We have all been inundated recently with new terms, phrases and rules of interaction as we quarantine and slowly reintegrate activities we previously may have taken for granted. As we acclimate to the current situation and try to form new habits (remembering your mask), we also must look at our new ways of doing things with ever-changing rules often have a learning curve. Until then, we continue to figure it out as we go along. One big change has been higher education and how classes are now being delivered.
It is hard to believe that it has been three years since I joined the QCC family. It seems like it was just yesterday that we embarked on our joint journey. As I prepared to assume the presidency, I sought advice from experienced presidents. In their advice, common themes emerged: seek the advice of experts and listen to them; surround yourself with capable people and empower them to get the job done; live with integrity and humility; be visible and accessible; be fair and consistent; when possible seek input, data, and make informed decisions in a timely manner; be respectful; take
criticism gracefully; do what you believe is right for the college and the people it serves; give credit to others when things go right, take responsibility when they don’t; be courageous; etc. But the most important lesson I learned is that leadership is about serving others, not yourself. I do not know if I’ve always been able to live to these ideals, but I will always strive to do so. Throughout the years in various roles, I have learned that while a position might give you authority, respect and trust has to be earned. I hope to continue to earn yours.
Under the direction and oversight of Dr. Kathy Rentsch, Associate Vice President for Strategic Academic and Workforce Initiatives, as well as the Academic Affairs team, we are pleased to announce that we have executed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Southbridge Public Schools. QCC Southbridge will be moving from 5 Optical Drive to Southbridge High School, 132 Torrey Road later this Summer.
Congratulations are in order for hundreds and hundreds of you. We know our students are intelligent, driven and determined, but this is impressive. A total of 556 students were named to the Dean’s List and 597 students were named to the Merit List.
Veteran Affairs at QCC provides support to assist student Veterans and members of the Armed Forces in the adjustment to becoming successful in civilian and college life. They work had to promote college spirit and establish and maintain fellowship amongst veterans and students on campus.
If the thought of trading your flip flops and bathing suits for sweaters and jackets is bumming you out, then don't worry... it's not over yet. However, crisp air and crisp apples are within our sights... and the back to school season is too! Ready or not, it's almost that time of year again.
Maybe you're looking forward to putting your kids on the bus and hitting the books again, or heading to college for the first time. Either way, if you're a new or returning Wyvern, we have the low-down on orientation, school IDs and other ways it pays to be a Wyvern... aside from the top-notch education!