Now Presenting, Now in Print 2007-2008



Professor of Chemistry and Science Department Chair Sally Quast was featured in the Massachusetts Campus Compact Spotlight. The spotlight describes Professor Quast's Chemistry Week project that was created to expose young girls to the wonder and fun of chemistry in a laboratory setting. The project is a collaboration with Girls Inc. of Greater Lowell.

Claire Kamasaki, Professor of English, and David Coleman, Dean of Humanities, completed the 2008 Infusing East Asian Studies into Undergraduate Curriculum Institute at the East West Center at the University of Hawaii.

David Coleman, Dean of Humanities, completed the 2007-2008 Massachusetts Community College Leadership Academy. His final project was The Enrichment Period: Embedding and Extending Intentional Learning.

Kathleen Sweeney, Assistant Dean for Dental Programs, was named as a recipient of the 2008 Zelda F. Gamson Fellowship, which provides financial support for students completing their dissertations in the Higher Education Administration Doctoral Program at UMass Boston. Her dissertation research will explore the curriculum leadership roles of community college department chairs.

Phyllis Gleason, Assistant Dean for Professional and Instructional Development, wrote Creative Tension: Shepherding the Evolution of a Community of Practice which was published in the May 2008 edition of The International Commons: The Newsletter of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

Several Middlesex faculty and staff presented at the Massachusetts Colleges Online conference held at Middlesex Community College.

  • Cathy McCarron presented National Public Radio in the Online Classroom
  • Jo Mucci shared her expertise in two sessions, Eportfolios to Support Students in Developmental Reading and a Roundtable Discussion of E-tutoring Options
  • Don Margulis brought life to the day's events with his session, Second Life: Reaching 21st Century Students
  • Denise Marchionda presented Engaging Small Group Activities

Adjunct music faculty member and guitarist Tom Rohde performed with the Choro Democratico at Third Life Studio in Somerville, MA.

Music faculty members Mark Berger and Carmen Rodriguez-Peralta performed works by Rebecca Clark, Mark Berger and others at the Wellesley Free Library in Wellesley, MA.

Lynda Pintrich, Professor of Criminal Justice, and Diane Hewitt, Coordinator of Career Services, presented Service-Learning and Career Development: Enhancing the Student Experience at the Community College National Center for Community Engagement conference in Phoenix.

David Coleman, Dean of Humanities, completed the year-long Academy for Advanced Leadership through The Chair Academy.

Donna Killian Duffy, Professor of Psychology, presented at two conferences in May. Dr. Duffy provided the keynote address, A Patchwork of Possibilities: Best Practices in Service-Learning at Massachusetts Community Colleges, at A Community of Learning: Best Practices in Service-Learning at Community Colleges Across Massachusetts conference held at Holyoke Community College. The conference was sponsored by Holyoke, the American Association of Community Colleges and Massachusetts Campus Compact. In Phoenix, Dr. Duffy presented Tools for Assessing Community Engagement at the Course, Program and Institutional Level with Julie Plaut, Program Manager for Academic Initiatives at Campus Compact, at the Community College National Center for Community Engagement National Conference.

MCC's student newspaper, The Campus Report, won First Place with Special Merit in the American Scholastic Press Association's Annual Contest.

Jean Trounstine, Professor of Humanities, has had several works recently published. Her essay, The Memory We Call Home, appeared in The Best Women's Travel Writing 2008, edited by Lucy McCauley and published by Travelers' Tales. Ms. Captivity appeared in the March/April 2008 The Women's Review of Books and is an article about beauty pageants behind bars around the world. Professor Trounstine also wrote a chapter, Texts as Teachers: Shakespeare Behind Bars and Changing Lives Through Literature, published in the New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education Special Issue: Arts and Societal Learning: Transforming Communities Socially, Politically, and Culturally in December 2007.

James Dottin, Professor of Business Administration, chaired and presented a paper at the Ethics, Evidence and the Politics of Academia session at the 4th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry on Ethics, Evidence and Social Justice held at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois. Dr. Dottin presented one aspect of his dissertation research that focused on Participant-Produced Visual Data: Giving Voice to the Hidden Experiences of the Learner's Inner Consciousness.

Cathy Pride, Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Articulation, presented Developing Effective Articulation Agreements at the New England Transfer Association Annual Conference in Newport Rhode Island.

