The NSCC Bulletin


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Please Welcome Dr. Jennifer Mezquita, NSCC’s First Provost!

Dr. Mezquita currently serves as the Vice President of Student Affairs at Northern Essex Community College (NECC) where she provides leadership and oversight of the programs, functions and services for Enrollment Services, PK12 Partnerships, Student Development, Registrar, Student Affairs Business Systems, and Compliance.

Prior to joining Northern Essex, Dr. Mezquita worked at College of the Desert Foundation, Valencia College Foundation, Valencia College and the University of Central Florida (UCF) where she held leadership roles within alumni relations, student development, enrollment services, Federal TRIO Programs and also served as an adjunct instructor.

During her undergraduate college years, Dr. Mezquita was introduced to the higher education profession. She developed a passion for breaking the barriers of access into higher education for underrepresented and underserved populations which led her to pursue her career in higher education. She believes in access to higher education with equal outcomes for all. “Education completely changed my life and I am committed to serving as the vehicle for others to reach their educational and career goals,” she said. 

Dr. Mezquita is a proud first-generation graduate of Valencia (Community) College, the University of Florida, and the University of Central Florida where she earned her Associates of Arts degree, Bachelor’s degree in Food and Resource Economics, Master’s degree in Educational Leadership: Student Personnel Administration and Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership: Higher Education and Policy Studies.

“I am excited Dr. Mezquita will join us at NSCC as she is a team builder who knows how to catalyze the talents and passions of the people around her to create a whole that is far greater than the sum of its parts.  I eagerly anticipate the improvements in the NSCC student experience she will help us develop together,” said President Heineman.

“I am energized by North Shore's spirit of excellence and vision to serve as "a beacon of hope and opportunity" for the community it serves,” said Dr. Mezquita. “I look forward to working alongside our NSCC faculty and staff to continue to cultivate a student-centered environment which focuses on access, equity, and student success.” 

Dr. Mezquita will begin at NSCC on June 6, 2022.



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Funeral Service Program Earns Initial Accreditation

Congratulations to Professor Sarah Stopyra, Dean Michael Leonard, and to the faculty, students and graduates of NSCC's Funeral Service Program. Prof. Stopyra was informed that the program has earned its Initial Accreditation with flying colors.

We are grateful to all who made this accreditation happen, including our community partners in the industry.

--Andrea DeFusco-Sullivan, Interim VP, Academic Affairs

SOAR Feedback Form

Hello Folks!!  Almost 300 of you have participated in strategic planning through appreciative inquiry or the SOAR (strengths, opportunities, aspirations, and results) forums.  There is still time to provide feedback, though, on the priorities of the strategic plan.  The feedback form (  https://nsccir.az1.qualtrics. com/jfe/form/SV_ cFT6QzCRByCvFLU ) will be live through Friday, April 15 if you still have input!  Make your voice heard.



All are invited!

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Transforming the Future Festival

On May 13, 2022 at 2pm we celebrate the Inauguration of Dr. William Heineman. And then we celebrate! Join the fun at the Transforming the Future Festival immediately following the Inauguration ceremony. Enjoy music, food, and activities all over the Lynn Campus. Watch NSCC social media for details on performances, food, and activities. Proof of vax or NSCC ID required. RSVP required by 4/27/22.



Important: Employees Must Set Up Their MFA Profiles ASAP

Due to continuous activity by Bad Actors against the NSCC network we are moving the MFA enforcement date for employees who have already set up their MFA profile (approx. 65%) to the morning of Wednesday April 13 @7am.   

MFA will be enforced for remaining employees on the morning of Wednesday. April 20 @7am.

Important Notes:

  1. If you have not already done so - Setup your profile by first logging in to the My Northshore portaland search on the term MFA.

  • The tile to Setup Your Security Profile will display, as well as Tiles for instructions – one of the instruction tiles is a 7 minute video that can be Accessed Here, or within the My Northshore portal.

  1. Once MFA is enabled you will be required to provide a second means of authentication via your chosen method (SMS Text, or Microsoft Authenticator App) when accessing the My Northshore portal, Blackboard. Gmail etc.  

