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 .

cycypkwxgaa1awb-jpg_largeGiving Tuesday Raises $10,000+ for MCC
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:

pull-up-bannerPlease Return Old Pull-Banners

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.

November 2016

Updates from the President

Thanksgiving Revisited


I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving break. Mine was filled with quality family time and way too much delicious food. We also toured a few historic sites and even managed to fit in some walking/running/riding and marching in Lowell’s City of Lights Parade. Now it’s time to finish up the semester by helping students succeed at MCC.

Strategic Transformation Process

The Strategic Planning Committee quickly compiled all of the great ideas that percolated up from the participants at the Strategic Transformation Summit in October. The committee has now completed a report on the feedback and forwarded it to me. From an initial review, I can see there are a number of ideas and suggestions that challenge existing modes of operation, existing processes, and ways of doing business. Everything will be carefully reviewed, as the Cabinet will be dedicating several days to working through these ideas about how best to deal with the current challenges.

Throughout the Strategic Transformation process, I am keeping in mind the following themes:

  1. Create a campuswide culture that is open, honest, respectful and inclusive
  2. Focus on our core of teaching and learning, and transforming lives through education
  3. Embrace tools, processes and practices that will make us more efficient and effective
  4. Develop the talent and capacity to take advantage of new tools, methods and processes


Recent Events

  • intldinnerThe International Student Dinner was once again a wonderful learning experience. Students from around the globe shared stories, traditions and good food. I am always impressed by how truly amazing these students are.
  • mcc_honor-society-543seqnThe Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Induction Ceremony always makes me smile. Spending time with some of the best and brightest students at Middlesex is like a tonic that perks me up for at least a week. Each student has a fascinating story and I greatly enjoy the diversity of this group.
  • Since the Baker Administration halted spending on further higher education building projects that had been authorized through the 2008 Higher Education Bond Bill, Secretary of Education Jim Peyser has undertaken a Strategic Capital Planning Process. This process is designed to help decide how the Commonwealth invests in higher-education capital projects. Most recently, two regional workshops were held on our campus with leaders from Salem State, North Shore and Northern Essex community colleges, UMass Lowell and Middlesex.
  • policecademyThe Lowell Police Academy recently graduated 51 officers who will work in community and college agencies across the area. This event highlighted MCC’s role in providing classroom and office space for a progressive and first-rate academy.
  • Our Medical Laboratory Technician Program recently sailed through its maiden accreditation site visit. The visiting team noted several times that it was extremely rare for a new program to be doing such an excellent job so quickly. We know this is due to the dedication and hard work of a whole team, but the passion of Program Director Suzanne McHale was cited. Suzanne has done an outstanding job developing this program.
  • Thanks to the organizational skills of Donna Colella, I recently had meetings with administrative assistants on each campus. In each gathering, I learned more about the important roles they play, and we discussed suggestions for improvements and efficiencies.
  • My ongoing College Dialogue series continues to help me learn more about the faculty and staff at the college, and the great things they do every day to boost student success. The more I learn about MCC, the more I realize just how special a place this is.
  • It never ceases to surprise me when I discover hidden talents at the college, from Joe Nardoni reading poetry at Western Avenue Studios, to Wendy Khadjikian’s delicious pies at the Craft Fair, and the singing of Lura Smith at various venues in Lowell. What a talented group of people we have at MCC!

And finally …

The passing of Director of Multicultural & Veteran’s Affairs Maryanne Mungovan this month was a great loss. Throughout her battle with cancer, Maryanne never lost hope and never stopped helping students. She was a mentor, a positive role model to students, staff and faculty, and her unique brand of tough love pushed many to levels of success they may not have achieved without her. Maryanne will be missed and long remembered at Middlesex.


Upcoming Events

  • Dec. 6 – Board of Trustees Meeting w/Student Government, 5:30 p.m., Nesmith House
  • Dec. 14 – Winter Open House, noon to 3 pm, Bedford Trustees’ House
  • Dec. 15 – Winter Open House, 11 am to 2  pm, Lowell Cowan Center, 5th Floor
  • Jan. 3, 2017 – WinterSession begins
  • Jan. 16 – Lura Smith Fund, MCCF MLK Celebration, Tsongas Arena, noon
  • Jan. 23 – Spring Semester begins
  • Jan. 26 – January Open Forum, 2-4 p.m., Bedford Campus Center’s Cafe East
  • Jan. 26 – Trustee Meeting, 7:30 am, Trustees’ House, Galvani Room
  • March 20-24 – Spring Break
  • March 30, April 3, 4 & 5 – Advisory Board Dinners, Bedford Campus Center

In The News

News from the Divisions

Academic Affairs

Academic, Career & Transfer Department

  • Our annual Transfer Fairs were held on Wednesday, Oct. 26, in Lowell and Thursday Oct. 27, in Bedford, both from 10 am to 1 pm. Hosting over 30 public and private institutions at these events, they are always a great opportunity for our students to explore their transfer options. We had some 250 students attend the fairs over this two-day period. We look forward to our State Transfer Fairs, which will be held in February 2017.
  • On Nov. 4, an MCC staff panel presented “Complete College America: Building Collaborations between Academic Advising and Academic Departments at Middlesex Community College” at the NACADA (National Association for Academic Advising) Region 1 Mass Drive-In Conference at Northeastern University to an audience of some 25 staff from a variety of regional institutions. It was a great opportunity to showcase the work we have been doing with regard to the development of our Academic Maps and Pathways Maps. MCC panelists included Pat Bruno, Dean of Academic Advising, Transfer and Career Services; Bryan Wint, Director of Advising and Academic Pathways; Ellen Grondine, Dean of K-16 Partnerships; Judith Hogan, Dean of Business, Education and Public Service (BEP); and Jane Fain, Transfer Counselor, Advising Liaison to BEP Division.
  • College Scheduler has been live for use by students since we opened registration on October 11. Since that time we have had over 600 students log in and use the tool. Academic advisors are now fully trained and we recently held two training sessions for Enrollment, Admissions and Student Information Center staff. Advising staff are demonstrating and using this tool in registration appointments with students. We plan to use the system in our Returning Student Group Registration sessions in December/January. We are also planning for a marketing campaign for our fall 2017 registration next spring, and will be offer training sessions for students and faculty on use of this new tool.
  • comcombannerDirector of Advising and Academic Pathways Bryan Wint has been leading the implementation plan for the Commonwealth Commitment Program here at the college. Communications have been sent out to several hundred students who may be eligible to participate in this new transfer program. Any student who may be eligible for this program can be referred to any academic advisor in the Advising Centers on either campus.

Academic Centers for Enrichment

imageThis fall, Yatsen Paak joined the Academic Centers for Enrichment (ACE) Department as our new full-time Administrative Assistant supporting the academic support program. Yatsen is an MCC graduate who holds an Associates in Science in Computer Forensics. Yatsen is continuing his education part-time at UMass Boston working toward a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology. Prior to joining the ACE Department, Yatsen worked was an Administrative Assistant in MCC’s Law Center. In addition to his clerical experience, Yatsen’ s experience in information technology makes him an asset to the department by maintaining an accurate database, and resolving complex issues that arise. Welcome Yatsen!

The ACE Department is excited to announce we will be hosting the 1st bi-annual Northeast Regional Supplemental Instruction Conference, March 20, 2017, on the Lowell Campus.  The conference theme is Transforming the Way Students Learn: Game Changing SI Strategies. Please visit the conference website for more information at or email Call for proposals will be accepted until December 15 and the registration fee is $85.

Academic Divisions

Business, Education and Public Service


The Human Services Advisory Board met on November 2 and discussed several topics related to student enrollments, as well as their observations of students in field placements – noting the need for proper, clinical writing skills. The Human Services Department is working to pilot some courses over the next year with one specifically addressing clinical writing. The hope is to increase appropriate, clinical writing and minimize any concerns outside agencies might have regarding our students in the field of human services.


Every November the Criminal Justice Program must submit a review/report to the BHE in order to maintain their status as an accredited CJ program under the Police Career Incentive Program/Quinn Bill. This review/report was completed with the support of the MCC Institutional Research Department.


Under the direction of Ashli Ree, Fashion Merchandising students partnered with Dressbarn in Tewksbury to organize our own fashion show at MCC on Thursday, Nov. 17, in the Federal Building Assembly Room.

Fashion Merchandising students also visited the Garment District, various retail companies, and museums in New York City on Nov. 18 & 19.


Halye Sugarman submitted the Paralegal Studies Program’s Reapproval Report to the American Bar Association.

Students in the Paralegal Student Association volunteered on election day at the Lowell Elections Bureau. They spent several hours during this year’s busy election day helping with the bureau’s phone bank, directing voters to their voting locations.

On October 26, the Paralegal Studies Program hosted Paralegal Career Night, a panel discussion with working paralegals, members of the Massachusetts Paralegal Association and Paralegal Association of New Hampshire, and a legal recruiter. The panel welcomed MCC alumni, Lauren Ennis (’15) and Rachel Holmes (’13) as speakers.


Kim Morrissey served as a judge for the E For All Entrepreneurship Pitch Contest held at MCC on October 27. Eight local teams pitched business ideas befor a packed house in the Federal Building Assembly Room, with cash prizes being awarded to the top three.

Entrepreneurship Chair Stacie Hargis and the IDEA Center celebrated International Entrepreneurship Week by hosting several activities during MCC’s IDEA Week Nov.  10-17. The week is about celebrating ideas, innovation and entrepreneurship across MCC by hosting contests, panels, workshops, and special guests.


The Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Education Transfer degree programs at Middlesex have earned continued NAEYC accreditation. Chair Nancy Higgins is very grateful for all the assistance provided by Maureen Goulet, Elise Martin and Susan Woods.

Global Education

U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs, and Partners of the Americas Capacity-Building Grant for Study Abroad

Middlesex has received a $50,000 capacity-building grant from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs, and Partners of the Americas. This grant is to be used to expand MCC’s study-abroad programming in Morocco, including development of modules and in-country planning. “The Morocco Experience” will be a new International Education Fellowship. It is a sustainable, collaborative effort by MCC and Moroccan partners to create a 3-credit fall course and January study-abroad immersive experience for 22-25 students.

The International Fellowship/study abroad provides opportunities for students to learn more about themselves, their own academic interests, and important cross-cultural issues as they explore other cultures, truly becoming global citizens. In “The Morocco Experience” course and study abroad, students will experience firsthand the culture and language of Morocco and the impact global economies have on the micro and macro level, encouraging them to think globally while acting locally.

The mission of the U.S. Department of State’s U.S. Study Abroad Branch is to promote diversity and participation in study abroad. It is committed to supporting the next generation of diverse American leaders to gain the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in a globalizing world.


Interdisciplinary Weekend

ids-weekend-panel-discussion-on-immigration-is-personal-moderated-by-david-kalivas-with-bopha-malonemcc-trustee-and-students-maria-aybar-fatou-sidibe-and-apitchaya-thiapphetOn Nov. 4 & 5, the “Interdisciplinary Weekend: Immigration” course was held in Lowell. On Friday, to a standing-room-only crowd of students and community members, Dr. Robert Forrant, of UMass Lowell, give a keynote:  “Lowell’s Immigration Story: A Microcosm of the Nation,” followed by a tour of the Boott Mills and the Mill Girls Experience at Lowell National Historical Park, and then dinner at the Olympia Restaurant. Saturday opened with the featured panel discussion, Immigration Is Personal, moderated by David Kalivas with MCC Trustee Bopha Malone and students Maria Aybar, Fatou Sidibe and Apitchaya Thiapphet, followed by concurrent sessions, lunch, more sessions, and an ending World of Music concert by the immigrant group Caravan World Music Trio.

Spring 2017 Interdisciplinary Weekends will be focused on Africa (Feb. 24-25) in Bedford, and on LGBT issues April 28-29.

Fulbright-Hays Group Study Abroad

mcc-fulbright-hays-group-at-angkor-wat-cambodiaThe MCC Fulbright-Hays Group Study Abroad (GPA) project  Cambodia’s Cultural Heritage in the Modern World, will hold a conference March 31-April 1, 2017, in Lowell to present on projects. Please save the dates.

The focus of the Fulbright-Hays grant draws upon Cambodia’s rich artistic heritage as a primary means to understand Cambodian culture and traditions, which, when infused into curriculum, support efforts to foster resiliency and a strong self-concept among Cambodian youth/young adults in the Lowell area.

Global Education Film Series

the-kings-last-songThe third film in the Global Education Film Series is “The King’s Last Song,” a documentary on Cambodian music by John Pirozzi. The free screening of this 20-minute film will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, in the Federal Building Assembly Room. The film will be followed by a concert of Cambodian music featuring Jeff Dyer, Ya Rath, Song Heng, Sovann Kahn, and Kimhan Meas. All are welcome!

Fulbright Scholar in Residence

reth-soengDr. Reth Soeng, our Fulbright Scholar in Residence this academic year, has had a paper, “EU Foreign Direct Investment in ASEAN: Do Institutions Matter?,” accepted as a discussion paper at the Centre for ASEAN Studies of the University of Antwerp in Belgium.

He would be very pleased to visit classes, student activities, or academic meetings to speak on Cambodia or on his expertise in economics. If you would like to arrange for him to speak, please contact him at He looks forward to connecting with the college and community.

Humanities and Social Sciences

MCC Enters the Fed Challenge Again

20161115_185629-jpgThe Business and Economics Club sent a team of three students to compete in the annual Fed Challenge competition at the Boston Federal Reserve Bank on Nov. 14. The competition involves presenting a diagnosis of the economy and recommendations for monetary policy, with separate competitions for community colleges and four-year institutions from the New England region. Although MCC’s team won the national community college championship in both 2008 and 2009, we have not faired so well since and did not place again this year! Nevertheless, it is a great experience for the students. One of our students from last fall took the lead in bringing a team from UMass Lowell for the first time. The students from MCC were Ricky Shaw, Randy Nguyen and Bobby Iovino. In addition, another one of our students from last year who is now at UMass Amherst, Nick Lindahl, came back to support the team. The team was coached by Rob Kaulfuss, along with fellow club advisor Vikram Sharma.

La Guagua and Latinos Unidos Co-host Dominican Sociologist, Journalist and TV Host Juan Cruz Tiffolio

On Thursday, Oct. 20, Willy Ramirez of the English Department hosted a joint event with his book discussion group La Guagua with Latinos Unidos, which featured Dominican sociologist, journalist and television host Juan Cruz Tiffolio. More than 45 Middlesex students, faculty, staff and community members attended the talk focused on the disappearance and likely murder of Jesus de Galindez, Basque nationalist, lawyer, journalist and educator who wrote about the Trujillo dictatorship.

Photos from the event taken by MCC student Santiago Acosta.

Jesús de Galíndez was a Basque nationalist, lawyer, journalist and educator. He mysteriously disappeared the night of March 12, 1956, after entering a subway station in New York City. At the time, Galíndez was a graduate student at Columbia University writing his dissertation, “La Era de Trujillo.” He was allegedly kidnapped and taken to Santo Domingo, where he was tortured and murdered in the presence of Dominican dictator, Rafael Leonidas Trujillo.

National Communication Association (NCA) Annual Convention

Gordon Curry recently gathered with communication scholars, professionals and community leaders across the country at the National Communication Association (NCA) annual convention. This year marked NCA’s 102nd Annual Convention, which was held in Philadelphia. The theme of the convention was Communication’s Civic Callings, which had a special emphasis on how the communication discipline is uniquely designed to address the urgent needs of local, national, and international communities. Gordon attended workshops within the community college section of NCA that tackled incorporating and assessing communication, and examining the role that community colleges play in preparing students to continue on. He also exchanged best practices with colleagues on instructing the basic course (“Speech”). In addition to his time gaining knowledge, Gordon got to reconnect with mentors and colleagues from his alma mater Virginia Tech, and build connections with faculty at other institutions.

fb_michio_iharaSculptor Michio Ihara Meets with Art Classes

Art History Instructor Shelley Hawks invited sculptor Michio Ihara, whose sculpture “Pawtucket Prism” was just restored at the Lower Locks in Lowell, to meet with her class and students from Margaret Rack’s “Color and Design” class. Students were very excited to meet Ihara and see images of his many international sculpture commissions.

MCC Theater Department

Murder at the Nesmith House

MCC Theater Department students have been active this month:

  • Murder at the Nesmith House was performed Halloween weekend
  • Random Acts performed its improv show November 2
  • Students participated in an active- shooter drill at the VA in Bedford
  • Members of the MCC Theater Department sang for the Veteran’s Day performance Nov. 9

Upcoming Theater Department events:

  • “Much Ado About Nothing” runs Dec. 1-4
  • MRT workshop/reading with the new musical “Hurricane,” on the second weekend in December
  • Random Acts improv performance December 21

NEH: Citizenship Under Siege Grant

With funding through a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH): Citizenship Under Siege grant, faculty, staff and students, along with our dual enrollment partners from Groton-Dunstable, participated in the Senate Immersion Simulation at the Edward M Kennedy Institute on Oct. 28 where they learned about the United States Senate. After lunch, the group entered the replica Senate chamber and then became “senators for the day” as they debated and then voted on comprehensive immigration legislation.

Nursing and Allied Health

  • Radiologic Technology Program faculty and students participated in a field trip to Body Worlds Vital in Providence, R.I., on Nov. 7. The trips was sponsored by the Center for Leadership and Engagement. Students were able to observe and study anatomical parts which reinforced what they were learning in the classroom this fall.
  • Dr. Kathleen Pender-Phaneuf was elected to a three-year term on the Massachusetts and Rhode Island National League of Nursing Board.
  • Nursing faculty celebrated Professor Sharon Jette‘s years of service to the MCC Nursing Program and her retirement with a dinner catered by UTEC. UTEC’s mission is to ignite and nurture the ambition of Lowell’s most disconnected young people, and to trade violence and poverty for social and economic success. The UTEC location was fitting for Sharon, who has left her mark on the nursing profession, making a difference in the lives of countless numbers of students by helping them reach their fullest potential as registered nurses.
  • On Oct. 14, the Nursing Department and Joe Braga from the Health and STEM Pathway Center collaborated on an interactive learning opportunity aimed at preparing senior Nursing students for the transition into the workforce. This event was supported by the Center for Leadership and Engagement and supported the ISLO of Personal and Professional Development.


Program News

Engineering: On Nov. 3, Professor Michele Stein hosted the 3rd Annual Engineering Panel Night. A total of 94 students attended the night to learn more about the different disciplines within engineering. Five professional engineers sat on the panel with backgrounds in electrical, civil, biomedical, nuclear and aerospace engineering. The night was a great success.

Mathematics: New mathematics faculty member Aisha Arroyo is a project ACCCESS fellow, which is part of the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC) . AMATYC Project ACCCESS is a mentoring and professional development initiative for two-year college mathematics faculty. The project’s goal is to provide experiences that will help new faculty become more effective teachers and active members of the broader mathematical community. As part of this initiative, Aisha goes to several mathematics conferences to learn from fellow colleagues. She attended the national AMATYC conference in Colorado mid-November. The Math Department is looking forward to having her share what she learned at the conference, especially in the area of co-requisites. This is a focus area for the department in an effort to help students take a college-level math course sooner.

