The NSCC Bulletin

5 new hires
Meet your newest colleagues!

Please join us in extending a warm welcome to the newest members of our NSCC family! Pictured clockwise, starting top left: 

Amy Stewart, Academic Counselor, Financial Aid

Katherin Melenciano Lara, Senior Recruitment Counselor, Admissions & Recruitment/Outreach

Michael Jacob, Pathway Navigator (grant funded), Student Success/Title III

Ashley Vieno, Special Programs Coordinator, Coordinator of Early College Consortium, Academic Affairs

Danny Shapiro (and his new dog, Ellen), Assistant Coordinator of Student Engagement, Student Engagement

Welcome all!!



NSCC no longer holds official transcripts for past due balances

NSCC, along with the other MA Community Colleges, agreed to no longer hold transcripts for balances owed. We implemented this change during the Fall 2021 semester. I apologize for the delay in communicating such an important change to the larger community!  

What does this mean for our students?  
Students seeking an official transcript to prove they attended, graduated or took certain courses that may help them transfer or complete at another college can now obtain an official transcript from NSCC without any delay or hold to prevent such a request.  

Will students who owe the NSCC past due tuition and fees still have holds applied to their records? 
Yes, Student Financial Services will continue to add past due balance holds for outstanding balances and they will continue to utilize their current collection practices to collect these balances. 

Will students who owe past due balances for tuition and fees be allowed to register for future semesters?   
No, Student Financial Services will still prevent future registration until all past due balances are paid off. I would encourage any member of the community who may be working with students with these circumstances to reach out to the Student Financial Services team either by visiting their Lynn or Danvers Offices, through CentroHub or via email at

-- Stephen Creamer, Interim VP of Student Affairs




Walk-up COVID testing now available on both campuses

Just a reminder that we have COVID testing available on both campuses should you,  your families or friends need it.  Both campuses now accept walk-up testing as well as doing it by appointment. They are in the East lot in Lynn and the 3rd parking lot over to the left as you come out of the 2nd floor of the Danvers Berry building (facing the parking lot). Here is a link to find our 2 locations, if you are looking to make an appointment: https://book.curative. com/search#9/42.4234/-71.1336






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Celebrate Black History Month!

Black History Month, or African American History Month, occurs every February. It pays tribute to and celebrates the achievements of Black Americans and acknowledges the central role of African Americans in United States history. 

Black History Month was first conceived as Negro History Week in 1925 by historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. Like W.E.B. Du Bois before him, Woodson believed that truth could not be denied and that reason would prevail over prejudice. The first celebration was in February 1926, a week that encompassed the birthdays of both Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. They were met with an overwhelmingly positive response. By the middle of the 20th century, many U.S. mayors issued proclamations celebrating the week.

The celebration was expanded to a month in 1976 at the nation’s bicentennial. President Gerald R. Ford urged U.S. Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” By this time, the entire nation had come to recognize the importance of Black history in the drama of the American story. Since then every U.S. president has issued African American History Month proclamations.

I welcome and invite the NSCC community to participate in this year's Black History Month celebrations through the numerous and various events happening across the North Shore all month long. Of course,  also check out what is happening at NSCC, coordinated by the Office of Student Engagement:

Black history is the history of the U.S.A. and should be supplemental to our continued collective learning and celebration all year long. This past semester, numerous groups and individuals have also been helping our community slowly "move the dial" from performative, aspirational, and towards authentic purpose and action to disrupting and dismantling anti-Blackness and racism. From key data collecting in Institutional Research and the Racial Equity and Justice Institute (REJI), the installment of our new Director of SUCCESS, to the initial meetings for Race/Ethnicity Affinity Employee Groups held, and many many more-- all helping create a sustainable foundation for authentic transformational action ahead.

--Nikki Pelonia, Chief Diversity & Equity Officer



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Inauguration Update

Plans for the Inauguration of Dr. William Heineman, NSCC’s fifth president, are progressing nicely. The Inauguration will be held on Friday, May 13 and will feature three parts – a ticketed pre-inauguration luncheon at the Nahant Country Club from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., the Installation ceremony in the Lynn gym from 2-3:30 p.m., and a Transforming the Future Festival following the ceremony from 3:30-5 p.m. The Inaugural theme is “Transforming the Future With Students & Community.”

The Save the Date postcard went out last week via email to hopefully get the date on the calendars of those wishing to attend. A website for both the Installation and the luncheon preceding it have been created and can be viewed at Inauguration and Inauguration luncheon. A Steering Committee and three subcommittees for the luncheon, installation and festival are busy meeting and planning. Many thanks to all involved who will make this a great day!



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Navigate Weekly Workshops

We are over the first month of the Spring semester! As we continue our Spring operations, you may be trying to find the best ways that Navigate can help keep you organized, launch student initiatives, or get your advisees up to speed on their Academic Plans – OR you just have a random range of questions you want to pellet us with! The next few weeks are geared towards generic topics, but please jump on in any session, at any time, for any reason. 

It’s always good to review your Navigate skills. Please review the Blackboard Navigate Training Course for additional resources at any time.

Wednesday, February 16

2:00PM - 2:45PM                   What Can Navigate do for Students? Going over the Student Experience!

3:00PM - 3:45PM                   Open Session Time 

Wednesday, February 23

2:00PM - 2:45PM                   Calendar Sync, Availability & Appointment Campaigns: Concepts & Ideas

3:00PM - 3:45PM                   Open Session Time 

Wednesday, March 2

2:00PM - 2:45PM                   Academic Planning & Registration

3:00PM - 3:45PM                   Open Session Time 

Thank you for your interest in Navigate!

