Evening of Excellence

May 4, 2016

The academic achievements of MWCC students will be celebrated Thursday, May 12 during the annual Evening of Excellence. The event will take place at the DoubleTree in Leominster and will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a reception, followed by dinner at 6 p.m. and an awards ceremony. Students will be honored with merit and scholarship awards during this special ceremony.

MWCC’s 43rd annual Nurse Pinning Ceremony will take place Thursday, May 19 at 5 p.m. in the Fitness & Wellness Center. Students will be welcomed into the profession by having the program’s nursing pin fastened to their lapels by a fellow nurse, a family member, a friend, an alumnus of the program, or a faculty member.

MWCC’s Dental Programs Pinning Ceremony will take place Friday, May 13 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the South Cafe of the Gardner campus. Graduates of the Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting program will be recognized.

The Tea Time Speaker Series continues Monday, April 25 with a panel discussion, “Understanding the LGBTQA Community,” in the North Café. The event begins at 12:15 with refreshments, followed by an hour-long discussion between a panel of community leaders, students and staff who will discuss their struggles and the importance of building a strong support system for the LGBTQA community within society and the education system.

The forum is sponsored by the Diversity Consortium at MWCC, Gateway to College and the SAGA Club (Sexual and Gender Alliance) student club at MWCC.

Earth Day 2016

April 20, 2016

Come Celebrate Earth Day on Thursday, April 21 featuring music, sunflower seedlings to bring home, The Green Society club raffle and items for sale, displays, vendors, giveaways and more. The event begins takes place 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the south cafeteria. Sponsored by Student Life office, Green Society and CATS (Campus Activities Team for Students).

The Mount Players will present the one-act comedy, Check, Please by Jonathan Rand for two performances on Tuesday, April 26 at 12:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. The free show will take place in the North Cafeteria.

Dating can be hard. Especially when your date happens to be a raging kleptomaniac, or your grandmother’s bridge partner, or a mime. Check, Please follows a series of blind dinner dates that couldn’t get any worse – until they do. Could there possibly be a light at the end of the tunnel?

The running time for the show is 30 minutes – bring your lunch and enjoy the show!

Directed by MWCC alumna and Theatre at the Mount Performer Paige Crane, the cast includes MWCC students Alana Jones, Harrison Brand, Rachel Woodman, Megan Bernard, Kevin Figueroa, Austin Stacy, Holland Crane, Sarah Grady, John Gilbert and Kyle Dargis.

Job Fair 2016

March 16, 2016

MWCC’s Career Planning and Placement office will host Job Fair 2016 on Wednesday, March 30 at the Gardner Campus, south cafeteria. The event will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for MWCC students, and from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the general public.

Job seekers are advised to bring copies of their resumes and dress for success. More than 40 companies and organizations will be on campus to provide attendees with an opportunity to explore career opportunities in a diverse range of fields.

Participating organizations include ARC of Opportunity, Athol Savings Bank, Barton Associates, Bemis Worldwide, Cumulus Media, the Fitchburg Police Department, GAAMHA, GFA Federal Credit Union, Great Wolf, Home Depot, LUK, Mass Life Sciences, Masy Bioservices, Nouria Energy, Perkins School, Remedy Staffing, Seven Hills, the Bridge and the Worcester County District Attorney’s office.

For more information, contact Patricia Brewerton, coordinator of career planning and placement, at


The next Tea Time Speaker Series event, Immigration and the Undocumented Student, will take place Monday, March 28 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. in the North Cafe.

MWCC Trustee and alumna Joana Dos Santos, executive director of the United Neighbors of Fitchburg/Cleghorn Neighborhood Center, is the featured presenter. A native of Uruguay, Dos Santos earned an associate degree in business administration from MWCC and a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies and a master’s degree in applied communications from Fitchburg State University. She serves on the Fitchburg Human Rights Commission and the New England Regional Funding Panel for the nonprofit organization Haymarket People’s Fund.

Reservations are recommended and may be made by contacting Sharmese Gunn at



The MWCC Humanities Project continues with “Girls and Their Ghost Stories: Feminism, Philosophy, and Frankenstein” with MWCC Faculty/Staff Dan Soucy and Shelley Nicholson. The presentation will take place March 24 at the Athol Public Library.

Robert D Putnam

Robert D. Putnam

Is the American Dream Real? Political scientist, Harvard University Professor and bestselling author Robert D. Putnam will speak about the growing class gap among American young people and the implications for social mobility on Friday, March 25 at Mount Wachusett Community College.

Putnam’s one-hour presentation begins at 11 a.m. in the South Café, followed by a choice of two events, a free, public dialogue with lunch, or a book signing and reception.

The suggested donation to attend the book signing and reception with the author is $30. A $50 donation includes a copy of Putnam’s latest book, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis. Donations will support student civic leadership programs in the college’s Center for Civic Learning & Community Engagement and the Students SOS office. Seating is limited. Reservations are requested and can be made online at

MWCC is in the fifth year of a second “Decade of Civic Engagement” movement launched by President Daniel M. Asquino in 2001 shortly after reading Putnam’s bestseller Bowling Alone: The Collapse & Revival of the American Community.

Sponsored by the college’s civic engagement center, this program is made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in partnership with the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

The author of 14 books translated into 20 languages, Putnam is the Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University, where he has served as Dean of the Kennedy School of Government. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the British Academy, and is past president of the American Political Science Association.

He has consulted for the last three American presidents, the last three British prime ministers, the last French president, prime ministers from Ireland to Singapore, and hundreds of grassroots leaders and activists in many countries. Raised in a small town in the Midwest, he was educated at Swarthmore University, Oxford and Yale.