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May 17, 2010

In This Issue
MWCC Honors Outstanding Students at Evening of Excellence Celebration
MWCC Students Feted at Statehouse Celebration
MWCC Students Named to 2010 Who's Who List
Business Students Prepare Strategic Plan for International Company
Officials Thanked for Mentoring MWCC Criminal Justice Student Interns
MWCC's Institute for Nonprofit Development Hosts Conference on Sustainability
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MWCC Honors Outstanding Students at Evening of Excellence Celebration
Student Leaders at MWCC's Evening of ExcellenceMount Wachusett Community College honored the academic achievements of outstanding students at the gala "Evening of Excellence" dinner Thursday, May 13 at the Four Points by Sheraton, Leominster.

MWCC President Daniel M. Asquino welcomed the gathering of nearly 300 students, family members and friends, and Dr. Vincent Ialenti, dean of academic & instructional technology, and Rosanne Morrell, professor and chair of the Early Child Education department, served as the event's masters of ceremony. Greg Clement, assistant dean of students, and Dr. Vincent Bates, dean of the School of Liberal Arts, Math, Education and Developmental Studies, also delivered welcoming remarks.

"Your participation has kept the college vibrant, responsive and accountable. Your involvement has enriched all of us at Mount Wachusett Community College, and for that, we thank you," President Asquino said.

Emphasizing a theme of "change" Dr. Ialenti noted how rapid advances in technology, even over the past five years, have altered the way students learn today, when the number of Internet searches a student conducts in the course of a year equals enough electricity to run a load of laundry.

"There is lots of information at your fingertips today, but the students that are being honored tonight learned how to evaluate the information and determine its biases and its accuracy." Over the course of their academic careers, the honorees spent the time and effort necessary to achieve excellence and exceeded the goals not only of their instructors, but of themselves, he said.

"I don't know how things are going to change over the next few years, never mind the next 20, but I do know that Mount Wachusett Community College's faculty and staff thank you for making our jobs satisfying and rewarding."

The list of awardees can be viewed on the MWCC portal at:

Pictured: Student leaders Faheem Muhammad, recipient of the Peter J. Trainor Leadership Award, and Sashka Powell at the 2010 Evening of Excellence celebration.

MWCC Students Feted at Statehouse Celebration

All Massachusetts Academic Team 2010MWCC student leaders Edwin Martinez and Scott Brown were honored as members of the All-Massachusetts Academic Team during a recognition ceremony at the Statehouse on April 26. The event was sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa, community college presidents and community college state associations.

Martinez has served this past year as Student Trustee on MWCC's Board of Trustees. A Business Administration major, he is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society and treasurer of the Alpha Beta Gamma business honor society. He also is a member of the International Club and is a past president of the ALANA Club.

Brown, a husband and father of two, is also a Business Administration major and member of the Phi Theta Kappa and Alpha Beta Gamma honor societies. He has served the past year as president of Alpha Beta Gamma and has volunteered for numerous community service projects.

Both plan to participate next academic year in MWCC's "Three Plus One" transfer program with Nichols College.

The ceremony included remarks from Department of Higher Education Commissioner Richard Freeland, State Representative David Torrisi, chair of the Joint Committee on Higher Education, William Hart, executive director of the Massachusetts Community Colleges executive office and others.

Pictured: Scott Brown and Edwin Martinez.

MWCC Students Named to 2010 Who's Who List

Who's Who 2010MWCC students enrolled in a range of academic programs and involved in numerous activities have been selected as national outstanding campus leaders and will be included in the 2010 edition of Who's Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges.

The students were selected based on their academic achievement, service to the community, leadership in extracurricular activities and the potential for continued success. They join an elite group of students from more than 1,000 higher education institutions in the United State and several other countries. The tradition of recognizing noteworthy college students in a Who's Who biographical volume began in 1934. In 1966, the first edition of Who's Who Among Students in American Junior colleges was published to recognize the achievements of outstanding students in two-year colleges.

The honorees were among the student leaders recognized by the office of Student Life during a reception held April 29 at the Gardner Museum.

Students named this year include: Kristopher Ambrozewicz, Ashley Arseneau, David Bartlett, Christopher Brown, Scott Brown, Timothy Coelho, Angelique Cormier, Heather Cornell, Lori-Ann Doody, Amy Doucette, Edward Edgecomb, Kelly Fedirko, James Finch, Sarah Flynn-Savoie, Lori Forgues, Julian Fox, Jacob Goldstein, Samantha Goodwin, Dawn-Marie Gould, Colleen Grimes, Jakob Hamm, Lynn Hannula, Taryn Holly, Nathaniel Katisch, Bryan Klink, Christopher Kyprianos, Christina Lajoie, Deborah Lambert, Adam Loseman, Edwin Martinez, Angela Michaud Beauvais, Samantha Minter, Jo-Ann Nalette, Michelle Niall, Heather O'Connor, Cheri Powell, Lori Riley, Carissa Roberts, Ashley Ruel, Austin Seppala, Nancy Storer and Barbara Stowell.

