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September, 2016

September, 2016
September, 2016

On September 6, QCC was honored to dedicate the Electronics Lab in its new QuEST Center in memory of Ron Josephson. QCC President Gail Carberry and QCC Foundation President Laurance S. Morrison presented Ron's wife Linda with a special plaque and room dedication. 

Jacqueline C. Diggs, QCC Foundation, Vice President, James Heffernan, Professor of Electromechanical...

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On September 6, QCC was honored to dedicate the Electronics Lab in its new QuEST Center in memory of Ron Josephson. QCC President Gail Carberry and QCC Foundation President Laurance S. Morrison presented Ron's wife Linda with a special plaque and room dedication. 

Jacqueline C. Diggs, QCC Foundation, Vice President, James Heffernan, Professor of Electromechanical Technology and Dr. Lillian Ortiz, Vice President of Student Engagement, Enrollment, and Community Connections all shared their thoughts and memories of Ron throughout the program. 

A college Trustee, and member of the QCC Foundation Board, Mr. Josephson was a 1970 graduate of QCC. Selected as the “Alumnus of the Year” in 1989, Ron was President and CEO of Power Guide Marketing, a local company that sells power supplies, power systems, and all associated products. Prior to beginning his own business, Mr. Josephson worked for Raytheon, where he had designs on the Aegis Shipboard weapons system, Patriot Missile systems and a program that flew on Apollo, among others. Mr. Josephson has been involved in demonstrating Radar Systems to NATO at White Sands Missile Range. He later worked at Digital Equipment Corporation and Preferred Electronics in senior management positions. Mr. Josephson was also a member of the College’s Board of Trustees.

September, 2016
September, 2016

QCC was named one of three community colleges in MA that advance opportunities for low-income students. The U.S Department of Education recently released a list of 25 community colleges across the country that advance opportunities for low-income students, enrolling more than 40 percent low-income students and having high outcomes for those students.

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QCC was named one of three community colleges in MA that advance opportunities for low-income students. The U.S Department of Education recently released a list of 25 community colleges across the country that advance opportunities for low-income students, enrolling more than 40 percent low-income students and having high outcomes for those students.

“It is an important part of our mission as a community college to be accessible to low-income students,” said QCC President Gail Carberry. “By affording our students an opportunity to earn a high-quality education, we are not only improving their lives, but the lives of their families. Many of our students go on to further education and to work in our region, so this strengthens the Worcester community and beyond.”

The other two community colleges that were named in Massachusetts were North Shore Community College and Springfield Technical Community College.

At QCC, the share of low-income students is 49 percent. In addition, more than 70 percent of all borrowers at these schools were successfully repaying their loans three years after they left school.

“It’s important to know that both the college you select and the program you enroll in can have an impact on your post-college earnings – schools that offer more technical or health programs, or where a lot of students transfer to a four-year college, often have higher earnings,” according to the U.S. Department of Education.

This is part of an overall College Scorecard, which is a federal initiative, called for by President Barack Obama. It gives everyone — students, families, guidance counselors and non-profits — access to a whole host of data verified by the U.S. Department of Education on thousands of institutions across the nation in an easy-to-use online tool.

September, 2016
September, 2016

The Baker-Polito Administration awarded $2.6 million in Workforce Skills Capital Grants to seven high schools, community colleges, and an educational collaborative, in order to expand skills training programs and address capital and expansion needs at educational institutions that help Massachusetts residents develop skills for careers in growing industries.

Quinsigamond Community College will receive $488,735...

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The Baker-Polito Administration awarded $2.6 million in Workforce Skills Capital Grants to seven high schools, community colleges, and an educational collaborative, in order to expand skills training programs and address capital and expansion needs at educational institutions that help Massachusetts residents develop skills for careers in growing industries.

Quinsigamond Community College will receive $488,735 to expand laboratory capacity in the Computer Information Technologies lab at its Southbridge location, and introduce integrated basic education and technical skills training. In addition, the funding will support training for unemployed and under-employed individuals located with the Southbridge office of the Workforce Central Career Center.

“Providing skill-training opportunities across the Commonwealth is a priority for our administration,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “These important grants to vocational high schools, community colleges and other educational institutions will aid their development of programs best suited to train workers for a growing Massachusetts economy and evolving workforce.”

