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September, 2017

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.

Quinsigamond Community College will be participating in the nationwide  a Manufacturing Day event on...

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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.

September, 2017
September, 2017

Quinsigamond Community College's Career Services and Student Life are organizing a Professional Dress Clothing Drive for Students on Monday, October 2 - Friday, October 20. Professional clothing donations will be accepted at the Student Employment and Transfer Center in Room 272A. 

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Quinsigamond Community College's Career Services and Student Life are organizing a Professional Dress Clothing Drive for Students on Monday, October 2 - Friday, October 20. Professional clothing donations will be accepted at the Student Employment and Transfer Center in Room 272A. 

Fall is the perfect time to clean out your closet and make a difference in a student's life. Stop by today!

Beginning on Monday, October 23, students will have the opportunity to select a professional outfit to wear while attending the upcoming Job Fair to be held Wednesday, November, 1. 

 

 

 

August, 2017

August, 2017
August, 2017

Quinsigamond Community College’s new President Dr. Luis G. Pedraja, has been in the news quite a lot lately. The college’s sixth president was recently showcased on Beacon Hill Chat, a local talk show hosted by State Senator Harriette Chandler on WCCA TV.

Senator Chandler discussed Dr. Pedraja’s educational background and his personal passion for equal access...

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Quinsigamond Community College’s new President Dr. Luis G. Pedraja, has been in the news quite a lot lately. The college’s sixth president was recently showcased on Beacon Hill Chat, a local talk show hosted by State Senator Harriette Chandler on WCCA TV.

Senator Chandler discussed Dr. Pedraja’s educational background and his personal passion for equal access to higher education. Dr. Pedraja discussed his own unique story as an immigrant and first generation college student, his thoughts on the changing climate of higher education, and his vision to have QCC become the best college in the Commonwealth.

  •  A large crowd gather for the "Eclipse Party."
  • QCC Telescopes offered safe viewing of the solar event.
  • QCC President Dr. Luis G. Pedraja got a great view of the partial solar eclipse.
  • Andria Schwortz, QCC Professor of Integrated Sciences, shares her knowledge of the solar eclipse.
  • Assorted telescopes with solar filters were available for eclipse viewers.
  • Attendees enjoyed safely taking photos with their cell phones.
  • QCC offered a variety of ways for attendees to view the partial solar eclipse.
August, 2017
August, 2017

On Monday, August 21, well over 100 people turned out on Quinsigamond Community College’s Fuller Center Lawn for the viewing of a rare, partial solar eclipse. While the path of totality (when the moon lines up perfectly and blocks the sun) was from Oregon to South Carolina, Massachusetts experienced a partial eclipse, with approximately 60 percent of the sun covered. The state last had a partial solar eclipse on...

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On Monday, August 21, well over 100 people turned out on Quinsigamond Community College’s Fuller Center Lawn for the viewing of a rare, partial solar eclipse. While the path of totality (when the moon lines up perfectly and blocks the sun) was from Oregon to South Carolina, Massachusetts experienced a partial eclipse, with approximately 60 percent of the sun covered. The state last had a partial solar eclipse on Dec 25, 2000. The last total eclipse the United States experienced happened on Feb 26, 1979 and Massachusetts last had a total solar eclipse on March 7, 1970.

While solar eclipses are less common than lunar eclipses, this solar eclipse was particularly special… it was the first transcontinental eclipse since 1918.

According to Lisa Antonelli, QCC Professor of Biology and a volunteer at the event, “This is a rarity,” she said before the eclipse. “We have wonderful equipment here to view a relatively uncommon astronomical event on campus. I’m excited myself.”

solar eclipse animation

QCC Professor of Integrated Sciences, Andria Schwortz (an astronomer turned college professor) was on hand to answer questions, share her knowledge and help people view the solar eclipse safely.

“This was a partial eclipse from here in the Northeast, so at no point in time was it safe to look directly at the sun, nor through an unfiltered telescope or binoculars,” Ms. Schwortz said.

