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Massasoit Community College Archive: Timeline

About the Timeline

The Massasoit Community College Archive Timeline is a collection of important events related to Massasoit's History. The timeline also features articles from the student newspaper. These articles are selected as a highlight of what issues the students were concerned with and as a student slice of life from year to year. These papers are viewable by appointment in the Archives and are full of delightful stories, pieces of history, and ads of the time. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1947

  • A study of the need for higher education in the Commonwealth is undertaken by the State Board of Education, planting the seed for the future Massasoit Community College.

1958

  • The Massachusetts Board of Regional Community Colleges (now, Massachusetts Community Colleges) is created by the legislature to develop and execute an overall plan for regional community colleges.

  • In October, 1958, Massachusetts Governor Foster Furcolo signs into law his bill, Chapter 605: An Act Establishing a Massachusetts Board of Regional Community Colleges and Providing for the Establishment of Regional Community Colleges, which establishes a system of community colleges for Massachusetts.

 

1961

  • The proposal to bring a community college to the Brockton area is brought before the Brockton School Committee by George M. Romm, Chairman of the Education Committee of the Brockton Chamber of Commerce. 

 

1965

  • Announcement that a community college will be located in Brockton, Massachusetts as a result of a feasibility study conducted by the Brockton Chamber Of Commerce (now, Metro South Chamber of Commerce) with the combined efforts of area school committees and Representative Peter C. Asiaf and Senator James F. Burke. 

 

1966

 

  • 1st YEAR
  • Dr. John W. Musselman is appointed the first President of Massasoit Community College (Presidential term 1966-1978)
  • Phillip B. Melody is appointed the first Dean of Massasoit Community College
  • In September, 1966 classes begin in the Charles M. Frolio School, North Abington, Massachusetts with 358 students and 22 faculty.

From the Students:

  • A student run newspaper begins at Massasoit under the name The Quill.

 

1967

  • On March 21st, Gov. Volpe signs the Bill allowing Brockton to take land for Massasoit Community College.
  • A proposal was voted and passed for 3 projects on the east side of Brockton; a new elementary school, housing for the elderly and Massasoit Community College
  • The library is started on the North Abington Campus.

1968

  • Mayor John E. Sullivan signs over 100 acres of land to President John Musselman for the future site of Massasoit Community College scheduled for completion in September of 1970.
  • On Sunday, June 9, 1968, Massasoit Community College has its first commencement with 137 students receiving their Associate Degrees.
  • In September, 1968, additional campuses are established at the former Howard School for Girls in West Bridgewater and the Mirimar School in Duxbury. 

From the Students​:

  • Students advertise a meeting for the Ipsedixit, a student run literary publication. Ispedixit, or Ipse Dixit refers to a dogmatic and unproven statement in literature.
  • An advertisement to join the college Chorus.
  • These photos of professors ran in the 1991 student paper as "flashback" to what their current teachers looked like.

 

1969

  • Fall, 1969 begins the fourth year of Massasoit Community College operating on two temporary campuses—West Bridgewater and North Abington.
  • On October 28, 1969, Massasoit Community College breaks ground for the first five buildings at what is to become the Brockton Campus. Pictured from left to right: John Costello, David E. Crossby, Peter Asiaf, Anna P. Buckley, Rubert Cataldo, John W. Musselman

1970

  • Massasoit Community College Foundation incorporates to secure funding to the College for student scholarships and special projects.
  • On May 8, 1970, 250 faculty and students march for peace after the fatal shooting at Kent State University and the escalating tensions in Southeast Asia. 

From the Students

  • Dear Mr. Fantasy is a student advice column.
  • Nurses wear caps as part of their uniforms that announces where they go to school.
  • Massasoit of the 1970’s is very active as this breakdown of the student activity fee shows.

1971

  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) awards 10 year accreditation. 
  • On February 8, the student council passes a 3 point war resolution and sends a copy to Senator Kennedy and Congressman Keith.
  • In April, 350 students at the Massasoit Duxbury campus sign a petition supporting the People's Peace Treaty which calls for: a cease fire, the withdrawal of American forces from Southeast Asia, the return of all American prisoners of war, and the setup of a coalition government with legitimate elections.

