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April, 2017

April, 2017
April, 2017

The Women of Distinction event was held April 19 in the Harrington Learning Center to recognize students who have overcome great odds or made a difference in their community.

Brenda Safford, Program Coordinator of Human Services and assistant professor at QCC, spoke to the students about her experiences. Ms. Safford attended QCC, graduating in 1998 with her Associate degree before...

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The Women of Distinction event was held April 19 in the Harrington Learning Center to recognize students who have overcome great odds or made a difference in their community.

Brenda Safford, Program Coordinator of Human Services and assistant professor at QCC, spoke to the students about her experiences. Ms. Safford attended QCC, graduating in 1998 with her Associate degree before attending Assumption College, where she received her bachelor of science and master’s degree in science of Human Services and Rehabilitation Counseling. She previously was director of the Career Resource Center at the YWCA of Central Massachusetts. She was named one of QCC’s 50 Guardians.

Women students who distinguished themselves by overcoming great odds and/or who made a difference in their community were nominated for the award by faculty members.

There were 28 recipients of the award this year.

President Carberry ended the ceremony with kind words of how proud the nominees should be, and wished them the best in their future endeavors.

The event included time for honorees and faculty who they were nominated by to socialize and light refreshments were served.

April, 2017
April, 2017

Earlier this month the Quinsigamond Community College chapter of Phi Theta Kappa welcomed new members at its annual induction ceremony.

This is the largest induction in the history of the chapter, with 188 new members being welcomed. The QCC chapter of the honor society has 488 active members.

Faculty advisor Bonnie Coleman said the chapter has worked hard the past few years to become...

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Earlier this month the Quinsigamond Community College chapter of Phi Theta Kappa welcomed new members at its annual induction ceremony.

This is the largest induction in the history of the chapter, with 188 new members being welcomed. The QCC chapter of the honor society has 488 active members.

Faculty advisor Bonnie Coleman said the chapter has worked hard the past few years to become more active, not only with different community projects but new members. At the recent international convention, the chapter was named one of the Top 50 Chapters.

The purpose of Phi Theta Kappa is to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students. To achieve this purpose, Phi Theta Kappa provides opportunity for the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate for exchange of ideas and ideals, for lively fellowship for scholars, and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence.

Membership is by invitation only, to be invited the student must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 with 16 college credits earned at Quinsigamond Community College. Invitations are sent out in the Fall and Spring semesters.

The chapter has been working on the Live & Learn Greenhouse Project on the QCC campus. Ms. Coleman said construction will be underway this spring, and they hope to have the greenhouse up and running in May, depending on the weather.

A $16,500 grant will partially fund the greenhouse, where students will grow vegetables and plants. Ms. Coleman said they plan to start with herbs, cucumbers and tomatoes and then add new items each season. There also will be a “Plant A Seed’ project with the Early Childhood Education program, where children can come in to plant a seed and watch it grow.

April, 2017
April, 2017

The annual Honors Program Showcase gives students a chance to display their poster and presentation on their honors research from this semester’s Honors Colloquium, “Rewriting Ourselves: An Exploration of Emerging Paradigms.” 

The showcase was held April 27, in the Harrington Learning Center, and was open to faculty and students. Eleven students researched topics ranging from the future...

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The annual Honors Program Showcase gives students a chance to display their poster and presentation on their honors research from this semester’s Honors Colloquium, “Rewriting Ourselves: An Exploration of Emerging Paradigms.” 

The showcase was held April 27, in the Harrington Learning Center, and was open to faculty and students. Eleven students researched topics ranging from the future of employment to the use of artificial intelligence. The students also presented their projects at the University of Massachusetts Amherst at the annual Undergraduate Research Conference on April 28.

English Professor Susan McPherson, and Jean Kennedy, Human Services professor, co-taught the Honors Capstone Course, which honors students are required to take to graduate. It is a seminar-style course, each student works on a research project for the semester with the goal to create a scholarly writing project and presentation. This is one of the requirements of the Commonwealth Honors Scholars program, and helps students prepare for the four-year college experience.

