The NSCC Bulletin


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Mental Health First Aid Certification

Kudos to the 40 faculty, staff, and police officers who took part in the training offered - this past Friday and Saturday - in Mental Health First Aid with certification from the National Council for Mental Wellbeing. The council works to ensure that mental wellbeing is a reality for everyone. Nationally, the mental health concerns for students has grown over the past few decades, with the COVID pandemic placing a spotlight on the mental health crisis. 

At this time the college will be offering several additional opportunities for training (with more to come). NSCC received a grant to cover the cost of training. Each day of training is 8 hours with lunch provided - since the college is paying for the training and the workbooks, there is no additional stipend. This is an excellent opportunity to obtain information that would be helpful to faculty in the classroom and college staff and administrators to be trained by instructors who are certified by a national organization.

The next sessions will be held:

June 2, 2023, Friday, Lynn 8 - 4:30
June 3, 2023, Saturday, Danvers 8 - 4:30

If you are interested in one of the trainings listed above, please email Lori Azzara at to indicate which date of training you would like to participate in.



Reminder- Open Enrollment Ends May 3rd

Open Enrollment for benefits is running now through May 3rd for a July 1st effective date.

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Please click GIC Annual Enrollment  for enrollment information and to access or register for the MyGICLink Benefits Portal. Please read this information carefully as there are many changes to multiple benefits for this upcoming plan year.

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Please click Total Administrative Services Corporation (TASC) to access the Flexible Spending Account information and to complete enrollment in an FSA-Healthcare account and/or a DCFSA – Dependent Care account. TASC is our new FSA vendor replacing Benefit Strategies for the upcoming plan year.

Please contact Jenn Chavez- HR Operations & Benefits Manager at or Diane Ruksnaitis – HR Administrative Consultant at with any questions.



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Your experiences matter. Share your perspectives to help improve NSCC! On April 10th, all eligible students and employees were emailed an individualized link to participate in NSCC’s first Diversity & Equity Campus Climate Survey. Your participation will help in co-creating a culture with an authentic sense of belonging for all NSCC community members. Please be sure to check your spam folder! The survey email is from

The NSCC Diversity & Equity Campus Climate Survey is: 

  • completely anonymous, 

  • offered in both English and Español, 

  • and it only takes 10 minutes to complete.

All survey links will be active from April 10 - April 30, 2023. If you did not take the survey, reminder emails will be sent on April 13th, April 18th, and April 26th. 

Please encourage our students to take the survey! The first 300 eligible students to complete the survey and confirm their participation at the end of the survey will receive a $25 Amazon gift card!

Read the NSCC Diversity & Equity Campus Climate Survey FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) here. For any further questions, please contact Nikki Pelonia at



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Staff and Faculty on NBC10 Boston

Featured on the NBC10 Boston Thursday evening segment on "Local universities, colleges offering cannabis courses" were our own Dean of STEM and Education, Steven Hubbard, and cannabis curriculum designer Mark Priest. Click on the link to view the clip. 




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Final week of Arts in April!

Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced.

―  Leo Tolstoy, author 


This is the home stretch! It’s the final week of Arts in April, but there is still so much to experience!

This week, don’t miss:

Floral arrangement workshop (April 24)

Photography workshop (April 25)

—Poetry open mic (April 26)

—“Twisted Tales,” a screening of student short films (April 27)

—closing party for the NSJA exhibit (April 27)

FIGHT GIRL BATTLE WORLD, a theatrical production by NSCC students and faculty (April 28-30)

… and don’t forget to visit our website for the full program of events: 

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.




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NSCC and the Cultural Arts Department present…


Written by Qui Nguyen
Directed by Matthew Woods
Fight Choreo by Nicki Buscemi and Cari Keebaugh

Don't miss this action-packed parody of the science fiction genre presented by students, faculty and alumni of North Shore Community College!

Set in a galaxy far in the future (and far, far away), FIGHT GIRL BATTLE WORLD follows the adventures of young E-V, a hard-nosed prizefighter -- and the last known human in the galaxy – as she sets out on a quest for survival against all odds.

Blending stage combat, mask, and puppetry arts this action-packed parody of space operas is a true homage to the science fiction genre and a celebration of Geek Culture.

