Oct. 23, 2012
In This Issue
Tina Sbrega Appointed Chair of MWCC Board of Trustees
Mark Shirman Appointed to MWCC Board of Trustees
MWCC Foundation Honors Martin F. Connors, Jr. as 2012 Citizen of the Year
MWCC and the SHINE Initiative Host Mental Health Conference
MWCC Joins QCC and Fitchburg State on Manufacturing Partnership
VP Robin A. Duncan Receives NCMPR Communicator of the Year Award
Assistant Dean Gregory Clement Receives CCSLA Founder's Award
AAC&U Official Visits Quality Collaborative Project Team
2012 Fall Kick off Event: 10 Years of United Way Youth Venture in North Central Massachusetts
MWCC Nursing Student Wins Car
MWCC Participates in Massachusetts 2012 STEM Summit
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Tina Sbrega
Tina Sbrega

Tina Sbrega, president and chief executive officer of GFA Federal Credit Union in Gardner, has been appointed chair of the Mount Wachusett Community College Board of Trustees. She has served on the board since 2005, most recently as vice chair.


"Our community colleges are at the center of our efforts to close the skills gap and help people get back to work in Massachusetts," said Governor Deval Patrick, who announced Ms. Sbrega's appointment on Oct. 18. "I want to thank Ms. Sbrega for her willingness to serve in this capacity and am confident that she will be a critical partner in our collective efforts to better serve our students and employers, building a stronger Commonwealth for generations to come."


"As a trustee and most recently as vice chair, Tina Sbrega has been a diligent, community-minded member of the board," MWCC President Daniel M. Asquino said. "We are pleased that Governor Patrick has appointed her to continue the leadership of our outgoing board chair, Jim Garrison, who has admirably served our college community and will continue to serve on the board. Ms. Sbrega is a highly regarded leader and we welcome the continuity her appointment will provide," he said.


"I'm honored to have been chosen to serve in this role as chair of the Mount Wachusett Community College Board of Trustees," Ms. Sbrega said. "The leadership, the faculty, and the entire college community do a phenomenal job in serving the needs of North Central Massachusetts students and local businesses, and I'm proud to be affiliated with such an outstanding organization."


Ms. Sbrega began her work with GFA in 1980 and has served in numerous capacities at the company over the past 30 years. She serves as chair of the Board of Trustees for Heywood Hospital and as a director for the House of Peace & Education in Gardner.


She previously served 11 years as a director of the Greater Gardner Chamber of Commerce. She earned an associate degree from Quinsigamond Community College and a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Roger Williams University.

Mark Shirman Appointed to MWCC Board of Trustees
Mark Shirman appointed to Board of Trustees
New Trustee Mark Shirman, center, was welcomed to MWCC on Oct. 18 by Trustee and immediate past chair James Garrison, left, and President Asquino.

Mark Shirman, president and chief executive officer of Westford-based RiverMeadow Software, Inc., has been appointed to the Board of Trustees at Mount Wachusett Community College.

"Mr. Shirman's business acumen and entrepreneurial success in the field of Information Technology will be a tremendous asset to the college and the greater community as we continue our mission of providing students with access to affordable, quality education and expanding economic development opportunities in our region," said MWCC President Daniel M. Asquino.

At RiverMeadow Software, Mr. Shirman leads a team that develops cloud migration and disaster recovery software for the cloud service provider market. He has nearly 30 years of entrepreneurial experience in the IT services arena, including 10 years as founder and CEO of GlassHouse Technologies in Framingham. At GlassHouse he was responsible for building upon the company's leadership in the storage solutions space, managing the investment community, and setting the vision for the company's solutions development.

Mr. Shirman said he was interested in serving on the board to "support a community institution I strongly believe in" and leverage his business experience. "I understand major technology shifts that are taking place in the market that will represent opportunities and careers for people for many years, as opposed to a one-year phenomenon." 