QCC President Dr. Gail Carberry added “Great careers start at Quinsigamond Community College. The Workforce Skills Capital Grant will directly train students to succeed in high demand STEM fields, as well as bring new career opportunities to displaced workers.”

“The goal of these grants is to expand the capacity of programs that build skills for Massachusetts residents,” Lt. Governor Karyn Polito said. “We already see the impact these grants are having at educational programs around the state, and we know these investments will strengthen the state’s economy for all residents.”

The Workforce Skills Capital Grant Program was a new initiative of the Governor’s Workforce Skills Cabinet, which seeks to align education, workforce and economic development strategies across the state.

Early in the administration, Governor Baker tapped Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Ronald Walker II, Education Secretary James Peyser, and Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash to work together to develop policies to improve economic and job training opportunities for residents of the Commonwealth.

“We are pleased to award an additional $2.6 million in skills capital grants to these high schools, community colleges, and educational partners for needed capital projects and expansions,” said Education Secretary Jim Peyser. “We have already seen the difference that this grant program has made for the first grantees announced earlier this year, and we look forward to seeing the impact that this money will have on the schools, the workforce, and their communities.”

“All of these schools crafted quality training programs that are tied directly to regional employment needs and have strong employer partnerships, which is in direct alignment with the goals of the Workforce Skills Cabinet,” said Assistant Secretary of the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development Juan R. Vega. “Since all of today’s awardees initially applied in the inaugural round in February, we are particularly pleased to move forward on these grants today, ensuring excellent programs are given the necessary resources to succeed.” 

  • Fulbright program participants
September, 2016
September, 2016

A delegation of Egyptian educators visited the QCC campus to learn more about the community college model, as part of an overall visit to Massachusetts.

Through the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program, in collaboration with the International Center of Worcester, several Egyptian higher education administrators and faculty toured QCC’s campus on Aug. 29. QCC was the...

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A delegation of Egyptian educators visited the QCC campus to learn more about the community college model, as part of an overall visit to Massachusetts.

Through the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program, in collaboration with the International Center of Worcester, several Egyptian higher education administrators and faculty toured QCC’s campus on Aug. 29. QCC was the only community college slated for the group’s month-long visit to Massachusetts. The group stayed in Boston, but traveled to Worcester to visit Worcester Polytechnic Institute and QCC.

“The group was very impressed with the physical appearance and infrastructure available to students on our campus tour,” said Florence Lucci, Professor of Business Administration-Administrative Professional/Coordinator of the Business Office Support Specialist Program. “A discussion held between QCC staff and administrators proved to justify the value of these intercultural exchange programs. Some topics of particular interest included community connections, campus funding, challenges of developmental educational goals, assessing the integrity of student work, learning outcomes, professional and faculty development, potential articulation agreements (specifically Arabic language training) and the tremendous growth and challenges of distance education.”

Goals of the state department’s program include examining the U.S. system of higher education, the structure, administrative strategies and support services. They seek to highlight the diversity of U.S. higher education institutions. They also encourage potential international partnerships and memorandums of understanding.

Each year nearly 5,000 international visitors come to the U.S. on the International Visitor Leadership Program. More than 200,000 international visitors have engaged with Americans through the program, including more than 335 current or former chiefs of state or government leaders.

The International Center of Worcester is a non-profit organization promoting citizen diplomacy in Central Massachusetts. The center designs professional and cultural programs for international visitors sponsored by local and foreign governmental agencies, private companies, universities and individuals.

Visitors included:

  • Dr. Nasser Khamis Barakat, Vice Dean of Graduate and Research Affairs, Faculty of Agriculture, Benha University.
  • Dr. Rasha Kamal Mohamed Abdelkader, Managing Director, International Relations and COOP Office at Ain Shams University.
  • Dr. Ahmed Ali Ahmed Farghali, Associate Professor, Material Science and Nanotechnology, Beni-Seuf University.
  • Dr. Talaat Muhammad Maaty Farrag, Lecturer, Comparative Arabic-English Language and Literature, Al-Azhar University.
  • Dr. Abuelhassan Elshazly Ahmed Younis Mohammed, Manager, Grants and International Cooperation Office, Aswan University.

