May 22, 2012
In This Issue
MWCC Graduates Encouraged to Remain Committed to Serving Others
MWCC Recognizes Outstanding Students During Evening of Excellence Ceremony
MWCC Student Leaders Feted at State House Ceremonies
Largest Nursing Class in MWCC History Recognized During Traditional Pinning Ceremony
Pinning Ceremony Caps Achievements of Dental Hygiene Graduates
Visions and Rx Programs Celebrate Student Success
MWCC Students Named to 2012 Who's Who List
Ribbon Cutting Marks Opening of North Quabbin Entrepreneurship Center
Social Media Marketing the Focus of Summer Business Luncheon Training Series
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Committed to Serving Others

2012 graduates
Members of the Class of 2012

Service to community and to others was a central theme during Mount Wachusett Community College's 47th Commencement, held May 17 in the Fitness & Wellness Center. More than 700 associate degrees and academic certificates were awarded.


"My soul was inspired by heroes who guided my values," state Senator Stephen M. Brewer, chair of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, said in his keynote address, noting the influence of leaders such as President John F. Kennedy and Senator Robert F. Kennedy. "As you embark on the next journey, I encourage you to remember that a life of service is a life of significance." 

Senator Stephen M. Brewer
Senator Stephen M. Brewer

"Your graduation from Mount Wachusett Community College is a kind of insurance for success," the senator said. "No matter what happens, no one can take away your degree or the lessons that you have learned. I commend you for keeping education as one of your top priorities and capitalizing on your own ambition to better yourself and broaden your horizons. You are all role models for our community."


President Daniel M. Asquino spoke of the "circle of good" that spans a lifetime and builds through service and commitment to others. He noted that this year, faculty and staff have devoted many thousands of hours to benefit the region.


"My wish for you is that you use your education to continue these pursuits and to improve your life, that of your family and friends and that of your community, your state and your nation, and that you manifest a behavior that enlarges your circle of good."


This year's ceremony marked a number of firsts for the graduating class. Board of Trustees Chairman James Garrison noted that the Class of 2012 includes the first graduates of the college's new Energy Management program, the first group of teens to graduate from the Pathways Early College Innovation School, the first graduates of the Finish First agreement with Fitchburg State and Worcester State Universities; and the first MWCC graduates from the Northeast Veteran Training and Rehabilitation Center, built on campus property by the Fitchburg nonprofit Veterans Homestead, Inc.


The Trustees Award was presented to Liberal Arts major Caroline Horvitz, who served the past year on the college's Board of Trustees and previously served on the Student Government Association. The Dean's Key was presented to Student Government Association President Isaac Matson. Three students were recognized as recipients of the President's Key award for academic achievement: Matthew Cucchiara, Colleen Grimes and Robin Watson.

Emeriti status was awarded to retiring faculty and staff members College Counselor Nancy Kennedy, Professor Nola Sapienza and Professor Bonnie Toothaker.


2012 Alumnus of the Year
Alumnus of the Year Alfred LeBlanc

Alfred E. LeBlanc, retired chief of the Leominster Fire Department and leader in the college's Fire Science Technology program, was recognized as the 2012 Alumnus of the Year.


LeBlanc encouraged the graduates to build up a "toolbox" which includes support from family, friends and mentors; education; and experience to remain prepared throughout life. "Education and training go hand in hand. One gives you the understanding, the other the hands-on experience. Today is not just a starting point, but a foundation for you," he said.

The Service Above Self Award was presented to long-serving community volunteer Douglas A. Starrett, president and CEO of the Starrett Company in Athol. Mr. Starrett accepted the award on behalf of the many area residents he has worked with on various community causes. He encouraged the graduating class and current students to continue volunteering in their communities.

"You will find that giving back to the community that you love will provide an inner satisfaction that you cannot describe, and it is medicine for your soul," Starrett said. "Giving of your time and talents will enrich your community, your life and the lives that you touch."


For more Commencement photos, visit MWCC's Facebook page.

