Now Presenting, Now in Print 2008-2009



Now Presenting, Now in Print honors and celebrates the scholarly activities of MCC's faculty and staff that are shaping professional practice and the education of our students.  MCC faculty and staff may email Kim Burns to provide information on scholarly activities for posting.

TRIO Programs Director Ann Buskey and Student Success Program Counselor Shelli DeMarkles presented at two New England Educational Opportunity Association meetings. At the Student Support Services Professional Day held at the University of New Hampshire they presented Take the Advice Out of Advising. They presented Creating New Visions at the Annual Conference held in New Castle, NH.

Assistant Dean of Academic and Community Partnerships Kim Burns presented with several Massachusetts community college colleagues Understanding the Secondary Postsecondary CVTE Linkage Consortium at the Massachusetts Association for Vocational Administrators (MAVA) Connecting for Success Conference in Marlboro, Mass.

The American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA) has named Dental Hygiene Assistant Professor Karen Townsend as a participant of the DENTSPLY/ADHA Graduate Student Clinicians Program. The purpose of the DENTSPLY/ADHA Graduate Dental Hygiene Research Program is to promote dental hygiene research by supporting one graduate dental hygiene student to present her research at the ADHA CLL at Annual Session, which was held in June 2009 in Washington, D.C.

Psychology Professor Donna K. Duffy delivered the keynote address, Journey to Community Engagement, at the regional workshop on Civic Engagement in Community Colleges sponsored by AACC, Connecticut Campus Compact and Tunxis Community College held at Tunxis Community College in Farmington, CT.

Several members of the MCC community presented at the 12th Annual Massachusetts Community College Conference on Teaching, Learning and Student Development held at Springfield Technical Community College:

  • Ann Buskey and Shelli DeMarkles of MCC's TRIO Programs presented Using Coaching Skills to Empower Your Students.
  • Professor of Economics Rob Kaulfuss co-presented Advising Student Clubs and Coaching Team Competitions with Associate Professor of Economics Moonsu Han of North Shore Community College.
  • Dean Clea Andreadis, Assistant Dean Kim Burns and Coordinator Melissa Welch presented Middlesex Community College's Day of Service.
  • English Professor Denise Marchionda presented Point by Point: Adding Up Motivation.

Psychology Professor Donna K. Duffy was recently featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education article, Teachers Who Matter, which profiles community college professors who have been singled out by their institutions for their teaching ability.

Professor David Kalivas moderated a videoconference between US and Ukrainian students on the topic of Current Issues for Students in Higher Education. Participants included students and faculty from Middlesex, Mount Wachusett Community College, and Southern Ukrainian State Pedagogical University.

Jan Arabas, Professor of Art, has work in two exhibits. New England Impressions III: The Unique Print at the Concord Art Association is curated by Dorothy Thompson and features experimental printmaking by notable artists Michael Mazur, Joel Janowitz and Arabas. Another exhibit, The Natural World, at the Brickbottom Gallery features artwork in all media and explores our relationship with nature.

Professors Donna Duffy and Sally Quast presented the session Connecting the dots: How the scholarship of teaching and learning and service-learning can support greater student and faculty engagement at the New England Regional Campus Compact Conference Reexamining the Engaged Campus: Community, Reciprocity, and Social Justice held at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Professor of Criminal Justice Peyton Paxson recently published a new title in his Media Literacy textbook series. Thinking Critically About Video Games and Virtual Worlds analyzes electronic gaming and entertainment realms. The text is part of a nine-book set that helps middle and high school students develop the skills they need to see past the surface to the underlying message and intent of contemporary media.

Dental Hygiene Professor Leah MacPherson presented Non-surgical Periodontal Therapy at the Bronx County Dental Society's Big Apple Dental Meeting in Mahwah, New Jersey.

Five members of the faculty presented at the 34th Yankee Dental Congress in Boston.

  • Peg Bloy, Professor and Coordinator of the Dental Assisting Program, and Kim Forte, Adjunct Faculty in the Dental Assisting and Mathematics Departments, presented Coronal Polishing for Dental Assistants.
  • Leah MacPherson, Professor of Dental Hygiene, taught a hands on workshop in Concepts in Non-Surgical Periodontal Therapy.
  • Donis Tatro, Professor of Dental Hygiene and Academic Clinical Coordinator, presented a workshop On the Cutting Edge. She also presented Can You Grasp This? Ergo Solutions with Barbara Dawidjan of Quinsigamond Community College.
  • Karen Townsend, Assistant Professor of Dental Hygiene, taught a hands on workshop in Effective Instrument Sharpening.

Links Program Coordinator Ruth Clark's article I Wish I Knew How Heavy My School Bag Would Be: What Students Wish They Knew Before Entering a College Transition Program was published in Field Notes by and for the Massachusetts Adult Education Community.

