The NSCC Bulletin



Chief People & Culture Officer (CPCO)
Search Update and Finalist Interviews:
  • Pleased to report after completing the review of the written application and the first round of interviews, the search committee for the Chief People & Culture Officer (CPCO) has identified two strong candidates as finalists for the position: Loyce Brown and Justine Caron.

  • Due to the ongoing pandemic and thoughtful consideration of travel, we provided both finalists the option for a virtual or on-campus interview; Finalist Loyce Brown had her interviews on Monday, April 4th via Zoom, and Finalist Justine Caron will have her interview at Danvers Board Room on Thursday, April 7th. Similar to the Provost interviews, the on-campus interviews will be accessible via Zoom with details provided in the calendar invitations

  • Along with the Provost role, the CPCO position is also an extremely important one, and encourage all to attend, providing honest and authentic feedback after your attended session(s) via the CPCO Feedback Form provided for both candidates here.

  • Huge thank you to the CPCO Search Committee: Archie Bandera, Mary Chatigny, Torrey Dukes, Eileen Gerenz, Miranda Gualtieri, Jennifer Harris, Indira Leisba, Walter Stone, Joanne Sullivan, Jeff Wardwell, and Jamieson Wicks.

  • The interview schedules for each day are as follows:

8:45-9:30: President's Cabinet

9:40-10:25: Massachusetts Community College Council (MCCC)

10:35-11:20: American Federation of State, County, and Municpal Employees (AFSCME)

11:20-12:20: Lunch Break

12:20-1:05: CPCO Exercise Presentation & Open Forum wit College Community

1:15-2:00: Non-unit Professionals (NUPs)

2:10-2:55: Human Resource & Payroll

3:05-3:50: President and Chief Diversity & Equity Officer

4:00-4:45: CPCO Search Committee

--Nikki Pelonia, Chief Diversity & Equity Officer





SOAR Forums

Have you been wondering about next steps in the Strategic Planning process?  Have you been thinking about how you can possibly deliver to the Strategic Planning Steering Committee your great ideas about NSCC's strengths and how they can be implemented in the next strategic plan?  Well, look no further!  The SOAR (Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations, and Results) Forums are the place to take the general themes identified during the appreciative inquiry process and dig into some details about what these might look like in action over the next 5 years.  What are these themes you ask: consistently live our values of respect and inclusion; strengthen community partnerships; calibrate resource stewardship to address emerging needs; and elevate academic innovation and support for student success.  This is your opportunity to make sure that your passions for moving NSCC forward in the next 5 years are represented in the plan itself, specifically in the details connected to these themes.  Like Girl Scout Cookie season, when the SOAR forums are over, they are over.  Don't miss your opportunity for feedback, and make sure you make time!!  

There are two ways to participate.  The first is to attend a (virtual) SOAR forum (thematically arranged) to give specific feedback (see schedule and registration link below).  We prefer this method of participation, as the chance to engage colleagues around our college's future only comes around every 5 years. After you register, you will get the zoom link to the session.

Tuesday, April 5

9:30 AM               Calibrate resource stewardship to address emerging needs

2:30 PM               Strengthen community partnerships


Wednesday, April 6        

9:00 AM               Elevate academic innovation & support for student success

11:00 AM            Consistently live our values of respect and inclusion


Thursday, April 7              

10:00 AM            Consistently live our values of respect and inclusion

6:00 PM               Elevate academic innovation & support for student success


Friday, April 8    

10:30 AM            Calibrate resource stewardship to address emerging needs

12:00 PM             Strengthen community partnerships


Register at: widget/7f71ad74-3946-44a6- ad79-331a23e0f928#calendar

The second is to provide that feedback in a written form.  This anonymous form should be filled out for one theme at a time.  Note, you may have to clear your cache if you would like to provide feedback on more than one theme.  https://nsccir.az1. cFT6QzCRByCvFLU

We are looking forward to hearing the amazing ideas that the NSCC community has to take our college into the next 5 years.  

--Mary Meng-Lee and Jason Marsala, Strategic Planning Committee Co-Chairs



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Welcome to the 2022 Arts in April celebration at NSCC!

Arts in April (AIA) is a celebration of the arts held every April at North Shore Community College. All NSCC sponsored events are free and open to the public - bring a friend! Events range from fully-staged theatrical and musical performances to art shows and readings of works by local authors. NOTE: For any on-campus events, participants must be in compliance with any/all Covid-19 protocols and requirements set by the college.

