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October 21, 2014                                                                                Tricia M. Oliver

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ANNA MARIA COLLEGE INTRODUCES

NEW THREE-YEAR ONLINE BUSINESS DEGREE

Innovative model provides a more affordable bachelor’s degree in less time

Paxton, MA Anna Maria College introduces its new three-year online Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree. The degree’s accelerated model is the first of its kind, significantly reducing the cost and time it takes to complete an undergraduate degree. Anna Maria College’s School of Business will begin offering the program in January 2015.

“Earning a degree while paying only three years of tuition significantly increases affordability and accessibility for many students,” said Vice President for Academic Affairs Billye Auclair, Ph.D. “This high-quality option is designed for traditional high school graduates, as well as transfer students or those beginning their undergraduate degrees following a hiatus after high school.”

The accelerated curriculum model allows students to take one course at a time for a five-week period. All courses are 4.0 credits and only 30 courses are required for degree completion. Students who enroll will take 10 courses a year. According to Auclair, the program’s rigorous pace is appropriately balanced with a manageable focus on only one course at a time. Also, tutoring, faculty advising and other available support services are critical for individuals to succeed in this three-year online business program, as they are with all of AMC’s online and on-ground offerings.

“This innovative degree provides students with broad exposure to the crucial elements of business as well as producing the skills that students need to succeed in the business world,” said AMC School of Business Dean David Forsberg. “Given our program’s generalist approach, graduates will be well positioned to excel in most industries or their own entrepreneurial endeavor.”

Students applying for this program are required to have earned no less than a 3.0 in high school. Full-time students are eligible for federal financial aid.

For more information on Anna Maria College’s three-year online business degree, visit http://www.annamaria.edu/threeyearonline/.

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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September 26, 2014                                                                            Tricia M. Oliver

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ANNA MARIA COLLEGE AND FEMA TEAM UP

TO PROVIDE SOCIAL MEDIA TRAINING

FOR DISASTER RESPONDERS

Paxton, MA Anna Maria College has partnered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center to present “Social Media for Disaster Response and Recovery” on October 1, 2014 at the AMC campus in Paxton. This is the first in a series of disaster preparedness offerings to be held at AMC in the coming months.

“We are delighted to pair with FEMA and other experts on disaster response to provide this high-level course. Professionals in emergency management, first responder services, planners and communication and public information personnel will walk away with the tools and information they need to develop their own social media disaster plans,” said Dr. Judith A. Kenary, dean of the School of Fire and Health Sciences at Anna Maria College.

The training course will define social media and its uses and identify the tools, methods and models to properly make use of social media for crisis communication. Requirements include:

  • Bringing a Wi-Fi enabled laptop;
  • Establish both a Twitter and a Facebook account prior to attending the course; and
  • The ability to post test messages on those social media accounts.

This is the first in a series of disaster preparedness offerings to be held at AMC in the coming months.

To register, visit https://ndptc.hawaii.edu/training. 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 St. 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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Current Executive Vice President to Begin Interim President Role July 1

 

Paxton, MA—Anna Maria College Board of Trustees today announced that Executive Vice President Mary Lou Retelle will serve as the college’s interim president effective July 1. This appointment follows last month’s announcement of President Jack P. Calareso’s resignation after seven years at AMC.

“Ms. Retelle is a seasoned administrative executive with in-depth knowledge of Anna Maria campus dynamics and a keen understanding of its many opportunities and challenges. The board’s unanimous decision on her appointment underscores our confidence in her ability to lead the institution through this critical transition,” said Sr. Yvette E. Bellerose, SSA, chair of the board of trustees for AMC. Trustees will lead the national search effort for Calareso’s successor. Sr. Bellerose estimates the search and hire of its 11th president to take about a year’s time.

Retelle has served as AMC’s Executive Vice President since 2011. Currently, she oversees the college functions related to admission and financial aid, student life and athletic programs. Including her three years at AMC, Retelle brings to this appointment nearly 25 years of experience as an executive administrator at academic institutions. Most recently, she served as an enrollment consultant for Suffolk University following a total of 15 years at Merrimack College in North Andover. Positions held at Merrimack include Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services, Vice President for Enrollment Management, and Dean of Admission and Financial Aid. She also served as Director of Admission and Enrollment Management at State University of New York, Potsdam from 1991 to 1994. Retelle obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Merrimack College and her Master of Education in Student Personnel Services from Northeastern University in Boston.

