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December, 2016

  • Jane June
December, 2016
December, 2016

Jane June, DNP, RN, first came to QCC in 1986, to develop the curriculum and start the Paramedic Program at the college. In the past 30 years, she has seen the college expand, helped steer and open the new Healthcare and Workforce Development Center in downtown Worcester, as well as been involved in advisory boards and accreditation programs at other community colleges through the Accreditation...

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Jane June, DNP, RN, first came to QCC in 1986, to develop the curriculum and start the Paramedic Program at the college. In the past 30 years, she has seen the college expand, helped steer and open the new Healthcare and Workforce Development Center in downtown Worcester, as well as been involved in advisory boards and accreditation programs at other community colleges through the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

For the past 20 years, she has also been an administrator at St. Vincent’s Hospital, working as an Administrative Coordinator on the weekends.

Dr. June became Dean of Healthcare and Human Services in 2004, and in 2007 the roles were realigned and she became Dean of Healthcare.

“Several years ago, I was asked about my vision of the future of healthcare and I drew it on a napkin,” she said. “People still joke with me about ‘what was on that napkin’ but the downtown campus is what came out of that conceptualization.”

She envisioned a simulation lab in the center, with different healthcare labs around it. Because of the layout of the existing building, instead of a center hub, there are simulation labs on each floor, with nine different bays for students to learn and practice.

“It is a state-of-the-art healthcare facility, which is great for both students and faculty,” Dr. June said. The faculty helped design the labs to better suit their specific programs and the demands of the workforce. “Teaching is done much differently than when I went to nursing school,” she said. “It is much more multi-disciplinary as well.”

She said she is more comfortable retiring now that she knows that facility is up and running strong. There are almost 600 students in the healthcare program, and she estimated about 200 in the workforce development and adult education departments in the building at 25 Federal St. in Worcester.

“We were able to be a part of the downtown revitalization, to bring students and faculty downtown,” she said. “It is more accessible for students, and closer to St. Vincent’s, which is one of our primary clinical sites.”

The college also has been able to increase enrollment in the nursing program with the downtown facility.

Dr. June said another accomplishment that she is proud of is establishing the 3+1 program with Worcester State University, where students can earn credits for three years at QCC then finish their bachelor’s degree in nursing at Worcester State University.

“Earning a bachelor’s in nursing is where the nursing profession wants people to be educated, it is valuable for career development,” she said. Students can start their pre-requisites while they are waiting to get into the nursing program, and then once they graduate with their associate’s degree they can start working as a Registered Nurse (RN) while they are finishing their bachelor’s degree.

“It has been great working here at QCC, the people are so dedicated to the students,” Dean June said. “We really have a great faculty and administrative support.”

She finished at QCC on December 23, and also is retiring from St. Vincent’s Hospital. She will continue to serve on the Board of Trustees at St. Vincent Hospital and is still on the Accreditation Commission For Education in Nursing, where she is on the Board of Commissioners.

She is going out west to Santa Barbara, California, to visit her two daughters and grandchildren for the winter, but will still be teaching an online course for Worcester State.

She is looking forward to the birth of twin grandsons in the spring, when she will return to the East Coast to welcome them. She also plans to continue playing competitive tennis, both in Santa Barbara and at the Greendale YMCA, where she plays mixed and women’s doubles. 

As Healthcare Dean, she oversaw both the Practical Nursing and Associate Degree programs. Additionally, she oversaw 16 allied health programs, supervising about 50 full-time faculty and staff members. She received her diploma in nursing from St. Vincent Hospital, her master’s degree in nursing in both patient education and management from Anna Maria College and a doctorate of nursing practice from Chatham University.

As an administrative coordinator at St. Vincent Hospital, her clinical expertise includes education, emergency and intensive care nursing. She has also served as a consultant to community colleges, and is a member of several local advisory boards. 

  • students at Southbridge Library
December, 2016
December, 2016

Quinsigamond Community College students shared their creative writing work at the Jacob Edwards Library on Dec. 12.

Adjunct Professor MaryKate McMaster said this is the second year her students have read at the library in Southbridge. This year the five students in her English 202: Creative Writing class were able to read an example of their poetry, a short fiction story and an example of...

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Quinsigamond Community College students shared their creative writing work at the Jacob Edwards Library on Dec. 12.

Adjunct Professor MaryKate McMaster said this is the second year her students have read at the library in Southbridge. This year the five students in her English 202: Creative Writing class were able to read an example of their poetry, a short fiction story and an example of creative non-fiction.

