Tried and True Tips for Managing Stress During the Holiday and Final’s Season!

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The most joyous (albeit most stressful) season of the year is upon us! From putting up decorations, hosting holiday parties, to participating in holiday traditions with close friends and family; there is a constant pressure to make everything perfect. There is a reason why there are so many documentaries and Lifetime movies about women losing it around the holidays, because it is so easy to lose sight of self and what’s really important during the hustle and bustle of it all!

And for those of you in college, the stress of surmounting study guides and finals can seem never-ending. In order to keep your head clear and to remain focused, it is a crucial time as any to practice self-care.

In order to combat the stress, I’ve compiled a list of activities and tips to help keep you calm and present; so that you can actually enjoy all the beauty that this season has to offer.

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Take a few minutes to yourself each day.

Even if it’s just five minutes, find a quiet place to yourself free of any electronic devices. Doing breathing exercises, meditating, or writing in a journal can help clear your head and make you more focused.

Indulge in a few Christmas cookies.

Christmas calories don’t count, right? But seriously, the melting of cookie dough on your tongue is guaranteed to reduce your stress level a bit, at least in my experience.

Crack open your favorite feel-good book.

As an avid reader, I’ve found reading to be a perfect way to destress. It doesn’t require a lot of mental energy and getting wrapped up in a well-loved story by a roaring fire (of course!) is a perfect way to soothe holiday nerves!

Blast your favorite holiday music and sing along at the top of your lungs!

Who doesn’t love rocking out to your favorite Christmas carols, am I right?!

Watching favorite holiday movies while cuddled on the couch in your PJs.

Watching Christmas movies is sure to put you in the holiday spirit. It’s even better when done with loved ones, and drinking hot chocolate with tiny marshmallows while wearing your favorite pajamas is a must!

Light candles to create a serene atmosphere.

For all my fellow candle-lovers, it’s time to bring out the candles that you’ve been hiding away. For this time of year, peppermint scents are always a crowd pleaser. (Fun fact: the smell of  peppermint is supposed to keep your mind focused. Take note, college ladies!)

Remember to enjoy the moments and be present!

Amidst the anxiety and stress that comes with the days growing colder and darker, there is an indescribable magic in the air. Recognize that the stress of studying or of wrapping presents is temporary, but it is important to pause and see the beauty around us. The holidays are brief, but we hold the spirit of them all year in our hearts!

A NEW YEAR’S MESSAGE FOR ALL BUT ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE EVERYWHERE!

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The holidays are filled with festive family, friend and work celebrations that often involve alcohol. The team at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers wants everyone to enjoy getting together, while making sure everyone gets home safely.

“Holiday parties should be a time to make wonderful memories, not create permanent personal and legal consequences for causing someone else harm,” explained Attorney Jonathan Perkins. “A combination of common sense and an understanding of Connecticut alcohol statutes can prevent tragedy, legal liability and financial loss.”

DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE

Drinking alcohol decreases brain functionality, along with impairment of thinking, reasoning and coordination that can inhibit one’s ability to drive properly. Driving under the influence (DUI) includes impairment from alcohol or any other substance such as marijuana or drugs.

“The obvious way to prevent getting charged with DUI or causing a devastating auto accident is to never, ever drink and drive,” explained Attorney Jonathan Perkins. “There is no “safe” amount to drink then get behind the wheel.”

Designating a sober driver or using one of the many smartphone applications to get a ride may cost a bit in the immediate future but could save a lot, including potentially saving someone’s life or even your own.

LEGAL LIMITS

The maximum blood-alcohol content (BAC) for Connecticut is .08 percent. For any percentage over this amount a driver is considered ‘per se intoxicated,’ meaning that alone is sufficient evidence to convict a driver of DUI. Those tested with a BAC at .16 percent receive more stringent punishment, which can include suspension of the driver’s license for up to one year.

Due to ‘zero tolerance laws,’ drivers under the age of 21 with a .02 percent blood-alcohol level or above are subject to DUI penalties. That’s the equivalent of one beer, one shot of liquor or one small glass of wine.

STIFF PENALTIES

With the first DUI offense, the Department of Motor Vehicles imposes mandatory license suspension for one year; for the second offense, three years; for the third offense, the driver’s license is revoked.

