Welcome Millennium Graduates
The Alumni Office is pleased to send you your first copy of the
Associate. This is our way of trying to keep in touch with our
Alumni. Attached to the newsletter, you will find a "What's New"
form. Please use it to update us if you should change your address.
There is also space on this form for you to share information
regarding your advanced degrees and/or career achievements.
You will notice that one page of each newsletter is entitled
Alumni Milestones. This is where we like to boast about our Alumni.
Completed "What's New " forms are the major source for these success
Also, please feel free to call, write, e-mail or fax your suggestions
or comments on what you would like to see in a newsletter and/or
what you feel the Alumni Office should do for you. In other words,
please keep in touch.
New Technology on Campus
"The use of technology and resources related to technology have
expanded significantly during the past year" stated President
Rose at MCC's Annual Meeting.
President Rose's annual report described the two new state-of-the
art computer classrooms that were constructed on the Canton Campus
this year. The U-shaped, two computer station format, shown in
the above photo, provides unprecedented workspace for large blueprints
and architectural drawings while facilitating the team-centered,
project based approach. AutoCAD 2000, the latest version of computer
aided design software will be utilized for Applied Technology
as well as other campus departments. The new certificate program
in AutoCAD will be offered for both credit and non-credit short-term
A distance learning multimedia computer classroom was also constructed
by combining space from the previous nurse/secretary offices in
Room 110. The fifteen student carrels shown in the photo at the
bottom of this page are equipped with access to headphones, individual
desktop video cameras as well as full screen video conferencing
capability. Sixteen laptop computers for a similarly equipped
classroom on the Brockton Campus were also created to connect
with the Canton lab as well as other institutions.
In addition to the technology upgrades, President Rose reported
that over $400,000 was spent to repair roofs on both campuses.
A new Student Services area was created in the Administration
Building and the Culinary Arts teaching area in the Students Center
was completely renovated with $90,000 of new equipment installed.
Community Service Learning
Since its inception on campus in the fall of 1998, MCC's Community
Service Learning Program has successfully recruited students to
provide service to community agencies through their academic courses.
The promotion of this program has been made possible by a grant
from Americorps that has provided funding for MCC's VISTA volunteer.
As a result of her efforts, faculty members have been encouraged
to integrate service learning into their curriculum and to educate
MCC students on the importance of making connections in their
community. The program matches the needs of the community with
curriculum from degree programs. MCC's Americorps grant is currently
in its second year of funding.
This year, VISTA is celebrating its 35th Anniversary. In honor
of this milestone, MCC would like to recognize members of the
alumni who have served as VISTA volunteers any time during the
past 35 years. If you are in that group, please call or e-mail
MCC's Alumni Office. For more information regarding VISTA's 35th
Anniversary events that will take place throughout the year, visit
Rogers and Hammerstein's "Oklahoma!" on November 10-12, 17, 18,
Alumni Night - November 17th at
"Whirligig" in Concert:
Celtic and Irish Musical with Contemporary International Flavor:
Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple" on
February 8-11, 2001.
"Swing Dance America": February
Aaron Copland's "The Tender Land"
March 23-25, 2001.
"Fires in the Mirror" Crown Heights,
Brooklyn and Other Identities on April 19-21, 2001.
"12th Annual Radio Classics Live"
May 4 & 5, 2001.
Director Mike Pevzner, has designated the November 17, performance
of Oklahoma to be Alumni Night at
the Buckley Performing Arts Center. Join your classmates and members
of the MCC faculty and staff to enjoy this gala performance of
one of Broadway's greatest hits. Bring your whole family. Oklahoma
is an ageless musical for all ages. Here's your chance to renew
acquaintances with your professors and classmates. For reservations,
call (508) 427-1234. When you order tickets, be sure to ask for
the special discount that is available for Alumni and their guest
for the November 17, performance.
Members of MCC's Gala 2001 committee
are already working hard to make the March 3, 2001 event an entertaining
"Evening in Paris."
Senior Center Holiday Bazaar November
15 from 10 AM - 2 PM in the Student Center Upper Lounge.
Tables are available for crafters who would like to sell their
Indoor Yard Sale / Silent Auction
-- The Development Office has postponed its auction to the last
weekend in March and linked it to an indoor yard sale. As the
last event for "Women's Month," this fundraiser will offer alumni,
faculty & staff, and friends of the college the opportunity to
get rid of items no longer needed (commonly know as clutter) as
well as the chance to shop for bargains early in the Spring in
a comfortable climate controlled environment.
MCC Alumni Association
This organization meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 7:15
p.m. in the Student Center. Anyone who has earned 26 credits at
Massasoit Community College is eligible to join. Currently there
are no membership fees. If you go to the November 15, Senior Center
Bazaar, be sure to stop at the Alumni Association's table.
