See the flier for details on the information sessions scheduled in Lowell on Feb. 27, and March 2 and 8.

Patty Lauziere developed a flier to assist with recruitment efforts for the Human Services Direct Support Certificate Program funded by the Department of Developmental Services (DDS). DDS provides scholarships to employees of agencies so students only pay $50 per course.

Paralegal Department

The Paralegal Program, under the direction of Halye Sugarman, is planning for the upcoming Paralegal Career Night on Wednesday, March 29. Confirmed speakers include MCC graduate Lynn Malburn and Vicky Samuels, from McLane Middleton, in New Hampshire

Professor Sugarman has also been busy authoring an article for the American Association of Paralegal Education technology publication “AAfPE Bytes,” titled “Technology and Metadata: The Face of Ethical Obligations in Modern-Era Document Review,” for the Winter/Spring 2017 issue due out later this month.

Professor Sugarman has also been asked to author a chapter as part of a new Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) book for paralegals. Congratulations on her continued recognition as an expert in the field of paralegal education.

First-Year Experience (FYE) Program

It Takes a College Community to Build a Successful First-Year Experience Program

Ashli Ree and FYE students at the American Textile History Museum

The story of the First-Year Experience (FYE) at Middlesex began in spring 2012 and it continues! This high-impact practice is having a huge influence on student success, persistence and retention. But that’s not the entire story because there are so many more reasons why it is such an exemplary FYE Seminar and FYE Program. Most importantly, it is because an entire college community has come together to ensure that our  students are getting what they need from every area of the college during their critical, first semester and first year. This ranges from engagement opportunities in and outside of the classroom made possible through Leadership and Engagement, and the Peer Champions/Mentors who attend the classes with the students throughout the semester, to the advisors and the creative, dedicated faculty who teach the seminars. These academically and socially enriching seminars are demonstrating how one college is preparing students for success by improving their academic grit – helping first-year students apply strategies to improve self-advocacy, educational commitment and academic and campus engagement. Since the seminars are linked to introductory General Education courses, these cohorts of FYE students also become better connected to the faculty in these courses and to each other. From the start, FYE students become part of a community of learners, and continue to receive the needed support from every area of the college throughout their time at MCC.

Global Education

fullsizer Judy Hogan and Dona Cady presented at the Community College for International Development annual conference in Houston, Texas, in  February. They lead a two-part workshop on grant opportunities and practical grant-writing techniques. The event included leveraging past grants to win new grant opportunities, manageable timeline development, faculty recruitment, MOU creation, partner-communication plans, project management, understanding all elements of the grantor’s RFP, budget development, curriculum development, and travel logistics.

Health Programs

Dental Hygiene

MCC SADHA (Student American Dental Hygiene Association) Club Members

Dental Hygiene students joined Professor Donna Thibodeau and part-time faculty Peter Gangi in Boston at the Yankee Dental Congress, New England’s largest meeting for dental professionals seeking continuing education, dental products, services and resources. The MCC SADHA (Student American Dental Hygiene Association) club members collaborated with other dental hygiene students from New England, networked with dental hygiene professionals. and participated in team-building activities. MCC students won the review competition covering all dental hygiene topics. The day culminated in a vibrant preparatory session for professional licensing examinations.


January 2017 Nursing Graduates

During the Jan. 25 Pinning Ceremony, 26 proud MCC Nursing graduates celebrated  completion of the associate in science degree. President James Mabry, Provost Phil Sisson, Dean Katherine Gehly, and faculty and staff from all areas of the college joined, family, friends and supporters to honor the newest group of graduate nurses. Student speaker Amanda Veader-Brooks represented her classmates and spoke about transformation. “The journey here at Middlesex to become graduate nurses has given us the knowledge, strength, confidence and courage we needed to become outstanding registered nurses … and the ability to see the world and make it a better place,” said Veader-Brooks. Congratulations to the January 2017 nursing graduates!

Humanities and Social Sciences

The Middlesex SoTL (Scholarship of Teaching and Learning) Community hosted its first Dialogue on Fake News in February.

Communications Chair Jen Bauer, Librarian Carrie Salazar and Social Media Specialist Tura Linderholm presented a provocative workshop, titled “Information Literacy: Helping Students Navigate Today’s Complex News Environment.” Faculty from Humanities, Social Sciences, Science, Legal Studies and Information Technology, and peer tutors and administrators from Academic Support Services participated in this timely discussion.

This workshop marks the first in the SoTL Community Dialogues series. Upcoming workshops will focus on the experiences of Middle Eastern students and LGBTQ students at Middlesex.


Middlesex Humanities Center to Host Community Poetry Festival April

La Guagua Community Poetry Festival will be held Friday and Saturday, April 21 & 22, in the Federal Building on the Lowell campus.  Join us from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 21,  for a reception to honor the legacy of poet and translator Rhina P. Espaillat. Come back Saturday, April 22, for an all-day festival featuring readings by 20 poets from across the region, including public dialogue about the aesthetic, social and cultural aspects of their work. The day will end with a session that integrates artistic expression and musical performance. The festival’s theme, Voices and Translations, will be reflected in the work of poets writing in English, Spanish, Khmer, Vietnamese and other languages. For more information, contact Donna Colella at

English Department

Student Literary Conference in April: The Middlesex English Department will host its second Student Literary Conference from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 6, in the Federal Building on the Lowell campus.  Students will present analyses of literary works in panels organized by themes. Jane Unrue, novelist and director of the Harvard Scholars at Risk Program, will present the keynote address. For more information, contact conference director Kerrianne Gamache at

Music Department

A World of Music Concert Series events in March:

  • Melodies Through Ages and Places: Music for Solo Guitar, and Two Guitars and Tenor — 8 p.m. Friday, March 31, MCC Concert Hall, Bedford campus. MCC faculty member Raley Beggs, guitar, will be joined by Austin Burns, tenor, and Jonas Kublickas, guitar and melodica, for a concert of trios by Samuel Barber, Charles Ives, Cole Porter and songs from the Traditional American Songbook. Beggs will also perform solo guitar pieces by Francesco da Milano, Enrique Granados and Claude Debussy.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

The 12th Annual Women in STEM Panel will be held from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 1, in the Lowell Campus Cafeteria. You can register online  or contact Michele Stein at for more information.


cyber-2 On Jan. 20, a delegation from UMass Lowell visited the IT Department’s Cybersecurity data center to get a first-hand look at our new curriculum, classrooms and server room. Participating in the visit were Mike Cipriano, CIO; Steve Athanas, Director of Systems Engineering; and Jim Packard, Associate CIO & Information Security Officer. Present from Middlesex were Moe Moghimi, ITC Professor; Don Brady, Assistant Dean; Jeff Durand, networking engineer from the Technology Center; and student interns Amanda Bordenca and Brandon Thompson, members of the team of specialists that helps manage the Cybersecurity data center.

The UML team reviewed the growth of our Cybersecurity Program and expressed interest in pursuing an academic partnership between the two institutions, including the ongoing development of new curriculum. Our Cybersecurity Program, now with about 100 registered students, has undergone significant progress since it moved to its new location in Lowell last summer. State-of-the-art courses in cyber defense, such as “Virtualization and Cloud Infrastructure,” “Information Storage Management,”  and “Advanced Networking Security” are now offered as several sections each year. The acquisition of NSX Software from VMware, and the addition of cloud services to our existing system in the data center, place MCC at the forefront of technology, and will enable us in the near future to offer our entire curriculum remotely.


biotech-2-e1487772521796.jpg Have you walked by the Biotech Lab in Lowell’s Talbot Building lately?  You may have noticed that Biotech students and faculty are now proudly displaying “MCC Biotechnology” patches on their lab coats to promote our award-winning Biotech Program. The next project is to have biotechnology T-shirts available for purchase in the Lowell Campus Bookstore.

Pathways Center

  • people-ready-scholarshipSCHOLARSHIP FUNDS & DISCOUNTS – In early  February, People Ready, one of MCC’s many industry partners, awarded a $2,000 scholarship to the Pathways Center for selected participating students (see photo). The Center continues to work to identify industry partners that are committed to helping us provide the various types of assistance our students need, including discounts at area merchants, such as Market Street Market.
  • iPad TECHNOLOGY – The Pathways Center kicked off its pilot initiative to enhance student learning through technology. The iPad Class Integration Program received several applications from various STEM & Health faculty members last semester. The Pathways Center chose professors Ryan Fried and Robyn McDonough and their “Networking I” and “Statistics” courses (respectively) for the spring 2017 semester. Forty students from both classes were loaned iPads. They will be utilizing mobile technology to support learning through various apps relevant to each professor’s class curriculum, and that can support interactive classroom participation and engagement. Ryan and Robyn will also be participating in the SoTL Teaching Circles as part of this initiative.
  • Participation in Pathways initiatives has increased this year from 79 visits in 2016 to 195 visits during January in 2017. The center hosted C++ Workshops during Winter Session, as well as Securitas and Verizon hiring events.
  • The Pathways Center will be hosting a Career Fair on April 13.

