The NSCC Bulletin


Important 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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l-r: Laura Kurzrok, NSCC Foundation Board; Award recipient Julie LaFontaine (The Open Door); John Fouhy, President, NSCC Foundation Board; Mark Anthony Hunter, NSCC Foundation Board; Award recipient Nathaniel Montero, NSCC Class of 2016; J.D. LaRock, Chair, NSCC Board of Trustees; Dr. William Heineman, President, NSCC; Award recipient Richard Yagjian, NSCC Class of 1968; Mike Wheeler, North Shore Bank - Presenting Sponsor; Award recipient Debra Ruggiero; Tom Mercuro, Eastern Bank - Presenting Sponsor; Award recipient Dr. Patrick Tutwiler

Champions for NSCC

The Sixth Annual Champions for North Shore Community College Celebration was held at the Boston Marriott
Peabody on Thursday, April 27th, featuring the presentation of the NSCC Champions Awards to the following:

Richard Yagjian, NSCC Class of ‘68 - in recognition of philanthropy and volunteerism

Dr. Patrick Tutwiler, Secretary of Education, Commonwealth of MA and Debra Ruggiero, Interim Superintendent, Lynn Public Schools - in recognition of community impact

The Open Door - in recognition of public service and advocacy

And introducing the inaugural Rising Champion Award in recognition of transformation and empowerment, presented to: Nathaniel Montero, NSCC Class of '16

Congratulations, all!

We asked those in attendance “what excites you about NSCC?” Here’s what they had to say.

Find out how YOU can be a Champion for NSCC!



asian pacific heritage month graphicMay is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. A rather broad term, Asian/Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island).

Like most commemorative months, Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month originated with Congress. Its origins date back to the late 1970s, beginning with annual proclamations for Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week until 1990, when Congress passed its observance to a month. The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.

Dr. Liza Talusan argues it is clear that Asian and Pacific American history is made invisible in our curriculum, and this month is an important time to amplify the voices of Asian and Pacific Americans. Check Dr. Talusan’s post to learn more, including the following resources:

  • See Us Unite is an incredible collaboration between Jeff Chang and Renee Tajima-Pena with short videos that highlight incredible Asian and Pacific American issues, particularly related to cross-racial solidarity

  • The Library of Congress has a great section for teachers navigating AAPI Heritage Month

  • Don’t forget intersectional themes; this here is a great source on AAPI and Queer Identity

  • Fantastic resource by the Smithsonian with lesson plans for AAPI Heritage Month

  • A whole listing (with videos) of Asian American poets (be sure to watch them first based on ages)

  • A good primer if you are at the start of your own journey understanding AAPIs in the United States

  • Have your school or organization invest in purchasing the Asians in America documentary to raise your own knowledge and awareness and to use the lesson plans written by incredible Asian American and Pacific Islander educators

  • A list of AAPI activists to include in your programming efforts

--Nikki Pelonia, Chief Diversity & Equity Officer


Governance Election and Appointment Results for AY 2023-2024

The Governance Subcommittee of the Forum Steering Committee is pleased to  announce the Governance election and appointment results. We would like to congratulate the following individuals on their election or appointment to the following standing/advisory committees:

Forum Steering Committee: Ulises Arcos-Castrejon, Bonnie Ashmore Davis, Lorin Buksa, Mary Meng-Lee, Alyce St. Pierre

Academic Policy Committee: Mary Beth McKenna, Alex Wolniak

Curriculum Committee: Lorraine Boyd, John Gambino, Christine Goodchild, Ginny King, Alyce St. Pierre, Alex Wolniak

Diversity Leadership Council: Michael Sullivan, Shaleena Gaskin, Kaitlin LaMarre, Catherine Vigue

Information Technology Advisory Committee: Chris DuFort, Susan Graham, Joseph Mansell, Rachel Roesler, Nick Royal

Professional Development Advisory Committee: Jessica Crawford, Solmaria Deleon, Jennifer George, Julie Matuschak, Isaac Newsome

Student Development Committee: Nicki Buscemi, Erinn Gilmore, Kehinde (Kenny) Ikuomenisan, Jason Marsala, Kenechukwu Abajue Umeh, Matthew Woods

Committee members serving in their second year of a two-year term or appointed by title are not listed above. Please refer to the complete list of all committee members. There are still a few openings available as noted on the membership list. If you are interested in filling one of the open slots, please contact the Forum Steering Committee at

Some Standing/Advisory Committees will meet on May 9th, or on an alternate date agreed to by committee members (likely immediately after the College Breakfast on May 12th), to elect a Chair and Forum Steering Committee Representative for the next academic year. 

All old and new Forum Steering Committee representatives should plan to attend the Forum Steering Committee meeting on Monday, May 15th at 3:00 PM.

Congratulations to new and returning members of governance committees! Thank you for making the commitment to serve as members of the College governance structure.

--Governance Subcommittee: Lorena Martinez-Diaz, Mary Meng-Lee, Sara Hilinski, and Sonja Gamby



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Lynn Campus Lockdown Drill Follow-up

The NSCC Police Department wants to thank all of you who participated in the lockdown drill on the Lynn campus last week. We divided into five teams which combed the building looking for locked doors, shades drawn, lights off and people in rooms being out of sight. That is exactly what we found.... you all did a great job! And, the entire drill took 15 minutes!

