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Paintings by MWCC alumnus John Rosis (’77) will be on display in the East Wing Gallery through Dec. 7. Pictured is Rosis’ “Fresh Things,” a 2014 acrylic on canvas.

The artwork of Mount Wachusett Community College alumnus John Rosis (’77) has been presented in galleries throughout the Northeast. Currently, his paintings are on display in MWCC’s East Wing Gallery through Dec. 7, when a reception will take place from 1 to 3:30 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.

Rosis works with several mediums concurrently, including large-scale paintings on canvas, small-scale reverse paintings on glass, and collages on paper. His paintings feature line, form, texture and color, as derived from nature.

With a penchant for creating complex relationships out of simple shapes, Rosis has developed a strong appreciation for the hands-on process that drives all of his painting projects.

Rosis’ work has previously been shown at Hopper House Art Center, Brooklyn Museum, Paul Sharpe Contemporary Art, and Rockland Center for the Arts in New York; Holter Museum in Montana, Southern Vermont Arts Center, Berkshire Art Museum, and Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Regular hours for the East Wing Gallery are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The gallery will be closed Nov. 27 and Nov. 28 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Mount Wachusett Community College’s Art Department continues its ongoing student lecture series Dec. 4 and Dec. 5, with mural expert Ben Mikles and self-starter Isabella Bourque respectively. The Dec. 4 event will take place from 12 to 1 p.m., and the Dec. 5 event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Both events will take place in Art Studio 1, Room 172.

Mikles has painted large-scale murals, both temporary and permanent, at several local venues. A user of spray paint and brushes, Mikles will discuss his techniques, materials and process.

Following the presentation, Mikles will meet with interested students to discuss potential strategies and locations for a service-learning and mural project during the spring semester.

Both art majors and non-art majors are encouraged to attend.

Bourque will again deliver a lecture encouraging her peers to market themselves as artists. Students who were unable to attend Bourque’s first lecture are encouraged to attend.

After purchasing an inexpensive kiln on Craig’s List, Bourque created a home studio, where she produces artwork for commissions and sale at street fairs and on Etsy. A graphic design student in high school, Bourque secured her current job as a graphic and web designer for WS Beauty Supply by offering to help a family friend with website issues.

Specifically, Bourque will discuss how to begin selling artwork, including potential sales platforms; easy marketing tools to drive sales and commissions, and how to cultivate an online presence.

Bourque will graduate this semester with an Associate Degree in Art.

MWCC Annual Winter Fest Fair

November 24, 2014

MWCC’s annual Winter Fest Fair will take place Dec. 3 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Dec. 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Commons area. Student clubs and organizations will raffle off decorated wreathes, and various campus departments will raffle off theme baskets, with proceeds from both raffles to benefit the Emergency Student Fund. Crafters and vendors will have a variety of items for sale, ranging from children’s books to holiday gifts.

To promote conscientious discussion on the topic of suicide, Mount Wachusett Community College’s Honors Program is inviting the public to a student-led panel discussion that will also feature area leaders in mental health. One-Day-At-A-Time-Logo

Titled “One Day at a Time,” the free event will take place Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 12:30 p.m. in the North Café at the Gardner campus. MWCC students Phil Stan and Stevie LaBelle organized the event as an extension of their abnormal psychology course and a service-learning project to meet Honors Program requirements.

“We want to de-stigmatize suicide and demonstrate that it’s okay to talk about it,” said Stan, who will co-moderate the forum with LaBelle. “Suicide is one of the most preventable causes of death, but unless we open up lines of communication, we can’t offer the help that these people need.”

Acknowledging the sensitivity of the topic, Stan said organizers will create a secure environment in which participants can freely express their concerns, speak to MWCC guidance counselors and obtain information on area support services.

The panel will include former State Senator Bob Antonioni, whose advocacy for mental health stems from experiences in his personal life; Michael Ellis, project coordinator of the Men’s Suicide Prevention Program at Heywood Hospital; and MWCC student Carrie DeCosta, who will recount her personal triumphs.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people ages 10 to 24, according to The Trevor Project. The Center for Disease Control reports that the year 2012 saw 40,600 reported suicides in the US, including one every 12.9 minutes.

“Often, simply asking if someone is okay can make a huge difference,” said Stan.

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“Leapin’ Lizards!” “Annie,” one of the best-loved family musicals of all times, opens at Theatre at the Mount on Thanksgiving weekend. Show dates are Nov. 28, 29, Dec. 5, 6 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 30 and Dec. 7 at 2 p.m.

Inspired by the famous comic strip “Little Orphan Annie,” which first ran in the New York News in 1924, “Annie” made its Broadway debut in April 1977 and played 2,377 performances before closing in 1983. The show won seven Tony Awards, including for Best Musical, Best Book (Thomas Meehan), Best Original Score (music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Martin Charnin), and Best Choreography. This heart-warming musical is the rags-to-riches story of plucky young Annie’s journey from the hard-knock New York orphanage to the luxurious home of billionaire businessman Oliver Warbucks. “Annie” boasts one of Broadway’s most memorable scores, including “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street” and the legendary “Tomorrow,” fantastically visual choreography, a side-splittingly funny script and, of course, the adorable dog Sandy.

“Annie” will star 12-year-old honor student Mary Mahoney of Leominster. Mary was selected from more than 100 girls who auditioned for parts in Theatre at the Mount’s production. The evil Miss Hannigan will be played by Athol’s Julie Capone-Smith. The cast will also feature Jeff Garber as Oliver Warbuckss, Cassie Blanchette as Grace Farrell, Keith Wolosz as Rooster, Joyce Baldwin as Lily St Regis, Robert Thomas as F.D.R., and Dash Riprock Twiss as Sandy.