--John, Jake, Scott & Michael






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Calling all creatives! 
We need you to get involved…in the Performing Arts at North Shore!

We are looking for actors, artists, sound editors, tech wizards, and more to join us this Spring Semester (2022) for:

ANIMAL TAILS:  A Virtual Storytelling Project

Talented tricksters go toe to toe with terrible troublemakers in this series of tales featuring a menagerie of feathered, finned and four-legged beasties from around the world.   

Come join the team responsible for bringing these stories to life this fall!

No experience needed.  All interested students, faculty and staff are welcome to participate. 

AIR DATE:  April / May, as part of NSCC’S Cultural Arts programming.

For more information about how you can become involved in this virtual performing arts event at NSCC contact Matthew Woods at




cup of coffee, notepad and penCTLI Coffee and Conversations Series

Over the spring semester, the CTLI will be hosting a series of informational sessions on a variety of teaching, learning, and assessment topics. The Coffee and Conversations sessions will be held virtually twice a month on Fridays from 9:30am to 10:30am. Please join us with your favorite cup of coffee or tea and we will bring the topics to hopefully spur plenty of conversations.

Our next session will be on Friday, February 18th and the topic will be “Contextualization through Collaborative Design”. Join Sonja Gamby as she leads a discussion around a new opportunity for faculty to collaboratively work on implementing high impact practices and contextualized modules to increase student engagement and improve student outcomes. 

Please use the following Zoom meeting link for all Coffee and Conversations sessions:

https://northshore-edu.zoom.  us/j/99574231620?pwd=  bjgrVkIvRjRQUzZJcmtGeWRCWksyUT  09 

Future Coffee and Conversations sessions will be held on the following Fridays (listed below) so please save the dates in your calendar:

  • March 4

  • March 11

  • April 1

  • April 15

  • April 29

  • May 6

Topics have been scheduled for a few of these sessions but we would love your feedback on some topics for the other sessions. Please share any ideas around what you might like to learn more about at  yGifSTLdZmmyp75p7

We hope to see you at one of the sessions!

-Andrea Milligan and Kim Stevens






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Spring Institutional Professional Day

NSCC's Spring Institutional Professional Day for faculty and staff will be held virtually on Friday, March 25th from 9:00am to 1:00pm. The theme for the day will be focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion and Universal Design for Learning. We are proud to welcome our keynote, Dr. Thomas Tobin, an internationally recognized scholar, researcher, author and speaker on technology-mediated education. The CTLI Advisory Council is developing the agenda for the breakout sessions. Possible topics include:

  • Teaching practices that promote equity and create an inclusive classroom

  • Student support practices that promote diversity, equity and inclusion

  • Incorporating universal design for learning principles into teaching and learning

  • Incorporating universal design for learning principles into student support services

Thank you Dianne McDermott Cerasuolo for creating the attached flier.

More information about Professional Day is available at professional-day/home. Check back often as more details will be added as the program develops.

--Thank you,
The CTLI Advisory Council







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Grand Opening of the Rap Experience Lounge

Join us for the Grand Opening of The Rap Experience lounge on Wednesday, February 23 from 11AM - 2PM. The opening will feature an Open Mic from 11am-12:30pm where all are welcome to share, read, sing, or perform a published or original work that resonates with the theme of Black History Month. The lounge will stay open with snacks and games until 2PM. Stop by anytime to meet the peer coaches and learn about the RAP Experience. Due to COVID precautions, all attendees must check-in at the event. Walk-ins are welcome, but help us make the check-in process easier by registering in advance. RSVP HERE!




Worthy Causes


sarah macissacSweet Sadie Scholarship Benefit

“There was nothing that Sarah MacIsaac (NSCC Class of 2005) could not accomplish. In her 37 years, she did more for this world than most people do in a lifetime,” says her brother, Robert MacIsaac.  Sarah MacIsaac’s inspirational legacy lives on through the Sweet Sadie Scholarship for NSCC students with permanent physical disabilities thanks to the generosity of friends, family and community members.  The Sweet Sadie Difference Makers are hosting a benefit concert on February 19th in Lynn, with proceeds benefiting this scholarship and other initiatives.  To learn more about this event, visit events








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20 Minute Online Professional Development

The Monday Morning Mentor series will be available over the spring semester to bring you professional development in twenty-minute snippets.

For the week of February 14 - What’s Different About Teaching Online, and How Do I Change So My Students Succeed?

Directions for Accessing the Link to the Presentation and Supplemental Materials

Select the URL link below to access the presentation and to print the supplemental materials. (You may also copy and paste the URL into your browser’s address bar.) Supplemental materials are available to view and print now.  

New presentations go live at 10:00am each Monday morning and are only accessible through Sunday.

The series is being brought to you by the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Innovation – we would appreciate your input!

--Andrea Milligan,           






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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:

Inclusive language refers to words or phrases that include both women and men, if applicable. Inclusive language does not assume or connote the absence of women. For example: Use of the words “police officers" instead of “policemen” or “humankind” instead of “mankind.”

If you have any questions or comments on NSCC's Equality & Equity Project, please contact us at EqualityEquity@northshore. edu





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Sign up now for the March Mobile Markets!

Free farmers market-style distribution of fresh fruits and vegetables and, at times, non-perishable food items. The March mobile markets will be offered on both the Lynn (03/04) & Danvers Campus (03/10) and 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗼𝗻𝗹𝘆 𝗯𝗲 𝗼𝗽𝗲𝗻 𝘁𝗼 𝗡𝗦𝗖𝗖 𝘀𝘁𝘂𝗱𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘀, 𝗳𝗮𝗰𝘂𝗹𝘁𝘆 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗳𝗳. Registration will be required for each monthly market. Sign up here





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