An ignition interlock device can be installed at the driver’s expense upon the second DUI conviction. Mandatory alcohol education is a possible punishment. Drivers who have their licenses suspended by the DMV will be required to install an ignition interlock device to get their licenses back. The device requires an operator to blow a breath sample into a tube. The vehicle won’t start if the test comes back with a blood alcohol content of .025 or above. It will also require giving random samples while operating a motor vehicle.

DUI is considered a felony after the third conviction.

“When you get a driver’s license, you agree to ‘implied consent laws,’ which include showing a driver’s license and proof of insurance upon request and submitting to breath, blood, or urine testing to prove intoxication,” said Attorney Perkins. “Drivers who refuse to cooperate may face suspension of their driver’s license for up to one year.”

SOCIAL HOST LIABILITY

Perkins notes that legal woes can result not just from consuming alcohol, but serving it as well.

Social host liability laws in Connecticut hold hosts liable for injuries caused by individuals after the host served them alcohol. Liability often extends to not only others who are injured by the individual’s actions, but to the individual as well should he or she be injured.

A negligence charge may supply another route for a personal injury victim to recover if a host negligently served alcohol, especially if the person who caused the accident was a minor.

“Bottom line, if you are hosting a holiday party, make sure all guests have a designated driver,” said Attorney Perkins. “Put alternate transportation plans in place beforehand as a backup in case anyone’s plans fall through.”

BUSINESS OWNER LIABILITY

The Liquor Control Act in Connecticut prohibits an alcoholic liquor permittee or their employees from providing alcohol to intoxicated persons. Violations are punishable by up to a $1,000 fine, up to one year imprisonment, or both, for each offense. A permittee, such as a restaurant or bar, is liable if the permittee or his or her employee sells alcohol to an already-intoxicated person who injures a person or damages property. The actual amount of liability in a particular case is decided in court. The act limits the damages a permittee must pay to injured people to $250,000.

“It’s important for bartenders or servers to know that if they provide alcohol to someone who causes an injury or death due to intoxication, they may also be personally liable under certain circumstances,” stated Attorney Perkins.

THE RIGHTS OF INJURY VICTIMS

Financial compensation is often the last thing on someone’s mind after escaping a serious car accident, especially a drunk driving accident. However, people may be entitled to compensation for both injuries and other damages that come from such an event, including emotional distress and for pain and suffering. Attorney Perkins cautions that damages become much more difficult to recover after time has passed, which makes it important to find the right personal injury lawyer early in the process.

The first part of the process is discerning who is liable for the damages and can be held accountable. Examples of such persons include:

The driver of the other vehicle in the crash
Governing entities if there was a defect in the roadway that led to or worsened the conditions for the accident
Third parties that intervened in some way, causing a negative effect
The owner of the other vehicle
The insurance company of the owner of the vehicle the victim was driving if the at-fault driver was not insured
The establishment that served the driver in excess prior to a drunk driving accident
Your own insurance company
The insurance company of a relative that lives in the same household if you do not have insurance in order to get underinsured motorist benefits

Figuring out the best party to pursue legally can be difficult. Through their years of experience, the Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers’ team has the knowledge needed to get the most favorable outcome in a drunk driving accident in Connecticut.

AUTHORS; Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers is committed to fighting for clients who have suffered personal injuries. Se habla Español. For more information or to schedule a FREE consultation, visit www.800perkins.com or call 1-800-PERKINS.

Unify Against Bullying Accepting Grant Applications!

 

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Unify Against Bullying Executive Director, Christine Maiwald announced today that the organization is accepting grant applications online, effective September 1st. “Our number one goal is to inspire youth of all ages and to ignite their ideas as to how to prevent bullying. We encourage Parents, Guidance personnel, Teachers, Administrators and Charity Partners to also apply. Their programs must be dedicated to anti-bullying education and furthering the Unify mission; to bring an end to bullying through the celebration of true diversity.”
In addition to providing the seeds for children to come up with ideas on how to prevent bullying, Unify’ s high school students attend events and are given the opportunity to speak with younger students on the value of celebrating our differences. The students are also bringing education to their younger peers in school to explain what bullying is and the effects it has on an individual.

