September 2013 - Quinsigamond Community College

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September 2013



QCC celebrated 50 years of providing high quality, affordable education to Central MA residents on Monday, September 30 - the same day that classes started 50 years ago in 1963. Two events marked the special day - an afternoon picnic for students, faculty and staff on the lawn beside the Fuller Center and an evening celebration for QCC Family, Trustee and Foundation Boards, alumni, local leaders and invited guests. A highlight of the evening was the presentation of 10 Guardian awards, kicking off the 50 Guardians campaign that will commemorate QCC’s 5oth anniversary by honoring 50 alumni who have exemplified what it means to be a guardian/protector of the community. For more information on the 50 Guardians or to nominate a Guardian, visit:


President Carberry (right, center) with QCC Board of Trustees President, Stacey DeBoise Luster (left,center) flanked by Guardians, Trustee and Foundation Board members. At right: Board member Jeannie Hebert celebrates with Cherie Ronayne and bottom: Celebration on the lawn Photos: Hillarie Jason

If you missed Channel 3’s coverage of the evening event, go to and pick up the QCC story at at 3:21.


QCC Hosts Iraqi Visitors Early in September, QCC hosted a group of eleven Iraqi College Administrators and Educators at QCC Worcester. The visitors were invited to the United States under the auspices of the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program, co-sponsored by the International Center of Worcester (ICW), a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering international cooperation and mutual understanding. Kathy Rentsch, Dean of Business, Engineering and Technology facilitated the visit with ICW’s Executive Director, Royce Anderson. Prior to the group’s Worcester stop, the visiting academics spent time in Los Angeles; Washington, D.C.; and New Orleans. All of the visitors work as either teachers or administrators in Iraqi

universities; none had traveled to the United States previously. Although they wanted to learn about the American community college experience as a whole, the group, which included architects, engineers, and professors of information technology, was interested in QCC’s engineering and science education.

explained to the visitors, “We have students from almost every country imaginable.” QCC students from Syria and Pakistan, Reem Abdulmawala and Diminga Njie, were in attendance and welcomed the visitors, spoke about their experiences, and helped clarify details of the American educational system in Arabic.

The afternoon meeting between members of the QCC community and their guests began with an hour-long symposium that included a Question and Answer forum using two State Department interpreters, and concluded with a short tour of the campus.

During the tour of the QCC campus, the Iraqi group looked in on a computer design class, conversed with students in hallways and classrooms, talked with Dean Rentsch about QCC’s expansion plans, and examined the science and computer networking labs in Surprenant Hall. The group was given a token gift of plush Wyverns, QCC’s mascot and symbol of guardianship over its students and community.

One of Quinsigamond Community College’s defining features has always been its diverse student body. Dean Kathy Rentsch

Kathy Rentsch, rear; Dadbeh Bigonahy, front row with QCC students and Flo Lucci, front row with Iraqi visitors.

QCC e-news is trying out a new look and a new name! What do you think? Do you have a better name for our e-newsletter? Submit your idea for a new name to Cherie Ronayne at [email protected] and win a prize! And as always, send us your news! Submit information at The deadline for the new, October e-newsletter is October 11.


Veteran Affairs Event Honors POW/MIAs On September 20, Veteran Aff airs hosted a special event to honor and recognize American POW/MIAs. Lillian Ortiz, Vice President for Strategic Enrollment Development and Student Engagement welcomed the crowd and introduced Paula Ogden, Director of Veteran Aff airs. Ms. Ogden spoke briefly and turned the program over to remarks from Army Veterans, Alba Rivera, Veteran Aff airs clerical staff (2013 QCC graduate) and David Lauzon, current QCC Engineering student and student-employee in Veteran Aff airs.

Missing Man Table

to illuminate their way home, away from their captors, to the open arms of a grateful nation. Ms. Ogden facilitated the event to show respect to members of the American military who have “done so much and given so much for their country” and to convey to them that, “you are not forgotten.”

