Quincy High Biotech Students Visit Quincy College Lab
December 12, 2013
By Mary Pavlu
December 6, 2013
Thirteen Quincy High School Biotechnical Engineering students were given the opportunity to visit Quincy College’s new biotechnology lab at Saville Hall.
Students involved with the trip, lead by their teacher, Mr. Howard, are enrolled in the school's "Project Lead by the Way" Biotechnical Engineering course.
Chair of the Biotechnology and Compliance Program, Professor Bruce Van Dyke, spoke to students about the program and the biotechnology industry in Massachusetts, conducted various experiments, and lead students through the recently renovated biotechnology lab.
The tour is one of several initiatives through a partnership with Quincy College and the Quincy High School Biotechnical Engineering Programs. Both were awarded grant funding for equipment, future development, and collaboration between the programs.
Joseph Mercurio Appointed VP for Administration & Finance of Quincy College
November 18, 2013
The Quincy Chamber
Higher Education Administration Visionary Joseph Mercurio Appointed Vice President for Administration & Finance of Quincy College
Quincy College welcomes new Vice President for Administration and Finance, Joseph Mercurio. Mr. Mercurio has considerable experience in Higher Education Administration, having spent 38 years at Boston University, the last sixteen of which as the Executive Vice President.
During his tenure, Mr. Mercurio saw the annual budget at Boston University grow from $89 million to over $2 billion. He was in a leadership position in transforming Boston University from a regional commuter school to a nationally ranked research university with a residential student population. He is also recognized as the man who planned and directed the largest expansion of the Boston University campus. He began his association with Boston University in 1973 as Associate Budget Director and, throughout his career served in positions of increasing responsibility, including as Vice President and Comptroller, Vice President of Business Affairs, Senior Vice President and Executive Vice President.
The Board of Trustees named Mr. Mercurio Executive Vice President in January of 1995. His responsibilities included the direction of all non-academic programs and service and support activities of the University, as well as the University’s planning, business and finance functions, human resource functions, insurance management, intercollegiate sports, government and community relations, enrollment management and various commercial activities with which Boston University is associated. It is worthy of note that Boston University achieved annual surpluses during each year of Mr. Mercurio’s tenure.
Mr. Mercurio presided over and gave direction to the planning and development of new facilities for academic, research laboratories, housing, recreational and commercial use, with a value of almost $2 billion. Many of the University’s projects during this period received national acclaim.
President Peter H. Tsaffaras, J.D., President of Quincy College, said “Joseph Mercurio’s extensive experience in administration, finance and operations as well as policy formulation, matches extraordinarily well with those areas which will be under his purview. In addition, his broad experience in innovative institutional expansion and his entrepreneurial vision will make him an invaluable asset as we plan for the future of Quincy College.”
In accepting this appointment Mr. Mercurio stated “I am excited to be joining the leadership team being assembled by President Tsaffaras as Quincy College continues its important educational mission and continues the pursuit of excellence. Quincy College has been a well-kept secret which we hope to reveal to the entire metropolitan area.”
Mr. Mercurio is a graduate of Boston University, holding a BAS in Business Administration. He is a native of Massachusetts and resides in Cohasset, MA.
BU’s Joseph Mercurio Comes Out of Retirement to Join Quincy College
November 18, 2013
Boston Business Journal
By Mary Moore
November 6, 2013
Joseph Mercurio, who retired in 2011 as executive vice president at Boston University, has joined Quincy College as the school's vice president for administration and finance.
Mercurio had been at BU for 38 years, and spent the last 16 as executive vice president.
In a prepared statement, Mercurio said, "Quincy College has been a well-kept secret which we hope to reveal to the entire metropolitan area.”
While Mercurio was at BU, the university's annual budget at BU grew to more than $2 billion from $89 million and he was part of the team that transformed the university from a regional commuter school into a national research institution.
Under his umbrella as executive vice president, Mercurio was responsible for directing all non-academic programs, service and support activities at BU, as well as the planning, business and finance functions, human resources, intercollegiate sports, government and community relations, enrollment management and more.
“Joseph Mercurio’s extensive experience in administration, finance and operations as well as policy formulation, matches extraordinarily well with those areas which will be under his purview. In addition, his broad experience in innovative institutional expansion and his entrepreneurial vision will make him an invaluable asset as we plan for the future of Quincy College,” said President Peter H. Tsaffaras, J.D., President of Quincy College, in a prepared statement.
Mercurio Appointed as College’s New Vice President
November 18, 2013
Quincy College has welcomed Joseph Mercurio as its new vice president for administration and finance.
Mercurio has considerable experience in higher education administration, having spent 38 years at Boston University, the last 16 as executive vice president. During his tenure, Mercurio saw the annual budget at Boston University grow from $89 million to more than $2 billion. He was leader in transforming Boston University from a regional commuter school to a nationally ranked research university with a residential student population. He is also recognized as the man who planned and directed the largest expansion of the Boston University campus.
He began his association with Boston University in 1973, as associate budget director, and throughout his career served in positions of increasing responsibility, including vice president and comptroller, vice president of business affairs, senior vice president and executive vice president.
The B.U. Board of Trustees named Mercurio to the post of executive vice president in January 1995. His responsibilities included the direction of all non-academic programs and service and support activities of the university, as well as the University’s planning, business, finance and human resource functions, insurance management, intercollegiate sports, government and community relations, enrollment management and various commercial activities with which Boston University is associated. During each year of Mercurio’s tenure, Boston University achieved annual surpluses.
Mercurio presided over and gave direction to the planning and development of new facilities for academics, research laboratories, housing and recreational and commercial uses, with a value of almost $2 billion. Many of the University’s projects during this period received national acclaim.
“Joseph Mercurio’s extensive experience in administration, finance and operations, as well as policy formulation, matches extraordinarily well with those areas which will be under his purview. In addition, his broad experience in innovative institutional expansion and his entrepreneurial vision will make him an invaluable asset as we plan for the future of Quincy College,” Quincy College President Peter H. Tsaffaras said.
In accepting this appointment, Mercurio noted, “I am excited to be joining the leadership team being assembled by President Tsaffaras as Quincy College continues its important educational mission and continues the pursuit of excellence. Quincy College has been a well-kept secret, which we hope to reveal to the entire metropolitan area.”
Mercurio is a Massachusetts native and a graduate of Boston University and now lives in Cohasset.
Joseph Mercurio of Cohasset is New Quincy College Exec
November 18, 2013
QUINCY (11/7/2013) —
Quincy College has hired former Boston University vice president and Cohasset resident Joseph Mercurio to be the school’s new administration and finance chief.
Quincy College President Peter Tsaffaras announced Mercurio’s hiring Wednesday. Mercurio left BU in 2011 after 38 years there, including 16 as executive vice president. He will be a vice president at Quincy College.
He succeeds previous Administration and Finance Chief Pushap Kapoor, who retired in January.
Mercurio became BU’s executive VP in 1995, and in the years that followed, he supervised the largest expansion in the school’s history, at both the Charles River campus and the medical school campus. As director of BU’s fundraising campaigns, he raised the university endowment to more than $1 billion.
That “extensive experience” makes Mercurio well-matched for Quincy College, which is planning to consolidate and relocate its classes and offices into the redeveloped Quincy Center, Tsaffaras said.
The college is looking to those plans after spending most of the past decade recovering from mismanagement by a former president and political fractures within the college’s governing board. The board chose Tsaffaras in late 2010 amid those conflicts.
Mercurio said he is excited to join the college’s leadership team. He said the school is “a well-kept secret” of the Greater Boston area.
Mercurio is a BU graduate. Before becoming executive vice president, he rose through the management ranks as associate budget director, assistant vice president and comptroller, vice president for business affairs and senior vice president.
During his years as executive vice president, BU’s annual budget has grown from $89 million to $2 billion.
Director of Library Services Susan Whitehead joins Kingston Public Library Foundation
November 18, 2013
Quincy College's Director of Library Services Susan Whitehead has been invited to become a board member of the Kingston Public Library Foundation. Susan's role on the foundation board will provide an avenue for greater Quincy College visibility with another South Shore community.
