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May, 2017

  • QCC graduates
  • QCC graduates
  • QCC graduates
  • QCC graduates
  • QCC graduates
  • QCC graduates
May, 2017
May, 2017

Marching into the DCU Center to the sound of bagpipes, nearly 1,400 Quinsigamond Community College students came to celebrate their commencement on May 18, 2017.

Students heard from a number of speakers about being leaders and reaching for their dreams.

State Rep. Kate Campanale said the students would leave as a new generation of leaders. “I challenge you to live a life of...

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Marching into the DCU Center to the sound of bagpipes, nearly 1,400 Quinsigamond Community College students came to celebrate their commencement on May 18, 2017.

Students heard from a number of speakers about being leaders and reaching for their dreams.

State Rep. Kate Campanale said the students would leave as a new generation of leaders. “I challenge you to live a life of purpose, meaning and fulfillment,” she said.

She also said the personality and passion of QCC President Dr. Gail Carberry, who created relationships throughout Worcester County, will be missed.

Dr. Carberry, who is retiring this summer, was the featured speaker at this year’s ceremony.

Dr. Carberry said she overcame many hardships to get to this pinnacle in her career. As a community college student 42 years ago, she fell in love with community colleges.

“It was community college faculty who believe in me, who helped me begin to believe in myself,” Dr. Carberry said. She said she had struggled with a learning disability, and wasn’t a strong reader, which caused her to doubt her own intelligence.

During their marriage, she and her husband faced financial struggles and job changes, but she turned to further her education, which ignited a passion that turned into a career.

“Community college classes are pathways of opportunity, they can lead you to a better life,” she said. “I encourage you to take on the role of alumni, join the guardian protectors of Central Massachusetts as Wyverns.”

She held up a small pair of ruby red slippers, which she carried with her to her interviews for the position of QCC president, and has kept in her office since.

“There is no place like home, Worcester is where I grew up and it has been a pleasure to lead the college for 11 years,” she said. “My charge to you is to guard and protect this community.”

“Wyvern’s wings are meant soar, to fly to great heights, fly over the rainbow that follows the storms of life,” she encouraged graduates.

Her speech was followed by an award of President Emeritus from Board of Trustees Chairman Susan Mailman.

Faculty Speaker Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Kristy Glover said 16 years ago she graduated from community college as well.

“For you, this is the beginning of a voyage with endless possibilities, that will lead you anywhere your heart desires, as long as you are willing to work hard, persevere and not let adversity derail you,” she said.

“You have earned your degree, if you can do this you can do absolutely anything you put your mind to,” she said.

Student Speaker Ethan O’Connell, 2016-17 Student Trustee, Vice President of the Student Senate and a member of many clubs and organizations, said for all the students this accomplishment was the culmination of many hours of hard work.

“In preparing for this speech, I realized there is no typical QCC student, we all come from different backgrounds, different places, different eras and different cultures, but we have one thing in common,” he said. “All of us are here today because we took a risk. Whatever your path, I’m willing to bet you took at least one significant risk on your journey.”

“It is important to take risks and go out of your comfort zone when it can lead to personal growth,” Mr. O’Connell said. “My message for you is to be kind, be honest, work hard and continue to take risks.”

Visit the Celebrate 2017 page for more photos and video of the event.

QCC's 2017 Commencement was also featured in a story in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.

  • MNT 216 - Manufacturing Processes II 3d Printer
  • MNT 216 - Manufacturing Processes II Students
  • MNT 215 Students
  • Energy Utility Technology Fair
  • Energy Utility Technology Fair
  • Energy Utility Technology Fair
  • Mechatronics Option Students
  • Mechatronics Option Student
May, 2017
May, 2017

Now that students have been able to use the QuEST Center for almost 18 months, they are reaping the benefits of having increased lab space, a dedicated maker space and the latest high tech equipment.

This semester several STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) classes had final projects and exams that involved hands-on creation of technology, such as 3D printers, Stirling heat engines, or...

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Now that students have been able to use the QuEST Center for almost 18 months, they are reaping the benefits of having increased lab space, a dedicated maker space and the latest high tech equipment.

This semester several STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) classes had final projects and exams that involved hands-on creation of technology, such as 3D printers, Stirling heat engines, or exploration of different energy sources, such as solar energy, electromagnetism and steam engines.  

