The NSCC Bulletin


President's Open Forum

As we close out what has been an unprecedented semester, I would like to update the community on some of the challenges that NSCC will be facing in the next semester and for the foreseeable future.

I will be hosting an open forum on Wednesday, December 9, from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm to talk about some of the challenges.

If you have attended any of the board of trustees meetings, you have heard me talk about how the campus needs to have a conversation about the future of NSCC.  Some of the challenges that we will be facing include:

- The impact of COVID-19

- Declining enrollments (well before COVID)

- Decline of the traditional college-aged population (particularly in New England) 

- State appropriations remaining flat

- Declining consumer confidence in higher education- the value proposition (cost vs benefit)

If NSCC is to remain a significant player in higher education, we can no longer be business as usual.  Simply put; if nothing changes, nothing changes.

A link to the forum will be sent out as we get closer to the date.

--Dr. Nate Bryant, Interim President



Ways to Encourage Active Student Participation
in Video Conference Classes

(Please share!)

Dear Faculty,

As we head towards the spring semester, the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Innovation (CTLI) and the Student Development Committee (SDC) are gathering suggestions from faculty on ways to further increase active student participation in Zoom / Collaborate video conferencing classes.

Did you do an activity or employ a strategy in your video conferencing classes this semester that led to great student participation? We'd love to hear about it!

Please take two minutes to share one activity, idea, or strategy with us via this Google Form, G5Uirw1UD3ZpPdgs7

If you would like to share activity directions or any associated materials related to the strategy, please feel free to email them to the CTLI at

Once all of the activities and strategies are compiled, we will share them out with all of you.

--The CTLI and the SDC



taxes imageImportant Year-end Updates from Payroll:

HR/CMS Self-Service link can be found here.

  1. Address Verification: In preparation for year-end tax reporting and document delivery, any update in home address must be made by January 2, 2021 in HR/CMS Self-Service.
  1. Employees are now able to suppress both 2020 W-2 and ACA 1095-C forms through HR/CMS Self-Service:

Some of the benefits of suppression are:

  • A reduced risk of forms being lost or stolen via the regular mail.
  • Early W-2 and Affordable Care Act (ACA)1095-C forms will be available in January only to employees who suppressed through HR/CMS. Those employees will receive an email when the W-2 Form is available, and will not receive a paper W-2 or ACA1095-C through the mail.
  • Format allows to “cut and paste” the included information into most tax preparation software.

If not suppressed, the W-2 and ACA 1095-C Forms will be postmarked by January 31, 2021 and mailed to the employee’s home address.

Suppressing W-2 and 1095-C forms can be found here or below:

  • To View W-2/W-2C or Consent to Receive Electronic W-2, employees can log into HR/CMS and go to Main Menu> Self Service>Payroll and Compensation.
  • To View ACA 1095-C or Consent to Receive Electronic 1095-C, employees can log into HR/CMS and go to Main Menu> Self Service>Benefits.
  • The ACA 1095-C Frequently Asked Questions can be found can be found here.


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



it takes a viking graphicFrom Student to President

Check out this "It takes a Viking" SSU alumni association podcast, From Student to President, an interview with our own Interim President Dr. Nate Bryant, who is a double graduate of SSU.


sleeping beauty lecture graphicPink and Blue: Sleeping Beauty in Pop Culture
Grab your magic wands and start up those magic mirrors (or computer screens)! This semester's (LS)^2 lecture, “Pink and Blue: Sleeping Beauty in Pop Culture,” given by Dr. Cari Keebaugh, is available on our Google Site: 
A Google Doc has been added so that the community may ask questions and dialogue with each other. 
We hope you enjoy the presentation!
--Kara Kaufman and Cari Keebaugh




navigate graphicLearn More about Navigate!

We’ve had some great response to our optional drop-in Navigate workshops and wanted to provide staff and faculty with further opportunities to use Navigate. If you are interested in learning more about how Navigate can assist your advising efforts or support of students feel free to drop in to one of these upcoming sessions.

If you have a topic that you would like to explore further, feel free to contact or drop-in to a to a “coffee” Wednesday mornings at 8:30.