Roger White presents at the National Economics Teacher’s Association Convention
November 18, 2013
Roger White, Student Development Specialist and an economics instructor, gave a presentation on "Teaching Microeconomics at the Nano-Level" at the National Economics Teacher's Association convention held Oct. 24th & 25th in Austin, Texas.
Dean Smales leads workshop on Ethics in Accounting at IMA Collaborative Chapter Meeting
November 18, 2013
Dean of Professional Programs Sandra Smales gave a workshop on Ethics in Accounting at the IMA Collaborative Chapter Meeting on October 16. IMA is the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA), an association for accountants and financial professionals working inside organizations.
Quincy College Honored as a Military Friendly School
September 19, 2013
QUINCY — Quincy College has again been recognized for its programs that cater to military members and their families.
For the third straight year, Victory Media has named Quincy College to its list of military-friendly schools. The media group, which focuses on issues related to military personnel returning to civilian life, honors colleges, universities and trade schools for welcoming American military members and their families.
Quincy College, one of 1,868 colleges on this year’s list, offers a veterans discount program, allowing veterans to enroll in either liberal arts or professional program classes at reduced rates. Because the discount program isn’t funded by the government, veterans at Quincy College are still eligible for education benefits through the VA.
Advisers at the college also review transcripts and exam scores to help service members transfer credits. It’s difficult for some military personnel to get degrees because they relocate frequently.
Quincy College, founded in 1958, is a two-year school serving about 4,000 students at its Quincy and Plymouth campuses.
MLSC Joins Quincy College for a New Biotechnology Lab
September 17, 2013
Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Joins Quincy College for the Grand Opening of Its New Biotechnology and Compliance Laboratory.
The Quincy College Biotechnology & Compliance Program unveiled its new laboratory in Saville Hall on August 21, 2013. The Quincy College Biotechnology & Compliance Laboratory will be the main laboratory and educational space for the Biotechnology and Compliance Associate Degree Program and Certificate Program at the College. The Quincy College Biotechnology & Compliance Laboratory was built with funding in-part of a $3-million federal grant from the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant Program, which promotes skills development and employment opportunities in the sciences, and a $100,000 grant from the MLSC.
Quincy College Opens New Biotech Lab
September 17, 2013
By: Patrick Ronan
Job opportunities for biochemists and biophysicists will increase by 31 percent by 2020, the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts.
Quincy College is doing its part to meet the projected need by launching a biotechnology and compliance program at its Quincy Center campus. The college on Wednesday unveiled the 1,600-square-foot laboratory that will serve as the program’s headquarters.
State and city officials joined college leaders for a ribbon-cutting ceremony that marked the lab’s opening.
The new lab “is the culmination of our focus on interaction with both government and private industry to provide education and training for our students that result in employment opportunities,” Quincy College Peter H. Tsaffaras said.
The lab, in Saville Hall, was paid for with money from a $3 million federal grant. The grant will also be put toward curriculum development, the purchasing of equipment and supplies, and additions to the faculty.
The college’s new biotechnology and compliance program, offering associate degrees and certificate training, also got a $100,000 grant from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, a state-funded agency.
To develop the program, the college partnered with several local biotech companies and two schools, Boston University and UMass-Boston.
Quincy Mayor Thomas Koch said the new program can help Quincy as it tries to recruit more businesses in the biotech sector.
“This lab, though it’s a grant directly to Quincy College, has a greater good to the city of Quincy and our economic development,” Koch said.
Quincy College launches New Biotech Program
September 17, 2013
Quincy College held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday to mark the opening of its new biotechnology lab in Quincy Center.
The 1,600-square foot lab, located inside Saville Hall, was built with a $3 million federal grant. The funding will also go toward curriculum development, new equipment and supplies and new faculty members.
In attendance at Wednesday’s ceremony were Quincy College President Peter Tsaffaras, Quincy Mayor Thomas Koch, state Rep. Tackey Chan and Secretary of Housing & Economic Development Gregory Bialecki.
The lab will be used by students in the college’s new Biotechnology & Compliance Program. Boston University and UMass Boston helped Quincy College develop the program.
The $3 million grant was awarded through the federal government’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant Program. In addition, the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center contributed a $100,000 grant toward the new lab.
Quincy College Opens New Biotech Labs
September 17, 2013
By: Don Seiffert
On Wednesday, the brand-new Quincy College Biotechnology & Compliance Program showed off its new, 1,600-square-foot lab headquarters in downtown Quincy.
The lab was built with a $3 million federal grant from the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant Program, and a $100,000 grant from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center. According to Taggart Boyle, spokesperson for the college, it occupies renovated space inside of the college’s Saville Hall.
The program is designed to train students for careers in biotech, an area in which employment has grown 12 times faster in the state than all other forms of employment, according to a recent report by industry group MassBIO. In addition to the laboratory, the grant money will also go to curriculum development, purchasing equipment and supplies and hiring of new faculty members for the program.
“The opening of the Biotechnology and Compliance laboratory is the culmination of our focus on interaction with both government and private industry to provide education and training for our students that result in employment opportunities,” said Peter Tsaffaras, president of Quincy College, in a statement.
Quincy College says it will be the first to integrate a virtual lab in its biomanufacturing program, where students can learn to program and operate equipment on-line and in 3D in preparation for hands-on training. The U.S. Department of Labor gave the college $450,000 for the virtual lab.
The college has partnered with a slew of local organizations, including Shire Human Genetic Therapies, Lonza Biologics, Xcellerex and Millennium Pharmaceuticals Inc., a Takeda company, all of which helped develop the program. Educational partners include Boston University and UMass Boston, which will admit biotech students into bachelor degree programs to continue their studies.
Quincy College at the Forefront of Biotechnology and Compliance Training
September 17, 2013
New Biotechnology and Compliance Laboratory Grand Opening
Quincy, MA (08/21/13) – The Quincy College Biotechnology & Compliance Program will unveil its new laboratory in Saville Hall on August 21, 2013. The Quincy College Biotechnology & Compliance Laboratory will be the main laboratory and educational space for the Biotechnology and Compliance Associate Degree Program and Certificate Program at the College.
The Quincy College Biotechnology & Compliance Laboratory was built with funding in-part of a $3 million federal grant from the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant Program, which promotes skills development and employment opportunities in the sciences, and a $100,000 grant from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, the state-funded agency tasked with implementing the state’s 10-year, $1-billion Life Sciences Initiative, to train students for careers in the biotechnology industry. In addition to the Quincy College laboratory, funds are slated to assist curriculum development, purchasing equipment and supplies, hiring of new faculty members and other changes.
“Supporting innovation propels our economy forward and prepares our citizens for the 21st century global marketplace,” said Governor Deval Patrick. “Our innovation economy relies on a well-educated, well-skilled workforce, and Quincy College’s new Biotechnology & Compliance Laboratory will expand opportunity and grow jobs in communities throughout the Commonwealth.”
"The Patrick Administration has developed and implemented a consistent, effective economic strategy that promotes government, business, and academic collaboration to help grow our innovation economy and to create economic opportunity for all,” said Greg Bialecki, Secretary of Housing and Economic Development and Co-Chair of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Board of Directors. “Quincy College’s new laboratory will ensure continued development of our workforce pipeline in the life sciences sector and is a great example of what this type of active, cross-sector partnerships can achieve."
Quincy College’s federal and state grant awards follow closely on the heels of the City of Quincy’s initiative to bring more life sciences companies into the city, which is well-placed to be an industry hub.
“Quincy College is standing at the forefront of a great emerging sector of our economy with this Biotechnology lab, it is a great testament to the College's commitment to providing educational opportunity in fields that are in the heart of our future,” said Thomas P. Koch, Mayor of the City of Quincy.
Following industry trends, the College’s Biotechnology and Compliance Program will prepare students with the skills required to immediately enter the biomanufacturing industry in areas of the biotech sector where there is a pressing need for workers. Furthermore, Quincy College will be the first college to integrate a virtual lab in its biomanufacturing program. This innovative on-campus training was funded in part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance initiative federal grant in which the United States Department of Labor gave the college $450,000 to develop virtual single-use biomanufacturing labs. Students will learn to program and operate the equipment on-line in preparation for hands-on training. There will be built-in breakdown scenarios where the student will need to apply problem solving skills as well as exams to test their knowledge. Additionally, all equipment images will be in 3D to enable students to better grasp their complexity.
