The NSCC Bulletin



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Land Acknowledgment and Indigenous Peoples’ Day

I would like to honor and acknowledge the Naumkeag and Pawtucket, the traditional Native inhabitants and stewards of the land on which North Shore Community College is settled.

With a current movement to recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day that includes Massachusetts towns, U.S. states, cities, and a presidential proclamation, I would like to share the following resources to utilize and learn more:

--Nikki Pelonia, Chief Diversity and Equity Officer


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Account Access While Abroad

Are you planning a trip abroad?  Will you need to log into your NSCC email or Blackboard accounts while you're away?  Make sure to contact the NSCC Helpdesk before you leave the United States!! 

For security purposes, access to your NSCC account is blocked from outside of the U.S.  Don't worry, you can still take your trip and access your account(s), if you so choose!  We can add an exception that will allow you to access your account while you are traveling, but you must contact the helpdesk in order to enable international access to your account.  

Here's what to do: 

  • Send an email to

  • Include your NSCC username and the dates that you will be traveling (be sure to include your return date)

  • Enjoy your trip! 

(Please share with your students, too!)

--Cassandra Reed, Administrator of User Services


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STEM Week Events at NSCC

Massachusetts STEM Week is celebrated every October to expose students to careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). STEM Week 2022 will take place October 17-21. Check out the list of STEM Week activities below. Please encourage students to attend the events!

For questions, reach out to Ali Tateosian, Program Coordinator for STEM Starter Academy, at

Daytime events for current NSCC students (flyer)

Design Showcase: 3D Printing & CNC Machining Artifacts
Monday, October 17 & Tuesday, October 18, 8:30-10:30 am
Location: Lynn CAD Lab W206

Stop by anytime between 8:30 - 10:30am to see student design projects and learn about methods of advanced manufacturing, including 3D Printing and CNC Machining 

The Science of Oyster Farming
Tuesday, October 18, 10:30-11:30 am
Location: Lynn W325 + Zoom:

Come listen to an experienced oyster farmer talk about the ins and outs of the job and how he uses science, technology, engineering, and math to run a successful business. Free snacks!

STEM Career Spotlight: Veterinarian & Engineer
Wednesday, October 19, 12:00-1:00pm
Location: Lynn W325 + Zoom:

Join us to learn about the career paths and tips from a Veterinarian and an Engineer. Free snacks!

Manufacturing Tour
Thursday, October 20, 10:00-12:15 pm
Location: Bus from Lynn to Innovent Technologies
Pre-registration required

Join the STEM Club for a tour of a local manufacturing facility - Innovent Technologies
This is a great opportunity for any student interested in exploring different career paths!

Space is limited!

Evening event for 7th-12th graders and their families

NSCC STEM Night (flyer)
Wednesday, October 19, 2022, 5:00-7:00 pm
Lynn Campus

Learn about opportunities in STEM and participate in fun hands-on STEM activities. Build a catapult and see how far you can make a ball fly. Crack a challenging logic puzzle. See a live critter squirm under a microscope. And more! Snacks will be provided.




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Dr. Mezquita featured on Winning Women Talk Show

Dr. Jennifer Mezquita shares thoughts and discusses her role as NSCC's inaugural Provost on the Winning Women radio talk show.

Dean Hubbard (I am Iron Man) completes 100-mile Ultra Marathon!

Congrats to Dr. Steven Hubbard, Dean of STEM and Education, on completing a 100-mile ultra marathon over the weekend.  The course started in New Hampshire, crossed Massachusetts, went briefly into Connecticut and Rhode Island, then finished back in Massachusetts. Wowza!!   



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Lynn Journal: NSCC Foundation awards $343K in scholarships








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You are invited to a celebration of leadership and learning.

Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

6 - 9 pm

Please RSVP here by Tuesday, October 18, 2022.

 The Learning and Community Engagement Division at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston invite MA Community College students and faculty to an evening celebrating the “The Obama Portraits Tour” and “Portraits of Leadership.”