MWCC Recognizes Outstanding Students During Evening of Excellence Ceremony
Evening of Excellence 2012
Art student Alyssa Fishenden with Professor John Pacheco
MWCC honored the academic achievements of outstanding students at the annual "Evening of Excellence" ceremony May 10 at the Four Points by Sheraton, Leominster.
"We're here to recognize the achievements of our students, and they are many," President Daniel M. Asquino said. The ceremony showcased the accomplishments of numerous students from the region, ranging from career changers to dual enrollment students.

Executive Vice President Ann McDonald and Dr. Vincent Ialenti, dean of Academic and Institutional Technology, served as masters of ceremony, building upon a theme of  smart phone apps and other short cuts that can be used in life, with the exception of earning a college degree. Unlike the popular "easy button" or the proliferation of apps that now simplify so many aspects of life, the MWCC students honored for their academic achievements attained their goals the traditional way - through hard work and perseverance, Ialenti said.

"Remember...there is not always going to be an easy button or an app that works for everything in your future, but hopefully the skills, work ethic and dedication that you showed at MWCC will help you to succeed and grow in the future."

In addition to curriculum awards and other recognitions, the MWCC Foundation, Inc. presented a number of awards during the ceremony. Executive Director Darlene Morrilly noted that the foundation has awarded $230,000 in scholarships to date during the 2011-2012 academic year.

The following awards were presented:

Outstanding Achievement Awards
All USA Academic Team Nominees: Caroline H. Horvitz and Isaac M. Matson
Visions Program Award: Andres L. Figueroa
Rx Award: Sheila Beane
Best of English 101: Karen L. Jones, Claudia Elbourn, and Andrea L. Bartlett
Sandy Signor Award: Andrea B. Gendron
Jean Tandy Award: Grace A. Santos
Service Learning Award: Alan S. Beauchene and Ann Reynolds
Exemplary Service Learning Awards: Steven L. Adams, Chris W. Aubuchon, Stephen L. Bassett,  Crystal B. Berenholz, Neisha M. Boulanger, Allen R. Camara, Brian D. Durrin, Bonny B. Ethridge, Cindy L. Fanning, Jennifer M. Gemma, Derek N. Gyles, Donald B. Hager, Miranda A. Hamel, Dustin J. Holden, Elizabeth D. Kalinowski, Shannon C. Koutrakos, Nathan D. Lamkin, Brian A. LaPrise, Krystal E. LeBlanc, Jayme A. Parmenter, Kelley A. Perla, Ann Reynolds, Leslie S. Rivera, Freddy Robles, Nicole M. Sanchez, Michael P. Scott, Danielle E. Southcotte, Chad E. Stateler, Sean M. Vaillancourt, Melanie Velez, and Pamela A. Wood.

Evening of Excellence 2012
Photography faculty member Bob Mayer presents the Broadcasting & Electronic Media award to Brienna Lahti.
Curriculum Awards

Art: Alyssa A. Fishenden
Biotechnology/Biomanufacturing: Zhang Fen Chai
Broadcasting & Electronic Media: Brienna E. Lahti
Business Administration Career: Matthew A. Cucchiara
Business Administration Transfer: Andrea B. Gendron
Complementary Health Care: Sharon A. Godin
Computer Graphic Design - Print Concentration: Jonathan R. Van Dyke
Computer Graphic Design - Web Concentration: Jessica L. Gloriant
Computer Information Systems: Joshua A. Robichaud
Criminal Justice: Isaac M. Matson
Dental Hygiene: Caitlyn M. McBride
Early Childhood Education - Career: Katherine M. Peltola
Early Childhood Education - Transfer: Christine Sawyer
General Studies: Diana L. Couillard
Human Services: Ann Reynolds
Liberal Arts & Sciences: Alisha M. Stokes
Medical Assisting: Karen D. Moore
Nursing: Lisa M. Baillargeon, Colleen M. Grimes, and Sheri L. West
Paralegal: Becky Anne Abbott
Natural Resources Technology: Jesse M. Roberts
Physical Therapist Assistant: Diana L. Couillard

