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Shifting Paradigms: Re-Imagining Student Success

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Friday, April 6
 

7:30am EDT

Conference Registration + Breakfast
Conference registration will be in room G-12 of the Susan B. Anthony Center, and breakfast will be available in the Cafeteria.

Friday April 6, 2018 7:30am - 8:30am EDT
G-12 Susan B. Anthony Center

8:45am EDT

Keynote Address: Growth Mindset with Dr. David Yeager
To what extent does mindset drive performance? Sure, inborn talent contributes to the achievement of our goals, but to David Yeager, it’s our state of mind that makes all the difference. Yeager, an Assistant Professor of Developmental Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, is a leading authority on grit, performance, and the growth mindset—the belief that our abilities are not fixed, but mutable. And to him, this mindset is inextricably linked to our senses of belonging, certainty, and purpose. When we feel that we truly belong and that we are capable of contributing meaningfully—in our high schools, in our college classes, and in the workplace—we’re taking the first step on the path to success.

Presenters
avatar for David Yeager

David Yeager

Assistant Professor of Developmental Psychology, University of Texas at Austin
To what extent does mindset drive performance? Sure, inborn talent contributes to the achievement of our goals, but to David Yeager, it’s our state of mind that makes all the difference. Yeager, an Assistant Professor of Developmental Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, is a leading authority on grit, performance, and the growth mindset—the belief that our abilities are not fixed, but mutable. And to him, this mindset is inextricably linked to our senses of belonging, certainty, and purpose. When we feel t... Read More →



Friday April 6, 2018 8:45am - 10:15am EDT
Boland Theater Koussevitzky Arts Center

10:30am EDT

(Closed Session) Creating a Growth Mindset Climate to Promote Student Success
Note that this is a closed session; each college has registered two attendees who will bring back ideas and information to their home campus.

When students have a growth mindset, they can be resilient in the face of the inevitable setbacks they face in college. But how can college contexts be designed to convey growth mindset thinking throughout students' college experiences? This workshop will present a framework for thinking of the moments of "psychological friction" that undermine resilience and success--including pre-orientation messages, critical feedback in the classroom, negative interactions with bureaucracies, or harsh probation letters. It will also show examples of how colleges and faculty have worked with administrators and researchers and students to design, implement and evaluate ideas for improving the climate and increasing student success rates. Faculty will walk out with concrete strategies to try in their classrooms, and also suggestions for principles to keep in mind as you do this work.

Presenters
avatar for David Yeager

David Yeager

Assistant Professor of Developmental Psychology, University of Texas at Austin
To what extent does mindset drive performance? Sure, inborn talent contributes to the achievement of our goals, but to David Yeager, it’s our state of mind that makes all the difference. Yeager, an Assistant Professor of Developmental Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, is a leading authority on grit, performance, and the growth mindset—the belief that our abilities are not fixed, but mutable. And to him, this mindset is inextricably linked to our senses of belonging, certainty, and purpose. When we feel t... Read More →


Friday April 6, 2018 10:30am - 11:15am EDT
M-301 Melville Hall

10:30am EDT

Crossing the Bridge: Strengthening the Part-Time Faculty Connection
Northern Essex Community College made the commitment to increase the support of adjunct faculty by creating Adjunct Faculty Fellow positions.  Join the Adjunct Faculty Fellows to hear about their role and discuss how to support this valuable employee group.

Presenters
avatar for Kathleen Bartolini

Kathleen Bartolini

Adjunct Faculty Fellow, Northern Essex Community College
Kathleen is one of three Adjunct Faculty Fellows at NECC. This position was created to help support adjunct faculty by improving communication and connection. In addition to her role as Adjunct Faculty Fellow, she also teaches Psychology and Human Services.
avatar for Lizzie Casanave

Lizzie Casanave

Adjunct Faculty Fellow, Northern Essex Community College
Lizzie is one of three Adjunct Faculty Fellows at NECC. The position of Adjunct Faculty Fellow was created to help support adjunct faculty by improving communication, creating professional development and promoting connectivity.
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Sheila Muller

Assistant Professor-Business Department, Northern Essex Community College
Sheila Muller is an Assistant professor at Northern Essex Community College and received a Master of Business Administration from Bentley University’s McCallum School of Business with a double major in Marketing and Real Estate Management. Sheila was co‐founder and manager of... Read More →



Friday April 6, 2018 10:30am - 11:15am EDT
M-102 Melville Hall

10:30am EDT

Inspiring and Supporting Nontraditional by Gender Students
Jeff Perrotti, Consultant to the MA Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education will facilitate a discussion on strategies and resources for fostering nontraditional by gender career choices and supporting gender nonconforming students.

Presenters
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Jeff Perrotti

Consultant, MA Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education
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David Ziemba

Cape Cod Community College


Friday April 6, 2018 10:30am - 11:15am EDT
M-212 Melville Hall

10:30am EDT

Lift Every Voice: Strategies of Inclusion
Do you want your campus to be more inclusive? This workshop will help you whether you are just getting started or you have much experience to share.  We will look at the practical and theoretical elements of an inclusive campus, share some of the strategies that we are using at Bristol Community College, and ask you to share some of your ideas too.  We will look at how these strategies might be adapted for use on your campus so that you walk away with some concrete ideas and a network of people to support you.

Presenters
avatar for Dr. Suzanne Buglione

Dr. Suzanne Buglione

Vice President, Academic Affairs, Bristol Community College
Dr. Suzanne M. Buglione is the Vice President of Academic Affairs at Bristol Community College, focusing her work on innovation and strategy for student success and institutional excellence. She previously served there as the Dean of Teaching and Learning where she was responsible... Read More →
avatar for Shaylene DePina

Shaylene DePina

Bristol Community College


Friday April 6, 2018 10:30am - 11:15am EDT
H-109 Hawthorne Hall

10:30am EDT

Student Success: Moving Beyond Campus Barriers
This facilitated discussion will provide an avenue for educators to discuss the processes and challenges involved with incorporating student success strategies throughout their campuses on a comprehensive scale. We ask participants to bring ideas to share from their campus, and to describe the efforts to identify barriers and improve student success.  If you have established student success programs or are just starting these success initiatives, this session will provide discussion, support, and networking opportunities with colleagues that can help campuses move forward on student success.

