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December, 2019

  • Gilmarie Vongphakdy's (left) Mass Communication students record 'A Christmas Carol' at Audio Journal Studio.
  • Students receive some last minutes directions before recording.
December, 2019

Students in Gilmarie Vongphakdy’s Introduction to Mass Communication course got a hands on experience they will likely never forget, when they recorded a performance of Charles Dickens famous,  “A Christmas Carol” for Worcester’s Audio Journal on December 12.

Audio Journal Inc. is a nonprofit agency that provides audio access for information,...

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Students in Gilmarie Vongphakdy’s Introduction to Mass Communication course got a hands on experience they will likely never forget, when they recorded a performance of Charles Dickens famous,  “A Christmas Carol” for Worcester’s Audio Journal on December 12.

Audio Journal Inc. is a nonprofit agency that provides audio access for information, culture and opportunities for the sight impaired in the Worcester region.

According to Ms. Vongphakdy, the eight students in her class had the opportunity to do the recording as their final project or they could choose to do a research paper. All but one chose to do the recording.

“The students learned what it takes to produce a radio program. They trained on all the equipment," she said. 

Ms. Vongphakdy said this is the first time she has done this type hands-on class, and thanks radio personality Hank Stolz who connected Ms. Vongphakdy with Audio Journal’s Executive Director, Mary Frandsen. In prior classes, she has taken the students to tour the Worcester radio station Mr. Stolz is affiliated with; however, this time she decided to try something different.

“This was a win-win for both agencies,” Ms. Vongphakdy said, adding the station’s close proximity to QCC was helpful.

The students spent time at the station rehearsing the script prior to the final recording. They had to cut the script down from an hour long to 47 minutes, in order to fit the alloted timeframe. On December 12 at 7:00 p.m. they students did a run through, before doing the final recording at 8:00 p.m.

“It went really well,” Ms. Vongphakdy added.

The show will air on AM 830 WCRN on December 24 and December 25 at 9:00 a.m., noon and 7:00 p.m.

  • Blue Santa gives a holiday greeting to QCC student George Baraklilis.
  • QCC President, Dr. Luis Pedraja and Detective Sargent Joseph Cecchi
  • STEM Starter Academy Project Coordinator Darcy Carlson stops by to make a donation to the Stuff-A-Cruiser event.
  • Associate Professor of English Michael Gromley, donates to the Suff-A-Cruiser event.
  • QCC Police Academy students make a large donation on Dec. 9 to the Stuff-A-Cruiser event.
  • QCC Staff Assistant Liz Hanlan made a quick drop off.
December, 2019

Not snow or sleet or canceled school days could keep away Quinsigamond Community College’s Campus Police from filling their cruiser full to overflowing with unwrapped toys at the College’s annual Stuff-A-Cruiser event. Once again thanks to the generosity of those in the QCC community who came out in droves to help those in need, the holidays will be just a little bit brighter for QCC students and their...

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Not snow or sleet or canceled school days could keep away Quinsigamond Community College’s Campus Police from filling their cruiser full to overflowing with unwrapped toys at the College’s annual Stuff-A-Cruiser event. Once again thanks to the generosity of those in the QCC community who came out in droves to help those in need, the holidays will be just a little bit brighter for QCC students and their families.

QCC’s Campus Police, led by “Blue Santa” aka in Detective Sargent Joseph Cecchi, accepted donations of unwrapped toys and monetary donations to benefit the College’s Feed Our Family initiative (formally known as Feed A Family) at each QCC location.

A QCC cruiser was stuffed approximately four times with toys, and $350.00 in cash and gift cards. QCC’s Police Academy students also contributed by donating toys as a group to the Stuff-A-Cruiser event.

“It is so gratifying to see the support the Stuff-A-Cruiser event receives each year. This event is one we all look forward to each year and one that brings out the very best in our QCC community,” said Chief Kevin Ritacco. “We thank everyone for their generous donations.”

This year’s donations will help over 40 QCC families. 

"I hope this event was as enjoyable for you as it was for me.This year was a very special event even for me, as my wife and our three-month-old son, 'Ashton Cole Cecchi' donated to the event and spent some time with Blue Santa. However, the true joy came from all the students, parents, faculty and all the children, including my own, who I encountered during these events," said Detective Sargent Cecchi."Your gracious giving and community support has sustained and enhanced this wonderful QCC tradition of Stuff-A-Cruiser for four years and Feed-a-Family for over 31 years. Thank you for your help."

