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.

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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 –



September 2016

Updates from the President

The Cycle of Renewal


The beginning of a new academic year always brings me a sense of excitement and renewal. It is a cycle that shapes our lives and brings us back to focusing our intellect and energies on meeting our mission of providing access and success to our wonderfully diverse community of learners.

Opening Day is designed to help new students get connected in as many ways as possible, because students who are connected are more successful. The energy and enthusiasm of the Student Orientation Leaders is infectious and I want to thank Rebecca Newell, Ben Adoo, and Steve Rossi for preparing these superb students leaders and organizing the day. I also want to acknowledge that Opening Day is a collaborative effort between a wide range of people across the college who are all deeply involved in helping students be successful from day one.

During the first week of school, at a very busy time for all at the college, ITT Tech closed its doors and we were asked to reach out and help these displaced students. I am tremendously proud of the work done by the Enrollment, Admissions and Advisement teams. It was great to hear Pam Flaherty’s hearty voice welcoming students in the lobby, and many thanks to Rob Kaulfuss for all the work he did evaluating courses and transcripts.

Great Grants News

Our Resource Development Team of Susan Anderson, Lisa Doucett and Danielle Kehoe continue to land major grants for the institution. Over the last four months, they have helped MCC bring in awards totaling over $2 million. In just the last couple of weeks, MCC was awarded two major grants from the U.S. Department of Education. The Title III Strengthening Institutions grant, eMCC: Success from the Start, is designed to improve student success and support academic progress by creating a new student portal and infusing technology tools, including learning analytics, into our support services.

The second major grant was the Asian American Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution, or AANAPISI, grant for $346,449 per year for five years for a total of $1,732,245. The grant is focused on improving service to our Asian-American student population and to better support them in achieving their academic goals by creating an Asian-American Connections Center (AASC) and Asian-American Student Network (peer support program).

Strategic Transformation Process

The Strategic Transformation Process underway at MCC is designed to address the significant challenges facing the college. Declining enrollment, declining state support, rising costs, and increased competition has led to a growing budget deficit. If we are to continue to provide access to an excellent and affordable education, this college will need to become more entrepreneurial and productive.

On September 1, we held an interactive Strategic Transformation workshop with a wide range of college leaders, including the academic department chairs and program directors. At this meeting, an honest assessment of our current condition was presented and a vigorous discussion was structured around how to work through these issues through open and transparent processes.

On September 8, at the Opening Forum, documentation was distributed and I talked openly about the challenges facing the college and my sincere belief that we have the talent, creativity, and energy at MCC to transform this college in ways that will allow us to continue to focus on our mission of access and success. The Q&A session was filled with appropriate questions and astute comments that helped create a positive professional dialogue. It is great to work with a group of educational professionals who are willing to engage in an open and engaging dialogue.


On Wednesday, Oct. 19, we will have an all-day Strategic Transformation Summit. The Summit is designed to engage the entire college community in productive processes that will help us transform the college in ways that transcend the challenges we face. This is a college that has never been willing to passively endure, but one that actively confronts and leads the way. I am confident this will be a day of active participation, challenging conversations, and many transformative ideas.

Following the Summit, I am asking the Strategic Planning Committee to review and analyze the results, and draft a series of recommendations for the President’s Cabinet to review. We are planning to have a draft report out to the college before the end of the calendar year, and we hope to begin implementation of some aspects of the Transformation as early as January 2017.

Building a Culture of Openness and Respect

Since arriving at MCC, I have striven to be visible and accessible to all members of the college community. By now, people are getting used to me roaming around, stopping in offices and getting to know the wonderful people who work at MCC. I just enjoy getting out of the office and interacting with faculty, staff, and students.

I have augmented the office visits with many one-on-one discussions where I really get to engage with faculty and staff about the issues facing them and the college. I have held numerous meetings with the leaders of our shared governance organizations, with program directors, and with staff members who have all shown a level of professionalism and concern for our mission that is unprecedented in my career. I have also started to meet with all new full- time employees, and am now holding regular small-group dialogues throughout the year. (There’s nothing like home-baked cookies to get the discussions started!)

Recent Activities


Middlesex recently participated in the Bedford Day Parade where my wife, Judy, and I marched with a group of students from SUGA and the Paul Sullivan Leadership Institute. The students handed out 500 eco-friendly bags, labeled “Future MCC Graduate” and then tossed candy as we walked back up the parade route. Now that was some creative marketing!

Thomas Asiamah prepared and drove the MCC float, and Genesis Reyes as well as other MCC staff marched with the students. Following the parade, we also had a college booth at the Bedford Day Fair, where visitors kept Jillian Freitas-Haley and Dennis Malvers busy for several hours. It was great to be out in the community promoting the college with a diverse group of students. We need to continue building our presence in our many local communities.

And Finally

It is an honor to work with all the dedicated and hardworking people at MCC. It is a wonderful 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 semester.

All the best,
Jim Mabry

Grant News

Middlesex received word in early September that the college is the recipient of a Title III, Strengthening Institutions grant from the US Department of Education. The grant entitled, “eMCC: Success from the Start, the Path to Completion”, will support student success through a more advanced technology infrastructure including the integration of learning analytics. The goal of the project is to improve overall student persistence, retention, and completion outcomes and has two primary components. The first focuses on the Student Experience and the development of student self-service related to enrollment functions with an integrated digital planning and advising system linked to learning assessments. The second component will build a digital “360 degree view of student progress” for assessing academic progress, and inform both the students and the institution through timely access to data. The grant award is $2,205,024 and will be implemented over 5 years.

Upcoming Events

  • October 19, 2016, Strategic Transformation Summit, UMass ICC
  • October 27, 2016, Board of Trustee Meeting, 7:30 a.m., Bedford Trustee House
  • October 28 & 29, 2016, Murder at the Nesmith House (Performed by the MCC Theatre Group), 6:30 p.m., Nesmith House
  • November 9, 2016, PTK Honor Society Induction Ceremony, 3:00 p.m. Bedford Campus Center
  • November 19, Craft Fair, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Bedford Campus
  • December 6, 2016, Board of Trustee Meeting w/Student Government, 7:30 a.m., Nesmith House

 In The News

News from the Divisions

Academic & Student Affairs

Academic, Career and Transfer Department

Staff Updates:

  • Patrick Fama: Patrick joined the MCC team on September 6. Patrick has a long history of academic advising at both two and four year institutions, most recently working for Northeastern University as an academic advisor. Patrick is a community college graduate and a veterans of the US Air Force. He will be working as an Academic Advisor in our Lowell office.
  • Bryan Wint: Bryan was hired into the Director of Advising / Academic Pathways role on August 29th. Bryan has been serving as our Transfer Counselor in Bedford. He previously worked at Mass Bay Community College as the Coordinator of Transfer Affairs and Articulation, and also as the Interim Director of Advising. Bryan is an MCC graduate himself from our Lowell Connections program. Bryan brings a wealth of experience working at both the local and state levels to his work. Bryan has worked with faculty and staff at all levels in the development of processes and curriculum and will bring tremendous leadership skills to our advising team.
  • Melissa Welch: Melissa was hired at the beginning of the summer as our new Internship Coordinator. Melissa is no stranger to MCC having worked previously in Student Affairs and more recently in the Business Division as an Achievement Coach. Melissa will be working with all of the academic areas to broaden our internship opportunities for students make our college internship practices more consistent, with an emphasis on our STEM program. Melissa’s office is located in the STEM Pathways Center in Lowell.
  • Karen James: Karen was promoted to Coordinator of Career Planning and Placement early this summer. Karen has worked at MCC for the past four years as a Career Counselor and has been a career counselor for a number of years at other institutions. In her new role, Karen will be helping to coordinate many of the activities of the Career Services area, including events, classroom visits, curriculum development, employer events, etc. Karen is located on the Bedford campus.
  • Jessica Frost: Jessica joined our department in July as our Staff Assistant. Jessica previously worked for the past two years for Paula Pitcher in the Enrollment area. Jessica previously worked at Northeastern University as the Assistant Director in the Registrar’s office. Jessica’s office is in Lowell.

Transfer Update
The MassTransfer Program will expand during the 2016-2017 academic year to include transfer pathways for students in select disciplines, a detailed course to course equivalency for public institutions (MAST) and the Commonwealth Commitment tuition rebate. For up to date information on all of these program changes, please visit:

Save the Dates
transfer-fair-2014Our Annual Transfer Fairs will be held on Wednesday October 26th in Lowell and Thursday October 27th in Bedford, both from 10:00am-1:00pm. 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.

Other Updates
We continue to work on the implementation of our new scheduling software system. College Scheduler is a system that works in tandem with information in Banner (and eventually DegreeWorks) that will allow for a much more robust and efficient registration system for advisors and students going forward. This new system will allow students to input information about which classes they wish to take, campus, and times they are available to take classes, and the system will automatically generate templates of sample schedules for the student to choose from. Then the student can select the schedule that works best for them and immediately register for their courses. The goal is to have the system fully implemented in time for us to use with students when we begin Spring 2017 registration in October. Stay tuned!

Advisor assignments have been completed for the fall semester, so you can view your advisee lists in both MiddleNet and DegreeWorks. We hope that you will contact your advisees early in the semester to make good connections and assist students with their educational planning. You should also introduce students to our Academic Maps which can be found at

Business, Entrepreneurship and Legal Studies

peyton_bookPeyton Paxson has written “Why American Prisons Fail: How to Fix Them without Spending More Money (Maybe Less),” (Carolina Academic Press), published at the beginning of this year. He is now working on a second edition of “Mass Communications and Media Studies” (Bloomsbury) due to publisher in August 2017; and has had a paper accepted for Popular Cultural Association’s annual meeting in April 2017, “Prisons and Profits: Advertising and the Corrections Industry.” Peyton is also teaching a new course, “Modern China,” this fall.

Heloisa DaCunha and Ron Brevard have completely redesigned “Interpersonal Communications” using open source information. In addition, Ron has been involved with the “Engage The Election” initiative by working with Patrick Cook to have elected officials come in to class and discuss a variety of social topics such as police use of force, Black Lives Matter etc.

Both Heloisa Dacunha and Ron Brevard have incorporated the use of MindTap into the “Introduction to CJ” courses, and the “Criminology” courses.

Lynda Pintrich is spearheading the Lowell High-Risk Reentry Initiative. MCC has partnered with the US Attorney’s office and several other law enforcement agencies and community service agencies to offer services to inmates leaving the Billerica House of Correction (BHOC) and returning to the city of Lowell. The program is a joint effort between law enforcement and service providers to support inmates in their return to Lowell, in an effort to reduce recidivism. The initial panel presentation to inmates took place at BHOC on September 6,2016. Katherine Innnis attended and presented on behalf of MCC, sharing information about MCC’s varied and numerous programs that could potentially serve to support them in their transition back to the community

The “Law, Justice and Society” class in Bedford will be completing Project-Based Service- Learning this fall in partnership with the Lowell High School PALS Program (Partners in Achievement of Lowell Students). The PALS program identifies Lowell High School juniors and seniors that are at-risk of not graduating on time or at all. The program matches the students with mentors with the goal of engaging youth in the school and increasing graduation rates.