“Many of these types projects were done previously, but we are at a completely different level of depth, quality and complete integration with the curriculum now,” said Kathy Rentsch, Dean of Business, Engineering and Technology. 

Students are able to use these skills to continue their education, if they are seeking a bachelor’s degree in engineering or related fields, or apply them directly to the workplace.

Here are some of the projects students having been working on:

Creating 3D Printers

img_7187.jpgStudents in MNT 216, Manufacturing Processes II, built two 3D printers from kits, model Mendel 90. They ran into multiple challenges, as the instructions for the kits were not up-to-date and did not match the parts provided. Students had to problem solve and re-engineer the process. While doing so, they also improved upon the original design.

The Fab Lab now has nine 3D printers that use different materials. Students select the material that will meet the needs of the design they are building in terms of flexibility, strength and transparency. The Fab Lab is open to anyone on campus. Summer hours are Monday and Wednesday from noon to 3 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday from 3-6 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. Students can come in and see how the machines available work and learn how to use the technology for their own projects.

Students involved include Eric Akillian, Jason Butler, Stephen Burris, Emily Miller, Steve Kelly, and Johanny Polanco.

Students Make Stirling Engines

img_7215.jpgStudents in senior level MNT 215 were assigned the task of building five Stirling engines, which are heat engines. The project included research, downloading appropriate information, using parametric modeling software to re-engineer one of many designs. Students then worked together to identify which parts needed machining and which could be manufactured using additive manufacturing equipment, such as 3D printing.

One the machined parts were identified, students were required to design fixtures, create the CNC programs, and run the machines to produce five copies of each component. The next step was to assemble the parts, identify any errors and make corrections.

“The students realized immediately upon assembly that friction was their enemy and that simple frictional resistance could render a system inoperable,” said Lee Duerden, Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator of Manufacturing Technology at QCC. “It was a terrific learning curve for them and a genuine challenge.”

Students involved in this project included Thomas Le, Emily Miller, Stephen Kelly, Nicholas Voyer, Eric Akillian, and Jason Butler. In the group picture, Dean Kathy Rentsch and Leslie Horton, Dean of the School of Math and Science, also are pictured.


eut-fair020.jpgEnergy Utility Technology Fair

The Energy Utility Technology option program is designed to prepare students for advancement in the energy industry. Students can use this associate’s degree to advance in the workplace or transfer to a four-year program to complete a bachelor’s degree.

The QCC community was invited to the Energy Utility Fair on May 3. Projects included advantages and disadvantages of solar energy, electromagnetism, how steam engines work, and a demonstration of a lemon battery. Professors and staff walk around the fair, students present their interactive projects and are scored. The scores and projects are part of their final grade.

 

Manufacturing and Mechatronics

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The final project in ELT 130 Embedded Microcontrollers was to design build and program a microcontroller-based system. Examples are:

  • Mobile robot controlled by a PS2 controller, with the ability to detect and avoid obstacles or to avoid driving off the edge of a table
  • Mobile robot capable of following a line on the floor
  • A multicolored RGB LED lamp that can generate any color by mixing together various amounts of red, green and blue light.
  • A laser harp that sends out multiple laser beams in a fan pattern, and plays notes based on which beam is interrupted.

Through these projects, students learn electronic assembly and troubleshooting; drawing electronic schematics; and microcontroller programming. These skills prepare them for careers such as electronics technician, automation technician, mechatronics technician and robotics technician.

Students involved include Joe Kimball, Brendan Jett, Perla Abboud, Steve Villalobos, Sarah Dinsmore, Robert Allred, Christain Hulett, Elijah Boudreau, Shawn Reese, Long Sybouheuang, and Cody Hamilton. Not pictured is Tyler Church.

  • Carberry Gallery signage
  • Carberry Gallery signage
May, 2017
May, 2017

The first floor of the Harrington Learning Center at the main QCC Campus now hosts the Dr. Gail E. Carberry Gallery, a collection of photos celebrating Quinsigamond Community College and many of the different opportunities offered at the college.

It is dedicated to Dr. Gail Carberry, QCC's sixth President who is retiring this summer after 11 years at the college. Her leadership has...