  • QCC student Patrick Petitto (L) and Professor Michael "Mike" Gormley
  • QCC student Dee Dee LePage with Professor Michael "Mike" Gormley.
  • QCC student Zachary Behrmann receives tickets to the opening of the last Star Wars movie: Episode IX, “The Rise of Skywalker.”
December, 2019

A snow day didn’t stop students in Professor Mike Gormley’s class, “Star Wars as Narrative and Culture,” from delivering stellar final presentations on what they learned this semester.

As the major part of their final, the students were required to give oral presentations to their classmates. After all the presentations were completed, the students...

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A snow day didn’t stop students in Professor Mike Gormley’s class, “Star Wars as Narrative and Culture,” from delivering stellar final presentations on what they learned this semester.

As the major part of their final, the students were required to give oral presentations to their classmates. After all the presentations were completed, the students voted through an online survey for the one they felt was the best. Patrick Petitto's final presentation was the one chosen by the students. Mr. Petitto won two tickets to the opening night of the last Star Wars movie: Episode IX, “The Rise of Skywalker.” In an interesting twist, Mr. Petitto already had opening night tickets and ended up switching prizes with second place winner Zachary Behrmann. Professor Gormley also gave his own award to student Dee Dee LePage for her presentation.

This course has been a big hit with students, filling up quickly when it was introduced. It will be offered again in Fall 2020.

  • PTK student Luceily “Lucy” Ortiz shows off one of the hats made by alumna Jacqui Viar.
  • PTK Advisor Bonnie Coleman is surrounded by poinsettas PTK is selling to raise funds for the new Live and Learn Greenhouse.
December, 2019

Each year since she graduated from Quinsigamond Community College, Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) alumna Jacqui Viar has given back to her alma mater by knitting and crocheting hats for QCC students. The 2017 accounting graduate came to QCC after transferring from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and was an active member of the PTK Alpha Zeta Theta Honor Society.

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Each year since she graduated from Quinsigamond Community College, Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) alumna Jacqui Viar has given back to her alma mater by knitting and crocheting hats for QCC students. The 2017 accounting graduate came to QCC after transferring from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and was an active member of the PTK Alpha Zeta Theta Honor Society.

Earlier this month she stopped by the PTK office to drop off a bagful of hats to warm the hearts and heads of QCC students in need during the cold weather months.

“Jacqui was the PTK recording secretary from 2016-2017 and was always there to help out. Even today, she still thinks of how she can help our students,” PTK Advisor Bonnie Coleman said, adding, “The beautiful hats she made were distributed in the Food Pantry and Resource Center and many students left happy and a little bit warmer this winter season.”

Make sure to check out the January 2020 Wyvern Guardian newsletter to learn more about alumna Jacqui Viar.

Caroling by Associate Professor Jose Castillo and his music students .
December, 2019

Quinsigamond Community College was alive with the sounds of the holiday season thanks to Associate Professor Jose Castillo, coordinator of the College's music program. Mr. Castillo's class traveled throughout QCC's main campus singing carols and bringing holiday cheer to students, faculty and staff. 

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Quinsigamond Community College was alive with the sounds of the holiday season thanks to Associate Professor Jose Castillo, coordinator of the College's music program. Mr. Castillo's class traveled throughout QCC's main campus singing carols and bringing holiday cheer to students, faculty and staff. 

  • Devine “Dee Dee” Johnson takes a free throw shot.
  • QCC student and Wyverns Captain, Devine "Dee Dee" Johnson
  • The 2019-2020 Women's Basketball teeam led by Devine "Dee Dee" Johnson.
December, 2019

Every once in a while you come across a basketball player who is special. Names like NBA legend LeBron James or WNBA phenom Tamika Catchings come to mind as those once in a lifetime players, but did you know Quinsigamond Community College has its own rising basketball star? First year Lady Wyvern basketball player Devine “Dee Dee” Johnson has been tearing up the basketball court this...

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Every once in a while you come across a basketball player who is special. Names like NBA legend LeBron James or WNBA phenom Tamika Catchings come to mind as those once in a lifetime players, but did you know Quinsigamond Community College has its own rising basketball star? First year Lady Wyvern basketball player Devine “Dee Dee” Johnson has been tearing up the basketball court this season with her talent and basketball finesse. Since the start of the season, the freshman point guard and team captain, has been a standout for her playing ability and her poise on and off the court.

