After two years of virtual commencements, we are happy to announce that NSCC's 56th Commencement Ceremonies (yes, it is plural) will take place on Thursday, May 26, 2022 at our Lynn Campus. This is an exciting opportunity to celebrate our graduates right here at home! The change in location and multiple ceremonies resulted from an array of factors, including COVID regulations at Salem State University and here at NSCC as well as student wishes for commencement.
The Commencement Committee is working hard to figure out all the logistics necessitated by the new format. They will keep the campus community informed and details and updates will also be available on the Commencement Webpage. There will be four ceremonies scheduled for 10:00am, 1:00pm, 4:00pm and 6:30pm. Details about the ceremonies will be announced in early April. We also hope to recreate the excitement and celebration of last year's drive thru. We are currently seeking student speakers and soloists, so please encourage students to apply. Graduates will be receiving information about the Commencement Ceremonies this week and will receive regular updates.
I would like to thank the Commencement Committee for their innovation, dedication and hard work as they plan and implement NSCC's 56th Commencement Ceremonies. If you have questions, comments, or suggestions please reach out to (email@example.com) or Amanda Dooling, Director of Student Engagement (firstname.lastname@example.org), as she is leading the Commencement Committee this year. I want to thank Amanda for her leadership and for contributing to this update.
I look forward to celebrating our graduates with all of you!
--President Bill Heineman
Every year the college 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 19, 2022. Please nominate a member!
Click here for the nomination form.
And click here for the list of the current governance membership. Please navigate the tabs in the file to see members in each committee.
Contact Carlos M Marin (email@example.com) if you have any questions.
Supporting Students During April Religious Holidays and Observances
While we continue working towards co-creating inclusive practices, processes, and policies at the college, we wanted to share a brief resource that may be helpful next month as April marks an especially celebratory one across many religions. Currently, students are not automatically excused from class for these religious observances; however, they may ask to work with you to make accommodations. Here’s what you may need to know for April 2022:
Sundown April 1-30 Ramadan: Islam
Ramadan is not a holiday so much as it is a month of rigorous fasting, holy acts, and prayer. Observant students will abstain from eating food or drinking anything (even water) from sunrise to sunset (about 5:30 am-7:00 pm). Some strictly observant Muslims will even abstain from taking oral medications. For Muslims, Ramadan is much more than abstaining from food and drink. Additionally, some prayers during this time extend until 11:00 pm; one form of worship, Qiyam, extends all night until sunrise. Qiyam is most common during the last ten days of Ramadan, the holiest days of the month. Muslims believe that the Quran (the Islamic holy book) was revealed during the last ten days of Ramadan; they are some of the holiest days of the Islamic calendar.
As with any religion (and as you know if you read The Autobiography of Malcolm X), you cannot just guess that someone is Muslim by physical appearance. Muslims can be of any race. Students will self-identify to you. Students will probably feel unwell and lethargic for a week or so as their bodies adjust to the Ramadan dawn to dusk fast. As Ramadan is a time of worship, it is better to wish students a Blessed Ramadan (rather than “happy”).
April 10-16 Holy Week: Christianity
As soon as the forty days of Lent (a period of penance and prayer) reach a close, a new three-day fast begins, The Triduum (or, three-day) Fast, a period of even more intense self-denial in immediate preparation for Easter. Observant Christians may abstain from eating, taking only water. During the period of Holy (or Maundy) Thursday through Good Friday, observant students may experience low energy or lethargy. Traditionally, on Good Friday, observant Christians remain silent and off of social media, email, and the phone between the hours of 12 noon and 3:00 pm, the hours when Christians believe Jesus suffered and died on the cross.
While you would not wish a student “Happy Good Friday,” “Happy Easter” is an appropriate greeting for a Christian student.
Additional resource: Holy Week - April 10-16, 2022 (National Today)
April 14 Vaisakhi (Baisakhi) Solar New Year: Hindu, Sikh, and Buddhism
Vaisakhi, also spelled “Baisakhi,” is the “New Year” for Sikhs, as well as some Hindus and many Buddhists, e.g., Cambodian Buddhists. Vaisakhi is typically celebrated on April 14 or 15 every year depending on the Lunar calendar. It is a time of gathering and visiting the temple, which some students who celebrate may do in the evening. The greeting for Vaisakhi can be “Happy New Year” or more specifically, “Happy Vaisakhi” for some Sikhs and Hindus.
Additional resource: What is Vaisakhi and how is it celebrated? (BBC)
April 15 to Sundown April 23 Pesach(Passover): Judaism
Passover, or Pesach in Hebrew, is a Jewish holiday that commemorates the story of the ancient Israelites’ exodus from slavery in Egypt. On Pesach each year, Jews around the world not only remember, but also retell the story of the exodus from Egypt. On the first two days and the last two days of Pesach, no work is permitted. During the middle four days, limited work is permitted.
