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Sept. 20, 2010

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MWCC Anticipating Delivery of Two Wind Turbines
Professor Emeritus Jean Tandy Returns to MWCC with New Exhibit
MWCC Parade Float to Display "A World of Possibilities"
Summer UP Youth Program Benefits from Gardner Ale House Golf Tournament
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MWCC Anticipating Delivery of Two Wind Turbines 
Mount Wachusett Community College anticipates the delivery of two wind turbines during the week of Sept. 20, as plans advance to add wind energy to the college's existing renewable energy sources.
The props, towers and other components that will make up the two wind turbines will arrive from Canada for installation on the south side of the Gardner campus this fall, said Edward Terceiro, resident engineer at MWCC. The anticipated arrival date is Sept. 22 through Sept. 24.  Installation of the turbines will commence in the coming weeks, anticipated to be completed during late fall or early winter 2010.
The turbine projects at MWCC and at the North Central Correctional Institution, also in Gardner, are a joint collaboration of the Massachusetts Division of Capital Asset Management and the Department of Energy Resources to achieve the renewable energy goals of Gov. Deval Patrick's Leading by Example program, which calls for increasing the use of renewable power and energy efficiency at state facilities.
"The Lieutenant Governor and I have challenged our state agencies to lead by example in the use of clean and renewable sources of energy," said Governor Deval Patrick. "These wind turbine projects in Gardner are a testament to that success and will yield both environmental benefits and lower energy costs. I look forward to the beginning of more projects like this and to making Massachusetts the leader in this field," he said.
"Wind projects such as this are exactly what Governor Patrick had in mind when he committed his administration in 2007 to Lead by Example on clean energy," Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Ian Bowles said. "State wind projects like those that will soon be producing emission-free power at Mount Wachusett Community College and just down the road at the Department of Correction's Gardner facility are helping to meet the Governor's ambitious goal of 2,000 megawatts of wind energy by 2020."
MWCC President Daniel M. Asquino said the wind project is coming to fruition after more than five years of planning, and with the support of the Patrick Administration and Congressman John Olver, who secured more than $3 million in federal grants for the project.
"With the turbines, biomass and solar energy, we'll be the most energy-independent college or university in New England. That's money we can put back into the classrooms," President Asquino said.
The two 1.65MW Vestas V82 wind turbines at MWCC are expected to produce 4,978 KWh hours of electricity annually. As a result the turbines will annually generate approximately 97% percent of the college's electricity consumption and will return approximately 30% of the power generated back into the grid.
The $9 million wind project is being funded through a variety of sources, including $3.2 million in U.S. Department of Energy grants secured by Congressman John Olver; $2.1 million from a low interest Clean Renewal Energy Bond (CREB) made available through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act; and $3.7 million from Massachusetts Clean Energy Investment Bonds. The project is expected to produce nearly $1 million in annual revenue and, after paying off debt service, the project is expected to net the college over $600,000 annually.  
This spring, DCAM awarded both the MWCC and NCCI Gardner turbine contracts to JK Scanlan Company, Inc. of East Falmouth to install the turbines, which were manufactured by Vestas of Denmark.
Increasing wind power is essential for meeting mandates set by several pieces of clean energy legislation passed in 2008, including the Global Warming Soltuions Act, which requires Massachusetts to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases by up to 25 percent by 2020 and by 80 percent 2050.
In 2002, MWCC was at the forefront of the campus climate movement when it converted its all-electric main campus in Gardner to a biomass heating system The conversion has slashed the college's carbon footprint by 24 percent, electricity usage by 46 percent and water usage by 52 percent, and has achieved a cost savings of $3.83 million to date.
Last year, MWCC installed a new 100 kW photovoltaic solar array on the main campus, as well as a solar thermal heating.  In addition, the Northeast Veteran Training & Rehabilitation Center, located on MWCC's Gardner campus, is equipped with solar electricity and geothermal heating and cooling.

