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Dec. 19, 2013

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Traditional Pinning Ceremony Marks Achievements of Practical Nursing Graduates
MWCC and Leominster High School Partner for Student Success in College Math
Jon Wyman Appointed Associate VP of Facilities Management
Performing Arts Showcase Highlights Campus Talent
MWCC Named to Military Advanced Education 2014 Guide for Veterans
Local Celebrities to Perform in "Survivor the Musical" to Benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster
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Traditional Pinning Ceremony Marks Achievements of Practical Nursing Graduates
Graduates Kayla Hamel and Jennifer Zylinski light a three-wick candle, a tradition representing hope, compassion and courage.
Friends, relatives and members of the college community gathered December 16 to welcome 36 graduates of MWCC's Practical Nursing program into the nursing profession during a traditional pinning ceremony in the Raymond M. LaFontaine Fine Arts Center Theatre.
"This is an evening of celebration. We all know it wasn't easy, but you are here and we are all proud of you," President Daniel Asquino told the graduates. "You have a real opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others and in the lives of all those in our community."
Each graduate, dressed in a traditional nurse uniform, was welcomed into the profession by having a nursing pin fastened to her or his lapel by a fellow nurse - a family member, friend or faculty member. MWCC's eight-star pin is imprinted with the words "Service to Humanity and the World" with the nursing symbol in the middle. The pin symbolizes the medal of excellence Florence Nightingale presented to the women who nursed the wounded soldiers of the Crimean War.
Pinning committee member Fiaza Qureshi spoke on the long-standing tradition of pinning ceremonies and the significance of the custom. "This is the moment when we let go of the hands of our teachers, to hold the hands of our patients."
 MWCC and Leominster High School Partner for Student Success in College Math
MWCC has teamed up with Leominster High School in a pilot program designed to tackle a national issue: preparing high school graduates for success in college-level mathematics. Six sections of the Mathematics Modeling course are being offered this year to 134 seniors at LHS and the district's vocational school, the Center for Technical Education.
Jon Wyman Appointed Associate Vice President of Facilities Management
Jon Wyman of Westminster, a civil engineer with extensive experience in public works and construction management, has been appointed Associate Vice President of Facilities Management at Mount Wachusett Community College. Working with Vice President of Finance and Administration Robert LaBonte, Wyman will play an instrumental role in the planning and upcoming construction of MWCC's new science and technology building on the Gardner campus. In addition, he will manage operations for the existing 500,000-square-foot main campus and oversee the college's facilities and grounds department.
Performing Arts Showcase Highlights Campus Talent
Singing, dancing, music, photography and videos were among the highlights of the Performing Arts Fall Showcase. The event showcased the talent of more than three dozen students and several faculty members. "This year, the addition of a new Digital Piano Lab and new classes in Guitar, Piano, Modern and Hip Hop Dance, has really expanded our offerings for all levels of students. I am extremely proud of the work of our students and faculty," said Dr. Stephen Grieco, Dean of the School of Liberal Arts, Education, Humanities and Communications.
MWCC Named to Military Advanced Education 2014 Guide for Veterans
MWCC has received its third national recognition this fall as a top military-friendly school. This month, Military Advanced Education awarded MWCC the designation of a top military-friendly college in its 2014 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities. In November, MWCC was named to Military Times Best for Vets: Colleges 2014 rankings, with special recognition as one of the country's top community colleges for veterans. In September, MWCC was named to the 2014 Military Friendly Schools list by Victory Media for the fifth consecutive year.
Local Celebrities to Perform in "Survivor, The Musical" to Benefit The Boys & Girls Club

Twenty contestants, two tribes, but only one "Survivor." Local celebrities will try to "out sing, out perform and out shine" the competition in Survivor, the Musical, an upcoming Theatre at the Mount production to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster. Tickets are now on sale for the dinner-theatre production, which will take place at MWCC on Friday, Jan. 17. President Daniel M. Asquino, Boys & Girls Club Executive Director Donata Martin, WPKZ radio personality Ray "Ray C" Chalifoux and other presidents, CEOs and executives of area businesses and organizations, will be among the featured contestants.


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