From the Students​

  • The beginning of what will become the Massasoit Police Department.
  • An anti-war ad runs in the student paper during the final few years of the Vietnam War. The Student Newspaper runs many such ads and columns in opposition to the war.
  • A look at what 1971 spring students are doing.
  • The new tennis team at Massasoit reaches out for members.

1972

  • The Brockton Campus of Massasoit Community College opens with the completion of Phase I of the construction and Phase II of the construction begins on the Brockton Campus.
  • The Latch program starts at Massasoit Community College with the name “Project Mainstream”. Dr. Marilyn Maxwell is it’s director.

From the Students

  • The student paper is renamed the Furthur.
  • Advertising for “College Night,” an event where students planning to attend four year colleges could ask questions.
  • Erotic Enlightenment was a series of articles published in the student newspaper. The author provided quirky facts and references to literary works that dealt with sexuality.
  • When Nixon is elected for his second term in office, members of the Further were less than thrilled.

1973

From the Students

  • An aerial shot of the new Massasoit Brockton Campus. This picture is featured as a full page spread in the college newspaper.
  • The new “Mini Gym” opens to students.
  • A dedicated column to the Veterans on campus. To the column’s left, a student poem.
  • A dual article for the Chess Club and congratulating the Women’s Intramural Tennis player that references Billy Jean King

1974

  • House Representative Margaret Heckler gives the commencement address to the graduating class on May 31, 1974.

From the Students​

  • A Soccer team forms at Massasoit and looks for members via the Further.
  • Students are very vocal on their thoughts of the new campus. Future articles will detail expansions, additions, and landscaping changes made to the college.
  • Some of the articles in the student newspaper are of a more humors sway.
  • An article that details the problems the student run yearbooks are having. The next edition of the Further sees the restarting of the yearbook committee.

1975

  • The Massasoit Campus in 1975.

From the Students

  • Student government becomes a big focus in the school paper around this time. As opposed to the rebellious behavior the paper had once condoned, voting, participating, and student involvement were heavily encouraged.
  • While the early 1970’s Further heavily runs articles on the topics of the war and marijuana, 1975’s stories transition more to the issues dealing with Alcoholism. Self-polls on drinking and information on Alcoholics Anonymous are common. Pictured here is an image in the Further on the grave seriousness of Alcoholism.
  • This article ran on April 1st but it was no joke when someone calls the Massasoit switch board with a bomb threat.
  • A re-occurring student coffee house night opens under the name, The Friends of Revendell.

1976

From the Students

  • 10 YEARS
  • The student paper is renamed the Massanger.
  • WRSH was the college radio station run by students. Pictured is a look at their weekly lineup.
  • The Massasoit Little Company Theatre preformed the Sorcerer’s Apprentice to great success.
  • A local bar hosts the yearly Massasoit Talent Show.
  • The poet, artist, and liberal activist, Lawrence Ferlinghetti speaks at Massasoit.

1977

From the Students

  • A story covering a car theft at Massasoit.
  • March continued to be a rough month in 1977 when a mob vandalizes a door on campus.
  • Students ponder the new sculpture on campus.
  • In November of 1977, the student paper is briefly renamed  The Barely Adequate or just simply, The Adequate before becoming The Voice.

1978

  • In the Fall, 1978, Phase II construction was completed and occupancy took place.
  • On November 22, 1978, Dr. George E. Ayers was appointed the second President of Massasoit Community College. (Presidential term 1978-1982)
  • The Massasoit Senior Center (now the Center for Lifelong Learning) opens.

From the Students

  • Students closely follow the developments of the Brockton College’s development.
  • John Musselman gives a farewell interview to a member of the Voice.
  • Editors of The Voice strongly encourage students to write into the paper. As a result, many hot topics of the time are discussed such as feminism and the role of women in society and sports.

1979

  • New Theater Arts Program begins in September at Massasoit Community College. 

