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August, 2021

QCC President Luis G. Pedraja (L) and MWCC President James Vander hooven, Ed.D
August, 2021

President Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D. and Mount Wachusett Community College (MWCC) President James L. Vander Hooven, Ed.D. have forged a new transfer agreement between the two Central Massachusetts community colleges, strengthening an already strong partnership.

The agreement will enable QCC students to seamlessly transfer to MWCC after they have completed their general education courses, in order...

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President Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D. and Mount Wachusett Community College (MWCC) President James L. Vander Hooven, Ed.D. have forged a new transfer agreement between the two Central Massachusetts community colleges, strengthening an already strong partnership.

The agreement will enable QCC students to seamlessly transfer to MWCC after they have completed their general education courses, in order to earn an Associate Degree in either Physical Therapist Assisting or Veterinary Technology. MWCC students will have a similar reciprocal transfer opportunity with QCC. MWCC students interested in an Associate Degree in Radiologic Technology or Respiratory Care can transfer into QCC’s programs once their general education courses are completed.

“We serve the community and our communities are not defined by rigid boundaries; they blend into one another,” President Pedraja said. “I think it is critical to create partnerships such as this one that will allow us to provide services to a greater number of students.”

“One of the areas in Massachusetts that all community colleges are looking for are ways to partner with one another so that we are not duplicating all of the services we offer. I think the proximity of QCC and MWCC offers us an opportunity for unique partnerships and this is a perfect example of how we can do that,” said President Vander Hooven.

Both presidents see these types of agreements only increasing in the future to meet the needs of a diverse student population that community colleges such as MWCC and QCC historically serve.

“It can’t be about competing against one another. We’re all part of the Commonwealth and we are all working to help our students to ensure they are successful,” said President Pedraja.

Visit QCC or MWCC to learn more about these new program partnerships.

  • Welcome to Quinsigamond Community College!
August, 2021

WOW! We've missed you and we are very much looking forward to seeing your smiling faces on campus September 8! We have a lot of catching up to do. Whether you are starting college for the first time, going back after a long time, or are a second year student who hasn't actually been on campus, we are happy to have you here! Starting college can be an intimidating experience and after the year we...

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WOW! We've missed you and we are very much looking forward to seeing your smiling faces on campus September 8! We have a lot of catching up to do. Whether you are starting college for the first time, going back after a long time, or are a second year student who hasn't actually been on campus, we are happy to have you here! Starting college can be an intimidating experience and after the year we have had, it may feel good to get out of the house, or for some it may be a little intimidating. If that's the way you feel, have no fear, QCC is here for you!

We know there's more to college than class and your life outside of class plays a big part in your college, campus and study experience. Below please find an easy guide to help you maneuver the first days and weeks of college to make going back to school a little bit easier.

In-Person Services: Join a line from anywhere!

In-person services are now available with a better way to wait in line! The new EZQ (Easy Queue) system allows you to get in line from anywhere so that you have more time to study, get to class, grab a coffee, visit with friends or soak up the sun. Don’t worry, you’ll receive wait time updates so you know when to visit the office for your meeting. Learn more here.

Safety First 

While we are excited to have you on campus, your safety and the safety of your classmates is paramount. We are currently requiring face coverings be worn while indoors for all main campus buildings and QCC locations. Learn how QCC is making this fall a Healthy and Safe Return to Campus

Bookstore

Back to school is a busy time and if you still need books or supplies, we highly recommend ordering them online. The bookstore capacity is limited to 30 people at once. If you order your class materials online, they will ship FREE to your home and save a trip to the bookstore when your books arrive. Appointments are required to go to the QCC Bookstore. You can make an appointment online with QCC's new "EZQ" system. 

Bookstore Hours:

  • Monday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. (Closed Labor Day, 9/6)
  • Friday, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday - Closed

Getting Hungry?

If carrying all of those books around is making you hungry, no worries, the Main Cafeteria (Basement, Administration Building) is back to regular hours beginning Wednesday, September 8. 

For the utmost safety, there will be a limited capacity in the cafeteria and people may experience some delays. We strongly recommend everyone picks up their food and takes it outdoors to eat. If you must eat indoors, we ask that you consider social distancing guidelines of 6 feet to protect yourself and those around you.

Main Cafeteria Hours Monday-Friday:

  • Breakfast: 7:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
  • Snacks & Beverages: 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
  • Lunch: 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
  • Snacks & Beverages: 2:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

HLC Cafe Hours:

Monday - Thursday from 7:30 a.m.- 7:00 p.m.
Fridays from 7:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Students experiencing food insecurity should know there is a food pantry available on campus for students, faculty and staff. The Homeplate Food Pantry and Resource Center is located in Room B63A, in the basement of the Administration Building. All information is confidential, and we ask that each new client fill out an application.

FAQs For New And Returning Students:

  • Apply to QCC - Please contact the Admissions Department at 508-854-5262 or admissions [at] qcc.mass.edu
  • Pay your bill -  Please contact The Business Office at 508-854-4560 or businessoffice [at] qcc.mass.edu
  • Questions about financial aid - Please contact Financial Aid at 508-854-4261 or financialaid [at] qcc.mass.edu
  • Get your student ID -  Please contact Student Life at 508-854-4334. Students may log in to "The Q", upload a photo and order a student ID online. 
  • Parking passes - You may get your parking pass at the Campus Police station with your student ID or proof of enrollment. You can also contact Student Life at 508-854-4334 or email studentlife [at] qcc.mass.edu

Need to add a class? Please contact Academic Advising at 508-854-4308 or advising [at] qcc.mass.edu

Maps

If you're more concerned about finding your way around than grabbing a snack, we've got you covered there too. Click here to check out maps for all campuses

Wanna Play?