Adjunct Nursing Professor Sandra Shapiro, MEd, MSN, RN, published Addressing Self-Injury in the School Setting for the peer reviewed journal The Journal of School Nursing. Based on the current research, this article offers a plan for prevention, early detection, referral, and early access to care for adolescents who self-injure in the school setting.

Kim Burns, Assistant Dean of Academic & Community Partnerships, and Donna Duffy, Professor of Psychology, wrote Choose to Serve, Be the Change: Middlesex Community College Holds First Day of Service which was featured in the Massachusetts Campus Compact Spotlight.

President Carole A. Cowan presented Global Education in a Multicultural World with Aaron Nurick and Rubin Williams at the Multicultural Symposium Series: Global Horizons conference held at Bentley College in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Assistant Professor of English Cathy McCarron co-authored the chapter, The Benefits for Faculty Teaching in Online and F2F Environments, with Alicia Russell of Northeastern University. The chapter is published in the Second Edition of the Encyclopedia of Distance Learning, Volume 1.

Dean of Social Science and Human Services Clea Andreadis wrote the article, Hopeful Heroes: Sowetans Enjoy Life Despite AIDS, Poverty, Hunger, which was featured on the Opinion page of the December 28, 2008 edition of the Lowell Sun.

Terrence Downes, Executive Director of the Program on Homeland Security, was elected to the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Public Health Association and reappointed by Governor Deval Patrick to the Tewksbury Hospital Board of Trustees.

Assistant Dean of Nursing Katherine Gehly was appointed by Governor Deval Patrick to the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing. Assistant Dean Gehly will serve on the Board until 2010.

Professor of Mathematics Carol Henry was elected President of the New England Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (NEMATYC). NEMATYC is an affiliate of the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges. Professor Henry will serve as president until 2010.

The Carnegie group launched a video, Paddling Faster than the Current. Directed by filmmaker Rose Carlson, the video portrays the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) program at Middlesex Community College. Three faculty members describe their projects and discuss how participation in the CASTL program has influenced their thinking about student learning. Don Margulis, Professor of Psychology, discusses using virtual realities in teaching and learning. Professor of English Denise Marchionda shares her point by point system for helping students in developmental writing classes become more independent learners. The third faculty member, Chemistry Professor Sally Quast, describes how she has used service-learning to engage students in her chemistry class and to create interest for women in science. The film can be viewed on the MCC Carnegie website.

Music Professor and Department Chair Carmen Rodriguez-Peralta is featured in the CD Just in Time Now and Then. The CD includes Elusive Sleep, composed by Pamela Marshall and performed by cellist Rafael Popper-Keizer and Professor Rodriguez-Peralta on piano.

Several members of the Music faculty have performed in local venues.

  • Mark Berger performed solo violin/viola in an hour-long work entitled Street Talk Suite Talk in collaboration with choreographer Anna Myer, composer Jakov Jakulov, and several dancers and rappers at the Strand Theater in Dorchester, MA.
  • Percussionist James Borchers's compositions were performed by himself and other artists in concerts at Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, CUNY Graduate Center, New York, and The Outpost, Cambridge, MA.
  • Carmen Rodriguez-Peralta performed piano music for four hands and two hands by Handel, Mozart, Ravel, Liszt, Debussy and Gershwin with Wanda Paik at the Wellesley Public Library.
  • Guitarist Thomas Rohde performed with his ensemble Choro Democratico at the Amazing Things Art Center in Framingham, MA and during Latin Week at the Berklee College of Music.

Center for Community Engagement Coordinator Sheri Denk participated in a poster presentation on Connecting Liberal Education and Assessment with Real-World Challenges: Examples from Two- and Four-Year Institutions in New England at the College Learning for the New Global Century Forum. The forum was held in Providence, RI, and was sponsored by the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

Marie Ryder, Professor of Nursing, co-wrote an article with Dolly Sadow of the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Bedford, MA, on Reducing stigmatizing attitudes held by future health professionals: The person is the message. The article was published in the November 2008 volume of the American Psychological Association's journal Psychological Services.

Melissa Welch, Coordinator of Student Activities, has been nominated to serve on the executive board of the Community College Student Life Association (CCSLA) as Secretary.

Melissa Welch, Coordinator of Student Activities, Jonathan Crockett, Coordinator of Student Activities, Fitness and Recreation, and Kim Burns, Assistant Dean of Academic and Community Partnerships, presented An Inside Look at a Community College's Day of Service at the NASPA Region I Making a Difference Conference in Hyannis, MA.

Dean of Humanities David Coleman completed his fellowship at the Community College Leadership Academy (CCLA).

Psychology Professor Donna Duffy presented Staying the Course: Supporting Student Success and Transformation through Community Engagement to the Connecticut Center for Teaching Pathways collaborative at Middlesex Community College in Connecticut.

