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What's New on the Campuses—July 2009

Portrait of Governor Foster Furcolo

Designation of Governor Foster Furcolo Community Colleges

As of October 14, 2008, the Massachusetts General Laws were amended to designate the 15 community colleges in Massachusetts collectively as the Governor Foster Furcolo Community Colleges. The passage of this amendment fell 50 years-nearly to the day-after Governor Furcolo signed into law his bill, Chapter 605: An Act Establishing a Massachusetts Board of Regional Community Colleges and Providing for the Establishment of Regional Community Colleges, which established a system of community colleges for Massachusetts.

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7/13/2009: Salem State College

Bob and Lee Woodruff to Appear at Salem State Series 09 Event on September 22

Recently featured on the cover of Parade magazine (Sunday, July 12, 2009) husband and wife Bob and Lee Woodruff will share their inspiring story on September 22, 2009, at 8 pm as part of Salem State's 2009 Series. The event will be held in the college's O'Keefe Sports Center, 225 Canal Street and doors open at 6:30 pm. Individual tickets can be purchased online at MKtix.com, by calling 978.542.7555 or by visiting the Series Box Office. For more information, visit salemstate.edu/series.

Just one month after being named co-anchor of ABC's World News Tonight in December 2005, Bob Woodruff--longtime national and international news correspondent for the station --suffered traumatic head injuries when his vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb in Taji, Iraq.

Press Release: Salem State College website External Link

7/13/2009: University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Developing Green Jobs and Career Paths: The University of Massachusetts as a Leader in Growing the Green Economy award a portion of $45,000 to UMass Dartmouth

UMass Dartmouth Dean of engineering Robert Peck, and campus and community sustainability director, Susan Jennings have received a grant for UMass Dartmouth from the President's Creative Economy Initiatives fund to support development of the green economy.

"Developing Green Jobs and Career Paths: The University of Massachusetts as a Leader in Growing the Green Economy" award of $45,000 will be shared by sustainability initiatives at UMass Dartmouth Lowell, and Boston. According to UMass President Jack Wilson, the award lies at the boundary of the "science and technology" and "creative economy" definitions and holds great promise for success.

Press Release: University of Massachusetts Dartmouth website External Link

7/13/2009: University of Massachusetts Lowell

UMass Lowell’s Doyle receives National Education Award

Forget the jokes about pocket protectors, tongue-tied engineers and mad scientists.

With the help of a five-year, $2.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation and an innovative project plan, UMass Lowell graduate students in science and engineering will learn how to communicate with diverse audiences. The project, GK-12: Vibes and Waves in Action, connects graduate-level researchers to high-school teachers and students in school districts of Lowell and Lawrence.

"The NSF Division of Graduate Education is interested in improving the skills of prospective scientists and engineers, so they can better communicate and collaborate in a variety of settings, including the K-12 community,” says Prof. Kavitha Chandra of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and principal investigator. “We expect our participating fellows to discuss their own research projects, build experiments for the classroom, and become mentors and role models to students.”

Press Release: University of Massachusetts Lowell website Engineering Students Create Toys for  Local Zoos’ Big Cats

7/9/2009: University of Massachusetts Amherst

Noted Computer Scientist Victor Lesser Appointed Distinguished Professor at UMass Amherst

Excerpt: Computer scientist Victor Lesser, an accomplished researcher in the field of artificial intelligence, has been appointed a Distinguished Professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

The appointment was made by UMass President Jack M. Wilson following its approval by the University’s Board of Trustees on June 10. A member of the UMass Amherst computer science department for 32 years, Lesser was recommended for the honor by Chancellor Robert C. Holub and former Provost Charlena Seymour.

According to their recommendation, “Professor Lesser has clearly established himself as a world-renowned leader in the field of artificial intelligence” and “the founder and one of the most influential researchers in multi-agent systems, a field that provides a powerful model for computing in the 21st century.”

Press Release: University of Massachusetts Amherst website External Link

7/8/2009: Springfield Technical Community College

Associated Industries of Massachusetts Partners With STCC and 4 Other Colleges

Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM) and five Massachusetts community colleges announced an agreement today under which the largest employer association in Massachusetts will offer supervisory, human resource and customer service courses at community colleges throughout the commonwealth.

