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An Encouraging All College Day Kicks Off Spring Semester

January 2021
  • Commedian Robbie Printz
    Commedian Robbie Printz checks his watch to see if he has more time during his performance at QCC's All College Day.

Quinsigamond Community College’s start to the New Year began with all hands on deck, as 400 faculty and staff joined together virtually to prepare for the Spring Semester. 

All College Days are designed to inform and inspire faculty and staff as they begin each semester. As has been the case in previous All College Days, vice presidents’ highlighted the successes within their departments, recognizing the dedication and hard work of so many during a time of unprecedented challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

During the virtual event, an inspirational PowerPoint Presentation was shown of faculty and staff keeping motivated during the ongoing health crisis. It Faculty and staff highlighted their families, pets and new hobbies, demonstrating the resiliency of the college community. One of the highlights of the event was an entertaining performance by well-known comedian Robert “Robbie” Printz, who happens to be the brother of Executive Director of Technology, Patrick Printz. His segment in the program was the highlight for everyone.

“This was a wonderful time for some laughter,” President Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D. said, noting what a rollercoaster of a year it had been. “We’ve accomplished so much and I am grateful for all the hard work. You’ve stayed the path and focused on student success.”

Of particular note was the ability for the College to keep much of its enrollment intact when nationally so many colleges are struggling with enrollment due to the pandemic. Dr. Pedraja also addressed the Colleges’ ongoing Equity Initiative and its commitment to equity and inclusion. He told of the recent hiring of outside agency Inclusivity Education that will be performing an Equity Assessment this semester. Dr. Akuoma Nwadike will lead a team through the campus-wide comprehensive assessment.

“I’m excited about the equity initiative and excited about the future,” Dr. Pedraja said.

Chair of QCC’s Board of Trustees, Sue Mailman closed the session. “I’m honored to Chair the Board of Trustees and am blown away by all the educators had to do during the pandemic,” Ms. Mailman said.