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The organization has a committee of volunteers who will select the applicant’s initiatives that best reflect and advance their organizations mission. “This is the third year that Unify will be awarding grants that will educate and benefit youth from pre-school to high school and the community at large, says Maiwald.”
Unify Against Bullying has a website providing resources for students and families in need of assistance. Their “Selfie Challenge” is raising awareness globally to the silence that is associated with bullying. Unify creates and produces an annual all-inclusive fashion show that celebrates diversity. The show has been sold-out for the last three years and is live-streamed on Facebook to reach thousands of viewers. To learn more about this organization, please go to http://www.unifyagainstbullying.org
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SACRED HEART UNIVERSITY WELCOMES THE LARGEST FRESHMAN CLASS EVER!

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New Student Convocation at Sacred Heart University’s William H. Pitt Center – photo by Tracy Deer-Mirek

First-year students experienced all “the feels” as they embarked on their first days of their college experience at Sacred Heart University.

Their academic experience officially kicked off with SHU’s annual New Student Convocation in late August as the class of 2022 walked up the hill and into the William H. Pitt Center led by the marching band. The new students heard inspirational speeches from their peers, administrators and faculty encouraging them to do their best, take advantage of the many opportunities that will be presented to them and learn from their mistakes over the next four years.

Sacred Heart’s largest and most academically talented group of Pioneers in University history arrived with their families to move into their new residences just days earlier. They unloaded vehicles that were filled with everything they needed for a year away from home and gratefully accepted assistance from upperclassmen from SHU’s many extracurricular clubs and sports teams. The volunteers brought boxes of clothes, food, school supplies, toiletries and much more into rooms while the freshmen signed in and filled out required paperwork.

Tara Hagerman, 17, of Long Island, N.Y., briefly waited in the Toussaint lobby before being taken to her room by an orientation leader. Hagerman said she decided to come to SHU because she fell in love with the campus. “I had a relative who went here and had a positive experience, so I wanted to see what it was all about,” she said. “It’s beautiful. Everything is brand new and everyone is so nice.” Hagerman, a nursing major, said she’s looking forward to getting a good education. She’s excited to meet new friends, join the club volleyball team and get involved in other activities as well.

First-year student Adrianna Braid, 17, of Bergen County, N.J., was on the fifth floor of Toussaint Hall unpacking her belongings with her parents. She said she was most excited to meet new people and try new things. The exercise science major plans to join the exercise science club and intramural sports.

Newcomers’ statistics

There are 1,496 students in the class of 2022, chosen from an applicant pool of 10,619, the largest in SHU’s history. This is a 73 percent increase in full-time freshmen enrollment dating back to the fall of 2012.

“As the past several years have proved, an academic education and student experience at Sacred Heart University is in demand and sought after, and recent inclusion on The Princeton Review’s  list for ‘Happiest Students’ validates our belief that SHU provides an outstanding academic and social experience,” said Kevin O’Sullivan, executive director of admissions. “More than 10,000 students applied to the institution hoping for an opportunity to join the SHU community this year, and our admissions committee sought to identify students who demonstrated academic achievement, intellectual and professional integrity, who value compassionate service to others, and who took leading roles in the communities in which they serve. We couldn’t be more excited in presenting and welcoming our class of 2022 to our campus community. We also appreciate the many high school counselors, teachers, coaches, alumni and current students and families of SHU whose word of mouth and positive support help fuel this demand.”

 

The new freshman class distinguishes itself by its academic accomplishments, as evidenced by an average high school GPA of 3.5. More than 340 freshmen are National Honor Society members. The class also includes eight sets of twins and triplets and 125 legacy students, showing that previous family members valued their SHU experience and encouraged others to attend.

The freshmen hail from six countries and 26 states. A total of 2,919 undergraduate students will live on campus, the highest ever. As more residence halls go up on SHU’s upper quad, more and more students will have a residential experience.

 

Academics

The class of 2022 has diverse academic interests—popular majors include biology, communications studies, exercise science and nursing. A total of 480 new Pioneers plan to study in the College of Arts & Sciences, 292 students plan to study in the College of Health Professions, 250 will pursue careers in the College of Nursing, 419 will take courses in the Jack Welch College of Business and more than 50 students will study in the Isabelle Farrington College of Education.

 

Enrollment in the STEM fields within SHU’s College of Arts & Sciences increased by 16 percent over last year. This growth in enrollment is supported by the launch of new academic programs over the past few years in molecular and cellular biology, coastal and marine science, neuroscience, biochemistry, computer engineering and game design and development.