“President Calareso has provided our students, faculty, board and larger community with exemplary leadership during his seven-year tenure at Anna Maria College. I look forward to building on that success to further enhance the campus community and its offerings to meet our central mission of educating the next generation of professionals,” said Retelle.

Anna Maria College is a private, co-educational institution founded in 1946 by the Sisters of St. 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 40 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 17 Division III, varsity-level 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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September 23, 2014                                                                            Tricia M. Oliver

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ANNA MARIA STUDENTS HOLD SEPT. 23-24 “SLEEP OUT”

TO RAISE HOMELESSNESS AWARENESS

 

WHO:             Anna Maria College is hosting a campus “Sleep Out” event this evening as part of its student-led Homelessness Awareness Week. About 50 students are expected to spend the night outdoors to further sensitize themselves to the conditions that homeless citizens endure on a daily basis.

WHEN:          Tuesday, September 23, 2014 – Wednesday, September 24, 2014

                        8 p.m.-7 a.m.

WHERE:       Campus Rotary, Anna Maria College, 50 Sunset Lane, Paxton, MA

WHAT:          The “Sleep Out” is part of a second annual week-long awareness week coordinated by students through AMC’s Campus Ministry. AMC’s Homelessness Awareness Week was created in fall 2013 by four students who brought back the idea from a conference they attended in Alabama. In addition to the Sept. 23 “Sleep Out,” the remaining events of the week include a Sept. 24 dinner discussion where students will hear from citizens who were formerly homeless; Sept. 25 community outreach at Worcester’s St. John’s Clothing Bank; and Sept. 26 community outreach at St. John’s Soup Kitchen.

Anna Maria College is a private, co-educational institution founded in 1946 by the Sisters of St. 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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May 30, 2014                                                                                      Tricia M. Oliver

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                                                                                                            Bettiann Michalik

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HABACKER NAMED ANNA MARIA COLLEGE’S

NEW ATHLETIC DIRECTOR

Long-time coach at Elms College to begin at AMC July 1

Paxton, MAAnna Maria College has hired Laura Habacker, head coach of women’s basketball and assistant athletics director at Elms College, as its next athletic director. Beginning on July 1, she will be the fifth administrator to serve in this position since the college’s athletic programs began in 1977.

“Laura Habacker’s depth of experience in operations, coaching and recruiting is a welcome addition to our athletics programs,” said AMC Executive Vice President Mary Lou Retelle. “AMC coaches and athletes alike will benefit from her proven leadership gained over the last 26 years in collegiate competition.”

A roster of more than 300 student athletes participates in AMC’s 17 Division III, varsity-level athletic programs for men and women.

Habacker has served as head women’s basketball coach at Elms College in Chicopee since 2002, and as the college’s assistant director of athletics/senior woman administrator since 2006. She also served as Elms’ interim director of athletics during the 2011-2012 academic year. Habacker was named the 2012 New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Coach of the Year following Elms’ 2011-12 basketball season that resulted in the program’s first-ever NECC tournament championship and subsequent National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Championship berth.

Prior to her tenure at Elms College, Habacker was the head women’s basketball and volleyball coach for five years at Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York.

“I look forward to starting this new chapter of my career at Anna Maria, while returning to the area I consider home,” said Habacker, who, as a Clark University graduate (’85), is familiar with the Greater Worcester area and competing schools within the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC). She has held other coaching and leadership roles in the area at Fitchburg State College, Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Hudson and Westborough High Schools. She also spent two years once before at AMC as head women’s volleyball coach.  

Habacker was a three-sport student athlete at Clark University. She played volleyball, basketball and softball for the Cougars. 

Anna Maria College is a private, co-educational institution founded in 1946 by the Sisters of St. 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 40 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 17 Division III, varsity-level 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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