“The opening of the Biotechnology and Compliance laboratory is the culmination of our focus on interaction with both government and private industry to provide education and training for our students that result in employment opportunities,” said Peter H. Tsaffaras, J.D., President of Quincy College.
The renovated laboratories at Quincy College have been updated with new equipment that accommodates training in the emerging single-use biomanufacturing technology as well as the traditional technology. Partnerships with public workforce leaders such as the Jewish Vocational Services, South Shore Workforce Investment Board, South Coastal Career Development Administration, Boston Private Industry Council, and Boston, Quincy, and Plymouth One Stop Career Centers will address issues such as student barriers to education, including financing, college entrance skills, transportation, and English language acquisition. Other educational institutions that have partnered with Quincy College, namely Boston University and UMass Boston, will admit biotech students into bachelor degree programs to continue their studies.
“Congratulations to Quincy College on the grand opening of its new laboratory,” said Dr. Susan Windham-Bannister, Ph.D., President & CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center. “Institutions like Quincy College play major roles in training the next generation of our state’s life sciences workforce, and they ensure that training for innovation economy jobs is inclusive and available all across the state. A key strategy of the Life Sciences Center is to use our capital dollars to enable the creation of unique resources that are available to the Massachusetts life sciences community, and Quincy College’s new facility is a great example of that.”
As part of the grants, Quincy College has partnered with industry leaders and workforce developers in an effort to further market the College’s biotechnology programs, recruit students, and assist in placing students in internships and hiring program graduates. Key industry stakeholders include the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, the Massachusetts Biotechnology Education (MassBioEd) Foundation, Shire Human Genetic Therapies, Lonza Biologics, Xcellerex (a GE company), and Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (a Takeda Company). The College’s biotechnology and compliance training program was designed in conjunction with these industry advisors to ensure that program graduates make a smooth transition into the workforce.
“This is an exciting day for Quincy College. This state-of-the-art laboratory will help the College further its commitment to preparing students for success in the biotech industry,” said U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren. “I’m pleased grants from the U.S. Department of Labor and the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center helped make this effort possible. This is a great example of how investments in education can support opportunities for students and strengthen Massachusetts' position as a global leader in life sciences, biotech research and the innovation economy.”
“Massachusetts is on the cutting edge of biotechnology research and development, and Quincy College's new Biotechnology and Compliance Laboratory will be a biotech beacon for innovation and excellence,” said U.S. Senator Ed Markey. “Students will receive state-of-the-art training, and Massachusetts companies will benefit from highly-skilled workers who will fuel an industry that is making huge strides in treatment for debilitating diseases. I applaud Quincy College and the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center for their commitment to continuing the Bay State's leadership in the biotech sector."
“Massachusetts continues to grow as a biotechnology hub, and with this initiative Quincy College offers an incredible, well-timed opportunity to those from Quincy and the South Shore to enter this exciting field,” said Massachusetts State Senator John F. Keenan.
“This program and laboratory brings Quincy College into the 21st Century in educating students in an additional field to compete in today’s job market,” said Massachusetts State Representative Tackey Chan.
Founded in 1958, Quincy College is a two-year, municipally affiliated college serving approximately 4,600 students at campuses located in Quincy and Plymouth, Massachusetts. The college is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, and is licensed by the Board of Higher Education of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to grant the degrees of Associate in Arts and Associate in Science. The college offers 31 associate degree programs and 12 certificate programs in a variety of disciplines, including those within Liberal Arts, Natural Science & Health Sciences, Professional Programs, and Nursing. The college draws a diversity of students from the greater Boston area as well as over 100 countries around the world. More information can be found online at http://www.quincycollege.edu.
Bruce Van Dyke
Chair: Biotechnology and Compliance
Quincy College Academic Division of Natural and Health Sciences
24 Saville Avenue, Quincy, MA 02169
Quincy Biotech Lab has Grand Opening
September 17, 2013
By: Chris Reidy
The Quincy College Biotechnology & Compliance Program has unveiled its new laboratory in Saville Hall, and the lab will be the main laboratory and educational space for the Biotechnology and Compliance Associate Degree Program and Certificate Program at the College.
Among the funding the lab received was a $100,000 grant from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, the state-funded agency tasked with implementing the state’s 10-year, $1-billion Life Sciences Initiative.
A press release about the unveiling ceremony included a statement from Governor Deval Patrick.
“Supporting innovation propels our economy forward and prepares our citizens for the 21st century global marketplace,” Patrick said. “Our innovation economy relies on a well-educated, well-skilled workforce, and Quincy College’s new Biotechnology & Compliance Laboratory will expand opportunity and grow jobs in communities throughout the Commonwealth.”
Quincy College’s federal and state grant awards follow closely on the heels of the City of Quincy’s initiative to bring more life sciences companies into the city.
“Quincy College is standing at the forefront of a great emerging sector of our economy with this Biotechnology lab, it is a great testament to the College’s commitment to providing educational opportunity in fields that are in the heart of our future,” Quincy Mayor Thomas P. Koch said in a statement.
Quincy College ends it with some laughs
June 3, 2013
As he spoke at Quincy College’s spring commencement Saturday, college President Peter Tsaffaras said the degrees the graduates would soon receive were much more than just a piece of paper. “It is my firm belief that education is a passport that allows you to travel through to reach your achievements,” Tsaffaras said. “Today, I am proud to say, you have earned that passport.” Tsaffaras’ message was particularly fitting for the nearly 300 graduates sitting before him Saturday, considering the school’s sizable international population representing more than 120 countries. Flags from many of those countries were on display at commencement, which was held in the Boston Marriott Quincy ballroom. Leyla Kaiser, who is from Germany and currently living in Scituate, was ready to close one chapter of his life and move on to another. “I’m excited – it’s my first ceremony,” said Kaiser, who graduated with an associate degree in English. “I’m proud of myself. I’m going to Bridgewater State University next fall to continue my studies.” Commencement speaker Steve Sweeney, an entertainer and comedian, brought a light-hearted touch to the ceremony. He also reminded the graduates that their contributions to the world, no matter how small, are significant and have an impact. “A small difference turns into a big difference,” said Sweeney, a Quincy resident who teaches creative writing at the college. “If you give back, you’re going to have a meaningful, fun life. You’re going to look back and say, ‘I didn’t waste it.’ ”
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Life Sciences Center awards $9.35M in grants
April 8, 2013
By: Ira Kantor
The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center today announced more than $9.35 million in grants to support life-sciences-related capital projects in the Greater Boston region.
Boston Children’s Hospital will receive $4 million and another $5 million will go to Harvard Medical School to fund major lab renovation projects. The MLSC will also award grants to Bunker Hill Community College, Quincy College and Regis College for projects related to life sciences training and education.
Through the MLSC, Massachusetts is investing $1 billion over 10 years in the state’s life sciences sector, officials said.
The $4 million grant awarded to Boston Children’s Hospital will help build the Children’s Center for Cell Therapy and support new equipment and facility renovation that will allow additional cell culturing facilities and a robotics area designed to perform highly specialized chemical screening on stem cells, officials said. The CCCT will be a specialized center focused on developing novel stem cell therapies for untreatable or incurable diseases.
With its $5 million grant, Harvard Medical School plans to create a Laboratory of Systems Pharmacology, which is designed to provide better clinical trial information in the drug development process.
Bunker Hill Community College will receive $200,000 to support the expansion of its biotechnology program, while Quincy College received $100,000 to develop its new Certificate of Science program in biotechnology and compliance as well as purchase new equipment for biomanufacturing.
Regis College was awarded $50,000 to allow the college to “develop an analysis of needed resources and their implementation in order to maintain Regis’ cutting edge education in the life sciences,” officials said.
Quincy College receives biotech grant
February 9, 2013
By: Jessica Bartlett
Quincy College has received a $100,000 grant through the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center to help train students in biotechnology.
The grant complements a $3 million federal grant in October 2012 and will help the college launch a biotechnology certificate program this fall. According to a release, the $100,000 will help the school develop curricula, renovate laboratories, and hire faculty. “These funds will allow us to purchase equipment and supplies that will help us train our students in the fine art of biomanufacturing and prepare them for direct entry into the workforce,” said Laura Corina, dean of natural and health sciences. The program is occurring alongside a city initiative to bring biotech companies into the city.
