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AMC Assistant Professor, Dr. Ann Marie Mires on Worcester News Tonight
August 1, 2013

See Dr. Ann Marie Mires, Assistant Professor at Anna Maria College's School of Justice and Social Sciences, speak about being a witness to the notorious Whitey Bulger case on Worcester News Tonight (you may forward to 4:53 to see the brief interview). Dr. Mires has expertise in anthropology and medical examination from her previous role as Forensic Anthropologist at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the state of Massachusetts. Dr. Mires teaches a graduate Criminal Justice class at AMC called "Anatomy of a Homicide."


Anna Maria College Receives GNAC Award For Sportsmanship

May 15, 2013

Anna Maria College announces that it is the recipient of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Institutional Sportsman Award for its women’s sports teams.  This recognition was announced by the Conference on Monday, May 13, 2013 when the Commissioner’s Cup and the Men’s Institutional Sportsmanship Award were also announced.

At the end of each sport season, the coaches from the colleges participating in the GNAC vote on a Sportsmanship Team for both the men’s and women’s sports teams using criteria that includes how a team conducts itself both on and off the court. At the end of the academic year, votes are compiled and then winners are announced based on the highest number of votes.

“We are extremely pleased to be awarded the Women’s Institutional Sportsmanship Award by GNAC,” comments Stanley Vieira, Director of Athletics at AMC.  “The entire campus community is proud of our women athletes who live out the mission of the College both on and off the field.”

AMC offers 17 NCAA Division III men’s and women’s sports teams.  Women’s teams include basketball, cross-country, field hockey (not a part of GNAC),  golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball and volleyball.




AMC Director of the Student Success Center Publishes Books

May 8, 2013

Anna Maria College announces that Dennis Vanasse, Director of its Student Success Center, recently had two children’s books that he authored published. The books focus on two topics that Mr. Vanasse believes need to be addressed in society.

 I am Special Too is about a seven-year-old boy who is just like any other child except that he has Cerebral Palsy and is in a wheelchair.  Stand Tall Against Bullying is about an eight-year-old boy who is bullied at school.


David P. Forsberg Appointed Dean of the School of Business at Anna Maria College

May 14, 2013

Anna Maria College announces that David P. Forsberg has accepted the position of Dean of the School of Business. He will join the campus community on July 1, 2013.  As Dean, Mr. Forsberg will lead the College in further developing the School of Business, which was launched in 2012, by continuing to develop new majors, business concentrations and areas of study; identifying platforms to incorporate global perspectives into the curriculum; and growing industry opportunities for students to participate in internships that will further their careers. 

Mr. Forsberg’s career spans over three decades of public administration and service.  His career began in Worcester, first as an at-large Councilor and then as the District 1 Councilor for the City. In 1989, he served as the New England Regional Administrator-Regional Housing Commissioner for the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).   In 1990, Mr. Forsberg was appointed as Secretary of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and, in 1992, he returned to Worcester as the Chief Development Officer for the City. 

Mr. Forsberg is best known in the Worcester community as the past president of the Worcester Business Development Corporation (WBDC), where he was responsible for directing strategic development initiatives to meet the business goals of the corporation, as well as developing alliances with the regional business community.  Key projects that were led by Mr. Forsberg include Gateway Park and the Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts.  Most recently, Mr. Forsberg served as interim president/CEO for Lutheran Social Services of New England, Inc. He is currently a visiting instructor in the political science department at Holy Cross. 

“I am very pleased that David has decided to join the Anna Maria College community as our new Dean of the School of Business,” shares Jack P. Calareso, Ph.D., President of AMC. “He brings such a wealth of knowledge, experience and business savvy to the position that I know our students will benefit greatly from his leadership.  I have also had the pleasure of working with David over the past two years as he has served on the College’s Board of Trustees. I have come to admire his passion for the AMC mission and values, his strong work ethic and professional judgment and his spirit of innovation and creativity. I have no doubt that he will assist the College in opening up new opportunities for its business students and the campus as a whole,” he adds.   “While he will be missed on the Board of Trustees, the entire college community and especially our students will benefit greatly from his leadership as the Dean.” 

“The business faculty at AMC is excited about the energy and creative ideas that Mr. Forsberg will bring to his new position,” comments Billye W. Auclair, Ph.D., Vice President for Academic Affairs.  “We welcome him to our community of scholars and learners with open arms.”

 “When President Calareso asked me to join the Board of Anna Maria College, I did not know what to expect.  I quickly fell in love with the College and its emphasis on community service and social justice.  I am excited about this opportunity to serve in a new capacity. The School of Business has unlimited potential.  It is poised to grow enrollment, expand curriculum and equip our students with the skills to succeed in business and community service,” shares Mr. Forsberg.

Mr. Forsberg is a graduate of Worcester Academy and Bowdoin College and received a Master’s in Urban Affairs from Boston University.  He also studied at Harvard Divinity School. Mr. Forsberg serves on the Board of Directors of the Lutheran Social Services of New England and the Worcester Regional Research Bureau.  He is an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church. Mr. Forsberg’s wife, Ann, is an alumna of AMC, having earned her Master’s Degree in Biological Sciences from the College.  


Ackowledging Those Who Serve

April 25, 2013

The recent events surrounding the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013 made us all think more deliberately about our world and our safety. It is wonderful to know that we have well-trained and well-educated police officers, firefighters, nurses, first-responders, paramedics, and other professionals working for the common good. The entire Anna Maria College community would like to thank you for your wonderful work.