Massasoit Inducts 82 Students into Phi Theta Kappa

Last week, we welcomed more than 80 students into the Massasoit chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the world’s largest and most prestigious honor society for two-year college students. Massasoit PTK students excel academically and frequently give back to the community. Congratulations to all of those inducted!

2019 SPRING INDUCTEES INCLUDE

  • Guerline Alexandre
  • Estefania Andrade
  • Sadiyah Archibald
  • Monica Bagley
  • Michael Bartz
  • Georgia Bell
  • Savanah Benbenek
  • Brendan Bohld
  • Hannah Brett
  • Felicia Brinson
  • Geaonny Calderon-Hampton
  • Kika Cardoso
  • Amanda Charlot
  • Shella Gay Chuaudry
  • Liam Corbett
  • Michael Demaesschalck
  • Kevin Denicola
  • Olivia Deyoe-Cotter
  • Ashley Dinsmore
  • Emma Donnelly
  • Daniel Donovan
  • Lassana Dorleh
  • Adilson Dos Anjos
  • Asachai Drake-Rocheteau
  • Aishling Duffy
  • Joseph Farmer
  • Diana Ferman
  • Jorge Ferreira
  • Delilah Fraser
  • Patricia Fredericks
  • Dale Forrester
  • Michael Leonardo Galan Yvonne Gorski
  • Michael Grant
  • Julia Grzegorczyk
  • Nathaniel Hagerty
  • Alison Haidul
  • Lisa Irwin
  • Jasmine Jaynes
  • Sparte Jean
  • Kuldeep Kaur
  • Yara Khoury
  • Jang Kizito
  • Mathew Labadini
  • Kimberly Langford
  • Shanara Lewis
  • Vania Lopes
  • Cindy Mack
  • Bailey Magno
  • Brianna Maiden
  • Kevin Mallgrave
  • Madison Manzo
  • Zachary McDonough
  • Cindy McField
  • Nancy Milka
  • Cheryl Moneghan
  • Susi Tejeda Montanez
  • Daphnee Morency-Dorce
  • Patrick Murphy
  • Judith O’Brien
  • Brook Ogorek
  • Daniel Oleary
  • Christina Pierre-Toussaint
  • Kristina Provitola
  • Ludimira Ribeiro
  • Migdalia Rodriguez
  • Haleigh Rose
  • Samantha Sheridan
  • Samantha Signori
  • Olesya Simonova
  • Tristan Sims
  • Brianne Slauenwhite
  • Brittany Spinazzola
  • Rebecca Stewart
  • Ian Taylor
  • John Tedesco
  • Djeisson Teixeira
  • Godwin Ujialele
  • Herline Vernet Sambo
  • Shannon Weir
  • William Welch
  • Samuel Wood

STEM Research Interns are the Buzz on Campus

Massasoit STEM Research Interns

Massasoit’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) program hosted its 5th annual STEMposium yesterday to showcase several student-led research projects, which explored the correlation between native pollinator activity (bees) and land-use practices. Follow the link at the bottom of this post to download the full research abstracts.

“Optimization of Spatial Scale in Local Land-Use Studies” – Matthew Healy


“Our results suggest that rural areas may generally provide better habitat for native bees, but better land management practices may increase abundance and diversity even in urban settings.”

“The Impact of Land-Use Practices on Ground-Nesting Bees” – Jordan Palmer


“These data suggest that rural sites may provide more resources for ground-nesting bees; however, urban areas with sustainable land-use practices may be beneficial as well.”

“Urbanization Effects on Ground Nesting and Non-Ground Nesting Bees” – Tatyanna Moreland-Junior


“Correlation strength between both ground and non-ground nesting bee abundance and richness of the two nesting guilds may have predictive value for local ecosystem health and the health of the local bee community.”

“Does Forest Cover Affect Cavity-nesting Bee Abundance?” – Belunda Moise


“In an urban/sub-urban setting, cavity-nesting bees’ abundance does not seem to have a strong correlation with forest cover, suggesting other factors such as sustainable land-use practices may be more important to help promote their community.”

“Gender Ratio in Bees as an Indicator of Ecosystem Health” – Vania Lopes


“This suggests that sex ratio may be more sensitive to year-to-year ecosystem variation compared to Osmia abundance.”

