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A White Water Classroom

The MCC Office of Student Engagement spent a beautiful day recently on the rapids at Crabapple White Water Rafting in Charleton, MA.  15 students went on the trip navigating through class 1, 2, and 3 rapids down the Deerfield River.  A mid-day lunch by the river gave everyone a nice break and a chance to rest up for the remainder of the trek down stream.

At the end of the adventure, everyone was thrilled with the experience they had been a part of.  The trip was not only fun, but also provided students a chance to bond and interact with those who went.  MCC Student Engagement hosts one trip per month.  Upcoming events include hiking, paintball, dodgeball, ice skating, and more throughout the school year.

For more information about upcoming rec trips, please contact studentengagement@middlesex.mass.edu

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Posted: Friday, September 22, 2017 2:47 PM by MCC Blog Admin | 0 Comments
Our Newest Nods from NISOD

Middlesex Community College is proud to announce recipients of the annual National Institute of Staff & Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Awards. Honorees for 2017 are Assistant Professor of Communications Jennifer D. Bauer of North Andover; Professor of Math Linda Dart-Kathios of Pelham, N.H.; and Assistant Professor of Business Stacie Hargis of Lowell.

Affiliated with the University of Texas at Austin, NISOD’s Excellence Awards honor the contributions and achievements of community and technical college faculty, administrators and staff – individuals who have demonstrated outstanding commitment and contributions to their students and colleagues.


“The NISOD Excellence Awards give Middlesex the privilege of honoring faculty and staff for their dedication to teaching excellence and fine work in furtherance of student learning and success,” said Philip J. Sisson, Provost and Vice President of Academic & Student Affairs.“Recipients are recognized by the college community as exemplary educators who have demonstrated their leadership through significant accomplishments both in and out of the classroom. We are grateful for their efforts on behalf of our students, and are fortunate to have them as colleagues.”

Said Bauer: "I try to foster an open, inclusive classroom environment that encourages students to take risks.  As I say to all of my students, we don't learn from getting it right, we learn from getting it wrong.  The important thing is to get up and try again."

Said Dart-Kathios: "Teaching gives me the opportunity to learn something new each and every day, whether from my colleagues or from my students.  I truly enjoy teaching and cannot think of another profession that is as satisfying and more importantly, has such a positive impact on the lives of others."

Said Hargis: Preparing students to be competitive in the 21st Century workforce means shaping a mindset prepared to take on challenges, spot opportunities, and solve problems.  As a facilitator of learning, my goal is to provide real-world activities that inspire students to seek out knowledge on their own."

Excellence Award recipients were celebrated during NISOD’s annual International Conference on Teaching & Leadership Excellence in Austin, Texas. Created in 1978, NISOD is a consortium of community and technical colleges that share a commitment to supporting excellence in teaching, learning and leadership. For more information, visit: www.nisod.org.


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Posted: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 2:44 PM by MCC Blog Admin | 0 Comments
The MCC Health and Wellness program and Fitness Center staff held their first-ever dodgeball tournament and from all indications, it was a big hit!
Held at the Murkland School in Lowell, the tournament saw 5 MCC teams compete for the coveted champion title - the Chicken Wing, Sirz Inc., the Dogs, Babes, and the MCC FItness Center Staff.
Each of the teams was comprised of about 6 players from within the ranks of MCC students, faculty and staff, with some friends invited to help round off some of the teams.  Held in two sections, a round robin tournament led to the playoffs.  After a great competition, the Dogs became the Top Dogs in the competition, claiming victory in the inaugural MCC Dodgeball Tournament.
Afterwards, all of the teams combined for one final free-for-all.
Thanks to everyone from the Fitness Center and Health and Wellness program who pulled the event together.  We're sure there's more to come in the future!
To find out more about MCC's sports programs, visit here:   https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/chw/sportswellns.aspx

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Posted: Wednesday, July 05, 2017 9:58 AM by MCC Blog Admin | 0 Comments