On Wednesday, November 7, Massasoit Community College’s Alpha Kappa Upsilon chapter of Phi Theta Kappa inducted its fall class of students.
Phi Theta Kappa recognizes and encourage scholarship among two-year college students. PTK has been present at Massasoit since the 1980’s and currently has over 2,000 members, including alumni. Students must have earned at least a 3.5 grade point average (GPA) to be eligible for membership, and must maintain at least a 3.25 GPA throughout their studies at Massasoit to remain a member in good standing. Along with strong academic achievement, PTK students regularly engage in civic, community, and charitable activities both on campus and beyond, as well participate in regional and international academic meetings.
Below, please find a list of some of this fall’s new members:
Elisa De Lima
A total of six Massasoit women’s soccer student-athletes were named to the NJCAA All-Region 21 teams announced by the conference office.
Representing the Warriors on the all-region teams included, Samantha Baston (Carver), Alex Santos (Whitman) and Anya Welch-Batstone (Avon) with first team recognition, while Morgan Acorn, Betty Blake and Amanda Sesock, all Whitman natives, earned spots on the second team.
Baston produced a standout freshman campaign as a center midfielder for the Warriors. The Carver native led Region 21 in points (53) and assists (13) and finished second in goals scored to teammate Welch-Batstone. Baston scored a goal in 11 of 14 games, including a three-goal, five-assist performance vs Bunker Hill en route to earn NJCAA National Player of the Week honors on October 8. In addition, Baston’s 53 points marked the most in a season since Shelby Sprague tallied 66 points in 2016.
Welch-Batstone was another stellar freshman for head coach Jim Stapleton in 2018. The Avon native topped the region in goals (21) and finished second in points (51). The forward finished with seven multi-goal performances, including a five-goal effort vs Bristol in late October.
Santos was a do-it-all player for the Warriors during her second season donning the Green and White. The team captain played primarily on defense in her sophomore season, but still ended the year with nine goals and nine assists for a total of 27 points. For her two-year career, Santos finished with 22 goals and 13 assists.
Another strong freshman was defensive midfielder Blake of Whitman. In her first year, Blake finished with 12 goals and seven assists, starting all 14 matches for the Warriors.
After having her freshman season cut short due to injury, Amanda Sesock rebounded in 2018 with a solid sophomore season. Another Whitman native, Sesock netted seven goals and dished out nine assists, seeing time at both forward and midfield.
Rounding out the six all-region student-athletes is Morgan Acorn. A fourth all-region selection from Whitman, Acorn served as the backbone to the Warrior defense as team sweeper. The defensive anchor helped Massasoit post five shutouts.
Dr. Dariel “DT” Henry was among a prominent group of participants of the NACADA Annual Conference that welcomed higher education professionals from around the globe. The national conference, which was held in Phoenix, Arizona, September 30 – October 3, was titled, “Life Stories: The Art of Academic Advising.” NACADA is known as the Global Community for Academic Advising.
Dr. Henry is Director of TRIO Student Support Services at Massasoit Community College in Brockton, Massachusetts. The TRIO Student Support Services Program’s mission is to continuously improve the quality and efficiency of services provided in order to maximize the opportunities of eligible students. Programs help low-income Americans enter college, graduate and move on to participate more fully in America’s economic and social life. Dr. Henry is also a professor of criminal justice, organizational behavior, and sociology.
DT has served numerous administrative roles in higher education, including academic advising, residential life, student activities, student support services, technology, and instruction. Prior to joining Massasoit, Dr. Henry was an academic advisor at Dean College where, in 2015, he implemented strategies that increased retention of football student athletes by 50%. He earned his doctoral degree at Johnson and Wales University in Educational Leadership in 2016, and his dissertation topic was titled Effective Strategies for Recruiting African American Males into Undergraduate Teacher Education Programs. His research interests include recruiting male educators, inclusion, cultural proficiency and relativism, social justice, and mass incarceration.
“There are numerous departments that help students get to college, however academic advisors are essential in helping students get through college,” said Dr. Henry.
Dr. Henry is a frequent speaker and presenter at numerous higher educational programs and conferences. In addition to presenting at NACADA, DT served as the closing keynote for the NACADA regional conference in Springfield, Massachusetts. In 2017, Dr. Henry presented at the NASPA Closing the Achievement Gap: Student Success in Higher Education Gap Conference in Washington, DC, and the Stonehill College 8th Annual Diversity & Inclusion Conference. In 2016, he presented for Honey Shine Mentoring Program and Beacon Charter School High School for the Arts.
Massasoit celebrated Tom Frizzell Day on September 13 to honor the longtime baseball coach on his retirement after 28 years leading the men’s baseball team.
Current and former members of the Massasoit baseball family spoke about Frizzell.
“We want to honor him for all of his commitment to the college,″ said athletics director Julie Mulvey to The Enterprise in advance of the event. “We just want to recognize all that he’s done for so many student-athletes and for the game of baseball in this region.