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The first floor of the Harrington Learning Center at the main QCC Campus now hosts the Dr. Gail E. Carberry Gallery, a collection of photos celebrating Quinsigamond Community College and many of the different opportunities offered at the college.

It is dedicated to Dr. Gail Carberry, QCC's sixth President who is retiring this summer after 11 years at the college. Her leadership has led to the College's growth in doubling the list of graduates, increasing enrollment by over 40%, adding the QuEST Center to the main campus, and shortening the distance to higher education by adding additional QCC  locations in Southbridge, Marlborough, and downtown Worcester. Additionally, Dr. Carberry expanded academic offerings with programs in science and technology, healthcare, liberal arts and more. 

  • Scholarship Lunch attendees
  • Scholarship Lunch attendees
  • Scholarship Lunch attendees
  • Scholarship Lunch attendees
May, 2017
May, 2017

The Quinsigamond Community College Foundation hosted its third annual Scholarship Lunch on Tuesday, May 16, at noon at the Harrington Learning Center at QCC.

In the past 11 years, funds have grown from 19 scholarship funds to 54 funds, which allowed the foundation to make 158 awards this year to 98 students, totaling more than $174,000 in scholarship funds for distribution this fiscal year.

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The Quinsigamond Community College Foundation hosted its third annual Scholarship Lunch on Tuesday, May 16, at noon at the Harrington Learning Center at QCC.

In the past 11 years, funds have grown from 19 scholarship funds to 54 funds, which allowed the foundation to make 158 awards this year to 98 students, totaling more than $174,000 in scholarship funds for distribution this fiscal year.

About 30 students attended the luncheon to be honored for awards received during the current academic year. A total of 70 people, including donors, family of those receiving scholarships, QCC Foundation members and QCC Trustees attended the luncheon.

Donors attending included Barbara Guthrie and Gary MacConnell from the Worcester Rotary Club; Teresa Gentile, Dorothy Stanton, and Pat Gibbons from the Worcester City Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association; QCC Foundation Lifetime Director Jim Harrington from The Francis A. and Jacquelyn H. Harrington Foundation; QCC President Dr. Gail Carberry; and QCC Foundation Director Al Maykel, Jr.

The foundation raises money for some scholarships through events, such as the golf tournament and spelling bee. Other scholarships are memorial funds or endowed scholarships, or supported by different QCC departments or organizations.

  • Carberry Center
May, 2017
May, 2017

The Worcester Business Development Corporation has named 25 Federal Street, home of QCC's Healthcare and Workforce Developmet Center the Carberry Center, in honor of QCC President Dr. Gail Carberry, who is retiring this summer.

The announcement was made at the 52nd annual meeting of the WBDC by Craig L. Blais, president and CEO of the organization, on May 16....

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The Worcester Business Development Corporation has named 25 Federal Street, home of QCC's Healthcare and Workforce Developmet Center the Carberry Center, in honor of QCC President Dr. Gail Carberry, who is retiring this summer.

The announcement was made at the 52nd annual meeting of the WBDC by Craig L. Blais, president and CEO of the organization, on May 16.

The building, was opened in April 2015 as part of a partnership between Quinsigamond Community College and the WBDC. The former Telegram & Gazette building was renovated at a cost of $40 million, and now includes new labs and equipment for nursing and healthcare courses. It also includes the Center for Workforce Development and Continuing Education, which offers adult education and workforce training.

Dr. Carberry has been recognized for her work collaborating with other Worcester colleges, local businesses and economic development organizations to offer coursework and degrees that easily transfer to further education opportunities or immediate workforce development. During her tenure as QCC president for the past 11 years, she has expanded the college, not only geographically to reach other populations in areas such as Southbridge, and Marlborough, but has also expanded course offerings and technology to meet workforce needs.

At the annual meeting, keynote speaker Travis McCready, president and chief executive officer of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, spoke about Worcester being poised to take advantage of new trends in biotechnology, including a push towards biomanufacturing.

More information about the annual meeting can be found in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette story.

  • students in gateway program
  • puppets created by gateway students
May, 2017
May, 2017

QCC Gateway to College hosted a Fab Lab Showcase May 4 at the QuEST Center, which gave Gateway students a chance to share the projects they created this semester.

Visitors could learn about what the Fab Lab offers and tour the facility. Students spoke about their experience using the lab and what they learned during the semester. Eighteen students were involved in the Gateway Fab Lab program, which fulfilled a...