The following students were involved in this year’s Honors Program:

  • Richmond Amoako (BT): The Future of Employment
  • Leah Berthiaume (GSHC): The Evolution of Consciousness: Qualia vs Attention Schema Theory
  • Kristi Door (LA): The Rise of Neopaganism in the West
  • Rachel Ferdinand (LA): Millennials: A New American Ideology
  • Amanda LeBeau (GS): The Illusion of Death
  • Nathan Manna (Gateway): The Theatricality of Reality
  • Peter Orlovsky (GS): Drug-Resistant Bacteria
  • Alondra Pichardo (LA-PSY): Artificial Intelligence: Are We Ready for It?
  • Cristian Robles (BT): The Rise of Populism and Rejection of Globalism
  • Maximus Seale (BT): The Rise of Artificial Intelligence and Self Driving Cars
  • Mary Tremblay (LA): Mindfulness: The Future Cure for Psychological Disorders

The Honors Program at QCC is accredited by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education as a Commonwealth Honors Program. It is part of an integrated, collaborative system-wide network of honors programs in Massachusetts public higher education. Students participating in the Honors Program:

  • Complete selected courses on an Honors level.
  • Participate in an Honors Colloquium.
  • Participate in cultural and social events.
  • Receive personal guidance and peer support.
  • Increase their transfer and scholarship opportunities.

For more information about the Honors Program and Showcase, visit the Commonwealth Honors program page.

April, 2017
April, 2017

The Quinsigamond Community College chapter of Alpha Zeta Theta Chapter was recognized recently at the Phi Theta Kappa International Convention, held in Nashville, Tenn., on April 6-9.

Ms. Coleman said each year the chapter works for eight months researching an Honors Topic, while taking full-time classes. Many members also have jobs and families. Through hard work and community involvement, the...

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The Quinsigamond Community College chapter of Alpha Zeta Theta Chapter was recognized recently at the Phi Theta Kappa International Convention, held in Nashville, Tenn., on April 6-9.

Ms. Coleman said each year the chapter works for eight months researching an Honors Topic, while taking full-time classes. Many members also have jobs and families. Through hard work and community involvement, the chapter members strive to become a Five Star Chapter.

This year at the Phi Theta Kappa International Convention the chapter received many awards. A total of 1,976 entries were received in the 2017 Hallmark Awards completion. The 2017 International Awards the QCC chapter received are:

  • Distinguished Honors in Action Project Awards: The Honors in Action Project Award recognizes the top chapters whose Honors in Action Project entries demonstrated excellence in academic research into the Honors Study topic, leadership roles and leadership development activities, service learning and collaboration.
  • Distinguished Top 50 Chapters: Out of 1,342 chapters, QCC’s chapter was named one of the Top 50.
  • Administrator Awards: Awards are presented to college presidents, campus CEOs at two-year or senior institutions, and state community college directors who have been supportive of Phi Theta Kappa, and are retiring from their careers. The award is in honor of the late Dr. Michael Bennett, longtime president of St. Petersburg College in Florida. QCC President Dr. Gail Carberry received a Michael Bennet Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Carberry is retiring at the end of this school year after being president at QCC for 11 years.

Ms. Coleman said outgoing officers Kimberly May, Ethan O’Connell, Leah Boutelle, Tony Sanders, Mary Sylvester, Laurence Fankep, Tashena Matthew, Toby Ajayi, John Snyder and Holden Lindblom all worked hard to support the chapter.

April, 2017
April, 2017

As QCC students geared up for final exams, a peak stress time, Disability Services arranged for PAWS for People to visit campus before exams began. PAWS for People is affiliated with Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and is a Community Partner of Pet Partners, Inc. The volunteer animal-handler teams are registered to visit a variety of settings such as...

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As QCC students geared up for final exams, a peak stress time, Disability Services arranged for PAWS for People to visit campus before exams began. PAWS for People is affiliated with Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and is a Community Partner of Pet Partners, Inc. The volunteer animal-handler teams are registered to visit a variety of settings such as campuses, libraries, elder-care facilities, and hospitals. This April, PAWS for a Study Break, brought registered therapy dogs, cats, and a miniature horse to campus.

This spring, due to inclement weather, the program was held inside the Fuller Student Center. Students were delighted to sit on the floor next to the dogs, petting their fur and rubbing their heads. Autumn the cat was fine with being held by different students while Gypsy, the miniature horse, was the biggest surprise for many students who exclaimed over her petite size. Many students posed for “selfies” with their new friends.

The following week, the weather was nicer, and Angel Hair Alpacas came to visit outside the Fuller Student Center. Students were very excited to pet their coats and ask questions of owners Jay Cohen and Maureen Agley who brought two adult alpacas, Acorn and Sargon, from their farm in North Grafton. Students were encouraged to touch their dense fur and feed the alpacas from their hands. Several brave students tried this and were surprised to find how soft the alpaca lips felt against their skin. The Cohen’s son Jamie attends QCC, and came by for a quick visit between classes. 