Learn about the MFA Pathways Internship Program from 6:15 to 7 pm followed by reception,* access to the exhibitions, and remarks by Dr. Mariel Novas, Patti and Jonathan Kraft Chief of Learning and Community Engagement

Please use the Huntington Avenue Entrance for check-in.

Parking is available in the garage and surface lots on Museum Road. For questions related to the event, please email

* Please be prepared to present ID; alcohol will be available during the reception.

In celebration of the Pozen Community College Access Program, made possible by Liz and Bob Pozen.




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CTLI Coffee and Conversations Series

We are excited to announce that the CTLI Coffee and Conversations Series will be back this year.

Over the fall semester, the CTLI will be hosting a series of informational sessions on a variety of teaching, learning, and assessment topics. The Coffee and Conversations sessions will be held virtually twice a month on Fridays from 9:30am to 10:30am. Please join us with your favorite cup of coffee or tea and we will bring the topics to hopefully spur plenty of conversations.

Our next Coffee and Conversations session will be on Friday, October 14 and the topic will be “Utilizing LinkedIn Learning as a Teaching and Learning Tool”. Recently, we announced LinkedIn Learning as a new e-learning professional development resource available to all current faculty, staff, and students. LinkedIn Learning is a digital library of 16,000+ courses covering a wide range of business, software, creative, and technical content. Come to this session to learn how LinkedIn Learning can help you refine or develop your professional skills and learn new software as well as enhance student learning experiences. A faculty member from the Graphics Art program will share how she is using LinkedIn Learning as part of the course curriculum. And staff from the CTLI, Library, and Tutoring will share how LinkedIn Learning can be used to support student academic achievement.

Please use the following Zoom meeting link for all Coffee and Conversations sessions. 

Future Coffee and Conversations sessions will be held on the following Fridays (listed below) so please save the dates in your calendar:

  • October 28

  • November 18

  • December 2

  • December 16

We would love your feedback on the topics for these sessions. Please share any ideas around what you might like to learn more about at

We hope to see you on October 14!

--Andrea Milligan, Director, Center for Teaching, Learning, and Innovation/Instructional Technology



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Cafe Specials for October

Note the FREE BOO-berry muffins on Halloween! 
October Cafe Calendar





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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




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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!

--Nikki Pelonia, Chief Diversity and Equity Officeer


Hispanic Heritage Month Community Spotlights


solmaria deleonSolmaria Deleon is a Content Developer within the Marketing Communications Department at NSCC. Solmaria is also an alumna of the College and has been here as a student and professional staff member for 3 years. Solmaria identifies as Latina. 

Why do you feel it's important to recognize Hispanic Heritage?
To me it is important as a Latina to recognize Hispanic Heritage month as a celebration and recognizing the various histories, music, culture, food, and traditions that each country of Hispanic/Latinx origin have. There are so many similarities within folks who are of Hispanic Latinx origin, and there are also differences. Learning more about each other and where we come from is a beautiful thing. 

What are your thoughts on the contributions Hispanic/Latino/a/x people have made to society? 
The contributions Hispanic/Latino/a/x people have made to society has been significant. In all areas. The Arts, History, Technology, Sports, the list goes on. There was a time in my life where I would see films and notice how whitewashed they were - Latinx people are not confined to one specific color or "look". Little by little, there has been more representation in the media and it is my hope that this continues into the future. I would love to see more Hispanic/Latinx stories where we are not cast as criminals, or the "help". We are Doctors, Lawyers, Educators, Creatives--the list goes on. There are so many stories within our community that haven't been told yet and I cannot wait to hear them.

What are some of the things you wish you knew more about your heritage?
I wish I knew more about the reasons why my family came to the United States, but I just started reading more into my heritage and the United States' relationship with Puerto Rico, which is very intense. I think this is the part that really bothers me the most, Puerto Rico has been a US Colony since 1898 and I don't remember learning about Puerto Rico in any of my US History classes. The most I can recall was the U.S acquired Puerto Rico when Spain lost the Spanish-American war.  I'm also Ecuadorian but I honestly don't know too much about that side of my family.