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QCC Gateway to College hosted a Fab Lab Showcase May 4 at the QuEST Center, which gave Gateway students a chance to share the projects they created this semester.

Visitors could learn about what the Fab Lab offers and tour the facility. Students spoke about their experience using the lab and what they learned during the semester. Eighteen students were involved in the Gateway Fab Lab program, which fulfilled a science credit for their high school requirements.

About 30 people attended the event, which was held from 2:30-4:00 p.m., including from area schools, community partners, QCC staff and faculty and families and friends of Gateway students. The lab experience and equipment at the QuEST Center impressed those who attended the event.

“Gateway to College was happy to work collaboratively with Alex Gray, a Fab Lab staff member, in helping our students explore the possibilities in the QuEST Fab Lab. This opportunity helped the students meet their science requirement for high school and learn something new at the same time,” said QCC Gateway Clerk Glenda Rodriguez. “Although they had no previous knowledge in coding, their instructor taught them what it was all about. Students knew that making animatronic puppet heads would be hard, but worth it in the end. They were all happy with their results and what they got out of it. We hope to offer this again to our students in upcoming semesters.”  

The Fab Lab is a maker space that can be used by students, entrepreneurs and the community to create prototypes and test design ideas. The Fab Lab network includes more than 500 Fab Labs in 30 countries around the world. The college joined the Fab Lab Network to provide students and other Fab Lab users with not only the high-tech tools, but also access to people, knowledge and idea sharing.

The QCC Fab Lab has been built into the educational specifications of the QuEST Center project and includes a laser cutter, a vinyl cutter, 3D printers, a 3D scanner, a precision milling machine, molding and casting equipment, and soldering equipment. This equipment is used to enhance the current curriculum in the Manufacturing Technology and other engineering technology programs.

The Gateway to College is a national program that supports students who have dropped out of high school or who may not graduate. Through the program, students ages 16 to 21 can obtain their high school diploma and earn college credits at the same time. Many graduates go on to finish associate degrees and transfer to four-year colleges.

The program, now available at 41 colleges in 21 states, is rigorous. Students take a fulltime college course load, with classes that match their high school requirements, MCAS needs, and career interests. 

To learn more about QCC’s Gateway to College program, visit the Gateway to College website.

See Gateway to College's Twitter to follow the progress and highlights of the program.

  • Luis Pedraja
May, 2017
May, 2017

Dr. Luis Pedraja’s appointment as the next president of Quinsigamond Community College was unanimously approved by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education on May 9.

Dr. Pedraja succeeds QCC President Dr. Gail Carberry, who is retiring after 11 years as the community college’s president. He officially starts on July 10.

Dr. Pedraja was nominated for the...

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Dr. Luis Pedraja’s appointment as the next president of Quinsigamond Community College was unanimously approved by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education on May 9.

Dr. Pedraja succeeds QCC President Dr. Gail Carberry, who is retiring after 11 years as the community college’s president. He officially starts on July 10.

Dr. Pedraja was nominated for the position in March by the QCC Board of Trustees after an intensive presidential search.

As a child, Dr. Pedraja emigrated from Cuba and grew up in a low-income Miami neighborhood. He became the first in his family to attend college; and he later earned a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.

Currently, Dr. Pedraja serves as Interim Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs for California’s 35,000-student Peralta Community College District, where he leads faculty, staff, and administrators to develop innovative programs and ensure student success. The district includes four colleges.

To learn about his previous appointment, read the previous story.

To learn more about the presidential search and Dr. Pedraja’s qualifications, visit the presidential search page

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  • Students at Honors and Awards Ceremony
  • Students at Honors and Awards Ceremony
  • Students at Honors and Awards Ceremony
May, 2017
May, 2017

Students who have a record of high achievement and high level of involvement on campus and in the community are recognized by Quinsigamond Community College at the annual Honors and Awards Ceremony. This year’s event was held May 10 at Mechanics Hall in Worcester and was attended by students, their families, faculty and staff.

This year, 93 Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society students received...

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Students who have a record of high achievement and high level of involvement on campus and in the community are recognized by Quinsigamond Community College at the annual Honors and Awards Ceremony. This year’s event was held May 10 at Mechanics Hall in Worcester and was attended by students, their families, faculty and staff.