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Quincy College hosts Michael Dukakis for discussion
December 10, 2012
By: Jessica Bartlett
Quincy College hosted former Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis Thursday at the Crane Public Library.
Quincy College President Peter H. Tsaffaras presented Governor Dukakis with the "Distinguished Speaker" award for his outstanding work and accomplishments in government, and dedication to the advancement of higher education at Quincy College.
“We are excited to have been able to bring such a distinguished national figure to Quincy College,” said Dr. Henry Rubin, Dean of Liberal Arts at Quincy College. "Through events such as this, we are creating a public space where students and the citizens of the South Shore can engage in the civic discourse that is fundamental to a healthy democracy."
Quincy College receives $2,000 security grant
November 20, 2012
By: Jessica Bartlett
Quincy College has received $2,000 in a “School Security Grant” through the office of Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey.
Part of the second annual School Safety Grant program, the grant enables the district attorney’s office to use seized drug money into programs that make schools in Norfolk County safer.
“Our schools need to be safe places, places of refuge in order to be effective places of learning,” Morrissey said. “Taking money that was forfeited by drug dealers and thugs and making capital improvements to the public schools in Norfolk County that make them safer and more secure – I consider that an excellent use of that money.”
Last year alone, Morrissey’s office gave out $21,000 for matching grants of up to $3,000 each. This year, the office offered direct grants to area schools.
Quincy College applied for the grant money, which will be used for door locking mechanisms that better control who is entering its buildings.
“We share with District Attorney Morrissey a commitment to ensuring the safety and security of the College for the several thousand students who come here every day seeking a safe and secure environment in which to learn and improve themselves,” said college President Peter H. Tsaffaras in a release. “We greatly appreciate this grant as it helps us further our ongoing efforts to enhance campus safety, and we look forward to working with District Attorney Morrissey’s office in the future on items of mutual importance.“
Quincy College isn’t the first school in the city to receive improvements from such funds.
In October, Morrissey awarded $2,000 to the Broad Meadows Middle School, Lincoln Hancock, and Squantum Elementary Schools for security cameras.
Last year, the district attorney’s office also funded $3,000 of a $6,500 project to install security cameras for external surveillance at Clifford Marshall and Snug Harbor elementary schools as well as at Sterling, Atlantic, and Point Webster middle schools.
According to a release, all grants were drawn on funds seized during narcotics trafficking investigations. Money was subsequently forfeited by drug dealers during court proceedings.
Quincy College program focuses on integrity
November 8, 2012
By Jessica Bartlett
Quincy College on Wednesday hosted a presentation and book signing by Dr. David Callahan, author of "The Cheating Culture: What More Americans are Doing Wrong to Get Ahead."
His text is the primary text of this year's Quincy College Common Reader Project 2012-2013, in which the college picks one book for the entire campus to read.
In addition to the keynote presentation by the author, each semester there are events, such as brown-bag lunch discussions, and in-class assignments which further integrate the Common Reader Project into all facets of the community.
According to college officials, the purpose of the program is to encourage academic discussion and intellectual engagement surrounding a specific topic each year. This year's topic is integrity.
“We are pleased to have David Callahan give the inaugural lecture for the Common Reader program. His book has helped our first year students and the entire college community to articulate what a culture of integrity, at Quincy and beyond, should look like,” says Dr. Henry Rubin, Dean of Liberal Arts at Quincy College.
Dr. David Callahan is co-founder of Demos, a public policy institute based in New York City where he is a Senior Fellow. His book inspired the website CheatingCulture.com.
Since publishing "The Cheating Culture," David has appeared at colleges and universities around the country to discuss issues of ethics and academic integrity. He has also spoken to numerous business groups and appeared on dozens of television and radio programs to comment on high-profile scandals in sports, business, and academia.
Additional information about David and his work can be found at http://www.cheatingculture.com.
Quincy College gets $2.9M for biotechnology training
September 20, 2012
By Jack Encarnacao
The Patriot Ledger
Quincy College has been awarded a $2.9 million federal grant to train students in the biotechnology industry.
U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis announced Wednesday $500 million in grants to 54 community colleges and universities around the country for the development and expansion of training programs.
Quincy College received $2,995,441 for its biotechnology and compliance program.
The school will offer an associate of science program in biotechnology and compliance and a one-year certification program in biotechnology and compliance.
According to the college’s federal application, the program will integrate virtual laboratories into an evidence-based, blended-learning approach.
It will combine training on traditional manufacturing technology with emerging, in-demand technology.
Program partners from the biotechnology industry will provide paid internships to program students in the field.
“The resulting program credentials will meet the Boston area’s growing demand for specialized middle-skills technicians, as well as the area’s need for jobs for displaced workers,” the application reads.
The funding stems from the federal Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant Program, which was authorized in 2009.
The 2010 Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act included $2 billion over four years to fund the program.
The program provides eligible institutions with money to expand and improve education and career training programs for employment in high-wage, high-skill occupations.
Business and math instructor Walter Correa retires from teaching after a long and illustrious career
September 12, 2012
After graduating from Plymouth High School as Vice President of the class of 1948, Walter Correa worked at Plymouth Cordage Company from 1950 to 1957.
He worked as a laborer in all departments of the mill and the last couple of years he worked in the office. Almost 50 years later he would return to the Plymouth Cordage Company buildings to teach at Quincy College Plymouth.
Correa earned an undergrad degree from Boston University at the age of 43 and a Master of Education degree at Suffolk University 2 years later. He taught at Plymouth Carver High from 1973 to 1985, was Town Accountant in Carver for 3 years, and returned to Plymouth North High School from 1994 to 2006 as a substitute teacher. While there, he business-managed six musical productions as well as drama directing The Music Man. He has conducted a tax accounting business licensed by the IRS for 60 years and is also a licensed insurance broker with 57 years of service.
He taught at Cape Cod Community College for 22 years evenings and taught at Bridgewater State College for 6 years. Since 2006, he has taught business and math courses at Quincy College, which he states is his “favorite educational institution”. He has also been a tutor at QC.
He has 4 children, 6 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. He has been the organist for the Freemasons for 33 years, a volunteer at his daughter's first grade class in Halifax, a volunteer usher for the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra, and head lector at St. Mary Church in North Plymouth.
Correa is the embodiment of the saying “Education is the passport that allows one to travel through and navigate our society.” He has done so much for so many people, and we are truly in awe of his accomplishments and service. He will definitely be missed at Quincy College.
Quincy College, Senior Center partner in programs at new Senior Center
August 17, 2012
By Rich Harbert
Wicked Local Plymouth
It started with a collaboration to determine the future needs of local senior citizens.
It has quickly evolved into a partnership that will pair college students and retirees in a lifelong learning environment.
Once the new senior center opens at 44 Nook Road in December, Quincy College hopes to begin holding regular classes in a lecture room just off the main entrance.
The college is exploring a plan to offer classes that seniors can audit for no credit. The college also expects to offer a variety of full credit courses that will allow students in geriatric courses to interact with seniors.
The still-evolving partnership began earlier this year when students in Professor Kenneth Texeira’s psychology class designed and implemented a four-page survey to collect information on the needs and interests of senior citizens and caregivers.
The survey, sponsored by the Friends of the Plymouth Council on Aging and the Council, itself, was mailed to a random sample of Plymouth residents age 50 and older in hopes of maximizing use of the new senior center.
The survey asked residents to indicate their preferences for a variety of activities, from fitness and social recreation to arts and crafts and technology lessons, from health and wellness and support groups to continuing education and financial and legal consultation.
Texeira’s students mailed 5,000 surveys to residents over the summer. More than 1,100 residents responded. Another 150 or so interested residents completed surveys online.
Director of Elder Affairs Conni DiLego said the survey will help the senior center earn accreditation from the National Council on Aging. That accreditation would raise the standards of offerings and help the center secure grants in the future.
Stacks of responses sit in Texeira’s office awaiting final tabulations and assessment, but the preliminary results suggest a strong interest in continuing education.
The Council on Aging expects to meet some of that need through collaboration with students and teachers at the adjacent Plymouth North High School. The partnership with Quincy College will provide additional offerings.
