Honors Students Present at End of the Year Conference

On Wednesday, April 26, students in the Commonwealth Honors program on the Canton Campus held their annual honors conference, where projects were on display in the Akillian Gallery.

Five students were awarded Honor Garden scholarships: Kaylee Basel, Bradford Besson, Jennifer Brady, Cyre Coleman, and Evan Weidmann.


The Brockton Honors conference will be held on Wednesday, May 3, in the Upper Student Lounge on the Brockton Campus.

The mission of the Commonwealth Honors Program at Massasoit is to create enriched educational opportunities for academically talented and highly motivated students; to encourage the recognition of these students as an integral part of our college community; to encourage faculty to mentor these students; to assist in the transfer of these students to four-year colleges and universities appropriate to their needs; and to provide opportunities for independent study as well as small peer classes for students who can work above the collegiate norm to develop individual skills.

Faculty Member Presented with Teaching Grant from the Arc of Greater Plymouth

Congratulations to Professor Melissa Winchell, Ed.D., for receiving the Spreading Inclusion Teacher Grant from the Arc of Greater Plymouth.

The award was presented on Wednesday, April 25 by Bobbi Martino, Projects Coordinator at Arc of Greater Plymouth, and a group of individuals served by the Arc.

The grant will provide financial support for a newly revitalized student club on campus, advised by Professor Winchell, who teaches English, and Professor Robin Peery of the Foreign Language Department. The club will promote the inclusion of Massasoit’s new MAICEI (Massachusetts Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment Initiative) students by engaging disabled and non-disabled students in collaborative community projects.

Shelby Richards, an Arc client who offered her advice for Massasoit’s new program, said “I really liked being on campus. The coaching and mentoring helped me with my goals. In the beginning, I was nervous walking around campus, [and about] where to go, but then I got help and it made me more comfortable.”


(l-r) Professor Melissa Winchell; Shelby Richards; Bobbi Martino, projects coordinator at Arc of Greater Plymouth; Joseph Conley; and Alita Fontaine.

For more information about the new MAICEI program at Massasoit, please click here.

2nd Annual Dale Dorman Radio Conference Held April 25


Massasoit Community College hosted the 2nd Annual Dale Dorman Radio and Digital Media Conference on Tuesday, April 25th in the Anna Buckley Performing Arts Center on their Brockton campus. The free event was open to the public.  

Special guest speakers included NewsCenter 5 anchor Doug Meehan; Boston Radio Personality Jackson Blue; National Voice-Over Artist John Taylor; and Director of News/Coordinating Producer for New England Sports Network’s Larry Lawson.

Over 25 professional media professionals and personalities shared their expertise in workshops and panel discussions. Topics included Fake News and the Media; Creating Content for Media (filmmaking, radio, television, voiceover, and print); Behind the Scenes of a Live TV Shoot; and Breaking Into the Industry.

Below are a selection of photos from the day. For more information about the Dale Dorman Radio Conference, contact Professor Lisa Zinsius Supka at lzinsiuss@massasoit.mass.edu.

Massasoit Board of Trustees Welcomes New Member

Massasoit Community College is pleased to announce that Governor Charlie Baker has appointed Valerie Noris Sullivan to the College’s Board of Trustees. Ms. Sullivan’s appointment fills the vacancy of Trustee Judith Waterston who recently concluded an esteemed six years of service to the Board.

Ms. Sullivan has over twenty years of experience in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry, most recently as the former President/General Manager for inventive Health’s Patient Access Solutions Group, and former Vice President for Independent Specialty Pharmacy. She is currently an adjunct professor for the management departments at both Curry College and Bentley University.

Ms. Sullivan holds an MBA from Northeastern University and a bachelor of arts degree from the College of the Holy Cross. She serves as a Commissioner on the Massachusetts Group Insurance Commission, and serves on the Old Colony Hospice Board of Directors, as well as the Visiting Nurses Association of Boston Board of Directors. Ms. Sullivan was sworn in by Governor Baker on Wednesday, March 29 in front of the Grand Staircase at the Massachusetts State House.

“Valerie brings with her extensive executive-level managerial expertise, a background as a faculty member, and commitment to service and community,” said Dr. Charles Wall, president of Massasoit Community College.

Former Trustee Waterston is the retired President and Chief Executive Officer of New England Sinai Hospital. She served nearly six years on the Massasoit Board of Trustees.

“Trustee Waterston’s contributions have been exemplary and have made a positive difference in the lives of our students,” added Dr. Wall. “Her efforts are deeply appreciated by all of us at the College, and she will be truly missed by the College community.”

