The NSCC Bulletin

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2022 Scholarship Awards Program

Congratulations to the NSCC Foundation's 300 scholarship awardees for the 2022-2023 academic year! Thank you to our incredible donors that make these awards possible. Special thanks to our 2022 Traicoff Award Honoree, The Derderian Family, for the Dean Lillian A. Derderian Scholarship.  Pictured, l-r, President William Heineman, Scott Derderian, Faith Derderian, April Derderian Fellows, three of our amazing scholarship awardees who shared their journeys, Ayman Alabbasi, Joelle Carey, and Josue Hernandez Escalon, and John Fouhy, NSCC Foundation VP.  

View the speaking program here

Photos may be viewed on Flickr, Album 1  Album 2





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REMINDER! Ice Cream Social Meet and Greets

with Dr. Jennifer Mezquita, Provost

Justine Caron, Chief People & Culture Officer and

Lieutenant Kevin Marshall, Community Resource Officer

Here’s the scoop: You are invited to come make an ice cream sundae and meet Dr. Jennifer Mezquita, Justine Caron and Lieutenant Kevin Marshall


  • When: Wednesday, September 21, 2022 from 1:00PM – 2:00PM

  • Where: Lynn Student Lounge, Flr. 2, Lynn South


  • When: Thursday, September 22, 2022 from 1:00PM -2:00PM

  • Where: Old Cafeteria, Math and Sciences Building

--Deb Santoro

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CAD Students Field Trip

NSCC’s CAD Lab team, Professor Kehinde Ikuomenisan and Alla Manukyan, took a group of over 20 NSCC students out to the MASH-UP Trade Show in Worcester on September 16. This was supported by our MassBridge grant in Advanced Manufacturing. Students had a chance to network with manufacturers around the state; they heard from the Lt Governor; and they experienced what it means to be in a manufacturing business. It was a very high energy event that will better engage our students in Advanced Manufacturing.


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Please share with your students
Student mental health support: Telehealth and more

The mind and body are intrinsically connected.
Emotional and mental pain, such as stress, depression, anxiety can affect our physical well-being. We realize that for you to succeed academically and have a fulfilling life, it is important to get help to improve and sustain your emotional and mental well-being.

In order to make this real for you, we are partnering with a 24/7 telehealth counseling service.
NSCC's MyStudentSupport app (MySSP) from Lifeworks can connect you with credentialed, Masters-level counselors to help you successfully address cultural, physical, and mental health challenges as you pursue your college education.

Counselors are available to speak with you 24/7 in these five languages: English, Spanish, French, Mandarin, and Cantonese. You can also schedule a regular appointment with them in your language of choice, if it is other than the five listed previously. MySSP is accessible in MyNorthshore by clicking on this icon:
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Download the app, visit the website or call directly.
You can download the app directly from the Google Play or Apple Store, or visit their website at:   You can also call them directly at 1-866-743-7732

Short SSP Videos:
5 Things to know about the My SSP App
5 Things To Know: My SSP
5 Things to Know: My SSP Website 


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Navigate Weekly Workshops

As mentioned before, the Navigate team has created short video clips of student facing functionality within Navigate. We know that not all Staff/Faculty have access to the student portal. With that being said, over the next several weeks, the first hour of our Wednesday workshops will be used highlighting one or two of the new student video content and how that can be leveraged, used, or coincides with various tools/functionality on the Staff/Faculty facing Navigate portal! If you’d like a head-start on some of the video content, please see our Navigate NSCC - Youtube Channel. Make sure to like & subscribe! 😉

The institution has moved forward with a new onboarding process for newly accepted students. These students will be introduced to Navigate as the second “step” in their onboarding experience. This means that almost ALL of our students will be using Navigate. If you need to just brush up your skills, please feel free to utilize these workshops to come in and ask any questions you may have! Remember: The Navigate blackboard course, as well as resource tiles on MyNorthShore, are places to find useful materials.

Wednesday, Sept. 21st

2:00PM - 2:45PM                   Student Tips: Accessing your “Navigate for Students” account!

3:00PM - 3:45PM                   Open Session Time 

Wednesday, Sept. 28th

2:00PM - 2:45PM                   Student Tips: How to View your “To-Dos” – What are they?

3:00PM - 3:45PM                   Open Session Time 

Thank you for your interest in Navigate!

--John, Jake, Scott, Michael, Jeleiny & Sam




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2022 Hispanic Heritage Month Spotlights at North Shore Community College /  Destacados del Mes de la Herencia Hispana 2022 en North Shore Community College

National Hispanic Heritage Month  (September 15 to October 15) is a time to recognize, honor, and celebrate the tremendous influence Hispanic and Latino/a/x Americans have had on our culture, society, and world at-large. This year, we're taking time with Hispanic Heritage Month Community Spotlights throughout the month to focus on some of our Hispanic and Latino/a/x faculty, staff, and students at North Shore Community College (NSCC)!  

