A Valentine's Day Chocolate Sampler will be available Tuesday, Feb. 14 between 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. in the South Cafe. Free samples of chocolate desserts will be available while supplies last. This event is sponsored by the Student Life office.
An American Red Cross Blood Drive will take place Tuesday, Feb. 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Commons. To register, contact the Health Services office at ext. 136, or 978-630-9136. Walk-ins are welcome.
A talk on Alzheimer's Disease, "Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters," will be presented on Wednesday, Feb. 15 from 1 to 2 p.m. in MWCC's Fitness & Wellness Center. The guest speaker is Julie McMurray, MA, LOMHC. The free program is sponsored by the center as part of a winter brown bag lunch series. Participants are invited to bring their own lunch to the presentation.
"Her Conviction," an exhibition of work by MWCC art instructor Susan Montgomery, is on display in the East Wing Gallery of the Raymond M. LaFontaine Fine Arts Center through Feb. 21. Montgomery will present an artist's talk on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 12:30 p.m. in the gallery, answering questions and explaining, more in-depth, the theme and meaning behind her collection. The gallery is open for regular hours Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
MWCC's celebration of Black History Month continues on Wednesday, Feb. 15 with a performance by spoken word artist, musician, and social activist Afro D (Pete Shunghu) at 12:30 p.m. in the South Cafe. The performer uses his art as a medium to promote reflection, understanding and community building. Along with performing his music and poetry all over the world, Shunghu has taught history in Boston public schools, English at an orphanage in Mexico, and served as an AmeriCorps*VISTA in Worcester, among many other transformative life opportunities.
The Dental Hygiene program is hosting a presentation on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 10:30 a.m. at the Burbank campus in Fitchburg. Dr. Aidee Nieto-Herman, founder of the Massachusetts Hispanic Dental Association professional chapter and founder of the Hispanic International Mission, will present the talk,"Multicultural Crisis in Oral Health in America, the Role and Need of More Mentors and Leaders in the Dental Field." Dr. Aidee Nieto-Herman specializes in periodontology, oral diagnosis and implantology and has a private practice in Boston. A native of Venezuela, she is a former president of the National Hispanic Dental Association (HDA) and is currently an associate clinical professor at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.
The annual Mardi Gras Carnival, sponsored by the office of Student Life and student clubs and organizations, will take place Thursday, Feb. 16 from 6 to 10 p.m. in the South Café at the Gardner campus. This is a free event for MWCC students, faculty, staff, and a guest to enjoy karaoke from 6 to 8 p.m. and dancing from 8 to 10 p.m. Every hour, a door prize of $100 will be given away and, although costumes are optional, cash prizes of $100, $70, and $30 will be awarded to the top three costumes of the night. Free snacks and drinks also will be provided.
MWCC's Financial Aid office is offering FAFSA Filing Workshops to provide one-on-one assistance to students to complete the 2012-2013 Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Workshops will take place every Friday from 10 a.m. to noon beginning Feb. 17 through May 11 in the Advising Center. In addition, workshops will take place on Tuesdays from 4 to 6 p.m. on April 17, April 24, May 1 and May 8. Contact the Financial Aid office at 978-630-9169 to sign up or for more information.
Whether you are a Zumba enthusiast or would like to try this fun dance fitness class, there's an opportunity to do so while raising money for the American Cancer Society. The Fitness and Wellness Center at Mount Wachusett Community College is hosting a Zumba for Hope fundraising event on Saturday, Feb. 18 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event is open to the public for a suggested donation of $10 to be collected at the door. The fitness center and many local businesses have donated raffle prizes and refreshments for participants, including a post-event pizza party. All proceeds raised will benefit the American Cancer Society and raise funds for the fourth annual Spin for Hope event in March. Zumba instructors Tara Palmieri, Olivia Cushing and Sara Lafluer will lead this dance exercise. Participants may take part in one hour, two hours, or the entire three hours. No experience is needed. For more information call 978-630-9212.
The MWCC Math Department and Math Club is hosting a presentation on Math Anxiety on Wednesday, Feb. 22 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in room 358. Guest speaker Gail Kilyard, a doctoral student at UMass Amherst, will lead a discussion on "Math Anxiety and the Connections between Trust and Learning Mathematics." She will share her results of a pilot study done at Holyoke Community College, which focused on students' math anxiety, what students thought were the connections between trust and learning, and what motivated them to learn mathematics. She is also interested in hearing how MWCC's faculty and students deal with these issues of trust, math anxiety, and motivation.
Theatre at the Mount opens its 2012 season with the musical, Fiddler on the Roof, with performances on February 24, 25, March 2 and 3 at 8 p.m., and Feb. 26 and March 4 at 2 p.m. the production won nine Tony Awards including Best Musical and was one of the first Broadway musicals to deal with serious issues such as persecution, poverty and holding on to one's beliefs. The award winning score features such well-known songs as Sunrise, Sunset, Matchmaker, and If I Were a Rich Man. For tickets and reservations, call the Theatre at the Mount box office at 978-632-2403 or purchase tickets online at http://theatre.mwcc.edu.
The spring 2012 Student Life Film Series continues with Louder Than A Bomb on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 12:30 p.m. in the North Café. The film is about passion, competition, teamwork, and trust. Every year, more than 600 teenagers from 60 Chicago area schools gather for the world's largest youth poetry slam. It's about the joy of being young, the pain of growing up, speaking out, making noise, and finding your voice. Upcoming films include Miss Representation on March 22; Bullied on April 3, and The Way We Get By on April 12.
MWCC is offering Information Sessions on a number of academic programs. Upcoming sessions will take place on the following dates: A.S. Nursing: Feb. 14, 2 to 3 p.m., Gardner Campus, room 204 and Feb. 16, 5 to 6 p.m., at the Devens Campus; Dental Hygiene: Feb. 15, 2 to 3 p.m., Fitchburg Campus (Burbank), Library; Complementary Health Care/Physical Therapist Assistant: Feb. 16, 2 to 3 p.m. Gardner Campus, room 205; Clinical Lab Science: Feb. 21, 4 to 5 p.m., Gardner Campus, room 214; GM Automotive Technology: Feb. 22, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Devens Campus, Conference Room; Practical Nursing: Feb. 28, 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 interested in attending an information session are asked to call the Admissions Office at 978-630-9110 (TTY 978-632-4916), or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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