This year, 93 Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society students received their gold stole in commemoration of both their academic and community service commitments. Each student receiving their gold stole completed a minimum of two community service events while maintaining a 3.5 cumulative GPA.

  • Brian Adams
  • Zahraa Alaloosi
  • Fatin Alkhaledi
  • William Allen
  • Richmond Amoako
  • Tara Andrews
  • Rosina Asaah
  • Mehar Ashaq
  • Mary Assan
  • Albano Bandilli
  • Claudia Barrett
  • Jessica Becque
  • Laurie Behrmann
  • Jennifer Bemis
  • William Bennett
  • Linette Benson
  • Melissa Benson
  • Kristin Blair
  • Leah Boutelle
  • Katana Boutiette
  • Ashley Brown
  • Ryan Bruder
  • Hilton Carboo
  • Angela Collins
  • Paul Collins
  • Cherise Connolly
  • Chelsea Cove
  • Rory Cronin
  • Jennifer Crossen
  • Daniela Cunha Raphael
  • Shannon Curran
  • Rosanna DaCosta
  • Nhan Dao
  • Aaron Dean
  • Shirley Dempsey
  • Silvia DeSantis
  • Tanner Desrosiers
  • Ekua Djan
  • Robert Ela
  • Tracy Ellis
  • Laurence Fankep
  • Samuel Farrar
  • Sabina Fecteau-Ellis
  • Waleska Fernandez
  • Jennifer Ferrone
  • Ivonne Flores
  • Luis Fontanez
  • Hannah Furno
  • Nuur Gacal
  • Rochelle Gallant
  • James Gangemi
  • Winnie Gitau
  • Michele Goulding
  • Cristian Gramajo Rodriguez
  • Karina Gregoire
  • Tefta Gremaj
  • Ernesto Guerrero-Rojas
  • Omar Guzman Correa
  • Menal Hammodi
  • Hadeel Hamza
  • Alicia Henry
  • Loretta Herman
  • Paula Hernandez Acosta
  • Melissa Holland
  • Olivia Hoyt
  • Hanan Ibraheim
  • Trendafile Ibrahimi
  • Alfred Iraola
  • Saja Ismael
  • Alexander Jeneski
  • Henry Jones
  • Lonny Joseph
  • Kostandinos​ Kalkounis
  • Boakai Kamara
  • Margaret Karanja
  • Robin Karoway-Waterhouse
  • Kelly Kokernak
  • Nicole Laingor
  • Damian Lamie
  • Nhat Le
  • Amanda LeBeau
  • Brittany LeBlanc
  • Paul Ledoux
  • Terry Letourneau
  • Marcelo Lopez
  • Karen Lopez
  • Regalado
  • Barbara Lopez-Swenson
  • Keri Lowe
  • Jennifer Lyford
  • Patrice Magloire
  • Travis Malo
  • Monique Manna
  • Kerry Markvenas
  • Karana Marlowe
  • Derek Marszalek
  • Sara Martellotta
  • Noelia Martinez
  • Kimberly May
  • Joy May
  • Adele Mayer
  • Kelsey McCue
  • Samantha McQueen
  • Brenda Melia
  • Emily Miller
  • Krystal Monge
  • John Monterroso
  • Jake Montgomery
  • Cameron Morin
  • Erin Motil
  • Megan Murphy
  • Alex Nagorski
  • Leah Njoroge
  • Serena Noinala
  • Ethan O’Connell
  • Duke Ogeto
  • Margarita Oquendo
  • Stephanie Orlando
  • Peter Orlovsky
  • Luis Pena Mateo
  • Nicole Pham
  • Jae Phoenix
  • Alondra Pichardo Rosario
  • Kalista Pierre
  • Linda Pietropaolo
  • Deu Pokhrel
  • Jacqueline Prosser
  • Rawa Radwan
  • Joshua Renfro
  • Emmanuel Reyes-Pichardo
  • Tracy Rinker
  • Susan Rivera-Robles
  • Taisha Rodriguez
  • David Rodziewicz
  • Roxana Romero
  • Cherie Ronayne
  • Luis Rosa
  • Timothy Ruston
  • Helen Salce
  • Tony Sanders
  • Johnathan Saniuk
  • Sierra Sasser
  • Megan Schultze
  • Benjamin Secino
  • Dayna Sharon
  • Christine Sherman
  • Dominique Simoncini
  • Amanda Smith
  • John Snyder
  • Cole Stanley
  • Christine Stone
  • Clark Sun
  • Long Sybounheuang
  • Gary Tambolleo
  • Sharon Tango
  • Mary Tanona
  • Donna Terestre
  • Cindy Terestre
  • Cristin Torrey
  • Brian Truenow
  • Kala Vandersluis
  • Keyla Vargas
  • Eric Wells
  • Alan Wheeler
  • John Wheeler
  • Catherine Wielock
  • Heather Williams
  • Cristyn Young
  • Jordon Zablocki

