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Congratulations, Professor Gamby!

We kick-off STEM Week announcing Professor Sonja Gamby's recent publication in the International Journal of STEM Education!   Professor Gamby and co-author (and graduate advisor) Dr. Christopher Bauer (University of New Hampshire) completed a case study using direct discussions with students to develop an evidence-based instruction model that encourages students to explore their beliefs about their own abilities.  Here is a link to this remarkable work: LINK  Congratulations to Professor Gamby! 

--Dr. Steven Hubbard, Dean of STEM and Education

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.


First Ever Employee Bake Off!

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Save the Date for the Forum on Tolerance!

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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, Oct. 19th

2:00PM - 2:45PM                   Student Tips: Resources – What can they do for me?

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

Wednesday, Oct. 26th

2:00PM - 2:45PM                   Student Tips: Incorporating Advisor Feedback – Academic Planning!

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


Thank you for your interest in Navigate!

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


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From an Idea to a Reality

Reflections on a collegial collaboration

In the Spring 2022 semester, Drs. Larry Davis and Kara Kaufman of the history department teamed up with Harvard University's Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies to bring scholars to their classes and the larger NSCC community to discuss the experiences of women in the Eastern front during World War II. 

This video is a conversation between Dr. Davis and Dr. Kaufman as they reflect upon what they learned both in terms of content and logistics. This program turned out to be more controversial than they thought it would be, since publicly discussing the content could have life-threatening ramifications on the scholars if not treated seriously.


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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



Please share with your students!

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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 28 and the topic will be “You Spoke, We Listened! Introducing a New NSCC Blackboard Assessment Tool”. Based on NSCC faculty feedback about assessment needs, CTLI staff and the faculty assessment fellows are piloting a self-directed Blackboard module to support program-level student learning outcomes assessment. The module includes assessment resource links, planning templates (e.g., for writing SLOs, curriculum mapping, etc.), and discussion boards for sharing assessment tips with faculty from across the college. Please join Kim Stevens and faculty assessment fellows Erinn Gilmore, Lori Azzara, Luciano Sappia, and Matt Edinger to learn more about this new resource! 

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.

  • 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 28!


--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



Hispanic Heritage Month Community Spotlights
(click on the names below to view their video)

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Yelenna Rondon

Andrea DeFusco-Sullivan
Indira Leisba

Dulce Gonzalez




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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 17th: What is Ungrading and How Can It Unleash Your Students' Potential?

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,




Please share with your students!

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Worthy Causes

caramel apples breast cancer fundraiser

Stop by Fall Fest
October 18, 10:30am-12:30pm

Danvers Berry First Floor

Lynn Portico - Lynn East (rain location outside the cafeteria)


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Beyond the Blues Musical Fundraiser
Produced by retired NSCC Professor/Playwright/Director Ralph Tufo
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.

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


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