Congratulations to Alyssa Banks ’21, a Mechanics Hall Collegiate Apprentice Award Recipient

 Alyssa Banks

 

Recognized for her demonstrated leadership skills, creative and innovative ways of approaching the world, excellence in academics, and her willingness to become involved in the community, Alyssa Banks was one of the recipients of the Mechanics Hall Collegiate Apprentice Award. The ceremony honoring students from Worcester area colleges was held on October 5, 2019.

 

An honors student in the Nursing Program, Alyssa plans to work in the pediatric oncology department at a children’s hospital. Working with children with terminal illnesses is nothing new to Alyssa. As the director of the Campus Princess Program, she organizes visits and actively recruits other students to dress as princesses and superheroes to bring magic to children in hospitals.

 

About the Award

The Mechanics Hall Collegiate Apprentice Award is a natural extension of celebrating student excellence emerging from the vision and achievements of our community of higher education, characteristics that have been important to the Worcester County Mechanics Association since its founding in 1842.

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John Henry Newman, the Liberal Arts, and Anna Maria College

 

 John Henry Newman web

On the 13th of October 2019, John Henry Newman will be formally recognized by the Catholic Church as a saint, as someone who demonstrated a recognizable commitment to the Christian life and who sets a positive example for others. What is particularly interesting for us at Anna Maria College is that, beginning in 1851, Newman worked to establish what eventually became University College Dublin (Ireland). As part of this founding, Newman gave a series of lectures, later collected in a book entitled The Idea of a University (1852). In these talks, he emphasized a number of core ideas:

  • the centrality of the liberal arts
  • the cultivation of excellence
  • the value of nurturing the development of the whole person
  • the search for truth in an atmosphere of peaceful dialogue
  • the creation of a collegial environment that would foster mutual and harmonious relationships among students and faculty

Sound familiar? It should, particularly when we consider the mission of Anna Maria College:

As a Catholic institution inspired by the ideals of the Sisters of Saint Anne, Anna Maria College educates students to become individuals who will transform their world as ethical leaders and community-oriented professionals.

 

While they lived in different parts of the world and never met, it is remarkable to consider that in 1850 Marie Anne Blondin founded the Sisters of St. Anne with the charism of providing faith-based education to children from poorer families, just a few years before Newman established a Catholic university in Dublin, opening up the first institution of higher education in Ireland that was accessible to Irish Catholics.

 

Newman believed that through a liberal arts education, a student learns to apprehend:

the great outlines of knowledge, the principles on which it rests, the scale of its parts, its lights and its shades, its great points and its little … A habit of mind is formed which lasts through life, of which the attributes are, freedom, equitableness, calmness, moderation, and wisdom … Liberal Education, viewed in itself, is simply the cultivation of the intellect, as such, and its object is nothing more or less than intellectual excellence (‘Knowledge its own end,’ in The Idea of a University).

 

Furthermore, Newman called not only students but faculty in different disciplines to cultivate collegiality. He certainly lived up to his own demands. Newman was in charge of the administration of the university but also taught, and lived in one of the university houses along with eight students, taking responsibility for their common residential life.

Regarding intellectual collegiality, he pointed out that faculty should:

by familiar intercourse and for the sake of intellectual peace … adjust together the claims and relations of their respective subjects of investigation. They learn to respect, to consult, to aid each other. Thus is created a pure and clear atmosphere of thought, which the student also breathes (‘Knowledge its own end’).

This respectful atmosphere of thought and dialogue is evident at Anna Maria–in the classroom, office, performance space, residence hall and communal area. Students, faculty and staff have many opportunities for constructive dialogue on a range of academic, political and social topics. These opportunities invite earnest reflection, active engagement with each other, critical thought and the sharing of ideas in the common pursuit of truth.

 

Newman also understood the importance of the university becoming a vital part of the local community. Faculty gave lectures open to the public, for example, and the university offered evening courses for students who worked during the day. Newman identified a need for trained doctors in Dublin, and so the university opened a medical school.

In honor of the saint, let us consider what we might learn from the example of John Henry Newman as we continue to work together to carry on the mission and values of Anna Maria College and the charisms of the Sisters of St. Anne. Newman’s life and writings can inspire us as we strive together for ‘something greater.’

