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March 8, 2010

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MWCC Receives National Recognition for Exceptional Community Service
MWCC Students Attend Dental Hygiene Lobby Day at Statehouse
MWCC Hosts Council for Resource Development Training Program
Broadcasting Alumni Return with Tips for Students
MWCC Celebrates Women's History Month
MWCC Offering FAFSA Workshops
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MWCC Receives National Recognition for Exceptional Community Service

 Smile Train fundraiser
MWCC has been named to the 2009 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service learning and civic engagement.
Civic engagement has become a hallmark of a Mount Wachusett Community College education. Through MWCC's Decade of Civic Engagement initiative, launched in 2001, students, faculty and staff have worked to strengthen local cities and towns through volunteerism and service learning components of academic programs. Over the past year, more than 865 students engaged in over 20,000 hours of service.
"We are delighted to be recognized with this award for the third consecutive year," said MWCC President Daniel M. Asquino. "This honor truly belongs to our students, who consistently demonstrate a willingness to go above and beyond to serve residents in our community. I am equally proud of our faculty and staff for embracing service learning and integrating it into their curriculum and programs."
Among the many MWCC service projects over the past year, students participated in Habitat for Humanity North Central Massachusetts renovation projects through the alternative spring break program; students in Associate Professor Julie Capozzi's Introduction to Sociology courses and the Computer Graphic Design and Dental Hygiene clubs raised $3,000 for the Smile Train organization - enough to provide for 12 cleft palate surgeries for children in developing countries; and students in the Community Scholars program collected food and other items for residents in need following the December, 2008 ice storm and organized and led a science-based, after-school project for Gardner elementary school students.
The Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers the annual Honor Roll award, recognized more than 700 colleges and universities for their impact on issues from poverty and homelessness to environmental justice. At Mount Wachusett Community College and on campuses across the country, students joined their faculty to develop innovative programs and projects to meet local needs using the skills gained in their classrooms.
College students make a significant contribution to the volunteer sector; in 2009, 3.16 million students performed more than 300 million hours of service, according to the Volunteering in America study released by the Corporation.
Launched in 2006, the Community Service Honor roll is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service learning and civic engagement.
Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors including the scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service, and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses
Other colleges in Worcester County that were named to the Honor Roll include the College of the Holy Cross, Clark University, Assumption College and Worcester State College.
The Honor Roll is a program of the Corporation, in collaboration with the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact and the American Council on Education.  For more information, visit

Pictured above: MWCC Career Development Counselor Deirdre Moran selects carnations during a fundraiser last year organized by students to benefit the Smile Train nonprofit organization.

MWCC Students Attend Dental Hygiene Lobby Day at Statehouse

Dental Hygiene Lobby Day StatehouseOn February 23, Dental Hygiene Program Director Anne Malkasian and faculty Virginia Heroux and Nicole Thomasian escorted 13 sophomore dental hygiene students to the Statehouse in Boston to witness firsthand "legislation in action."
The MWCC students joined other dental hygiene students from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Cape Cod Community College, Quinsigamond Community College and Mount Ida College in a tour of the Statehouse and were able to meet their legislators and thank them for supporting the dental hygiene bills. The students also provided dental screenings for employees of the Statehouse and gave out "goodie bags" to all participants.
"It was a good experience," said dental hygiene student Ashley Laprise. "It was interesting to see how laws are passed. After listening to the speakers, I know I chose the right profession."
Pending bills include H.2117 "An Act to Increase the Presence of Dental Hygienists on the Board of Registration in Dentistry," which will update the board by increasing the representation of dental hygienists to reflect the actual ratio of dental hygienists to dentists in Massachusetts; and H.2159 "An Act Making Technical Corrections to Chapter 530 of the 2008 Sessions Laws," which would clarify that dental hygienists are permitted to make minor emergency adjustments to eliminate pain and discomfort for patients in nursing homes and other long term care facilities under general supervision.
Support was also shown for the restoration of funding for Oral Health Services in the Governor's proposed FY 11 budget. If implemented, the cut would eliminate benefits for nearly 800,000 adults on MassHealth and Commonwealth Care.
Special recognition awards were presented to Secretary JudyAnn Bigby, MD, Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli, Sen. Harriette Chandler, Rep. John Scibak and Dr. Myron Allukian, Jr., DDS, MPH for their steadfast support to oral health care for all.
Pictured above: Dental Hygiene students Brittany Boston, Samantha Goodwin (Class President) and Ashley Laprise on the steps of the Statehouse.