Special thanks to Professor Dadbeh Bigonahy for his enthusiastic tour of the QuEST Center as well as President Gail Carberry and other staff and administrators willing to share their expertise. QCC will be hosting another group in early December. Contact Professor Lucci if you have an interest in attending this meeting.

September, 2016
September, 2016

Dr. Whitney Battle-BaptisteDr. Emily J. Lordi
Dr. Whitney Battle-Baptiste and Dr. Emily J. Lordi...

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Dr. Whitney Battle-BaptisteDr. Emily J. Lordi
Dr. Whitney Battle-Baptiste and Dr. Emily J. Lordi

The Sankofa Lecture Series featured two programs with unique topics, African Diaspora Archeology and the role of women in Black power music.

Moving Mountains and Liberating Dialogues: My Life as a Black Feminist Archaeologist

Dr. Whitney Battle-Baptiste, an associate professor of anthropology at University of Massachusetts-Amherst, spoke about African Diaspora Archeology and cultural identity at a free lecture last month at QCC.

An historical archaeologist of African and Cherokee descent, Dr. Battle-Baptiste has done fieldwork at Colonial Williamsburg, the Hermitage, the W.E.B. Du Bois homestead and other sites. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Texas-Austin and conducts research on plantations in the U.S. Southeast, the materiality of contemporary African American popular culture and Black Feminist theory and its implications for archaeology. Dr. Battle-Baptiste is the author of “Black Feminist Archaeology” and co-editor of the African Diaspora Archeology Newsletter.

In this lecture, Dr. Battle-Baptiste discussed the field and significance of African Diaspora Archaeology. She also talked about her variegated heritage and cultural identity to inform her research and enhance the discipline of archeology. Being a member of the Hip-Hop generation is a significant aspect of her personal/professional identity. She routinely incorporates Hip-Hop into her written and oral discourse, because, as the soundtrack of her life, Hip-Hop has always sustained her and kept her real.

Soul Sisters: Black Power Music from Nina Simone to Beyonce

The Sankofa Lecture Series presents Dr. Emily J. Lordi, an associate professor of English at University of Massachusetts-Amherst and the author of two books, “Black Resonance: Iconic Women and Singers and African American Literature” and the forthcoming “Donny Hathaway Live.” She has published articles and book chapters on literary modernism, soul aesthetics, funk and neo-soul music and contemporary poetry. Her music and book reviews appear on such sites as Pitchfork, The Root and the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Dr. Lordi’s lecture emphasized the role of black women in soul music, a genre often associated with male artists from Sam Cooke to James Brown. In particular, she highlights the radically virtuosic activism of Nina Simone, who was dubbed “The Empress of Soul” in the late 1960s. Her lecture also explores how Beyonce’s album Lemonade deliberately channels the political and experimental power of Simone’s music.

Both lectures were sponsored by the Diversity Caucus.

  • PTK at cookout
  • students at fall cookout
  • students at fall cookout
September, 2016
September, 2016

This fall, 889 invitations were sent out to Phi Theta Kappa prospective members. Membership eligibility is based upon the number of credit hours students have completed at Quinsigamond Community College and their cumulative GPA, which is required to be 3.5 or higher. Therefore, membership is a special honor afforded to a select group of outstanding students. Students need to respond by November 4 at 4:...

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This fall, 889 invitations were sent out to Phi Theta Kappa prospective members. Membership eligibility is based upon the number of credit hours students have completed at Quinsigamond Community College and their cumulative GPA, which is required to be 3.5 or higher. Therefore, membership is a special honor afforded to a select group of outstanding students. Students need to respond by November 4 at 4:00 p.m.

The purpose of Phi Theta Kappa is to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students. Membership guarantees access to benefits such as scholarships. Students participate in community outreach projects as well.

Earlier in September, PTK participated in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life in Auburn. The goal was to raise $500, and the nine-person team raised $650 for the relay

On Wednesday, October 5, PTK hosted the Annual Fall Cookout, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Fuller Student Center lawn. Festivities included a DJ, caricature artist, face painting, a performance by the QCC Jazz Ensemble and more. All proceeds will benefit the new QCC Live and Learn Greenhouse.

