The NSCC Bulletin


  Fall Semester Convocation, September 1, Lynn

For the last few years, the College began the academic year with a Faculty Professional Day. Last spring, we expanded to an Institutional Professional Day to provide more contextual professional development opportunities and invited staff as well. Based on community feedback as well as our evolving strategic plan, the planning committee is re-envisioning how we ALL begin the new academic year. We are excited to present Convocation Day, an event to welcome and energize all of us by providing time and space to connect with the campus community and communicate key updates and announcements. And yes, breakfast and lunch will be provided, including treats provided by B Sweets Cakes & Desserts, a Lynn bakery owned by a proud NSCC alum!

Last week, you received an invitation to RSVP for this year’s Convocation from Chief People & Culture Officer, Justine Caron. Since then, over 100 people have shared their RSVP! If you have not already done so, please fill out the form as soon as possible as it will help the planning committee prepare for the day.

Convocation will begin at 8:30 a.m. with breakfast and time to reconnect with one another. President Heineman will kick off the event with opening remarks.  In addition, you will get to know Provost Jennifer Mezquita and Chief People & Culture Officer Justine Caron better as they share plans for their parts of NSCC, and Chief of Campus Police David Cook will address some important changes in our approach to public safety. We’ll conclude the morning by welcoming new employees, recognizing NISOD awardees, and hearing other key announcements before breaking for lunch. For the afternoon, Divisions and Departments are encouraged to meet before the semester begins; please consult with your respective Dean or Director for additional details. To get a better sense of Convocation Day, please check the “Schedule at a Glance” here. 

The College is working to offer reduced staffing/office coverage September 1st without impacting services to our students to support as many staff who wish to attend in-person at Lynn, as possible. Please reach out to your supervisor for guidance concerning attendance at Convocation. A Zoom webinar link to view Convocation will be provided closer to September 1st for those unable to attend due to staffing/office coverage.


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Share your summer fun photos!

As we prepare to welcome everyone and come together again at Convocation, we invite all to share a photo or two that captures what you've done this summer. The photo can include places you visited, events with family, friends, and beloved pets, or other ways you enjoyed the summer. The photos will be shared as a slideshow during Convocation and also in the first Bulletin of the semester on September 12. Please note all photos must be uploaded no later than 5 p.m. on August 26th. Please submit your summer fun photos here.



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Volunteers needed for Welcome Back Greeters!!

The Fall Semester is upon us and it is time to welcome our students, faculty and staff during the first week of classes.  If you are able to help out for an hour or two, it would be greatly appreciated.  If able to assist, please complete the sign up form:  Danvers Greeter Form - Lynn Greeter Form .  If you have any questions, please reach out to Amanda Dooling at




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NSCC Team Attends National NCAL Conference

A contingent from NSCC represented the college at a recent Noncredit/Credit Alignment Lab (NCAL) Community of Practice conference in Washington D.C. Those attending the Association of Community College Trustees and Education Strategy Group sponsored event included, pictured above, l-r: Dan O'Neill, Director of Student Support & Advising; Kim Odusami, Executive Director of Admissions; Lori Vinci, Dean of Health Professions & Human Services; Dr. Dianne Palter Gill, Dean of Corporate and Professional Education; and Janease McCloud, Clerk IV, Corporate & Professional Education. Fourteen other community colleges from across the nation also attended. The team reported they were proud to see three NSCC students from our noncredit to credit Recovery Coach program speak on video about their successes at NSCC. Lori and Dianne noted, “As we often hear, the students should not have to be heroes to navigate their pathways to success. By sharing our work plan and seeing our colleagues’ plans, we were able to chart out our implementation plan to align better noncredit to credit pathways at NSCC. We look forward to working on this initiative that supports “one student, one experience, one college.”

dianne palater gill, tiffany howardThe photo to the left, taken at NCAL, shows Tiffany Howard, r, a doctoral candidate from NSULA, who was thrilled to meet with Dianne.  Apparently, to Dianne's surprise, Ms. Howard has been reading and citing Dianne's work in her dissertation.  Both Ms. Howard and Dianne are leads for a national pilot of Noncredit and Credit Alignment.  Dianne was happy to meet with Ms. Howard and has agreed to help with her recommendation portion of her dissertation. #NSCCProud


--Submitted by Dr. Dianne Palter Gill and Dean Lori Vinci



 Woo-Sox Community College Night

All are invited to the Woo-Sox Community College NightThursday, September 22ndwhich is being organized by the Massachusetts Association of Community Colleges (MACC) to bring together community college colleagues and showcase community colleges.