Texeira and DiLego are working on a series of symposia on topics of special interest to seniors. Topics in the series will include elder abuse, grief and bereavement, late-developing alcoholism and bullying. Texeira said the college is exploring general education course offerings that seniors could attend without having to take tests.
Students enrolled in the college would benefit from working side by side with seniors.
Texeira said it is possible the college might also extend course openings to students at Plymouth North High School as well.
Not everyone is enamored with the plans.
DiLego is catching some heat from seniors for designating the lecture hall on the main floor of the new senior center.
The room had originally been designed as a billiards room, but she said consultations with other centers in the area indicate billiards tables look nice, but are largely underutilized. The Council currently plans to place a foosball table and a smaller billiards table in a room in the basement of the building instead.
There are currently about 12,000 people 60 or older living in Plymouth.
The Senior Center in Cordage Park gets about 1,000 visits a week from approximately 500 individuals. DiLego expects those numbers to double within three months of the opening of the new center.
Read the article at Wicked Local Plymouth»
QC Biotechnology Program on QATV
July 27, 2012
Bruce Van Dyke, Chair of Biotechnology and Compliance at Quincy College, talks about the college's new program and its collaboration with the City of Quincy in attracting new biotechnology companies to Quincy.
Certificate programs increasing in popularity
May 6, 2012
By Sarah Shemkus
Yumeri Gonzalez got the phone call at 3:45 p.m. All she had to do was reshuffle her work schedule, arrange for child care, and fight traffic to make it to Salem State University by 6 p.m., and she would get a seat in the medical assistant program for which she had been wait listed.
Gonazlez, 31, made it. Now, six months later, she is working as a medical assistant in a pediatric office in Malden. The certificate she earned at Salem State allowed her to advance from her former job as a medical office clerk and increase her pay by almost $10,000 per year.
“I enjoy it more,’’ she said. “I’m helping and working with the patients more closely - and the money is better.’’
Health care is just one of several fields in which short-term certificate programs can help workers establish or advance careers. More schools, from community colleges to elite private universities, are offering certificate programs, with the most popular preparing students for work in growing fields such health care, elder care, and specialized Web design.
Harvard University Extension School, for example, started offering certificate courses for the first time last fall. Interest has been strongest so far in the strategic management certificate, a business-focused program that offers classes in economics, dealing with crisis and conflict, and team management, said Michael Shinagel, extension school dean.
Also popular, he said, are the sustainability certificate, which teaches students to design and implement environmentally friendly practices, and the Web technologies program, which offers hands-on classes in website development.
“The certificates were created in response to interest from students who didn’t need a full degree program,’’ Shinagel said.
Certificate programs have become more popular in recent years because they offer a way to advance skills and careers without spending the time and money to obtain a degree. While a bachelor’s degree typically takes at least four years to earn, and an associate’s degree at least two, certificate programs can often be completed in a year or less.
The cost is lower too. At Salem State, for example, one year in a full-time degree program costs $7,700; complete certificate programs can cost as little as $1,000.
A certificate, of course, is not equivalent to a degree, and employers may still prefer an associate’s, bachelor’s, or graduate degree. But certificate programs are excellent options for people with jobs and families who want to take a first step toward a degree or learn specific skills to further their careers.
“A certificate program really helps with career enhancement,’’ said Philip DiSalvio, dean of University College at University of Massachusetts Boston. “It’s a fairly easy way to get the knowledge.’’
In addition, certificate programs are often attuned to changes in the job market and geared toward industries with strong demand for workers. In fall 2013, pending approval by the Board of Governors, Quincy College is adding a new certificate program in biotechnology and compliance, to help meet the workforce needs of growing biomedical and pharmaceutical industries.
“We’re always looking for the next certificates,’’ said school spokesman Taggart Boyle. “We keep up with the market trends.’’
The program will include laboratory classes in life and chemical sciences, as well as training in biomanufacturing and industry practices. Graduates can find jobs as manufacturing, quality control, or instrumentation technicians, according to the school.
Programs in health care, which seems to always have openings for qualified candidates, are perennially popular, said Andrea Swirka, associate director of professional and community enrichment programs at Salem State. She pointed to the college’s clinical medical assistant program - which Gonzalez attended - as well as courses training phlebotomists, who draw blood, and pharmacy technicians. The courses are generally at or near capacity.
“It’s because that’s where the jobs are,’’ said Swirka. “There are jobs opening up in nursing homes and hospitals and physicians groups, and that’s just going to keep increasing.’’
Online programs, which give students greater flexibility and more options, are also becoming common. UMass Boston offers 23 online certificate programs, up from 17 five years ago.
With the growth in the elderly population, programs in gerontology are “very big,’’ said UMass Boston’s DiSalvio. The school offers two undergraduate certificates and two graduate certificates in specialties related to gerontology, all available online.
The undergraduate certificates prepare students for jobs such as case management or admissions at nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and home care agencies. The graduate certificates offer specialized training for nurses and others already working with aging populations.
The university has also seen strong interest in its online program in instructional technology design, DiSalvio said. The program teaches students to create interactive, multimedia teaching tools and develop curriculum - skills that are in growing demand as online education becomes more mainstream.
Connecticut resident Ken Carlson enrolled in the program as a way to combine his interest in education with his experience as a graphic designer, and take his career in a new direction. He had considered a more traditional graduate program, but realized it would be hard to work around the demands of his job as a graphic designer at a pharmaceutical company.
Carlson has completed three of five courses required for the certificate, and already finds his new knowledge useful at his job, where he is helping build internal training modules. When he finishes, he intends to continue on to the university’s master’s program in instructional design. “The trend in corporate America and in education systems is definitely going online,’’ he said.
Across the board, college officials agreed, it is pragmatism that drives interest in certificate programs, as students seek out practical instruction in fields with promising futures.
That’s true for Gonzalez, the medical assistant. Beyond the professional satisfaction and improved earnings, the Malden resident is also less anxious about her career prospects.
“I am more marketable now,’’ she said. “There are medical assistant jobs everywhere. I can pretty much work anywhere.’’
Quincy College’s Tsaffaras poised to take the plunge, again
February 26, 2012
This will be the third time in two years that the Quincy College president will participate in a plunge for charity. Tsaffaras has participated in the John Hancock Birthday Polar Plunge at Wollaston Beach in Quincy two years in a row, most recently last month.
This will be his first dive in to benefit the Jordan Hospital Club Cancer Center. For more information, visit http://www.jordanspolarplunge.com.
Quincy College: Focused on Teaching & Learning, One Student at a Time
January 26, 2012
By Peter H. Tsaffaras, President of Quincy College
The Quincy Sun - January 26, 2012
As the new semester begins, Quincy College is on the move, both literally and figuratively. The College is moving out of Temple Hall and Newport Hall and into President’s Place in downtown Quincy (1250 Hancock Street), as well as continuing to expand our Plymouth campus. Beginning last week and continuing through the end of July, these changes will make additional space available for classrooms and labs in Saville Hall, which will now become home to the Academic Division of Natural & Health Sciences. At the same time, we are working with the Street Works team to build a new facility for Quincy College in the new Quincy Center for occupancy in the summer or fall of 2016.
In addition, the Plymouth campus is continuously expanding to meet the needs of a growing student body in Plymouth County. We have coordinated with UMASS Boston to utilize space and classrooms at their campus in Cordage Park in Plymouth, which is contiguous to ours. Recently added facilities include new offices, bright classrooms, a state of the art science lab, and new nursing labs.
As important as these brick and mortar improvements are, and they are important, Quincy College is definitely on the move in a more figurative sense. As you may be aware, at Quincy College our motto is, “Focused on Teaching & Learning, One Student at a Time.” As such, everything that we do is focused upon teaching and learning and the primacy of the teaching/learning relationship. During the last year we have oriented the entire institution in support of furthering this teaching and learning relationship. In these economic times, when many of our peer institutions are cutting labor costs, Quincy College has increased the size of the full-time faculty by approximately 20%. At the same time, we have reached out to part-time faculty by increasing their salary to more competitive levels and incorporating them more fully into the academic divisions in which they teach. We have dramatically upgraded the support and technology in the classroom, providing full-time faculty with new laptop computers to improve the teaching experience. Each of the four academic divisions is headed by a Dean who possesses an earned doctorate and all of whom spend time teaching in the classroom each week. We have increased the size of the library staff by 50%, extended the hours that our libraries are open to our students, and built a totally new full-service library on the Plymouth campus.