For more information regarding Phi Theta Kappa, Alpha Zeta Theta Chapter, e-mail Bonnie Coleman at bcoleman [at] qcc.mass.edu or stop by Room 154A.

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  • fair attendees pose with wyvern at Uncommon Job Fair
  • fair attendees pose with wyvern at Uncommon Job Fair
  • Jeffrey Turgeon, Executive Director of Central Mass. Workforce Investment Board and Janet Weeks, Director of Workforce Central Career Center
September, 2016
September, 2016

For the third year, QCC participated in the UnCommon Job Fair held at the Worcester Common.

Sponsored by the Workforce Central Career Center, the job fair is an informal event, where job seekers can bring their resumes, get information from the area’s top companies and do some networking. The event was on September 9 at the Worcester Common.

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For the third year, QCC participated in the UnCommon Job Fair held at the Worcester Common.

Sponsored by the Workforce Central Career Center, the job fair is an informal event, where job seekers can bring their resumes, get information from the area’s top companies and do some networking. The event was on September 9 at the Worcester Common.

“It is a great event to be involved in,” said Dawn Kiritsis, College and Career Navigator at QCC. “It offers a chance for companies and other community-based organizations to see what we offer.”

She said people approached her with questions about QCC’s STEM program, HiSET (high school equivalency) programs, job opportunities at QCC as well as students looking to return to college after taking time off from school. Sean Thomson, a STEM recruiter for the QCC Admissions Office, also attended the event.

“It is important to have an ongoing presence in the community,” Ms. Kiritsis said. “We are providing pathways for people.”

QCC partners with Workforce Central Career Center to provide information about the programs offered at QCC. Ms. Kiritsis is embedded at Workforce Central in Worcester three days a week, helping clients navigate enrollment steps. She also travels to Southbridge and Milford to provide services to potential students. 

  • Faculty Innovations and Best Practices Showcase
September, 2016
September, 2016

The Office of Distance Learning and Professional Development hosted the second annual Faculty Innovations and Best Practices Showcase on Wednesday, June 1. Forty-four faculty and staff members attended this event celebrating innovative teaching at the College.

In her welcome address, Vice President of Academic Affairs Pat Toney said, “Faculty play a key role in student retention and the...

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The Office of Distance Learning and Professional Development hosted the second annual Faculty Innovations and Best Practices Showcase on Wednesday, June 1. Forty-four faculty and staff members attended this event celebrating innovative teaching at the College.

In her welcome address, Vice President of Academic Affairs Pat Toney said, “Faculty play a key role in student retention and the QCC faculty lead the way. Today’s showcase provides a context for QCC faculty to share their best practices with each other, to learn about innovative teaching and to create community with colleagues.”

A variety of disciplines and all five Schools at the College were represented by the following faculty presentations:

  • “Innovative Lessons: Grab the Student’s Attention at the Door,” Maryann Kania, Business Administration  
  • “Stress-Free Technological Tools that Enhance the Faculty and Student Experience,” Kristy Glover, Criminal Justice
  • “Comics in the Classroom: Updating an Old Medium with New Technology,” John Stazinski, English
  • “The Power of Inclusive Language,” Erin Connor, Occupational Therapy
  • “Connecting with McGraw Hill’s Connect Plus,” Eric Mania and Judy Colson, Psychology
  • “Data Mining with Google Spreadsheets,” Andria Schwortz, Integrated Science/Physics 
  • “Mindfulness Meditation and Contemplative Pedagogy,” Jean Kennedy, Human Services


“Encouraging Engagement and Real World Interaction With 3-D Objects,” Jacob Longacre, Electronics Engineering Technology

After three hours of formal presentations, attendees had a chance to engage in dialogue about teaching and learning with their peers and to talk further with the presenters.  

  • manufacturing day demonstration
September, 2016
September, 2016

QCC is hosting multiple events to showcase its manufacturing offerings. Learn more about the college’s manufacturing programs, the FAB Lab and how QCC works with companies in the region to create curriculum that meets the needs of the workplace.

Manufacturing Day

Celebrate Manufacturing Day at QCC on Friday, October 7, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at...

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QCC is hosting multiple events to showcase its manufacturing offerings. Learn more about the college’s manufacturing programs, the FAB Lab and how QCC works with companies in the region to create curriculum that meets the needs of the workplace.

