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October, 2016

October, 2016
October, 2016

More than 100 area high school students attended Manufacturing Day 2016 at QCC, to learn more about what types of manufacturing classes and technology QCC offers.

National Manufacturing Day was held October 7 around the country, where colleges, companies and community organizations showcased modern manufacturing to educate and inspire the next generation of manufacturers. About 45 events were scheduled in...

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More than 100 area high school students attended Manufacturing Day 2016 at QCC, to learn more about what types of manufacturing classes and technology QCC offers.

National Manufacturing Day was held October 7 around the country, where colleges, companies and community organizations showcased modern manufacturing to educate and inspire the next generation of manufacturers. About 45 events were scheduled in Massachusetts, with more than 2,500 events scheduled in the United States.

QCC also co-hosted events at the Jacob Edward Library in Southbridge and the Oxford Library, with faculty demonstrations and information about STEM programs at QCC. Having events off campus is a great way to reach out to potential students and let them know what QCC offers.

Dean of the School of Business, Engineering & Technology at QCC Kathy Rentsch said the events were well attended.

QCC students and faculty are encouraged to check out the QuEST (Quinsigamond Engineering, Science and Technology) Center to see the new manufacturing labs and the Fab Lab.

The Fab Lab has Open Lab hours where students, faculty and staff can stop by to use the high-tech equipment and learn more about different capabilities of the machines. Faculty also can schedule times to bring in their students for projects.

The Fab Lab is open Mondays from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m., Tuesdays from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m., Wednesdays from 1:00 - 7:00 p.m., Thursdays from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. and Fridays from 2:00 - 7:00 p.m. The lab is staffed with instructors who help students learn more about the machines and what they can do. The Fab Lab has a laser cutter, a large router, milling machines, five 3D printers and other electronic equipment.

Some recent student projects include designing a custom USB memory stick, a custom i-phone case, and bird feeders with motion sensors. With the large router, students can work on furniture projects, or with the electronic equipment they can create circuit boards. They can also find designs online for the 3D printers or create their own designs during several open labs.

October, 2016
October, 2016

Students are enjoying the new music theory class, offered through the Liberal Arts Music Option, a new associate degree option at Quinsigamond.

A few students recently showed off their skills on piano and guitar, recording short performances which can be viewed on Wyvern TV.

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Students are enjoying the new music theory class, offered through the Liberal Arts Music Option, a new associate degree option at Quinsigamond.

A few students recently showed off their skills on piano and guitar, recording short performances which can be viewed on Wyvern TV.

The students are calling themselves the QCC Trebelmakers.

“I asked my students if they wanted to showcase their talents, and I was amazed by their interest and the variety of musical genres they perform,” Professor Jose Castillo said. “Recording the performances is a great way to let people know QCC has a music program, and let the QCC community know what is going on with arts on campus. It also gives my students experience in performing in front of a camera.”

He said this project is not required for his class, it was just a fun way for students to express themselves. The students are working on a holiday video in the style of Jimmy Fallon’s classroom instruments videos, arranging vocals and bringing in instruments such as a ukulele, spoons and a washboard base.

Students are performing on Fridays, and Mr. Castillo has been releasing the videos on Mondays on his Facebook page.

Mr. Castillo recently spoke on Face the Region about the music option. He worked for more than five years researching music programs at different colleges to create the curriculum for the program, that was first offered this fall. This is part of the college’s efforts to continue to support arts, as well as its STEM offerings, for a full STEaM ahead focus on a well-rounded education.

In addition to music theory, students participate in a piano training lab and an ear training lab. Students are not required to have any prior musical experience.

QCC’s music curriculum is designed to prepare students for transfer to four-year intuitions, for those interested in further developing their musicianship, or provide our students with enough knowledge for entry level work requiring communication and critical thinking skills.

Students will obtain a foundational education comprised of the humanities, social sciences and mathematics with a concentration in music knowledge, skill and a solid base of musical proficiency. Upon successful completion program, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate fundamental musicianship.
  • Demonstrate and apply music theory and composition.
  • Identify historical perspectives of music, including styles and nationality, and interpret the underlying meanings of music from historical perspectives.
  • Distinguish melodic and rhythmic intervals and demonstrate this through musical dictation.
  • Create, analyze, and understand the aesthetic value of musical works.
  • Demonstrate musical proficiency in his/her chosen instrument.