Student Affairs


IMG_8725.JPGCongratulations to the MCC Hockey Team, which finished its season last month with a respectable 5-6-1 record. Competitive October try-outs yielded 20 experienced, varsity-caliber players who have since represented the team with professionalism and great spirit – demonstrating tremendous pride in MCC. They played against strong teams, including University of Hartford, Mass Maritime, Sacred Heart, Nichols, Suffolk, Coast Guard, Babson, Dartmouth and WPI. Home games and practices were held at the Chelmsford Forum in Billerica. Led by talented Head Coach George Jacobs and Assistant Coach Phil Loranger, much of the team’s success is owed to these two exceptional individuals who bring an abundance of knowledge, passion and leadership to their team.

Office of International, Multicultural and Veterans Affairs

34597j_greenzone-4x4-labelsGreen Zone Training

During Winter Break, Lonnie Armstrong and Richard Reppucci, coordinators in the Veterans Resource Center, presented a workshop on student veterans to more than 50 staff from Student Affairs. Green Zone training is for faculty, staff and administrators who wish to receive information about issues potentially facing active service members, student veterans, and their families as they transition to college. The goal of the training is to assist this population by lending a sympathetic ear and connecting them to the appropriate resources. Participants who complete the training will receive a sign to display in their offices and have their name listed on our website as having completed the training. Additional training will be available to the college community during spring semester.



January and February continued to be busy months in the Office of Admissions and Student Recruitment. While our primary focus was on enrolling students for spring semester, we also had a number of recruiting events. Camille Brown, Jason Reynolds, Alison Handy and Jen Migliozzi held On the Spot Admission events at Greater Lowell Technical High School, Nashoba Technical High School, Woburn High School, and for the first time at North Reading High School. While the format of these events varies from school to school, the end results are the same. We collect admission applications, hold one-on-one meetings with students, and advise them of their next steps in the Middlesex enrollment process. We currently hold these types of events at 12 of our feeder high schools, and anticipate adding two more in the near future.

We also attended a number of college and career exploration fairs.

  • Jeff Tejada represented MCC at fairs at Methuen and Lawrence high schools, and Target Language School.
  • Camille Brown partnered with Dean of Students Pamela Flaherty at Billerica High School’s Career Exploration Fair. Pam, a longtime resident of Billerica, brought her enthusiasm for the school and entertained the students with assorted games.
  • Alison Handy braved the elements to meet with students at the Career Possibilities Fair at Medford Technical High School.

We also conducted events within the community. Jeff Tejada presented to the Abisi Lowell Adult Education program for day students. He had previously met with their evening students and hopes to expand to other communities in Lowell and Lawrence. Jeff also hosted 10 students on the Lowell campus from the Lowell Boys & Girls Club. This was the third part of a monthly series with the LBGC, which he visited in November and December.

Marilynn Gallagan and Jillian Freitas-Haley hosted the Community Colleges of Massachusetts Admission Counselors (CCOMAC) meeting in early February on the Lowell campus. Ken Tashjy, General Counsel for the community colleges, was guest speaker and provided advice and insight on several timely topics, such as immigrants in our student population, and the legalities of the recently imposed travel ban. These meetings are held monthly, rotating from campus to campus and allow admissions directors and deans the opportunity to share and benefit from each others’ experiences.

Lastly, Admissions Office staff participated in a recent retreat. Discussions included planning for future events, and enrollment successes, such as our Walk-In Admission and Enrollment Weeks, Winter Session, and Dual Enrollment.

Upcoming events include:

  • Lowell Open House – April 8, 9:30 a.m.
  • Admitted Student Reception – April 25, 4:15 p.m.,  Bedford (prior to Open House)
  • Bedford Open House – April 25, 5:30 p.m.
  • Pathway to Success Day, Bedford Campus – April 12.

Enrollment Management

The start of spring semester was very busy for Enrollment Management. Time was spent getting students ready and acclimated, while also preparing drafts for the summer and fall schedules.

Students, faculty and staff were supported through numerous activities, including:

  • monitoring enrollments and opening of course sections
  • processing final and Winter Session grades
  • prerequisite checking
  • handling room requests to better meet faculty and student needs
  • awarding Fall 2016 graduates
  • awarding transfer credit
  • support in Registration/Advising sessions
  • Special Registrations
  • compilation of student evaluation results
  • processing Admissions and Dual Enrollment applications
  • Soft Docs implementation
  • Degree Works maintenance

FALL 2016 GRADUATION — Congratulations to Steiny Gomez-Jimenez and Bintu Tucker of the Enrollment Management Center for earning their Associates of Science in Liberal Studies degrees. Bintu and Steiny are two of the 380 students awarded as graduates by the Registrar’s Office for Fall 2016.

img_0907SPRING 2017 REGISTRATION — Spring semester is well underway, thanks to the efforts of the staff from the Lowell and Bedford Student Information Centers and the Enrollment Management Center. The staff participated in promoting and outreaching to students to register for spring classes, as well as encouraging students to attend our Walk-In Registration/Advising hours and making follow-up calls pertaining to testing and registration appointments.

SUMMER 2017 REGISTRATION — Summer registration opened to students on Feb. 6! Through the efforts of the Registrar’s Office and the Academic Deans/Assistant Deans, the summer schedule was completed and opened for registrations much earlier this semester. A communications plan has been developed, and outreach to potential summer students is currently underway. Our new Summer QuickStart session is being promoted through the joint efforts of Marketing Communications, Information Technology website staff, and Enrollment Management. For more information on summer sessions, students, faculty and staff are encouraged to visit:

DUAL ENROLLMENT SUPPORT — Enrollment Management continues to collaborate with Ellen Grondine and Maria Cunha to support the Dual Enrollment program.

  • On Jan. 6, Anatoly Levin, Kathrina Gaffron, William Kelleher and Katharina Lach provided a day of Accuplacer training to representatives from 13 local high schools. The purpose was to provide the high schools with a better understanding of Accuplacer, cut-off scores, and guidance and practices in administering the placement test.
  • On Jan. 20., Lisa Gibson trained new faculty teaching in the Dual Enrollment program in policies and procedures pertaining to FERPA, withdrawals, grading, and the use of MiddleNet.

Financial Aid Office

New Attendance Verification process

To ensure federal compliance, the Financial Aid Office must review attendance for selected financial aid recipients. Our faculty email process for mid-term and end of term attendance verification has been revamped to use MiddleNet for a reporting process that more closely mirrors faculty grading.

Implementation of the college-wide Content management System: ETRIEVE

A content management system (CMS) is a software application or set of related programs that are used to create and manage digital content. A CMS facilitates collaboration in the workplace by integrating document management and records retention functionalities. The SoftDocs Etrieve system went into production in December, 2016 in the Financial Aid, Admissions and Enrollment Management areas. Etrieve is a fully functional browser based system that consolidates all financial aid documentation including parent, student, federal, state and institutional forms to a single portal, or electronic filing cabinet, for easy and centralized access, submission, review and verification. Etrieve will also facilitate greater customer service by offering completion of standard financial aid forms to our students in electronic format that employ skip-trace technology and presents mobile friendly applications.

Implementation of Early Award packaging for New Students

As a means to attract and encourage prospective students to enroll at Middlesex Community College, the Financial Aid Office will be providing new prospective students with an early estimate of their financial aid eligibility a full 4 months before our regular award letter notification process. Previously, award notifications were mailed in line with fall term billing notices, sometime in early July. In many cases, families and students had made their decision as to where they will attend long before then, given the generally wide acceptance by the prospective student and his/her family of the Admissions notification deadline date of May 1st. This effort will hopefully contribute to a positive increase in new student enrollment next fall.

Multi-office Community Events/Workshops

  • Admissions and Financial Services Night: These sessions are available in Spanish as part of Latino Student Outreach Initiative: To provide comprehensive information about the process of financial aid, as well as type of financial aid, important financial aid facts, cost of attendance, basic information about student online financial aid tools. These sessions met once per month throughout 2016 summer.
  • High School Visits and College fairs: In collaboration with The Office of Admissions and recruitment. Talked with students and/or families about general financial aid information such as the FAFSA application, deadline, requirements, award letter and the Financial Aid process in general.
  • MCC Representative Lawrence High School FAFSA Days: To assist LHS seniors on completing their Free Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Additionally, available for any questions or concerns from students and/or high school counselors regarding a particular family situation or dynamics.
  • Financial Aid presentation/workshop for FYE/IDS courses: Upon faculty request. Provided comprehensive information about the process of financial aid, as well as type of financial aid, important financial aid facts, spent a lot of time describing the Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress policy, cost of attendance and additionally, instruction on how to use their MCC MiddleNet account.
  • MCC Representative for Chapter School FAFSA Workshop: To assist Chapter School seniors on completing their Free Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Additionally, available for any questions or concerns from students and/or high school counselors regarding a particular family situation or dynamics.
  • FAFSA Day: For over ten years, Middlesex Community College has been a site for FAFSA Day Massachusetts, a non-profit, volunteer-driven program providing free assistance to students and families seeking to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The MCC Financial Aid Office hosted this year’s event on Sunday, February 12, 2017 for the greater Lowell community.
  • FAFSA Workshops: The Financial Aid Office offers on Wednesdays on both the Bedford and Lowell campuses during the month November, December, March, April. The workshops are designed to assist students and the community in completing their academic year FAFSA application.   Financial aid counselors are available to help students through the process.

