Bristol Community College

Bristol Community College


Program Manager

Michael J. Vieira, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs

Mike is the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Bristol Community College in Fall River, MA. Since the grant was awarded in 2008, Mike has served as the Project Coordinator for the Title III Connected College grant. In that capacity, he has hired and overseen the Title III team, ensured that federal funds are spend in accordance with the grant budget, and helped the college meet the annual objectives.

Prior to moving into the Office of Academic Affairs, he served as Dean of Business and Information Management at BCC for five years. After teaching journalism and advising student publications for more than 20 years in Fall River Public Schools, he served as an assistant professor in the BCC Computer Information Systems Department specializing in desktop publishing, web page development and multimedia applications. He also taught as a part-time faculty member at Bristol, Bridgewater State College, Roger Williams University, and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Mike earned a PhD from Capella University, a BA and MAT from Bridgewater State College and a CAGS from Rhode Island College, as well as certifications from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a English Secondary Teacher (grades 8-12), High School Principal, Director/Supervisor, and Instructional Technology Specialist. He has developed web pages, written extensively, edited publications, and taught and learned on-line. Mike is an advocate for public education and hands-on learning, including graduate courses where students are colleagues in learning who are engaged as scholar-practitioners.

Program Co-Directors

Suzanne M. Buglione, Dean, Lash Center for Teaching and Learning

In July 2012, Suzanne joined the Title III Grant Team at Bristol Community College as Dean and grant Co-Director. Suzanne’s managerial role with this grant focused on organizational development, evaluation, professional development and evaluation. She has provided training to faculty related to first year student pedagogy, high impact practices and engaged learning.

Suzanne came to BCC as a recent doctoral graduate of UMass Boston’s Leadership in Higher Education Program, having begun and managed CommunityBuild, a consulting and training business as well as having taught in higher education at many public and private colleges and universities. Her longest tenure was at Worcester State University, where she taught undergraduate and graduate courses in Health Sciences, Sociology and Education, worked in their First Year Experience program and served their Center for Teaching and Learning and their Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement. Her research interests are nontraditional students and their experiences of identity development, service-learning and retention.

Kathy Torpey Garganta, RDH, MS - Associate Vice President of Enrollment Services & Technology

Kathy Torpey Garganta is an Associate Vice President of Enrollment Services & Technology, who holds a Master’s degree in Dental Public Health from Boston University Graduate School of Dental Medicine.

Previously, Kathy was Dean of BCC’s Attleboro Center and Taunton Satellite. She is also a BCC graduate of Dental Hygiene and began her career at the College teaching in the Dental Hygiene program. Kathy was one of the first faculty members to participate in the College’s technology in the classroom projects and was honored as the student-selected Last Lecture Award for teaching excellence. Kathy served as the College’s second Presidential Fellow where she initiated BCC’s Presidential Scholars Program.

As Connect to College Activity I Director, Kathy will provide supervision to the First Year Engagement Strategist and Academic Advisement Specialist as well as leading efforts in creating the Connected College’s enhanced support services.

Grant Staff

Kevin Forgard, Instructional Designer

Working closely with faculty across the curriculum at BCC, Kevin has been responsible for the design and implementation of the Course Design Toolkits. Through this process, he develops and conducts various training programs related to using the Toolkits and classroom technologies promoted through the grant. This includes the multi-week online professional development workshop, Survey of Education Technology.

He has also worked closely with faculty to implement the use of iPads in the classroom using the Title III iPad class sets. Of note, is his work in overseeing the iPad class set for the learning community, When Truth and Fiction Collide, which utilized the technology in history and English literature courses. Most recently, working with the English Department, Kevin has coordinated efforts between faculty, college facilities, and ITS to create the new mobile English writing lab that utilizes a flexible classroom design and wireless technologies. Kevin holds a Masters of Science Degree in Instructional Design, Development, and Evaluation from Syracuse University.

Michael Hull, Acting First Year Engagement Specialist

In April 2012, Michael Hull joined the Title III Grant Team at Bristol Community College as Acting First Year Engagement Specialist. Since joining the team Michael has worked closely with Katie Spavento, former FYES in order to create a seamless transition. Michael continues to update the FYE website, social media sites and works closely with first year students. Also, Michael was named First Year Experience and Orientation Committee chair where he is currently working with the committee to evaluate fall 2012 orientations and enhance the spring 2013 orientations.

Michael Hull has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Michael is also a graduate of Bristol Community College, class of 2010. While at BCC Michael served as Student Trustee from 2009/2010, in addition to working for the Office of Civic Engagement, serving as a Student Ambassador and sitting on multiple committees. In the Fall Michael will be starting a Master’s in Education in Higher Education from Eastern Nazarene College offered at the Fall River Campus of Bristol Community College.

Sarah Kocur, Academic Advisement Specialist

In August 2011, Sarah joined the Title III Grant Team at Bristol Community College as the Academic Advising Specialist. Sarah holds a Master of Science in Management through Eastern Nazarene College and a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Sarah works with and maintains DegreeWorks, the auditing tool that is used throughout the college to help students track their progress while completing their Associate's Degree or Certificate. She travels between all BCC campuses holding workshops and trainings where she introduces faculty, staff and students to the use of DegreeWorks. Sarah also serves as an Academic Advisor in the Advising Center at the Fall River campus. Her background as a BCC alumna allows her to better understand the needs of the first year and returning students.

Steven Frechette, Web Developer and Technology Analyst

Steve joined the Title III staff in January 2013 as the Web Developer and Technology Analyst. He currently works on DegreeWorks and is researching other technology initiatives for Title III.

Steven holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts at North Dartmouth. Before coming to BCC, Steve held many positions as a developer, technology analyst, and manager in the field of software and network engineering in private, non-profit, and higher education sectors. In addition to his 20 years of experience, he has owned private businesses and volunteers his time within the small business community on technology, business strategy, and financial planning.

Angelina O'Brien, Director, Institutional Research, Planning, and Assessment

Angelina served as BCC’s Staff Associate for Institutional Research and for the Title III grant for one year. Her Title III position was approved by the Program Officer and funded by Year Two and Year Three carryover funds. Angelina was responsible for developing assessments as well as collecting and generating data for the Grant in order to evaluate progress towards fulfilling Grant goals and objectives. In August 2012, Angelina assumed the position of Director of Institutional Research, Planning, and Assessment where she will continue to direct various research and assessment projects, including the internal evaluation of the Title III Grant.

Angelina holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Women’s Studies from Providence College and a Master of Arts in Agency Counseling from Rhode Island College. She is currently completing a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies, also at Rhode Island College. Prior to BCC, Angelina worked at Rhode Island College in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions where she performed initial decisions on admissions eligibility. She also served as an AmeriCorps Volunteer and held a number of internships in the human services field.

Former Title III staff