Thank you to Deb Gibbs, Program Coordinator at Tufts University, for coordinating animal-handler teams for this visit. Additionally, thank you to Angel Hair Alpacas for a well-received visit to campus and educating us on the nuances of alpacas.  Moreover, thank you Michael Beane, Director of Student Life and Leadership and his staff for hosting all the animals at the Fuller Student Center!  Disability Services staff who contribute to this program each semester are Kristie Proctor, Director, and Terri Rodriguez, Associate Director, of Disability Services

April, 2017
April, 2017

QCC hosted Denim Day to bring awareness to Sexual Awareness Month and the issue of sexual assault on college campuses.

Students were invited to wear jeans with a purpose on April 26, when QCC Campus Police sponsored Sexual Assault Awareness Day.

Many students came out, as well as QCC President Gail Carberry, wearing a denim jacket, to sign a pledge and discuss the importance of...

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QCC hosted Denim Day to bring awareness to Sexual Awareness Month and the issue of sexual assault on college campuses.

Students were invited to wear jeans with a purpose on April 26, when QCC Campus Police sponsored Sexual Assault Awareness Day.

Many students came out, as well as QCC President Gail Carberry, wearing a denim jacket, to sign a pledge and discuss the importance of awareness about misconceptions and misinformation about rape and sexual assault.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The two events are intended to draw attention to the fact that rape and sexual assault remains a serious issue in our society and harmful attitudes about rape and sexual assault allow these crimes to persist and allow victim/survivors to be re-victimized; and “Sexual Assault Awareness Month” and “Denim Day” were also instituted to call attention to the problem that many in society remain disturbingly uninformed with respect to issues of assault and forcible rape.

The event was held to help communicate the message that there is “no excuse and never an invitation to rape.”

QCC Campus Police also recently held a self-defense class, RAD, (Rape, Assault Defense) Class, with QCC Police Officer Catherine Dixon. The four-session class was open to students, faculty, staff and family members. The free classes were conducted in the fall and spring. 

April, 2017
April, 2017

The “Who We Are and What We Do: Opportunities for Inclusion” Panel was part of QCC’s Diversity Week, a week for QCC to celebrate its diversity and raise awareness.

The panel discussion included several Worcester community leaders, such as Sharon McQueen, a LGBTQ Liaison Officer from the Worcester Police Department and Lt. Catherine Dixon, the Community Outreach Officer from...

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The “Who We Are and What We Do: Opportunities for Inclusion” Panel was part of QCC’s Diversity Week, a week for QCC to celebrate its diversity and raise awareness.

The panel discussion included several Worcester community leaders, such as Sharon McQueen, a LGBTQ Liaison Officer from the Worcester Police Department and Lt. Catherine Dixon, the Community Outreach Officer from the QCC Campus Police, who spoke about their professional and personal journeys to their current positions. QCC Board of Trustees member Miguel A. Lopez, a lieutenant in the Worcester Police Department and QCC alumni, also participated in the panel.

Following the panel, held on April 5, there was further discussion panel, “What Makes You Unique,” where students could discuss the culture at QCC, their personal hobbies, what their religion means to them and share their own journeys in life.

Kelly Lamond, Program Assistant for Student Life at QCC, said the room was packed in the Fuller Student Center and the engaging conversation from the inclusion panel continued into the next panel discussion. She said students discussed everything from what it means to be a Muslim woman at QCC to anime and gaming culture, to social stigma surrounding tattoos. 

April, 2017
April, 2017

The Psi Beta Honor Society hosted its annual Psych Fest in April. The event features spoken word, music performances and more.

The event benefits YOU Inc.’s substance abuse treatment program for adolescents.

The Psi Beta Honor Society and Psychology Club host the event, which was on April 7 in Hebert Auditorium.

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The Psi Beta Honor Society hosted its annual Psych Fest in April. The event features spoken word, music performances and more.

The event benefits YOU Inc.’s substance abuse treatment program for adolescents.

The Psi Beta Honor Society and Psychology Club host the event, which was on April 7 in Hebert Auditorium.

April, 2017
April, 2017

In an effort to support immigrants and refugees in the college community, QCC hosted an event and discussions to combat racism.

On Friday, April 28, QCC worked with the YWCA to host an event taking a Stand Against Racism. The topic of the event was “Immigration and Race in Our Communities,” and the day included two panel discussions, a lunch and the showing of a film. The discussions were to...

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In an effort to support immigrants and refugees in the college community, QCC hosted an event and discussions to combat racism.

On Friday, April 28, QCC worked with the YWCA to host an event taking a Stand Against Racism. The topic of the event was “Immigration and Race in Our Communities,” and the day included two panel discussions, a lunch and the showing of a film. The discussions were to explore the realities facing immigrants, refugees and transnational migrants in Central Massachusetts.

