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Robert Awkward
, Professor of Business
Administration and MCC Assessment Fellow,
together with colleagues from Bristol Community
College and Bridgewater State University,
presented "Scaling Up: Building Assessment
That Represents Your Students' Work" at the Second Annual Advancing a
Massachusetts Culture of Assessment State-wide Conference.
Sheri Denk
, Special Program Coordinator in the Center of Leadership &
Engagement, and Dr. Anne Mulvey, University of Massachusetts Professor
Emerita, presented "Lowell Women's Week: 20 Years of Innovation, Diversity
and Sustainability" at the Society for Community Research and Action Biennial
Paulo Barrio
(left), Assistant Director of
Professional Development, led a team of faculty
that explored how to better incorporate project-
based learning into the curriculum at Worcester
Polytechnic Institute's 2015 Institute on Project-
Based Learning. The MCC team consisted of
Lauren Maniatis
, Assistant Professor of Biology;
Ryan Keen
, Assistant
Professor of Behavioral Science;
Stacie Hargis
, Assistant Professor of
Business; and
Mita Das
, Assistant Professor of Math.
Cathy McCarron
, Department Chair, English; and
Sally Quast
Department Chair, Science; who are Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (SoTL)
co-coordinators, hosted the fourth annual Get Inspired! Conference involving
faculty, administrators and students from Middlesex and nearby institutions.
The theme of the conference was Teaching in a Global Society. Dr. Theresa Y.
Austin of UMass Amherst delivered the keynote address, which was followed
by a panel featuring
Dona Cady
, Dean of Global Education;
, Professor of Sociology; and
Willy Ramirez
, College Support
Transition SPC.
Reginald Nichols
, Academic Counselor, published an article, titled "Five
Reasons to Start Your Higher Education Career at a Community College," in the
2015 summer edition of Living Education eMagazine.
Michael Kilkelly
, Adjunct Professor, Paralegal,
presented on the new domestic violence law to a
March gathering of children and family law attorneys in
Cambridge. And to the same audience, he presented in
May in Boston on guardianships for children. Professor
Kilkelly also presented in late May to Middlesex County
Attorneys on the Case Law Update from 2014-2015 at the 19th Annual View
From the Bench Conference in Watertown.
Faculty/Staff Focus
National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu presents a plaque to 2015
NEA National Heritage Fellow Yary Livan.
Ceramist Yary Livan Awarded
NEA National Heritage Fellowship
Yary Livan, Adjunct Professor of Art, was awarded a 2015 National Endowment
for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship, the nation's highest honor in the folk
and traditional arts, in a recent ceremony in Washington, D.C.
"I am grateful to the United States for granting me asylum in 2002, and to the
community and many people and organizations in Lowell and Boston that have
helped me to continue in preserving Cambodian art, and especially my family,"
said Livan.
"It makes me more than excited that now the whole country can recognize
Cambodian art and Khmer culture, giving it a high value. This award makes my
will to continue stronger, to join with the community to do more activities to
preserve Khmer culture, lift them up higher if possible for the young generation.
Now we can create more, not specifically just for Cambodian people, but for
Trained at the Royal University of Fine Arts in Phnom Penh, Livan is believed to
be one of the few ceramists to survive Cambodia's brutal Pol Pot-era genocide,
and the only known to be living in the United States. Since coming to the U.S.
in 2001, Livan has participated as an artist-in-residence at Harvard University,
and taught at Youth-Art-In-Action, an after-school and summer program for
urban youth at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.
In 2012, Livan joined the MCC faculty and received a Massachusetts Cultural
Council Artist Fellowship. He and longtime friend and fellow master ceramist
Kang Proeung built a smokeless, wood-fired kiln on the grounds of Lowell
National Historical Park. Livan uses the kiln to share the traditional techniques
as part of Middlesex ceramics courses and the park's public programs.
To see an interview with Livan as part of the 2015 National Heritage
Fellowships Concert webcast, visit
Photo by T
om Pich