Events

Get our your dictionaries! The Tony Award winning musical comedy, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, one of Broadway’s most buzzed about hits, opens on May 1 at Theatre at the Mount.

The musical comedy follows six young people in the throes of puberty, who are overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, as they learn that winning isn’t everything and that losing doesn’t necessarily make you a loser. At each performance, four audience volunteers are selected and invited on stage to participate in the Bee, making each performance unique.

The cast features Liz Vettese (Marcy Park), Chris Casello (Chip Tolentino), Ryann Brown (Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre), Lynne Dumais (Olive Ostrovsky), Kyle Carlson (Mitch Mahoney), Doug Dame (Leaf Coneybear), Christiaan Stone (Vice-Principal Douglas Panch), Marcus Provost (William Barfee), Kate Sheridan (Rona Lisa Perretti).

Performances are May 1, 2, 8 and 9 at 8 p.m. and May 3 at 2 p.m.. Tickets are available by calling the Theatre at the Mount Box Office at 978-630-9388 or online at www.mwcc.edu/tam

 

Academics-New-Building-ExteriorState officials, legislators and business and community leaders with join the MWCC community on Earth Day, April 22, to celebrate the start of construction of the college’s new $41 million science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) building. The Building Beyond Tomorrow ceremony will begin at 2:30 p.m. in the Commons Area of the Gardner campus.

Carol Gladstone, Commissioner of the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance, and President Daniel M. Asquino will be among the featured speakers.

“This is another exciting milestone in the history of Mount Wachusett Community College,” said President Asquino. “This project supports trends in teaching and learning and reflects the national and statewide STEM initiatives while providing the best possible education for our students.”

Site preparation work began in March on the 44,000-square-foot addition and renovations to the Arthur F. Haley Academic Center. The Commonwealth is investing $38 million in the project to support the academic needs in North Central Massachusetts. The project will be one of the largest in North Worcester County.

Amenities will include eight new classrooms and laboratories, four lab prep rooms, 24 new faculty offices, student study space and interior glass walls to highlight STEM student innovation. New laboratory equipment, including projection microscopes with 60-inch flat screen monitors, will be acquired through a $500,000 grant the college received from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center.

Designed by Boston-based Architerra, Inc. to meet gold LEED certification for efficiency and sustainability, the new building will contain energy-efficient features related to heating, exhaust, lighting and plumbing to tie in with the college’s sustainability initiatives.

Upgrades to audio/visual equipment and enhanced wireless capabilities in labs and open areas, are also among the features, as well as a new 2,300-square-foot greenhouse for science programs. Improvements to the Haley Academic Center will include a new visitor entrance, a multi-purpose room, an academic advising suite, a refurbished student-centered campus hub and increased accessibility to the Raymond M. LaFontaine Fine Arts Center.

Mount Wachusett Community College will celebrate National Poetry Month on Tuesday, April 28 with a reading from new publications by Professor Michelle Valois and Reference and Instruction Librarian Jess Mynes. The reading will take place from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the East Wing Gallery of the Gardner campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Valois, chair of MWCC’s Liberal Arts & Sciences and General Studies department, recently released her latest chapbook, My Found Vocabulary. Her writing has appeared in TriQuarterly, The Massachusetts Review, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Brevity, Fourth Genre, The Baltimore Review, Anderbo, The Literary Bohemian, and others. She has received writing grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund. She lives in western Massachusetts with her partner and their three children.

Mynes is the author of several books, including How’s the Cows (Cannot Exist Press) and Sky Brightly Picked (Skysill Press). He will read from his most recently collection, One Anthem, which is expected to be published this summer by Pressed Wafer. His poems have appeared in: The Brooklyn Rail, The Nation, Bright Pink Mosquito, Vlak, Shampoo, Big Bell, and various other publications. He co-curated a reading series, All Small Caps, in Wendell, Mass. for eight years. A resident of Wendell, he is the editor of Fewer & Further Press, where he publishes innovative contemporary poetry.

MWCC is hosting an open house featuring “on the spot” acceptance on Thursday, April 9 from 4:45 to 6:30 p.m. at its main campus in Gardner.

Prospective students will have the opportunity to speak with academic advisors, explore academic programs and bachelor’s degree transfer options, learn about financial aid, receive assistance filing for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and receive information about the college’s wide range of student support services.

Registration is recommended and can be made online at mwcc.edu/openhouse or contacting the admissions office at 978-630-9110 or admissions@mwcc.edu.

MWCC offers more than 45 associate degree and academic certificate programs, as well as dual enrollment programs for teenagers, transfer agreements with public and private colleges and universities, workforce development training, adult basic education, and preparation for the HiSET high school equivalency exam. For more information, visit mwcc.edu.