“Changes in Genus Lasioglossum Over Time” – Douglas Phinney


“Using a priori contrast we were able to see that sites with sustainable land use practices in place have significantly higher abundance compared to those without.”

“Using DNA Barcoding to Study Foraging Habits of Bees” – Zachary Thuotte


“This type of information could be particularly useful in an agricultural setting where interactions between nesting preferences, foraging preferences and crop pollination might be established.”

“Relationship Between Kleptoparasite Nomada Abundance and its Host Genus’” – Kinga Auguste


“Human activity appears to influence the abundance of Nomada, and variation observed in the strength of the host-parasite relationship suggests that monitoring this marker could yield new insight on the health of the bee community.”

Massasoit Celebrates World Poetry Day 2019

On March 21st, Massasoit celebrated World Poetry Day, a UNESCO designated global holiday, with a series of events promoting poetry as a catalog for dialogue and peace. More than 100 attended the poetry writing workshop facilitated by international spoken word poet U-Meleni Mhlaba-Adebo. A campus community reading followed, featuring U-Meleni Mhlaba-Adebo as headlining poet, and students and faculty reading their original poetry. The students who read were selected from a pool of many applicants, and Professor Katherine DiMarca of the English Department emceed. In the evening event, Connective Threads: Voices of Our Global Tapestry, 11 poets, representing 11 languages and cultures, took the stage reading in their native languages with an English translation in the background. Dr. Angelina Avedano of the English Department was the Master of Ceremonies and facilitated a question and answer session afterwards.

World Poetry Day was organized by a faculty/staff team and sponsored by the Office of Diversity & Inclusion, Student Life, TRIO, the Massasoit Library, and the Division of Humanities & Fine Arts. View the full gallery of photos here

Five Massasoit Students Named to Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society’s All-Massachusetts Academic Team

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From L to R: Kinga Auguste of Sharon, Cheryl Moneghan of Middleboro, Camilla Miquelina of Brockton, and Kimberly Nashawaty of Pembroke

For demonstrating intellectual rigor, academic achievement, leadership, and civic growth, five Massasoit Community College students were named to Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society’s All-Massachusetts Academic Team. Members of an elite list of 36 academics from across the state, the students were honored for their achievements during a ceremony at the Massachusetts State House yesterday in front of legislators and staff, community college presidents, and other members of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK).

PTK is the world’s largest and most prestigious honor society for two-year college students, and the Massachusetts Community Colleges Executive Office hosts the ceremony each year to recognize the highest academic achievers of the state’s 15 community college system.

With the most students named to PTK’s All-Massachusetts Academic Team in 2019, Massasoit Community College’s honorees are:

  • Kimberly Nashawaty of Pembroke
  • Camilla Miquelina of Brockton
  • Kinga Auguste of Sharon
  • Janaine Moraes of Weymouth
  • Cheryl Moneghan of Middleborough

Last year, four Massasoit students were named to the All-Massachusetts Academic Team, and the college was recently named a PTK 2019 REACH Chapter for excelling in the area of membership development.

Cam Do, of Bunker Hill Community College, was awarded PTK’s 2019 Coca Cola medal and named a 2019 All-USA Scholar.

Last month, Massasoit’s PTK officers and students, along with advisors Professor Zahara and Professor Chiano, attended the New England Regional Conference held at Asnuntuck Community College in Enfield, CT. At the conference, students participated in leadership sessions, heard from PTK headquarters representatives and recognized speakers, and attended an awards banquet. This year, Massasoit’s Alpha Kappa Upsilon Chapter participated in both the Honors in Action and the College Project Hallmarks, for which they were recognized. Moreover, the chapter received its Five Star Chapter achievement.

PTK New England Regional Conference 2019

Massasoit students and advisors at PTK’s New England Regional Conference.

Three Massasoit Students Named Semifinalists for Jack Kent Cooke Transfer Scholarship

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Through the Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation supports high-achieving community college students as they transfer to some of the top four-year institutions in the country to complete their bachelor’s degrees.

This year’s semifinalists were chosen from a pool of nearly 1,500 applicants attending 369 schools in 45 states and the District of Columbia. Three Massasoit students have been named semifinalists:

Ayotunde Alaba – Liberal Arts Transfer – Science
Cristian Luna-Robinson – Business Administration Transfer
Julia Molnar – Social Science Transfer

“Countless highly-talented and motivated students begin their college experience at community college, and our recent ‘Persistence’ report shows that they excel after they transfer,” said Seppy Basili, executive director of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. “We’re pleased to recognize this incredible cohort of semifinalists for their academic drive and achievement.”

The Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship recipients will be announced in April. Each selected scholar will be provided generous financial support for up to three years, college planning services, ongoing advising, and the opportunity to connect with a thriving community of fellow Cooke Scholars.

Cooke Transfer Scholars are selected based on exceptional academic ability and achievement, financial need, persistence, service to others, and leadership. Students must be currently enrolled community college students residing in the United States. Learn more about the Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship here.

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The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. Since 2000, the Foundation has awarded $190 million in scholarships to nearly 2,500 students from 8th grade through graduate school, along with comprehensive counseling and other support services. The Foundation has also provided over $100 million in grants to organizations that serve such students. http://www.jkcf.org

On Display: Akillian Gallery in Canton Hosts International Labor Poster Exhibit

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In recognition of Women’s History Month, a collection of international women’s labor posters will be on display March 1-28 at Massasoit Community College’s Akillian Gallery on the school’s Canton campus. Through graphics and written word, the posters speak to issues and challenges like job discrimination, voting rights, full participation in the workforce and in unions, gender bias, and domestic violence. They also celebrate women and their mark on economic, political, and social achievements.

Posters for this exhibit were selected from the more than 8,000 labor and progressive political posters collected by Stephen Lewis of Malden. He is a long-time activist in the labor movement, and former treasurer of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). Mr. Lewis has been collecting posters for the past 22 years at union and activist conferences, and from organizations, friends, and connections made through the internet. Posters hail from several countries including the US, Greece, Canada, The Netherlands, Belgium, Turkey, Pakistan, France, and Germany. “I didn’t intend to start doing exhibits,” said Lewis in a recent interview with Malden’s Neighborhood View. “But, I realized they were piling up and no one was looking at them.” Each poster he collected “meant something personal to him and he wanted to share them with the public.”

As commercial advertising calls for more consumption, a poster can call for more action. Organizations in many countries used posters to communicate ideas and messages to their audience. Unions hang posters in the workplace to warn of dangers, educate about benefits or inspire actions. It is a communication tool that is used less frequently by unions in the United States. Some posters use mainly the written word to communicate a message. Others rely on creative art to communicate an idea. It is an art form that is easily accessible to many people. The art goes to the people rather than the people having to go to a museum.

Stephen has exhibited at a number of public libraries in Massachusetts, Boston City Hall, and two of the state Heritage parks. He has presented at the annual conference of the National Council on Public History, and on some cable television programs.

Stephen Lewis will be guest speaker on March 28, 12:00-2:00 at a reception in the Akillian Gallery, co-hosted with the Women’s Resource Center at Massasoit Community College. Free event. Public invited. This project is supported in part by a grant from the Canton Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Massasoit Community College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions related to access for this event, please contact 508-588-9100, x2124 in advance of your participation or visit.

The Akillian Gallery is located at Massasoit Community College, 900 Randolph Street, Canton, MA.

Hours: Monday-Friday, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Restrictions may occur. Calling ahead recommended.

508-588-9100, ext. 2124.  www.massasoit.edu/akilliangallery.

 

Scholarship for Brockton High School Graduates Announced

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Massasoit Community College is pleased to announce the establishment of a scholarship to benefit Brockton High School graduates who are pursuing an associate degree or certificate program at the college. The scholarship was funded through a generous anonymous private donation of $100,000.

“We are deeply grateful to the donor who established this scholarship,” said Dr. Gena Glickman, president of Massasoit Community College. “Too often students take on debt to pursue a higher education. Many students are not deciding where to go to college, but whether to go to college, wondering if they can make it work financially. Through this generous gift, a group of Brockton High graduates will have the chance to pursue an education at Massasoit, the vast majority of their costs covered by the scholarship.”

Students are eligible if they have graduated from Brockton High School with a GPA of 2.8 or higher and have a demonstrated need for financial support as they enter Massasoit. Preference will be given to students who enroll in Massasoit’s career-focused and pre-professional programs.

“The Brockton Public Schools is proud to have strong partnerships with our higher educational institutions, especially Massasoit, with its location in the City of Champions,” said Brockton’s Superintendent of Schools, Kathleen A. Smith, JD. “We are especially grateful for the support in the form of scholarships to our students in STEM and vocational programs who are the ones who will be strengthening our workforce throughout the region.”