From the Students

  • The long awaited pool opens.
  • Enrollment reaches new highs at Massasoit.
  • Massasoit is gifted a telescope.

1980

  • MCC Self-Development Laboratory at Massasoit (SLAM) opens education to those without high school diplomas. 
  • On September 8, 1980, Massasoit Community College opens the Continuing Education Program for Nurses. At the time, this was a first of its kind.

From the Students

  • In 1980 it looked to many Americans that President Jimmy Carter would reinstate the draft. The student newspaper talked about the possibility in many of the issues. Additionally, it seemed like women too would be required to serve as this article highlights.
  • Also, an advertisement for a poet coming to Massasoit.
  • Photos of registration lines in September of 1980.
  • What did the election of Ronald Reagan mean to students of Massasoit?

1981

From the Students

  • In February, the student newspaper is renamed Cornucopia before switching back to The Voice the following September.
  • A student writes an article on the recently assassinated John Lennon.
  • 1981 was an active year for sports.

1982

  • Dr. Gerard F. Burke is appointed Dean of the College.  
  • Boston State College faculty and staff join Massasoit Community College.

From the Students

  • A small article on the growing popularity of video games and on one cherry-chasing dot muncher in particular.
  • A cartoon showing what at least one student thought of the parking situation in 1982.

1983

From the Students

  • A nice recap of the Warriors 1983 year with a fantastic action shot.
  • The Massasoit Little Theatre advertises for the The Wizard of Oz.
  • A student writes a nice outlook of what was to come for Massasoit.

1984

From the Students

  • A full page article of the bumper-stickers of Massasoit.
  • A small column that brings awareness to the underground popularity of role playing games.

1985

  • Blue Hills Technical Institute (founded in 1966) merges with Massasoit and becomes the Canton Campus.
  • The Massasoit Community College Board of Trustees signed a contract with the Division of Capital Planning and Operations (changed to Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance or DCAM in 1999) and Hospital Efficiency Corporation for a ten year pilot project in energy conservation designed to pay for capital improvements at the College and save 1.4 million dollars in energy costs during the ten years.
  • President Dr. Gerard Burke announced that Massasoit Community College will have its own cable television station. Massasoit is the first educational institution in the state to have control over a local cable television channel.
  • Massasoit is one of 63 colleges in the nation awarded a grant of $182,932.00 meant to improve the quality of education.

From the Students

  • The Valentine’s Day edition of the paper contained several pages worth of personal ads. At the heart of them was Phoofla, a re-occurring sarcastic rabbit.
  • Massasoit’s Fall Fair.

1986

  • 20 YEARS
  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) awards 10 year accreditation.

From the Students

  • The Challenger explosion which rocked America unsurprisingly also effected the students at Massasoit Community College heavily. No less than 5 stories ran in the February edition of The Voice.
  • A workshop on AIDS and how it would affect dental professionals. By the Early 90's, the issue of AIDS was being frequently discussed in the Massasoit college life.
  • A small article on smoking in the student lounge.
  • A full page spread showing off the Blue Hills Campus.

1987

  • Massasoit becomes the first public two year college to adopt a core curriculum. A pilot program is held in the spring semester with full implementation expected the following September.
  • Massasoit Community College, Cape Cod Community College, Bridgewater State College and the Plymouth school system are offering vocational training and college courses to the unemployed through the Plymouth College Center.

*Archivist's note: The Archives does not currently possess any student newspapers from 1987. If you have any information on obtaining copies of this year or any others, please contact the Archivist at the Massasoit Community College Library.

1988

  • Dr. Ernest L Boyer, President of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Learning spoke at Massasoit Community College. In his speech he congratulated Massasoit for its initiative in academics, especially the adoption of a core curriculum for the times.

*Archivist's note: The Archives does not currently possess any student newspapers from 1988. If you have any information on obtaining copies of this year or any others, please contact the Archivist at the Massasoit Community College Library.

1989

*Archivist's note: The Archives does not currently possess any student newspapers from 1988. If you have any information on obtaining copies of this year or any others, please contact the Archivist at the Massasoit Community College Library.

