A sign of hope!
Campus Police Chief, Dave Cook, joined other first responders in Massachusetts who rolled up their sleeves last week to receive their first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
*Back by popular demand, highlights of President’s Cabinet meetings will now appear in the Bulletin on the Monday following each meeting
Enrollment Update: Interim Vice President of Student Affairs Stephen Creamer reported that enrollment was trending in the right direction, currently at 16% down from nearly 30. While being down 16% is not where we want to be, we are making progress nonetheless. Live Chat is proving to be a very useful tool for getting students what they need when they want it. All hands are on deck to drive enrollment figures up.
Chief Diversity Officer Update: Vice President of Administration and Finance Jan Forsstrom reported that the Search Committee held initial interviews and is in process to recommend finalists, hopefully by end of week ending January 22nd. Finalists will be asked to do a 15-minute Zoom presentation that will be open to all, including students, schedule TBD. Finalists will also interview with Interim President Nate Bryant and meet with senior leadership.
Governance: The response due to NECHE in a year was discussed as well as options on how best to develop it. It was agreed that attention needs to be paid to this immediately.
Update on the 10 Week Option for Spring: Vice President of Academic Affairs Karen Hynick and Interim Vice President of Student Affairs Stephen Creamer reported on their exploration of adding a new 10-week session this spring. Karen said that she felt there were students who would be interested in taking the course and Stephen reported that he and his staff felt there would be ways to get financial aid to apply.
Update on Commencement: Stephen announced that research is underway on how to best proceed with Commencement 2021. Both in person and virtual options are being explored. The Commencement Core Committee has resumed regular meetings.
Upcoming Vaccine Distribution Meeting: Stephen made known that the college has been approached by three different entities about the possibility of using college property as Covid vaccination locations. He noted that a meeting to further explore the ideas was upcoming and that he would bring the results of that meeting back to Cabinet for further discussion.
Cabinet Retreat: An extended planning session will be planned in the near future to give time for the discussion of: big picture planning for the fall semester; mid-year update on tactical plan; fall enrollment projection scenarios and new federal stimulus funds.
Please join us in wishing Madeline Wallis, Vice President of Human Resource Development, a long, happy, healthy retirement! Thank you for your 19 years of service! Madeline's last day was Friday, January 15 and Media Services would like to share a tribute to her in the form of a video of memories (produced and edited by Faith Hocter).
We've also included a poem to Madeline, written by President Emeritus Wayne Burton on the occasion of her retirement.
Ode to Madeline
She was best known for integrity, was Ms. Wallis
Her performance of her duties considered nearly flawless.
She saw her role as encouraging diversity
In all its dimensions, especially in Lynn city.
Her dedication to the college caused her door to be open
Especially to me when I messed up an opine.
She leaves a record of accomplishment difficult to equal
Her contribution to the college shows in the high quality of its people.
I wish her well, especially for managing me
When problems ahead I was too blind to see.
She closed the poem she wrote for me saying
“A better leader there will never be.”
There always is of course, but I owe a great deal
To the woman next door all will miss you will see.
We'd like to introduce Rebecca Paquette as the Temporary Director of HR, effective January 12, 2021. Rebecca earned her AA from Dean College and BS from Ohio State University. Rebecca has over 20 years of HR experience, she worked at Rhode Island School of Design as the senior employment and employee relations representative and most recently as the Chief of Talent at Children's Friend (a non profit organization that provides child social services).
Please join the HR/Payroll dept. in welcoming Rebecca to NSCC!
The Winter Wonderland Express, a drive-through holiday celebration for NSCC employees
held on December 22, 2020 on the Danvers Campus, drew nearly 100 faculty and staff
members and their families, including their pets, stopping by to embrace the warmth
and magic of NSCC's community holiday spirit.
Participants could make a wish for the new year with the 2021 Wish Fairy, wave to Elsa and Santa, and for many, it was the first “live” sighting of Interim President Dr. Nate Bryant since he took the helm in July 2020. Dr. Bryant thanked all the employees for their hard work and commitment to the college, particularly to our students, during this most challenging, unprecedented year.
A bag of goodies, including pet treats, was placed in the trunk of every car. The event observed strict safety protocols with all wearing masks and social distancing.
To view more photos of the event, go to Flickr or Facebook.
Please share with your students!
The External and Public Relations Office invites you to share the stories of NSCC so that we can spread the word far and wide of what a great resource and choice NSCC is for the North Shore region and beyond. Depending on your role at the college, you know best about our special students, professors, initiatives, etc. Share your story by filling out this form to let External and Public Relations know about and promote our super stars and programs!
--Linda Brantley, Executive Director, External and Public Relations, firstname.lastname@example.org
Calling all creative faculty and staff!
The Arts in April Committee is seeking people interested in participating in the virtual "ARTS IN APRIL" month-long event! This form is being sent out to North Shore Community College faculty and staff interested in giving a presentation, organizing a panel, or demonstrating an activity in music, art, poetry, photography, creative writing, and/or other art forms.
Here's the link to the form.
--Aaron Keebaugh, email@example.com
The Diversity Leadership Council (DLC) is collecting pictures, quotes and 10-second videos for its annual Faces of NSCC video, which highlights students, staff, faculty at home, outside, in the office, on/off campus with your 2-legged and 4-legged family members. Play a song, hold up a sign to share your brave, determined, meaningful, inspirational message. Faces of NSCC 2021 will be shown at various faculty/staff/administration meetings and outreach events. “Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion in NSCC’s Community” Together apart.
With most learning and working now taking place remotely, a whole new category of photo & video opportunities has opened up. Please take and send pictures of students, staff, faculty working from home - teaching, learning, working. Photo suggestions: Helping your children do their schoolwork online; your unusual, hastily created "office" space; holding a sign with words of encouragement and support for the NSCC community; serious photos; fun photos, etc. Be creative!
Students' music approx 5-10 minutes is encouraged and welcomed! Email me your link!
There is a question on the release form for those who would like to provide a quote, which is optional. People may have their picture taken with or without including a quote.
Please direct any questions, send photos, student release form, 10-second individual video message, student music for project background to:
Anne Tabet at firstname.lastname@example.org Deadline to submit Friday, April 30, 2021
Have fun taking pictures and videos!
--The Diversity Leadership Committee
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:
This is an example of white privilege: I do not have to educate my children to be aware of systemic racism for their own daily physical protection.
If you have any questions or comments on NSCC's Equality & Equity Project, please contact us at EqualityEquity@northshore.
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Coronavirus Updates and Resources
Due to COVID-19, NSCC campuses are still under restricted access. Please monitor your college email and check www.northshore.edu/corona for frequent updates and resources.