Attendees to the event were given the opportunity to view the eclipse through eclipse glasses, telescopes with solar filters and a sunspotter solar projection device. Many in attendance waited in line to view the phenomenon through the provided telescopes.  Over a dozen QCC staff and student volunteers assisted Ms. Schwortz in answering questions, passing out solar eclipse glasses and making sure everyone had a good time.

QCC psychology student and amateur space enthusiast, Noelle Hemdal volunteered to help out at the event, acting as a docent; answering questions and assisting attendees in viewing the solar eclipse safely.

“I try to keep myself involved and improve the school community,” Ms. Hemdal said. “I really enjoy the community here. You always have someone around who shares similar interests. There’s a lot of comradery. It’s easy to talk to people, make connections and expand your school experience.”

QCC engineering student and PTK member Toby Ajayi was also one of the volunteers who spent the day helping out.

“This was a rare occurrence to see and it was exciting for me to see,” Mr. Ajayi said. “I love learning academically and socially. QCC is more like a family. It’s a lot more than a two year college.”

“I’m really happy QCC hosted this event,” Ms. Schwortz said, adding the next solar eclipse will be in 2024.

 

August, 2017
August, 2017

Great careers really do start at QCC! Taking cues from the nursing faculty at Quinsigamond Community College, Dudley resident and QCC graduate Lisa DeWitt took all she learned about being a nurse at QCC and ran with it.  

Ms. DeWitt was recently named Site Director of Fallon Health’s Summit ElderCare location in Charlton.

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Great careers really do start at QCC! Taking cues from the nursing faculty at Quinsigamond Community College, Dudley resident and QCC graduate Lisa DeWitt took all she learned about being a nurse at QCC and ran with it.  

Ms. DeWitt was recently named Site Director of Fallon Health’s Summit ElderCare location in Charlton.

Ms. DeWitt, who was an LPN before pursuing an RN associate degree at QCC, said the college provided her with a fast track from LPN to RN, allowing her to apply credits from her previous nursing education. She credits QCC for giving her the support she needed in order to advance her nursing career.

Lisa DeWitt

“The education I received at QCC provided a solid foundation for nursing, which enabled me to graduate and be hired as a nursing supervisor when I became an RN,” Ms. DeWitt said. “As a nursing student (at QCC), I really got to know the staff and students. The staff was so invested in the student nurses’ success in the program, providing additional support outside of clinical or the classroom. You could tell they enjoyed teaching and being a nurse — a great example for the future nurses to come. It made you want to work harder and strive for your goal of being a nurse.”

In her role as Site Director, Ms. DeWitt will oversee the daily operations of Fallon’s Summit ElderCare program—a Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE)— while interacting with participants and caregivers.  Ms. DeWitt will lead an interdisciplinary team that includes a range of professionals who specialize in geriatric care, including primary care physicians, nurses, nutritionists, transportation coordinators, home care coordinators, social workers, and rehabilitation therapists, ensuring that each participant’s personalized care plan allows him or her to live as independently as possible. Prior to her role as Site Director, Ms. DeWitt served as Clinical Nurse Manager and Homecare Nurse Manager at Summit ElderCare.   

DeWitt received an associate degree in nursing from QCC, a bachelor of science degree from Worcester State College and a certificate in legal nurse consulting from Bay Path Community College.   

“I picked a very tough program at QCC, and I can say with confidence I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for my education at QCC. I am thankful for my education and proud I am a graduate of QCC.”

 

  • PTK Awards at Mechanics Hall.
  • 2016 QCC Women's Soccer Team.
  • Women of Distinction Award Winners (2016)
August, 2017
August, 2017

Imagine being driven out of your country and leaving your family and everything you’ve known behind. That’s exactly how recent Quinsigamond Community College dual major (Engineering and Biomedical Engineering) graduate Fatin Alkhaledi found herself four years ago as a refugee from Iraq, trying to learn English and make a new life for herself and her family in Worcester....

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Imagine being driven out of your country and leaving your family and everything you’ve known behind. That’s exactly how recent Quinsigamond Community College dual major (Engineering and Biomedical Engineering) graduate Fatin Alkhaledi found herself four years ago as a refugee from Iraq, trying to learn English and make a new life for herself and her family in Worcester.