Mr. Shirman previously served as executive vice president of corporate development and CTO at Convergent Group in Englewood, Colo., where he executed a combination of operational and marketing strategies that resulted in a successful public offering and the subsequent sale of the business to Schlumberger Corporation. Among his other professional experience, he was responsible for the worldwide eBusiness and CRM lines of business for Cambridge Technology Partners and previously ran similar units for BSG/Alliance IT in Austin, Texas. In 1985, he launched a new breed IT consulting company called Innovative Information Systems Inc. (IISI), which was focused on emerging technologies and application development. He served as CEO of IISI until its sale to CDI Corporation in 1990, where he then served as president until 1995.

He started his career with Arthur Andersen & Co. after receiving his bachelor's degree in economics from Brandeis University and his MBA from American University, where he is a frequent guest lecturer. He served on the advisory board of a Massachusetts nonprofit called Baby's Breath, a model program that assists infants who are in need of a safe, caring and stable home environment. He lives with his wife Beth Quenzel Shirman in Sutton and is the father of five children.


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 MWCC Foundation Honors Martin F. Connors, Jr. as 2012 Citizen of the Year
MWCC Citizen of the Year 2012
Mount Wachusett Community College President Daniel M. Asquino; 2012 Harold E. Drake, Jr., Citizen of the Year Award recipient Martin F. Connors, Jr., President and CEO of Rollstone Bank & Trust; MWCC Foundation Executive Director Darlene Morrilly; and Richard Mohnk, chair of the MWCC Foundation Board of Directors.
Martin F. Connors, Jr., president and CEO of Rollstone Bank & Trust and a long-serving volunteer in North Central Massachusetts, was recognized as the 2012 Harold E. Drake Jr. Citizen of the Year by Mount Wachusett Community College Foundation, Inc. The Leominster resident was honored during the foundation's annual dinner on Oct. 18 at the Colonial Hotel in Gardner. Outstanding MWCC students who receive scholarship funds also were honored.

"Being a citizen and member of the community comes with responsibilities," said Mr. Connors, who encouraged the 300 community members and students to remain active and involved in issues they find important. The honoree was joined at the dinner by his wife, Kathleen and their family, as well as numerous friends from throughout the region.

MWCC President Daniel M. Asquino congratulated Mr. Connors on the award, and noted the many attributes he shares with past award recipients. "All of these individuals chose to ask 'what if' rather than 'what is.' They chose to challenge assumptions and re-examine old ideas. All of these individuals look for opportunities from challenges. They were and are attentive to what other people and their community needs. All of these people were and are action orientated. They view their time as currency worth spending on projects that benefit their families, their business and their community. They are change agents."

Jay Davis Drake, who previously served on the foundation board and as chair of the MWCC Board of Trustees, presented the award in memory of his father, Harold Drake, treasurer and former president of Royal Steam Heater Co. and Lynde Hardware & Supply, Inc. The award recognizes community members who exemplify Mr. Drake's extraordinary commitment to the North Central Massachusetts region.

Among his community activities, Mr. Connors serves as a director and past campaign chairman of the United Way of North Central Massachusetts, as trustee and audit committee chair for HealthAlliance Hospital, as vice chairman of the board of trustees for Fitchburg State University, as governor of the Diocesan Expansion Fund of Worcester, and as a finance committee member at St. Leo's Parish in Leominster. He also serves on numerous professional organizations, including SBLI of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Bankers Federal Liaison Committee, and is the immediate past chairman of the board of the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce. He previously served on the boards of Habitat for Humanity North Central Massachusetts, the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts, Our Father's House, and other organizations.

Since its inception in 1846, Rollstone Bank & Trust, previously known as Fitchburg Savings Bank, has reinvested profits in the community to help create jobs and move the economy forward. Through its Rollstone Charitable Foundation, the bank has given more than $700,000 to local charities and nonprofit organizations, including MWCC to support workforce training and development, Fitchburg State University, HealthAlliance's Cancer Center, and the American Red Cross.

During the event, the foundation also recognized Darlene Morrilly, who is retiring this month after 10 years as the foundation's executive director. Under her leadership, the foundation has grown substantially and now awards more than $262,000 annually in scholarships, along with additional support for college and community initiatives.