QCC welcomes new coaches, teams and intramural leagues. 

Sports at QCC include:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • E-sports and more!

Learn more about intramural and intercollegiate teams here.

Student Life

The Fuller Student Center is a place to meet up with friends, study, play pool and even pet alpacas and dogs. What's new in the student center this year? QCC has a new Director of Student Life, Ashlee Givens! If you are looking to get involved on campus and join a club or participate in social activities, the Fuller Student Center is the place to get started. Keep an eye on QCC's Facebook page for information on club fairs and Welcome Week activities.

News, Alerts, Closings & More

Download the QCC mobile app for access to grades, bus schedules, closings and more. When you have the QCC app, you will get college alerts and notifications right to your phone. We know it's still warm out, but admit it... you want to be the first to know about SNOW DAYS! Seriously though, you can also access the mobile version of the Q as well as your Qmail. So... you ready? You can find the QCC app in the App Store or on Google Play by searching QCC App. It's that simple. 

You can also follow us on social media for college & event announcements, videos and other fun stuff. So give us a follow on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter!

Academic Calendar

OK, now that you're here and you've got at least one class under your belt... you may be wondering when your first three-day weekend will come around? Or maybe you're already thinking about the holiday break... or want to know when your finals will be. No worries, the academic calendar has all of the important dates for holidays, breaks, intersession, finals and more.

Is That All?

No way, there's so much more! Keep in touch with us on social media and be the first to know about upcoming events, clubs and all kinds of good stuff that happens here! Have a great idea for a story? We want to know! Email us your story or idea and you just may be featured in the QCC Blog or the Wyvern Guardian newsletter!

Welcome Back Wyverns... It's Great to See You! 

  • QCC at Southbridge new Site Leader Geraldo Maldonado.
August, 2021

Quinsigamond Community College at Southbridge has named local resident Geraldo Maldonado as its new Site Leader. Mr. Maldonado is a longtime QCC adjunct faculty member, alumnus, and is one of 50 QCC Guardians. Guardians are alumni of the college who have made significant strides in their personal life and in their community.

"Geraldo's background, coupled with the fact that he is a...

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Quinsigamond Community College at Southbridge has named local resident Geraldo Maldonado as its new Site Leader. Mr. Maldonado is a longtime QCC adjunct faculty member, alumnus, and is one of 50 QCC Guardians. Guardians are alumni of the college who have made significant strides in their personal life and in their community.

"Geraldo's background, coupled with the fact that he is a resident of Southbridge, will bring a unique perspective to QCC at Southbridge. His acute knowledge of the region and the college will be extremely beneficial to the students, faculty and staff," said President Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D. 

“I’m excited to welcome students to our Southbridge location this fall. It’s truly incredible to have QCC in Southbridge. It’s a needed element for the community,” Mr. Maldonado said. “While people sometimes still think of QCC as the campus in Worcester, we have full services right in Southbridge at QCC’s new location in the Southbridge High School.”

For the past 15 years, QCC has had a presence in the Southbridge community. In the summer of 2020, QCC’s Southbridge location moved from 5 Optical Drive as a way to offer greater access to higher education not only to Southbridge, but also to all communities in the South County area. Additionally, Southbridge High School students now have easy access to QCC’s Early College Program and their family members can also take advantage of the college’s academic and workforce development offerings.

Mr. Maldonado and his family have a long and storied history with QCC and Southbridge. Born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, he and his family moved to Lowell when he was six before moving to Worcester three years later. In the 70’s, his mother began attending QCC, where she took English classes and earned her GED. This began a family legacy with the college, and when Mr. Maldonado was in his late 20’s and a parent, he too began taking classes at QCC.

“It was a little scary coming back to school as an adult with children. I was working a full-time job, a part-time job, and taking two to three classes per semester,” he said. “I needed the flexibility QCC offered.”

In 1995, he graduated with an Associate Degree in Business Administration Transfer, going on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree from Worcester State University and a Master of Business Administration from Anna Maria College.

His daughters also are QCC alumnae. His older daughter Kristina decided to do the paramedic program at QCC, while his younger daughter Aimee took a longer journey to QCC. She began at UMass Lowell as an Engineering major; however, it was not a good fit and she struggled.

“She took a couple of business classes at Lowell and seemed to do OK,” Mr. Maldonado said. “She came home, still not sure what she was going to do and I suggested she take classes at QCC in Southbridge due to its very convenient location.” 

His daughter Aimee took classes for a year at QCC’s Southbridge location where she excelled. She graduated with her Associate Degree in Business and went on to Nichols College where she received scholarships based on her high grades. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and her Master's in Accounting, before attending Penn State Dickenson Law. In 2020, she graduated with her law degree, passed the Bar Exam on her first attempt by scoring in the 99th percentile, and today works in the District Attorney’s Office in Hampden County.

“Definitely a very good Quinsigamond success story,” he said.

Having the Southbridge location at Southbridge High School opens many doors for students and the community, according to Mr. Maldonado.