Ms. Alkhaledi, her husband and three children came to the United States in 2013 after running from Iraq to Syria in order to escape the kidnappings and killings of educated people in her homeland. The United Nations assisted the family in finding asylum in the United States, giving them a travel loan to get to the U.S. Since the family knew no one in the States, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) made the decision to place the family in Worcester.

“All my family, my parents and four brothers and four sisters are back in Iraq,” Ms. Alkhaledi said.

Told the requirements to stay in the U.S. were to attend school and search for a job, Ms. Alkhaledi realized she first needed to secure a firm grasp of the English language and began taking English as a Second Language (ESL) classes at QCC.

Ms. Alkhaledi worked hard to master the English language with the assistance of her instructors. QCC Math Professor Hojatollah Majidi recognized her strong aptitude for math and suggested she meet with Professor Dadbeh Bigonahy, Coordinator of Engineering, Biomedical Engineering & Sciences.

“I met with him and he asked me a lot of questions and encouraged me to attend QCC in the Biomedical Engineering program,” she said.

However, Ms. Alkhaledi was concerned about taking her placement tests and completing the ESL sequence. Kathleen Lewando, QCC Professor of ESL, encouraged her to take the placement test after finishing the ESL class.

Ms. Alkhaledi agreed with that advice; taking the placement tests after the ELS class concluded and scoring high in all areas. She decided to major in biomedical engineering after Professor Bigonahy showed her a biomedical engineering brochure that sparked her interest.

“I already had an Engineering degree in Iraq and had worked there for seven years designing and maintaining electronics and communication circuits, but was not really ever comfortable as a woman working in that field,” she added.

Ms. Alkhaledi began her studies at QCC in Spring 2014 and quickly became an active member of the community. Along with her course load and family, Ms. Alkhaledi held down a work study job at the Athletic Center; volunteered as a translator in the admissions office; became an active member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society; a member of the new Women in STEM student organization; acted as an ambassador for other refugees, and was even a player on QCC’s first women’s soccer team.

“I wanted to play soccer but was worried about my dress. My coach Josh Cole supported me and allowed me to dress the way I felt comfortable,” she said.

Ms. Alkhaledi said the support and encouragement she received from many QCC faculty and staff has made a huge impact on her.

“I want to first thank my advisor, Professor Bigonahy, who is showing me the way towards success; Assistant Professor Kristen Daigneault (QCC English Department), who taught me how to write a good essay, and everyone at PTK (Phi Theta Kappa honor society), especially Bonnie Coleman who supported me,” said Ms. Alkhaledi. “Dean Liz Woods (formerly Dean of Students now Dean of Compliance) helped me many times, as well as Susan Meola (S.H.E. Mentoring Program), my mentor Terri Rodriquez in the Disabilities Services, and all the staff in the athletic center.”

She was also quick to add that the first person who has supported her and continues to support her is her husband.

Since the very beginning of her career at QCC, Ms. Alkhaledi has remained focused on her educational objectives.

Last May, Ms. Alkhaledi graduated from QCC, earning top honors. As a Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society student she received a gold stole in commemoration of her academic and community service commitments. In addition, she was one of 15 who received the Engineering Student Distinction Award, which is presented to high achieving students in their respective engineering academic major. She also received a Woman of Distinction Award (2016), an award that is presented annually to women students who distinguished themselves by overcoming great odds and/or who made a difference in their community. Students are nominated by faculty members.

Ms. Alkhaledi has been accepted into Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) this fall as a junior biomedical engineering student. Due to her high GPA at QCC, she received a $32,000 scholarship from WPI.

As a recipient of a Research Experiences for Undergraduates grant (“REU”) at WPI this summer, she has already made her presence felt as an integral part of a small 10-person team that has been growing heart tissue on a spinach leaf. This quite possibly could change medical history in the foreseeable future by one day using working heart muscle tissue grown on spinach leaves to help repair damaged organs.

Glenn Gaudette, PhD, Professor of Biomedical Engineering who leads the research team at WPI, assigned her one of the more difficult projects; improving the supporting system for cell growth perfusion. She is playing a vital role in the internationally acclaimed project. Her work has been met with rave reviews. This October she and Narda Bondah, a fellow QCC student who was also a WPI REU grant recipient this summer, will be presenting their work at the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Conference in Phoenix, AZ. Both have student memberships in BMES through QCC.