"We could not do this without so many of you who are here tonight," she said. "It's been a wonderful 10 years. None of us would be here tonight if it weren't for the students."


Neisha Boulanger, a mother of three who graduated from MWCC in May with a degree in Human Services, was the student speaker. Ms. Boulanger, who was the recipient of the Arthur F. Haley Scholarship and the Millie McGuire Foundation Scholarship administered through the MWCC Foundation, said the support she received helped her achieve her goal of earning her degree while balancing her coursework with extracurricular activities and home life. She is now serving the college as an AmeriCorps member and continuing her education.

MWCC and the SHINE Initiative Host Mental Health Conference 
SHINE conferece
Active Minds founder and executive director Alison Malmon with Paul Richard, executive director of the SHINE Initiative, at the mental health conference co-sponsored by MWCC.
Mental health problems affect more than 50 million Americans and their families, including as many as 300,000 students and young adults in Massachusetts at any given time. To help raise awareness about mental health issues affecting young people, The SHINE Initiative and Mount Wachusett Community College hosted a mental health conference on Thursday, Oct. 11 at the Four Points by Sheraton in Leominster.


Approximately 300 area educators, mental health professionals and students attended the conference, which included presentations by experts in the areas of anxiety and depression awareness and treatment and suicide awareness and prevention, as well as a training session.

"Mount Wachusett Community College is proud to partner with the SHINE Initiative to raise awareness of an issue that affects countless lives and families in the U.S. and locally," said MWCC President Daniel M. Asquino, who welcomed the participants. "Through the support of The SHINE Initiative, we can work in collaboration with our community partners and local school districts to develop and implement a program aimed at enhancing student success at all levels of education."


"Our mission is to be a leader in the effort to recognize mental illness in children and young adults as a mainstream health issue. This conference is a wonderful opportunity to raise awareness with the help of educators, health providers and students themselves," said Paul Richard, executive director of the SHINE Initiative.


The focus on the mental health of young people is critical. Half of lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14; one in every five young person is affected by mental health problems at any given time; two of every three young people with mental health problems are not getting the help they need; and suicide is the third leading cause of death for 15 to 24-year-olds.


SHINE conference 2012
Conference speakers include, from left, Nick Dutter of Home Base; SHINE Executive Director Paul Richard; Dr. Phoebe Moore and Dr. Barry Feldman of UMass Medical School; pictured with MWCC Vice President of Human Resources Diane Ruksnaitis, who served on the conference committee with Heather Duval and Melissa Manzi of MWCC.
Alison Malmon, founder and executive director of Active Minds, a national peer advocacy organization established at more than 340 college and university campuses including a new chapter at MWCC, was the keynote speaker. Several club members and their advisor, Professor Julie Capozzi, attended the conference. 

Ms. Malmon founded the nonprofit organization Active Minds in 2003, when she was a junior at the University of Pennsylvania following the suicide of her older brother, Brian. Featured on CNN, in The New York Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education and others, Active Minds has become the voice of young adult mental health advocacy nationwide. "The vast majority of mental illnesses start in middle school, high school and college ages. This is a time when we need to be educated," she said.

Other speakers included Nick Dutter, a veteran of the U.S. Army and the war in Iraq who now serves as veteran outreach coordinator for Home Base Program, a partnership between Massachusetts General Hospital and the Red Sox Foundation providing clinical care and support services to veterans and their families; Dr. Barry N. Feldman, director of psychiatry services in public safety and assistant professor of psychiatry at UMass Medical School; and Dr. Phoebe S. Moore, assistant professor in the psychiatry department at UMass Medical School. In addition, Melissa Manzi, senior academic counselor at MWCC and Diane King, R.N., coordinator of Health Services at MWCC, presented a QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) training session, which taught participants how to recognize the warning sides of a suicide crisis and provide help.