Manufacturing Day

Celebrate Manufacturing Day at QCC on Friday, October 7, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the main campus in Worcester. Through engaging speakers, hands-on activities, competitions and more, QCC faculty and staff will spark your creativity and active learning. 

Experience QCC's cutting edge technology, tour our 21st century learning facilities and more. Activities for this free event start at 9 a.m. with keynote speakers, followed by hands-on manufacturing activities across campus from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Visit qccmfgday.eventbrite.com for more information and to register online today!

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Oxford Library Visit

On Saturday, October 22, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., QCC will host another library event at Oxford Library. Similar to the event in Southbridge, QCC faculty and staff will offer interactive STEM demonstrations, and visitors can watch video shorts and learn more about manufacturing options at the college.

For more information about any of these events, contact Deborah Zulick, in the School of Business, Engineering and Technology at dzulick [at] qcc.mass.edu

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September, 2016
September, 2016

A Festival of Advising Best Practices took place in the Center for Academic Excellence on Friday, June 24. This event was born from the idea that, no matter what their official titles are, all faculty and staff members at Quinsigamond Community College can be considered as the first line of contact for each student. With the support of a Best Practices grant from President Gail Carberry, the Starfish...

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A Festival of Advising Best Practices took place in the Center for Academic Excellence on Friday, June 24. This event was born from the idea that, no matter what their official titles are, all faculty and staff members at Quinsigamond Community College can be considered as the first line of contact for each student. With the support of a Best Practices grant from President Gail Carberry, the Starfish planning team transformed this idea into a half day event with the goal of encouraging open discussion and dialogue among participants as a way to broaden the conversation related to student retention, success, and completion.

The day began with colleagues conversing while QCC music instructor Jose Castillo played acoustic guitar. Along with colorful decorations, Mr. Castillo’s music set the festive tone for this event. Director of Career and Academic Planning Liza Smith then introduced and provided local, state and national contexts for the day’s presentations by talking about QCC’s Strategic Plan, Massachusetts Department of Higher Education’s “ ‘Big Three’ Plan to Produce More College Graduates” (which is part of The Vision Project), and Complete College America.

Five presentations followed the journey of a typical college student, starting with Dean of Distance Learning and Professional Development Pat Schmohl’s “Who Are They”? He shared techniques for learning about students’ career goals early on so as to better advise them. This was followed by advisor and faculty member Nadine Stewart’s presentation on the challenges of advising when helicopter parents are involved, English Professor Amy Beaudry spoke about ways to encourage students to register during Priority Registration, and Coordinator of Career and Academic Planning Services Lupe Lomeli and Coordinator of Disability Services Ann Panetta co-presented on how using Starfish as a communication tool between Advising and Disability Services  better serves QCC students. The final presentation by Coordinator of Career and Academic Planning Services Eric Saczawa was about using information from students’ Starfish course overview pages to provide them with more individualized advising.   

In attendance were forty part- and full-time faculty and staff members representing various campus offices, such as Advising, Admissions, College and Career Pathways, Disability Services, the Alden Library, and Student Employment and Transfer Services. Rebecca Brownstein, Senior Enrollment Counselor at the Southbridge campus, who attended the event said, “The Summer Summit for Student Success was a wonderfully beneficial opportunity to collaborate with faculty and staff throughout the College. The Summit provided us with a chance to learn about College-wide initiatives that benefit the students we work with on a daily basis. Collaboration and the opportunity to participate in professional development is paramount to ensuring that our students receive the most up to date, informative and inclusive advising possible.”

Planning has already begun for a second Festival of Advising Best Practices to be held in June 2017.

  • August Assessment Academy attendees
September, 2016
September, 2016

Faculty and staff gathered in August to participate in the annual August Assessment Academy. This year, the topic was bridging the sometimes-surprising gap between what we intend to teach and what students seem to learn from us. The workshop was led by Assessment expert Elise Martin under a Degree Qualifications Profile Tuning Coach initiative sponsored by the Lumina Foundation.

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Faculty and staff gathered in August to participate in the annual August Assessment Academy. This year, the topic was bridging the sometimes-surprising gap between what we intend to teach and what students seem to learn from us. The workshop was led by Assessment expert Elise Martin under a Degree Qualifications Profile Tuning Coach initiative sponsored by the Lumina Foundation.