Pictured: More than 40 MWCC students were named this semester to Who's Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges including James "Kevin" Finch, Michelle Niall, Heather Cornell and David Bartlett.

Business Students Prepare Strategic Plan for International Company

Capstone spring 2010Students in the rigorous business capstone course, "Strategic Management," conducted an in-depth analysis of Bemis Worldwide this semester and presented their findings and recommendations May 7 to a packed lecture hall. Company and college officials, faculty, parents, alumni and many others turned out to hear the "Wachusett Consulting Group" highlight the corporation's product and service information, internal strengths and weaknesses, and external opportunities and threats from competitors.

The presentation culminated with recommendations on ways the century-old organization can gain competitive advantage, increase growth opportunities and continue to prosper. The Shirley-based company manufactures adhesives, coatings and specialty films used in the apparel, automotive and woodworking industries for a wide variety of name-brand merchandise.

This academic year, the course has provided students with the opportunity to apply strategic management tools to actual local companies, rather than textbook case studies, further enhancing the experience and providing the companies with meaningful analysis. MWCC Trustee Scott Howard, chief operating officer of the Shirley-based company welcomed the study this semester, after hearing a similar presentation last fall when business students developed a case study based on Clinton-based Nypro, Inc.

In addition to the campus presentation, students enrolled in the capstone course during both semesters were invited to the company headquarters to present their findings.

"It's amazing what these students are able to accomplish," said Professor Michael T. Greenwood, who teaches the course. The students spent hundreds of work hours outside the class developing the projects and the majority of the project is completed during the final six weeks of the semester.

Business Administration majors Edwin Martinez and Christopher Martin served as project managers for this semester's team of 17 students. 
"This class teaches you how to not only work on a team, but to work on a team facing a fierce deadline. It mentally toughens you in order to get the job done, no matter what...It trains you for the real world, and that alone is worth the price of admission to Dr. Greenwood's class," remarked student Scott Zambernardi.

Pictured: back row, Austin Seppala, Edwin Martinez, Benhamin Allen, Christopher Martin, Vincent Marino, Jeffrey Langlois, Heather Franklin. Middle row, seated: Joseph Lison, Sauveur Charles, Michaela Bailey, Scott Zambernardi, Amanda Croak, Margaret Bigwood, Dr. Michael Greenwood, business department chair. Not present: Tyyralynn Foster, Dominique Houston, Daniel Johnson.

Officials Thanked for Mentoring MWCC Criminal Justice Student Interns

Criminal Justice Appreciation
Police and criminal justice officials from throughout the region provided internship opportunities for a number of MWCC Criminal Justice majors during the spring semester. To thank them for providing real-life, career experiences for the students, department chair Reed Hillman presented certificates of appreciation during a recent gathering on the Gardner campus.

Fourteen students completed a minimum of 120 hours over the 15-week semester at 10 different sites including the Gardner, Westminster, Boxborough, Ashburnham, Shirley, Hubbardston, Fitchburg and Barre police departments, the Gardner District Court and the North Central Correctional Institution in Gardner.

"The internships are a great way for students to gain experience while making connections that can lead to jobs," said Hillman, former commander of the Massachusetts State Police.

Jacqueline Sheehan worked more than 160 hours in the probation department with Chief Probation Officer Henry Culver. During the semester, she had the opportunity to learn department processes, while also networking with others in the field. "It was a great learning experience," she said.

Pictured: Police and criminal justice officials from throughout the region were recently welcomed to MWCC's Gardner campus in appreciation of internships they provided to Criminal Justice students this semester. Pictured, in front: Sgt. Peter Violette, a 2010 MWCC graduate representing Shirley Chief Gregory Massak; Westminster Chief Salvatore Albert, an MWCC alumnus and advisory board member; Ashburnham Chief Loring Barrett, Jr., an MWCC alumnus; Chief Probation Officer Henry Culver of Gardner District Court; Back row: Lt. Curtis Deveneau, an MWCC alumnus representing Boxborough Chief Warren Ryder; Sgt. Glenn Fossa, representing Fitchburg Chief Robert DeMoura; Barre Chief Erik Demetropoulos, and Assistant Professor Reed Hillman, chair of the Criminal Justice program at MWCC.

MWCC's Institute for Nonprofit Development Hosts Conference on Sustainability

MWCC's Institute for Nonprofit Development hosted the "S. O. S. Conference for Nonprofits: Strengthening Our Sustainability" at the Four Points by Sheraton, Leominster on May 4.
President Daniel Asquino welcomed attendees to the conference on behalf of the college.