QCC Honor Guard presented the colors and stood at attention during the ceremony which also included a slide presentation. Sign language interpretation was provided by Tracy Stowbridge Of special significance at the event was the Missing Man Table, traditionally a part of military dining-in ceremonies and service balls. The table is laid in memory of fallen, missing or imprisoned military service members - a focal point of ceremonial remembrance originally growing out of U.S. concern over the Vietnam War POW/MIA issue. The table is a somber and touching element set with multiple items that symbolize that the missing and fallen aren’t present, as well as the grief experienced by families and friends of the servicemen and women. The table is lit by a single candle representing the light of hope which lives in the hearts of POW/MIA’s families

Left to right: David Lauzon, Det. Stephen DiGiovanni, Lt. Reynaldo Rodriguez, Officer Hasnain Ali, Alba Rivera and Paula Ogden.


MINI-GRANT AWARDED to QCC Engineering Students

FACULTY/STAFF PROFILE Meet Shannon Whitters, Web Specialist/Graphic Designer, the newest addition to Institutional Communications. Ms. Whitters has been at QCC since March 2013 and has been busy updating and maintaining QCC’s new web site, as well as training QCC Faculty and Staff to use Drupal, the content management system used for

At the 2013 New England Campus Sustainability Forum in Boston on September 20, Professor Vincent DiTaranto’s engineering students were awarded a $1,000 minigrant for their project proposal on alternative energy generation.

She has also been actively designing new collateral for the College for various offices and programs, including the Respiratory Therapy program, Admissions, the Athletic Center, Veteran Aff airs and more. Ms. Whitters is a 2012 graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute majoring in Electronic Media, Arts and Communication. She enjoys traditional art (charcoal drawing or watercolor painting), Digital art (vector and comic based), Tennis, Reading, Arts and crafts (origami). She also enjoys Science Fiction, Typography, Foreign Language, and Mythology.

Out of the six colleges that won mini-grants, QCC was the only junior college.

Shannon Whitters

Congratulations to Kennedy Udechukwu and his team for submitting an impressive winning proposal and to Professor DiTaranto for guiding his students toward success.

One of the newest (and coolest!) projects Ms. Whitters has completed is the conversion of the QCC Student Handbook into its own website and an online “flip” document, pictured below.

Professor Vincent DiTaranto and Kennedy Udechukwu at Sustainability Forum

Check out:


It’s that time of year again... LAST CALL for FREE FLU Immunization Clinic! TODAY: • Thursday October 3, 2013 • 9 a.m. — 4 p.m. Where: QCC Worcester, Room 107 A Cost: FREE with most health insurance! Most health insurance will be accepted so bring your insurance card. Payment is expected at the time of service. Also check the Health and Wellness page for more updated information and consent forms as they become available:

PTK NEWS PTK’s annual fundraiser, the Fall Cookout, is just around the corner:

DATE: October 9 TIME: 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. LOCATION: Fuller Center lawn Rain date: October 16

Don’t miss the $1 Raffles, Silent Auctions, Caricature Artist, great food and more! Menu: Hamburgers, hotdogs, vegetarian burgers, chips, soda and water will be available to purchase. This year all proceeds will be donated to the Immune Deficiency Foundation. For more information, contact Bonnie Coleman at [email protected] or x7412.

CONGRATULATIONS to the FIRST Recipient of the Tom Bosse Scholarship Claryn Heath

Respiratory Care Program, 2015

David Shapiro (left) and Sara Simms (right) of Human Resources with President Gail Carberry

The Road Bowl Walking Challenge Kicks Off at QCC Join the Colleges in Worcester and Fallon Community Health Plan for the annual Road Bowl Walking Challenge competition. Teams of five will start Monday, September 30 and end October 25. For more information, contact David Shapiro at ext. 4565 or Sara Simms at ext. 2757.

Thanks to all PTK students that applied. The decision was very difficult.

Good luck to all and may the best team WIN!



The National Association of Manufacturers has designated October 4th as Manufacturing Day! It presents a unique opportunity to showcase the best of local companies, while participating in a nationwide event designed to increase public awareness about the value of manufacturing in the U.S. economy and the opportunities available in a manufacturing career. QCC is planning to celebrate Manufacturing Day in several ways and we want your involvement and that of your students to make it a really special day!