Science: The Life Sciences Program is being significantly updated to serve our students better for a seamless MassTransfer experience. Next on the department’s agenda are similar updates for Physical Sciences and Environmental Health programs. For the first time, nine Tewksbury High School students are enrolled as Dual Enrollment students in the MCC biotechnology course, “Methods of Biotechnology” (BIT 150). Mariluci Bladon and Patricia Richard attended the statewide Stem Summit.

Dissertation Approval for Sally Quast: The prospectus for Sally Quast’s dissertation project study was approved by the EdD Program Director at the Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership, Walden University. Her research explores college chemistry students’ perceived self-efficacy changes in chemistry as they relate to participation in project-based service-learning, with middle-school students.

Doug Moffat is working with students conducting sea-turtle beach patrols in Wellfleet as part of a SCI 201 research project. The Sea Turtle Team recently spent its first weekend at Wellfleet doing beach patrols (no turtles found), and will be going back again soon for more patrols.

John Smith, Michele Stein and Kate Sweeney participated in the MassTransfer Pathways Fall Conference. John led a group discussion of college and university faculty aimed at standardizing the introductory physics sequence. Michele and Kate participated in a group looking at a transfer block for engineering.

Jean Cremins presented at the November SOTL meeting on using Perusall technology in teaching. Jean will continue to hold three workshops this semester to help faculty intergrate this free software into their courses for spring 2017 semester.

Pathways Center

SI leader running a Chemistry session

The Pathways Center saw a steady flow of students with nearly 600 visiting during the month of October. We continue strong partnerships across the school to provide various academic and career services, such as a growing number of Supplemental Instruction (SI) sessions with ACE and LSAMP’s Engineering Panel Night that packed Café East (led by Professor Michele Stein). We are also excited to announce even more collaborations to support students in the coming weeks and months. The Pathways Center will be hosting a Career Info Session right after Thanksgiving break in Bedford, welcoming Procter & Gamble back to our campus; a field trip in December with Professor Sally Quast’s students; and a C++ workshop for Computer Science students during the upcoming Wintersession with the support of Professor Margie Bleichman.

The Pathways Center is happy to welcome Nancy Quinn to our team. Nancy has been supporting students in her role as a Career Navigator in Admissions and will continue in that role now under the Pathways Center, to help support the increasing number of students seeking STEM & health career help. For more information about any opportunities mentioned or to refer students, please check the Pathways Center website: or email:

Student Affairs

Center for Health & Wellness

MCC has joined over 350 colleges/universities in the White House Healthy Campus Challenge, with a shared commitment to making our campuses and our communities healthier. This joint effort between the White House, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Education is specifically designed to encourage enrollment in affordable health care coverage. The Center for Health & Wellness has partnered with Alumni Relations and Student Accounts to ensure the MCC community, and especially our students, know that open enrollment is happening right now and the Health Insurance Marketplaces allows individuals to shop for and compare plans. We are pleased to do our part to help everyone realize the promise and peace of mind that comes with having quality, affordable health insurance.

Center for Leadership & Engagement

mcc_honor-society-529seqnThis year, MCC’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the premiere honor society for two-year institutions, inducted a record 119 new members! As part of the induction process, students attended society events modeled by the four tenants of PTK: scholarship, fellowship, leadership and service. Service events included raising money for the Lowell Boys & Girls Club and creating blankets for families in need through the nonprofit organization Project Linus. Advisors Steve Rossi and David Kalivas are continuing to develop MCC’s PTK chapter, which recognizes students’ academic achievement while providing opportunities for them to grow as scholars and leaders.

Student Support Services

The Transition Program, within Student Support Services, is delighted to announce that Nancy Sleger has accepted the position of Transition Program and Internship Coordinator. Nancy comes to the college with comprehensive and robust experience as a special education administrator, guidance counselor and career education coordinator at the Learning Prep School in Newton. She is also a licensed mental health counselor. The Transition Program has enjoyed many years in close collaboration with Nancy on her referrals of students to the program, as well as her testimony as a guest speaker at the Transition Program K-12 partner recognition breakfast, hosted at Nesmith House last year.  She has been a strong advocate and partner for the program and Transition students. We are thrilled that she will be joining our team.

Disability Support Services has also recently hired Caitlin Jacobs as a PT Disability Support Specialist working on the Lowell campus. Caitlin joins our team facilitating accommodations and supporting students with disabilities. She comes to us with experience as a school counselor, academic and career advisor, and special educator. Her experience and welcoming and inclusive approach make her an asset to the department and the eollege.

We invite all to check out the link on the Massachusetts Executive Office of Education website showcasing an MCC Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment (ICE) student, Helen Mequanent. Helen is in her second year of MCC’s ICE Program partnership with the LABBB Special Education Collaborative. She has completed coursework in Graphic Design, Digital Imaging and Fashion and Retail Buying. Helen plans to take “Color and Design” in her final semester at the college. She also works at three job sites through LABBB’s vocational program.



mabry_ohAdmissions Open House

The Admissions Open House ended a very busy recruiting month. Over 200 people attended; 91 were prospective students and the remainder their families and friends. This year we grouped the academic representatives by academic pathways, rather than by division, so students could explore several programs within a discipline. Bryan Wint, Director of Advising, conducted three well-attended sessions on the benefits of MassTransfer and the State’s new Commonwealth Commitment program. Once again, we offer our sincere thanks to all across the college who participated and helped us showcase all that MCC has to offer.

Pathway to Success Day

On Dec. 8, we will be hosting high school seniors from three area schools for a Pathway to Success Day on the Lowell campus. Greater Lowell Technical High School, Lawrence High School, and Lowell Middlesex Academy Charter School have accepted our invitation to participate. We received funding for this day from a Make a Difference grant from NEACAC, the New England Association for Admission Counseling. The intention of Pathway Day is to provide students an opportunity to experience a “day in the life of an MCC college student.” This event provides a comprehensive introduction to faculty, staff, academic pathways, student resources, support services, engagement activities and strategies for success as a first-year, first-generation college student. The goal is to promote the importance of college readiness, retention and completion in line with the mission of Middlesex. A second Pathway day is planned for spring 2017 with different schools and will be held on the Bedford campus.

Professional Development

Three staff members participated in professional development activities this month. Jeff Tejada attended the HERC Diversity Summit at Bridgewater State University. Camille Brown and Jennifer Migliozzi attended NEACRAO’s (New England Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers) Reverse College Day. During Reverse College Day, roles are reversed and guidance counselors visit college representatives and receive information to help them better inform their students of the opportunities available to them.

Enrollment Management

Document Imaging Project

Softdocs was onsite during the week of October 24 to assist MCC staff with the configuration of the Etrieve suite. The Admissions, Enrollment Management and Financial Aid departments configured document types and security settings. This configuration is to support the functionality of Etrieve Content (document imaging).

Additionally, Softdocs was onsite the week of November 7 to train MCC staff on the development of eForms (electronic forms) and workflow within the Etrieve suite. John Giblin, Bud Hall, Ellen Rica, Cheryl Ruiz and Scott O’Neil did an outstanding job creating 13 different eForms over the course of a few days. The Etrieve Content (document imaging) is scheduled to go live on December 5. Softdocs will be onsite the week of December 5 to conduct Etrieve Content training with staff from Admissions, Enrollment Management, and Financial Aid.

DegreeWorks Testing

The User Acceptance Test Team – a collaboration of Enrollment Management, the Registrar’s Office and Information Technology – started testing the newest version of DegreeWorks, 4.1.5 on November 4. This release includes a web-based generation of the Scribe application and is a requirement for Banner Financial Aid 8.24.2. The team continues to meet on Friday mornings to complete the testing of this latest version of DegreeWorks.

Electronic Transcripts (Parchment)

A modification to the Parchment interface was completed. A “record research” hold will be placed on those transcript requests where students have an A number in Banner, but have no course history. Although small in scope, this change will allow Enrollment Management Center staff to attach a legacy transcript to the transcript request if required.

Dean’s List Update

This fall, full-time students will continue to be recognized with inclusion on the Dean’s List if they attain a GPA (less developmental) of 3.2. A policy change for part-time students has resulted in the creation of the Merit List, which will recognize the academic accomplishment of students completing at least six, but less than 12, credits during the semester. Please click on the link below for more information about the Dean’s and Merit lists. This information will also be available at the Student Information Center page on the MCC website.

Final Exam Schedule and Week

The detailed final exam schedule with dates, times and room assignments by course was finalized in November with the Academic divisions, and it has been posted on the MCC website. To check their exam times and corresponding room assignments, students, faculty and staff can easily go to our webpage.

Full-Time and Part-Time Student Class Evaluations

It’s time again for student class evaluations. Student evaluations are now being prepared and distributed through the Registrar’s Office and Enrollment Management Center. Evaluation packets were prepared in November, and they be will ready for pick-up beginning November 29. All completed packets should be returned to the appropriate locations by December 23. Faculty were emailed reminders on locations for pick-up. Part-time faculty can contact Lisa Gibson with questions, and full-time faculty can contact Audrey Nahabedian.