“I have a goal and want to be as good as I can be. I am an engineer and I am focused on the skills I need to improve,” Ms. Alkhaledi said, adding, “We can do anything here at QCC if we have a goal.” 

  • From left: Chris Perron, Navy Seabee; Desiree Vinson, Army; and Eric Wells, Navy and Army.
  • QCC veterans and family members.
  • Fenway Park
August, 2017
August, 2017

Thanks to Boston’s Home Base Organization, several Quinsigamond Community College veterans were recently invited to attend a Red Sox's game at Fenway Park. Veterans who attended with their family members included Eric Wells, Navy and Army; Desiree Vinson, Army; and Chris Perron, Navy Seabee.

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Thanks to Boston’s Home Base Organization, several Quinsigamond Community College veterans were recently invited to attend a Red Sox's game at Fenway Park. Veterans who attended with their family members included Eric Wells, Navy and Army; Desiree Vinson, Army; and Chris Perron, Navy Seabee.

“Home Base, a private non-profit organization out of Boston, works with our veterans and their family members. They graciously offered box seats with full amenities to three QCC veteran students,” said Paula Ogden, QCC Director of Veteran Affairs

At QCC, veterans are afford a myriad of support services through the college’s Veterans Affairs office (located in room 258A of the Administration Building). Its mission is to provide support to student veterans and members of the Armed Forces to adjust to and be successful in civilian and college life. The office is committed to promoting college spirit, as well as establishing and maintaining fellowship amongst veterans and students on campus.

The Home Base Organization was founded in 2009 and is a partnership of the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital. The organization was developed to help heal the invisible wounds for post 9/11 veterans, services members and their families. Services include clinical care, wellness education and research. Home Base serves all veterans regardless of their length of service or discharge status, and all branches of service including the National Guard and Reserve. The focus of the organization’s outreach is on those veterans who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan, however no veteran is turned away.

Visit QCC Veteran Affairs support services to learn more.

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  • Sergeant Daniel "Dan" Litchfield
August, 2017
August, 2017

In early June, Quinsigamond Community College Sergeant Daniel “Dan” Litchfield received the First Responder Recognition Award from The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Municipal Police Training Committee (MPTC). Close to 100 police officers from across the Commonwealth received the award during a ceremony held at Bentley University in Waltham, Mass. These officers were recognized for the...

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In early June, Quinsigamond Community College Sergeant Daniel “Dan” Litchfield received the First Responder Recognition Award from The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Municipal Police Training Committee (MPTC). Close to 100 police officers from across the Commonwealth received the award during a ceremony held at Bentley University in Waltham, Mass. These officers were recognized for the actions they performed saving a life or preventing a death within the last year. Sgt. Litchfield, an 11-year veteran of the QCC campus police, was nominated by fellow officer Catherine Dixon after an incident that happened last summer.

According to Sgt. Litchfield, he was working his 3 p.m. – 11 p.m. shift when he decided to stop by the gas station next to the college.

“I pulled into a spot and to my right there was a young woman in a car who appeared to be convulsing,” he said.

Initially thinking the young woman may have been overdosing, he walked over to her car and opened the door.

“She couldn’t speak and her eyes were rolling back, but it did not seem like a typical overdose,” Sgt. Litchfield continued.

Sgt. Litchfield noticed a bottle of soda in the car with the cap off. The young woman appeared to be trying to reach for it unsuccessfully. Finally she was able tell Sgt. Litchfield that she was a diabetic and that she had low blood sugar. Quickly the officer gave her small sips of the soda and called for back-up. A finger prick test showed her sugar was extremely low, even after she had drunk about half the bottle of soda.

Officer Todd LaBranche responded to the call and the two officers were able to help the young woman take two glucose tablets, which help to raise her blood sugar quickly.

“After she took them she was completely back, within about 30 seconds. It was like nothing happened,” Sgt Litchfield said.