Massasoit Phi Theta Kappa Students Honored at State House Ceremony


On March 30, the Massachusetts Community Colleges Executive Office (MCCEO) hosted a ceremony at the Massachusetts State House honoring 33 of the highest academic achievers of the community college system. Student awardees were presented with medallions and certificates for being named to Phi Theta Kappa’s All-Massachusetts Academic Team. Two of Massasoit’s finest, Bradford Besson and Autumn Silveri, were presented awards for their achievements.

Bradford Besson of Sharon is the President of the Alpha Kappa Upsilon Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. He holds a 4.0 GPA, is enrolled in the Commonwealth Honors Program, works as a sales supervisor in the retail field, and volunteers as a tutor for School On Wheels. Professor Susan Martelli describes him as “an extremely intelligent person who combines his innate abilities with a spirit of generosity and sensitivity that defines a fully realized human being.”

Autumn Silveri of Whitman serves as the Vice President of Service for the Alpha Kappa Upsilon Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. She holds a 3.92 GPA and is pursuing studies in psychology and social sciences in reinforcement of her ultimate goal of helping and supporting LGBT youths. Professor Robert McDonald calls Autumn “one of the finest, most respectful and diligent students [he has] ever instructed.”

Apply Now to the Theatre Collaborative @ Massasoit!

The Theatre Collaborative @ Massasoit is a 5-week program is designed to invite students from the surrounding communities into a collaborative environment where they can work alongside professional mentors to explore acting  technique, music, and movement. It will also help hone their artistic skills through a series of workshops and  repertory theatre experience.

The purpose of this program is to offer young artists the chance to work with a professional staff and to enhance their skills in a craft they are passionate about. Theatre can serve a catalyst to providing young people with an outlet for expression, a place to meet new people, and also to engage the community.

No experience is necessary! TCM is a non-audition program. Students that are confident and ready to explore a Shakespeare or classical text alongside a Musical are ready for TCM.

Space is limited! 25 candidates will be accepted – 21 actors and 4 stage managers will be accepted into the program based on their essay and reference.

Dates: July 10th – August 13th, 2017

Application deadline is April 24, 2017

Tuition: $1,200

The program will be at the Buckley Performing Arts Center on Massasoit’s Brockton Campus.

Applications should be mailed to:

Corinne Mason
Massasoit Community College
1 Massasoit Blvd.
Brockton, MA 02302

For more information, call 508-588-9100, x1056 or email cmason10@massasoit.mass.edu.

To download the application or for more information, please go to www.massasoit.edu/tcm.

Acceptance notices will be sent by May 1, 2017


Massasoit’s One Book, One College Program Hosts Steve Pemberton, Author of A Chance in the World

A Chance in the World is a soon-to-be major motion picture. The author was on campus March 30 as part of Massasoit’s One Book, One College program.

This spring semester, Massasoit Community College chose A Chance in the World by Steve Pemberton for its One Book, One College selection. The final event of the program was held on March 30 with two author-led book discussions and a keynote presentation by the author entitled “The Advantage of Disadvantage: How to Transform Adversity Into Action.”

Steve Pemberton, born Steve Klakowicz, was born to a black father who was later murdered and an alcoholic white mother. At the age of three, Steve was removed from his home along with four of his surviving brothers and sisters and placed in the foster care system of Massachusetts. He never saw his birth mother again. After suffering from extensive physical and emotional abuse at the hands of his foster parents, he earned a full scholarship to attend Boston College, where he later served as assistant director of undergraduate admissions.

Mr. Pemberton currently serves as the Chief Diversity Officer at Walgreens, Inc.; he is the first person in the company’s history to hold this position. He lectures frequently on issues related to diversity, dealing with difficult challenges, and child advocacy. Steve’s autobiography, A Chance in the World, details his childhood abuse, his search for his family, the bittersweet reunions with those he located, and his ongoing struggle to solidify his personal identity.

One Book events throughout the semester also included a kick-off event which included the art exhibit, “Of Many Colors: Portraits of Multi-Racial Families,” and a talk from Professor Aviva Rich-Shea about her work with the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, which oversees foster care in the state. There was also a student writing contest, several book discussions, and a college-wide children’s book drive.

Below, please find photos from the college’s various One Book events.

Bridgewater Savings Charitable Foundation Donates $2,500 to support Massasoit Community College Homeless Student Emergency Fund

On Monday, March 27, 2017, Peter Dello Russo, Bridgewater Savings Bank president and CEO, presented Nick Palantzas, senior vice president and vice president of the Canton Campus of Massasoit Community College, and Kevin Walsh, president of the Massasoit Foundation, with a check for $2,500 to support the College’s Homeless Student Emergency Fund.