We invite you to add the NSCC Hispanic Heritage Month graphic to your email signature to help spread awareness and recognize the month!

If you’re interested in being featured this month, please feel free to complete the form here.

--Nikki Pelonia, Chief Diversity and Equity Officeer


Hispanic Heritage Month Community Spotlights


Yelenna Rondon at NISOD awardsYelenna Rondon (she/they) is the Professor and Chair of the Business Department at NSCC and has been with the College for 15 years.Yelenna identifies as Hispanic American.

  • What are your thoughts on the contributions Hispanic/Latino/a/x people have made to society?

So many to pick from! But my favorite literary work is Cien Años de Soledad from Nobel Prize winner Gabriel Garcías Marquez, or any of his books, they are all absolutely amazing! Don Q from Miguel de Cervantes is also unbelievable. Plácido Domingo for opera, Gaitas are great for fun and dancing during the Christmas holiday celebrations. 

From a historical perspective, one must study El Libertador Simon Bolivar, and if you enjoy musicals and history, watch Evita. 

When it comes to science, the Mayans were the first on record to invent and use the number zero, and there are numerous scientists who have made  significant contributions to science and technology, too many to pick just one. Hispanics have also held positions of power at educational institutions advancing science and technology, MIT current president L. Rafael Rief is a native of Venezuela, like myself. 

These are just a few contributions. There are so many!

  • What are some of the things you wish you knew more about your heritage? 

More about the migration of Europeans to Latin America. My family went from Naples and Northern Spain to Venezuela. I would like to learn more about their origins beyond what I learned from my grand parents and parents. 

  • What are some of the things you wish people know more about your heritage?

That the Spanish language is different from country to country, and that hispanic cultures are significantly different, in some cases completely different, from one Spanish-speaking country to the next.

  • How do you wish to see higher education embrace and celebrate the Latinx/Hispanic community?

Sure. But without being weird. I would like to see it celebrated as part of a multicultural society. Promoting literary works and art forms inside college courses is a great way to celebrate Hispanic culture. History courses about historical Hispanic figures, dance courses for Hispanic dance forms such as joropo, tango, salsa, paso doble, etc. 



Siol Vanessa Castillo SantanaSiol Vanessa Castillo Santana is a third year student at NSCC studying to work as an office administrative assistant. Sol identifies as Hispanic.

  • Why do you feel it's important to recognize Hispanic Heritage? ¿Por qué cree que es importante reconocer la Herencia Hispana?

Porque somos personas esforzadas que aportamos mucho a la economía de este país. Merecemos ser reconocidos ya que hacemos un esfuerzo doble para ser profesionales que es aprender el idioma inglés y luego estudiar una carrera. Y una ves graduados desempeñamos un papel importante en el ámbito laboral .

  • What are your thoughts on the contributions Hispanic/Latino/a/x people have made to society? ¿Qué piensa sobre las contribuciones que los hispanos/latinos/a/x han hecho a la sociedad?

Me parece algo muy valioso que merece ser aplaudido y reconocido. Somos una comunidad que aporta mucho a la economía de este país con nuestra entrega en todo lo que hacemos para constribuir al desarrollo de esta sociedad. Somos una comunidad que estudia que trabaja y que se esfuerza por lograr el sueño americano el cual es imposible alcanzar si no aportamos nuestra entrega en las escuelas y en las empresas de este país.

  • What are some of the things you wish you knew more about your heritage?  ¿Cuáles son algunas de las cosas que te gustaría saber más sobre tu herencia?

Sobre nuestra historia

  • What are some of the things you wish people know more about your heritage? ¿Cuáles son algunas de las cosas que le gustaría que la gente supiera más sobre su herencia?

Que somos una raza luchadora que dejamos atrás nuestros países, nuestras costumbres para venir a este país a luchar por nuestros sueños y que es muy grande el esfuerzo que hacemos para poder lograrlo .

  • How do you wish to see higher education embrace and celebrate the Latinx/Hispanic community? ¿Cómo desea que la educación superior adopte y celebre a la comunidad latinx/hispana?

Reconociendo a los Hispanos que desempeñan una gran labor como estudiante , profesionales , y como empleados .

  • Please share any other additional thoughts, comments, etc. as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month 2022 at NSCC: Comparta cualquier otro pensamiento, comentario, etc. adicional mientras celebramos el Mes de la Herencia Hispana 2022 en NSCC:

Los hispanos somos personas esforzadas que llegamos a un nuevo país llenos de esperanza y dispuestos a luchar para alcanzar nuestros sueños. Nos encanta aportar al bienestar de esta sociedad la cual  nos apoya mucho en el camino hacia la meta. Estamos agradecidos con este país el cual nos ha dado mucha facilidades para estudiar y salir adelante.



