The NSCC Bulletin

An amazing turnout for our Open House!

group of faculty and staff

l-r, Professor Irene Fernandez-Palacios, Professor Maria Vazquez, Provost Dr. Jennifer Mezquita,
Dean of Enrollment Services Jason Marsala, Veterans Services Coordinator Annmarie Paolucci,
Director of ESL Elizabeth Paz

prospective students at open house

We had an amazing turnout for our Open House! Our faculty, staff, and student ambassadors were energized and excited to meet with so many future students!

According to Gissel Lopez, Associate Director of Admissions and Enrollment, we had 150 TOTAL guests, 87 being prospective students for the upcoming summer and fall terms!!

Excerpt from a message from Gissel:

Thank you to you all for taking time out of your Saturday to show off NSCC and all of its awesomeness. . .

I sincerely thank each and every one of you for making this possible; I could not have done it without you!

Additional photos from the Open House may be viewed on Flickr.


The Faculty Academy 2023-2024

Some of you may have attended the presentation given by Dr. Paul Hernandez on the Pedagogy of Real Talk back in November 2022. We are now seeking applicants for the Faculty Academy that will train faculty (full and part-time faculty) in the Pedagogy of Real Talk. 

The Faculty Academy is a professional development opportunity focused on faculty working together to develop curriculum that is engaging and relevant for students based on The Pedagogy of Real Talk. Through instructional design and instructional delivery changes, faculty will build a holistic approach to teaching that implements active learning, brings real talk to the classroom and establishes a sense of belonging. To learn more, please see this journal article Empathy in action: Developing a sense of belonging with the pedagogy of ‘real talk’ 


This is a three-year program and every year will be identical in its structure. Each year faculty will work together in person for 4 days of professional learning in June, with one additional campus cohort retreat in August, and a consortium retreat in January. Participants will also meet once a month as a campus cohort for 60 minutes during the academic year. Additionally, through collaboration with the Massachusetts Association of Community Colleges and the SUCCESS Fund there will be 9 other Massachusetts community colleges joining the faculty Academy (2 cohorts of 5 colleges). 

Professional Learning Dates 2023-2024: Tuesday, May 30th– Friday, June 2nd, 2023 (8am to 2pm), a half day retreat in August (TBD by campus cohort), and a half day retreat in January (TBD).     

Stipend$1500 each year to be paid over the course of the academic year

Application Deadline: April 3rd

To apply, please use this google form

If you have any questions, please email: Jennifer Harris at



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NSCC is looking to create a group to participate in the Black Excellence 5K Run/Walk in Lynn on April 30, 2023!
If you’re interested to run/walk as part of the NSCC Team, please contact ASAP to register.

The Black Excellence 5K highlights the positive contributions of African Americans in our society and raises funds to support the North Shore Juneteenth Association, a nonprofit organization, with the mission to create awareness about the Juneteenth holiday, to educate the broader community about positive aspects of African American culture, to change the perceived narrative about Black Americans and dismantle racism, by using events and programming as tools for change. As we continue this multicultural event in its 5th year, your registration fee will go towards Juneteenth events and programming supported by North Shore Juneteenth Association's mission. Awards will be given to the top finishers! Click here for more info on the 5K.





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North Shore Juneteenth Association, Inc. and North Shore Community College (NSCC) proudly present "The Black Women of the Suffrage Movement" traveling exhibit to NSCC from March 31 to April 28, 2023, in honor of Women's History Month and Arts in April. The exhibit will be viewable to the NSCC community at our Lynn Campus, 2nd floor, LW200A.

This exhibit is a celebration of the remarkable black women in history who paved the way for Shirley Chisolm, Maxine Waters, Kamala Harris, Ayanna Pressley and so many more. The pieces featured to highlight the contributions Black Suffragettes, such as Sojourner Truth, Mary Church Terrell, and Ida B. Wells, made toward the Women’s Suffrage Movement as a whole.

In celebration of the exhibit and partnership, we will be hosting a Closing Reception on Thursday, April 27 from 4:30 to 6:30 PM featuring live performances, food, and speakers from the community. Click here to RSVP.