MWCC Joins QCC and Fitchburg State on Manufacturing Partnership 
Manufacturing transfer agreement
MWCC President Daniel Asquino, center, with FSU President Robert Antonucci, right, and Angelo Sabatalo, corporate director of training and organizational development for Nypro in Clinton, signing one of the transfer agreements.
Mount Wachusett Community College, Quinsigamond Community College, and Fitchburg State University recently signed articulation agreements that will allow for seamless training and educational opportunities for members of the state's advanced manufacturing workforce.
Officials from the Patrick-Murray Administration joined U.S. Rep. James McGovern, state legislators and officials from Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership, and the presidents and representatives of the institutions to announce the partnership. MWCC President Daniel M. Asquino, QCC President Gail Carberry and Fitchburg State President Robert V. Antonucci signed the agreements during a ceremony on Oct. 9 at Presidents' Hall in the Mazzaferro Center on the Fitchburg State campus.
U.S. Rep. James McGovern said manufacturing is key to the state's future, and said education will be an important factor in its success. The articulation agreements are indicators of strategic partnerships between the private and public sectors, he said.
"Part of the natural resources of Massachusetts, I've always felt, are our colleges and universities," Congressman McGovern said. "Collaboration is very, very important. The private sector needs the assistance of the public sector." 

VP Robin A. Duncan Receives NCMPR Communicator of the Year Award
NCMPR District 1 Communicator of Year
MWCC Vice President of Marketing and Communications Robin A. Duncan, center, NCMPR District 1 Communicator of the Year, with NCMPR National President Sally Cameron of Bristol Community College and District 1 Director Ron Taber of Northern Essex Community College.
MWCC Vice President of Marketing and Communications Robin A. Duncan received the 2012 Communicator of the Year Award from District 1 of the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations. The award was presented on Oct. 15 during the district's conference in Pittsburgh, PA.

Ms. Duncan came to MWCC more than 15 years ago to transform the college's underutilized 60,000-square-foot gym into a vibrant community fitness center. Since then, she has continued to gain tremendous visibility for the college in her role as vice president of marketing and communications.

She was recognized by NCMPR as a "change-maker" who accomplishes goals by employing a big-picture vision of integrated, strategic, and results-driven marketing. Under her leadership at MWCC, blogging, tweeting, Facebook and online advertising have become key components in the communications mix, along with consistent, coverage in traditional media, a monthly radio program, and many other initiatives.

This year, she led a system-wide analysis of the marketing and communications at the college, engaging staff, faculty, students, and the greater community, which led to systemic changes, including rebranding the college, the redesign of the college's website, and incorporating analytics to more effectively measure the return on marketing investment.

The Marketing & Communications division has received numerous NCMPR District 1 Medallion and national Paragon awards, as well as a national gold Circle of Excellence award this year from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

An affiliate of the American Association of Community Colleges, the NCMPR is the only organization of its kind that exclusively represents communications professionals at community and technical colleges. District 1 is comprised of community colleges in the eastern U.S. from Maine to the District of Columbia, as well as in the maritime provinces of Canada and in the United Kingdom.

"Robin is a dedicated and enthusiastic ambassador for Mount Wachusett Community College, as well as a highly motivated professional who consistently delivers a positive and impactful message in support of the important work that occurs at our college," said MWCC President Daniel M. Asquino. "Her commitment to public higher education and to our college community is demonstrated by her tireless efforts to employ her communications, marketing, leadership and organizational talents."

In addition, Marketing & Communications division received NCMPR gold Medallion awards in the video advertisement category and in the student handbook category, and a silver Medallion in the brochure/flyer series category for the "We Generate" brochure series.

Assistant Dean Gregory Clement Receives CCSLA Founder's Award
CCSLA Founder's Award
MWCC Executive Vice President Ann McDonald and Assistant Dean of Student Services Gregory Clement.

Gregory Clement, assistant dean of student services, is the recipient of this year's Founder's Award, which is presented annually to a Massachusetts student affairs professional whose dedication and hard work advances the goals of the Community College Student Life Association.

MWCC Executive Vice President Ann McDonald presented the award to Clement on Oct. 11 during the CCSLA annual conference, held in Framingham. In presenting the award, she highlighted many of Mr. Clement's accomplishments, including serving as the CCSLA president for two years. He is also a recipient of the 2011 Outstanding Diversity Achievement Award from the National Association for Campus Activities; a recipient of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' Employee Recognition Program Employee of the Year Award; the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Excellence Award; and a two-time recipient of the National Association for Campus Activities Staff Programmer Award.

