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Trio of Community Leaders Join Board of Trustees
Three community leaders James J. Campbell, Bopha T. Malone and Annie
O'Connor have been appointed to the MCC Board of Trustees by Gov. Charlie
Baker. Campbell has been named chairman.
As city manager of Lowell during the late-1980s and early '90s, Campbell led
the city's revitalization and spearheaded construction of 14 new schools.
A resident of Lowell, he is currently employed as a client relations advisor to
the Boston law firm of Tentindo, Kendall, Canniff and Keefe.
Malone is vice president, regional business advisor, of Enterprise Bank in
Lowell. A Waltham resident, she also serves as chairwoman of the Cambodian
Mutual Assistance Association.
O'Connor is an attorney and mediator who specializes in conflict resolution and
mediation of civil matters. She is an adjunct professor at the Massachusetts
School of Law, and previously served as an adjunct professor at Middlesex.
The Lowell resident is also founder and principal of the Center for Negotiation
and Mediation.
Chinese Academic Administrators
Visit Lowell Campus
President James Mabry (center) addressed members of the Vocational
Education Leadership Training (VELT) Program during their visit to the
Lowell campus. VELT is a Chinese delegation of high-level academic
administrators interested in learning how American community colleges
bridge the talent gap by providing educational and workforce needs.
News Briefs
Songs for Cambodia master teacher Song Heng (seated, center right) and Music
Professor Johannah Segarich (kneeling, center left) with LPS music teachers.
MCC & Lowell Public Schools
Partner to Preserve Cambodian Music
Songs for Cambodia, a collaboration between Middlesex Community College and
the Lowell Public Schools (LPS) created to foster and preserve classical Cambodian
music, is beginning to pay off.
Thanks to a 2014 grant from the Theodore Edson Parker Foundation, traditional
instruments were purchased and more than 15 LPS music teachers have been
learning to play classical Cambodian music. The goal is for the teachers to infuse
Cambodian music into their regular classroom curriculum, according to MCC Music
Professor Johannah Segarich, who has helped develop the program.
After almost two years of instruction with master teacher Song Heng and Lowell
Music Teacher Rita McLaughlin, teachers at two schools will soon begin teaching
Cambodian music to their own students.
"Next fall, we will begin a pilot program with two Lowell schools: Murkland School,
in grades 2-4, and Stoklosa Middle School, in grades 5-8," explained Segarich.
"Eventually, we hope the program will expand to Lowell High School, as well."
Cambodian classical music was on the verge of being lost completely, according to
Segarich, due to the brutal Khmer Rouge regime, which systematically targeted and
killed Cambodian artists and musicians during the 1970s.
One of the few surviving classically trained Cambodian musicians in the world,
Heng, who lives in Rhode Island, has also been instructing a group of professional
Cambodian musicians from Lowell. They are very accomplished in playing folk-style
music, but not well versed in classical technique, said Segarich.
"Another Songs for Cambodia goal is to teach local musicians how to play classical
Cambodian music and to have them take on some of the more talented LPS
student musicians as private music students," she said.
"We have had an amazing amount of community support," Segarich added. "One
teacher said that when one of her students told her grandfather she was learning
Cambodian music, he started crying. He was overwhelmed that somebody was
teaching his granddaughter how to play Cambodian music.
"We're doing our best to bring this musical tradition back, and to give the
Cambodian community the sense that it matters, that their culture matters and
that THEY matter."
Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito (far left) swore in the three new MCC Trustees in a
ceremony on the Lowell campus.