William L. Nutting, 1972 – 2018
I’m known simply as Bill. I student-taught at MWCC in the fall of 1972 under the tutelage of Professors Peter Trinchero and Theodore Filteau. Both of them were fresh out of grad school, exciting, extremely knowledgeable in their respective fields, and inspiring beyond belief. They were my mentors and “turned me on” to my future career, though I didn’t know it at the time. I graduated spring 1973 from Fitchburg State College (now Fitchburg State University) with a BS in Secondary Science Education.
I was offered a job at MWCC in 1973 as a part-time lab technician for the Science Department. I took the job as it offered me an opportunity to apply my college degree to my work. I left for a while to work in construction since the MWCC lab technician job was only part time. Later in 1974, I was asked if I’d like the full-time position as lab tech for the science department at MWCC. I did not hesitate to take the position, especially knowing the fabulous professors I’d be working with. So, I became the full-time lab technician for the MWCC Science Department in September of 1974. This was the fall that the new campus was opening up; it was an exciting time.
In 1979, MWCC received a National Science Foundation Cause Grant and with some of the money, we were able to build the current greenhouse and attached potting room and animal-care rooms. For 19 years I ran the greenhouse; part of my job of being lab technician. In 1990 I had the good fortune to participate in the NASA Space Exposed Experiment Developed for Students. This was and is to date, the largest and longest lasting radiation exposure experiment.
As time marched on, I decided to work on my master’s degree. I graduated from Worcester State College (now Worcester State University) in 1989 with a Master’s in Biology. The next year I started the transition from lab tech to instructor and worked on having my thesis published. While still working as a lab technician, I started teaching science courses in the evenings. Shortly thereafter, I was published and a fellow professor retired from the department. I applied for the position and was successful in filling that position. This is the position I continue to fulfill to this day, that of professor within the Science Department of MWCC.
I was Chairman of the Natural Science Department from 1999-2001 and then came back as Chairman of the Science Department from 2009 until the present.
During my long tenure at MWCC, I have been blessed in many ways. I get to work with incredibly talented and dedicated individuals every day. I also get to instruct, assist, and help some wonderful students, from a variety of backgrounds, with varied goals, from all over the world, with a host of “other life events” that are impinging upon their ability to succeed. It is my pleasure and honor to serve these students. THEY are why I am here; THEY are everything!
We currently are in the process of designing a new science building. It is extremely gratifying to be part of the planning of the future of STEM courses and programs here at MWCC.
To sum it up, MWCC has not only given me the possibility to become who I am but the possibility to serve an ever diverse student body and help them to achieve their dreams and goals. I am truly blessed.