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May 4, 2016

In This Issue
Pathways & STEM Academy Student Bella Ballin to Receive DHE 29 Who Shine Award
Gardner Mayor Mark Hawke Named 2016 Alumnus of the Year
Baker Administration, DHE Launch Commonwealth Commitment Transfer Pact
Alpha Beta Gamma Business Honor Society Welcomes New Inductees
MWCC Sponsors WBJ Manufacturing Summit & Excellence Awards
The Same Differences: LGBTQ people share trials, victories (The Gardner News, April 26, 2016)
44 MWCC Students Named to 2016 Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges & Universities
Employees Recognized During 2016 Service Awards Celebration
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Pathways & STEM Academy Student Bella Ballin to Receive DHE 29 Who Shine Award
Bella Ballin
The state Department of Higher Education will recognize top students from across Massachusetts during the sixth annual "29 Who Shine" award ceremony on Monday, May 9 at noon at the Grand Staircase of the Massachusetts Statehouse.

The ceremony honors an outstanding graduating student from each of the state's 29 public colleges and universities, as well as each award recipients' faculty or staff mentor. The honorees, chosen because of their academic achievements and record of student leadership and community service, contribute greatly to the civic life and economic well-being of the state, whether furthering their education or entering careers in Massachusetts in fields as diverse as education, public policy, medicine, creative arts and engineering.

This year's MWCC recipient is Bella Ballin, a Liberal Arts: Chemical Science major who is enrolled in the Pathways Early College Innovation School. Ballin began her academic studies two years ago at age 16 as a dual enrollment student and member of the college's STEM Starter Academy.

While the Worcester resident enjoyed high school, she chose to tap into the opportunities available through MWCC's unique Pathways Early College Innovation School, which has allowed her to simultaneously earn her high school diploma and an associate degree at no cost through school choice funding.

"I wanted to get ahead. Not for ambitious reasons, but because through experience, I learned that good health and time are not things that should be taken for granted," said Ballin, who was diagnosed at age 15 with Multiple Sclerosis. "When I learned about the Mount's Pathway's Early College Innovation School, I knew it was an opportunity I couldn't pass up."

A member of the Commonwealth Honors Program, Ballin is a 2015 recipient of the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education's prestigious Christian A. Herter Memorial Scholarship. After earning her associate degree, she will transfer to a four-year school this fall to pursue a bachelor's degree in science.

Gardner Mayor Mark Hawke Named 2016 Alumnus of the Year
Gardner Mayor Mark Hawke has been named MWCC's 2016 Alumnus of the Year. He will be recognized during the college's 51st Commencement on May 18. "We are extremely proud to honor Mayor Hawke as our 2016 Alumnus of the Year," said President Daniel M. Asquino. "Like many of our students, Mayor Hawke discovered his potential while attending Mount Wachusett Community College, and then followed that path to achieve success both academically and professionally. Moreover, he has consistently demonstrated his commitment to public service, to the college and to our students."

Baker Administration, DHE  Launch Commonwealth Commitment Transfer Pact
Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito joined public higher education leaders on April 21 to announce the Commonwealth Commitment, an innovative college affordability and completion plan to help more students achieve the dream of a college degree. The Commonwealth Commitment commits every public campus to providing 10% rebates at the end of each successfully completed semester to qualifying undergraduate students, in addition to the standard MassTransfer tuition waiver received upon entering a four-year institution from a community college.

Alpha Beta Gamma  Business Honor Society Welcomes New Inductees
President Daniel Asquino and Jim Bellina, president and CEO of the Greater Gardner Chamber of Commerce joined faculty and college officials to welcome 18 students into the Chi Gamma Chapter of the Alpha Beta Gamma international business honor society. Alpha Beta Gamma, now completing its 26th year at MWCC, was established in 1970 to recognize and encourage scholarship among students at two-year colleges, provide leadership training opportunities and career assistance to members.

MWCC Sponsors WBJ Manufacturing Summit & Excellence Awards 
MWCC served as the presenting sponsor of the Worcester Business Journal's Manufacturing Summit and inaugural Manufacturing Excellence Awards ceremony on April 26 at Cyprian Keyes in Boylston. The event featured a keynote address by Massachusetts Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash and a panel presentation. Secretary Ash praised the state's community colleges for their leadership in creating innovative partnerships as well as their role in the Commonwealth economic development strategic plan, Making Massachusetts Great Everywhere, which was released by the Baker-Polito Administration in December.

The same differences: LGBTQ people share trials, victories (The Gardner News, April 26, 2016)
Equal respect and consideration for one another was the takeaway message at Mount Wachusett Community College on Monday (April 25), as the school held a panel discussion featuring members of the LGBTQ community. A group of six students and educators, a majority from the Mount, talked to a public audience about their experiences being someone who is not heterosexual, or does not identify with the gender they were born as.The forum wrapped up this spring's Tea Time Speaker Series, developed to promote open dialogue about difficult topics.

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44 MWCC Students Named to Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges & Universities
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 2016 edition of Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities. The 44 students were selected based on their academic achievement, service to the community, leadership in extracurricular activities and the potential for continued success. They join an elite group of students from more than 1,000 higher education institutions in the United State and several other countries.

Employees Recognized During 2016 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 21st annual Employee Service Awards Ceremony on May 2. Collectively, the recipients represent 625 years of service to MWCC students and the college community.

Upcoming Events
  • Evening of Excellence: May 12
  • Dental Programs Pinning Ceremony: May 13
  • 51st Commencement Ceremony: May 18
  • Nurse Pinning Ceremony: May 19
  • Gateway and Pathways Graduation: May 20

For information about upcoming events, click here.

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