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September, 2017

September, 2017
September, 2017

President Donald J. Trump’s September 4 statement saying he would be ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that began five years ago under the previous federal administration, elicited a prompt response from all 15 Massachusetts community colleges in support of DACA.

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President Donald J. Trump’s September 4 statement saying he would be ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that began five years ago under the previous federal administration, elicited a prompt response from all 15 Massachusetts community colleges in support of DACA.

Quinsigamond Community College’s new President, Dr. Luis G. Pedraja, was featured on both WCVB Channel 5 and on Charter TV 3 echoing the words of his community college colleagues and stating QCC’s commitment to meet the education needs of every person who walks through the doors of the college, regardless of their immigration status.

Dr. Pedraja, an immigrant himself, noted, “I came seeking the American dream; they came seeking the American dream that we all cherish… life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

To hear more from Dr. Pedraja, please click on the attached links.

  • Dr. Pedraja delivers the keynote at August Assessment Academy.
September, 2017
September, 2017

QCC President Luis G. Pedraja delivered the Keynote Address at QCC's 9th annual August Assessment Academy to an enthusiastic audience of faculty and staff in the Center for Academic Excellence.

Each summer, the Academy brings together faculty and professional staff from all five schools and several departments inside and outside Academic Affairs. It’s one of several annual...

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QCC President Luis G. Pedraja delivered the Keynote Address at QCC's 9th annual August Assessment Academy to an enthusiastic audience of faculty and staff in the Center for Academic Excellence.

Each summer, the Academy brings together faculty and professional staff from all five schools and several departments inside and outside Academic Affairs. It’s one of several annual teaching, learning and development events offered through the Center for Academic Excellence. Each Academy's agenda is split between a morning session focused on best practices or new skills and ideas, and an afternoon session engaged in authentic assessment of student work.

Given Dr. Pedraja's rich and varied background in all phases and levels of assessment, including accreditation, the Academy's organizers were eager to invite him to speak about his experiences and vision for assessment at QCC. Dr. Pedraja shared a refreshingly down-to-earth and practical vision of how student learning outcomes assessment can elevate teaching and learning at QCC, as well as address some of the challenges QCC shares with other institutions of public higher education, such as student retention.

After Dr. Pedraja’s well-received address, he participated in a lively roundtable discussion of current assessment-related projects with faculty and staff from a range of programs and disciplines: Judy Colson (Psychology); Jean Kennedy (Human Services); Kirsten Patey (English, Writing Center); Kristie Proctor (Disability Services); Pat Schmohl (Health Care); Nancy Schoenfeld (Academic Affairs); and Tiger Swan (Library).

In this year’s afternoon session, Quinsigamond Outcomes Research for Excellence (QORE) launched a semester-long pilot project to assess oral presentations using its locally-developed Toolkits for Signature Work. For more information, please email QORE at MSC [at] qcc.mass.edu.

The August Assessment Academy was funded by Academic Affairs and organized by Quinsigamond Outcomes Research for Excellence: Amy Beaudry, Gaelan Lee Benway, Maureen Giacobbe and Tiger Swan.

Photo credit: Steve Erickson, QCC Media Services. 

  • QCC students have extensive field experience.
September, 2017
September, 2017

Quinsigamond Community College’s Foodservice Management certificate program  has received full approval from the Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals (ANFP).

As only the second community college in Massachusetts to have earned this distinction, graduates of the program who are interested in pursuing the Certified Dietary Manager, Certified Food Protection Professional (CDM,...

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Quinsigamond Community College’s Foodservice Management certificate program  has received full approval from the Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals (ANFP).

As only the second community college in Massachusetts to have earned this distinction, graduates of the program who are interested in pursuing the Certified Dietary Manager, Certified Food Protection Professional (CDM, CFPP) credential, will now be able to take the CDM, CFPP exam and expand their career options. Certificate programs without ANFP approval do not give students the opportunity to take this exam.

“The ANFP approval comes at a great time for our students due to new national regulations. We are very excited about receiving this approval, which will increase our students’ scope of career options,” said Pat Hutchinson, coordinator of QCC’s Hospitality & Recreation Management Program.

“QCC’s one year certificate program provides an affordable pathway to equip students with a credential that is now nationally recognized for long-term care settings,” said Chrissy Carroll, nutrition consultant for QCC’s Hospitality & Recreation Management Program.

The ANFP approval ensures that great careers start at QCC. “The Dietary Management program at QCC will provide opportunities for both Worcester Public Schools nutrition staff and students to enroll in new educational pathways. These applicable field experiences will increase skills in culinary, nutrition, and management and increase dual enrollment opportunities for Worcester Public School students,” said Superintendent of Worcester Public Schools, Maureen Binienda.

The Worcester Public Schools Child Nutrition Program currently serves over 30,000 meals throughout 60 sites each day, with an emphasis on seasonal ingredients, fresh preparation, and program expansion requiring a dynamic workforce with a variety of food and systems related skills.

Hospitality student chops strawberries

QCC’s Dietary Management program teaches students to manage and evaluate functional systems in dietary foodservice operations; integrate human, financial and equipment resources into foodservice operations; demonstrate professional ethics and work effectiveness within a team; manage and evaluate interpersonal relationships, and plan and prepare a menu that is nutritionally sound. Students completing the pathways (education plus experience) will take the CDM credentialing exam through the ANFP.

National regulations made in 2016 by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have changed the parameters for CDMs in long-term care facilities. A CDM, CFPP credential is now listed as the primary qualification for the Director of Food and Nutrition Services in long-term care (LTC) centers, in the absence of a full-time dietitian. This enables CDMs to hold positions that were formerly only held by dietitians. To date there are more than 15,000 long-term care facilities nationwide.

  • From left: Vice President for Student Engagement, Enrollment and Community Connections, Dr. Lillian Ortiz; Narda Bondah, and former QCC President,Dr. Gail Carberry.
  • 2017 Women of Distinction Award recipients.
  • Narda Bondah will be presenting her poster at the BMES Conference in Phoenix this fall.
September, 2017
September, 2017

Narda Bondah’s journey to Quinsigamond Community College reads a little like a made for television movie. Ms. Bondah and her younger brother came to Worcester from Ghana to live with their father, after the death of their mother who died in childbirth with her sister. Her little sister stayed behind with relatives.

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Narda Bondah’s journey to Quinsigamond Community College reads a little like a made for television movie. Ms. Bondah and her younger brother came to Worcester from Ghana to live with their father, after the death of their mother who died in childbirth with her sister. Her little sister stayed behind with relatives.

Imagine losing your mom, leaving your sister and then moving to a foreign country. For many, these circumstances would seem insurmountable, but for Ms. Bondah, they are just a part of the story that makes up her life.  

According to Ms. Bondah, the educational system in Ghana is extremely competitive. Placement tests are required to decide which high school a student is allowed to attend after middle school. In Ms. Bondah’s case, she was sent to a high level boarding school for girls a few hours from her home, after scoring well on her placement tests. Rising above the tragic loss of her mom, she completed her high school classes before coming to the U.S. Once in Worcester, she worked on becoming acclimated to the new culture and climate.

Ms. Bondah’s goal had always been to one day attend a good college and become a doctor, however, upon coming to Worcester she learned that she might need to attend a U.S. high school first before beginning college.

“I didn’t take the SATs,” she said. “I was actually done with high school and so a Worcester Public School guidance counselor suggested I get college credits by attending QCC,” she said.