MWCC Hosts Council for Resource Development Training Program

CRD groupMount Wachusett Community College is serving as a model campus this week for an intensive training program sponsored by the Council for Resource Development.
Development professionals from community colleges throughout the country and as far away as Guam will attend a series of workshops on campus during the week of March 8, before continuing on for a second week of training in Washington, D.C.
"We are proud to serve as a model college for the 2010 Specialist Training Program and share our best practices in resource development," said Sharyn Rice, vice president of Advancement and Community Relations.
The Council for Resource Development, an affiliate of the American Association of Community Colleges, is the premier professional association for community college fundraisers. The intensive training program covers all facets of resource development in the community college setting for professionals who are new to fundraising, new to community colleges, or are interested in enhancing their private fundraising and public grant seeking skills.
MWCC President Daniel M. Asquino welcomed the participants on Monday, March 8. The week will include presentations by Joe Stiso, associate vice president for Institutional Advancement; Vice President Rice; Darlene Morrilly, executive director of the MWCC Foundation, Inc.; Heather Layton, director of Grants Development, Deb Wilson, CRD Board President, area business leaders and others.
Pictured above: Participants in the CRD Specialist Training Program, hosted this week by MWCC, with college President Daniel M. Asquino, Board of Trustees Chairman Jim Garrison, MWCC Foundation Executive Director Darlene Morrilly, Vice President of Advancement and Community Relations Sharyn Rice, Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement Joe Stiso, and Director of Grants Development Heather Layton.

Broadcasting Alumni Return with Tips for Students

  Broadcasting alumni
Mount Wachusett Community College alumni Nate Findley and Nate Haney recently returned to the campus to offer advice for advancement in the broadcasting field to current students, as part of the Broadcasting and Electronic Media program's speaker series, Professional Connections.

"The speaker series is designed to introduce current students to industry professionals," said Joel Anderson, department chair. "Guests discuss what they do to provide students with a greater understanding of all aspects of the industry. We're always excited to invite our alumni back to share their experiences in the field."

Findley graduated with his associate degree from MWCC in 2007 and then transferred to Fitchburg State College. At FSC, he interned for Princess Cruises, and was eventually offered a position as a videographer with the luxury cruise line. He has since traveled to Alaska and several countries, including China and Japan, and is currently on an extended tour of the Caribbean and the Mediterranean. Findley's job is to make three to six-minute movies of events during the cruise, which are later made available to passengers as a souvenir of their trip.

Haney received his degree from MWCC in 2006 and transferred to Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams. At MCLA, he was involved in many extracurricular activities. Haney credits these activities as the reason he was selected for an internship at WCVB Boston-Channel 5. He currently works as a studio technician for New England Sports Network, where his activities include covering the Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins.
"One of the many perks is famous people buy you lunch," Haney said. "It helps the day go by." When asked about getting practice in the field, Haney added, "There's always something going on, so take the opportunity."

- Joseph Benavidez
Pictured above: MWCC alumni Nate Haney and Nate Findley recently returned to the college to share tips on working in the industry with current Broadcasting and Electronic Media Students.