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New Majors Offered for Fall 2019

New College Majors
 
To be successful in a rapidly-changing business climate, graduates must be technology savvy, have the ability to navigate risks and challenges, and recognize opportunity to drive change in a responsible and sustainable way. These three new majors will prepare students to not only successfully compete and contribute in their respective fields, but to do so as trained ethical leaders and community-orientated professionals, the hallmark of an Anna Maria College education.

Health Administration

As the large baby-boomer population ages, the healthcare industry as a whole will see an increase in demand and strain on resources. The Health Administration major is an applied business degree that prepares students with the theoretical business foundations as well as the practical skills required for careers including health information management directors, business analysts, practices administrators, clinical directors, and health services managers.

Digital and Social Media Design

With the rise of digital and social media, there is a growing need for communication professionals that can create messages that will resonate with multiple audiences. The Digital and Social Media Design degree will teach students to understand how to think clearly, critically, and creatively in response to communication challenges through the use of digital media design. Not only will they learn to create compelling content, but they will also study how this media can impact all facets of the marketing mix including website traffic, customer relationships, and brand messaging.

 

Digital Marketing
The future of digital marketing is rapidly changing, which requires an understanding of marketing and technology needed to drive the marketing efforts of business. The Digital Marketing major has an interdisciplinary approach that combines applied theory and hands-on learning to explain digital marketing strategies, tactics, and tools. Coursework focuses on business principles, research and analytics, marketing and communications, search engine marketing and optimization, video, digital and web design, social and mobile media marketing, and consumer behavior.

Video and Photographic Arts

Visual communication is a critical component of the marketing mix because it’s one of the most effective ways of passing along information. The Video and Photographic Arts degree focuses on the ways the human mind processes information in images across multiple platforms, including digital, web, and print. Students pursuing this degree will develop technical and aesthetic skills while learning to use equipment and software for still photography, videography, and digital editing. The combined experience of professional practice, internships, and capstone project prepares students to work within the field of media communications as visual content producers, storytellers, or documentarians.

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Fewer Choosing Law-Enforcement Careers, But Support for Police Still High in Central Mass.

Policing in Central MA

Help wanted: Police officers. Must be willing to fight crime, handle crises and solve community problems. And oh yeah, you might get shot, be sued or have water dumped on you in the line of duty.

 

Interest in law-enforcement careers has dropped nationwide over the past several years, two recent studies report.

 

A survey released in July by the Center for State & Local Government Excellence found that policing was the hardest job to fill, with 32% of respondents listing it as a problem. That’s more than double the response from 2015, when 15% reported trouble hiring police.

 

Last year the U.S. Department of Justice reported that the number of full-time sworn officers per 100,000 population in the United States dropped by 11% since 1997, to 2.17 per 100,000 in 2016 from 2.42 per 100,000 in 1997. There were 701,169 sworn officers in 2016, down 3% from 724,690 in 2013.

 

The studies did not identify reasons for the decline. But some have suggested the increasing stress of the job, combined with heightened animosity toward police nationally, spread by social media and sensationalized coverage of police shootings, are driving away potential applicants.

 

Read More Here

  

Story written by Susan Spencer of the Telegram & Gazette Staff
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Feminists for Life President Serrin Foster to present her speech THE FEMINIST CASE AGAINST ABORTION at Anna Maria College on Monday, September 30.

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Serrin Foster, President of Feminists for Life of America, will deliver her acclaimed lecture, “The Feminist Case AgainstAbortion,” at Anna Maria College. She will speak at 5 PM in Zecco Auditorium in Foundress Hall. Her lecture will focus on the pro-life history of the feminist movement and makes the case for why feminists should take a stand against abortion.

 

Serrin’s landmark speech, "The Feminist Case Against Abortion," has been recognized as one of the "great speeches in history" in an anthology called Women's Rights.

 

Founded in 1972, Feminists for Life is a national nonpartisan, nonsectarian, grassroots organization that continues the efforts of the early American feminists, including Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, to systematically eliminate the root causes that drive women to abortion by facilitating practical solutions. Feminists for Life has emerged as the link between pro-life and pro-choice organizations, working on legislative efforts such as child support enforcement and the Violence Against Women Act, and opposing the child exclusion provisions in welfare reform.

 

Feminists for Life helped to introduce groundbreaking legislation—The Elizabeth Cady Stanton Pregnant and Parenting Student Services Act—that inspired Pregnancy Assistance Fund grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The grants help put into hyper-drive new pro-woman solutions on campus.