Passover tells the story of the hardship the Jewish people faced in Egypt and while not every part of the seder is happy, it's perfectly acceptable to wish Jewish students or colleagues a "Happy Passover."
Additional resource: Pesach (Passover) 2022 is from April 15 to April 23, 2022 (Chabad.org)
April 21 Ridván: Baha'i'
The Baha'i' Holiday celebrating the First Day of Ridván calls for observers to abstain from work and school. The Festival commemorates the 12 days when Bahá’u’lláh, the prophet-founder lived in a garden called Ridván in Baghdad, Iraq, where he declared that he was the Manifestation of God. It is a joyous holiday celebrated worldwide. It is perfectly acceptable to wish students who celebrate Happy Ridván (RIZ-wan).
Additional resource: About the Bahá’í Calendar and Holy Days (Bahai.us)
--Andrea DeFusco-Sullivan (she/ella), Interim VP of Academic Affairs; Nivedita “Bonie” Bagchi Williamson, Ph.D. (she/her/hers), Dean of Students; Nikki Pelonia (he/him/his), Chief Diversity & Equity Officer
ALL are invited!
In collaboration with the Racial Equity Justice Institute (REJI), five members will
share personal stories and strategies from their ongoing efforts to address racism
and gender bias, applying the cycle of racial socialization and liberation. ZOOM LINK https://bridgew.zoom.us/j/
Rep. Kerans Speaks At Danvers Campus
NSCC was pleased to welcome State Representative Sally Kerans to the Danvers campus on 3/23/22 to speak about her political career as part of Women's History Month. Her words of wisdom resonated with students and staff. She shared, "Community colleges are Rock Stars! I believe very strongly in their mission and will always advocate for their resources." Yay, Rep. Kerans! Shown from left are NSCC student Madison Bowen, Rep. Kerans, student Eliandra Ferreras Ortiz, Danny Shapiro, NSCC Asst. Coordinator of Student Engagement, and Katherine McGee, legislative aide to Rep. Kerans.
Grateful thanks to the Maple Street Congregational Church in Danvers for their most generous donation of five, filled-to-the-brim bags of snacks for our students, some of whom are experiencing food insecurity.
“During times such as this, we wanted to lean in and listen to the needs of our community,” said Reverend Pam Cochrane. “We are a community that shares God’s hope, love, and healing and serve our neighbors.”
Pictured, l-r, Pat Neuman, Pam Perkins, Mike Polagye, Rev. Pam Cochrane, all from the Maple Street Congregational Church in Danvers and Amanda Dooling, NSCC Director of Student Engagement.
We want to see you in pictures!
2022 Faces of NSCC - BETTER TOGETHER
We welcome all NSCC students, faculty, staff, administrators to participate by submitting a picture(s), short video and or quote. You can 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, 2022 Submit Here
--Thank you, DLC 2022 Faces team Anne, Kendalle, Aya
NSCC faculty are leading the way once again, with a great workshop opportunity:
The main center that runs this workshop is the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, and the topic is The Future of Democracy. We couldn't be more timely if we tried (the topic was chosen well before Putin invaded!)
It will be in-person this year, so the application process will be competitive and the fee is $75.00
Dr. Larry Davis is our pedagogical expert this year - yay Larry! Dr. Kara Kaufman has shared that her goal is to choose an NSCC faculty member(s) every year for this position.
Please reach out to Kara, firstname.lastname@example.org, with any questions. And, please forward the information to anyone you think might benefit from this program.
--Andrea DeFusco-Sullivan, Interim Vice President, Academic Affairs
Submit a Video Promo by April 1, 2022
Promote YOUR class or program to the NSCC community and beyond! Here’s your chance! Promote your course, certificate, degree or program. Tell your story in one minute. Videos will play as part of a video loop in the gym during the Transforming the Future Festival on May 13, and be posted to the NSCC Social Media and/or potentially on the NSCC Website.
Video can be no longer than 60 seconds
Format: Either horizontal or vertical
Can be a phone selfie or use your favorite video editing software
If doing this as a selfie, focus on head & shoulders. Not full body unless you are demonstrating something.
Record in a quiet setting with little to no background noise.
Be sure there is plenty of light. Ring lights are great for selfies. If outdoors, be in the shade. Be sure your background isn’t brighter than you are.
Keep the camera steady. Use a tripod or other device to keep steady.