Ms. Bondah was able to do just that and began a slow transition to college life, initially taking 10 credits at QCC.

“The Advising Center was great and they advised me to take only a few courses to start with so that I could get used to the style and rigor of college,” she said.

Ms. Bondah started out as a general studies major, working toward her career goal of becoming a doctor.  Associate Professor of Biology, Jessica Crowley, became not only her biology instructor, but also a trusted advisor.

“She was very interested in me and has been so helpful,” Ms. Bondah said. “I love all the professors here and I particularly find the female professors very inspiring.”

Narda Bondah

A few months after being on campus, Ms. Bondah saw a poster mentioning biomedical engineering. This was when QCC Professor Dadbeh Bigonahy, Coordinator of Engineering, Biomedical Engineering & Sciences stepped into her life.

“I met with him and he said to get into biomedical engineering. I loved the idea of the engineering program. It’s so very broad and I want to be a doctor so this was perfect,” she said.

Ms. Bondah excelled in her classes at QCC and has availed herself of campus resources. Of particular note were activities supported by the STEM Starter Academy that included a robotics tour to UMASS Lowell's NERVE center and a women in STEM program and tutoring sessions.

In the fall of 2016, through a collegiate relationship between QCC and Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Dr. Kristen Billiar, the head of the Biomedical Department at WPI, came to QCC to speak with the biomedical students. He discussed the 10-week Research Experiences for Undergraduates grant (“REU”) available at WPI during the summer months.  

“I was debating if I was interested and Jessica, who was also at the meeting, thought it would be good exposure for me because I’m interested in medical,” Ms. Bondah said.

Ms. Bondah applied for the program and was accepted into Dr. Billiar’s lab. There she used the knowledge she acquired at QCC to work on a unique project – preventing regurgitation of blood in tissue engineered heart valves.

“People can have misconstrued thoughts about the academics at QCC, yet my educational knowledge and skills were just as good as the other girls from WPI. We all knew the same thing,” said Ms. Bondah. “I used everything I learned in Jessica’s class about cell biology. It made me feel like a pro.”

In addition to her research work at WPI, she was also able to mentor two middle school students, which she said was one of the best parts of the program.

“At QCC I’m also a role model for Ghana girls who are new to the college. They always come to me and I love to help them,” she said. “QCC is a wonderful place. I love the homey environment; especially the Harrington Learning Center and the tutoring center. It’s a place that makes me feel like I want to learn,” she said. “You work hard for your grades, but it’s rewarding when you study hard and do well.”

Ms. Bondah’s hard work has been paying off for her. She was a recent recipient of a 2017 Women of Distinction award; a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and a 2017 recipient of the QCC Alumni Scholarship.

In addition, this October Ms. Bondah will be presenting a poster of her work at the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Conference in Phoenix, AZ., along with fellow QCC classmate (and recent graduate) Fatin Alkhaledi. Both women have student memberships in BMES through QCC. Ms. Bondah’s travel arrangements are being sponsored by a BMES Travel Award provided by the National Society of Black Engineers.

“I have come this far with the help of my family and most importantly my awesome dad, who singlehandedly toiled earnestly for my comfort,” she said.

Ms. Bondah is currently taking a full course load this fall and is expected to graduate in 2018 with the goal of transferring as a junior to either WPI or the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth or the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

 

  • QCC's Drone program is nominated for a Bellwether Award.
September, 2017
September, 2017

Quinsigamond Community College’s Brothers and Keepers male mentoring program and Drone Certificate program have been nominated for two 2018 Bellwether Awards. The Bellwether Awards recognize outstanding, innovative programs and practices that are successfully leading community colleges.

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Quinsigamond Community College’s Brothers and Keepers male mentoring program and Drone Certificate program have been nominated for two 2018 Bellwether Awards. The Bellwether Awards recognize outstanding, innovative programs and practices that are successfully leading community colleges.

QCC’s Brothers & Keepers program is an innovative, male mentoring initiative designed to increase the retention and educational success of the male students at QCC. Participants in the Brothers & Keepers program work with peers, faculty, and staff to learn how to successfully navigate the college experience and to prepare for life, work, and education after QCC.

QCC was also nominated for its Drone Certificate program, becoming the first community college in Massachusetts to offer this type of program. QCC’s drone certificate program features a series of online and in-person courses designed to teach students everything they need to know about drones and help prepare them to take and pass the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Drone Pilot Exam. The program also offers students the option of an onsite, 8-hour “Phantom and Inspire” flight training course with a hands-on flight training session.

Finalists will be chosen in November and the winners will receive their awards at a Bellwether Award luncheon on January 30, 2018.

 

Brothers & Keepers is nominated for a Bellwether Award.
  • QCC was host to Fulbright Scholars from other countries.
  • Dr. Lucci speaks to the visiting Fulbright Scholars.
September, 2017
September, 2017

Quinsigamond Community College now has the distinguished honor of being home to three Fulbright Scholars, with the recent award of a Fulbright to Dr. Flo Lucci, professor of Business Administration.

Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as record of service and demonstrated leadership in their respective fields. Dr. Lucci...

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Quinsigamond Community College now has the distinguished honor of being home to three Fulbright Scholars, with the recent award of a Fulbright to Dr. Flo Lucci, professor of Business Administration.

Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as record of service and demonstrated leadership in their respective fields. Dr. Lucci received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award to Russia in Human Resources/Organizational Development for the 2017-2018 academic year.  She  will head to Tyumen State University in Tyumen, Russia in early 2018 as part of a project to advance U.S. Organizational Development knowledge. Dr. Lucci will share information and expertise related to the community college education model.  

“Community colleges have evolved from local institutions to colleges that both benefit by a diverse student population, but also attempt to share global perspective through international education programming, short-term study abroad and collaborative partnerships with institutions abroad,” said Dr. Lucci. “International education is an explosively growing industry. With community colleges educating over half of U.S. college students, it is imperative that we embrace this sector and provide these opportunities for our students. The Fulbright Scholar Program has in recent years sought out faculty from community colleges, as there is great fascination across the globe in our education model. Fulbright programming can expand a faculty member’s view and access to collaborative teaching relationships as well as research connections.”

In 2010, Kathy Rentsch, dean of Business, Engineering and Technology, was awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant for the 2010-2011 academic year to participate in a community college administrator seminar in the Russian Federation. Ms. Rentsch participated in a two-day conference, “Higher Education for Tomorrow’s Professionals,” in Moscow, before traveling to Sochi, Russia to meet with counterparts from the Russian State University for Tourism.

“Sochi had just been selected as the site for the 2014 Winter Olympics when I arrived in Russia. As a result, I coordinated a Skype conference call with Professor Pat Hutchinson, in Hospitality & Recreation Management (HRM) so that hospitality management students in Sochi could discuss their ideas and plans for the upcoming event,” Ms. Rentech said. “The following year a delegation of administrators and faculty from Sochi visited QCC as part of an ongoing exchange between the two institutions. QCC HRM students planned a week-long series of events to mark their visit. The Fulbright seminar helped QCC to internationalize program efforts in HRM.”

In 2014, Dr. Trent Masiki, professor of English, was awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant and was able to lecture at the Universidad Autonoma de Chiriqui in David, Panama during the 2014-2015 academic year. Dr. Masiki taught Introduction to Writing Fiction and Creative Nonfiction with a course focus on U.S, Afro-American and Afro-Latino/ writers.

