Office Location: Founders Hall, Room 131 A
College is about change and discovery, so says Judy Mazgulski, retention specialist at MxCC. Judy knows college affects all students in one way or another, regardless of their background, age, experiences, or goals. They will learn new things about themselves, their plans for their futures, and the role they each play in society – and she is happy to help guide them along this path.
It makes sense, then, that Judy has served as a strong advocate for students at MxCC in several different roles during her career at the College. Her first was in MxCC’s Career Development and Counseling Center where she worked as a Job Developer before becoming Project Coordinator for the College’s Environmental Protection Agency Brownfields Job Training pilot program. From there she became the Coordinator of Student Activities and Admission Processes, and then the Director of the College Learning Center and Student Life program. She served as Director of Student Activities before taking on her role as Retention Specialist.
While she feels fortunate to have had such variety in her career, she loves the common threads of collaboration, getting things done, as well as seeing and helping students learn and mature. This is most prevalent in her current job as student retention specialist.
In this position, Judy does whatever it takes to keep MxCC students on track and enrolled in the College so they can fulfill their personal and profession goals. She is on the lookout for those students who may be struggling for a wide variety of reasons – and lets them know there is an abundance of support here for them. She wants students to make the connection between their academic planning and their career goals, and understand how poor choices have a ripple effect in their college lives. She will ask you to develop personally meaningful answers to the questions: 1. How do you want to change as a result of your college experience? and 2. What would you be doing right now if you really wanted to be a successful college graduate? As Judy likes to say, “If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll probably end up somewhere else.”
Judy coordinates the New Student Orientation program at MxCC, teaching the “MxCC Way” to incoming first-year, transfer and readmit students each enrollment cycle. Through this endeavor, Judy created the College’s student handbook, now a virtual handbook located on the College website.
She is the Student Services Assembly liaison to the Administrative Services Assembly, a college governance leadership role, and currently works on the Enrollment Management Committee.
Her list of roles and accomplishments includes:
Serving as the Veteran’s OASIS Coordinator helping veterans through any issues or concerns and creating a vibrant community for them on campus. She was involved in the 2010 opening of the Veterans’ OASIS program at MxCC, a dedicated location in the Jean Burr Smith Library that brings veterans together for academic, career and social support.
While the Meriden Center was open, Judy served as advisor to the Meriden Center Student Association (M.C.S.A.), the Meriden Center student government.
From its inception and for several years, she was co-advisor for S.P.E.A.K., Students Promoting Equality, Acceptance and Knowledge.
Another Student Services role she committed to for many years was co-chair of the Student Development committee at the College. Likewise, she served on several committees including promotion, tenure and scholarship.
Back in the day, she co-chaired the Annual MxCC Foundation Golf Classic for its first nine years, a major fundraising effort to raise scholarship money for students. Judy also taught the Freshman Seminar class multiple semesters over the years.
Judy earned a bachelor’s of arts degree in biology-psychology from Wells College in New York. She pursued a master’s of arts degree in educational and counseling psychology at the University of Connecticut and worked for several years in Residence Life. She went on to work at Eastern CT State University in their Career and Experiential Education Services Office before making her way to MxCC.
Judy loves taking part in many different aspects of the MxCC community. Some of her favorite events have been the student trips to the Connecticut State Capitol, the end-of-semester poetry reading, community service activities and commencement.
When she is not on campus, Judy can be found on the golf course, walking, hiking, and biking or on the east end of Long Island where she is from. She loves reading the newspaper every morning and listening to NPR (specifically “Where We Live, “This American Life”, The Moth Radio Hour”) and hanging out with family and friends.
Check out the Student Retention Services webpage (http://mxcc.edu/retention) for more information and personally recommended academic support resources.