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Law Day 2019

Karen Baratta, Concord Prison Outreach, was the keynote speaker at NSCC’s annual free Law Day Lecture held on April 18. This year’s topic was “Victim’s Rights and Restorative Justice.” Baratta has pursued her commitment to civil rights throughout her twenty-year professional career as a manager, mediator and investigator in several local, state and federal government agencies. She chairs the Board of Directors of Concord Prison Outreach (CPO) the oldest volunteer-driven prison education program in Massachusetts. CPO works cooperatively with the Massachusetts Department of Correction. With their guidance, CPO offers educational programs that build skills and support personal growth for life in prison and beyond. 

Pictured, l-r: l-r: Ann Koshivas, CJ Program Coordinator, Rachael Hall (student), Michelle Fahey (student), Danny O'Connell (student), Ron Smith, Assistant Dean for Human Services and Emergency Response Pathway, Karen Baratta, J.D., keynote speaker, Judge Richard Mori, Fatima Habib-Mertol (student), Rachel Roesler, CJ Faculty, Kathleen Hirbour, Paralegal Program Coordinator.

Annual Student Services Awards

laptopTuesday, April 30th, 2019
Lynn Campus Gym






Digital Course Material Presentation

laptopWhat if ALL students showed up to the first day of classes with immediate access to their course materials at the lowest possible price? We believe this allows for a more productive classroom experience for faculty and their students.

Does this sound too good to be true??  

To learn how this is possible! Please join us on
April 24th at 2:15pm
Video Conference Rooms listed below:

Danvers Health Professions Building, room DH-105
Lynn McGee Building, room LS-311

NSCC Professors John Bosco and Ulises Arcos-Castrejon will be presenting on their personal experiences with this innovative course materials option.

Coffee and cookies will be served on both campuses.

Co-sponsored by McGraw-Hill, Pearson Education & the NSCC Campus Stores


Nav Labs

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Are you somewhat confused on how to navigate around our new website and intranet?  For example, are you signing in too many times?  Are you finding it difficult to go from intranet to website and back?  If so, we have upcoming NAV LABS (navigation training/problem solving) set up for you.  We will have experts available from IT and marketing available to help you navigate around, to answer your questions, and to show you shortcuts.  The first two are:

  • Wednesday, April 24 (after the Forum on Tolerance)
    2-4pm in the Danvers computer lab DS-121.
  • Tuesday, April 30
    2-4pm in the Lynn computer lab, LW206.


Talk with your supervisor to ensure you can be scheduled to go.

Faculty and Staff Commencement Ticketing Information


Are you attending the NSCC 53rd Commencement Ceremony? If so, you will need a ticket if you are marching in the procession or will be part of the general audience. You will not need a ticket if you are an event staff member. To reserve a ticket, go to

IMPORTANT 53rd Commencement Ceremony Information:
The 53rd Commencement Ceremony will be Thursday, May 23, 2019 at Salem State University. If you will be attending the ceremony, please follow the guidelines below to see if you need to reserve a ticket online:

  1. Faculty and staff who are marching only will need to reserve a “Faculty/Staff Marching” ticket online.  This will help us determine the number of seats to allocate on the floor. You will be asked to present a ticket at the door.
  2. Adjunct faculty and staff who would like to attend the ceremony as part of the general audience will need to reserve a “Faculty/Staff - General Audience” ticket and present a ticket to gain entry to the arena.
  3. Faculty and staff who sign up to work as an event staff will not be required to reserve a ticket. They will already be accounted for. We are seeking support from all who are able. To sign up as an event staff, please click here.
  4. Faculty and staff are asked to wait until after the ceremony ends to meet with graduates. Graduates and marching faculty and staff will walk to the outside Athletic Field (weather permitting) after the ceremony ends, grouped according to Academic Division. There you can meet with the graduates to congratulate them and take pictures.

Please visit to reserve your ticket.

For questions, please contact or 978-762-4000 ext. 6686. 

"Pause With Paws" for End-of-the-Semester Stress Relief at the Library!

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The dogs will be available for some much needed stress relief during this hectic time of the year. Please encourage students, and anyone frazzled during this busy time of the semester, to take a "Pause with Paws." All are welcome!  

  • We’re welcoming back the Great Danes from The Service Dog Project at the Lynn Campus Library on Wednesday, April 24th from 10:30 - 12.
  • The Danvers Campus Library will be hosting Mocha & Josie from Perfect Paws on Thursday, April 25th from 9:30 - 12.