The first panel discussion, “Our Stories,” included QCC students, faculty and staff speaking about their experiences as newcomers to the United States. The second panel discussion, “Realities, Supports, Resources,” included local area service providers and immigrant advocates who shared information and practical resources.

In between the panels, lunch was provided and there was a showing of the film, Ni Aqui, Ni Alla (Neither Here, Nor There), by Gabriela Bortolamedi, about the challenges faced by an undocumented college student and her family.

Students, faculty and staff can show their support by wearing a Stand Against Racism wristband, signifying their commitment to promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all people. The wristbands will be distributed in locations around campus, or you may obtain one by calling ext. 4368 or stopping by the President’s Ofiice, room 132A

For the fifth year in a row, there will be a Stand Against Racism banner available for signing. Students were able to sign the banner at the events on April 28, and it was also available for signing in the Healthcare and Workforce Development Center earlier that week.

For further information, contact the Diversity Caucus Chairman Trent Masiki at tmasiki [at] qcc.mass.edu or SAR Project Leader Anne Shull at ashull [at] qcc.mass.edu

April, 2017
April, 2017

The Cultural Festival was held on April 5 as part of QCC’s Diversity Week, which was sponsored by the QCC Student Life Office. It included a Cultural Food Fest with different cultural food examples.

Community-based cultural events bring people together in many ways to express their ideas, traditions and values. The event had tunes by DJ Sprino, who played music from around the world; Indian dancers,...

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The Cultural Festival was held on April 5 as part of QCC’s Diversity Week, which was sponsored by the QCC Student Life Office. It included a Cultural Food Fest with different cultural food examples.

Community-based cultural events bring people together in many ways to express their ideas, traditions and values. The event had tunes by DJ Sprino, who played music from around the world; Indian dancers, origami instruction, and a henna artist. Kelly Lamond, Program Assistant for Student Life at QCC, said about 200-250 students stopped by to try various foods and enjoy the events. 

Diversity Week, from April 3-5, also included movie screenings of Selma, about the civil rights movement and the march from Selma to Montgomery; Tickling Giants, about an Egyptian satirical show that has been compared to The Daily Show; and The Out List, a documentary film that features a diverse cross-section of accomplished leaders from entertainment, business, sports and public service sharing stories about their childhood, understanding gender and sexuality and building careers while out and reflecting on the challenges facing the LGBT community. 

The events were sponsored by the Office of Student Life and the Diversity Caucus, in partnership with other student clubs and organizations.

April, 2017
April, 2017

Children’s School students get to show off their creativity and hard work at the QCC Children’s School Art Show.

The art show opening was held April 25, during the Week of the Young Child. This is the eighth year the Children’s School has held the popular event.

“It was a wonderful event, children, parents and grandparents and more attended to see the children’s art work,...

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Children’s School students get to show off their creativity and hard work at the QCC Children’s School Art Show.

The art show opening was held April 25, during the Week of the Young Child. This is the eighth year the Children’s School has held the popular event.

“It was a wonderful event, children, parents and grandparents and more attended to see the children’s art work,” said Janet McKeon, Associate Director of the Children’s School at QCC. “It is a great way to showcase the children’s creativity. The children get so excited to show their work.”

The artwork is on display in the hallways and classrooms, for QCC students and faculty to visit. “People walk by and say how much they love the art,” Ms. McKeon said.

There also was a slide show video shown of the students creating and working on their art shown at the opening. Light refreshments were served. Art work includes table and easel paintings, 3-D art with foam, wood and metals. Various other art with water colors, 3-D chalk, tempera paint, and bio colors used with different instruments on a variety of surfaces such as foil, filters, canvas and paper were hung in the hallways and room 107A.

In Classroom I, children helped create a kindness tree. It was a collaborative piece, children were involved in decorating the tree, and then classroom teachers would write down when the children used kind words and kind gestures and post it on the tree. The exercise was part of the curriculum and helping children learn to be kinder to others.

There are 51 children enrolled in the Children’s School. The Children’s School provides full-day programs open to students enrolled in the college with children ages two years and nine months to five years old, as well as to member of the college and community. The school also serves as a training site for students in the Early Childhood Education Program.

This event is made possible by the dedication of the teachers, faculty and ECE students. Other college departments such as Food Services, Facilities and the Print Shop support this event. The Art Exhibit would not be successful without our young artists and their family and extended family members.

