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Museum Peace
As they prepare to wrap up their spring semester, students from MCC's Commonwealth Honors Program and Phi Theta Kappa Honorary Society had the fortunate opportunity to take part in a guided tour of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston this week.
The museum was built by the Boston heriess and avid art collector in the 19th century, and served both as her home, Italianate style mansion and art museum. It is a unique museum featuring an eclectic collection of ancient, medieval, and modern works of art from all over the world including an award winning courtyard with a floor mosaic centerpiece from ancient Rome.
The group was led by Dr. David Kalivas, Director of the CHP and Advisor for PTK, and by all accounts was both an informative and enjoyable experience.
Professor Kalivas said it was a wonderful afternoon for the students and will likely become a regular semester event for the honors program starting in the Fall.
For more information about the college's Commonwealth Honors Program visit its website at https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/honors/
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Posted: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 12:52 PM by MCC Blog Admin | 3 Comments
Building Bridges at MCC
Students in MCC's Strength of Materials engineering course wrapped up their semester building bridges - literally!
The future engineers, from Professor Michelle Stein's program were tasked with building a balsa wood bridge.  The only specifications for the project dictated that the bridges couldn't exceed 18 inches by four inches by two inches.
Each of the bridges was loaded until collapse.
The winning bridge held over 280 pounds!  Congrats to the winning bridge-builders, Emilio Eldakkache of Chelmsford, Dale Gable of Arlington, and Nicholas Vercollone of Wakefield!!!
The Strength of Materials engineering class is designed to introduce students to stress and analysis of basic structural materials subjected to various pressure loads.  The primary focus of the course is on the concepts of stress and strain at a point, stress-temperature relationships, force and deformation analysis of bodies under loadings and shear and bending moment diagrams!  Whew! 
Our terrific students might bend under stress, but they don't break!
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Posted: Friday, May 12, 2017 11:03 AM by MCC Blog Admin | 2 Comments
Declaration of Independents
MCC Film Production students Sunheng Tain of Lowell, Danylo Kowal of Winchester and Brennan Barrows of Lowell  screened their short film, "Replaced," at the Independent Film Festival Boston's 2017 Student Shorts Showcase. They made the film for a class assignment, and it was shown along with student shorts from Emerson College, Boston University, Tufts University, Bentley University, Endicott College, Fitchburg State University, and MassArt. After the screening, the three participated in an Q&A session for the audience.
Danylo, Brennan and Sunheng Tain are all sophomore students at Middlesex Community College. All three have diverse backgrounds and different career goals, but all come together because of their passion for media production. Danylo Kowal is a communications major focusing on film and television production. Brennan Barrows majors in business marketing, working towards his goal of becoming a creative director. Sunheng Tain, an aspiring actor majoring in liberal studies, would also like to pursue a career in the film and television industry. Danylo, Brennan and Sunheng brought their varying experiences together to produce the short film “Replaced”.

Wanna know more about Replaced?  Here you go:
On a quiet morning, a determined intruder kidnaps an unsuspecting young man from his home. The kidnapper gets rid of his rival with haste and for a purpose-to replace him.
Check out the film here: 

Independent Film Festival Boston (IFFBoston) was started in 2003 to provide Boston with the type of film event it had been looking for: one that discovers emerging talent and celebrates the leading edge of cinematic story tellers. A showcase for the best films from around the world—a festival that would bring directors, actors, producers, sponsors, and attendees together in an interactive environment. There were other film festivals in Boston, but there wasn’t a mainstream independent film festival inclusive of everything that made up the film-festival experience.
Since then, the Festival has remained committed to two fundamental goals: to find the best local, national, and global films to share with its community; and to showcase the city to visiting artists, introducing them to savvy audiences and ideal locations for future films.
IFFBoston is a volunteer-run event, and a 501(c)3 organization. The success of IFFBoston can be attributed to the hard-working, passionate, and completely volunteer staff that puts in time year-round. It’s also thanks to the 200+ volunteers who join the effort festival week, sponsors, venues, and the community. Most of all, the organization's success is largely due to an audience that had long wanted and waited for just this kind of festival and continues to support it.
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Posted: Monday, May 08, 2017 10:10 AM by MCC Blog Admin | 3 Comments
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