What are some of the things you wish people knew more about your heritage?  
When colonizers landed in 1493, everything changed for the Taíno people. Since then, Puerto Rico has never been her own, she has always been in the hands of another nation. I wish more people knew about Puerto Rico’s indigineous roots, and how we are still here. Some say the Taíno people became “extinct” but that is simply not true. According to the National Science Foundation, 61% of Puerto Ricans have Taíno ancestry. We are still here! 

How do you wish to see higher education embrace and celebrate the Latinx/Hispanic community?
More visibility, definitely. There are a lot of students, staff, faculty right here who are Latinx/Hispanic, in different roles. What I am most excited about is seeing Latinx/Hispanic folks in leadership roles, because it truly does make a difference, particularly for students. A====student can see when their College or University is actually believing in their mission statement or DEI statement. All they have to do is take a look around at the people who work there, particularly at the leadership level. 



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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 October 10th: How Can I Help Online Students Develop Autonomy and Take More Responsibility for Their 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,


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Meet Your Newest Colleagues!

Please give a warm NSCC welcome to your newest colleagues, pictured clockwise, starting top left:
Emily Cakounes, Instructor, Liberal Studies Generalist, Early College, Curricular Specialist, Liberal Studies; Jerrie Hildebrand, Assistant Professor, Graphic Design, CTE & B;  Nesreen Sabry, Assistant Professor, Chemistry, Natural Sciences; Laurie Gagnon, Staff Assistant, HR Generalist, Human Resources and Payroll.

Not pictured, Nicole Ringland, Accessibility Services Counselor, Accessibility Services.

Welcome, all!!

Changes to our Ranks

Congratulations to both Jean Martinho, Staff Associate, Donor Relations Officer, Planning, Research & Institutional Assessment, and Lori Emsberger, Assistant Coordinator of Tutoring and Academic Support, Library and Learning Resources, on recently transitioning from PT to FT.  Congratulations also go to Debbie Campbell who has moved into the position of Senior Special Programs Coordinator/Pathways Coach, Student Engagement.




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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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October 12 Mobile Market Postponed



Please share with your students!

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Link to Build Credit, Build Power flyer

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Link to Peer Mentor Flyer

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Link to Advanced Manufacturing Flyer

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Please like and share NSCC's Service-Learning Facebook and Instagram pages.


They are looking to rebuild and grow their social media pages to make the service-learning program more accessible to students and faculty.  Thank you for your support!

NSCC Service Learning on Facebook

NSCC Service Learning on Instagram



Worthy Causes
Help in the fight against Breast Cancer and ALS

Hello NSCC colleagues, I am reaching out for your annual help in supporting the fight against Breast Cancer and ALS.  I walk annually in memoriam and for survivors.  This year will be my 11th year walking to raise funds and to support more research for cures.  I hope that you can join me in providing real-time help to those facing and fighting these devastating diseases.

You can make a donation online by clicking the button above my fundraising thermometer.

Walk to Defeat ALS, Boston Walk  - Massachusetts Chapter
October 16
Team Captain:  (me) Vanessa Bates
Donate Team:  W L Bates
Fundraising Goal:  $500

Susan G Komen Race For The Cure Breast Cancer Walk
Walk  - October 29th
Team Captain:  (me) Vanessa Bates
Donate Team:  AJ Ladybugs
Fundraising Goal:  $500

Thank you for helping me raise money in support of ending Breast Cancer forever and finding a cure for ALS.

Most Sincerely,

Vanessa Bates, TRIO/Student Support Services



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.                                  

October Deep Dive:

High-achieving Black athletes throughout the decades have been inspired and motivated by those who came before them. Many of these originals were the first professional black athletes in their sports and set examples for fans and future superstars alike. In this article famed athletes share recollections of these heroes who set records, won championships and made their marks, showing later generations what was possible.

Think About This:

Sally Ride was NASA’s first female astronaut, and the first acknowledged gay astronaut, going into space in 1983. She still holds the record as the youngest American Astronaut in space at 32 years old. Her duty was to operate the robotic arm on the Challenger SPAS-1. In 2001, she and her partner founded Sally Ride Science, a non-profit which continues to promote STEM literacy, with a particular focus on getting girls interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

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


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