 

The Welch College of Business also experienced record enrollment success, with a nine percent increase in new student enrollment over last year, supported by the addition of a new academic program in hospitality, resort and tourism management. SHU’s acquisitions of Great River Golf Club in Milford and the former General Electric Headquarters in Fairfield, now known as West Campus—along with our property in Dingle, Ireland—will provide real-world experience to students in this program.

 

There was also significant growth in students pursuing interdisciplinary studies, which is the undergraduate academic path for aspiring elementary teachers who intend to continue on to the Farrington College of Education and earn their master’s degree in teaching as part of SHU’s innovative five-year program. Applications to the College of Nursing increased 12.7 percent over last year, supporting the national trend for a demand in undergraduate nursing programs. According to the inaugural rankings from NursingSchoolsAlmanac.com, SHU’s undergraduate nursing program ranks as third in the country among Catholic universities, behind only Villanova and Georgetown Universities. Admission to the program reflected that rank, with only a 40 percent acceptance rate.

 

Sources of success

Sacred Heart’s reputation is reinforced by the independent recognition it continues to receive. The Princeton Review recently recognized the University as one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education and included SHU in its Best 384 Colleges guidebook. It also placed SHU on its lists of “Happiest Students” and “Most Engaged in Community Service,” each of which comprises only 20 schools from around the country.

 

The University’s game design and development program has garnered national recognition as well, ranking among the best in the country by The Princeton Review at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Sacred Heart launched a new undergraduate academic program in cybersecurity this fall, to continue to support the growth of STEM offerings.

 

Facilities ready for students

Sacred Heart’s facilities are growing along with the student population. Construction crews have been working at the former Jewish Senior Services site for more than a year to turn the land—now called SHU’s Upper Quad—into a residential village. Last semester, SHU opened its newest residence hall on the Upper Quad, Toussaint Hall, where many first-year students settled.

 

The University continues to work on making West Campus an innovation hub. It provides an expansion for the School of Computer Science & Engineering, which is focused on computer engineering, computer gaming and cybersecurity, to develop programs in STEM fields such as health and life sciences, science and technology.

 

The 35,000-square-foot first floor of the west building at West Campus has been renovated into high-tech classrooms, computer labs and conference rooms. There is a cafeteria for grab-and-go food options and plenty of room for students to lounge and study. This year, the Farrington College of Education will have graduate classes for teaching preparation and education leadership in the classrooms. Undergraduate and graduate classes in computer science, information technology, gaming, cybersecurity and computer engineering also will take place there.

 

The makerspace—a large area on the first floor where engineering students can experiment, build and develop projects—is scheduled to be completed next fall. The students are using another room in the interim.

 

Construction on the building’s 35,000-square-foot second floor continues, preparing that space for classrooms for the Welch College of Business.

 

Construction also continues on the new Bobby Valentine Athletic Center, next to JP’s and Pioneer Park. The state-of-the-art fitness facility will serve the entire student population. At 57,000 square feet and three stories tall, it will be one of the most advanced athletic facilities in the nation, complete with a suspended indoor track, a bowling center, an 18-bike spin center, a 45-foot climbing wall and exercise and weight-training rooms. The anticipated opening is August 2019.

STCC student Lineisha Rosario has been named one of “29 Who Shine”

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STCC student Lineisha Rosario has been named one of the state Department of Higher Education’s “29 Who Shine,” a program that recognizes one outstanding graduating student from each public college and university in Massachusetts.

Rosario, of Agawam, and her faculty mentor, physics professor Beth McGinnis-Cavanaugh, represented STCC during a ceremony on May 4 at the State House in Boston. Rosario is a member of the Society of Women Engineers Chapter at STCC, and McGinnis-Cavanaugh serves as faculty advisor to the SWE STCC chapter.

Each year, the state honors outstanding students who show promise as future leaders and demonstrate a strong record of academic achievement. Students also are chosen based on their intent to pursue a career in a field where there is a demonstrated need in Massachusetts, among other criteria.

Rosario, who in May earned an associate degree in mechanical engineering technology, has excelled not only in the classroom, but also in her internship with a software company in Connecticut. She remains passionate about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

“I have always been interested in how things made,” Rosario said. “When I was a child in Puerto Rico, I used to enjoy spending time with my father while he worked on cars. I wanted to know how things like cars were created.”