1990

  • The Senior Summer Institute begins.
  • Massasoit establishes new records with a 9% gain in applications and a 6% increase in enrollment.
  • Board of Trustees approved contract with Unisys Corporation of Wellesley for financing for an upgrade of the computer system to state-of-the-art technology.

From the Students

  • A member of Massasoit plays an important role in the founding of the “Boys and Girls Club” of Brockton.
  • The International Touch Club hosts an event to celebrate Mexican culture.
  • The paper advertises the existence of the radio and television stations.

 

1991

  • Higher Education Coordinating Council (HECC) replaces the Board of Regents of Higher Education.
  • Massasoit President Gerard F. Burke announces that Massasoit has become the first community college to enter into a memorandum of agreement with the Soviet Union. The agreement will set the stage for discussions with the Supreme Soviet officials for a community college system in that country.

From the Students

  • Rape became a widely discussed topic at Massasoit as this paper from 1991 shows.
  • Two photos: The Women’s Softball team and the Men’s Baseball team.

1992

  • Special Jubilee Performance Series marks Massasoit’s 25th year.
  • Gala - 25th Anniversary Dinner Dance, May 8, 1992 at Christos II (now The Conference Center)
  • Members of the Massasoit faculty and staff formed the Massasoit Silver Savoyards to perform The Mikado for the 25th anniversary celebration.
  • Massasoit takes part in hands-across-the sea program and teams with Ireland in the Wider Horizons/ International Vocational Training Program.
  • Pictured below: A map of the campus as it appeared in the student newspaper.

From the Students

  • This Valentine’s Day edition of the paper becomes a heavily sought after issue with its erotic and provocative images of the time.
  • What were the students of 1992 getting up too?
  • 1992 was a big year for students who smoke because all buildings became smoke free zones.

 

1993

  • The first early childhood conference brought hundreds of day care specialists and educators from across New England to Massasoit.
  • Dr. Gerard F. Burke was honored by Temple Israel as “Brockton’s Best of ‘93” for his contributions to the city.
  • Massasoit opens The Job Placement Center; this program is the first of its kind. It is designed to help students find work while attending college and upon graduation in their chosen fields.

From the Students

  • Two articles: The left informs the paper’s readers of a new publication journal, The Vortext. The right is a column warning students about AIDS spreading through colleges.
  • The students on the Canton Campus build a storage garage for school credit.
  • An article on how to use those new 1993 computers in the new lab.

 

1994

  • Massasoit moves to a “one-college concept” merging with the Continuing Education division to form one hierarchy of leadership.
  • Marguerite Donovan, Dean of Students retires after 14 years.
  • The Dental Assistant Program in Canton received full approval on its accreditation status.

From the Students

  • Massasoit continues its long history of the theater with Guys and Dolls.
  • Once upon a time, dialing out of the campus was a dream to Massasoit until this upgrade of the phone systems. Funny to think that in a few years, with the growth of the internet the lines would need to change again.

 

1995

  • Jack Williams, co-anchor of WBZ Channel 4 News spoke at Massasoit’s commencement ceremony.

From the Students

  • The Top of the Rainbow club hosts a video conference for Black History Month.
  • Massasoit updates its mission statement. Also, an ad for a pager service.
  • The Gay-straight Alliance, having formed two years prior, creates a safe zone badge.

 

1996

  • 30 YEARS
  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) awards 10 year accreditation.
  • Board of Higher Education replaces HECC.
  • Awarding of Choices Scholarship approved by Board of Trustees.

From the Students

  • An adult student shares her experiences.
  • By 1996 computers were common place enough to warrant a mandatory class.
  • Public awareness about a recycling program at Massasoit.

 

1997

  • Dr. Robert Rose is appointed fourth President of Massasoit Community College.
  • The Proactive Learning Assistance Network (PLAN), a part of the U.S. Department of Education’s “TRiO Student Support Services” (SSS) Federal Program, started at Massasoit Community College.
  • The Conference Center opens, offering 7200 square feet of meeting space for local businesses and other community organizations. 