“This benefits high school students who can see firsthand how accessible college can be and they can take advantage of the Early College Program. Instead of taking college equivalent classes students can actually take college classes for college credit,” he said. ”I hope that people will see QCC at Southbridge as the college of choice for the Southwest corner of Worcester County.”

To learn more visit www.QCC.edu/Southbridge.

  • President Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D., Dr. Matilde Castiel and ose Rivera, director of Operations for Latin American Health Alliance.
  • QCC President Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D. and Dr. Matilde Castiel, commissioner of Health and Human Services.
August, 2021

QCC President Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D. was one of three people chosen to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at a pre-game ceremony during the August 18 Wepa (WooSox) Game against Scranton.

President Pedraja, Dr. Matilde Castiel, commissioner of Health and Human Services and Jose Rivera, director of Operations for Latin American Health Alliance and manager of Café Reyes took to the field...

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QCC President Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D. was one of three people chosen to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at a pre-game ceremony during the August 18 Wepa (WooSox) Game against Scranton.

President Pedraja, Dr. Matilde Castiel, commissioner of Health and Human Services and Jose Rivera, director of Operations for Latin American Health Alliance and manager of Café Reyes took to the field to show their pitching chops during the game that honored both Cuba and Mexico.

Throughout the 2021 season, the WooSox have been changing their name to “Los Wepas de Worcester” for certain home games. During these games, the ballpark embraces the Latino communities through music, food and community spotlights.

¡Wepa! is a Spanish expression of excited happiness and that was exactly what President Pedraja felt when he took part in the pre-ceremony festivities.

“I was thrilled to throw out the first pitch with Matie and Jose. It was a privilege to be a part of this special game and to celebrate the rich multicultural history that makes up our great city,” he said. “Inclusive events such as this one bring communities together, enabling us to learn more about each other and help to make equity a reality in Worcester.”

  • The Webster Five Foundation made a $4,000 donation to the QCC Foundation to benefit the QCC Student Emergency Aid Fund.
August, 2021

On August 11, President and Chief Executive Officer of Webster Five Bank, Donald F. Doyle, along with Webster Five Foundation Executive Director, Monica Thomas-Bonnick, presented a check for $4,000 to the Quinsigamond Community College Foundation on behalf of the Webster Five Foundation. The donation will help support the QCC Student Emergency Aid Fund. On-hand for the presentation was QCC President Luis G....

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On August 11, President and Chief Executive Officer of Webster Five Bank, Donald F. Doyle, along with Webster Five Foundation Executive Director, Monica Thomas-Bonnick, presented a check for $4,000 to the Quinsigamond Community College Foundation on behalf of the Webster Five Foundation. The donation will help support the QCC Student Emergency Aid Fund. On-hand for the presentation was QCC President Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D. and QCC Foundation President Dr. Linda Maykel.

“The Webster Five Foundation is helping us to eliminate barriers that prevent student success. This collegiate/community partnership demonstrates the commitment both QCC and the Webster Five Foundation have in making Central Massachusetts a place where everyone can grow and prosper.”

The Webster Five Foundation is helping us to eliminate barriers that prevent student success. This collegiate/community partnership demonstrates the commitment both QCC and the Webster Five Foundation have in making Central Massachusetts a place where everyone can grow and prosper.”

The donation will help to support students in significant need and hardship due to the pandemic. The QCC Student Emergency Aid Fund provides emergency assistance to students who need help with housing, food insecurity, and other life necessities. To date, the program has raised $145,305 to assist over 700 students in need, with each student typically receiving anywhere from $100 to $250. 

The Quinsigamond Community College Foundation's mission is to develop and promote resources that advance the mission of Quinsigamond Community College (QCC); to provide accessible, affordable, high-quality educational and training programs and services to meet the needs of a diverse student population.

“We are pleased to help support the Quinsigamond Community College Foundation and its Student Emergency Aid Fund. This donation will allow many QCC students to continue working towards their degree programs while ensuring they have the resources they need to be successful in their efforts,” Mr. Doyle said.

Visit QCC Foundation to learn more about how to support QCC students through the Student Emergency Aid Fund.

  • Assistant Professor of Accounting and QCC alumnus Eduardo Rivas.
August, 2021

QCC is offering bilingual college-level classes for Spanish-speaking students this fall. This new approach to learning will provide Spanish-speaking students the opportunity to listen to lectures and instruction in Spanish and will then be required to complete their readings and assignments in English.

This idea is the brainchild of Assistant Professor of Accounting and QCC alumnus Eduardo Rivas...

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QCC is offering bilingual college-level classes for Spanish-speaking students this fall. This new approach to learning will provide Spanish-speaking students the opportunity to listen to lectures and instruction in Spanish and will then be required to complete their readings and assignments in English.

This idea is the brainchild of Assistant Professor of Accounting and QCC alumnus Eduardo Rivas.

“Students feel more comfortable receiving instruction in their native language. I know that for a lot of non-native English speakers, the hardest part is listening and understanding,” Mr. Rivas said. “When I was new to this country I could read English, but I had difficulty understanding when people talked to me. It was too fast. Some of my other friends and I used to watch videos on YouTube in Spanish to understand the concepts better for our classes.”

