MCC’s Historic Nesmith House Decorated and Open to the Public

Middlesex Community College’s historic John Nesmith House, located at 229 Andover St., Lowell, will be decorated for the holidays and open to the public

Middlesex Community College’s historic John Nesmith House in Lowell will be decorated for the holidays and open to the public for “Reflections,” a 20th anniversary celebration, to be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 6 and 7.

A donation of $20 will be asked at the door to benefit the Middlesex Community College Foundation Scholarship Fund. Light refreshments will be served.

Nesmith House was purchased 20 years ago by the MCC Foundation and is gift-leased to the college. Located at 229 Andover St., the 22-room, 1843 Greek Revival/Regency mansion was once a center of social and cultural affairs in Lowell. However, by the early 1990s it was boarded up and had fallen into disrepair.

“Nesmith House was renovated, elegantly decorated and opened to the public as a 1994 Designer Show House,” explained Maureen Spinney, MCC Director of Historic Homes. It opened to popular acclaim and was described as “a reflection of the vitality that is the spirit of Lowell,” she added.

“For ‘Reflections,’ in celebration of the 20th anniversary, we have asked our volunteer floral designers to embellish the marvelous talent and creative expression of those 1994 decorators with fresh greenery and flowers for the holidays,” said Spinney.

John Nesmith (1793-1869), entrepreneur, industrialist and textile manufacturer, designed Nesmith House after his 1840 marriage to Harriet Rebecca Mansur. Nesmith held many elected and appointed offices, including service as Massachusetts Lt. Governor in 1862.

For more information about “Reflections” at Nesmith House, please contact Maureen Spinney at 978-458-3722 or

Artist Textiles: Picasso to Warhol

November 21, 2014 – March 29, 2015

Picasso to Warhol traces the history of 20th century art in textiles. Highlights include work by Georges Braque, Alexander Calder, Marc Chagall, Salvador Dalí, Sonia Delaunay, Raoul Dufy, Barbara Hepworth, Fernand Léger, Henri Matisse, Joan Miró, Henry Moore, Pablo Picasso, Ben Nicholson and Andy Warhol.

The exhibition features examples of key European and American art movements: Fauvism, Cubism, Constructivism, Abstraction, Surrealism and Pop Art; as well as the work of leading fashion designers and manufacturers. Picasso to Warhol shows how ordinary people were once able to engage with modern art in a personal and intimate way through their clothing and home furnishings. With over 200 rare pieces, many of which have never before been on public display in the United States.

Picasso to Warhol was organized by the Fashion and Textile Museum, London.

ATHM is open Wednesday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm.

LGH Earns ‘Top Performer on Key Quality Measures’ Recognition from The Joint Commission

Lowell General Hospital announced it has been recognized as a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States. The hospital was recognized as part of The Joint Commission’s 2014 annual report “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety,” for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. Lowell General Hospital is one of 1,224 hospitals in the United States to achieve the 2013 Top Performer distinction.

The Top Performer program recognizes hospitals for improving performance on evidence-based interventions that increase the chances of healthy outcomes for patients with certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children’s asthma, stroke, venous thromboembolism and perinatal care, as well as for inpatient psychiatric services and immunizations.

To be a 2013 Top Performer, hospitals had to meet three performance criteria based on 2013 accountability measure data, including:

·         Achieving cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures;

·         Achieving performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure where there were at least 30 denominator cases; and

·         Having at least one core measure set that had a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and (within that measure set) all applicable individual accountability measures had a performance rate of 95 percent or above.

“Delivering the right treatment in the right way at the right time is a cornerstone of high-quality health care. I commend the efforts of Lowell General Hospital for their excellent performance on the use of evidence-based interventions,” said Mark R. Chassin, MD, FACP, MPP, MPH, president and CEO, The Joint Commission.

“At Lowell General Hospital, our promise is to deliver Complete connected care,” said Joseph A. White, President, Lowell General Hospital. “This promise means that we are continually striving to provide the highest quality care possible to our patients. By being named a Top Performer, we are able to show our community that we are taking our promise seriously. We have made it a top priority to use evidence-based processes to improve our patient outcomes. I am very proud of our team at Lowell General and am honored that our efforts are being recognized on a national level.”

For more information about the Top Performer program, visit

MCC Biotechnology Programs Receive Highest Industry Rating

Middlesex Community College’s Biotechnology Degree and Certificate Programs have received a 2014 Platinum endorsement – the highest rating – from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Education Consortium (MLSEC), a partnership of the Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation (MassBioEd) and the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council (MassBio).

The 2014 endorsement process is the second time the MLSEC has recognized the contributions community-college programs make in developing a skilled life-sciences workforce across the commonwealth. MCC’s Biotechnology Programs had previously received a Gold endorsement from the MLSEC.