Some of the upcoming AIA events are posted below.

Check out the full list of exciting events (including a magic show!) at



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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.  Pre-registration required for the virtual readings - scan the QR code on the flyer or click on the Zoom links below to pre-register.  

Join ZOOM Reading on Tuesday, April 26 from 9:30-10:45 am or

https://northshore-edu.zoom. us/j/94437642419

Join ZOOM Reading on Wednesday, April 27 from 9:30-10:45 am:

https://northshore-edu.zoom. us/j/98799207257

--John Zamparelli, Professor, English Department,



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President's Cabinet Highlights, March 29

Campus Police Update: Chief Dave Cook and Jamie Wicks attended to share plans on how the department is moving forward with police reform measures, implementing a $36,000 body camera grant, and moving towards a community engagement model.

Telework: Cabinet reviewed and discussed a draft telework policy that would establish principles, guidelines and implementation procedures for NSCC use. The document was shared with the college community today.

Staffing Firm Conversation: The potential of using staffing firms to fill certain targeted college positions was discussed.  Further research is needed.

Covid/Mask Policy: In light of the decision by the 15 community college presidents, discussion ensued around when it would be the best time for NSCC to go mask optional. It was determined that April 11 would be the date, with the college reserving the right to make exceptions. A communication to the college community will be drafted and circulated for distribution. 

Early College High School:  Bill announced that in the fall NSCC will partner with Lynn Public Schools to operate, out of the modular building on the Lynn campus, an early college high school. It will begin with a freshman class of 100 students, who will take all of their high school classes on our campus.

Minors on Campus Policy: With minors being on campus more frequently it was agreed that the college’s policy regarding minors on campus should be reviewed and updated if necessary.   


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Celebrating Women's History Month!

Thank you to all our NSCC colleagues who participated in our Women's History Month social media campaign. We hope you will enjoy this compilation of their submissions.

Special thanks to Faith Hocter from Media for putting the video together. 

We know there are many more of you out there - men and women - doing fabulous things for our students and we look forward to featuring you throughout the coming year in other ways. Always remember if you have a new or compelling program or initiative the PR office wants to know. Please reach out to Linda Brantley, or Nancy Barker,






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Beverly Hospital employees graduate from ESL pilot program

Salem News, April 4, 2020

Congratulations to the eight Beverly Hospital employees who recently graduated from an English as a Second Language pilot program sponsored by the hospital in collaboration with North Shore Community College.

The 15-week course was held for employees who wanted to learn English or improve their English language skills. The program was taught on-site at Beverly Hospital and was designed to be a self-paced course with the goal of helping employees communicate effectively in their daily routines, on-the-job responsibilities, and social interactions with colleagues and patients.

The eight employees received a certificate of completion from North Shore Community College.

“By increasing accessibility to English-language programs it can open career paths and promote career growth for employees,” Tom Sands, president of Beverly and Addison Gilbert Hospitals, said in a press release. “It can also help retain and promote a diverse workforce, improve employee morale, and help make colleagues feel more confident at work.”

The hospital is planning to offer the program again.

Pictured, l-r, Tom Sands (President of Beverly and Addison Gilbert Hospitals), Maria Esplaillat, Rosa Vasquez, Naile Doko, Michelle Gracyzk (Teacher), Cruz Batista, Nuria Loria, Edison Taverez, Yeinmy Samayoa, William Heineman (President of NSCC). Not pictured: Arelis Bernabel.



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 Nancy Weymouth at by 5 pm April 08th

Here is the listing of vacancies (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 2022-2024 (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 2022-2023 will take place in accordance with the schedule and process outlined below:




March 31

Committee positions up for election and appointment for AY 2022-2023 are attached and will also be posted in the Bulletin.


March April 01 - April 08

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 attached list.  Nominations must be submitted by 5 pm on 4/08 to Nancy Weymouth by e-mail at

April 19 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 19 – April 25


Online voting period for all non-division contested elections.  Voting will conclude at 5 pm, April 23.

April 19

Adjunct faculty and student appointments submitted by the appropriate appointing authority

April 25

Results announced in the Bulletin.


May 10


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

May 16

Forum Steering Committee (with both old and newly elected and appointed members) will meet to elect Chair, Vice Chair and Moderator for 2022/2023 via paper ballot.

 If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the members of the Governance Subcommittee: Mary Meng-Lee, Carlos M Marin, Sara Hilinski, Sonja Gamby, Norene, Gachignard, Stephen Creamer or any chair of a committee.