As someone who has also tutored students in QCC’s Math Tutoring Center, Mr. Rivas found that many Spanish-speaking students would ask for an explanation in Spanish, even if they could speak English fluently. He completely understood and had been fortunate to take a bilingual course when he was in his bachelor's degree program.

“I was able to take a literature class in Spanish as part of my bachelor's degree program. You had to be fluent in the language to be taking that class. I enjoyed being able to talk in my native language in the classroom. I wish I had the opportunity to take some of my other classes in Spanish,” he said.   

Mr. Rivas presented the idea of bilingual courses to QCC administration, who responded positively to the idea. Together with Mr. Rivas, they identified three courses that will be offered this fall. These classes are in a hybrid format and students will need to be online, or on campus at specific days/times. Students must be proficient in Spanish and English to attend any of these courses.

Classes in this new format include:

  • Intro to Microcomputer Applications (Monday, 9:30 a.m. -10:45 a.m.)
  • Financial Accounting I (Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. -10:45 a.m.)
  • Introduction to Business (Friday, 9:30 a.m. -10:45 a.m.)

“My goal is to get as many Spanish-speaking students as we can into these classes, and I hope we can offer more classes in Spanish in the future,” Mr. Rivas said.

For questions, email Mr. Rivas at erivas [at] qcc.mass.edu

  • Last Day outside the QCC's Homeplate Food Pantry
August, 2021

QCC's Homeplate Food Pantry and Resource Center has officially moved indoors. The food pantry had its last day of outdoor food distribution on August 25 and will now move its services indoors. Thanks to funding from community partners, The United Way of Central Massachusetts and The Greater Worcester Community Foundation, extensive upgrades and renovations have been made to the...

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QCC's Homeplate Food Pantry and Resource Center has officially moved indoors. The food pantry had its last day of outdoor food distribution on August 25 and will now move its services indoors. Thanks to funding from community partners, The United Way of Central Massachusetts and The Greater Worcester Community Foundation, extensive upgrades and renovations have been made to the food pantry and resource center to help increase capacity and efficiency.

The United Way of Central Massachusetts has donated funds for an electronic software system, “SmartChoice,” as well as food and related supplies. Through this electronic food pantry software, students can select prepackaged baskets of food in a safe, contact-free way.

The Greater Worcester Community Foundation awarded the College a Worcester County Food Bank Fund to End Hunger Grant that was used to purchase an industrial freezer, refrigerator and shelving for the food pantry. An official grand opening of the renovated space will be held in September.

"It's vitally important that we continue to offer these services to our students who struggle with food insecurity and homelessness. No one can succeed academically if they are hungry," said President Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D. "QCC is the gateway to advanced educational and employment opportunities in Central Massachusetts and as such, we will do everything possible to ensure our students have the resources they need to succeed. When our students succeed, our community thrives and we all prosper."

In addition to the food pantry, the Center offers additional resources and assistance with fuel assistance, housing and other services to students in need. 

Food Pantry services will now be offered daily in Room B63A in the Administration Building at a variety of different hours each day. For the most up-to-date hours visit QCC's Homeplate Food Pantry and Resource Center.

For more information on how to get help, please contact foodpantry [at] qcc.mass.edu

 

  • PTK student and recent 2021 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar, Kennedy Day.
August, 2021

Last month, the Wyvern Guardian spotlighted (PTK) student Kennedy Day as a 2021 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar. Ms. Day was one of 207 PTK members named a 2021 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar and will receive a $1,000 scholarship.  

A Liberal Arts Psychology major who plans to transfer to a 4-year institution and pursue a bachelor's degree in psychology, Ms. Day said she...

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Last month, the Wyvern Guardian spotlighted (PTK) student Kennedy Day as a 2021 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar. Ms. Day was one of 207 PTK members named a 2021 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar and will receive a $1,000 scholarship.  

A Liberal Arts Psychology major who plans to transfer to a 4-year institution and pursue a bachelor's degree in psychology, Ms. Day said she would love to work in a field with developmental psychology or criminal psychology.

“I am very happy Phi Theta Kappa has provided me with the resources and connections to apply for scholarships like the 2021 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship. I highly recommend joining our chapter to any student who meets the requirements here at QCC,” she said. “QCC is an outstanding educational institution that has provided me with wonderful learning opportunities so far, and countless resources and endless support along the way. I am proud to be a part of this school and I could not recommend attending QCC to anyone enough!”

Visit QCC's PTK's Chapter to learn more. 

  • From left: Mike Debelak, Torrance, CA; David Cofield, San Antonio, TX; Ricci Hall, Spencer, MA; Brian Henry, Toccoa, GA.
  • From left: 2021 LLWS umpires David Cofield, Mike Debelak, Brian Henry and Ricci Hall.
August, 2021

For millions of people across the globe, the Little League World Series is an annual event that is unlike any other. It is a proverbial “Field of Dreams” for players, viewers and umpires alike.

Ricci Hall, professor of Paramedicine and coordinator of QCC’s Paramedicine program, understands the thrill and mystic of the Little League World Series in a way most people will never...

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For millions of people across the globe, the Little League World Series is an annual event that is unlike any other. It is a proverbial “Field of Dreams” for players, viewers and umpires alike.

Ricci Hall, professor of Paramedicine and coordinator of QCC’s Paramedicine program, understands the thrill and mystic of the Little League World Series in a way most people will never experience– as an umpire. He was chosen as one of the umpires to work the 2021 Little League Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania. So just how does a college professor and a paramedic become a World Series umpire? Not easily!