MWCC Foundation Awards
Alumni Scholarship: Christina A. Halfkenny
Arthur F. Haley Scholarship: Sarah C. Adams
Barbara Chaplin Memorial Scholarship: Ryann L. Brown
Barnes & Noble Scholarship: Patricia R. Woodliff
Carl Tammi Scholarship: Michael D. Fontaine
Carrie Progen Memorial Scholarship: Samantha G. Hanson
Father Adamo Scholarship: Ann Reynolds
John Burton Award: Alyssa C. Fishenden and Michelle A. Schrock
Joseph B. Ruth Scholarship: Shabana Phillips
Keith Nivala Award: Gregory D. Jones
Millie McGuire Foundation: Vikki T. Stephens
MWCC Veterans Memorial Scholarship: Patricia L. Johnson
Nashoba Valley Healthcare Fund: Lisa M. Baillargeon
Robert Weibel Awards: Sarah C. Adams
Robert H. Gilman Memorial Scholarship: David A. Pulaski

Memorial Awards                                                                    
Aspasia Anastos Award: Michelle A. Peters
Judge Moore Award: Nancy C. Clark and Ann Reynolds
Peter J. Trainor Leadership Award: Isaac M. Matson

Honors Society Recognition
Alpha Beta Gamma cholarship Award: Ellen Merrill-Pugsley and Julia C. Shields
Honors Program: Sarah C. Adams, Emma E. Brady, Teresa L. Cataldo, Michelle L. Desrosiers, Matthew F. Fortier, Andrea B. Gendron, Aaron R. Goldsby, Caroline H. Horvitz, Cassandra M. Hulecki, Rachael L. Love, Isaac M. Matson, Ann Reynolds, Elena Rivera, Jesse M. Roberts, Phillip Smith, and Jonathan R. Van Dyke.
MWCC Student Leaders Feted at State House Ceremonies

29 Who Shine CeremonyMWCC student leaders Caroline Horvitz and Isaac Matson were honored as members of the All-Massachusetts Academic Team during a recognition ceremony at the State House on May 8. The Phi Theta Kappa honor society, community college presidents and the Massachusetts Community College association sponsored the event. 

The ceremony included remarks from Department of Higher Education Commissioner Richard Freeland, State Representative Tom Sannicandro, chair of the Joint Committee on Higher Education; Gretchen Manning, deputy director of the Massachusetts Community Colleges executive office; and Robert Caret, president of the University of Massachusetts.


Two days later, Horvitz returned to the State House to participate in the second annual "29 Who Shine" awards ceremony, sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education.This award honors 29 outstanding public college and university graduates, one from each community college, state university and UMass campus in the state, for their academic achievement and community service.

All Massachusetts Academic Team ceremonyHorvitz has served this past year as Student Trustee on MWCC's Board of Trustees. A Liberal Arts major, she is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society and the Commonwealth Honors program. She also previously served on the Student Government Association. She is transferring to Mount Holyoke College this fall to continue her studies in medieval history and Latin.

Matson, a Criminal Justice major, served the past year as president of the Student Government Assocation and previously as vice president, as well as on the Crusade 4 Christ club and other campus organizations. He is transferring to Westfield State University this fall to continue his studies.

Pictured: Top, Governor Deval Patrick presents the 29 Who Shine Award to MWCC Student Trustee Caroline Horvitz, with interpreter Cheryl Lauricella, an MWCC alumna. Bottom: SGA President Isaac Matson, with state Representative Tom Sannicandro, chair of the Joint Committee on Higher Education, and Robin Duncan, MWCC vice president of Marketing and Communications, during the All-Massachusetts Academic Team Recognition Ceremony.

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Largest Nursing Class in MWCC History Recognized During Traditional Pinning Ceremony
Nurse pinning ceremony
Nursing program graduate Chrystele Alliance, right, who began her studies at Atlantic Union College, was pinned by Lydie Bastien during the MWCC ceremony.

