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March 2023
  • Black History Month with Ilyasah Shabazz
  • Ilyasah Shabazz signing her book for a student.
  • Institution Security Officer Jose Rivera and Ilyasah Shabazz
  • Kyla Kamugu, vice president of the Black Student Union (left) and Laventure Charles, president of the Black Student Union, with
  • Professor and Coordinator of Human Services Brenda Safford and Ilyasah Shabazz
March 2023

Celebrating Black History Month with Ilyasah Shabbaz

On February 16, as part of Black History Month, Ilyasah Shabazz spoke at Quinsigamond Community College’s main campus in Worcester about the legacy of her parents, Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz, and her work in diversity, equity and inclusion. Shabazz is an award-winning author, educator and producer.

QCC President Dr. Luis Pedraja started the event by addressing how Black,...

  • Frank Morrill
  • Benetta Kuffour
  • Benetta Kuffour and Frank Morrill with Executive Director of DEI Kevin Lovaincy and Director of Student Life Ashlee Givins.
March 2023

Worcester's History Comes to Life at QCC

Local historian Frank Morrill didn't know he had come into possession of a photographic gold mine when he purchased a box of William Bullard's glass photo negatives in 2003. As a collector and former history teacher, he appreciated the historical context of the photos that were taken from 1897 to 1918, but it was a chance observation of his granddaughter much later that sparked a passion project....

  • Vice President of External Affairs Dr. Viviana Abreu-Hernandez
  • Human Services Professor Brenda Safford
  • SHE Club President Haley LaFortune
  • SHE Club
March 2023

Women From the QCC Community Share Their Stories for International Women's Day

International Women's Day has been celebrated on March 8, since the early 1900s.  This year QCC students, staff and faculty gathered to tell personal stories of their successes and struggles, discussing the structural barriers women have faced and continue to face, as well as how we can collectively overcome these barriers. 

S.H.E. (Support, Help and Encourage), sponsored the...

  • Dean of Student Terry Vecchio gets her future told.
  • Donna Harvey and Lisa Gurnick making custom essential oil blends.
  • Executive Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Kevin Lovaincy
  • Administrative Assistant Amy MacArthur and Administrative Assistant Kim May
  • Financial Aid Counselor Benedicta Aboagye with the essential oil crew.
  • Professor of Engineering & Sciences Dadbeh Bigonahy with the DIY bamboo plants
  • Administrative Assistant for External Affairs Anianjolice Oquendo at the DIY bamboo station.
  • Senior Financial Aid Special Programs Coordinator Maegan Wright getting some time with therapy dog Gemma
  • QCC President Dr. Luis Pedraja with his caricature
  • The crowd at Spring Into Wellness Day
  • Dr. Pedraja with 30-year and 40-year service award recipients (from left) Kevin Ritacco, Deb LaFlash, Carmen Sanchez and Dadbeh
March 2023

QCC Staff and Faculty Spring into Wellness

QCC pulled out all the stops for the Spring into Wellness Employee Appreciation event on Friday, March 3. Tacos, ice cream and therapy dogs were just the tip of the iceberg of activities offered to QCC faculty and staff. Free yoga, cycling and massage sessions focused on the mind-body connection while caricatures, DIY bamboo planters and essential oils offered activities to boost spirits, and...

  • ChatGPT
March 2023

QCC and WPI Hold ChatGPT and Artificial Intelligence Panel

On March 6, QCC faculty held a panel discussion in collaboration with Worcester Polytechnic Institute faculty that discussed the use of ChatGPT, the artificial intelligence program that went viral in November of 2022, and its effect on higher education. The panel was moderated by Executive Director of Distance/Online Learning and Center for Academic Excellence Brooks Winchell ...

  • Deputy Chief Steve DiGiovanni with his new credential.
March 2023

Deputy Chief DiGiovanni Completes FBI Leadership Training

In early February, Quinsigamond Community College Deputy Chief, Stephen DiGiovanni, completed the last session of an extensive three-part training at the FBI-LEEDA Command Leadership Institute. The Institute was developed to prepare law enforcement leaders for command level positions.

“This leadership training has been around for decades and has been proven over time in...

