Since 2000, Queen Fordham has been the “face” of MxCC’s Meriden Center. She has attended countless open house and community events representing the College, talking to prospective students and their families about MxCC. Then, once students begin the application process, Queen is there to administer the Basic Skills Assessment test, to assist them with enrollment, to provide academic advising, and to lead success workshops. She also works closely with MxCC faculty regarding class scheduling and fulfilling classroom equipment needs.
Add to that list managing the new Welcome Desk at the Meriden Center – and being sure students and visitors are properly greeted and assisted when they come to campus. Clearly, working with and helping people is the main focus of Queen’s career at MxCC.
The Welcome Desk service is part of a larger campus upgrade taking place at The Meriden Center. Queen used her experience working with the College and students (and researching other colleges) to develop the welcome desk concept, which now serves as an important source of information for everything relating to MxCC.
Prior to joining the Meriden Center, Queen worked in administrative roles at Eli Whitney Technical High School in Hamden, Conn. She also worked as administrative support at Elmcrest Behavioral Health in Portland, Conn. She earned a bachelor’s of science degree in psychology and sociology from Charter Oak State College, and an associate’s degree in General Studies and in Business Office Technology from MxCC.
At MxCC, Queen has served on many committees including the President’s Committee on Diversity, the President’s Inaugural Committee, and the Academic Affairs Committee. She also is a member of the College’s Emergency Response Team. She also provides outreach to local Boys & Girls Clubs and has served on the board of directors for the Women & Family Center in Meriden.
Her tireless involvement strengthens her ties to the MxCC and Meriden communities, which in turn helps her serve society in her own ways.
Off campus, Queen loves to take cruises and travel with her friends and family – seeking out as many beaches as possible. She says that “time slows down on a beach.” For someone as busy as Queen, that is a worthy pursuit!