 

FFL President Serrin M. Foster has led Feminists for Life of America since 1994. Under her leadership, FFL successfully advocated benefits for poor and pregnant women through the State Children’s Health Insurance Program and worked in coalition with other women's organizations to defeat the mandatory "family cap" and other punitive child exclusion provisions in welfare reform. She helped to prevent poverty and coerced abortions due to threats to withhold child support through passage of the Enhanced Child Support Act. Serrin served on the National Taskforce Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence, which worked to pass the Violence Against Women Act, and she also testified before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee in support of the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, also known as "Laci and Conner's Law."

 

As the creator of the Women Deserve Better® campaign, Serrin has been an outspoken opponent of pregnancy discrimination and has focused on developing on-campus resources and support for underserved pregnant and parenting students. In January 1997, Serrin moderated the first-ever FFL Pregnancy Resource ForumSM at Georgetown University, which became a model for the country and in 2010 became the basis for Pregnancy Assistance Fund grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

 

Serrin is editor-in chief of the online resource page, Women Deserve Better (www.womendeservebetter.com), featuring free, frugal, and creative solutions for pregnant women, expectant fathers, parents, and birthmothers at highest risk of abortion.

 

Serrin's efforts earned her an honorary doctorate from Belmont Abbey College in 2008 alongside Bishop Michael Burbidge, then Bishop of Raleigh, who is currently serving as Bishop of Arlington.

 

Serrin has been interviewed by ABC News, CBN, CNN, EWTN, FOX News, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, NPR, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, CNN International, RTÉ, and many other news outlets.        

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Anna Maria College Pays Tribute to the Fallen Heroes of 9/11

9-11 Tribute

 

In an annual tribute, members of the Anna Maria College community gathered on September 11, 2019 to reflect on the 2,977 innocent lives lost in the devastating terror attacks 18 years ago. Held on the Campus quad at 8:30 a.m., Deacon Jack Franchi, a retired Air Force Senior Master Sergeant (SMS), welcomed guests with a prayer. Remarks were delivered by Dr. James Carritte, Director of Fire Science Program and Eli Seiser, StCeremonyudent President of Anna Maria’s Emergency Services Association recited the Fireman’s Prayer, which was followed by the “Ringing of the Bell”. The bell, struck in three increments of three rings, symbolizes that the fallen have come home for the final time. A moment of silence was observed at 8:46 a.m.

 

In honor of the brave first responders who perished, students from the Anna Maria College Fire Science program were joined by Paxton Chief of Police Mark Savasta, Holden Chief of Police David Armstrong, officers from both police departments, and U.S. Air Force USAF members of Detachment 340 USAF ROTC based out of WPI along with the Command staff. This event was hosted by the Campus Ministry and Fire Science Department.

 
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Newly Renovated Bishop Flanagan Campus Center Opens with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Campus Center Ribbon Cutting

Featured from left to right: Ed O’Brien, President of Cutler Associates; John Spillane, ESQ., Chair, Board of Trustees, Anna Maria College; Mary Lou Retelle, President, Anna Maria College; Steve Canario, Business Development Director, Sodexo; Alexis Phillips, President, Anna Maria College’s Student Government Association (’20); Kim Kennedy, Vice Chair, Board of Trustees, Anna Maria College; Roger Stone, Senior Vice President, Citizen’s Bank; David Breen, Chief Operating Officer, Anna Maria College

 

Anna Maria College celebrated the official opening of the newly renovated Bishop Flanagan Campus Center with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, August 28. The $4.2 million renovation includes revamped seating areas, new handicapped accessibility, and newly replaced windows, doors and roof.

 

The completely reimagined interior is designed to enhance the student experience with new lighting, assorted seating layouts for single dining and group socializing, a fireplace feature wall, new Audio/Visual system, ramps, and outdoor dining patios. Altogether the renovations make for a more functional and expanded space. The fall campus also features a new football field. Several other campus upgrades are ongoing.

The improvements were funded by Anna Maria, the dining services company Sodexho and two Worcester philanthropic groups, the George I. Alden Trust and the Stoddard Charitable Trust.

 

Read more about the renovations in this Worcester Business Journal article.

 
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Inaugural Battle of the Badges

 
Battle of the Badges

 

On July 19-20, 2019, Anna Maria College hosted the inaugural Battle of the Badges, a hands-on educational program designed for students interested in public safety as a profession. Participants came from all over New England to learn about criminal justice, fire science, and emergency management – from experts in local, state, and federal-level agencies.

