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Sichuan Conservatory seminar music therapy studentsDuring the month of December, Dr. Lisa Summer traveled to China to share her expertise on Music Therapy with college students.

On December 5th, Dr. Summer gave a one day seminar, Introduction to Music & Imagery at the Music Therapy Program at Sichuan Conservatory of Music. There were 50 undergraduate music therapy students and six music therapy and social work faculty members in attendance.

On December 9-11, she conducted a 3-day seminar, Self-Care with Music. Participants included 18 psychologists and physicians who work in healthcare settings in the community, especially in medical hospitals in the capital city of Chengdu in Sichuan Province and the Director of Music Therapy at Sichuan Conservatory of Music.

After the trip, The Director of Music Therapy at Sichuan Conservatory of Music invited Dr. Summer to return next year to continue to contribute to the development of music therapy in Sichuan Province.

Later in December, Dr. Summer was in residence at the Beijing Music Wellness Center to lead several Music & Imagery trainings including:

  • 3-day seminar, Self-Care with Music, for psychologists and music therapists
  • 5-day Level II Re-Educative Music & Imagery Seminar
  • Supervision for Level III Guided Imagery and Music trainees
  • 4-day Level III Guided Imagery and Music Seminar

To learn more about Dr. Summer, read her faculty profile here

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Top25HomelandSecAnna Maria College is proud to be named one of "The 25 Best Online Master in Homeland Security Degree Programs" by 

National security is of great importance to the preservation and growth of the United States and its territories. To succeed, professionals must be well educated on ethical and social issues of security, liberty, risk assessment and vulnerability, motivation, multiagency cooperation, intelligence cycles, victimization and fear, resource and technology management, as well as, media and mass communication. Our program informs students through the various processes and resources available while developing best practices, programs, and policies in response. Professionals must also understand the role the United States plays in connection to ally and other forces in the world. Our program exposes students to the United States' systemic answer to domestic and international threats.

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Paramedic ScienceAnna Maria College has received a grant from the Schwartz Charitable Foundation to support the College of Health and Fire Sciences complete the purchase of a DART ECG Simulator.

The DART ECG Simulator will allow students of the College of Health and Fire Sciences further their knowledge and better prepare them for clinical practices and certification exams. The simulator is a new teaching software that replaces a defibrillator and ECG Rhythm Simulator. With this software students will have the opportunity to practice defibrillation, synchronized cardioversion, transcutaneous pacing and so much more. The $1,500 grant will fund the purchase of the simulator.

“We are grateful to have the Schwartz Charitable Foundation’s generous support for our College of Health and Fire Sciences, particularly our paramedic science students,” said Dr. Judith Kenary, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs. “Ensuring that our students have the latest technology is a priority. This simulator will not only enhance their preparedness for certification exams, but also for success in their professional careers.”

The Schwartz Charitable Foundation is a private independent Foundation which supports qualified organizations in Worcester County, Massachusetts and surrounding communities. The goal of the Foundation is to support as many worthy and deserving organizations as possible. 

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General Holiday Safety

  • Be sure not to overload your circuits
  • Only use indoor lights indoors and outdoor lights outdoors. Look for the UL label. Check lights for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, as well as loose connections. Replace or repair any damaged light sets.
  • Turn off all lights on trees and decorations when you go to bed or leave the house. Unplug extension cords when not in use.
  • When putting up holiday decorations, always use the proper step stool or ladder to reach high places. Don’t stand on chairs, desks or other furniture.
  • Prepare your car for the winter by checking items such as the brakes, spark plugs, battery and tires. Check your owner’s manual for the recommended interval for a tune-up.

Christmas Tree Safety

  • Never use lighted candles near trees, boughs, curtains/drapes or with any potentially flammable item.
  • Stand your tree away from fireplaces, radiators and other heat sources. Make sure the tree does not block foot traffic or doorways.
  • Keep the stand filled with water so the tree does not dry out quickly.

Happy Holidays from the Fire and Emergency Services Association at Anna Maria College.
In case of an emergency, dial 9-1-1!

