MWCC e-News

April 29, 2015

In This Issue
MWCC Breaks Ground on Eco-Friendly STEM Building
James O. Garrison to Receive MWCC's 2015 Service Above Self Award
President Asquino, Colleagues, Present on TAACCCT III Partnership at AACC Conference
Gardner Mayor Mark Hawke Addresses Business Honor Society Inductees
MWCC Students Named to 2015 Who's Who List
GEAR UP Student Elizabeth Moison Named National Merit Scholar
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MWCC Breaks Ground on Eco-Friendly STEM Building
New building coming in 2016!

With a nod to its future and that of its students, Mount Wachusett Community College celebrated the start of construction of its eco-friendly science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) addition during a "Building Beyond Tomorrow" ceremony on Earth Day, April 22.
  

The $41 million project includes a 44,000 square-foot addition, a new 2,300-square-foot greenhouse and renovations throughout the existing Arthur F. Haley Academic Center. MWCC received $37.9 million in state capital funds for the project, as well as a $500,000 grant from Massachusetts Life Sciences for laboratory equipment.
  

"Today we celebrate not just the assembly of bricks and mortar, but we truly lay a foundation literally and figuratively for the future of our school, our students, alumni, and indeed the future of our greater community," President Daniel M. Asquino said to the gathering of students, faculty, legislators, community leaders and college supporters. 

 

Carol Gladstone, Commissioner of the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance, noted that the project is one of many DCAMMM projects at MWCC in recent years, including the construction of two wind turbines in 2010, the Garrison Center for Early Childhood Education in 2006, the Senator Robert D. Wetmore Center for Innovation in 2004, and the biomass heating system in 2002.
 
Long-serving State Senator Stephen M. Brewer, State Rep. Jonathan Zlotnik and Gardner Mayor Mark Hawke, a member of MWCC's Board of Trustees and an MWCC alumnus, were among the other featured speakers.

 
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James O. Garrison to Receive MWCC's 2015 Service Above Self Award
Community leader and long-serving volunteer James O. Garrison is the recipient of MWCC's 2015 Service Above Self Award. The award, which recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions within the 29 cities and towns that make up the college's service area, will be presented during the college's 50th Commencement on May 20. "We are proud to present this year's Service Above Self Award to Jim Garrison for the  tremendous impact he has made on our college, in the lives of so many of our students, and in the greater community," said  President Daniel M. Asquino. "Mr Garrison's spirit of generosity and willingness to share his time, talents and resources epitomize the essence of what it means to be a caring, engaged citizen in a democratic society."
  
President Asquino, Colleagues, Present on TAACCT III Partnership at AACC Conference 
MWCC President Daniel M. Asquino and Vice President of Lifelong Learning and Workforce Development Jacqueline Belrose joined colleagues from three other community colleges to share highlights of their advanced manufacturing partnership during the American Association of Community Colleges' annual conference in April in Texas.
  
Gardner Mayor Mark Hawke Addresses Business Honor Society Inductees

Gardner Mayor, MWCC Trustee and alumnus Mark Hawke shared lessons learned throughout his career in business and public service with 17 Mount Wachusett Community College students who were recently inducted into the Chi Gamma Chapter of Alpha Beta Gamma, an international business honor society. During the 25th annual induction ceremony on April 23, he shared several pieces of advice gathered from his own career and lessons learned from other business leaders. "Never stop learning, never stop trying, and surround yourself with a good team."

 

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MWCC Students Named to 2015 Who's Who List

MWCC 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 2015 edition of Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities. The 30 students were selected based on their academic achievement, service to the community, leadership in extracurricular activities and the potential for continued success.

 

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GEAR UP Student Elizabeth Moison Named National Merit Scholar
Elizabeth Moison, who participates in MWCC's GEAR UP program at Fitchburg High School, achieved a tremendous result on the fall 2014 PSAT which qualifies her to participate in the College Board's National Merit Scholarship Program during her senior year.
  
Upcoming Events
  • Graphic & Interactive Design Exhibit: April 30
  • Theatre at the Mount - The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee: May 1 - 10
  • Phi Theta Kappa Induction: May 5

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