 

In addition to presentations by Joseph Early, the Worcester County District Attorney; Katherine Wilson, Supervisory Deputy, U.S. Marshal; Neal Mullane, District Chief of the Boston Fire Department; and Michael Nockunas, Retired Master Sergeant of the

Battle of the Badges Certificates

Program participants received certificates
of
completion from Anna Maria College

Connecticut State Police; students were provided with in depth demonstrations and lectures from many aspects of public safety including:

 

  • Violent Fugitive Apprehension and Role of Tactical Medics
  • SWAT Demonstration
  • Interactive Crime Scene Display
  • Canine Use in Fire and Explosive Investigation
  • Use of Drones in Public Safety
  • Boston Fire Fighting Equipment
  • Cyber Crimes
  • Forensic Criminology
  • Worcester Police K-9 Deployment

 

Battle of the Badges was a free educational program held on Anna Maria’s campus. Participants received unique instruction, meals and accommodations, and time for social activities, including kick ball, a bonfire, and the chance to compete in the first annual Battle of the Badges Dodge Ball Tournament. The 2019 Tournament winner was TEAM BLUE.

 

Click on the following links to view the news coverage of the program and photo album.

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Following Your Dreams After High School: Forensics

 

Forensics

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes of a crime investigation? 

 

At TMHS, a course in forensics is offered, taught by Mr. Edge. He is a loved teacher among many students and may just show you another option for what you may want to do in life. Recently, I visited my older sister at Anna Maria College and she told me how and why she wanted to get into forensics.

 Right now, she is a junior in college and is part of NHS for her major in forensics criminology and currently studying for a minor in victimology, as well. Some people are just not that interested enough in basic courses, such as english, history, or math to want to take it beyond high school. If you are one of those students, remember to find something that you love in order to pursue your dream job, no matter how gruesome or weird it may be.

 

For as long as junior year in high school, forensic science has interested my sister. Forensic scientists aid investigators by collecting and analyzing data found at crime scenes. In high school, she picked this class just out of pure curiosity and as a filler because she had an extra spot open to fill in her schedule. As the year progressed, she began to realize that she was absolutely in love with the subject. Soon, she began to visit colleges that offered courses in forensics, such as Anna Maria College in Paxton, MA. My family and I toured the small college, surprised at how tiny the classes and dorms were. After a long discussion with my parents, my sister decided that this is where she would go.

 

Anna Maria is a small, private college located around multiple farms in Paxton. It may not seem like a lot, but the programs and opportunities offered to their students make up for its lack of size. If you are looking to pursue a similar subject as my sister, many chief and police and renowned investigators attended and graduated from Anna Maria. The forensics criminology program is constantly growing with new opportunities to take in order to make the most of your college experience. Professors are also there to help because of the small amount of children in each class. These small classes help students get ready for a job in the real world while also offering internship opportunities outside of the classroom.

You may be wondering what exactly goes on in the classroom to prepare students for their real life jobs. So far my sister has taken many courses, including classes on child abuse, social work, crime scene forensics, anatomy and physiology, psychology, leadership, and policing methods. In crime scene forensics, a fake crime scene is set up and the students must investigate it. In the science building at the school, many tubs can be found filled with body parts from different crime scenes ready to investigate. My sister often times comes home with new stories of who’s brain she got to dissect today. Another fun subject she is learning is police methods. They train like real police officers and learn how to shoot guns safely. One day, my sister called me and told me about how she had been pepper sprayed in class in order to prepare them.

 

Though I know that this subject is not for me, it’s nice to learn about other career options. It just goes to show that not everyone has to be an english or math major; you could go more in depth with what you would like to do. Maybe you could pursue a career in forensics and investigate crime scenes. Whatever interests you, no matter how weird or gruesome, should be pursued to your greatest extent in order to achieve your dreams. Remember, if you need a filler class for your schedule and pick a random class, you may just find the subject of your dreams.