Written by Casey Lacasse, President of Fire and Emergency Services Association at Anna Maria College

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Five Things You Need to Know When Becoming an EMT

1. Nature of the Work

People’s lives often depend on the quick reaction and competent care of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics. Incidents as varied as automobile accidents, heart attacks, slips and falls, childbirth, and gunshot wounds require immediate medical attention. EMTs and paramedics provide this vital service as they care for and transport the sick or injured to a medical facility.

The EMT-Basic represents the first response of the emergency medical system. An EMT trained at this level is prepared to care for patients at the scene of an accident and while transporting patients by ambulance to the hospital under the direction of more highly trained medical personnel. The EMT-Basic has the emergency skills to assess a patient’s condition and manage respiratory, cardiac, and trauma emergencies.

2. Training

At the EMT-Basic level, coursework emphasizes emergency skills, such as managing respiratory, trauma, and cardiac emergencies, and patient assessment. Formal courses are often combined with time in an emergency department or ambulance. The program provides instruction and practice in dealing with bleeding, fractures, airway obstruction, cardiac arrest, and emergency childbirth. Students learn how to use and maintain common emergency equipment, such as backboards, suction devices, splints, oxygen delivery systems, and stretchers.

3. Licensure

All 50 States require EMTs and Paramedics to be licensed, but the levels and titles vary from State to State.

4. Employment

EMT and Paramedics is the fastest growing field compared to all occupations in 2016. There are over 241,200 EMT jobs in the United States.

5. Earnings

Average salary in Massachusetts according to for an EMT is $42,000 as of May 3, 2016 


Enroll in our EMT class for Spring 2017 today!

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Dan Mulrooney - Head CoachThe Anna Maria College Athletic Department has named Dan Mulrooney the Head Football Coach as announced by Athletic Director, Serge DeBari on Wednesday morning. Mulrooney joins the Anna Maria community following three years serving as the Defensive Coordinator at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).

Over his three years coordinating the defense at WPI the team has grown immensely. Their defense became one of the top defenses in the Liberty League conference and in 2015 WPI had its best season in 23 years. In 2016, WPI reached new heights by having its first back to back winning season since 1995. They participated in an ECAC bowl game for only the third time in 126 years.

Mulrooney looks to bring a “new culture” to the Anna Maria football program as he has done for WPI. “I am an enthusiastic, dedicated, hard working coach who strives to develop student-athletes to reach their maximum potential...The team will only be as good as the culture that is created since day one.” This is the philosophy Mulrooney plans to lead the Anna Maria College football program under.

“He is a hardworking football coach with a great attitude looking for an opportunity to develop high character student-athletes on an off the field” said Athletic Director Serge DeBari, “I believe Mulrooney has a great deal of experience and knowledge to bring to the football program; I look forward to working with him in developing and growing the Anna Maria College football team.”

Mulrooney attended Boston College for his undergraduate degree and was a part of the Boston College football program as a safety and running back for four years. He finished his playing career with a two-year stint at Stony Brook University. He was the Seawolves leader in tackles in 2011 and was named Big South Defensive Newcomer of the Year. He was a standout player at Holy Cross High School in Waterbury, Conn. where he was all-state twice and won a pair of state championships.

Mulrooney earned a communication degree from Boston College and a Masters Degree in liberal arts from Stony Brook.

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UMASS Music Therapy Donation

Photo courtesy of T&G Staff/Christine Hochkeppel

On Thursday, December 8, several music therapy students paid a visit to the UMASS Memorial Center to donate children-sized instruments for their music therapy program. Read about the story in the Telegram & Gazette here

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MSWAnna Maria College announced today the launch of a new Masters in Social Work program to provide an advanced level of study for community-minded students. The program will be accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and is now accepting applications. Classes will start with the fall 2017 semester. Students will have the opportunity to participate in a full or part-time program that will run on week nights and weekends.

“Being the only provider of social work education in Central Massachusetts, Anna Maria College has had the honor of educating more than 1,000 social workers with a Bachelor in Social Work degree,” said President Mary Lou Retelle of Anna Maria College. “Our approach to social work is multidisciplinary, giving students broad exposure to social work topics and careers. We are extremely excited to move forward with the Council on Social Work Education to provide these students with an exemplary Masters in Social Work program.”