In the Paralegal Program, the Business Law classes have all now incorporated the Cengage MindTap materials, following multiple trainings during the summer.

constitution-day_poster_fa16Constitution Day was held on September 19th; one of our long-time Adjunct Faculty members, Patty Talty, presented on the upcoming election and how it will affect the choices for the US Supreme Court.

In the Hospitality Program, Hospitality Chair Kim Morrissey has begun meetings with UTEC to explore ways in which the Culinary and Hospitality programs can work cooperatively with UTEC as a community partner.

In the Entrepreneurship Program, Chair Stacie Hargis has planned a cooperative event with community group, E for All. The All Ideas Pitch Contest will take place Thursday, October 27th in the Assembly Room, MCC Federal Building, 50 Kearney Square, Lowell, MA
Event Time: 5:30 – 8:00 PM. This event is for the community so if you are an entrepreneur with an idea to pitch, contact Stacie for more info. Deadline to enter: October 11th @ midnight.

The Center for Leadership & Engagement

ssfd1-finalThe Center for Leadership & Engagement would like to thank all of our faculty and staff who volunteered, presented, and welcomed almost 1,000 new students at our New Student Orientation: Opening Day program on both the Lowell and Bedford campuses. Orientation continued with 2 successful family nights, club and resource fairs, and other First-Year Student Engagement events. These campus-wide initiatives ensure “Student Success from Day One!” Assessment of Opening Day is ongoing and your feedback is needed as planning for the 2017 incoming class has already begun. Please submit your thoughts and ideas to

13537717_1316180261744404_834337758845080592_nMCC Sports is off to a spirited start this semester! With 2 volleyball teams, a flag football team, and a powder puff football team underway, there is no shortage of sports engagement. While these 4 teams represent almost 40 student-athletes, there are over 100 students have registered to participate in sports this semester. Many of those students will be joining our soccer, basketball, and hockey teams, starting later this semester.


In late August the staffs of Admissions, Enrollment, Testing, and Advising worked together to host Walk-In Enrollment Days on each campus. On those days prospective and returning students were able to take a placement test, meet with an admissions counselor or academic advisor, and register for classes, all without an appointment. Student Information staff greeted students and determined where they should be sent to be accommodated in the most efficient manner. Over the two days we met with over 300 students! We found the events so successful that we are already scheduling similar days the week of finals (to capture our current students before they leave for the break) and again in January. A special thanks goes to all staff who participated and to our Office of Marketing Communications for their innovative promotion of the events.

itt_cr6sewawaaamu0pThe College welcomed students affected by the closure of local ITT Tech campuses. This was once again a collective effort which included several areas. Colleen Cox arranged the setup, Marketing Communications designed marketing materials, produced a press release, and created a website devoted to ITT students, and Patrick Cook  worked with the Lowell Sun to publicize the event. Pam Flaherty greeted students and gathered background information prior to linking them with staff from Admissions, Advising, and Testing. In some cases we were able register students in fall classes, but for most we discussed their options going forward. Students were truly appreciative of our efforts to assist them during this challenging time. We are also planning to attend informational events for ITT students in both Norwood and Wilmington the week of September 19.

comcombannerThe Admissions Department hosted North Shore and Northern Essex admissions staffs on September 19 on the Lowell campus. Bryan Wint, our Director of Advising, provided a detailed presentation of the new MassTransfer website, which includes information regarding the Commonwealth Commitment program. After his presentation we exchanged ideas on how best to communicate the benefits of the program at the prospective-student level. Often students consider all three colleges and we want to present uniform information on this very important initiative.

The Fall Admissions Open House will be held the morning of Saturday, October 29 beginning at 9:30 on our Bedford campus. Prospective students will have opportunities to engage with staff from across the college to learn about our academic programs and the many services we offer. In past years we have hosted over 250 people on this day.

The Admissions staff has begun fall recruiting, which includes high school visits and visits to community agencies, college fairs, and information sessions. In addition we hold mandatory overview sessions for some of our most sought after health programs, such as nursing, diagnostic medical sonography, dental hygiene, and dental assisting. These are conducted by both admissions staff and program coordinators. These are offered so that interested applicants have the information they need to make informed decisions about whether these programs are a good fit for them. These events not only help recruitment but retention as well. We’ve also planned numerous tours of both campuses as we know one of the best ways to attract students to the college is to have them visit and see firsthand what MCC has to offer. For a list of fall recruiting events, follow this link

While overall enrollment is down from last year, we do have some bright spots. Our Dual Enrollment Academy program continues to grow, both in the high schools and among our home-school population. To date we have enrolled 434 dual enrollment students, 261 are taking classes in the high schools, and of the 173 on campus, 78 are home schooled. We anticipate receiving enrollments from six additional high schools for the fall semester.

Admissions is always open to new ideas when it comes to recruiting new students and welcomes participation from across the college. If you have any questions or suggestions please feel free to email Marilynn Gallagan or Jillian Freitas-Haley.

Enrollment Management

Testing and Registration/School Opening
Over the past month, Enrollment Management has been focused on testing and registering new and returning students for Fall 2016. On August 23rd and August 25th, Enrollment Management collaborated with the other student service areas to support a new Walk-In testing and registration model. This model allowed students to test, meet with an advisor or admissions counselor, and register in the same day. The Student Information Centers and the Enrollment Management Center provided additional coverage the week prior to and during the opening of classes to ensure that students were best able to obtain the information and classes they needed for the upcoming semester.

Graduation and ITT Technical Institute
Enrollment Management awarded 209 new graduates this Summer and is now in the process of reviewing potential Fall graduates. The Registrar’s Office and Testing participated in our ITT Technical Institute day to assist ITT Tech students in determining the next steps with their career goals or education. ITT Tech students were provided opportunities to do on-spot placement testing or meet with advisors and admissions counselors and register, as necessary. Working in collaboration with Rob Kaulfuss of the Credit for Prior Learning office, the Registrar’s Office will continue to support the ITT Tech students through assistance with transfer credit options.

Enterprise Content Management (ECM) Update
The test and production environments for the Enterprise Content Management (ECM) application has been installed by Softdocs and the MCC Technology Center (many thanks to both teams). SoftDocs will be onsite the week of October 24th for technical training. Functional training will take place during the “Go Live” week which is scheduled for December 5th. The “Go Live” phase will allow the Admissions, Enrollment Management and the Financial Aid departments to reduce the distribution of “paperwork,” the ability to scan documents and access them from anywhere at the college, and streamline their business processes. In the next phase, the team will be working on developing eForms and eWorkflows.

Banner Users Group (BUG) Committee Update (co-chaired by Scott O’Neil and Josie Gorman)
Banner Users Group committee outlined the business process for implementing “preferred name.” The Admissions department is currently revising the Admissions application to accommodate preferred name. The committee is reviewing the scope of work that will allow preferred name to first appear on class rosters. Other institutional interests where preferred name should be illustrated includes, but not limited to, MiddleNet, DegreeWorks, grade sheets, Blackboard, ESars, and the college directory. The committee and Registrar’s Office are also looking into the implementation of the waitlist functionality in Banner.

Policy Information
Additional communications on the new GPA Policy and Withdrawal Policy will be starting the week of September 26th. Information will be provided through the Student Information Centers, the college monitors, social media, and the Student and college Newscaster. All communications will provide contact information if there any questions on interpreting the policies.

The first meeting for the Policy Committee will be on October 5th at 2pm in Lowell. The Committee would welcome more faculty membership. If you would like to join the Policy Committee, please make your Academic Dean aware of your interest.

Global Education

International Fellowships:
Global Education is pleased to announce that the International Fellowships for 2016-17 will be to India, UK-Ireland, and China. Application information for students and advisors can be found at: WWW.MIDDLESEX.MASS.EDU/FELLOWSHIPS

Study Abroad to Japan:
Join BU Professor Emeritus Livia Kohn June 10-24, 2017 for an in-depth, in-country course on the history, culture, and current state of the religions of Asia as seen through the shrines, temples, palaces, and holy mountains of Kyoto and Tokyo Japan. Gain a new level of understanding of Asian culture by immersing yourself in Japanese lifestyle to learn first-hand about the unfolding of its religions in history. Itinerary and flyer

Study Abroad and Transfer Agreements:
MCC now has an agreement with Kansai University of International Studies in Hyogo, Japan, for student and academic exchange.

We are also working on an updated agreement with the American University of Phnom Penh (AUPP) that will include a 2+2, providing the possibility for MCC students to gain a dual-degree from AUPP and the University of Arizona.

Global Education Lecture Series:
Oscar-winning filmmaker Kalyanee Mam spoke to over 400 students and community members on September 13-14 at MCC and the Stoklosa School, including a film screening of her Sundance Award-winning documentary “A River Changes Course.” Her 10 minute short film “Fight for Areng Valley” is an excellent curriculum resource for a variety of topics including immigration, environment, and politics.

mcc_visitingscholarf16Fulbright Scholar in Residence:
Dr. Reth Soeng, our Fulbright Scholar in Residence this academic year, 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 Division


  • mcc_zubkovskyAn upcoming concert from our A World of Music concert series: Igor Zubkovsky, Cello Acclaimed Russian cellist will be joined by his mother, pianist Susanna Kolker, for a duo recital of works by Johannes Brahms, Robert Schumann, Mikhail Glinka and Karl Davydov. Friday, October 14 at 8:00 pm, MCC Concert Hall, Bedford Campus.
  • visitingwritersseries_mary-buchinger_oct_12_2016Join us for the Visiting Writer Series featuring Mary Buchinger, award-winning poet, at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, in Bedford Campus Center’s Café East.
  • Middlesex Community College art faculty will be featured in a group show at Gallery Z in Lowell, on view Sept. 30 through Oct. 23.Free and open to the public, the show will reflect the many media disciplines taught in MCC’s Art and Design Department. Works include drawing, printmaking, painting, sculpture, ceramics, stained glass and graphic design.“Low Tide,” by Margaret Swan
    “Low Tide,” by Margaret Swan

    Faculty artists include Jan Arabas, Meredith Fife Day, Mary W. Hart, George Herman, Tamara Krendel, Yary Livan, Margaret Rack, Carolyn Stock, Margaret Swan and Kai Vlahos. All faculty members are actively practicing, exhibiting and or published artists.The opening reception will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, at Gallery Z, 167 Market St. in Lowell. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.



Library Resources

kara_schwartz-jpgKara Schwartz has joined Middlesex as a Reference and Instruction Librarian at the Lowell campus library. Kara comes to us with a Bachelor of Arts in East Asian Studies from Colby College, a Master of Arts in TESOL from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a Master of Science in Library and Information Science from Simmons College. In addition to her prior work at Middlesex as a part-time reference librarian, Kara has been employed as a Massachusetts School Librarian, an ESL Instructor, and a Language Lab Coordinator.