Implementation of SALT

SALT is a multi-channel platform, combining online financial tools with personalized outreach and counseling to help students learn money skills for life. The SALT offerings are intended for use across the entire campus community and is not for use exclusively with financial aid applicants. The SALT platform for financial literacy contains self-paced financial education curriculums designed from the student point of view and hundreds of articles, videos and interactive lessons that offer money management, scholarship and career advice. For those intending to borrow as a means of covering the cost of higher education now or in the future, SALT empowers students with the knowledge needed to borrow smart, borrow less and repay well. SALT provides proactive outreach to all students who are entering repayment, have postponed repayment or are facing delinquency.

Institutional Advancement


MCC Alumni Association

alumassocOn Tuesday, Jan. 31, the first meeting of the MCC Alumni Association Board was held at Trustees’ House on the Bedford campus. The Alumni Association, established under the auspices of the MCC Foundation, will provide formal leadership and a voice for MCC alumni while working in close connection with the  Foundation. The 22-member Association Board consists of MCC alums from the first MCC graduating class of 1972, the most recent alumni class of 2016, and a broad variety of years in between. President Jim Mabry and MCC Foundation Chairman Jim Henderson participated in this first meeting. The board elected the following Officers: Gail Tuzzolo ’75, president; Sheri Denk ’90, vice president; Diego Leonard0 Garcia ’16, secretary; and Scott Weisman ’13, treasurer. The Alumni Association will work to engage MCC alums with the college and focus on projects such as: planning social and networking events for alums, fundraising for MCC Foundation funds, and career mentoring for alums and students.

MCC Foundation Scholarship Award Ceremony – 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 1, Bedford Campus Center. The MCC Foundation will honor the 2017 student scholarship recipients as well as the scholarship donors at a ceremony in the Bedford Campus Center. All faculty and staff are welcome to attend the ceremony. Thank you to all who served on the scholarship committee and who wrote student recommendations.

Have You Remained Connected with Alumni? – Everyone who works at MCC has had opportunities to meet remarkable students throughout the years. Many of you have stayed in touch with these students, celebrating their successes. The Advancement Office would like to hear from faculty and staff who are able to provide information about MCC alumni, their careers, and life accomplishments. We appreciate the good work performed by alumni and want to encourage long-lasting relationships with the college. Please help us maintain accurate alumni data by telling the Advancement Office about the impressive alumni you know. They could become Commencement speakers, Distinguished Alumni Award recipients, Advisory Board members, classroom presenters, student mentors, and ambassadors for Middlesex Community College. Contact Dennis Malvers at or Amy Lee at

Corporate and Community Education & Training

Community Education & Training

Caitlin Campopiano of Community Education, and Denise Garrow-Pruitt and Angel Pepin, of Allied Health, recently collaborated with a number of community partners to offer a 75-hour Home Health Aide training certificate over January intersession for 18 students. This provided training for a refugee population that is being assisted by the International Institute of Lowell.

Corporate Education & Training

Corporate Education and Training offered CPR, First Aid, and Medical Administration Program classes for LifeLinks. Courses are conducted at MCC, to provide employees exposure to taking classes in a college setting.

Adult Learning Center/Links Programs

Debra Szylvian and Kathy Innis from the Adult Learning Center recently attended two full days of training for the STAR (Student Achievement in Reading) program at Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester. STAR is a nationally developed professional development program focused on building the reading skills for intermediate level (4 to 8.9 grade-level equivalent) adult learners. The STAR approach is supported by the U.S. Department of Education and years of research in reading methodology which has concluded that mid-level adult learners struggle with one or more of the following skill areas: alphabetics, fluency, vocabulary, or comprehension. This initial training session focused on using the Diagnostic Assessment of Reading, which is the basis for explicit reading instruction. Debra and Kathy will be attending four more days of training this spring to become proficient in Evidenced-based Reading Instruction, which integrates findings from reading research with practitioner wisdom to inform instructional decisions.

Marketing Communications

Creating Community via Social Media — Members of the Marketing Communications team recently presented “The New Social Media Mission” at the Council for Advancement & Support of Education (CASE) District 1 Conference in Boston. Jennifer Aradhya, Director of Marketing Communications, and Kathy Register, Senior Writer/Editor, presented on the ways we engage students to interact with us – and each other – through a variety of social-media initiatives. For example, thanks to our competitions, challenges and special promotions, MCC’s award-winning Facebook page now has almost 10,000 followers. CASE is an international professional association serving educational institutions and the advancement professionals who work on their behalf in alumni relations, communications, development, marketing and allied areas.

new-digital-ad-slideLook for Middlesex ‘Ads’ in New Locations — In our continuous effort to promote the college to new audiences, Marketing Communications has placed “ads” in a couple of innovative new locations:

  • Showcase Cinemas – Check out our “digital posters” in the lobby of Showcase Cinemas in Lowell and Woburn. Targeting spring and fall enrollment periods, lobby posters will run mid-March to June, and October to January 2018.
  • RMV – Middlesex messaging will soon be looping on monitors in the Lowell RMV office. We are the only educational provider allowed to market to this audience in the Lowell office.

Don’t Be Shy: Send Us Your News! — We are 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.


Did you know?

You can read a monthly compilation of Middlesex news articles from local media outlets in This Month at MCC, posted on the website.

Government & Community Relations

Patrick Cook took part in the exciting Lowell Waterways Vitality Initiative Action Plan meeting at the Luna Theater in Mill No. 5, along with several dozen other leaders in the Lowell community. The mission of the Lowell Waterways Vitality Initiative is to enhance the everyday experience of people in Lowell by making the city’s historic waterways more accessible, active and vibrant. For MCC, that means breathing new life into the area behind the college’s Cowan Center in downtown Lowell. The Lower Locks is the confluence of the Pawtucket and Eastern canals, just before the canals merge with the Concord River, and eventually the Merrimack River. The college looks forward to partnering with the city of Lowell, the Lowell Heritage Partnership, and Lowell National Historical Park to explore opportunities for the open space in the plaza on the banks of the two canals.

5Cook also joined President Mabry and Chairman of the Board of Trustees James Campbell on a trip to Washington, D.C., to meet with federal legislators to rally support for the college. The trio met with senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey, and U.S. House members Niki Tsongas, Joseph Kennedy, Katherine Clark, Michael Capuano, James McGovern, and Richard Neal. Chairman Campbell made a pitch for future funding opportunities for MCC’s Cybersecurity Program. President Mabry inquired about potential internships for Biotech students with companies in Tsongas’ 3rd district. Cook also asked Tsongas to help the college explore regional transportation issues to make getting to MCC more accessible for students outside of Lowell or Bedford. Sen. Warren, in particular, spoke at great length about fighting for year-round Pell Grant funding for community college students.

Cook met with Lowell Sun Chairman Kendall Wallace to discuss a fall fundraiser for the Paul Sullivan Leadership Institute. Sullivan, a former MCC business professor, passed away 10 years ago this September. Plans are underway for a fundraiser to help support the Leadership Institute in Sullivan’s name. The event will also look to bring together the more than 100 students who’ve previously participated in the program for an alumni reunion event.

Director of Public Safety Daniel Martin hosted the monthly Community College Chiefs Meeting and discussed: Active shooter training; snow cancelation policy; elevator entrapment response; and designing a spreadsheet for all chiefs outlining various topics/items that other colleges use that would be helpful for all community colleges in Massachusetts.

Martin once again took part in the bi-monthly Violence Prevention Coalition meeting, working with Bedford police, Bedford town manager, personnel from Hanscom Airforce Base, and town clergy to formulate plans to reduce incidents of violence within the community. This ongoing effort plays a positive role in maintaining a level of safety within the community and on campus.

Director of Compliance Alisa Chapman has been updating and crafting new policies and procedures. In addition, she and Abby Vergados have been assisting the Health Programs and Continuing Education with CORI and SORI checks for clinical placement.

Chapman and Martin are partnering with Bedford Youth & Family Services to assist them in developing specialized bystander-intervention training. This work will continue through the spring and we are hoping other agencies will join to develop customized training for their constituents. Bystander-intervention training is designed to empower people to interrupt behavior that is, or could lead to, inappropriate language, drug and alcohol abuse, violence, and or sexual violence.

Lowell Campus Resource Officer Tom Hickey assisted LPD detectives with ongoing larceny and motor vehicle B&E investigations, and assisted two MCC employees regarding the application of restraining orders. Officer Hickey also spoke with a female student regarding a report of a male suspect following her in the downtown Lowell area. Officer Hickey distributed information from the report to MCC Security. The MCC Security Team played a role in a drug possession arrest of two males during an evening shift in late January. Officer Hickey distributed information to the MCC community about police examination sign-ups and a police exam prep class via Newscaster.

Bedford Campus Resource Officer Craig Naylor continued to help with parking enforcement, as well as speeding issues on local roads leading to campus. Officer Naylor also met with local residents to discuss issues of street parking.

December 2016/January 2017

Message from the President

The uncertainties of this new year and the intense work of the Strategic Transformation process have inspired me to reflect on the work we do at MCC: what we do, how we do it, and most importantly, why we do it.

What we do is straightforward. We promote access and success for ALL students. We are proud to be an open-access institution in a world that closes far too many doors. Success, as we all know, comes in many varieties. Some are easy to see, but much more often, success is subtle, cumulative and often hard to detect.