For the Commonwealth Honors Scholars Program, 17 students received their tassel signifying completion of four voluntary honors level courses at the college.

  • Richard Amoako
  • Leah Berthiaume
  • Cambre Colon
  • Kristi Dorr
  • Rachel Ferdinand
  • Hannah Furno
  • Alexander Jeneski
  • Boakai Kamara
  • Cory Keith
  • Damian Lamie
  • Kimberly May
  • Ethan O’Connell
  • Peter Orlovsky
  • Alondra Pichardo
  • Cristian Robles
  • Mary Tremblay
  • Robin Karoway-Waterhouse

For Psi Beta Honor Society, 19 students received their medals upon completion of their academic fulfillments within the honor society. Psi Beta is the psychology honor society for community colleges.

  • Kevin Adams
  • Kwame Antwi
  • Jennifer Bemis
  • Ekua Djan
  • Laurence Fankep
  • Brittany LeBlanc
  • Karana Marlowe
  • Maria Martinez
  • Kimberly May
  • Kelsey McCue
  • Majorie Medina
  • Ethan O’Connell
  • Carmen Ortiz
  • Margarita
  • Oquendo
  • Kyla Perez
  • Alondra Pichardo
  • Megan Stevenson
  • Steven Tisdell
  • Mary Tremblay

For Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges, eight students were named and recognized with a special gift. Each student was nominated by a staff member based on scholastic ability, leadership and service to the college.

  • Leah Boutelle
  • Paul Collins
  • Laurence Fankep
  • Kimberly May
  • Ben Nylen
  • Ethan O’Connell
  • Tony Sanders
  • John Snyder

Graduating Veterans received cords on behalf of their dedication to our country.

  • Mari Alkhamisi
  • William Allen
  • Luiz Azevedo
  • James Baarda
  • Charles Bastien
  • Thomas Beggs
  • William Bennett
  • David Berthiume
  • Patrick Cusson
  • Ludmilla Donahue
  • Robert Ela
  • David Farrell
  • Andrew Flint
  • Thomas French
  • Jay Gittao
  • Justin Halley
  • Scott Handley
  • Andrew Jubinville
  • Christopher Keenan
  • Vincent Lepore
  • Carlos Lima
  • Edris Attica Logue
  • Travis Malo
  • Sean Maynard
  • Xavier Miranda
  • Andrew Morris
  • Kara Olsen
  • Devon Orcutt
  • Emmanuel Peyes-Pichado
  • Danielle Plue
  • Paul Riley
  • Adam Rodeen
  • Tony Sanders
  • Michael Sielis
  • Amber Sullivan
  • Kendra Swett
  • Long Sybounheuang
  • Edward Tenelus
  • Tommy Thomas
  • Brian Truenow
  • Eric Wells
  • Kyla Yates

Engineering Student Distinction Awards were presented to 15 high achieving students in their respective engineering academic major.

  • Fatin Alkhaledi
  • Arman Atoofi
  • Luke Donaldson
  • Rekpene Enyi-Idoh
  • Colin Gagne
  • Timothy Hatton
  • Attilio Hoxha
  • William Karrow
  • Terry Le Tourneau
  • Brian Moore
  • Joshua Renfro
  • David Rodziewicz
  • Johnathan Saniuk
  • Cole Stanley
  • Joel Wentworth

Special Recognition Awards were given to four students.