The collaboration brings together public and private entities with distinguished histories of training and educating employees at Massachusetts companies. Organizers believe the initiative will offer valuable training in convenient settings for citizens whose skills and productivity will be a key factor in forging economic recovery in the Bay State.
AIM will offer a total of 135 courses during the fall semester at Springfield Technical Community College, Quinsigamond Community College, Bristol Community College, Massasoit Community College, and Bunker Hill Community College. The courses will be non-credit seminars offered through each college’s business education center.

"It is a partnership that makes sense,” said Bill Hart, Deputy Director of the Massachusetts Community Colleges Executive Office.

Press Release: Springfield Technical Community College website External Link

7/7/2009: Greenfield Community College

Greenfield Community College celebrates 10,000th graduate

When Faranak Seihoun walked across the stage Friday afternoon during Greenfield Community College's Practical Nursing Certificate graduation, college President Robert Pura didn't just shake her hand, give her the certificate, and continue to the next graduate.
Pura stopped the proceedings and announced that Seihoun is the 10,000th student to graduate from GCC.

Since GCC was founded in 1962, and its first class graduated in 1964, 9,999 other GCC students have completed the requirements for an associate's degree or certificate program.

In recognition of Seihoun's special status as the 10,000th graduate, GCC Alumni Association President Regina Curtis presented her with a lifetime membership in the GCC Alumni Association, a GCC T-shirt and a bag of GCC gifts. Additionally, Seihoun's 25 Practical Nursing Certificate classmates will receive a one-year membership in the Alumni Association.

Press Release: Greenfield Community College website External Link

7/6/2009: Massasoit Community College

Children's Center Earns National Accreditation

The Children’s Center at Massasoit Community College located in Brockton has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) – the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals.

The program is now among the top in the nation by earning NAEYC accreditation. “We’re proud to have earned the mark of quality from NAEYC, and to be recognized for our commitment to reaching the highest professional standards,” said Linda Cummings-LeBeau, Director of The Children’s Center “NAEYC Accreditation lets families in our community know that children in our program are getting the best care and early learning experiences possible.” The Children’s Center is a licensed campus facility located in the Fine Arts Building. They serve the children of the students, faculty, and staff at Massasoit from ages 2.9 through 6 years old.

Press Release: Massasoit Community College website Engineering Students Create Toys for  Local Zoos’ Big Cats

7/6/2009 Middlesex Community College

New Nurse Assistant Training Program Offered at Middlesex

News Detail: Middlesex Community College now offers a Nurse Assistant Training Program that prepares students for an entry-level career as a nurse assistant or home health aide. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be eligible to sit for the Massachusetts nurse assistant certification exam.

This 100-hour program meets from 6 to 10 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays, Sept. 14 through Dec. 7 on the Lowell campus, and includes two weekends (Nov. 21-22 and Dec. 5-6) of clinical training at a local long-term care facility. Students will learn the skills needed to care for residents in long-term care facilities and hospitals, including personal patient care, patient rights, how to lift and turn patients, safety, infection control, vital signs, record-keeping, mental health care of residents, and stress management.

Press Release: Middlesex Community College website External Link

7/2/2009: Bridgewater State College

Alumna Wins School of Business Contest

Bridgewater State College's Center for Entrepreneurship Studies has named Barbara Mulford the winner of its 2009 Business Plan Writing Contest. The Canton resident, who was a senior at BSC at the time she entered the contest, won the top prize of $2,500, as well as free services and support from local firms, including law, accounting, and marketing companies.

The funds received from the contest allowed Ms. Mulford to incorporate her business, apply for trademark protection and attend a week-long training session on solar panel installation.

"Winning this contest gave me the funds I needed to break over the threshold and start my own business," Ms. Mulford said. "I hadn't planned on being a business owner when I returned to college last fall, but the entrepreneurship courses at BSC inspired me to really think about it."