Presenters
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Bryan Brophy-Baermann

Quinsigamond Community College
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Kristie Proctor

Director, Disability Services, Quinsigamond Community College
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Terry Vecchio

Dean of Students, Quinsigamond Community College


Friday April 6, 2018 10:30am - 11:15am EDT
M-209 Melville Hall

10:30am EDT

Supporting GLBTQIA+ Students: One Community College Approach
Are you looking to enhance support for GLBTQIA+ students on your campus?  If so, this presentation is for you!  We will explore the specific needs of GLBTQIA+ students and highlight how a Safe Zone program can foster an inclusive campus.

Presenters
avatar for Chad Argotsinger

Chad Argotsinger

Chief of Staff, Academic Affairs, Bristol Community College
Chad Argotsinger has over twenty year of experience in higher education. He currently serves as Chief of Staff, Academic Affairs at Bristol Community College where he serves as a key strategist to further strategic direction and innovation leading to student success and academic... Read More →
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Erin Smith

Bristol Community College


Friday April 6, 2018 10:30am - 11:15am EDT
H-204 Hawthorne Hall

10:30am EDT

Creative Collaborations: Interns and Work-Study Students in Student Support Roles
In an effort to meet the ever-increasing, complex and diverse needs of students with disabilities, learning specialists share how they have creatively collaborated with interns and work-study students to offer them mentoring, tutoring, and advocacy experience.

Presenters
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Julie Jodoin-Krauzyk

Director of the Office of Disability Services, Bristol Community College
Julie A. Jodoin-Krauzyk, MEd, MA Julie is the current Director of Disability Services at Bristol Community College. She was previously Bristol's Disability Coordinator specializing in D/deaf students' support and in promoting strategies for effective and inclusive communication aligned... Read More →
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Patricia Weisberger

Learning Specialist, Bristol Community College


Friday April 6, 2018 10:30am - 11:15am EDT
M-213 Melville Hall

10:30am EDT

Mentoring for Success Program Offered by Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
Participants will explore what is meant by mentoring, and discuss the powerful impact of mentors in our lives.  We will discuss the challenges faced by community college students, and how mentoring can help students achieve their academic and professional goals.  This workshop will describe different research-based mentoring best practices.  We will also outline the specific steps involved in developing the Mentoring for Success program at BCC: Recruitment; mentor match process; training and on-going support for mentors; mentor and mentee responsibilities; and mentor events such as our mentoring celebration luncheon at the end of each semester.  Mentor match pairs will also speak about their mentoring experiences.

Presenters
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Kari Dupuis

Associate Professor, Human Services, Berkshire Community College
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Megan Whilden

Executive Director, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Berkshire Community College


Friday April 6, 2018 10:30am - 11:15am EDT
H-206 Hawthorne Hall

10:30am EDT

Re-Thinking Student Support Approaches
Innovative student support approaches based in part on behavioral economics led to eleven consecutive semesters of retention increases among students in Massasoit's Latch program.  Session challenges participants to recognize the benefits of nudging students toward choices that objectively increase likelihood of success.

Presenters
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Joseph Harris

Associate Dean of Student Success, Massasoit Community College
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Maria Monteiro

Academic Counselor, Massasoit Community College


Friday April 6, 2018 10:30am - 11:15am EDT
M-211 Melville Hall

10:30am EDT

Speed Bumps Ahead! Student Support Planning for the Twists & Turns
Students’ educational pathways are rarely smooth, uninterrupted, and expected. There are speed bumps, twists and turns, apparent hazards, and sometimes stop signs. In this workshop we will discuss ways Cape Cod Community College is taking a proactive approach to support our students before they feel stuck on the side of the road without AAA and with a dead cell phone battery.  Student support program highlights will include the work of our Crisis and Life Management Team (CALM), Developmental Education preparation, and creative ways to build student engagement. We will also invite you to share successes and challenges at your institution.

Presenters
avatar for Liz Daly

Liz Daly

Director, Student Placement & Career Planning; Interim Director, Admissions, Cape Cod Community College
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Lauren Folloni

Cape Cod Community College
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Tracy Morin

Cape Cod Community College


Friday April 6, 2018 10:30am - 11:15am EDT
M-101 Melville Hall

10:30am EDT

From Community College to Costa Rica: An International Service Experience
This session focuses on the unique benefits and challenges of an international service program in community colleges based on a program at Mount Wachusett Community College.

Presenters
avatar for Greg Clement

Greg Clement

Associate Dean Of Students, Mount Wachusett Community College
Academic Degree/Major College or University Salem State University, Masters of Education, Salem MA-1985.Husson University Bachelors of Science, Business Education, Bangor ME-1981I have worked in the Higher Education field for thirty-two years. Listed below are several recognitions... Read More →
avatar for Shelley Errington Nicholson

Shelley Errington Nicholson

Director, Brewer Center for Civic Learning and Community Engagement, Mount Wachusett Community College
Shelley Errington Nicholson is a graduate of Roger Williams University with a Bachelor’s degree in Corporate Communications and a minor in Music. She also received her Masters of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in College Student Personnel... Read More →


Friday April 6, 2018 10:30am - 11:15am EDT
H-201 Hawthorne Hall

10:30am EDT

Going All-In with Corequisite Writing at Berkshire Community College
This year BCC adopted the corequisite model for all developmental writing.  Why did we go “all-in”?  Is it working?  We’ll talk about this, and you'll have a chance to discuss what’s happening at your schools and learn from each other.

