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November, 2016

  • Crowd at Student Veterans Center
  • Crowd at Student Veterans Center
November, 2016
November, 2016

Many veterans are returning home and going to college for career training and to further their education. To help support them in preparing for the next stage of their career, Quinsigamond Community College celebrated a grand opening of its new Student Veterans Center this week.

The college was chosen as one of 50 colleges nationwide to receive a $10,000 grant from Home Depot and the Student Veterans of...

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Many veterans are returning home and going to college for career training and to further their education. To help support them in preparing for the next stage of their career, Quinsigamond Community College celebrated a grand opening of its new Student Veterans Center this week.

The college was chosen as one of 50 colleges nationwide to receive a $10,000 grant from Home Depot and the Student Veterans of America for the center, which provides a spot for student veterans to gather and network, as well as receive support services.

As a proud daughter and wife of a veteran, QCC President Gail Carberry said the college welcomes veteran students of all ages.

“Veterans in our community are valued not just for their past military service, but with regard for what they will do in our community in the future,” President Carberry said.

“You have no idea how hard it is to find space on this campus, but we did create space here because this is such an important program. Veterans have been coming to us in large numbers and we want to support them and offer them a space to be with other veterans,” she said. “This gives them a space to reflect and spend time with other veterans.”

“This is a very special place, a sign of real commitment from Quinsigamond,” said Francisco Ureña, Secretary of the Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services. “I am a fan of community colleges, they offer an opportunity, an investment in veterans, to ensure we make your stay here as successful as possible.”

The Purple Heart recipient and Marine Corps veteran said he was pleased to be at the opening of the center.

“Our veterans have paid a great price of sacrifice, it is our opportunity as leaders to offer opportunities and a safety net for student veterans,” he said. “I am excited to be part of seeing this come together. To our student veterans, make the most of this space and when new veterans arrive, make them feel as welcome as we are today.”

Paula Ogden, Director of Veteran Affairs and QCC Vets Club Advisor, said college can be an overwhelming and sometimes disorienting experience for veterans.

“Veterans Centers on college campuses have a huge positive impact on their success,” she said. “Many of our veteran students are busy with jobs and families, and this offers them a place to meet with other veterans, as well as providing services and support.”

Founded in 2014, the QCC Veterans Club provides military veterans, their families, and active duty military students a comprehensive support of services, advocacy and resources to support their successful transition to college life.

The Veterans Center is in the main administration building on the Worcester campus and includes couches, a fireplace and 55-inch television. The room was painted in a red, white and blue patriotic theme and decorated with pictures and mementos from veterans. There is also a kitchen area, table and lockers for students to store their belongings. The center will be open weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Senator Michael Moore (D-Millbury), presented a citation from the Massachusetts legislature for the new center.

“College offers an easier transition for our veterans back into the workforce. A center like this offers an added benefit, allows them to sit down and interact with fellow soldiers, who are the only ones who really understand what each other feel,” said Sen. Moore, a QCC alum. “I have a lot of respect for our veterans and their families, who have made a sacrifice on our behalf.”

“This is a great spot,” said State Rep. Harold P. Naughton, Jr., D-Clinton. “President Carberry and the college trustees support veterans through their programs and services.”

Rep. Naughton joined the Army after 9/11, serving four deployments. “Lot of things we don’t miss, but one of the things I do miss is the camaraderie and fellowship. It is important to be able to continue that fellowship,” he said. “The fact that Quinsig stepped up and put this center here speaks volumes.”

  • Edwidge Danticat Speaks About Memoir
  • Students at Edwidge Danticat presentation
  • Students at Edwidge Danticat presentation
November, 2016
November, 2016

On November 17, Edwidge Danticat, author of Brother, I’m Dying, spoke about her powerful memoir.

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...

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On November 17, Edwidge Danticat, author of Brother, I’m Dying, spoke about her powerful memoir.

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.

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,” says The New York Times. 

This presentation was a part of the One Book program.

