MWCC’s Fall 2014 Film Series, presented by Student Life, begins with “In the Time of Butterflies” on Thursday, Sept. 25 at 12:30 p.m. in the Gardner campus’ North Café. “In the Time of Butterflies” presents a fictionalized account of the lives of the Mirabal sisters, Dominican revolutionary activists who opposed the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo. The Mariano-Barroso-directed film is based on the Julia Alvarez book of the same name and was produced for Showtime Networks in 2001. The film series will continue on Tuesday, Oct. 7 with “Into the Wild.”
The Student Life office and CATS will sponsor the annual Mardi Gras Carnival on Thursday, Feb. 27 from 6 to 10 p.m. is the South Cafe. The carnival will feature karaoke from 6 to 8 p.m. and dancing from 8 to 10 p.m. Costume prizes of $100, $70 and $30 will be awarded and a door prize of $100 will be awarded hourly. Snacks and beverages will be provided. Admission is free for MWCC students, faculty and staff and a guest.
The annual Winterfest Fair will take place Wednesday, Dec. 4 and Thursday, Dec. 5 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Commons. The fair will feature raffles of decorated wreaths and theme baskets to benefit the MWCC Foundation student scholarships. There will be a variety of vendors selling items from children’s books to pashmina scarves. Sponsored by the Student Life office and Student Services.
MWCC has received a four-year, $317,388 federal grant to continue its Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) program, which provide childcare subsidies and other support services to eligible students.
The grant, part of $9.2 million allocated in September by the U.S. Department of Education, was awarded to 58 postsecondary institutions in 28 states to establish or support campus-based child care services.
The grant program assists students with reliable child care needs so they can remain focused on their studies, said MWCC CCAMPIS Coordinator Deirdre Moran said. Established at MWCC in 2009, it is the only CCAMPIS program funded in Massachusetts.
“Child care costs are approaching $200 a week for many parents and CCAMPIS can help with those expenses. That’s a huge savings for our students,” Moran said.
The CCAMPIS program at MWCC provides childcare subsidies to eligible students who are enrolled part-time or full-time at MWCC’s Gardner, Leominster or Devens campuses. Participating students can select from more than 100 pre-approved childcare providers, all of which fall within a 15-mile radius of one of the three campuses. Other services provided to participants include academic advising, regular monitoring of academic progress, career counseling, employment information, and referrals to community support services.
Awards can be used for child care services for all age groups: infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, as well as before and after-school care for school-age children. Students eligible to receive services for their children through CCAMPIS must be eligible for Pell grants, which are awarded based on financial need.
MWCC is hosting a Party Smart Mocktails and Fatal Vision Program on Thursday, Oct. 31 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the South Cafeteria. Part of MWCC’s Alcohol and Drug Awareness week, purchase a full-sized beverage and receive a free glass goblet, and a free texting and driving finger ring (while supplies last). Proceeds to benefit the SGA Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. Sponsored by CATS, Student Life Office, Health Services, and the MWCC Office of Public Safety and Security.
MWCC’s annual Scary Karaoke competition, sponsored by CATS and the Student Life Office, will take place on Thursday, Oct. 24, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the North Café. Come join in on the spooky fun! There will be snacks, $100 cash door prize every hour and cash prizes ($100, $70, $30) for the best costumes.
The spring welcome back fair will take place Thursday, Jan. 31 in the South Cafe. Novelty events, including free airbrush winter hats, personalized posters and other activities will be available 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and the annual student club expo runs from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Student Life office and CATS (Campus Activities Team for Students).