The woman told the officers she felt her blood sugar was low but it happened so fast she couldn’t move or control herself. She acknowledged this had happened before, however, once an ambulance arrived she felt well enough and refused treatment.

Hypoglycemia (low blood glucose) is a condition that happens when a person’s blood sugar gets abnormally low. It is also referred to as an insulin reaction or insulin shock. According to the American Diabetes Association, signs and symptoms can happen quickly. Severe hypoglycemia left untreated may even cause coma or even death. The best way to know whether hypoglycemia is occurring is to check a person’s blood sugar.

Signs and symptoms hypoglycemia of include:

  • Nervousness or anxiety
  • Sweating, chills and clamminess
  • Irritability or impatience
  • Confusion, including delirium
  • Rapid/fast heartbeat
  • Lightheadedness or dizziness
  • Hunger and nausea
  • Blurred/impaired vision
  • Tingling or numbness in the lips or tongue
  • Headaches
  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Anger, stubbornness, or sadness
  • Lack of coordination
  • Nightmares or crying out during sleep

“All of our police officers training includes CPR and First Responder Certifications,” said QCC Police Chief, Kevin Ritacco, adding, “Sgt. Litchfield is a very conscientious officer.”

“In the 11 years I’ve worked here I’ve never seen anything like this before. It’s not something they teach you in the academy,” Sgt Litchfield said. “I was in the right place at the right time.”

QCC campus police
  • full time faculty at orientation
  • full time faculty at orientation
  • Harrington Learning Center is ready for fall students.
August, 2017
August, 2017

It’s just about “GO TIME” at Quinsigamond Community College and we couldn’t be more excited! The fall 2017 season is just about upon us, with classes beginning on September 6.

This fall there are many new and exciting changes in store for the students, starting with QCC’s new President, Dr. Luis G. Pedraja.

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It’s just about “GO TIME” at Quinsigamond Community College and we couldn’t be more excited! The fall 2017 season is just about upon us, with classes beginning on September 6.

This fall there are many new and exciting changes in store for the students, starting with QCC’s new President, Dr. Luis G. Pedraja.

New full-time QCC faculty are also onboard, having gone through an extensive faculty orientation. This is the first time the college has run a multi-day, new full-time faculty orientation. New faculty members were given a tour of the college including orientations at Disability Services, tutoring centers and the Alden Library. This enabled them to become familiar with all the resources that QCC has to offer faculty, staff, and students. New faculty were also given the opportunity to connect with seasoned faculty and staff who will be of assistance to them as they transition into their new roles.  

On the student front, the Office of Student Life will be rolling out a new leadership program starting this fall. The QCC Leadership Academy will provide students with an interactive and comprehensive program that facilitates leadership, awareness, and action on the individual, local, and global level.

The QCC Leadership Academy seeks to develop student leaders through programming that integrates the framework of the Social Change Model of Leadership Development. The Social Change Model of Leadership Development is designed to enhance the development of leadership qualities in all participants. It promotes an inclusive process that actively engages all who contribute—whether you hold formal leadership positions or not. The model explicitly promotes the values of equity, social justice, self-knowledge, personal empowerment, collaboration, citizenship, and service.

QCC’s leadership program will be a full year (fall and spring semester) and will include several workshops. The first half of the program (fall semester) will be called, Emerging Leaders. These workshops will help students learn about themselves. The second half of the program (spring semester) will be called, Engaged Leaders, and workshops will focus on group processes, community values, and getting involved. The program will culminate 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.

It’s never been a better time to start taking classes at QCC! If you haven’t already registered this semester there’s still time. Visit the Registration page to learn more.

 

  • PTK Live & Learn Greenhouse
  • PTK Live & Learn Greenhouse
  • PTK Live & Learn Greenhouse rendering
August, 2017
August, 2017

It may take a village to raise a child, but at the Live & Learn Greenhouse it has taken a group of dedicated QCC students and Phi Theta Kappa members– both current and former, QCC staff and faculty, as well as the Worcester community to make it a reality.

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It may take a village to raise a child, but at the Live & Learn Greenhouse it has taken a group of dedicated QCC students and Phi Theta Kappa members– both current and former, QCC staff and faculty, as well as the Worcester community to make it a reality.