According to Lady Wyverns Head Coach Andrew “Andy” Kupec, Ms. Johnson is a strong leader who brings excitement and leadership to the team.

“Dee Dee is having a great season. She’s really helped us. She’s been a great captain, dedicated and patient,” Mr. Kupec said.

On December 7, Ms. Johnson took the Lady Wyverns to their first victory racking up an astounding 50 points (an unofficial school record) in an away game against the Lady Tigers of Roxbury Community College. QCC come out on top, 72-66.

“I knew I scored a lot of points, but not 50. They tried to double-team me, she said, adding, “They did that in high school. All you’d hear was ‘get on number two.’”

This isn’t the only double-digit game Ms. Johnson has had in recent weeks. In the December 5 game against Springfield Technical Community College, she scored 38 points. She’s been such a standout that a scout for Worcester State University talked to her after the game.

“She carries the offense, which is a hard thing to do,” Mr. Kupec said. “Dee Dee can play after here at a four-year school for sure.”

This year’s women’s basketball team is a young team, with a few players who have never played the game. They look to Ms. Johnson for guidance.

“I like to stay positive and motivate them,” she said.

“We are trying to build a team and Dee Dee is excellent in helping us with that goal,” Mr. Kupec said.

A lifelong basketball player, who comes from a family of 10 siblings (she is the second to the youngest) with a father who was a star ball player, Ms. Johnson has had a basketball in her hands from a very young age. She attended Keefe Technical High School in Framingham, where she excelled in sports, particularly basketball. She made varsity all four years starting as either shooting guard or point guard. She also was on the school’s varsity track and volleyball teams.

After graduating high school Ms. Johnson was accepted to Florida State University and Johnson and Wales for culinary arts; however, she ultimately decided to hold off going to college for a while. In fall 2019, she enrolled at QCC as a criminal justice major.

“I had wanted to do something in the criminal justice field. At first I thought police officer or EMT, then learned about teen corrections and decided I wanted to help teens. I’ve seen kids who have encountered hard times and I want to help them do better,” she said.

When asked why basketball is such an important part of her life, Ms. Johnson said, “It’s something that keeps your mind off other things and I just love the game.”

For those who might want to play for the Lady Wyverns, she suggests giving it a try.

 “It’s better to see if like it than to never know,” she said.

To learn more about the women’s basketball team, visit QCC Student Athletics.

  • Six of the 17 QCC students competing in the Student Math League National Competition.
December, 2019

Seventeen QCC students are vying to win a national mathematics competition run by the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC). The Student Math League National Competition is a precalculus level math competition, which is conducted in two rounds of exams. Over 8,000 community college math students from more than 165 colleges are participating in this annual competition.

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Seventeen QCC students are vying to win a national mathematics competition run by the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC). The Student Math League National Competition is a precalculus level math competition, which is conducted in two rounds of exams. Over 8,000 community college math students from more than 165 colleges are participating in this annual competition.

QCC Professors Philomena D'Alessandro and Ibar Delacruz conducted Round 1 of the competition at QCC on Friday, November 1. As AMATYC’s Student Math League (SML) moderator for QCC, Professor D’Alessandro is eligible to submit potential questions for use in the test and two of her questions were selected for use.

Grand prize for the national completion is a $3,000 scholarship for the individual who has the highest total score on the two exams, to be used to continue his or her education at an accredited four-year institution. Participants must compete on both exams to be eligible for an individual award. The top 10 ranking individuals will receive prizes of a mathematical nature, as will the five highest ranking members of the first-place team. In addition, certificates of merit will be awarded to the top five individuals from each participating school.  AMATYC will also recognize the performance of the highest performing college teams in each of its eight regions. The five highest collegiate team scores, as well as the team and individual champions from each of AMATYC's eight regions, will receive plaques at the following year’s AMATYC annual conference. In 2012, QCC received the Lois A. Martin plaque for the highest team score in the New England Region.

Ten the 17 QCC students who participated in Round 1 are currently enrolled in Calculus 1, two are in precalculus, and the remaining five students are taking higher level math courses. Prior to the first exam, Professors D’Alessandro and Delacruz held three study sessions to help students prepare for Round 1, which consists of 20 short-answer, or multiple choice questions. They shared information about the competition and covered math problems from prior competitions. Students were limited to one hour to complete the test. Participants will receive their first round scores during the month of December.