Qui Nguyen, author of She Kills Monsters and co-author of Raya and the Last Dragon, has written a retro-futuristic romp the promises something for theatre lovers everywhere!

(Adult themes and content. Parental guidance is suggested.)

Performances will be held at the Vault Theatre, Lynn Arts, 25 Exchange St., Lynn, MA. 
Performance schedule: April 28, 7pm; April 29, 3pm & 7pm; April 30, 1pm & 4pm. 
All tickets Pay What You Can at the door.  Reserve seating in advance on Eventbrite:  Fight Girl Battle World!

For more information contact Matthew

Kudos to Integrated Media Design student Alan Torres, who created the winning poster for FIGHT GIRL BATTLE WORLD in adjunct instructor Kristalyn Burns' Digital Page Layout class contest for the theater poster design.



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The NSCC Community is invited to a
Title IX and Affirmative Action workshop

Please join Nick Royal (he, him), NSCC's new Title IX Coordinator, Affirmative Action and Compliance Officer for a workshop on Title IX and Affirmative Action.  Students, staff, and faculty who participate will learn about their protections and responsibilities under the Policy on Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity, & Diversity.  Participants will also learn about consent, how to identify prohibited conduct, and more about what to do if they or someone they know experiences discrimination or harassment at NSCC.

Date: Thursday, April 27

Time: 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Location: Lynn Campus, President's Boardroom

Please click here to add the workshop to your calendar. Zoom information in calendar invite.  Please note this session will be recorded.

If you or someone you know at NSCC has experienced discrimination or harassment based on protected categories, including sexual harassment, you can report here.

--Nick Royal, Title IX Coordinator, Affirmative Action and Compliance Officer



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NSCC Police Department Spotlight


A Lockdown Drill is scheduled for the Lynn Campus on April 26, 10am 

Please read the information found in this link so you will know what to expect during the drill.



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Celebrating Earth Day!

The Environmental Club and the Horticulture Program, teamed up with our own NSCC Facilities folks in Lynn to expand our on-campus pollinator plantings by creating a 2nd pollinator garden on the Washington Street side of the Lynn Campus.

You might remember our Broad street pollinator garden effort from last year.  Our goal was to successfully support a diversity of pollinator species. Our design and location considered factors like bloom time of the flowers and how far different pollinators can travel.  To that end, we made a mixed species garden of perennials that, with some care, will come back year after year. 

We are happy to report the garden is looking great and coming alive with the spring weather. View photos on Flickr.

Find out more about the pollinator garden as well as what plants were used so that you can create your own pollinator garden.

--Professor Barbara Heath, Program Coordinator, Horticulture Program



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Join us at the Black Women of The Suffrage Movement Closing Reception on Thu 4/27 at 4:30 PM to support and see NSCC student and performers Nadine Thenstead, Jesenia Morales, and Rose Morales perform spoken word and poetry!

In partnership with North Shore Juneteenth Association, Inc., the Black Women of the Suffrage Movement traveling exhibit is currently featured at Lynn, 2nd floor, LW200A. In celebration of the exhibit, we will be hosting a Closing Reception on Thursday, April 27 from 4:30 to 6:30 PM featuring live spoken word and poetry performances from NSCC students Nadine Thenstead, Jesenia Morales, and Rose Morales, as well as food, and speakers from the community. Please RSVP here.

NSCC Closing Reception Student Performers:

Nadine ThensteadNadine Thenstead is studying Business Administration, focusing on accounting, at North Shore Community College. She is currently a part of the RAP and TRIO programs at NSCC and will transfer to Salem State University in the Fall of 2023.She lives in Beverly, MA., with her two children; a teen, and an eleven-year-old. Nadine enjoys writing poetry, especially to encourage other students of color to rise to their potential, and to make a difference.


Jesenia MoralesJesenia Morales is an Afro-Latina studying Business Administration at North Shore Community College. As a young other, she has gained valuable experience that has inspired her poetry, which explores her journey and insights on motherhood and mental health. Jesenia is committed to personal growth and volunteering in her community. Through bartending and running a juice bar, she has always left a positive impact within the community.