  • Gail presents CAPS service award
November, 2016
November, 2016

Congratulations to the CAPS Redesign Team for their hard work and dedication, which was recently recognized with a Citation for Outstanding Performance.

The winners of the citation were honored at a reception held November 9. President Gail Carberry spoke and presented the citation.

The CAPS Redesign Team, which included Shane Clark, Jennifer Guzman-Gayflor, Raymond...

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Congratulations to the CAPS Redesign Team for their hard work and dedication, which was recently recognized with a Citation for Outstanding Performance.

The winners of the citation were honored at a reception held November 9. President Gail Carberry spoke and presented the citation.

The CAPS Redesign Team, which included Shane Clark, Jennifer Guzman-Gayflor, Raymond Lawless, Diane Levinson, Lupe Lomeli, Martin Muysenberg, Henry Ritter and Eric Saczawa, were recognized for their hard work and attainment of program objectives.

The CAPS Program, Career Academic & Personal Success, entered its 10th year in 2016. During this time, institutional initiatives and student needs have changed, and the CAPS program needed a realignment to those goals (Complete College America, the new Strategic Plan, etc.). The CAPS Advisors and Coordinators, in the last year, have rewritten the Vision, Mission, Learning Objectives, Learning Activities, and Deliverables related to the CAPS program to respond to the changes.

The overarching goal was to create a better learning experience for students, creating active, engaging learning activities through their first year of enrollment at QCC.

Based on the varied needs and experiences our students bring, the result of this work was to divide the material into modules for easier student access and increased flexibility. The added flexibility of the modularization allows advisors to be more responsive to students’ individual needs, creating a customized CAPS experience for each student. Thus, more students will be able to form a relationship with their academic advisor and the institution in a meaningful way, utilizing multiple means of access (individual appointments, group advising, Blackboard).

It took a full year to do this work. The CAPS Advisors and Coordinators worked together toward this accomplishment as a team, supporting each other along the way, tolerating a high degree of ambiguity throughout the process.

During this time, they were serving the students for which they were responsible while also redesigning the program in its entirety. They have built, from the ground up, a foundation that responds to institutional goals and objectives, that is also responsive and flexible to student needs. This required much discussion and compromise. With every discussion, the needs of the students were at the forefront, and the CAPS Team worked tirelessly to make sure the student experience is engaging and meaningful.

  • students at Fall Festival
  • students at Fall Festival
November, 2016
November, 2016

The Student Senate hosted a Fall Festival on November 4, on the Fuller Lawn for the QCC Community.

With performances by the QCC Jazz Ensemble and an open mic for students, there were activities and games for students. Games included a potato sack race, donuts on a string contest, and archery hoverball.

There were also booths for students to learn more about clubs and organizations on campus. The...

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The Student Senate hosted a Fall Festival on November 4, on the Fuller Lawn for the QCC Community.

With performances by the QCC Jazz Ensemble and an open mic for students, there were activities and games for students. Games included a potato sack race, donuts on a string contest, and archery hoverball.

There were also booths for students to learn more about clubs and organizations on campus. The Higher Educations Consortium for Central Mass. also had an information booth, as did Paws for People.

The Student Senate thanks Psi Beta, Theater Club, Criminal Justice, Business & Entrepreneurship and Pride Alliance clubs for their participation.

November, 2016
November, 2016

The 2nd Annual Winter Wellness Workshop was held on the Main and Southbridge campuses this week to provide students a break from the pressures from school and strategies and tools to help with ending the semester successfully. Each workshop provided students several stations to visit with mindful activities such as coloring, braiding friendship bracelets, and reflecting on their worries and what to be grateful for...

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The 2nd Annual Winter Wellness Workshop was held on the Main and Southbridge campuses this week to provide students a break from the pressures from school and strategies and tools to help with ending the semester successfully. Each workshop provided students several stations to visit with mindful activities such as coloring, braiding friendship bracelets, and reflecting on their worries and what to be grateful for this day. Students were introduced to the benefits of aromatherapy with the scents of lavender, lemongrass and mint. Students petted Rafter the Newfoundland, Colonel the black lab, and Autumn the domestic cat and talked with their respective handlers, coming away with big smiles after visiting them on the floor.

