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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 22, 2014        

CONTACT: Tricia M. Oliver 508.849.3344

ANNA MARIA COLLEGE TO OFFER FIRST OF A KIND MASTER DEGREE IN HEALTH EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

Paxton, MA— Anna Maria College and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) Fellowship in Disaster Medicine have come together to offer a new Master of Science in Health Emergency Management degree. Administered by Anna Maria College, the graduate program is the first of its kind as it provides health professionals with the leadership, organization and communication skills to take on elevated roles during health emergencies and disaster events.

“Given the growing number of natural and man-made mass disasters and disease outbreaks, the degree launch comes at a time when the demand for it is high,” said Judith Kenary, EdD, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Anna Maria College, who serves as the program’s director. Gregory R. Ciottone, MD, FACEP, director of the BIDMC Disaster Medicine Fellowship and associate professor of Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School, serves as the program’s medical director. Mustapha S. Fofana, MSc, MASc, PhD, director of Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s MIRAD (Mechanical, Integration, Reliability, Analysis, Dynamics) Laboratory and associate professor of Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering and Biomedical Engineering at WPI, is engaged by AMC as the program’s Medical and Public Health Engineering and Simulation director.

The Master of Science in Health Emergency Management degree, awarded by Anna Maria College, is the first hybrid program for the College, incorporating both online and on-ground offerings for degree completion. AMC currently offers a wide variety of other online and on-ground undergraduate and graduate degrees.

The interdisciplinary program uniquely integrates technology, clinical practices and emergency and disaster medicine with engineering, ethics and computation. Graduates will be prepared to effectively plan and integrate a survivor-focused, ethics-based collaborative community response to emergencies and disaster incidents. The degree is designed for medical graduate students and trained health professionals including physicians, nurses, physician assistants, paramedics and EMTs.

“First responders play a vital role as the front lines of disaster response; but in reality, all healthcare professionals should have training in Disaster Medicine and Emergency Management. This master degree will equip health professionals with the necessary best practice skills and training to elevate their roles in leadership, planning, operations, logistics and response assessment,” said Ciottone, who is also the Editor-in-Chief of the textbook, “Ciottone’s Disaster Medicine, 2nd edition” by Elsevier.

Kenary explains that the program was designed to have far-reaching appeal, not only to draw national interest, but to potentially attract global enrollment.

Applicants for this interdisciplinary program are currently being accepted by AMC. The program will begin in March 2015 and involves online coursework coupled with three on-ground, hands-on simulations per year. The three, multi-day simulation exercises will take place over an academic year at Anna Maria College’s 192-acre campus in Paxton, located minutes from Worcester. The program curriculum includes 12, eight-week courses delivered over six terms, allowing the degree to be obtained in one year provided two courses are taken per term.

“The experiential, hands-on simulations that replicate near scenarios of emergency and disaster incidents will complement the theory-based course work. Simulations will strengthen health professionals’ analytical problem solving, assessment skills, knowledge of emergency and disaster response vehicles, and understanding of probabilistic disaster uncertainty and communication,” said Fofana, who, in addition to his role at WPI, is director of Medical Engineering and Technology for the BIDMC Fellowship in Disaster Medicine, ASME Applied Mechanics Division Chair of Uncertainty and Probability, ASME Dynamics and Control Chair of Advances in Robotics Design, Computation and Research and ASME chair of Education Research Innovation and Computation.

To learn more about this innovative master degree, visit http://www.annamaria.edu/mhemonline/.

Anna Maria College is a private, co-educational institution founded in 1946 by the Sisters of Saint. Anne. With an annual enrollment of 1,500 students, the College prides itself on providing a values-based, service-focused liberal arts education. AMC has grown to offer a variety of undergraduate majors, as well as many graduate and certificate programs, both on-ground and online.  The small student-faculty ratio allows for a highly personalized learning experience, while the modest class and campus size allow for optimal student involvement. The College offers 13 Division III NCAA athletic programs for men and women. AMC’s campus is conveniently located just minutes away from Worcester, MA on 192 acres in Paxton.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                        CONTACT:

November 24, 2014                                                                           Tricia M. Oliver

                                                                                                            508.849.3344

MEDIA ADVISORY

ANNA MARIA COLLEGE PRESENTS

ITS ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CONCERT

ON DECEMBER 4 IN BOYLSTON

 

WHO:             Anna Maria College will present its Annual Christmas Concert: “An Evening of Lessons and Carols” that will feature music and scripture from the holiday season. The event is free and the public is welcome to attend.

