Collaborate, Innovate, and Invigorate!
MCC just held its annual fall Professional Day, adding a bevy of new learning opportunities for faculty and staff focusing on collaboration projects, technology advancements, and, for the first time ever, a health and wellness component.
As part of this year's program, Professional Day organizers included a wellness portion of the programming that included organized walks not only on the Bedford quad, but throughout the historic fitness trails that encircle the Bedford campus. The day may have started raw, but our intrepid outdoors folk came armed with coffee and hot cider!
Also for the first time, a yoga class was added for the bravest of hearts to take a break from the dozens of other classroom sessions being held throughout the campus.
On the fitness trail walk, faculty and staff got a chance to explore new part of the campus, including what is believed to be an old gunpowder storage tower, the Sustainability Club's community garden, the grotto built by the Marist Seminarians, and the Seminarian's swimming hole! Faculty members took the opportunity to deliver not just history, but science lessons during the walk to their fellow walkers!
"Professional Day offered programming for nearly 350 members of the college community, faculty, administration, and support staff," said Professional Day maven Mary Anne Dean. "This year's Professional Day focused on our college mission, and allowed us to reflect on it and focus on new ways to approach collaboration, innovation, and our health at the same time."
This year's event also acknowledged several retirees, who were granted emeritus status, including Associate Provost Cynthia Butters, Nursing Professor Patricia Economakos, Medical Assisting Professor Sue Hunt, Psychology Professor Don Margulis, Biology Professor Anne Miller, Dean of Health Careers Ann Montminy, and Provost and Vice-President of Academic and Student Affairs Mary-Jane McCarthy. (Thanks also to Alyce O'Connell http://alyceoconnell.com/ for photographing the day.)