Whether they came to MWCC directly out of high school, as a career-changer or transferred from another college, 140 area residents reached the extraordinary achievement of completing  the academic requirements needed to become Registered Nurses.

The largest class in the history of MWCC's nursing program was recognized during a traditional pinning ceremony on May 18 in the Fitness & Wellness Center.
The graduating class includes students enrolled in the day and evening programs, LPNs who returned to continue their education through the college's Bridge to Nursing program, as well as members of the Pre-Nursing Academy for recent high school graduates. This year's class also included 28 students who began their studies at Atlantic Union College and were welcomed into MWCC's program as transfer students after AUC closed last year.

"Our graduates came to us through many paths and will now leave here and will continue on their journeys," said Eileen Costello, dean of the School of Health Sciences and Community Service Programs. "Our hope for you is for continued success and personal fulfillment in your chosen profession."

Nurse pinning ceremony
Nursing program graduate Danielle Boudreau was pinned by MWCC alumna Cynthia Adams.

President Daniel M. Asquino congratulated the graduates on their academic achievement and their choice to enter the "noble profession" of nursing.

Mary Grant, clinical director of long term services and support for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts/Mass. Health and a former state representative, delivered the keynote address. She encouraged the students to apply their knowledge and skills to the myriad issues facing health care today, noting that they will be among the leaders of tomorrow. "Get the highest education that you can that fits for you and find good mentors," she said. "And teach each other, always."

Dressed in traditional nurse uniforms, the students were welcomed into the profession by having the program's nursing pin fastened to their lapels by a family member, friend, or an alumnus of the program, or a faculty member, to the cheers of family and friends. The pin symbolizes where the nurses completed their studies to become an RN and distinguishes them from other health care professionals. The eight-star MWCC pin is imprinted with the words "Service to Humanity and the World."

As part of the ceremony, the students also recited the nurses' pledge, which that dates back to Florence Nightingale.


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 Pinning Ceremony Caps Achievements of Dental Hygiene Graduates

Dental Hygiene pinning ceremonyGraduates of MWCC's Dental Hygiene program were welcomed into the profession during the department's sixth annual Dental Hygiene Pinning Ceremony in the Raymond M. Lafontaine Fine Arts Center theatre. Dr. Melissa Fama, vice president of Academic Affairs, and Anne Malkasian, program director, congratulated the graduates on their achievement.

"The recipe for success is using courage, initiative, perseverance and integrity to accomplish anything you can dream or desire," said keynote speaker Kelly Jancaitis, a dental hygienist for more than 30 years and an adjunct faculty member at MWCC. "You are the leaders in your own life's journey, the leaders in your career, and you will be the leaders in your profession. Dream big for yourself and for your profession."


Jancaitis, a member of the American Dental Hygienists' Association and a member of the board of the Massachusetts Dental Hygienists' Association, encouraged the graduates to become active in the local, state and national levels of the ADHA, which can open doors to extraordinary new experiences. Jancaitis, for example, traveled with an ADHA delegation to Russia and Poland, where they met with dental hygienists in both countries, toured offices and clinics, visited an orphanage in Poland and had the opportunity to experience cultural events.


"It was awesome. Get out of your operatory and experience some of the wonderful opportunities waiting for you in the profession of dental hygiene."

Caitlyn McBride was recognized with the department' curriculum award and three members of the class -  Dana Bellar, Jessica LaPrade and Kaitlyn Therrien - were recognized for starting their careers as dental assistants with the Community Health Center in Fitchburg before continuing their education and earning their associate degree to become licensed dental hygienists. Freshman Kristy Eckstrom received the Ellen Daly Scholarship, presented in honor of the former MWCC Trustee who was instrumental in starting the dental hygiene program.


Pictured: Professor Virginia Heroux pins Denal Hygiene graduate Caitlyn McBride during the ceremony.


