It was a changing of the guard this weekend in the makeup of the Middlesex Community College Board of Trustees, which oversees the highest levels of administration at the college.
On behalf of Governor Charlie Baker, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito came to campus to swear in three new trustees - new chairman James J. Campbell, and members Bopha T. Malone and Annie O'Connor. All three have long had relationships with the college, in some cases, dating back to before the college even opened the doors of its Lowell campus in the 1980s!
At the same time, recognition was bestowed upon three other trustees - James Hicks, who has been acting chair of the board since last December and will continue to serve as a member, and outgoing members Paul Means and Duane Taylor.
Nearly 200 people packed into the Cowan Center's cafeteria for the swearing-in ceremony.
Polito lauded the city of Lowell's efforts to galvanize the economy and spoke of the critical role that community colleges play in developing a workforce. "Community colleges are an integral part of our communities," she said.
Here's quick snapshots of the three new trustees:
James J. Campbell was city manager of Lowell during the late 1980s and early '90s. Under his leadership, the city began its revitalization of urban renewal. He led the effort to build 14 new schools while City Manager. He left the city to become commissioner and CEO of the Massachusetts department of Industrial Accidents, overseeing the $2 billion Worker's Compensation System. He serves on the Massachusetts bar Association's Workplace Safety task Force. he is currently employed as a Client Relations Adviser to the Boston Law Firm of Tentindo, Kendall, Canniff, and Keefe, the largest law firm in New England that handles insurance and employment related matters. He has now worked with all four of MCC's college presidents over the college's 45 year history. He lives in Lowell.
Bopha T. Malone is vice-president, regional business advisor of Enterprise Bank in Lowell. She earned bachelor and master's degrees from Lesley University. Bopha is actively engaged in many community organization and currently serves as chairwoman of the Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association, and is a member of Girls Incorporated of Greater Lowell and Women Working Wonders. She lives in Waltham.
Annie O'Connor is an attorney and mediator who specializes in conflict resolution and mediation of civil matters. She has been an adjunct professor at the Massachusetts School of Law since 1994, and also previously served as an adjunct professor at MCC. She is the founder and principal of the Center for Negotiations and Mediation. Annie has a lengthy history in the legal system, including being founder and director of the Civil Conciliation Program at Lawrence District Court in the early 1990s. She earned a juris doctor from Suffolk University. She lives in Lowell.
Welcome aboard to all three new trustees, and thanks again to our departing members, Paul Means and Duane Taylor!
A murder in Wyoming takes center stage in the Mill City this week with MCC's theater students.
The Middlesex Community College Theater Department will stage “The Laramie Project” for five performances Dec. 3-6 in the Burgoyne Theatre at Lowell High School, 40 Page St., Lowell.
Curtain times for “The Laramie Project” are 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Dec. 3 & 4; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6. Tickets are $15 (MCC students, staff and faculty $10) and can be purchased online at http://bit.ly/1MwmBiJ or by calling the box office at 978-459-5429.
One of the most performed plays in America, “The Laramie Project” chronicles the life in the town of Laramie, Wyo., the year following the 1998 brutal murder of openly gay University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard. The murder was denounced as a hate crime and brought attention to the lack of hate crime laws in various states, including Wyoming.
Originally written and performed by the Tectonic Theater Company, the play draws on more than 200 interviews with people in the town, company member journal entries, and published news reports, depicted in a series of short scenes.
Following the performance at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, Jimmy Maize, a member of the Tectonic Theater Company, will lead the audience in a community dialogue about the events of the play.
For more information about the MCC Theater Department’s production of “The Laramie Project,” advance reservations, and group sales (10 or more), call the box office at 978-458-5429 or visit https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/performingarts.
This year's Thanksgiving celebration will be brighter for
some MCC students and their families thanks to the “Let’s Talk Turkey”
drive sponsored by the TRIO Program for Student Achievement and the Student
Now in its 11th year at the College, TRIO
staff and students collected donations and put together Thanksgiving bags with
all the fixings including cooking instructions for those who are new to
roasting a turkey. Folks who donated got their name added to the Turkey
Wall of Fame!
“This year, the need was greater than ever”, said Mayda Arzuaga, who
coordinated the program. “We served students from the TRIO Programs and from
across the college”. Students are recommended by their
advisors and faculty members and picked up their bags this week.
Through the generosity of the Middlesex community, over 15
bags were distributed that included a turkey, stuffing, dinner rolls, pumpkin
bread, and vegetables. Any remaining donations are used to purchase
grocery gift cards to assist students in other times of need.
The Middlesex Community College TRIO Program for Student
Achievement and Student Success Programs are funded by the United States
Department of Education to serve student who are low income, first generation
to college, and individuals with disabilities with the goals of academic
achievement, retention, and transfer to four year institutions.
Thanks to all from the TRIO programs who made this happen!
Thanks also to all of our wonderful students, faculty and staff, who make Middlesex such a great place to learn and work! Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!