“The students worked very hard and practiced a lot,” she said. “We were able to do a lot of peer-editing in class with this group, and the students also wrote plays during the semester. It was great for them to have this public exposure and have a reading.”

Ms. McMaster thanked Library Director Margaret Morrissey for collaborating with her on the project, and Victor Somma, Assistant Vice President of Extended Campuses Operations at QCC, for attending the event both years.

She said she hopes to continue to have student readings in the future. 

December, 2016
December, 2016

The Children’s School has been approved for reaccreditation by the NAEYC-National Association for the Education for Young Children.

The Children’s School had very high scores in all areas. This process involved all of the staff, with the help of facilities staff and the support of the college. The reaccreditation is for five years. 

At the Children’s School, we practice the NAEYC...

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The Children’s School has been approved for reaccreditation by the NAEYC-National Association for the Education for Young Children.

The Children’s School had very high scores in all areas. This process involved all of the staff, with the help of facilities staff and the support of the college. The reaccreditation is for five years. 

At the Children’s School, we practice the NAEYC high standards on a daily basis. Staff worked through the summer and fall to update extensive classroom portfolios and program portfolios. Teachers made improvements in their classrooms. Facilities staff helped with various tasks so the building and playground would pass the standards. 

“All of the teachers interact every day in a caring and meaningful manner and promote learning with interesting activities,” said Nancy Knight, Director of the Children’s School. “We have a great team and we are pleased that we have been reaccredited.”

The Children's School provides full day programs open to students enrolled in the College with children ages 2 years and 9 months to 5 years, as well as members of the college and community. Additionally, the school serves as a training site for students in the Early Childhood Education program.

December, 2016
December, 2016

Feed-A-Family and Stuff-A-Cruiser Thank Everyone

The Stuff-A-Cruiser campaign was a triumph, collecting toys for families and monetary donations for the Feed-A-Family program.

Officer Catherine Dixon said the donations filled five-and-a-half cruisers between the toy drive campaigns at QCC's various locations, including the main West Boylston Street campus, the...

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Feed-A-Family and Stuff-A-Cruiser Thank Everyone

The Stuff-A-Cruiser campaign was a triumph, collecting toys for families and monetary donations for the Feed-A-Family program.

Officer Catherine Dixon said the donations filled five-and-a-half cruisers between the toy drive campaigns at QCC's various locations, including the main West Boylston Street campus, the Healthcare and Workforce Development Center, and QCC Southbridge.

“We believe this was a great success, being the first year doing this event,” Officer Dixon said. “We can’t wait to do it again next year. We were really taken aback with the donations from so many people, including students, faculty and staff, parents and even community members that were on campus for events. It really warmed our hearts. It was a pretty humbling experience.”

She said they had donations of children’s toys, crafts activities, stuffed animals and much more. 

All monetary donations went to the Feed-A-Family campaign. The remaining toys were donated to Toys for Tots Worcester County. Officer Dixon said they combined toy donations with the Veterans Centers and were able to help out the community as well as QCC families.

The Feed-A-Family campaign provides funds used throughout the year to assist students and their families who may struggle with homelessness or hunger. Unfortunately, many QCC students live so close to the margins that hunger is more than an isolated event. 

Managed through the Dean of Students office, Feed-A-Family provides grocery gift cards and/or cafeteria meals to QCC students known to be in need throughout the year.

Those interested may drop checks or cash QCC Feed-A-Family donations at the campus police office in the care of Chief Kevin Ritacco at any time. Please assist our campus police to "arrest" hunger at QCC.

Turning in the “police sirens” for holiday music, while dressed as “Blue Sergeant Santa” and ringing the bell for all to hear was enjoyable, said Sgt. Joseph Cecchi.  

“Portraying Santa in a blue suit for the first time was an amazing experience and brought about pure gratification. However, the true joy came from the students, parents, faculty and the children that I encountered during the three events,” said Sgt. Cecchi.

 “Sgt. Joseph Ceechi really made this event!” Officer Dixon said. “Without him in the Blue Santa costume, we would not have been so successful with the Stuff-A-Cruiser. Sgt. Ceechi was out there ringing his bell, greeting and giving out candy canes to everyone spreading the cheer.”

Tina Wells and Liz Woods, who sponsored the Feed-A-Family portion of this event, supplied the snacks and hot cocoa and helped spread the holiday cheer and greeted everyone. Ms. Woods attended the Downtown event and Ms. Wells attended the Main Campus and Southbridge events. “It was great working with other departments to make this event amazing,” said Officer Dixon.

