Happy New Semester!
The Embrace, a new monument unveiled on Boston Common on January 13, 2023, recalls the hug between Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King after he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)
Honoring Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Each year, the same selective quotes are shared around this time of year to portray
a one-dimensional Martin Luther King, Jr. which society prefers him to be: universally
loved, peaceful, and popular. Whereas in actuality, Dr. King was not simply a peace-loving
orator with a “dream,” but a radically resistant activist against systemic oppression.
To get a fuller sense of this, we encourage the NSCC Community to read Dr. King's “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.” This link provides Dr. King’s letter in its entirety–verbatim to include the realness
and complexity of his thinking beyond any one–dimensional portrayal. It details the
raw truth of racism in the U.S., including his disappointment in the white moderate
and a slur that any non-Black person should never utter.
We hope you were able to attend the many events happening across the North Shore over the weekend, honoring Dr. King's birthday and legacy. To conclude celebrations, Salem State University is hosting their 33rd Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration and Awards on January 22-23, 2023. Details here.
--Nikki Pelonia, Chief Diversity & Equity Officer
Meet your newest colleagues &
changes to our ranks!
Please give a warm NSCC welcome to your newest colleagues! Pictured above, Monica Deane, Library Assistant III, Library and Learning Resources. Not pictured are Leah Brundige, Special Programs Coordinator, Coordinator of Early College Consortium, Strategic Partnerships and Angel Escalona, Instructional Design Technologist (EDP Systems Analyst I), Center for Teaching, Learning, & Innovation. Welcome, all!
Changes to our ranks
Please congratulate the following employees who have moved into new roles:
Anyelkis Barahona (Pacheco), Administrative Assistant I, RAP Experience
Aimee Corso, Director of Academic Operations, Academic Affairs
Stephen Creamer, Special Assistant to the Provost/Project Manager, Student Affairs
Adam Cutler, Community Partnerships Officer, President's Office
Frank D'Agostino, Director, Grants Development & Management
Cheryl Gebhardt, Administrative Assistant II, Human Services
Christopher Matton, Campus Police Officer II, Campus Police
Perla Piantini, Clerk IV, Upward Bound
Walter Stone, Dean of Postsecondary Transition Programs, Academic Affairs/Postsecondary Transition
There's a new way to check in at the Lynn student success center for:
- Student Financial Services
- Coming soon to Danvers and Centro Hub!
- Students can grab a spot in line from anywhere! Please see the attached flyer.
NSCC in the news
Public Hearing hosted by the Massachusetts Commission
on the Status of Women
Community leaders, residents, and elected officials are invited to attend either virtually or in person, and testimony is open to any member of the public across the Commonwealth. We're seeking registrants to give testimony on issues facing women, children, and families in Essex County.
The event, which will be held at North Shore Community College's Lynn Campus, 300 Broad Street, on January 19, 5:30-7:30pm, is free and open to the public. Hybrid options to join remotely will be available for those unable to join in person. Learn more via the Facebook event.
For more info and to register go to mass.gov/women
Professional Development Grants
The Professional Development (PD) committee is happy to share that four grants were awarded last month:
Kara Kaufman, professor of History and Gender & Women’s Studies, received a coursework grant for a UMass Boston course entitled Foundations in Instructional Design and Learning Technology
Rachel Roesler, professor of Criminal Justice, received a large grant for the Introduction to Restorative Justice in the Criminal Justice System workshop at Suffolk University
Teresa Cheung, professor and department chair, English as a Second Language received a large grant for travel to the TOSEL 2023 Conference in Portland, OR
Denise Cady Arbeau, professor of First Year and Foundation Literacy and Yoga, Meditation and Stress Management, received a coursework grant for an Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies Online course entitled The Roots of Modern Yoga.
This fiscal year, thirteen grants have been awarded for a total of nearly $11,000 in funds toward professional development for faculty and staff. There are plenty of funds left. If you have a workshop, training, conference or course that would benefit your role at NSCC, we invite you to apply for a grant. Just search “Professional Development” on MyNorthshore, to find the tile linking you to instructions, eligibility requirements and the PD grant application form.
--PD committee members, Sarah Olken, Katherine Valera, Andrea Milligan, Indira Leisba, Eileen Gerenz, Jennifer George, Lisa Fowler, Diane Caruso, Justine Caron and Denise Cady-Arbeau
Gingerbread House Decorating Contest Winners
Congratulations to the winners of our Gingerbread House Decorating Contests, chosen by popular vote at the December Winter Wonderland Celebrations - pictured with their entries, above left, Lynn Campus winner, Yanderin Figueroa, and pictured right, Danvers Campus winners, Faith Hocter and her son Joseph (a.k.a. Santa). Thanks to ALL who participated in the gingerbread decorating contests. Folks were impressed with the variety and the creativity and had a hard time choosing just one as their favorite.