MWCC Celebrates Women's History Month

  Read Across America Day 2010
In Honor of Women's History Month and the National Education Association's Read Across America Day, MWCC's LaChance Library, the Early Childhood Education Department and the Early Childhood Education Club and the office of Student Life presented stories written and illustrated by women who have made literary history.
Student volunteers from the Early Childhood Education department and club, Professor Lorie Donohue's Children's Literature class, Associate Professor Maureen Provost's Curriculum and Program Planning class, and librarians, faculty and showcased works by Jane Yolen, 2009 Caldecott winner Beth Krommes and others during afternoon and evening programs on Tuesday, March 2.
Additional events throughout March include:
Women's Herstory Project: Professor Susan Goldstein's Journalism I class and the office of Student Life will recognize 12 women from MWCC who play an important role in the lives of students on campus. Photographs of the students and accompanying articles will be displayed this month in the South Café hallway. The women featured in the Herstory Project will be recognized during a celebration on Wednesday, March 31 from 12:30 to 1:30 in the South Café.
The project honoring MWCC faculty and staff originated last year.
Poetry Reading: Ohio poet Diane Gilliam Fisher will read from her latest full-length collection of poetry, Kettle Bottom, during a presentation on Tuesday, March 30 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the North Café. Set in 1920-21, a period of violent unrest known as the West Virginia Mine Wars, Gilliam Fisher's collection tells the stories of the men who descend into the mines and the women and children who wait for them to emerge at the end of each shift. The poets' family was part of the Appalachian outmigration from Mingo County, West Virginia, and Johnson County, Kentucky. The event is sponsored by the English Department, the Diversity Committee, and the School of Liberal Arts, Math and Developmental Education.
Women's Appreciation Day, featuring "The Billies:" The singers The Billies will perform Wednesday, March 31 from 12:30 to 1:30 in the South Café. The Billies have been together professionally and as a duo since 2006 and are quite at home in coffeehouses, campus centers, pubs and theatres. Chrisie Santoni is an award-winning songwriter and also runs Dancing Bears Music, a music and movement program for children.
Pictured above: MWCC student Chrissy Lajoie, president of the Early Childhood Education Club, toddler Grace McCully, SGA president Bryan Klink and Ricky Lajoie, holding book, were among the participants in the Read Across America Day, which also recognized women who have made literary history.

MWCC Offering FAFSA Workshops

The financial aid office at Mount Wachusett Community College is offering FAFSA Filing Workshops to assist students and parents with online filing of the 2010-2011 Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
The free workshops will take place at MWCC's campus in Gardner, room 240, on Saturday, April 17 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Tuesday, April 27 from 4 to 6 p.m. The workshops are open to students who are preparing to attend any private or public college or university this year.
The FAFSA helps students and parents determine their eligibility for federal and state student financial aid, including Pell grants, Stafford loans, MASS Grants and other state and federal programs. In addition, the FAFSA form is used by colleges to determine awards for non-federal aid.
Registration is not required; families may stop in anytime during the workshop hours for assistance with filing the FAFSA. Students and parents are advised to bring the following documents: 2009 W2 forms; 2009 federal tax forms; value of assets; and Federal FAFSA PIN (if a prior-year filer). The MASS Grant deadline for filing the FAFSA is May 1.