“At QCC the aptitude and knowledge of our faculty, coupled with their passion for the success of all our students is truly remarkable,” said QCC President Dr. Luis Pedraja. “Students at QCC learn from caring and committed educators who offer worldwide global awareness.”

QCC has also been host to Fulbright scholars from other countries. In the last four years scholars from China, Iraq and a group of 42 scholars from 26 different countries have visited QCC.

Established in 1946 by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program was designed to build lasting connection between the people of the United States and other countries. Fulbright alumni include 57 who have been awarded the Nobel Prize, 82 who have received Pulitzer Prizes, and 37 who have served as a head of state or government.

  • QCC students spend some quality time with a new furry friend.
  • Director of Disability Services, Kristie Proctor (L) and Associate Director of Disability Services,Terry Rodriguez (R) help with the alpacas.
  • Dr. Pedraja meets Black Magic.
September, 2017
September, 2017

Earlier this month Quinsigamond Community College was host to two alpacas, "Black Magic,” a black alpaca and “Artic Blue,” a white and tan alpaca, thanks to QCC’s Disability Services and Angel Hair Alpacas of North Grafton. The feel-good event, held outside Fuller Student Center, was part of Welcome Week at QCC. This event gave new and returning QCC students an opportunity to meet other...

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Earlier this month Quinsigamond Community College was host to two alpacas, "Black Magic,” a black alpaca and “Artic Blue,” a white and tan alpaca, thanks to QCC’s Disability Services and Angel Hair Alpacas of North Grafton. The feel-good event, held outside Fuller Student Center, was part of Welcome Week at QCC. This event gave new and returning QCC students an opportunity to meet other students, faculty and staff while mingling with the alpacas. The friendly, gentle creatures, owned by Jay Cohen and Maureen Agley, have visited campus before and are a great ice-breaker for students.  

Mr. Cohen said that while students enjoyed petting and visiting with the alpacas, they were also able to learn more about the animals themselves; the business model of the farm; how to raise an animal, and what farm to product means.

“We try to have them come once or twice a semester,” said Kristie Proctor, Director of Disability Services.

QCC’s Office of Disability Services hosts different events throughout the year for students such as bringing registered therapy dogs, cats, and a miniature horse to campus during exam time, often a peak stress time for students.

 

  • The Children's School Annual Art Exhibit.
  • Outdoor play is a part of QCC's Children's School.
  • QCC's Dean of Enrollment Michelle Tufau Afriyie with her lovely daughter.
September, 2017
September, 2017

Openings for 2017-2018 currently available

For 45 years Quinsigamond Community College’s Children’s School and Early Childhood Education Department have been part of the fabric that makes QCC unique to Worcester and the surrounding communities. Also known as the “Child Study Center,” located on the main campus, the school provides young children between the ages of 2.9...

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Openings for 2017-2018 currently available

For 45 years Quinsigamond Community College’s Children’s School and Early Childhood Education Department have been part of the fabric that makes QCC unique to Worcester and the surrounding communities. Also known as the “Child Study Center,” located on the main campus, the school provides young children between the ages of 2.9 years to 5 years old a full-day program that fosters appreciation of self, others and the world around them. The program is licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care and is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The Children’s School is the laboratory/training center for the Early Childhood Education (ECE)program.  ECE faculty offices are also located within this center.

The Children’s School is available to children of QCC students, faculty, staff and the community, with QCC students given first priority. The school, which is licensed for 40 children, currently has several openings for the current school year. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and financial assistance options are available, such as a state voucher or a QCC scholarship to help offset the cost of childcare if a family meets certain qualifications.

The school also serves as a training site for students in the QCC ECE program, offering weekly hands-on practical experience. According to Charlene Mara, Coordinator for the ECE Department, the college students are practicing what they are learning from their college coursework in the children’s classrooms. It is a match that has worked well for children, families and college students.

“This program is truly a team effort between the faculty of the ECE department and the Children’s School. We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the ECE program,” said, Director of the Children’s School, Nancy Knight. “I’ve been here for 12 years; was a graduate of the Early Childhood program and completed my seminars and practicum experience here. I’m also an adjunct professor. It really has come full circle for me.”

The Children’s School offers two classrooms of between 18-20 children in each group, comprised of mixed ages. These groups are staffed by Department of Early Education and Care certified lead teachers. Two to three student teachers, who are under the direct supervision of the ECE faculty, implement their classroom learning in the lab school on a daily basis.

“The emphasis is on social and cognitive skills that the children need most. We’re very consistent on how we teach. The curriculum here changes every day according to the interests and developmental needs of each child. The children learn while having fun,” said Nancy Knight, Director of the Children’s School.

While there is never a “typical day,” both indoor and outdoor play, as well as group time, snack time, open-ended learning activities and rest time occur daily. There are also occasional walking field trips. Each day a detailed curriculum is posted. Teachers and children generate ideas for the curriculum.  Daily areas of interest available to the children include: art, sand/water, science, manipulatives, language arts, blocks, workbench, writing area, dramatic play, and the outdoor learning environment.   

To apply to the Children’s School, please download an application and return it by mail or in-person. Applications are placed on a list according to the date they are received at the school, and are processed from this list as vacancies occur.

For additional information, please contact Jane Lohnes at jlohnes [at] qcc.mass.edu, Nancy Knight at knight [at] qcc.mass.edu, or call 508.854.4220.

  • QCC's Peace Pole and weeping cherry tree.
  • QCC students enjoy a conversation by the Peace Pole.
September, 2017
September, 2017

September 11 marked the 16 year anniversary of the bombing of the World Trade Center.  While many current QCC students may have little or no memory of the events of that crisp Autumn day, it changed our world forever. On this anniversary, the QCC community once again paused to remember and also thank our veterans, first responders and public safety officers who protect and serve us every day.

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September 11 marked the 16 year anniversary of the bombing of the World Trade Center.  While many current QCC students may have little or no memory of the events of that crisp Autumn day, it changed our world forever. On this anniversary, the QCC community once again paused to remember and also thank our veterans, first responders and public safety officers who protect and serve us every day.

During a heartfelt memorial service on the first anniversary of 9/11, a Peace Pole was erected on campus between the Fuller Student Center and Surprenant Hall in the hope that peace would prevail. Alongside the Peace Pole a weeping cherry tree was also planted with the desire that we, as a community, would always remember the day this nation wept. Today the Peace Pole and cherry tree stand as continual reminders of peace for our college, community, country and the world.

In keeping with the premise of peace, the college also observed the International Day of Peace on September 21. Established in 1981 by a unanimous United Nations resolution, the International Day of Peace is day dedicated to, “commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples.” In honor of this day, QCC students, faculty and staff gathered together for peace in the Grotto, to observe and learn mindfulness and to show respect, safety and dignity for all.

 

  • Students stop by the Alden Library to pick up a copy of the Constitution.
September, 2017
September, 2017

On September 17, 1787, 39 delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia signed the document known as the United States Constitution. In 2004, our country set aside that day each year as United States Constitution Day, in commemoration of the adoption of the Constitution and to those who have become U.S. citizens.

The day was celebrated at QCC in the Alden Library where students, staff and faculty...