11:00 am- 1:00 pm Student Maker Project Demonstrations @ Sidewalk near Fuller Center or Surprenant Lobby (if inclement weather) Through funding made available by the Strategic Plan Implementation Fund, several students/ student groups received small grants last spring to support invention. These demos, in various stages of completion, will allow these “student makers” to demonstrate their thinking and their making! This is a true celebration of innovation and invention, leading to a entrepreneurship!

12:00 Noon to 3:00 pm Metso Automation USA (Shrewsbury) Tours

10:00 am

Metso is a global supplier of technology and services in the process industries, including mining, construction, recycling, pulp and paper, power and oil and gas. Metso’s 30,000 professionals in over 50 countries deliver sustainability and profitability to customers worldwide. Metso is a huge supporter of QCC students and programs, providing technical assistance, cooperative education placements and more on a regular basis for many years!

The American Made Movie; Hebert Auditorium This documentary celebrates innovation, invention and making “stuff” in the US. It will have relevance to students in many disciplines from business, engineering and technology, economics, finance, liberal arts and beyond! The documentary is 82 minutes long.

Shuttle Bus Transportation will be available between QCC Main Campus and Metso ShrewsburyTours will leave from QCC at

12:00 noon, 1:15 pm and 2:30 pm

Seats will be limited, check theQ for details!

STUDENT PROFILE QCC alumna Stefanie Morgan was home schooled and her first exposure to conventional schooling was when she started her journey at QCC. “I had no idea what traditional school was like, classrooms, being compared to peers, or having completely impartial teachers grading you. I was so afraid that I would totally fail college.” But Ms. Morgan did not fail; she embraced the traditional school experience at QCC and now praises it as a great stepping-stone for finding her passion and introducing her to academia. Ms. Morgan graduated QCC in December 2008 with an Associate of Arts in General Studies. She worked full time while attending QCC as a full


time student, which left very little down time. In August of 2011 she graduated from Bridgewater State University with a Bachelor of Science double major in Biology and Psychology with a concentration in Biomedical Science. Currently she is the lab manager for the Lab at Brigham and Women’s Hospital at Harvard Medical School researching ovarian cancer which holds a special place in heart since her grandmother was diagnosed with this disease. Ms. Morgan is attending Stanford’s School of Medicine this fall to pursue a PhD in Cancer Biology. Ms. Morgan praises the faculty and staff at QCC for their tremendous dedication and support.


NEASC Notice of Public Comment

Public comments must be received by November 6, 2013. The Commission cannot guarantee that comments received after that date will be considered.

Quinsigamond Community College (QCC) will undergo a comprehensive evaluation visit November 3-6, 2013, by a team representing the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. The Commission on Institutions of Higher Education is one of seven accrediting commissions in the United States that provide institutional accreditation on a regional basis. Accreditation is voluntary and applies to the institution as a whole. The Commission, which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, accredits approximately 240 institutions in the sixstate New England region. QCC has been accredited by the Commission since 1967 and was last reviewed in 2003. Its accreditation by the New England Association encompasses the entire institution.


For the past two years, QCC has been engaged in a process of self-study, addressing the Commission’s Standards for Accreditation. An evaluation team will visit the institution to gather evidence that the self-study is thorough and accurate. The team will recommend to the Commission a continuing status for the institution. Following a review process, the Commission itself will take the final action.



The public is invited to submit comments regarding the institution to: Public Comment on Quinsigamond Community College Commission on Institutions of Higher Education New England Association of Schools and Colleges 209 Burlington Road, Suite 201 Bedford, MA 01730-1433 E-mail: [email protected] Public comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution. The Commission cannot settle disputes between individuals and institutions, whether those involve faculty, librarians, students, administrators, or members of other groups. Comments will not be treated as confidential and must include the name, address, and telephone number of the person providing the comments.