Social Work students will experience both traditional classroom courses as well as hands-on field internship placements to provide them with the knowledge and skills necessary to assist diverse populations and societal problems. Anna Maria College will assist students in selecting an appropriate and convenient field placements with an array of area organizations.

The need for social workers continues to increase according to government data. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the demand for social workers will grow 12 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations.

The Masters in Social Work program will prepare students for Advanced Practice in an area of concentration. The program will have two concentrations; one in Advanced Practice with Clients and another in Advanced Administrative Practice. Students will be required to choose a concentration in their second year of study. Students with a Masters in Social Work find career opportunities at social service agencies, hospitals and treatment centers, nursing home, local, state and federal government, prisons and correctional activities, elementary and secondary schools and nonprofit organizations.

To learn more about Anna Maria College’s Masters in Social Work program visit Or call 508-849-3300.

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Best Counseling Degrees Top Art Therapy Degrees Anna Maria College has been distinguished as having one of the most affordable undergraduate degrees in Art Therapy. Anna Maria's program is ranked in the top three Art Therapy programs in New England. The ranking was created using information from the National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator database. Our incredible course diversity and expert faculty made the Art Therapy program stand out from the crowd.

Art Therapists often combine their love of art and their interest in helping people to engage with patients who may be non-verbal. The Art Therapy Association describes the practice as "Art therapy is an integrative mental health profession that combines knowledge and understanding of human development and psychological theories and techniques with visual arts and the creative process to provide a unique approach for helping clients improve psychological health, cognitive abilities, and sensory-motor functions. Art therapists use art media, and often the verbal processing of produced imagery, to help people resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self-awareness, and achieve insight."

To read the article and see more rankings, click here.

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20161114 amc 0058Dean of Admissions Peter Miller recently shared an article on what prospective students need to know about Emergency Management Degrees. He says "As a leader in public safety education, Anna Maria provides the edge for students who graduate with a degree in Emergency Management. They are able to land a job in a highly competitive environment with the experience they're able to get inside and outside of the classroom." 

To read more about what a Emergency Management degree can offer you, click here.

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AcceleratedDegreeAnna Maria College announced today the launch of their new Accelerated Bachelor Degree Program which will allow students to complete their bachelor degree in just seven semesters (3.5 years).

“We are proud to launch our new Accelerated Degree Program,” said Christine Holmes, Ed.D, Vice President for Academic Affairs at Anna Maria College. “We saw the need in today’s competitive market to offer students the opportunity to complete their desired degree in a timely fashion. Tuition is a top concern for all students and the Accelerated Program allows ambitious students to reach their goals in a cost effective way. Anna Maria provides the right class size and course availability to make this opportunity this dream a reality while cutting costs.”

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President Mary Lou RetelleFifty-five years ago, President John F. Kennedy famously used his first speech as commander-in-chief to implore upon young Americans to “ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.”

That call to action drove civic engagement for the Baby Boomer generation for decades to come. Men and women signed up for the Peace Corps, the military, community service organizations, and opportunities of all shapes and sizes in order to improve our society.

But on the eve of electing a new president, it’s time for a call to action to a new generation.

Today more than ever, there are many opportunities for young people to check out from community action and stay isolated. We live in a world that is more connected than ever and our country’s young adults are eager to take advantage of new opportunities, making them more transient in their communities and in the workplace.

Studies show that Millennials are waiting longer to get married, have children, and buy a home. So, while the world may be smaller for Millennials, all of these factors combined reduce their civic engagement at the local level.

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fotiSIM16 12Junior Rebecca Foti (Bedford, N.H.) of the Anna Maria College volleyball team has been named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District™ First Team, as announced by the organization on Thursday evening.

The CoSIDA Academic All-District™ Teams recognize the nation’s top student-athletes across the country for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom.

Foti becomes the first volleyball player and only the second student-athlete in AMCAT history to earn this award.

An art therapy and psychology double-major with a 3.92 GPA, Foti was instrumental in the volleyball team’s historic season. Under her leadership, the AMCATS posted a program-best 21-11 record, went on a record eight-match winning streak, and advanced to the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) semifinals for the first time in program history. 

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20161011 amc 0218Anna Maria College has received a $25,500 donation from FireIce Solutions LLC, an innovative fire protection product manufacturer, to support the college’s Fire Science Department conduct a fire extinguisher study.