To learn more about the music option at QCC, visit the Liberal Arts - Music Option page.

October, 2016
October, 2016

Gateway to College hosted an Open House in October, for potential students and community members to learn more about the program.

“The Open House was well attended,” said Vanessa Colon, who helped organize the event for Gateway. “There was a consistent flow of visitors in the office through the whole event.”

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Gateway to College hosted an Open House in October, for potential students and community members to learn more about the program.

“The Open House was well attended,” said Vanessa Colon, who helped organize the event for Gateway. “There was a consistent flow of visitors in the office through the whole event.”

The Gateway to College program helps students who have dropped out of high school or who may not graduate. Through the program, students can obtain their high school diploma and earn college credits at the same time. Many graduates go on to finish AA degrees and transfer to four-year colleges.

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QCC's Gateway program is part of a national network that includes 35 programs in 20 states. Students range in age from 16 to 20. Students complete an in-depth application process, including essays, testing, and a personal interview.

Gateway to College also recently hosted a Decision Day, where students declare their plans for further education. Several students declared their intention to attend QCC in a range of programs:

  • Megan Battista, General Studies/Deaf Studies.
  • Samantha Beauchamp, Liberal Arts: Biology.
  • Josh Sadri, Liberal Arts.
  • Kyle Strait, Liberal Arts: Psychology.
  • Megan Devlin, Liberal Arts: Psychology.
  • Sean Fitzpatrick, Electronics Engineering: Mechatronics.
  • Teresa Watts, General Studies.
  • Katie Palmer, General Studies.

Ms. Colon said many other students are in the process of applying to schools.

  • PHOTO:  Diana Boudreau (QCC-Career Placement), Thyaeba Abdul Rasheed (QCC student-Randstad, Rating Specialist), Patrick Watson (Randstad, Associate Program Manager), Robin Forster Babst (Hanover, Sr. Rating Specialist), Lynette Regis-Tracy (Hanover, Manager, CL Service Operations).
October, 2016
October, 2016

Thyaeba Abdul Rasheed, a current Quinsigamond Community College student working on her Computer Information System (CIS) Database Certificate, was recently hired at The Hanover Insurance Group as a Commercial Lines Rater. Rasheed will be quoting premium for large businesses requiring insurance. Rasheed stated, “During the Rater training, the Hanover training staff has been very supportive and...

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Thyaeba Abdul Rasheed, a current Quinsigamond Community College student working on her Computer Information System (CIS) Database Certificate, was recently hired at The Hanover Insurance Group as a Commercial Lines Rater. Rasheed will be quoting premium for large businesses requiring insurance. Rasheed stated, “During the Rater training, the Hanover training staff has been very supportive and welcoming, helping me as a trainee grow professionally. Even though the company is large, they treat you and work with you on an individual level.”  Rasheed said she is particularly impressed with the work culture at The Hanover Insurance Group which she described as a positive work environment embracing diversity from all cultures.

Starting in May 2016, The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc., in partnership with Randstad Corporate Services, was actively seeking employees through on-campus recruitment events with QCC’s Student and Employment Transfer Center (SETC). Candidates selected for this position begin a very comprehensive 6-month training program, and this job requires a detail orientated person with analytical skills and extensive knowledge of MS Office.

Lindsey Fontana, Account Manager with Randstad Corporate Services stated, “I think the QCC on- campus recruitment events have been a great success. We will continue our recruitment endeavors at the College because of the availability of a highly talented pool of hard working and well trained QCC students.” Rasheed noted, “The education I gained at QCC is the key to my success, and as I move forward it will continue to help me.” Randstad considered many strong candidates from QCC for The Hanover Insurance Group position, so QCC is quite proud of Rasheed attaining her new career.

The Hanover Insurance Group is one of the largest property and casualty insurance companies in the country and has a rich history of providing insurance protection for individuals, families and businesses for more than 160 years.

Randstad has committed to QCC campus recruiting approximately every three months. SETC was thrilled when Randstad contacted them about recruiting on the campus, and Fontana was thrilled working with the SETC office: “The staff at QCC’s SETC were very accommodating and generous. We all really enjoyed the event and are looking forward to continuing our partnership with continual recruitment at QCC!”

October, 2016
October, 2016

QCC has an abundance of outstanding male students who deserve recognition for their accomplishments, good character and skills.

On October 28, the college hosted a program to honor students who had been nominated by faculty and staff for the “You’re A S.T.A.R. Award.”

