The NSCC Bulletin



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The Fab Four!

Our four student Commencement speakers - clockwise, starting top left: Solmaria Deleon, 10am; Aya Mohamed, 1pm; Rosanna Fernandez, 4pm and Luciano Hoxhaj, 6:30pm - were phenomenal!  Each had their own unique story to tell and each of them offered words of advice and encouragement to their fellow 2022 grads.  If you were unable to attend the ceremonies, you can view them at this link:

Also falling under the heading of Fab Four were our four AMAZING Commencement ceremonies!  Amanda Dooling and the NSCC "village" did an outstanding job putting together four ceremonies that were meaningful and FUN for our graduates, their families, and our faculty and staff!  So many people commented on how wonderful it was to have live, in-person ceremonies again!  Kudos to all involved!

Photos may be found here

Check back soon for additional photos. 





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June is LGBQ+T Pride Month

June is LGBQ+T Pride Month to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. The Stonewall Uprising was a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. In the United States the last Sunday in June was initially celebrated as "Gay Pride Day," but the actual day was flexible. In major cities across the nation the "day" soon grew to encompass a month-long series of events. Today, celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia and concerts, and LGBTQ Pride Month events attract millions of participants around the world. Memorials are held during this month for those members of the community who have been lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.

In 1994, a coalition of education-based organizations in the United States designated October as LGBT History Month. In 1995, a resolution passed by the General Assembly of the National Education Association included LGBT History Month within a list of commemorative months. National Coming Out Day (October 11), as well as the first "March on Washington" in 1979, are commemorated in the LGBTQ community during LGBT History Month.

As always, I welcome and invite the NSCC community to participate in this year's PRIDE  celebrations through the numerous and various events happening across the North Shore all month long

--Nikki Pelonia, Chief Diversity & Equity Officer



Kudos Korner

Congratulations to:

James "Jim" Politano,  who has been hired as NSCC's Director of Facilities Operations. Jim joined NSCC in 2019 as the Associate Director of Maintenance Operations overseeing trades and maintenance services for both campuses. Before his time at NSCC Jim was the Facility Manager for the Town of Wenham, Facilities Division Foreman for the City of Melrose, and the Town of Saugus. 

In addition to this impressive background in facilities leadership positions, all within the public sector, Jim was also the owner of a residential & commercial construction company for nearly 12 years. He delivers great drive and purpose to his work and is dedicated to the betterment of the NSCC Facilities Department. He embodies the very essence of the college's vision and values and works tirelessly to further its mission. I hope you will join me in congratulating Jim on this accomplishment and wish him the best of luck in his new position.

--Jamie Wicks, AVP, Facilities Operations and Services

Nadira McDonald
, who has recently received a promotion to Executive Director of K12 Partnerships! Nadira has been a very successful Gateway to College Director since April 2017. The Gateway program has received many accolades, both locally and nationally, for successful completions and college advancement for many students around the North Shore due to Nadira's incredible drive and dedication, in addition to her deep knowledge and experience of many Early College models. In Nadira's new responsibilities, she will be managing the day to day operations of the Early College programs in the Greater Lynn area, including our exciting new Lynn Academy on the college campus! Nadira will continue to manage the Gateway to College program.  Please join us in welcoming Nadira to this exciting new role!

--Adam Cutler, Dean of Strategic Partnerships


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Erinn Gilmore, William "Billy" Jackson, Yelenna Rondon, and Maria del Mar Vazquez, our four faculty NISOD Excellence in Teaching Awards recipients.  Billy, Yelenna and Maria are pictured at the award ceremony that was held recently in Austin, TX.  




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Blackboard Learn Assistance for Students

If you are working with a student who has questions about using Blackboard Learn (navigating course content, posting a discussion thread, submitting an assignment, taking a quiz, etc.) or who is experiencing technical issues with Blackboard Learn (accessing Blackboard Learn, viewing a course site, opening documents, attaching assignment files, etc.), please send them our way. We are happy to help and are available virtually as well as in person. We can also assist students who have questions about NSCC's online learning landscape.

To schedule an appointment or connect with us virtually, students can send an email to the NSCC Blackboard Learn Helpdesk at Students can also stop by CTLI offices in Danvers DB388 and Lynn LS313. Office hours are posted at

--Andrea Milligan, Director for Teaching, Learning, and Innovation


COVID Testing/Vaccinations on Lynn Campus

Our Lynn Campus vaccination site continues in the Modular building through July 30, 2022 -
Wednesday:10 am - 8 pm   Saturday: 8 am-2 pm

The Lynn Campus testing kiosk will operate in the Washington parking lot through Sept. 2, 2022
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 11 am - 7pm

Both testing and vaccinations require appointments.  Make a testing appointment here.
Vaccinations may be scheduled here. 






Fiscal Year-End Procedures

Each year as the College’s fiscal year end approaches, there are a number of financial procedures that department heads and managers need to perform to ensure complete and accurate financial statements for the fiscal year.

Fisal Year 2022 Closing Calendar

Click the calendar link with key dates for closing your department’s finances for FY22. Please read the following information carefully, and reach out to staff members in the Fiscal Affairs Office with any questions or concerns. Please plan accordingly to ensure a successful close.

--Eileen Gerenz, Comptroller






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Join NSCC for Disney Pride

Join NSCC for Disney Pride presented by the Boston Gay Men's Chorus Sunday June 5, 3pm at the Lynn Auditorium.  Free Tickets available to NSCC faculty, staff, students, and their guests. Limited number of tickets available. Sign-up now to reserve your seats! Courtesy of the Solimine Family.










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No Summer Food Service

Please note that there will be no summer food service in our campus cafes beginning May 11.  Stay tuned for the reopening date.




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.                                  

In the News:

Do you know what the Roe v. Wade decision is about? Do you know which constitutional amendment the Supreme Court used as the basis for their decision in Roe v. Wade?

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


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