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.”

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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!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Chris Robertson is an author of Majon International, one of the worlds MOST popular internet marketing companies. For tips/information, click here: prom dresses Visit Majon’s Clothing for Women directory.

“KID THINGS TO DO OVER SPRING VACATION”

cHILDREN RELY RACES

Get outside and Find Your Park during school vacation week at Springfield Armory National Historic Site April 18 – 22, 2018. It is one of 417 National Parks across America.

Enjoy a wide range of Junior Ranger activities aand earn a badge, patch and certificate. Museum admission and all activities are free of charge.

Wednesday, April 18 at 11:00am-12:30pm: Games Day!

From relay races to crossword puzzles join Ranger Dorothy for Armory related and Junior Ranger activities. All ages welcome. Bring family and friends!

Thursday, April 19 at 11:00am-12:30pm: Read with a Ranger

In celebration of National Pollination Week, join Ranger Susan as she reads a book on honeybees. After, make a bird feeder out of a pine cone, sunflower butter and birdseed to take home or plant a sunflower.

Friday, April 20 at 11:00am-12:30pm: Call to Arms!

During the Civil War, soldiers spent more time in camp, where they learned to march and drill, than they did on the battlefield. Join the Union Army for the day: sign up as a new recruit, learn about Civil War camp life, then march and drill with our Civil War Soldiers. Blank firing of a Civil War percussion rifle to follow.

Saturday, April 21 at 2:00pm: National Park Trivia

How well do you know your National Parks? Join Ranger Susan for her engaging and interactive National Park Trivia program. You won’t believe what Parks are in your own backyard!
Sunday, April 22 at 11am-12:30pm: Mail Call!
Everyone loves to receive mail! Join Ranger Scott and make a postcard using rubber stamp animal cutouts. Write about your visit to the Springfield Armory National Historic Site and send it to a friend or loved one.

For further information call (413) 734-8551, check the website at www.nps.gov/spar or go to www.facebook.com/sparnhs.

FOR ALL THE FASHIONISTAS! “MCQUEEN” FASHION DESIGNER BY Tom Rasmussen

Book Review McQueen April 2018

 

The savage beauty of his creative vision stunned and shocked the fashion world for over 15 years, with his avant-garde theatricality leading many to call him the enfant terrible of British fashion. He created fashion moments which have not faded from memory, like David Bowie’s Union Jack coat from 1996, Sarah Jessica Parker’s tartan Met Gala dress from 2006, and Lady Gaga in those alien armadillo shoes in the Bad Romance video clip in 2009.

But before he was Alexander McQueen, he was Lee Alexander McQueen, the boy from London who dreamed of becoming a fashion designer. He worked his way up from making suits on Savile Row to starting his own fashion label and becoming one of the youngest designers ever to win an award for British Womenswear Designer of the Year.

McQueen: An illustrated history of the fashion icon tells Lee Alexander McQueen’s story through the gorgeous illustrations of R.SONG and text by Tom Rasmussen, charting the rise and rise of McQueen through his life, his loves, his friendships, his struggles, his models and his biggest fashion moments, before his deeply sad death at the age of 40 in 2010.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
London-based Tom Rasmussen worked on runway shows in New York before becoming a fashion journalist. Their work has featured in publications including Dazed, Love, i-D and Vice.

ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR
Sydney-based R.SONG is a fashion illustrator from Hong Kong who has collaborated with emerging fashion designers, street artists and writers.

Unify Against Bullying to hold Rally and Annual Fashion Show!

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Unify Against Bullying and Robert Charles Photography will host a rally on Monday, March 26th, 6 p.m. in the 3rd floor community room located at One Financial Plaza, 1350 Main Street, Springfield, Massachusetts. The event is the official kick off for the annual Unify Fashion Show scheduled to take place on May 15th. The tickets to the event go on sale that evening. The show has been sold out the last four years with only taking three weeks to sell out last year!

The all-inclusive Fashion Show which is held at the Log Cabin in Holyoke, Massachusetts will feature male and female teen models of all sizes, shapes, styles, ethnicities, sexual orientation and physical abilities. The students also create and participate in an anti-bullying performance. Proceeds from the event will benefit the tax exempt organization Unify Against Bullying. “The organization is dedicated to helping children bring an end to bullying by giving them the tools and encouragement they need”, said Ed Zemba, President and Chief Idea Officer at Robert Charles Photography in East Longmeadow.

The Fashion Show, now in its fourth year, has involved the input from a number of students from local high schools. The rally will bring together the Unify Against Bullying Board of Directors, The Unify Student Board, local students, their families and sponsors of the Fashion Show, who are gathering to celebrate the launch of ticket sales.

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UMassFive College Federal Credit Union and Greenfield Community College are partnering to host their fifth annual Reality Fair for local high school seniors.

 

 

Umass career fairUMassFive College Federal Credit Union and Greenfield Community College are partnering to host their fifth annual Reality Fair for local high school seniors. The event will take place over two days from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Greenfield Community College.

Students from Greenfield High School, Pioneer Regional High School, Mohawk Regional High School, Four Rivers Public Charter School, and Turners Falls High School will attend the event on March 20. Students from Amherst-Pelham Regional High School, Frontier Regional School, and Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion School will attend the event on March 22. In case of inclement weather on either day, the makeup date has been set for Friday, March 23.

At a Reality Fair high school students envision their 25 year-old self, and identify a career choice which has an assigned starting salary. They are then tasked with making important spending and savings decisions by visiting booths where they are asked to select housing, transportation, their meal plan, clothing choices, and more. Once students have worked through balancing their monthly budget, they will sit down with a financial counselor to review their standing. The program, started by credit unions, has been adopted nationwide by both credit unions and banks, due to its success in helping High School students understand the realities of their financial decisions. This particular Reality Fair event is unique because it has brought together not just local financial institutions, but also volunteers from the community, Greenfield Community College, and the District Attorney’s Office to provide reliable advice and support to High School students. It is anticipated that over 400 high school students will attend the event.