 

The Phi Theta Kappa honor Society is hosting a character breakfast on Saturday, April 11 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Gardner campus. Proceeds will be used to support hunger alleviation programs in North Central Massachusetts.

Participants can enjoy a hot breakfast of pancakes, sausage, bacon, eggs, and beverages with family, friends, and favorite characters. Costumes are encouraged.

Admission is $7 for ages 12 and over, $5 for ages 2 to 11, and free for infants age one and under.

For more information, contact John Day at jday12@mwcc.mass.edu or 978-360-9255.

 

Job Fair 2015

March 24, 2015

MWCC is hosting its annual Job Fair on Wednesday, April 1 at the Gardner campus. The event is 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.

More than two dozen companies and organizations will be on campus to provide attendees with an opportunity to explore careers in a diverse range of fields. Attendees are encouraged to bring their résumés and dress for success.

Participating companies include Alternatives, Apollo Security, Bemis Associates, Charter Communications, Devereux, Great Wolf Resorts, Health Alliance, LUK, Mass Life Sciences, Operon Resources, Securitas, Seven Hills, TD Bank, Worcester County Sheriff’s Office, Worker’s Credit Union, and YOU, Inc.

For more information, contact Patricia Brewerton, Coordinator of Career Planning and Placement, at pbrewerton@mwcc.mass.edu.

WHC-30The Wicked Hangin Chads, a Boston-based reggae fusion band influenced by Bob Marley and Jimmy Cliff among others, will perform a free concert Saturday, March 14 at Mount Wachusett Community College.

The concert will serve as a live training event for students enrolled in MWCC’s Media Arts and Technology program, as well as provide hands-on experience for college students in other disciplines. High school students visiting the campus prior to the concert have been invited discover how the world of music and broadcasting intersect by participating in event set up.

The concert will begin at 8 p.m. in the theatre of the Raymond M. LaFontaine Fine Arts Center. Doors open at 7:30 and seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Husband and wife Rick and Celia Chadwick have been performing together for more than three decades, joining talented musicians from as far away as Dubai and as diverse as a West African drummer and a traditional Indian instrumentalist. They formed the Wicked Hangin Chads six years ago, offering a mix of original reggae, reggae hybrid and ska with a Latin blues flavor. The band has summer residency at the Barking Crab restaurant in Boston and has played numerous venues over the years including the Hard Rock Cafe.

“We do one concert a year as a training event for students enrolled in five different courses,” said John Little, chair of the Media Arts and Technology department. “In their chosen disciplines, they take part in promotion, set design, lighting, recording, photography, video camera operation video directing, video editing, audio mixing and mastering, poster design, and product design.”

“I’m thrilled to have a seven piece reggae band as our act this year. They will provide our video and audio students a wonderful challenge. In the weeks that follow these annual concerts, we regularly hear from our students that the concert was the most beneficial day of their entire time at college. And THAT is music to my ears,” Little said.

Media Arts and Technology student Trevor Buckingham, a musician who has performed with the Chads, recommended the band for this year’s performance.

During this public event, concert attendees agree to be recorded in the audience in photos, video and/or audio for DVD, Internet, television and other promotional materials. The resulting Blu-Ray/DVD will be offered by the band to their fan base, run on cable access channels, and will be used by MWCC in promotional pieces.

“The Wicked Hangin Chads are absolutely thrilled to be working with the faculty and students of Mount Wachusett Community College and we are humbled by the attention and the focus that we are getting,” said Rick Chadwick. “We’re very thankful and happy to be part of it. The DVD we’re going to have as part of this performance is going to be paramount to our promos.”

 

 

 

 

Gail Thomas

Gail Thomas

MWCC is celebrating Women’s History Month with several events in March.

On Thursday, March 5, author and poet Gail Thomas will present a poetry reading at 12:30 in the North Café. Thomas has published two books of poetry, No Simple Wilderness: An Elegy for Swift River Valley, (Haley’s) and Finding the Bear (Perugia). Her poems have appeared in more than 30 literary journals and anthologies. She has won the Robert Hearst Prize and the Pat Schneider Prize for poems that appear in her book, Waving Back, which will be published by Word Tech’s Turning Point imprint in 2015.

Thomas is the recipient of writing and teaching grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, and was awarded residencies at the MacDowell Colony and Ucross. She was a founding artist and trainer for the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Elder Arts Initiative and has collaborated with artists across the state for workshops and performances. Thomas has led community writing workshops at schools, hospitals, libraries and senior centers, as well as private poetry craft workshops. Thomas is a learning specialist and teaches at Smith College.