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CTLI 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 once or 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.

Did you know that MyNorthshore gives all faculty and staff at NSCC access to the following resources?:

  • A digital library of 16,000+ professional development courses

  • An application for professional development funding to attend conferences 

  • A Dashboard tool to examine equity gaps in student academic performance at the division, subject, or course level

  • Repositories of assessment and DEI instructional resources

Our next Coffee & Conversations session will be on April 7th and the Topic will be, “Professional Development Tools Close to Home: A MyNorthshore Resource Spotlight!” We invite you to join Jen Baker, Andrea Milligan, and Kim Stevens who will highlight tools available through MyNorthshore to support professional development, equitable and inclusive teaching practices, and data informed decision making.

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

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

  • April 21st

We would love your feedback on the topics for future sessions. Please share any ideas around what you might like to learn more about at

We hope to see you on April 7th!
-CTLI Staff




NSCC 2023 Governance Award

Every year, NSCC recognizes the work of a governance participant who has demonstrated commitment to serve the college through the Governance System.The deadline for nominations is April 21, 2023. Please nominate a member by completing the nomination form!

Click here to access the list of the current governance membership. Please navigate the tabs in the file to see the members of each committee as needed.

Please contact Mary Meng-Lee ( and/or Lorena Martinez-Diaz ( if you have any questions. Thank you!

--Forum Steering Committee and Governance Subcommittee


Affordable @ NSCC

Congratulations to the following faculty who have recently completed (or are in the process of completing) a TAC Grant for OER Implementation in their courses!

  • Denise Cady Arbeau, ALH178 Yoga, Meditation and Stress Management (Create)

  • Joseph DiMartino and Kaitlin Lamarre, NSG104 Pharmacology (Adapt)

  • Joseph DiMartino and Kaitlin Lamarre, NSG105 Pharmacology and the Role of the Registered Nurse (Adapt)

  • Tingting Fang, MAT050 Foundations of Mathematics Literacy (Adapt)

  • Irene Fernandez, SPE102 Speech - Spanish Supported (Adapt)

  • Heidi Ferrante, ECE101 Adopt Child Growth and Development (Adopt)

  • Erinn Gilmore,  DVD101 Introduction to Developmental Disabilities (Adapt)

  • Mary Gregoire, SPE102 Speech (Adopt)

  • yusef Hayes, SPE102 Speech (Create)

  • Shahab Hussein, CPS218 UNIX (Adopt)

  • Wanda Pothier-Hill, CMP101 Composition 1 and  FFL015 Composition 1 Seminar (Adopt)

  • Danielle Santos, FFL010 Integrated Reading and Writing (Create)

  • Wilfred Paul Suozzo, ECO103 Macroeconomics and ECO104 Microeconomics (Adopt)

Since 2015, the Affordable @ NSCC initiative has saved students almost $1.9M in textbook costs. More information about the initiative can be found at

Any faculty who want to learn more about OER (open educational resources) or are interested in adopting, adapting, or creating implementing OER in their courses can reach out to the CTLI or their library liaison for assistance.  We are happy to help!

--Andrea Milligan, Director, Center for Teaching, Learning, and Innovation/Instructional Technology




New Study Space for STEM students

Lynn LW308 is a new space for STEM students to study and meet with STEM faculty. STEM faculty will be in the study space weekly and happy to meet with students for academic advising, academic tutoring, and career discussions! We hope to encourage students to use this space to form study groups with their STEM peers. See the schedule for details.

During Spring Break, our STEM Starter Academy grant funded a field trip to tour UMass Lowell for NSCC STEM students. We had 8 students attend. The students enjoyed the experience, so we hope to run this tour again next spring!

--Ali Tateosian | Special Program Coordinator - STEM Starter Academy



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NSCC Police Department Spotlight

Bomb Threat Safety Training

Bomb threats are significantly on the rise at educational facilities across the country.  Bomb threats are typically performed through social media, the mail, and over the phone, for a host of reasons from inciting panic, disrupting operations, or causing economic harm. In 2021 the U.S. Bomb Threat Center reported 1,876 bomb threat-related incidents had occurred, and that number is expected to increase in 2023.