The game starts at 6:45 pm and community college guests are welcome to arrive starting at 5:30 p.m. for early access to the stadium, concessions, and lawn games.  Representatives from each of the 15 Massachusetts community colleges will be recognized with an on-field pregame ceremony.

MACC is holding 30 seats in Section 1 for those interested in attending. If these first thirty (30) held tickets sell out, MACC will work with the WooSox to hold additional seats in Sections 1 and 2. The ticket purchasing website is now live! The ticket link can be accessed here or through the QR code on the attached flyer

We hope you will join us for a fun night out at the ballpark with our fellow colleagues at the Woo-Sox Community College Night game on September 22nd. Don't forget to proudly wear your North Shore Community College gear!


August CTLI Virtual Workshops

Starting tomorrow, the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Innovation (CTLI) team will be sponsoring a series of virtual workshops on a variety of topics around integrating technology into the teaching and learning environment, online and hybrid design and teaching best practices, and the features of Blackboard Learn.

Workshops include:

  • (Re)Designing Your Courses for Student Success

  • Creating a Welcoming Online Environment

  • Fostering Active Learning in Video Conference Courses

  • Promoting Student Engagement through Online Tools

  • Facilitating Collaboration and Communication through Google Docs and Google Slides

  • Who Knew? “10” Things You Might Not Know about Blackboard Learn, Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, and Zoom

  • Delivering Content to Your Students Using Blackboard Learn

  • Blackboard Learn Interaction Tools: Discussion Forums and Journals

  • Blackboard Learn Interactive Grading Rubrics

  • Assessments in Blackboard Learn: Assignments

  • Assessments in Blackboard Learn: Tests

  • Blackboard Learn: Grade Center and Grading

  • Accessibility Awareness with Blackboard Ally

To view the complete schedule of workshop sessions (with descriptions) and to RSVP, please visit this web site:

If interested in attending a workshop, please make sure to RSVP. A workshop will be cancelled if less than three people sign up for it.

All are welcome!

--Andrea Milligan,



20 Minute Online Professional Development

The Monday Morning Mentor series will be available over the fall semester to bring you professional development in twenty-minute snippets.

For the week of August 22nd - How Can I Use the First Day to Set the Tone for a Semester of Learning?

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.)

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,



Meet Your Newest Colleagues!

Please give a warm NSCC welcome to the following new employees:

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Solmaria (Sol) Deleon, pictured left, Content Developer, Marketing

Not pictured, Heather Cahill, Administrative Assistant I, Health Professions & Human Services

Welcome, Solmaria and Heather!

Sharing Alumni Stories - Yuleika Lluveres

yuleika lluveres cropTo say that Yuleika has been a fixture on the Lynn Campus of NSCC would be an understatement. Her involvement in so many key components of our community has made her someone who will be dearly missed as she heads off to pursue her bachelor's degree this fall at Salem State University.

If there's anyone who does NOT know Yulieka Lluveres — 2022 Liberal Arts grad, NSCC student Trustee — your chance for an inspirational moment is a click away! Please check out her video on NSCC's Facebook page produced by NSCC's very own Sol Deleon.  Find out more about Yuleika.

Marketing will continue to share Student, Alumni & Faculty Stories across all our digital channels on a regular basis so stay tuned for more like this on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and TikTok!





public health update

 Monkeypox Public Health Update
from NSCC President, Dr. William Heineman






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Calling all creatives! 

We need actors, artists, stage crew, and more to join us for NSCC's Fall ’22 production (title tbd)!

If you would like to participate in a live theatrical production, join us this fall - no experience needed! 

For more information about how you can become involved contact Matthew Woods at




47th Forum on Tolerance - Opportunity and Marginalization
in the United States Military: April 18th - 21st, 2022

In case you were unable to attend the FOT in April, below are links to each event:


Event 1
Shoshana Johnson, U.S.’s first African-American female POW. “I’m Still Standing: The Story of Shoshana Johnson.” Introduced by NSCC President, Dr. William Heineman.

Event 2
Bob Delaney, "Confronting the Shadows: Addressing Operational Stress Education and Awareness in Military Service."  Introduced and moderated by NSCC Alumnus, Fanny Cai.

Event 3
Panel Discussion with Lt. Col. Kate McLoud, Sgt. Kimberly McGowan, and Maj. Deb Bibeau. Moderated by Professor Wanda Pothier-Hill.

Event 4
Sgt Allyson Hale “Tale of two Armies: Through the eyes of a male soldier who used the military to hide his greatest fear, becoming her true self."



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. Learn about different models of disability. Understand what ableism is and how to detect it. Discover the million reasons why accessibility matters. You can start learning with these resources: Haben Girma's memoir, the film Crip Camp, and Stella Young's TED Talk.

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


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