Registration Updates

  • Registration for new students for Spring 2017 semester started earlier this semester, with new-student registration/advising sessions opening in November.
  • Wintersession 2017 enrollments remain strong, and the Registrar’s Office continues to open new Wintersession course sections across many disciplines.
  • In collaboration with Admissions and Academic Advising, Enrollment Management is planning the following walk-in activities for Spring 2017:
    • Walk-In Registration for Returning students for the week of December 19
    • Walk-In Testing and Registration for New and Returning students the week of January 9, 2017
  • The Enrollment Management Call Center remains open with revised hours during the holiday period. We are promoting and encouraging anyone interested in Wintersession or Spring 2017 courses to be aware of the opportunity to call-in or gain additional information during this period. The holiday hours for the Call Center are:
    • December 23, 9am-5pm
    • December 27, 9am-3pm
    • December 28, 9am-3pm
    • December 29, 9am-3pm
    • December 30, 9am-1pm

Math Placements for New Students- Policy Change

Over the past month, Enrollment Management has been supporting the development of communications and implementation of a new college policy which permits first-time students graduating within the last three years to use their high school GPA as the criteria for placement into college-level math courses. First-time students graduating between 2014 and 2017 who are in open-door programs are exempt from the Math Accuplacer test if they have an overall high school GPA of 2.7 or above. Based on evidence of their GPAs, students can register directly into college-level math courses. Admissions, Academic Advising, the Student Information Centers and/or the Enrollment Management Centers can assist students in determining their eligibility for this exemption.

Institutional Advancement


Murder Mysteries A Success!
Murder at the Nesmith House performances were presented at the end of last month by students and alumni of MCC’s Theater Department, directed by Karen Oster, Chair of Performing Arts. Thanks to all who supported these murder mystery programs. The actors were wonderfully entertaining. Rumors of Tony Award nominations have been circulating. Proceeds from these performances supported the MCC Performing Arts Scholarship.

National Philanthropy Day
MCC celebrated National Philanthropy Day on November 15 as we honored the charitable work that EVERYONE does to make a difference and create impact in our lives and in our communities. The Advancement Office staffed tables in Bedford and Lowell to thank our college community for for supporting the Middlesex Community College Foundation, which offers student scholarships, faculty/staff grants, and financial support to various college programs and services.

MCC Alumna Angela Mastrogiacomo Speaks on Entrepreneurship
An MCC Foundation Annual Fund grant enabled the college’s Entrepreneurship Program, directed by Assistant Professor of Business Stacie Hargis, to welcome a panel of business owners to the Lowell campus on November 17 to speak to students about entrepreneurial thinking and to give advice to students on how to start a business venture. MCC alumna Angela Mastrogiacomo, class of 2009, was one of the guest panelists. Angela is the owner of a public relations company called Muddy Paw PR (, which caters to the music industry. In additional to speaking about her business and entrepreneurial journey, Angela served as a judge for the IDEA Pitch contest in which current students pitch original business ideas for prizes. Special thanks to Angela for giving back to MCC and helping current MCC students in such a special way. Read more about Angela and her success in this fall’s Profiles magazine.

November 29 is Giving Tuesday! Support the MCC Foundation!
#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. MCC students Maria Aybar, Jesse Godin, Paulina Llorente Gonzales, and Phvey You Seng worked closely with Amy Lee and the Marketing & Communications staff to produce a short video designed to encourage donations to MCC Foundation on this particular day. Special thanks to our students for their spirit and dedication!

The Flatbread Company is coming to the Bedford Campus!
Beginning Wednesday, Nov. 30, the Flatbread Co. food truck will be selling pizzas and salads on campus from 4-7 pm. Students, faculty, staff and friends of the college will be able to eat on campus or have their orders boxed to take home. The Flatbread Co. will be also be back on campus December 7 and 14. Following the semester break, early in spring semester 2017, service will resume on Wednesday evenings. Eat! Enjoy! With sufficient sales, the Flatbread Company will keep coming back to campus regularly.

MCC Foundation Scholarships Available
The Advancement Office is witnessing great interest from students as they apply for MCC Foundation scholarships. Applications are available online at . The deadline to apply is Friday, Dec. 9, 2016.

MCC Foundation Historic Home Rentals
The MCC Foundation Historic Homes offer beautiful space for your meeting needs, 2016 holiday receptions, and 2017 family celebrations! The John Nesmith House and the Middlesex Meetinghouse are available for dinner parties, cocktail receptions, rehearsal dinners, showers and bereavement luncheons. Experienced staff are available to assist you in coordinating your next event! Call (978) 458-3722, or email your inquiry to:
Maureen Spinney at or Vicki Courtemanche, at . Please also visit or Facebook at

Corporate Education and Training

  • Delivered customized noncredit financial strategies classes for employees at Enterprise Bank.
  • Delivered Microsoft Word training for employees at Washington Savings Bank.
  • Offered CPR/first aid and medical administration recertification classes for LifeLinks. The training is conducted at MCC in order to provide employees exposure to taking classes in a college setting.
  • Delivered a basic safety, personal protective Equipment, and global harmonization for the employees at SL Montevideo Technology, Inc.

Marketing Communications

PROFILES Magazine – Now on Campus and Online
prof16The latest issue of Profiles, our friends/alumni magazine, is now on campus and online.

Fall 2016 Profiles focuses on entrepreneurship at Middlesex. Learn how Professor Stacie Hargis is promoting an “entrepreneurial mindset” on campus. You can also read about six student/alumni entrepreneurs.

This issue also features interviews with Joe Patuto, John Femia, alumna Angela Mastrogiacomo, and Alexander Gounaris, student member of the MCC Board of Trustees.

Marketing Communications Earns Six College-Marketing Awards
The Office of Marketing Communications has been recognized for outstanding work by regional members of the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations (NCMPR), the premiere organization for two-year college communications professionals. MCC was awarded six Medallion Awards – four silver and two bronze – during NCMPR’s recent District 1 Conference, held in Newport, R.I. The annual Medallion Awards competition spotlights the best work among District 1 member colleges. More than 250 entries were submitted in 46 categories.

MCC earned Silver Medallion Awards in the categories of Logo Design (Commonwealth Honors Program logo); Social Media Campaign (#MCCgrad Commencement campaign); Social Media Contest (UR 1st 30 Days Instagram Challenge); and Communications Success Story (Alicia Gentile: Dual Enrollment student who graduated from MCC and Nashoba Tech). The college won Bronze Medallion Awards in the categories of Video Shorts (Commonwealth Honors Program video) and One-Time Special Event (inauguration of President James C. Mabry).

Gallery of Award-winning Entries

img_0552‘The New Social Media Mission: Building Community’
As part of the recent National Council for Marketing & Public Relations (NCMPR) District 1 Conference in Newport, R.I., Jennifer Aradhya, Director of Marketing Communications, and Kathy Register, Senior Writer/Editor, presented ‘The New Social Media Mission: Building Community.’ The Creative Solutions Roundtable highlighted the innovative strategies our department uses to increase engagement on our social media channels. For example, thanks to our competitions, challenges and special promotions, MCC’s award-winning Facebook page now has almost 10,000 followers!

New Email Signature Graphic Available
As part of the Marketing Office’s continuing efforts to consistently brand the college, a new email signature graphic has been created. All college employees are welcome to place this image in the footer of their emails. You can access the graphic from the Marketing Communications website at

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 college website.

Government and Community Relations

Patrick Cook, Executive Director of Government and Community Relations, emceed an event for the NEMLEC Police Foundation honoring Cops for Kids with Cancer.

Patrick and the Public Safety team are also working with members of the MCC MACER team to address safety issues on campus. The collaboration has led to an increased presence on the Lowell campus of Lowell Police addressing pedestrian crosswalk safety.

Patrick also worked with the Greater Lowell Community Foundation on the restoration of an art sculpture behind the city campus. Partners hope to bring the art open space into a working area for students and an outdoor learning classroom.

A week before the presidential election, Congresswoman Niki Tsongas visited MCC’s Lowell campus to talk with students. The congresswoman held a nonpartisan town-hall conversation about this year’s especially engaging election cycle. Several members of our faculty brought their classes to the event and many important topics were discussed. Students were excited to hear what Congresswoman Tsongas had to say about what proved to be an historical election.

In recent months, Alisa Chapman, Director of Compliance & Title IX, has been working with a number of students on issues related to Title IX, a comprehensive federal law that provides protections for victims of sexual violence, harassment, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking, as well as resources for pregnant students. Please refer students to Alisa for guidance. Students who experience these issues outside of the college are still entitled to receive accommodations on campus to help them through their situation so that they can succeed academically. Alisa is available to meet on either campus with students, faculty and/or staff.

Within the past month, Government and Community Relations has taken over responsibility for the criminal background checks, CORI & SORI, for the Health and Continuing Education programs. These are conducted for all students entering into a clinical placement. Any questions regarding the process should be directed to Alisa Chapman via phone, 781-280-3621, or email at

Director of Public Safety Daniel Martin continues to work with area schools to train students, faculty, and staff in A.L.i.C.E./advanced lockdown and emergency procedures, most recently in the town of Lynnfield, MA.

The MCC Emergency Management Team held a recent meeting to review safety procedures on campus. Some changes were made to the Tier I and Tier II lists for the EMT, as there have been several changes in staffing at the college. New members of the team will be taking online training courses provided by FEMA in the coming weeks. The Team also reviewed current snow call and texting procedures as the winter approaches and the potential for inclement weather closures increases.

Dan Martin and the Public Safety Team are in the process of creating Emergency Procedure Manuals to be placed in all classrooms and elevators on campus. These manuals will serve as a quick reference guide for a variety of emergency situations.

Approximately 50 members from the Bedford community came to the Bedford campus for a four-hour training program. The training emanated from a series of hate crimes in town more than a year ago. As a result of a number of vandalisms and public defacements, race relation and diversity committees were set up in town, bringing in partners from government, the police, and faith-based organizations. More than 20 members of the police department, as well as the town manager, town selectmen, and other town leaders recenlty came together to present a course on Effective Community Engagement.