Joanna Gray has joined Middlesex as a Reference and Instruction Librarian at the Bedford campus library. Joanna comes to us with a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education/General Special Education from Rivier University, and a Master of Library and Information Science from University of South Carolina. In addition to her prior work at Middlesex as a part-time reference librarian, Joanna taught at the Perkins School for the Blind.

Kim Money has joined Middlesex as a Reference and Digital Resources Librarian and will split her time between the Lowell and Bedford libraries. Kim comes to us with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from UMass Lowell and a Master of Science in Library and Information Science from Simmons College. In addition to the four years she worked as a Reference and Instruction Librarian at Middlesex in a part-time capacity, Kim has worked as a librarian at Rivier University and Regis College.


Program News
The science department is enhanced our STEM pathways this fall by offering Organic Chemistry for the first time. A number of community college do not offer the “Organic Chemistry I and II” course sequence. This fall, Sally Quast is offering “Organic Chemistry I,” and will offer “Organic Chemistry II” in the Spring 17 semester. Both classes meet MassTransfer requirements and are a requirement for numerous STEM majors at the bachelor’s level, as well as allied health fields.

The division is offering 6 students the opportunity to participate in a research experience as an undergraduate by enrolling in one of our 1 credit STEM research course. Aisha Arroyo and Scott Higinbotham and Igor Baryakhtar will be working with students on Mathematical research and John Savage and Jean Cremins will be working with a student on scientific research.

The Math Department is in the process of setting up the practice sessions and exam for the National Mathematics Contest sponsored by the American Association of Two-Year Colleges. Any Middlesex full- or part time student who has not earned a two-year college or higher degree is eligible to participate. Middlesex in 2015/2016 was first in the New England association for highest score and highest team score, and received a plaque for recognition.

The Math Department is offering a late-start “Statistics” class (MAT177) online for those students in Ramp-Up who have finished through either module 73 or 82 by Oct. 8th for a class that will start on the 11th. This will allow students to complete their pre-requisite and college-level math classes in the same semester.

Pathways Center
For the month of September, the Pathways Center has been experiencing high traffic daily. Study groups are utilizing the space and we have already been visited by 6 STEM & Health classes that wanted to know more about what we have to offer. We also are scheduled to visit additional classrooms over the next 2 weeks. Science tutoring has started in the center and Math tutoring will be starting on 9/22. Two employers will hold hiring events at the center this month (Alexander Technology and UPS) and we expect 1 more before month end that will be scheduled in Bedford.

The Pathways Center is gearing up for our Welcoming Event to be held on 10/13 with lots of food, fun and prizes as students get to know the staff and peer mentors who will be serving in the center this semester. We are looking forward to a visit from a DHE evaluator on 10/12, who will be observing a workshop on interviewing skills and a facilitated study group (SI) taking place on that day in the center.

Government & Community Relations

Patrick Cook joined President Mabry and a team of student leaders from the Student Union Government Association as well as fellows from the Paul Sullivan Leadership Institute/Leadership in Action course to march in this year’s Bedford Day Parade. Two dozen students represented the college at the town’s annual celebrations, marching down the middle of Great Road and handing out candy to children who were holding FUTURE MCC STUDENT goodie bags in their hands. At the end of the parade, MCC had an information booth set up at the Town Center parking area. Jillian Freitas-Haley from Admissions and Dennis Malvers from Advancement were on hand to answer questions from the public and connect with several alumni who stopped by the booth.

Alisa Chapman, Director of Compliance, has been updating the college’s Annual Safety & Security Report, which will be sent out to the college next week. In addition, she is also distributing various required legal disclosures. Disclosures students receive include: voter registration, availability of financial aid, notice of financial aid penalties for drug law violations, FERPA, drug and alcohol abuse policies, campus sex crimes prevention, hazing, Annual Safety & Security Report, and provisions Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008. Disclosures faculty and staff receive include: drug and alcohol abuse policies, sexual harassment and sexual violence policies, campus sex crimes prevention, Annual Safety & Security Report, and the Massachusetts Domestic Violence Law.

Alisa will also be the facilitator at several sessions at the Statewide Conference on Campus Safety and Violence Prevention on September 28th at the DCU Center. This conference is a critical part of the Department of Higher Education’s commitment to coordinate a statewide effort of address campus safety and violence prevention. Alisa participated in the Task Force that issued findings and recommendations to the Board of Higher Education in June, entitled: Securing our Future: Best Practice Recommendations for Campus Safety and Violence Prevention. Patrick Cook, Dan Martin, Phil Sisson, and Pam Flaherty will also be attending this conference on behalf of MCC.

The Director of Compliance, along with Public Safety and Student Affairs staff, will be collaborating this year on college-wide training on topics including: active shooter, state mandated reporting, sexual violence and sexual harassment, domestic and dating violence, and Title IX. Please check Newscaster for dates, times and locations.

Director of Public Safety Daniel Martin has been working with Securitas, our on-campus security firm, and training new public safety officers assigned at Middlesex Community College. With the new semester beginning this month, Dan and his staff were working to help welcome our students back to campus on Opening Day.

Dan has also been working on updating MCC’s Department of Public Safety offered “Active Shooter” training course. Along with Campus Resource Officers Tom Hickey and Craig Naylor; Alisa Chapman, and Patrick Cook, Dan will be conducting Active Shooter trainings on a continuous basis throughout the upcoming semester. The personal protection training takes approximately 90 minutes. Geographic trainings and assessments for particular departments/work areas are available upon request. If your department would like to schedule a training, please contact Abby Vergados at

Patrick joined our partners at the Lowell National Historical Park to help celebrate the centennial anniversary of National Parks across the country. Locally, the urban LNHP was created in the late 1970s by former U.S. Senator Paul Tsongas, but the Lowell Park joined with all the parks nationally to commemorate all of the nation’s treasures. Patrick and President Mabry took part in a flag-raising ceremony at Lowell City Hall to recognize the anniversary.

Institutional Advancement

College Advancement

af17Annual Fund
The 2017 MCC Foundation Annual Fund will kick off in early October. 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. Every dollar raised is directly applied to MCC’s innovative programs by way of Annual Fund grants.

Ways to Give:

MCC Foundation Scholarships
The 2016-2017 MCC Foundation online application process is set to open in early October. Please help pass the word on to students that there are many award opportunities. New this year, students who are applying to participate in the MCC International Fellowships may apply for the MCC Foundation Founders Scholarship, which provides financial assistance to students who pursuing MCC study abroad programs. For information regarding the application or questions on the application process, please go to this webpage: or contact Amy Lee Watch for additional information Newscaster.

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.

craftfairMCC 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.

Community Education and Training

milesThe Fall 2016 MILES Opening Session will be taking place Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 2:00pm in the Bedford Campus Center, Café East. This is a great opportunity to meet some of our MILES members and get a sense of the courses we offer each semester. MCC’s Campus Safety team will be our featured presenters, focusing on Campus Safety, Active Shooter/Violent Intruder Awareness.

Corporate Education and Training

  • Delivering customized noncredit Accounting for employees at Enterprise Bank.
  • Delivering Excel training for Minuteman Senior Services and American Science and Engineering employees on the Bedford Campus.
  • Offering Medical Administration Recertification class for LifeLinks. The course is conducted at MCC in order to provide employees exposure to taking classes in a college setting.
  • Delivering a SHRM HR Certification Exam Prep Course at Otis Air National Guard Base. The participants in this class are a combination of six military personnel and civilians who will be completing the course by early December 2016

Marketing Communications

mymcc_billboard-20160923_110401New Branding Campaign
The new “my MCC” college brand is currently being rolled out across campus. Before the start of the semester, large banners featuring photos of real MCC students were installed on both the Bedford and Lowell campuses. A billboard” was also repurposed on the Bedford campus behind the Enrollment Center. This billboard reused the existing sign structure and materials and was created collaboratively between Marketing and Facilities. The sign is modular, allowing the Marketing Office to post important college-wide messages including: registration, FAFSA deadlines, open house dates and semester start dates.

In addition to new signage, MS Word templates featuring the new brand have been added to the template library located on the Marketing websitemymcc_banner-20160922_091027

These templates can be used by anyone in the college community, and enable individuals and departments to create their own branded communications without having to submit job requests to Marketing Communications.

Some of the templates available include a PowerPoint presentation, an agenda, room signs, memos, certificates, brochures and announcement fliers.

photo-challenge-slideSocial Media #myMCC Hashtag Photo Challenge
In alignment with the new 2016-2018 Marketing Communications brand campaign, the Office of Marketing Communications simultaneously launched a social media component of the campaign. The goal of the social media component is the same as the overall campaign – to tell authentic MCC student stories as a way to connect with current and prospective students.ericltate2

The first phase of  the campaign kicked off with our Hashtag Photo Challenge. We asked students to snap & share creative photos of our MCC branded hashtag squishy giveaway using #myMCC. Photos were submitted through Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Community members then voted for their favorite photos. Participation was so high we recognized the top two vote-getters with VISA and MCC Bookstore gift cards. Check out some of the great submissions on the ALBUM on our Facebook page.

mymcc_walk_320x50_thuGeofencing + Other Mobile Marketing

In August, Marketing Communications launched its first Geofencing Campaign to promote the Walk-In Enrollment dates. Geofencing uses the Global Positioning System (GPS) to build virtual boundaries around specific locations. Once a customer is within the parameters that you’ve specified, a Real-Time Bidding process will occur and there’s a chance that they will see your ad while they’re using their mobile devices to surf the web. Attendance numbers were up and we will be utilizing more targeted advertising in the future.

mymcc_t4_300x250_entAlso, for Fall promotion we launched a bilingual campaign through Entravision Communications, a leading media company that reaches and engages U.S. Latinos across acculturation levels and media channels. The ads, targeting the Middlesex service area, featured 2016 Commencement Speaker and Distinguished Alum Carla Rojo. A first-generation college student, Rojo graduated from Middlesex with an associate degree in Communications in 2012.

Don’t Be Shy: Send Us Your News!
The college and several divisions/departments have been the happy recipients of a number of recent honors, awards and grants, from our Title III and TechHire grants, to being named a Lead Initiative campus by NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education).

While it’s nice to read about such accolades in this e-newsletter, Marketing Communications would like to share this news with a wider audience. We are always looking for “good news” to include in news releases and social media.

Let us know when you or your division/department receive an award or grant – or any other good news about students, faculty and staff. Please 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.


August 2016

Updates from the President

Welcome Back!

After spending 18 months getting to know the institution, its creative people, tenacious students, and innovative programs, I am energized by the dedication to our mission I see and feel on a daily basis at MCC. I tell everyone I meet how lucky I am to work at a college where people extend themselves to transform lives through education. I hear it from students, alumni and community members — MCC is a place where lives are changed.

It is going to be a stimulating and challenging new academic year and I am excited to report that we have a revamped Senior Leadership team in place that is committed to transparent, respectful and collaborative leadership. We are ready to work with you on innovative ways to foster student success and retention.