“This new endorsement from the Life Sciences Education Consortium is certainly an honor,” said Middlesex President Carole Cowan. “Biotechnology in Massachusetts is one of the economic engines, and MCC welcomes opportunities to align our college-graduate preparedness with the needs of our workforce partners and industry clusters in the region.”

In 2010, when the MLSEC launched its initial endorsement process, eight community college certificate and degree programs were endorsed. This year, the MLSEC updated its process to capture the new ways programs are evolving to meet the needs of businesses and students, including providing industry-specific career advising, industry-based simulations, and articulation agreements from secondary education and into four-year degree programs. To reflect these expanded criteria, the MLSEC created three, rather than two, levels of endorsement – silver, gold, and platinum.

“This designation shows the dedication our faculty has to our students,” said Kathleen Sweeney, Dean of Health and Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM). “The faculty has worked very hard to ensure our students are meeting industry standards at the highest possible level.”

Promoting the important role community colleges play in developing the life sciences workforce remains a priority for MLSEC. For further information, visit

For more information about MCC’s Biotechnology Programs, contact Kathleen Sweeney, Dean of Health and STEM at or call 978-656-3096.

Middlesex Community College Receives Entrepreneurship Grant

Middlesex Community College was recently awarded a $15,000 grant to help advance entrepreneurship in the community from The Coleman Foundation at the annual conference of the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE).

Middlesex will use grant funds to establish a cross-disciplinary internal team of faculty dedicated to broadening student understanding of, and engagement in, entrepreneurship. MCC will also use funding to expand its current Entrepreneur-in-Residence Program (EIR), and sponsor at least one major entrepreneurship event each semester for students and the community, explained Luciano Sappia, Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship.

“It’s important to give our students all the tools they need to be successful in today’s workforce,” said Sappia. “Having an entrepreneurial mindset is a skill that is highly desired by employers, and it’s one that can be taught. This grant will help our students gain this skill set, no matter what field they are studying.”

A team of eight faculty members representing a variety of the college’s academic divisions will participate in professional-development workshops that will enable them to embed activities that foster innovation and entrepreneurship into many of MCC’s current course offerings, explained Sappia.

MCC’s new EIR program will create a network of successful entrepreneurs from diverse local businesses, as well as other area entrepreneurs, to serve as mentors to the faculty, staff and students. Each EIR will spend designated time on the Lowell campus to provide hands-on education to faculty and students about best practices in entrepreneurship.

Middlesex will sponsor a major entrepreneurship event each semester, including participating in Global Entrepreneurship Week, panel discussions featuring local and student entrepreneurs, and other events sponsored by MCC’s new IDEA Center (Innovation, Development & Entrepreneur Assistance Center).

“The goal is to bring everyone – students, faculty and local entrepreneurs across disciplines – together to network and share their successes and setbacks and to discuss ideas one-on-one,” said Sappia.

The Coleman Foundation is a private, independent grantmaking foundation committed to improving the quality of entrepreneurship education, promoting the option of self-employment, and helping to create a new generation of business owners. For more information, visit

NACCE is an organization of educators, administrators, presidents and entrepreneurs focused on inciting entrepreneurship in their communities and on their campuses. For more information, visit

Middlesex Offers Tutoring for Middle and High School Students

The After-School Tutoring Center at Middlesex Community College provides academic support for middles school and high school students. Tutoring is available by appointment only from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursdays, at MCC’s Bedford campus, 591 Springs Road.

Customized to fit individual needs and learning styles, MCC’s After-School Tutoring Center offers face-to-face and online tutoring sessions for students needing homework help or assistance with special projects. The After-School Tutoring Center can also provide assistance to students interested in working above and beyond grade level.

“Students who have used MCC’s After-School Tutoring Center have seen improvements in their grades after just one session,” said Marci Barnes, MCC’s Program Manager of Community Education and Training.

MCC’s After-School tutoring Center is currently taking appointments in math and language arts. All tutors are Massachusetts state certified middle and high school teachers. Rates for instruction begin at $40 per hour and can be purchased hourly.

For more information about MCC’s After-School Tutoring Center, visit or contact Marci Barnes at or call 781-280-3669.

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.

NSF Funding Powers New Wind-Energy Research Center

LOWELL, Mass. – A new research center led by UMass Lowell and supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation is bringing industry and university experts in wind energy together to solve mutual problems and advance the field.

The Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for Wind Energy Science, Technology and Research (WindSTAR) was established earlier this year with the goal of enhancing research and development in the field of wind energy and providing world-class training to students at the undergraduate and graduate level. After graduation, those students will go on to support and eventually lead in the analysis, design, manufacturing, installation, operation and maintenance of wind-energy systems.