How we promote access and success is as varied as the students who come through our open doors. Getting the how right is important and depends on skilled and dedicated professionals with the space, the tools, and the support they need to do their best work. At MCC, people are our core and our strength. It is these tremendous education professionals who inspire students and transform lives.

At the end, why we do this work is much more important than the what and the how. Why build an open-access, high quality education system? Why work so hard to put people on the path to success? Because transforming lives is important. It’s important on the micro and macro levels, on personal and societal levels.

I once had a student who completed three of my classes. When I first met him, he was a tough young man who, like many of our students, had a rough start in life. Several months after he finished his final class with me, “Microeconomics,” I received an email from him. He told me he had just seen the movie “A Beautiful Mind” and connected the Noble Prize-winning theories of John Nash with the short section we had covered on game theory. I was amazed at the connections he was able to make and truly inspired by how far he had come.

At Middlesex Community College, we have the privilege and the responsibility of working to change the world one student at a time. We are striving to build a better world one life, one community, one nation at a time. Although we face many challenges in the year ahead, I am confident that by working together, we will continue to transform lives and build great communities.


January Opening Forum

At the upcoming Opening Forum, to be held  at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, in the Bedford Campus Center’s Café East, I will be presenting on the results of the Strategic Transformation Planning Process. This event will also be streamed to the Lowell Campus Lower Café. Questions may be submitted in advance to

Light refreshments will be available.

Upcoming Events

  • Jan. 23 – Spring Semester begins
  • Jan. 26 – January Open Forum, 2-4 p.m., Bedford Campus Center’s Cafe East
  • Jan. 26 – Board of Trustees Meeting, 7:30 a.m., Trustees’ House, Galvani Room, Bedford
  • Feb. 23 –Board of Trustees Meeting, 7:30 a.m., Trustees’ House, Galvani Room, Bedford
  • March 20-24 – Spring Break
  • March 30, April 3, 4 & 5 – Advisory Board Dinners, Bedford Campus Center
  • April 27 –Board of Trustees Meeting, 7:30 a.m., Trustees’ House, Galvani Room, Bedford

In The News

Grant News

Title III Grant: MCC 360

Middlesex’s new Title III grant – MCC 360: Success from the Start– was introduced to faculty and staff at the last FSA meeting of 2016 on Tuesday, December 6th.

MCC 360: Success from the Start seeks to increase student success by acquiring technology that enhances student self-service in enrollment, and degree-completion planning. It will also enable the college to invest in predictive analytics tools allowing for more rigorous assessment of student progress, leading to more effective student interventions and institutional planning.

Dr. Mabry has overall responsibility for the leadership of this project. MCC 360 has both a nine member executive steering committee and a college-wide, 27-member advisory committee composed of faculty and staff.  Scott O’Neil will serve as the Title III Coordinator and Audrey Nahabedian is the Activity Coordinator for Enrollment Services. John Giblin is the IT Analytics Activity Coordinator, and Peter Shea is the Activity Coordinator for Academic Instruction & Professional Development.

Before Winter Break, two days were set aside for presentations from a variety of technology vendors interested in working with the college. Presentations were held on both the Lowell and Bedford campuses. They were open to members of the MCC community and were well attended.

For the spring, the MCC 360 project team, executive steering committee. and the advisory committee will continue to assess possible technology solutions to meet our grant goals.


Middlesex Community College is one of approximately 100 institutions nationwide designated as an Asian-American, Native American, Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) by the U.S. Department of Education based on the number of Asian-American students enrolled at the college. During Fall 2016, Middlesex received a five-year, $1.73 million grant to deliver a range of support services and co-curricular activities to improve the college experience of Asian-American students, as well as their completion and transfer outcomes.

The Program for Asian-American Student Advancement (PAASA) will be administered by Pamela Flaherty, Senior Student Affairs Officer/Dean of Students.  Matthew Olson, Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences, along with Patricia Demaras, Assistant Dean of International and Multicultural Affairs, will serve as co-chairs.  The college will be establishing an Asian-American Connections Center on the Lowell campus in the Cowan Building, ground floor, Room G00.  The grant has developed a steering committee, a working group, and three design teams: ELL Design Team,  Asian Center Design Team, and Planning and Financial Aid Design Team.

Please look for our Open House in February!

News from the Divisions

Academic Affairs

Academic, Career & Transfer Department

  • On December 2nd, the session of the New Faculty Institute was devoted to Academic Advising. A panel of faculty and professional advising staff, facilitated by Pat Bruno, presented on best practices for working with advisees. Faculty have been shadowing advisors in the advising offices this semester, as well. Special thanks to Karen Townsend, Dora Ottariano, Denise Marchionda and Kirsten Morrow for participating on this panel. The second part of this session was devoted to a review of Degree Works and how to use this tool with advisees.
  • We are excited to announce that these same faculty from the New Faculty Institute will participate spring semester in the Advising Institute that will provide in-depth training for faculty advisors on topics such a career advising, transfer advising, financial aid, academic progress, registration processes, advising strategies, tools and resources. The Advising Institute will begin on Friday, February 3rd. Faculty will also have opportunities to shadow other faculty advisors during spring semester.
  • The advising area has begun orientations for new students entering MCC spring semester. Advisors are using the Pathways Maps to guide students to explore areas of interest when they present as undecided about a major or career. Additionally, students are guided to use the Academic Maps to understand and plan for their coursework.
  • Our academic advisors have been busy with classroom visits this fall. Academic advisors visited more than 20 classrooms through the fall semester and presented on topics such as Degree Works, Academic Maps, and Registration. In some cases, students were actually able to register for spring courses right in the classroom. If you are interested in having an advisor visit your class spring semester, please contact Director of Advising Bryan Wint.
  • Congratulations to Academic Advisor Maria Gonzalez who has been selected to be part of the China Fellowship this June and will travel to China for two weeks with a group of MCC students. This is not Maria’s first visit to China, so we are sure she will contribute quite a bit to the experience for our students.
  • Internships: Approximately 20 students participated in two Pre-Internship Preparation Workshops in November. The workshops were designed with Paralegal and Business Career students in mind, since those students are required to do an internship for course credit. However, it was open to all students interested in the internship process. A little less than half of the students who attended the session are enrolled in an internship class next semester. The other half are planning on doing an internship at some point during their program at MCC and wanted to understand the internship process. Their majors ranged from Engineering, Computer Science, Cyber Security, Life Sciences and Global Studies.
  • The pre-internship workshop included a large-group overview of Optimal Resume (resume template and job board), and one-on-one assistance by two Cummings Grant Achievement Liaisons (Karonika & Sarah), Coordinator of Career Services Karen James, and Internship Coordinator Melissa Welch. Additionally, Kimberley Morrissey, Chair of the Hospitality and Culinary Program, and Halye Sugarman, Chair of the Paralegal Program, attended to assist students in their respective programs with the internship search. Students received personalized attention based on their own needs as a part of the group experience. Additionally, interview-tip sheets were given to every participant. The workshop will run again during spring semester as we encourage students to apply for summer internship opportunities.
  • The NEW Internship Website page is live and can be found on the Career Services website. There is a tab for students, faculty and employers, and there will be more interactive add-ons in the near future:
  • Career Services: Karen James, our Coordinator of Career Planning and Placement,  has had a busy fall semester. Career Services visited close to 30 classrooms this fall and presented on topics such as LinkedIn, career exploration planning, resume and job search techniques – which includes our Optimal Resume Job Board, Focus2 and Career Trends in the Workforce. She also collaborated with our Veterans Affairs staff to host monthly offerings for resume and job assistance. If you are interested in workshops for your class next semester, please contact Karen James.
  • Transfer Services: Jane Fain, our Transfer Counselor, has been active in attending meetings at the state level to continue the work on Transfer Pathways and other transfer initiatives. Our efforts to identify students eligible for the new Commonwealth Commitment program continue with various outreach efforts. We will soon be planning for our annual State Transfer Fair for spring semester, when we invite all of our four-year state colleges and universities to come on campus to discuss transfer options for our students.
  • This fall, we collaborated with UMass Lowell in launching the Reserved Placement Program. This program was designed for a cohort of students accepted to UMass Lowell in the fall semester but were unable to begin there due to full enrollment capacity for the entering class. The program was designed to have these students, about 42 of them, start their education at MCC in the fall and then be readily able to transfer to UMass Lowell in the spring. Of this cohort, about half have now chosen to stay at MCC longer than one semester.

K-16 Partnerships

Latino Connections

Latino Connections, a comprehensive drop-out prevention program that serves juniors and seniors at Lowell High School via staff/administrator referrals, was recently awarded a grant of $21,520 by the Bilezikian Family Foundation.  Latino Connections is staffed by a bilingual/bicultural case manager who works with students, high school staff, and parents  to ensure that participants are meeting graduation requirements; participating in extra support activities; completing college applications; and applying for scholarships and FAFSA; as well as coordinating internships, workshops, and job-shadow opportunities.

The Out of School Youth Development Center, located in the Cowan Center, was awarded $117,264 from the Greater Lowell Workforce Development Board to collaborate with the Career Center of Lowell to provide comprehensive support/resources as youth and young adults identify their career path, HiSET instruction and completion, assistance with college enrollment, short-term training opportunities, and attainment of permanent employment. In addition, the Saab Family Foundation awarded the OSY Development Center a $15,000 grant to support students with HiSET testing, college books and materials, and short-term training programs.