Lowell Campus Resource Officer Tom Hickey met with several sociology and interpersonal-communications students to conduct interviews as part of the students’ coursework. Officer Hickey, with assistance from Securitas and Bedford Campus Resource Officer Craig Naylor, also conducted extensive investigation into a theft that occurred in the Lowell Campus Library. This investigation led to identification of the suspect and a subsequent arrest and “no-trespass” order from the college.

Bedford Campus Resource Officer Craig Naylor met with several students after the election results, with students seeking clarification on how Question 4 (the Massachusetts Marijuana Legalization Initiative) would impact the college and what it means for college campuses. Officer Naylor also worked with the Facilities Department during the water main break in Building 9.

Several members of the Government and Community Relations Department joined their MCC colleagues and served on various Search Committees over the past month.

Human Resources


HR Staff

reggie_mcc13_3004Reginald (Reggie) Nichols joined the Middlesex Human Resources Department on June 6 as the Affirmative Action Officer/Assistant Director of Human Resources. Reggie earned an Associate of Science in Criminal Justice from Bunker Hill Community College, a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from UMass Boston, and a Master of Education in Integrated Studies from Cambridge College. He is a Certified Affirmative Action Professional through the American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity. In 2005 Reggie joined Middlesex as an academic counselor; and he served as two terms as president and vice president of MCC’s Faculty/Professional Staff union chapter of the Massachusetts Community College Council. Previously Reggie worked in college admissions at Boston University and University of New Hampshire; and in secondary education financing at Key Education Resources. Reggie has previous experience in community-based organizations and engaging across difference throughout his career. He is passionate about using technology to share and improve communication. Reggie is always available and willing to consult with the college community about human resources, affirmative action, equal opportunity and diversity. Reggie’s office is on the Bedford Campus, Enrollment Center, Room 107, 781-280-3536 or

malobeckib_lthumbBarbara Malobecki joined Middlesex on August 1 as the Human Resources Generalist. Barbara earned a Bachelor of Education in Elementary School Preschool Education from A. Mickiewicz University, a Masters in Education from Wroclaw University, a Post Graduate Certificate in Art and Music from Opole University, and a Masters in Leadership, Human Resource Management from Northeastern University. Previously Barbara worked as a human resources generalist, recruiting coordinator, and human resources administrator at SeaChange International, Inc., Little & Co., SoundBite Communications, and Lab Medical Manufacturing, Inc. She also worked at Brandeis University as a department associate managing a variety of human resources and administrative responsibilities. Barbara is fluent in Polish. At MCC, Barbara works with our HR information systems, BANNER HR and HR/CMS, and works collaboratively with departments to obtain and disseminate accurate data and information. She is available to assist you with your HR questions; her office is on the Bedford Campus, Cataldo Building, Room 113, or call her at 781-280-3672 or email

College Resources Can Help Address Harassment, Violence

Over the past weeks there have been incidents reported throughout the country in which individuals were targeted for abuse based on their race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or abilities. MCC values diversity, equity and inclusion, and is committed to fostering an environment that allows all students, faculty and staff to learn and work free of discrimination and harassment.

MCC encourages our community to engage in civil discourse in a respectful manner on issues facing our nation and our college. If you have witnessed or experienced intimidation, threats, harassment or violence, contact:

  • Reginald Nichols, Affirmative Action Officer, at 781-280-3536: or
  • Alisa Chapman, Director of Compliance/Title IX Coordinator, at 781-280-3620.

Faculty and staff can obtain assistance or resources by contacting Human Resources at 781-280-3527 or LifeWorks, our Employee Assistance Program, at: or Call: 888-267-8126 or TTY/TDD: 800-346-9188 or Información en Español, llame al: 888-732-9020.

In addition, Personal Counseling services are available to students.
• Lynn Gregory, Bedford Campus, Enrollment Center, 2nd Floor 781-280-3630
• Marilyn Yeo, Lowell Campus, City Building, 3rd Floor 978-656-3258

The Massachusetts Attorney General has established a hotline for reports of post-election hate crimes and harassment or violence based on race, religion, gender or sexual orientation. This will allow the state to track and respond to reports. The hotline number is: 1-800-994-3228.

In the event of an emergency, please dial 911. Our Public Safety Department is here to assist our community and can be reached at: Bedford 781-589-0234 or Lowell 781-589-1384.

October 2016

Updates from the President

Strategic Transformation Summit

presOur Oct. 19 Strategic Transformation Summit (STS) highlighted what makes Middlesex a wonderful institution to lead. During the day, I felt a huge sense of dedication and applied energy as faculty and staff came together and rolled up their sleeves and got to work. Your willingness to stay focused – as well as civil – and come up with creative and “out of the box” suggestions and ideas is a testament to your professionalism and commitment to the college.

stsI have received only a very limited amount of feedback from the STS, but am eagerly waiting to discover what innovative ideas surfaced from the many discussions. The day was designed from the ground up to foster open, honest, and inclusive dialogue. During my opening morning comments, I shared senior leadership’s assessment of the current educational environment and the compounding budget difficulties. We feel strongly that these issues need to be directly addressed and we feel strongly that we have the will and ability to meet these challenges. By calling on the dedicated faculty and staff at the college, we can work together on holistic, strategic, and entrepreneurial solutions.

Over the next six weeks, the Strategic Planning Committee will begin sorting through the ideas and suggestions and will draft a preliminary report. Once this report has been reviewed by senior leadership, it will be posted on the SharePoint site for wider review and comment.

Your work will help us forge new institutional paths as we move forward. For all of the effort you put into STS, I want to extend a big “thank you” from senior leadership.

College Dialogues

I have held two small group College Dialogues this semester. These Dialogues lasted two hours each and have explored an assortment of issues from a broad range of institutional perspectives. I have enjoyed both immensely. There is nothing like fresh baked cookies to get people to open up and talk freely! To sign up for a session, please go to 

Recent Activities

  • The Science Department invited me to a department meeting and we had a wonderfully candid conversation where I learned more about their joy of working with our students, as well as some of their frustrations. Their openness allowed me to better understand the goals of this dedicated department.
  • The college was recently awarded a U.S. Department of Education grant that is part of the Title III Strengthening Institutions Program. Grant funds will be used to implement the “eMCC: Success from the Start” program to improve the student experience and better assess academic performance. The program will greatly propel the college’s efforts to build an integrated data system, begin the use of data analytics, and provide a more accessible student portal. The following experienced and capable individuals will be leading this effort, each supported by an extended team.
    • Program Coordinator: Jennifer Luddy, Dean of Institutional Research
    • Professional Development Activity Director: Peter Shea, Director of Professional Development
    • IT Activity Director: John Giblin, Computer Services Programmer
    • Enrollment Services Activity Director: Scott O’Neil, Assistant Dean of Enrollment Data

There will also be a Title III Steering Committee, which I will appoint.

  • On Oct. 3, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, joined Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, Senator Edward Markey, city and university leaders in a roundtable discussion of a recent federal grant to repair eight bridges in Lowell. Bridges included in this $13.4 million grant included one of the five bridges that connect the Cowan Center to the city.
  • Representative Seth Moulton headed a Business Roundtable discussion sponsored by the Middlesex 3 Coalition. In this discussion, local business leaders from the Route 3 corridor talked about issues impacting their businesses. Representative Moulton discussed his efforts to work collaboratively in a divided Washington.
  • img_7550The U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia William Heidt was on campus three times on Oct. 5. In the morning, he had a spirited discussion with students, and in the afternoon he attended a reception at Nesmith House. In the evening, MCC hosted an open community forum where Ambassador Heidt presented an interactive program on current affairs in Cambodia. The event was well attended by members of the college and the community. At the evening event, the college announced the U.S. DoE Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions Program (ANNAPISI) grant that will help accelerate MCC’s ongoing efforts to connect with the local Asian community. Dean Pam Flaherty will be leading this effort.
  • MassBay Community College inaugurated its new president, Dr. David Podell, in a wonderfully simple student- and faculty-centered ceremony on Oct. 6. We wish President Podell a successful tenure at MassBay.
  • The FSA meeting on Oct. 6 was very well attended and was another opportunity for information sharing and frank dialogue, all of which highlighted the value of a participatory and shared governance system. MCC has a strong culture of positive and professional decision-making to promote student success.
  • On a personal note, my highlight for the month was on Oct. 14, when my youngest daughter Tess married Justin in a wonderful ceremony in Leesburg, VA. It was a bright autumn day filled with happiness and joy for family and friends. The “brunch for dinner” was a huge hit and everybody danced until they dropped.

And Finally

It is an honor to work with the dedicated and hardworking people we have at MCC. This college is an outstanding place to work and every day we get to engage with students, energize their learning, and empower their success. I wish you all a wonderful month.

All the best,
Jim Mabry

Upcoming Events

  • Oct. 28 & 29 – Murder at the Nesmith House (performed by the MCC Theater Dept.), 6:30 p.m., Nesmith House
  • Nov. 8 & 14 – Higher Education Strategic Framework Regional Workshops to be held at MCC
  • Nov. 9 –  PTK Honor Society Induction Ceremony, 3 p.m., Bedford Campus Center
  • Nov. 19 – MCC Arts & Craft Fair, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Bedford Campus
  • Nov. 26 – City of Lights Parade, 4:30 p.m., downtown Lowell
  • Dec. 6 – Board of Trustees Meeting w/Student Government, 7:30 a.m., Nesmith House

In The News

News from the Divisions

Academic & Student Affairs

Academic, Career & Transfer Department

macomcomDirector of Advising and Academic Pathways Bryan Wint has been spearheading the implementation plan for the Commonwealth Commitment Program here at the college. Bryan has been providing training to a variety of areas including Advising, Admissions, TRIO, Deans, faculty and other staff on this and other transfer initiatives. Bryan will continue to provide these training sessions to other areas in the coming weeks.