The center will provide a forum for manufacturers of wind turbines and key components, equipment suppliers, service companies and wind-farm owners and operators to work together to solve problems of mutual interest. It will also offer access to top researchers at institutions around the country who will work to advance and support the development of wind-energy systems that offer low-cost energy and high reliability.

Anchoring the new center is UMass Lowell, the lead institution, in partnership with the University of Texas at Dallas. Other collaborating institutions include Iowa State University, Southern Maine Community College, the KidWind Project and the Maine Wind Industry Initiative. The partners will work together on research and education in areas including composites, foundations, towers, manufacturing and design, structural-health monitoring, non-destructive inspection and testing, control systems, energy storage, offshore wind-energy operations and wind-system planning, siting, operations and maintenance.

WindSTAR is funded by a five-year grant from the NSF and support from industrial members. Those members may direct the research program by selecting projects and serving as collaborators and advisers. In the center’s first year, the industrial advisory board members have directed the research teams to work on new techniques for large-area inspection, self-healing materials for failure prevention, optimization techniques to maximize wind-farm power output and modeling techniques to improve wind-blade manufacturing.

“With this award from the NSF, UMass Lowell has become the definitive leader for wind energy research here in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and has established a national reputation for excellence in the field of wind power,” said Christopher Niezrecki, director of WindSTAR and a professor in the university’s Department of Mechanical Engineering. “Between contributions from NSF, the university and industry members, the investment into this one-of-a-kind national center will be more than $620,000 in the first year.”

WindSTAR’s collaborative structure offers companies the opportunity to leverage world-class facilities and expertise, significant resources and funding for cooperative research projects.

New industrial members are encouraged to find out more about the center and to be part of these important new research initiatives. For more information on WindSTAR, visit

River Hawk Homecoming: One Celebration, Every Generation

LOWELL, Mass. – River Hawk Homecoming – the biggest alumni event in UMass Lowell’s history – will bring the university’s graduates together with students, parents, friends and the public for a spirited weekend that will celebrate their ties to the university and each other.

Homecoming events for every generation will showcase River Hawk pride in UMass Lowell’s past, its present as the Commonwealth’s most dynamic public research university, its step up to NCAA Division I athletic competition, its contributions to the Greater Lowell community and its exciting future.

“For the first time in UMass Lowell’s history, we are hosting a Division I Homecoming Weekend. We welcome our alumni, students, staff, families and the community to join with us to celebrate our legacy and our future. It is with great UMass Lowell pride that we invite all to campus for a festival of music, food, fun and so much more,” said UMass Lowell Alumni Relations Director Heather Makrez ’06, ’08.

Events on Friday, Oct. 24 through Sunday, Oct. 26 will spotlight the transforming campus. UMass Lowell has opened 10 new buildings in five years, investing more than $600 million to accommodate a nearly 50 percent increase in enrollment, which now tops 17,000 students. Ranked as one of U.S. News and World Report’s top-tier national universities, UMass Lowell matched its academic excellence by elevating its athletic teams to join its men’s ice hockey squad in NCAA Division I competition.

Two weekend hockey games will bring fans to their feet at Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell. The defending Hockey East Tournament champion River Hawks will face off against the University of Michigan Wolverines on Friday, Oct. 24 and Michigan State University in the Spartans’ debut appearance in Lowell on Saturday, Oct. 25. Both games begin at 7 p.m.

Revving up fans before Saturday’s game, “Hawkey Way” – a free event open to the public – will turn the lawn of the Tsongas Center into a street fair with live performances, games and activities for all ages, a farmer’s market, food, music and more from 2 to 6 p.m.

UMass Lowell men’s soccer and women’s volleyball and field hockey teams will also host games over the weekend. For a schedule of start times and locations, visit Reunions for UMass Lowell classmates, alumni athletic competitions and campus tours will be just some of the other Homecoming activities. For a complete schedule of events, visit Highlights include:

