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Dr. Jennifer Mezquita says it's easy to SHINE YOUR LIGHT! Here's how!

Join us in a brand-new SPIRIT DAY on Tuesday, November 29th to celebrate our amazing students and this incredible college!

Shine Your Light offers two easy ways to share your NSCC pride and make a transformational difference for our college community! There's no need to wait until tomorrow when you can jumpstart your spirit and participate today!

  • Follow NSCC on social media- Facebook (mynscc), Instagram (northshorecc), Twitter (@northshore_cc), TikTok (myNSCC) and LinkedIn (north-shore-community-college) – every new follow on an NSCC social media account on GivingTuesday will be matched with a $5 donation (up to $2,000) by Dr. Mezquita!

  • Help unlock a $2,000 matching gift by donating a gift of any amount today to The Annual Fund for NSCC at

One hundred percent of donations go directly to our Here to Help program, which provides emergency and flexible assistance to students so that no one has to put their education - and their future - on hold because of an emergency.

Stop by our Shine Your Light tables on campus on Tuesday from 9:30am - 2:00pm for free popcorn and a chance at our prize wheel! (Lynn South entrance, Danvers Berry entrance)!

Shine Your Light for NSCC commemorates GivingTuesday, a global day of giving. All annual fund donations and new social media follows thru 11/30 will count toward the challenge matches. 

Learn more at or contact



The Pedagogy of Real Talk and the Faculty Academy

NSCC is pleased to welcome Dr. Paul Hernandez virtually this Tuesday, November 29th from 2:00pm to 3:00pm. Dr. Hernandez will share information about a transformative professional development opportunity that faculty at NSCC will have the opportunity to engage in with faculty from other MA community colleges. Dr. Lara Dowland, a biology professor from Mount Wachusett Community College, will be joining Dr. Hernandez to share the faculty participant perspective.

This faculty professional development opportunity (open to both full-time and part-time faculty), which will kick off summer 2023, stems out of a collaboration with Achieving the Dream and will give faculty the opportunity to reflect upon their teaching practices to help create a sense of belonging for students in the classroom. Faculty who attend the session will be entered into a raffle to win a copy of Dr. Hernandez's book, "The Pedagogy of Real Talk". Join the Zoom Meeting at

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



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What are YOU most looking forward to in the future at NSCC? | Submit a video!

Marketing, PR, and Media Services are teaming up to produce a fun and upbeat holiday video message and are inviting faculty, staff, and students to submit a 10-second video clip. This year's theme is (drum roll please...): What are YOU most looking forward to in the future at NSCC?

You can shoot it on your phone. No high-tech is needed. Also, feel free to include anyone else in the clip like family, kids, pets, etc.!


1). Shoot your video in a well-lit area, but away from high-glare windows.

2). Horizontal perspectives work best!

3). Please shoot indoors so outside sound doesn’t interfere with what you’re saying.

4). Upload your video to the Holiday Video Drive here by Wednesday, 11/30:

We so hope you’ll consider participating!

--Sam McGilloway, Linda Brantley & Jim Harrington




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NSCC Police & Toys for Tots Stuff a Cruiser Toy Drive

Join in the holiday spirit of giving! Toys for Tots Stuff A Cruiser flyer The NSCC community is invited to join NSCC  Police in donating new, unwrapped toys to stuff a cruiser for Toys for Tots. The drive will be held in Lynn on
December 6 between 9am-3pm when it is hoped a cruiser full of toys will be collected at the South Entrance.

In addition, non-perishable food items will be collected for those in need. Beginning November 21, toys and food may be donated in Danvers at boxes located in the Berry building lobby and at the campus police office or in Lynn at boxes at both the west and east ends.

Toys for Tots was created in 1947 by a Marine to, through the gift of a new toy, help bring the joy of
Christmas and send a message of hope to America's less fortunate children. Presently, the Marine Toys
for Tots Program distributes an average of 18 million toys to 7 million less fortunate children annually.

We hope to see many of you on December 6 in Lynn when a US Marine will be present to accept NSCC’s
donations. Should you have any questions please contact Lt. Kevin Marshall at .