Bryan also led two training sessions for newer advisors in anticipation of the upcoming registration period. Topics included advising practices, DegreeWorks, transfer policies, as well as advising tools and resources. Some 20 staff and faculty attended these sessions.

transferSave the Dates: Our Annual Transfer Fairs will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 26, in Lowell and Thursday, Oct. 27, in Bedford, both from 10 am-1 pm. We will host over 30 public and private institutions at these events and they are a great opportunity for our students to explore their transfer options. We hope you will encourage your students to attend.

NACADA (National Association for Academic Advising) has accepted an MCC proposal to present at their upcoming Region 1 Mass Drive-In Conference at Northeastern University on Nov. 4. Our panel presentation is entitled, “Complete College America: Building Collaborations between Academic Advising and Academic Departments at Middlesex Community College.” MCC panelists include Pat Bruno, Dean of Academic Advising, Transfer and Career Services, Bryan Wint, Director of Advising and Academic Pathways, Ellen Grondine, Dean of K-16 Partnerships, Judith Hogan, Dean of Business, Education and Public Service (BEP) and Jane Fain, Transfer Counselor, Advising Liaison to BEP Division.

Assessment and Professional Development Offices

One of the most important trends in higher education today is the open educational resources (OER) movement which promotes online textbooks and other educational materials at no cost to students.

This summer, an OER Council was formed with representatives from each of the state’s 15 community colleges. The council’s first initiative was to request proposals from Massachusetts community college faculty interested in adopting or creating open educational resources for any courses required for STEM pathways. Proposals that were accepted would result in faculty receiving stipends for revising their course designs to accommodate OER adoption.

Several MCC faculty, including teams from the Math and English departments, submitted proposals — all of which received funding. The total amount awarded to our MCC faculty OER “heroes” will be $7,750. Once completed, these projects will save MCC students over $144,000 in textbook costs.

A second call for OER proposals will occur in November. For more information, please contact Donna Maturi or Peter Shea.

Business, Entrepreneurship and Legal Studies

Kim Morrissey, Hospitality Program Coordinator, Ashli Ree, Fashion Program Coordinator and Stacie Hargis, Entrepreneurship Program Coordinator at the AAC&U Global Conference

Professors Kim Morrissey, Ashli Ree and Stacie Hargis of the Business Department recently presented at the AAC&U Global Learning conference in Denver. Their presentation was called: “Preparing Business Students for a Global Workforce.” They discussed their approach to implementing global issues and learning goals into programs to enhance student experience. They used their collaboration with each other and UMass Lowell in creating global assignments for business students as the basis for this work.

img_1428Dean Judy Hogan, Asst. Dean Deb Walsh and Prof. Stacie Hargis recently attended the annual NACCE Entrepreneurship conference in Sacramento. Dean Hogan was selected by NACCE to attend on a full scholarship, and Prof. Hargis presented at the conference on “What Are You Waiting For? Let Them Start Now.” Her session was well attended and well received by the conference attendees.

Prof. Halye Sugarman has been working with Paralegal students to get the Paralegal Club going this semester. The Paralegal Program has a relationship with the Lowell Election Bureau, where club members will be volunteering on Nov. 8, helping answering phones and directing voters to their correct polling locations.

Prof. Ron Brevard’s Criminal Justice class will be hosting Congresswoman Niki Tsongas to speak to his Wednesday morning class on Nov. 2. He has reserved the Assembly Room at the Federal Building from 8-10 that morning and is able to invite other student classes to attend.

The Center for Leadership & Engagement

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    MCC Hockey Team

    With over 100 student-athletes on the ice, field, or court this semester, MCC sports is thriving! Intramural volleyball and flag football teams are currently in playoffs, and the intramural basketball season is starting this week. Twenty-four enthusiastic student-athletes showed up to tryout for the MCC Hockey Team. Led by experienced coaches George Jacobs and Phil Loranger, the MCC Hockey Team is scheduled for the season home opener on Saturday, Oct. 29. at 9:10 pm at the Chelmsford Forum.

    voteOver the past few weeks, campus-wide “Every Vote Matters” efforts have elicited several hundred new voter registrations at MCC. Civic-engagement staff and volunteers have shared information, encouraged conversation about critical topics, and have been preparing the college community for the state and federal election. To learn more about the candidates and issues and opt to receive election reminders visit .


In Admissions, we live in the future. We are always recruiting for the next two academic terms at the same time. October is one of our busiest months, as we are concentrating not only on enrollment for the spring semester, but for fall 2017 as well. In this month alone, staff is visiting 27 high schools, attending 8 college fairs targeting graduating seniors, 2 fairs targeting adults, and 2 community agency visits. In addition, we are hosting 5 Health Information Sessions, one each for the Nursing, Dental Hygiene, Dental Assisting and  Diagnostic Sonography programs, and a general session that covers all Health programs. We also have a campus tour scheduled on each campus, and all admissions counselors have time set aside to meet with students.

oh_nAt the end of the month is the Fall Admissions Open House. This will be held the morning of Saturday, Oct. 29, beginning at 9:30 on our Bedford campus. Prospective students will have opportunities the entire morning to engage with staff from across the college to learn about the many services we offer. They will also be able to meet with deans, assistant deans and faculty. This fall we are grouping the academic areas by the seven academic pathways, Arts & Humanities, Business, Education & Public Service, Health, Social Science, and STEM, and explaining how students can begin their college career, even if they are uncertain of what they want to study. We will also give parents and students the chance to learn about MassTransfer and Commonwealth Commitment programs and how both can lower the cost of earning a degree. In addition, we will offer multiple tours of our beautiful campus.

Large recruiting events such as the Open House are successful because of the support we receive from the campus community. The Admissions team would like to thank everyone in advance for the role they play.

Enrollment Management

Welcome and Announcements

Welcome to David Fredriksen who started full-time as an Enrollment Assistant in the Enrollment Management Center on Oct. 3. David is an MCC graduate and earned a Bachelor of Liberal Arts from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He had previously worked parttime in the EMC.

Congratulations to Judith Bonczar, Janine Daunais, Carolyn Delehanty, Lisa Gibson and Vanessa Ruiz for their years of service to the college which was recognized on Oct. 19.

Spring Registration Opened October 11

Through the cooperation of many across the college, Spring Semester registration, including WinterSession, opened on Tuesday Oct. 11. This early opening provides MCC students the opportunity to plan and select class schedules that best meet their needs. The Oct. 11 opening includes:
• A Register Early campaign to encourage students to meet with their advisors and select classes
• Expanded WinterSession offerings, providing more options for students
• Schedule Planner, a new online tool to help students select their best schedule.

Schedule Planner Now Available

Schedule Planner has been added as an option in MiddleNet. It allows students to build their best schedule with ease. With Schedule Planner, students can select the classes they need, and the program will build schedule options based on campus selections and time restrictions designated by the student. Students may print or email their schedule options, create a shopping cart of selected classes, and register through a direct link to MiddleNet.

Spring 2017 Registration Letters, Emails and Texts

Spring 2017 registration letters were sent to 8,835 current students to inform them of the upcoming registration period and to provide them information pertaining to the Register Early campaign, their advisor assignments, and how to register. The registration letters were customized and covered approximately 12 different student populations. Some of these populations included: first-time freshman, transfer, continuing, students close to graduation, and those students who had totally withdrawn from the college in the previous months. The college additionally sent text messages and emails to these students. During the first three days of spring registration, which started Oct. 11, 582 students had already registered for spring courses, representing 6.6% of the 8,835 population.

Transcripts/Graduation/Transfer Credit

Beginning Oct. 3, students requesting a Middlesex Community College transcript can only do so by using a student self-service option that is available on the student’s MyMCC portal and on the college’s website. With the implementation of the e-transcript process, the college will no longer be generating individual paper copies for students.

The Registrar’s Office continues to process Fall 2016 graduation applications. The Fall 2016 graduation date is Jan. 10, 2017. Please encourage qualified students to apply for Fall graduation. Graduation fliers have been posted in the Enrollment offices, and students are being encouraged to graduate through notices via MCC TV, Newscaster, Facebook and Twitter.

The Enrollment Specialists have been setting up or are available for training faculty, professional advisors and admission counselors in how to bring in transfer credits from other colleges, and how to use the MassTransfer course equivalency database. If you are interested in receiving training, please contact Pat Hunt at or Evelin Ovalles at

Midterm Deficiency Grades

A general Newscaster went out to remind faculty that mid-term grades are due by 5 pm on Oct. 28. Letters to those students receiving mid-term deficiency grades will be mailed out by Nov. 2. Students receiving deficiencies are encouraged to speak with their instructors or advisor, or seek out the assistance of the Tutoring Centers.

Banner Users Group (BUG)

The Banner Users Group (BUG) has been working on implementing the functionality that will allow students to declare a preferred name. Admissions and the Technology Center have updated the Admissions Application and MiddleNet to include an option for preferred name. Testing the functionality of preferred name is in progress. Test scenarios include the ability for preferred name to be entered into Banner, listed on class rosters, and an option in MiddleNet where students can enter preferred name. The Policy Committee is currently looking at best practices regarding the use of preferred name in different college communications.

