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Spring Flinging into Finals
Getting ready to wrap up another academic year on campus, with students buckling down for their final exams
 
Before that though, it was time for a little stress relief and bonding with classmates at the annual Spring Fling, a fabulous fun-raiser run by the Student Affairs department at the college. 
 
Held on the city campus, the event featured food, fun, and activities designed to help the students get queued up for their final week of classes and exams
 
This year featured a mechanical bull that threw many a rider for a loop
The day also spotlighted a Native American powwow done in concert with the college's Multicultural Center
 Great job by all the volunteers who helped put forward an exciting event that helps students burn off that last minute stress and spend some down-time on campus with their classmates and faculty members!
Wish our wonderful students the best of luck on their final exams!  You've got this!!!!! 
 
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Posted: Monday, May 16, 2016 2:34 PM by MCC Blog Admin | 2 Comments
Designs on Battling Opioid Addiction
Students in MCC Professor Joe Eiler's Graphic Design class have taken on a challenge to create an advertising campaign to combat the deadly opioid scourge that is ravaging not just the state of Massachusetts, but the nation..  And the results, as you'll see below, are amazing.
 
Let's hear directly from Professor Eiler on how the ad campaign came about: "It was one of those ideas that wake you up in the middle of the night. My Design students needed a public service project with some teeth. Something that ties them into the community and the larger world around them. Since the biggest problem in Massachusetts is the opioid addiction crisis I started pushing that idea around. Drawing on my years of working in Boston advertising I concluded that  Governor Charlie Baker, who is passionately invested in combating this problem could enlist ad agencies for their ideas. My students are clever and aware of those issues so why not present them with that problem. Create an Awareness and Anti-Opioid Campaign. And from that came an idea for a branding of the Governor's task force - a Governor’s Opioid Taskforce Tackling Addiction! G.O.T.T.A.

Continued Eiler: "I assigned it to the strongest Senior class I have seen in years and they ran with it. Design a logo and produce a campaign. They came up with posters, billboards, subway signs, web sites and Smartphone apps as well as community interactive white boards and an animated taxi driving up with a sign on top."

Each of the students went in different creative directions. They had only three weeks but they each produced multiple design pieces of  inspired work. Images they took of themselves or family members were Photoshopped into eerily poignant scenes, Illustrations and infographics with hard hitting facts and copywriting headline that will make you think twice.

These exceptionally clever and creative students took this opportunity to build a hard hitting Public Awareness Campaign. For most of them this will be a centerpiece in their portfolios as they prepare to leave MCC and make their mark in the graphic design field.

Here's the results of their hard work, with student credits on each of the images:


Iryna Nebosenko of Tewksbury 
 
Chelsea Doke of Woburn 
 
Jessica Deardon of Derry, N.H. 
 
 
Anita Train of Lowell 
 
Malinee Tangtanawat of Westford 
 
Lynn Huynh of Lowell 
 
Michelle Carpenter of Burlington
 
Josh Bell of Arlington 
 
Give a round of applause for our incredibly talented designers who took on a very serious subject and knocked it out of the park with their creativity.
 
And if you, or a loved one, are dealing with any form of opioid addiction please seek help from any one of the agencies linked through the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' website here:
 
 http://www.mass.gov/ago/public-safety/opioids/
 
 
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Posted: Wednesday, May 11, 2016 10:37 AM by MCC Blog Admin | 16 Comments
MCC Racers

Team MCC took to the streets and trails this weekend for a pair of simultaneous charity road races, with more than two dozen members of the extended MCC family joining the teams and logging the miles!

First up was the Bedford Rotary 5 miler, with proceeds from the race going to help one-time capital construction projects as well as other service projects sponsored by the Rotary around the town of Bedford.

President Mabry led the Bedford team, and was logged in as a Celebrity Runner, along with, among others, Becca Pizzi, who recently notched 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days!  Not too shabby!

Special shoutout to MCC Trustee Bopha Malone for turning out for Team MCC!

 

The Bedford fleet feet even nabbed three medals for their places in the race!  Way to go!

At the other end of the Merrimack Valley, more than a dozen mustangs turned out to support our sister college, Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill!

 

NECC President Lane Glenn led the troops out for this 5K around the campus, and the Prez did his President's Running Team proud with his finishing time!

 

The extended MCC family nabbed 7 medals at the NECC Classic, holding our own quite nicely! The Campus Classic 5K and Fun Run is an annual college fundraising event held each spring along the Haverhill
Campus USATF certified course.  People of all ages and competitive levels, including novices and walkers, are encouraged to take part in this growing campus tradition.  Proceeds benefit the NECC Annual Fund for student scholarships and academic programs.

 A special shoutout to our grants greyhounds - Lisa Doucett, Danielle Kehoe, and Susan Anderson - all of whom took home medals in their respective age categories!

Thanks as always to our fitness fanboy Jonathan Crockett, who always leads the charge along with the college's Health and Wellness Task Force, to promote healthier living!

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Posted: Monday, May 09, 2016 1:05 PM by MCC Blog Admin | 1 Comments
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