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On September 17, 1787, 39 delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia signed the document known as the United States Constitution. In 2004, our country set aside that day each year as United States Constitution Day, in commemoration of the adoption of the Constitution and to those who have become U.S. citizens.

The day was celebrated at QCC in the Alden Library where students, staff and faculty received free copies of the Constitution and learned about their constitutional rights.

 

  • QCC students flocked to Club Rush Days.
  • Phi Theta Kappa
  • Cheerleaders Club
  • QCC Leadership Academy
  • QCC offers a variety of fun and engaging clubs.
September, 2017
September, 2017

Quinsigamond Community College students came out in droves for the school’s annual Club Rush Days held on September 21 and September 22 in the Quad. Clubs are an integral part of QCC student life and are designed to add value to a student’s college experience. They offer students a way to meet other students and establish new social connects and friendships. Clubs also help students learn more...

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Quinsigamond Community College students came out in droves for the school’s annual Club Rush Days held on September 21 and September 22 in the Quad. Clubs are an integral part of QCC student life and are designed to add value to a student’s college experience. They offer students a way to meet other students and establish new social connects and friendships. Clubs also help students learn more about themselves and the world around them through fun and exciting experiences. Students also gain valuable leadership skills; build their resume and discover what truly inspires them.

The college offers approximately 20 clubs that students can join, including some new clubs such as the newly formed Cheerleaders Club. If a student doesn’t see a club of interest, he/she can stop by the Fuller Student to speak with Student Life and fill out the paperwork to start a new club.

For more information, email Director of Student Life and Leadership, Michael Beane at mbeane [at] qcc.mass.edu.

 

September, 2017
September, 2017

Have you ever had a mentor in your life… someone who you have gone to either professionally or personally who offered support and guidance? At Quinsigamond Community College two unique mentoring programs have been established for both male and female students to assist them in a variety of issues both on and off campus. Mentors of these initiatives are QCC faculty and staff.

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Have you ever had a mentor in your life… someone who you have gone to either professionally or personally who offered support and guidance? At Quinsigamond Community College two unique mentoring programs have been established for both male and female students to assist them in a variety of issues both on and off campus. Mentors of these initiatives are QCC faculty and staff.

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Brothers & Keepers is a male mentoring program designed to increase the retention and educational success of male students at QCC. Participants in Brothers & Keepers will work with peers, faculty, and staff to learn how to successfully navigate college, prepare for life, work, and education after QCC.

“Research suggests male mentors have proven to be effective for a variety of reasons in male mentoring initiatives. Currently, we are seeking new mentors to help us for the 2017-18 academic year. Mentors will help to fulfill the mission of the Brothers & Keepers Program through our strong commitment to aiding students in their personal, professional, and career development,” said Club Advisor Ricky Frazier, Program Counselor, Student Support Services & Coordinator of The Brothers & Keepers Male Mentoring Initiative.

Brothers & Keepers exposes students to:

  • Educational and social tutoring
  • Career development counseling
  • Interpersonal skills coaching
  • Interview and presentation skills development
  • Health and wellness counseling
  • Strategies for resolving conflict with peers, faculty, and/or staff
  • Coping strategies for managing social, academic, and financial hardships
  • Self-confidence and self-esteem building exercises
  • Student leadership and community engagement opportunities
  • Social outing and peer bonding experiences
  • Celebrations of ethnic diversity and immigrant experience

Mentors will be matched with a male mentee(s) and are asked to maintain regular and frequent contacts with their mentee (a minimum of three contacts per semester, with at least one of these a face-to-face exchange), to discuss successes and failures while navigating educational, personal and social experiences.

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A female mentoring program is also available at QCC called S.H.E. (Support. Help. Encourage).

Similar to the goals of Brothers & Keepers, this female mentoring program was created to support QCC female students in their academic and personal goals.  

S.H.E. exposes female students to:

  • Educational and social tutoring
  • Career development counseling
  • Interpersonal skills coaching
  • Interview and presentation skills development
  • Health and wellness counseling
  • Strategies for resolving conflict with peers, faculty, and staff
  • Coping strategies for managing social, academic, and financial hardships
  • Self-confidence and self-esteem building exercises
  • Student leadership and community engagement opportunities

“Many of us have been fortunate to have had mentors through our own personal and professional development.  One way to pay that experience forward is to provide one or two of our students with the ‘personal touch’ of mentoring. The S.H.E. Program is one way to get involved in student success,” said Dr. Terry Vecchio, Dean of Students.

For those interested in being a S.H.E mentor and mentoring a female student (s), please complete the application link, https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SHEMentor

For those interested in being a Brothers & Keepers mentor, please complete the application link, https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BKMentorApplication

 

  • Quinsigamond Wyverns Dragon Boat team
  • Quinsigamond Wyverns paddling back after their heat.
  • Team members stretched out before their first and only practice.
  • The Wyverns were ready for action.
  • QCC's President, Dr. Luis Pedraja and the Wyvern mascot cheered on the team.
  • The QCC Wyvern mascot became part of the festivities.
  • QCC Dean of Students, Terry Vecchio discusses strategy with the team.
September, 2017
September, 2017

On an unusually warm September day, QCC students, Phi Theta Kappa members, and a few staff members paddled their way into Wyvern lore to become the first dragon boat team in the school’s history during Worcester’s recent Dragon Boat Festival.

For those new to dragon boat racing, a dragon boat is a large canoe style boat that is decorated like a dragon. It’s made of fiberglass and measures...

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On an unusually warm September day, QCC students, Phi Theta Kappa members, and a few staff members paddled their way into Wyvern lore to become the first dragon boat team in the school’s history during Worcester’s recent Dragon Boat Festival.

For those new to dragon boat racing, a dragon boat is a large canoe style boat that is decorated like a dragon. It’s made of fiberglass and measures approximately 46 feet long. Dragon boat teams consist of 21 members: 20 paddlers and one drummer, who sits at the front and sets the heartbeat of the boat to  keep everyone paddling in sync.

The inaugural Worcester Dragon Boat Festival was held at DCR Regatta Point and Lake Quinsigamond and brought out 25 community and club teams that competed against each other. Three teams raced against each other in separate heats for the best overall time. The racing concluded with a final heat of the top timed finishers to determine the winner.  While QCC was not in the top three, the Quinsigamond Wyverns made a fine first time showing and enjoyed themselves in the process.

“Seeing the boat in person was really awesome. I really enjoyed myself,” said QCC Student Senate President Ed Reitz. “The hardest part was remembering to breathe because you get so excited you almost forget. I look forward to next year.”

PTK member and QCC student Suzanne Inman echoed Mr. Reitz.

“It was a fun, team-building experience. I think it’s great that the school did this and brought us all together. There’s lots of things happening on campus,” Ms. Inman said. “I’m an older student and for people who are thinking twice about coming back to school, I say jump right in. It’s been a great experience getting to know people from different cultures and age groups. QCC is a really great place to go.”

QCC’s dragon boat team of QCC students and PTK members included: Drummer Nicole Bodinizzo and Rowers: Maia Shalev, Suzanne Inman, Toby Ajayi, Ed Reitz, Kimberly May, Nadeen lsammarraie, Martha Gabriel, Victor Rojas, Benjammin Aryeh, Cynthia Amoako, Susan Rivera, Marian Knight, Ana De la Torre, Autumn Rhonemus, Sthuar Molina, Ashley Blackman, Kayla Paterson, Director of Student Life and Leadership Mike Beane, PTK Advisor Bonnie Coleman and Team Captain and QCC Dean of Students, Terry Vecchio.