It is necessary that we practice our emergency and crisis response plans by having drills like this in order to maintain a safe environment for our students to study and learn. The college's Emergency Response Team has debriefed the drill and is already planning for more drills at both Danvers and Lynn in the coming academic year.

To evaluate our performance, we request that those who participated in the drill complete the attached survey.

--Chief Dave Cook



We Need YOUR Spectacular Graduates and Their Stories!

Once again it’s Commencement season and time to identify some of our most stellar graduates to feature during this most special time of the college year!

You know them best – they are in your class, your club, your advisee. . .you get the picture. The External
Relations Office requests your assistance in finding outstanding graduates to showcase.

For example, can you recommend a graduating student who:

  • Has earned impressive grades, awards or scholarships

  • Is going on to a great career or a great college

  • Has overcome significant challenges

  • Has been fully engaged in student life, civics, leadership roles

  • Is first generation or a new immigrant

  • All of the above!

If so, PLEASE forward the student’s name and as much contact/background info as you may have and
we’ll take it from there. It would also help to know which town or city the student lives in since our local
newspapers want to highlight students living in their service areas. The end result will be incredibly
empowering for the students and will shine the spotlight on all the good work that is being done at
NSCC on behalf of our students.

Please send your suggestions as soon as possible and no later than May 10 to Linda Brantley at

Thank you in advance for your consideration and support!


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Take a Pause for Paws!

All who are frazzled during this hectic time of year are invited to stop by the Lynn and Danvers libraries for some much-needed stress relief!

The Therapy dogs will be on Campus:

Tuesday, May 2, Lynn Campus Library, 9:30 a.m. - noon

Wednesday, May 3, Danvers Campus Library, 10 a.m. - noon

Drop by for a dose of canine cuteness!



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Final Exam Schedule

Please find the link to the Final Exam Schedule for the Spring 2023 semester below. Consult with your instructor for further details as the schedule is subject to change. Click here to view the schedule

--Eileen Andrade, Associate Registrar


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Honors Program Showcase

Join the Honors Program in celebrating our students during the annual Honors Program Showcase, Wednesday, May 3rd from 4-6pm in the Lynn President's Board room, 3rd floor South.  Light refreshments will be served.

--Professor Tiffany Magnolia, Coordinator of the Honors Program



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Floral Design Workshop

Faculty, staff, and students created their own beautiful floral arrangements in a free workshop – one of NSCC’s Arts in April events - led by long-time floral design instructor June Alexander. Information on additional floral design classes may be found at

Photos may be viewed on Flickr.



Carly Fontil, Nadine Thenstead, Jesenia Morales, and Rose Morales.

Black Women of the Suffrage Movement Reception

In partnership with North Shore Juneteenth Association, Inc., the Black Women of the Suffrage Movement traveling exhibit was featured during the month of April on the Lynn Campus.  In celebration of the exhibit, an Arts In April event, a Closing Reception was held on Thursday, April 27 from 4:30 to 6:30 PM featuring live spoken word and poetry performances from NSCC students, pictured above, l-r, Carly Fontil, Nadine Thenstead, Jesenia Morales, and Rose Morales as well as food, and speakers from the community.  Read the student's bios and find out more about the event. 

View photos from the reception on Flickr.


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Team NSCC at the 6th Annual Excellence 5K

The rainy, chilly weather on Sunday, April 30 did not deter members of team NSCC from participating in the North Shore Juneteenth Association's 6th Annual Black Excellence 5K. The race had a great turnout with nearly 300 runners (the highest so far). Pictured from l-r in the group photo above are Debbie Campbell (SUCCESS Academic Coach/Advisor), Austria Santana (Adminsitrative Assistant, Lynn Enrollment Center), Kevin Francisco (NSCC alum), Nikki Pelonia, John Duff (Dean of Student Success), and Professor yusef Hayes (Cultural Arts).

--Nikki Pelonia, Chief Diversity and Equity Officer


The STEM Starter Academy is sponsoring two FREE programs this summer!

The STEM Starter Academy grant is sponsoring two FREE programs this summer - the August Math Success Lab for current students of any major and the STEM Summer Academy for incoming STEM students. Please help spread the word! Questions can be sent to Ali Tateosian, Special Program Coordinator for STEM Starter Academy, at

Math Success Lab (returning/current students, any major)

  • Free program, includes 6 classes in August on the Lynn Campus

  • Flyer 

  • Sign up link

  • Powerpoint with more info (for staff/faculty)

STEM Summer Academy (incoming/new students, STEM majors)

  • Free program, 2-weeks in August, program completers will receive $500 stipend

  • Flyer 

  • Website with Application link

  • Powerpoint with more info (for staff/faculty)

--Ali Tateosian,




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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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RSVP here by May 5th

Click here to contribute to our Farewell video


Join us to Wish Norene Gachignard well!

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Worthy Causes


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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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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:

Chinese-American Min Chueh Chang PhD, (1908-1991) was a reproductive biologist who was instrumental in the invention of the oral contraceptive pill in the 1950s – one of the most widely-used birth control methods today — that transformed reproductive freedom and autonomy worldwide. Chang’s research into the artificial insemination of farm animals also contributed to the development of human in vitro fertilization technology, which has since made parenthood possible for people around the world.


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


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