Mr. Clement, who has extensive experience in public higher education including the past eight years at MWCC, has "a widespread impact on both students and professional staff alike," Ms. McDonald said. Mr. Clement created MWCC's popular Leadership Camp program and Leadership for Life series, which incorporate civic engagement activities and leadership training and workshops, and has assisted students in numerous successful fundraising efforts for a variety of charitable organizations including ALS research, Habitat for Humanity and Houses for Haiti.

"Perhaps the most significant rationale for Greg's receipt of this award is his commitment to students and to his profession," Ms. McDonald said.


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AAC&U Official Visits Quality Collaborative Project Team
Quality Collaborative Project Team
Quality Collaborative Project team members from MWCC and Fitchburg State University, with Dr. Susan Albertine of the AAC&U.

Dr. Susan Albertine, vice president for engagement, inclusion and success at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), met with faculty and staff from MWCC and Fitchburg State University on Oct. 18 as part of the Quality Collaborative Grant awarded by the association and the Lumina Foundation. 

The purpose of the Quality Collaborative Project is to test the effectiveness of the Degree Qualifications Profile developed by the Lumina Foundation and AAC&U Expected Learning Outcomes in Written Communication, Information Literacy, Quantitative Reasoning, and Civic Engagement, as a way to establish shared learning outcomes across institutions and to provide recommendations for assessing student learning, fostering faculty leadership, and using student learning outcomes to set transfer policies and practices.

Dr. Ruth Slotnick, director of articulation and learning assessment at MWCC, and Dr. Christopher Cratsley, director of assessment at Fitchburg State, are working with Patricia Crosson, senior associate for academic policy for the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education and a national panel of experts to support this work. This past spring, MWCC and Fitchburg State jointly received the $80,000 grant to create the Quality Collaborative Dyad, one of two proposals funded in Massachusetts and part of a larger, $2.2 million national project funded in nine states.

During the meeting at Fitchburg State, Dr. Albertine emphasized the importance of developing an integrated system of assessment and the critical role that faculty play in providing consistent and clear feedback not only for degree attainment, but for workforce readiness and lifelong learning in the 21st century. Transfer from a two-year institution to a four-year institution represents an important pathway to a baccalaureate degree for many students, including those from traditionally underrepresented groups.


The MWCC and Fitchburg State University Quality Collaborative Team is comprised of 34 faculty and staff members from the two institutions. During the meeting, Dr. Albertine elaborated on the AAC&U and the Lumina Foundation's role in outcomes based assessment efforts and the relationship between institutional assessment efforts and student transfer. Dr. Albertine discussed the importance of collecting student work for assessment, as well as best practices in transfer readiness and norming our rubrics.


She also was the keynote speaker for the fifth AMCOA (Advancing a Massachusetts Culture of Assessment) statewide conference on Oct. 19. The conference brings faculty and staff together to share how Quantitative Reasoning metrics can be used to assess student work across all disciplines at the program and institutional levels.


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2012 Fall Kick Off Event: 10 Years of United Way Youth Venture in North Central Mass.
United Way Youth Venture NCM

United Way Youth Venture participants attend a workshop during the Fall Kick Off on Oct. 19.

(Photo by Angela Klempner)

It may have been raining heavily in Gardner on Friday, Oct. 19, but inside Mount Wachusett Community College it was bright and sunny with the sights and sounds of hundreds of local middle and high school students.

More than 530 students from area schools traveled to MWCC for the United Way Youth Venture of North Central Massachusetts Fall Kick Off. The United Way Youth Venture of North Central Massachusetts, a 3-way partnership between the United Way, MWCC, and Ashoka's Youth Venture, encourages young people to initiate positive, lasting social change in their communities.
Of all of the Youth Venture partnerships nationally, UWYV of North Central Massachusetts has the largest contingent of engaged students and teams. Since 2002, 165 teams have launched ventures, with 136 remaining active. In the past year, 40 teams have been launched across all partnering schools, which represents a 20% increase from last year. More than 2,500 students are actively engaged in the program and more than 8,000 students are exposed to it annually.

