Now Presenting Now in Print - Fall 2011

In June, MCC's Roadmap team attended AAC&U's 2011 Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success, held at the University of Vermont. Roadmap team members included faculty (Jennifer Pisarik and Bert Engvall), staff (Danijela Jackson, Kaitlynn Malinowski, Maryanne Mungovan, and Elise Martin) and an MCC alumnus (Patrick Kenney). MCC is one of twelve AAC&U Roadmap Community Colleges who have been charged with creating an integrated roadmap to support both student persistence and higher levels of academic achievement by connecting and expanding independent campus student success efforts. The team's final proposal reiterated a recurrent recommendation from our recent Strategic Planning Summits, a Freshman Seminar that links with General Education courses in a learning community model. This proposal connects our Title III Strategies for Success work with our work to integrate our ISLOs into General Education courses.

In March, a team of faculty and staff from MCC including Dean Judy Hogan, Professor James Dottin, Professor Salah Dahany, and Bristol Community College staff including Marianne Taylor and Bill Berardi as well as Terry Williams from the Lowell Small Business Assistance Center traveled to Rabat and Mohammedia, Morocco to complete a needs assessment in preparation for a US State department grant application. The grant seeks to provide educational and economic opportunities for Moroccan citizens, especially the young, by building a foundation of education and support services in the North African nation.

Dean Judy Hogan and Professor Lori Weir presented at the NSF ATE High-Tec Conference on "Student Engagement thru Virtual Teams."

Following the close of the spring semester, the dental hygiene program in collaboration with community volunteers offered Team Seal in the MCC Dental Hygiene Clinic. Team Seal provided free dental sealants and fluoride to Lowell public school students. Six hundred Lowell students from 9 different Lowell schools also received dental screenings.

In June, Professor John Savage and Professor Paul Patev took a group of 11 students to Belize to participate in the National Coral Reef Project. The group researched coral reef ecology as part of the 10 day trip. The Belize Experience is a 14 day research experience to study coral reef ecology and conservation. In preparation for the trip, students attended classes regarding the cultural and economic importance of reef ecosystems as part of a new course called Coral Reef Ecology as well as a one credit lab component which included a field experience in Belize. Students participated in activities that included data collection while SCUBA diving and/or snorkeling on the reef in Belize. Funding was provided by the National Science Foundation and Middlesex Community College.

In June four faculty (Karen Oster, Gail Mooney, Michael Rodman, and Min Lu) participated in the two week Asian Studies Development Center Residential Workshop at the East-West Center as part of a multi-year Title VI Grant Enhancing Undergraduate Chinese Language and Culture Studies: Integrating Faculty and Curriculum Development. The workshop provided an introduction to the complexity of Chinese cultural identities and their transformations over time. Drawing primarily on the disciplines of philosophy, religion, art and literature, the workshop provided a basis for the group to design a core course in Chinese culture and humanities titled Introduction to Chinese Culture: Through Another Windowwhich will focus around both traditional and contemporary primary source materials presented in a learning community format.

Professors Stan Hitron, Cathy McCarron, Darlene Furdock, Carrie Finestone, Kelsey Hellwig, and Ellen Nichols - attended CCBC's 3rd Annual Conference on Acceleration in Developmental Education in Baltimore, looking specifically at the Accelerated Learning Plan (ALP) model, which the college is presently piloting. In the ALP model, Basic Writing students accelerate through their developmental writing course and Composition I in one semester. Professor Stan Hitron and Professor Cathy McCarron highlighted Middlesex's pilot program at the roundtable Scaling the ALPS: at the Base of the Mountain, Mid-climb, and at the Summit.

Jean Trounstine, a professor in English, had an article, "Patrick's Parole Folly," published in Boston Magazine.

Nancye Tuttle, an instructor in communications, had a story on memoir writing featured in the Sunday, Aug. 14 Boston Globe's Living Longer Living Better section and will have two stories in the Sept/Oct. issue of the Merrimack Valley Magazine.

Michael T. Fournier, an instructor in English, published work in The Cred Test, and a book edited by Henry Owings; wrote the introduction for Nicole Tamarro's book Boston Punk; and had an excerpt from his soon-to-be released novel Hidden Wheel published in Stolen Island Review.

Dona Cady, Associate Dean of Humanities and Asian Studies, participated in the month long Confucian Studies Summer Institute International Program for Teachers of Chinese Culture at the Nishan Birthplace of the Sage Academy in Shandong, China. The Institute, sponsored by the Center for East-West Relations, was led by Roger Ames, Henry Rosemont and Tian Chenshan.