Final Exam Schedule - Spring 2019

The Spring 2019 Final Exam Schedule is now available online. Final Exams take place May 8-10.
View the Final Exam Schedule >

-Juan Venegas, Associate Registrar,


yummy baked goodsSatisfy your sweet tooth at NSCC’s Beacon Café Bakery!

Pain Au Chocolat! Lemon Sable Cookies! Maple Panna Cotta! Chocolate Mousse Domes! All so scrumptious and made by our Baking and Pastry Program students who are instructed by our own celebrity Chef Douglas Phillips, FoodNetwork's 2018 Holiday Baking Champion!

The Bakery at NSCC’s Beacon Café will be offering freshly made, student-prepared baked goods on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9a.m.-1p.m., March 27-May 2. Breakfast pastries will be ready by 9a.m. and desserts will be out at 11a.m. Patrons have the option of take-out or sit and enjoy. Coffee, tea and cold beverages will also be available. The format is a self-serve, suggested donation setup, with a cash box so cash only, please.

NSCC's Beacon Cafe Bakery is located at 30 Log Bridge Road, Middleton, building 100. Questions? Contact Chef Douglas Phillips at


HR and Payroll


Isiah WalkerMeet your newest colleague!

The Human Resources & Payroll Office is pleased to announce our newest colleague to NSCC - Isaiah Walker, Communications Dispatcher, Campus Police.



Annual Enrollment is April 3 – May 1 for Changes Effective July 1, 2019

gic logoThe annual open enrollment time is here! Please click on the link and read the 2019-2020 Benefit Overview to learn what’s new for the coming year and rate changes for July 1, 2019. If you would like a hard copy of the overview, please stop by the HR/Payroll office in DB-341 or contact Jenn Chavez at x4106. If you have questions about health plans and any other benefits, please contact the carriers directly. Contact information is located on p.15 of the overview.

Mark the Date!  If you are making any changes to your benefits, completed GIC enrollment forms are due to Jenn Chavez in DB-341 no later than Wednesday, May 1, 2019. 

If you are not making any changes, an enrollment form does not need to be completed.

Health Plans
  • The GIC offers 11 health plan options. You may choose between Broad, Regional, and Limited Network plans. Where you live determines which health insurance product you may enroll in – see the locator map on p.4 of the Benefit Decision Guide. Click here for a GIC Enrollment/Change Form (Form-1).
  • Keep in mind - Once you choose a health plan, you cannot change plans during the year, unless you move out of the plan’s service area, or experience a qualifying event (i.e., marriage/divorce, birth of a child, involuntary loss of other coverage, retiring).  If your doctor or hospital leaves your health plan, you must find a new participating provider in your chosen plan.
  • You can also apply for the health insurance buy-out option if you have access to non-GIC health insurance through your spouse or another employer-sponsored product.

Benefit Strategies is the New Administrator for the GIC's Flexible Spending Accounts!

  •  ASIFlex will no longer be our FSA administrator as of July 1, 2019.
  •  Please visit for information and instructions on how to enroll as a new participant to a FSA or to re-enroll as a current or former participant
  • All new enrollments and re-enrollments are done online. Printed confirmations are no longer submitted to HR.


Long Term Disability (LTD) Special Enrollment Period April 3– June 14
  • Employees not currently enrolled in the Long Term Disability plan may enroll during a special enrollment period from April 3 to June 14 for an October 1, 2019 effective date without providing evidence of insurability, as long as they have not been previously declined.
  • Please click here for more information and to get a “LTD Insurance Open Enrollment Form”.
  • If you wish to enroll, completed special enrollment forms must be submitted to Jenn Chavez in HR no later than Friday June 14th.

Please feel free to contact Jenn Chavez at x4106 or Peter Tummino at x5558 with any questions.

Open Jobs

Dean of Career and Technical Education and Business Division
Energy Systems Manager, Facilities Department
Vice President of Student Affairs

Clerical/Office Support
PT Clerical Assistant, Student Financial Services, Danvers Campus

Adjunct Faculty, Designing for Web
Adjunct Faculty, Medical Coding, Summer 2019
FT Faculty, Nurse Education (Foundations of Nursing & Maternal/Child Health), Fall 2019
PT Clinical & Skills Lab Instructor, Practical Nursing Program, Medical Surgical Nursing, Fall 2019
PT Instructor, Drafting for Interior Design

Senior Financial Aid Counselor, Lynn Campus

Feel free to contact Kim Bevan at x5572 for more information.


David Houle is Retiring!

Congrats bannerPlease join the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Innovation in wishing David Houle all the best in his upcoming retirement.

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Danvers Campus, DB301

Stop by anytime!