Press Release: Bridgewater State College website External Link

7/2/2009: Bristol Community College

Join the Organic Revolution! New program Fall 2009

Courses include:Organic farming techniques, Solar greenhouse production, Beekeeping, Water management, Science and care of plants, Practical, hands-on experience in production, research, and marketing.

Organic agriculture is one of the fastest growing segments of U.S. agriculture. Its earth-friendly, resource-gentle approach to providing food and fiber attracts a generation who worries that the overuse of synthetics and agribusiness techniques deplete the earth’s health and resources out of the world. The sustainable farming movement uses fewer nonrenewable resources and in that way nurtures not only our bodies, but our earth.

Press Release: Bristol Community College website External Link

7/2/2009: Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Budget FY2010

On Monday, June 29, Governor Deval Patrick signed into law the state budget for FY2010, which appropriates $12.7 million for Massachusetts College of Art and Design. This is a reduction of 16.5% from the state appropriation originally approved for FY2009, or 12.1% taking into consideration mid-year reductions.

In addition to the state appropriation, the governor has committed $2.5 million to MassArt in federal stimulus funding designated for higher education. Combined, the state appropriation and stimulus funds provide $15,202,160 to MassArt for FY2010, which is equivalent to its original FY2009 appropriation.

"I am pleased that the governor approved the appropriation jointly recommended by the House and Senate,” says Kay Sloan, president of Massachusetts College of Art and Design. "Continued support for public higher education is critical, particularly given the state’s struggling economy. And considering that the creative sector is thriving in Massachusetts—the design industry alone employs 45,000 people—MassArt is part of the solution.

Press Release: Massachusetts College of Art and Design website External Link

6/26/2009: Northern Essex Community College

Human Service Careers: Good Choice in Today’s Economy

Northern Essex Community College will host information sessions in Haverhill and Lawrence for people who are interested in learning more about careers in the human service fields and how you can train for them at Northern Essex. Free and open to the public, the information sessions will be held on Thursday, July 16 from 6 to 8 p.m., Rm. L244, Dimitry Building, Lawrence Campus, 45 Franklin St.; and Wednesday, July 29 from 2 to 4 p.m. Rm. A124, Library, Haverhill Campus, 100 Elliott St.

Jobs in the human service field, especially for those who are bi-lingual, are plentiful as well as recession proof, according to Jane Gagliardi, coordinator of the human service program at Northern Essex Community College. In fact, occupations in human services are one of the fastest growing today. While it may not be the most lucrative field, with salaries in the mid 20s to mid-30s, human service jobs offer a great deal of personal satisfaction.
Human service workers, says Gagliardi, provide services to people to help them improve their quality of life. Job titles within the field vary and include human services assistant, case manager, social work assistant, mental health aide and advocate, to name a few.

Press Release:Northern Essex Community College website External Link

6/24/2009: North Shore Community College

Now! Construction Underway for North Shore Community College's Danvers Campus “Green” Health Professions Building

North Shore Community College's new $31.9 million "green" Health Professions and Student Services Building is now in the beginning stages of construction at the Danvers Campus, 1 Ferncroft Road. Clearing for a 140-space parking lot is in progress and drilling for 60 geothermal wells will take place over the summer.

NSCC's building design for a new Zero Net Energy Buildings (ZNEB) was one of only three approved for a ZNEB task force project, Getting to Zero, for a facility that, when completed would be used as a model to encourage similar "green" energy-efficient state buildings be built in the future.

Features incorporated in NSCC's new building will include solar panels, geothermal heating, rain water harvesting, lighting controls, a green roof, daylighting and natural ventilation.

Press Release: North Shore Community College website External Link

6/22/2009: Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Graduation Congratulations Class of 2009

With the sun shining and the Colum Cille Bagpipers making way for the class of 2009, the decked-out MMA campus was a perfect backdrop for this years class to undergo the ritual of metamorphosing from cadet to alumni.

Author and historian, Nathaniel Philbrick, was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by the MMA Board of Trustees and receiving Honorary Doctor of Public Administration degrees were CAPT William Pinkney, sailor and adventurer, who delivered the Charge to the Class of 2009, Mr. John Geary, member of the Class of 1947 and retired president and chief executive officer of Midland Enterprises, Inc.; and Mr. Peter Nicholas, co-founder and chairman of the board of Boston Scientific Corporation.