The most important thing that we can do to prepare for such an event is to PRE-PLAN.  As part of our pre-planning efforts NSCC PD is providing the community with the attached Bomb Threat Safety Guide. This guide provides the college community with a plan in the event they were to receive a call announcing a bomb threat, and explains the bomb threat assessment process.  

If a member of our community were to receive such a call they should obtain as much information as possible from the caller, record the information on the Bomb Threat Caller Questionnaire, and notify the NSCC Police as soon as possible. A copy of the bomb threat questionnaire can be found within the Bomb Threat Safety Guide

Please review the guide and if you have any questions or concerns reach out to Chief David Cook at


Celebrating Women's History Month

bianca louf, devon hubisz

The NSCC Police Department recognizes Women’s History Month as we celebrate our female officers for their contributions to our department and service to the NSCC community.  Celebrating, l-r, Corporal Bianca Louf, Dispatcher Devon Hubisz and (not pictured) Officer Linda Walsh-Romano




Arts in April schedule poster

The artist is not a different kind of person, but every person is a different kind of artist.
  Eric Gill, sculptor and printmaker

Arts in April is nearly here!


Join NSCC throughout April for arts-related workshops, poetry slams, paint nights, live theater, and so much more! Everyone is an artist, and there will be something for everyone! 

Arts in April events are free and open to the public, so bring your family and friends!

Some highlights:

—NYT bestselling author Allegra Goodman will read from her book Sam, about a student at NSCC

—Poetry and photography contests

—Floral arranging and photography workshops

—Student film screenings

—A live theatrical production performed by NSCC students

—Art displays and exhibits by students and faculty throughout both campuses 

… and MUCH more! This is an Arts in April you don't want to miss!

Keep an eye out for updates in the coming weeks, including a link to our website and a full program of events!

For more info or questions, please email the Arts in April Committee, c/o Cari Keebaugh, at

Special thanks to Graphic Design faculty member Jerrie Hildebrand for the Arts in April poster. The painting featured in the poster is by Graphic Design student Kaley Bates.




book cover of Sam by allegra goodman
NY Times bestselling author, Allegra Goodman,
to be 2023 Visiting Writer

Editor's note:  The protagonist in Sam lives on the North Shore and eventually attends North Shore Community College!  There are also numerous references to North Shore towns and places of interest that many of you will be familiar with.

As part of NSCC's Arts in April celebrations, visiting writer and NY Times bestselling author, Allegra Goodman,will read from her new book, Sam, on Monday, April 3, 2023, 11a.m. in the Lynn gym, with a video conference hook up in Danvers, DS119 (lecture hall).  Ms. Goodman will be holding a book signing after her reading, which is free and open to the public.



spring food drive flyer


The Student Government Association and the Office of Student Engagement are collecting non-perishable items for NSCC student Emergency Bags from March 27-April 7. Please drop off any donations to the Office of Student Engagement – Lynn LW-171 or Danvers DB-132.

Non-perishable food Items needed:
mac & cheese, soups, pasta, pasta sauce, tuna fish, beans, rice, canned veggies and fruits, apple sauce,
peanut butter, jelly, cereals

Additional Items:
diapers/wipes, toothbrushes/toothpaste/mouthwash, deodorant, feminine hygiene products








Seeking Nominations for

student service awards

Each spring semester, the Student Services Awards Ceremony is held to recognize those students who have given their time and talents to enhance student life at North Shore Community College. This year’s Ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 26, 2023 at 4:30 PM in the Lynn Gymnasium.  Doors will open at 4:30 pm with the formal program beginning at 5:00 pm.

Student Engagement and the Student Government Association welcomes all faculty and staff to recognize students by nominating them for our special campus-wide awards. Campus-Wide awards are open to club leaders, leaders in the classroom/office, or students that stand out to you in some other way. These awards are open campus wide, so the nominees do not necessarily have to be a member of a club. While a brief description is provided here for each award, more information is available on the nomination form for each award. Students can be nominated for multiple awards as long as the description of the award fits the students.

Below is a list of the awards.  Click here for full descriptions of the awards criteria.