 

September, 2017
September, 2017

Recent studies have shown that anywhere between 81 to 95 percent of Americans now own a cellphone of some kind, making mobile phones one of the most optimal ways people communicate today.

At Quinsigamond Community College, we want you to have all the information you need at your fingertips, which is why the QCC Mobile App was developed. The QCC Mobile App provides students, faculty and staff with a convenient...

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Recent studies have shown that anywhere between 81 to 95 percent of Americans now own a cellphone of some kind, making mobile phones one of the most optimal ways people communicate today.

At Quinsigamond Community College, we want you to have all the information you need at your fingertips, which is why the QCC Mobile App was developed. The QCC Mobile App provides students, faculty and staff with a convenient way to stay connected to the QCC community.

Downloading the free Mobile App gives you instant access to campus maps, emergency alerts, faculty absences, weather notifications, the mobile version of the Q and more! Students are able to access their course information, grades, find online resources, make bookstore purchases, and utilize QCC Library services.

There’s no better place to find everything you need than on the QCC Mobile App. Download the free App from the Apple App Store; Google Play or the Windows store TODAY!

For a complete “How-To” User guide, visit QCC's App Guide.

 

  • QCC's Campus Police Honor Guard surround PTK Advisor Bonnie Coleman and Recent QCC and PRK member Kimberly May.
September, 2017
September, 2017

The Quinsigamond Community College Campus Police Honor Guard presented the Colors at Fenway Park on September 28, during Community College Night. This was the second time that the school’s Honor Guard was given this distinction.

Holding the American Flag on the field was Sergeant Litchfield; the MA State Flag was held by Officer Labranche; the College Wyvern...

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The Quinsigamond Community College Campus Police Honor Guard presented the Colors at Fenway Park on September 28, during Community College Night. This was the second time that the school’s Honor Guard was given this distinction.

Holding the American Flag on the field was Sergeant Litchfield; the MA State Flag was held by Officer Labranche; the College Wyvern Flag was held by Deputy Chief DiGiovanni, and the Departmental Accreditation Flag was held by Deputy Chief Rodriguez. QCC’s Honor Guard is led by Deputy Chief DiGiovanni.

Additionally, QCC recent graduate and PTK member Kimberly May was honored in a ceremony on the field, as a recipient of one of the 29 Who Shine Award winners. This is an initiative by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education to honor one student on each of the 29 campuses of the Massachusetts’ public higher education system, who shows exemplary leadership characteristics on campus as well as off campus.

QCC students attended the game and showed their support for the Honor Guard and Ms. May, while enjoying a great night of comradery and baseball. 

To view the full album, visit the Campus Police Facebook page

  • QCC students attend first leadership workshop.
September, 2017
September, 2017

The QCC Student Leadership Academy held its first fall workshop, “What is Leadership and What Does it Mean to Me?” The presenter was Dr. Charles Lloyd, interim president of White Mountains Community College, who discussed the basics of leadership. Dr. Lloyd is also president/CEO of a leadership training and consulting firm. 

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The QCC Student Leadership Academy held its first fall workshop, “What is Leadership and What Does it Mean to Me?” The presenter was Dr. Charles Lloyd, interim president of White Mountains Community College, who discussed the basics of leadership. Dr. Lloyd is also president/CEO of a leadership training and consulting firm. 

QCC’s student leadership program is a yearlong program that includes several workshops.The first half of the program focuses on emerging leaders and the second half focuses on engaging leaders.

Students will learn about group processes, community values, and getting involved.The program culminates with a service learning project. Students must attend at least seven of the workshops, in addition to all of the mandatory workshops in order to complete the program. For more information, please email Director of Student Life and Leadership Michael Beane at mbeane [at] qcc.mass.edu .

  • Campus Police and QCC students discuss relevant issues.
September, 2017
September, 2017

Join the QCC Campus Police on Wednesday, October 4 from 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. for Coffee with a Cop! 
No agenda or speeches, just a chance to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know the officers in the QCC community, all while having a free cup of coffee.

QCC Institutional Communications staff members will also be on hand to offer free travel coffee mugs...

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Join the QCC Campus Police on Wednesday, October 4 from 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. for Coffee with a Cop! 
No agenda or speeches, just a chance to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know the officers in the QCC community, all while having a free cup of coffee.

QCC Institutional Communications staff members will also be on hand to offer free travel coffee mugs to the first dozen students who are willing to share their QCC stories on Faces of QCC at the event.

For more information, contact the QCC Campus Police at campuspolice [at] qcc.mass.edu 

Disability Services notice: Persons needing accommodations for this event can contact the Campus Police at 508.854.4221 as soon as possible. Handicapped parking locations are highlighted on the campus map. ASL interpreters can be scheduled through Disability Services, seven days notice is required.

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  • PTK is offering a raffle for a chance to win a front row parking spot.
  • PTK greenhouse wyvern
September, 2017
September, 2017

Phi Theta Kappa members are very busy this semester getting ready for their annual Fall Cookout to be held on Wednesday, October 4 (rain date October 11) 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Fuller Center lawn area. Food and a host of fun festivities will be on the schedule with all proceeds from the event going to benefit the Live & Learn Greenhouse.

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Phi Theta Kappa members are very busy this semester getting ready for their annual Fall Cookout to be held on Wednesday, October 4 (rain date October 11) 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Fuller Center lawn area. Food and a host of fun festivities will be on the schedule with all proceeds from the event going to benefit the Live & Learn Greenhouse.

There will be entertainment throughout the day by DJ James Gangemi JG Entertainment, Scott Olson on the keyboard, and a not to be missed performance by the QCC Jazz Ensemble.

Food available for purchase includes: hamburgers, hotdogs, cheeseburgers, veggie burgers, salad, as well as  water, soda, chips and cookies.

“We’ll also have raffles, face painting, manicures, volleyball and more,” said PTK Advisor Bonnie Coleman.

In addition, PTK is currently holding a raffle for a chance to win a Front Row Parking Spot that the winner will be able to use until January 12, 2018! Raffle tickets  cost $1 each and those interested can stop by the PTK office in room 351A to purchase  their tickets. The drawing will be held on Thursday, October 5 at 4:00 p.m. All proceeds from this raffle will benefit Lilly, the Worcester Public Library bookmobile.

  • QCC student Alexandre Dominique
  • Kathy Rentsch, Dean of Business, Engineering and Technology at QCC checks out equipment in the Manufacturing lab.
  • QCC students work with a robotic friend.
September, 2017
September, 2017

The National Association of Manufacturers is looking to once again get the word out about manufacturing careers and inspire the next generation of manufacturers through Manufacturing Day, a national public recognition day about today’s manufacturing, held annually since 2012 in early October.

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The National Association of Manufacturers is looking to once again get the word out about manufacturing careers and inspire the next generation of manufacturers through Manufacturing Day, a national public recognition day about today’s manufacturing, held annually since 2012 in early October.

Quinsigamond Community College will be participating in the nationwide  a Manufacturing Day event on Friday, October 6, from 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., for QCC students and the general public. The event is designed to highlight the vast manufacturing career opportunities available today, as well as showcase the array of manufacturing programs available at QCC.