Presenters
avatar for Chris Laney

Chris Laney

Professor of History, Berkshire Community College
avatar for Nell McCabe

Nell McCabe

Associate Professor, Berkshire Community College
avatar for Nicole Mooney

Nicole Mooney

Associate Professor of English/Department Chair, Berkshire Community College
avatar for Charles Park

Charles Park

Associate Professor, English, Berkshire Community College



Friday April 6, 2018 10:30am - 11:15am EDT
M-302 Melville Hall

10:30am EDT

Leadership in STEM: Successes, Challenges and Opportunities
Increased emphasis on STEM education is a mixed blessing for individuals overseeing STEM programs. This session will provide opportunity for STEM professionals to share their unique experiences and perspectives balancing demands of credit programming, students, remediation and workforce interests.

Presenters
avatar for Charles Kaminski

Charles Kaminski

Dean of Business, Science, Mathematics and Technology, Berkshire Community College
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Addie VanDeurzen

CTE Linkage Coordinator; Adjunct Instructor, Berkshire Community College


Friday April 6, 2018 10:30am - 11:15am EDT
M-214 Melville Hall

10:30am EDT

Math. Chocolate. Biofeedback.
How can chocolate be used to talk about math and algebra?  Ordinary objects can be used to start a conversation about math and the challenges that students face when meeting their educational goals.   This workshop gives participants the opportunity to eat chocolate, learn about math anxiety, and use the biofeedback computer program that is available at Berkshire Community College.

Presenters
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Annette Guertin

Professor of Mathematics, Berkshire Community College


Friday April 6, 2018 10:30am - 11:15am EDT
K-210 Koussevitzky Arts Center

10:30am EDT

Strategies for Teaching Literature in the Family Probate Court
This session is geared toward preparing future facilitators to teach in the family probate court through a program called Enhancing Families Through Literature. We will work on syllabus and class design, as well as strategies for analyzing literature with a group of young parents who are in conflict with one another.

Presenters
avatar for Matthew Muller

Matthew Muller

Assistant Professor of English, Berkshire Community College



Friday April 6, 2018 10:30am - 11:15am EDT
H-108 Hawthorne Hall

10:30am EDT

Train Like You Fight! Building a Standardized Scenario Program
Do you need strategies to develop realistic interdisciplinary simulation on a shoestring budget? Are you struggling to translate your ideas into a standardized scenario? Do you have great ideas, successes, or missteps to share? This is the interactive session for you!

Presenters
avatar for Kimberly Altavesta

Kimberly Altavesta

Mass Bay Community College
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Lise Johnson-Kinahan

Mass Bay Community College


Friday April 6, 2018 10:30am - 11:15am EDT
H-110 Hawthorne Hall

10:30am EDT

Virtual Dissection with the Anatomage Table
The Anatomage Table is a state of the art virtual dissection table using cadaver images for gross anatomy, regional anatomy, radiologic images and case studies.  Come and see a demo of this new technology, use it for yourself and brainstorm ways of incorporating it into your course.

Presenters
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Thomas Carey

Professor of Allied Health, Respiratory Care, Berkshire Community College


Friday April 6, 2018 10:30am - 11:15am EDT
H-415 Hawthorne Hall

10:30am EDT

Visual Literacy Across the Curriculum: A Sociological Perspective
This presentation will discuss teaching and learning scholarship and the use of photographic images in the context of examples of students' visual sociological projects. Participants will be invited to share their experience of using photographs in teaching and assessment in the classroom.

Presenters
avatar for Colin Adams

Colin Adams

Associate Professor, Sociology, Berkshire Community College



Friday April 6, 2018 10:30am - 11:15am EDT
H-205 Hawthorne Hall

10:30am EDT

Success Re-Imagined: Challenging the Dominant Paradigm in Higher Education
We argue for a new way of defining community college success based on students' own stated goals, and the institutions' ability to provide opportunities to meet those goals, rather than goals imposed by the traditional top down model.

Presenters
avatar for Binnur Ercem

Binnur Ercem

Professor/Sociology, Middlesex Community College
I teach Sociology and Cultural Anthropology classes. I also teach in the Commonwealth Honors Program.
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Jennifer Pisarik

Professor of Psychology, Middlesex Community College
In addition to teaching psychology I am currently serving as the Behavioral Science Chair.


Friday April 6, 2018 10:30am - 11:15am EDT
M-208 Melville Hall

10:30am EDT

Working with Rubrics to Evaluate Writing
The session will put into practice the idea that Writing for Specific Purposes can lead to Evaluating for Specific Purposes, clarifying the goals of writing and evaluating for students and instructors.

Presenters
avatar for William Berry

William Berry

Professor of Language and Literature, CAPE COD COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Professor Berry first attended a community college in his hometown of Detroit, Michigan. He received his Bachelor's Degree in literature from Antioch College and studied a year abroad at Eberhard-Karls University in Tuebingen, Germany. Thereafter, he earned his Master's Degree in... Read More →


Friday April 6, 2018 10:30am - 11:15am EDT
H-111 Hawthorne Hall

11:30am EDT

Orange is the New Community: Recruiting at Correctional Facilities
It is a documented and overwhelming fact that 25% of the people in the world who are incarcerated, are incarcerated in the United States, although the U.S. has only 5% of the worlds population.  Some of these people move in and out of the criminal justice system and some manage to escape the cycle and return to our communities.  Education can be a significant tool for restorative justice and rehabilitation for those formerly incarcerated. How are these potential students identified, recruited and encouraged to join our campus communities?  Strategies and programs in progress will be discussed.