  • FAFSA and Tax Day
March 2023

Free Tax and FAFSA Assistance

QCC is offering the public free assistance with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) filing process, as well as tax preparation on Wednesday, March 15 from 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at 670 West Boylston Street, Worcester, in the Administration Building. FAFSA workshops will take place in rooms 377A and 378A. Tax preparation will take place in rooms 177A and 178A.

The FAFSA is used to determine...

  • Wyverns Men's Basketball Team
  • The team with Emmanuel Boderbe (holding photo)
  • Alexander Duval (left) and Christopher Towns Jr. (right) with their family members.
March 2023

Wyvern Sports Corner

Men's Basketball

The Wyverns Men's Basketball team recently ended a stellar season after making it to the semi-final regional championships on Saturday, March 4. While they didn't win the March 4 game against Roxbury Community College, they brought QCC to the playoffs for the first time and finished with a 15-11 record, up from 6-19 last season. Way to go Wyverns! 

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  • KnowBe4 cybersecurity training
March 2023

Cyber Security Training at QCC

Have you completed the new mandatory cybersecurity training? If not, there is still time! 

With the ever-increasing threats to higher education institutions, this security training is a crucial part of protecting our organization. By completing the training, we will be better equipped to recognize and respond to potential security threats. 

The training can be accessed from an email that...

  • Safety Corner
March 2023

QCC Safety Corner

Safety Training

Campus Resource Officer Nicholas Yacuzzi will be holding a new safety series for staff, faculty and students on Wednesdays from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. in 120S. The first session was on general safety procedures related to QCC. At the first session Officer Yacuzzi collected feedback on the initial sessions to develop future topics. The next session...

  • Manager for Student Resources Bonnie Coleman, Food Pantry Staff Julia Rooney, Food Pantry Staff Cheryl Marrino and President Dr.
  • The HomePlate Food Pantry's new truck
  • Bonnie Coleman and Julia Rooney on their way to a pickup.
March 2023

HomePlate Food Pantry & Resource Gets a Transportation Upgrade

Last December, the HomePlate Food Pantry & Resource Center purchased a refrigerated truck in order to increase its ability to provide access to fresh food. The van was purchased with funds from the Greater Worcester Community Foundation.

This month the van got some fresh graphics and is in full swing, picking up food from Worcester County Food Bank and Wegman's, in addition to making...

  • Honors and Awards Save the Date
March 2023

Nominate a Student for Honors & Awards

Nominations for Honors & Awards are now open! Celebrate those students who go above and beyond in academics or co-curricular activities by filling out a nomination. Students should be graduating in May of 2023. Please review award descriptions prior to completing nominations. All nominations require specific examples that showcase why you feel the nominee should be selected.

Academic ...

  • Fab Lab Training
March 2023

Upcoming Events

Fab Lab Training - Tuesday, March 14, 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 15, 2:00 p.m. | Fab Lab

Faculty, staff and students are welcome to join one or all of several sessions to receive instruction and safety training on Fab Lab activities. March 14 will utilize the vinyl cutter and March 15 will be resin 3D printing.

Please RSVP to Paul Benedict at...

  • QCC'sState of Mind radio show will celebrate Women's History Month
March 2023

QCC on the Air

Starting this month, QCC will be airing a monthly radio program called State of Mind on Unity Radio WUTY 97.9 FM. The program will feature rotating faculty, staff, and students who will discuss issues around higher education, community college and our QCC community. This is a great opportunity to have our voices heard. 

State of Mind will air Thursdays at 1:00 p.m. starting at...

  • Tropical Sands
March 2023

Student Life Happenings

Trivia Night with the Wise Guys

Friday, March 24, 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. | HLC 109A&B

Test your knowledge at this PTK Scholarship fundraiser. There will be raffles, pizza and prizes too! Open to students, staff and faculty. Sign up in the PTK Office (349A) or email Manager of Student Resources Bonnie Coleman at bcoleman...

March 2023

QCC Welcomes New Staff

On February 21, 2023, Academic Affairs welcomed Courtney Riendeau as Clerk IV- Educational Partnership & Early College Initiatives. Courtney brings several years of experience. Most recently, she was a cashier/server at Papa Gino’s. Courtney has earned an Associate of Science from QCC.

On February 27, 2023, Strategic Enrollment Development & Student Engagement welcomed...

March 2023

In the News

February, 2023