Other stress-relief activities included sound healing with a Tibetan Singing Bowl lead by Professor Jean Kennedy, complimentary chair massages, calming rocks, calming iPad apps to demo, and Reiki massage lead by professional staff Laura Tino. This annual event part of the Drive-Thru Workshop Series hosted by Disability Services and sponsored by Strategic Enrollment and Student Engagement.

November, 2016
November, 2016

Military Advanced Education & Transition (MAE&T) has awarded Quinsigamond Community College the designation of a Top School in its 2017 Guide to Colleges & Universities, measuring best practices in military and veteran education.

The guide presents results of a questionnaire of the military-supportive policies enacted at hundreds of institutions including...

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Military Advanced Education & Transition (MAE&T) has awarded Quinsigamond Community College the designation of a Top School in its 2017 Guide to Colleges & Universities, measuring best practices in military and veteran education.

The guide presents results of a questionnaire of the military-supportive policies enacted at hundreds of institutions including private, public, for-profit, not-for-profit, four-year, and two-year colleges.

From community colleges to state universities, online universities and nationally known centers of higher learning, MAE&T’s 2017 Guide to Colleges & Universities arms students with information about institutions that go out of their way to give back to men and women in uniform.

military friendly and TOP school logos

Now in its tenth year of publishing the guide, MAE&T was the first publication to launch a reference tool of this type. This year, institutions were evaluated on their military culture, financial aid, flexibility, general support, on-campus support and online support services. Each school’s performance rating by category is represented by an easy-to-recognize dashboard. This enables prospective students to quickly target schools that follow best practices in military education, and then put these in context with other academic or career considerations.

“MAE&T’s Guide to Colleges and Universities provides the foundational information a prospective student would use in framing his or her educational needs,” said Kelly Fodel, Military Advanced Education & Transition’s editor-in-chief. “We want to be a dynamic resource for those looking to further their educations and careers. A key part of that is finding the right school, and it can be a confusing process for military members to navigate.”

The 2017 Guide is printed in the December issue of Military Advanced Education &Transition, and is also published in a searchable database online. Students have access to all the survey questions and answers provided by the schools, as well as explanations about critical issues, such as activation and deployment policies, withdrawal policies, scholarship and financial aid information and important support information.

Visit the mae-kmi website for online access to MAE&T’s 2017 Guide to Colleges and Universities, or pick up a copy of the December issue of Military Advanced Education & Transition.

  • students sit with collected food items
  • collected food items
November, 2016
November, 2016

The QCC Early Childhood Education Club collected food items for Haiti this month to support the initiatives of the Be Like Britt Foundation.

The people of Haiti experienced a devastating earthquake in 2010 and more recently, Hurricane Matthew damaged their island country.

The ECE Club at QCC held a drive to collect non-perishable, dry food items for the Be Like Brit Foundation. Be Like Brit...

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The QCC Early Childhood Education Club collected food items for Haiti this month to support the initiatives of the Be Like Britt Foundation.

The people of Haiti experienced a devastating earthquake in 2010 and more recently, Hurricane Matthew damaged their island country.

The ECE Club at QCC held a drive to collect non-perishable, dry food items for the Be Like Brit Foundation. Be Like Brit is a local foundation that was started by the family of Britney Gengel, a 19-year-old resident of Rutland who perished in the earthquake.

Karen O’Neill, the ECE Club Advisor, said the drive was successful. The members of the club helped sort the items.

The ECE Club collected two full boxes of food from the QCC family including canned tuna, spices, canned ham, parmesan cheese and powdered milk. Donations were delivered to the Be Like Brit Foundation on Pullman Street in Worcester.