Document Imaging Project

Softdocs will be onsite in October to assist MCC staff with the configuration of the Etrieve suite. This Enterprise Content Management (ECM) solution will allow the college to scan college documents, and store and retrieve them electronically, the ability to create electronic forms that can be used by students and staff, and an automated workflow function that can guide and control processes throughout the college.

Nursing and Allied Health Division

Denise Garrow-Pruitt, Ed.D., Assistant Dean of Allied Health, has completed training and testing (scoring a 100%) to be a site surveyor for Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (CAAHEP). She will be conducting accreditation visit at other colleges nationally. Congratulations Denise!

Huge congratulations to Claudia Guillen, CMA RN, for receiving 10-year programmatic accreditation for the Medical Assisting Program. Programs that are superb generally receive seven years. Claudia has done an outstanding job and exceeded all expectation.

Two faculty in the Dental Hygiene Program, Leah MacPherson and Maureen Strauss, presented “Strategies to Improve Clinical Teaching” at the New England Dental Hygiene Educator’s Meeting at Massachusetts ADHA annual session on Sept. 24.


Program News

  • Engineering: The Engineering Program will be holding an Engineering Panel Night on Nov. 2, in the Bedford Café. Organized by Professor Michele Stein, this panel offers an opportunity for students to engage with established practicing engineers who will discuss their journey from academics to where they are today.
  • Science: Jean Cremins and Patricia Richard attended a Writing Across the Curriculum Workshop facilitated by Milena Gueorguieva, from UMass Lowell, designed to help faculty in the disciplines improve teaching practices to help ELL students become more proficient writers.
  • Biotechnology students had several experiences this month to enhance their classroom learning. They visited Zoll Corp. and Masy Bio Services to learn about good manufacturing practices (GMP), and also researched state-of-the-art equipment at the recent ISPE Product Show – Gillette Stadium. The Biotechnology Program currently has students placed at many local companies, such as Sigma/Aldrich, Genzyme, Repligen, Lantheus Medical Imaging, Shire Human Genetics Therapies, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Lonza, Masys BioSystems, Novartis and CreaGen.

Pathways Center

For the month of September the Pathways Center had in excess of 500 students visit, including a record number of well attended, scheduled group study sessions. The center held a Welcoming Event this month to introduce students to services and staff, which drew in excess of 100 students. The Center also provided classroom visits, held a peer mentor training, held 4 hiring rvents, and presented 3 career-related presentations/workshops to the MLT, Nursing and Biotechnology students.
The Center also hosted an external evaluater of our STEM Starter Academy initiatives this month. The evaluator reported that students appreciated the Pathways Center as a supportive environment where they felt that both peers and staff cared about them. In addition, students indicated that they appreciated the resources available in the Pathways Center – most notably people who helped them to navigate career or college systems, but also the physical resource of a quiet, comfortable place to study.


The Career Place


Gordon Wong, recipient of the Aleta DeGusto Memorial Scholarship (left) and Janine DeGusto-Dougherty, Aleta¹s Sister (right

1st Annual Aleta DeGusto Memorial Scholarship
The Career Place created a scholarship for computer skills training in Microsoft Office, in memory of Aleta DeGusto, who passed away suddenly in July 2015. The Microsoft Office WorkSmart 4-week program offers students the opportunity to learn Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access, and Outlook.


Aleta DeGusto, former colleague and Career Coach of The Career Place for 7 years, was deeply committed to the success of The Center’s job seekers. Aleta believed in helping each and every customer gain necessary skills to help achieve their goals.

The Career Place staff recently hosted a breakfast to award the scholarship in Aleta DeGusto’s memory. It was The Career Place’s pleasure along with Janine DeGusto-Dougherty (Aleta’s Sister) to present Gordon, the inaugural recipient of the Aleta DeGusto Memorial, with this scholarship as it will give him the opportunity to upgrade his skills to compete in his field with confidence.

On behalf of The Career Place staff, we want to congratulate Gordon and extend our best wishes for continued success.

Career Centers Offer New Retail Training Program
Career Source in Cambridge/Chelsea and The Career Place in Woburn, through the Metro North Regional Employment Board, recently received a $400,000 grant for a new retail training and certification program. The goals of the program are to provide skilled workers in the retail industry, and help job seekers find entry-level jobs and advance in retail careers. Together, Career Source and The Career Place will serve over 300 jobseekers and retail employees and 50 retail employers. As part of this program, the career centers offer a 2-week Customer Service & Sales Fundamentals course that runs every month, job placement assistance, and ongoing coaching to help workers continue to develop their skills and move ahead in their careers. Labor officials and retailers gathered at the CambridgeSide Galleria on Wednesday, September 26th to launch the new program. Jon B. Hurst, president of the Retailers Association of Massachusetts, and Malden Mayor Gary Christenson were among the guests. Kathleen Dachowski, instructor for the program, talked about her rapid career growth in the retail industry, and how the retail sector provides career opportunities not only in sales, but also in management, security, logistics, marketing, technology and finance. Career Source and The Career Place provide employment assistance to job seekers and businesses as part of the One-Stop Career Center System in Massachusetts, and are chartered by the Metro North Regional Employment Board. The Metro North Regional Employment Board, which serves 20 communities north of Boston, is one of 10 organizations nationwide to be awarded the retail grant by the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership.

Corporate & Community Education and Training

Personnel Updates

  • We are pleased to announce that Sheila Morin has been promoted to Director of Community Education and Training and Lisa Tuzzolo has been promoted to Director of Corporate Education and Training. Please join us in congratulating Sheila and Lisa as we move forward in Institutional Advancement.
  • As of October, Terrence Downes the Executive Director of Homeland Security will also be the Director of the MCC Law Center, following the retirement of long-time Law Center Director Ken Dunn.

Community Education and Training News

  • Twenty-Four (24) registered Dental Hygienists from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine successfully passed our Local Anesthesia Certification course on October 10. The course consists of an intensive online pre-study and a 3-day practice in our dental clinic. Thank you to our dedicated dental hygiene faculty and staff to make this program a continued success.
  • milesMCC’s Department of Public Safety presented knowledgeable and pertinent information on Active Shooter Awareness to a crowd of over 50 people at our MILES Opening Session on October 6. A crowd featuring both MILES members and local business partners, our MCC Public Safety team delivered expert advice on a touch subject in a very thoughtful and sensitive way. A big thank you goes out to our MCC Department of Public Safety.
  • ALL CALL FOR MILES INSTRUCTORS: Our MILES members are a dedicated lively group thoroughly enjoy the opportunity to learn from our esteemed faculty and staff here at Middlesex Community College. Our MILES classes are Monday-Thursday, 2-4pm March/April and October/November. If any MCC faculty or staff are interested in teaching a 2-hour session (your choice of the topic!) please contact Caitlin Campopiano at Webpage:

Corporate Education and Training News

  • Delivering customized non-credit Financial Strategies for employees at Enterprise Bank.
    Delivering customized non-credit Microsoft Word for employees at Washington Savings Bank.
  • Offering Medical Administration Program class for LifeLinks. The course is conducted at MCC in order to provide employees exposure to taking classes in a college setting.
    Delivering a non-credit advanced manufacturing training program through a Sector Partnership National Emergency Grant. The program is designed to prepare unemployed or underemployed for entry-level positions in either electronics or machining. The students start the foundational courses at the Lowell Campus, and then take their hands on machining and electronics training at Greater Lowell Technical High School. The program ends in March 2017 with the students taking over 400 hours of training.
    Delivering a Medical Assisting Certification Test Prep course for the employees at Lowell Community Health Care.
  • Delivering a Business Writing and Report Preparation course for the employees at Vertifi Software.

MCC Program on Homeland Security
In October, Executive Director Terry Downes attended “Enhancing School Safety by Building Resilience: Complex Trauma as a Challenge and Opportunity” at Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School in Marlborough. Sponsored by Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Middlesex Partnerships for Youth, Inc., the featured speaker was Dr. Julian Ford, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Connecticut Medical School.
On October 16, Terry was the featured guest on WBZ Radio/CBS Boston’s “Weekend Live” broadcast. For two hours, he provided live on-air discussion and analysis of the current international terror threat matrix, including the start of the military campaign to liberate the City of Mosul, Iraq from ISIS forces; international military cooperation against ISIS, al Qaeda and other terror groups among sometimes competing nation-states; and the state of U.S. military readiness after ten years of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Terry continues his work as a member of two regional opioid-abuse reduction task forces.

Institutional Advancement

mcc_murdernesmith_flierMurder Mystery at the Nesmith House
Join the college community for a fun and entertaining evening to benefit the MCC Performing Arts Scholarship Fund! “Murder at the Nesmith House” will be performed on Friday evening, October 28 and Saturday, evening October 29. beginning at 6:30 pm. This production is being directed and acted by members of MCC’s Theater Department under the supervision of Karen Oster, Chair of Performing Arts. A limited number of tickets are available for each night’s performance. Hors d’oeuvres will be served and a cash bar will be available. Ticket prices are $75 and will support MCC performing arts students!

Order tickets online at For more information, please contact Colleen Cox at or Dennis Malvers at 781-280-3514.

craftMCC Arts & Crafts Fair
Middlesex Community College’s 24th Annual Arts & Craft Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, November 19, on the Bedford Campus. The fair will feature over 60 crafters who will be offering items, including fresh baked breads and pies, jewelry, bee products, themed gift baskets, quilts, pet items, license plate art, tea accessories, and many holiday crafts.

af17Annual Fund
Information about the 2017 MCC Foundation Annual Fund will be in faculty/staff mailboxes soon. Over the last decade, through the generous contributions of faculty, staff, alumni, and friends, the MCC Foundation Annual Fund has raised over $500,000 and funded 125 grant projects that promote student success. Your support is deeply valued!