Students in the Anna Maria College’s Fire Science Department will be testing the effectiveness of various fire extinguisher products currently on the market. These evaluations require secure, live fire testing that imitate various fire scenarios such as combustible-metal, cooking oil and car tire fires. The donation from Fire Ice Solutions will go directly towards the construction of an outdoor concrete burn structure to conduct controlled and functional live fire tests.

“We are extremely grateful to FireIce Solutions for their generous donation to support our Fire Science Program,” said Dr. Judith Kenary, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs. “This burn structure will provide our students with an outdoor classroom in a safe designated area to conduct burns and will enable them to partake in various research and testing opportunities to further enhance their Fire Science education.”

The burn structure (12’ X 8’ X 8’) will feature a gravel base and be reinforced with concrete slab walls. This structure will also help foster future research opportunities as new fire science technologies come to market.

“The burn structure takes our students out of the classroom to safely explore various fire science concepts under real world terms,” said Dr. James Carritte, Director of the Fire Science Emergency Programs. “This unique facility will help advance the Fire Safety Program’s education and allow Anna Maria College to stand apart from other programs.”

The grant proposal was written by Kolin Matthews, a senior undergrad in Anna Maria College’s Fire Science Program, along with his faculty mentor Mike Matros, a Firefighter/Paramedic with the Sudbury Fire Department and Fire Science instructor at the college. FireIce Solutions also provides several ongoing internship opportunities for Anna Maria College students.

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Anna Maria College attended the The Washington Center's gala paying tribute to leadership in higher education.

This year’s Gala raised more than $480,000 for student scholarships that will be offered for hundreds of students throughout the 2016-2017 academic year at the Washington Center.

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Tim Murray speaking at the WSGA conference
On Sunday, September 25, Anna Maria College hosted the Worcester Student Government Association conference.

The College welcomed 40 student leaders as well as several community and business leaders. The conference discussed the current and post-graduation roles of students in the greater Worcester community, effective ways to improve student leadership and promoted the resources Worcester has to offer. It also sparked a dialogue between college student representatives looking to make real-world, applicable change on their campuses and beyond.

Tim Murray, President of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce, pictured here, spoke to the crowd about the readily-available opportunities in Worcester.
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Anna Maria College President Mary Lou Retelle is pleased to announce the hiring of Serge DeBari as the Interim Director of Athletics.

DeBari comes to Anna Maria with over 40 years of experience as a coach and administrator at local colleges, having most recently served as head men’s basketball coach at Assumption College for five seasons.

“Mr. DeBari is well known in the Worcester community and we are fortunate to welcome him to our campus,” said Retelle. “He brings a strong energy, leadership, and vision to our athletic department and we are excited for him to move us forward."

“I have long respected Anna Maria’s athletic programs and I am excited to join the campus community. I am looking forward to being part of AMCAT Nation and sharing what Anna Maria can offer others,” said Debari. "It is a wonderful opportunity for me.”

DeBari retired from coaching at Assumption in 2011. Prior to that, he spent six years in the admissions department at Assumption, serving as both the director and associate director of the department. DeBari also spent 13 years at Babson College where he was the head men’s basketball coach and the associate director of athletics.

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Colleges Badges
Anna Maria College has been recognized as a College of Distinction for the 2016-2017 academic year. Colleges of Distinction is an evaluation resource that recognizes higher education institutions that excel in offering the best options for students on an individual level.

Colleges of Distinction are ‘distinguished’ by four essential characteristics – Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Communities and Successful Outcomes. This annual list helps students find information about the best colleges in the nation and empowers them to make a confident choice and identify the ‘right-fit.’ 

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Karoline Ciance
Anna Maria College is proud to announce sophomore Karoline Ciance has received the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor in the Girl Scouts of the USA.

A Girl Scout is only eligible for the award after completing a "journey and a "Take Action" project that is more than 80 hours long and benefits the community locally or globally. Ciance's "Take Action" project was entitled "Be Confident BeYoutiful” which concentrated on low self-esteem in women. As part of the project, she specifically took a look at women who were part of low-income families and their inability to afford high-end makeup and clothes. She presented to women in the Worcester community at churches and created a YouTube channel with tutorial videos.

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