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Faculty/Staff Focus
Professor of Music
Johannah Segarich
, who
is retiring after 24 years of service to the college,
gave a farewell concert as part of this spring's A
World of Music concert series. The mezzo-soprano
was joined on stage by MCC faculty members and
friends, as well as some of her voice students.
Donations for Strings for Cambodia were accepted
at the concert. Founded by Segarich, the fundraising campaign supports
the Royal University of Fine Arts' dream to launch Cambodia's first
national symphony orchestra since the Khmer Rouge Genocide.
To learn more about Strings for Cambodia, or to make a donation,
Math Professor Phil Mahler Given
Lifetime Achievement Award
Mathematics Professor Philip H. Mahler has been given the Herb Gross Lifetime
Achievement Award by the American Mathematical Association for Two-Year
Colleges (AMATYC).
Mahler has been teaching mathematics at Middlesex for 33 years. He was
presented the award for outstanding contributions and dedicated service to
AMATYC during its 42nd national conference, held in New Orleans.
Approximately 1,500 mathematics professors from across the U.S. and
Canada were in attendance.
"I am delighted and proud to be recognized this way by AMATYC," said Mahler. "I
have been an active member since 1984 and have attended more than 26 annual
conferences." Mahler has served the association in a variety of capacities over the
years, including three successive two-year terms as president-elect, president, and
past president.
AMATYC is the only organization exclusively devoted to providing a national forum
for the improvement of mathematics instruction in the first two years of college.
"Math is a subject that practically every college graduate must take," said Mahler.
"I like the challenge of making my students successful in this endeavor. Although I
love mathematics, the professional reward is in seeing student success."
Math Professor Phil Mahler with AMATYC President Nancy Sattler (left), and
Donald Brady, MCC Associate Dean of STEM (right).
Career Counselor
Karen James
took a group of eight female students
(above) to October's Women in STEM Summit, hosted by the Center for Women
and Business at Bentley University. The summit connected female students to
careers in STEM fields through jobs, internships, mentoring and sponsorship.
Panel discussions included insights from young women in the workforce,
challenges they faced, and how they persevered and remained committed to
their STEM careers. Students also had opportunity to network with businesses
such as iRobot, PeoplesBank and Daktari Diagnostics.
Alisa Chapman
, Director of Compliance and Title IX Coordinator, is serving
on the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education's Task Force on
Campus Safety & Violence Prevention. Through a coordinated effort, the new
statewide task force will assess existing policies and practices on campus
safety and violence prevention. Guided by research on national best practice,
it will make recommendations to help enhance public and private
higher-education institutions' efforts to properly identify, prevent and respond to
campus violence, with a special focus on campus sexual violence and emerging
Maria McDuffie
, International Student Advisor and Student & Exchange
Visitor Information System (SEVIS) Coordinator, facilitated a February workshop,
titled "Faces of Bedford 2016: Transcending African-American Stereotypes,"
for Bedford Embraces Diversity. The hands-on, multi-generational workshop
included members of the community, as well as Bedford High School (BHS)
student peer leaders who are working to promote a diverse and inclusive
environment at BHS.
Communications Chairwoman
Jennifer Bauer
facilitated a recent
Skype interview between her "Film Production" students and award-
winning cinematographer Tommy Maddox-Upshaw. A friend of Bauer's,
Upshaw grew up in Mattapan and now lives in California. His films include
"The Perfect Match," "Straight Outta Compton" and "Iron Man 2," and
several Spike Lee projects.