“Our”Story Traveling Exhibit On Display Through March 3

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As part of Massasoit Community College’s 50th Anniversary celebration, the College has partnered with Plymouth 400 to bring the “Our”Story traveling exhibit to the Akillian Gallery at the Canton campus. “Our”Story will be on display at Massasoit through March 3.

The interactive traveling exhibit, told in the Native voice, shines a light on pieces of history that had a significant impact on the Wampanoag tribe, its relationship with the Mayflower Pilgrims, and the founding of Plymouth Colony, cornerstone events that shaped America’s earliest beginnings. Each year, a new theme is added to the exhibit; “Our”Story debuted in 2014 with “Captured 1614,a critical back story to colonization and the roots of the American holiday, Thanksgiving. “The Messenger Runner” added new context regarding the Wampanoag tribe’s communication traditions and territory. The newest panel, titled “The Great Dying,” depicts the catastrophic effects of a plague that devastated the Wampanoag nation between 1616 and 1619.

“It was so important for us to address this theme, The Great Dying, with particular compassion for the victims,” said Paula Peters, a Mashpee Wampanoag tribe member and the executive producer of the exhibit. “History simply writes off tens of thousands of Wampanoag as a footnote. Just because no one recorded it does not mean that there was not despair and grief.”

The art for “The Great Dying” panel was created by Robert Peters, a Mashpee Wampanoag artist, writer, and activist and his son, Robert Peters Jr.

“Revisiting the historic Great Dying gave me cause to meditate, look into the past and reimagine the scene,” said Robert Peters Sr.  “The balance between historic accuracy, artistic stylization and realism created a scene that we intend for people to take the time to look at and consider how it impacts our lives. It was a privilege to work on, a long process to make it all come together and truly a family grown success. I hope that this work will help people see that Native American People are not just a part of history but have a place in the future too.”

“We are pleased to be partnering with Massasoit Community College to bring Plymouth 400’s Wampanoag exhibit to its Canton campus. The College, named for the Great Sachem Massasoit Usamequin, is commemorating its 50th anniversary, and we believe this is a fitting addition to their celebration,” said Michele Pecoraro, Executive Director of Plymouth 400, Inc. “Most of what we know about this period in history comes from accounts written by Englishmen. We now have the opportunity for the Native story to be highlighted and told in the Native voice. This exhibit is just one of the ways Plymouth 400 is working to create a commemoration that is historically accurate and representative of the cultures involved.”

“Our”Story will continue to travel and engage viewers in these honest and powerful narratives as part of the Signature Events and Programs of Plymouth 400, the organization planning the international 400th anniversary commemoration of the 1620 Mayflower voyage and the founding of Plymouth Colony.

There is no cost to view the exhibit. The Akillian Gallery is located on Massasoit Community College’s Canton Campus, 900 Randolph Street, Canton. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., or by appointment. Call 508-588-9100, x2124 for more information.

An opening reception was held on February 8 in the Akillian Gallery.

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President Charles Wall Announces Retirement

Dr. Charles Wall, president of Massasoit Community College since 2002, made the following announcement to the College community on Monday, January 23 via email. 

College Community,

It is with multiple emotions that I announce my intention to retire from the presidency of Massasoit effective mid-August of this year, 2017. Counting my service as interim president, I have had the honor of serving as your president since July 2001.

Fulfilling our worthy mission by working creatively together with dedication and determination has always been both exhilarating and humbling. Your dedication, strength, and effort to achieve the best for our students, communities, and our own community will always be cherished by me. Together we have accomplished so much!

With every journey there is a beginning and an arrival at a destination. For me, celebrating our 50th year together—and preparing for our 51st year—present an optimum time for the College to search for new leadership.

As the search process commences under the leadership of the Board of Trustees, in collaboration with the Board of Higher Education and the College community, I commit to you that I will continue to advocate forcefully for Massasoit and be a fully engaged president until the last day I close the door of the president’s office.

We are a strong college and are only getting stronger. Let all of us continue the worthy mission we support!

Charles Wall, Ph.D.

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President Wall’s inauguration ceremony, 2002.

LPN to RN Evening Program Holds Pinning Ceremony

On Wednesday, January 4, 2017, Massasoit Community College held their LPN to RN Evening Nursing class pinning ceremony at the Conference Center at Massasoit.

Dr. Charles Wall, president of Massasoit Community College, addressed the class of 30 graduates. Susan Fitzgerald, MSN, RN, ACM, Manager of the Department of Care Progression at South Shore Hospital and Massasoit alum, served as the evening’s guest speaker.

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Visual Arts Students Win in National Competition

Congratulations to Massasoit students Paola Arzeno and Jay Kundy, visual arts students who took first and third place, respectively, in the Speedball Art Products New Impressions Printmaking Competition (Monotype Category).

The winning students earn product credit for both themselves and Massasoit, and their work will be displayed  in the Sawtooth School for Visual Arts Gallery in Winston-Salem, NC; on the Arnhem 1618 website from March, 2017 – February, 2018; and at the Speedball booth of the 2017 Southern Graphics Conference.

Massasoit was also the winner of the School Spirit award, taking home recognition for the second year in a row for having the most entries by school.