From the Students

  • The International Touch Club departs for a trip to Washington D.C. and the student paper covers the “Choices” program.
  • The new president is welcomed to Massasoit and interviewed.
  • Police bicycle patrols begin on Massasoit.
  • The “AGLAS” advertises their club meetings.

 

1998

  • The SeniorNet program began at the Massasoit Senior Center.  
  • On October 17, 1998, the 1st Annual Massasoit Community College Gala is held, a fund raising activity run by the Massasoit Gala Committee and the Massasoit Foundation, Inc.  
  • Weekend class offerings start.

From the Students

  • A student covers the fascinating history of what came before Massasoit.
  • A vampire themed short story runs in the student newspaper.
  • Parking issues and cramped spaces continue to be a problem for the growing campus.
  • A new student representative is appointed to Massasoit.
  • The radio club battles ongoing problems.

 

1999

1999 - 2002

Work in progress

 

 

 1999 | 2000 | 2001 | 2002

 1999

  • Massasoit Community College purchases license for WebCT (now Blackboard Learning Management System), an online proprietary virtual learning environment system.
  • The Student Union is renamed Student Center.
  • Massasoit hosts Teaching and Learning Conference in February 1999

2000

  • On March 4, 2000, the 2nd Annual Massasoit Community College Gala, “Carnevale” is held – a fund raising activity run by the Massasoit Gala Committee and the Massasoit Foundation, Inc.
  • “The Associate: a newsletter for alumni and friends of Massasoit Community College” is published.
  • Massasoit Community College joins the Old Colony Library Network.

 2001

  • On March 3, 2001, the 3rd Annual Massasoit Community College Gala, “An Evening In Paris” is held – a fund raising activity run by the Massasoit Gala Committee and the Massasoit Foundation, Inc.
  • In April 2001, Choices is awarded the “Exemplary Program Award” by  the Senior Affairs Council of Massasoit Community College.
  • First online course is offered (course is taught completely online).
  • Marine Trade Program offered for the first time.
  • Banner and Collegis services  acquired and Banner “goes live” on July 1.
  • Massasoit's Gwen Barnes, Chosen as Massachusetts' PTK Outstanding Centennial Scholar.
  • In response to the tragedy of the world Trade Center in New York, on Sept. 11 the college closed at 10:45am.

2002

  • Dr. Charles Wall is appointed fifth President of Massasoit Community College. (Presidential term 2002-current)
  • First blended course offered (course taught partly in the classroom and partly online).
  • "Celebrating the Community of Massasoit," April 1 - May 1 - a month of events and activities
  • ESL offered in Plymouth February 2002.
  • Akillian Gallery in Canton dedicated in August.

2003 -

Massasoit Community College History Highlights

 

In ascending order

 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 |

 

 2003

 2004

  • Massasoit’s Math Team finishes the year in first place in AMAYTC’s Northeast Region (New England and New York). This marks the first time in Massasoit’s 7-year involvement that a team outside of NY took first place.
  • Information Literacy instruction classroom completed in the Brockton campus Library.
  • The Community Education non-credit Marine Technician courses started in the fall. This program was developed as part of a $50,000 Commonwealth Corporation grant aimed at an in-depth study of the workforce needs of the South coastal marine industry. 

 2005

  • Dr. Wall was awarded a grant from the Massachusetts and Rhode Island Campus Compact for the Student Civic Engagement-Presidential Activity Fund. 
  • A new Adult Basic Education Transitions Program has been funded by DOW for $60,000. The program will provide transition counseling and instruction for 12-15 ABE per semester.
  • Pharmacy Technician Training program was approved to begin in the Fall of 2005. The program was approved by the state Pharmacy Board of Registration and will consist of 120 hours of classroom instruction and 120 hours of on the job training.

 2006

  • 40 YEARS
  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) awards 10 year accreditation.

 2007

  • President Wall signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment.
  • Massasoit Community College Sustainability Task Force formed in September, 2007.
  • Massasoit Community College students formed a sustainability club entitled Emerald E.A.R.T.H. (Ecologically Active Ready To Help).
  • The Gala - The Many Faces of Massasoit “A 40th Anniversary Celebration of Massasoit” is held at the Conference Center on June 6, 2007.
  • Honorary Degree recipients, Jack Conway, President and CEO of Jack Conway and Company and the late Dr. John Musselman, (presented to his wife Mrs. Ellen Mussellman),  first President of Massasoit Community College.