Samuel Lugo Medina, a senior at Shrewsbury High School who is dual enrolled at QCC, said he found competing in an academic contest a “unique experience,” and noted that the practice sessions were helpful to put him in a competitive frame of mind. He plans to participate in Round 2 of the competition in the spring.

 “Participating is an accomplishment that students can include on a resume, as well as on applications for transfer and scholarship,” said Professor D’Alessandro.  Round 2 of the competition will be held between Friday, February 21 and Saturday, March 14.

  • Participating QCC students include:
  • Engineering majors: Francisco Abreu, Jorgo Gushi, Javery Mann, Samuel Lugo Medina and Donovan Tames
  • Biomedical Engineering majors: Thalita da Silva, Daniel Larrabee, Cassandre Marin and Armela Xhindole
  • Computer Science majors: Carlos Flores and Arber Kadriu
  • General Studies majors: Asma Ali, Isabella Landivar, Shaymaa Majeed and Lubaba Malik
  • Business Transfer majors: Rayanne Silva
  • Environmental Science majors: Amy Kaiser
  • PTK Student Alyssa Durham sings at the PTK Faculty and Staff Appreciation event.
  • From left: PTK students Yozue Davila, Chris Baker and Alyssa Durham.
  • Faculty and Staff enjoy PTK's Appreciation event.
  • PTK students host event of thanks for faculty and staff.
December, 2019

Fun festivities, food and friendship were on tap at the recent Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society Faculty and Staff Appreciation event held on December 6. Faculty and staff were treated to a variety of holiday treats, as they were entertained by live musical performances by PTK students Chris Baker, Alyssa Durham, Krystle Bedrick and Yozue Davila. The annual appreciation event is hosted each year by the PTK students...

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Fun festivities, food and friendship were on tap at the recent Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society Faculty and Staff Appreciation event held on December 6. Faculty and staff were treated to a variety of holiday treats, as they were entertained by live musical performances by PTK students Chris Baker, Alyssa Durham, Krystle Bedrick and Yozue Davila. The annual appreciation event is hosted each year by the PTK students who pull out all the stops to thank the college community.

QCC’s PTK Alpha Zeta Theta chapter is an active chapter that was chartered in 1980. PTK students work throughout the year on community service projects that have a positive and lasting impact on QCC and the surrounding communities the College serves. Currently there are 819 active PTK members and 86 active alumni members who work on projects throughout the year. One of the recent and exciting initiatives set for 2020 is a new Live and Learn Greenhouse that will expand the produce being grown in the current greenhouse exponentially.

“We want to thank everyone for their dedication to the success of the students at QCC. The support and encouragement the students have received throughout the year is greatly appreciated,” said PTK Advisor Bonnie Coleman.

  • QCC student Regina Slootsky takes a break from studying with a furry new friend.
December, 2019

QCC students preparing for their finals earlier this month had the chance to de-stress a bit with a visit from a few furry friends from the organization, Tufts Paws for People, is a non-profit organization in New England associated with the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. The biannual event is one that students look forward to as a way to take a break from the stress of final exams...

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QCC students preparing for their finals earlier this month had the chance to de-stress a bit with a visit from a few furry friends from the organization, Tufts Paws for People, is a non-profit organization in New England associated with the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. The biannual event is one that students look forward to as a way to take a break from the stress of final exams.

Other events included Study-Palooza on December 5, in the Harrington Learning Center. Students had the chance to study with friends, receive free school supplies, snacks and QCC swag.  The first 25 students also received a free print card. This way the perfect way to get ready for finals.

  • Quinsigamond Community College Psychology Professor Maura Stickles
December, 2019

Quinsigamond Community College Psychology Professor Maura Stickles was recently named to the YOU, Inc. Board of Directors. You, Inc.’s mission is to provide youth and families with opportunities to fulfill their potential and build a brighter future. The longstanding college professor was voted onto the board in October of this year and will serve for three years.

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Quinsigamond Community College Psychology Professor Maura Stickles was recently named to the YOU, Inc. Board of Directors. You, Inc.’s mission is to provide youth and families with opportunities to fulfill their potential and build a brighter future. The longstanding college professor was voted onto the board in October of this year and will serve for three years.