Thomas Bourke Helping Hands Award - Nomination Link

Lisa Milso Award for Distinguished Service- Nomination Link 

Dr. Cheryl Finkelstein Award for Outstanding Community Service - Nomination Link

Dr. Lillian Derderian Award for Outstanding Service - Nomination Link 

Outstanding Club of the Year Award - Nomination Link

Club Advisor of the Year Award - Nomination Link

Club advisors please see additional instructions for completing the Distinguished Service Award form and the Service Award Spreadsheet to nominate students for club specific awards. 

ALL AWARD NOMINATIONS DUE DATE - DUE BY Wednesday, April 5, 2023!!!

If you have any questions regarding this process, please do not hesitate to contact Amanda Dooling at






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Navigate Weekly Workshops

Summer 2023 registration has opened up, and our students are looking for help! 😊

Our Weekly conversations will always have Coordinated Care as part of the plan. However, over the next several weeks we will also talk about Academic Planning & Registration, Intake Survey results and Student Facing video content. Please visit any one of our workshops, even if it’s not the current topic. As always, our videos can be found on the Navigate NSCC - Youtube Channel. Make sure to like & subscribe! Remember: The Navigate blackboard course, as well as the resource tiles on MyNorthShore, are places to find useful materials.

Topics on each week are flexible to change based on attendance needs!

Wednesday, Mar. 29th

2:00PM - 2:45PM                   Coordinated Care: Cases & Referrals

3:00PM - 3:45PM                   Navigate Quick Tips: Student Video Content/Open Session Time 


Thank you for your interest in Navigate!

--John, Jake, Michael, Jeleiny, Sam & Shannon



NSCC Community Engagement


spelling bee with walter stone and winner

Congratulations to Adarsh Venkannagari, winner of the 37th Daily Item Regional Spelling Bee!! Adarsh is pictured with NSCC Dean of Postsecondary Transitions, Walter Stone, who served as the pronouncer. Further representing NSCC and our commitment to community were 2 of the Spelling Bee judges, NSCC staff members Education & Care Partnership Director Kathy Leonard Gallo and adjunct instructor Caryn Olson.


nscc staff, legislators at NS expo

 Staff from our Corporate and Professional Education division hosted a booth at the North Shore Chamber of Commerce, Inc. Business Expo and were delighted to welcome and chat with hundreds of Expo participants including Senator Joan B. Lovely, far left, and Rep. Jerry Parisella, 4th from left.  Also pictured are NSCC staff Dianne Palter Gill, Kathryn Nielsen, Denise Deschamps, President Bill Heineman.


Please share with your students!


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career education expo flyer

Please share this flyer with your students!

Questions?  Contact Karyn King Fargo,, 781-477-2118


spanish conversation flyer with dates of meetings
Join the Spanish Conversation Group - in person or via Zoom!



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Questions?  Contact Annmarie Paolucci at





practical nursing fundraiser graphic

Scan the QR code for further details




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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.

Submit Here

Thank you,
--Diversity Leadership Committee 2023 Faces team





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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


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.    


womens history month, women in a circle dancing

Happy Women's History Month! Each year, the National Women's History Alliance chooses a theme for Women's History Month. This year's theme is "Women Who Tell Our Stories". According to the United Nations Foundation, women comprise just 24% of the stories we read, see, or hear about in entertainment and media.

There have been various studies on this, and all of these studies have shed light on striking gaps, which include low numbers of female protagonists in popular films, and an underrepresentation of women in awards shows. 

“The narratives that come out of Hollywood or advertising or the media are the narratives that get deeply embedded into our society,” says Jennifer Klein, Co-chair of the White House Gender Policy Council.

Women’s representation and equal participation in the media shouldn’t be optional — it’s essential. If we want to break negative stereotypes of women in everyday life, we need to tackle them through all forms of entertainment and media.

Watch this short video to learn more about the importance of how women are portrayed and represented in film.


How To Be An Ally

Allyship is about paying attention. It's not enough to claim to support gender inclusion and equity but then to overlook or to fail to see discrimination day-to-day.


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


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