The NSCC Bulletin

arts in april poster

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.

―  Pablo Picasso, artist 

Welcome to Arts in April!

Join NSCC throughout April for arts-related workshops, poetry slams, paint nights, live theater, and so much more!

This week, don’t miss:

—NYT bestselling author Allegra Goodman will read from her book Sam, about a student at NSCC (April 3)

Student videos from Ecuador (April 6)

—a display of artwork by Graphic Design students outside LW 301

—a display of Jane Austin memorabilia by Professor Lisa Altomari in the Danvers library 

… and don’t forget to visit our welcome tables on both campuses for info on arts-related courses and opportunities! They will be up from April 3-10.

The full program of events can be found on our website: 

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

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 posters. The paintings featured in the posters are by Graphic Design students Kaley Bates and Calvin Kem. Photos used with permission by James Harrington.


Please share with your students!

There's still time to apply!

2023 scholarship flyer



lightbulb, ideas, electricity bolts

Looking for a few good ideas!

Got an idea for a strategy for the year two (FY24) Tactical Plan? Use this form to submit your idea.  Be prepared to link your idea to the appropriate priority:

  • Priority 1: Align the College with regional needs to spur academic innovation and holistic student support. Align community partnerships to educate the whole student

  • Priority 2: Promote social justice at NSCC and in the community by delivering equitable student outcomes

  • Priority 3: Build a transformative, future-focused environment for and with the NSCC community.

Additionally, you will describe the timeline, responsible parties, benchmarks, anticipated outcomes and resources required for the activity.

Please submit no later than April 14th.  It will be reviewed by the Strategic Plan Tactical Committee and also by Cabinet for feasibility and resource availability. Ideas that are not considered will remain in a database for potential future action in a later year of the plan.

--Laurie LaChapelle, AVP, Planning, Research & Resources



excited graduates
Commencement 2023

We are excited to announce that the 57th Commencement Exercises are on Friday, May 19, 2023, at the Lynn Campus.  We will host 3 Ceremonies, 10:00 am,  2:00 pm, and 6:00 pm.   Click here to review the graduate groupings.

The Danvers campus will have limited access and not be open to the public that day as facilities team members and campus police will be at Lynn assisting with the ceremony. If you are scheduled to work in Danvers, please check with your supervisor about remote work or assisting with the Commencement Ceremony at Lynn.  The Lynn campus will have limited on campus services available that day to assist with Commencement but will not be open for in person services. 

The Commencement Committee is seeking event staff to help the event run smoothly.

We welcome all who can assist. Please note, you do not need to be there all day and that there are several opportunities to contribute and still walk in one or more of the ceremonies if you so choose.  You can access the form here to sign up as an Event Staff member at the Commencement Ceremony. This form will be accessible until Wednesday, May 10, 2023.

Also, if you plan to participate as an audience member in one or more ceremonies, please complete this form by Friday, May 12, 2023.   Please note, that faculty and staff will process into the ceremony before the graduates and recess out to form a congratulatory tunnel as the students exit to meet their families and receive their complimentary grad box.  If you need to order or rent Commencement regalia, please complete this Google Form.

With the Commencement Ceremonies taking place during the work day, please check in with your supervisors regarding specific departmental needs during the day, your potential participation, and approval to work the event.

In the next few weeks, we will reach out with additional information and details regarding Commencement, i.e., speaker information, parking, etc.

In the meantime, questions can be directed to or 781-477-2124.

We look forward to seeing you at Commencement!


Amanda Dooling and the 2023 Commencement Team 



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




governance elections on blue background w/stars

Governance Elections

Please nominate any employee for an appropriate vacancy or indicate your interest in serving on a committee by submitting the person's name, the name of the committee, and component area via e-mail with the subject "Governance Nomination" to the Forum Steering Committee at by 5 PM on Monday, April 10th.

The Governance Membership document provides a listing of vacancies highlighted in blue (total and by committee), showing the method of selection, the term end date, and the current name in the position. All elected positions serve for two years from 2023-2024 (except for those completing a vacancy mid-term, as may be noted on the list of vacancies).  Appointments also serve for two years with the exception of the adjunct faculty and student appointments, which have a one-year term. You can submit your name for an elected position, an appointed position, or both. Names submitted for appointed positions will be forwarded through the appropriate appointing authority.

If you are in a two-year term position that is expiring this year, you can be nominated for another two-year term in the same or on a different committee.

Elections and appointments for Forum Steering Committee and Standing/Advisory Committee positions for AY 2023-2024 will take place in accordance with the schedule and process outlined below:



April 03

Committee positions up for election and appointment for AY 2023-2024 are posted in the Bulletin.


April 03-April 10

Faculty and staff submit nominations or indicate interest in open positions by sending their name, the name of the committee for the appropriate vacancy (whether appointed or elected), and name of the component according to the position on the membership list. Nominations must be submitted by 5 PM on 4/10/23 to the Forum Steering Committee via e-mail at

April 18 Division Meetings

The names of faculty interested in governance vacancies are sent to the Deans and a ballot election is conducted at the division meeting for division-specific positions.

April 18 – April 21


Online voting period for all non-division contested elections.  Voting will conclude at 5 PM, April 21.

April 18

Adjunct faculty and student appointments submitted by the appropriate appointing authority

May 01

Results announced in the Bulletin.


May 12


New Standing Committees will meet to conduct ballot elections for Standing Committee Chair and Representative to the Forum Steering Committee for AY 2023-2024.

May 15

Forum Steering Committee (with both old and newly elected and appointed members) will meet to elect Chair, Vice Chair and Moderator for AY 2023-2024 by ballot.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the members of the Governance Subcommittee: Mary Meng-Lee, Lorena Martinez-Diaz, Sara Hilinski, Sonja Gamby, or any chair of a committee.






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




 cup of coffee, notepad, pen

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


Join us to Wish Norene Gachignard well!

norene gachignard retirement



Check out the April Cafe Specials!

]april cafe specials




flyer for race
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.





black women of the suffragette flyer

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




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 adooling@northshore.ed



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




run to home base flyer
Questions?  Contact Annmarie Paolucci at





practical nursing fundraiser graphic

Scan the QR code for further details




squirrel on ladder with camera

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





lifeworks app logo

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.    


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


Image of campus

Ready to Begin?

Apply Info Connect