Ms.Stickles is a former acute clinician who worked with adolescents and children before coming to work at QCC. Through that role she was already extremely familiar with the YOU, Inc. organization and felt a kinship to its mission. So when the organization’s interim president and, CEO Paula Aiello, reached out to her about serving on the board, she jumped at the opportunity. It was a request that had come at the perfect time in Ms. Stickles life, aligning perfectly with with her mission of servicing adolescents and children in the Central Massachusetts community.

“It was a nice fit (in my life) and all the pieces came together. It’s a neat way to give back and it compliments my work at the College,” she said. “It’s really important to me to give back.”

Ms. Stickles has been a part of QCC for the better part of 27 years, since she walked through the doors as an adjunct professor.

“I was an adjunct for four years before becoming full-time,” she noted.

Ms.Stickles teaches "Abnormal Psychology and Theories of Personality." Her teaching style is one of giving examples, rather than just book learning. She said using examples from her past has helped her students learn concepts in easier way. She feels that being a part of the YOU, Inc. Board can only help to enhance her teachings at QCC.

“This seems to be an active board that is very connected to the Worcester community. YOU, Inc. is helping guide and direct over 15,000 children and families in Central Massachusetts,” she said. “Right now I’m doing a lot of listening and learning. While this experience is different, it broadens my sense of behavioral and mental health services and that can only help my students. This all feels very connected.”

While being a college professor and being on an active board would seem to be more than enough for one person, Ms. Stickles is also a certified tennis professional at the Greendale Family Branch YMCA. She is the lead pro for junior development, working there in her off hours and during the summer.

“This all comes back to my love for children and adolescents and being a mentor. This is really important to me,” she said, noting that sports such as tennis teach important life skills. “How do we define mental toughness? There’s no quick fix, you have to work at it and commit to it.”

While there is no easy road to success or happiness, she often shares her personal thoughts to her students.

“How lucky am I to get to say I love my work. I love the college and love that I get to be a part of a process that will impact people’s lives and futures every single day.”

  • QCC's Veteran Affairs makes a difference through “Operation: Care Package."
December, 2019

Once again QCC’s Veteran Affairs and the Veterans Club gathered items for “Operation: Care Package,” to help make the holidays a bit brighter for currently deployed service members. For the last few years the Veterans Club has gathered needed items, cards and letters of well-wishes and put together care packages for those service personnel serving our country overseas.

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Once again QCC’s Veteran Affairs and the Veterans Club gathered items for “Operation: Care Package,” to help make the holidays a bit brighter for currently deployed service members. For the last few years the Veterans Club has gathered needed items, cards and letters of well-wishes and put together care packages for those service personnel serving our country overseas.

This year’s donation drive was a particularly successful thanks to the efforts of QCC student veteran Ron Polomski. Mr. Polomski, a business administration major at QCC and a U.S. Navy veteran, brought in 40 additional boxes and bags of items that were donated by Elmwood Street Elementary School and Raymond E. Shaw Elementary School in Millbury. Two of Mr. Polomski’s children attend Elmwood Street Elementary School. After hearing about the donation drive from Mr. Polomski, the schools’ decided to make it a school-wide project.

Already the care packages are making a positive impact to many active duty personnel serving overseas.

“We here in Afghanistan just want to extend are sincere thanks for the care packages you sent to brighten our spirits. They did indeed bring our spirits up.The high point of the packages were the letters. All of us at the Tactical Operations Center read the letters from the kids and all of us had warm smiles from the sentiments they expressed. Thank you and the kids from the bottom of our hearts. Your efforts are much appreciated,” wrote Master sergeant, Ray Brown, of the United States Marine Corps, in an email sent to the Veteran Affairs office.

Closer to home, QCC student veterans celebrated the holidays with camaraderie and song.

  • Commonweath Honors Students and their professors Amy Beaudry (R) and Gaelan Lee Benway (L).
December, 2019

For many years Quinsigamond Community College has been a member of the Commonwealth Honors Program (CHP), which is accredited by the Department of Higher Education (DHE). All of the Massachusetts community colleges, state universities, and UMass campuses are part of this honors program, with each school determining their curriculum, based on the accreditation criteria that the DHE has established.  QCC’s...

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For many years Quinsigamond Community College has been a member of the Commonwealth Honors Program (CHP), which is accredited by the Department of Higher Education (DHE). All of the Massachusetts community colleges, state universities, and UMass campuses are part of this honors program, with each school determining their curriculum, based on the accreditation criteria that the DHE has established.  QCC’s Honors Program requires students successfully complete four courses at an honors level with a B or higher. A small, seminar-style, team-taught class, is the capstone course of the program.