To find out more, visit the Be Like Brit Foundation website.

November, 2016
November, 2016

The QCC Veterans Club marched in the Worcester Veterans Day Parade. Held on November 11, this was the city’s 63rd Veterans Day Parade.

Paula Ogden, Director of Veteran Affairs at QCC, said about 15 student veterans participated in the parade and had breakfast at Veterans Inc.

The students also decorated a truck as well as marching in the parade.

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The QCC Veterans Club marched in the Worcester Veterans Day Parade. Held on November 11, this was the city’s 63rd Veterans Day Parade.

Paula Ogden, Director of Veteran Affairs at QCC, said about 15 student veterans participated in the parade and had breakfast at Veterans Inc.

The students also decorated a truck as well as marching in the parade.

Veterans Inc. is a nonprofit serving veterans in need and their families across New England. Incorporated in 1990, Veterans Inc. has helped more than 65,000 veterans in need and today operates offices and programs in all six New England states. Our services include housing, employment & training, counseling, family support programs, benefits counseling and advocacy, temporary financial assistance, health and wellness, food services, post-9/11 support and women and childcare services. To learn more about Veterans Inc., visit www.veteransinc.org

Veterans Inc. hosted a pancake breakfast that was free and open to the public. The group also organized the parade down Grove Street. On Saturday, November 12, they also hosted the Veterans Memorial 5K Run and Walk to raise funds to support Veterans Inc. programming.

  • QCC officer dressed as Santa for Stuff a Cruiser
November, 2016
November, 2016

Counseling Services and the QCC Campus Police are teaming together this year to challenge the QCC community to Stuff a Cruiser for families.

For more than 17 years, the Counseling Services office has sponsored Be An Angel. This year, to honor the collaboration with the QCC Campus Police Department, they will start a new tradition, Stuff a Cruiser. This will be an outdoor gathering, where faculty, staff and...

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Counseling Services and the QCC Campus Police are teaming together this year to challenge the QCC community to Stuff a Cruiser for families.

For more than 17 years, the Counseling Services office has sponsored Be An Angel. This year, to honor the collaboration with the QCC Campus Police Department, they will start a new tradition, Stuff a Cruiser. This will be an outdoor gathering, where faculty, staff and students can bring a new, unwrapped toy, gift card or movie tickets for a Feed-A-Family child.

The event will provide students and faculty with a short break in their hectic pre-final days and serves to remind us all of the simple joy of giving.

Stuff a Cruiser will continue as a support program to the college’s Feed a Family Program, which provides holiday meals to needy families in the QCC family. Each year the program tries to meet the holiday requests for about 100 or more families.

The recipients also will receive a food gift certificate to purchase the holiday meal of their choice, and toys for their children will be provided by the Stuff a Cruiser program.

Please take some time to join us and QCC Police for some hot cocoa and a small token of our appreciation. Your participation during this time benefits an amazing community. Event times are as follows:

  • December 6: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Downtown Campus lobby, Federal Street.
  • December 7: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Main Campus, at the flag poles.
  • December 8: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Southbridge Campus, front lobby.

If you cannot join us on these days, please feel free to donate at one of the drop boxes in Room 162A, Fuller Center or with the QCC Campus Police Department by December 9.

For more information, contact Tina Wells, twells [at] qcc.mass.edu. If you wish to make a monetary donation, make a check out to QCC Feed-A-Family and place in Box 66 or Box 144 in the mail room.

Gracious giving and community support have sustained and enhanced this wonderful QCC tradition of Feed a Family for more than 30 years.

  • Holiday luncheon invite
November, 2016
November, 2016

Save the date!

The QCC Annual Holiday Luncheon will be Thursday, December 8, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Harrington Learning Center. Faculty and staff are invited to join us for lunch and socializing in Room 109A, B and Living Room. Take a break and enjoy a nice lunch on us! 

The snow date for the luncheon is Friday, December 9.

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Save the date!

