Middlesex Wins Two National College Marketing Awards

Middlesex Community College’s Office of Marketing Communications has been recognized for outstanding work by the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) at its recent national conference in Portland, Oregon. Middlesex was awarded two 2014 Paragon Awards: A Bronze Award for Profiles, the college magazine; and a Bronze Award for its New Student Welcome Packet.

“Winning two national NCMPR awards is certainly an honor,” said Jennifer Aradhya, MCC Director of Marketing Communications. “To have our work singled out and acknowledged by our colleagues from around the country makes our efforts to tell the Middlesex story all the more rewarding.”

Affiliated with the American Association of Community Colleges, NCMPR has 1,550 members from more than 650 colleges across the United States, Canada and other countries. NCMPR’s prestigious Paragon Awards recognize outstanding achievement in communications at community and technical colleges. It’s the only national competition of its kind that exclusively honors excellence among marketing and PR professionals at two-year colleges.

Published twice a year, Profiles magazine spotlights MCC’s many talented people, programs and community partnerships. The fall 2013 issue focused on Health & STEM, including the new Health & STEM Pathways Center and ground-breaking Biotechnology Program. The spring 2014 issue focused on the Arts & Humanities and featured interviews with music, art, theater and writing faculty, current students studying the arts, and alumni who are pursuing their artistic passions beyond Middlesex.

Created in conjunction with the Admissions Office, the New Student Welcome Packet is one of the first items new Middlesex students receive from the college. Designed to hold a variety of loose information sheets about important new-student topics, the folder itself features essential general college info, such as how to enroll in courses, apply for financial aid, or join in extra- curricular activities.

Middlesex Community College meets the evolving educational, civic and workforce needs of our local and global communities. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate more than 13,000 students annually on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, and online. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses. At Middlesex, everyone teaches, everyone learns.

Schoolchildren to be Honored for Art that Educates Commuters

UMass Lowell will honor schoolchildren from across the state – winners of the annual Cool Science contest – for creating artwork that is educating public-transit passengers about the effects of climate change.

The competition asked elementary-, middle-, and high-school students to create posters that depict concepts behind climate science. The contest’s winning entries are displayed inside Lowell Regional Transit Authority buses and commuter terminals through June, where they are seen by thousands of patrons daily. Now in its third year, the public-education initiative caught the eye of The Advertising Club of Greater Boston’s Hatch Awards, which honored the program.

This year, Cool Science received more than 500 submissions from students at 28 schools around Massachusetts.

The event will feature an exhibition of the students’ art, both in a gallery display and on and inside an LRTA bus that will be parked on site. Artwork on the side of the bus was created by Mi Choi, a sophomore at Belchertown High School. Other students scheduled to participate in the awards ceremony are from Chelmsford, Holbrook, Lowell, Marblehead, Milton, North Andover, Rochester, Somerville, Taunton and Tyngsborough.

Speakers are scheduled to include Nashua, N.H., resident David Lustick – who was recently honored at the White House for his work on Cool Science – and Westford resident Jill Hendrickson Lohmeier, both associate professors in the university’s Graduate School of Education, who are leading the program with Prof. Robert Chen of UMass Boston.

Lowell Pop Warner Registration 2015 Season

Lowell Pop Warner and Cheer will hold registration for children ages 7-15 on April 30, 2015 at 6:30pm at the Peter W. Reilly School, 115 Douglas Road.
the following are required:
1. A Parent/Guardian
2. Your Child: (To be Weighed & Measured)
3. Original Birth Certificate (A Must, you will not be able to register without it)
4. A Copy of Physical if completed after 1/1/15 (A physical is needed before 8/1/15)
5. A copy of your child’s June 2014 report card (both sides)
Registration Fee is $75.00 if registering on April 30, after which time the fee is $100.00. Sibling/2nd family participant is $75.00 and 3rd player is $75.00 ($250.00 max). Payment Plans are available.
Lowell Pop Warner Accepts cash, check, debit or credit card forms of payment.
Call Pat at 978-674-6255 for more information. Visit www.lowellpopwarner.com for more information about registration and about Lowell Pop Warner and Cheerleading, Inc.

Lowell Pop Warner to Host Comedy Night Fundraiser

Three comedians will provide a night of laughs at the Lo Kai Restaurant, 1655 Lakeview AV, Dracut, MA. The event will benefit the Lowell Pop Warner Football and Cheer program. Tickets are $25.00 per person, and $30.00 for reserved seating, and include a Chinese buffet. Guests will enjoy raffles, door prize and a cash bar.

As a nonprofit organization that provides children a positive experience in team play and cheer competitions, Lowell Pop Warner Football and Cheer relies upon volunteers and fundraising events to continue its mission.

For tickets and more information call Kendra at 978-265-1617.