For more information about the Quinsigamond Children’s School, visit the Children's School website, contact Director Nancy Knight at nknight [at] qcc.mass.edu or call 508.854.4220. 

April, 2017
April, 2017

Quinsigamond Community College, in association with Fitchburg State University, presented “12 Angry Jurors,” a powerful play about the American legal system.

Margaret Wong, Professor of English at QCC, said the production was superb. “The actors completely inhabited their respective roles. With most productions, to enjoy a play, audience members generally have to make a...

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Quinsigamond Community College, in association with Fitchburg State University, presented “12 Angry Jurors,” a powerful play about the American legal system.

Margaret Wong, Professor of English at QCC, said the production was superb. “The actors completely inhabited their respective roles. With most productions, to enjoy a play, audience members generally have to make a concerted effort to maintain a suspension of disbelief. With this performance, however, audience members had to constantly remind themselves that they were watching a play. There were many moments that I wanted to spring from my seat to argue against the bigotry of Juror No. 10 or lend a supportive word to Juror No. 8.”

She said the play’s contents were timely and relevant. The play, written by Reginald Rose, was made into a movie in 1957 “12 Angry Men” and was viewed as a powerful indictment of the trial by jury system.

Victor Somma, Assistant Vice President of Extended Campuses Operations and Community Engagement at QCC, said the QCC Theatre Club performed a stunning rendering of the play.

“You are in the room with the jurors, almost making you want to be part of their decision process. Guilty or not guilty? You will be surprised!”

Performances were held on April 27, 28 and 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Harrington Learning Center.

The play was directed by Nick Wakely, adjunct professor of theatre production at QCC.

Special thanks to Quinsigamond Community College President Gail Carberry, Dean of Humanities Clarence Ates and Karole Hager, Director of Auxiliary Services, QCC Public Safety. From Fitchburg State University, the production wants to thank University President Richard Lapidus, Communications Media Chairperson Mary Baker, Head of Theatre Kelly Morgan, Denise Alexander and Peter Anderregg, Manager of the Fitchburg Law Library.

The production also wants to thank the Reginald Rose Foundation. 

April, 2017
April, 2017

Six students won $50 gift certificates to the QCC Bookstore as part of a Priority Registration raffle. The winners are:

  • Rebecca Fisher
  • Pria Nesta
  • Pamela Corriveau
  • Ashley Blackman
  • Edward Mugaragu
  • Joseph Diaz Rentas
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Six students won $50 gift certificates to the QCC Bookstore as part of a Priority Registration raffle. The winners are:

  • Rebecca Fisher
  • Pria Nesta
  • Pamela Corriveau
  • Ashley Blackman
  • Edward Mugaragu
  • Joseph Diaz Rentas
April, 2017
April, 2017

QCC has several new testimonials and commercials coming out to showcase different opportunities at the college. The Marketing Office has been working on new materials, such as summer and fall semester postcards, a new 2017 enrollment guide and area of study brochures.

Those interested in finding out more about the QCC community can also check out the ...

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QCC has several new testimonials and commercials coming out to showcase different opportunities at the college. The Marketing Office has been working on new materials, such as summer and fall semester postcards, a new 2017 enrollment guide and area of study brochures.

Those interested in finding out more about the QCC community can also check out the Wyvern TV page.

You also can watch episodes of Face the Region, a weekly show about QCC events, organizations and offerings on QCC's Face the Region page.

All new brochures have been created about Student Life, Disability Services, financial aid, testing, tutoring and more. These can be seen online on the marketing collateral section.

The new commercials and testimonials have information about transfer opportunities; how QCC supports careers with flexible schedules, online courses and different locations; and how QCC supports students through career counseling and financial aid. They will be broadcast throughout the region on television and the web.

With more than 100 degree and certificate programs, full- and part-time course options, online courses, transfer paths to four-year colleges and financing options, QCC has something to offer everyone.

April, 2017
April, 2017

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

On April 24, 2017, Administrative Services welcomed Dillon George in to a new role as Campus Police Officer I. Mr. George brings to this position a passion for law enforcement. He has a license to carry in Massachusetts, is CPR and AED certified and he is a graduate of the Worcester Police Department Academy’s basic...

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

On April 24, 2017, Administrative Services welcomed Dillon George in to a new role as Campus Police Officer I. Mr. George brings to this position a passion for law enforcement. He has a license to carry in Massachusetts, is CPR and AED certified and he is a graduate of the Worcester Police Department Academy’s basic training course for police officers. Mr. George earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice with a focus in Forensic Criminology from Anna Maria College.

Please join us in welcoming Mr. George into his new roles at QCC.