Presenters
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Miranda Dulcelina

Northern Essex Community College
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Vengerflutta Smith

Director of Student Life and Student Conduct Administrator, Northern Essex Community College
Vengerflutta Smith has over 30 years expereince in higher education as an administrator, lecturer and faculty member. Vengerflutta currently provides leadership for Student Life and Student Conduct at Northern Essex Community College, where she is known for her creativity, productivity... Read More →


Friday April 6, 2018 11:30am - 12:15pm EDT
M-214 Melville Hall

11:30am EDT

Race, Education, and Pedagogy: Towards a More Inclusive Classroom
In our current social climate, it is crucial for educators to understand how race, structural racism, and race relations affect their students. This session will focus on why educators should be fully aware of structural racism in their classrooms, regardless of subject matter.

Presenters
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Kelly Kemp

Associate Professor, Criminal Justice, Berkshire Community College
avatar for Charles Park

Charles Park

Associate Professor, English, Berkshire Community College



Friday April 6, 2018 11:30am - 12:15pm EDT
H-204 Hawthorne Hall

11:30am EDT

The Softer Side: Continuing Patient Care Beyond Saving Lives
Paramedics and EMTs are trained to treat life-threatening emergencies; however, attending to the psychosocial needs of patients can be even more important than the medical care. As educators and clinicians, we share our experiences developing scenario-based education and mentoring of new providers.

Presenters
avatar for Kimberly Altavesta

Kimberly Altavesta

Mass Bay Community College
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Lise Johnson-Kinahan

Mass Bay Community College


Friday April 6, 2018 11:30am - 12:15pm EDT
H-108 Hawthorne Hall

11:30am EDT

BCC's Behavorial Assessment Team: A Supportive Proactive Approach
Learn about the ways in which Berkshire Community College utilizes their Behavioral Assessment Team to support their students' educational journey.  The team uses the best practices in alignment with the work of Brian Van Brunt.

Presenters
avatar for David Lesure

David Lesure

Director, Safety & Security, Berkshire Community College
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Lisa Mattila

Personal Counselor, Berkshire Community College


Friday April 6, 2018 11:30am - 12:15pm EDT
H-202 Hawthorne Hall

11:30am EDT

Reorganizing for Change: Creating a Student Focused Enrollment Services Team
Learn how Berkshire Community College is addressing challenges in enrollment by integrating enrollment services, strengthening the student onboarding and academic advising processes, and implementing an online student success tool to help enroll new students, facilitate their success, and ultimately increase their chances of graduating.

Presenters
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Lyndsay Isham-Morton

Academic Counselor, Berkshire Community College
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Tammy Westlake

Academic Counselor, Berkshire Community College


Friday April 6, 2018 11:30am - 12:15pm EDT
M-212 Melville Hall

11:30am EDT

Respiratory Care Programs Group Discussion
This will be a brainstorming session to share ideas of all aspects of Respiratory Care education.

Presenters
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Thomas Carey

Professor of Allied Health, Respiratory Care, Berkshire Community College
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Margaret Goss

Respiratory Care/Director of Clinical Education, Berkshire Community College


Friday April 6, 2018 11:30am - 12:15pm EDT
H-415 Hawthorne Hall

11:30am EDT

Supporting Food Insecure Students: Building a Campus Food Pantry
This session will highlight the newly opened Food for Thought: Campus Pantry at Mount Wachusett Community College. Discussions around assessment of college student hunger will engage participants in the best way to collect qualitative and quantitative data to support the creation or expansion of exciting programs focused on food insecurity on your campus.  Through a case study model, the presenters will share successes and challenges on their journey to opening a food pantry. Finally, participants will engage in a lively discussion around best practices in recruiting, training and retaining student volunteers to lead and sustain food insecurity initiatives.

Presenters
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Jana Murphy

Mount Wachusett Community College
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Shelley Errington Nicholson

Director, Brewer Center for Civic Learning and Community Engagement, Mount Wachusett Community College
Shelley Errington Nicholson is a graduate of Roger Williams University with a Bachelor’s degree in Corporate Communications and a minor in Music. She also received her Masters of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in College Student Personnel... Read More →


Friday April 6, 2018 11:30am - 12:15pm EDT
H-109 Hawthorne Hall

11:30am EDT

Supporting Students with Disabilities: Collaborations Between Peer Tutoring and Disability Services
Peer Tutoring and Disability Services staff will describe how they have collaborated to increase support for students with disabilities. Outcome assessment data will also be presented. Workshop participants are encouraged to share collaborative practices they utilize on their campuses.

Presenters
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Montserrat Archbald

Greenfield Community College
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Norman Beebe

Greenfield Community College
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Colleen Caffery

Coordinator of Disability Services, Greenfield Community College
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Cindy Snow

Co-coordinator of Peer Tutoring, Instructor, Greenfield Community College



Friday April 6, 2018 11:30am - 12:15pm EDT
H-201 Hawthorne Hall

11:30am EDT

Is Competency-Based Learning Right for You?
This informal interactive session will provide you with strategies to move from an outcome-based model to a competency-based model of learning.  We will discuss how the Medical Laboratory Technician program at Middlesex Community College adopted and implemented this concept.

Presenters
avatar for Christine Laviolette

Christine Laviolette

Assistant Professor, Middlesex Community College
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Suzanne McHale

Middlesex Community College



Friday April 6, 2018 11:30am - 12:15pm EDT
M-213 Melville Hall

11:30am EDT

Make Professional Development Work for YOU!
Much of our professional development is centered on offerings (or lack thereof) from our institutions to the faculty and staff.  But, have you ever given thought to what you need?  Start now!
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Presenters
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Alan Chace

Professional Development Coordinator, Cape Cod Community College
I'm working hard to build a Professional Development program at Cape Cod Community College. Need help for your program? Have an idea for us? Please contact me. achace@capecod.edu


Friday April 6, 2018 11:30am - 12:15pm EDT
H-111 Hawthorne Hall

11:30am EDT

New Laboratory Technology Can Improve Student Learning and Faculty Interaction
How new equipment (LED touch screens, group collaboration software, digital microscopes, and handheld data-collection devices) can improved the ease and conciseness by which faculty and students can present, share, and take with them the material they work with in the laboratory.