Senior Leadership (Cabinet) Realignment

With the departure of several senior leaders, roles and responsibilities have been realigned to better help the college meet the challenges and exploit the opportunities that lie ahead. In brief:

  • Phil Sisson will lead the entire student services team with recruiting, admissions and enrollment now reporting to his area. Also moving to Academic and Student Affairs are all K-16 partnerships, including TRIO Programs.
  • Judy Burke will lead a multifaceted group that includes Corporate and Community Education, the Career Centers, and a new Institutional Advancement Group which includes Development, Marketing, Institutional Research and Resource Development (grants).
  • Colleen Cox will continue to serve as the Lowell Campus Manager while assuming broader responsibilities for scheduling and managing events at all locations. She will be responsible for the Historic Homes, Food Services, the Bookstores, the Law Center, and transportation.
  • The President’s Cabinet includes:
    • Phil Sisson – Provost and VP of Academic and Student Affairs
    • Judy Burke – Executive Director of Institutional Advancement
    • Colleen Cox – Chief Administrative Officer
    • Joe Patuto – Chief Technology Officer
    • Brian Butler – Director of Facilities
    • Patrick Cook – Executive Director of Government and Community Relations
    • Betty Ann Learned – Interim Chief Financial Officer
    • Mary Chatigny – Interim Director of Human Resources
    • Lura Smith and Donna Corbin – Office of the President
  • In a related move, Ken Dunn is retiring as director of the Law Center and Terry Downes will fill the Director position.

Strategic Transformation Planning Process

MCC is committed to transforming lives through its collaborative, innovative and forward-thinking programs and services. Looking toward the future, MCC has crafted a Strategic Plan, Transformative Education, focusing on the key objectives of teaching and learning, student access and success, community partnerships, and technology. As it embarks on these strategic initiatives, MCC, like its counterparts across the Commonwealth, faces significant challenges that can only be addressed with the full and active engagement of the entire college community.

The changing context we operate in includes declining enrollment, declining state support, increased costs, increased competition, and an aging infrastructure. Combined, these factors have created a challenging budget climate that is predicted to grow worse in the coming years. To meet these challenges, MCC will embark on a Strategic Transformation Planning Process. Please join me at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 8, for the Opening Forum in the Lowell Café where we will outline this inclusive process.

At MCC, we are committed and willing to engage these challenges head-on. We will do whatever is necessary to adapt to this changing educational environment, and to continue serving our students and our communities. While there are significant challenges ahead, I am confident MCC’s team of creative and experienced educational professionals will rise to the occasion, and I look forward to working closely with you.

Summer Activities

MCC_Celebrity+Forum+2016_kathie+lee074-2My wife, Judy, and I recently had a wonderful dinner with Maria Aybar, the inaugural recipient of The Dr. James C. and Judith G. Mabry Completion Scholarship, and her mother. It was exciting to hear about Maria’s busy summer and her plans for the coming year at MCC. This is a young woman who will go far and we feel privileged to be able to support her journey through higher education.


AdyInspires_cropOn August 6 & 7, I completed the Pan-Mass Challenge by cycling 192 miles over two days to raise funds to support the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. I am proud to be part of Team FLAMES, which has raised more than $485,000. We also rode to support Ady, a wonderfully positive 7-year-old fighting leukemia. She and her family were at rest stops each day to cheer us on, and I was touched by her courage and tenacity. I greatly enjoyed being part of something so large, so well run, and so inspiring.

All the best,
Jim Mabry

Grant News

  • MCC received notification of several grant awards this summer. As the result of a collaborative effort between Global Education and the division of Business, Education and Public Service, Middlesex’s proposal, The Morocco Experience: International Business Fellowships, was selected for funding through the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and Partners of the Americas. MCC’s project was one of 18 projects awarded out of 180 applications. This capacity-building grant for U.S. undergraduate study abroad is intended to broaden the population of students who study abroad, and the destinations and disciplines in which they study.
  • trio_logos-talent_search_red1Middlesex Community College also was awarded a multi-year US Department of Education TRIO Talent Search grant to support Lowell Public School students to prepare for, and enter, college. This five-year renewal application, for the period 2017-2021, will build on the success of more than 20 years of Talent Search programming offered in cooperation with the Lowell Public Schools. MCC’s new Talent Search program will offer a coordinated continuum of outreach, academic intervention, advising and support to 714 students drawn from grades 6-12 at three target schools in Lowell. Colleen Winn is MCC’s Talent Search Director and manages the Talent Search and Upward Bound TRIO programs, as well as the Gear Up project. Together these grant-funded programs serve more than 1,400 Lowell students each year.

Upcoming Events

  • Opening Day – Cookout – 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, Bedford & Lowell
  • Opening Forum – 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, Lowell Cafeteria
  • Community College Night at Fenway Park – 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14
  • Bedford Day Parade – 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17 – look for more info on Newscaster
  • Board of Trustees Meeting – 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, Trustees’ House, Bedford

 In The News

News from the Divisions


Academic Centers for Enrichment (ACE)

Supplemental Instruction

Starting in the fall, Jennifer Nicoloro teaching “Introduction to Microbiology,” Jane Morrison teaching “Introduction to Ultrasound Scanning,” Ralph DePrenda teaching “Introduction to Statistics,” and Sherryllene Pinnock teaching “Chemistry I,” will be added to the already 18 faculty using Supplemental Instruction (SI) in 33 sections supporting the success of more than 1,000 students.

Personnel Updates

Omar_Al_DulaimyOmar Al Dulaimy joined Middlesex as Coordinator of Academic Support Programs in the Academic Centers for Enrichment (ACE) on August 9, 2016. Omar comes to us with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, BA, a Master of Arts in Graphic design from the University of Baghdad, and is currently completing his second Master’s degree in Curriculum and Teaching with a focus of working with ESL students at Fitchburg State University this fall. Omar has been working part-time at Middlesex for the last four years as an Instructor and Professional Tutor in the RAMP-UP program. Previously, Omar coordinated tutors and teachers to operate a Literacy Lab at Lowell High School. In addition, he worked as a SLIFE Tutor teaching mathematics to students with limited or interrupted formal education. Omar brings with him a strong mathematics and language background and we are looking forward to working with him.

Beth_KelleyBeth Kelley joined Middlesex as Supplemental Instruction (SI) Coach in the Academic Centers for Enrichment (ACE) on July 18, 2016. Beth comes to us with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Trinity College, a Master of Education from Harvard University Graduate School of Education, and a second Master’s of Education in Instructional Technology from Bridgewater State College. Beth has worked part-time at Middlesex for 12 years as an Adjunct Faculty member teaching “Chemistry.” Additionally, Beth has been working in ACE since 2013 and has been a key contributor, training and supporting over 35 ACE student leaders each semester. Beth is a passionate and innovative educator who is committed to developing student leaders within the department while providing excellent academic support services.

Lore_PorterLore Porter joined Middlesex as a Writing Learning Specialist in the Academic Centers for Enrichment (ACE) on July 25, 2016. Lore comes to us with a Bachelor of Arts in English from Duke University, and a Master of Science in Communication from Boston University. Lore worked part-time at Middlesex for four years as the Coordinator for the Center for Careers and Teaching, and came to the Academic Support Department as a Professional Tutor in the Writing Center in 2009. In 2013, Lore was hired as a part-time Writing Learning Specialist in ACE, and over the last three years has created a comfortable and productive environment where students feel welcome, tutors feel supported, and faculty feel connected. She has established partnerships with many English faculty and has developed relationships with faculty from other disciplines, such as Business and Engineering, advancing writing across the curriculum.

Assessment and Professional Development Offices

To more seamlessly meet the needs of MCC faculty and staff in their utilization of technology tools and digital learning environments, our Assessment, Professional Development and Academic Technologies areas merged and underwent some changes over the summer. Nancy Curll, Manager of E-Learning; Sanford Arbogast, Instructional Technologist; and Wendy Khadjikian, Administrative Assistant, join Director Peter Shea and Dean of Assessment and Professional Development Elise Martin on this team. We thank Paulo Barrio, former Assistant Director of Professional Development, for his years of valuable service, and wish him the best of luck in his new role at MCC as Coordinator of the Human Services program.

An important element of our 2016-17 academic year focus is the development and facilitation of strong faculty and staff communities of practice. To this end, we will implement a recommendation from the Technology Strategic Plan – the utilization of faculty and staff “fellows” for their input and collaboration on important initiatives such as:

  • Assessment and assignment design – Cathy Pride
  • Online learning environments for distance and classroom-based learning – Binnur Ercem
  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning/Professional Development – Jean Cremins
  • Student use of eportfolios as learning and branding tools – Kyle Tucker

We have many offerings planned for the 2016-17 academic year, beginning with the annual Chairs and Coordinators kick-off meeting and New Faculty Orientation, both taking place Thursday, September 1, and the New Faculty Seminar Series, which will begin Friday, September 9, and offer our new full-time faculty a semester of teaching, learning and student success orientation designed to support their crucial first year as full-time faculty members here at MCC. The seminar series will include opportunities for peer classroom observation, best practice in active, inclusive pedagogies to engage and support all students in their learning, MCC resources that can provide additional support for student learning, strategies for creating optimal classroom learning environments, utilization of web-based learning environments for classroom-based courses, course design work that includes designing assignments that are aligned to course outcomes, and plenty of opportunity to hear from and network with other MCC faculty, staff and administrators. This seminar series will utilize a Blackboard site for seminar resources and peer discussion. All new part-time faculty will also be enrolled in this website, providing them opportunities to access these resources and participate in online discussions with their colleagues. Please contact Wendy Khadjikian or any other member of our team for further information.

This year we are pleased to welcome 13 new full-time faculty:

  • Mary Jenny – Dental Assisting
  • Kate Baker – English
  • Ana Garcia – English
  • Willy Ramirez – English
  • Paulo Barrio – Human Services
  • Ryan Fried – IT
  • Aisha Arroyo – Math
  • Robyn McDonough – Math
  • Susan Lavallee -Nursing
  • (Veronica) Ann McDonough -Nursing
  • Kathryn Small -Nursing
  • Carolyn Walsh -Nursing
  • And a new faculty member TBD in Medical Laboratory Technology

Also this summer, Elise Martin, Dean of Assessment and Professional Development, in her role as Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP)/Tuning “coach” for the National Institute of Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) and the Lumina Foundation, presented a workshop on “Mapping Your Curriculum for Teaching and Learning Excellence” at Quinsigamond Community College’s summer Assessment Academy. You can view Elise’s participation on a national panel at the DQP Launch event in Indianapolis, IN, in the October 2014, from the DQP website:

Business, Education and Public Service

Judy Hogan, Michelle Bloomer, Lynda Pintrich, and Tim Scanlon began work with Martha Wyatt, Outreach Coordinator from the US Attorney’s Office regarding a partnership with the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office and other Lowell community social service agencies, including UTEC, to be a part of the Lowell High Risk Offender Reentry Initiative targeting offenders 18 to 30 years of age. This program has been very successful in Boston and will be introduced in Lowell soon. We are very excited for the opportunity to work on a project which is so well aligned to our CJ faculty’s (and program’s) views on rehabilitation opportunities which aim at decreasing the rate of recidivism and the integration of offenders as productive members of the community.