MCC’s Phlebotomy Certificate Program Named Top in State

Middlesex Community College’s Phlebotomy Program was recently presented the 2014 Best of Phlebotomy Education Award by PhlebotomyTrainingSpot.com. A free resource for prospective students and career seekers looking for phlebotomy training and jobs, PhlebotomyTrainingSpot.com recognizes the top phlebotomy programs across the U.S.

“We are honored to receive the Best Phlebotomy Education Award,” said Suzanne McHale, Program Coordinator for MCC’s Academy of Health Professions. “Our Phlebotomy Certificate Program trains students to become skilled phlebotomists as well as exceptional healthcare professionals. We hold our students to the highest standards of the field.”

MCC’s Phlebotomy Certificate Program enables students to build the skills necessary to work in hospitals, clinics, doctors’ offices, nursing homes, research settings and reference labs. Students are trained to perform a variety of blood-collection methods using proper techniques and precautions.

The Phlebotomy Certificate Program is part of MCC’s Academy of Health Professions (AHP), which offers short-term training and college-credit courses to prepare students for careers in entry-level health care. Other programs offered as part of AHP include Certified Nursing Assistant, Medical Receptionist, Medical Office Administration, Medical Assisting, and a Clinical Lab Assistant Certificate Program.

PhlebotomyTrainingSpot.com recognizes programs with the ability to foster career and personal development in their students. Nominees were rated over a several-month period at the end of 2014 and winners were identified based on total ratings, program reputation and accreditations.

For more information about MCC’s Phlebotomy Certificate Program, contact Suzanne McHale at mchales@middlesex.mass.edu or 978-322-8412.

Middlesex Community College meets the evolving educational, civic and workforce needs of our local and global communities. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate more than 13,000 students annually on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, and online. MCC offers more than 75 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses. At Middlesex, everyone teaches, everyone learns.

Lowell General Hospital Opens New Rehabilitation Services Facility in Chelmsford

CHELMSFORD, MA — Lowell General Hospital’s outpatient physical therapy and occupational therapy departments moved to a newly expanded space at 43 Village Square in Chelmsford on Monday, March 2, 2015 to provide more services, expanded hours, convenience and accessibility for patients.

“We are so excited to offer our patients the latest in amenities – from a modern exercise space that looks like a state-of-the-art fitness center, to private treatment rooms for enhanced privacy, expanded hours for patient convenience, and a new Women’s Health specialty program,” says Julie Grace, PT, DPT, Clinical Manager of Rehabilitation Services. “Our goal is to provide outpatient rehabilitation services that exceed patients’ expectations.”

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on February 24, 2015 to celebrate the opening of the new facility with state and town officials, Circle Health board members, Lowell General Hospital leadership, and the hospital rehabilitation services team.

“This kind of coordinated care is vital to Lowell General Hospital and Circle Health’s ability to have a real impact on improving the health of our community and transforming the way care is delivered,” says Jody White, President of Lowell General Hospital. “We are working hard to provide superior outpatient support services to keep people out of the hospital, and reduce the risk of re-injury or readmission.”

NASA grants UMass Lowell $5.6M to Identify Earth-like Planets

LOWELL, Mass. – NASA has awarded UMass Lowell researchers $5.6 million toward their work to build and test an imaging device that will be able to detect planets beyond the solar system that are capable of supporting life.

The device is equipped with a specialized optical-imaging system on a telescope designed to block direct light from stars so that objects close to them – such as planets, asteroids and interplanetary dust – that would otherwise be hidden by glare can be studied. The 24-inch-diameter telescope will be housed in a gondola measuring approximately 6.5 feet by 7.5 feet by 11 feet. When completed, the entire device will weigh an estimated 2,000 pounds, comparable to a small car.

The instrument is scheduled to launch from NASA’s Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility in Fort Sumner, N.M., for two missions, one in 2017 and the other in 2019. Five stars that represent a range of brightness, ages, distances and spectral types have been selected as the missions’ test targets. They are Alpha Lyrae (Vega), Sigma Draconis, Epsilon Eridani, Alpha Aquilae (Altair) and Tau Ceti.

The UMass Lowell researchers have named the apparatus the Planetary Imaging Concept Testbed Using a Recoverable Experiment – Coronagraph, or PICTURE C.

“PICTURE-C will enable us to image and characterize the disk of dust, asteroids, planets and other debris orbiting the stars and gain a better understanding of the processes and dynamics that formed our solar system,” said Supriya Chakrabarti, a UMass Lowell physics professor who is the director of the university’s new Lowell Center for Space Science and Technology.

The NASA grant is the first major funding for the center, whose researchers study the atmospheres and ionospheres of Earth and the solar system, the Milky Way galaxy and the cosmos.

“The center aims to train the next generation of scientists and engineers through hands-on involvement in all phases of the mission, from instrument development to data analysis,” Chakrabarti said. “We will also mentor and train early career professionals in space astronomy and engineering and promote undergraduate participation in space and technology research.”