Presenters
avatar for Hillel Sims

Hillel Sims

Dean of STEM, Roxbury Community College
Hillel Sims is the Dean of the STEM Division at Roxbury Community College, where Hillel supports faculty, staff, and students with courses, workshops, training, technology, internships and STEM events and activities. Hillel is also the primary investigator for the Bridges to Bachelorette... Read More →


Friday April 6, 2018 11:30am - 12:15pm EDT
H-416 Hawthorne Hall

11:30am EDT

Not Another Paper: Cultivating Creative Scholarly Engagement with Literature
When it comes to presenting scholarly work, papers, tri-fold boards, and lectures top the list of usual suspects. This workshop focuses on the risks and rewards of encouraging students to use creative means of presenting scholarship in the literature classroom.

Presenters
avatar for Nell McCabe

Nell McCabe

Associate Professor, Berkshire Community College


Friday April 6, 2018 11:30am - 12:15pm EDT
M-211 Melville Hall

11:30am EDT

POGIL in the STEM classroom
POGIL (Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning) group activities guide students through an active learning process where they work together to determine the process needed to solve problems.  Learn how POGILs are used in a Chemistry course to encourage active construction of knowledge, and consider how you might use this learning process in your course.

Presenters
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Jennifer Collins

Associate Professor of Chemistry, Berkshire Community College
I teach Chemistry and Organic Chemistry using a combination of POGIL and flipped classroom techniques.


Friday April 6, 2018 11:30am - 12:15pm EDT
M-208 Melville Hall

11:30am EDT

Reducing Disparities in Higher Education Through Intentional Dual Enrollment Pathways
MWCC's Project Healthcare presents a model to assist under-represented high school students attain work ready certifications, while simultaneously completing 3-26 college credits along a specific degree pathway before high school graduation. This program focuses on healthcare, but could be replicated for other college/career tracks.

Presenters
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Addison Barwise

Mount Wachusett Community College
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Melissa Bourque-Silva

Director, National Workforce Diversity Pipeline, Mount Wachusett Community College
Melissa has been working for MWCC’s Access and Transition Department for ten years; striving to obtain equity in higher education through grant work targeting low-income, first generation, and minority students (GEAR UP, CDEP, CACG, and NWDP). The NWDP/Project Healthcare program... Read More →
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Shaunti Phillips

Mount Wachusett Community College



Friday April 6, 2018 11:30am - 12:15pm EDT
H-110 Hawthorne Hall

11:30am EDT

Rethinking Information Literacy: Using Credo's Modules and Library Created Tools
In this post-truth era, Information Literacy skills are crucial to student success. This panel of BCC librarians, faculty, and staff will demonstrate our multi-pronged strategy for teaching these skills using both Credo’s new Information Literacy Modules, and Library created active-learning resources. Directed at everyone who works with students, including tutors, TRIO and Project Link staff, as well as Faculty, AT professionals and Administrators, this session is designed to show educators how they can easily add interactive modules to their curriculum, with or without the Library.   Berkshire Community College is pioneering the integration of Credo's InfoLit Modules.  A February 2018 webinar presentation describing their approach was attended by over seventy educators across the United States and Canada, including Fordham University and Texas A & M.  In addition to Credo, BCC is adding Guide On The Side modules and other interactive tools to further augment online, interactive learning of information literacy principles.  Come join us an find out how these tools can work for you!

Presenters
avatar for Karen Carreras-Hubbard

Karen Carreras-Hubbard

Coordinator of Library Services, Berkshire Community College
Talk to me about Libraries, Information Literacy and Event Programming. I've spent over twenty-five years as a librarian and library director in academic, special and public libraries. My experience includes information literacy curriculum development and assessment, library/archival... Read More →
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Janet Collins

Moodle Administrator, Berkshire Community College
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Matthew Palardy

Academic Tutor, Berkshire Community College
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Andrea Robare

Reference Librarian, Berkshire Community College
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Julianna Spallholz

Associate Professor, English, Berkshire Community College
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Bruce Winn

Associate Professor, Environments & Life Sciences, Berkshire Community College



Friday April 6, 2018 11:30am - 12:15pm EDT
M-209 Melville Hall

11:30am EDT

Using Active Learning to Fix Misunderstandings in Real Time
Ever wonder what makes students struggle with a particular concept? Active learning practices can make their thinking transparent, giving you the opportunity to provide them with feedback on the spot that will help them move in the right direction.

Presenters
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Stacy Evans

Professor of Sociology and Faculty Lead for the Center for Teaching and Learning Innovation, Berkshire Community College
Dr. Evans is a Professor of Sociology and Faculty Lead for the Center for Teaching and Learning Innovation. In her thirty-two years of teaching she has been involved in a variety of teaching experiments, including early adoption of online teaching, one-to-one technology initiatives... Read More →



Friday April 6, 2018 11:30am - 12:15pm EDT
H-205 Hawthorne Hall

11:30am EDT

Using AI to to Provide Rapid Feedback to Student Writers
In this session, a college writing instructor will describe his experience using artificial intelligence to provide rapid feedback to the work of student writers. He will also discuss other applications of AI as a feedback tool and how AI will likely impact education in the coming years.