Rose MoralesRose Morales is a curious person who is passionate about trying new things. Her favorite quote is: "A jack of all trades is a master of none but oftentimes better than a master of one,"  which demonstrates her ability of gaining many skills. She is currently studying Psychology at North Shore Community College. She enjoys spending time with her daughter, nephew, and nieces, especially teaching them Spanish. She also loves taking long distance bike rides in warm weather. Her favorite hobby is creating arts and crafts out of paper or whatever crosses her mind. Overall, Rose is a multi-talented person with lots to share. 






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Friendly Reminder to Sign Up!

Just a friendly reminder to sign up as a member of the Event Team for Commencement or to participate in one or more ceremonies.  

Below are both sign up forms and the regalia form as well! 


Faculty & Staff Participation Form

Commencement Regalia Request Form

Event Staff Form

Questions can be directed to or 781-477-2124.

We look forward to seeing you at Commencement!


Amanda Dooling and the 2023 Commencement Team 


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Navigate Weekly Workshops

Fall 2023 registration has opened up, and our students are looking for help! 😊

Our Weekly conversations will always have Coordinated Care as part of the plan. However, over the next several weeks we will also talk about Academic Planning & Registration, Intake Survey results and Student Facing video content. Please visit any one of our workshops, even if it’s not the current topic. As always, our videos can be found on the Navigate NSCC - Youtube Channel. Make sure to like & subscribe! Remember: The Navigate blackboard course, as well as the resource tiles on MyNorthShore, are places to find useful materials.

Topics on each week are flexible to change based on attendance needs!

Wednesday, April 26th

2:00PM - 2:45PM                   Coordinated Care: Cases & Referrals

3:00PM - 3:45PM                   Navigate Quick Tips: Student Video Content/Open Session Time 

Thank you for your interest in Navigate!

--John, Jake, Michael, Jeleiny, Sam & Shannon


NSCC Family Milestones

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CONGRATULATIONS to Auxiliary Services’ Bill Chez who recently celebrated his 50th birthday!!  Pictured l-r, Mike Welch, auxiliary services; Bill Chez, Bill’s wife Persida Chez; Ann and Ed Maciejewski, auxiliary services. 

If you have a life celebration (milestone birthday, engagement, wedding, arrival of a new baby, etc.) you would like to share with the NSCC community, please email



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RSVP here by May 5th

Click here to contribute to our Farewell video


Join us to Wish Norene Gachignard well!

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RSVP to the Student Service Awards


Worthy Causes

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Black Excellence 5K - April 30

Join the North Shore Community College Group for North Shore Juneteenth Association’s Black Excellence 5K on April 30th! Registration closes on April 27 at 5:00 PM.

To register and join the NSCC group, visit the following link to sign up: When asked “Would you like to join or create a Group/Team?” on the sign-up page, click ‘Yes,’ and on the next page select ‘North Shore Community College’ and use password ‘NSCC5k’ to register. 

For any questions, contact Nikki Pelonia,



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Veterans Club Snack Bag Drive April 17- May 1

Help us make 100+ snack bags!  Each bag will provide snacks for 1 child for 1 week!  All snack bags will be donated to Beverly Bootstraps. Donations may be dropped off at either the Danvers Veterans Center, DS104, or the Lynn Veterans Center, LW218.


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 Veterans Club Hygiene for Humanity Collection, April 10 - May 10

 The Veterans Club is collecting Hygiene for Humanity items (listed in the flyer) that will be donated to My Brother's Table.  Donations may be dropped off at either the Danvers Veterans Center, DS104, or the Lynn Veterans Center, LW218.

Sweet Sadie's Difference Makers Fundraiser - May 6

Sarah " Sadie" MacIsaac (NSCC Class of 2005) was an inspiration to all who knew her.  Though Sarah had Muscular Dystrophy, her physical limitations didn't slow her down.  Her inspirational legacy lives on through the non profit organization, Sweet Sadie's Difference Makers, which funds a scholarship at NSCC.  They'll be hosting a benefit concert on May 6 at 7 pm at the Lynn Knights of Columbus.  For more, please details go to



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Questions?  Contact Annmarie Paolucci at



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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





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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. 

Think about this:
This is an example of environmental privilege: You do not live in a neighborhood that is within one mile of a superfund site (a location polluted with hazardous materials).

If you have any questions or comments on NSCC's Equality & Equity Project, please contact us at


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