The theme of this fall’s capstone was, “Dystopian/Utopian Worlds in Literature and Contemporary Society.” Over the previous summer, each student chose and read a novel from the genre of dystopian literature.  During the fall semester, students worked closely with their two professors, Amy Beaudry and Gaelan Lee Benway, and a library mentor (Denise Cross, Michael Stevenson, or Tiger Swan), to select a real world topic that is addressed in their dystopian novel. They then conducted scholarly research on this topic, wrote a 10-15 page literature review, and presented their findings to the college community on December 4.  Students who presented their research included:

  • Brandon Anderson, Liberal Arts - Psychology, “Alone together: A Society of Electric Sheep and Extremists”
  • Jenna Glode, Liberal Arts – History, “Life, Liberty, & the Pursuit of Anarchy”
  • Larissa Gloss, Business Administration Transfer, “Visible and Psychological Impacts of Objectification”
  • Haley Gordon, Criminal Justice, “Privatization v. Public Good: Education”
  • Jonathan Lane, General Studies, “The Fight for Liberty”
  • Lily Lavender-Hoge, Business Administration, “Political Fear Tactics”
  • Sarah Maino, General Studies,“The Cognitive Consequences of Forbidden Love”
  • J. Carlos Simoes, General Studies Health Care, “The New Boogeyman: Social Media”
  • Hue Truong, Computer Science, “Collectivism: Thoughts on the Assimilation of Chinese Minorities”
  • Savannah Vangel, Liberal Arts - Psychology, “Government Surveillance”
  • Ryan Waxman, Liberal Arts, “Fear as a Form of Social Control”
  • Sarah Zlody, General Studies, "Prostitution: The Real Story"

Visit Commonwealth Honors to learn more.

  • James "Jim" Heffernan, John Solaperto and Tom Hebert perfrom at the Holiday Luncheon.
  • Faculty and staff enjoy the holiday luncheon.
  • From left:Theresa Vecchio, Dr. James Keane, Dr. Luis Pedraja
  • QCC staff members Lucinda Costa and John Solaperto
  • Staff members from the Human Resources and Cmomunity Connections depratment enjoy great food and conversation.
December, 2019

An annual holiday tradition that faculty and staff look forward to each year is the College's holiday luncheon, held this year on Dec. 11 in the Harrington Learning Center. Faculty and staff were treated to a special holiday buffet complete with holiday music by the talents of QCC's own James "Jim" Heffernan, John ...

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An annual holiday tradition that faculty and staff look forward to each year is the College's holiday luncheon, held this year on Dec. 11 in the Harrington Learning Center. Faculty and staff were treated to a special holiday buffet complete with holiday music by the talents of QCC's own James "Jim" Heffernan, John Solaperto and Tom Hebert

"Each year we hold this event to let our faculty and staff know how much we value their hard work and dedication to our students," said QCC President Dr. Luis Pedraja. "It's a time to regroup with our colleagues and rejoice in our accomplishments from the past year and look forward to the new year." 

From our family to yours, Happy Holidays!

  • STEM Students of the Month - October 2019
December, 2019

Each month, the professors in QCC’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programs recognize and acknowledge the perseverance of one student in their perspective STEM areas. Below are the October 2019 STEM Students of the Month with a few comments from the professors who nominated them. They include:

Science - Savannah Finney, nominated by Professor Anna Krzywicka-Racka....

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Each month, the professors in QCC’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programs recognize and acknowledge the perseverance of one student in their perspective STEM areas. Below are the October 2019 STEM Students of the Month with a few comments from the professors who nominated them. They include:

Science - Savannah Finney, nominated by Professor Anna Krzywicka-Racka.

“I would like to nominate as a STEM Student of the Month Savannah Finney. She was in my BIO 108 class during the spring semester and she has shown an exceptional level of enthusiasm toward class and biology in general. Her involvement reaches much beyond the class material and what is required in school. She reminds me of a naturalist of previous centuries who will spend her life trying to discover the mysteries of nature. She is passionate, involved and empathetic toward nature. Savannah is also a good, hard working student who can be an example for others.”            