Presenters
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Peter Shea

Director, Professional Development, Middlesex Community College
Peter Shea is director of the Office of Professional Development at Middlesex Community College. He also serves as the Chief Hub Administrator for the Massachusetts Community OER Hub. He is the co-editor of the forthcoming book from Stylus Publishing Transforming Digital Learning... Read More →


Friday April 6, 2018 11:30am - 12:15pm EDT
M-403 Melville Hall

11:30am EDT

Using Student Stories to Engage Learners- Interdisciplinary Approach - "What If ..."
We love stories! Participants will explore getting students to make connections to a course by creating and telling stories (think Alan Lightman's "Einstein's Dreams") illustrating the possibilities of a theory or practice. All disciplines welcome.

Presenters
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Dr. Constance Berman

Professor of Communications/Department Chair, Berkshire Community College
Prof of Communication at BCC for 17 years, teaching Interpersonal and Communication and the Media, and Oral and Business Communication as well as Intro to Humanities. Formerly teaching English and Creative Writing. This background encouraged me to seek the story telling prowess... Read More →


Friday April 6, 2018 11:30am - 12:15pm EDT
H-206 Hawthorne Hall

11:30am EDT

Assessing Global Literacy
Global literacy matters. We encourage, teach, and seek funding for it. Yet, assessment remains a challenge. Commercial tools are expensive and rarely address specific data needs. We will introduce qualitative and quantitative approaches to help participants build their own tools.

Presenters
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Colin Adams

Associate Professor, Sociology, Berkshire Community College
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Frank Schickor

Professor of Biology/Department Chair, Berkshire Community College


Friday April 6, 2018 11:30am - 12:15pm EDT
M-101 Melville Hall

11:30am EDT

Participatory Action Research: A Process of Privileging the Experiential and Lived-Knowledge of Student Co-researchers
Student co-researchers and I will share back some of our initial PAR findings and discuss some of the challenges and tensions and strengths this PAR study created.  I will also share my perspectives on: to what extent does this study speak to Student Success?  How does PAR frame “student success?”

Presenters
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Tara Gully-Hightower

Massasoit Community College


Friday April 6, 2018 11:30am - 12:15pm EDT
M-102 Melville Hall

12:30pm EDT

Lunch
Boxed lunches will be available in two locations: the Cafeteria, and the Susan B. Anthony Center Lounge.

Friday April 6, 2018 12:30pm - 1:15pm EDT
Cafeteria/Susan B. Anthony Center

12:30pm EDT

Virtual Reality Simulations for Learning: Mursion Demo
Stop by the Connector to meet our middle school student avatars in their virtual reality classroom! This immersive technology by Mursion, Inc. allows our students to have mixed reality experiences in a simulated classroom to hone their interpersonal and teaching skills within a safe environment. You can see this exciting teaching tool in action and ask the avatars questions. Mursion also offers simulated experiences in healthcare, hospitality and corporate learning fields.
"Mursion, reinventing the way professionals master their craft."

Presenters
avatar for Barbara Kotelnicki

Barbara Kotelnicki

Assistant Professor, Education, Berkshire Community College



Friday April 6, 2018 12:30pm - 1:15pm EDT
Connector Hawthorne/Melville Connector

1:30pm EDT

Berkshire Immigrant Stories and the Humanities
The Berkshire Immigrant Stories project enables us to collect and share the stories of immigrants, and, through humanities-based events, amplify those stories and create closer connections between campus and community. You’ll get hands-on experience to bring this to your campus.

Presenters
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Toni Buckley

Director of Alumni Relations, Berkshire Community College
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Karen Carreras-Hubbard

Coordinator of Library Services, Berkshire Community College
Talk to me about Libraries, Information Literacy and Event Programming. I've spent over twenty-five years as a librarian and library director in academic, special and public libraries. My experience includes information literacy curriculum development and assessment, library/archival... Read More →
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Chris Laney

Professor of History, Berkshire Community College


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Friday April 6, 2018 1:30pm - 2:15pm EDT
M-209 Melville Hall

1:30pm EDT

Beyond Deficits: Fostering Student Success Among Male Students of Color
College practitioners must shift from deficit-minded narratives of disengagement among male students of color to strengths-based strategies for student success. This presentation will focus on BCC’s Men of Color Initiative on student mentoring to facilitate dialogue about other campus’s success strategies.

Presenters
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Colin Adams

Associate Professor, Sociology, Berkshire Community College
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Ashton Darrett

Academic Counselor, Berkshire Community College
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Charles Prescott

Professor of English, Berkshire Community College



Friday April 6, 2018 1:30pm - 2:15pm EDT
H-202 Hawthorne Hall

1:30pm EDT

Girls Can’t What? Promoting Inclusivity in Practice and Education
EMS has long been considered a boys club; but with 30% of the national workforce represented by women, and many professionals identifying as LGBT and people of color, it is critical to promote inclusivity among all providers.  By discussing these issues frankly, we can encourage conversation and emerging best practices to develop inclusive and affirming education for all students in order to improve professional practice and support success, retention, and performance.

Presenters
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Kimberly Altavesta

Mass Bay Community College


Friday April 6, 2018 1:30pm - 2:15pm EDT
H-416 Hawthorne Hall

1:30pm EDT

Recruitment Reimagined - Strategies for Engaging a Diverse Student Population
This session will highlight initiatives developed as a result of a newly created position, Director of Diversity Outreach and Recruitment, focused on increasing the enrollment and retention of under-represented racial and economic groups. Session will be conversational in nature.

Presenters
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Jillian Freitas-Haley

Assistant Dean of Admissions, Middlesex Community College
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Jeff Tejada

Director of Diversity, Middlesex Community College



Friday April 6, 2018 1:30pm - 2:15pm EDT
H-110 Hawthorne Hall

1:30pm EDT

Strategies for Creating Inclusive Classrooms for LGBTQ Students
An overview of gender and sexuality terminologies and what it means to be an LGBTQ ally.  Resources and strategies for maintaining civil and inclusive classrooms will be presented. Time will be allotted for collaboration with colleagues about best practices.