The You’re A S.T.A.R. (Someone to Admire and Respect) Committee chose 21 students. Faculty and staff were asked...

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QCC has an abundance of outstanding male students who deserve recognition for their accomplishments, good character and skills.

On October 28, the college hosted a program to honor students who had been nominated by faculty and staff for the “You’re A S.T.A.R. Award.”

The You’re A S.T.A.R. (Someone to Admire and Respect) Committee chose 21 students. Faculty and staff were asked to select a male student to nominate who had distinguished himself, overcome great odds or made a difference in the community.

The program is co-sponsored by QCC Counseling Service and the Vice President of Academic Affairs, Pat Toney. The committee includes Joshua Cole, Debbie Ryder, Casey Sullivan and Barbara Zabka.

Honorees were welcomed, recognized by QCC President Dr. Gail Carberry and given a gift and certificate. Light refreshments were served, courtesy of QCC Food Services.

October, 2016
October, 2016

The Better Business Bureau of Central New England is pleased to announce the award of $1,500 in textbook scholarships to local veteran students. Three students from Quinsigamond Community College were awarded $500 scholarships each from BBB of Central New England’s Consumer Education Foundation.

Congratulations to our three winners: Sean Ebbeling, Criminal Justice, Patrick...

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The Better Business Bureau of Central New England is pleased to announce the award of $1,500 in textbook scholarships to local veteran students. Three students from Quinsigamond Community College were awarded $500 scholarships each from BBB of Central New England’s Consumer Education Foundation.

Congratulations to our three winners: Sean Ebbeling, Criminal Justice, Patrick Grubert, Engineering and Justin Linfield, General Studies.

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Left to right: Justin Linfield, Patrick Grubert, and Sean Ebbeling.

“This is a joint venture the BBB and I have been working for more than a year,” said Paula Ogden, Director of Veterans Affairs at QCC. “I am very pleased we were able to work together to offer these textbook scholarships.”

Students may get financial aid but those funds don’t always cover textbooks, which can be expensive. This textbook scholarship helps cover those extra costs. The Veterans Affairs Office also offers a Textbook Loan Program, where certain textbooks are available for student veterans.

To be eligible for the textbook scholarship, students were asked to test their financial literacy with a savvy consumer quiz and subscribe to the bureau’s Trusted Scout Military Consumer Newsletter.

“BBB’s Military Line aims to educate military personnel on financial literacy and predatory business practices,” said Nancy B. Cahalen, President and CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Central New England. “By testing their financial literacy with a short quiz, our veteran applicants could gain insight into some of the helpful resources Military Line has to offer.”

Funded in part by BBB Accredited Business dues and in partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense Financial Readiness Campaign, Military Line works to increase the level of financial literacy within military communities and reduce the number of military personnel that fall victim to predatory practices such as high interest auto loans, expensive insurance sales, risky real estate deals and work from home scams. Specific programs include financial readiness training, fraud and scam alerts, company and charity reviews, and dispute resolution services. To learn more about the BBB Military Line, go to www.bbbmarketplacetrust.org

Hygiene Drive

The Veterans Club held a hygiene drive in the fall and donated products to Veterans Inc. in Worcester for their clients and families. Ms. Ogden thanked faculty, staff and students for donating to the drive. Members of the Veterans Club will join PTK members serving Thanksgiving dinner to clients at Veterans Inc. on Thanksgiving.

The Veterans Club also celebrated the birthday of the U.S. Navy on October 13. On that day in 1775, the Continental Congress established a small naval force that grew into the world’s most powerful Naval force today, including thousands of ships and aircraft worldwide.

October, 2016
October, 2016

Students had a chance to meet with advisors before Priority Registration to make sure they were prepared and ready to choose their classes for next semester.

Advising hosted Preparation Walk-In Sessions for Priority Registration the last week of October and the first week of November.

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Students had a chance to meet with advisors before Priority Registration to make sure they were prepared and ready to choose their classes for next semester.

Advising hosted Preparation Walk-In Sessions for Priority Registration the last week of October and the first week of November.

Sessions were held at different times to give students ample opportunity to attend. This helps students learn who their advisor is, review their academic record, understand their degree audit, learn what questions to ask their advisor during registration, and address any other questions they may have.

It is important for students to be aware of the required classes they need to fulfill for their degree, and to speak with their advisor if they are interested in transfer programs to continue their education after graduating from QCC.