The Wyvern Guardian recently caught up with Mr. Hall who gave us the inside scoop.

How long have you been an umpire?

I began umpiring at 16, so this is my 30th year umpiring baseball.

What got you interested in being an umpire?

I had a unique passion for officiating. Additionally, Steve Palermo (a long-time American League umpire) was from my hometown of Oxford. I think that always interested me too. One day I went to my brother's baseball game and they did not have an umpire. So, I worked the game. I was hooked and have been doing games ever since.

Was this the first time you were an umpire in the Little League World Series?

I did the Little League World Series in 2017, but it is very rare to work the Series more than once. Typically, it was a one-time opportunity since so many volunteers apply to do it every year.

However, since the experience was going to be pared down this year, the umpires who were chosen decided to defer to next year. With that, Little League decided to call upon 12 umpires who were recent veterans of the series and who were uniquely qualified to come back and work the 2021 Series. In that way, this year has been a very unique umpiring experience. I have had the chance to work with some of the very best umpires Little League has to offer in the entire country. It has been a real honor and a joy to work with all of them.

How does umpiring in the Little League World Series differ from other games you have umpired?

The Little League World Series is a high-profile endeavor. The games are carried on national TV (ESPN or ABC) and the viewership is extremely high. In that way, the pressure of working these games is higher than a typical Little League game. In addition, the very best teams in the country (and usually the world) come here. You want to be the very best you can for these players. The pace of the game is fast...there is great defense, and the competition is fierce. It is the apogee of our Little League experience.

You are a professor of Paramedicine and a paramedic, in addition to being an umpire. How do you balance it all?

During the season, I work two or three nights a week volunteering to umpire at my local league in Oxford. For the past two years, I have had the chance to teach my 16-year-old nephew, Brady, how to umpire and we work games together. He is really good and a quick learner. We get to spend time together and learn important life skills like interacting with people from all walks of life and being around a game we love.

In the hustle and bustle of being a paramedic and professor of paramedicine, umpiring baseball games is a great outlet for me. It is mind clearing and joyous; an opportunity to "get away" from the daily stressors and just enjoy the pastime.

How long have you been working at QCC? What brought you to the College?

I began teaching at QCC in January 2021, so I am still very new. I found out about my predecessor, Cheryl Finn's retirement when she sent me a text. After talking with her and Dean Pat Schmohl, I thought it was the right fit. I have been very happy with my choice and have found everyone at QCC to be so welcoming, patient, kind, and supportive in my new role.

What inspires you?

I'm inspired by helping people improve their lives. I enjoy helping people become better at things, and I find myself becoming a better person in that journey too. I have a passion for education and passing along the love of our work and the ways we perfect our craft. Like paramedicine, umpiring is something one is always working on perfecting, and since there are always improvements to make, it's a process of continuous teaching and learning from others.

What would you like people to know about you?

I want people to know how thankful I am for all the people in my life who have helped me along the way. Most importantly, my parents, Ricci and Paula Hall, who celebrate 49 years of marriage this month. Without their support and the life they unselfishly gave me and my brother, Tom, I would not be where I am today. And to all the wonderful mentors and supporters I have had along the way, I cannot thank them enough.

 

  • Domestic Abuse Statistics
August, 2021

Seeing someone you know or love experience domestic violence can be scary, and starting the conversation can be difficult as well. Men or women going through a difficult time may not want to discuss the abuse they’re experiencing for any number of reasons, including fear, shame, or even concern for their partner who has abusive behavior. Quinsigamond Community College is committed to providing victims and...

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Seeing someone you know or love experience domestic violence can be scary, and starting the conversation can be difficult as well. Men or women going through a difficult time may not want to discuss the abuse they’re experiencing for any number of reasons, including fear, shame, or even concern for their partner who has abusive behavior. Quinsigamond Community College is committed to providing victims and survivors of domestic violence confidential resources right here on campus.

The Human Services Program and the Dean of Compliance office have partnered with the YWCA of Central MA and their domestic violence educators to get peer advocates trained and certified to help their peers as well as members of the community. Interested students will attend eight virtual workshops and to earn their certification, they must attend every session. Once certified, peer advocates will serve as a resource for domestic violence at QCC and in the community.

Know the signs of domestic violence (also known as Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) or Partner Abuse). It is a pattern of coercive, controlling behavior that can include physical, emotional, psychological, sexual or financial abuse to impact someone else's thoughts, actions and beliefs without their consent. Domestic violence is pervasive, life-threatening, and affects millions of individuals across the United States regardless of age, economic status, race, religion, education, gender identity, or sexual orientation. While factors such as substance abuse, financial stress and unemployment, and illness may exacerbate existing abusive behavior, they do not cause domestic violence. However, these factors are often used as excuses to allow violent behavior to go unchecked - sometimes resulting in fatalities.

Anyone can be a victim or perpetrator of domestic violence, but the most marginalized members of our society- people of color, individuals and families who are low income, indigenous peoples, LGBTQ+ folks, people with physical and/or mental disabilities, immigrants, refugees, women, and children - are at the greatest risk. In Massachusetts, 1 in 3 women & 1 in 5 men report having experienced rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

Every single person who is trained as resource for victims and survivors can make a difference. QCC Dean of Compliance Liz Woods and QCC Coordinator of Human Services Brenda Safford partnered with YWCA facilitators in Fall 2018 and created the Student Peer Advocates for Domestic Violence for QCC.