Press Release: Massachusetts Maritime Academy College website External Link

6/22/2009: Worcester State College

Department of Higher Education Approves Interdisciplinary Visual & Performing Arts Degree

The Massachusetts Department of Higher Education has voted unanimously to approve Worcester State College’s new Interdisciplinary Visual and Performing Arts Degree. "Understanding the expanding role of the arts in Worcester’s economy, Worcester State College has taken the timely step of enhancing its offerings to meet the new demands and provide new opportunities for its graduates,” said Richard M. Freeland, Commissioner of Higher Education. “Between this new program and the College’s new partnership with the Worcester Center for Crafts, the College is setting itself up to be an educational hub of the burgeoning creative economy in Worcester,” he added.

Press Release: Worcester State College website External Link

6/11/2009: Bunker Hill Community College

Bunker Hill Community College in Top 100 for Graduates of Color

This year “Diverse” Magazine – the most widely read magazine in the nation on issues affecting people of color in higher education – added a new addition to its annual Top 100 degree producer series. This new category recognizes those higher education institutions which award the most associate degrees to students of color. In this new ranking, Bunker Hill Community College was in the top 100 institutions in 13 different categories.

Press Release: Bunker Hill Community College website External Link

6/2/2009: Cape Cod Community College

Area Public School Administrators Renew Alliances With Cape Cod Community College's College Connection Program

Beginning in September, the pathway to higher education for seniors at 9 area high schools will be even clearer as they participate in College Connection. The college entrance assistance program, now in its third year, brings professionals from Cape Cod Community College directly into the high schools to demystify the world of higher education, and to assist seniors and their families in completing the application and entrance process, no matter where they hope to attend.

The College and public school administrators from the five current participants welcomed four new members to The Connection in ceremonies Monday June 1, 2009. New participants: Chatham, Harwich, Nauset and Cape Cod Regional Technical high schools; join as a mid Lower Cape cluster with Barnstable and Dennis Yarmouth in the Mid Cape, and Bourne, Falmouth and Upper Cape Regional Technical High School in the Upper Cape region. The Connection started with Falmouth as a pilot program in year one, and was joined by Bourne, Barnstable, Dennis Yarmouth and Upper Cape Tech in year two.

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5/29/2009: University of Massachusetts Boston

UMass Boston’s Urban Scholars Celebrates 25th Anniversary

U.S. Senator John Kerry today delivered the principal address to 3,065 graduates at the University of Massachusetts Boston’s 41st commencement ceremonies. Kerry, a decorated war veteran who has represented Massachusetts for 25 years in the U.S. Senate, was joined by UMass Boston Chancellor J. Keith Motley and honorary degree recipients Joseph Kennedy, former U.S. Representative and founder of Citizens Energy; Sister Margaret Leonard, founder of Project Hope; and Edwin Moses, former Olympian, champion of drug-free athletics, and motivational speaker.

"You, the members of the class of 2009, are the living proof that we are fulfilling our mission,” said Chancellor Motley. “UMass Boston was founded on principles of academic excellence and opportunity. Fifty-nine percent of our undergraduates are first-generation college students. You join the ranks of nearly 85,000 alumni, whose many accomplishments reflect the true quality of a University of Massachusetts Boston education.”

Press Release: University of Massachusetts Boston website Engineering Students Create Toys for  Local Zoos’ Big Cats

5/24/2009: Holyoke Community College

Hard work pays off for Early College High School grads

For many of the 67 Early College High School (ECHS) students receiving their diplomas this summer, graduating from high school once seemed uncertain.

Many had struggled in a conventional high school setting before ECHS, part of the Springfield Academy for Excellence (SAFE) network, gave them another chance. It was a chance they didn’t squander.

In addition to a high school diploma, they are graduating with approximately 130 college credits, a minimum B average, and fall college acceptances for more than 91% of the class. With an impressive 96% graduation rate, ECHS is clearly doing something right.

