The NSCC Bulletin


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Pollinator Garden Created on Lynn Campus

Our Environmental Club, in conjunction with MASSPIRG and the Horticulture Department, created a pollinator garden on the Lynn campus in celebration of Earth Day.  Read more about the pollinator garden.

Horticulture Professor Barbara Heath, pollinator garden coordinator, has kindly shared the list of plants used, by bloom time, so all you gardeners out there can also have pollinator plants blooming all season long. 

Photos of the event may be found on Facebook and Flickr.




silhouette of baseball player and bat          Help NSCC hit it out of the park!
           Deadline to RSVP, 4/28@noon

The strategic planning summit is an opportunity to move the strategic plan from “outline” to “draft.”  Participants will take an outline with identified themes, environmental scan results, and SOAR ideas and begin turning them into the strategic priorities of the next plan. 

We will have snacks, prizes, and even a raffle as we get down to work moving NSCC’s strategic plan to the next phase.

Where: Peabody Marriott, 8A Centennial Drive, Peabody

When: Tuesday, May 3rd, 3-5

RSVP: Deadline to RSVP is this Thursday, 4/28 @ noon.  If you have already signed up, you do not need to do it again.

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--Mary Meng-Lee & Jason Marsala, Co-Chairs Strategic Plan Steering Committee



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Inauguration Volunteers Needed!

On May 13 we will celebrate the Inauguration of NSCC’s fifth president, Dr. William Heineman. An inauguration represents a significant milestone in the history of a college and an opportunity to recognize the past and look forward to exciting times ahead. President Heineman’s desire is to use this occasion to reinforce our connection with the communities we serve, particularly greater Lynn. Which is why we are planning a Transforming the Future Festival after the Inauguration to welcome students and staff and their families, as well as community members, to campus to showcase the wealth of programs and resources the college has to offer. May 13 is intended to be a day of collective pride and collegiality for NSCC.

If you would like to take a more active role in President Heineman’s Inauguration, the Inauguration Steering Committee is seeking 20-30 volunteers to assist with set up, greeting and seating guests, wayfinding to help folks get to where they want to go after the ceremony, social media feeds, man reception locations, etc. Volunteers needed from noon – 5 p.m. and can work as much as they want, hopefully at the role of their choice. If you’d like to take part, please email Linda Brantley at


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Tranforming the Future Festival

RSVP TODAY! Celebrate the Future at the Inauguration of Dr. William Heineman 2pm on 5/13. Celebrate at the Transforming the Future Festival immediately following. Live music, food from some of Lynn's best restaurants, and fun activities. Please remind your students they are invited FREE. Bring friends and family. Lynn Campus. Proof of vax or NSCC ID required. RSVP required by 5/4/22.  Register here.



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Open Enrollment ends May 4, 2022 for a July 1, 2022 effective date


What’s new?

  • Fallon Health is no longer a participating insurance provider with the GIC. If you are currently enrolled in a Fallon Health plan, you must choose another plan or you will be automatically enrolled in the UniCare PLUS health plan effective July 1, 2022.

  • Please click HERE to access the 2022-2023 Benefits Overview (Note: employees of Higher Ed are not eligible for the GIC Dental/Vision benefit. Please contact me if you have questions on your current dental and vision plan).

  • If you haven't registered yet for the MyGICLink Member Benefits Portal, you can do so now. Here, you can view your benefits in real time throughout the year, update your coverage if you have a qualifying event, or change your coverage during the GIC’s Annual Enrollment period. The link to register for the portal can be found HERE.

  • Forms can also be found via myGICLink. Please select “Enrollment/Change-Form 1”. Changes are effective on July 1, 2022.


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


Flexible Spending Accounts

An FSA is a great way to set aside money on a pretax basis to pay for healthcare expenses for you and your dependents (HCSA) or for care of your child or disabled adult dependent while you work (DCAP), thereby lowering your state and federal tax liability.

  • Please visit and click on “Open Enrollment” for information and instructions on how to enroll as either a current enrollee or a new enrollee in the Health Care Spending Account or the Dependent Care Account.

  • When entering your personal information, please choose “Agency Type – HRCMS” and “Agency – NSC1000 North Shore Comm. College”.


 Please feel free to contact Jenn Chavez at with any questions.




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Criminal Justice Degree Program Open House and Info Session

Please share with your students!

You can make a difference in today's society. NSCC's Criminal Justice Associate Degree Program prepares you for careers in the criminal justice system or can advance your education if you're already employed in the field.

Get more info on the Criminal Justice Program Open House.  Register here:




Encourage Students to Register by April 30

Below is the current message to students for fall.  Please encourage students to register by April 30 so that they will automatically be entered in a drawing to win a free class. 

If you have the will, we have the way! Stay on target to graduate.

Build your Fall 2022 class schedule around your work and family commitments! Registration for Fall 2022 opens Friday, April 1st. Current students should have an academic plan in Navigate, if you do not see one, please connect with your advisor right away. We know how important your academic goals are to your future and we are here to support you! Register by April 30th and you will automatically be entered in a drawing to win a free class.