   3  We have exempted NSCC podium and computer classroom computers from the MFA requirement
       at this time.

-- Gary Ham, CIO, Information Systems



lily with deepest sympathy                       Heartfelt Condolences

The NSCC family extends heartfelt condolences to Dean Michael Leonard on the passing of his wife Laura.  Her obituary may be found here.





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29 Who Shine Nominations Needed by April 25

Preparations for the annual “29 Who Shine” awards to honor Class of 2022 graduates for their service to the Commonwealth are now underway at the Department of Higher Education. The ceremony will take place at the end of the semester. Student nominations are due by April 25, 2022. As in previous years, they are also seeking the name of a mentor, nominated by your nominee, who played a pivotal support role in the student's educational experience.  

CRITERIA for the 2022 “29 Who Shine” RECOGNITION AWARD

The “29 Who Shine” awards highlight the special role that Massachusetts public college and university students play as engaged citizens and leaders. The awards and the attention generated by the ceremony serve to remind the legislature, industry, and other stakeholders of the important contributions that public higher education students make to their communities.

To achieve this objective, they seek student honorees who have demonstrated a clear commitment to helping others through community service and civic engagement. Given the Department’s focus on racial equity, as evidenced by our Equity Agenda, we ask that institutions give special consideration to students who have worked to advance social and racial justice.

There is no academic requirement associated with the "29 Who Shine" award. Student nominees must:  

  • Complete their degree or certificate requirements at a Massachusetts community college, state university or UMass campus within the 2021-2022 academic year.

  • Be a Massachusetts resident who plans to continue living and working in the state upon graduation. (A student who plans to live in Massachusetts after furthering his or her education, either in or out of state, would also qualify).

Please note that “29 Who Shine” is an award of recognition only and does not carry monetary value.  Further details about the date and location will be forthcoming later this month.

Please forward nominations to Linda Brantley at no later than April 25.




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Meet your newest colleagues!

Please extend a warm welcome to two of the newest members of the NSCC family: l-r, Dulce Gonzalez,
Senior Special Programs Coordinator: Strategic Partnership-Community Liaison, Academic Affairs and
Frederick Santos Vargas, Clerk V - Operations Generalist, Student Affairs. 





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Spring 2022 Final Exam Schedule

Below you will find the link to the Final Exam Schedule for the Spring 2022 semester.  Please note that the schedule is subject to change. Consult your instructor for further details.

--Eileen Andrade, Associate Registrar






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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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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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Kam Diaz Online Magic Show

Join NSCC as we welcome Magician Kam Diaz for an evening of magic entertainment. Kam has performed for over 10,000 people from in-person to virtual shows including pro athletes all the way from California to Ghana. Kam Diaz Magic is a must-see show, and it will be something you will never forget.

Tuesday, April 12, 2022: 5:00pm via Zoom - Register at




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Open Mic Night

Join the winner of the Arts in April Poetry Contest - Karya Mandalinci - and other contestants at NSCC's Open Mic on Wednesday April 13, 2022 @ 7pm on Zoom. All are welcome to attend the Open Mic and all are welcome to read their work regardless of participation in the poetry contest. Zoom link



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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.  

Register in advance for Tuesday, April 26, 9:30-10:45 am:
https://northshore-edu.zoom. us/meeting/register/ tJApdO6uqjkuG90- jTq5EU9DifL1BI3CXtq0

Register in advance for Wednesday, April 27, 9:30-10:45 am:
https://northshore-edu.zoom. us/meeting/register/ tJwqfuCqrjwoH9Nom_efrkiQBgy7W_ DA7FmO


--John Zamparelli, Professor, English Department,



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Stage Combat Panel

Ever wonder how movie stars can take a punch and keep on clobbering the bad guys? Join intrepid faculty members Nicki Buscemi and Cari Keebaugh as they stab, kick, and punch their way through the art of choreographed combat!

Wednesday, April 27: 12:30pm in Lynn Gym



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.




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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,







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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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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.

Deadline to submit is April 15, 2022 at midnight. For additional details, go to



ID: 94707



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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 onlineAll 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 11th -  How Can Online Instructors Make Themselves More Visible to Students?

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.                                   

Think About This: 

Tokenism is the practice of making only a perfunctory effort or symbolic gesture toward the accomplishment of a goal, such as racial integration by, for instance, hiring or appointing a token number of people from underrepresented groups in order to deflect criticism or comply with affirmative action rules.

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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