Earlier this month excited PTK students began moving containers of lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, eggplant, spinach, kale, basil, parsley and lavender to the greenhouse. Later this fall the plants will move inside of the four-season greenhouse to offer year round food to the QCC community.

According to PTK Advisor Bonnie Coleman, the concept of the Live & Learn Greenhouse began five years ago as idea of then QCC student and PTK member Mary Bailey who recognized that many students on campus had food insecurities. The Live & Learn Greenhouse was born from her vision in order to provide access to free healthy food for those in the QCC community, in addition to offering an interactive experience for students, faculty, staff and children.

“Sadly, Mary passed away in January of 2017 and never saw all of this come to fruition,” Ms. Coleman said. “However, she was truly a leader and without her insight this never would have happened.”

Today, the greenhouse project is being led by a group of students just as steadfast in their dedication to bring the greenhouse to life as Ms. Bailey was.

PTK member and Student Advisor Samuel “Sam” Nessenthaler has been involved in the project since he was a QCC student and is now continuing on in an advisory role while also attending Wentworth Institute of Technology this fall.

PTK member and QCC student Joshua Averett took it over from Mary and then Sam came in and took it to the next level when Josh went on to Amherst College,” Ms. Coleman said, noting the students hit many obstacles in working to make the greenhouse a reality.  “However, ‘NO’ was not an option for these students,” she added.

Former QCC student and PTK member John Wheeler (now a student at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell) worked with Mr. Avery to develop CAD drawings of the greenhouse. From there, Mr. Nessenthaler helped take those drawings to reality.

“We are working to figure out how to use the greenhouse to our benefit and go places that were not even imagined,” Mr. Nessenthaler said. “This is not just a box with plastic on it.”

A breakout automation team is designing a system that will be housed on a server to enable anyone to view the greenhouse at any time. Day-to-day plant maintenance will all be automated as well. A group working with QCC’s early childhood program and the Children’s School are working on a plant-a-seed program.

The student-led groups have been making sure no aspect of the project gets forgotten. PTK member and QCC student Dathiel Blake oversees breakout teams that include:

  • Botany –  Team lead Sangyun “Brandon” Won, Christine Sherman and Ivan Mischenko
  • Hydroponics/ Irrigation – Team lead Dathiel Blake
  • Automation – Team lead Brendan Russell, James Nguyen and Thomas Rokicki
  • Grant Writing – Team lead Kyle Mondino
  • Data Collection Specialist – Thomas Rokicki
  • Pre-K – Team lead Kayla Patterson/ Kim May, and  Leah Boutelle

Ms. Coleman and the students are quick to add that without the unwavering support of Director of Facilities Operations Jim Racki and his team, this project would not have been possible.

Michael ‘Mike’ Perro who did the electrical, James ‘Jimmy’ Dussault who did the HVAC, and Marc Ventura who did the plumbing, have spent countless hours to get this up and running,” Ms. Coleman said.

In addition, former PTK President and QCC student Dave Runyan, now QCC’s Microsoft Systems Administrator, has been working with Betty Lauer, Coordinator of the Computer Systems Engineering Technology Program and her team to get the server for the greenhouse up and running.

Local community members have also had a hand in making the greenhouse come to life. Former QCC student and PTK member Ethan O’Connell grew succulents and donated them to the greenhouse; the West Boylston Recycling center has given numerous donations; Carl Danielson of Danielson Flowers has helped with donations and horticultural knowledge, and Colonial Glass and Mirror did all the glass work.

While there is currently no way to calculate exactly how many people the greenhouse will be able to feed, the hope is to feed at least 10 families initially and continue to grow (no pun intended) that number.

“We’ll be working with open source technology and working with algorithms to capture data and we will use that information to create models that will give us accurate data on how many we can feed, with the ability to scale it smaller or bigger,” Mr. Nessenthaler said.

PTK is still looking for members to join any of its greenhouse breakout teams. Currently they are in particular need of a team lead for the public relations group.  Donations are also still being accepted.