Presenters
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Lisa Coole

Associate Professor, Massasoit Community College



Friday April 6, 2018 1:30pm - 2:15pm EDT
M-101 Melville Hall

1:30pm EDT

New Student Orientation for the Current Community College Student
Join me to discuss the challenges of New Student Orientation at a community college. Come prepared to share what you do at your school to be inclusive; what worked, what didn't, assessments, outcomes? Discussion will also include ideas of where orientation fits in with students taking online classes.

Presenters

Friday April 6, 2018 1:30pm - 2:15pm EDT
M-213 Melville Hall

1:30pm EDT

Re-Imagining the Relationship Among Writing Centers, Libraries, and the Classroom
This session shows how collaboration between a writing center and a library can evolve over time as the college establishes a Learning Commons model. Coordinators from both departments will introduce best practices for integrating academic support services around research assignments

Presenters
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Emily Brown

Bristol Community College
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Michael Geary

Associate Professor of English & Writing Center Coordinator, Bristol Community College
As Writing Center Coordinator, I oversee all peer and professional writing tutoring on all 4 of BCC's campuses. As Associate Professor, I teach a variety of courses with an emphasis on theme-based composition courses. Some of these include "Comp 1: Writing About Monsters," "Comp 1... Read More →


Friday April 6, 2018 1:30pm - 2:15pm EDT
H-206 Hawthorne Hall

1:30pm EDT

Stats Booster Corequisite: What We Are Learning From Our First Semester
We hope that during this session we can all share ideas about features that could make a stats booster course as good as it can be. Students claim that in this friendly, small, seminar-type setting, the old urge to simply give up evaporates. Their advice is simple: advertise this course!

Presenters
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Steve Faulconer

Adjunct Instructor, Mathematics, Berkshire Community College
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Chantal Rhind

Professor of Mathematics/Department Chair, Berkshire Community College


Friday April 6, 2018 1:30pm - 2:15pm EDT
M-302 Melville Hall

1:30pm EDT

Survival of the Fittest: Supportive Programming for the At-Risk Nursing Student
The Nursing Department at Roxbury Community College identified the need for support programming designed to improve student outcomes for those identified as at-risk prior to entering the program. The corequisite curriculum addresses skills deficits in key areas that often impede success. Through intensive remediation, the corequisite provides at-risk students with an opportunity to improve their outcome in the nursing program.

Presenters
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Kristen Lundsten

Roxbury Community College


Friday April 6, 2018 1:30pm - 2:15pm EDT
H-108 Hawthorne Hall

1:30pm EDT

Co-Teaching and Differentiating Instruction for a Hybrid, Modular Cohort Course
A once a week, four-hour hybrid course might seem daunting, but through differentiated instruction and co-teaching it becomes a hands-on investigative process that embodies active learning and student centered curriculum. Take part in investigating how two Education professors created a new delivery method of a Current Issues and Trends education course using videos, guided explorations, cross-curricular student presentations, group activities, think-pair-share and role-play. Take part in seeing how this course was delivered successfully and embraced by students.

Presenters
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Patty Kay

Associate Professor, Early Childhood Education, Berkshire Community College
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Barbara Kotelnicki

Assistant Professor, Education, Berkshire Community College



Friday April 6, 2018 1:30pm - 2:15pm EDT
H-205 Hawthorne Hall

1:30pm EDT

Cultivating Critical Thinking in an Age of “Fake News”
This session provides a forum to discuss the increasing challenges we all face in finding, evaluating, and synthesizing news from various sources, as well as techniques to address these challenges with community college students. What makes information reliable? How do we tell fact from fiction? What does it mean to be informed? Are there objective facts, and how do we find them? We will showcase the work we have initiated to engage students in frank, realistic discussions about media as part of the introductory sociology curriculum, and also solicit ideas and insights from session participants.

Presenters
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Tim Dolan

Librarian, Greenfield Community College
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Linda McCarthy

Professor of Sociology, Greenfield Community College
Linda joined Greenfield Community College in 2004. Along with teaching Principles of Sociology every semester (and online), she also teaches Social Inequality (face-to-face and online), Sociology of Gender, Sociology of Human Sexuality, and Sociology of the Family. Linda earned her... Read More →


Friday April 6, 2018 1:30pm - 2:15pm EDT
H-204 Hawthorne Hall

1:30pm EDT

iPads for Composition Students: 300...600...and Counting
This fall, MCC handed iPads to 300 composition students. These tools are supporting student learning and the faculty are clamoring for more. Join us for a brief overview of our journey, hear from faculty, and bring your questions.

Presenters
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Ellen Nichols

Assistant Dean of Humanities, Middlesex Community College
After teaching English and humanities for 25 years, I have joined the ranks of administrators just in time to work with English faculty as we have rolled out our iPad initiative. I love supporting creative and passionate faculty as they develop new approaches to engaging students... Read More →
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Phil Sisson

Provost/VP/Academic and Student Affairs, Middlesex Community College
Philip Sisson is Provost and Vice President of Academic & Student Affairs at Middlesex Community College. Provost Sisson has more than 30 years of college administration service mostly within the New England community-college system. Provost Sisson received his B.A. and M.A. from... Read More →


Friday April 6, 2018 1:30pm - 2:15pm EDT
H-111 Hawthorne Hall

1:30pm EDT

Metacognition and Motivation
Through interactive activities, participants can expect to expand their knowledge of motivation and metacognition relating to student success, leading to a better understanding of how to achieve desired outcomes in a multitude of student interactions ranging from services to academics.

