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Board of Trustees takes action

From the college: On March 6 NCC’s Board of Trustees met to discuss upcoming plans for the college: 1) The Board approved promotions for 11 members of our faculty. Their names will be announced after they are formally notified of the Board’s action. Then we can extend appropriate congratulations!   2) The Board approved a…

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Cabin fever is part of this winter’s snowball effect

Commuter reporters Elanor Greaves and Briana Wortmann outline how NCC students come to grips with the isolation winter can bring.   Cabin fever grips NCC students battling the snow, ice and freezing temperatures that have crippled much of the East Coast, making this one of the worst winters in recent memory. “It’s making me go crazy.…

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Students, faculty show scattered feelings toward spring break cancellation

Commuter reporters Mary Harvilla and Justin Pietkiewics asked the NCC community how they feel about the cancellation of this year’s spring break… Northampton Community college recently canceled spring break after winter played havoc with the school’s schedule. Mardi McGuire-Closson, vice president of Student Affairs, sent the announcement to students and staff after Mother Nature caused…

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NCC can’t catch a break

For the first time in its history, NCC is canceling its entire spring break. Blame Mother Nature. True, in the past accumulated weather closings compelled the school to hold some makeup classes during spring break, and one year NCC extended the semester by a week to make up lost ground. But losing the entire spring…

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Theatre club’s Macbeth a ‘must-see’

NCC’s theater department is putting together its own unique spin on Shakespeare’s tragic tale of “Macbeth” for its spring production. “A tale of lust, greed, and revenge, ‘Macbeth’ is a must-see show,” says NCC theater director William Mutimer. “It will top past shows. It’s very exciting. It’s not traditional either; (this version) is set in…

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NASA Astronaut to speak at NCC

From the college: Retired NASA astronaut and professor of Aerospace Engineering at Lehigh University, Terry Hart, will host the presentation 100 Years of Aerospace Engineering on March 13, from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Hart was aboard the STS 41-C Challenger, NASA’s eleventh Space Shuttle mission, launched from Kennedy Space Center on April 6, 1984. The Challenger…

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New NCC workshop series to benefit student parents

Dalairis Amaro, Deidra Lamont and Taylor Harrigan have been awarded one of 11 nationwide campus action grants from the American Association of University Women to launch the Parents Achieve Success Now, or PASNOW, workshop series at NCC. “The research topic was about college mothers in which Dolly, Taylor and I created a proposal to fulfill…

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A wintry mix of feelings toward NCC’s closing policy

With every winter comes the burden of school closings and delays. Northampton Community College is no stranger to that subject. The polar vortex has hit the East Coast hard this year, causing schools all over to make difficult decisions on whether or not to close school. Here at NCC, the closing policy seems to spark a love/hate…

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NCC security ready for any situation

NCC security constantly drills and plans out responses to different scenarios, says NCC security chief Marvin Gruber. Security performs tabletop drills, which are “key personnel discussing simulated scenarios in an informal setting,” he says. Security prepares for “weather problems, building malfunctions, power loss and school shootings,” Gruber says. His staff “plans and organizes as best…

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Heartwarming commencement speech drives 2014 graduating class

This year’s Winter Commencement speaker was 2012 NCC graduate LaToya Brown. She gave a memorable and inspiring speech to the nearly 1,000 attendees. “I can describe my Northampton experience as a number of things. It was scary coming back to school as a non-traditional student, challenging as I will soon describe and probably one of…

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