Tickets for “Annie” are $20 for evenings; $15 for matinees; and, $10 for students ages 16 and under. Call the Theatre at the Mount Box Office at 978-630-9388 or purchase tickets online at mwcc.edu/tam.

To raise awareness about global poverty and economic inequality, Mount Wachusett Community College’s Center for Civic Learning and Community Engagement will host a hunger banquet on Thursday, Nov. 20. The hour-long event will begin at 12:30 in the South Café at the Gardner campus.

Illustrating the correlation between external factors and one’s economic standing, and consequently welfare, event organizers will serve participants meals of varying sizes consistent with global trends in food security.

The banquet falls during the Student Government Association’s Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive, which supplies meals to similarly disadvantaged MWCC students and their families.

Advance tickets are available for $1 in Room 152 and are $2 at the door. The Center will donate all banquet funds to the Students Supporting or Students (SOS) Office to support MWCC students in need.

Over 10,000 baby boomers are retiring every day, leaving a large gap in senior management in all sectors of the workforce, including the non-profit community. Are we preparing Generation X and Generation Y for this transfer of leadership responsibility?

Join Enterprise Bank and Mount Wachusett Community College on Nov. 19 as they host special guest Massachusetts State Senator Jennifer Flanagan and MWCC Director of Community Learning Shelley Errington Nicholson to lead you on an exploration of this pressing concern.

The free seminar will take place in MWCC’s North Café, with doors opening at 8 a.m. for a buffet breakfast. The speaking portion of the program will run from 8:30 to 10.

To register or for more information, call Andrew Duncan at 978-459-9000, or email Andrew.duncan@ebtc.com

Henry_David_ThoreauThe ongoing MWCC Humanities Project, supported by a National Endowment for the Humanities challenge grant, will next welcome Thoreau Society Executive Director Michael Frederick for a lecture on Thoreau, Eastern philosophy and nonviolence. The hour-long lecture continues the project’s first year theme, “East Meets West in a Cabin in Concord: Walden and Beyond,” and will take place Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 12:30 p.m. in the Gardner campus’ North Café.

A Massachusetts-bred writer, philosopher and naturalist, Thoreau was a progressive thinker during the 1800s, opposing both slavery and the Mexican-American War. His refusal to pay the poll tax, which was imposed on all adults within a community and helped fund slavery, landed him in jail for one night in 1842.

In his essay “Civil Disobedience,” Thoreau writes, “If… the machine of government… is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law.” This essay, coupled with Thoreau’s fundamental viewpoints, served as inspiration for such nonviolent reformers as Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.

The MWCC Humanities Project is a multi-year initiative to integrate annual themes in the humanities into campus curricula and community events. The first year features a slate of free events spotlighting various works written or inspired by Thoreau, as well as related student projects developed by several MWCC professors.

In 2013, MWCC received one of 173 NEH grants, which are awarded to recipients representing the highest level of humanities research and public engagement.

For more information about the MWCC Humanities Project and a full schedule of events, visit http://mwcc.edu/humanitiesproject.

 

Mount Wachusett Community College will host a free career fair, “Discover MWCC Certificate and Trade Programs,” on Thursday, Nov. 13 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at its Gardner campus, 444 Green Street. A career exploration workshop will take place at 6 p.m.

Information will be available on fast-growing occupations including cyber security, law enforcement, healthcare, hospitality, graphic and interactive design and manufacturing.

College representatives will be present to explain fast-track training and trade programs including veterinary assistant, advanced manufacturing, data analysis certificates, computer & technology, professional development and CPR.

Further information on certificate and degree programs, college services, financial aid and career counseling will be available. Attendees will also have the opportunity to speak with alumni, admissions representatives and professors, as well as tour the campus.

To register, visit mwcc.edu/rsvp, or contact the Admissions office at 978-630-9110 or email admissions@mwcc.mass.edu.

The Mount Wachusett Community College Humanities Project continues with a book discussion on Thoreau's modern connection to student debt.

The Mount Wachusett Community College Humanities Project continues Nov. 6 with a book discussion on Thoreau’s modern connection to student debt.

One author’s unconventional approach to repaying his student loans will be the focus of a Nov. 6 event for the Mount Wachusett Community College Humanities Project, supported by a National Endowment for the Humanities challenge grant.

Leominster Public Library will host a book discussion of Ken Ilgunas’ “Walden on Wheels: On the Open Road from Debt to Freedom” from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

In his book, Ilgunas describes adopting Henry David Thoreau’s frugal lifestyle to repay undergraduate student loans and enroll in a master’s program, while using his van as a makeshift dorm and avoiding further debt. The book discussion continues the Humanities Project’s first-year theme, “East Meets West in a Cabin in Concord: Walden and Beyond,” an ongoing discussion of Thoreau’s lasting relevance.

Thoreau famously lived an economical two years in a self-built cabin near Walden Pond in Concord, MA, immersing himself in nature and writing journal entries that would become “Walden.”

The MWCC Humanities Project is a multi-year initiative to integrate annual themes in the humanities into campus curricula and community events. The first year features a slate of free events spotlighting various works written or inspired by Thoreau, as well as related student projects developed by several MWCC professors.

In 2013, MWCC received one of 173 NEH grants, which are awarded to recipients representing the highest level of humanities research and public engagement.

For more information about the MWCC Humanities Project and a full schedule of events, visit http://mwcc.edu/humanitiesproject.