  • David Auger
  • Matthew Gauthier
  • Jennifer Lyford
  • Kerri Richardson

Distinguished Service Awards were presented to seven students

  • Lori Darling
  • Jorge Calvera
  • Alexis Gomez
  • Andrew Girard
  • Nicole Gadbois
  • Kara Lewis
  • Karana Marlowe

Other awards of note included:

Memorial Awards

  • Rose Caprioli Memorial Award: Colleen Shugrue
  • Nancy Ohan Memorial Award: Cristyn Marie Young
  • Jean Smelewicz Award for Computer Information Systems: Cori Scott
  • Francis X. Gardner Pyschology Achievement Award: Gabrielle Plainte
  • Robert J. McDonald Award: Tanner Derosiers

Outstanding Student Awards

  • Outstanding Female Student Athlete: Sami Barbosa
  • Outstanding Male Student Athlete: Jimmy Flynn
  • Wyvern Award: Ethan O’Connell
  • James H. Harrington Outstanding Student Citizen: Leah Boutelle
  • Outstanding Student Leader Award: Kimberly May
  • QCC Wyverns Baseball players
May, 2017
May, 2017

Congratulations to the Quinsigamond Wyverns for reaching the finals in the National Junior College Athletic Association, Region 21 Championship Series!

The team received a plaque for making the finals. The tournament, held May 13-15, was covered by the Telegram and Gazette. Read the story about the tournament on the...

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Congratulations to the Quinsigamond Wyverns for reaching the finals in the National Junior College Athletic Association, Region 21 Championship Series!

The team received a plaque for making the finals. The tournament, held May 13-15, was covered by the Telegram and Gazette. Read the story about the tournament on the Telegram Website.

  • QCC Students at Research Conference
May, 2017
May, 2017

Students who participated in the Honors Program Showcase took their presentations to the Massachusetts Undergraduate Research Conference.

Susan McPherson, a QCC English professor who co-teaches the Honors Capstone Course, said the conference, held at UMass Amherst on April 28, is an excellent networking opportunity for students. There were more than 1,200 student presenters at this year’...

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Students who participated in the Honors Program Showcase took their presentations to the Massachusetts Undergraduate Research Conference.

Susan McPherson, a QCC English professor who co-teaches the Honors Capstone Course, said the conference, held at UMass Amherst on April 28, is an excellent networking opportunity for students. There were more than 1,200 student presenters at this year’s conference, representing 21 campuses in the public higher education system. The conference is co-sponsored by the Commonwealth Honors College at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, and the Massachusetts State University Council of Presidents.

“In addition to the networking possibilities, students are given a platform to showcase their semester-long research and view they types of research their peers are doing at other community colleges and at the four-year university level,” Ms. McPherson said. “The presentation types include a panel, with oral presentation; poster presentations; and e-poster presentations; we had a combination of all three types delivered by QCC honors students.”

Ms. McPherson and Jean Kennedy, a 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 presented at the conference: Richmond Amoako, Leah Berthiaume, Stephanie Collins, Kristi Dorr, Rachel Ferdinand, Amanda LeBeau, Nathan Manna, Ethan O’Connell, Peter Orlovsky, Alondra Pichardo, Cristian Robles, Maximus Seale and Mary Tremblay. Research topics ranged from artificial intelligence, drug resistant bacteria to the future of self-driving cars.

For more information about the projects they researched, see previous newsletter story.

Some STEM students also attended the event. The STEM Starter Academy funded a bus to take students, faculty, and staff to the conference. The keynote address was given by Gerald B. Downes, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology at UMass Amherst, who spoke about his research in neurological disease and 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 website.

May, 2017
May, 2017

QCC hosted its annual Celebration of Excellence and Retirement Recognition Reception on May 18 to recognize and celebrate staff and faulty who have retired this year. A total of 13 faculty and staff were recognized at this year’s event.

The reception was held at the Harrington Learning Center before commencement on May 18 to celebrate another successful year and honor recently retired and retiring...

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QCC hosted its annual Celebration of Excellence and Retirement Recognition Reception on May 18 to recognize and celebrate staff and faulty who have retired this year. A total of 13 faculty and staff were recognized at this year’s event.

The reception was held at the Harrington Learning Center before commencement on May 18 to celebrate another successful year and honor recently retired and retiring colleagues.

