[ Faculty/Staff Focus ] Musical Composition Honored in National Competition Violist/composer Mark Berger, a member of MCC’s Music Department faculty, was a finalist in the National Rapido Composition Competition in Atlanta. As the winner of the northeast regional competition, Berger’s composition “Dream Dances” was performed by the Atlanta Chamber Players in a recent concert. The competition was judged by Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Music Director Robert Spano, and distinguished composers Michael Gandolfi and Jennifer Higdon. Revising State Framework Standards in Broadcasting Communications Professor Robert Matorin recently served as a postsecondary education consultant and program advisory committee member for the Massachusetts Department of Education. He contributed to the revision of the Vocational Technical Education Framework Standards for Radio and Television Broadcasting. Helping VA Staff Serve Veterans Attending College Associate Provost Clea Andreadis is a contributing author of the "Veteran Supported Education Service Treatment Manual," a guidebook for Veterans Administration staff members who work with veterans planning to attend, or who are attending college. Middlesex/UMass Lowell Articulation Summit Computer Science Professor Margie Bleichman, World Languages and ELL Chairwoman Marja-Leena Bailey, and Dean of Health and STEM Kathleen Sweeney attended a recent MCC/UMass Lowell Articulation Summit. The purpose of the summit was to review academic programs and draft articulation agreements that will clear pathways for Middlesex students completing associate degrees and pursuing bachelor’s degrees at UML. Addressing Homeland Security Issues Terrence Downes, Executive Director of the Homeland Security Program, has been a frequent guest on WBZ and WCAP. He has addressed a variety of topics, including the status of international and domestic terrorism, the war on terror, cyber-security and attack vulnerabilities, TSA technology advances, and security challenges at the London Olympics. Presenting on the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning Professors Cathy McCarron (English) and Sally Quast (science), along with Associate Dean of K-16 Partnerships Kim Burns, presented “Rebuilding a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Community in a Climate of Assessment and Accountability” at the 9th annual International Society for SoTL conference in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Burns also presented “SoTL, the American Community College and the Big Tent” at the conference. MCC Again Named to National Community Service Honor Roll Middlesex Community College has been named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, which recognizes colleges and universities nationwide that support innovative and effective community service and service-learning programs. “MCC’s Service-Learning Program shows our students they have a responsibility to their community, their nation and their world,” said Cynthia Lynch, Service-Learning Coordinator. “It helps them become better citizens with a deeper understanding of community needs.” MCC has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll since it was launched in 2006. The Honor Roll annually highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement by recognizing institutions that achieve meaningful, [ 24 ] measureable outcomes in the communities they serve. The Honor Roll is sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, and the U.S. Departments of Education and Housing & Urban Development. The program is presented in cooperation with Campus Compact, a national coalition of nearly 1,000 college and university presidents committed to the civic purposes of education, and the American Council on Education. Honorees were selected based on a series of factors, including scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service, and the extent to which the school offers ServiceLearning courses. i For more information about MCC's Service-Learning program and opportunities, contact Cynthia Lynch at 781-280-3556 or lynchc@middlesex.mass.edu. Profiles