  • 16th annual Jennifer’s 5K Fun Run/Walk, Saturday, Oct. 25, Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. and the race starts at 11 a.m. Participants will explore the city while raising money for the Jennifer D’Amour Scholarship Fund, which supports scholarships for UMass Lowell women’s cross-country and track and field student-athletes. Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell, 300 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Lowell.
  • Then-and-Now Campus Shuttle Tours, Saturday, Oct. 25, 2 to 6 p.m. Alumni, parents and friends are invited to see UMass Lowell’s evolving campus, including the Mark and Elisia Saab Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center, the University Crossing student-engagement center, two new residence halls, the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell, the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center and the Charles J. Hoff Alumni Center. Shuttles will leave every 45 minutes from outside the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell, 300 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Lowell
  • Family Fun Day, Sunday, Oct. 26, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. An autumn classic, this free event includes pumpkin-picking, hayrides and a petting zoo. Children are encouraged to dress in Halloween costumes. Parlee Farms, 95 Farwell Road, Tyngsborough
  • Deans’ Discussions, Friday, Oct. 24, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Alumni celebrating their 40th and 50th reunions will hear from the leaders of UMass Lowell’s Graduate School of Education and College of Engineering about cutting-edge advancements in providing a world-class education to students. The colleges are the direct links to UMass Lowell’s predecessor institutions founded in the 1890s: the Lowell Normal School, a teaching college, and the Lowell Textile School, established to train technicians and managers for the city’s booming textile industry. UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, 50 Warren St., Lowell
  • Golden Alumni Luncheon, Saturday, Oct. 25, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Classmates celebrating their 50th reunion and older alumni will gather to reminisce about their college days and enjoy each other. UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, Junior Ballroom, 50 Warren St., Lowell.

Lowell General Hospital Recognizes Star Performers

(Lowell, Massachusetts) – Lowell General Hospital recognizes employees who exemplify the vision, standards and culture of the hospital as part of its Star Performer of the Month program. Local employees recognized this year include:

Phil Millward of Nashua, NH was named Lowell General Hospital’s Star Performer for July. Phil has been employed at Lowell General Hospital for 10 years and is an integral part of the Facilities team. He has been called a jack-of-all-trades and has been invaluable to various departments throughout the hospital. In addition to his impressive skill base, Phil’s calm demeanor and professionalism truly make him shine.

Nicole Court, MA of Tyngsboro was recognized as August’s Star Performer. Nicole was hired as a medical assistant at Lowell General Hospital’s WomanHealth three years ago after completing her externship with the practice. She played a prominent role as a subject matter expert for the practice during the transition of its electronic medical record system. Nicole is known for her positive, can-do attitude and has been commended both for her dedication and commitment during the transition process.

Anne Slattery, RN, BSN of Chelmsford was named the September Star Performer. Anne has worked at Lowell General for over 22 years as a registered nurse. As an Administrative Coordinator in the Nursing Supervision Department, she oversees the day-to-day patient flow, assists the patient care team and collaborates with Clinical Managers throughout the day. Anne is described as a genuine team player who truly cares for her patients and fellow staff members.

Entrepreneurship Month at UMass Lowell

LOWELL, Mass. – October is Entrepreneurship Month at UMass Lowell, when students will learn entrepreneurial skills from business professionals, faculty mentors and alumni and put their ideas to the test in a variety of competitions.

Students will be introduced to the DifferenceMaker Program at an event on Thursday, Oct. 9 at 6 p.m. Now in its third year, the initiative challenges them to work in teams to develop a product or service that answers a real-world need in business or the community. Teams then pitch their ideas to expert judges, vying for seed money for their ventures. Last year, 70 teams participated in these contests.

Event speakers are expected to include Glenn Morgan ’86, co-owner of SkyWorld Interactive; David Araujo, vice president of Information Systems for DCU; the program’s founder, Steven Tello, UMass Lowell’s associate vice chancellor for entrepreneurship and economic development; and student winners of previous DifferenceMaker competitions. The event will be held in the Perry Atrium of the university’s Mark and Elisia Saab Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center on North Campus at 40 University Ave., Lowell.

In the coming weeks, teams will gain inspiration from the DifferenceMaker Entrepreneurial Speaker Series, which will explore a variety of topics from intellectual property to venture funding. It will begin on Thursday, Oct. 16 at 6 p.m. with a session on how to launch startups in engineering fields.

Beginning this month, student teams may enter one of three semester-long competitions that align with their interests. The final rounds of these contests will be held in December. They are:

  • The DCU Innovation Contest, for students who have developed innovative ideas in banking and finance. Last year’s winners took home $1,500 for their idea to develop a hybrid credit and debit card that allows users to build credit without banks assuming risk. The contest is presented by UMass Lowell’s Manning School of Business and DCU.
  • The Creative Venture Competition, for students who have developed products, programs or business ventures that provide a social service. Last year, the contest awarded $2,500 to the student whose idea for a web platform called DreamLink. The contest is presented by UMass Lowell’s College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.
  • The UMass Lowell Francis College of Engineering Prototyping Competition, a new contest this year that seeks the best prototypes for electrical and mechanical devices, software applications or integrated systems.

In December, students will also have a chance to enter the 2015 DifferenceMaker $35,000 Idea Challenge, which will award cash prizes for winning ideas in a variety of categories during the spring semester.

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