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Visions and Rx Programs Celebrate Student Success 
Visions program awardsGraduating and continuing students in MWCC's Visions and Rx TRIO Student Support Services programs were recognized for their dedication and accomplishments during year-end ceremonies in the North Cafe.

Now completing its second year, the Rx program celebrated the graduation of 28 students with associate degrees and certificates. The program serves students who are majoring in the healh sciences. Two scholarships also were presented. The Rx Award for a continuing student was presented to Sheila Beane, who plans to continue studies in the Physical Therapist Assistant program, and the President's Award was presented to Sheri West, a graduate of the nursing program.

Rx program awardsThe Visions Program, which has been offered at MWCC for more than three decades, assists eligible students enrolled in any major. Graduating students who collectively earned 34 associate degrees and certificates were recognized with a number of achievement awards. Two scholarships also were presented to Visions students. The President's Award was presented to graduating student Sarah Adams, who will continue studies in art and marketing at UMass, Amherst, and the Visions Award was presented to continuing student Andres Figueroa, who is pursuing a degree in the Physical Therapist Assistant program.

Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the Visions and Rx programs support income-eligible students, first-generation students within a family pursuing a college degree, and students with disabilities. The programs help guide participants throughout the college experience and assist those who wish to transfer to a four-year institution by offering a variety of services, including intensive academic advising, transfer and personal counseling, professional tutoring and supplemental instruction.

Pictured: Top, Visions program award recipients Sarah Adams and Andres Figueroa, with TRIO Student Support Services Director Gaurav Khanna. Bottom, Rx program award recipients Sheri West and Sheila Beane, with TRIO Student Support Services Director Gaurav Khanna and Transfer Counselor Paula Richard, left, and Retention Specialist Catherine Maddox-Wiley, right.
MWCC Students Named to 2012 Who's Who List
Who's Who 2012MWCC 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 2012 edition of Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities.

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.

The honorees were among the student leaders recognized by the office of Student Life during a reception held April 26 at the Gardner Museum.

Students named this year include: Jonathan DeWitt, Sarah Adams, Brenton Allen, Kyna Bell, Neisha Boulanger, Joshua Bradbury, Jennifer Brennan, Michelle Brennan, Melissa Burdett,  Jason Catalano, Renee Chandler, Aaron Chatigny, Jennifer Forgues, Carly Gagne, Kimberly Geise-Disalle, Andrea Gendron, Lorren Grammont, Raymond Greeno, Colleen Grimes, Kristyn Hanifin, Caroline Horvitz, Audra Kelliher, Danette Krushel, Jessica Kwiatkowski, Christopher Kyprianos, Laura LaBarge, Sarah Lancey, Alma Martinez, Caleb Matson, Isaac Matson, Feral McElreavy, Rosemary Mruk, Jillian Reid, Elizabeth Reiser, Ann Reynolds, Heather Rick, Nicole Riel, Jesse Roberts, Seth Royer, Elora Rumbaugh, Christine Sawyer, Michelle Schrock, Julia Shields, Jonathan Skinner, Kaitlyn Therrien, Loi Tran, Ian Van Luven, Megan Wallace, Brandon Warren, Amanda White and Nicole Zichella.
Pictured: MWCC students recognized in the 2012 Who's Who list include, from left: Neisha Boulanger,  Lorren Grammont, Raymond Greeno, Audra Kelliher and Colleen Grimes.
Ribbon Cutting Marks Opening of North Quabbin Entrepreneurship Center
North Quabbin Entrepreneurship CenterDozens of area business leaders and local officials joined representatives from Mount Wachusett Community College for a ribbon cutting ceremony on May 9 to officially launch the new North Quabbin Entrepreneurship Center in Athol. The center, located at 80 Freedom Street, is a partnership between the town of Athol and its Community Development Block Grant program and the college's Division of Lifelong Learning and Workforce Development.

"We recognize that small businesses are absolutely essential to the economic health of the region," said Jacqueline Feldman, vice president of Lifelong Learning and Workforce Development at MWCC. Classes are tailored to benefit those interested in starting their own business and current owners of small businesses interested in enhancing their skills.