Frizzell’s number 13 was retired during the ceremony. He was inducted into the NJCAA Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2011 and the Massasoit Athletics Hall of Fame in 2017.
Massasoit is proud to announce its Summer 2018 Dean’s List. For a full list of students who earned Dean’s List distinction, please follow this link.
Students earning a 3.40 GPA or higher for the semester earn Dean’s List distinction.
Congratulations to our students!
Kraig Kupiec, a former Division I player with eight years head coaching experience at the NCAA Division III level, was recently named the next head baseball coach at Massasoit Community College by Athletics Director Julie Mulvey.
Kupiec becomes the seventh head baseball coach in Massasoit history, since the program’s first season back in 1969. He replaces Hall of Fame head coach Tom Frizzell, who retired following the 2018 campaign after 28 seasons guiding the Warriors.
“We are very excited to have Coach Kupiec be our next head baseball coach here at Massasoit” Athletics Director Julie Mulvey said. “Our baseball program has been a consistent winner with decades of success thanks to Coach (Tom) Frizzell and we believe Kraig can continue on that success. He is extremely organized and will hit the ground running on the recruiting trail for the upcoming season.”
Kupiec comes to Brockton after serving the last eight years as head baseball coach at Newbury College in Brookline, Mass. While with the Nighthawks, Kupiec tallied 132 wins, produced 21 All-New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) selections and was named the 2011 NECC Coach of the Year. Kupiec also coached two NECC Players of the Year and Rookies of the Year and one NECC Pitcher of the Year during his tenure at Newbury.
In his first season with the Nighthawks in 2011, Kupiec turned the Newbury program around in a hurry. The Nighthawks went 18-17 under Kupiec’s watch in his first season, as Newbury had only won 17 contests in the four previous seasons combined.
In 2012, the Nighthawks won a school record 23 games and finished runner’s up at the NECC Tournament and captured a school best 11 league victories that year. In addition, Newbury also made its first-ever postseason appearance, competing in the ECAC Tournament.
“I could not be more excited to be a part of a program with such a historic past and legendary coach in Coach Frizzell,” Kupiec said. “I have very big shoes to fill and I am excited to start this next chapter of my head coaching career at a college I have wanted to coach at for many years. This is an incredible opportunity and I am thankful to Athletics Director Julie Mulvey and the hiring committee for bringing me aboard to be the next baseball coach at Massasoit.”
In addition to his coaching duties at Newbury, Kupiec also served as assistant and associate athletic director, recruiting coordinator and student-athlete academic program (SAAP) coordinator during his eight-year tenure, taking part in a number of different avenues within the scope of athletics.
“I would also like to thank my former Athletic Director, Jonathan Harper, for allowing me to grow in my position both as a coach and as an administrator during my time at Newbury. It was a great eight years with the Nighthawks and I hope nothing but the best for the athletics department and baseball program moving forward.”
Prior to taking the head coaching reigns at Newbury, Kupiec spent three seasons as an assistant coach/hitting coach at nearby UMass Boston. He helped guide the Beacons to the Little East Conference Championship, NCAA Regional Championship and the College World Series in 2010.
For nine years before joining UMass Boston, Kupiec operated and served as the lead hitting instructor at Inside the Park, Inc. Indoor Batting Cages in Fall River, Mass. In 2006, a book written by Kupiec was published entitled “Hitting Made Simple: A Guide for Parents and Coaches” which brings to print his uniquely simple and successful philosophy on hitting.
A former standout at B.M.C. Durfee High School and 2012 Athletics Hall of Fame inductee, Kupiec played collegiately at Wake Forest University where he graduated with a bachelor of arts in political science in 1995. He later received his master of science degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1998.
Kupiec was drafted by the Houston Astros in the 1991 Major League Baseball draft, but opted to play in college at Wake Forest where he was a four-year outfielder. Kupiec was named ACC All-Scholastic in 1993 and spent a summer playing for the Wareham Gateman in the Cape Cod League in 1994.
A native of Fall River, Mass., Kupiec resides in Lakeville, Mass with his wife Melissa and two daughters – Maya and Chloe.
This June, Massasoit was awarded its third Skills Capital Grant from the Baker-Polito administration in the amount of $494,671. The funds will be used to purchase equipment for a new Certified Nursing Assistant program, and upgrade the existing Nursing and Allied Health programs. The programs will provide training for adults seeking employment, a career change, or incumbent workers looking to advance their skills, and the college will recruit unemployed and underemployed adults with barriers to employment by working with education and healthcare partners, community-based organizations, and career centers. Finally, Massasoit will purchase pediatric and simulation manikins, instructional technology to record and assess student performance and replace outdated medical devices with current technology.