“This has truly been a monumental effort. It’s the best thing that’s ever happened to the school and to PTK,” Ms. Coleman added.

Anyone who is interested in making a donation, becoming involved or has a question, can contact PTK or Ms. Coleman in Room 349A.

 

  • Drone - Manufacturing Day.
August, 2017
August, 2017

Have you ever wanted to learn more about drones, those unmanned aerial vehicles that have taken the country by storm in recent years? Considered becoming a drone pilot, or even fantasized about starting your own business, but not been sure where to begin?  

Quinsigamond Community College has answered the growing need for this type of workforce training by becoming the first community college in...

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Have you ever wanted to learn more about drones, those unmanned aerial vehicles that have taken the country by storm in recent years? Considered becoming a drone pilot, or even fantasized about starting your own business, but not been sure where to begin?  

Quinsigamond Community College has answered the growing need for this type of workforce training by becoming the first community college in Massachusetts to offer a drone certificate program.

“Through the Quinsigamond Community College Center for Workforce Development & Continuing Education, we are pleased to be able to offer individuals and companies a complete package of courses addressing the brand new tech careers drones are creating and the skills needed to work in these fields,” said Kathleen Manning, Dean of Center for Workforce Development and Continuing Education.

These new tech careers are continuing to evolve and increase with no sign of decline. A report released in 2013 by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International projected that by the year 2025 there will be more than 100,000 new jobs in unmanned aircraft. Currently drones are being used commercially as first-aid vehicles, tools for police departments, high-tech photography and recording devices for real estate properties, concerts, and sporting events.  Additionally, entrepreneurial thinkers are setting up companies offering drones-as-a-service, allowing businesses to afford to rent drones for their business needs and stay competitive. 

“Drones are one example of a disruptive technology that many businesses in Central Massachusetts need to prepare for. There can be no question that technology innovation continues to change the way we work, live and do business,” Ms. Manning said. “As an educational institution, with a mission focused on ensuring individuals have the skills necessary to work in this innovation economy, it is incumbent on us to keep abreast of the innovations that are bringing change to industry and help individuals and companies manage the impact.”

QCC’s drone certificate program will feature 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.

Students will learn the basics of getting started with drones, learning the FAA rules and regulations of commercial drones, safety guidelines, models and types of drones, industry trends, jobs and market projections. Additional classes will include aerial photography; test preparation classes, and learning how to start a drone business.

An onsite, 8-hour “Phantom and Inspire” flight training course will enable students to have a hands-on flight training session and learn to fly like a pro. The flight training will be held at the West Boylston Street campus.

For additional information or to register for classes, visit www.QCC.edu/WD.

 

August, 2017
August, 2017

Quinsigamond Community College’s Southbridge location has been expanding its state-of-the-art offerings, recently adding a Computer Systems Engineering Technology (CSET) lab to its facility. This lab will exclusively be dedicated to the college’s growing CSET program, which is being launched in Southbridge this Fall.  

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Quinsigamond Community College’s Southbridge location has been expanding its state-of-the-art offerings, recently adding a Computer Systems Engineering Technology (CSET) lab to its facility. This lab will exclusively be dedicated to the college’s growing CSET program, which is being launched in Southbridge this Fall.  

“We are continuing to offer more opportunities for QCC students to attain their CSET career objectives. Bringing more CSET course offerings to the Southbridge campus is something that we have been working hard to make a reality. We recognize the need to offer our students CSET classes that are convenient for them so they can reach their goals,” said Kathy Rentsch, Dean of Business, Engineering and Technology at QCC.

As the demand for technical skills increases businesses are in need of more skilled workers than ever before.  QCC has met that need by developing a comprehensive CSET program that is relevant and responsive to today’s local and global needs. The college currently offers four CSET associate degrees and nine certificate programs for students.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, Information Technology (IT) occupations as a whole are expected to grow substantially from 2014 - 2024, faster on average than all other occupations. In May of 2016, the Bureau of Labor Statistics noted the median annual wage for computer and IT occupations was $82,860, substantially higher than the $37,040 median annual wage for all other occupations.