Priority registration begins Monday, November 7 and goes through Monday, November 21. Register early to get the classes and the schedule you want!

October, 2016
October, 2016

In October, Face the Region showcased several programs at QCC, giving the audience a chance to learn about the Fab Lab and Mechatronics, Veterans Affairs, PTK Fall events, QCC Fall Programs and the new liberal arts program.

If you didn’t have a chance to hear the Face the Region programs, which are hosted by local radio personality Hank Stolz, you can catch up at...

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In October, Face the Region showcased several programs at QCC, giving the audience a chance to learn about the Fab Lab and Mechatronics, Veterans Affairs, PTK Fall events, QCC Fall Programs and the new liberal arts program.

If you didn’t have a chance to hear the Face the Region programs, which are hosted by local radio personality Hank Stolz, you can catch up at QCC's Face the Region Website.

Face the Region is a weekly program that features different faculty, staff and students who discuss programs at QCC. The program is broadcast on WCRN AM 830 on Sundays at 1:30 p.m. The goal of the show is to keep the public informed of QCC activities and increase visibility of the college, but also to highlight the many success stories that happen at QCC on a regular basis, as well as highlight QCC’s expertise in education.

In October, the topics were:

  • Phi Theta Kappa Fall Events
  • Fab Lab and Mechatronics
  • Veteran’s Affairs
  • Fall Programs
  • Liberal Arts Music Options

Listen to learn more about these programs at QCC and find out upcoming events on campus!

If you would like to showcase your program, class, project or area of expertise as it relates to QCC, please share with us!

October, 2016
October, 2016

Kathy Rentsch, Dean of the School of Business, Engineering & Technology at QCC, was recently elected to the Board of Directors for the National Coalition for Advanced Technology Centers.

The National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers (NCATC) is a network of higher education resources that advocates and promotes the use of technology applications that enhance economic and workforce...

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Kathy Rentsch, Dean of the School of Business, Engineering & Technology at QCC, was recently elected to the Board of Directors for the National Coalition for Advanced Technology Centers.

The National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers (NCATC) is a network of higher education resources that advocates and promotes the use of technology applications that enhance economic and workforce development programs and services. It also is an affiliated council of the American Association of Community Colleges.

As a dean, Ms. Rentsch provides academic and administrative leadership, establishing collaborative partnerships with industry, educational constituents and community agencies and developing grants and other funding proposals to enhance programming.

She spearheaded an industry, education and community partner planning effort to secure a $750,000 National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education grant to design, launch and evaluate a public communication campaign on advanced manufacturing careers.  Successful strategies piloted in this project, called Mass-TEC, have been scaled up statewide through the MassDevelopment AMP It Up! Campaign.

Ms. Rentsch is actively engaged in QCC’s implementation of statewide Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training Round 1 initiatives and in current TAACCCT Round 4 efforts. Through TAACCCT funding, QCC has revamped its delivery of workforce education and training by increasing the availability of stackable certificates and more flexible and responsive curriculum pathways leading to industry credentials and employment in six key industries, including advanced manufacturing, mechatronics, and photonics.

In partnership with key executive team members, Ms. Rentsch is co-leading a planning effort to expand technology programming in Southbridge.

Ms. Rentsch serves on the Board of Directors for the MA Manufacturing Extension Partnership. In 2014, MassMEP recognized her leadership in building a non-credit to credit pathway in advanced manufacturing, naming her the MassMEP 2014 Manufacturing Champion. She is currently completing doctoral work at Northeastern University.

Advanced Technology Centers (ATCs) are in all regions of the U.S. and are normally associated with community colleges and universities. Some private corporations and school districts also have established ATCs. An ATC is a commitment of persons and resources in the effort to reach, enhance and add value to business. Beginning with 12 charter members in 1988, NCATC has more than 170 member institutions, ranging from colleges, universities and schools to the corporate community.

ATCs play a proactive role in economic development within their service regions and exhibit an entrepreneurial spirit that embraces change and evolution. All possess a commitment to providing training that reflects the state-of-the-art and display a willingness to partner with both public and private entities to leverage and enhance their resources.

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October, 2016

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QCC is pleased to welcome Edwidge Danticat, author of Brother, I’m Dying, on November 17, to speak about her powerful memoir.

A memoir of her childhood in Haiti, where she grew up in her uncle’s home after her parents moved...