Technology -  Mina Fahmy, nominated by Charulata Trivedi, professor of Computer Information Systems

“Mina was a student in my Web Development I class and has had many courses with Professor Robert Desilets. We believe he deserves to be ‘Student of the Month’ award due to his exceptional work ethics. He is well-organized, and skilled at handling multiple high priority tasks. He is consistent in quality for his assignments, is willing to suggest solutions, and go extra mile to support other students. He is always on-time for class meetings and submitting project work. We believe that Mina’s hard-working ethics, willingness to help out his fellow students, and enthusiasm in the subject matter will take him far beyond Quinsigamond Community College.”                 

Engineering - Sharon Ridley, nominated by James Heffernan, professor of Electronics Engineering Technology

“Sharon came to Quinsigamond Community College with a significant amount of prior work experience in various aspects of manufacturing.  Since her last company relocated, she has used her unemployed status as an opportunity to update her skills and abilities to prepare for the next phase of her career.  She enrolled in the Electronics Engineering Technology program and is completing both the Mechatronics Option and the Photonics Option. Sharon has distinguished herself in every course she has taken, demonstrating a strong work ethic and a willingness to spend extra hours in the lab when necessary.  She comes to class with a professional and positive attitude and sets a good example for other students. We are delighted to have her here at QCC and know she will represent the college well in the community after she graduates.”

Jonathan Kimball – Mathematics, nominated by Steve Zona, Professor of Mathematics

“College Algebra and Precalculus are the first two college STEM courses that the Math Department offers. Many students struggle, but one student, Jonathan Kimball, has excelled in both of these courses.  As one of my students in both of those courses, I have come to know Jonathan as a model student and a role model for others. Perfect attendance and outstanding class participation seemed effortless for Jonathan.  His willingness to contribute to class and to be a leader among his peers in class are exemplary. Outside of my classes, Jonathan has excelled in Trigonometry and his current course, Calculus I.  Outside of class, Jonathan is generous with his time and expertise. Not only is he a Phi Theta Kappa member with a 3.73 GPA in Engineering, but he is also a volunteer tutor in my College Algebra class where he is respected by everyone.”       

  • Director of Athletics & Fitness Center, Lisa Gurnick and Assistant Manager of Athletics and Fitness Center, Josh Cole.
December, 2019

Athletic Center Holiday Hours

The Athletic Center will be closed from Wednesday, December 25 – Wednesday, January 1 and will reopen on Thursday, January 2.

Baseball 

Interested in playing for the Wyverns baseball team this season? Contact Coach John McLaughlin at 508.854.4316 or email jmclaughlin [at] qcc.mass.edu...

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Athletic Center Holiday Hours

The Athletic Center will be closed from Wednesday, December 25 – Wednesday, January 1 and will reopen on Thursday, January 2.

Baseball 

Interested in playing for the Wyverns baseball team this season? Contact Coach John McLaughlin at 508.854.4316 or email jmclaughlin [at] qcc.mass.edu

Basketball

The Men and Women’s Wyvern Basketball teams are still in the thick of their 2019-2020 season. Visit Wyverns Men’s Basketball and Wyverns Women’s Basketball for the complete schedule and make sure to catch a game or two in the New Year.

Winter break is the perfect time to rest and recharge, but remember there is no winter break from exercise.

For more information visit, QCC's Athletic Center

  • Quinsigamond Community College adjunct faculty member Chryssa Meleti
December, 2019

Quinsigamond Community College adjunct faculty member Chryssa Meleti has been nominated for the prestigious Pushcart Prize in the category of Best American Poetry 2020. Ms. Meleti was nominated by the American Aesthetic Journal, which published her poem, "Romel Forks." The Pushcart Prize is an American literary prize published by Pushcart Press that honors the best published poetry...

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Quinsigamond Community College adjunct faculty member Chryssa Meleti has been nominated for the prestigious Pushcart Prize in the category of Best American Poetry 2020. Ms. Meleti was nominated by the American Aesthetic Journal, which published her poem, "Romel Forks." The Pushcart Prize is an American literary prize published by Pushcart Press that honors the best published poetry, short stories, essays, memoirs or stand-alone novel excerpts over the previous year, from little magazine and small book press editors throughout the world.

Ms. Meleti, who is originally from Greece, came to the U.S. in 2016 and quickly became a permanent citizen. She writes in both English and Greek and has been published in American, Greek and Finnish literary magazines. She’s had a novel, “Lydius” published in Melbourne, Australia and participated as an author in two collective works: “Fugue,” a collection of contemporary short stories, published in London, England and “Fortune Cookies II, an Anthology of the New Wave of Greek Writers,” published in Athens, Greece.