October is Cyber Security Month! Mark your calendar for these Cyber Security Brown Bag Lectures on: •

October 8

October 15

October 22

October 29

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Location: Ahlfors Hall, Room 111 Topics covered will concern Cyber Security in everday life - from traveling and being secure to practicing security procesees here at QCC. For more information, contact Robert Sarao, Deputy Chief Technology Officer at [email protected]

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16TH ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT A SWINGING SUCCESS September 16 marked the Sixteenth Annual QCC Foundation Golf Classic, Driving for Scholarships. This year, the event took place at Cyprian Keyes in Boylston, and a new nine-hole option was added with great success. 24 teams turned out to play with approximately 112 golfers total. New sponsors included Vector Marketing Corporation, whose team flew in from Pennsylvania to play (pictured at left). Vector Marketing Team with President Gail Carberry

Over 90 silent auction and raffle items were donated, including artwork from QCC’s Children’s School (pictured below). Many thanks to sponsors, donors and players for their overwhelming generosity! Dr.Carberry, QCC Foundation VP Jacqui Diggs and President Larry Morrison honor Dr. Stanley Shustak’s years of service on the Foundation Board.

Liz Borg, A.V.P. of Community Engagement, driving Larry Morrison


Congratulations to the QCC Foundation for a successful event.

CONGRATULATIONS to Respiratory Care Program Students! The Massachusetts Society for Respiratory Care has awarded two QCC students $1,000 scholarships each, at their annual meeting on September 18 in Sturbridge.

Congratulations to: • •

Heather Madison of Worcester Jessica Grenham of North Grafton

The students, both sophomores were selected based on scholastic achievment, letters of recommendation and an essay. The pool of applicants was exceptionally large this year; Ms. Madison and Ms. Grenham were standouts. Heather Madison (left) and Jessica Grenham Ms. Grenham plans to use her scholarship to pay her airfare for a humanitarian medical mission to Haiti - an annual trip organized and funded by several QCC Health Care professors.

YOU’RE INVITED! Gateway to College Open House Date: Wednesday, October 9 Time: 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Location: 005 Surprenant Please join the Gateway to College staff for an Open House to learn more about the QCC Gateway to College program. Staff and students will be on-hand to provide information, share experiences as well as answer questions about the program. For more information, contact Marci Skillings, Program Manager at [email protected] Light refreshments will be served.

WYVERN AROUND THE WORLD Where have you seen the Wyvern in your travels? Let us know - send us a photo!

The Wyvern on lava in Iceland.


QCC WELCOMES... NEW STAFF On September 9, QCC welcomed Dr. Lillian M. Ortiz, Vice President for Strategic Enrollment Development and Student Engagement. Dr. Ortiz was part of a national search, resulting in a pool of seven candidates narrowed to three qualified semi-finalists. The QCC Board of Trustees approved Dr. Carberry’s recommendation to appoint Dr. Ortiz at a meeting held on August 28. Dr. Ortiz has a strong background and solid reputation for her work in engaging the communities in which she has worked. She has over a dozen years of experience at the cabinet level, having reported directly to two presidents in Connecticut. Most recently, Dr. Ortiz served as the Dean of Students at Naugatuck Valley Community College.

On September 23, 2013, Academic Aff airs welcomes Shane Clark as CAPS Advisor. Mr. Clark, who has mostly recently worked at Ashford University in the Department of Student Aff airs for the past two and a half years, also brings an additional six and a half years of experience working within college settings in various departments including Advising and Campus Life. Mr. Clark earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice and a Master of Science Degree in Higher Education, Student Aff airs from Florida State University.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Clark University and a Master of Education Degree from Harvard University.

The QCC Family welcomes Dr. Ortiz, Ms. Horan, Mr. Dotson, Mr. Clark, and Ms. Shore to their new roles!

On September 30, 2013, Enrollment Services welcomes Anne Shore as Coordinator of Disability Services. Ms. Shore, who mostly recently worked as a Disability Specialist at MassBay Community College for the past year, brings an additional six years of experience working in disability resources in higher education.

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