Middlesex Community College Precollegiate TRiO Programs and Gear UP Mass

The Precollegiate TRiO Talent Search and Upward Bound Program, and the Gear Up Program serve more than 1,400 students in three Lowell Public schools, middle schools and Lowell High School. The programs’ major objective is to work with low-income, first-generation-to-college students go on to post-secondary institutions. The programs offer an array of services, such as academic instruction, tutoring, college field trips, mentoring, leadership opportunities, and summer programming.

Currently, five of the six LHS seniors highlighted in the Lowell Sun recently, received large scholarships to select colleges are MCC TRIO and Gear UP students: Posse scholarship winner Sheila Mwangi (Bucknell University), Charity Midenyo (who has been admitted early-action to MIT), Posse winners Cole Conlon (Centre College) and Yaa Konama Pokuaa (Hamilton College), and QuestBridge Scholarship winner George Kubai (Brown University).

The Posse program identifies students who might otherwise be overlooked at select universities and provides life-altering opportunities to extraordinary students who demonstrated academic and leadership potential.  Like the Posse Foundation, QuestBridge is an organization that strives to connect the brightest low-income students to some of the nation’s top schools. Our TRiO and Gear UP advisors prepare our students throughout the year and nominate the students who exhibit the greatest potential.

TRiO Talent Search received a five-year, $1.7 million continuation grant from 2016-2021.  TRiO Upward Bound’s Request for Proposal (RFP) was submitted to the Department of Education in December, and our Gear UP grant has been awarded through 2018.

In collaboration with Lowell High School’s Career and College Center, MCC TRiO and Gear UP hosted a Massachusetts College Application Week with nearly 150 seniors participating.  Massachusetts College Application Celebration! (MCAC) encourages students to take a significant step toward college by providing assistance and building excitement for the college-application process. Sponsored by Gear UP Massachusetts (, administered through the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, the goal is to give every graduating senior the opportunity to complete at least one application by the conclusion of the three-day event. MCC’s Admission Office participated in the event, where more than 88 percent of the students who applied to community colleges applied to MCC.

The Gear UP program at Lowell’s Pyne Arts School is currently participating in Girls Who Code, a national organization in 42 states whose mission is to address the gender gap in technology.  Approximately 10 8th grade students at the Pyne meet every Monday after school to explore computer coding in a fun and hands-on environment.

Library Resources

  • Ellen Royalty, Coordinator of the Bedford library, presented at the fall professional development for access-services librarians of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) New England to discuss the rationale, process, and outcome of purchasing textbooks for reserve and the Kanopy streaming video service.
  • Carrie Salazar, Information Literacy and Assessment Librarian, was invited to participate on a panel discussion at the fall conference of the New England Library Instruction Group on the theme of Advancing Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity.
  • Donna Maturi, Coordinator of the Lowell library, offered a presentation to faculty at three events in support of the Open Educational Resources (OER) work currently underway as part of the Massachusetts Community Colleges’ MASS GO Open Statewide Initiative. Her presentation, “Open Licensing: What You Need to Know” was offered at training events held at NECC and MassBay Community College.
  • Ellen Royalty and Carrie Salazar presented their poster on the effectiveness of the flipped classroom methodology at the recent New England Assessment in Action Symposium, a regional program sponsored by the American Library Association, held at Assumption College in Worcester.

Professional Development

The Massachusetts Go Open project is a statewide initiative which supports the use and development of open educational resources (OER), which can save students money on the cost of textbooks.

During the fall semester, Go Open put out two calls for proposals directed toward faculty who were teaching courses as part of STEM Guided Pathways.  The intent was to promote the adoption and/or creation of OER in courses required for these pathways.

Seventeen MCC faculty members submitted proposals – all of which received approval. The projected combined savings for students is approximately $139,517.50

This spring, Go Open will be posting a third call for proposals. In addition, the MCC Office of Professional Development will be requesting mini-grant proposals from faculty who wish to adopt or create OER materials, but who are not teaching STEM Guided Pathway courses. Stay tuned!

Academic Divisions

Business, Education and Public Service


Every November the Criminal Justice Program must submit a review/report to the BHE in order to maintain its status as an accredited CJ program under the Police Career Incentive Program/Quinn Bill. This review/report was completed by CJ Department Chairwoman Lynda Pintrich, with input from her faculty and with the support of the MCC Institutional Research Department.


kfh0444The Middlesex Culinary Arts Program was recently named the Fourth Best Culinary Arts Degree in Massachusetts by Best Choice Schools Website.  According to its review, “Factors taken into account to determine rank included a varied and hands-on training curriculum, professional development opportunities, and positive industry reputation.”  Best Choice also noted that “Middlesex recognizes that the culinary industry is fast-paced and students are taught to adjust to rapid changes and a high pressure environment to deliver a quality product.”  According to  Program Coordinator Kim Morrissey, one of the program’s unique features is its dynamic internship course, which includes opportunities  to work with a variety of hospitality and culinary industry leaders in internships tailored to each student’s career and educational goals.


  • ECE Accreditation: National Association for the Education of the Young Child (NAEYC) accreditation was recently re-awarded to the Early Childhood Education Transfer and Career programs. Middlesex is one of only three Massachusetts community colleges that have two programs accredited.
  • Bedford Winter Walkabout: Fifteen Early Childhood majors volunteered for Bedford’s recent Winter Walkabout. As part of the early-December event, a tree-lighting ceremony followed Santa’s arrival on a fire truck. The students face-painted numerous young children while their parents shopped. This is the first time MCC has participated in the event.
  • Education Program Bridges to College: The Education Department has recently received a Bridges to College Grant. This grant focuses on helping students get their National CDA (Child Development Associate) Credential. Students enrolled in three CDA Courses: “Child Growth and Development,” “Health, Safety and Nutrition in ECE,” and “Introduction to Early Childhood Education.” Of the 47 students who completed all three college courses, two were able to renew their CDA credential, and 45 passed and earned their initial CDA credential. MCC had a 100 percent pass rate on the national CDA Exam.     The CDA is based on three different age groups of children- Preschool, Infant and Toddler, or Family Child Care. The CDA process requires 120 training hours, constructing a portfolio that includes writing six CDA Competencies and collecting Resource Items. Students also take a written CDA Exam (administered by an outside testing agency) and have a three-hour observation by a CDA Professional Development Specialist.    The grant was administered and taught by Maureen Goulet, an adjunct faculty member, and Jessica Galindo provided portfolio and writing support, as well as translating for some of the bilingual students.    The Bridges to College Grant also included training 10 family childcare providers in a one-credit “Family Child Care Business Plan” course, which emphasizes that a family childcare home is a business. Providers wrote about internal and external marketing, fiscal management and taxes, to name a few topics. The culmination of the class was to write a comprehensive business plan.     Students who completed the Bridges to College Grant were encouraged to sign up for the Region Three Professional Development Grant Courses.  Of the 45 students who passed the CDA, 33 are signed up to take additional ECE classes at MCC.


handmade-cowls-for-community-service-projectFashion students made cowls to be donated to Catie’s Closet, a nonprofit organization with a mission to improve school attendance by providing an in-school resource of clothing and basic necessities to students living in poverty in MA and NH.

Fashion Club members joined Professor Ashli Ree’s “Buying” class to view more than 300 pairs of shoes. There were historical shoes, as well as modern day designer shoes. The learning activity was designed  for students to act like buyers, including setting the retail price.pleasure-and-pain-exhibit-at-the-peabody-essex-museum

Fashion students learned how to use a leather-lace cutter and created leather braids that can be used for various accessories.  There was also a great discussion on sustainable fashion.  fashion-workshop-1


Bronson de Stadler, LICSW
Jennifer Negron, BA

Two sections of “Introduction to Human Services” had the opportunity to bring in guest speakers.  Paulo Barrio had two professionals from the field of human services speak to his Bedford class.  Bronson de Stadler, LICSW, is in private practice and discussed what clients present with and the work he does with them.  Jennifer Negron, BA, is a Youth & Family Support Worker and she discussed how she got into the field and the range of service providers she works with.

Julie Mirras had two MCC Human Services alumni speak to her Lowell class.  Theresa Musgrave graduated from MCC in 2014 and highlighted the opportunities she took advantage of at MCC.  Courtney Riel also graduated in 2014 and provided tips for students looking to transfer into a bachelor’s degree program. Both alums currently attend Salem State University and will be earning their BA in Social Work at the end of the coming semester.

The Human Services Department will look to continue to engage our alumni and professionals working in the field to allow our students the opportunity to clarify their professional goals and connect with community members involved in this broad field.

Global Education

International Fellowship Students Present at December Trustees Meeting


Three students representing the International  Education Fellowships program presented at the December MCC Trustees meeting at the Nesmith House. Antonio Monteiro (India), Valeria Fasolo (China), and James Carroll (Belize) highlighted memorable moments, and also shared what the study abroad opportunities have meant to them personally, academically, and professionally.

International Fellowship Selection

screen-shot-2017-01-17-at-4-00-55-pmStudents selected for the International Education Fellowship to India are Richard Shaw and Fiabla Zakarian, both Business majors.