To date, 25 students have been trained as peer advocates and additional recruits are being sought for the Fall 2021 semester. By working together we can increase the amount of resources available for classmates and community members. Become a peer advocate today and help us help others in need. 

Trainings will be on Thursdays from 4:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 

  • September 30
  • October 7
  • October 14
  • October 21
  • October 28
  • November 4
  • November 18
  • December 2

Students interested in registering for training should email their name, address, student ID number and phone number to Ms. Safford at bsafford [at] qcc.mass.edu or Ms. Woods at lwoods [at] qcc.mass.edu.

August, 2021

It’s time to get the votes out for Quinsigamond Community College! As one of the top five finalists in the Telegram & Gazette’s 2021 Best of Central Mass Readers’ Choice Contest in the Best College/University category, QCC could take the top honor, but we need your help!

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It’s time to get the votes out for Quinsigamond Community College! As one of the top five finalists in the Telegram & Gazette’s 2021 Best of Central Mass Readers’ Choice Contest in the Best College/University category, QCC could take the top honor, but we need your help!

The “Vote For Me Phase” has begun and will run through September 22. Only the top three finalists will make it to the final round after the "Vote For Me Phase" and we need all of Wyvern nation to help us get to the final three.

The top three winners will be invited to a red carpet awards event on December 6, at the DCU Center, where the top winner will be announced. Let’s remind our community why QCC is the smarter choice in higher education and vote for QCC today! 

  • QCC's E-Sports Coach Nathaniel "Nate" Mello holds the winning 2021 E-Sports plaque.
  • The QCC’s Men’s Soccer Team will be back in action beginning on September 21.
  • The Women's Soccer Team begins its 2021 season on September 11. with a home game against Massasoit Community College.
  • Another exciting season is in store for the Lady Wyverns Volleyball Team.
August, 2021

We’re BAAACK!

Fall is a time of changing leaves and sweater weather but this fall, it’s also a time for getting back to the things we’ve missed! One of the things we’ve all missed at QCC is gym time in the Athletic Center. QCC’s Director of Athletics and Fitness Lisa Gurnick is excited to let the QCC community know the gym will open up in a...

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We’re BAAACK!

Fall is a time of changing leaves and sweater weather but this fall, it’s also a time for getting back to the things we’ve missed! One of the things we’ve all missed at QCC is gym time in the Athletic Center. QCC’s Director of Athletics and Fitness Lisa Gurnick is excited to let the QCC community know the gym will open up in a limited capacity beginning on Monday, September 6.

“We will allow 10 people to use the gym per hour from Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.,” Ms. Gurnick said. “We are limiting the number we will allow in the gym to 10 people. Between each person, we will sanitize and disinfect all equipment. By limiting the number of people, we can maintain adequate social distancing to ensure the utmost in safety.”

Kick Into High Gear with Men’s and Women’s Soccer

The Lady Wyvern Soccer Team is getting ready to start its 2021 season with its first home game scheduled for Saturday, September 11 at noon against Bristol Community College. All QCC home games are played at QCC’s main campus, 670 West Boylston Street, Worcester.

Stop by to show your support for our Women’s Soccer team and help to cheer them on to a winning season!

Other games in September include:

Saturday, Sept. 18: noon against Massasoit Community College (Home)

Wednesday, Sept. 22: 4:00 p.m. against Springfield Technical Community College (Away – bus leaves at 1:45 p.m.)

Saturday, Sept. 25: noon against Bunker Hill Community College (Home)

Tuesday, Set. 28: 4:00 p.m. against Community College of Rhode Island (Home)

Thursday, Sept. 30: 4:00 p.m. against Holyoke Community College (Home)

Interested in learning more about the Women’s Soccer team? Email Head Coach Josh Cole at jcole [at] qcc.mass.edu.

QCC’s Men’s Soccer Team is gearing up for another successful season under the direction of Head Coach Frank Balcarcel. The men will begin their opener at an away game on Tuesday, September 21 at 3:30 p.m. against Bristol Community College. The bus will leave QCC at 1:30 p.m.

Other games in September include:

Thursday, Sept. 23: 4:00 p.m. against Holyoke Community College (Away – bus leaves at 2:00 p.m.)

Saturday, Sept. 25: noon against Northern Essex Community College (Away- bus leaves at 10:00 a.m.)

Tuesday, Sept. 28: 4:00 p.m. against Mass Bay Community College (first home game of the season!)

Interested in learning more about the Men’s Soccer team? Email Coach Balcarcel at fbalcarcel [at] qcc.mass.edu.

Get Set for the Women’s Volleyball 2021 Season

The Lady Wyverns Volleyball Team is prepared to dig in for another exciting season beginning with the first home game on Tuesday, Sept. 14 at 6:00 p.m. against Mass Bay Community at the QCC Athletic Center.

Other games in September include:

Saturday, Sept. 18: noon against Mass Bay Community College (Away – bus leaves at 10:00 a.m.)

Tuesday, Sept. 21: 6:00 p.m. against Holyoke Community College (Home)

Saturday, Sept. 25: noon against northern Essex Community College (Home)

Tuesday, Sept. 28: 6:00 p.m. against Northern Essex Community College (Away- bus leaves at 4:00 p.m.)