More than 65 organizations and 100 individuals attended the event, which provided training on a variety of topics as well as networking opportunities.
The all-day event featured a witty and timely keynote address by Bill Pinakiewicz of the Nonprofit Finance Fund, delving into the concept of sustainability as it pertains specifically to the nonprofit sector through the wisdom of baseball great Yogi Berra.

The day continued with concurrent breakout sessions covering topics such as volunteer management, board development, fund raising, collaboration, networking, earned-income, and much more.
Lunch was coupled with a fun, interactive session presented by Jay Vogt of Peoplesworth, utilizing the resources of those present to demonstrate the role and value of collaboration among nonprofits and other organizations in our region during a financial downturn.

The Compassion Capital Fund, a federal grant supporting capacity-building and technical assistance, funded the event through the INPD. Overall, attendees from local nonprofit organizations came away from the day with new contacts, great information, and a renewed sense of energy to do the important work that benefits the region. MWCC students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to learn more about this collaborative work with nonprofits and the service learning opportunities these partnerships provide.
Sarah McMaster

Upcoming Events

MWCC's Dental Hygiene Pinning Ceremony will take place Tuesday, May 18 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Raymond M. LaFontaine Fine Arts Center. Graduates will be pinned and freshmen will recite the Dental Hygiene Oath. The guest speaker is Myron Allukian, Jr., DDS, MPH, an internationally recognized public health expert and the former director of oral health for the Boston Public Health Commission.

MWCC's 44th Commencement will take place Thursday, May 20 at the Fitness & Wellness Center. Gardner native and entrepreneur Joyce Landry, CEO of Landry & Kling, Inc., will deliver the commencement address and American hero Harold E. Brown, Jr., will be honored posthumously as the Alumnus of the Year. Long-serving community volunteers Leslie Lightfoot and David Rodgers will be recognized with the Service Above Self Awards, and the late James D. Murphy, the first chairman of MWCC's Board of Trustees and long-serving community volunteer, will receive an honorary degree . Outside the fitness center, members of the Phi Theta Kappa international honor society will conduct the 7th annual "Project Graduation," food drive. All graduates and their guests are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to the rehearsal or ceremony, which will be donated this year to the Montachusett Veterans Outreach Center in Gardner.

The 39th Annual Exhibition of Art by MWCC students in on display in the East Wing Gallery through May 20, graduation night. To purchase a piece of artwork or to contact a student to commission a work, contact Professor John Pacheco at

MWCC's 37th Annual Nurse Pinning Ceremony will take place Friday, May 21 at 6 p.m. in the Fitness & Wellness Center. Nancy Duphily, Director of the Nursing Program, will deliver the keynote address, and Eileen Costello, Dean of the School of Health Sciences and Community Service Programs, will serve as emcee.

MWCC is accepting registrations for Summer Programs for Kids & Teens. Families are encouraged to reserve seats early to secure a spot in popular summer programs in drama, art, computers and athletics.Sports and fitness camps offered through the MWCC Fitness & Wellness Center include basketball, soccer, baseball, field hockey, tennis, fit camp, and more. Course descriptions and registration forms can be obtained on the college website at, or call 978-630-9273 for more information

Love fresh vegetables but short on space? Consider planting and harvesting your own crops at The Community Garden at MWCC. Applications are currently being accepted. The 20-by-15-foot plots, located adjacent to the MWCC Fitness & Wellness Center, are available to North Central Massachusetts residents and organizations on a first-come, first-served basis. Established last year, The Community Garden is sponsored by W.E. Aubuchon Co., Inc., GFA Federal Credit Union and MWCC.Gardeners of all levels of experience may participate and are encouraged to bring their own tools. Tools also will be available on site for those who need them.The cost is $20. To apply for a plot, go to or call (978) 630-9262 to request an application form.

The Enrollment Center is offering Information Sessions on a number of academic programs. Upcoming sessions will take place on the following dates: Practical Nursing Certificate: June 8 from 2 to 3 p.m., Gardner campus, Wetmore Wing, room 12; Dental Hygiene: June 2 from 2 to 3 p.m., Gardner campus, Wetmore Wing, room 12; Complementary Health Care/Massage Therapy/Physical Therapist Assistant: June 15 from 2 to 3 p.m., Enrollment Center; Clinical Laboratory Science: May 19 from 3 to 4:30 p.m., HealthAlliance Hospital, Leominster and June 23, Heywood Hospital, Laboratory Education area; Biotechnology/Biomanufacturing: June 7 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Devens campus; Energy Management, June 17 from 3 to 4 p.m., Gardner campus, room 201; Accelerated Business Administration: June 8 from 2:30 to 3:30 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