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Newly required class stirs up freshmen

This year, all incoming freshmen are required to take a course called College Success. Many freshmen this year have the same question: Why do we have to take a class that teaches us skills we already know?   “College is a way out of a path of being unsure, to make a better life for…

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New mobile app class ready for download

A new technology-focused class had its first semester this spring at NCC. The newly created iPhone app development course will wrap up its maiden voyage at the end of this semester. Instructed by mobile industry veteran Mark Koberlein, students learned how to build from scratch an app for Apple’s iOS mobile operating system with a…

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A celebration of life

From Dr. Mark Erickson, President of NCC:   Please join us in celebrating the life of Dr. Robert J. Kopecek, at 4 p.m. on Monday, May 13, in Lipkin Theatre. Dr. Kopecek served as president of Northampton Community College for 26 years – from 1977 until 2003. He passed away in North Carolina on April…

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“The future of storytelling”

A New York Times story is making consumers eager to see the next step in news storytelling. The story, “Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek,” is a cross between a news story and novel that follows 16 expert skiers and snowboarders caught in an avalanche in the Cascades in Washington State. Three died. “Snow…

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Thinking the unthinkable

“Do what you need to survive if the unthinkable happens” was the message delivered by Security Chief Marvin Gruber and Dean of Students Mardi McGuire-Closson during a program earlier this semester. The program, held in College Center 166 on the Main campus, highlighted the reality of recent school shootings and how making critical decisions could…

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Watching your Glass

The new product Google Glass could be the next way to connect with other people and the technological world. Project Glass, as it is referred to by Google personnel, has gathered lots of buzz on social media, with about 15 million views on the YouTube video released in late February. Another promotional video released in…

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Watchdogs chase the truth

Watchdog journalism is alive and kicking in the local press. Morning Call reporters Spencer Soper and Paul Muschick discussed their investigative work during a March 28 presentation titled “Watchdogs: Journalism with Teeth.” Investigative journalism shines a light where it’s needed. “There is a power simply in illumination,” Soper said during the presentation in College Center…

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Angels in America to be Staged at NCC

Angels in America: The Millennium Approaches, by Tony Kushner, will be staged on April 11, 12 and 13 at 7:30 p.m. and on April 14 at 3:00 p.m. at Northampton Community College’s Lipkin Theatre, Kopecek Hall, Main Campus, 3835 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem Township.   Described as a “gay fantasia on national themes,” the play…

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NCC to hold Poetry Day

FROM THE COLLEGE   Acclaimed poet Jimmy Santiago Baca will visit NCC for its annual Len Roberts Poetry Day reading on Thursday, April 11, with programs at the Main and Monroe campuses.   Baca learned to read and write in prison, transforming himself into an internationally known author, activist, motivator, teacher and “poet of the…

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Best-selling author Michael Beschloss to Speak at NCC

FROM THE COLLEGE   Michael Beschloss, presidential historian and best-selling author, will discuss his book Presidential Courage at Northampton Community College (NCC) on Thursday, April 18, 7:30 p.m., Arthur L. Scott Spartan Center, Main Campus. Beschloss is an award-winning historian and the best-selling author of nine books. Newsweek has called him “the nation’s leading presidential…

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Counseling Service here to help

Reasons why students visit Counseling Services tend to run in trends and right now two big ones are students losing their health insurance or having to cope with stress. Students face problems when they can no longer rely on unemployed parents to pay for medication for learning disabilities or mental health issues, says Ross Bandics,…

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NCC starts their weeks by cutting the meat

If you could cut out any part of your usual diet on Mondays, what would it be? At NCC, students have the option to trim an important part of most diets — meat. That is the basis of the Meatless Monday program that caters to the vegan and vegetarian populations at the school. Meatless Monday…

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