While open to anyone who wants to register for classes, tuition waivers will be made available through the town's CDBG program for income eligible residents from Athol, Petersham, Phillipston and Royalston, as a priority. Income eligible residents from Erving, New Salem, Orange, Warwick and Wendell will also be eligible for tuition waivers as class limits allow.

Upcoming classes include: budgeting for your company; starting your own business; interpretation of financial statements; project management risks and cost analysis; basic and intermediate financial accounting concepts for managers; and starting your own direct sales company.
To register for classes, contact Teresita Encarnacion at the MWCC workforce development office at 978-630-9575 or via email at

Pictured: Participating in the ribbon cutting ceremony, from left, Teresita Encarnacion, Jeremiah Riordon and Dawn Gilliatt from MWCC, Phil Delorey of the Athol Office of Planning and Development, Athol Town Manager David Ames, James Bellina of the Greater Gardner Chamber of Commerce, and Maria Bull of the North Quabbin Chamber of Commerce.
Social Media Marketing the Focus of Summer Business Luncheon Training Series at MWCC
facebook and twitter logosSocial media is revolutionizing the way businesses and other organizations are marketing their products and services in the 21st century. The Summer Business Luncheon Training Series at Mount Wachusett Community College is geared toward increasing communication for organizations, fostering brand awareness and improving marketing, customer service and sales.

Social networking can be a powerful tool for small or medium sized businesses looking to grow. The Friday lunch-and-learn sessions, sponsored by MWCC's Division of Lifelong Learning and Workforce Development, will be led by industry professionals including representatives from Constant Contact, Inc. of Waltham and other business trainers.

"Entrepreneurs who build their businesses and websites around social networking say it offers a big advantage. Customers become more engaged with the business, share favorite products and services with friends and often turn them into buyers, too," said Jeremiah Riordon, assistant vice president of Lifelong Learning and Workforce Development at MWCC. "The 'lunch-and-learn' series offers regional businesses a sample of the best training available to help make their businesses more efficient, competitive and ready for new opportunities."

In "Social Media Marketing Strategies" on June 15, participants will learn how businesses can take advantage of major social media tools including Facebook, Twitter, Google Analytics and Social Campaigning through e-mail marketing. This session is an introduction to the maze of communities, platforms, and social media tools in a more personalized and dynamic level than traditional methods. Participants will learn more about the role social media might play and which networking tools would be helpful in building sales and a stronger business presence.

In "Using Google Analytics to Maximize Your Website Traffic" on June 22, participants will examine impact to their company's website traffic, gain insight into analyzing visitor traffic, and learn how this free service offered by Google generates detailed statistics about website visitors to enhance search engine optimization strategies.

In "Making Money with Facebook" on July 13, participants will discover how to capitalize on Facebook features to promote their business and learn how to develop page content to increase customer attention to businesses. With more than 845 million users on Facebook worldwide, this business session will provide an overview of some best practices and shows how Stories, Ads and Pages can expand current reach and increase business.

In "Profitable E-mail Marketing Strategies" on July 27, participants will learn to take advantage of e-mail marketing campaigns to build business. Researchers estimate that U.S. firms spent $1.5 billion on e-mail marketing in 2011, which is expected to grow to $2.68 billion by 2016. This session will reveal insightful techniques into the strategies of an effective campaign and will highlight the measurement and analytics of program and campaign results.
In "Trailblazing with Twitter" on Aug. 10, participants will discover why and how Twitter should become a marketing tool for their organizations. Twitter is one of the fastest growing online platforms being used for communication and conversation. This could be one of a few initiatives that may work well for companies if an objective is to gain increased exposure while exploring the array of social media applications available.

On Aug. 24, the final session in this series will focus on ways in which companies can obtain grants for professional development through the Massachusetts Workforce Training Fund program, which provides resources to Massachusetts businesses and workers to train current and newly hired employees. Mike Corcoran, Operations Supervisor for the Massachusetts Workforce Training Fund Program, will present information about recent changes to the program, as well as the process of accessing training dollars for companies in the North Central Massachusetts region.