Press Release: Holyoke Community College website External Link

5/22/2009: Fitchburg State College

2009 Alumni Awards Presented

Fitchburg State College alumni who have contributed to their community and their profession were honored during the spring undergraduate commencement celebration.

Dr. Barbara Heywood Tindle and Stanislaus “Stas” Szlosek Jr. were presented with alumni awards during the alumni breakfast held prior to commencement exercises on Saturday, May 16.

Tindle was posthumously awarded the Alumni Achievement Award, which recognizes a Fitchburg State graduate who has made a significant contribution in their field, which has been an inspiration or of benefit to others, or who has made an extraordinary contribution to their community, region or state through their chosen field.

Tindle passed away on Jan. 13, 2008, after a courageous and extended battle with pancreatic carcinoma. She is remembered for her devotion to patient care and her enthusiasm towards the medical field. She was a committed mentor to many and of a professor of limitless passion to medical student, residents, and fellows.

Press Release: Fitchburg State College website External Link

5/22/2009: Mount Wachusett Community College

Sixth Annual Molly Bish Kid Expo Promotes Safety

Eddie Kurban takes a seat on a firetruck during the 2009 Molly Bish Kid Expo. (Photo by Ellie Armstrong).
Thousands of area residents turned out for the sixth annual Molly Bish Kid Expo on Saturday, June 20 to learn first-hand about ways to stay safe and healthy, while also experiencing an array of fun activities.

"We're just happy to be here making kids safe," a smiling Magi Bish said while photographing tykes for the free Child Safety I.D. kits provided by the Molly Bish Foundation. "It truly does take a community in sharing the responsibility of caring for our kids," she said. The foundation's volunteers distributed more than 700 I.D. kits during the four-hour event.

"I can't tell you how this makes my heart fill with a glowing, positive feeling," added John Bish. "All these children are safer, all these families are united together, and all of us together can protect our children."

Press Release: Mount Wachusett Community College website External Link

5/21/2009: Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

Science Day Camps

The Continuing Education Department at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA), in collaboration with the Berkshire STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Pipeline Network, is accepting applications for three summer day camps for children ages 9 to 14.

The camps are designed for girls and boys with interests in science and robotics.

"Robotics Fun Camp" will take place July 27-31 at MCLA. "Robotics Camp 2" runs Aug. 3-7 at the Intermodal Education Center in Pittsfield, and "Summer Science Camp" will be held Aug. 10 - Sept. 1 at MCLA.

Robotics Fun Camp and Robotics Camp 2 are designed to allow campers to work individually, in teams and in groups as they each build a LEGO™ MindStorms robot. Instructors will provide individual assistance and instruction and facilitate challenges, performance testing and modifications to projects. In addition, campers will be introduced to some new robotic devices as they build small robots from kits.

Press Release: Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts website External Link


Quinsigamond Community College to Partner with Massachusetts International Academy

Quinsigamond Community College and the newly formed Massachusetts International Academy, owned by the China Education and Research Network (CERNET) have entered a partnership to work together for the mutual benefit and advancement of local students and MAIA students seeking to study abroad in the United States.

CERNET, China’s largest national academic network, will soon be opening a preparatory school in Marlborough for Chinese students studying abroad. MAIA plans to help Chinese students prepare to enter U.S. colleges and universities via a preparatory program that addresses cultural acclimation, language skills, and career selection. This will be accomplished through the MAIA curriculum and support through the partnership with Quinsigamond Community College.

Press Release: Quinsigamond Community College website External Link

5/8/2009: Westfield State College

Westfield State offers new master's degree in social work

The Massachusetts Department of Higher Education has approved a new master’s degree program at Westfield State College. Beginning in the fall of 2010, the college will offer a master of social work degree with a concentration in clinical practice with children and families.

The program will prepare students to work in clinical settings with adults, children and families, for advanced positions in child protective services, for clinical case management positions in health care and residential settings, and as a school social worker. It provides specific course work and field placements to prepare graduates to become licensed clinical social workers.

"This master’s program will fill an important niche in public, affordable advanced studies in social work, and our graduates will go on to provide a much needed community service,” said Evan S. Dobelle, president of Westfield State College.

Press Release: Westfield State College website External Link

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