2008

  • As of October 14, 2008, the Massachusetts General Laws were amended to designate the 15 community colleges in Massachusetts collectively as the Governor Foster Furcolo Community Colleges.
  • The Gala “Making It At Massasoit" is held at the Conference Center on October 25, 2008, entitled “The Butler Did It Singing.” 
  • The Gala Silver Tea
  • Honorary Degree recipient Dr. Burton Polansky, New England Sinai Hospital
  • Sustainability Task Force and their Landscaping Subcommittee created a sustainable garden with native flowers and plants in the quadrangle area of the Brockton campus.
  •  In celebration of Earth Day 2008, the 1st  Annual Environmental and Energy Fair was held on the Brockton campus hosted by the Student Sustainability Club. 

2009

  • The  First Annual Massasoit Arts Festival held at the Canton Campus on Sunday, May 24, 2009.
  • The  Gala “Making It At Massasoit" event is held at the Conference Center on October 24, 2009, entitled “GQ and The Lady”.
  • Presidential Medallions and Honorary Degree Recipients (1995 and 2009), Richard Frye, President of Frye Insurance Co. and Frye Real Estate Agency  and Gloria Striggles, Founder and President of many philanthropic and community organizations
  • In the Spring of 2009, the first “No Mow” area on the Brockton Campus was created as part of the Sustainability commitment to sustainable landscaping at the College.
  • Ann-Marie Burke, professor of Biology was awarded a Faculty Sustainability Mini-Grant. This grant involves incorporating sustainability of “green” elements into an existing course.
  • Massasoit’s production of Urinetown was nominated for 8 EMACT (Eastern Massachusetts Association of Community Theaters) Awards. Four awards were in the performance category and 4 behind the scenes.

 2010

  • Middleborough Center of Massasoit Community College opens at Dr. Lincoln D. Lynch School, Middleborough, Massachusetts; day, and evening credit courses are offered that will fulfill many degree requirements in Liberal Arts, Business, Criminal Justice, and Early Child Care. Campus tours for this location, as well as Brockton and Canton campuses are offered.
  • The Gala “Making It At Massasoit” is held at the Conference Center on October 23, 2010, entitled “Best of Broadway Review”.
  • Presidential Medallion and Honorary Degree Recipients, Manthala George Jr. and Jordan Rich.
  • Massasoit Community College was certified as an official Certified Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. This recognizes individuals and organizations who provide essential elements for healthy and sustainable wildlife habitats. Including: food sources, water sources, places for cover, places to raise young, and sustainable gardening practices.

 2011

  • The 45th Sapphire Anniversary Gala Making it at Massasoit - on October 22, 2011 at the Conference Center
  • Presidential Medallion and Honorary Degree recipients E. Dennis Kelly, Jr., President and CEO of Bristol County Savings Bank and  Geraldine Creedon, Representative of the Eleventh Plymouth and Bristol Districts
  • Former President Gerard Burke received an Honorary Degree at graduation
  • Announcement of Massasoit Community College Children’s Center retention of its National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accreditation.
  • The Helping Hands Club sponsored a Breast Cancer Walk on the Brockton Campus.

2012

  • Gala - Making it at Massasoit on October 20, 2012
  • Presidential Medallion and William J. Morse, President, Mutual Bank and Charles H. Tartaglia, Owner of George's Cafe

2013

  • Gala - Everyday Heroes

2014

  • Gala
  • Jane Auger and Paul Sullivan
  • Wizard of Oz

2015

  • Gala - Portraits of Success, October 24, 2015
  • Edward F. Perry, Jr. and James W. Blake

2016

  • 50 YEARS
  • Gala - Portraits of Success, October 22, 2016
  • Play "Facing Forward"
  • Play "Macbeth"
  • Play "Miracle on 34th Street"