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Students and Staff Attend Conference

Submitted by on November 18, 2019 – 9:29 pm
two women holding a plaque.

NECC student Samantha Cook, photographed here with Stephanie Haskell, received the Lisa Milso Kindness Award at the recent Community college Student Leadership Association conference.

Representatives of the Northern Essex Community College’s Office for Student Life recently attended the Community College Student Leadership Association (CCSLA) annual student leader conference at the Southbridge Hotel and Conference Center in Southbridge.

Stephanie Haskell, a coordinator in The Office of Student Life, and Noelia Figuereo, an NECC College Navigator, took a van of nine NECC student leaders including Samantha Cook, Courtney Morin, Joe Paquin, Jess Jaime, Rosielis Herrera Berroa, Sofia Fedele, Victor Van, Alyssa Millington, and Kirmy Ramos to the conference.

NECC Student Government Association President, Samantha Cook won the Lisa Milso Kindness Award given in memory of longtime member Lisa Milso, director of Student Life at North Shore Community College. This award recognizes an emerging student leader on campus who has demonstrated commitment, respect, excellence, accountability, and inclusion and has contributed time, creativity, energy and resources that have enriched, sustained, and positively influenced campus community, is in good academic standing, is nominated by their respective director/coordinator.

Preparing for this conference was a team effort. Morin created a packing list as well as a shared document for everyone to share notes on the different conference sessions. Paquin reviewed and selected sessions for each student to attend. He also coordinated overnight logistics. Berroa coordinated a pre-conference meeting for the whole team, handled paperwork, and a multitude of other tasks. Cook created a Facebook group for communication purposes. She also created business cards to be used for networking.

Four NECC staff members presented three sessions for students to attend during the two-day conference.

Figurereo and Tiffany Esmerio presented a session titled Professional & Personal Responsibility. Carin Diaz presented a session titled From a Few, Many. Stephanie Haskell presented a session titled It’s All About the Details: Event Planning Like the Pros. This session will prepare you with tips and tricks to plan events like the professionals.

For additional information, contact Haskell at