PTK Alumni Association
Calling All PTK Graduates! The PTK Alumni Roast for this year
will be held on March 9, 2001. This year the roastees will include
faculty and staff. We would appreciate your help (especially Canton
PTK graduates). Please come and share your ideas at one of our
meetings. The PTK Alumni Association meets every second Tuesday
of the month in the Student Senate Conference Room, Student Center
at 7:00 PM.
A L U M
N I - M I L E S T O N E S
Patti (Gates) Macchioni, class
of '91, and former Student Trustee has recently been hired as
a part time Grant Writer for MCC's Division of Institutional Planning
& Development. Patti earned her Bachelor of Social Work from Rhode
Island College where she was recognized in 1994, by "Who's Who
Among Students in American Colleges and Universities" for Student
Leadership. In addition to working at MCC as a part time Grant
Writer and taking care of her three children, Patti is also studying
for her Master's in Social Work at Boston College. "At the surface,
MCC provided me with the opportunity for an affordable start at
an education. However, as time went on, I received more of a holistic
education. One that not only educated my mind, but also brought
forth skills that I did not realize lay dormant within myself.
Without these skills, and other valuable lessons obtained through
my education at MCC, I would not be where I am today. I attribute
my accomplishments to the strong support of my family, the Student
Life Office, Rose Tosca and Dean Thayer, Dean O'Leary, Ed Monteiro,
my fellow MCC students and especially Professor Napoli. At MCC,
I received a foundation to build success. Thank you Massasoit."
Robert McGowan '97 recently graduated
Magna Cum Laude from U Mass-Boston, School of Nursing and is employed
as a Registered Nurse at the Veteran's Administration Medical
Center in Brockton where he is also a preceptor and nursing education
liaison. Robert is married to June (Hopwood), class of '95. Bob
works in the detox unit providing nursing care and encouragement
to Veterans who seek for help with their substance abuse addiction.
Bob wishes to thank, in particular, Sandy Duffy, Andrea Morgan
and Dot Sweeney for their invaluable assistance during his years
at Massasoit. "The entire staff within the Nursing Department
at Massasoit is the best."
Lisa (Antonius) Elkary, class
of 1989 graduated from Wheelock College and is currently studying
for her Master's Degree while teaching in East Boston's Early
Education Center. Her husband, Ziad Elkary, graduated from MCC
in 1992 and from U Mass-Dartmouth in 1994 with a Civil Engineering
degree. He is currently working as a consultant in Boston. They
are the proud parents of two beautiful children: Jordon, three
and Nikaela, eight.
Christine M. Cedrone, class of
'91 earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Suffolk University
and is a millennium graduate of the New England School of Law.
Christine is an elected member of the Quincy School Committee
and was appointed by former Gov. William Weld, and later reappointed
by Gov. Paul Cellucci to the Quincy Housing Authority Board of
Anne Bonner '97 is currently working
at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, as an operating room
nurse, while studying for her BSN at U. Mass Boston. "I love what
I do. I'm glad I went to Massasoit. I felt that my instructors
knew me and worked with me. The friendships I made carried me
through and I'll always be grateful."
Suzanne Norris-Silvia, class of
1987, has earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Bridgewater
State College and is currently a Social Worker for Community Care
Services in Attleboro. She is also studying for her Master's in
Social Work at Rhode Island College. "Massasoit gave me a second
change in education. I was never a serious student in high school
- earning mediocre grades. Massasoit accepted me in the autumn
of 1985. I received my Associates from Massasoit, transferred
to Bridgewater State in 1987, graduating in 1990 with degrees
in Social Work and History. After working in the field of social
work since 1993, and becoming a licensed social worker, I was
accepted to the School of Social Work at Rhode Island College
and began this autumn. I tell everyone about the opportunity that
Massasoit afforded me - and how grateful I am for that opportunity.
I met my best friend, Colleen Fleming at Massasoit - another reason
for being grateful to Massasoit."
Kimberly D. Rapoza, class of '97,
passed her CPA exam in May. Kimberly earned her Bachelor of Science
in Business Administration from Eastern Nazarene College's Lead
Program. She is currently an auditor for the U.S. Dept. of Health
& Human Services, Office of Inspector General. "The Massasoit
Community College Continuing Education program allowed me to attend
classes at my own pace while working full-time during the day.
I am very grateful for the professors who encouraged me to continue
on to a Bachelor's degree program. My new career is challenging
but I felt prepared to meet the challenge because of the confidence
I gained at MCC."
After earning his Bachelor of Arts from Gannon University in
Erie Pennsylvania, David Biondi,
class of 97, chose a career in Criminal Justice and is currently
working as a Federal Corrections Officer for FCI McKean in Bradford,