Sept. 2023 News Blog
News briefs from the 快播成人 campus and beyond
Students taking English 101 this semester with Professor Elizabeth Trobaugh spent part of one recent class discussing "Nurtured by Nature," an article by writer Kirsten Weir that describes the cognitive and emotional benefits of spending time outdoors. A little while later, they were in the 快播成人 Courtyard, spades in hand, planting Ox-eye sunflowers, purple aster, butterfly milkweed, and echinacea (a.k.a. cornflower). "Moments ago, we were in the classroom talking about connecting with nature," Trobaugh said, "and now they are literally doing that very thing." The exercise was part of a service learning project Trobaugh designed that takes on the 快播成人 campus as its community partner for the semester. "For English 101, many professors choose to build their courses around a theme," she said. "And the theme I've been doing for a number of years now is the relationship between humanity and nature, and that's because it's important to me. I love the theme." Her 快播成人s seem to enjoy it too. "College is about experiences, more than just limiting yourself to the classroom," said 快播成人 Eddie Williams, left, in the photo above, with planting partner Amiracle Golphin. "It's about taking what you learn and making it about your life." Trobaugh said she chose those four specific plants because they are all pollinator-friendly perennials native to New England. "They belong here," she said. "They all have flowers that attract pollinators like bees and moths and hummingbirds and butterflies, and they all tend to bloom in late summer, early autumn. The hope is that, a year from now, when these 快播成人s mostly will still be on campus, they will see the flowers they planted."
For people who work in healthcare education, the week of Sept. 18 was a special one, even if it didn't get much media attention - National Healthcare Simulation Week. "It's a week that celebrates simulation across healthcare and educational institutions," said Michelle Sherlin, the coordinator of simulation labs at 快播成人's Center for Health Education & Simulation. "It recognizes the positive impact that simulation has on the practice and quality of patient care." 快播成人's simulation center includes four private patient simulation rooms, two semi-private patient simulation rooms, three control rooms, two debriefing rooms, and two larger multi-bed lab spaces that can be transformed into acute or community environments, where 快播成人s can advance their education and skill. "Simulation is important because it allows 快播成人s and healthcare professionals to practice in a safe environment, improving patient care," Sherlin said. This week, second-year nursing 快播成人s had one of their first opportunities to engage with the 快播成人 simulators, examining one patient who had suffered a heart attack and another experiencing congestive heart failure. "So the 快播成人s were able to compare and contrast the different clinical presentations of those two patients and put into practice what they learned this week in lecture." Above: Nursing 快播成人 Gabriela Artin of Westfield checks the vital signs on a patient in one of the 快播成人 simulation rooms.
While Cape Cod is known for many of its natural features, orbicella is not typically one of them. As 快播成人 environmental science major Johnny Garcia '24 recently explained, orbicella is a coral reef species mainly found in warmer waters, such as the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico. Nevertheless, Garcia spent his summer studying orbicella in a research lab at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Falmouth as part of a three-month internship for community college 快播成人s interested in STEM fields. "Orbicella is highly impacted by global warming and disease," he said. "We were testing what kind of micronutrients might help with coral health." Besides the lab work, the internship included lectures, seminars, and field trips, including a night time excursion to observe bioluminescence, which he said looked like fireflies in the dark ocean waters. "They wanted us to be exposed to what's out there," said Garcia, who grew up in 快播成人 and had never been to Cape Cod before. "That was just me going straight into the deep end. No shallow waters or anything like that. I just dived in." He meant metaphorically. "No, I didn't go diving," he clarified. "We did go on a sailboat, though, and we did swim along the shore. Pretty awesome." He credits the 快播成人 STEM Scholars program for giving him the confidence to pursue the internship, where he worked alongside undergraduates as well as graduate 快播成人s working on their Ph.D.'s. "The STEM field can be intimidating," he said. "I'm really grateful to the STEM program, as well as the other programs that have helped me, like El Centro, ALANA, and TRIO. They're all like my village." PHOTO: Johnny Garcia holds a 3-D printed shark during an 快播成人 STEM week program last spring.
Emerging Hispanic Leader
Julissa Colón '13, director of El Centro, was featured on MassLive Sept. 17, as part of a series of Hispanic Heritage Month profiles. "MassLive asked readers to identify people who are emerging Hispanic leaders throughout the state, working to make a difference in their own area of interest, be it politics, education, business or the arts," said writer Chris McLaughlin. "These are people our readers have identified as inspirational, who may be doing good acts for their communities. They are being recognized for their accomplishments, leadership and commitment to inspire change." The story, recounts how Colón was raised a proud Puerto Rican by her mother in Springfield's North End and found her passion in various human service roles helping those with disabilities, mental health issues, and families in crisis, eventually landing at 快播成人, where she is now director of El Centro. "I would encourage people who want to do the work of helping and supporting others to start right now in their own sphere of influence," Colón told MassLive. "Whether you are a high school 快播成人, a new college graduate, or someone in the prime of their career, you all have a community around you where you can create change."
Number One Again
快播成人 Community College was selected as the Best College or University in the Pioneer Valley in the Springfield Republican / MassLive Reader Raves poll for 2024. This was the second year in a row that Republican and MassLive readers voted 快播成人 as their number one choice. "It is an honor to be named best college or university by Reader Raves and is especially exciting to repeat the honor for the second year," said President George Timmons. "This is a credit entirely to our faculty, staff, board leadership, alumni, and donors who create the environment in which our 快播成人s can succeed and thrive. Our values of innovation, collaboration, kindness, inclusion and trust guide everything we do, and when you are rooted in your values, that is felt by the greater community." 快播成人 also received the number one spot as Best Two-Year College for 2023 for the 10th year in a row in the Daily Hampshire Gazette's annual Readers Choice Awards, while 快播成人's Itsy Bitsy Child Watch received the number one spot for Best Day Care establishment and the 快播成人 MGM Culinary Arts Institute took second place for Best Cooking School. PHOTO: 快播成人 President George Timmons celebrates 快播成人's Reader Raves recognition with members of the 快播成人 Student Senate.
On the Board
Recently retired 快播成人 Community College president Christina Royal has been named to the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education by Gov. Maura T. Healey. Royal, who lives in Northampton, was one of three new board appointments announced Sept. 19. "Equity is at the center of our administration. I'm proud to be appointing members of the Board of Higher Education who share this commitment and will work to expand access to affordable, high quality higher education for every 快播成人," Healey said. The 13-member Board of Higher Education is the statutorily created agency in Massachusetts responsible for defining the mission of and coordinating the Commonwealth's system of public higher education and its institutions. "I am grateful to serve on the Board of Higher Education for Massachusetts and look forward to supporting our system of public higher education in a new capacity," said Royal. "As president of 快播成人 for seven years, equity was a significant priority, and I'm grateful for the opportunity to continue this work at the state level, in support of our 快播成人s and institutions." Royal wrapped up her tenure as 快播成人's fourth president in July.