Thursday, Sept. 30: 6:00 p.m. against Community College of Rhode Island (Home)

For questions on the Women’s Volleyball team, email head coach Emily Boulitelle at eboulitelle [at] qcc.mass.edu.

 

  • QCC encourages everyone to get vaccinated.
August, 2021

As Quinsigamond Community College prepares for the start of the fall semester and coming back to campus, the College wants to remind people to get vaccinated. COVID-19 can affect anyone. People of all ages can get COVID-19 and getting a COVID-19 vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your community from the COVID-19 variants.

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As Quinsigamond Community College prepares for the start of the fall semester and coming back to campus, the College wants to remind people to get vaccinated. COVID-19 can affect anyone. People of all ages can get COVID-19 and getting a COVID-19 vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your community from the COVID-19 variants.

People can spread COVID-19 without having any symptoms. Some people with COVID-19 feel totally fine; however, they can still spread the virus to other people. COVID-19 mainly spreads through the air. People with COVID-19 can spread the virus to other people around them when they talk, cough, sneeze, sing — or even just breathe.

When more people get vaccinated, it's harder for new variants to form. That's because the COVID-19 virus needs to infect someone before it can change into a new variant, and vaccinated people are less likely to get infected.

Vaccines work by training your immune system to recognize and fight off a specific germ before it has a chance to make you sick. Even if you already had COVID-19, getting vaccinated can help your immune system fight the virus better in the future. While no vaccine is 100% effective, unvaccinated people are at far higher risk.

QCC will continue to follow the science regarding COVID-19 safety, as well as take into consideration the latest CDC guidelines. We are also following the recommendations and guidance of State and local health officials and remain committed to making decisions with your safety, and the safety of our community, in mind. To learn more visit Healthy Safe Campus.

  • Veteran Affairs Honors 20th Anniversary Commemoration of 9/11.
August, 2021

QCC’s Veteran Affairs is asking everyone to wear an article of red clothing on Friday, Sept. 10, to mark the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks and to show solidarity for deployed U.S. military service members. A tradition in many military communities is to wear red on Friday to, ‘Remember Everyone Deployed (R.E.D.).’

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QCC’s Veteran Affairs is asking everyone to wear an article of red clothing on Friday, Sept. 10, to mark the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks and to show solidarity for deployed U.S. military service members. A tradition in many military communities is to wear red on Friday to, ‘Remember Everyone Deployed (R.E.D.).’

Veteran Affairs is asking that students, faculty and staff honor the thousands killed in the 9/11 attack, and recognize those who risked their lives to save others in the wake of the attacks by this non-political show of remembrance.

To learn more about QCC’s Veteran Affairs, visit www.QCC.edu/veteran-affairs

  • QCC welcomes students back in-person for the Fall 2021 Semester.
August, 2021

Wednesday, September 1: 2021 New Student Orientation events.

Thursday, September 2: Class of 2020 In-Person Student Orientation events.

Monday, September 6: The College will be closed for Labor Day holiday.

Tuesday, September 7: All College Day for faculty and staff. Event will be held in-person at the Herbert Auditorium...

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Wednesday, September 1: 2021 New Student Orientation events.

Thursday, September 2: Class of 2020 In-Person Student Orientation events.

Monday, September 6: The College will be closed for Labor Day holiday.

Tuesday, September 7: All College Day for faculty and staff. Event will be held in-person at the Herbert Auditorium and virtual via Zoom. Welcoming remarks begin at 9:00 a.m. A Zoom email will be sent prior to the event.  

Wednesday, September 8: The 2021 Fall Semester begins. Courses and support services are offered in-person as well as remotely.

Wednesday, September 8 – September 16: Welcome Week 2021 to begin the Fall semester. New Director of Student Life & Leadership, Ashlee Givens, and her team have developed a week of exciting events. Students should check the Q for the latest updates.

September Spotlight: QCC has partnered with the Esler Family Foundation to bring New York Times bestselling author, Heather McGhee, in for a virtual talk about the devastating true cost of racism—not just for people of color, but for everyone.

Following her talk, there will be a moderated question and answer session. Ms. McGhee will discuss how we can take action in the context of Worcester and other Massachusetts Gateway cities, surrounding issues of educational equity and other disparities in our communities.

The event is free to the community. For information and to register for this event, visit Heather McGhee Virtual talk.

August, 2021

August, 2021

August, 2021

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

On August 8, 2021, Academic Affairs welcomed Gemma Goranson as Student Success Center Generalist. Gemma brings to this position over five years of experience. Most recently, she worked as an Academic Success Coordinator at Saint Peter Marian. Gemma earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Worcester State University...

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

On August 8, 2021, Academic Affairs welcomed Gemma Goranson as Student Success Center Generalist. Gemma brings to this position over five years of experience. Most recently, she worked as an Academic Success Coordinator at Saint Peter Marian. Gemma earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Worcester State University.

On August 8, 2021, Academic Affairs Shanan Stratis as Assistant Dean of the School of Healthcare. Shanan brings to this position over 23 years of experience. Most recently, she was Director of the Breakthrough Solution for Nursing (BSNEM) Program at QCC. Shanan earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Worcester State University and a Master’s Degree from Western Governors University (WGU).