Terrence Downes, Executive Director of MCC's Program on Homeland Security, wrote three Op-Ed articles for the Lowell Sun and was interviewed twice on Lowell's WCAP Radio. Articles included Resolving Competing Interests: the Railroad and the Community; The Growing Threat of Meth; and A Smarter Approach to State's Homeland Security Strategy. Radio interviews focused on railroad security and airport security in our region.

Judy Wong, Associate Director of Human Resources, presented a workshop on Diversity in the Workplace at the Diversity 2008! Multi-Industry Job Fair sponsored by The Career Place.

Music Department Chair and pianist Carmen Rodriguez-Peralta judged the 2008 Massachusetts Music Teachers Association Bay State Contest for pianists ages 12 – 18 at Fitchburg State College.

Adjunct Music Professor James Borchers performed at the Slosberg Recital Hall at Brandeis University in a concert featuring the White Rabbit New Music Ensemble.

President Carole Cowan and Professor Donna Duffy participated in a panel discussion on Community Engagement: An Engine of Equity and Student Success at the 2008 Annual Convention of the American Association of Community Colleges in Philadelphia, PA.

Dean of Social Science and Human Services Clea Andreadis and Professor Donna Duffy presented a forum on Tools for Assessing Community Engagement at the Course, Program, and Institutional Levels at the 2008 Annual Convention of the American Association of Community Colleges in Philadelphia, PA.

Professors Leah MacPherson and Jane Morrison have received Excellence Awards for higher education teaching and leadership from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD). Leah is a professor in the Dental Hygiene Department and Jane is a professor of sonography in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program.

The Lowell Sun published an Op-Ed article written by President Carole Cowan titled, High Goals for Higher Education.

Four members of the MCC community presented at the 11th Annual Massachusetts Community College Conference on Teaching, Learning and Student Development held at North Shore Community College in Danvers, MA.

  • Pam Flaherty, Dean of Students, was a panelist discussing the Community College Leadership Academy based on her experience as a CCLA fellow.
  • John Smith, Professor of Physics, presented and demonstrated Teaching Math/Science with a Tablet PC.
  • Lindsay Vick, Americorps*VISTA, and Darcy Orellana, Assistant Dean of Diversity & Equity Affairs/Affirmative Action, presented an informational and interactive workshop on MAPP-Mentoring for a Successful Future.

Lindsay Vick, Americorps*VISTA, and Darcy Orellana, Assistant Dean of Diversity & Equity Affairs/Affirmative Action, presented MAPP-Mentoring for a Successful Future at the conference From Dream to Reality: Grassroots Empowerment for Student Success held at Bristol Community College in Fall River, MA.

Peyton Paxson, Professor of Criminal Justice, presented Chasing a Moving Target: Advertising and New Media at the 2008 Joint Conference of the National Popular Culture and American Culture Associations in San Francisco.

Pat Demaras, Assistant Dean of Multicultural and International Programs, participated in a panel presentation on Best Practices in Internationalizing the Campus at the spring 2008 Massachusetts Council for International Education (MaCIE) workshop held at Massasoit Community College.

Margaret Swan's copper wall sculptures are currently featured in an exhibit entitled Passage at The Boston Sculptor's Gallery.

Rebecca Newell, Director of Leadership Development and Student Activities, participated in a panel presentation at the 90th Annual NASPA Conference in Boston on The New Community and Two-Year College Division in NASPA: What it offers and new opportunities for participation.

Dona Cady, Professor of Humanities, presented Science Fiction, Virtual Worlds and Virtual Ontology: Finding the Real and the Ideal in the Dao at the 14th Annual Conference of the Asian Studies Development Program in Chicago, Illinois.

Dean of International Arts Kent Mitchell presented Present Tensions Around "Where Elephants Weep" at the 14th Annual Conference of the Asian Studies Development Program in Chicago, Illinois.

Philosophy Professor Julien Farland presented Exploring Authenticity in Confucian and Sartrean Thought (With Help from Gena Rowlands) at the 14th Annual Conference of the Asian Studies Development Program in Chicago, Illinois.

MCC music faculty member Mark Berger's composition, Unwind, was premiered by The Xanthos Ensemble, the ensemble in residence at the Boston Conservatory.

Brenda Loucks and the staff of the Publications Department received the following awards from the Admissions Marketing Report:

  • Gold -- Academic catalog
  • Bronze -- Fall class schedule
  • Bronze -- Summer camp website
  • Merit -- Profiles newsletter
  • Merit -- Open House Poster
  • Merit -- Choose Middlesex logo
  • Merit -- The Carnegie Group's Explorations from a Community of Practice book

President Carole Cowan was awarded the 2008 Distinguished Citizen Award by the Yankee Clipper Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Dr. Cowan is the first woman to be honored with the award.