(please note to check the box to agree to the linked release form)
For questions contact Dianne McDermott Cerasuolo at email@example.com or Jim Harrington at firstname.lastname@example.org
Due Date: on or before April 1, 2022
2022 NSCC Visiting Writer
2022 NSCC Visiting Writer and Professor Emeritus Carl Carlsen will read from his new book Brickyard Stories 2.0: A Lynn MA Neighborhood Before and After Urban Renewal, an oral history full of storytelling, poetry, prose, and photographs on two consecutive days:
Join ZOOM Reading on Tuesday, April 26 from 9:30-10:45 am:
Join ZOOM Reading on Wednesday, April 27 from 9:30-10:45 am:
--John Zamparelli, Professor, English Department
The Experiences of Women in the Soviet Union During WWII
Registration is open for our event on women's experiences in the Soviet Union during World War II, co-sponsored by North Shore Community College and Harvard University's Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies. The webinar will be held Thursday, April 14th from 7:00 - 8:30 pm.
For further details on the event and to pre-register, please click on this link, https://tinyurl.com/2p8hes6f scroll down until you see the blue Register button, and click on that button to enter your information.
We hope to see you there!
--Kara Kaufman and Lawrence Davis
Climate Change Photo Contest
To celebrate Earth Day, NSCC is hosting a Photo Contest on Climate Change Awareness.
Please submit your original photo/artwork https://tinyurl.com/2p8fz9sp that exhibits an individual's impact on the environment or anything associated with mitigation, preparedness, or adaptation to its effects.
The photo must be taken by the participant and include a caption describing how their photo portrays their impact on the environment. Only one photo submission per person.
Gift card prizes will be awarded based on the number of social media LIKES.
For additional details, go to https://tinyurl.com/5afjwauc
Job Posting - Internal Candidates Only
PT Administrative and Technical Support to the
Forum Steering Committee and the Governance System
Duration: Permanent fall semester, spring semester & summer while Forum Steering is in session
Equivalency: Approximately 5 to 10 hours per week
Reports To: Chair/Vice-Chair Forum Steering Committee/Governance Subcommittee
This position is not open to benefited AFSCME, NUP, NUC, or MCCC Professional staff.
For further job details, click here.
Student Service Awards Nominations
Student Engagement welcomes all faculty and staff to recognize students by nominating them for our special campus-wide awards. Awards are open to club leaders, leaders in the
classroom/office, or students that stand out to you in some other way. Please see
all the available awards and complete your nominations online. All nominations due by April 12, 2022. Also, please save the date for the celebration
on Tuesday, April 26 at 4:00PM in the Lynn Gym.
--Danny Shapiro, Assistant Coordinator of Student Engagement, email@example.com
Navigate Weekly Workshops
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, March 30
2:00PM - 2:45PM Student Lists, Advanced Searches & Reporting Tools
3:00PM - 3:45PM Open Session Time
Thank you for your interest in Navigate!
--John, Jake, Scott & Michael
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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 take place on Friday, April 1st and the topic will be “Spotlighting Student Success Resources” (rescheduled from February 4th due to a snow storm). Our guests for this session will be Donna Davis, Susan Graham and Sara Hilinski and they will provide a brief presentation/overview of student services around counseling, accessibility services, and tutoring as well as tips for working with students. There will also be plenty of time for questions and discussion.
Please use the following Zoom meeting link for all Coffee and Conversations sessions:
Future Coffee and Conversations sessions will be held on the following Fridays (listed below) so please save the dates in your calendar:
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 https://forms.gle/
We hope to see you at one of the sessions!
-Andrea Milligan and Kim Stevens
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 March 28th - What Are Three Proven Ways to Manage My Online Discussion Board and Actively Engage
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, email@example.com
WHAT A GREAT WAY TO START YOUR WEEK!!
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:
Be an ally. Work on ensuring that Black educators are hired where Black children are being taught. If you want to know more about why and how this makes a difference for Black children, check out this episode of Malcolm Gladwell’s podcast.
If you have any questions or comments on NSCC's Equality & Equity Project, please contact us at EqualityEquity@northshore.
Sign up now for the April Mobile Markets!
Free farmers market-style distribution of fresh fruits and vegetables and, at times, non-perishable food items. The April mobile markets will be offered on both the Lynn (04/01) & Danvers Campus (04/14) and 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗼𝗻𝗹𝘆 𝗯𝗲 𝗼𝗽𝗲𝗻 𝘁𝗼 𝗡𝗦𝗖𝗖 𝘀𝘁𝘂𝗱𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘀, 𝗳𝗮𝗰𝘂𝗹𝘁𝘆 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗳𝗳. Registration will be required for each monthly market. Sign up here https://www.northshore.edu/heretohelp/food-insecurities.html