“I have been writing poetry for 10 years now. I mostly write fiction. I started writing fiction -with pauses and breaks- since when I was a kid,” she said. “I prefer free verse; I think that free verse offers more expressive autonomy to a poet as it has no rules. However, it still needs an inner sense of rhythm otherwise it isn’t poetry. I believe that the inner tune of language is what defines the good free verse poems.”

Ms. Meleti has been teaching at QCC since 2019 as an adjunct instructor, teaching French and ESOL.

“I love my students and I really enjoy teaching here. The students are amazing, such great personalities and such sensitive and responsible human beings. Their positive response to my teaching gives me strength and motivation to become better by trying constantly to inspire them as much as they inspire me,” she said.

 It was during a break from a meeting at the College that she found out the exciting news of her nomination.

“I was so excited that I had to try really hard to stay focused on the meeting after that,” she said.  “It’s really an honor and I have to thank Thomas F. Jones (editor of The American Aesthetic; writer and essayist  for the Los Angeles Times and San Francisco Chronicle) for nominating me. I respect his work tremendously.”

Pushcart Prize winners will be announced in Spring 2020.

  • Welcome to 2020!
December, 2019

Happy New Year! The College will be closed for Winter Break from Wednesday December 25 – January 1 and will re-open on January 2.

Thursday, January 2: Intersession classes begin.

Tuesday, January 14: Last day of intersession classes/exams.

Monday, January 20: Martin Luther King Day – the College is closed...

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Happy New Year! The College will be closed for Winter Break from Wednesday December 25 – January 1 and will re-open on January 2.

Thursday, January 2: Intersession classes begin.

Tuesday, January 14: Last day of intersession classes/exams.

Monday, January 20: Martin Luther King Day – the College is closed.

Wednesday, January 22: Classes begin for the Spring Semester.

January Spotlight:  QCC will hold a Super Saturday Registration Event on January 11 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the Welcome Center, located on the college’s main campus. Students who have been unable to register during the week have another chance to register for classes.

Closures or Abbreviated Hours During Winter Break:

Food Services will be closed from December 25 through January 1, 2020 and will re-open on January 2.

The Main Cafeteria located on the basement level of the Administration Building will be observing Intercession hours through January 20, 2020.

  • Monday- Friday:             7:30a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Breakfast:                       7:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
  • Snacks & Beverages:    10:00 a.m.  – 11:00 a.m.
  • Lunch:                            11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Snacks & Beverages:     1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
December, 2019

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

On December 15, 2019, the School of Healthcare welcomed Brittany Casasanta as the Healthcare Simulation Support Technician (EDP Systems Analyst I). Brittany brings to this position over five years of experience. Most recently, she was the Simulation Laboratory Specialist at QCC. Brittany earned an Associate’...

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

On December 15, 2019, the School of Healthcare welcomed Brittany Casasanta as the Healthcare Simulation Support Technician (EDP Systems Analyst I). Brittany brings to this position over five years of experience. Most recently, she was the Simulation Laboratory Specialist at QCC. Brittany earned an Associate’s Degree in Respiratory Care from Quinsigamond Community College, Bachelor’s Degree in Health Sciences from Southern New Hampshire University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Respiratory Care from Boise State University.

On December 1, 2019 Facilities welcomed Anthony Bernardi as a Maintainer II.  Anthony brings to this position over 13 years of experience. Most recently, he was a Maintainer I  at QCC.

On December 1, 2019 Academic Affairs welcomed Michelle Sheehan as the Administrative Secretary I for the School of Math and Science. Michelle brings to this position over 15 years of experience. Most recently, she was the Clerk IV in the Early College Initiatives Office at QCC. Michelle earned an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration from Quinsigamond Community College.

On December 1, 2019 Academic Affairs welcomed Julio Zayas as the Reentry Program Coordinator (Special Program Coordinator) for College and Careers Pathways. Julio brings to this position several years of experience. Most recently, he was the part time Program Coordinator/Counselor for WCHOC College Readiness and an Adjunct Faculty Instructor  at QCC. Julio earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a Master’s Degree in Management both from Colorado Technical University.

Please join us in welcoming Brittany, Anthony, Michelle and Julio into their new roles at QCC.