On August 15, 2021, Academic Affairs welcomed Geraldo Maldonado as Southbridge Site Leader. Geraldo brings to this position over 15 years of experience. Most recently, he was Project Manager for the Department of Housing, State of Connecticut, Geraldo is also an adjunct faculty at QCC. Geraldo earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Worcester State University and an MBA from Anna Maria College.

On August 15, 2021, Administrative Services welcomed Edward Ramos as Campus Police Officer III- Sergeant. Edward brings to this position over 10 years of experience. Most recently, he was Campus Police Officer I at QCC. Edward has completed Intermittent Reserve Academy.

On August 15, 2021, Administrative Services welcomed Todd LaBranche as Campus Police Officer III- Sergeant. Todd brings to this position over 15 years of experience. Most recently, he was Campus Police Officer I at QCC. Todd has earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Becker College.

On August 15, 2021, Enrollment Management & Student Engagement welcomed Buffie Whittaker as College and Career Navigator. Buffie brings to this position over 10 years of experience. Most recently, she was Recruitment Counselor at QCC. Buffie earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Northeastern University and a Master’s Degree from Boston University.

On August 22, 2021, Administrative Services welcomed Joseph Chunis as Maintainer I (2nd Shift). Joseph brings to this position a year of experience. Most recently, he was part-time Maintainer at QCC.

On August 25, 2021 Academic Affairs welcomed Kevin Li as Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs: Assessment, Curriculum Development and Academic Success. Kevin brings to this position over 15 years of experience. Most recently, he was Dean of Arts and Sciences at Triton College, in River Grove, Illinois. Kevin earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from Roosevelt University.

On August 29, 2021 Academic Affairs welcomed Jennifer McAndrew as Director of Advising. Jennifer brings to this position over 15 years of experience. Most recently, she was the Registrar at MassBay Community College. Jennifer earned a Bachelor’s Degree from University of New Hampshire and a Master’s degree from Salem State University.

On August 29, 2021 Academic Affairs welcomed Steven Gambino as Assistant Professor of Mathematics. Steven brings to this position 3 years of experience. Most recently, he worked as an Assistant Professor at Community College of Rhode Island. Steven earned a Bachelor’s degree from University of Hartford and a Master’s Degree from University of Rhode Island.

On August 29, 2021 Academic Affairs welcomed Eduardo Ramirez Martinez as Assistant Professor of Mathematics. Eduardo brings to this position over 5 years of experience. Most recently, he worked as a Mathematics Instructor at Fitchburg State University. Eduardo earned a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree from University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

On August 29, 2021 Academic Affairs welcomed Sukhmani Pal as Assistant Professor of Psychology. Sukhmani brings to this position 2 years of experience. Most recently, she was a Teaching Instructor at University of Mississippi. Sukhmani earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Kamala Nehru College, a Master’s Degree from Christ University, and her Ph.D. from University of Mississippi.

On August 29, 2021 Academic Affairs welcomed Lynn Valeri as Assistant Professor of Nurse Education ADN Program. Lynn brings to this position over 15 years of experience. Most recently, she was a nursing Adjunct Faculty here at QCC. Lynn earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Fitchburg State University and a Master’s Degree from Sacred Heart University.

On August 29, 2021 Academic Affairs welcomed Ana Olivar as Associate Professor of Nurse Education ADN Program. Ana brings to this position over 15 years of experience. Most recently, she worked as Nursing Faculty at Blackstone Valley Technical School and also she was a nursing Adjunct Faculty at QCC. Ana earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Cebu City Medical Center- College of Nursing and a Master’s Degree from Walden University.

On August 29, 2021 Academic Affairs welcomed Meghan McCrillis as Professor of Nurse Education ADN Program. Meghan brings to this position over 10 years of experience. Most recently, she worked as a nursing Faculty at Assumption College and also she was a nursing Adjunct Faculty at QCC. Meghan earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Worcester State University , a Master’s Degree from Walden University, and her PhD from University of Massachusetts Amherst.

On August 29, 2021 Academic Affairs welcomed Anianjolice Oquendo as Clerk IV- Early Childhood Education Lab School (ECE Lab School). Anianjolice brings to this position 7 years of experience. Most recently, she was Unit Secretary at UMass Memorial Medical. Anianjolice earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Anna Maria College.

On August 29, 2021 Academic Affairs welcomed Kimberly Mohareb as Biological Sciences Safety Officer/Technician. Kimberly brings to this position 5 years of experience. Most recently, she was a Science Laboratory Technician here at QCC. Kimberly earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Worcester State University.

On August 29, 2021 Academic Affairs welcomed Patricia Pope as Physical Sciences Safety Officer/Technician. Patricia brings to this position 5 years of experience. Most recently, she was a Science Laboratory Technician here at QCC. Patricia earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Worcester State University and a Ph.D. from UMass Medical School.

On August 29, 2021 Academic Affairs welcomed Gargi Chug as Assistant Professor of Computer Information System. Gargi brings to this position over 10 years of experience. Most recently, she was an Adjunct Faculty at QCC. Gargi earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from Saurashtra University.

Please join us in welcoming Gemma, Shanan, Geraldo, Edward, Todd, Buffie, Joseph, Kevin ennifer, Steven, Eduardo, Sukhmani, Lynn, Ana, Meghan, Anianjolice, Kimberly, Patricia, and Gargi into their new roles at QCC!