MWCC e-News

Oct. 21, 2015

In This Issue
Governor Baker Appoints Trustees
MWCC Trustee Ken Tomasetti Joins Top State Officials at Massachusetts Workforce Summit
MWCC, Heywood Hospital and the SHINE Initiative Present 3rd Annual Mental Health Awareness Conference
Forum on Islam in the Modern World Draws Capacity Crowd
MWCC Offering Free Workshops this Fall for Adult Learners
MWCC Receives Nine NCMPR Medallion Awards for Excellence in Communications
MWCC Alumnus Shares Tips for College Success at State DHE "Go Higher!" Event
Professors Explore the Ethics of Modern Science
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Governor Baker Appoints Trustees

Tina SbregaTina Sbrega has been reappointed chair of Mount Wachusett Community College's Board of Trustees, and Leominster attorney and former state Senator Robert A. Antonioni has been appointed to serve, Governor Charlie Baker recently announced.

Ms. Sbrega, president and chief executive officer of GFA Federal Credit Union in Gardner, has served on MWCC's Board of Trustees since 2005, including the past three years as chair. An attorney since 1983, Mr. Antonioni served as a state representative from 1989 to 1992 and as a senator from 1992 to 2008.

"Tina Sbrega is a highly regarded leader on our board and in the greater community, and we are pleased that Governor Baker has reappointed her to continue serving Mount Wachusett Community College in this capacity," said President Daniel M. Asquino.

"We are also delighted to welcome former state Senator Bob Antonioni to the board. He has been a strong advocate for our college, our students, and the residents, businesses and organizations that comprise North Central Massachusetts."

This month, the governor announced new members of the boards of trustees for public colleges and universities and designated chairs at several of the Commonwealth's community colleges.

"I am pleased to welcome this group of impressive new trustees to our institutions of higher education and am grateful to the trustees who are willing to continue to serve with distinction in leadership positions," he said. "They are all proven leaders in their communities and our community colleges and universities will be well-served by their deep commitment to our Commonwealth and their depth of experience in the private, non-profit, and public sectors."

MWCC Trustee Ken Tomasetti Joins Top State Officials at  Workforce Summit
MWCC Trustee Ken Tomasetti, president and CEO of Advanced Cable Ties in Gardner, was among the featured presenters during the 6th Annual Massachusetts Jobs and Workforce Summit, held in Devens on Oct. 14. He joined Secretary of Labor and Workforce Ronald Walker, II, Secretary of Education Jim Peyser, Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash, Attorney General Maura Healey, Senate President Stanley Rosenberg and University of Massachusetts President Marty Meehan.

A call for mental-health awareness: Leominster forum shares stories of struggle, triumph (Sentinel & Enterprise, Oct. 9, 2015)
Amid personal stories of struggle - and triumph - the message was clear: Mental illness touches all of society. More than 300 health-care professionals gathered at the DoubleTree Hotel Thursday to further their mission to promote open discussion of mental-health issues. People from varying fields and backgrounds attended, but all were in agreement when it came to the biggest issue facing those suffering from mental illness. "The goal is to educate people about mental health, to make them more aware and more sensitive," said Melissa Manzi, a college counselor for conference sponsor Mount Wachusett Community College.

At forum in Gardner on Islam, Syrian panelist says democracy will eradicate ISIS
(Telegram & Gazette Oct. 20, 2015)
MWCC and Heywood Healthcare presented the public forum, "Radical vs. Real: Islam in the Modern World," held in a packed South Café on MWCC's Gardner campus. The event, which stemmed from discussions between Heywood Healthcare President Winfield Brown, MWCC President Daniel Asquino, Heywood physician Dr. Tariq Malik and others, was held to help people understand the difference between the Muslim faith and the violent, radical organizations making global headlines.

MWCC Offering Free Workshops this Fall for Adult Learners
Mount Wachusett Community College is offering free workshops this fall for adult learners interested in earning a college degree. The Adult College Experience (ACE) program features a variety of workshops designed to guide adult learners through the steps of applying for college and financial aid, selecting courses, managing coursework and balancing school with work and family life. All participants attending the first session will receive a free gift, and participants attending all four workshops will be eligible to win a free, three-credit course.

MWCC Receives Nine NCMPR Medallion Awards for Excellence in Communications
MWCC has received nine Medallion Awards from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR), District 1, for excellence in communications. The college's Marketing and Communications department received five gold awards, three silver awards and one bronze award for communications projects developed over the past year including television advertising, overall marketing campaign, feature writing and recruitment brochures.

MWCC Alumnus Shares Tips for College Success at State DHE "Go Higher!" Event
MWCC alumnus Charles "CJ" Husselbee was among the featured speakers during a Massachusetts Department of Higher Education's Go Higher! event held Oct. 14 at North High School in Worcester.
The event, attended by several hundred teenagers from five Worcester public high schools, provided students with information about the state's 29 public college and university campuses, with topics ranging from paying for college to living with roommates.

Professors Explore the Ethics of Modern Science 
The ethics of cloning humans, genetically modified food on our dinner tables and an Italian surgeon's claim he'll transplant a human head onto a donor body in 2017 were among the topics raised during "Frankenscience? The Myths and Realities of Contemporary Science," a free presentation led by MWCC professors on Oct. 14 in the Levi Heywood Memorial Library.

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  • Pacific Crest Trail Hiker Wendy Johnston: Oct. 27
  • MWCC Alumni Network After Hours: Oct. 28
  • MWCC Humanities Project

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