View more photos of all the contest entries and attendee photos from the Winter Wonderland Celebrations on Flickr:
Congratulations to Stacy Randell-Shaheen!
Kudos to Stacy Randell-Shaheen, director of the Adult Learning Center, on being selected as a participant of the Data Literacy and Social Justice Study Circle, one of only 10 people chosen nationwide from more than 100 applicants.
Originating from San Francisco State University, University of California San Francisco, and World Education, this professional development opportunity will focus on Data Literacy and Communicative Justice within Adult Education.
The NSCC Community is sad to hear the news of the passing of George T. Craig Jr. He worked for many years in the old "Central Services" which became the "Auxiliary Services Department". He did two tours of duty at the Lynn Campus where he finished his career and knew many of NSCC's faculty and staff. He was a dedicated worker for Auxiliary Services and always performed his duties well. He was an avid Boston sports fan and always willing to discuss Boston sports or tell stories of the "old" NSCC.
A link to George's obituary may be found here.
--Scott Hughey, Auxiliary Services
Blood Drive, Lynn Campus, February 9
Questions? Contact Amanda Dooling at email@example.com
Please call 1-800-733-2767 or visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter NSCCLynn to schedule an appointment.
We want to see you in pictures!
2023 Faces of NSCC - TOGETHER We welcome all NSCC students, faculty, staff, administrators to participate by submitting a picture(s), short video and or quote. Encouraged to include with you any 2/4 legged/feathered family/friends at home, on campus, outside, studying, having fun, traveling, vacations, anywhere! We want to see you!
Deadline to submit April 30, 2023.
--Diversity Leadership Committee 2023 Faces team
Arts in April: Call for Faculty, Staff, and Student Participation
The Arts in April committee is now planning the month-long arts festival for April
2023 and wishes to invite faculty, staff, and students to participate in the programming.
One way to participate is for faculty or staff to host an event, by yourself or with other faculty or staff. In the past, for example, faculty and staff have demonstrated techniques such as printmaking, hosted panels on various topics such as comic book artists, demonstrated how to enact combat scenes for dramatic productions, performed on various musical instruments, and exhibited their own art in one of the NSCC libraries. If you would like to discuss possible ideas, please email Cari Keebaugh (firstname.lastname@example.org). Presentations may be on campus or virtual though we are eager to offer more on campus events this year.
Another way to participate is to create an assignment in one of your spring courses that offers students the opportunity to write or perform and to receive credit (or perhaps even extra credit) for their work that would be presented on campus or virtually. For example, students might write poems, create a Tik Tok performance or short video, or create an art work related to course work. The committee is thinking of a variety of ways in which this work would be featured as part of Arts in April, either as an on campus exhibit or a virtual presentation.
If you are interested in participating in either of these ways, please notify Cari Keebaugh (email@example.com) at your earliest convenience and no later than the end of January, 2023. Cari needs to know what type of assignment you plan to incorporate into your course by the end of February 2023, but students would not need to submit their work until sometime in March.
Finally, we hope you will support Arts in April by taking your classes to some of the events and/or by making them aware of this festival.
Please share with your students
Student mental health support: Telehealth and more
Reaching out for help can be overwhelming and scary. Your Student Support Program (SSP) is here to help you, not judge you. Call or chat with My SSP anytime. Free, confidential, and available 24/7.
NSCC's MyStudentSupport app from Lifeworks connects students with credentialed, Masters-level counselors to help them successfully address cultural, physical, and mental health challenges as they pursue their college education. Students can speak with a counselor in English, Spanish, French, Mandarin, and Cantonese no matter where they are. Students can download the free app from the Google Play or Apple Store, or visit their website at https://myssp.app/us/signup.
Welcome to the
Equality & Equity Project
As part of our commitment to Anti-Racism, Diversity & Inclusion, the Equality & Equity Project will provide historical and present-day information about the contributions, challenges, culture, and daily lives of the many vital groups that make up our NSCC community, and the larger world.
We invite you to visit often, reflect on what you see and read, discuss it with others and, hopefully, expand your knowledge base, appreciation, and understanding of groups beyond your own.
Think about this:
Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler challenged the prejudice that prevented African Americans from pursuing careers in medicine to became the first African American woman in the United States to earn an M.D. degree. Although little has survived to tell the story of Crumpler's life, she has secured her place in the historical record with her book of medical advice for women and children, published in 1883.
If you have any questions or comments on NSCC's Equality & Equity Project, please contact us at EqualityEquity@northshore.