The QCC Annual Holiday Luncheon will be Thursday, December 8, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Harrington Learning Center. Faculty and staff are invited to join us for lunch and socializing in Room 109A, B and Living Room. Take a break and enjoy a nice lunch on us! 

The snow date for the luncheon is Friday, December 9.

  • Hats & Mittens collected for drive
November, 2016
November, 2016

The Hat & Mitten Drive was a success again this year because of QCC’s generosity.

QCC and Planting the Seed Foundation would like to thank all who contributed--You have made many underprivileged children happy and warm.

Planting the Seed Foundation is a 100 percent volunteer, nonprofit, charitable organization dedicated to improving the lives of homeless children and their families in...

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The Hat & Mitten Drive was a success again this year because of QCC’s generosity.

QCC and Planting the Seed Foundation would like to thank all who contributed--You have made many underprivileged children happy and warm.

Planting the Seed Foundation is a 100 percent volunteer, nonprofit, charitable organization dedicated to improving the lives of homeless children and their families in Worcester and surrounding towns. Find out more at Planting the Seed Online.

Thanks again and see you next year. Happy Holidays!

  • QCC Hosts Fulbright Scholars
November, 2016
November, 2016

Quinsigamond Community College, in collaboration with The International Center of Worcester, hosted 30 Fulbright Scholars on December 2, 2016. Due to a growing global interest in Community Colleges and the Community College Model, scholars from China, Czech Republic, Georgia, Hungary, India, Nepal, Pakistan, South Korea, Spain and Turkey visited QCC’s West Boylston Street campus. Participants were interested in...

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Quinsigamond Community College, in collaboration with The International Center of Worcester, hosted 30 Fulbright Scholars on December 2, 2016. Due to a growing global interest in Community Colleges and the Community College Model, scholars from China, Czech Republic, Georgia, Hungary, India, Nepal, Pakistan, South Korea, Spain and Turkey visited QCC’s West Boylston Street campus. Participants were interested in visiting a Massachusetts community college and learning more about this educational structure primarily unique to the U.S. These scholars are assigned both teaching and research grants at the following universities: Boston College, Boston, Brandeis, Brown, Harvard Universities, MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital. The visit included lunch, tours and a discussion with diverse sectors of the QCC community. 

November, 2016
November, 2016

We are very pleased to announce the following full-time staff updates:

On November 14, 2016, Enrollment Management, Student Engagement and Community Connections welcomed Karen Rucks as Executive Director of Advancement. Ms. Rucks brings over 25 years of fundraising and executive leadership experience to this position. Most recently, Ms. Rucks was the Director of Grants...

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We are very pleased to announce the following full-time staff updates:

On November 14, 2016, Enrollment Management, Student Engagement and Community Connections welcomed Karen Rucks as Executive Director of Advancement. Ms. Rucks brings over 25 years of fundraising and executive leadership experience to this position. Most recently, Ms. Rucks was the Director of Grants Development here at QCC. Additionally, she is an adjunct faculty member here at QCC. Prior to her work at QCC, she was the Vice President of Program Operations at Martin Luther King, Jr. family Services. Ms. Rucks earned a Bachelor of Science from Temple University, a Master of Arts in Religious Studies from Harford Seminary, a Master of Divinity in Theology and Ethics and a Doctor of Theology in Philosophical Theology from Boston University.

On November 14, 2016, Administrative Services welcomed Michael Bowman as Maintainer I. Mr. Bowman has served as a part-time  maintainer in the QCC Facilities Department for the past 3 years. In addition, he brings to the college over 24 years of experience working in facilities, maintenance and repair in the private sector.

On November 28, 2016, Administrative Services welcomed Darrian Shunaman as Maintenance Equipment Operator I. Mr. Shunaman brings to the college over 3 years of experience working in maintenance and repair in the private sector. Most recently, he worked as a cable installation and maintenance technician. Mr. Shunaman holds a DOT license, is Smith Driving Certified and has a 2A Excavators license. 

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