“We are thrilled to recognize Lineisha, and having sat with her, I know she represents all of the unique talents of our students – and in a critical STEM field,” said STCC President John B. Cook.

McGinnis-Cavanaugh and Gary Masciadrelli, professor and chair of the Mechanical Engineering Technology program at STCC, submitted Rosario’s name for the award.

“Lineisha is very dedicated to the MET profession,” Masciadrelli said. “In the MET courses, she consistently submits excellent work. She has shown the ability to balance work and college, and I am confident she will have a successful career in manufacturing engineering.”

McGinnis-Cavanaugh added: “Lineisha is an advocate for women in engineering and community colleges and serves as a mentor to members of STCC SWE. She embodies the community college​ mission. Her story is compelling, and she has excelled in spite of challenges and obligations that might deter others. Her potential is limitless, and I look forward to the contributions she’ll make as an engineer.”

As a member of STCC SWE, Rosario attended the organization’s annual conferences in both Philadelphia and Austin, Texas.  With SWE, she worked with McGinnis-Cavanaugh to produce a series of video profiles about community college women in engineering.

Passionate about inspiring girls to major in engineering, Rosario will continue to volunteer her time with STCC SWE after graduation. She hopes to work full-time while she pursues a bachelor’s degree in advanced manufacturing systems on site at STCC through the college’s new partnership with Northeastern University.

“As I keep growing as a mechanical engineer, I realize there is so much more to learn as the doors in the world of engineering open for me,” Rosario said. “Not only do I want to keep growing professionally, I also want to keep encouraging other women to become engineers.”

Rosario and her family left Puerto Rico in 2015 and settled in Agawam, where she finished high school and then applied to STCC. She attended STCC’s STEM Starter Academy, a summer program for new students interested in science, technology, engineering and math.

Her curiosity about machines, and experience with the STEM Starter Academy, proved to be a good match with STCC’s Mechanical Engineering Technology Program.

When she receives her associate degree at STCC commencement on May 31, she will become the first member of her family to graduate from college.

Rosario plans to bring her parents and younger brother to the “29 Who Shine” ceremony, where Gov. Charlie Baker will honor her and the 28 other students.

“One of my biggest passions is to share my story with women who need encouragement to continue their pursuit of an engineering education and career,” Rosario said. “I also want to tell the elementary and middle school girls who, like me, are curious about how things are made and how they work, that in the 21st century women will be engineering the world.”

STCC to offer Career Exploration Summer Camp to area Middle and High School students.

STCC offers a variety of career exploration opportunities over the summer for middle and high school students as well as for students beginning their education at STCC in the fall.

“As the only technical community college in Massachusetts, STCC is a leader in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) education. We hope you’ll join us this summer to explore the many career opportunities available in the STEM field. STCC is committed to our community and we are pleased to invite you to spend part of your summer on our historic campus,” said STCC President John B. Cook.

The following opportunities are available this summer at STCC:

Career Explorations in Health Care

A partnership between the STCC School of Health and Patient Simulation and Baystate Academy Charter School, this program will allow 10th– and 11th-graders the opportunity to explore career options in Health Care through hands-on patient simulation experiences and visits from experts and guest lecturers. Students will also receive certification in the American Heart Association’s Basic Life Support CPR. Courses will run June 4th – June 20th, 9am – 3pm. This program is open to students enrolled in the 10th and 11th grade at Baystate Academy Charter School. For more information please contact the School of Health & Patient Simulation at shps@stcc.edu or 413-755-4510.

Engineering Technologies Math Boot Camp

A free, two-week program (Aug. 13 – 24) on the STCC campus for students who have been accepted into Engineering Technologies programs (Electrical Engineering Technology, Electronic Systems Engineering Technology, Optics and Photonics, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Computer Systems Engineering Technology, and related certificate programs). The Math Boot Camp prepares students to succeed as they enter their math class in the fall semester. Criteria for participation in the bootcamp are 1) Accuplacer placement into Algebra I or Algebra II; 2) acceptance into one of these associate degree or certificate programs. For more information please contact Marta Burgos at myburgos@stcc.edu or (413) 755-5424.

