Local Bank Sponsoring New Massasoit Community College Student IDs

CEO of South Shore Bank James Dunphy and
Massasoit President Dr. Gena Glickman

Identification badges, sometimes unnoticed and forgotten, are a commonplace yet important necessity for many businesses and organizations. Thanks to South Shore Bank, Massasoit Community College students will soon be getting revamped ID badges. South Shore Bank is providing the equipment and software for Massasoit’s three campus locations to produce the student IDs. In addition, the bank will provide training on the software and equipment for employees, support for maintenance of the ID equipment, the plastics necessary for 10,000 student IDs, and lanyards to hold them.

“We are grateful for our partnership with South Shore Bank and are excited by the opportunities this initiative offers to our students,” said Dr. Gena Glickman, president of Massasoit Community College. “South Shore Bank has been a strong supporter of Massasoit, and we know that these new IDs are essential for Massasoit students to feel recognized, safe, and part of our campuses.”

In the coming weeks, South Shore Bank will have a presence on Massasoit’s Brockton and Canton campuses during new student orientations to provide both students and staff with opportunities to open new accounts and learn about the bank’s other services. Future endeavors among the two organizations will focus on developing community programs that employ their unique resources, such as financial literacy classes and a guest speaker series.

“We’re excited to be partnering with Massasoit College, a highly regarded institution that is pivotal to providing growth and education for the residents of Southeastern Massachusetts – a mission in which we share a deep commitment,” said James Dunphy, CEO of South Shore Bank. “In tandem with Massasoit, we look forward to continuing our efforts around financial literacy, ongoing employee training and skills development for the benefit of both employees and employers and providing solutions to meet the financial needs of the community. Together, we can and will make a true difference in the health and vitality of this important region.”

Massasoit Community College frequently leads on-site Corporate Training at South Shore Bank branches, and Vice President of Human Resources at South Shore Bank Darlene Woo currently instructs Massasoit’s certificate program in Human Resources.

Spring 2019 Honors Celebration

Last week, the Spring 2019 Honors Celebration was held at the Canton Campus. Four students – Adedap Azeez, Lara Deb, Natalee Paredes, and Matthew Wendel – were awarded the $500 Honor Garden Scholarship in front of family, friends, and faculty for their exceptional grades and application essays. In addition, students presented abstracts on their Honors Projects, spoke about the Honors Study Group, and reflected on semesters of hard work.

View photos from the event and read more about the Honor Garden Scholarship winners below.

Honor Garden Scholarship Recipients Spring 2019

Adedapo Azeez
Adedapo Azeez recently moved to the United States from Nigeria and chose to start his pursuit of higher education at Massasoit because it would allow for saving money while thoroughly preparing him to transfer to a four-year college. After completing Massasoit’s Business Administration Transfer program, Adedapo wants to study political science and economics and has the aspiration to become a politician back in Nigeria.

Becoming accustomed to the U.S. and starting classes at Massasoit soon after, many of which were honors level, was difficult for Adedapo, but he credits the college with truly caring about him and his success. The honors courses, which were his favorites, changed his perspective on life and helped him learn how to critically about a myriad of issues. For prospective honors students, he says “you have to be on top of your game,” but the reward and feeling of accomplishment are well worth it.

Lara Deb
Lara Deb is a second-year student in the Social Science Transfer program and is planning on applying to Suffolk University to continue her education and help prepare her for law school. Lara finds the art of argumentation fascinating, and she wants to join Suffolk’s legal studies program. At Massasoit, Lara enjoyed the small class sizes and the open and syncretic discussions during the Honors Seminar on ethics, as well as the History of Western Civilization course.

Lara has succeeded academically at Massasoit while working nearly full-time. She has been involved with Massasoit’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the world’s largest and most prestigious honor society for two-year college students, and the International Touch Club, which gives students the opportunity to meet and greet other students from all over the world and learn about various cultures, traditions and practices.  