Dual Language Instruction Institute

Institute Goal: To provide dual language professional learning for faculty, staff, and administration and engage in a collaborative conversation regarding supporting future DLI teachers 

Presenter: Kris Nicholls, Ph.D.

Dr. Kris Nicholls has more than 20 years experience at the local, regional, state, and national level supporting districts and school sites in implementing and enhancing their English Learner and biliteracy programs, including planning and implementing a new dual language immersion program, transforming a transitional bilingual education program to dual language immersion and moving an elementary dual language immersion program to secondary. 

Dr. Nicholls is also the lead consultant for the Lynn Public School’s emerging dual language programing. For more information, visit: 

Friday, September 23rd 10:00AM-12:30PM via Zoom


Dual Language 101  
  • Definition-elementary and secondary dual language immersion  
  • Dual language goals/pillars  
  • Dual language program types, program models, implementation models   Comparing and contrasting dual language to bilingual education  
  • Research on dual language education  
  • Greatest challenges to the success and sustainability of dual language programs  
  • Teacher recruitment/retention  
  • Student recruitment/retention  
  • Courses  
  • Curriculum  
  • What are the characteristics of a highly qualified dual language teacher?  
  • Broadly biliterate  
  • Common Core State Standards in Español expectations  
  • Common Core State Standards Spanish Language Development Standards
  • Broadly knowledgeable  
  • Socioculturally competent 
  • Engage in a collaborative conversation regarding supporting future DLI teachers 
    • Biliterate  
    • Broadly knowledgeable  
    • Socioculturally competent  
    • Inform students who are native speakers of Spanish and those for whom Spanish is  a second or subsequent language of the great value of the linguistic assets they  possess as bilinguals  
    • Share with bilingual students the career opportunities available for them in  elementary and secondary dual language programs 
  • Support future dual language teachers to become:

Committee for Appreciation, Recognition, and Engagement (CARE)

Greetings All,

In case we haven’t met yet, I’m Deb Santoro, NSCC’s new Events Manager. I would like to share some exciting news. I am happy to announce the new Committee for Appreciation, Recognition and Engagement (CARE), which is replacing the former Collegiality Committee. The objectives of this new committee are to improve the college culture, create collegiality, provide recognition of good work and create more fun at work. I hope the members will be involved with major college events as well. Brian Falter, Coordinator of Orientation Programs, will be joining me to co-chair the committee.

We are seeking volunteers who would like to participate in helping the college meet these objectives. Our goal is for the committee to be representative of employees from both campuses, many different departments and employee groups. Ideally, we are looking for 15-20 enthusiastic, creative and dedicated members who are willing and able to give their time and talent at least once a month.

Once we have our roster for the new committee, we will send out a Zoom meeting invitation for a kick off meeting before the end of September. If you are interested, please complete the sign up form by September 21 to indicate your interest. 


--Deb Santoro



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Convocation Key Announcements and Summer Fun Video

In case you were unable to attend Convocation 2022, here is a link to Convocation Key Announcements.   The faculty/staff Summer Fun video may be viewed here and photos may be found on Facebook or Flickr.



 Woo-Sox Community College Night
Thursday, September 22, 6:45pm

There are just a handful of seated tickets left in the community college section, with plenty of standing room only tickets available as well. If you are planning to attend and haven’t yet reserved your ticket(s), it's recommended that you secure your tickets right away! 

There are a limited number of $15 seats and multiple $8 standing room only tickets available in Section 1 of the stadium.

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.

 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!





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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 September 19th: What Are 5 Easy-to-use Technologies That Have a Big Impact on Learning in the Online Classroom?

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,


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We would love to tell you all about the fantastic wraparound services we provide to our cohort of Black and Latina/o students. We are kicking off our fall recruitment plan and would love an opportunity to visit your classroom or department to share information about our incredible wraparound support services. Please complete this form if you want a team member to visit you virtually, in person, or by video asynchronously!

--Michele Cubelli Harris,



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Sign up now for the 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 (10/07) and on the Danvers Campus (10/12) 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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NSCC’S Cultural Arts Department announces…

For the fall theatre production of
Everybody by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

Sessions will take place:

In LYNN, Wed, September 21, from 3-6 PM, in LE-203

In DANVERS, Thu, September 22, from 3-6 PM, in Berry-103

You do not need to prepare anything in advance for your audition, but you should plan to attend either session for 1 hour within the time range listed.

If you are unable to make either session, but you would like to  participate in the fall production,
please contact

Auditions are open to all students, faculty, staff and alumni!




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:

Privilege is unearned social power, a special right, advantage, or immunity granted or available only to a particular person or group of people (for example, white privilege, heterosexual privilege, religious privilege, gender privilege, etc.) Privilege is usually invisible to those who have it, but nevertheless it puts them at an advantage over those who do not have it.

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


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