“We take great pride in the collaborative, working relationship the City of Brockton and our public school system has with Massasoit Community College,” added Mayor Bill Carpenter. “This scholarship program will incentivize students to consider community college as a viable path for them after high school. We are very thankful for this continued support and encouragement our Brockton students receive to pursue higher education and a career.”

A maximum of $10,000 per academic year will be awarded to eligible students; funds may be used to cover all eligible costs of attendance and is not restricted to tuition alone.

To read coverage of this donation in The Enterprise, please click here.

Massasoit Partners with Bridgewater State in Baker/Polito College Housing Pilot for Homeless Students

To read the Boston Globe article on this announcement, please click here.

On Thursday, January 31, the Baker-Polito administration announced a Massachusetts Student Housing Security Pilot to provide dorm rooms to homeless students attending community college. The Pilot launched at the following four campus sites earlier this month in partnership with a local community colleges:

  • Bridgewater State University & Massasoit Community College
  • Framingham State University & MassBay Community College
  • Worcester State University & Quinsigamond Community College
  • UMass Lowell & Middlesex Community College

“Our Administration has taken a targeted approach to addressing homelessness across the Commonwealth over the last several years, and this pilot program serves as another important tool,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “We look forward to working with our community colleges and state universities to implement this program to give students a stable place to live so they can thrive academically and have access to the necessary supports in their own communities that will help them continue their path to self-sufficiency.”

“Preventing and ending youth homelessness is a top priority for offices throughout our administration,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “Our budget proposal for FY20 continues the highest commitment ever to address youth homelessness so that we can continue to intervene and work with local partners and leaders on college Campuses across Massachusetts to implement the type of support services needed for young people experiencing a crisis.”

The pilot is part of a comprehensive plan by the Baker-Polito administration to end youth homelessness in the Commonwealth, including funding to local providers. Joined by Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders, Executive Director of the Interagency Council on Housing and Homelessness (ICHH) Linn Torto, Commissioner of Higher Education Carlos Santiago and Framingham State President Dr. F. Javier Cevallos, the administration outlined how the Commonwealth will help connect homeless youth with education, employment, and housing supports and services.

In the housing pilot, each of the four-year institutions will make up to five beds available for students experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity. To participate students must be:

  • Enrolled full-time in a public college or university participating in the pilot.
  • Degree-seeking and in good academic standing as defined by home institution.
  • Age 25 or younger.
  • Referred by campus staff or community service provider, or self-applied.

“A college degree is a proven pathway out of poverty. We are hopeful this housing pilot will provide a stable place for students to live so they can thrive academically, obtain their degrees, and change their lives. Together with Higher Education Commissioner Carlos Santiago, who has spearheaded this work, I wish to thank the community colleges and state universities that have partnered to help these students,” Education Secretary James Peyser said.

“College life is challenging enough without having to worry about how you will pay for your next meal or where you are going to sleep at night,” said Framingham State University President F. Javier Cevallos. “The new housing security pilot is designed to eliminate this burden for our most vulnerable students so they can focus on earning their degree, which is the key to a financially-secure future.”

“The $3 million in funding to ten community partners throughout the state will help youth and young adults with the supports they need to prevent or end homelessness,”said Secretary of Health and Human Services, and co-chair of the ICHH, Marylou Sudders. “Homeless youth and young adults should have the same opportunities provided to them as others to help them succeed.”

The 10 community partners will address youth and young adult homelessness in a variety of ways, targeted to meet the specific demographic and geographic needs of each region. Funds can be used for housing, transportation, education and case management support. Each region has developed a winter response for youth who are without housing during the cold months as well as specific strategies to address the unique needs of undocumented, unaccompanied youth.