December 9th: Broken up into THREE sessions (come to one or all three)

10:30AM - 11:00AM - Reporting on Appointments

11:00AM - 11:30AM - Making a Note (on Student)

11:30AM - 12:00PM - TBD // Ask the Experts!

December 16th
: Broken up into THREE sessions

2:00PM - 2:30PM - Review of Staff/Faculty Home & Student Overview (for the beginner)

2:30PM - 2:45PM - How to run an Appointment Summary Report (Advanced)

2:45PM - 3:15PM - TBD // Ask the Experts!

We look forward to working with you!

--John, Jake, and Mustafa (John Duff, Jake Thongsythavong, Mustafa Sidiqi)




 20 minute graphic20 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 December 07 - How Can I Repurpose My Content Into Videos That Get Viewed (and Shared)?

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.) Supplemental materials are available to view and print now.

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,



Sharing the stories of NSCC

The External and Public Relations Office invites you to share the stories of NSCC so that we can spread the word far and wide of what a great resource and choice NSCC is for the North Shore region and beyond. Depending on your role at the college, you know best about our special students, professors, initiatives, etc.  Share your story by filling out this form to let External and Public Relations know about and promote our super stars and programs! 

--Linda Brantley, Executive Director, External and Public Relations,



arts in april graphicCalling all creative faculty and staff!

The Arts in April Committee is seeking people interested in participating in the virtual "ARTS IN APRIL" month-long event! This form is being sent out to North Shore Community College faculty and staff interested in giving a presentation, organizing a panel, or demonstrating an activity in music, art, poetry, photography, creative writing, and/or other art forms.

Here's the link to the form.

--Aaron Keebaugh,



Faces of NSCC 2021

The Diversity Leadership Council (DLC) is collecting pictures, quotes and 10-second videos for its annual Faces of NSCC video, which highlights students, staff, faculty at home, outside, in the office, on/off campus with your 2-legged and 4-legged family members. Play a song, hold up a sign to share your brave, determined, meaningful, inspirational message. Faces of NSCC 2021 will be shown at various faculty/staff/administration meetings and outreach events.   “Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion in NSCC’s Community” Together apart. 

With most learning and working now taking place remotely, a whole new category of photo & video opportunities has opened up.  Please take and send pictures of students, staff, faculty working from home - teaching, learning, working.  Photo suggestions:  Helping your children do their schoolwork online; your unusual, hastily created "office" space; holding a sign with words of encouragement and support for the NSCC community; serious photos; fun photos, etc. Be creative!

Students' music approx  5-10 minutes is encouraged and welcomed! Email me your link!

There is a question on the release form for those who would like to provide a quote, which is optional.  People may have their picture taken with or without including a quote.

Please direct any questions, send photos, student release form, 10-second individual video message,  student music for project background to:

Anne Tabet at  Deadline to submit Friday, April 30, 2021

Have fun taking pictures and videos!

--The Diversity Leadership Committee





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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.

December Deep Dive:

Race:  It's a made-up label.  Click here to learn more.

Think about this:

Alice H. Parker was an African American inventor famous for her patented system of central heating using natural gas. In the 1920s using natural gas to power a heating furnace was a revolutionary idea that conserved energy and paved the way for the central heating systems we all have in our homes today.

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


--Diane Read for the Equality & Equity Project



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The Daily Item: 
Beloved Patient Inspires, Supports Goal of Lynn man going back to school

Herald Citizen:  NSCC leaders receive honors

The Lynn Journal: Elijah Alouidor named NSCC Student Trustee

The Jewish Journal: Sheldon Brown, champion against social injustice, honored by NSCC



Worthy Causes


2020 toy drive flyer

For more info, contact Kristine Babcock,



 Faculty and staff are welcome to participate in the following and
are encouraged to share with their students!


share a memory flyer

Fill out the Google Form to submit your response.





weekly wave graphicWhat's up in Student Engagement?

Stay informed by reading the Weekly Wave.





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Coronavirus Updates and Resources

Due to COVID-19, NSCC campuses are still under restricted access.  Please monitor your college email and check for frequent updates and resources.

NSCC family, please stay well! #InThisTogether 

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