NSCC Faculty and Staff Regalia Order Form

Please use this form to place an order for faculty or staff regalia. If you are faculty or MCCC/NUP staff who were hired after May 26th 2020, the cost of your regalia will be covered by the College, and you will be contacted by the Bookstore, and automatically emailed a copy of this attached form this week. If you do not meet this criteria, and would like also to participate, you will be required to fill out and submit the attached form, and cover the cost of your regalia when you pick it up at the "Preferred pick up location" (Danvers or Lynn Bookstore) selected on the form. 

You will be notified by the Bookstore(s) when your order has been received, and is ready for pick up. If you have any questions please contact us at (781) 477-2127 - Lynn or (978) 762-4046 - Danvers, or by email at

This is the link to the form:

--Shawn Cronin, Store Manager, NSCC Bookstores





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29 Who Shine Nominations Extended to May 3

The MA Department of Higher Education has extended the deadline for the annual “29 Who Shine” awards to honor Class of 2022 graduates for their service to the Commonwealth and student nominations are now due by May 3, 2022. So, if you haven’t yet had the time to nominate one of your fabulous students please do so. Thank you to all who have already done so. Be assured your submissions have been received. 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.  

 Please forward nominations to Linda Brantley at no later than May 3.




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Beginning the week of 4/25, the NSCC Bookstores will once again be offering a full complement of chips, snacks and candy at both Campus Stores !  We're open Monday through Friday from 9am to 4pm all Spring and Summer long, and we've got the snacks you're looking for, so come on down!

--Shawn Cronin, Store Manager, NSCC Bookstores



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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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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 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.  

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


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"Beyond the Blues"

It’s 1982 in the Brickyard neighborhood of Lynn, MA. The gritty Urban Legend Bar & Grill is hosting its annual Singer/Songwriter Blues Competition. Four finalists are vying for the coveted award. They each sing 2 original songs accompanied by dramatic monologues which describe their song inspirations, the hardships they’ve gotten beyond, and their own unique connection to Lynn’s history. The owner of the Urban Legend is struggling to keep the bar operating since the Brickyard neighborhood has been decimated by urban renewal and a loan-shark is now threatening him for payback. The Blue Blazers Band (Squeezebox Stompers) provide the live musical back-up for the singers. What happens to the bar? Who wins the award at the end? It’s up to the actual audience who votes for the winner at each performance.

Wednesday, April 27: 7:00pm in Lynn Gym, FREE




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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   

Faces of NSCC playlists


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Student Service Awards Ceremony

Join us to celebrate the achievements of our students leaders at our Annual Student Service Awards Ceremony on Thursday April 28 at 4:00PM in the Lynn Gym. All are welcome to attend. The event begins with a half hour of light refreshments and snacks to celebrate, and continues with an hour long award ceremony. RSVP now to reserve your spot!

--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 last two sessions will take place on Friday, April 29th and Friday, May 6th. 

On Friday, April 29th, the topic will be Supporting DEI Outcomes through Research and Critical Thinking. "Join NSCC Teaching and Research Support Librarians for a conversation on how you can integrate DEI outcomes into your classroom through research and critical thinking. DEI issues touch our lives and our students’ lives everyday but we don’t always consider the relationship between justice and the information ecosystem. In this conversation, we will discuss possible steps you can take to start making these connections. During the session, we will discuss questions such as:

  • Who owns information and who can access it?

  • What is personal information and who profits from its collection and sale?

  • What does it mean to be an expert? Who determines ‘expertise’?

  • How is scientific and scholarly research performed? Who decides what is worth investigating?"

On Friday, May 6th, the topic will be Continuing the UDL Conversation! The session will be facilitated by Erinn Gilmore, Andrea Milligan, and Kim Stevens. "When it comes to learning, variability in our students' academic skills is the rule, not the exception! Universal Design for Learning (UDL) can provide multiple measures of learning, engagement, representation, action and expression through a helpful framework to support instruction and assessment. Join other faculty and staff to share ways to maximize our tools to support our learners. During the session, there will be opportunities to discuss what we are doing now in relation to UDL and how UDL can be applied to multiple course modalities as well as what might be our next +1. In addition, we will look at how we are assessing our implementation of UDL and what our plans are for long term UDL data collection to target task analysis to make improvements on your courses. Our goal will be for everyone to walk away with a few awesome ideas."

Please use the following Zoom meeting link for all Coffee and Conversations  sessions:

https://northshore-edu.zoom. us/j/99574231620?pwd= bjgrVkIvRjRQUzZJcmtGeWRCWksyUT 09 

We plan to continue these conversations in the fall semester and would love your feedback on some topics for upcoming 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 25th -  How Can I Redesign a Classroom Assignment for Online Teaching?

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:

Be an ally. When discussing different experiences and points of view, expect and accept non-closure. “Hang out in uncertainty” and try not to rush to quick solutions, especially in relation

to racial understanding. This can be heavy, confusing, and lead to more questions than answers. Remember that you are engaging in an adaptive process, not implementing technical solutions.

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 May Mobile Markets!

Free farmers market-style distribution of fresh fruits and vegetables and, at times, non-perishable food items. The next mobile markets will be held on the Lynn Campus (5/06) and the Danvers Campus (5/12) 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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