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Please join us for the
Winter Wonderland Holiday Celebrations!

Mingle with colleagues and enjoy refreshments. FREE raffle drawings!
Enter the Gingerbread Decorating Contest - you could win a pizza party for 10!  details/sign-up 

Lynn Campus, Monday, December 19, 2- 4pm, Lynn Cafe
Danvers Campus, Tuesday, December 20, 2- 4pm, Math & Science Old Cafe

-CARE Committee




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NSCC & the Cultural Arts Department present…

Everybody by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins.

Directed by Matthew Woods

Dec 2 & 9 at 7 PM

Dec 3 & 10 at 3 PM and 7 PM

Dec 4 & 11 at 1 PM

LOCATION:  Lynn Museum / Lynn Arts, 25 Exchange Street, Lynn, MA

TICKETS:  Pay What You Can at the door! 

To RSVP tickets in advance or for more information contact

ABOUT THE PLAY: Everybody is a modern -- and playful -- riff on the fifteenth-century morality play Everyman, and a shrewd examination of the human condition in the face of mortality.  The story follows a character called “Everybody” as they journey through life’s greatest mystery—the meaning of living.   



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Arts in April: Call for Faculty, Staff, and Student Participation

The Arts in April committee is now planning the month-long arts festival for April 2023 and wishes to invite faculty, staff, and students to participate in the programming.

One way to participate is for faculty or staff to host an event, by yourself or with other faculty or staff. In the past, for example, faculty and staff have demonstrated techniques such as printmaking, hosted panels on various topics such as comic book artists, demonstrated how to enact combat scenes for dramatic productions, performed on various musical instruments, and exhibited their own art in one of the NSCC libraries. If you would like to discuss possible ideas, please email Cari Keebaugh (  Presentations may be on campus or virtual though we are eager to offer more on campus events this year.

Another way to participate is to create an assignment in one of your spring courses that offers students the opportunity to write or perform and to receive credit (or perhaps even extra credit) for their work that would be presented on campus or virtually. For example, students might write poems, create a Tik Tok performance or short video, or create an art work related to course work. The committee is thinking of a variety of ways in which this work would be featured as part of Arts in April, either as an on campus exhibit or a virtual presentation.

If you are interested in participating in either of these ways, please notify Cari Keebaugh ( at your earliest convenience and no later than the end of January, 2023. Cari needs to know what type of assignment you plan to incorporate into your course by the end of February 2023, but students would not need to submit their work until sometime in March.

Finally, we hope you will support Arts in April by taking your classes to some of the events and/or by making them aware of this festival.




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Final Exam Schedule

Please find below the link to the Final Exam Schedule for the Fall 2022 semester.  Please note that the schedule is subject to change.  Consult your instructor for further details:





Return of Vaccinations

covid 19 vaccine serumBeginning November 8, vaccinations will once again be available through Transformative on the Danvers campus, DB108-DB114, from 9am to 3pm Book an appointment for the Danvers site. Dates include:

  • Tues, Nov 29th; Wed, Nov 30th

  • Thurs, Dec 1; Tues, Dec 6; and Wed Dec 7th, and Thurs., Dec 8th. 

Both Moderna pediatric and Pfzier for 12+ initial COVID shots and boosters will be available.  Vaccinations will be available to both the NSCC community and general public.



COVID-19 Vaccination Student Accommodation Deadline and Process

While the College and the MA Community College’s strongly prefer that all students, faculty and staff receive their COVID-19 vaccinations (and on-going boosters), we also recognize that some individuals will seek accommodations.

If a student is seeking a reasonable accommodation for the COVID-19 vaccination for Spring 2023, please have them complete the Student Reasonable Accommodation Form by the deadline date of Tuesday, January 3, 2023. The Student Vaccination Review Committee has 10 business days to respond to a completed submission. Therefore, it is crucial that students requesting a reasonable accommodation do so by the posted deadline date to have their application reviewed prior to the start of Spring 2023 classes.