Matthew Wendel
Matthew Wendel is a second-year student in the Liberal Arts Transfer – Science program and only has a few classes left before he completes his degree. Upon graduation from Massasoit, Matthew plans to transfer to a four-year college or university and is interested in construction management. Matthew has worked in a trade program and has been subcontracting for the past four and a half years; he enjoys the intellectual challenge associated with electrical work and has sought out opportunities to learn more about the business and management side of construction.

With a strong work ethic, Matthew has been able to work professionally and excel in the Commonwealth Honors Program at Massasoit. While challenging at times, the honors courses have been some of his favorites, such as the Honors Seminar on ethics, which develops the skills of critical thinking in ethical issues of contemporary life.

Natalee Paredes
Natalee Paredes is well on her way to becoming a skilled educator. She is a second-year student in the Liberal Arts Transfer program and is currently plotting her course to bachelor’s and master’s degrees, maybe even a PhD in Education. Natalee has always loved studying and hopes to encourage her future students to love learning as much as she does. She tutors middle school students in math as well.

Natalee was hesitant to begin her journey in higher education at first, but after she applied to Massasoit and completed a few semesters, she gained confidence in areas where she once doubted herself. She has been active in Massasoit’s Gay Straight Alliance, Student Senate, International Club, and the work-study program. Natalee is studying and researching ways school systems can keep students engaged and supported and how schools can better adapt to students’ intellectual disabilities.

The following students presented abstracts on their Honors Projects:

  • Zoe Allard
  • Adedapo Azeez
  • Maria De La Fuente Martinez
  • Natasha Dias
  • Elizabeth Folan
  • Alison Haidul
  • Nayfa Sarhan
  • John Tedesco
  • Matthew Wendell
  • Yehoshua Winter
  • Carly Worton

The annual Honors Conference on the Brockton Campus is scheduled for Wednesday, May 1 at noon in the Upper Student Lounge.

Massasoit Community College Announces 2019 Commencement Speaker


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Lucy Anne Hurston, a distinguished sociologist, will be the College’s first external commencement speaker since 1999

Lucy Anne Hurston, acclaimed sociologist, biographer, ethnographer, professor and niece of major 20th century writer Zora Neale Hurston, will deliver the keynote address at Massasoit Community College’s 2019 Commencement Ceremony. Hurston, who is also the sociology department chair at Manchester Community College, has spent her life as an educator and compiled a detailed knowledge of her aunt’s life and work with an historian’s observant eye.

Hurston is the author of “Speak, So You Can Speak Again: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston.” The work consists of text, photographs, and various pieces of memorabilia related to Zora Neale Hurston’s life. Zora was raised in Eatonville, Florida, the first all-black community to be incorporated into the United States. She was a major figure of the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s as a poet, novelist, essayist, playwright, travel writer, and leading scholar of African American folklore. Zora’s work drew heavily on her anthropology training, and her most famous novel, the 1937 “Their Eyes Were Watching God,” is required reading in high schools and colleges throughout the country.   

Lucy Anne Hurston’s own work as an academic sociologist, with field research in Jamaica and St. Kitts, provides her with a unique connection to her aunt’s perspective and life. She has taught at Manchester Community College for more than 20 years, covering sociology to social inequality and contemporary social issues. Lucy received her associate degree from Manchester Community College, her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Central Connecticut State University, and her master’s in sociology from The Ohio State University.

“Lucy is a gifted educator and sociologist, and it will be a privilege to have her speak at Massasoit’s 2019 Commencement,” said Dr. Gena Glickman, president of Massasoit Community College. “Her dedication to teaching, community engagement, and service learning opportunities for students, along with her commitment to passing on the rich history of her family and her encouragement of continuous learning are all messages that will resonate with our students.” 

Massasoit’s 52nd Commencement will be held on May 31, 2019 at 11:00 a.m., in the tent next to the Asiaf Field House on the Brockton Campus.

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!


  • 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


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





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.