MWCC e-News

Feb. 25, 2014

In This Issue
MWCC Employees Raise $66,573 for Charitable Giving
Author and Mental Health Advocate Kevin Hines to Deliver Keynote Address at Mental Health Awareness Conference
Associate Dean Greg Clement Receives National Student Government Advisor Award
Gateway to College Students Recognized at Achievers Dinner
MWCC Access and Transition Programs Featured at Annual Summer Food Service Event
MWCC Teams up with SALT to Provide Financial Tips to Students and Alumni
Walking the Talk of Peace
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MWCC Employees Raise $66,573 for Charitable Giving
Mount Wachusett Community College employees set a new record through generous contributions to the 2014 Commonwealth of Massachusetts Employees Charitable Campaign (COMECC) and the United Way of North Central Massachusetts.
  
Through voluntary one-time donations and payroll deductions, and various on-campus fundraisers, faculty and staff pledged a total of $66,573 to aid those in need. This year's goal was $60,000.
  
"I am extremely proud of the MWCC community and the generosity demonstrated during this campaign," said President Daniel M. Asquino. "Collectively, the contributions made by MWCC employees will greatly benefit residents in our region and throughout the Commonwealth. There is great need in the community, and this represents a huge investment in making a difference in the lives of others."
  
The annual campaign at MWCC is coordinated by the college's Human Resources office, with Director of Payroll and Benefits Connie Helstowski serving as campaign chair and Staff Assistant Nancy Thibodeau serving as campaign coordinator.
  
Established in 1984, COMECC gives state employees the opportunity to support private, nonprofit health and human services and environmental organizations. Each year, more than $2 million is raised statewide to assist children, families and communities in Massachusetts, as well as national and global charitable endeavors.
  
MWCC COMECC chair Connie Helstowski, President Daniel M. Asquino, Phil Grzewinski, President of the United Way of North Central Massachusetts, and campaign coordinator Nancy Thibodeau.
  
Author and Mental Health Advocate Kevin Hines to Deliver Keynote Address at Mental Health Awareness Conference
International speaker, author and mental health advocate Kevin Hines, one of approximately 30 people to survive a suicide attempt at the Golden Gate Bridge, will be the keynote speaker at a Mental Health Awareness Conference on Thursday, March 27 in Gardner. The free conference, sponsored by the SHINE Initiative, Mount Wachusett Community College, and Heywood Hospital, will also include a panel presentation and luncheon. Hines, author of Cracked, Not Broken: Surviving and Thriving After a Suicide Attempt, has spoken to audiences around the world promoting suicide awareness and prevention. 
  
Associate Dean Greg Clement Receives National Student Government Advisor Award

MWCC Associate Dean of Students Gregory Clement has received the 2014 Frank Harris Outstanding Student Government Advisor Award. Presented by the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA), the award recognizes individuals who have the commitment to challenge and advise student government associations. Clement was recognized for going "above and beyond his role as advisor in order to help students succeed. With his charismatic personality and the ability to reach out to students, there has been a significant increase in student government interest" at the college.

 

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Gateway to College Students Recognized at Achievers Dinner

Joseph Almeida hated school for a long time.  By age 16, he had been expelled from high school and was on a path to an uncertain future.  Fast forward to present day, the 18-year-old Fitchburg native now likes school and is a successful student in MWCC's Gateway to College program, a full-time dual enrollment experience on the college campus. Along with 28 of his peers, Almeida was recognized Monday, Feb. 24 for superior academic performance during the fall 2013 semester.

 

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MWCC Access and Transition Programs Featured at Annual Summer Food Service Event
MWCC's Summer UP and Academic and Career Transitions (ACCT) programs were featured at the annual Summer Food Service Program kickoff event on Feb. 25 in Devens. More than 100 representatives of summer feeding programs from across the state were in attendance to prepare for implementing the programs at community sites. The event was organized by Project Bread in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Child Nutrition Program. Congressman Jim McGovern was the keynote speaker.
  
MWCC Teams UP with SALT to Provide Financial Tips to Students and Alumni
Mount Wachusett Community College has joined a growing list of higher education institutions nationwide to partner with SALT. This online tool supports students and alumni as they finance higher education and manage their student loans.  SALT aims to educate, empower, and engage members to truly own their finances by making it rewarding, easy, and fun to make smarter student loan and financial decisions. The tool will remain free for students through the many financial decisions they face after graduating or transferring.
  
Walking the Talk of Peace 

Monks and peace walkers from the New England Peace Pagoda in Leverett paid a visit to MWCC on Feb. 24 at the start of their 13th annual Walk for a New Spring to promote peace. As in previous years, the Walk for a New Spring came to the college through the invitation of Assistant Professor of Art Tom Matsuda. President Daniel M. Asquino and Gardner Mayor Mark Hawke greeted the sojourners in the North Café

 

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