The Spirit of Giving Abounds at NSCC!!
TWO Cruisers Stuffed!
THANK YOU to everyone who contributed a toy for the “Stuff a Cruiser” event sponsored by NSCC Police and Toys for Tots! The response was amazing! TWO cruisers were actually filled – one in Danvers and one in Lynn – nearly 300 toys were collected! Thank you again for your generosity and caring! Photos from the event may be viewed on Flickr.
Link to Lynn TV broadcast of the Stuff a Cruiser event https://youtu.be/sorLP62_20E
Link to video recap of the Stuff a Cruiser event by NSCC media https://youtu.be/35nxU7iYXjo
Congratulations to the 3 raffle winners:
Jonne Rodriquez - Macy's Parade, Space Snoopy
Kathy Blakeman - Police Office (Officer Friendly) Build a Bear
Edwin Gonzalez - Patriots Winter Hat
114 pounds of food were collected on the Danvers Campus and delivered to Beverly Bootstraps! THANK YOU to everyone who contributed and special thanks to NSCC staff members Jeff Wardwell and Aimee Corso, pictured center and right, for volunteering to transport the food.
Enter the Gingerbread House Decorating Contest!
You could win a pizza party for 10! details/sign-up
Join us at the Winter Wonderland Celebrations!
Mix and mingle with colleagues and enjoy refreshments, music, and
FREE raffle drawings - lots of fun prizes!
Gingerbread creations will be on display - vote for your favorite!
Lynn Campus, Monday, December 19, 2- 4pm, Lynn Cafe
Danvers Campus, Tuesday, December 20, 2- 4pm, Math & Science Old Cafe
Meet your newest colleagues &
changes to our ranks!
Please give a warm NSCC welcome to your newest colleagues: Pictured above, l-r, Kathryn Nielsen, Senior Executive Officer, President’s Office and John (Jack) Hogan, Assistant Director of Facilities Operations - Danvers, Facilities Management. Not pictured, Sarah Lafontaine, Payroll Accountant II, Human Resources and Olivia Matthews, Health Simulation Coordinator (Technical Specialist). Welcome, all!
Changes to our ranks
Please congratulate the following employees who have moved into new roles:
Yessika Hurtado, Assistant Director of SUCCESS, Student Engagement
Johannes Martinez, Maintenance Working Foreman, Facilities Management
Diane DeLauri, Maintenance Working Foreman, Facilities Management
Eric Ong, Coordinator of Early College (Gateway and Early College Academy), Academic Affairs
Ann-Marie Calton, ESL Special Programs Coordinator, Liberal Studies (PT to FT)
NCBI: Creating a Climate Where All Are Welcome!
The National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) is alive, well, and very active here at North Shore Community College. We are building on our 27-year history here at the College with a new partnership with Salem State University (SSU) and their NCBI team. NSCC and SSU are teaming up to host a diversity/equity/inclusion/belonging workshop to the new employees at both institutions in early January. Our NSCC NCBI team has been preparing for this as well as many other initiatives. Over the next year, we hope to offer NCBI exposure workshops to the new leadership team at the College. We also are planning to host a Summer Retreat in early summer where team members will have new professional development opportunities, team building exercises, and culture sharing.
In late summer, plans are in the works to bring NSCC together with Cape Cod Community College and Salem State University to provide a Train the Trainer 3-day workshop where new NCBI trainers will learn the principles and practices of NCBI in order to facilitate upcoming trainings themselves. In addition to all of these efforts, our NCBI team continues to meet monthly and offer mini-workshops in the classroom. So far this semester we’ve offered workshops in PSY 110, HUS 100, and First Year Experience courses.
If you have an interest in learning about how to join our team of NCBI facilitators, please contact either of the co-chairs of NCBI, Nikki Pelonia(email@example.com) or Dave Houle (firstname.lastname@example.org).
For information about NCBI, click here or go to www.ncbi.org. There is also a form available for requesting workshops. Join us in creating a climate where all are welcome!
--Dave Houle and Nikki Pelonia, NCBI co-chairs
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FREE Math Success Lab Program
The STEM Starter Academy grant at NSCC will be funding a free Math Success Lab program for NSCC students this January. The program is open to all NSCC students. Please help spread the word to students who could benefit! You can access the printable flyer here.
The Math Success Lab is for students who want to improve their math skills in preparation for upcoming classes at NSCC. This course is taught by a math professor and will meet for 5 classes - 2 hours each class. The purpose of this refresher course is to give students the necessary study skills to be successful NSCC students. Students will learn note taking skills, number sense and efficient methods of problem solving.
There is no financial cost to students attending math success lab. Students of any math level can take this course. Students are expected to participate in all classes. The class will meet in Lynn campus from 10 am to 12 pm on January 3, 5, 10, 12, 17. Sign up here.
Questions can be sent to Ali Tateosian, NSCC STEM Coordinator, at email@example.com
Navigate Weekly Workshops
We are hitting the end of Fall 2022 semester, and Spring registration has been open for a few weeks now. Visit one of our workshops (even if the topic isn’t registration) to talk about how Navigate can be used for your end of the semester needs! 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.
These will be our last two weekly workshops before we come back for Spring 2023!
Wednesday, Dec. 14th
2:00PM - 2:45PM Analytics & Reporting – How to run an E4?
3:00PM - 3:45PM Open Session Time
Wednesday, Dec. 21st
2:00PM - 3:45PM Open Session Time
--John, Jake, Michael, Jeleiny & Sam
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 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 https://forms.gle/
We hope to see you on December 16th!
--Andrea Milligan, Director, Center for Teaching, Learning, and Innovation/Instructional Technology
Stop by to wish Joanne Sullivan well!
Colleagues -- Joanne Sullivan is retiring! Having joined NSCC in 2010, Joanne has spent the last 12 years shepherding projects (state, federal and private) and herding cats (us) with her inimitable style. North Shore has been the fortunate recipient of her many successful grant submissions – most notably our recent Title III grant -- and we are lucky to have had her. Though she declined to be the star of a rowdy send-off party, Joanne is in her office (DB 322) Monday through Wednesday. Please take some time between now and December 21st to stop in and wish Joanne well as she begins this next chapter of her life!
--Laurie LaChapelle, AVP, Planning, Research and Resources
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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 (email@example.com) 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.
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:https://tinyurl.com/y326f6b7
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
~The Student Vaccination Review Committee
Important Year-end Updates from Payroll:
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.
Employees may consent to receive and print out an electronic W-2 or 1095-C through HR/CMS Self-Service:
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 email@example.com and/or
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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 https://myssp.app/us/signup.
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
Why is it so hard for women to talk about money? Open up social media, and you’ll see people sharing intimate details of their lives – things they might not even discuss with their closest friends or family – with virtual strangers. But when the conversation shifts to finances, women often clam up, keeping the specifics of their wages private. Even as discussions about equal pay become more common in society, many women still hesitate to talk to each other about their bottom lines. So, what happens when women talk openly and honestly about money? Watch this video from NBCLX News.
Think about this:
Cultural appropriation is the unacknowledged or inappropriate adoption of the customs, practices, ideas, etc. of one people or society by members of another, typically more dominant people or society. For instance, non-Black people wearing their hair in dreadlocks is cultural appropriation. Black people with locs have been barred from walking at high-school graduations, denied jobs, wrongfully associated with drug use, and otherwise discriminated against. As a result of systemic racism, Black people face consequences for wearing dreadlocks that non-Black people do not.
If you have any questions or comments on NSCC's Equality & Equity Project, please contact us at EqualityEquity@northshore.