Richard is president of the Business and Economics Club, and led the Fed Challenge team.  He will led the DECA team this spring.  Fiaba was MCC an Entrepreneurship Fair winner, creating an augmented reality app that provides children with a working Spanish vocabulary of 500 words by age 6. Before coming to MCC, she was a member of the Costa Rica National Gymnastics Team.

Fellowship interviews for the UK-Ireland and China trips were held in December. For complete information, visit he Global Education site:

Students Studying Abroad Fall and Spring Semesters

MCC has a robust relationship with Bath Spa University (BSU) and University of West London UWL).  Jason Mandell, a Culinary student, finished his fall semester abroad at UWL. Sydney Pare will be studying music at UWL in the spring.

Caitlin Sheridan, a History, Politics & Global Studies major and a participant in the England study aboard in June, is finishing a fall semester aboard at BSU.  She plans to continue her study abroad in the spring as well.  Joining her at BSU in the spring is Ilse Bellido-Richards, also a History, Politics & Global Studies major.

MCC also is a member of the CIEE Consortium, which provides student and faculty scholarships for study abroad and seminars.  MCC student Alicia Collura finished her fall semester study abroad in Rome. She received a $5,000 scholarship and is taking 18 credits.  MCC faculty member Ashli Ree, Coordinator of the Fashion Program, received support from the CIEE faculty scholarship and Global Education to attend the in-country Seminar Intercultural Learning in the Multilingual Context of Morocco.  This seminar will provide Ashli with cultural context as she prepares modules for Partners to the Americas grant and the “Morocco Experience” course.

Collaborations with English, Honors and Scholars at Risk

Global Education provides funding for Master Classes and guest lectures across the college.  Harvard Writer at Risk Shahriar Mandanipour, an Iranian author of many books, including “Censoring an Iranian Love Story,” provided a Master Class to Creative Writing students.

Future collaborations include former Scholar at Risk and current MCC Khmer language instructor Tararith Kho providing the keynote for MCC’s student literary conference.   Current Scholar at Risk Jorge Olivera Castillo will present and hold a Master Class on poetry at MCC’s April 22nd poetry festival.

Plans are in the works for Sreang Heng, professor and political activist, to come to MCC for a presentation open to the college and community.  Sreang, whom the Fulbright-Hays group met while in Cambodia, had to flee the country days later and is now a Scholar at Risk at Yale.

Asian Studies Development Program (ASDP) National Conference

asdp_logoThe 23rd Asian Studies Development Program (ASDP) National Conference will be held in Portland, Ore., March 2-4, and two Fulbright-Hays faculty members, Kerrianne Gamache and Lara Kadinova will present their work at the conference.  Dona Cady, President of the ASDP Alumni Association and Director of the Fulbright-Hays grant, will also present “The Hero in Translation: How the Concepts of Ren and Wu-wei Influence Heroic Science-Fiction and Fantasy Literature.”

Terra Dotta

Global Education is in the process of creating a study abroad platform using Terra Dotta software which will assist in streamlining online process-management for application, on-boarding, risk-management, and post travel.  The site will go live in February.

Humanities and Social Sciences

Music Department

There were three recent performances sponsored by the Music Department:

  • Nov. 22: Music faculty members Orlando Cela, flute, and Carmen Rodriguez-Peralta, piano, joined by cellists Renee Delgado and Mauricio Rey Gallego, gave an outreach program for 90 Lowell Middlesex Academy Charter School students in the Assembly Room in Lowell. The Music Outreach Program has been offering events for Lowell High School and the Charter School students for the past 10 years.
  • Dec. 2: Orlando Cela gave a recital in the Bedford Concert Hall as part of A World of Music Concert Series, where he was joined by Carmen Rodriguez-Peralta, piano; Wei Zhao, flute and Aron Zelkowicz, cello.
  • Dec. 12: The concert series concluded on December 12 with a student recital featuring MCC student singers, pianists, guitarists, the MCC Percussion Ensemble and compositions by music technology students.

Psychology Department

Throughout the fall semester, Cathy Pride, Psychology Professor, served as a faculty fellow for the AAC&U Faculty Collaboratives and the AAC&U STIRS Project. She also presented at a number of conferences:

  • Massachusetts LEAP States Team member and presenter, AAC&U LEAP States Summit, Milwaukee, WI, Sept. 13 -15; co-presentator: “Guided Learning Pathways through General Education and Transfer.”
  • 2-day workshop co-facilitator, AAC&U STIRS Initiative Workshops on Vertically Integrated Curricular Pathways, Penfield College/Mercer University, Atlanta, GA, Sept. 29 & 30
  • Co-Presenter, National Academy of Sciences Board on Higher Education meeting, Cambridge, MA, Oct. 14: “Models, Practices, Opportunities, and Challenges for Mutual Integration of the Arts, Humanities and Science.”

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics


Information Technology Cybersecurity Lab Formally Opened
The Information Technology Cybersecurity Lab, located on the fourth floor of the Pollard Building, was formally opened on December 5. A special thanks to the Facilities staff (Brian Butler, Steve Hentz, Gary Sirois, Thomas Lyons, and John LeMay) who renovated the space, the IT staff who ordered and installed equipment (Al Keniston, Mike Giles, Kevin Belfiore, Kevin Doherty, and Pramod Bhardwaj) and IT faculty (Moe Moghimi, Ryan Fried and Syeda Ferdous Begum) who worked with Joe Patuto, Chief Technology Officer, Dean of STEM Kate Sweeney and Assistant Dean of STEM Donald Brady to design and implement the lab. President James Mabry was joined by Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, State Senator Eileen Donoghue, and State Representative David Nangle for the ribbon cutting to recognize the opening of the lab, which includes two classrooms. The Cybersecurity Lab was funded, in part, with support from a $20 million grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration to the Massachusetts community colleges (DOL-GPSTEM) and a $117,086 grant from the Massachusetts Skills Capital Grant program.


Syeda Ferdous Begum Conducts Research on Simulation Technology
Associate Professor of Information Technology Syeda Ferdous Begum, a member of the DOL-GPSTEM Computer Information System/Information Technology Academic Program Team, completed research during the fall semester on simulation technology that can be used to support students learning Python. She plans to integrate this technology into her “Scripting for Security” course next semester. Students will have access to interactive comprehensive technology and will not have to purchase a textbook.


Barnabe Romeo , an alumnus of the Biotechnology program, has coauthored a paper published by Oxford University Press: “Rapid decay of engulfed extracellular miRNA by XRN1 exonuclease promotes transient epithelial-mesenchymal transition.” He came to Middlesex through articulation with Minuteman High School. Upon graduating he returned to France, where he enrolled at the Universite de Nice, for his bachelor’s degree.


In early December, Billerica Memorial High School’s “Basic Anatomy and Physiology” class visited our A&P labs. Chris Burn and Cullen Hagan from the BMHS guidance department brought 12 students to Middlesex. They started the day with a campus tour given by Camille Brown. Stacey Hubbard worked with the students on an EKG and blood pressure lab. The students were a little quiet at first but once they go to the actual EKG portion they opened right up and had a great experience. They concluded their visit with lunch at the cafeteria and Stacey received correspondence from the faculty member that students thoroughly enjoyed their experience here at Middlesex.

New Biology Faculty Member
Kim Gonzalez is joining us this spring as a new full-time science faculty. She will be teaching “General Biology 1” and “General Biology 2.” She brings to MCC 12 years of teaching experience from Lowell High School where she taught college and honors biology, honors microbiology, and dual enrollment “General Biology 1.” She has served as adjunct faculty at Middlesex for five years. Prior to becoming a teacher, she worked as a clinical microbiologist at Tufts Medical Center and holds a B.S. in biology, and an M.Ed. in education, both from UMass Lowell. She will be completing an M.S. in biology from the University of Nebraska Kearney this spring. Her field of interest is microbiology and student-led inquiry, and as such, has mentored approximately 20 high school students in conducting microbiology experiments of their choosing. Their work has been published in the Journal of Emerging Investigators. She has also co-authored a biology textbook, with Dr. Thomas B. Shea from UMass Lowell, called “Life on this Rock,” which is published by Trunity eBook learning platform.

Pathways Center

  • The Pathways Center continues to be an active support area for students. In November and December, the center experienced nearly 1,000 student visits. Nine students visited IRobot with Biotechnology faculty member Tricia Richard in December
  • The center also provided employer recruitment sessions with Proctor and Gamble, CVS, UPS and Securitas, that were attended by 68 students. Career workshops were offered for 41 students in FYE Biotech and Phlebotomy classes.
  • The center offered multiple programs, including a “C++ for Java Programmers” workshop which ran through Winter Session.
  • Audrey Frater and Joyce Wang presented at the recent 2017 Massachustts AACU PKAL Network Winter Meeting. The presentation on “Bridging Support for STEM Transfer Students” was a collaborative presentation with the Massachusetts DHE, Middlesex, UML & UMA.

