MWCC e-News

Feb. 12, 2014

In This Issue
Leadership Team Appointed to Oversee $15.9 Million TAACCCT Initiative
MWCC Receives CASE Excellence Award for 50th Anniversary Celebration
Commitment to Diversity Scholastic Competition Winners Announced
Octogenarian Lorraine Wickman on Life: The Best is Yet to Come
Artwork of Rob Roy and Studio Four Potters on Exhibit in East Wing Gallery
MWCC Hosting FAFSA Day
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Leadership Team Appointed to Oversee $15.9 Million TAACCCT Initiative
Mount Wachusett Community College President Daniel M. Asquino has announced the appointment of the leadership team that will oversee a multi-state, $15.9 million project funded through a TAACCCT grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor to expand career opportunities in advanced manufacturing.
  
Kathleen M. Kirby, Ph.D., has been appointed national consortium project manager and Julie Crowley will serve as regional consortium project manager.

MWCC Vice President of Lifelong Learning and Workforce Development Jacqueline Belrose will serve in the lead role as the project's national director. Business executive Dennis R. Bunnell will serve as the project's industry consultant and will chair its Advanced Manufacturing Advisory Board.
   
  
MWCC's TAACCCT leadership team, from left, President Daniel Asquino; Dennis Bunnell, consultant; Kathleen Kirby, national consortium project manager; Julie Crowley, regional consortium project manager; and Vice President Jacqueline Belrose, national director.
 
 MWCC Receives CASE Excellence Award for 50th Anniversary Celebration

MWCC has received a bronze Excellence Award from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District 1 in the Year-Long Special Events category for the multi-faceted 50th Anniversary celebration throughout 2013. CASE is an international professional association serving educational institutions and the advancement professionals who work on their behalf in alumni relations, communications, development, marketing and allied areas. Each year, Excellence Awards are presented to individuals and schools doing innovative work in the subfields of special events, fundraising, stewardship, volunteer engagement, alumni relations, student alumni initiatives, advancement services and communications.

 

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Commitment to Diversity Scholastic Competition Winners Announced
MWCC students Kyle Johnson, Heather Rick and Tamara Harmon are the winners of the second annual President's Commitment to Diversity Scholastic Competition. Each will receive a free, three-credit academic course. The competitive award provides a certificate and funding for a three credit course. The scholastic competition allowed students to prepare papers, posters, essays, research work, or other original, creative work related to issues of diversity or identity, such as those involving disability, race, socioeconomic status, veteran status, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and national origin, as well as the value such diversity brings to the learning and working environment.
  
Octogenarian Lorraine Wickman on Life: The Best is Yet to Come

At age 80, Lorraine Wickman firmly believes the best is yet to come. An eternal optimist, she's had that perspective throughout each decade of her life, during times both good and bad. Since retiring five years ago as coordinator of Mount Wachusett Community College's LIFE program (Lifelong Learning for Enrichment) for seniors, she has kept her hands, heart and mind active in college and community activities. Most recently, she has created a cable program on GETV in Gardner called "The Best is Yet to Come." Sponsored by MWCC, the talk show is geared toward seniors and focuses on maintaining a positive outlook on aging gracefully. But it also delivers a message to adults of all ages.

 

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 Artwork of Rob Roy and Studio Four Potters on Exhibit in East Wing Gallery

Two exhibits - "American Road," a collection of prints, paintings and mixed media by Leominster artist Rob Roy and the works of four ceramists from Studio Four Potters, a cooperative studio and gallery in Gardner - are on display through March 14 in MWCC's East Wing Gallery. An artists' reception will take place Sunday, March 9 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the gallery. In addition, Roy will present a talk on his work on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 12:30 p.m. The events are free and open to the public.

 

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MWCC Hosting FAFSA Day

MWCC will host FAFSA Day Massachusetts on Sunday, Feb. 23 at 1 p.m. at its Gardner campus. The annual event provides free assistance to students and families seeking to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Students, families and adult learners who would like assistance applying for financial aid for the 2014-2015 academic year are encouraged to attend the event, which provides information on the availability of financial aid for college applicants. The event is open to all college-bound students and their families, regardless of the college the student seeks to attend.

 

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Upcoming Events
  • Black History Month
  • Spring Film Series
  • FAFSA Day
  • "American Road" and "Studio Four Potters" Exhibit
  • Theatre at the Mount presents "CHICAGO" 

For information about upcoming events, click here.

 
 
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Janice O'Connor
Director of Public Relations
Mount Wachusett Community College
978-630-9547