Elise Martin (pictured at far left) is the Dean of Assessment and Professional Development at Middlesex Community College, a role which allows her to create strong linkages between the college’s ongoing assessment and improvement of student learning outcomes and related curricular and pedagogical initiatives.

The Degree Qualifications Profile is a learning-centered framework for what college graduates should know and be able to do to earn the associate, bachelor’s or master’s degree

Attendees discussed strategies to connect individual course content and learning experiences to discipline and program goals. They also tackled broader issues related to general education, especially strategies to scaffold skills on each other, and to involve all stakeholders in student success.

Members of QORE (Quinsigamond Outcomes Research for Excellence) team shared materials they created with a team of discipline faculty and professional staff, including a new Toolkit for Designing and Assessing Writing at QCC. The Academy is offered every year as a professional development opportunity under the auspices of the Department of Distance Learning and Professional Development

September, 2016
September, 2016

Dr. Anne JaskotDr. Robert G. Boatright
Dr. Anne Jaskot and Dr. Robert G. Boatright

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Dr. Anne JaskotDr. Robert G. Boatright
Dr. Anne Jaskot and Dr. Robert G. Boatright

The Fall 2016 Liberal Arts Distinguished Lecturer Series is hosting two speakers in November, with topics including galaxy ionization and campaign spending.

Anne Jaskot, of Smith College, will present her talk “Ionizing Galaxies Wear Green: ‘Green Pea’ Galaxies and the Reionization of the Universe”

In the first billion years after the Big Bang, the universe’s hydrogen gas became ionized, with the electrons freed from the protons. This major period in the universe’s history is known as the epoch of reionization. Ms. Jaskot will discuss how this event took place, and different possible causes.

Ms. Jaskot earned her Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Michigan and is a teaching and research fellow at Smith College. She uses observations from radio to X-ray wavelengths to study the gas properties of starburst galaxies.

QCC Professor Andria Schwortz assisted in bringing Ms. Jaskot to speak at QCC.

Her presentation will be Friday, November 4, from noon to 1:00 p.m., Room 109 in the Harrington Learning Center.

Turning to politics, Robert G. Boatright, of Clark University, will present “The Trump Effect in the 2016 Congressional Elections,” discussing the impact of campaign spending.

The nomination of Donald Trump prompted many Republican donors to decrease their spending on the presidential race and increase their spending in support of other candidates. “However, the rapid change in the party’s beliefs about its ability to win the presidency, coupled with loosened regulations on political spending, created the most fluid pattern of campaign spending the nation has seen in decades,” Mr. Boatright said. He will document the effects of this shift in resources.

Mr. Boatright is a professor of political science at Clark University and the Director of Research at the National Institute for Civil Discourse at the University of Arizona. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree from Carleton College.

His talk will be Monday, November 14, from noon to 1:00 p.m., Room 109 in the Harrington Learning Center.

September, 2016
September, 2016

Like psychology? Interested in how the mind works? Want to learn more about personality, memory, emotions, development and behavior? Join the National Psychology Honor Society.

You can be considered for induction if you have:

  • A strong interest in psychology
  • Taken at least one psychology course, such as Psych 101
  • An overall B average in your psychology...
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Like psychology? Interested in how the mind works? Want to learn more about personality, memory, emotions, development and behavior? Join the National Psychology Honor Society.

You can be considered for induction if you have:

  • A strong interest in psychology
  • Taken at least one psychology course, such as Psych 101
  • An overall B average in your psychology courses and an overall 3.25 GPA
  • Completed at least 12 credits

The deadline for applications is October 7.

The Psi Beta Honor Society and QCC Psychology Club meets every other Wednesday, from noon to 1:00 p.m. Upcoming meetings will be October 5, 19, November 2, 16 and 30 at the Psych Lab, Room 321 in the Administration building.

Members can serve as mentors and engage in community service. For more information, contact Valerie Clemente, Ed.D., advisor, at vclemente [at] qcc.mass.edu

In September, the club hosted a guest speaker, Robert Kinscherff, Ph.D., who explored the relationship between violence and mental illness. Repeated incidents of mass shooting by persons believed to be mentally ill have led media portrayals, public perception and political debate to increasingly define the “violence problem” or “gun violence problem” as a mental illness problem. This presentation presented a research-based model for understanding the relationship between violence and mental illness that is crucial for taking effective steps to limit violence in our communities.