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QCC is pleased to welcome Edwidge Danticat, author of Brother, I’m Dying, on November 17, to speak about her powerful memoir.

A memoir of her childhood in Haiti, where she grew up in her uncle’s home after her parents moved to America, The New York Times says Ms. Danticat “brings the lyric language and emotional clarity of her remarkable 2004 novel “The Dew Breaker” to bear on the story of her own family, a story which, like so much of her fiction, embodies the painful legacy of Haiti’s violent history, demonstrating the myriad ways in which the public and the private, the political and the personal, intersect in the lives of that country’s citizens and exiles.”

The presentation will be on Thursday, November 17, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Hebert Auditorium as part of the One Book program.

Brother, I'm Dying has received many awards and commendations, including the 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award, 2007 National Book Award Nomination and 2008 Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Ms. Danticat also received the 2009 MacArthur Fellows Program Genius Grant and the 2014 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction.

October, 2016
October, 2016

PTK Raises Money For Greenhouse Project Through Campus Cookout

At the campus Fall Cookout, Phi Theta Kappa raised $2,500 for the Live & Learn Greenhouse project. The cookout on Fuller Lawn was held October 5, and included food, entertainment, face painting, games and prizes.

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PTK Raises Money For Greenhouse Project Through Campus Cookout

At the campus Fall Cookout, Phi Theta Kappa raised $2,500 for the Live & Learn Greenhouse project. The cookout on Fuller Lawn was held October 5, and included food, entertainment, face painting, games and prizes.

The mission of the Live & Learn Greenhouse Project is to renew connections between people and the natural environment, create a resource of healthy, nutrient-rich food for the Quinsigamond Community College community, and provide an educational resource for students, faculty, staff, and children.

Different students and programs will be able to use the greenhouse and learn more about various growing methods, such as hydroponics, to raise awareness about the natural environment. Plans are to start construction soon and then in spring 2017 bring on faculty that want to be involved. The group hopes to have the greenhouse open next summer.

Grant Supports Bookmobile Commitment

PTK is thrilled to announce it received a $5,000 grant from The Jenzabar Foundation to continue support Worcester Public Library’s bookmobile Lilly. Last spring, QCC helped fund a makeover of the bookmobile and pledged to support the program by fundraising $100,000 over a three-year period.

The city’s two bookmobiles are part of the One City, One Library initiative, a collaborative effort of the city, schools, public library and community of Worcester with the goal of bringing public library services and resources to families and public schools. QCC partnered with Worcester State and the United Way of Massachusetts last spring for the makeover effort.

Leadership Conference A Success

Alpha Zeta Theta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa also hosted a Leadership Conference on October 7 and 8, including a transfer college fair, with 44 colleges represented. Dan Chiras, an author and consultant specializing in green building, renewable energy and energy efficiency, spoke at the event and President Dr. Gail Carberry also spoke.

PTK hosted an open house on October 25, inviting potential PTK students to stop by and learn more about the honor society. 

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October, 2016

Guest Speaker Talks about Violence and Mental Illness

Psi Beta Honor Society and Psychology Club recently hosted guest speaker Dr. Robert Kinscherff, an expert on mental health and violence issues. His topic, “What is the Relationship Between Violence and Mental Illness?” was of interest to faculty, staff and students.

Dr. Kinscherff is a clinical/forensic psychologist and an attorney...

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Guest Speaker Talks about Violence and Mental Illness

Psi Beta Honor Society and Psychology Club recently hosted guest speaker Dr. Robert Kinscherff, an expert on mental health and violence issues. His topic, “What is the Relationship Between Violence and Mental Illness?” was of interest to faculty, staff and students.

Dr. Kinscherff is a clinical/forensic psychologist and an attorney with his doctorate in clinical psychology from City University of New York and his law degree from Harvard Law School. He has spent over 30 years at the intersections of psychology and law with a focus on violence, childhood adversities and trauma, and mental disorders among children, adolescents and adults. He is currently an administrator and Associate Professor in clinical and forensic psychology at William James College, and Senior Fellow in Law and Applied Neuroscience for Harvard Law School and Massachusetts General Hospital. 

This past June, he was an invited participant at the White House at a summit meeting on community violence. He has published more than 55 chapters and articles, provides forensic evaluations of adults and juveniles who have committed acts of serious violence, and consults and teaches nationally and internationally.

The lecture is available for viewing on YouTube.