-Andrea Milligan, Director, CLTI


Student Poet Steps Up for NSCC

Student Poet Jessica Cook

English major Jessica Cook read her poetry along with 23 other student poets from regional colleges and universities in the 2019 Greater Boston Intercollegiate Undergraduate Poetry Festival held at Boston College on Tuesday, April 16.  The event celebrates talented young poets devoted to their craft and publishes their work in a chapbook.

Jessica is pictured with English Professor John Zamparelli.



Application to Graduate Deadlines

(Please share with your students)

Spring 2019 Graduates:
If you are completing your degree at the end of the Spring semester your application to graduate is due no later than April 30, 2019.*

Summer 2019 Graduates
Summer term is from May 20 – August 17, 2019.

Students completing their degree at the end Summer Session I: May 20 – June 29, 2019.
Your application to graduate is due on June 1, 2019. *                                                                              

Students completing their degree at the end of Summer Session II or on August 17, 2019.
Your application is due on August 1, 2019. **


*  Applications to graduate are due by March 7, 2019 to ensure name in the May 2019 commencement booklet.

 ** If you are completing your degree in August 2019, you are invited to take part in the May 2020 Commencement Ceremony. For more information, please contact the commencement team at**

Logic PuzzlePlay the Weekly Logic Puzzle Challenge – A Friendly Competition Among Faculty, Staff and Students

Week #11 logic problem (last one!)

Week #10 solution            Week #10 winners



The Logic Problem of the Week is a fun challenge open to all.  Everyone is invited and encouraged to try these fun problems.  Click here or stop by the bulletin boards in either Danvers (Berry reception desk) or Lynn (across from LE 303) to see the instructions and the poster each Friday at Noon.  You can also join the NSCC Mathematics Department Facebook page to see the problem. Solutions are due every Thursday at Noon. All solutions should be emailed to either or and must have your first name, last name and class or department. If you have any questions, please contact us at those email addresses.

The Logic Problem of the Week is for anyone who is looking for a fun challenge. Those submitting correct solutions will earn points towards a prize at the end of the semester. First correct submission - 10 pts, 2nd correct submission - 9 pts, 3rd correct submission – 8pts, etc. down to 1 pt for the 10th correct solution. Student and faculty contests are separate. Puzzles will vary in difficulty level and style.

Good luck!

- Professor John Gambino and Professor Anne O'Shea, Math Department


aestheticsAre you ready for summer?!

Get beach ready with NSCC’s salon-quality beauty and grooming services!  All at affordable prices!  List of skin care & specialty treatments w/prices.

Book now!  Call 978-762-4000, x1234 or email Amanda at

53rd Annual Commencement Ceremony - Call for Event Staff!

Decorative imageNSCC's 53rd Commencement ceremony is Thursday, May 23, 2019 at Salem State University. The Commencement Committee is seeking event staff to help the event run smoothly.

We welcome all who can assist! Please note, there are several opportunities to contribute and still walk in the ceremony, if you so choose. This is a great opportunity for staff and/or faculty. Please speak with your supervisor regarding specific departmental needs during the day, your potential participation, and approval to work at the event.

Sign up as an Event Staff member at the Commencement Ceremony. This form will be accessible until Friday, May 10, 2019.

Questions can be directed to or 978-762-4000 ext. 6686


FAFSA Fridays

FAFSA FridaysPlease share this information with your staff and help us promote FAFSA Fridays.

SFS will be offering FAFSA assistance with our FAFSA Fridays in April.  We will be encouraging students to complete their 2019/2020 FAFSA by the May 1st priority deadline.  Staff will be available in Danvers and Lynn from 10:00am-2:"00pm. 

-Susan Sullivan, Executive Director of Financial Aid


Upcoming Events


April 22 & 23 

2019 NSCC Visiting Writer: Oompa

OompaOompa is a nationally acclaimed, Roxbury-born slam poet, hip-hop artist, and self-described "hood, queer, black, womynist, orphan, sister, friend, and teacher."  She is the winner of the 2017 Women of the World Poetry Slam and a finalist at the 2017 National Poetry Slam.  She has been featured in magazines such as The Huffington Post and DigBoston and has appeared at colleges such as Boston University, Boston College, and the Berklee College of Music.

You can find out more about Oompa on her website, including sample audio and videos.

This year's event will take place on the

  • LYNN CAMPUS: Monday, April 22, at 9:30 and 11:00 am in the President's Board Room in the new building (LS328)
  • DANVERS CAMPUS: Tuesday, April 23, 9:30 and 11:00 am in the library

Please direct any questions to John Zamparelli at


April 24th & 25th-Screening of The Human Element

 Human Element posterA documentary exploring the lives of everyday Americans on the front lines of climate change.