The Fall Kick Off is a yearly event which generates motivation and enthusiasm for the program, encouraging and educating students through breakout sessions, acclaimed keynote speakers, and peer-presentations by successful Venturers of the region.

The tone of the day was set when speaker Dr. Calvin Hill, director of diversity at Worcester State University, plucked a student from the audience and requested some "tunes to break-it-down" and began to dance on stage to the delight of the students. From this fun, lighthearted beginning, the day gathered energy and infused students and adults alike with the serious notion that being a positive change-maker is an attainable and important goal.

United Way Youth Venture team members
UWYV Fall Kick Off organizers, from left, Fagan Forhan, director of experiential learning opportunities and civic engagement at MWCC; Samm Smith, of UWYV; AmeriCorps VISTA Kimberly Coates, keynote speaker Syreeta Gates, founder of The SWT Life; Renee Tamblin of UWYV; and Nicole Mello, Americorps Job Ready member. (Photo by Angela Klempner)
The second keynote speaker, Syreeta Gates, a 23-year-old social entrepreneur and expert on urban youth culture, told the audience, "Live with purpose. When you move through life with purpose it is easy to recognize what you will and what you will not do." Gates, founder and CEO of The SWT Life and author of Just Be Cause, also told students to "take risks" and "surround yourself with people who will not accept anything but your very best efforts."

Words of encouragement were also given by MWCC President Daniel M. Asquino and United Way of Central Massachusetts President Phil Grzewinski.
"Through Youth Venture, I learned to look at my community more in North Central Massachusetts and feel more connected and dedicated to it," said Fall Kick Off volunteer Gage Butler, who participated in the Monty Tech Venture team Appreciate the Arts last year and is now enrolled in the Pathways Early College Innovation School at MWCC, where he is simultaneously earning his high school diploma and an associate degree. Butler embodies what the Ventureres become: helpful, community-driven, individuals who will change their world around them in any way they can.

- Kimberly Coates
MWCC Nursing Student Wins Car
Nursing student
MWCC Nursing Student Jessica Francis was presented with a car through the Recycled Rides program.

MWCC nursing student Jessica Francis won a Honda Civic on Oct. 9, courtesy of Al Brodeur's Auto Body, The Hanover Insurance Group, O'Brien & Gibbons Insurance Agency, the United Way of Central Massachusetts and other Worcester-area partners. The donated, refurbished 2008 car was granted through the Recycled Rides program. This nationwide project was created by the National Auto Body Counsel and will make a difference in the family's life by providing a much needed source of reliable transportation. The United Way of Central Massachusetts worked with a partner agency to choose the recipient.

Through the Recycled Rides program, Hanover Insurance Group donated the vehicle, which is worth more than $10,000. The company also gave Ms.Francis a $160 gas card in honor of its 160th anniversary and a road-side assistance kit. In addition, the Worcester resident also received a year's worth of insurance for the car.

Over the past year, Ms. Francis, a single mother of two boys, has been involved with P.O.W.E.R. (Personal Opportunities for Work, Education and Renewal), an education and workforce development program of the Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance (CMHA) and funded by United Way. The program helped her to successfully apply to Mount Wachusett Community College's nursing program, which she began in September. The vehicle will provide her with transportation to and from the college.

The car was presented to Ms. Francis and her sons during an event organized in coordination with The Hanover's United Way Campaign.


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MWCC Participates in Massachusetts 2012 STEM Summit
Dean Barney and NASA astronaut
Dean Janice Barney and NASA astronaut Catherine Coleman at the Massachusetts STEM Summit.
Janice Barney, dean of MWCC's School of Business, Science, Technology, and Math, joined more than 1,200 business, government and education leaders at the ninth annual Massachusetts STEM Summit to discuss science, technology, engineering and math programs that will promote STEM education from early childhood to adulthood.
The summit, hosted by the Governor's STEM Advisory Council, the Massachusetts Business Roundtable, and the UMass Donahue Institute, provided an opportunity to discuss the statewide STEM plan to prepare state residents with the skills necessary to fulfill jobs required to advance an innovative economy.