Presenters
avatar for Sheriann Stanton

Sheriann Stanton

Tutorial Assistant, Adjunct Faculty, Berkshire Community College



Friday April 6, 2018 1:30pm - 2:15pm EDT
H-201 Hawthorne Hall

1:30pm EDT

Middlesex Community College (MCC) Career Exploration Pathways
MCC’s Career Exploration courses for Pathways expose first-year students to the programs within each pathway:  Arts, Humanities and Communication, Business, Health, STEM, Public Service, Social Science and Education. Pathways assist students in successfully establishing and achieving education, career and life goals.

Presenters
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Camille Brown

Director of Admissions, Middlesex Community College
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Karen James

Assistant Director, Career Services, Middlesex Community College
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Jo Mucci

Director, First-Year Experience & Student Success, Middlesex Community College
I have been an educator for over 25 years, the majority of which have been in Higher Education. I have been a faculty member, Director of a comprehensive Academic Support Department and the Director of the First-Year Experience (FYE)/Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) & Student Success... Read More →


Friday April 6, 2018 1:30pm - 2:15pm EDT
M-212 Melville Hall

1:30pm EDT

Student Historians: Strategies for Building Strong Research and Inclusivity
A historian and a librarian will discuss their collaboration around a semester-long history research assignment, including using research to promote classroom inclusiveness, and activities that equip students with the skills needed to understand, find, and use primary and secondary sources. Presenters will demonstrate those activities.

Presenters
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Alyssa Arnell

Faculty, History, Greenfield Community College
I have recently joined the GCC team to help build a history program designed around inclusive narratives and cooperative learning. I am interested in establishing and strengthening partnerships throughout Massachusetts that promote opportunities for our students. My teaching philosophy... Read More →
avatar for Claire Lobdell

Claire Lobdell

Librarian, Greenfield Community College
I'm the distance education librarian at Greenfield Community College, where I teach information literacy skills to in-person and online students. I’ve worked for close to a decade in libraries and archives. In 2017, I published South Windsor, an installment in the Images of America... Read More →



Friday April 6, 2018 1:30pm - 2:15pm EDT
M-102 Melville Hall

1:30pm EDT

Thriving at Roxbury Community College & Beyond: The OER Initiative
Since 2003, Roxbury Community College (RCC) has required a three-credit college experience course (ACS) in all of its degree and certificate programs.  The course is designed to provide students the tools for improving course work in all subject areas.  As important as the course is for student retention, the cost of the textbook has risen over the last decade. For many students, the inability to purchase textbooks can be a deterrent to their success. The Massachusetts Community College Go Open Statewide Initiative provided grant funding to faculty across the state to create or adapt an Open Education Resources (OER) for use in the classroom. This session describes how four faculty from RCC adapted the ACS textbook as an OER as a cost saving measure to support student learning.

Presenters
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Loretta Minor

Coordinator of Transfer Affairs and Articulation, Roxbury Community College
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Dr. Kimberly Rogers

Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs, Roxbury Community College
Kimberly R. Rogers is the Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs at Roxbury Community College. Dr. Rogers has held academic appointments at the State University of New York at Buffalo, the University of Massachusetts Boston, and the Université de Haute Alsace in France. Prior... Read More →
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Jennie Thrash

Adjunct Faculty, Roxbury Community College
Presenters with more than one half of a century teaching, advising and course design experience are: Jennie Thrash who lead the Advising Center for Roxbury Community College and advocated for students' success in creating better curriculum and programs at the college.



Friday April 6, 2018 1:30pm - 2:15pm EDT
M-211 Melville Hall

1:30pm EDT

To Travel Hopefully from STEM to Simulation
The Physical Therapist Assistant, Respiratory Care, and Associate Degree Nursing program faculty will discuss the challenges and rewards of working together to develop a simulation scenario that would introduce the student to health care careers.  The faculty will describe the process that was undertaken to develop a one-day workshop for entering college students interested in STEM careers, and will discuss future plans to incorporate interdisciplinary activities into the Health Career programs at BCC.

Presenters
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Michele Darroch

Professor in Physical Therapist Assistant Program, Berkshire Community College
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Margaret Goss

Respiratory Care/Director of Clinical Education, Berkshire Community College
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Mary Kay Kasuba

Professor of Nursing, Berkshire Community College



Friday April 6, 2018 1:30pm - 2:15pm EDT
H-319 Hawthorne Hall

1:30pm EDT

Turtles - Gateway Critters to Zoology and Field Biology
This workshop will introduce a method of combining course requirements with real-world field experience. After an indoor summary, participants will head outdoors to find mock-turtles and collect pertinent field data that is used to help direct local land management and region-wide conservation efforts.

Presenters
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Tom Tyning

Professor of Environmental Science, Berkshire Community College


Friday April 6, 2018 1:30pm - 2:15pm EDT
M-214 Melville Hall

1:30pm EDT

Celebrating Exceptional Student Work with an Academic-Style Conference
This round-table event will explore the use of academic-conference-like approaches to recognize and celebrate exceptional student work. Grizzled conference veterans, newcomers, and everyone in between are welcome. Come be part of the discussion.

Presenters
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Jeremy LaCrosse

Statistician, Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Berkshire Community College
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Matthew Muller

Assistant Professor of English, Berkshire Community College



Friday April 6, 2018 1:30pm - 2:15pm EDT
M-301 Melville Hall

1:30pm EDT

Defining & Measuring Student Success Beyond the Classroom
In addition to supporting students’ academic goals, how do we measure student success beyond the classroom? This discussion session will provide an opportunity for participants to re-imagine how we define and measure student success beyond the classroom.

Presenters
avatar for Chad Argotsinger

Chad Argotsinger

Chief of Staff, Academic Affairs, Bristol Community College
Chad Argotsinger has over twenty year of experience in higher education. He currently serves as Chief of Staff, Academic Affairs at Bristol Community College where he serves as a key strategist to further strategic direction and innovation leading to student success and academic... Read More →


Friday April 6, 2018 1:30pm - 2:15pm EDT
M-208 Melville Hall