In concentrating on teaching and learning, Quincy College’s emphasis is our students. We have increased the technology available to our students on campus as well as from home. We have implemented online registration, expanded international student services, re instituted an athletics program, and increased student activities and support services. In addition, we have created a position of Director of Military and Veteran’s Services to reach out to our veterans and their dependents.
None of these positive changes could occur without the support and cooperation of countless individuals both within the institution and in the community. The Board of Governors, under the leadership of Chairman William S. Grindlay, is second to none in terms of their positive attitude and commitment to Quincy College. Further, since the day I took office Mayor Thomas Koch’s sole concern has been how the city government can be of assistance to the College. The same goes for the members of the City Council who, both individually and as a group, have been very supportive of our efforts.
Enrollment is strong and continues to grow each semester. Today, we have approximately 4,600 students by headcount, which equals approximately 3,100 full time students. As Quincy College continues to grow, we will remain focused on teaching and learning by updating our academic offerings, developing new academic programs, and increasing student engagement and retention. I welcome you to take a class with our dedicated faculty and discover why students choose Quincy College for a high quality, affordable education. Here at Quincy College people often hear me say, “Education is the passport that allows one to travel through and navigate our society.” I am proud to say that now, more than ever, Quincy College is here to assist people in earning that passport.
6th annual John Hancock Birthday Plunge
January 21, 2012
Even with weather in the low 20s and snow on the ground, locals made it to Wollaston Beach in Quincy Saturday, where they participated in the sixth annual John Hancock Polar Plunge.
By: Jessica Bartlett
This was the second consecutive year President Tsaffaras braved the elements and took the polar plunge which benefits Interfaith Social Services. If you have not already done so, there’s plenty of time to pledge a contribution to Interfaith Social Services on his behalf as a swimmer. You can make a contribution thru January 31 by sending your contribution to Donna Brugman in Room 106 in the Saville Building. Interfaith Social Services is very gracious and appreciative for the contributions made by the Quincy College community.
Click here to view photos from the 6th Annual John Hancock Birthday Plunge.
Quincy College president making his mark
November 10, 2011
First-year Quincy College president Peter Tsaffaras has made himself a big man on campus by showing up big time.
By: Robert Knox
First-year Quincy College president Peter Tsaffaras has made himself a big man on campus by showing up big time. After taking the college’s top job in January, the former state policy maker began going to the school gym, talked one-on-one to teachers, and held “president unplugged’’ sessions to which all college community members are invited.
Being visible on campus works two ways. Not only is the new president seen, he sees.
On his way to a wellness program at the school fitness center, Tsaffaras noticed students lining up in front of the school library, waiting for the doors to open at 8 a.m. He learned the line was fed by their need to use the library’s printer before going to their early morning classes.
How to improve the college experience for his students? Open the library a half-hour earlier. They can now print out their work and get to their classes on time.
A community college awarding two-year degrees, with an enrollment of nearly 4,700 students, Quincy College chose Tsaffaras, a former governing board member, after a long and controversial search. After another candidate turned down the job because of the board’s divisions, a revamped board offered Tsaffaras a shot.
As a deputy commissioner for the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, Tsaffaras had the opportunity to observe “about 100 presidents close up. I use something every day that I learned,’’ he said in a recent interview at his office in a building on Saville Avenue, one of three Quincy sites that house college facilities.
While Tsaffaras has long-range plans for Quincy College - he calls it “putting things in place that won’t come to fruition for 20 years’’ - some changes and improvements can be made in the short range.
For full-time faculty: new laptop computers at the start of the semester.
For part-time (or adjunct) faculty: more money. The part-time faculty members, who provide most of the classroom teaching at Quincy College as they do in most colleges, deserved more recognition, Tsaffaras said. He increased the per-course pay rate of part-time teachers with 10 years experience by $500, up from $2,000 per course. All part-timers will receive $100 per-course increases for six consecutive semesters.
“He wants to pay people what they deserve, as opposed to pinching pennies,’’ said Glen Gaudreau, recently promoted to full-time status as a science instructor after teaching as a part-timer for 23 years. “He respects adjuncts.’’
For students, improved facilities: 24-hour printing portals in all buildings and information screens throughout the campus showing updates such as class cancellations. New simulation labs and 13,000 square feet of new instructional space for the school’s popular nursing program. And a senior administrator on duty during evening classes, in case registration or other problems come up.
“He turned around the tech support program completely,’’ said math teacher Paul Felker. “He got the Xerox machines working.’’
For the college’s growing Plymouth campus, located in Cordage Park: new science labs and the campus’s first library.
Changes came for administrators, too: required classroom teaching for everyone - administrators, senior faculty, curriculum coordinators, deans.
“At first I was wondering how to fit this into my schedule,’’ said Mary Burke, dean of the Plymouth campus. But now, she said last week, teaching her biology class is “the favorite part of Friday.’’ It helps her do her job as dean as well. “Because I do know the students, I hear their concerns.’’
Members of the college community say the president’s active involvement in day-to-day issues raised morale throughout an institution that has done well in attracting students to its workplace-oriented programs, but sometimes appeared to be drifting.
“Quincy College was a magnitude, not a vector,’’ said Felker, who added that his frequent conversations with Tsaffaras are not typical of teacher-president relations elsewhere in the academic world.
Quincy College, Felker said, is “on the front lines in education for people who don’t have a trust fund.’’
The college charges $170 per credit for basic liberal arts courses, though science and nursing courses charge higher rates. A 12-credit semester of liberal arts would cost $2,040 plus a $100 registration fee. Registered nursing courses charge $587 a credit.
Under Tsaffaras, Felker said, the college’s direction is toward “higher competency. He wants to make Quincy College top notch.’’
“He’s hands-on, he’s highly visible,’’ agreed Bill Boozang, a former part-time teacher in the school’s English department who is now a member of its board of governors.
“He realizes the importance of consolidating the physical facilities,’’ Boozang said. “He has an eye on moving Quincy College to Quincy Center, where it belongs.’’
The college, which holds many classes in rented space in a North Quincy building, recently announced it was moving the nursing program to a site across the street from City Hall and the MBTA’s Quincy Center Station. Tsaffaras also won approval from the City Council to lease up to 100,000 square feet in new space, saying negotiations for the new space were underway. Technically a city department, the college requires the city’s approval of major lease agreements.
“He leads by example,’’ said Wayne Westcott, head of the college’s exercise science major, a young program with 45 students. Westcott said the college president is “a regular’’ at the strength and conditioning wellness class offered both to the campus and the larger community.
Tsaffaras said the college’s direction is high-intensity focus on the quality of education in the classroom. “Everything that we do at the college is oriented toward teaching and learning.’’
The new president deflected praise for his first-year successes to the college’s governing board - “We have a great board,’’ he said - faculty, a motivated student body, and a supportive community from city government down to the man on the street.
“The reservoir of good will for Quincy College in this town is very valuable,’’ Tsaffaras said. “It’s so affirming. People really want you to succeed.’’
Quincy College President Tsaffaras to receive award
October 31, 2011
The Boston State College Steering Committee will honor Quincy College President Peter Tsaffaras with its Education for Service Award.
The Boston State College Steering Committee will honor Quincy College President Peter Tsaffaras with its Education for Service Award.
Tsaffaras is a 1973 graduate of Boston State College, which merged with the University of Massachusetts. The steering committee has given awards to alumni and others over the past four years.
The award will be presented during a ceremony Dec. 1 at the UMass-Boston Campus Center. Tsaffaras, who became Quincy College president in January, is one of five people who will be honored.
Read more: http://www.patriotledger.com/news/education/x163303976/Quincy-College-President-Tsaffaras-to-receive-award#ixzz1di7ZF5DB
Quincy College gets OK to triple lease space for nursing
October 4, 2011
Quincy College is considering a space triple the size of what it initially sought for its relocated nursing program.
By: Jack Encarnacao
Quincy College is considering a space triple the size of what it initially sought for its relocated nursing program.
