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Foti Earns CoSIDA Academic All-District™ Honors

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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Anna Maria College Receives Donation from FireIce Solutions Towards Fire Extinguisher Study

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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7 Concerns You May Have Before Nursing Clinicals Begin

15413 a male nurse taking the blood pressure of a woman pvFor every nursing student, the start of your first clinical rotation – or the return to clinical – is a new and exciting time but may spark some worries.

Here are seven common concerns you might have, and some ways to address them:

1. I am SO nervous!

Of course you are! The good news is a little bit of nervousness will keep you on your toes. Too much might lead to not performing as well, though. Try shifting your perspective a bit. Put yourself in your patients’ shoes. Remember that what might seem like a simple illness or procedure in your mind is a big deal to them. They’re stressed too. Concentrate on putting your patients at ease. Be compassionate, genuine and really listen to them. Once a connection is made, both of you will feel more relaxed. Keep in mind that both the instructor and the facility nurses are there to help you get acclimated.

2. The patient might not want to have a student nurse.

This is unusual. After all, the instructor would have already asked the patients if they mind having students. Also, think about it: patients get to have an eager beaver’s undivided attention for an entire shift, along with the oversight of the primary nurse and the clinical instructor. It’s a win-win! Patients generally are happy to help students learn as it makes them feel that they are contributing at a time when they feel quite helpless. If a patient declines a student, your instructor will simply find you another patient.

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Anna Maria attends Leadership & Legacy Gala in Washington DC

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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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Anna Maria College Hosts Worcester Student Government Association Conference

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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