Professors present research at association meeting

Valarie Clemente, Ed.D., advisor of Psi Beta and Psychology Club, and Dr. Eric Mania, professor of psychology, presented their research at the New England Psychological Association's annual meeting, on October 15 at Assumption College.

Their study, “Self-Regulate to Graduate: Learning Goal Orientation Mediates the Relationship between Mindset and Academic Self-Regulation,” looked at the challenges community college students face. Many students have academic deficiencies and should take remedial courses, however many students who need these courses do not complete them and have issues with academic performance. Academic self-regulation deals with the extent of how students impact their success, through setting goals, employing study strategies and seeking mentors.

The study included 504 students from two-year institutions around the country. It examined whether learning goal orientation can improve mindset and academic self-regulation and success.

  • Students Participants of Take A Stand Against Domestic Violence
  • David Aponte receives the Citizen Award
  • Jose Rivera receives the Officer of the Year Award
  • Catherine Dixon receives the Leadership Award
  • Daniel Litchfield receives the Life Saver Award
  • Todd Labranche receives the Life Saver Award
October, 2016
October, 2016

QCC Police Raise Awareness About Domestic Violence

QCC hosted Domestic Violence Awareness Days at all three campuses this month to offer support and raise awareness.

Co-hosted by Campus Police and the Student Activities office, programs were held on October 18 on the main campus, October 20 at the downtown campus and October 27 at the Southbridge campus. About 40 students attended the...

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QCC Police Raise Awareness About Domestic Violence

QCC hosted Domestic Violence Awareness Days at all three campuses this month to offer support and raise awareness.

Co-hosted by Campus Police and the Student Activities office, programs were held on October 18 on the main campus, October 20 at the downtown campus and October 27 at the Southbridge campus. About 40 students attended the brown bag lunch series and presentation on the main campus, 25 attended the downtown program and 35 attended at the Southbridge Campus.

“We talked about domestic violence, people could share their stories and we distributed information from Daybreaks and the YWCA,” said QCC Officer Catherine J. Dixon. Daybreaks is a women’s and children’s shelter, a service of the YWCA of Central Massachusetts.

Students were encouraged to Take A Stand Against Domestic Violence, and signed pledges to that effect.

“This was a new program for us this year, but it is an important one,” Office Dixon said. “We have three officers who are sexual assault investigators on the department, who are trained to handle domestic violence or sexual assault reports. It is important for people to know they can come to us if they need help.”

Officer Dixon has been a member of the QCC Police Department for two years. On September 1, she was promoted to Community Outreach Officer, which is a new position for the department.

“I was doing much of the outreach as part of my patrol duties, so now I can focus on these programs and we can expand what we offer,” she said.

She is a first responder instructor and is also teaching RAD, a national women’s self-defense class. The class has four sessions in October and November and is open to students, faculty, staff and family members. For this class, there are 22 participants. To complete the course, participants must commit to attending all four sessions. Officer Dixon said another class is planned for the spring, if interested people can call or e-mail her for more information.

“Knowing how to defend yourself is extremely important,” Officer Dixon said. “We want to empower women, let them know they are strong and instill confidence in them.”

Coffee With A Cop

QCC hosted its first Coffee With A Cop program on National Coffee With A Cop Day October 7. About 45 people attended the first session, where they could ask questions and learn more about the department. Common questions had to do with officer training and how being a college campus police officer works.

“They asked really good questions,” said Community Outreach Officer Catherine Dixon. “We do plan to have this event monthly, to allow the community to get to know us better on a one-to-one basis.”

The next Coffee With A Cop is scheduled for November 9, HLC 109, from 11:00 a.m. to noon. Everyone is welcome to stop in and meet the campus officers.

In November, there also will be a brown bag lunch focusing on winter vehicle safety. The department also will begin its “Stuff A Cruiser, Feed A Family” program in conjunction with Student Services and Counseling Services, where donations will be gathered to be distributed during the holidays.

Students can watch their QCC emails and the QCC Campus Police Department page on Facebook for more upcoming events.