Michelle Bloomer and Judy Hogan have begun work on a Children’s Behavioral Health Specialist Program with The Children’s Behavioral Health Workforce Collaborative, a coalition of CBH employers working to reduce mental health disparities and increase quality of care in racial, ethnic and under-served communities in Massachusetts. The Collaborative has two initiatives, one focused on strengthening career pathways for Family Partners and Therapeutic Mentors, and the other on strengthening multicultural clinical practice for clinicians. Susan Anderson and Danielle Kehoe are currently developing a grant application to fund the development of the CBH courses, while Ellen Grondine is assisting in the articulation of credit from other institutions who offer a similar program.

Business, Entrepreneurship and Legal Studies

Four students attended the Next Gen Summit for young entrepreneurs in NYC over the June 3rd weekend. The conference included an amazing stream of successful entrepreneurs all under 30. Two of the students were able to implement some of the business etiquette skills learned while attending the April 27 Fashion, Hospitality, and Entrepreneurship dinner at the Nesmith House, sponsored by the Hospitality program and the BEP Division.

Student Impressions:

Students: William Seitzinger, Jason Mandel, Andre Gitei and Danny Witham (l – r)

“It was quite inspirational to hear all of the success stories from accomplished entrepreneurs who were in the same position as us just a few years ago,” said Danny.


“I’m really glad I went, the people there were so inspiring they made me want to start something, also I was able to make a lot of really good connections with people and got some sage advice from some of the more experienced people,” said Jason.

Carlos Broccato and James Dottin, Chair of Business, are in the planning stages for the Business Ethics Film & Speaker Series for the Fall semester. They will be inviting outside business leaders to address current ethical issues in business. Look for the announcement of dates soon!

Under the direction of Halye Sugarman, Coordinator of the Paralegal Program, the Paralegal faculty took part in two training sessions on the use of MindTap materials for Business Law and Family Law. The faculty met with representatives from Cengage Publishing to learn new techniques in offering online materials to students enrolled in both the online and face-to-face sections of “Business Law and Family Law.”

Stacie Hargis, Entrepreneurship Coordinator, along with five other professors from MCC and six from Lowell Public school, spent the month of July researching in Cambodia through a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship spearheaded by Dean Dona Cady. Hargis’s focus was on social entrepreneurship and the many social enterprises thriving in Cambodia. She compiled this info into case studies that will be used in her entrepreneurship courses, and which will lead to Service-Learning and project-based learning activities.

Global Education

Study Abroad

Belize Fellowship 2016Belize Fellowship: Throughout the two-week study abroad 11 student researchers and three faculty advisors successfully completed surveys of two sites following reef check data collection protocols. The group was also invited to Leonardo DiCaprio’s island Blackador Caye to learn how developers plan to ecologically restore the island through a new paradigm in sustainable development while actively building a resort. Read about the group’s experiences in their blog.

China FellowshipChina Fellowship: The two-week China Fellowship and an anonymous donor provided funding for 11 students and two faculty advisors to explore the culture, literature, language, and history of China. With a lecture at Peking Union Medical College, demonstrations of calligraphy and tai chi, exploring Xi’An and later the Longmen Grottoes, climbing Mt. Tai, and a tour of Shanghai BTU China, the group had an experience of a lifetime. Read about the group’s experiences in their individual e-portfolios on the Global Education site:

England - Somerville CollegeEngland-Ireland: Eight students with two advisors traveled to England and Ireland to experience the culture that inspired some of the greatest works in Western literature. Students explored London, Bath, Stonehenge, Stratford-on-Avon, Oxford and Dublin, including lectures on John Stewart Mills at Somerville College, Oxford; Samuel Taylor Coleridge at his home in the Quantock Hills; and the Book of Kells at Trinity College Dublin.

Fulbright-Hays Group Study Abroad

FB and gov battambangThe MCC Fulbright-Hays Group Study Abroad (GPA) project – Cambodia’s Cultural Heritage in the Modern World — traveled in-country July 5-Aug. 3 with the focus to enable educators to deepen and expand connections between Cambodian arts and cultural traditions with the humanities fine arts, social science, and business curricula at MCC and the Lowell Public Schools. The main purpose of the project has been to draw upon Cambodia’s rich artistic heritage as a primary means to understand Cambodian culture and traditions which, when infused into curriculum, will support efforts to foster resiliency and a strong self-concept among Cambodian youth/young adults in the Lowell area. Furthermore, the project will also foster an appreciation of Cambodian classical and folk art forms among the general Lowell community, and support strategies for sustaining these traditions in the local region. Participant projects include an international ceramic exhibit, books on silk and decorative arts, sister school relationships, social entrepreneurship, and many more.

RUFA-NEWA carbon-fiber violin, purchased with funds raised through MCC’s Strings for Cambodia, was presented to the Royal University of Fine Arts followed by a concert of Cambodian traditional and Western music.

For more information and to read individual e-portfolios:



Fulbright Scholar in Residence

dr reth soengMCC’s first Fulbright Scholar in Residence, Dr. Reth Soeng of Cambodia, will be arriving August 23 for the 2016-17 academic year. He will be teaching “Microeconomics” and “Macroeconomics” at the Lowell campus. Prior to the Fulbright, Dr. Soeng was an Adjunct Professor of Economics at the American University of Phnom Penh (AUPP) and a Visiting Professor of Economics at the Royal University of Law and Economics in Cambodia. Since 2009, he has also been a Research Fellow at the Centre for ASEAN Studies, University of Antwerp, Belgium, and did his post-doctoral work at the Flemish Centre for International Policy where he carried out a joint research project with the National Bank of Belgium. He has served as a referee for several scholarly journals–Journal of Asian Economics, International Trade Journal, Economics Bulletin and International Journal of Commerce and Management – and is also a member of Editorial Board of the Journal of Business and Management. Dr. Soeng looks forward to joining the MCC community, visiting classes, and participating in the life of the College.

Humanities and Social Sciences Division

Civic and Service-Learning

On August 8, 2016, Rose Gage joined the Humanities and Social Sciences Division as our new Director of Civic and Service-Learning working across the college to advance our Civic and Service-Learning programs. Rose holds a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Psychology and a Master of Arts in Agency Counseling from Marywood University in Scranton, PA. Prior to joining Middlesex, Rose was Assistant Director of the Community Service Center at Bridgewater State University, and Assistant Director of Learning Beyond the Classroom at Western New England University. In addition to her higher education experience, Rose has worked as a Case Manager in an Intensive Foster Care Program as well as a variety of other positions in human services. Welcome, Rose!

English Department

The English department is delighted to announce the addition of three new full-time faculty beginning this fall: Kate Baker, Anna Garcia and Willy Ramirez. We are confident they will contribute to the work of the department and college in rich ways.

Kate is well known to many of you for her years of teaching for MCC, ALP and other courses, as well as her work as adjunct liaison for the past year. Kate has taught in Colorado, New Hampshire as well as Massachusetts. And she earned her BA at UMass, Lowell before traveling to Boulder, Co for her MA.

Anna also has taught ALP and other courses for us over the past two years. She spent this summer in Spain where she previously earned her MA in English. She has also taught at the Madrid campus of Saint Louis University.

Willy is known to many folks in Lowell as he has been working as Program Coordinator for the College Access Support Program, along with teaching part-time and running a reading group exploring Spanish literature. He is an MCC grad who earned his BA and MA in NYC.

Nursing and Allied Health Division

Personnel Updates: The Nursing and Allied Health Division has several changes in personnel that occurred over the summer.

  • After 26 years of providing leadership in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) program, Tom Walsh is retiring at the end of August.
  • Jane Morrison has been appointed new DMS Program Coordinator.
  • We are pleased to welcome three new full-time faculty to the division for this fall; two faculty for the Nursing program, and one in Medical Laboratory Technician program.
    • (Veronica) Ann McDonough obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Stanford University and her Master of Science in Nursing from Yale University. Ann is an experienced Family Nurse Practitioner who has been teaching as an adjunct faculty in the nursing program at Middlesex Community College since 2008, and will be primarily teaching community health, replacing Sharon Jette, who is retiring.
    • Carolyn Walsh obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Rhode Island, and a Master of Science in Nursing with a Nursing Education concentration from Walden University. Carolyn has been teaching as an adjunct faculty in the nursing program at Middlesex since 2007, and will be the new Coordinator for the Part-time Nursing program, as Cassie DelCheccolo has relocated to Texas.
    • Christine Laviolette is a new full-time faculty who was hired to teach in the Medical Laboratory Technician program. Chris is a graduate of the University of Lowell with a Bachelor of Science in Medical Lab Technology, and has many years of experience in the field both in Massachusetts and South Dakota. Chris has been teaching as an adjunct in the Medical Laboratory Technician program since 2014 and is a welcome addition to that expanding program as they prepare for initial accreditation this fall.

STEM Division 

Personnel Updates: Three new faculty will be joining us this fall. Ryan Fried will be part of our IT area. Robin McDonough and Aisha Arroyo will be part of our Mathematics department. Ryan joins us from industry, Aisha joins us from Massasoit Community College and Robin has been part of our faculty as an adjunct faculty member.

  • Ryan Fried joins Middlesex as IT faculty this fall. Ryan brings a strong background in Information Technology to MCC. Ryan received a Bachelor in Science in Business with a major in Management Information Systems. Previously, Ryan worked at Aetna in their Information Technology Leadership Development Program. He attended the Cisco Academy at RPI this summer and contributed this summer to the development of our new Cyber lab in the Pollard building.
  • Aisha Arroyo joins Middlesex as a Mathematics faculty member this fall. She brings a strong background in Mathematics to MCC, having taught at Massasoit Community College, Bunker Hill Community College, Wentworth Institute of Technology and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Aisha holds a BS in Applied Mathematics from Georgia Institute of Technology as well as an MS in Mathematics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She served as an ACCESS Fellow with the American Mathematical Association of Two Year Colleges.
  • Robyn McDonough joins Middlesex as a full-time faculty member in the Mathematics department after serving as an adjunct at MCC for several years. She also brings experience as a High School Math faculty, having worked at Lowell high School. She holds a BS in Business Administration from Boston University, a Master of Education in Curriculum and Teaching from Fitchburg State University as well as a Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics from Rivier University.
  • Lauren Maniatis, a Biology Faculty member left to move to the west coast where she will be teaching part time at a Community College.