The city council voted Monday to grant the college permission to lease 100,000 square feet of space for the nursing program, which officials say has outgrown its current classroom space. In June, the college sought and received city council approval to lease 30,000 square feet for the move.
School President Peter Tsaffaras said responses to the college’s request for lease bids yielded offers for space that exceeded 30,000 square feet for less money.
He said the college plans to complete negotiations on a lease within 30 days, move into the space starting in January and be open for the next school year. The lease is not to exceed eight years.
The college will move out of its 13,000-square-foot space on Temple Street, which houses the nursing program.
“We’re constrained now,” Tsaffaras said. “We’re short of classrooms and other space.”
In the new space, the nursing program would grow from three to eight classrooms and from one laboratory to three. The space would also house a library specifically for nursing students, and bring together nursing faculty currently teaching at different sites.
Tsaffaras said the college has seen a student population growth of 24 percent over the past five years, and is exploring adding online courses.
“All of this makes sense,” City Council President Kevin Coughlin said before Monday’s vote. “Everything I hear and everything I read tells me the college is bursting at the seams.”
Tsaffaras said the college will build a clause into the lease that will allow it to leave for a new downtown campus in 2016.
He said Monday that Street-Works LLC, which is embarking on a $1.6 billion makeover of Quincy Center, will incorporate 200,000 square feet of space for the college in its project. Street-Works is targeting 2020 as a completion date for its Quincy Center project, which will include more than 1 million square feet of office space.
Quincy College has classrooms and offices at 17 Temple St. and 24 Saville Ave. in Quincy Center, as well as at 150 Newport Ave. Extension in North Quincy. It also has a campus in Plymouth, which will continue to operate separately from the Quincy location.
Tsaffaras said the college will soon be moving out of its North Quincy location; its lease expires in October 2012. The college moved there on a temporary basis in 2007 when it relocated offices from Coddington Hall on Coddington Street.
Debut album pleases Quincy College student from Nepal
September 28, 2011
By Jessica Bartlett, Town Correspondent
For 24-year-old Quincy College international student Joyous Gurung, music is practically in his blood. After over a decade of practice, years away from his home in Nepal, and hours spent teaching himself guitar, he has recorded his first album.
Saath – meaning "company" or "support" in Napali, was released in May, and is the tangible reality to several months locked in a recording studio with friend Yuki Kanesaka.
It’s an album formed after playing in local coffee shops and for other students at Quincy College, Gurung says, and is the culmination of hours of hard work.
“It was so much fun to see the music evolve, and we would constantly challenge each other with new ideas to improve the arrangements,” Gurung said.
The goal was to create organic, clean, and smooth sounds, he said of the music.
In a way, the release is a stepping out from the shadow of his relatives, who are well known for their musical talents abroad.
According to the College, Gurung’s father is a classical guitarist who studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music on a full scholarship before receiving a Master of Arts in ethnomusicology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 1992.
Two of his uncles attended Berklee College of Music on full scholarships.
The crown jewel of the musical talents perhaps lies in Gurung’s grandfather, who is known for writing the Nepalese national anthem.
“My musical inspiration and passion came from growing up with my loving family in Kathmandu, Nepal. Every corner of my home was filled with musical notes that lifted my heart and nourished my soul,” Gurung said.
It was a beginning that would inspire him to pick up the guitar himself and then start writing songs at age 12. He would later move to the states in 2006 to attend a community college in Connecticut, where his love of music writing grew.
“Writing songs helped me channel my emotions and re-connect me with memories of my loved ones left behind in Nepal. Music gave me a comfort zone where I could feel better about myself and think positively about my future,” Gurung said.
In 2010, Gurung began studying computer science and graphic design at Quincy College, where he met with others who shared his ambitious musical dreams.
With one album on the market, Gurung has already started looking toward recording and releasing a second with his new band, Sound Craft.
“Someone once told me, ‘Never look in the rear-view mirror – always focus on the here and now’ - I’m heeding this advice and currently working on my second EP and composing new songs,” he said
Gurung also hopes to launch Saath back home in Nepal and would like to record his second album in the United States by the end of 2011.
Additionally, he has called on-air radio programs in Nepal and plans to go back home this winter to visit.
Meanwhile, the band, consisting of Gurung on vocals/guitar, Kanesaka on electric keys/saxophone; Masato Ittoh on guitar, and Takuma Anzai on drums has already played numerous shows here in Boston.
According to Gurung, they are continuing to explore different sounds and experiment with musical ideas.
Saath is now available on iTunes. Gurung plans to donate profits to charity and Non-Governmental Organizations to build schools and buy books for children from Third World countries.
To see a clip of the making of the album, click here.
Quincy College Trust to hold “Hats Off” fundraising event
September 26, 2011
On Wednesday, October 5th, the Quincy College Trust will hold a “Hats Off” Fundraising Event.
The event will be held from 6-9pm in the River Room at the Adams Inn and guests are encouraged to wear a hat of choice. Tickets are $30 in advance or $40 at the door. To purchase tickets, please send a check made payable to Quincy College Trust to Debby Stockbridge, Quincy College, 150 Newport Ave., Ext., Quincy, MA 02171. For more information, please call 617.984.1725. There will be appetizers, remarks by Quincy College President Peter H. Tsaffaras, a 50/50 raffle with 50% of proceeds going to scholarships, and more.
“Public events such as these are not only joyful social occasions; they also serve to underscore the deep roots which Quincy College has in the community. The College is indeed fortunate to have public-spirited citizens, such as the members of the Quincy College Trust who recognize the close relationship between the college and the community and the community and the college”, said Quincy College President Peter H. Tsaffaras.
The Quincy College Trust is the charitable fund-raising arm for Quincy College that supports the College by receiving endowment funds, charitable gifts, donations, grants and property from all sources. The Quincy College Trust also uses the funds to award scholarships to deserving students. In 2011, the Trust awarded a total of $6,000 in scholarships to deserving Quincy College students.
Quincy College named “Military Friendly” school by G.I. Jobs Magazine
September 16, 2011
By Jessica Bartlett, Town Correspondent
Quincy College has been named a “Military Friendly” school by G.I. Jobs Magazine, the premier magazine for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, for their efforts to recruit, embrace, and help veterans and service professionals in college life.
The list includes the top 20 percent of colleges, universities, and trade schools that are doing the most to incorporate America’s military members, and this year, Quincy College was among the 1,518 colleges out of 8,000 reviewed that made the list.
“These schools are making the grade by offering scholarships and discounts, veterans’ clubs, full-time staff, military credit and other services to those who served,” a release said.
Specifically in Quincy, the Quincy College Veterans Discount Program allows veterans to enroll in either Liberal Arts or Business & Public Services classes at a discounted rate.
The discounts are offered regardless of the number of courses taken in a semester.
What makes Quincy even more unique is that the college offers these specials on their own dime.
“The veteran discount program is not funded by the state or federal government; therefore veterans who areeligible for education benefits through the VA may also receive the Quincy College discounted rate,” the release said.
Quincy College is also a member of the Service Members Opportunity Colleges Consortium (SOC), where advisors from the school help to review transcripts and test scores to enable students to transfer credit.
Additionally, Veterans, veteran dependents, and active duty service members are able to use their federal education benefits at Quincy College. These include the Post 9/11 GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill, Vocational Rehabilitation, and Tuition Assistance.
It’s all in an effort to embrace service professionals who are sacrificing themselves for our country, said Quincy College President Peter Tsaffaras.
According to Tsaffaras, the program is “yet another positive step in our commitment to make Quincy College an institution where we value the sacrifices made by our veterans in serving our country and provide an environment which is both receptive and accommodating to what are often the distinct needs of veterans,” he said.
Quincy College “Constitution Day”
September 14, 2011
On Monday, September 19th, Quincy College will host celebrate its annual “Constitution Day” event. The event will be held in Newport Hall at Quincy College, 150 Newport Ave., Ext., in the Student Lounge on the second floor from 1:00 pm – 2:30pm.
The presentation will feature William Hogeland, author of the critically acclaimed narrative histories The Whiskey Rebellion and Declaration: The Nine Tumultuous Weeks When America Became Independent, May 1 – July 4, 1776. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, American History Magazine, Boston Review, Slate, and the Huffington Post. The presentation will explore the political conflicts over class, economics, and privilege that our founders worked into this document. The event is open to the public and refreshments will be provided.