  • faculty and staff at Holiday Luncheon
  • faculty and staff at Holiday Luncheon
  • faculty and staff at Holiday Luncheon
  • faculty and staff at Holiday Luncheon
  • faculty and staff at Holiday Luncheon
December, 2016
December, 2016

Faculty and staff enjoyed a festive lunch with carving stations, savory sides, delicious dessert treats and live music at the QCC Annual Holiday Luncheon. Held in the Harrington Learning Center on December 8, faculty and staff were invited to take a break and enjoy lunch, as well as take a moment to enjoy each other’s company during the rush of the holiday season.

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Faculty and staff enjoyed a festive lunch with carving stations, savory sides, delicious dessert treats and live music at the QCC Annual Holiday Luncheon. Held in the Harrington Learning Center on December 8, faculty and staff were invited to take a break and enjoy lunch, as well as take a moment to enjoy each other’s company during the rush of the holiday season.

  • attendees at Faculty and Staff Appreciation Social
  • Faculty and Staff Appreciation Social cake
  • attendees at Faculty and Staff Appreciation Social
  • attendees at Faculty and Staff Appreciation Social
December, 2016
December, 2016

The PTK hosted a Faculty and Staff Appreciation Social on December 9 to thank them for their dedication to the success of the students at QCC.

The event was held from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Room 107A, so faculty and staff could stop by for light refreshments and visit with Phi Theta Kappa members. 

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The PTK hosted a Faculty and Staff Appreciation Social on December 9 to thank them for their dedication to the success of the students at QCC.

The event was held from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Room 107A, so faculty and staff could stop by for light refreshments and visit with Phi Theta Kappa members. 

December, 2016
December, 2016

Kyaris Perdomo, QCC Student, sang a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem at the QCC Basketball game on December 20.

Kyaris Perdomo, QCC Student, sang a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem at the QCC Basketball game on December 20.

December, 2016
December, 2016

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Three members of Quinsigamond Outcomes Research for Excellence (QORE) presented an innovative writing toolkit to a standing-room-only audience at the New England Educational Assessment Network 2016 Fall Forum: Reconstructing Teaching &...

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New England Educational Assessment Network logo

Three members of Quinsigamond Outcomes Research for Excellence (QORE) presented an innovative writing toolkit to a standing-room-only audience at the New England Educational Assessment Network 2016 Fall Forum: Reconstructing Teaching & Learning from Evidence. The annual event took place at the Hogan Campus Center at College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts. The title of the QCC presentation was “Signature Work for General Education: Assignment Design and Assessment Toolkits.”

Ruth Ronan, Amy Beaudry and Gaelan Benway demonstrated the work of an interdisciplinary and cross-functional team of faculty and professional staff that considered ways to support Quinsigamond Community College faculty in their efforts to promote excellent college-level writing. This project may have been inspired by a need to support faculty participating in the MSC, but as the team worked, it drew on best practices in higher education pedagogy, student engagement and assessment, and on emerging tools such as the Degree Qualifications Profile. The toolkit project has become the basis of a new vision for signature work within general education (rather than within majors), a development that can deliver this important component of liberal education to associate degree students.

The result of the team’s work was a backward-designed assignment frame that is adaptable across courses, fields of inquiry, and student learning outcomes at course, program and general education levels. (Backward design is a method of developing curriculum by envisioning the desired end and crafting learning experiences and assessments that build toward that end, in this case, high-quality writing.) To enliven the assignment frame, the team also developed a toolkit containing rubrics, example assignments, and two resource collections (one for faculty and one for students).

The product of these efforts is now included in all Blackboard course shells for faculty to use. It is available to QCC professional staff by request; members of the larger QCC family may view the toolkit at a special login, also by request. (Please contact MSC [at] qcc.mass.edu to request access.)

The team concluded their presentation with a preview of a new signature work toolkit for oral presentations (available in January 2017). Toolkits for visual, project-based and group work are planned for 2017-18. 

For more information about the Degree Qualifications Profile, visit the Degree Profile website.

December, 2016
December, 2016

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

On December 13, 2016, Administrative Services welcomed Nolan Pond as Maintainer I. Mr. Pond, who is forklift certified, brings to the college experience working in maintenance, warehousing and mail handling in the private and public sector....

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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 December 13, 2016, Administrative Services welcomed Nolan Pond as Maintainer I. Mr. Pond, who is forklift certified, brings to the college experience working in maintenance, warehousing and mail handling in the private and public sector.  

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