Lura Smith, Assistant to the President, presented Living and Leaving a Legacy at the Billerica C.A.R.E.S. Diversity Celebration.

Carole Cowan, President, and Mary-Jane McCarthy, Vice President for Academic & Student Affairs, co-presented Assessing Civic Engagement: Curricular Engagement and Outreach & Partnerships at the 122nd Annual Meeting and Conference of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges in Boston.

Three members of the Dental Hygiene Department presented at the 33rd Yankee Dental Congress in Boston.

  • Leah MacPherson, Dental Hygiene faculty member, taught Nonsurgical Periodontal Therapy to a sold-out crowd of dentists and hygienists.
  • Kate Sweeney, Assistant Dean of Dental Programs, presented Communication Workshop: What's Your Style? where dental professionals explored how their communication style influences interactions with patients.
  • Donis Tatro, Dental Hygiene faculty member and academic clinical coordinator, shared her expertise on proper instrument sharpening in her workshop On the Cutting Edge.

Matthew Olson wrote The Community College Commitment to Quality Online Learning for the February 2008 publication of the Sloan-C View: Perspectives in Quality Online Education.

Clea Andreadis, Dean of Social Science and Human Services, presented Integrating Personal and Social Responsibility Into the Curriculum at the 2008 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities in Washington, D. C.

Deb Walsh, Chair of the Legal Studies Department, presented Legal Writing Skills Workshop for the Paralegal for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) in Boston. Deb's seminar is also published as a book by the MCLE.

Donna Duffy is co-author of the recently published book Service-Learning Course Design for Community Colleges published by Campus Compact. The book offers hands-on guidance for creating effective service-learning courses in the community college setting. Donna authored the introduction and a chapter connecting service-learning to the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Beth Fraser and Theodora Ottariano presented Civic Engagement: What's Math Got To Do With It? at the 33rd Annual Conference of the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC) in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Dona Cady and Matthew Olson presented a forum on The WoW Factor: Using Commercial Gaming Worlds in Community College Instruction at the League for Innovation in the Community College Conference on Information Technology in Nashville. They discussed the course planning and administrative processes behind the integration of a multiplayer, online role-playing game (MMORPG) in a Science Fiction and Fantasy literature course.

Bert Engvall and Matthew Olson presented a roundtable discussion on Redesigning a Self-Paced Mathematics Program for the 21st Century at the League for Innovation in the Community College Conference on Information Technology in Nashville.

Phyllis Gleason, Assistant Dean of Professional and Instructional Development, presented Creating a Faculty Fellowship Program: Giving Teaching the Prestige it Deserves at the 30th Annual International Conference of the National Council for Staff, Program & Organizational Development in Buffalo, New York.

Korinne Hertz, Disability Support Specialist, was invited by the Asperger's Association of New England to participate on a panel for prospective college students and their parents.

Adjunct science instructor Bruce Mellin presented Stackable Weather at the Southern New England Weather Conference. His session focused on how the American Meteorological Society's Data Stream images are used to predict weather.

Antoinette Ledger, adjunct biology instructor, wrote two chapters for the book Global Issues, Challenges, and Opportunities to Advance Science and Mathematics Education published by the International Consortium for Research in Science and Mathematics Education. The chapters include Enhancing the achievement of girls in science through collaborative concept mapping and Probing elementary and middle school students' perceptions of scientists through concept mapping. Dr. Ledger presented her work at the bi-yearly meeting of the International Consortium.

Art historian, curator and magazine writer Barbara Mellin of the Humanities Division is the faculty advisor to the student-written Middlesex Magazine, which received first place honors at the Eastern Division of the Community College Humanities Association. Joe Eiler, Coordinator of the Graphic Design program, is also named on the award for the contributions of his graphic design students. Barbara and Joe accepted the award at the annual conference held in San Antonio, Texas.

Barbara Mellin's writing can be found in magazines such as Fiberarts, Ceramics Monthly, and Renaissance Magazine. She is a regular contributor to Colonial Times and also is currently a guest curator for the show the Color of Music: Art of Varoujan on display at the Owen Smith Shuman Gallery at the Groton Public Library.