Other UMass Lowell members of the PICTURE-C team include Newton resident Timothy Cook, an assistant professor of physics who is leading the project with Chakrabarti; mechanical engineer Jason Martel of Fitchburg; post-doctoral associates Susanna Finn of Somerville and Christopher Mendillo of Brighton; and graduate student Kuravi Hewawasam of Lowell.

In order to capture quality images once the device is airborne, it will be carried aloft by a giant helium balloon to altitudes of about 120,000 feet where it will be above 99.9 percent of the atmosphere that could distort or blur the images. The balloon will enable the instrument to collect data for six to 10 hours, depending on a variety of factors, including wind and other weather conditions, according to Chakrabarti. PICTURE-C’s 2017 mission will be the center’s first balloon flight.

While on its way to the edge of the atmosphere, PICTURE-C will be kept on course by a special Gimbal platform in the balloon’s gondola that can compensate for any unwanted movements and a fine-pointing, optical-control system. The gondola, called Wallops Arc Second Pointer (WASP), was developed and flight-proven by Wallops Flight Facility of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. The device’s optical-control system, which determines where in space the instrument is looking, was designed by Mendillo and Cook, Chakrabarti said.

“This fine-pointing system can provide the coronagraph an accuracy of better than 5 milliarcseconds, which is comparable to that of the Hubble Space Telescope,” Chakrabarti said. Arcseconds measure the apparent angle between two objects in space, with one arcsecond measuring 1/3600 of one degree. A milliarcsecond is one 1,000th of an arcsecond.

At the end of each mission, ground controllers will send a command to release the balloon from the payload, which will then fall to the ground, aided by a parachute that would deploy to ensure its safe landing.

“The PICTURE-C sounding rocket and future stratospheric balloon are great examples of how NASA’s suborbital program develops and tests the technologies that we will need in our future spacecraft,” said Michael Gracia, NASA headquarters program officer for the project. “The development of these particular technologies is necessary on the way to our ultimate goal of discovering an Earth 2.0.”

Other PICTURE-C project collaborators include researchers from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Goddard Space Flight Center, the Space Telescope Science Institute, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, California Institute of Technology and the University of California Santa Barbara.

Knitting and Crocheting

With this technique you can create a double-sided fabric – the right side is always facing out. You’ll work two ride-side rows at the same time: one row is the front of the piece, the other is the back. Worked in two colors, you’ll have the same design on each side, but the colors will be reversed.

In this class you’ll learn the ins and outs of double knitting by knitting a small square that can be used as a coaster or trivet. You will also receive a free pattern for one of Judith’s original double-knit scarves.

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Lowell General Hosts Free Monthly Tdap Vaccine Clinics

Lowell General Hospital is offering free Tdap vaccine clinics open to the public on the first Monday of every month from 5 – 6 pm in the Hanchett Auditorium at the hospital’s main campus located at 295 Varnum Avenue in Lowell, MA.

The Tdap vaccine protects adults and adolescents from tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (also known as whooping cough). It is especially important to be vaccinated if you have close contact with a baby younger than 12 months, including spouses or significant others, grandparents, caregivers, babysitters and even family relatives. Since 2004, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported an average of 3,055 infant pertussis cases and more than 19 deaths each year. The majority of the cases, hospitalizations and deaths occur in infants under 2 months old, who are too young to be vaccinated.

“Whooping cough spreads very easily and is most severe for infants,” says Mark Gilchrist, MD, Chief of Pediatrics at Lowell General Hospital. “The disease is usually spread by coughing or sneezing while in close contact with others. Many infants who catch whooping cough are infected by parents, grandparents, older siblings or caregivers who might not even know they have the disease. Because the vaccine is given over the course of the first few years of life, infants are not able to build up enough immunity at first to protect against whooping cough. This is why it is very important for those who will be in close contact with infants to make sure to get a Tdap vaccine to prevent spreading whooping cough.”

Lowell General Hospital’s free Tdap vaccine clinics are available for adults, including women greater than 20 weeks pregnant with a written request from their doctor. Check with your primary care physician to find out if you have received the Tdap vaccine.

For more information about these clinics, visit lowellgeneral.org or contact Lowell General Hospital’s Community Health and Wellness Department at (978) 788-7224. For more health information and wellness tips, go to lowellgeneral.org, follow us on Twitter @LGHWELL and Like Lowell General Hospital on Facebook.

Sunday Indoor Farmers’ Market

Lowell’s only indoor Farmer’s Market has been up and running since November and will continue until the end of April. Each week there are 20+ farmers, and artisan food producers on hand to sell fresh fruit, vegetables, cheese, meat and snacks. Story Time is at 11:00 for the little kids. A band performs each week and The Luna Theater shows a movie every Sunday at 2:30. The cafe, Coffee and Cotton sells coffee and baked goods. There are several special workshops and events planned throughout the season.

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