Quincy College Exercise Science Instructor Publishes Research Paper
August 24, 2011
Wayne Westcott, Instructor for the Exercise Science Program at Quincy College was recently published in the Journal of Exercise Physiology Online (Volume 14.Number 4. August 2011). The 9 month study took place at Quincy College and included fifty-two participants (48 women and 4 men) ranging in age from 39 to 82 years that were separated into three study groups.
The Control Group did not exercise or take nutritional supplements; The Exercise Group did not take nutritional supplements but performed strength and aerobic training; and The Exercise and Nutrition Group performed strength and aerobic training while taking nutritional supplements.
Students in both the Exercise and Exercise & Nutrition Group completed one hour of physical activity that included 25 minutes of resistance exercise strength training utilizing twelve Nautilus machines, 25 minutes of aerobic exercise, and 5 minutes of stretching. In addition to the strength and aerobic training, The Exercise and Nutrition Group drank a protein and carbohydrate shake immediately after each training session, as well as took a daily vitamin that contained calcium and vitamin D.
After the nine-month study was complete, results showed that the Exercise and Nutrition Group attained significantly greater increases in lean (muscle) weight and significantly greater reductions in resting blood pressure than the other groups. Dr. Westcott expresses his appreciation to all of the Quincy College Exercise Science staff and students who assisted in this important research study that clearly revealed the advantages of combining sensible nutrition and appropriate physical activity for improved health and fitness.
Quincy College offers both an Associate’s Degree and Certificate Degree Program in Exercise Science. The Associate’s degree program of study is designed for students who wish to continue their education in the field of exercise and fitness. The program will allow students the opportunity to hone their skills as fitness professionals; develop their interpersonal communication and critical thinking skills; and become familiar with basic management principles that will help them in finding a career in the fitness industry. The certificate program is designed for students who want to work as exercise instructors in fitness centers or as independent personal trainers. Completion of this program prepares students to pass professional certification exams, such as those offered by the American Council on Exercise.
“The education I received as a student in the Exercise Science Program prepared me to change my career after the age of 50. I am now a Nationally Certified ACE Personal Trainer employed at Quincy College, and work as a Personal Trainer, Specialty Class Instructor, and Floor Supervisor at the South Shore YMCA. I also have clients whom I train in their homes. I truly love my job and the fact that I am helping people get healthier through proper exercise,” said Quincy College graduate Maggie Faretra.
“The Quincy College Exercise Science Program has achieved national recognition for its research on strength training, and our graduates have attained prominent professional positions locally in the field of fitness”, says Wayne Westcott, Instructor for the Exercise Science Program at Quincy College.
Students who are interested in enrolling in this program must fill out an application form and obtain an advisor’s signature prior to registering. More information can be found on the Quincy College website.
Quincy College Announces New Academic Programs to Begin Fall 2011
August 23, 2011
Quincy College is pleased to announce three new academic programs beginning this fall. The following outlines the details of the programs and expected outcomes once the programs are completed.
Clinical Laboratory Science
The Associate Degree in Clinical Laboratory Science is offered as a two-year program at the Quincy Campus. Medical Laboratory Technicians (MLT) play a vital role in performing clinical laboratory testing to provide scientific information in the diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of disease. Medical Laboratory Technicians work in hospitals, clinics, physician’s offices and forensic labs.
Upon successful completion of the CLS program, the student will graduate with an Associate of Science Degree. Graduation from the program is not contingent upon student performance on national certification examination. The graduate may also advance in the field to become a technologist or specialist by pursuing additional education and technical experience.
Upon completion of the Clinical Laboratory Science Program, the graduate is prepared to:
• Collect, process, and preserve blood and other body fluid samples.
• Perform and report laboratory tests in a variety of laboratory settings.
• Operate laboratory equipment and instruments, performing preventive and corrective maintenance as required.
• Identify pre-analytical, analytical, and post-analytical variables that affect procedures, instruments and results, and take appropriate corrective action.
• Perform mathematical functions as required by laboratory procedures.
• Perform and monitor quality assurance and quality control techniques.
• Practice laboratory safety and regulatory compliance.
• Perform information processing functions in the clinical laboratory.
• Apply laboratory results to diagnosis and treatment of clinical conditions and/or diseases.
• Communicate with colleagues and patients in a professional manner.
• Model professional behaviors, ethics, and appearance.
• Work effectively as a team member recognizing the comprehensive impact this has on health care.
The Biotechnology Program is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in the bio manufacturing or biomedical research industries. Students will develop a broad laboratory science-based background through courses focused in the life and chemical sciences, and will obtain industry-specific knowledge in the areas of quality control (QC), process development (PD), upstream and downstream processing, all while following current, good manufacturing practices (cGMP). In addition, students will learn valuable laboratory techniques and instrumentation, and develop critical thinking skills. Upon successful completion of the program, students may enter the workforce directly as entry-level laboratory technicians or research assistants, or may transfer to a four-year university to continue their studies at the baccalaureate level.
Upon completion of the Biotechnology and Compliance Program the student should be able to:
• Practice ethical standards of integrity, honesty, and fairness in scientific practices and professional conduct
• Compare and contrast aspects of the central dogma: DNA→mRNA→Protein;
• Use appropriate computer software and hardware skills to accomplish biotechnology lab tasks.
• Demonstrate technical knowledge of specialized techniques and instrumentation.
• Communicate thoughts, orally and in writing, in a clear well-organized manner that effectively informs and clarifies scientific principles and lab techniques;
• Use scientific procedures and current and emerging technologies to conduct safe and appropriate laboratory experiments and to collect data that are validated and documented;
• Comply with and adhere to national, state, and local standards, policies, protocols, and regulations for laboratory and manufacturing activity;
• Apply scientific knowledge and principles as well as quantitative methods and relevant technology to think critically and solve complex problems in biotechnology.
Computer Science/Media Arts
The Computer Science Program is a program that is designed to prepare students for a variety of entry level positions in a networked environment within the computer science industry, and to provide additional training or further advancement to those already employed in the computer science profession. The program design includes the core curriculum, a general computer science core, skills courses, and courses specific to the computer science areas. Students may choose to concentrate their studies in Computer Science Networking/Transfer, Networking/Career, or Media Arts.
At the conclusion of this concentration, successful students will be able to:
• Develop a concept into a message and communicate that message effectively
• Create a method, or treatment, to deliver the message through sound, motion, graphics and editing
• Write an audio/video script and construct a story board
• Manage a production timeline and create a shoot list for production
• Analyze equipment and time to budget production needs
• Make custom music tracks, apply filters for effect and refine the edit process
• Identify, assemble, and insert editing methods
• Apply digital effects to create scene-to-scene transitions
• Create text graphics in roll, crawl and superimpose applications
• Manage and store digital assets and final programs
• Create basic animation for video and animated text to complement video programs
• Construct special effects for multimedia presentations
• Create animation with moving video frames and build 3D objects
• Use imported layers and devise effects for Web and DVD formats
• Set-up and operate a video camera, and organize and manage digital assets
• Use supplementary microphones to capture audio files
• Assemble a video program using non-linear editing software
Students who are interested in enrolling in any of the above programs must fill out an application form and obtain an advisor’s signature prior to registering. More information can be found on the Quincy College website.
Middle School Students Experience “Summer Science” at Quincy College
August 19, 2011
Quincy College hosted a Summer Science Experience for 7th and 8th graders last week (Monday, 8/15 – Friday, 8/19) at its Quincy campus.
The week-long program covered Microbiology, Biotechnology, Health Science and other life science courses taught by Quincy College faculty in the College’s state-of-the-art science laboratories at 24 Saville Avenue in Quincy Center.
“We’d like to foster science exploration in today’s younger generation,” says Matthew Sullivan, Science Lab Coordinator and Natural Sciences instructor at the College. “Middle school students are taking their first steps in deciding the direction of their futures, so we’d like to introduce them to the wealth of opportunities in the sciences. Through the Science Summer Experience, students prepared themselves for a future in science as they look forward to high school.”
The five-day program featured six science-themed sessions and has 7th and 8th grade students from the local area participating.
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