All social media sessions take place from 12 to 1 p.m. in the North Café at MWCC's Gardner campus, 444 Main Street. The Workforce Training Fund session will take place from 12:30 to 1:30. The cost for each session is $10 when pre-registered or $13 at the door and includes a complimentary lunch. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Register for one or more sessions by calling 978-630-9575 or email

Upcoming Events
The Division of Access and Transition will celebrate the academic achievements of students during the Pathways Early College Innovation School and Gateway to College graduation ceremony on Wednesday, May 23 at 6 p.m. in the Raymond M. LaFontaine Fine Arts Center theatre. The accomplishments of nearly 50 graduating students will be celebrated. Pati Gregson, associate commissioner of Vocational, Workforce and College Readiness Programming for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and Ishmael Tabales, Principal of the Ralph C. Mahar Regional High School, will be among the featured speakers.

Relay for Life 2011Members of the MWCC community will join thousands of others participating in the Greater Gardner Relay for Life. The annual, 24-hour walk to benefit the American Cancer Society takes place at the college's track, beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 8 with the Survivor's Walk and continuing until 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 9. The MWCC-Fitness Center Relay for Life team has seen overwhelming support from the college, with coverage for all 24-hours of the walk. The team will be sponsoring a "1 oz. of cancer prevention" fundraiser at the college's tent, offering healthy snacks for a donation. The Gardner Relay has raised more than $10 million for cancer research over the past 19 years and is the largest relay in New England and the fifth largest in the U.S.

Father of the BridgeTheatre at the Mount continues its 2012 season with Father of the Bride in June. This hilarious comedy is about a father who is overwhelmed by all of the turmoil, not to mention finances, caused by his daughter's out of control wedding. Wedding planners, florists, dress makers and pretty much everything that goes with a wedding invade his home as the wedding plans get bigger and more outrageous by the day. Performances are June 15, 16, 22 and 23 at 8 p.m. and June 24 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 for evening shows, $15 for the matinee, and $10 for students and may be purchased at the TAM box office, by phone at 978-632-2403 or online at


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 including 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 found online at or by calling 978-630-9124.

MWCC Foundation golf tournamentMount Wachusett Community College Foundation, Inc. will sponsor its 17th Annual Golf Tournament to benefit student scholarships on Monday, July 23 at the Sterling National Country Club. The cost is $200 per person to play, which includes breakfast and dinner, or $40 to attend the dinner only. Registration and a breakfast buffet begins at 8 a.m., with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. The tournament will conclude with a social hour, auction and awards dinner. Auction and corporate sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information or to register, call (978) 630-9387 or email

Phi Theta Kappa, in association with the Broadcasting and Electronic Media department, is pleased to once again offer Commencement DVDs. This professional quality, edited DVD of MWCC's 2012 graduation ceremony is available at a cost of $15 each. This low cost includes shipping and handling. Proceeds will benefit House of Peace and Education in Gardner. To order a DVD, contact a PTK advisor, Professor Michael Greenwood at; Fagan Forhan at; or Bob Mayer at

MWCC is offering Information Sessions on a number of academic programs. Upcoming sessions will take place on the Gardner campus on the following dates: Associate Degree in Nursing: June 5 from 2 to 3 p.m., room 204; Practical Nursing certificate: June 20 from 2 to 3 p.m., room 204; Radiologic Technologist: June 28 from 2 to 3 p.m., room 205; and Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical LabTech: June 20 from 4 to 5 p.m. room 214, followed by off-site clinical lab tour. Information sessions for the Automotive Technology - General Motors program will take place June 6 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Devens campus conference room, and June 20 from 5 to 6 p[.m. at the Gardner campus, Murphy conference room. 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 email

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Janice O'Connor
Director of Public Relations
Mount Wachusett Community College