The day will kick-off in Hebert Auditorium where attendees will view several brief videos of modern day manufacturing. They will also hear from Mike Ciprari, owner of SJC Drums in Southbridge, followed by a panel discussion with current QCC students and former QCC students, who are working in the manufacturing industry. Panelists herald from local companies such as: AKUITY Technologies, of Auburn; Hyde Tools, of Southbridge, and American Fabrication of Clinton.  

Immediately following the panel discussion manufacturing technology demonstrations will be held in the QuEST Center, the Advanced Manufacturing Lab and the Harrington Learning Center. QCC’s Fab Lab will also be showcased. This is an MIT-developed collaborative workspace that offers a networked maker space, which enables students to use a vast array of high tech tools; from digital printers and laser cutters, CAD design software; to design development and manufacturing products. Fab Labs are linked to a worldwide network enabling QCC students to participate in video conferences with other Fab Labs, sharing ideas and receiving technical assistance on projects with any Fab Lab participant in the world.

Attendees to QCC’s event can also witness hands-on robotics demonstrations and Computer Numerical Control (CNC) programs running mill and lathe programs; lasers performing precision cutting and Coordinate Measuring Machines (CMMs) that test for accuracy. Employers from AKUITY Technologies, American Fabrication, Hyde Tools, Karl Storz Endovision, IPG Photonics and Saint-Gobain will also be stationed at different demonstration locations, discussing how the equipment is being used in their businesses.

September, 2017
September, 2017

The Fall 2017 Liberal Arts Distinguished Lecturer Series will commence with two unique and entertaining lecturers, Dr. Catherine Roberts and Dr. Ken Mondschein.

Dr. Roberts will present her lecture, “How Math Can Help You in Unexpected Ways,” on Thursday, October 5 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Room 109 in the Harrington Learning Center. Dr....

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The Fall 2017 Liberal Arts Distinguished Lecturer Series will commence with two unique and entertaining lecturers, Dr. Catherine Roberts and Dr. Ken Mondschein.

Dr. Roberts will present her lecture, “How Math Can Help You in Unexpected Ways,” on Thursday, October 5 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Room 109 in the Harrington Learning Center. Dr. Roberts uses math to understand important environmental challenges and will describe some of the ways that math is being used to help our planet. She will also describe how a broad, liberal arts training in college prepared her for a project involving white-water rafting through the Grand Canyon. No equations are involved in this general audience talk that’s suitable for anyone! 

Dr. Roberts grew up on Cape Cod and has a doctorate in applied math from Northwestern University. She spent 24 years as a college math professor, most recently at the College of the Holy Cross. Currently she is the Executive Director at the American Mathematical Society, the professional association for research mathematics.

QCC Emerita Professor Maureen Woolhouse assisted in bringing Dr. Roberts to speak at QCC.

The next lecturer in the series will pose the question, “What was sword fighting really like in the Middle Ages?”

On Thursday, November 2 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Room 109 in the Harrington Learning Center, Dr. Ken Mondschein will present his lecture,” Medieval Martial Arts:  Fact, Fantasy, and Film.” Dr. Mondschein will give an overview of medieval arms and armor technology, explaining the difference between the way sword fighting was done historically versus theatrical fencing.  One of the highlights of the lecture will be an actual demonstration of the knightly longsword by Dr. Mondschein.

Dr. Mondschein received a doctorate in history from Fordham University. His academic specialty is the study of medieval and Renaissance fencing treatises; he is the author of numerous books and articles, and is a fencing master. Dr. Mondschein taught fencing at the Higgins Armory Museum from 2009-2013, and is currently a Visiting Fellow of the Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies at the University of Massachusetts.

Valarie Clemente, QCC Professor of Psychology, assisted in bringing Dr. Mondschein to QCC.

The Distinguished Lecturer Series features people with a Ph.D. in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, or mathematics. To offer a suggestion for a possible speaker, please contact Ken Wong, Professor of History & Coordinator of Liberal Arts Program at kenw [at] qcc.mass.edu .

 

September, 2017
September, 2017

This summer Gaelan Benway, Maureen Giacobbe, Carolyn (Cary) Morse and Amy Beaudry, an academic team from Quinsigamond Community College, attended the Association of American Colleges and Universities’ Institute on Integrative Learning and Signature Work at Loyola University in Chicago. Out of 64 academic teams from colleges and universities across the U.S., the QCC team was one of only six...

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This summer Gaelan Benway, Maureen Giacobbe, Carolyn (Cary) Morse and Amy Beaudry, an academic team from Quinsigamond Community College, attended the Association of American Colleges and Universities’ Institute on Integrative Learning and Signature Work at Loyola University in Chicago. Out of 64 academic teams from colleges and universities across the U.S., the QCC team was one of only six from community colleges chosen to attend this institute.

On the first evening of this four-day institute, academic teams shared their project ideas in poster format. In addition, QCC team members attended workshops on such topics as ePortfolios, community-engaged signature work, shared learning outcomes, reflective practice, integrative liberal learning, publicly active scholarship, and equity 101. They also met with faculty mentors from other institutions, and collaborated to transform their project idea into an action plan to organize and implement an Equity and Excellence one-day campus summit for QCC community members (i.e., faculty and staff members, student leaders and administrators), in March 2018. (Stay tuned for more information will be about the summit as we get closer to its run date.)

The excitement did not stop for the QCC team when the institute ended. On the plane ride home, they sat near Senator Elizabeth Warren, giving them an opportunity to speak with her about public higher education in Massachusetts, and the important work that QCC does to help all its students be successful.

 

Gaelan Benway, Maureen Giacobbe, Carolyn (Cary) Morse and Amy Beaudry, an academic team from Quinsigamond Community College
September, 2017
September, 2017

At the recently held All College Day, six Quinsigamond Community College faculty were recognized for their extraordinary work by the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD). Established in 1991, the NISOD Excellence Awards provide member colleges with an opportunity to recognize individuals doing extraordinary work on their campuses.

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At the recently held All College Day, six Quinsigamond Community College faculty were recognized for their extraordinary work by the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD). Established in 1991, the NISOD Excellence Awards provide member colleges with an opportunity to recognize individuals doing extraordinary work on their campuses.

The 2017 SISOD QCC winners include:

  • Anne Shore – Coordinator of Disability Services
  • Tami Strouth –  Coordinator of Disability Services
  • Derek Thomas – Director of Information Services
  • Kimberly Thompson – Systems Analyst/Programmer
  • Rafael Vicente – Professor of Mathematics
  • Melissa Walls – Adjunct Faculty

In addition, five QCC staff members honored with a Commonwealth Citation for Outstanding Performance, were also recognized at the event. This performance recognition program gives formal acknowledgement to Commonwealth employees (in five categories) who make meaningful contributions, which distinguish them from their peers.These special awards focus attention on consistent, positive achievements by both individuals and teams of state employees, and recognize those who demonstrate: innovation and dedication to their work, concern for the public trust and a commitment to excellence.

The 2017 QCC award winners include:

  • Louis Fontanez Jr. – Storekeeper IV
  • Karen Grant – Director of Financial Aid
  • Maryann Kania  –  Associate Professor of Business Administration, BSS Program
  • Damian Kieran  – Associate Professor of Manufacturing Technology
  • Hao Loi –Professor of Computer Science/Coordinator of the Computer Science Program
  • QCC faculty and staff heard from new President Dr. Luis G. Pedraja during All college Day.
September, 2017
September, 2017

Quinsigamond Community College’s faculty and staff prepared for the start of the 2017-2018 academic year with an All College Day, held on September 5 in the college’s Athletic Center. Faculty and staff were broken up into tables of 10 and after a hot breakfast buffet, new employees were introduced, followed by organized table discussions and the recognition of NISOD and Commonwealth Citation for...