Program and Faculty News

  • Don Brady, Kate Sweeney, Mo Moghimi, Syeda Begum and Ryan Fried have been working as part of a collaborative team with IT and facilities to relocate our IT program to new state-of-the-art facilities in the Pollard building. The new updated facilities were funded through a DOL grant and a Capitol fund grant from the state. The facilities will house program faculty offices, two classrooms and a server room to support the program.
  • Brian Norris, Mary Anne Dean, Judy Burke, Phil Sisson, Don Brady and Kate Sweeney have been working with Nashoba, Shawsheen, and Greater Lowell technical schools throughout the summer to develop our Advanced Manufacturing Certificate, which is funded by the DOL GPSTEM grant.
  • A DO THE MATH campaign is under way to encourage students to register for Math early in their programs. You will see Pins, Banners, video and window clings throughout campus.
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  • Michele Stein and Sally Quast have been developing courses in engineering and organic chemistry during the summer to enhance our curricular offerings in STEM.
  • Several faculty and staff attended the AACU PKAL regional meeting, Best Practices in Retaining Undergraduate Students in STEM. Audrey Frater, Joyce Wang and Kate Sweeney presented the session, “Enhancing STEM Student Success with a Disciplinary-Based Support Center”. Sally Quast, Jean Cremins and Patricia Richard Best presented another session titled, “Best Practices for Enhancing Self-efficacy in STEM.” Iveta Dinbergs also attended.

Pathways Center

The Pathways Center was a hub of activity throughout the summer, implementing activities under the STEM Starter Academy and initiatives funded through the DHE PIF grant.

  • Fifteen students attended the Summer Bridge Program which introduced students to STEM fields. Participants included High school students as well as incoming students and those new to STEM. Workshops were presented by Patricia Richard, Mariluci Bladon and Suzanne McHale.
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    The students had the opportunity to explore various STEM & Health fields through hands-on classroom and laboratory experiences taught by passionate MCC and UML faculty. Summer Bridge scholars developed a better understanding of the fields of environmental science, medical laboratory technology, robotics, and biotechnology, as well as study skills to be a successful college student, and critical thinking and research methods skills through a one-credit “Wicked Problems in STEM” course.
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  • The Center also offered a Math Academy for 15 students, which offered an accelerated class in “Pre-calculus and Trigonometry” designed to prepare for students for “Calculus.” After successfully completing the class, incoming students will be able to take calculus their first year. This program introduced students to various MCC and Pathways Center resources to develop the academic and career skills necessary to be successful college students.math academy
  • Math Booster sessions were offered that served 54 students, 32 incoming and returning, and 22 students from area high schools. The program was designed to introduce students to Middlesex and enhance their math skills as they prepared for college. This Math Booster included additional academic support and advising to boost students’ progress through their modules. The high school students were provided extensive academic support including study skills, tutoring, and tablet technology to help them get a leg-up in math before they return to high school.
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  • The Center also offered UML Academic Laboratory Workshops. Thirty-five  students, over three different workshops, gained the opportunity to develop relevant and hands-on laboratory skills in the fields of microbiology, biotechnology, and robotics at the four-year college level.
  • Also through the PIF grant, the center offered a Summer Bridge which allowed MCC students to take classes at UML. The Bridge supported 18 students in attending UML courses in engineering, math and science. The Bridge was designed to enhance the transfer success of MCC students to UML. As well as attending the classes and gaining UML credit, students were supported with supplemental instruction and workshops in study skills, career opportunities and transfer success.

Research Experiences for Undergraduates – Sixteen students had the opportunity to develop and strengthen real-world work skills through various STEM/Health internships and research opportunities at UML or local industries (including Masy Biosystems, Novartis, Entegris, CreaGen, and Advance Research & Development, Albany Molecular Research Inc.). These paid summer internships and REU’s provided essential networking opportunities to students, as well as the chance to develop their presentation skills. Two students were supported for a research experience with Middlesex Faculty John Savage, Paul Patev and Doug Moffat in Belize.

On-site Interviews with Industry partners – Various companies (including CVS Health, UPS, Securitas, Labor Ready, Aspire Lifestyles) were invited on campus (Lowell) to hold on-the-spot interviews especially for MCC students. Students were supported through extensive career preparation and development before, during, and after these interviewing opportunities. Over 40 students interviewed and currently, over 25 students were hired.

C++ Workshops – Four computer science students were provided the opportunity to develop their knowledge and abilities with C++ through this hands-on workshop that advanced the skills they were able to bring from their respective internship/REU placements and academic careers.



Please be advised that renovations in the Roy Garage on Market Street will continue through the fall semester. MCC faculty and staff who work in the Derby, Talbot or Pollard buildings are strongly encouraged to consider parking in the Lower Locks Garage during this time. We appreciate your patience.

The City of Lowell would like to invite the MCC community to the 2016 Swamp Locks “lighting up” ceremony and events on Thursday, Sept. 1. Starting at 5 p.m., activities will include canal boat rides, entertainment, art displays at the 110 Canal property and – at dusk -lighting of the Swamp Locks and canal structures.



AF_logo_2014ANNUAL FUND: Thank you to all of the generous donors to the 2016 MCC Foundation Annual Fund who helped raise more than $39,000 for 10 new Annual Fund grants. These grant awards are listed at . The 2017 MCC Foundation Annual Fund will kick off in early fall. To donate, please go to .

FB_FenwayCollege.jpgCOMMUNITY COLLEGE NIGHT AT FENWAY PARK: Wednesday, September 14, 2016 has been declared Community College Day at Fenway Park with the Boston Red Sox! Join Middlesex Community College alumni, students, faculty, staff, donors and friends along with other Massachusetts community colleges and their constituents to cheer on the Red Sox as they play the Baltimore Orioles. The game will start at 7 p.m. Tickets are $22 and can be purchased at . For more information, call Amy Lee at 781-280-3579.

NEW HIRE: Advancement welcomes Lisa Farias Mazerall to the team. Lisa will serve as an administrative assistant, working closely with Gretchen Robinson in data management. Lisa holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Stonehill College.

Corporate and Community Education and Training

Personnel Updates

  • Caitlin Campopiano - New Hire PhotoWe are pleased to announce Caitlin Campopiano accepted the position of Program Manager for Community Education and Training effective August 15, 2016. Caitlin has been with Middlesex for four years, previously in an administrative assistant position for Community Education & Training. Prior to MCC, Caitlin was the store manager of Charles Frederick Jewelers in Chelmsford, MA. Caitlin holds a BA in English Literature with a minor in History from University of Massachusetts Lowell. Caitlin will be responsible for workforce development programming such as Nurse Assistant/Home Health Aide, Pharmacy Technician, and Personal Training National Certification among others. Please join us in congratulating Caitlin!
  • Tim Scanlon - New Hire PhotoWe are pleased to announce Timothy Scanlon accepted the position of Program Manager for Corporate Education and Training effective June 13, 2016. Tim previously worked at Rivier University as an Admissions Counselor and represented the institution as a student recruiter for first–time and transfer students. Tim holds a BS in Psychology with a minor in Business from Fitchburg State University. Tim will be responsible for working with area employers on training and education endeavors such as Workforce Training Fund Grants and Contract Training. Please join us in congratulating Tim!
  • Mary Wheeler has resigned as Program Manager in Community Education and Training and has taken an opportunity to work at MITRE in Bedford as an administrative assistant. We will miss Mary and wish her well in her future endeavors.
  • After 10+ years in Community Education our Director of Lifelong Learning, Marci Barnes, has decided to explore a new opportunity. Marci has accepted a position with Juniper Networks as Program Manager of Community Engagement. Marci has been committed to our lifelong learners with our College for Kids Programming, MILES program, and our personal enrichment classes. We wish her all the best.

Corporate Education & Training

Delivered non-credit “Introduction to Linux” for employees at Silverlink.

  • Delivered “Meetings that Support Performance Improvement” courses to employees at Lowell General Hospital through their Healthcare Workforce Transformation Grant.
  • Offered CPR/ First Aid, Medical Administration, and Medical Administration Recertification classes for LifeLinks, Inc. Lifelinks orientation and recertification courses are conducted at MCC in order to provide employees exposure to taking classes in a college setting.
  • Meetings are taking place regarding the Department of Labor Mass AMTC Tech Hire Grant that was recently awarded to Mount Wachusett Community College, Middlesex Community College, Northern Essex Community College, and North Shore Community College are sub-recipients on the grant. Middlesex will be offering training programs on Quality, Electronic Technician, or Machining in 2017.
  • Dean Judy Burke and Director Chris Fiore hosted an employer/HR forum on August 24 at the Meetinghouse. The goal of the forum was to provide an opportunity for local employers to discuss how MCC can assist employees with tuition reimbursement dollars. This forum was free and open to employers and HR managers.

Community Education and Training

Congratulations to Community Education and Training and SHRM. CET was recently recognized by the Society of Human Resources Management as a Top 20 Educational Partner for 2015. CET partners with SHRM to offer HR Certification Exam Prep courses.

This summer, there were nearly 500 enrollments in College for Kids. The students ranged in age from 8 – 15, and enjoyed an exciting range of unique opportunities to explore careers, gain new knowledge, develop new skills and boost self-confidence. Courses offered on the Bedford and Lowell campuses included Fashion Design, Ace Aviation, Digital Photography, Theater, Lego Mindstorms, Veterinary, Film Production, Minecraft and Pokemon Go. Highlights included instructional flights out of Danvers Airport, field trips to Boston Common, a visit from the Billerica K-9 unit and more.


Academic, Career and Transfer Department

New Staff

  1. Maria Gonzalez: Maria comes to us from Northern Essex Community College, where she has worked as an academic counselor for many years. Prior to that, Maria worked here at Middlesex in our Admissions office and as an ESL instructor. Maria is a Middlesex graduate herself and a veteran of the US Army. She will be working as an Academic Advisor in our Bedford office.
  2. Jacqueline Gately: Jackie is currently an adjunct instructor in the Philosophy department at MCC and joined our advising team in July as a part-time advisor. In addition to her teaching background, Jackie was an academic advisor at Arizona State University. Jackie will work part-time as an advisor in our Bedford office.
  3. Josselyn Porter: Josselyn has been at MCC for many years, as an adjunct instructor in the Psychology department and more recently in the Service-Learning department. Josselyn previously worked in the TRIO program at Mount Wachusett Community College and has a strong counseling background. She joined our team in July will work part-time in our Bedford office.

Staff Changes

  1. Susan Hutchinson: Susan has worked part-time in the evenings in the advising department for the past several years and was recently converted to a full-time Academic Advisor in July. Susan is an MCC graduate herself and has been a member of the adjunct faculty for the Education department here at MCC for many years. She will continue to work in the Bedford office.
  2. Helen Vargas: Helen has worked part-time in the evenings for the advising department for the past two years and was recently converted to a full-time Academic Advisor in July. Helen has worked for several years in higher education in the financial aid area prior to coming to MCC. Helen will continue to work in the Lowell advising office.

Technology Update
The college is in the process of testing and implementing a new scheduling software system. College Scheduler is a system that works in tandem with information in Banner (and eventually Degree Works) that will allow for a much more robust and efficient registration system for advisors and students going forward. This new system will allow students to input information about which classes they wish to take, campus, and times they are available to take classes, and the system will automatically generate templates of sample schedules for the student to choose from. Then the student can select the schedule that works best for them and immediately register for their courses. The goal is to have the system fully implemented in time to use with students when we begin Spring 2017 registration in October. Stay tuned!