Professor Emeritus Jean Tandy Returns to MWCC with New Exhibit 

Jean TandyProfessor Emeritus Jean Tandy, founder and former chair of MWCC's art department, returned to the Gardner campus with an exhibition of new abstract paintings. The exhibit of watercolor paintings is on display in the East Wing Gallery of the Raymond M. LaFontaine Fine Arts Center through Oct. 8.
Friends, alumni and former colleagues greeted Tandy during an artist's reception on Friday, Sept. 17 in the gallery.
Thousands of MWCC alumni who took courses in art history, drawing, two-dimensional and three-dimensional design, printmaking, painting and ceramics from 1968 to 1998 undoubtedly studied with Tandy, who designed the college's original official seal in the early 1970s.
"I am very happy to return to MWCC with recent works," she said. "I am honored to have been associated with MWCC for many rich years of my life, doing work that was deeply meaningful to me. I was especially privileged to work with amazing students and colleagues of the highest order and I am indeed grateful to Dr. Asquino, Professors John Pacheco and Joyce Miller and Professor Emeritus Gene Cauthen for their encouragement and generous spirit in helping me bring this exhibit to reality."
Tandy's artistic interests span many disciplines. Born in Michigan and now a resident of New Hampshire, she received her bachelor's and master's degrees from Michigan State University and went on to study ceramics in the 1980s with Japanese master pottery Makoto Yabe and poetry for 12 years with former New Hampshire Poet Laureate Patricia Fargnoli.
Regular gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Pictured: Professor Emeritus Jean Tandy.

MWCC Parade Float to Display "A World of Possibilities"

MWCC's Gardner 225th Parade Float MWCC students, faculty and staff are encouraged to cheer for the college and the city of Gardner during the Gardner 225th Anniversary Parade, Sunday, Sept. 26 at 1 p.m. in downtown Gardner.
The theme of the college's float is "Start Near...Go Far - A World of Possibilities." Several members of the Student Government Association will ride on the float with President Daniel Asquino, while several other participating students and alumni will march alongside the float dressed in work attire representing their academic programs and career fields. MWCC is a sponsor the 225th anniversary celebration.
Pictured: Vice Presidents Bob LaBonte and Robin Duncan, Campus Police Chief Karen Kolimaga and Dean Vincent Bates are among the Float Committee members creating a memorable entry for the Gardner 225th Anniversary Parade.

Summer UP Youth Program Benefits from Gardner Ale House Golf Tournament

Summer Up Golf Tourney 2010Area teens and children will be the beneficiaries of the Gardner Ale House's second annual charity golf tournament, held at the Gardner Municipal Golf Course on Sept. 13. The fundraiser will support the Summer UP youth program administered by MWCC's Division of Access & Transition in Gardner, Fitchburg and Leominster.
"We are so grateful that Rick Walton and the Gardner Ale House again chose the Summer UP program as the beneficiary of its charity golf tournament," said division Vice President Pati Gregson. "We greatly appreciate all the community support this program receives."
Summer UP provides jobs and job training for middle school and high school program counselors, and safe recreation spaces and meals for children of all ages who attend the free activities at six park sites in the three cities. The program also includes special field trips for the counselors as well as meaningful community service projects 
Pictured: MWCC Trustees participating in the Gardner Ale House's golf tournament to benefit the  Summer UP program included Ray Lafond, Chairman Jim Garrison, Gardner Mayor Mark Hawke and Richard Cella, pictured with program participants and college staff.