Dr. Kinscherff is a nationally and internationally recognized clinical/forensic psychologist and an attorney. He has spent more than 30 years at the intersections of psychology and law with a particular focus upon violence, childhood adversities and trauma, and mental illness among children, adolescents and adults.

September, 2016
September, 2016

QCC will host a showing of “Food Fight, Inside the Battle for Market Basket” on October 20.

Throughout the summer of 2014, a corporate food fight played out in dozens of communities impacting tens of thousands of workers and the economies of three states. When the faction of the Market Basket board headed by Arthur S. Demoulas fired his cousin and arch-rival Arthur T. Demoulas as long-time CEO of...

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QCC will host a showing of “Food Fight, Inside the Battle for Market Basket” on October 20.

Throughout the summer of 2014, a corporate food fight played out in dozens of communities impacting tens of thousands of workers and the economies of three states. When the faction of the Market Basket board headed by Arthur S. Demoulas fired his cousin and arch-rival Arthur T. Demoulas as long-time CEO of the successful supermarket chain, it set off a firestorm that sparked one of most unique corporate dramas in American history. It’s what the New York Times called “the last stand for the middle class.”

“This film beautifully captures the drama of a remarkable story that broke all the rules. A dramatic and entertaining view of a case that will be taught in business schools for years,” said Daniel Korschun, co-author of “We Are Market Basket” and an associate professor of marketing at Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business.

The film will be shown Thursday, October 20, at 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. in the Hebert Auditorium, 670 West Boylston St, Worcester. There will be a Q&A session at 12:45 p.m. after the first showing. Admission is free with a QCC student ID, $5 without a student ID.

Directed by New England filmmaker Jay Childs, the film was an official selection of the Newburyport Documentary Film Festival 2016, the New Hampshire Film Festival 2016 and the Boston International Film Festival.

For more information about the film or to watch the trailer, visit the Food Fight Film website.

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September, 2016
September, 2016

QCC is hosting three upcoming Southbridge Admissions Information Sessions.

Did you know that an associate degree is worth as much as $1.7 million in lifetime earnings? Maximize your earnings potential! Visit QCC at our Southbridge campus and learn how QCC can help jumpstart your career in your neighborhood.

Upcoming tours will be held on Thursdays, October 6, November 17, and...

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QCC is hosting three upcoming Southbridge Admissions Information Sessions.

Did you know that an associate degree is worth as much as $1.7 million in lifetime earnings? Maximize your earnings potential! Visit QCC at our Southbridge campus and learn how QCC can help jumpstart your career in your neighborhood.

Upcoming tours will be held on Thursdays, October 6, November 17, and December 15 at 6:00 p.m. All information sessions will be at 5 Optical Drive, Southbridge, MA.

For more information and links to sign up for specific dates, visit the Upcoming Events page.

September, 2016
September, 2016

Geovanni Cruz is a 2015 graduate of QCC. At QCC, he earned an Associate Degree in Human Services. During his time here, he was the President of the Student Senate, student speaker for graduation, served on the QCC Activities Committee, worked in both the offices of Student Life and Admissions, and a participant in the Brothers & Keepers Program. He is currently working on a Bachelor of Arts Degree...

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Geovanni Cruz is a 2015 graduate of QCC. At QCC, he earned an Associate Degree in Human Services. During his time here, he was the President of the Student Senate, student speaker for graduation, served on the QCC Activities Committee, worked in both the offices of Student Life and Admissions, and a participant in the Brothers & Keepers Program. He is currently working on a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Urban Studies with a focus on Social Work at Worcester State University. 

Geovanni CruzThis VISTA Worker position is designed to help ensure the continued retention and persistence of male students in the Brothers & Keepers program at QCC. It will help to build program capacity by establishing an effective partnership with two local high schools (Claremont Academy and North High School) and will form a recruitment system for the mentoring program. 

“My career goal is to work in the Office of Student Life at a college and help create future leaders. I know by working for the Brothers and Keepers Program, I can begin to help guide students to become leaders. I am very excited to be joining AmeriCorps and Quinsigamond Community College as the VISTA for this program,” says Cruz. 