Admissions and Student Recruitment

Staff Changes

  1. Assistant Director of Admissions Kristie Faletra will be adjusting her status from part time to full time, beginning September 6. Kristie has been in the admissions office on the Lowell campus for six years. She has a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Psychology from Syracuse University, and a Master of Science in Public Relations from Boston University. Prior to joining Middlesex, Kristie was a development officer and an alumni officer at Boston University’s College of Communication. She also brings experience as an events, publications and alumni affairs coordinator at The Hewitt School in New York, a development officer at Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and a regional executive for income development and special events at the American Cancer Society’s New England division. She is a member of NEACAC, the New England Association for College Admissions Counselors.
  2. Jennifer Migliozzi joined Middlesex on July 25 as an Assistant Director of Admissions in the Lowell office. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a minor in English Writing from Quinnipiac University and a Master of Education in Higher Education in Student Affairs from Salem State University. As a graduate student she was employed as an admission representative for Transfer Undergraduate Admissions at Bentley University and an admissions assistant in the Admissions Office at Salem State University. She was also a student success coach in the First Year Experience office and interim co-coordinator in the Student Transition and Engagement program at Salem State. She is a member of NACADA, the National Academic Advising Association and NEACAC.
  3. Jennifer (Jenna) Engelsen was hired as an Assistant Director of Admissions in the Bedford office and began on July 19. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, IL and a Master of Arts in Community and Social Psychology from UMass Lowell. She most recently worked as a career education liaison and interned in the Center for Leadership and Engagement at MCC. During her graduate degree program she was an intern at Community Teamwork in Lowell and was a graduate assistant in the psychology department at UML. As an undergraduate, she was the executive editor of the college yearbook. She is a member of NEACAC.
  4. In addition, Sabrina Boggio has moved to the Admissions office in Bedford as a part time administrative assistant. Sabrina most recently worked in the same capacity in the Academic, Career and Transfer Center. She is a graduate of Merrimack College with a degree in Business Administration and is extremely involved in community engagement and entrepreneurship in the city of Lawrence.

In June, Assistant Directors of Admission Jeffrey Tejada and Lauren Ellis attended a week-long Northeast Leadership Academy Institute, held on Cape Cod.

The summer has been a busy season in admissions with our continued recruiting of new students. In addition to our traditional events, such as campus tours and information sessions, we have attended several community events to promote MCC to a variety of populations. These events included a Health and Resource Fair at Mass General Hospital, the grand opening of a Job Lots in Danvers, The Greater Lawrence Community Action Council Resource Fair, the Lowell Summer Concert series, the No Bullying Zone Kids Community Fair in Lowell and Lowell Pride Day. We also hosted younger students on our campuses from the Lowell Police Department’s summer program and the Rising Stars Sports and Leadership Summer Program, sponsored by the Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association of Greater Lowell, introducing the idea that college is a possibility for them.

Enrollment Data Management

Enterprise Content Management (ECM) Solution
Middlesex Community College has recently selected an Enterprise Content Management (ECM) solution. The college began a partnership with Softdocs, Inc. last month. The ECM product consists of three parts; document imaging will allow the college to scan student documents and store them electronically in a student’s folder, the ability to create online college forms, and the functionality to create internal digital workflows. The Admissions, Enrollment Management, and Financial Aid departments are targeted to go live by December, 2016. This technology will not only reduce the handling and storing of current student paper documents, but will allow college employees and students the ability to access and view electronic student documents from anywhere within the college.

Electronic Distribution of College Transcripts
The college has implemented an automated process that allows students the ability to directly request their college transcript via a web application with associated links located on the MCC website and the MyMCC portal. Students can submit an electronic or paper transcript to other colleges, universities and third-party institutions. The launch of this automated process, which began June, 2016, has delivered over 1,300 official transcripts to other colleges, universities and third-party institutions with minimal staff intervention. The automation of this process has reduced the delivery time of MCC transcripts from days to minutes.

Enrollment Management

New College Level GPA
This summer, Enrollment Management and Information Technology have been working on the systems and processes to support the rollout of the college’s new GPA. Beginning this Fall 2016, Middlesex Community College (MCC) students will be receiving two Grade Point Averages (GPAs) based on their credits earned. These GPAs will be referred to as the Cumulative GPA (less developmental credit) and the Cumulative GPA. The Cumulative GPA (less developmental credit) will be used for measurement of academic performance on graded college-level courses at MCC. The Cumulative GPA will be used for measurement of academic performance on ALL courses (including developmental credit) taken at MCC. These two GPAs will be notated on every student’s MCC transcript and will also be provided through Degree Works. More detailed communications will be coming throughout the Fall 2016 semester to provide information to students, faculty and staff. For questions on the two GPAs, please feel free to contact Audrey Nahabedian, Dean, Enrollment Management (x3223), Daniel Moynihan, Registrar (x3136) or Lisa Gibson, Assistant Registrar (x3375).

New Technologies for Improved Student Service
Enrollment Management has been involved in the setup and testing of new, important technologies that will greatly enhance our ability to service students. These technologies include College Scheduler and Soft Docs. Working in collaboration with Enrollment Data Management, Information Technology and Academic Advising, College Scheduler will be introduced to students this Fall. College Scheduler will automate the schedule planning process, and provide students the ability to easily create a variety of schedules based on their selection of preferred classes and blocking off necessary times for breaks or work. Soft Docs will provide a document imaging solution to the Enrollment Management business processes, allowing students, faculty and staff easier and more immediate access, processing and retrieval of student information.

Scheduling, Graduation, and State-Wide Initiatives
Significant progress has been made this summer in the development of the Spring 2017 schedule. It is expected that this progress will contribute to the college’s ability to begin Spring 2017 registration earlier this year for both new and returning students. The review and awarding of Summer graduates is underway, with the release of Summer graduate diplomas on August 29, 2016. The e-transcript process was fully implemented this Summer, allowing students to request transcripts directly online and reducing the amount of time for transcript delivery. In addition, the department continues to participate in and support state-wide policy initiatives, including the Commonwealth Commitment, Civic Learning, the Mass Transfer/MAST initiative and Reverse Transfer.

Student Information Centers
This summer, the Enrollment Management division welcomed Shereen Rahimi, our new evening Enrollment Assistant in the Lowell Student Information Center.

Policy Changes
Enrollment Management supported the release of the 2016-2017 online catalog, with updates and review of course descriptions, program requirements and policy changes, effective Fall 2016. Of significant note is the policy change regarding the new Withdrawal Policy as listed below.

New Withdrawal Policy
The new withdrawal policy proposed by the Policy Committee was approved in June and will go into effect in the Fall 2016 semester. There are several changes in the policy that faculty, staff, and students should be aware of. These changes include:

  • Clarification that withdrawal is an administrative process and not a grade, and is the student’s responsibility to initiate.
  • Clarification for students of the financial and other implications of withdrawing.
  • Extension of the withdrawal deadline from the 10th week to the 12th week of the regular semesters (with commensurate extensions in the WinterSession, summer sessions and other non-traditional sessions).
  • Improved processes for students to withdraw, including completion of a form online, as well as ability to call the 800 number or drop off completed forms in person at the student information centers.There will be a college-wide marketing campaign to inform students and faculty of the new policy and the deadlines. Stay tuned.

Policy Committee
The Policy Committee will begin meeting again in the fall to continue reviewing additional college wide policies and procedures. Now that work to rule is over, faculty representation on the committee would be appreciated. If you are interested in serving on this committee please contact either your Division Dean, Kathy Gehly (x 3047 or, or Audrey Nahabedian (x 3223 or


I wanted to acknowledge both the Facilities staff and many departments throughout the college who have worked to help design and build out the new Cybersecurity lab in the Pollard. This will truly be a show case piece for the college. The facilities team has been seamlessly working on many important projects to improve the campus and the student’s experience. The projects list is ; IT server room generator, 17-classrooms have been upgraded with new furniture , science labs floor replacement in Henderson hall , Bedford Library new roof project, North academics concert hall has new seating, ground floor bathrooms in the Cowan center have been refreshed and upgraded, Bedford concrete walks replacement program. Also we should be recognizing a lot of the day to day maintenance task that the facilities team has been working hard on; annual inspections, cleaning, painting, carpet replacement and improving the grounds. I am extremely proud of our team and how we come together to make Middlesex Community College even a better place to, work, eat, and learn.

Personnel Updates

Would like to welcome the newest additions to the Facilities Team.

  • Charlie Warning Utility Plant Operator
  • John Rodgers Utility Plant Operator
  • Dan Graham Electrician
  • Kenneth Knoetgen Maintainer II
  • Derrick Dandy Maintainer II
  • Garret Collins Maintainer II

Congratulation to Mike Ryan with your recent promotion to
Maintenance Working Foreman.

Welcome back Richard Driscoll.


Office of the President

Office of Marketing Communications

New Campaign
Every two years, Marketing Communications refreshes the college’s brand campaign to keep marketing and other materials fresh, interesting, and relevant to our audience. The focus of the 2016-2018 Marketing Communications brand for the college is My MCC.

This campaign is designed around a series of personas that embody the variety of students the college serves. The goal of this campaign is to use real students to connect with prospective students and alumni.We have developed a very strong social media component to the My MCC campaign. All communications materials will include our social media icons and campaign hashtag #myMCC. In addition to the new brand identity, the college has also adopted the school motto (or tagline): “Student Success Starts Here”.

To learn more about the My MCC campaign or to learn more about the 2016-2018 Visual Standards, visit

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Student Affairs

Personnel Updates

The Center for Health & Wellness is thrilled to announce the addition of Tiffany Laudano to their team. With an M.S. from Morgan State University and an anticipated M. Ed from Cambridge College, Tiffany comes well-credentialed. Tiffany will be serving as Wellness Educator, helping to increase health/wellness education and awareness to the entire campus community. A middle school and high school health educator for the past 12 years, she was most recently as Wellness Teacher at Randolph High School. Tiffany is passionate about health education, and strives to engage students through experiential and activity-based curriculum/programs. She recognizes the connection between student success and personal wellness, and is eager to help students recognize both the multiple dimensions and the transformative benefits of personal wellness. In addition to formal and informal wellness events/activities, Tiffany will be conducting classroom visits, engaging with students and employees, building community connections, and engaging our campus community on a variety of health/wellness topics. We are fortunate to have her join our MCC team!

Grant News

MCC will serve as a host site partner with the Massachusetts Service Alliance Commonwealth Corps. Three service members have been identified to serve as Wellness Ambassadors on the Bedford and Lowell campuses, devoting their time to raising awareness of personal and community health and wellness. The service members will focus on three distinct areas: substance abuse prevention, mental health, and nutrition. Their efforts to educate, provide resources, and assess outcomes will ensure these critical issues and the connection between health and success is integrated at MCC and in the community. Service members will collaborate on projects and presentations culminating in a robust calendar of opportunities, classroom presentations, and assessment. Additionally, the initiative highlights the organization of a new food pantry on each campus accessible to all members of the Middlesex Community College community.