In conjunction with the Student Life Film Series, the documentary “Malala: A Girl from Paradise” will be presented on Wednesday, March 11 at 12:30 p.m. in the North Café. This documentary is about Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai, the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize nominee who survived an assassination attempt at age 15 for her determined efforts to defend girls’ education in Pakistan, after the Taliban outlawed schools for girls in her native Swat Valley.

The Women’s HerStory Project will return with a display in the South Cafe. Students in Professor Susan Goldstein’s Journalism 1 class and the office of Student Life will display photos with feature articles of MWCC faculty and staff who play an important role in the lives of students. The women featured in the HerStory project will be recognized during a Women’s Appreciation Day event on Wednesday, March 26.

Singer-songwriter Christa Gniadek will perform during the Women’s Appreciation Day event on Wednesday, March 26 from 12:30 to 1:30 in the South Café. Described as a performer with the robust, velvety vocals of Norah Jones, the folk-pop elements of Anna Nalick and the quirky poeticism of Ingrid Michaelson, Gniadek’s minimalist musical style and clever lyricism is unexpected even in someone mature beyond her 24 years.

 

Business GroupMassachusetts business owners, presidents and human resources professionals are invited to attend a free North Central Massachusetts Resource Forum on Thursday, March 19 from 8:30 to 10:30 at Mount Wachusett Community College’s Leominster campus, 100 Erdman Way.

Sponsored by MWCC, the event will include representatives from the college, state agencies, the city of Leominster and regional Chambers of Commerce who will present information on the amenities, benefits and incentives available to businesses of all sizes.

Rosemary Scrivens, Central Regional Director for the Massachusetts Office of Business Development’s Economic Development Incentive Program (EDIP) will present the variety of business resources, expertise and tax incentive programs available in the Commonwealth, including how communities can provide Tax Incremental Finance (TIF) agreements for businesses.

Lisa Marrone, Economic Development coordinator for the city of Leominster, will present on how to apply a multi-faceted approach to achieve municipal economic success. She will share her view on building the vitality of a downtown core and neighborhood centers through the creation of new business and retail opportunities; connecting entrepreneurs and property owners with public financing opportunities; and supporting and enhancing connections between a city’s many economic generators.

Paulette Carroll, Director, and Scott Percifull, Business Service Representative for the North Central Career Center, will discuss On the Job Training grants, job postings and fairs, assistance with on-site and off-site recruiting and labor market information.

Joe Mello, Rapid Response Coordinator from the Division of Career Services, will speak about layoff aversion & management, pre-layoff services and layoff services designed for companies. He will also discuss the Massachusetts BizWorks program.

Jeremiah Riordon, Associate Vice President of MWCC’s Workforce Development division will present on corporate training, professional development and educational opportunities including state-funded program guidelines for Lean and leadership training to advance skills, enhance productivity and profitability.

John Henshaw, Ph.D., Dean of Workforce Development at MWCC, will discuss pre-employment training programs for advanced manufacturing and quality.

Roy Nascimento, Jim Bellina and Melissa Fetterhoff, presidents/CEOs of the North Central Massachusetts, Greater Gardner and Nashoba Valley Chambers of Commerce respectively, will share information about the benefits and services provided through membership, such as increased visibility, networking, educational and marketing opportunities, health insurance and alternative lending.

John Harden, Economic Development Specialist with the North Central Massachusetts Development Corporation, will discuss how it works with companies, legislators, state agencies, chambers of commerce and MWCC to assess the needs of business and enhance regional economic planning and growth throughout Northern Worcester County.

Continental breakfast and coffee will be provided. Register for the free forum online at mwcc.edu/continuing or call 978-630-9179.

 

pennant[1]Mount Wachusett Community College will host FAFSA Day Massachusetts on Sunday, Feb. 22 at 1 p.m. at the Gardner campus.

Every high school senior, college student, and adult student who will be attending college during the 2015-2016 academic year needs to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to apply for federal, state, and institutional financial aid. FAFSA Day Massachusetts, part of the national College Goal Sunday program, provides free help statewide to students and families looking to complete the FAFSA.

Families are encouraged to visit www.FAFSADay.org to view locations, dates, and times, to register, and to see a list of what to bring. The services are free and available to anyone attending college for the 2015-2016 academic year. Low-income, first-generation students are especially encouraged to attend.

FAFSA Day is staffed by volunteer financial aid and higher education experts available to provide families with one-on-one assistance. FAFSA Day is a non-profit program sponsored by Massachusetts Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, MEFA, American Student Assistance, and USA Funds.

To register or for more information visit www.FAFSADay.org.