Sponsored by Environmental Club as part of Climate Awareness Month. Open to all campus members. Faculty encouraged to bring classes.

Lynn - Wednesday, April 24th @ 2:30 pm in LE 203
Danvers - Thursday, April 25th @ 11:00 am in DH 105

For more information, contact Susan Downey at


April 24 & 25th –
The Intersection Between Human and Animal Rights

Humna rights posterThe topic for the 42nd Forum on Tolerance is the Intersection of Human and Animal Rights (Flyer attached). The Danvers Forum will be on Wednesday, April 24th from 11 - 1:45 in DS 106B.  The Lynn Forum will be from 8:30 - 12:30 on Thursday April 25th in the Lynn Gym.

Please consider bringing your classes.  The Forum is structured around class meeting times and the schedule is below:

Wednesday April 24th
From 11-1:45

DS 106 B
11:00 - 12:15: Viewing of the film The Last Pig and student-lead discussion
12:30 - 1:45: Viewing of the film The Last Pig and student-lead discussion

Thursday, April 25th
From 8:30 - 12:30 
Lynn Gym

Four confirmed speakers:
8:30 - 9:30: Coffee and conversation
9:30 - 10: 45

  • Mike Keiley, Director of Drop-In Center at the MSPCA in Boston, Methuen, and the Cape, Animal Tech faculty at NSCC
  • Stephanie Harris,  Massachusetts Representative for the Humane Society of the United States

11:00 - 12:30

  • Lynne Snierson,  journalist; involved in equine rescue/ equine therapy
  • Professor Diane M. Sullivan, Massachusetts School of Law

Feel free to text or email with questions!

- Laurie (508) 847-6972

Volunteers Needed for Earth Fest 2019, April 27
Lynn Woods Earth Day

North Shore Community College (NSCC)  invites North Shore area residents and friends to join in

Earth Fest 2019 at Lynn Woods
Saturday, April 27
8:30 am to noon

The free event is from 8:30 a.m. to noon, rain or shine, at the Lynn Woods Reservation, Pennybrook Road entrance.

Featured will be the annual Lynn Woods spring cleanup. Free pizza and beverages will be served at noon to all those who help with the cleanup.  In addition, there will be live music and a reptile show.

Lynn Woods Reservation is the second largest municipal park in the United States and is considered on a national level to be a significant natural public recreational resource. Founded in 1881, the 2,200-acre forest park has more than 30 miles of trails through diverse terrain and beautiful scenery. It encompasses nearly one-fifth of the entire land area of Lynn.

For further information on the event or to volunteer, contact Jacob Rockwell at   


Veterans Fair

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Volunteers NEEDED for upcoming NSCC Mobile Markets

NSCC's Mobile MarketThank you to all the volunteers who help set up, distribute food and clean up.  The success of the mobile markets would not be possible without our volunteers!  The schedule of upcoming winter/spring mobile markets on both the Lynn and Danvers Campuses may be found here.    Volunteers are needed!  If you are able to stop by and volunteer at any of the markets, please check out the volunteer page. 

Thank you for your continued support!!

--Amanda Dooling, Director of Student Engagement


Treat yourself to some pampering!

Cosmtology Salon

Spring is here – treat yourself to some pampering! Manicures, pedicures, haircuts and facials are just some of the services provided by NSCC Cosmetology students, all at incredibly reasonable prices.

NSCC’s student-run, instructor-supervised salon will be open this spring, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 9am-12:30pm No appointment necessary but call ahead appreciated. (chemical services must be started by 10:30am)

Note: FREE salon services are offered to all North Shore First Responders.

The salon is located in the North Shore Business Center, Building 100, 30 Log Bridge Road, Middleton, MA.  For more information, call 978-762-4000 extension 1516.

Worthy Causes

NAMIWalks Massachusetts – One in five people in Massachusetts is affected by a mental health condition.  NAMIWalks Massachusetts brings together people diagnosed with mental health conditions, their families, and friends, clinicians and other individuals in the mental health community to raise funds, combat stigma and promote awareness of mental health.

We invite you to join our team, “Greater NS Team Fierce,” as we walk to raise awareness for those dealing with mental health conditions.  If you are unable to join our walk but would like to support us with a donation, your contribution of any amount is deeply appreciated. 

We are also holding a fundraiser on Friday, May 17 at the Elks in Beverly.  More information may be found here.

Thank you for your consideration and for your support!

- Sheila Girard, Admissions & Recruitment, and Robert Girard, Facilities

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