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Paola Arzeno, 1st Place, Monotype

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Jay Kundy, 3rd Place, Monotype

Classes at Marshfield High to Continue Spring 2017

This spring, Massasoit will continue to partner with Marshfield High School to offer college credit courses at the high school to those eligible for college-level course work, including college transfers and high school students.

Operating out of three classrooms and one technology lab at the high school, the college holds classes twice a week during the fall and spring semesters, and offers both general education courses and marine technology courses to eligible students.

This new development marks the growing role of community colleges to strengthen workforce development throughout the South Shore and to offer young people the opportunity to pursue their education and career development.

This spring, Massasoit will offer the following courses:

Wednesdays, 6:00 – 8:45 p.m.
MLSL 102: Beginning American Sign Language II
ENGL 102: English Composition II

Thursdays, 6:00 – 8:45 p.m.
MATH 131: Introduction to Statistics

“We are pleased to continue to offer evening courses locally through our partnership with Marshfield High School,” said Charles Wall, president of Massasoit Community College.

“This new partnership offers so much promise to young students who can help fill hundreds upon thousands of job openings in the maritime industry. I also look forward to promoting business growth in the Enterprise Drive area with the building of a maritime center in Marshfield,” said state Rep. James Cantwell, D-Marshfield.

“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with Massasoit and host some of their courses in our state-of-the-art high school facility. It’s been a wonderful asset to our community for the last few months. We’re looking forward to continuing to strengthen this partnership so it can further benefit our citizens and the students of Marshfield Public Schools,” said Sean P. Costello, chairman of the Marshfield School Committee.

Massasoit Earns Military Friendly Schools Designation for 2017

Massasoit Community College has earned the 2017 Military Friendly® School designation by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs®, STEM JobsSM, and Military Spouse. Each year, the list of Military Friendly® Schools is provided to service members and their families, helping them select the best college, university, or trade school to receive the education and training needed to pursue a civilian career. 

“We are proud of the great strides Massasoit has made in serving our veteran and dependent students,” said Brian Smith, veterans services coordinator at Massasoit Community College. “The number of veteran students utilizing our specialized support services, and dedicated study and activity spaces has grown exponentially. I’m also proud to see how many of our veteran students are regularly participating in campus activities.”

Institutions earning the Military Friendly® School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from Victory Media’s proprietary survey. More than 1,600 schools participated in the 2017 survey; 1,160 were awarded with the designation. Ratings methodology, criteria, and weightings were determined by Victory Media with input from the Military Friendly® Advisory Council of independent leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community. Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey scores with the assessment of the institution’s ability to meet thresholds for Student Retention, Graduation, Job Placement, Loan Repayment, Persistence (Degree Advancement or Transfer) and Loan Default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans. 

According to Daniel Nichols, a Navy Reserve veteran and Chief Product Officer at Victory Media, “Our ability to apply a clear, consistent standard to the majority of colleges gives veterans a comprehensive view of which schools are striving to provide the best opportunities and conditions for our nation’s student veterans. Military Friendly® helps military families make the best use of the Post-9/11 GI Bill and other federal benefits while allowing us to further our goal of assisting them in finding success in their chosen career fields.” The Military Friendly ® Schools list is created each year based on extensive research using public data sources for more than 8,800 schools nationwide, input from student veterans, and responses to the proprietary, data-driven Military Friendly ® Schools survey from participating institutions. The survey questions, methodology, criteria and weightings were developed by Victory Media with the assistance of an independent research firm and an advisory council of educators and employers. Data calculations and tabulations were independently evaluated for completeness and accuracy by EY. The survey is administered for free and is open to all post-secondary schools that wish to participate. Criteria for consideration can be found at militaryfriendly.com.

For more information about Massasoit’s commitment to supporting military students and their families, please visit www.massasoit.edu/veterans.

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Christopher Blunt, Massasoit Student Trustee, Marine Corps veteran, and active member of the Veteran and Servicemembers Club.

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Museum Studies Students Launch “Connect!” Exhibit

The Gallery Exhibition Skills Class at Massasoit, in cooperation with the Milton Art Museum, held an opening reception of their exhibit “Connect!” on Wednesday, November 30 at the Canton Campus. 

The purpose of the exhibit was to spark interest in the Milton Art Museum’s objects. The class members chose various pieces that sparked their memories, and installed this exhibit.Visitors had the opportunity to read student stories and see personal items that relate to those objects from the MAM’s collection.

The exhibit ran through December 14th at Massasoit Community College, Canton Campus, 900 Randolph St. Please call 508-588-9110, x2124 with any questions

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Criminal Justice Leadership Conference Held November 1

On Tuesday, November 1, Massasoit held a Criminal Justice Leadership Conference, hosted by the Massasoit Criminal Justice Department and sponsored by Bay Path University. The speaker, Mr. Robert Milton, is a retired Commander of Scotland Yard and a counterterrorism expert. Mr. Milton engaged students, staff, and faculty in an exchange of question and response with purposeful academic inquiry and expression of ideas and values. 

“In an institution of higher education, it is important to engage students with thought provoking issues and empower them to participate in difficult conversations,” said Pat Faiella, Criminal Justice professor and former Department Chair. “I am proud that Massasoit provides these opportunities to our students.”