Upcoming Events

MWCC Nursing students will participate in an Environmental Health Fair on Thursday, March 11 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Community Health Connections' Bullock Building Lobby, 275 Nichols Road, Fitchburg. The fair will include lead screenings for young children and the MWCC nursing students will present information on various environmental health topics including healthy homes, pesticides, chemicals in cosmetics, and how to have a play safe environment. The program is a collaboration between MWCC's Nursing Department and the and the Montachusett Opportunity Council's Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program.
SGA Collection Drive for the Troops: The Student Government Association, in conjunction with MWCC's Center for Democracy & Humanity, will be collecting care package items to help support men and women from Massachusetts serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. This endeavor is being held as part of a community service project for the Community College Student Life Association's Student Leadership Conference taking place on Friday, March 26 at MWCC. Donations of food, candy, travel-size games, personal care items and other items may be dropped off at the Student Services office, room 141 or the Student Life office, room 151, through March 24.
The annual Wellness Fair will take place Monday, March 22 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Commons. The event , sponsored by the MWCC Wellness Committee, kicks off Wellness Week and will feature a variety of vendors and services including blood pressure, cholesterol, respiratory and vision screenings, tours of the Fitness & Wellness Center, and more.
Employers from throughout the area will be on campus Wednesday, March 31, to participate in the 2010 Job Fair from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Commons at the Gardner campus. The job fair provides an opportunity for students to meet with employers and to explore career opportunities in a wide range of fields, including but not limited to business, human services, computer information systems, computer graphic design, automotive, biotech, natural resources, medical office and criminal justice. Some of our participating employers include Federal Medical Center, Northeastern Lumber, Micron Products, LUK, Seven Hills, Marriot Coco Key, MA State Police, MA Dept of Corrections, Worcester County Sheriff's Dept., Millipore, Aerotek, Target, Jiffy Lube, Health Alliance and the Census Bureau to name a few. For more information, contact Patricia Brewerton at (978) 630-9254 or email
A panel discussion focusing on the first year of President Barack Obama's presidency will take place Thursday, April 8 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the North Cafe. The presentation, moderated by Dr. Vincent M. Bates, dean of Liberal Arts, Math, Education and Developmental Studies, was originally scheduled in February during Black History Month but was postponed due to inclement weather. Panelists will reflect on th highs and lows of the past year and what they believe are challenges for the future.
Jason R. Durkin, director of marketing development at Nypro, Inc., will be the guest speaker during the Alpha Beta Gamma Induction Ceremony on Friday, April 16 in the South Café. The program begins at 5:30 p.m. with a social, followed by dinner at 6 p.m. Reservations are required. For tickets, contact Professor Linda Bolduc, ABG advisor, at (978) 630-9385.
Theatre at the Mount presents its annual spring children's production, Disney's Mulan Jr. in April. Travel back to the legendary, story-telling days of ancient China with this action-packed stage adaption of Disney's Mulan. The Huns have invaded, and it's up to the misfit Mulan and her mischievous sidekick Mushu to save the Emperor! Mulan Jr. is a heartwarming celebration of culture, honor and a fighting spirit. The score includes favorites like Reflection; Honor to Us All and I'll Make a Man Out of You, as well as new songs. Special matinees for school groups are scheduled for April 13, 14, 15 and 16 at 9:30 a.m. and noon. Performances for the general public are scheduled for April 17 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. All seats are $6. Information and tickets are available at the TAM Box Office, Monday through Friday 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tickets may also be purchased by phone at (978) 632-2403 or online at
Free assistance with 2009 income tax returns is available to low and moderate-income taxpayers through Mount Wachusett Community College in cooperation with the IRS. Trained volunteers will assist with basic tax forms and help residents understand tax benefits. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program is being offered Thursdays from 2 to 6 p.m. at MWCC's Gardner campus. Appointments are required and may be made by calling (978) 630-9124. Area residents interested in receiving assistance are asked to bring documents to the appointment, including their 2008 return, 2009 W-2s, 1099 forms and all other information relevant to income and expenses for 2009. Photo identification is necessary, and both spouses must be present for those filing a joint return. Due to the enactment of the Massachusetts Health Reform Act, Massachusetts residents must bring verification of health insurance. If a taxpayer does not prove insurance or becomes denied for an exemption, a penalty is applied. Insured taxpayers should bring the 1099 HC form, mailed to them in January by private insurers, or proof of government issued insurance, such as a MassHealth/Medicare card.
The Enrollment Center is offering Information Sessions on a number of academic programs. Upcoming sessions will take place on the following dates: Associate Degree Nursing Program: March 9 from 2 to 3 p.m., Gardner campus, Wetmore Wing, room 12; Practical Nursing Certificate: April 13 from 2 to 3 p.m., Gardner campus, Wetmore Wing, room 12; Dental Hygiene: April 7 from 2 to 3 p.m., Gardner campus, Wetmore Wing, room 12; Complementary Health Care/Massage Therapy/Physical Therapist Assistant: April 13 from 2 to 3 p.m., Enrollment Center; Clinical Laboratory Science: March 24 from 3 to 4:30 p.m., HealthAlliance Hospital, Leominster; Biotechnology/Biomanufacturing: March 8 and March 24 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Devens campus; Energy Management, March 18 from 3 to 4 p.m., Devens campus; Accelerated Business Administration: March 16 from 6 to 7 p.m. at 2:30 p.m., Gardner campus, room 125. In addition, small group information sessions are offered daily Monday - Thursday beginning at 3 p.m. Prospective students interested in the Biotechnology/Biomanufacturing program are asked to call Tami Morin at (978) 630-9578, (TTY (978) 632-4916), or email Prospective students interested in all other information sessions are asked to call the Enrollment Center at (978) 630-9284 (TTY (978) 632-4916), or send an email to 
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Janice O'Connor
Director of Public Relations
Mount Wachusett Community College
(978) 630-9547