The NSCC Bulletin


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Welcome, Dr. Bryant!

Please join us in welcoming Interim President Dr. Nate Bryant - he encourages us all to call him Nate - who joined NSCC on July 6, 2020.

Get to know a bit more about Nate at a virtual Meet and Greet on Wednesday, July 29, 10 a.m.  Watch your email for a Zoom link. 



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Zoom backgrounds available

In a recent Zoom training session, many of the participants requested an NSCC virtual background.

Marketing has created some virtual backgrounds and a couple of video backgrounds that can be downloaded and used for Zoom sessions.

The backgrounds are located in MyNorthshore> College Departments> Marketing> Downloads   Or just use this link:   Instructions on how to download the backgrounds will be found in the DOWNLOADS link,  located to the left of the navigation bar's dropdown menu (MARKETING +).

Also, farther down the DOWNLOADS page is a link to a Word document of our UPDATED general letterhead. Many people have been requesting this as well. Just click on the image of the letterhead and you should be able to download it directly.

Also in the works is a Visual Style Guide page with links to download the NSCC logos and how and when to use the logos.

Enjoy the backgrounds!


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Congratulations to Bonnie Ashmore, Assistant Professor/Cultural Arts, on being one of the accepted artists in the Prince Street Gallery (NYC) 12th National Juried Exhibition online.  See Bonnie's submission here.


Redesign of ESL onboarding for Credit and Noncredit Students

The newly developed onboarding process for credit and noncredit ESL students was designed to significantly increase the support we are providing to ESL students, close onboarding attrition gaps, and streamline access from admissions to registration. This project has required an entire rethinking of how DSA and AA offices work together effectively and efficiently to increase ESL student enrollment. The ongoing  collaboration across divisional offices would not be sustainable without the tremendous ongoing efforts of Elizabeth Paz (ESL Achievement Coach), Advising, Admissions, Enrollment, CAS, SFS, EOC, Marketing, etc., etc., etc. More information can be found at the newly redesigned webpage that Marketing kindly put together: (Make sure you click on the  button in this section graphic to review all the pages!)


ESL Dashboard

A huge shout out to Laurie LaChapelle, Gary Miller, and the entire IR team for putting together an incredibly detailed Visual Dashboard for tracking ESL student course and program completion at NSCC. The newly created dashboard is accessible through MyNorthshore and offers multiple pages of now easily digestible data points critical to the college’s work in closing disparities in completion across racial groups.



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Black Minds Matter

a FREE, five-part webinar series

Dear Colleagues,
Thank you to everyone who showed up to attend Black Minds Matter on July 16!

Recording from the July 16 Session: BLACK MINDS MATTER SESSION 1 - Prof. Tyrone Howard and Shante Needham (sister of Sandra Bland)

ACCESS NEXT SESSION. Moving forward, all sessions will be hosted primarily on YouTube. So, the next session is next Thursday at 11am. Save this address to access at that time: We will also release a video each Monday where Drs. Wood and Ford respond to questions posed via Twitter.

FREE CEU'S. The Center for Organizational Responsibility and Advancement (CORA), is providing free CEU's to those who participate in Black Minds Matter. CEU's can be earned for participation in the series by attending each session and completing the readings identified within the public syllabus. Go here to register for CEU's:
SYLLABUS. We have put together a public course syllabus identifying the learning outcomes of the series along with recommended readings. Click here to retrieve the Public Syllabus.


  • Wood, J. L. (2019) Black minds matter: Realizing the brilliance, dignity, and morality of Black boys and men. San Diego, CA: Lawndale Hill.  Go here to order paperback version or digital version

  • All proceeds from the book from this summer are being donated to the Alfred Olango Foundation. In addition, for every book purchased, the vendor is donating to local Black bookstore in the area of the purchaser's home.

  • Ford, D. Y. (2013). Recruiting and retaining culturally different students in gifted education. Waco Tx: Prufock Press. (2014 NAACP Image Award Nominee for Literature). Go here to order.



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Coffee Chat

Click here to watch the first edition of Coffee Chat! with Debbie Campbell, Senior Academic/Crisis Counselor and Amanda Dooling, Director of Student Engagement . The topic for the first coffee chat is Starting the Conversation on Race: Reflecting on the current events. As many of us have been awakened to racial injustice and inequity in our society, Debbie and Amanda chat about their perspectives and reflections on the current events.

Fiscal Year 2020 Closing Deadlines

A calendar with key dates for closing your department’s finances for FY20 may be found here. Please read the following information carefully, and reach out to staff members in the Fiscal Office with any questions or concerns.

--Eileen Gerenz, Comptroller



Please share with your students!


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Virtual Programming
The Office of Student Engagement is offering some virtual programming this summer! Please encourage your students to check out our Virtual Programming Page to see all our offerings including our Bingo and Trivia games!


Programming to Support Our Students in the Fall

As we transitioned to remote learning this Spring, many groups and individuals offered programming to support our students' mental, social, and academic well-being. The Fall semester will bring its own challenges, and the Student Development Committee is reaching out to all of you to find out what kinds of programming groups or individuals might have planned (or be considering) to continue to support our students' well-being in the Fall. Are you offering a support group for a particular population? A fun way to de-stress? In an effort to help promote this programming and get the word out to as many people as possible, the SDC would love to hear about it! Please also let us know if you have suggestions about types of programming that NSCC could offer, and we will do our best to forward those suggestions to the appropriate people or groups.

Thanks to those who have reached out already! If you’d like to be part of a group of faculty and staff offering remote, Friday meditation sessions in the Fall—especially if you could offer these sessions in Spanish as well—please let us know!

Please email Student Development Committee Chair, Nicki Buscemi (, with ideas!  


Coronavirus Updates and Resources

Due to COVID-19, NSCC campuses are under restricted access. Student learning, teaching, programs, and services are being conducted remotely. Please monitor your college email and check for frequent updates and resources.

NSCC family, please stay well! #InThisTogether 

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