Department Awards and Commendations

QCC Police Department held its 2016 Award Ceremony recently. The following officers were recognized for their conduct: 

  • Officer of The Year Award: Jose A. Rivera
  • Rookie of The Year Award: Nicholas C. Yacuzzi
  • The “Chief Cheryl Martunas” Leadership Award: Catherine J. Dixon
  • The “Chief Philip Bouthillette” Chief’s Award: Reynaldo Rodriguez
  • Distinguished Service Award: Edward Ramos

Police Citizen Award

  • David Aponte
  • Joshua Martin

Life Saver Award

  • Daniel Litchfield
  • Joseph Cecchi
  • Todd LaBranche

 Good Conduct Award

  • Catherine J. Dixon
  • Todd R. LaBranche
  • Lucas Paine
  • Jose A. Rivera
  • Reynaldo Rodriguez
  • Nicholas Yacuzzi

Receiving letters of commendations for actions:

  • Joseph Cecchi
  • Nicholas Yacuzzi
  • Stephen DiGiovanni
  • Todd LaBranche
  • Daniel Litchfield
  • Edward Ramos
  • Dennis Blair

All officers received a service award with pins to wear on their uniform in recognition of their individual duties and awards.

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The Wyvern was spotted trick-or-treating in Southbridge recently.

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The Wyvern was spotted trick-or-treating in Southbridge recently.

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October, 2016

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

On October 3, 2016, Strategic Enrollment Development & Student Engagement welcomed Barbara Zawalich as Records and Registration Systems Manager. Ms. Zawalich brings over 12 years of higher educational experience to this position. Most recently, she was the...

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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 October 3, 2016, Strategic Enrollment Development & Student Engagement welcomed Barbara Zawalich as Records and Registration Systems Manager. Ms. Zawalich brings over 12 years of higher educational experience to this position. Most recently, she was the Registrar at Anna Maria College. Ms. Zawalich earned an Applications Specialists Certificate from Quinsigamond Community College, a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration from Anna Maria College. 

On October 11, 2016, Enrollment Management, Student Engagement and Community Connections welcomed Tina Wells as Social Worker/Mental Health Counselor. Ms. Wells brings over 20 years of counseling experience to this position. Most recently, she was the Regional Director of Psychological Health for the United States Marine Corp Reserves Psychological Health Outreach Program. In addition to her counseling experience, Tina has been an adjunct instructor at Lesley University. Ms. Wells earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Services from Lesley College and a Master of Social Work from Simmons School of Social Work. 

On October 12, 2016, Administrative Services welcomed Matthew Murphy as HVAC Refrigeration Mechanic II. Mr. Murphy brings to this position over 13 years of experience in the HVAC/R industry. His most recent experience was as a Controls Technician in the private sector. Mr. Murphy earned a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from University of Massachusetts Lowell, and a certificate in HVAC/R from Peterson School of Engineering. Mr. Murphy is EPA and OSHA certified.     

On October 17, 2016, Administrative Services welcomed X’dielle Gonazalez-Guzman as Graphic Arts Technician I. Mr. Gonazalez-Guzman brings over a year of print shop experience to this position. Most recently, he was responsible for running print jobs for students and faculty, and overseeing rental equipment at Mount Ida College. Mr. Gonazalez-Guzman is OSHA certified.

On October 18, 2016, Enrollment Management, Student Engagement and Community Connections welcomed Robert Loconto as Associate Director of Financial Aid. Mr. Loconto brings to this position over 26 years of finance experience in higher education, most recently as the Associate Director of Financial Aid at Curry College. He has also worked in the financial services sector as a private school loan administrator and managed a staff of loan managers. Mr. Loconto earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Speech Communication and a Master of Arts in Communication Research from Emerson College. 

On October 31, 2016, Enrollment Management, Student Engagement and Community Connections welcomed Sabine Dupoux as Recruitment Counselor. Ms. Dupoux brings over 10 years of customer service experience to this position. Most recently, she was an Administrative Assistant in the Admissions office at Worcester State University. Prior to her experience at Worcester State, Ms. Dupoux was a Student Ambassador and an Ambassador Supervisor here at QCC. Sabine earned an Associate of Science in Business Administration from Quinsigamond Community College.

On November 1, 2016, Enrollment Management, Student Engagement and Community Connections welcomed Michael Beane as Director of Student Life and Leadership. Mr. Beane brings over 7 years of Student Life and Leadership experience to this position. Most recently, he was the Coordinator of Student Life and Leadership at Florida SouthWestern State College. In addition to his student life and leadership experience, Michael has been an adjunct instructor at Florida SouthWestern State College. Mr. Beane earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Sociology from SUNY Potsdam and a Master of Science in Management from Hodges University. 

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