Professor and Coordinator of Legal Studies Deborah Walsh was one of three presenters for a session on Teaching Legal Writing to Paralegals at the American Association for Paralegal Educators (AAfPE) in Dallas, Texas.

English Professor Marilyn Black authored the textbook English Fundamentals: Personal and Academic Writing, published by Bent Tree Press. The book has gone to press and will be available in spring 2009.

Pat Demaras, Assistant Dean for International/Multicultural Student Programs, presented a workshop Programming while Pinching Pennies at the National Association of Foreign Student Advisors (NAFSA) conference in New Haven, Connecticut. She also participated in a Student Roundtable at the Massachusetts Council for International Education (MaCIE) conference at Massasoit Community College in Brockton, MA.

Tooch Van, Community Outreach/International Student Advisor, presented a workshop F-1 and J-1 International Student Perspectives: From the Point of Acceptance Through Initial Adjustment at the Massachusetts Council for International Education (MaCIE) conference at Massasoit Community College in Brockton, MA.

Korinne Hertz Ritchey, Disability Support Specialist, participated in a roundtable meeting on Increasing Supports for College Students with Asperger Syndrome sponsored by the Asperger's Association of New England.

Leah MacPherson, Professor of Dental Hygiene, presented Concepts in Non-Surgical Therapy for the The Massachusetts Dental Hygienists' Association.

Brenda Loucks, Dean of College Communications, presented a roundtable discussion on Media Buying: By the Numbers at The National Council for Marketing and Public Relations District Conference in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Middlesex was represented at the League of Innovation in the Community College's 24th Annual International Conference on Information Technology in Salt Lake City, Utah by several people who presented forum sessions.

  • Bert Engvall, Self-Paced Studies Curriculum/Instruction Coordinator, and Matthew Olson, Director of Middlesex Interactive, presented A Strategy for Creation and Reuse of Math Learning Objects.
  • Michael Badolato, Dean of Academic Resources and Instructional Technologies, and Matthew Olson, Director of Middlesex Interactive, presented Business as Usual in the 21st Century Community College,
  • Dona Cady, Professor of Humanities, and Matthew Olson, Director of Middlesex Interactive, presented The New Model for Using Virtual Worlds in Your Course.

Mary Anne Dean, Dean of Professional and Resource Development, presented Grooming the Middle Manager for a Leadership Role in Project Management at the 2008 Professional & Organizational Development (POD) and North American Council for Staff, Program and Organizational Development (NCSPOD) conference in Reno, Nevada.

Phyllis Gleason, Assistant Dean for Professional and Instructional Development, presented Appreciative Inquiry: A Half-Full Approach to Mid-Career Faculty Development at a Great Ideas for Teaching/Training Staff (GIFTS) session at the 2008 joint Professional & Organizational Development (POD) and North American Council for Staff, Program and Organizational Development (NCSPOD) conference in Reno, Nevada. This presentation was a result of her Community College Leadership Academy (CCLA) research project.

President Carole A. Cowan was honored by the University of Massachusetts Lowell Center for Women and Work as an Everyday Advocate for Working Women. Nominated by her MCC colleagues, Dr. Cowan was honored for her "ordinary" actions that have an extraordinary impact on women in our community.

Psychology Professor Donna Duffy presented a workshop and a poster at the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning conference held in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The workshop, Designing for Aliveness: Different Pathways for Communities of Practice was a collaboration with Judith Kamber of Northern Essex Community College and Dr. Michelle Ramirez of Pine Manor College. Dr. Duffy also presented the poster, A Decade of SoTL: Developing, Sustaining, and Expanding a Community of Practice.

Korinne Hertz Ritchey, Disability Support Specialist, participated in a panel discussion sponsored by the Asperger's Association of New England. Held in Watertown, the panel addressed Perspectives on College Life.

This past summer, Humanities professor Dona Cady was selected to participate in the East-West Center's Asian Studies Development Program on China Field Study: Focus on Southwest China. Professor Cady also participated in a panel discussion at the Games and Learning Society Conference in Madison, WI, that focused on Games and Learning in Practice: An Educator Panel on Implementing Curricula.

The book English Professor Jean Trounstine co-edited, WHY I'M STILL MARRIED: WOMEN WRITE THEIR HEARTS OUT ON LOVE, LOSS, SEX, AND WHO DOES THE DISHES, published by Hudson Street(Penguin) in 2006, was recently released in Hebrew by Israel's Millim Press. Professor Trounstine also published an article in PMLA, the journal of the Modern Language Association, entitled "Beyond Prison Education."

Two works written by Lowell Middlesex Academy Charter School Instructor David Daniel were recently published. Reunion, published by St. Martin's press, is a novel set in Massachusetts and Six Off 66, published by PubGen Press, is a collection of short stories.

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