Ways to Give:

MCC Foundation Scholarships
The 2016-2017 MCC Foundation scholarship applications are now available to MCC students. The deadline to apply is December 9, 2016. Please encourage students to take advantage of these scholarship opportunities. For a complete listing of these scholarships and more information on the application and the selection processes, please go to this webpage: or contact Amy Lee Watch for additional information Newscaster.

Connections with Alumni
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

Institutional Research and Planning

  • The Office of Institutional Research and Planning, the Technology Center, and Enrollment Management continue to work together to provide Argos training to data stewards in the college community. This tool provides staff with more independent access to statistics on our students, thereby supporting ongoing enrollment and retention efforts. Staff is available every Friday morning in LC213A to demonstrate and answer questions.
  • sts_logoOn Wednesday, October 19, 2016, over 400 faculty and staff gathered at the UMASS Lowell ICC for the Strategic Transformation Summit. In his opening comments, President Mabry described the convergence of challenges currently faced by Middlesex Community College, as well as other community colleges in Massachusetts and around the country: declining enrollment and state support, along with increasing cost and competition. He encouraged participants to bring forth their best ideas and as much as possible wear “thick skins” in preparation for potentially difficult conversations. The morning comments closed with an MCC video titled “The Way Forward Begins Today” that further emphasized strategic thinking and constructive dialogue. During 45 morning and afternoon sessions, faculty and staff generated ideas to increase enrollment, retention, revenue, effectiveness, and efficiency. In the next few weeks, Strategic Planning Committee members will work together to synthesize the information collected into a directional document to be presented to the Cabinet before Thanksgiving.
  • Please note the new information is being added to the Strategic Transformation SharePoint site so be sure to check out new information and articles.

Marketing Communications

Marketing Communications is working closely with Enrollment Services and Admissions to boost enrollment and increase community awareness of our many programs of study and course offerings.

Bedford Campus Open House – Our fall open house will be held Saturday, Oct. 29, in Bedford. We expect a good crowd of potential students coming out to meet with program deans, faculty, and admissions and financial aid advisors. Thanks to our new targeted-online marketing efforts, our last Walk-In Enrollment session attracted more than 300 students. (That’s up from the 70 people who attended the previous Walk-In event!)

img_7547Register Early & Win Big! –Spring Semester registration has opened and we are spreading the word that students who register early get the best selection of courses to fit their busy schedules – and stay on track to graduate on time. Also, students who register by Friday, Dec. 23, will be entered into a raffle to win prizes, such as free three-credit courses and bookstore gift cards. Please encourage your students to visit the website for complete details:

img_7546Wintersession – Registration has also opened for Wintersession, which runs Jan. 3-20, 2017, on the Bedford campus or online. The condensed, three-week format of these courses is an ideal time for students to reduce their spring-semester course load, or complete a course that won’t fit into their regular fall or spring schedules. For a full list of Wintersession offerings, visit:

The Commonwealth Commitment –This new statewide program, when combined with MassTransfeer, can save qualified students an average of 40 percent of the cost of earning a bachelor’s degree. However, to qualify, students must enroll in the program before they complete 15 credits. Please encourage your students to explore the wide range of degree programs, transfer options, and college costs at all 28 public undergraduate campuses, by visiting the new MassTransfer web portal:

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You can request one of our new MCC lapel pins from Marketing Communications? Just fill out this form:

Government & Community Relations

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  • Director of Public Safety Daniel Martin has been working with NEMLEC STARS to engage community schools in enhanced lockdown procedures/A.L.i.C.E. In the past month they have visited schools in North Andover and Groton.
  • The Public Safety Department recently assisted the STEM Department with securing the new Cyber Security Lab and its classrooms located in the Pollard Building. A state-of-the-art camera was installed to monitor activity in the area and to aid in the protection of assets provided by a grant. Since the new install less than two weeks ago, Public Safety was able to assist in and resolve some ongoing concerns in the area with a favorable outcome.
  • The Government Relations and Public Safety departments were invited to attend a seminar on the very important topic of Domestic Violence put on by our community partner, Enterprise Bank. Guest speaker, Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan, discussed the in-depth involvement and outreach that is needed for these criminal acts, and ways to protect victims and potential victims.
  • MCC administrators from Compliance, Public Safety, Government Relations, and Academic & Student Affairs attended the Statewide Campus Safety and Violence Prevention conference at the DCU Center at the end of September. Sessions and panels focused on sexual assault, active shooters and threat assessment, as well as a lunchtime session that focused on Sexual Assault: Brain, Experience, Behavior and Memory. The conference was attended by 350 professionals from across the Commonwealth with 46 private colleges and 29 public institutions represented.
  • The Annual Safety & Security Report was disseminated at the end of September in accordance with the Clery Act. This is important information for faculty and staff to know, including emergency procedures and notification policies. Any questions regarding the report can be directed to Alisa Chapman, Director of Compliance. or Dan Martin, Director of Public Safety.
  • October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Many of our students experience and/or witness domestic violence. A number of students have utilized resources and services at the dollege to help them through these situations. If a student contacts you and discloses that they are a victim of domestic or sexual violence, please contact Alisa Chapman, Director of Compliance and Title IX Coordinator, to get the student the appropriate resources and accommodations they need: or 781-280-3620.
  • As part of Title IX general awareness, please refer any students who are pregnant and requesting excused absences, time off, extended deadlines, etc. to Alisa Chapman. These cases are handled in a specific manner required by law. Students should contact Alisa directly for resources and guidance: or 781-280-3620.
  • MCC Campus Resource Officers, LPD Officer Tom Hickey and BPD Craig Naylor, recently took part in the national “Coffee with a Cop” campaign. Officers Hickey and Naylor set up stations on each campus, offering free coffee and Munchkins to students who stopped by to ask questions and have conversation with our CROs.
  • Campus Resource Officer Hickey responded to a report of a theft in the Pollard and Talbot buildings on Oct. 14. Officer Hickey was able to apprehend and subsequently arrest the male suspect (the suspect was not affiliated with MCC). Items taken included a student’s backpack, a staff member’s keys, and a professor’s briefcase containing a college-issued laptop, and were removed from unlocked classrooms and offices. Due to the value of the items, these were deemed to be felony offenses. Officer Hickey once again stresses the importance of making sure all valuables brought to campus are kept in locked receptacles.
  • Patrick Cook, along with President Mabry, Trustees Chair Jim Campbell, and Phil Sisson, Judy Burke and Colleen Cox delivered a presentation on MCC to the Lowell City Council subcommittee on education. The MCC team used the public meeting to answer questions about the college’s growth, as well as exciting new opportunities, such as our Cyber Security Program and the construction underway at the Boston &  Maine railroad depot.
  • Patrick and Dan also attended the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce luncheon celebrating women in business. Congresswoman Niki Tsongas was the keynote speaker at the event. Government Relations and Public Safety personnel also attended the Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce luncheon which featured Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian and his efforts to expand his community-based programming. Additionally, Government Relations took part in the Lowell Plan’s annual business breakfast, and helped contribute materials to a new promotional video spotlighting Lowell, which included MCC’s role as a downtown economic supporter.

Human Resources News

UPDATE your Employee Data in MassHR Employee Self Service

MCC Human Resources is reviewing our systems and processes to deliver more effective and efficient services to our workforce. Having the most accurate and current data about each employee is critical. For the next several weeks, we are asking each MCC employee to please login to the MassHR Employee Self Service system and review your Personal Information Summary in the HRCMS system. Every employee paid by Middlesex Community College – including Career Source, The Career Place and Lowell Middlesex Academy Charter School – has an HRCMS six-digit User ID number so you can login in. For those of you who submit your time sheets in HRCMS online, check your paycheck amounts or access your W-2 statements, simply login at Or you can access the Employee Self Service link by first logging in to the MyMCC portal and looking for the Employee Self Service icon below. If you forgot your HRCMS six-digit User ID, please contact the Human Resources Office (Barbara Malobecki at and Idania Coa Cepeda at ).

To Login you need your six-digit HRCMS User ID and your password.


Once you’re in HRCMS Employee Self Service, look for Quick Links on the left side of the screen.


Select ‘Personal Information Summary’.

Review and update if needed each of these data items:

  1. Home/Mailing Address Phone Numbers – Be sure to add your mobile (cell) number. Check off which one is Primary.
  2. Emergency Contacts – Add people who we should contact in an emergency. Check off which one is Primary.
  3. Ethnic Groups – Ethnicity and Race Human Resources thanks you in advance for taking a few minutes to review your Personal Information Summary!

*********************************************************************** The search for our Executive Director of Human Resources is making progress. In the meantime, your MCC HR Department team is available to assist you and answer your questions:

  • Mary Chatigny, Interim Director of Human Resources, Cataldo Bldg. (Bldg. 10), Bedford, 781-280-3624 –
  • Darcy Orellana, Associate Director of Human Resources/CDO, Cataldo Building (Bldg. 10), Bedford; 781-280-3559 –
  • Reginald Nichols, Assistant Director of Human Resources/Affirmative Action Officer; Enrollment Center (Bldg. 9), Room 107, Bedford; 781-280-3536 –
  • Julie Kelley, Employment & Benefits Coordinator; Cataldo Building (Bldg. 10), Bedford; 781-280-3531 –
  • Idania Coa Cepeda, Administrative Assistant; Cataldo Building (Bldg. 10), Bedford; 781-280-3527 –
  • Barbara Malobecki, HR Generalist; Cataldo Building (Bldg. 10), Bedford; 781-280-3672 –