WHEN:          Thursday, December 4, 2014

                        7 p.m.

WHERE:       St. Mary of the Hills Catholic Church

                        630 Cross St.

                        Boylston, Massachusetts

WHAT:          The concert will feature performances by the AMC College Choir and the Wind Ensemble, conducted by Dr. Reginald Houze, director of Music at AMC. Musical selections will be from Robert Shaw and Robert Russell Bennett’s “The Many Moods of Christmas.” The service portion of evening will be led by Rev. Manuel Clavijo, director of Campus Ministry at AMC, and will include readings from representatives from the campus community.

Anna Maria College is a private, co-educational institution founded in 1946 by the Sisters of Saint. Anne. With an annual enrollment of 1,500 students, the College prides itself on providing a values-based, service-focused liberal arts education. AMC has grown to offer a variety of undergraduate majors, as well as many graduate and certificate programs, both on-ground and online. The small student-faculty ratio allows for a highly personalized learning experience, while the modest class and campus size allow for optimal student involvement. The College offers 13 Division III NCAA athletic programs for men and women. AMC’s campus is conveniently located just minutes away from Worcester, MA on 192 acres in Paxton.

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An art exhibit featuring work by contemporary artists and recent Yale MFA graduates Deirdre Sargent and Daniel Herwitt will be hosted at Anna Maria College in Paxton. The opening reception for the “Mod Coms” exhibit will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 18 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Art Center Gallery at Miriam Hall on AMC’s campus located at 50 Sunset Lane in Paxton. An artist talk will also be held on Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. The exhibit will run from Nov. 11 to Dec. 12. There is no fee to attend the opening reception or the exhibit. For more information, call AMC College Relations at 508-849-3344.

Anna Maria College Zecconian Players will perform the Stephen Sondheim musical “Into the Woods” in AMC’s Zecco Performing Arts Center on Nov. 20-22. General admission is $5, while student and senior admission is $2.

Performance dates and times include:

Thursday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 22 at 2 and 7 p.m.

For more information, contact AMC College Relations at 508-849-3344.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                        CONTACT:

October 24, 2014                                                                                Tricia M. Oliver

                                                                                                            508.849.3344

ANNA MARIA COLLEGE AND FEMA TEAM UP

TO OFFER NATURAL DISASTER TRAINING

FOR CAREGIVERS OF SENIOR CITIZENS

Paxton, MA Anna Maria College has partnered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center to present a “Natural Disaster Awareness for Senior Caregivers” training on November 5, 2014 at the AMC campus in Paxton. This is the second in a series of disaster preparedness trainings offered at AMC.

“We are proud to pair with FEMA and other disaster response experts to provide this important training given the elderly’s particular vulnerability to natural hazards,” Dean of AMC’s School of Fire and Health Sciences Judith Kenary said.

The four-hour training will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Nov. 5. It will cover preparedness measures in light of physical limitations, mental ailments and medication requirements often associated with this at-risk population. Caregivers and other professionals will learn to identify, prepare and perform a number of support activities that will ensure the safety and security of senior citizens when a natural disaster occurs.

To register, visit https://ndptc.hawaii.edu/training (code 79108). For more information, contact Dr. Kenary at jkenary@annamaria.edu.

Anna Maria College is a private, co-educational institution founded in 1946 by the Sisters of Saint. Anne. With an annual enrollment of 1,500 students, the College prides itself on providing a values-based, service-focused liberal arts education. AMC has grown to offer a variety of undergraduate majors, as well as many graduate and certificate programs, both on-ground and online. The small student-faculty ratio allows for a highly personalized learning experience, while the modest class and campus size allow for optimal student involvement. The College offers 13 Division III NCAA athletic programs for men and women. AMC’s campus is conveniently located just minutes away from Worcester, MA on 192 acres in Paxton.

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