Symposium Success Academic Symposium week (April 11-15) showcased the fine work of Anna Maria College students and faculty, as well as attracted some top-tier speakers to share their insight with the College community.
Last Monday, Anna Maria welcomed esteemed alumnus and Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police Col. Richard McKeon ‘83G, who delivered the keynote address in the National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Lecture and Vigil hosted by the Molly Bish Center. Col. McKeon spoke about current issues, including the importance of establishing trust between communities and law enforcement.
On Wednesday, the College’s Social Work program and its Social Action Club hosted the half-day Annual Social Work Conference, “Fight or Flight: Working & Living with the Effects of Military Service.” Veterans Inc.’s Richard Miller served as the keynote speaker at the event that drew a crowd of more than 100 comprised of social work professionals from across the state, students and military families. Proceeds from the conference were donated to the Clarette Refugee Education Fund, founded by our alumnus and LaVigne Lecture speaker, Clementina Bihiga.
Wednesday afternoon featured the 2nd Annual Edith Mooney LaVigne ’63 Lecture. Esteemed alumna, refugee and author Clementine Bihiga was the speaker. Bihiga delivered a high-energy, inspirational lecture that was followed by a book-signing. About 150 students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members attended.
Thursday, April 14 featured 25 oral project presentations by students and five research presentations by faculty. The morning also featured 37 poster presentations and a career and internship fair in Information Commons, while an art exhibit and musical performances complemented the day’s events.
The presentations “showed the academic strength of our many contributors,” according to President Mary Lou Retelle.
Women and Diversity in the Workplace Bonnie Scanlon, assistant vice president, Hanover Insurance Group presented on workplace diversity on Tues., April 12. During her presentation, she stated that companies in the top 25 percent for racial and ethnic diversity are 35 percent more likely to have financial returns above their respective national industry median, saying “Diversity is not just politically correct, it is good business."
Vigil Commemorates National Crime Victims' Rights Week Victims, students, faculty, staff and the community gathered on Monday, April 11 in honor of National Crime Victims' Rights Week. The vigil began with a few words from Dr. Ann Marie Mires, the Bish family, and Tracey Casey. The crowd was then led out into the rotary where Father Manuel Clavijo led the prayer in remembrance of crime victims.
Beacon Hill Chat Welcomes President Retelle Recently President Retelle was featured on the WCCA-TV program "Beacon Hill Chat" hosted by Massachusetts State Senator Harriette Chandler (D-Worcester). President Retelle touted the excellent academic programs at Anna Maria, our financial aid programs, the HEART Initiative and the future of the College. Watch the show here.
Anna Maria Goes Green Tomorrow Join us for the Earth Day campus beautification event. Sign up to beautify the campus and get your hands dirty here. When you participate, be sure to use the hashtag #AMCPaysItForward. The first 25 people to show up for each shift will get a free t-shirt! Contact Brooke Denver with questions. Back By Popular Demand: AMC's Got Talent AMC’s Got Talent is returning to campus to highlight the talent of students in various disciplines, including music, dance and much more. Guest judges include President Mary Lou Retelle, director of Music Education Reagan Paras and Coach Vincent Sinagra. The show begins at 7 p.m. tomorrow, April 22 in the Zecco Performing Arts Center. Contact Reagan Paras with questions. Annual Stress Less Fair Arrives April 27 Health & Counseling Services is hosting its annual Stress Less Fair on Wednesday, April 27 in the Campus Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Get a massage, relax with some pet therapy or get your mind off things with some adult coloring. Contact Karen Morrissey with questions.Spring Concert Performance Slated for May 1 Anna Maria College’s Concert Choir is proud to announce its annual Spring Concert. The performance will include music composed by Palestrina, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Duruflé and Hogan. It will be held on Sun., May 1 at 3 p.m. at Blessed Sacrament Church in Worcester. Admission is free and all are welcome. Contact Reagan Paras with questions.
Last Thursday, students attended the first Paint Night in the Dining Hall. Adjunct faculty Sumiyo Toribe led the students step-by-step to create their spring paintings of trees in bloom. Paint Night will resume next semester.
A guest commentary from Director of Campus Ministry Fr. Manuel Clavijo was featured in last week’s Catholic Free Press. “As I witness, both on and off campus, students’ strong enthusiasm for giving back, I cannot help but connect this drive to Pope Francis’ inspirational messages,” wrote Fr. Clavijo. To read the full commentary, click here.
On Sat. April 23, the softball team will be participating in their annual Coaches vs. Cancer game. The team will play Johnson & Wales University at the O'Brien Softball Field in Worcester at Noon. Learn more about the fundraiser or donate here.