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Great Sports!
We've been bragging - quite deservedly so - about many of our scholars this past semester.  Today, some of our athletes take center court, along with the hard-working folks who coach our students and the Student Affairs folks who successfully run the programs all year round!
MCC recognized the hard-working student-athletes and coaches who contribute their time and talent to the MCC sport program during a year end sports awards night.
 
This annual Sports Recognition Ceremony included personal reflections from 4 dynamic student-athletes, who shared their perspectives about the value of sports in their lives.
 
These athletes shared season highlights, talked about personal and team growth, and encouraged others to get involved with sports at MCC.  This event also recognized some talented student Captains, which are student-athletes who have stepped into leadership positions to help guide and support their teams.
 
Paul Ware from the hockey team said of his hockey experience: "To give you a sense of who I am, I would say that this game has helped give me a place where I can let go of everything.  Everything that happens through my day, from working early mornings and going to school and trying to understand what part of it will help my future."  Paul is moving on to UMass Lowell. "I’m graduating from Middlesex and moving on and I’m still learning and blown away by the complexity of everything. It still makes me question myself and where my part is, but I’ve learned through adapting to my surroundings that when I just let my passion take control, I can find a similar comfort to when my skates touch the ice.
 
Sarah Greeley spoke of her volleyball experience: "MCC sports has definitely helped to create a positive experience for me at school. It created a community and it allowed me an outlet to make friends in an environment where I feel safe, pumped up, and open to new experiences"
 
Courtney Lemire shared a softball experience: "Through the support of my friends and family, I continue to grow every day and learn new things about myself.  Through the sports program I have made a lot of new friendships and recognize many faces on campus.  Compared to the beginning of the year, now I feel very comfortable on campus and feel more confident." 
 
Dual enrollment student Hans-Edward Hoene told his inspirational soccer story: "I began to really implement leadership into my life.  For example, I was also becoming a leader in my lab groups. What I feel proud of the most though is what I was doing before my classes.  I began helping out other students in my classes before class.  In fact over time, I felt obligated to.  I would show up early with a dry-erasable marker and start helping students solve problems that they were having in the subject.  This was only possible because the soccer team and this college had given me to confidence and the propensity to think of more than just myself, to think of the bigger picture.  I wasn’t competing with other students; I was working with them as if we were all one team.   And this is something that many colleges cannot offer to their students."
 
 
Coaches also enjoyed this opportunity to provide a summary of their season, and to honor many of their student athletes with awards, including Offensive Award, Defensive Award, Coaches Award, and Most Valuable Player.
 
Coaches consistently commented on the impact that sports team involvement has on the lives of these student athletes, as well as the joy and satisfaction they find in coaching.  The celebration also included encouraging and motivational remarks by MCC President James Mabry, Provost Phil Sisson, and Dean of Students Pam Flaherty.

A special team cheer for the folks from Health and Wellness such as Emily Norton and Jonathan Crockett who lead the charge each year!
This event served as a clear reminder about the often beneficial and sometimes transformative impact that sports can have on the lives of MCC students and their coaches.  Congratulations to all 2015-2016 student athletes, student captains, award winners, and coaches!

To learn more about MCC's sports program, visit the web site at  https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/chw/sportswellns.aspx
 
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Posted: Tuesday, June 21, 2016 11:12 AM by MCC Blog Admin | 0 Comments
A Global Experience
Southeast Asia and its culture took center stage for an interdisciplinary weekend here at MCC and brought with it inspirational tales of culture, survival and perseverance.  More than 100 MCC students joined with about the same number of community partners for the scheduled events.

A city cultural staple, the Angkor Dance Troupe performed their interactive dances for the participants.

Judy Ledgerwood, the Director of the Institute of Southeast Asia at Northern Illinois University provided a keynote speech, Ongoing Cambodia, Changing Cambodia Studies.

One of the weekend's highlights was a Global Education Speaker Series event with Chum Mey, a survivor of the S-21 Tuol Sleng prison, who spoke about his experiences detailed in his book, Survivor: The Triumph of an Ordinary Man in the Khmer Rouge Genocide.

Said Mey" "I come every day to tell the world the truth about the Tuol Sleng prison....so that none of these crimes are ever repeated anywhere in the world."

 

The event also featured Fulbright Scholar Jinxian Deng, a Buddhism expert who wrote a book about Lowell author Jack Kerouac and Buddhism.   

Students participating visited the college's kiln site, made small pots, and finished their weekend experience at a moving concert with master musician Song Heng and folk musician Sovann Khonn.

For more information about MCC's Global Education program, visit the website at www.middlesex.mass.edu/globaleducation/ or contact Dean Dona Cady at 781-280-3678.

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Posted: Friday, June 17, 2016 10:43 AM by MCC Blog Admin | 1 Comments
MCC Grant Awards Keep on Cummings
 

Middlesex Community College is one of 100 local nonprofits to receive grants of $100,000 each through Cummings Foundation’s “$100K for 100” program. Middlesex was chosen from a total of 479 applicants, during a competitive review process.

Patricia Demaras, MCC Assistant Dean of International/Multicultural Student Affairs, and Lisa Doucett, Director of Grant Development, joined approximately 300 other guests at a recent reception at TradeCenter 128 in Woburn to celebrate the $10 million infusion into Greater Boston’s nonprofit sector. With the conclusion of this grant cycle, Cummings Foundation has now awarded more than $140 million to local nonprofits alone.

“This Cummings Foundation grant will help Middlesex sustain and expand programs that support our diverse student body and help all who come to our college succeed,” said President James Mabry. “Students recruited and trained to be peer advocates and achievement coaches work on many levels to close achievement gaps, and build persistence and success across the college. This grant will be critical in our ability to reach more students and help them to achieve their educational goals.”

The three-year grant will enable Middlesex to build capacity to enhance academic and career opportunities for students, using peer-support staff to improve engagement, leadership and job readiness.

The college will expand its successful student-outreach model of peer liaisons (now well established at the Lowell-campus Multicultural Center), to hire trained student Achievement Liaisons (AL) and a program coordinator to work out of the Bedford Multicultural Center. ALs will reach out to and support Bedford-campus students who are more likely to experience gaps in achievement – such as those who are first-generation to college, ethnic/racial minorities, and/or who are from nontraditional or low-income households.

The Cummings Foundation has also given $5,000 to MCC’s annual Celebrity Forum in past years. Proceeds from Celebrity Forum help raise funds for MCC Foundation student scholarships.

The $100K for 100 program supports nonprofits that are not only based in, but also primarily serve, Middlesex, Essex and Suffolk counties. This year, the program is benefiting 41 different cities and towns within the commonwealth.

Through this place-based initiative, Cummings Foundation aims to give back in the area where it owns commercial buildings, all of which are managed, at no cost to the Foundation, by its affiliate Cummings Properties. Founded in 1970 by Bill Cummings of Winchester, the Woburn-based commercial real estate firm leases and manages more than 10 million square feet of space, the majority of which exclusively benefits the Foundation.

“We admire and very much appreciate the important work that nonprofit organizations like Middlesex Community College are doing in the local communities where our colleagues and clients live and work,” said Joel Swets, Cummings Foundation’s executive director. “We are delighted to support their efforts.”

This year’s diverse group of grant recipients represents a wide variety of causes, including education, homelessness prevention, elder services, healthcare, and food insecurity. Most of the grants will be paid over two to five years.

The complete list of 100 grant winners is available at www.CummingsFoundation.org 
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Posted: Wednesday, June 15, 2016 11:02 AM by MCC Blog Admin | 4 Comments
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