The Baker-Polito Administration awarded $10.9 million in Skills Capital Grants to 33 high schools and educational institutions in their June round of awards, enabling the schools to acquire the newest technologies to educate students and expand programs. The Baker-Polito Administration has awarded more than $48 million to 157 different programs over the past three years. Massasoit’s previous two Skills Capital Grants partially funded the new state-of-the-art veterinary technician and engineering lab spaces on the Canton campus.
Skills Capital Grants are designed to help high schools, colleges, and other educational institutions invest in the most up-to-date training equipment to give their students an advantage when they continue in their chosen field or a particular area of study. Skills Capital Grants cover a broad array of fields, from construction and engineering to healthcare and hospitality.
“The equipment purchased by high schools and colleges over the past three years through Skills Capital Grants has directly impacted the educational experience for thousands of Massachusetts students to better prepare them for the workforce,” Governor Charlie Baker said. “This program has had a positive impact on students in the Commonwealth and we look forward to working with the Legislature to include $75 million worth of funding for Skills Capital Grants as part of the Economic Development bill we filed in the spring.”
“By giving our students the opportunity to learn on the newest technologies, we are ensuring they will be better prepared to succeed when they graduate from high school,”Lt. Governor Karyn Polito said. “We look forward to continuing our work with these 33 high schools and previous awardees to enhance their programs and develop a skilled workforce ready to meet the needs of the Commonwealth.”
The competitive grants are awarded to educational institutions that demonstrate partnerships with local businesses, as well as align curriculum and credentials with industry demand, in order to maximize hiring opportunities in each region of the state.
“Schools that receive these competitive grants are giving their students a head start by creating relationships with local employers who provide input and expertise about the skills and knowledge they will need to be successful in the future,” Education Secretary James Peyser said.
“Massachusetts’ continued low unemployment rates, coupled with job and labor force gains, has also created a tight labor market in which more and more employers are finding it difficult to recruit workers with the skills necessary to fuel their growth needs,” said Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Rosalin Acosta. “The Workforce Skills Capital grant program has had great success in closing those skills gaps and ensuring that the next generation of workers in the Commonwealth has the training necessary to access our high demand job sectors.”
“Massachusetts is a national leader in life sciences, healthcare, technology, and manufacturing sectors,” said Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash. “These grants will help ensure a strong pipeline of talented workers throughout the Commonwealth to support these key industries. A skilled workforce is essential for Massachusetts to have an edge in attracting employers in these sectors to locate and expand here, and for adding great jobs now, and in the future.”
The Skills Capital Grants are awarded by Governor Baker’s Workforce Skills Cabinet. Governor Baker and Lt. Governor Polito created the Workforce Skills Cabinet in 2015, bringing together the Secretariats of Education, Labor and Workforce Development, and Housing and Economic Development in order to align education, economic development and workforce policies, and to strategize around how to meet employers’ demand for skilled workers in each region of the state.
On June 20, Massasoit welcomed the 2018 paramedic graduates to the Middleborough Center for their pinning ceremony. Following the graduates’ pinnings, the Massasoit Foundation formally accepted the donation of a mobile SimLab from the Carrico-Walo families in memory of Bruce A. Carrico, Jr.
Bruce Carrico was a Rockland firefighter who passed away in 2015. His wife, Kelly, is a Massasoit employee in the Academic Affairs office. His stepson, Doug Walo, is the dean of Massasoit’s Middleborough location.
The College gratefully accepted this generous donation in Bruce’s memory.
The Massasoit Community College Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Dr. Gena Glickman has been approved by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education to serve as the college’s sixth president. Her presidency will begin on July 30.
Most recently the President of Manchester Community College in Manchester, Connecticut, Dr. Glickman served in that role for nearly ten years. She was chosen to lead Massasoit from a competitive pool of candidates; the vote to recommend her was taken on April 25 before a meeting of the Board of Trustees, and followed an extensive public interview process.
“On behalf of the Massasoit Board of Trustees, I am pleased to welcome Dr. Glickman to Massasoit,” said Robert Harnais, chair of the Board of Trustees at Massasoit. “We believe that Dr. Glickman is the right choice to lead the institution, and we look forward to working with her.”
Prior to assuming the presidency at Manchester in 2008, Dr. Glickman was the Vice President for Teaching, Learning, and Student Development at Elgin Community College in Illinois. Dr. Glickman also served as the Associate Provost and Assistant Provost at the University of Baltimore; Dean of the College at the Maryland College of Art and Design; Executive Director for Curriculum Development and Evaluation at Harford Community College; Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Baltimore City Community College; Assistant Dean at the University of Baltimore Law School; and as a tenured faculty member at Essex Community College (now a campus of the Community College of Baltimore County).
Dr. Glickman holds a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Education, and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Dr. Glickman will be the first female president of Massasoit Community College, and will succeed Dr. Charles Wall who served as President of Massasoit for 16 years. William Mitchell, Vice President for Administration/Chief Financial Officer, has led the college as Interim President since September 1, 2017 while the nationwide search for a permanent president was underway.
To read an interview with Dr. Glickman, please click here.