College News

For the fourth consecutive year, Middlesex has been selected as a NASPA Lead Initiative campus. NASPA’s Lead Initiative on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement comprises a network of 74 NASPA member colleges and universities committed to encouraging and highlighting the work of student affairs in making civic learning and democratic engagement a part of every student’s college education. In collaboration with a variety of individuals and departments at MCC, the Center for Leadership and Engagement supports curricular and co-curricular democratic engagement opportunities to create structures and supports for students to explore political beliefs as they learn to participate in the democratic process.

Opening Day for our newest students will be held on Tuesday, September 6, beginning at 8 am. The success of the program relies on a collective effort, and volunteers from across the College will be greeting and acclimating the incoming class throughout the day. Faculty should report to their assigned rooms by 9:15 am for the Intro to College Session immediately followed by the Academic Session. Everyone is invited to end the day’s activities with a BBQ lunch from 12:30-1:30 p.m.  to be held outside on both campuses. Please contact with any questions.

First-Year Experience

NEW Career Exploration IDS Courses for Pathways!
MCC students will now have an opportunity to explore careers through a variety of Career Exploration IDS courses specifically designed for the Pathways. Through these IDS courses, students will become more aware of their goals and career options which will lead them more quickly into their career paths.

According to America’s Promise Alliance, “Opportunities for career exploration give young people broader exposure to the working world they will one day enter. It helps them ‘connect the dots’ between school and career in ways that keep them motivated to graduate with the skills they will need for the future.”

During the summer, faculty design teams have been developing these program specific Career Exploration IDS courses which will be offered in the fall and spring semester. Below are the Career Exploration IDS courses for Pathways, some of which are offered in the Fall Semester 2016:

  • IDS 130 Arts, Humanities, Communication Career Exploration: General Education Seminar
  • IDS 131 Business Career Exploration: General Education Seminar (Fall 2016)
  • IDS 132 Health Career Exploration: General Education Seminar (Fall 2016)
  • IDS 133 Public Service Career Exploration: General Education Seminar (Fall 2016)
  • IDS 134 Social Science Career Exploration: General Education Seminar
  • IDS 135 STEM Career Exploration: General Education Seminar (Fall 2016)

Pathways and Academic Maps Information:

New FYE Faculty Workshop
The New FYE Faculty Workshop took place this summer on August 11 on the Bedford Campus. This workshop is an important part of the ongoing professional development specifically designed for new faculty teaching the FYE course because it provides the foundation for the course. In preparation for the workshop, faculty were asked to think about their own philosophy of teaching and learning, and to bring an example of how others would know, including students, even if they did not share or discuss it with them. This proved to be an awesome experience for everyone!

The day began with a light breakfast, joined by colleagues from many areas of the college. Students who have already taken the FYE course also welcomed the group and told their stories about how the course had a positive impact on their first year at the college.
FYE Learning Outcomes, ISLOs, FYE Syllabus, Critical Reflection and Assessment were just a few of the topics that were discussed during the day. Faculty also participated in many engagement activities, such as the “gallery walk,” “adjective table” and why one should “eat a frog” each day.

President Mabry and Provost Phil Sisson joined the group for lunch, and shared their own interesting stories of how students are impacted by the FYE course. Our new faculty enjoyed the day, and were truly impressed with the extremely friendly, supportive messages from many members of the college community. Future FYE faculty workshops include Blackboard and ePortfolios.

Office of International, Multicultural and Veterans Affairs

New Staff

Merrimack College Fellows

  • Ashley Trebisacci graduated from Stonehill College with a degree in English and Gender & Sexuality Studies. After college, she worked with international and study abroad students at Wheaton College (MA) for three years, and, most recently, oversaw budgets for the School of Health & Human Sciences at University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Ashley is pursuing her Master’s degree in Higher Education at Merrimack College and is excited to serve as MCC’s LGBTQ Resource Center Coordinator this year located in the Multicultural Center on the Bedford Campus.
  • Kathryn “Kat” Macias received a Bachelor’s in Arts in Communication Studies from the University of Georgia. After college, Kat worked for two years at Keshet, a non-profit organization that works for the full inclusion and equality of LGBTQ Jews in Jewish life. Kat is pursuing a Master’s in Education in Higher Education at Merrimack College and is excited to serve as the MAPP Coordinator in the Multicultural Center on the Lowell Campus this year!

University of Massachusetts Graduate Interns

  • Justin McGuire graduated from the University of Massachusetts Lowell with a Bachelor of Arts – Psychology concentration in May 2015. Since then he has been pursuing a Master’s of Education in Higher Education Administration at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. This year he will be interning in the Veterans Resource Center assisting with the implementation of the Eastern Bank grant which supports MCC veterans and their families.
  • Michelle Zohlman received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Sociology from Central Connecticut State University. Since then, Michelle has joined UMass Lowell’s Office of Multicultural Affairs as a Graduate Fellow where she is also pursuing her Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration. She feels very fortunate and excited to also join the staff at MCC as a Multicultural Affairs Program Assistant to work with students in the Multicultural Center on the Lowell campus.

International Student Advisor and SEVIS Coordinator

  • Maria McDuffie is a North Carolina native and obtained her undergraduate degree at North Carolina State University in Sociology and Psychology. She later moved to Massachusetts to pursue her Master’s degree in Community Social Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Maria pursued her passion in social justice by serving as a member of AmeriCorps*Volunteer in Service to America with Massachusetts Campus Compact. For the past two years, Maria has worked part time as the International Student Advisor and SEVIS Coordinator and recently was hired full time in that position.

Veterans Resource Center Coordinator

  • Lonnie Armstrong has been hired to work as a Coordinator in the Veterans Resource Center in Lowell. Lonnie recently worked two years at Middlesex as an Achievement Coach in the Humanities and Social Sciences department and taught courses in the First Year Experience program. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies from Franklin Pierce University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Workforce Education and Development from Southern Illinois University. Lonnie later completed his Master’s degree in Education with a Counseling Focus from Rivier University.

Other News

The Office of International, Multicultural and Veterans Affair received two grants one from the Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation and one from the Cummings Foundation. Eastern Bank awarded a grant for $10,000 to help veterans transition from military service to higher education. The Strengthening Families Grant funding will be used to train college faculty and staff to better understand the needs of active military, veterans, and their family members, and to help students identify and connect with resources both on and off campus. This grant will make a significant difference in allowing Middlesex to expand its services to veterans and their families. The Cummings Foundation grants are for $100,000 each and awarded to 100 local nonprofits. This three-year grant will enable the Multicultural Center in Bedford to build capacity to enhance academic and career opportunities for students, using peer-support staff to improve engagement, leadership and job readiness.

Student Support Services

TRIO –Program for Student Achievement

We are delighted to announce that Leslie Stafford has accepted the position as Director, TRIO – Program for Student Achievement. Leslie began in this new role on Monday, August 22. Leslie brings deep and robust experience, having worked in Academic Support and Disability Support Services over the past 4 years at Middlesex Community College, as well as prior extensive experience in counseling and case management in K-12 settings, youth services and as a counselor at the University of New Hampshire. Leslie holds a BA in Psychology and an M.Ed in Counseling from the University of New Hampshire. Genevieve Green, who previously held this position, has left the college for other opportunities.

TRIO – Student Success Program

Rina Tenore joins the TRIO Student Success Program as the Lead TRIO Advisor. Rina graduated from Middlesex Community College with a degree in Liberal Arts and Science and then earned her BA in Psychology and M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration/Student Affairs from Merrimack College. She brings many years of experience in hospitality and in college registration, enrollment, and academic advising to the position. She most recently worked at Bunker Hill Community College.

The TRIO Student Success Program is also pleased to welcome Catherine Dillon and Jordan Ellis as part-time TRIO Advisors.

  • Catherine Dillon comes to us with extensive experience in K-12 teaching and guidance in the Lowell area. She earned her BS from UMASS Amherst in Physical Education/Health and her MS in Counseling from Fitchburg State University.
  • Jordan Ellis first became involved in TRIO in the Middlesex Community College Upward Bound Program while in high school. He went on to earn his BA in Sociology from UMASS Lowell and his MA degree in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin. In addition to his work with TRIO, Jordan teaches sociology at UMASS Lowell and a first year experience course at Middlesex.



Web Applications – MCC Portal

  • The college’s Student Handbook was brought fully online and incorporated into the MCC Mobile App.
  • A new, web based Service–Learning software, Give Pulse, has been implemented and ready for Fall 2016 Semester.
  • Improvements to the My MCC web portal for students and faculty, allowing faculty to cancel their own scheduled class located in the “Courses I am teaching” section of the My MCC Portal.
  • We are in the process of upgrading our portal and SharePoint Team Sites to SharePoint 2016. This will allow us to better support new browsers and mobile devices. SharePoint 2016’s OneDrive allows larger files and is more file type inclusive.
  • The following software was upgraded to become web-based: SARS Anywhere, ITWorks Grant Management, and Extensis Portfolio.

Classroom/Academic Technology

  • Seventeen Classrooms across the campus have new furnishing for the fall semester. The furniture is mobile to promote active learning. The rooms selected are: ARIB-3. HH114, HH115, HH210, NA117, NA209, NA211, NA217, NA G11, NA G17, SA103, LC101, LC102, LC103, LC110, LC111, LC112.
  • A New Computer Classroom with new furnishing HAS BEEN CREATED in NA103.
  • Two New Cyber Security Classrooms located in the Pollard Building.
  • Online Learning Strategic Plan in Draft form.
  • Mobile Technology Strategic Plan implementation plan for Fall 2017
  • The CTO and the FSA Technology Committee will make recommendation for classroom design, classroom technology standards, and Faculty computers.

IT Infrastructure

  • Parchment E- transcripts – automate the delivery and acceptance of transcripts.
    MiddleNet Graduation Application – allows student to apply for graduation through the MiddleNet Portal.
  • FLAC- Adjunct Faculty can now acknowledge and see updates to their contracts through MiddleNet.
  • Increased Network Storage Capacity – allows for additional file storage for the college community.
  • Intrusion Detection Software Upgrade- monitors the systems on the network for possible security breaches.

Support Services

  • Service Desk data shows a decrease in early-morning technical request, but an increase in late-morning and afternoons. The Services Desk staff will adjust their work schedules to meet this service demand. In addition, students are being actively recruited to work in the Technology Center supporting technical request.
  • An alignment of IT Services between the Technology Center and the Library are being discussed to best support our students. The Technology Center will embed technical resources in the library this semester.
  • The Blackboard Technical End User Support contract for faculty and students has been renewed. All MCC Faculty, Staff, and Students are eligible to use the services provided by the Blackboard Phone & Online Support Center to assist them with most Blackboard-related questions or problems.