Maureen Goulet, Early Childhood Education faculty member, was recently named as an Associates Degree Program Peer Reviewer for the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Maureen will be a member of an accreditation team that will evaluate early childhood Associate Degree programs at colleges across the country.

David Ellis, long-time adjunct professor in Humanities and Communications, was awarded first prize for poetry at the Robert Frost Poetry Festival. Professor Ellis read the winning poem, "Drinking Spring" at the poetry festival in Key West.

Jan Arabas, Associate Professor of Art, recently completed a year as a Boston Athenaeum Calderwood Fellow. One of fifteen fellows, she participated in the Teachers as Writers program and will have an excerpt of her article on Cambodian Folktales published by the Athenaeum in the spring of 2008.

Jan Arabas, Sandi Albertson-Shea and Kent Mitchell worked together on the The Cambodian Folktales Project. A joint effort of Light of Cambodian Children and MCC, the collaboration resulted in a published bilingual illustrated Cambodian folktale, The Tiger and the Elephant. They hope that this will be the first of ten!

Jewel Beth Davis, instructor of English and Theatre, has had her creative nonfiction published in a number of highly respected literary magazines and journals. To read some these published pieces, you can find them on the following web sites: Move Over, Lucy in SNR Review, God Uses A Headset in Cezanne's Carrot, The Magic Number in Moondance, The Revenge of the Christ Killer in Compass Rose Magazine, Not From the Horse's Mouth in Bent Pin Quarterly.

Donna Duffy co-authored an article with Howard Tinberg of Bristol Community College and Jack Mino of Holyoke Community College entitled The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at the Two-Year College: Promise and Peril published in the July issue of Change magazine. She also conducted three professional development workshops this summer: Enhancing student success through a permeable classroom at Metropolitan Community College-Longview in Kansas City, MO; Teaching within the rhythms of the semester at Mt. Ida College; and Collaborations through the scholarship of teaching and learning for the New England Librarian Instructional Group at Mt. Wachusett Community College.

Jane LaRoque of the English Department has been named an editor of the new Journal of Developmental Processes (JDP), a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary publication that brings together research and clinical work grounded in a dynamic, holistic perspective on development.

Phyllis Gleason, Assistant Dean of Professional and Instructional Development, presented Explorations into the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at Glendale Community College in California last spring.

Mathematics faculty members Dora Ottariano, Linda Dart-Kathios, Mike Williamson and Beth Fraser presented Civic Engagement: What's Math Got to do with It? at the New England Mathematics Association of Two-Year Colleges conference at Bristol Community College last April. In addition, an article describing the project was recently published in the online Journal of Civic Commitment.

Professors Linda Pintrich and Deborah Walsh were honored for teaching and leadership excellence in higher education nationally with Excellence Awards from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD).

Nursing Professor Marie Ryder co-presented with Dr. Dolly Sadow of the Bedford VA Medical Hospital A Stigma-Free Mental Health Force: A Possibility? at the 115th Annual American Psychological Association Convention in San Francisco this past summer. Stemming from her Carnegie project, the research focused on classroom strategies to decrease student nurses' stigmatizing attitudes towards the mentally ill.

Deb Walsh, Chair of the Legal Studies Department, was one of three lawyers who gave the keynote address at the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) 2007 Paralegal Conference in Boston this past June. At the same conference she also presented a workshop Ethics for the Paralegal with Sara Ann Chambers, Assistant Bar Counsel for the Board of Bar Overseers. Her presentation will be in a collaboratively written book published by the MCLE.

This summer three members of the music faculty were engaged in a number of artistic activities.

  • Violist/composer Mark Berger had compositions performed by the Lydian String Quartet at Brandeis University and the Sonos Quartet at the Rockport Festival. He performed in chamber music concerts in Worcester and throughout the North Shore as part of the ensemble Music at Eden's Edge.
  • Susan Dill was the music director for the The Music Man, which was presented by the Upside Down Theatre Company in Groton.
  • Pianist Carmen Rodríguez-Peralta performed with members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) in a chamber music concert at Tanglewood in July. In addition, selections from her CD with BSO cellist Luis Leguía, Music for Cello and Piano from South America, Mexico and the Caribbean, were broadcast on WGBH radio, Boston and on Filarmonia, the national cultural radio station of Peru.

Mary-Jane McCarthy presented a paper co-authored with Donna Duffy entitled Meeting Institutional Goals of Excellence and Accountability Through Communities of Practice and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at the 4th Annual Conference of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Sydney, Australia.

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