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Quinsigamond Community College’s faculty and staff prepared for the start of the 2017-2018 academic year with an All College Day, held on September 5 in the college’s Athletic Center. Faculty and staff were broken up into tables of 10 and after a hot breakfast buffet, new employees were introduced, followed by organized table discussions and the recognition of NISOD and Commonwealth Citation for Outstanding Performance award winners.

The highlight of the morning event included a rousing talk from new President Dr. Luis G. Pedraja, who set the tone for his presidency and discussed looking toward the future.

“I don’t stand much on formality, just call me ‘Luis,’” Dr. Pedraja said to the crowd in his opening statement, telling those assembled he is looking to foster a culture of collaboration, transparency and respect. “Do not be defined by your roles…we are a team. We are most successful when we work together. Student success is all of our duties and with respect, collaboration and dialog we will succeed. ”

Luis Pedraja

“My hope is for this to be the best place to work in America. I want us to be known for that and known as a college that is committed to the success of our students,” he continued.

Dr. Pedraja discussed his own past and how the support of many people helped to get him where he is today.

“Anyone can achieve anything. Touch someone’s life and leave it a little bit better,” he said. “I believe education is the pathway for achieving equity. Education will help achieve an equitable and just future.”

He told the crowd that everyone who is employed at QCC should be out in the community serving as a mentor and helping the community understand the value of education.

“Student success is the only reason we are here. We will work together to empower the students to succeed. All departments have a role in students’ success,” he said.

He discussed the need to recognize where we are as a college and then move forward and work on overcoming any barriers that may hamper a student from attending QCC.

He told those assembled that he has been working with staff to create new initiatives for new students to get clear directions (on registering for classes etc.) and is working on setting up a welcome center and creating a student success taskforce. In addition, other initiatives include working with public schools to increase dual enrollment and improving the use of Starfish. A core team dedicated to the strategic plan has also been set up that is being co-chaired by Ingrid Skadberg, Dean of Institutional Research and Planning and Kathy Rentsch, Dean of Business, Engineering and Technology.

“Our ultimate goal is for all our students to succeed. Until we get 100 percent success, we will never rest,” he said. “How will what we do help contribute to students’ success is our utmost criteria. This has to be our vision.”

Dr. Pedraja encouraged everyone to bring their “ideas to the table,” to create a vision for QCC’s future, one that is not defined by the campus but by the community where students can come to achieve their dreams.

 

  • QCC retiring staff members Maria Addison (L) and Donna Kilgore (R).
September, 2017
September, 2017

As the fall season got underway, Quinsigamond Community College said goodbye to seven of its long-time staff members, who retired this month. The QCC community thanks them for their services and wishes them well in their future endeavors.

Retiring colleagues included:

  • Maria Addison, Dean, Career and Academic Advisement  
  • Anita Bowden, Dean, Employment and...
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As the fall season got underway, Quinsigamond Community College said goodbye to seven of its long-time staff members, who retired this month. The QCC community thanks them for their services and wishes them well in their future endeavors.

Retiring colleagues included:

  • Maria Addison, Dean, Career and Academic Advisement  
  • Anita Bowden, Dean, Employment and Equity  
  • Nancy Daigle, Admissions Operations Administrator
  • Bill Daring, Vice President of Human Resources,
  • Don Hall, Executive Director of Facilities
  • Donna Kilgore, Director of Special Projects/Perkins Related Activities
  • Pam Hawkins, Associate Registrar
  • Tara Fitzgerald-Jenkins, Associate Dean/Registrar
  • Barry Metayer, Director, Public Grants Development
  • Larry Tetreault, Carpenter II
Bill Daring, Retiring VP of Human Resources Larry Tetreault, Carpenter II
  • From left: Richard Green, Worcester City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr. and Dr. Gail Carberry.
September, 2017
September, 2017

At the recent annual meeting of the Worcester Public Library Foundation, Dr. Gail Carberry, retired president of Quinsigamond Community College, was presented with the Dr. Richard Greene Founders Award.

Dr. Carberry was presented with the award for the support of QCC’s Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society’s commitment to fund the continued operation of “Lilly,” one of...

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At the recent annual meeting of the Worcester Public Library Foundation, Dr. Gail Carberry, retired president of Quinsigamond Community College, was presented with the Dr. Richard Greene Founders Award.

Dr. Carberry was presented with the award for the support of QCC’s Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society’s commitment to fund the continued operation of “Lilly,” one of two Worcester Public Library bookmobiles.

This financial sponsorship was made to ensure children and students within the Worcester community will have access to books and other technologies, in order to fight illiteracy and provide core tools to help further their education.

Photo credit: Telegram & Gazette

  • More healthy food choices will be offered at the café.
  • The Administration Café is a popular location.
September, 2017
September, 2017

On Monday October 2, the QCC will be working with a new food service, Corporate Chefs, Inc.  The Administration Café and the Harrington Learning Center Perk Express Café will offer some new hours and some new food choices!

The Admin.Café new hours:

  • Breakfast will be served: 7:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
  • Snacks and Beverages will be offered: 10:30 a.m. –...
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On Monday October 2, the QCC will be working with a new food service, Corporate Chefs, Inc.  The Administration Café and the Harrington Learning Center Perk Express Café will offer some new hours and some new food choices!

The Admin.Café new hours:

  • Breakfast will be served: 7:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
  • Snacks and Beverages will be offered: 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Lunch will be served: 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Snacks and Beverages will be offered: 2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

The HLC Perk Express Café will be open Monday – Thursday from 7:30 a.m.  - 7:30 p.m., and Fridays they will be open from 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Corporate Chefs will offer some familiar favorites along with healthy food options; monthly special promotions and catering services.

 

  • The Wyvern in London.
September, 2017
September, 2017

The Wyvern was recently spotted in the City of London with one of his old friends! Where will he turn up next? 

If you've seen the Wyvern, please let us know!  Send your photos and descriptions through the newsletter submission form.

 

Photo credit: Donna Kilgore

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The Wyvern was recently spotted in the City of London with one of his old friends! Where will he turn up next? 

If you've seen the Wyvern, please let us know!  Send your photos and descriptions through the newsletter submission form.

 

Photo credit: Donna Kilgore

Londoners seem unfazed by the QCC Wyvern. The QCC Wyvern in London.
September, 2017
September, 2017

Below is a sampling of some of the articles and press releases discussing Quinsigamond Community College that have made it into the local (and sometimes national) media.

QCC articles for the month of September include:

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Below is a sampling of some of the articles and press releases discussing Quinsigamond Community College that have made it into the local (and sometimes national) media.

QCC articles for the month of September include:

September, 2017
September, 2017

John Solaperto

John A. Solaperto – Senior Technical Specialist

I’m a QCC alum. I’ve been a member of the full-time professional staff at the college for 20 years. Prior to that I worked as a part-time employee of the college and a work...