Student Affairs

Dean of Students

dillardPam Flaherty, Dean of Students, Student Affairs and Student Support Services, is delighted to announce that Karen Dillard has joined the college as Staff Assistant to the Dean of Students. Karen comes to us with many years with the Commonwealth working in Administration and Finance, as well as extensive experience working in K-12 school settings in California. She will be located in the Dean of Students area on the 2nd floor of the Enrollment Center in Bedford, and will be traveling back and forth to Lowell as needed. She can be reached at 781-280-3525.

Center for Leadership & Engagement

Food insecurity is a consistent problem across the United States.  MCC community members are not immune to the effects of a difficult economy or personal hardship.  Our students and staff were inspired several years ago to explore the feasibility of opening a food pantry on campus.  The Center for Leadership & Engagement is pleased to announce the launch of two MCC Food Pantries with pilot hours of Tuesday (Lowell) and Wednesdays (Bedford) from noon to 4 p.m. during the fall and spring semesters.  The food pantries opened in December with a ribbon-cutting event signifying the beginning of this critical support.  The food pantries will reopen January 24th and the non-perishable food will be offered to any Middlesex member in a discrete, confidential and hassle-free manner.  Donations will always be appreciated (thank you for over 500 pounds of food donated so far!).mcc_food-pantry-059

Office of International, Multicultural and Veterans Affairs

  • ashley-trebisacciAs new LGBTQ Resource Center Coordinator Ashley Trebisacci develops and implements programs and services to meet the needs of the LGBTQ communities. Her efforts will directly contribute to the college’s overall goal that all students feel welcome and part of our campus community. Resources for students to explore LBGTQ history, identity and advocacy can be found on MCC’s Virtual LGBTQ Center. Information is continuously updated on the website which is located under the “Advocacy” tab on the Dean of Students webpage. For additional information please connect with Ashley in the Bedford Multicultural Center (room 204, Campus Center) or call her at 781-280-3674.
  • As part of the Cummings Foundation Grant, the Diversity Enrichment Program is expanding its offerings this semester. In addition to providing mentoring and peer support, the program will add workshops for career development, including enhancing interviewing and networking skills, as well as resume writing. The program is also expanding its work into the local community and will offer career readiness workshops to local high school students.
  • micaela-kimball-sarah-oliveira-karonika-brown-valeria-fasoloThe Diversity Enrichment Program also welcomes two new hires this semester. MCC student Valeria Fasolo will join Karonika Brown and Sarah Oliveira as part of the center’s student team of Achievement Liaisons. Their work includes connecting with students to assist them in recognizing how their college experiences enhance their professional skills and increases their marketability in the job force.
  • Additionally, Micaela Kimball, the program’s new Diversity Enrichment Coordinator, will be responsible for supervising the student Achievement Liaisons, developing enrichment programs, providing professional development, and tracking program effectiveness. In addition to her work at MCC, Micaela is also a Boston-based independent arts and culture journalist.
  • The Diversity Enrichment Program is located in the Multicultural Center, second floor in the Bedford Campus Center. The staff of the Diversity Enrichment Program is looking forward to continually expanding its support network at MCC as well as in the local community.

TRIO Program

TRIO Program for Student Achievement  is pleased to announce that we have hired Justyn Thoren as our new Learning Specialist. Justyn comes to us with several years of experience in the special education field, as well as working as an adjunct faculty member at Rivier College, teaching classes for students going into the field.  Justyn will be located primarily on the Bedford campus on the second floor of the Enrollment Center, Room 219.  She will be working with Trio students offering tutoring in math and English, as well as doing some advising and helping out with workshops. If you are interested in having a staff member come in to talk to your class about the TRIO programs, please contact Leslie Stafford at 978-656-3273.



The Admissions and Student Recruitment office would like to send out many THANKS for another successful Pathway to Success Day.!  This would not have been possible without the assistance of the entire MCC community. The Pathway Day brought in 122 students from Greater Lowell Technical High School, Lawrence High School, and the Middlesex Charter Academy. By participating in a number of activities and observing various classes, these students are now able to envision their future academic success with MCC.

Alongside the Pathway Day, the Admissions and Student Recruitment Office participated in MCAC (Massachusetts College Application Celebration) sponsored through Gear UP, with Lowell High School and Lawrence High School.  The goal of MCAC is to give every senior the opportunity to complete at least one college application by the conclusion of the week-long event.  Jeff Tejada, Lauren Ellis, Kristie Faletra and Alison Handy collected more than 160 applications from seniors entering in the fall of 2017.

Camille Brown hosted an On the Spot Admissions event with Greater Lowell Technical High School where seniors were able to apply to the college and gain an admission decision the same day, including next steps on scheduling the college placement test and applying for financial aid.  Fifty-nine applications were collected.

Admissions & Student Recruitment is always pleased to collaborate with faculty across campus. This month, Jeff Tejada and Jillian Freitas-Haley worked with Lynda Pyntrich and students from her “Law, Justice & Society” class to execute a Bedford campus tour and admissions presentation with students from the Lowell High School PALS program.  Continuing on with the spirit of collaboration, Camille Brown worked with Stacy Hubbard to host students from Billerica High School to observe an “Anatomy & Physiology” lecture and concluded the visit with a Bedford campus tour.  In addition, Jenna Engelsen provided a Lowell campus tour to 17 seventh-graders from the Bartlett Middle School. These young students also had the opportunity to visit Sally Quast’s chemistry class.  This event was hosted by the new AmeriCorps VISTA, Carline-Kirskey Almond.

A few other notable events this month that show our commitment to expanding Adult Recruitment efforts:

  • Lauren Ellis & Jeff Tejada held an Admissions Information Session for the evening students enrolled at the Abisi Adult Education program in Lowell.  They plan to continue these sessions in the spring with the day students.
  • Alison Handy attended an Educational Fair in Somerville sponsored by the The Consulate-General of Brazil in Boston, together with the Department for Consular Affairs and Brazilians Abroad of the Brazilian Foreign Ministry and the City of Somerville.
  • Lauren Ellis conducted a group presentation with the women who are currently at the Massachusetts Correctional Institute, Pre-Release Center in Framingham.  The presentation was a follow-up to multiple resource fairs and provided the women information on college and career as they prepare for their release.

Lastly, all of us in Admissions and Student Recruitment want to express our sincere gratitude for the support we receive from the college community.

Enrollment Management

Accuplacer Testing at Lowell High School

In late November and early December, the Testing department, in collaboration with the Enrollment Specialists and Admissions Counselors, tested 450 students at Lowell High School.  All students were tested in reading, writing and mathematics, and they were advised in better understanding the meaning of their scores and placements.

Summer Scheduling – New Summer Term

Beginning with summer 2017, the college is adding a new, accelerated summer session. Summer QuickStart, modeled after our highly successful WinterSession, will be held from May 22 through June 9. Like WinterSession, a mix of online and on-campus courses will be available. Summer QuickStart will offer MCC and guest students the opportunity to complete a full course in only three weeks, leaving much of the summer for work, vacation, or continued studies in our traditional summer sessions.

Document Imaging

Etrieve Content goes live. Softdocs was onsite during the week of December 5th assisting with Etrieve Content (document imaging) training for the Admissions, Enrollment Management, and Financial Aid departments. A total of 1,906 documents to 136 different document types have been scanned within its first week of being live. There are now 66 users with the ability to retrieve student documents remotely via the web. The days of storing and retrieving student documents in paper format are on a trajectory to end within the next couple of semesters.

The implementation of this application could not have been a success without the efforts of all who were involved. Enrollment Management would like to thank Scott O’Neil and Admissions, Enrollment Management, Financial Aid, and the Technology Center for their collaborative efforts and the adoption of this new technology. The Softdocs and MCC team will continue their work on developing and integrating e-forms and workflows. More to come in the next few months!

Mass Transfer

On December 2nd, Lisa Gibson and Jane Fain attended the Statewide Joint Transfer Meeting.  The Cycle Two MassTransfer pathways were discussed.  These programs include Business, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, English, Liberal Arts, Mathematics, Sociology, STEM, and Communications.  Information on these transfer pathways will be upcoming during spring semester.

Final Grades

Communications went out to remind that Fall 2016 Final Grades were to be entered through our online system by 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan.  3. MCC will continue collegewide prerequisite checking and graduation review, so it would be greatly appreciated if all grades could be entered at your earliest convenience. Please contact Registrar Daniel Moynihan (, Assistant Registrar Lisa Gibson (, or Katharina Lach ( if you need assistance.

Institutional Advancement


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Donors now have a new option to add to the various ways they may support the MCC Foundation. The Middlesex Fund focuses on the future and supports scholarships, programs, and opportunities that further enhance the quality of education provided to MCC students. Check out .

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Thank you to everyone who donated to the MCC Foundation Giving Tuesday campaign. On November 29th, the MCC Foundation participated in the global movement, Giving Tuesday, which was created to raise awareness for charitable causes and inspire individuals and corporations to give to organizations for which they are passionate. On this day, the Advancement Office tabled on each campus and sent out inspiring messages to donors on social media featuring MCC students sharing their educational goals and dreams. This effort raised $10,000 for the MCC Foundation. Thank you to all for your generosity!

2017 Annual Fund Campaign Continues
Thank you to the faculty and staff members (and several retired faculty/staff) who participated in the 2017 MCC Foundation Annual Fund video. See the video at .