STEM Conference for Girls

STCC will hold a free, one-day STEM conference for girls on Wednesday, July 18.  Students will participate in workshops, do hands-on activities, and spend time with college students, faculty, and other community professionals to learn about opportunities within STEM.  Criteria for participation are 1) current middle school and high school girls (6th grade through 12th grade), and 2) past participation in STEM programming offered through HSI STEM, Urban League, and Latino Educational Institute. For more information please contact Marta Burgos at myburgos@stcc.edu or (413) 755-5424.

STEM Starter Academy

Six weeks (July 2 – Aug. 10). An all-expenses paid summer program for recent high school graduates, the STEM Starter Academy provides students with an introduction to STCC, two college-level courses, academic support and fun and interesting field trips so they are prepared and ready to hit the ground running when they start their fall semester. Completing students also receive a $400 stipend for their own use. Open to new students who have been accepted to STCC and have graduated from high school in the last two years with a focus on those interested in a STEM program. For more information please contact the STEM Starter Academy Director, Dr. Reena Randihr at rrandhir@stcc.edu or (413) 755-4576.

The Big Three STEM Pipeline Initiative through Urban League

This summer program begins July 3 and exposes and educates 20 high school students to various STEM job, career, or entrepreneurial paths in three fast-developing fields, health, game science, and cybersecurity. Program benefits include discussions with content experts; visits to local businesses and higher education institutions; student special project development opportunities; and familial engagement. The program will be held at STCC on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Completed applications can be dropped off or mailed to Dinah Moore at the Urban League, One Federal St., Bldg. 111-3, Springfield, MA  01105, or scanned and emailed to: dmoore@ulspringfield.org.  For more information: (413) 739-7211 ex. 102.

Topics in Biological Research  (BIO-117)

Topics in Biological Research (July 9 – Aug. 9, 8 a.m.noon) is an opportunity for students to be involved in hands-on open-ended research into the urban ecology of the STCC campus.  Students will learn concepts of urban ecology and will then develop their own questions, gather data and present their conclusions at a poster session.  An opportunity to present at a national undergraduate conference may also be possible. This is a college-level transferable lab-science course. BIO-117 is sponsored by the STEM Starter Academy with the goal of getting interested students involved in science.  To that end, STEM Starter Academy is subsidizing tuition and this course is free to qualified students. For more information please contact the STEM Starter Academy Director, Dr. Reena Randihr at rrandhir@stcc.edu or (413) 755-4576.

HOLYOKE COMMUNITY TO HOLD 71ST COMMENCEMENT

Holyoke Community College’s 71st Commencement will take place on Saturday, June 2, at 10 a.m., at the MassMutual Center in downtown Springfield.

Associate degrees and certificates will be conferred to approximately 1,000 graduates.

Detailed information may be found at http://www.hcc.edu. More specific information about student and faculty speakers will be forthcoming closer to the Commencement date.

STCC TO OFFER SUMMER CLASSES

 

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(STCC) will offer five-week and 10-week on campus and online summer classes. Session One begins June 4, and Session Two starts July 9.

Summer classes are the perfect opportunity for area college students to earn college credit between June and August, said STCC Dean of Enrollment Management Matthew Gravel.

“Our summer offerings are chosen to appeal to a broad range of students, and most of the courses offered in summer can be used to fulfill requirements at other colleges and universities,” Gravel said. “But classes tend to fill up very quickly, so it’s important for students to register as early as possible.”

Academic subject areas include:  accounting, anthropology, biology, business, chemistry, criminal justice, economics, electronic systems, English, graphic communication and photography, history, information technologies, math, medical terminology, music, philosophy, physics, psychology, sign language, sociology, Spanish and speech.

Class schedules are available at www.stcc.edu/summer. Students can register online, by phone at (413) 755-4321, or in the Registrar’s Office/Garvey Hall South/First Floor.

About Springfield Technical Community College

Founded in 1967 and located on 35 acres of the Springfield Armory National Historic Site, STCC is a major resource for the economic vitality of Western Massachusetts. As the only technical community college in Massachusetts, STCC, an Achieving the Dream Leader College, offers a variety of career programs unequalled in the state. STCC’s highly regarded transfer programs in business, engineering, liberal arts, science and technology continue to provide the most economical options for students pursuing a four-year degree. With an annual enrollment of more than 7,700 day, evening, weekend and online students, STCC is a vibrant campus rich in diversity.
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STCC TO OFFER SUMMER CLASSES

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(STCC) will offer five-week and 10-week on campus and online summer classes. Session One begins June 4, and Session Two starts July 9.