Please note, if a student submits a request for a reasonable accommodation, it’s the College’s intention to provide a reasonable accommodation while upholding the Massachusetts Community College COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. All requests are carefully reviewed, and alternative options such as taking a course on-line or via videoconference may constitute a reasonable accommodation. Requests for accommodations do not guarantee that the student will be approved for the specific accommodation they are seeking. Questions about the process should be directed to the Student Vaccination Review Committee by emailing

~The Student Vaccination Review Committee



Important Year-end Updates from Payroll:
  1. Address Verification: In preparation for year-end tax reporting and document delivery, any updates in home address must be made by no later than 12/31/2022 in HR/CMS Self-Service site.

  2. Employees may consent to receive and print out an electronic W-2 or 1095-C through HR/CMS Self-don't take chances with your taxes 2Service:

       Some benefits of suppression are as follows:

  • A reduced risk of forms being lost or stolen in the mail.

  • Early access to W-2 and 1095-C in mid-January only to those employees who are suppressed through HR/CMS by 12/31/2022. Employees who select suppressed* W-2 and/or 1095-C will receive an email when those become available. *Paper W-2 or 1095-C forms will not be distributed through the mail.

  • Suppressed W-2 or 1095-C format allows individuals the ability to “cut and paste” the information into most tax preparation software.

If you do not wish to consent, form W-2 will be postmarked in the mail by January 31, and 1095-C in the mail by the end of February.

There is no action required if employees have already consented to suppress Forms W-2 and 1095-C.

How to access the W-2 and 1095-C consent forms:

  • Consent to Receive Electronic W-2, employees can log into HR/CMS and go to Self Service> Payroll tile > W-2/W-2c Consent tile

  • Consent to Receive Electronic 1095-C, employees can log into HR/CMS and go to Self Service> Benefits Details > Form 1095-C Consent.

For answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the Form W-2, please use this link here.

For answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the Form1095-C, please visit here.

As reminder, NSCC is not supported by the Employee Service Center (ESC), please do not contact the ESC. If you have any questions or need assistance with the above info, contact HR/Payroll at and/or
(978) 739-5422.





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Navigate Weekly Workshops

Spring 2023 registration has been open for a few weeks now, and some of you may be figuring out creative ways to reach out to your students! Visit one of our workshops (even if the topic isn’t registration) to talk about how Navigate can be used for you to connect with your advisees and streamline the work you are trying to do! As always, our videos can be found on the Navigate NSCC - Youtube Channel. Make sure to like & subscribe! 😊

Remember: The Navigate blackboard course, as well as the resource tiles on MyNorthShore, are places to find useful materials.

Wednesday, Nov. 30th

2:00PM - 2:45PM                   Academic Planning & Course Selection // Appointment Summaries & Notes

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

Wednesday, Dec. 7th

2:00PM - 2:45PM                   Analytics & Reporting – How can they benefit me?

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


Thank you for your interest in Navigate!

--John, Jake, Michael, Jeleiny & Sam




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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 November 28th: How Can I Be My Own Instructional Designer?

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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CTLI Coffee and Conversations Series

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, December 2nd and the topic will be “Service-Learning: A Connection Between Text and Reality”. We invite you to join us for an informal conversation about our Service-Learning program. Our Service-Learning Graduate Fellow, Elaina Berry, will engage us in a discussion around the benefits of a service-based experiential learning course, examples of projects students are currently engaged in, and available support for making a Service-Learning experience meaningful to your students.

Also, our last Coffee and Conversations session for the fall semester will be Friday, December 16th and the topic will be "Blackboard Base Navigation: An In-depth Exploration". CTLI team members will provide a more in-depth walkthrough of the new Blackboard Base Navigation as well as provide faculty and staff with an opportunity to test it out before the go-live at the end of December. Please bring any of your questions.

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

The CTLI Coffee and Conversations Series will return in the spring semester and 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 December 2nd and December 16th!


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




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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


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:

Scientific racism, sometimes termed biological racism, is the pseudoscientific belief that empirical evidence exists to support or justify racism (racial discrimination), racial inferiority, or racial superiority. Published in 1851, "Diseases and Peculiarities of the Negro Race" reframed an enslaved person's efforts toward freedom as the newly-created "drapetomania," a "disease of the mind" that "induces the negro to run away from service."

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


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