Grantee Service Area Grant Total
Community Action Pioneer Valley

 

Tri-County (Berkshire, Franklin & Hampshire counties) $325,000
City of Springfield

 

Hampden County $316,089
L.U.K. Crisis Center

 

Worcester County $325,000
Catholic  Social Services of Fall River Bristol County $300,000
County of Barnstable

 

Cape Cod & Islands (Barnstable, Dukes & Nantucket counties) $232,841
Father Bill’s and MainSpring

 

Plymouth & East Norfolk counties $300,000
Lynn Housing Authority & Neighborhood Development

 

Essex County $325,000
Community Teamwork North Middlesex County $325,000
South Middlesex Opportunity Council

 

Metro West (South Middlesex & West Norfolk counties) $272,340
Bridge Over Troubled Waters

 

Metro Boston (Boston, Arlington, Belmont, Brookline, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Melrose, Milton, Newton, Revere, Somerville, Waltham, Watertown, Winthrop) $325,000

Massachusetts developed a plan to address unaccompanied Homeless Youth that included interviews and focus groups with homeless youth, feedback from state and local provider partners, and data reviews. The six recommendations include:

  1. Implementing a coordinated statewide response to youth homelessness;
  2. Expanding the current spectrum of accountable and evidence informed models of housing and services;
  3. Enhancing early identification, connection, and outreach systems to assist homeless young people as they transition from high school to college. Liaisons from local school districts and student affairs staff from local campuses held their first convening at the University of Massachusetts Lowell in November, in a bid to share resources and become better equipped to help young people access available resources and support in higher education.
  4. Improving education, employment, and credentialing opportunities in order to support young people’s access to long-term, sustainable employment and income;
  5. Creating systematic outcome measurement systems and data sharing opportunities; and
  6. Creating a structure to support authentic youth and young adult involvement statewide.

“Youth and young adult homelessness can be solved with targeted and incremental investment in the housing and services tailored to their needs,” said Linn Torto, Executive Director of the Interagency Council on Housing and Homelessness. “The funding for homeless and at risk youth will be dedicated to developing a network of interventions, services and housing models in each region of the state so that every young adult who experiences homelessness will have timely access to emergency and transitional support.”

“Ensuring our young adults are able to study, gain skills, and prepare for a meaningful career is paramount,” said Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy. “This new initiative is an important addition to the network of supportive services and efforts to ensure all Massachusetts residents have access to safe, stable, and affordable housing. We will continue to work with our partners at the Executive Offices of Education and Health and Human Services to provide support to our most vulnerable communities and ensure they have the resources to succeed.”

January 2018 point-in-time count conducted by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development identified 20,068 individuals in Massachusetts who experienced homelessness. In 2018, Massachusetts welcomed thousands of evacuees from Puerto Rico due to Hurricane Maria. This influx, with more than 600 households living in hotel shelter through the Massachusetts Evacuee Transitional Assistance Reserve (METAR) program, increased the point-in-time count. Since January 2018, METAR and partners worked closely with evacuee households to find permanent housing or assist in their return to Puerto Rico. Before the METAR program ended in early January 2019, there were less than 30 households still living in shelter, and more than 90% of households living in hotel shelter had already transitioned to long-term housing solutions.

The Baker-Polito Administration has also made reducing the state’s reliance on hotels and motels as shelter for homeless families a high priority. At the beginning of the Baker-Polito Administration, there were 1,557 families in more than 40 hotel and motels and as of January 29, 2019, there were less than 30 families living in just one motel. Massachusetts has seen a 98% decrease in families living in motels and hotels, and a 20% decrees in overall caseload since the beginning of the Administration. Beside a one-year increase in family homelessness due to an influx of refugees from Puerto Rico due to Hurricane Maria, Massachusetts has seen a decline in family homelessness since 2015.

To learn more about the plan or the interagency council on housing and homelessness please visit the ICHH website.

 

Massasoit Community College, Brockton & NeighborWorks Southern Mass. to Provide Free IncomeTax Preparation Assistance

New-Version-Navy-Text-Only.jpgThe City of Brockton, Massasoit Community College and NeighborWorks Southern Mass. are joining forces to provide free income tax preparation assistance to local residents through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program.

The VITA program offers free tax preparation and electronic filing assistance for individuals and families who have an annual income of $55,000 or less. Tax preparation assistance will be available on Mondays at the Brockton Public Library from 4 to 7 p.m. February 4 to April 8, 2019 and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Massasoit Community College Student Center beginning February 2 and continuing through April 6, 2018. The sites will be closed February 18 in observance of Presidents Day, on March 16 during Massasoit’s spring break, and may close in inclement weather.

Assistance will be provided on a first come, first served basis and generally takes about one hour.

For more information please contact Patty Lynch at Massasoit at 508-588-9100 ext. 1018 or Joe Madaio at NeighborWorks Southern Mass. at 508-587-0950 ext. 45.