Governance Award 2022

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 ( if you have any questions.


Institutional Professional Day: Feedback and Session Resources

If you were able to attend Professional Day on Friday, March 25th, we just want to thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to participate in the event. It was great to see so many of you and we hope that you found the sessions to be informative and interesting.

We really would like your feedback on the day and hope you will take a few minutes to fill out our feedback form. Your feedback is important to us and will be used to plan future Professional Days. rQQYMTwdXVBd62Xw6

We have a question to collect your key takeaways from the keynote and breakout sessions. These can be tips, ideas, services, strategies, best practices, resources, etc. Our goal is to compile them all into a resource to share with faculty and staff so we can all learn from each other, especially around the sessions we were unable to attend.

Also, we have been uploading the presentation resources and recordings from Professional Day to the CTLI Exchange site at extension/professional-days/ march-2022. We hope you will check them out if you were unable to attend the day, were interested in other breakout sessions than the ones you attended, or are looking for the presentations and resources shared from the sessions you participated in. 

--Andrea Milligan,



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Assessment Fellow Open Office Hours

This semester, the Faculty Assessment Fellows will be holding Monthly Open Office Hours to provide peer-to-peer assessment support, tips, and resources. This next session will be open to discuss and brainstorm Curriculum Mapping strategies with faculty colleagues from across the college! Join Assessment Fellow Luciano Sappia on this next session of open office hours!

Drop in for a lunch time Zoom chat from 12:30-1:30 April 13, 2022  

Topic - Curriculum Mapping Discussion and Share!



--Kim Stevens,



Supporting Students During April Religious Holidays and Observances

Dear NSCC Community:

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. Observants 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”).

Additional resource: How to Support Muslim Students When Ramadan Overlaps with School Year (INSIGHT Into Diversity)

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): Hindu and Sikh Solar New Year

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 (


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 (

April 24 Orthodox Easter and Holy Week (April 17-23): Orthodox Christianity

NOTE: Our apologies as Orthodox Easter was mistakenly excluded from the original message. Thank you to the staff and faculty that provided this feedback and information.

For many around the world, Easter will fall on April 17 this year; however, many Orthodox Christians, especially in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, celebrate Easter later than most in the Americas. Due to a number of historical factors, lunar calendars, and more, Eastern Orthodox Christians will celebrate Easter the Sunday after the Holy Week mentioned earlier. For example, those observing may not attend classes on Orthodox Holy Week Good Friday (April 22).

Additional resource: What to Know About the Difference Between Easter and Orthodox Easter (BHG)

--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





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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   

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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, 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



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Climate Change Photo Contest

To celebrate Earth Day, NSCC is hosting a Photo Contest on Climate Change Awareness.

Please submit your original photo/artwork 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



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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,





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 take place on Friday, April 15th and the topic will be "Demystifying Curriculum Committee Forms and Writing Strong Student Learning Outcomes''. The session will be facilitated by Lori Azzara and is designed to work with faculty who want assistance in understanding how to successfully complete the various Curriculum Committee Forms.  Additionally, Lori will assist faculty with the development of SLOs for individual courses or programs. The session is designed to answer questions and provide detailed assistance to participants rather than simply providing information - in other words, it's "user friendly."

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:

  • 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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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 April 4th -  How Can I Use Microactivities to Engage Students and Improve Learning and Retention?

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,           





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.                                   

April Deep Dive:

Even during humanitarian crises, racism persists. European NATO countries bordering Ukraine have welcomed its traumatized neighbors. However, their open-arm welcome is showing stark contrast. Black women, children, and students who are also fleeing Ukraine are being denied entrance to neighboring countries, and have been left out in the cold without life-saving humanitarian assistance. Read more here, here, here, and here.

Think About This: 

Since the early 1990s, Cecelia Chung, an Asian American HIV-positive transgender woman, has been one of the leading voices advocating for transgender rights. “When I was coming into the movement, transgender people were dying left and right—not just because of violence, but because of what we later found out was HIV. We weren’t just fighting for our rights, we were fighting for our lives by demanding treatment and more research. We were also demanding to be seen as human beings.” Today, Chung is an internationally recognized civil rights leader.

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 April Mobile Markets!

Free farmers market-style distribution of fresh fruits and vegetables and, at times, non-perishable food items. The next April mobile market will be offered on the 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









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