Summer classes are the perfect opportunity for area college students to earn college credit between June and August, said STCC Dean of Enrollment Management Matthew Gravel.

“Our summer offerings are chosen to appeal to a broad range of students, and most of the courses offered in summer can be used to fulfill requirements at other colleges and universities,” Gravel said. “But classes tend to fill up very quickly, so it’s important for students to register as early as possible.”

Academic subject areas include:  accounting, anthropology, biology, business, chemistry, criminal justice, economics, electronic systems, English, graphic communication and photography, history, information technologies, math, medical terminology, music, philosophy, physics, psychology, sign language, sociology, Spanish and speech.

Class schedules are available at www.stcc.edu/summer. Students can register online, by phone at (413) 755-4321, or in the Registrar’s Office/Garvey Hall South/First Floor.

About Springfield Technical Community College

Founded in 1967 and located on 35 acres of the Springfield Armory National Historic Site, STCC is a major resource for the economic vitality of Western Massachusetts. As the only technical community college in Massachusetts, STCC, an Achieving the Dream Leader College, offers a variety of career programs unequalled in the state. STCC’s highly regarded transfer programs in business, engineering, liberal arts, science and technology continue to provide the most economical options for students pursuing a four-year degree. With an annual enrollment of more than 7,700 day, evening, weekend and online students, STCC is a vibrant campus rich in diversity.
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PROM DRESS DO’S AND DON’TS

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Prom dresses are gorgeous and glamorous, but they can also be very uncomfortable. An uncomfortable prom dress can ruin your formal evening. That’s why you should consider not only the style and beauty of your eveningwear, but also the comfort level. Beauty doesn’t have to be painful. Fashion doesn’t have to ruin the most magical night of your high school life. Use the guide below to look elegant and feel great on your prom night.

PROM DRESS FOR COMFORT

When comparing prom dresses either online or at a formal eveningwear shop, consider the material of the dress, especially for the areas of your body where it needs to give a little. Prom dresses made of stretchy material in certain areas allow you to be comfortable and flexible while still keeping in fashion.

ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PROM DRESS YOUR CONSIDERING

When you bend over to pick something up, sit or twist and turn while dancing, does the dress give in areas where needed?

When you sit to dine and need to move your arms freely, will the prom dress be comfortable?

Does the material breathe so you won’t get too hot during the prom or dinner?

If shopping for your prom clothing online, ask questions about the material and if it gives and breathes for ultimate comfort. Order your prom dress far enough in advance so you’ll have time to try it on and return it if you absolutely don’t like it.

PROM DRESS MATERIALS TO CONSIDER

Stretchy fabrics for prom dresses are great for those moveable areas of the body while dancing and dining. They’re also great for the tummy area for easier breathing. Look for prom dresses that are highlighted with stretch satin, stretch lace, stretch illusion, or stretch mesh. These materials will give and stretch as you move without taking away from the design of the dress. Other popular materials are ultrasuede, velvet, and silk or silk blends.

DRESS TIGHT PROM

PROM DRESS FABRICS TO AVOID!

Avoid fancy fabrics that are itchy, hot, or those that can tear easily. You’ll need a durable prom dress that can withstand all the movements while dancing. Also, avoid a lot of glitzy items that will make you uncomfortable or that can rub your skin such as sequence, lace, and beads. You might choose from prom dresses that are only modestly decorated with these items, but avoid excessive decoration for maximum comfort.

THE RIGHT PROM DRESS FIT

If you want a tight-fitting prom dress that clings to your body, you better make sure you can walk, sit, and dance in it before buying! There are many styles of long, elegant dresses that are made for beauty and walking, but nothing else. Many homecoming gowns, eveningwear gowns, and Quinceanera gowns are made this way, but prom night requires much more movement than many other special occasions. So, choose a prom dress that allows you to move, even if it is tight fitting.

Don’t settle for an uncomfortable prom dress. Shop around online at a prom dress specialty website for one that will allow you to make the most of your dream night!

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