Priscilla Eng, professor of English and ELL, participated in the Intensive Summer Language Institute Teachers' Program for Mandarin Chinese, a program funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and administered by American Councils for International Education. She also presented at the Northeast Teacher's University in Changchun, China on Language Pedagogy on the topic "English Phonetics and Chinese Food."

Jan Arabas, professor of art, participated in a six week NEH Summer Institute on The Dynamics of Cultural Unity and Diversity in Southeast Asia run by the Asian Studies Development Program at the East-West Center.

Betty Millin, instructor in social science, and Barbara Mellin, instructor in art and humanities, participated in the three week Asian Studies Development Program Summer Infusing at the East-West Center. This year's Institute focused on China and Korea.

Chandrika Shah, instructor in philosophy, presented at Kelkar college, Mummbai , India in August on the topic "Sex, Gender and Patriarchy in the 21st Century." She also presented at the Bombay Philosophical Society in Mumbai on "The Role of Dissent in Democracy."

Margie Swan, chair of art, is exhibiting sculpture at BIG ART: 2nd Annual Exhibition of Large-Scale Outdoor Sculpture from May 7 – November 1 at the Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts in Concord, MA. She is also exhibiting selected works from Boston Sculptors Gallery September 10 – October 19 at the University of New Hampshire Museum of Art.

Mary Hart, instructor in art, taught two workshops at TypeCon Surge, the Society of Typographic Afficionados (SoTA) annual conference in New Orleans. Her presentations included Pen Dance, Swinging Brush Letters and lettering for type designers. In conjunction with the conference, she also participated in Hand Made, a show of lettering and design work at Loyola University:

Masha Obolensky, instructor in theatre, had her ten-minute Girls Play, sponsored by the Huntington Theatre Company to participate in Samuel French's Off-Off Broadway Short Play Festival. Chosen from more than 1,000 submissions from producing companies, playwriting workshops, and university theatre programs, Girls Play was one of 40 plays presented at the 36th annual festival at The Lion Theatre on Theatre Row July 19-24:

Mark Berger, instructor in music at MCC and as a member of the string and chamber music faculty at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, spent 6 weeks teaching viola and chamber music at Tanglewood.

Carmen Rodríguez-Peralta, chair of Music and pianist, gave a duo recital with the young, internationally renowned Japanese violinist Ryu Goto at the University of Maine at Orono, as part of the Summer Chamber Music Institute.

Thomas Rohde, instructor of music and guitarist, performed a recital of Spanish music presented by the Boston Arts Consort.

Johannah Segarich, professor of music, developed a fund-raising campaign as a result of a Fulbright Grant to Cambodia to support Cambodia's Royal University of Fine Arts' dream to launch a National Symphony Orchestra .The goal of Strings for Cambodia is to raise $50,000 to cover the cost of high quality, carbon-fiber classical string instruments – violins, violas and cellos – to form the core of the symphony's string section, and to be used for teaching purposes at the university.

Mark Friedman, instructor in economics, is a visiting professor of economics at the International School of Latvia this year.

Dona Cady,Associate Dean of Humanities and Asian Studies; Matthew Olson, Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences; Peter Shea, Title III Pedagogical Specialist and Designer; and Jim Grenier, instructor in communications and English, have a chapter titled "A Practical Model and Assignments for Using Virtual Worlds in Higher Education" in the October publication of Transforming Virtual Worlds (Cutting-edge Technologies in Higher Education) vol. 4., ed. Charles Wankel and Randy Hinrichs, Emerald Press.

The International Fellowship to Peru was developed for students who are Health Care majors to participate in a program of study and service in Peru in order to carry forth the college's mission of service to regions beyond our borders. MCC students provided service to some of the poorest communities in Peru by participating in hygiene, nutrition and sanitation education programming in an underserved village three hours from Trujillo. Before leaving for Peru, the participants studied Peruvian culture and related health issues. Six students and two faculty were selected to participate in the program. Five of the students were Nursing majors and one was a Diagnostic Medical Sonography major. Professor's Tina Cormio and Claudia Guillen were selected to participate in the program as the advisors.

Stephanie St. Martin, a new adjunct philosophy professor was recently published in The Red Sox and Philosophy: Green Monster Meditations edited by Michael Macomber. She was a chapter author. Her chapter is "In Sync with Pink?" which discusses the "pink hat fans" and whether or not they should be a part of Red Sox Nation.

Dr. James Dottin, Professor of Business, is in the video production of Project Credit Smarts from the Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation. Project Credit Smarts is a college-level financial education program that focuses on the use of money and debt management as well as understanding the importance of debit card use, reconciling monthly statements, checking credit reports, and protecting personal information. Project Credit Smarts reflect the changing financial environment facing college students. The video features the stories of college students' use of credit and practitioners' insights on the topic. The link to the Project Credit Smarts video is

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