(l-r) Steve Murphy, Director of College Advancement; Peter Dello Russo, Bridgewater Savings Bank president and CEO; Kevin Walsh, president of the Massasoit Foundation; Patty Lynch, Associate Dean for Experiential Learning at Massasoit; and Nick Palantzas, Senior Vice President and Vice President of the Canton Campus of Massasoit.

Established in December 2015 through a donation from a faculty member, the Homeless Student Emergency Fund was provides students experiencing homelessness or food insecurity with referrals and resources, both on campus and in their communities.

In keeping with the recommendations of the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth and in an effort to streamline services for our students, Massasoit has designated a single point of contact.

“We believe in giving back to the community and being able to help students and families that are struggling is very important to us,” said Peter Dello Russo, President and CEO of Bridgewater Savings, an active community partner. “We are proud to service the financial needs of the people in our communities, but to also play a role in offering support to students that are enduring hardships means a lot to all of us here at the Bank.”

In the fall 2016 semester, the fund provided 432 Massasoit cafeteria vouchers worth $10, 31 31-day BAT bus passes, 5 bags of personal grooming supplies, and 11 referrals to support services both within and outside the College. All students who sought assistance were introduced to the Massasoit food pantry; the food pantry has reported 119 visitors since the start of the academic year.

A 2016 Massachusetts Department of Higher Education survey revealed that 45% of Massachusetts public colleges have experienced an increase in student homelessness, and 25 out of 29 campuses reported operating food pantries or mobile food markets for students facing food insecurity. Massasoit is among the 88% of public campuses offering community resource referrals and the more than 50% of campuses offering food vouchers and drives to assist students who face food insecurity.

“Massasoit is grateful, on behalf of our students, for the support of the Bridgewater Savings Charitable Foundation,” said Senior Vice President Palantzas. “The College community has rallied around our efforts to ensure that our students have the means to succeed at Massasoit, and we’re happy to have Bridgewater Savings as a community partner in that effort.”

About Bridgewater Savings Charitable Foundation: The Bridgewater Savings Charitable Foundation was established in 2003. Bridgewater Savings is a full service financial institution offering commercial, consumer and residential loans as well as business and personal banking. Please visit http://www.bridgewatersavings.com or call 508.884.3300 for additional information. Bridgewater Savings is a member of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and a member of the Depositors Insurance Fund (DIF). Bridgewater Savings is an Equal Housing Lender.

Patty Lynch, Associate Dean of Experiential Learning, has been designated as Massasoit’s Single Point of Contact. She may be reached at plynch18@massasoit.mass.edu, at 508-588-9100, x1018, or in room SC1183 in the Student Center on the Brockton Campus.

Massasoit Collaborating with Norfolk County Agricultural High School for Early College Veterinary Technology Program

The Early College Veterinary Technology program, a collaboration between Norfolk Aggie and Massasoit Community College, allows motivated students at Norfolk Aggie to begin the Massasoit Veterinary Technology program the summer before their junior year.

Students accepted into the ECVTP take dual-enrollment courses during the academic year and during the summer, and are eligible at graduation to take performance assessments to earn credit towards the Veterinary Technology program at Massasoit based on the knowledge they’ve gained at Norfolk Aggie.

Students who successfully complete the dual-enrollment classes and performance assessments will be accepted into the Vet Tech program at Massasoit as second year students, and be eligible to earn an Associate in Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology with only one additional year of study.


For more information, visit massasoit.edu/aggie.

Massasoit Earns $124,970 Early College STEM Career Pathway Program Grant

Massasoit Community College and Brockton High School will offer qualified high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to earn free college credits and explore high-demand STEM fields


Massasoit Community College has received a grant of $124,970 from the MA Department of Higher Education to support the Brockton Early-College STEM Pathway Program. The program will provide an opportunity for rising juniors and seniors at Brockton High School to take up to two free college courses in biology and chemistry during the summer and fall of 2017. Students can earn up to eight transferrable college credits, providing them with an accelerated pathway to post-secondary science programs. The funding will cover all student expenses, including tuition and fees, transportation, lunch, college information workshops, and STEM exploration activities.

Some of the STEM majors at Massasoit include Computer Science, Liberal Arts Transfer Science (with concentrations in biology, chemistry, physics, and math), Nurse Education, Radiologic Technology, Respiratory Care, Engineering, Diesel, Electronics, and Veterinary Technology.