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Composer Mark Berger Debuts MCC Commission
Music faculty member Mark Berger, violist/composer, recently debuted a new piece commissioned by Middlesex. Titled
Kaleidoscope for viola, piano and percussion, the work was performed in January by Berger as part of Boston's New Gallery
Concert Series. MCC commissioned Kaleidoscope for 2011's Interdisciplinary Weekend Beyond Consumption: Exploring a
Sustainable Future
with the stipulation that the work be tied to the concept of environmental sustainability. Berger explored
musical "recycling" by starting with a piece of older music (J.S. Bach's Sarabande) and creating something totally new. He first
performed Kaleidoscope last spring at MCC.
MCC Counselor Appears on Family Feud
Last fall, Middlesex Personal Counselor Marilyn Yeo and four family members won two rounds and $20,000 on the
popular TV game show Family Feud. Yeo was joined by her two sisters Sue Stapleton and Jeanne Connors and Sue's son
and daughter-in-law Matt and Debbi Stapleton. Even though her team didn't make it to the final round, Yeo said the
experience was "amazing." They were flown to Atlanta for two days of taping and were treated "like rock stars," she said.
Lori Weir Presents & Publishes on IT
Information Technology faculty member Lori Weir published an article in Magna Publications, titled E-Learning 2.0
Designing Collaborative Learning Experiences that Prepare Students to Work in Virtual Teams
. To read the article, visit: Weir was co-leader of a course, titled Designing and Using Innovative
Collaborative Approaches to Teaching and Learning
, at the Mid-Pacific Information & Communications Technologies Center's
Faculty Development Week. She also presented at the High Impact Technology Exchange Workforce "HI-TEC" Conference
in San Francisco and at Bridgewater State University's Ed-Tech Day.
For a complete listing of Middlesex faculty and staff scholarly activities, visit Now Presenting/Now in Print
Promoting a Statewide
Culture of Assessment
MCC Associate Dean of Assessment Elise Martin and
Chemistry Professor John Savage recently co-chaired a
regional Advancing a Massachusetts Culture of
Assessment (AMCOA) Conference focused on
improving measurement of student learning throughout
the state's public colleges and universities. Part of the
Department of Higher Education's Vision Project, the
all-day conference brought more than 200 faculty and
administrators from across the state to the UMass Lowell
Inn & Conference Center.
At the AMCOA Conference (left to right): Associate Dean
Elise Martin, MCC Professor John Savage, UML Chancellor
Martin Meehan, MCC President Carole Cowan and State
Commissioner of Higher Education Richard Freeland.
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