Those recognized this year included:

  • Ellen Andrews
  • John Brand
  • Eleanor Dailida
  • Louise Hamelin
  • Jane June
  • Karen Kachadoorian
  • Dale LaBonte
  • Michelle McCrillis
  • Kathryn Ronzanski
  • Peter Tamulis
  • Maurice Tonissi
  • Maureen Woolhouse

QCC President Gail Carberry also was recognized for her hard work and dedication to the college. She is retiring from QCC after 11 years as president of the college.

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May, 2017
May, 2017

The QCC Foundation is hosting “A Journey to Remember” in June. The annual gala is being held to recognize the illustrious career and retirement of Dr. Gail Carberry and to thank supporters for the success of the RISE Campaign.

The RISE Campaign raised $5 million to equip and furnish two new state-of-the-art buildings, expand program delivery throughout the region and build...

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The QCC Foundation is hosting “A Journey to Remember” in June. The annual gala is being held to recognize the illustrious career and retirement of Dr. Gail Carberry and to thank supporters for the success of the RISE Campaign.

The RISE Campaign raised $5 million to equip and furnish two new state-of-the-art buildings, expand program delivery throughout the region and build endowment for scholarships and teaching positions.

The event will be June 15, at 5:30 p.m., at Mechanics Hall in Worcester. For more information, to register or to donate, please visit www.QCC.edu/journey

Proceeds will benefit the Amy H. Carberry Endowed Scholarship Fund.

Dr. Carberry has generously offered to match every dollar of donations between now and June 15, up to $100,000. This means donations will have twice the impact in helping QCC provide high-quality, affordable higher education to members of the community.

For more information on sponsorships or to register as a sponsor, download, complete and return the sponsorship registration form, available at the above link.

The QCC Foundation would like to express its gratitude to sponsors of the event:

Silver Sponsors: St. Vincent Hospital

Bronze Sponsors: Fallon Health, Higher Education Assistance Group, National Grid

Community Sponsors: Dr. Daniel M. Asquino, President Emertius, MWCC; Assabet; Clark University; Coghlin Electric Contractors, Inc.; Fitchburg State University, Worcester Business Development Corporation; Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Partnering Sponsors: Anna Maria College; Fidelity Bank; PRA Architects; Reliant Medical Group

May, 2017
May, 2017

We are very pleased to announce the following staff updates:

On May 1, 2017, Academic Affairs welcomed Adrienne Linnell as Program Administrator, STEM Initiatives. Ms. Linnell brings to this position over 35 years of management experience in the private and public sector. Most recently, she has been working with the Massachusetts Animal Coalition as a Program...

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We are very pleased to announce the following staff updates:

On May 1, 2017, Academic Affairs welcomed Adrienne Linnell as Program Administrator, STEM Initiatives. Ms. Linnell brings to this position over 35 years of management experience in the private and public sector. Most recently, she has been working with the Massachusetts Animal Coalition as a Program Administrator and as Board Treasurer and the Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society as the Board President. Ms. Linnell earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from Cornell University, and a Master of Business Administration from The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. 

On May 8, 2017, Administrative Services welcomed Ryan Clark in to a new role as Communications Dispatcher I. Mr. Clark brings to this position over 10 years of customer service and police and security dispatching. He currently works as a Service Representative at a private company and was a Police Dispatcher at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He is a graduate of the Municipal Police Training Committee’s Reserve/Intermittent Police Academy. Mr. Clark earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice from Worcester State University.

On May 8, 2017, Administrative Services welcomed Priscilla Witherspoon as Clerk III-Southbridge. Ms. Witherspoon brings to the College over 8 years of administrative and customer service experience in the private sector. Most recently, she worked as a Clerk at a medical device company. Ms. Witherspoon is CPR and First Aid certified.    

On May 30, 2017, Academic Affairs welcomed Pat Schmohl as Interim Dean of the School of Healthcare. Mr. Schmohl has been with Quinsigamond Community College since 2005 in a variety of roles. Prior to this new appointment, he served as Dean of Distance Learning and Professional Development, acting Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs, Coordinator of the Fire Science Program and as a tenured Professor. Additionally, he was a Registered Nurse at Saint Vincent Hospital in the emergency department for 5 years. Mr. Schmohl earned an Associate Degree in Nursing from Quinsigamond Community College, a Master’s of Business Administration from Anna Maria College and a Master’s of Science in Nursing – Community Health from Worcester State University.  

Please join us in welcoming QCC's new staff into their new roles.