President Dr. James C. Mabry Board of Trustees James J. Campbell, Chairman Linda Banks-Santilli Alec A. Belanger Stephanie J. Cronin Sierra DeWalt, Student Trustee Laurie A. Elliott Cheryl E. Howard Steven C. Iem Bopha Malone Annie O’Connor Kathleen A. Plath Profiles of people, programs & partnerships at Middlesex Community College Fall 2017 | Volume 20 | Issue 1 Message from the President Supporting Student Success Success does not come easy for many community college students. Our students lead busy lives, as most are employed either full- or part-time. Many are working, raising families, and going to school. Middlesex is the place where our diverse community is served – and all are guided on a path to success. As a result of this inclusive approach, nearly half of our students are the first in their families to pursue higher education. While our students come from diverse backgrounds, they are united by a single purpose — improving their lives through education. In this issue of Profiles, we highlight the many ways our students are succeeding with flying colors. Under the direction of Ann Buskey, our TRIO Student Success Program provides extra support to 200 first-generation students every year. Our newly launched Program for Asian American Student Advancement (PAASA) will provide extra support to Asian-American students, many of whom are “first-gen.” And we spotlight four current first-generation students – Hamid Bouagal, Stacy Holmes, Jennifer Khuy and Theresa Sherman – who are successfully progressing toward their goals. Many first-year students are enjoying a smooth transition to college via our innovative First-Year Experience seminars. And Bryan Wint, Director of Academic Advising & Academic Pathways (and an MCC alum), explains how our new Pathways Maps lay out a clear academic roadmap for each program of study. We also feature an interview with Sierra DeWalt, the new student member on the Board of Trustees. And we hear from alum Jasmine Lo who recently launched a legal career after graduating from our Paralegal Studies Program. These are just a few of the many ways Middlesex supports our students and the community we serve on their path to success.. All the best, Dr. James C. Mabry Middlesex President PROFILES Staff EDITOR Jennifer Aradhya SENIOR WRITER Kathy Register WRITERS Tura Linderholm and Jennifer Myers DESIGN DIRECTOR Beth Jendro Noël GRAPHIC DESIGNERS Gretchen Hollworth, Nancy Roberts, Lai-Man Wong and Lynda Zarrow PHOTOGRAPHY Kevin Harkins, John McKeith and Tory Wesnofske ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT Rebecca Parsons For admission information, call 1-800-818-3434 or visit our website at www.middlesex.mass.edu © 2017 Profiles is published by the Middlesex Community College Office of Marketing Communications. For Profiles questions or comments, please contact marketing @middlesex.mass.edu Any person with a disability needing accommodations, assistance, or auxiliary communication aids or services to participate in programs or activities of Middlesex Community College can contact the ADA Coordinator, Alisa Chapman, at 781-280-3620 or chapmana@middlesex.mass.edu or other representative of the College to make their needs and preferences known. Middlesex Community College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, age, veteran status, genetic information, gender identity or sexual orientation in its programs and activities as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and college policies. The College prohibits sexual harassment, including sexual violence. Inquiries or complaints concerning discrimination, harassment, retaliation or sexual violence shall be referred to the College’s Affirmative Action and/or Title IX Coordinator, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission or the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. (The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Board of Higher Education, Massachusetts Community Colleges Policy on Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity & Diversity; December 2014)