September, 2016
September, 2016

Check out the newest video that highlights how QCC partners with local businesses to offer courses and career paths for employees.

In Southbridge for almost 200 years, initially providing knives for shoemakers, Dexter Russell is the largest manufacturer of professional cutlery in the world. The company is a partner with QCC in it's expansion of technology programming in Southbridge.  

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Check out the newest video that highlights how QCC partners with local businesses to offer courses and career paths for employees.

In Southbridge for almost 200 years, initially providing knives for shoemakers, Dexter Russell is the largest manufacturer of professional cutlery in the world. The company is a partner with QCC in it's expansion of technology programming in Southbridge.  

Hear from Alan Peppel, the President/CEO about how Dexter Russell employs QCC graduates. The company offers tuition assistance to employees to further their education. He said the company needs employees at different levels, with programming skills, management skills and he is looking forward to continuing to work with QCC to train employees.

The video includes testimonials from recent graduates who work at Dexter Russell.

“Quinsigamond definitely prepared me very well for moving onto a four-year school, it helped me to excel when I went onto Western New England University,” said Thomas Kennedy, a mechanical engineer at Dexter Russell.

Watch the video and other videos about how QCC is partnering with different companies to offer students pathways to STEM success.

September, 2016
September, 2016

QCC’s Veterans’ Club is sponsoring a hygiene drive for Veterans’ Inc. Shelters. The following items are in demand: towels and washcloths, shampoo, body wash, razors for men and women, shaving cream, deodorant, toothpaste and toothbrushes, soap and feminine hygiene products.

Drop off your donations at either Room 125A or Room 220A. The drive ends on October 6.

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QCC’s Veterans’ Club is sponsoring a hygiene drive for Veterans’ Inc. Shelters. The following items are in demand: towels and washcloths, shampoo, body wash, razors for men and women, shaving cream, deodorant, toothpaste and toothbrushes, soap and feminine hygiene products.

Drop off your donations at either Room 125A or Room 220A. The drive ends on October 6.

September, 2016
September, 2016

We are very pleased to announce the addition of the following new full-time staff member to Quinsigamond Community College:

On September 6, 2016, Strategic Engagement & Community Connections welcomed Jacqueline Guittar as Coordinator of Records and Registration. Ms. Guittar brings to this position over 9 years of customer service experience and 7 years of...

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We are very pleased to announce the addition of the following new full-time staff member to Quinsigamond Community College:

On September 6, 2016, Strategic Engagement & Community Connections welcomed Jacqueline Guittar as Coordinator of Records and Registration. Ms. Guittar brings to this position over 9 years of customer service experience and 7 years of experience in a registrar’s office. Most recently, she was the Assistant Registrar at Fitchburg State University. Ms. Guittar earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from Worcester State University and a Master of Business Administration from Fitchburg State University.

On September 12, 2016, Administrative Services welcomed Daniel Litchfield as Campus Police Officer II (Sergeant). Mr. Litchfield has been a Campus Police Officer I with the Quinsigamond Community College Campus Police for over 10 years. He has multiple certifications that include:  First Responder, Rape Aggression Defense Instructor, Field Training officer and Breath Test Operator. Mr. Litchfield is a graduate of the Massachusetts State Police Academy.  

On September 19, 2016, Academic Affairs welcomed Kate Anderson as Coordinator of Instructional Technology & Assessment for SABES PDC. Ms. Anderson brings to this position over 22 years of professional administrative experience including 7 years of experience in adult basic education and teaching. Most recently, she was an Assistant Program Manager in the Adult Learning Center here at Quinsigamond Community College. Ms. Anderson earned her Bachelors of Arts in Political Science at University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Master of Education in Instructional Design at University of Massachusetts, Boston. 

On September 26, 2016, Strategic Engagement & Community Connections welcomed Kate Skorb as Data and Communications Manager for Records and Registration. Ms. Skorb brings over 7 years of higher educational experience to this position. Most recently, she was the Assistant Director of Student Account Operations at Clark University. Kate earned an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts from Greenfield Community College and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Sociology from University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Please join us in welcoming our employees into their new roles.