MWCC e-News

May 13, 2015

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SGA President Cathy Teague to Receive MA Department of Higher Education 29 Who Shine Award
MWCC Prepares for 50th Commencement Ceremony
MWCC Summer Business Luncheon Series Returns in June
MWCC Graphic & Interactive Design Annual Exhibit Expands to High Schools
MWCC Student Veterans Receive Continued Support from Local VFW
PTK Honor Society Inducts New Members, Donates to Community Organizations
Theatre at the Mount Director Gail Steele Recognized by Hope, ARC
Nursing Faculty, Students, Plan for Return Trip to Haiti with Forward in Health
Employees Recognized During 2015 Service Awards Celebration
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SGA President Cathy Teague to Receive MA Department of Higher Education 29 Who Shine Award

Student Government Association President Cathy May Teague will be among the students recognized by Governor Charlie Baker, state education officials, campus presidents and others at the Department of Higher Education's fifth annual 29 Who Shine awards ceremony.
 
"I want to congratulate the outstanding Class of 2015 graduates for the recognition they have received and thank them for their substantial contributions to their local communities," said Gov. Baker. "Each of the '29 Who Shine' honorees, in addition to being an accomplished student, is civically engaged in ways that improve the quality of life in Massachusetts."
 
"Each one of our 29 honorees is from Massachusetts and planning to remain in Massachusetts," noted Richard M. Freeland, commissioner of higher education. "Through their dedicated scholarship and deep engagement in their local communities, these students are making good on the taxpayers' investment in their education."

 

During the May 14 ceremony at the State House, students representing all 29 public colleges and universities will be recognized, along with their faculty and staff mentors.

 

Teague, who is graduating this year with an associate degree in General Studies Allied Health and plans to continue her studies to pursue a career as a physical therapist assistant, selected adjunct professor Elaine Gagne as her faculty mentor.

 

A lifelong resident of Massachusetts, Teague has her hands full as a full-time student, a mother of three young sons, and stepmother to two teenagers and a 20-year-old soldier serving in Afghanistan. Yet she makes it a priority to carve out time to serve fellow students as president of the SGA, vice president of the college's chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society, and mentor to peers who are struggling with academic or personal issues by volunteering with the Students Serving Our Students (SOS) program.

 

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MWCC Prepares for 50th Commencement Ceremony

 Fifty years ago, lifelong Gardner resident Helen Lepkowski was among a handful of Mount Wachusett Community College faculty members to congratulate the college's first graduating class. On Wednesday, May 20, the former business division professor and her husband, Ed, a former MWCC trustee, will maintain their longstanding tradition of attending the celebration. Unlike the first ceremony, where 71 graduates received associate degrees in six academic programs, the college will award more than 840 associate degrees and academic certificates to 785 graduates enrolled in nearly 50 program options. Read more 

MWCC Summer Business Luncheon Series Returns in June

MWCC's Summer Business Luncheon Series returns this year with a focus on entrepreneurship and marketing for small businesses, as well as an overview for businesses of all sizes interested in applying for state Workforce Training Fund grants. The college's Division of Lifelong Learning and Workforce Development has bundled several professional lunch & learn workshops geared for entrepreneurs, owners of small businesses, managers and nonprofit organizations. All sessions will take place from 12 to 1 p.m. at MWCC's Leominster Campus, 100 Erdman Way.

 

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MWCC Graphic & Interactive Design Annual Exhibit Expands to High Schools
For the first time, MWCC's annual spring graphic design exhibit was opened to high school students, resulting in two best in show awards in the high school and collegiate divisions, as well as dozens of awards in categories ranging from website, magazine and logo design to DVD cover, portrait illustration and advertising. The juried exhibit, currently on display at the college through the summer, featured 75 pieces in 14 categories created by MWCC Graphic and Interactive Design students, as well as 25 pieces in five categories created by high school students. The college received more than 75 submissions from students at Oakmont Regional High School, Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School, and Murdock High School.
  
MWCC Student Veterans Receive Continued Support from Local VFW

The Ovila Case Post 905 Veterans of Foreign Wars in Gardner recently donated $1,000 to Mount Wachusett Community College Foundation's Veterans Memorial Scholarship. President Daniel Asquino, Foundation Executive Director Carla Zottoli, and Director of Veteran Services Bob Mayer accepted the generous donation from VFW Commander-elect Joseph LeBlanc and past Commander and MWCC alumnus Donald Progen, and thanked the post members for their continued support of MWCC and student veterans.

 

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PTK Honor Society Inducts New Members, Donates to Community Organizations
This spring, MWCC's Phi Delta Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa international honor society inducted 85 new members and presented sizeable donations to community organizations from funds raised through a variety of events, including the recent Character Breakfast. During the chapter's induction ceremony, chapter officers and members presented a $750 check to the Gardner Community Action Council, a $750 check to the Winchendon Community Action Council, and a $1,000 to the student-run Students Serving Our Students program at MWCC.
  
Theatre at the Mount Director Gail Steele Recognized by HOPE, ARC
Professor Gail Steele, director of Theatre at the Mount, not only will be recognized with a community service award during the House of Peace and Education's annual Celebrating Women event on May 21, she'll also share the stage with one of the country's greatest performers, Rita Moreno. The Grammy, Tony, Emmy, and Oscar winning performer will headline the annual event to raise awareness of women's issues and funding for House of Peace & Education, Inc., a non-profit serving women and children in North Central Massachusetts. Earlier this spring, Professor Steele received the Community Leadership Award from the ARC of Opportunity of North Central Massachusetts for her leadership and creativity in launching a sensory-friendly theatre performance for families who support children with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities or on the autism spectrum.

 

Nursing Faculty, Students, Plan for Return Trip to Haiti with Forward in Health
When the first team of Mount Wachusett Community College nursing students came back from Haiti in January, they all said the same thing: we want to go back. The nursing students traveled to Haiti with Forward in Health, a locally started nonprofit that is providing health care to 7,500 people in the impoverished Fonde Fred region of Haiti. The trip was organized by Forward in Health cofounder Paula Mulqueen, an MWCC alumna. The students worked in health clinics, visited orphanages and nursing schools, and also had the chance to explore a little bit of the island nation and are working with faculty to plan another trip for January, 2016.
  
Employees Recognized During 2015 Service Awards Celebration
President Daniel M. Asquino and the Division of Human Resources and Payroll honored employees who reached the milestone years of service with the college during the 20th Annual Employee Service Awards Ceremony on May 4. Collectively, the recipients represent 405 years of service to MWCC students and the college community. In addition to the service awards, MWCC announced the recipients of the 2015 Commonwealth Citation for Outstanding Performance, the recipients of the college's fifth annual da Vinci Parachute Award, and the recipient of the Mentoring Award. Five retiring professors were presented with emeriti status.
  
Upcoming Events
  • 44th Annual MWCC Student Art Exhibition: Through May 20
  • Evening of Excellence: May 14
  • Dental Programs Pinning Ceremony: May 15
  • Civic Engagement Awards Ceremony: May 19
  • Commencement: May 20
  • Nurse Pinning Ceremony: May 21
  • Gateway to College & Pathways Innovation School Graduation: May 27

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