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Marcia McNair

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Marcia McNair

12/18/2020 | AuthorNCC 

I have been teaching at Nassau since 1995. I started out as an instructor in the English Department. I am now an Associate Professor of English. I teach a variety of subjects, but closest to my heart are my Journalism, African American Literature and Women's Studies courses. A play I co-authored with Professor Anissa Moore of the Communications Department, "Sistas on Fire!", was produced Off-Off Broadway at the East Village Playhouse. Most recently, my semi-autobiographical screenplay, "The Open Window," was a finalist in the 2020 Alliance of Women Filmmakers Script competition; won the silver medal for the WRPN Women's 2020 International Film Festival; was an official selection of the 2020 Diversity Film and Script Showcase; and was a semi-finalist in the 2020 Creative Screenwriting Unique Voices Screenplay Contest.

We did a student production of "Sistas on Fire!" at the College for Black History Month 2020. Our cast was made up of NCC students who went the extra mile in rehearsals and performances. They hosted multiple post-performance talk backs with the audience, which revealed that people do care about social justice and are willing to fight for it. It gave me hope that things can change for the better.

What makes NCC special to me are the students. I learn from them as much as I teach them. Our students are determined to get an education despite tremendous odds, and I find working with them inspiring.


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Marcia McNair

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Dec 8, 2020 | NCC

Richard Newman

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Quincy Chester

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Neela Saxena

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Ricardo Santos

I came to NCC as a student in the fall of 1990. In November, I had to interrupt my studies because my army unit (766 Belmore Co) became the first Long Island unit to be activated to go to the Gulf War. After graduating, I went to SUNY Binghamton, where I finished a BA in English and Literature; an M.A.T. (Master of Arts in Teaching) in English Education and a Ph.D. in in Comparative Literature.

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Kris Goldsmith

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Doe Singh

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Angelo Mendez

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Rafie Baez

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Kama Dvorak

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Michelle Santoli

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Gustavo Velasquez

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Kyle Muller

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Jason McConnell

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Laura O’Connell

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Juliette, NCC Alum

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Oct 20, 2020 | NCC

Jeanine Cook-Garard

I have been a faculty member at NCC for the past 27 years, teaching Fundamentals of Nursing, and am a proud graduate of the NCC nursing program myself. I'm also a geriatric nurse practitioner and have made presentations on advance directives, aging and social change and conflict resolution, among others.

Oct 16, 2020 | NCC

Jolie Zangari

I have been an instructor at Nassau Community College since 2015, beginning as an adjunct instructor and currently as a full-time faculty member in the Criminal Justice Department.

Oct 16, 2020 | NCC

Tom Bruckner

I was hired as an adjunct professor at NCC in 2000, at the age of 25. I've taught Environmental Science, Physical Science, Geology and Astronomy

Oct 2, 2020 | NCC

Vondora Wilson-Corzen

I currently teach within the Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work Departments. I am also the Coordinator for the Human Services program (HMS) here at NCC.

Sep 25, 2020 | NCC

Whitney Glass

My journey at NCC began as a student in 2003 in the Marketing program. In 2011, I became an Adjunct in the Marketing department and in 2017 I was hired as a full time Instructor.

Sep 4, 2020 | NCC

Ryan Calabrese, NCC Alum

NCC was the best choice for me when I began my higher-ed journey. When I stepped onto the campus I had some preconceived notions of what to expect. Growing up on LI everyone is familiar with NCC but I can honestly say I was very surprised by my experience.

Sep 1, 2020 | NCC

Matthew Waldman

My experience at NCC is one I wouldn’t change. I’m proud to have gone to Nassau. I always wanted to be on the radio. So, I ended up majoring in Media Communications. NCC gave me the opportunity to grow my interpersonal, public speaking and general communication skills.

Aug 11, 2020 | NCC

Justin Amendola

My freshman year at Nassau was nothing but special. Not only my teammates, but my coaches are great as well. I felt blessed to be surrounded by such great guys who have come to be not just teammates, but family.

Aug 4, 2020 | NCC


During my time at Nassau Community College I enrolled in Civil Engineering and the classes I took helped me to obtain the degree I needed to get where I am today - working full time in the construction field. NCC gave me the chance to improve as well as learn

Aug 1, 2020 | NCC

Olivia Burns

Being a student athlete at Nassau is a wonderful experience. I remember as a freshman being so scared to go in and play. I don’t think I have ever felt more welcomed to anything in my life.

Jul 28, 2020 | NCC

Pete Grim

Going to Nassau put my head back on my shoulders after I transferred home from Marquette, I thought the work load would be light and the classes would be easy but I was mistaken. It is beacuse of the quality education I received at NCC that I am now in the teaching program in Cortland hoping to help the underprivileged youth in the inner cities of New York.

Jul 25, 2020 | NCC


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