Want to make a gift to the MCC Foundation? Your gift to the MCC Foundation can:
– Provide Annual Fund grants for faculty/staff members
– Support Student Scholarships ranging from $500-$5000
– Fund exceptional academic and enrichment programs

Go to today!

Corporate & Community Education and Training

Community Education and Training

All Call for MILES instructors: The MCC MILES members are a dedicated lively group who thoroughly enjoy the opportunity to learn from our esteemed faculty and staff here at Middlesex. Our MILES classes run for six weeks in the spring, Monday-Thursday, 2-4 pm, on the Bedford campus. If any MCC faculty or staff are interested in sharing their expertise for two hours, please contact Community Education and Training at or 781-280-3663. Some ideas for subject/interest: poetry, history, current events, book clubs, art, political science, sociology, psychology, health and wellness, pop culture.

screen-shot-2017-01-17-at-4-04-26-pmCommunity Education and Training courses are open for spring enrollment. Some of NEW courses this semester:

  • Communications/Marketing
  • Business Communications Certificate Program
  • Social Media Employment Law
  • Better Business Marketing Techniques
  • Email Marketing for Small Business
  • Manufacturing
  • Lean/Six Sigma
  • Small Business Finance
  • Simplifying Taxes for the Self Employed
  • Navigating the Tax Code for Non-Profit Organizations
  • Biotech
  • OSHA 10hr General Industry Training
  • Intro to 3D Printers
  • Hospitality
  • ServSafe Certification
  • Be Your Guest!
  • Customer Service Excellence
  • Health Careers
  • Developmental Disabilities, Mental Health Concerns
  • Alzheimer’s Habilitation Training
  • Medical Assistant Exam Prep
  • Computer Apps
  • MS Word for Business
  • Personal Enrichment
  • Floral Design
  • Art Exploration Seminar
  • Home Solar Electrical Energy Systems
  • Home Electrical Repair
  • Sustaining Your Garden During Climate Change
  • Mastering Garden Skills
  • History of Hand Tools
  • Indoor Winter Organic Composting

For complete course listings visit

Corporate Education and Training

  • Offered CPR, First Aid, and Medical Administration Recertification classes for LifeLinks. Courses are conducted at MCC in order to provide employees exposure to taking classes in a college setting.
  • Delivered Change Management training for Minuteman Senior Services at the Middlesex Meetinghouse.
  • Delivered Effective Business Writing training for employees at Lantheus Medical Imaging, Inc. in Billerica.

Adult Learning Center/Links Programs

The MCC Adult Learning Center (ALC) and Links Program, both located on the Bedford campus, were recently selected by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for a visit by its newly appointed Senior Associate Commissioner, Cliff Chuang. The Commissioner spent several hours with us on December 8th learning more about the educational services we provide to students in the region. He took time to tour parts of the campus, meet with ALC and Links staff, observed classes and had discussions with individual students. The ALC offers a free academic program designed to help students improve their academics to qualify for further education, job training or better employment. The Links Program is a free start-to-college program which emphasizes academic support, peer support through the cohort model, and smaller class sizes.

Career Source

Veteran Opportunity Day at Career Source

Career Source in Cambridge hosted Veteran Opportunity Day on November 30th to provide veterans with information about educational and employment opportunities, manufacturing training, and other services to benefit veterans and their families.

About 20 veterans gathered for the occasion, which included a hiring event with Home Depot, the U.S.Postal Service, Greater Lynn Senior Services, Integral Resources, and United Parcel Service, which hired two veterans on the spot.

Representatives from several organizations presented information about the services they offer veterans. Guest speakers were George O’Connor, Assistant Commissioner for Regulatory & Veterans Affairs at the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, Elizabeth Hart, Executive Director for Tailored for Success, and Robin Dion, Manufacturing Consortium Manager at the Metro North Regional Employment Board.

Veterans Inc., New England Center & Home for Veterans, and the Volunteers of America were also on hand to chat with veterans about their services.

Marketing Communications

Marketing Communications Wins Six Digital Marketing Awards

Marketing Communications has earned four Gold and two Bronze awards in the fourth Annual Educational Digital Marketing Awards competition. Sponsored by Higher Education Marketing Report, the competition recognizes the best educational websites, digital content, electronic communications, mobile media, and social media.

This year, more than 1,000 entries were received from colleges, universities and secondary schools across the U.S. A national panel of industry specialists judged each piece for creativity, marketing execution, message impact, technology application, and innovation content.

Middlesex earned four Gold Awards in the categories of Admissions Website (Returning Adult Microsite); Social Media Content (MCC Facebook); Social Media Hub (Storify: MCC Commencement 2016); and Online Publication (Profiles magazine 2015-16). The college also earned two Bronze Awards in the categories of Digital Video (Commonwealth Honors Program); and Electronic Advertising (MyMCC ad in Spanish).

New MCC Cable TV Ad

Our spring-semester “Student Success” cable TV commercial has hit the airwaves. The 30-second ad is running on Comcast for four weeks in our service area: Woburn, Lowell, Lexington and Nashua zones. Check it out on MCC’s YouTube channel:

MCC Folders Available

folderNeed folders for an internal or external special event? Our newly redesigned #MyMCC folders are now available. To request folders, please email with “folders request” in the subject line. In the body of the email tell us: the quantity you need; the purpose/event you need them for; date needed; and where to deliver them. We will do our very best to fulfill all requests.
Looking Back at 2016

This past year was a very good one for the college, as reflected in our Middlesex Moments 2016 video. If you missed it, watch it on the college YouTube channel:

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If you – or your department – have a retractable banner that is out of date or not used any longer, please return it to Marketing Communications. We constantly refresh pull-banners with updated college messaging, but we need the hardware/stand to make that happen. Please return old retractable banners via inter-office mail or drop them off: Marketing Communications, Cataldo Building (Room 108), Bedford campus.

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New to the college? You can you still order MCC lapel pins from Marketing Communications – and we now have extra lapel-pin replacement backs, in case you lost yours. To request pins or replacement backs, please request using this form. In the body of the email tell us: the quantity you need; date needed; and where to deliver them.

Government and Community Relations

  • Director of Public Safety Daniel Martin attended the monthly meeting of the NEMLEC STARS team. Dan has been serving on the STARS team representing MCC for seven years and is called in to help students, faculty and staff deal with the aftermath of an incident involving their school community. Over the years, Dan has been called to help with bomb threats, homicides, student-deaths, and enhanced lockdown situations. These monthly meetings allow the members of the STARS team to debrief on recent incidents and explore new ideas.
  • Run, Hide, Fight Active Shooter Training was conducted for the RAMP-UP tutoring staff. This training focused on the geographic needs of the RAMP-UP team. Dan and his team also conducted a voluntary Active Shooter Training open to all on campus, including personnel from the Charter School.
  • Dan Martin also attended the bi-monthly Violence Prevention Coalition meeting, working with Bedford police, Bedford Town Manager, personnel from Hanscom Airforce Base, and town clergy to formulate plans to reduce incidents of violence within the community.
  • Holiday and winter safety tips were shared with the College community as part of an effort to promote awareness and safety for all students, faculty and staff.
  • Director of Compliance/Title IX Coordinator Alisa Chapman has been working on the College’s response and compliance to the Dept. of Education/Office of Civil Rights voluntary compliance review. This has been an on-going process since the Spring of 2015 and has involved many areas of the College. The response and compliance plan is already underway and we will continue to work diligently to ensure that our programs are free from discrimination.
  • The Title IX Coordinators from the Community College system met in January. These meetings occur quarterly and are used for training, best practices and table top exercises. Alisa was in attendance at the meeting on behalf of MCC and shared insight on working with pregnant students.
  • The Public Records Law in Massachusetts has been amended and went into effect on January 1st. This has impact on all State agencies, including MCC. The team of Patrick Cook, Alisa Chapman and Abby Vergados worked to establish the following webpage:  in compliance with the changes to the law. If you have any questions regarding the new law or receive a request, please direct those to MCC’s Records Access Officer, Patrick Cook at
  • Lowell Campus Resource Officer Tom Hickey attended the 2017 Campus Safety Symposium to Address Substance Misuse on College Campuses hosted by Middlesex D.A. Marian Ryan. Officer Hickey learned valuable information that he was able to immediately put into practice during the course of duties his at MCC.  The day following the training, while working the afternoon/evening shift, Officer Hickey was alerted to two suspicious males that had entered the Cowan Center.  Once they had been located, Officer Hickey determined that the two males were in possession of illegal narcotics.  During the investigation, one of the males was found to have some unidentified pills in his possession.  The pills were identified as Gabapentin, a prescribed medication for restless leg syndrome, seizures and over-active nerves.  As stated in the D.A.’s training, this medication is taken by heroin addicts to lessen the effects of heroin withdrawals (i.e. “shakes” and tremors). This invaluable training also provided excellent information regarding the new marijuana statutes and how they relate to college campuses.
  • Bedford Campus Resource Officer Craig Naylor helped coordinate two, free on-campus Adult Heart-Saver classes, open to faculty and staff.  Conducted by Bedford Police Sgt. Paul Saunders, the first of these classes took place on the Lowell campus on January 9th and focused on CPR, AED use and first aid. A dozen MCC employees took part and will receive a letter certifying they have successfully completed the training. The second class is scheduled to take place on the Bedford campus later this month.