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John Solaperto

John A. Solaperto – Senior Technical Specialist

I’m a QCC alum. I’ve been a member of the full-time professional staff at the college for 20 years. Prior to that I worked as a part-time employee of the college and a work study student. I’ve also maintained a longterm relationship with the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFAV program, having attended the school’s winter and summer residencies since I completed studies there in January of 1995. I’m also a vocalist, performing Jazz, R&B and Soul music locally, as well as in Vermont and the Catskills on a regular basis.

Department: Institutional Communications

Office location: 320A

Contact information: jsolaperto [at] qcc.mass.edu Box 256 x7422

What is your role at QCC?  My role at the college is, and always has been, supporting student learning, retention and enrollment.

How long have you worked at QCC? I’ve been at QCC for 20 years.

What is your favorite movie? It’s hard to pick a favorite movie. If you pinned me down, at the moment, I’d have to say it’s a toss up between, “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg” & “Team America World Police.”

What is your favorite TV show? I haven’t watched regular TV shows in years. I’ve had HULU for a long time. If I had to choose I guess South Park, or many police drama movies, the whole Wolf array.

What is your favorite book? Favorite book, again it’s tough to choose just one: “Stranger in a Strange Land,” by Robert Heinlein. I re-read it last year.

What is your favorite place? My favorite place? Seriously? Hard to pick one. I miss California.

What do you like to do on your free time? I don’t really have any free time. Outside of QCC it’s music & family. I try to keep busy. It’s the kind of work that keeps one alive and young…although often stressed.

What is your best/favorite QCC story? When I worked with Dean Brown I went to him to discuss some job issue I had. He heard me out, then looked me in the eyes and said, “That’s why they call it work John. Get back up there and do it!”

Quote: I enjoy working at QCC because I truly believe that “democratization of information” is the key to creating a world where people can discover that there is indeed “unity in difference.”

We want to learn about you! Please share your story with your colleagues. Please fill out the attached form http://www.qcc.edu/facultystaff-spotlight  and be the next spotlight.

Video credit: Kimberly Thompson, QCC Systems Analyst/Programmer

September, 2017
September, 2017

On August 31, 2017, Early Childhood Education welcomed Julie Tzipori, Assistant Professor of Early Childhood. Julie brings to this position over 20 years of educational experience. Most recently, she has taught as an adjunct faculty member at Quinsigamond Community College. In addition to her teaching experience, she was a Quality Assurance and Lab Supervisor for Tufts Cummings School of...

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On August 31, 2017, Early Childhood Education welcomed Julie Tzipori, Assistant Professor of Early Childhood. Julie brings to this position over 20 years of educational experience. Most recently, she has taught as an adjunct faculty member at Quinsigamond Community College. In addition to her teaching experience, she was a Quality Assurance and Lab Supervisor for Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. Julie earned a Bachelor’s of Behavioral Sciences from La Trobe University and a Master in Education from Worcester State University.  

On August 31, 2017, the Mathematics Department welcomed Elena Fenici, Assistant Professor of Mathematics. Elena brings to this position over 10 years of teaching experience in both K-12, as well as in higher education. Most recently, she has taught as an adjunct faculty member at Quinsigamond Community College, Assumption College and at Norwalk Community College. Prior to that she was teaching in a high school and middle school setting. Elena earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Physics and a Master degree from the University of Petrosani and a Master of Science in Mathematics from the College of Charleston.

On August 31, 2017, the Music Department welcomed Jose Castillo, Assistant Professor of Music. Jose brings to this position over 20 years of music instruction in both private sector and in the higher educational setting. Most recently, he has taught as an adjunct faculty member at Quinsigamond Community College and Clark University. Jose earned a Bachelor’s of Music from Berklee College of Music and a Master of Business Administration from University of Phoenix.

On August 31, 2017, the Nursing Department welcomed Jennifer Hall, Assistant Professor of Nurse Education, PN Program (Evening). Jennifer brings to this position over 15 years of health care education and administrative experience. Most recently, she was the Director of Nursing for Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center. Jennifer earned her Practical Nursing Certificate and Associate Degree in Nursing from Quinsigamond Community College, a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing, and a Master of Science in Nursing from Worcester State University. 

On August 31, 2017, the Nursing Department welcomed Craig Toney, Assistant Professor of Nurse Education, PN Program (Evening). Craig brings to this position over 15 years of teaching and clinical experience. Most recently, he was an instructor for University Campus Hospital. Craig earned an Associate of Arts Degree in General Studies and an Associate in Science in Nurse Education from Quinsigamond Community College, a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from University of Massachusetts Boston, and Master’s degree from University of Massachusetts Graduate School of Nursing with a focus in Geriatric Primary care.

On August 31, 2017, the Nursing Department welcomed Amy Hogan, Assistant Professor of Respiratory Care (Director of Clinical Instruction). Amy brings to this position over 23 years of pulmonology and respiratory care experience. Additionally, she has over 13 years of teaching experience most recently at Quinsigamond Community College and UMass Memorial Medical Center. Amy earned her Associate in Science in Respiratory Care from Quinsigamond Community College and a Bachelor’s of Science in Respiratory Care from Boise State University.

On August 31, 2017, the Nursing Department welcomed Sheri Boisseau, Professor of Nurse Education, A.D.N. Program (Day). Sheri is moving from the A.D.N. program (evening) to the A.D.N. program (day). She has over 6 years of teaching experience at Quinsigamond Community College. Additionally, she has over 16 years’ experience as a Director of Health Services programs at several facilities. Before becoming a director, she was a clinical nurse for 11 years. Sheri earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Rhode Island, a Master of Science in Nursing from University of Phoenix and she is currently enrolled in a Doctorate of Nursing Practice at Regis College.

On September 11, 2017, Enrollment Management, Student Engagement and Community Connections welcomed Tracy Merchant as Enrollment Counselor - Southbridge.Tracy brings to this position over 5 years of student placement, student advising, and guidance counseling both in a high school setting and at Quinsigamond Community College. Most recently she worked at Quinsigamond Community College, as a High School to College Linkages Specialist. Tracy earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Worcester State University and a Master of Education in School Guidance Counseling from Cambridge College.  

On September 18, 2017, Academic Affairs welcomed Shanan Stratis as Breakthrough Solution for Nursing (BSNEM) Program Director. Shanan brings to this position over 19 years of nursing and health care compliance experience. Most recently, she was a health compliance officer and an adjunct faculty member at Quinsigamond Community College. Shanan earned a LPN Certificate from Worcester Technical Institute, an Associate in Arts in General Studies from Quinsigamond Community College and a Bachelor in Science from Worcester State University.

On September 20, 2017, Administrative Services welcomed Veronica Figueroa as Clerk III – Administrative Services. Veronica brings to this position over 5 years of customer service experience in the banking and insurance sector. Most recently, she was an administrative assistant and a customer service representative at The Hanover Insurance Group. Veronica earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Flagler College.

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

QCC staff take on new expanded roles

 

As part of organizational restructuring the following Quinsigamond Community College employees have taken on new roles within the college. They include:

  • Beth Austin as Interim Executive Director of Human Resources
  • Steve Marini as COO
  • Kathy Rentsch as Assistant Vice President for Workforce Readiness and Innovation (Effective January 1, 2018)
  • Liza Smith as Dean of Academic Planning
  • Barbara Zawalich as Registrar
  • Sara Simms as Assistant Director of Human Resources/ Affirmative Action Officer
  • Jenilee Simmons as Assistant Director of Human Resources for Employment

The QCC Community congratulates them and wishes them success in their new positions.