“These types of jobs are in high demand and pay two to three times the national average,” said Betty Lauer, Coordinator of the Computer Systems Engineering Technology Program at QCC. “Our programs equip students with core competencies that are needed by today’s businesses.”

At QCC, the CSET program prepares students for a broad range of career opportunities. Two of the newest CSET associate degrees offered include an Enterprise Information Technology option, which provides students with the tools they will need to work in virtually any business or organization that utilizes computers and computer networks, in addition to a Cybersecurity option.

The Cybersecurity option is designed to meet the demand for professional cybersecurity skills that are required in today’s business world, while focusing on the technical and human aspect of cybersecurity. This program provides students with the skillset they will need to navigate today’s ever changing cybersecurity landscape.

CSET Certificate programs range from one semester certificate programs that train students on careers in a help desk environment (the first line of defense for an organization), to numerous two semester certificates such as the Personal Computer Specialist Certificate that focuses on personal computer/desktop management and support.

To learn more about the CSET program and the classes being offered in Southbridge this fall, visit www.QCC.edu/CSET

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August, 2017
August, 2017

At Quinsigamond Community College, getting to know over 1,000 full time faculty, administration and staff can be a bit daunting. That’s a lot of people! So, in order to get to know your coworkers a bit better, each month we will spotlight one or more of your colleagues. However, we can't to do this without your help. We are asking you to send us the answers to several questions listed below, along...

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At Quinsigamond Community College, getting to know over 1,000 full time faculty, administration and staff can be a bit daunting. That’s a lot of people! So, in order to get to know your coworkers a bit better, each month we will spotlight one or more of your colleagues. However, we can't to do this without your help. We are asking you to send us the answers to several questions listed below, along with a photo of yourself.

Who knows - you may just find a new BFF!

Relevant information on yourself: Tell us something about yourself that you would like to share with the QCC community.This can be anything! Examples include sharing something about your job, your family, a hobby, special book, musical group, or activity you enjoy. We want to know about you! 

Headshot: This can be sent as a jpg or pdf and does not need to be a professional photo.

qcc wyvern mascot 

Any photo of yourself that you prefer works.

Department: (Examples: Administration, Payroll)

Office location: List your room number.

Contact information: List your email and QCC phone number.

Tell us about your role at QCC.

How long have you worked at QCC?

What is your favorite movie?

What is your favorite T.V. show? 

What was the best book you ever read?

What is your favorite place?

What do you like to do in your free time?

What is your best/favorite "QCC story?"

Quote: Tell us in one sentence why you enjoy QCC. If that stumps you (and we hope it won’t!), feel free to list a special quote instead.

Please send your information to khutner [at] qcc.mass.edu

To kick off our new feature, August’s spotlight will feature an Institutional Communication staff member.

 

August, 2017
August, 2017
Leon GranadosSolar eclipse animation

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Leon GranadosSolar eclipse animation

Leon Granados - Digital Media Specialist/Graphic Designer         

I’m a videographer, photographer and graphic designer!  In my spare time I am also an amateur astronomer and graphic artist. In terms amateur astronomy, I’ve seen and photographed the moons of Jupiter and Rings of Saturn. 

Department: Institutional Communications

Office location: 320A

​Contact information: lgranados [at] qcc.mass.edu ext. 2832

​Role at QCC: Digital Media Specialist

How long have you worked at QCC: 2 Years, 4 Months (Since March 30, 2015)

What is your favorite movie: Tremors

What is your favorite TV show: Twin Peaks

Where is your favorite place: Salisbury Beach, MA

What do you like to do in your free time: Doodling and Drawing (the number one thing I love to do in terms of drawing and video making is tell stories.)

What is your best/favorite  “QCC story”:  As a videographer/editor, I’m fortunate enough to witness and participate in some of the most interesting events at QCC. I’ve witnessed multiple openings, including the Quest Center, though my favorite events include meeting and interacting with students, such as in the recent Solar Eclipse event, where I got to witness an incredible and rare event surrounded by enthusiastic colleagues and community members.  

Quote: Above all else I love the community of QCC, and hope that I can be a positive influence on both my colleagues and our students.

Share your story with your colleagues, send your answers to khutner [at] qcc.mass.edu .