Upcoming Events

MWCC will host the annual New England Association of College Admissions Counseling (NEACAC) College Fair on Tuesday, Sept. 21 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in the Fitness & Wellness Center. The free fair is the largest college fair held in Worcester County and allows attendees to interact with representatives from nearly 200 public and private colleges and universities, as well as military institutions. The fair is open to the public. For more information, contact the MWCC Enrollment Center at (978) 630-9284 or visit
An American Red Cross Blood Drive will take place Tuesday, Sept. 21 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Commons Area. To register, call the Health Services office at (978) 630-9136. Walk-ins are welcome.
A Diabetes Education Fair, sponsored by Heywood Hospital, will take place Tuesday, Sept. 21 from 4 to 7 p.m. at MWCC's Gardner campus, in the North and South Cafeteria. The free event will include health screenings and vendor tables and a presentation at 5:30 p.m. by Dr. David Harlan, a leading physician in diabetes and clinical research. Dr. Harlan is the director of the UMass Memorial Health Care Diabetes Center of Excellence and chief of the Division of Diabetes. He is the former diabetes branch chief at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases of the National Institutes of Health. To RSVP or for more information, call (978) 630-6248.
The Northern Worcester County Memory Walk will return to the MWCC Gardner campus on Saturday, Sept. 25 beginning at 10 a.m. The Memory Walk is the largest annual fundraiser for the Alzheimer's Association. Proceeds from the walk will help fund programs throughout Worcester County including support groups, research, caregiver trainings and a 24-hour statewide Helpline. For more information, contact Kristi Mendoza at (978) 365-4537 or visit
The fall Student Life Film Festival will kick off on Wednesday, Sept. 29 with The Motorcycle Diaries, a biopic about the journey and memoir of 23-year-old Ernesto Guevara, who would later become internationally known as the iconic Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara. The film recounts the 1952 journey, initially by motorcycle, across South America by Guevara and his friend Alberto Granado. The screening will take place at 12:30 p.m. in the North Café.
Theatre at the Mount will present the madcap comedy of mistaken identity, Leading Ladies, in October. Leo and Jack are two actors who are so down on their luck that they're playing "Scenes from Shakespeare" on the Moose Lodge Circuit in Pennsylvania's Amish country. When they read about a rich old woman who is about to leave her fortune to her two long-lost relatives, whom no one has seen since birth, they decide to impersonate the two men. It's only when they're a few minutes out of town that they realize that the nephews are in fact nieces, and that they must appear as "Maxine" and "Stephanie" if they're to collect the loot. Performances are October 1, 2, 8 and 9 at 8 p.m., and October 10 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 for evening shows and $15 for the matinee and may be purchased at the TAM box office, by phone at (978) 632-2403 or online at  
Theatre at the Mount will present the children's musical, The Berenstain Bears on Stage on Saturday, Oct. 23 at 2 p.m. in the MWCC theatre. Join Papa, Mama, Brother, and Sister Bear as classic Berenstain Bears stories are presented and commented on by guitar-strumming Cowboy Joe, the world's foremost expert on the famous residents of Bear Country. All seats are $5. For tickets, contact the TAM box office at (978) 632-2403 or online at  
MWCC is offering Information Sessions on a number of academic programs. Upcoming sessions will take place on the following dates: Accelerated Business Administration Transfer Degree: Sept. 2, 3 to 4 p.m., Gardner campus room 125, and Oct. 19, 3 to 4 p.m., Gardner campus, Murphy Conference Room; Biotechnology/Biomanufacturing: Oct. 25, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Devens campus, room 214; Clinical Laboratory Science: Sept. 22 from 3 to 4:30 p.m., Heywood Hospital, Laboratory Education Area, and Oct. 20, 3 to 4:30 p.m, HealthAlliance Hospital; Complementary Health Care/Physical Therapist Assistant: Oct. 12, 2 to 3 p.m., Gardner campus room 204; Dental Hygiene: Oct. 13, 2 to 3 p.m., Burbank campus, Fitchburg; Energy Management: Oct. 21, 3 to 4 p.m., Devens campus; Nursing A.S. Degree: Oct. 5, 2 to 3 p.m., Gardner campus, room 204; and Practical Nursing Certificate: Sept. 21 and Oct. 19, 2 to 3 p.m., Gardner campus, room 204. In addition, small group information sessions are offered daily Monday through Thursday beginning at 3 p.m. Prospective students are asked to call the Enrollment Center at (978) 630-9284 (TTY (978) 632-4916), or send an email to Prospective students interested in the Biotechnology/Biomanufacturing program are asked to call Tami Morin at (978) 630-9578, (TTY (978) 632-4916), or email
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Janice O'Connor
Director of Public Relations
Mount Wachusett Community College
(978) 630-9547