Massachusetts is frequently cited as a leader in STEM education. In March 2011, the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, along with Innovate+Educate, a national non-profit connecting industry and education with states to advance STEM education, recognized the state as the national model for STEM initiatives.

During the conference, Dean Barney had the opportunity to meet NASA astronaut Catherine "Cady" Coleman, an alumna of UMass Amherst.

Upcoming Events

Discover MWCC and College Majors Expo will take place Thursday, Oct. 25 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Commons. Learn about certificate and degree programs, explore college services, hear from alumni, meet with representatives from admissions, financial aid and career counseling, talk with professors and tour the campus during this free event. For more information, call the Admissions Office at 978- 630-9110 or email


Scary KaraokeMWCC's annual Scary Karaoke will take place Thursday, Oct. 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the North Café. Come join in on the "spooky" fun. There will be snacks, $100 cash door prize every hour and cash prizes ($100, $70, $30) for best costumes. The event also features a "Build a Monster" station. Sponsored by CATS and the Student Life office, the event is free for all MWCC students, faculty and staff. 

The Student Life Fall Film Festival continues on Oct. 29 with Little Sparrows at 12:30 p.m. in the North Café. In the midst of an Australian summer, the film introduces three sisters: Nina, a widow with two young children; Anna an aspiring actress unhappily married to a filmmaker; and Christine, a med student who has yet to come to terms with her sexuality. When their mother's breast cancer returns, the family is faced with choices and the reality of their last Christmas together. Simple and sincere, Little Sparrows celebrates life and the unconditional love of a mother.


Party Smart Mocktails and Fatal Vision Program, including texting and driving, will take place Oct. 31 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the South Cafeteria as part of MWCC's Alcohol and Drug Abuse Awareness Week. Proceeds will benefit the SGA Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. The event is sponsored by the Campus Activities Team for Students (CATS) the Student Life office, Health Services, and MWCC's office of Public Safety and Security.


Veterans Transitioning to College, a training program sponsored by MWCC's Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success and the Montachusett Veterans Outreach Center, will take place Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in room W11. Gabe Nutter of the Statewide Advocacy for Veterans' Empowerment (SAVE Program) will present the training. Lunch is included. To register, contact Sarah Lanagan at 978-630-9855 or


How I Became a PirateTheatre at the Mount will present the children's show How I Became a Pirate, on Oct. 27 at 2 p.m. in the theatre. Adapted from a book by Melinda Long, with music and lyrics by Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman, the performance offers some high seas adventures, along with sea chanteys, sword fighting, mutinies, walking the plank and beauteous plunder. Children of all ages are invited to attend the show wearing their best pirate costume. Prizes will be awarded for the most outstanding costume in three age groups: infants through age 5; 6 through 8; and 9 through 12. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased by calling 978-632-2403 or online at


Mount Wachusett Community College would like to thank all those who have served and who are currently serving in the military with a Veterans Appreciation Breakfast. MWCC faculty, staff and students who have served or are currently serving in the military are invited to attend the breakfast on Wednesday, Nov. 7 from 8 to 11 a.m. in the North Cafe. To register, contact Sarah Lanagan at the Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success at 978-630-9855 or


MWCC is offering Information Sessions on several academic programs. Upcoming sessions will take place on the following dates: Associate Degree in Nursing: Oct. 25 from 5 to 6 p.m., Leominster Campus and Nov. 6 from 5 to 6 p.m., Gardner Campus, room 204; Practical Nursing: Oct. 25 from 5 to 6 p.m., Leominster Campus and Nov. 15 from 2 to 3 p.m., Gardner Campus; Dental Hygiene Programs: Nov. 14 from 2 to 3 p.m., Gardner Campus, room 204; Clinical Laboratory Science: Oct. 24 at 4 p.m., Gardner Campus, room 214; Physical Therapist Assistant, Nov. 8 from 2 to 3 p.m., Gardner Campus, room 205. 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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