 

Written by Caitlin Wahl posted in the Tewksbury Tribune

http://www.yourtewksburytoday.com/2019/05/18/199974/tewksbury-tribune-following-your-dreams-after-high-school-forensics

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Spring 2019 Dean's List

Deans List


Congratulations to the students who made the 2019 Spring Dean's List:

Deyarna Achille   Raymond Konde
Alexis Albin   Brooke Kresco
Stephanie Allen   Nicholas Kukuris
Megan Alves   Sabrina LaMountain
Emily Alves   Yvonne Lamptey
Britnee Angell   Jordin Laraia
Alex Angelo   Maugline Laurent
Phillip Antonucci   Connor Lavin
Felicia Appiah-Kubi   Marc LeBlanc
Hannah Audibert   Alexandra Lewandowski
Kirsten Avery   Makenzie Lewis
Jackee Banfill   Stephanie LoCascio
Kathryn Barnes   Jennifer Lopez
Brendan Bartlett   Maria Julia Losi Gil
Robin Baxter   Tatyana Lugo-Gardner
Kaitlin Beaulieu   Pearl Lutta
Derona Beckford   Kayla Magierowski
Darren Belliveau   Juliet Maglitta
Sarah Benites   Kaitlyn Magner
Tyler Benjamin   Tiana Maldonado
Kaylee Besse   Alyssa Mancini
Adam Black   Jarrod Marifiote
Nicholas Blood   Vathsana Marques
Colleen Bogonovich   Catherine Martin
Grace Bond   Emily Martin
Rebecca Botteri   Christine Martin
Cheyenne Boyle   Javier Martinez
Hayden Braga   Jonathan Marx
Bailey Braga   Rachel Matloff
Matthew Braz   Mario Maturi
Celia Brown   Anna McCormack
Karlyn Brown   William McGoughran
Lauren Burns   Kayla McGrady
Rachel Burwick   David McIntosh
Perqusia Caldwell   Patrick McKenna
Abigail Campbell   Morgan McKenney
Sabrina Carneiro   Georgia McLellan
Brett Carpenter   Jennifer McNally
Sabrina Carreira   William Mehigan
Nadia Carrillo   Anne Melanson
Bianca Cassanelli   Krystal Melendez
Abigayle Celata   Zion Mercado
Louis Chaix   Justin Mercurio
Abygail Chapdelaine   Abigail Merow
Angelica Chavez   Flori Micani
Caleb Cimini   Maria Mironidis
Nellda Clark   Hannah Mitchell
Matthew Clark   Hayley Morin
Amanda Clewes   Noah Morning
Sarah Coley   Sabrina Moroney
Joseph Collins   Jonah Myers
Brittany Cook   Alex Myers
Darrin Cooper   Robert Napolitano
Peter Costa   Kai Nero-Clark
Riley Cote   Emily Ngo
Isabella Cotto   Jacob Nichols
Jacquelyn Cournoyer   Phylicia O'dell
Chelsea Cove   Nathaniel O'Lari
Laurie Cowgill   Anthony Oliva
Richard Craver   Anianjolice Oquendo
Andrew Cucci   Priscilla Oti
Samuel Cyr Ledoux   Amanda Pachico
Carly D'Amato   Abigail Packard
Rachel Davis   Nicholas Palermo
Noah Day   Marylee Panient
Ryan Dean   Anthony Pappoe
Jennifer Delcompare   Matthew Parizo
Christine Je Delma   Otto Pellegrino
Brianna Desimone   Audhinn Pelletier
Kevin Diaz   Sierra Pena
Korey Dillon   Ian Perla
Sonya DiPietro   Tyler Perron
Diandra Doble   Meaghan Peterson
Ardlley Docanto   Amy Pham
Konstantinos Drosidis   Jason Phillip
Keannah Dunsmore   Alexis Phillips
Marisol Durango   Julia Piscione
Yvonne Dwomoh   Meghan Pope
Peter Dziergas   Gavin Proeh
Serena Eastwood   Michael Rapoza
Elizabeth Eldridge   Azadoria Ray
Connor Enberg   Samantha Reed
Destiny Esparra Monfreda   Delia Regan
Maria Espinal   Jessica Rey
Cherie-Ann Extra   Briana Riley
Victoria Falco   Natasha Rivas
Jaime Fernandes   Michael Roberge
Alexis Fischer   Amy Roberts
Shannon Foley   Mark Robinshaw
Zachary Foley Cox   Camila Rodriguez
Regan Forss   Jaeda Rose
Tabitha Franceschet   Katelyn Sable
Connor Francis   Andreas Sacripante
Maria Franco   Bradley Sampson
Monica Frew   Dolapo Sanni
Alexander Friend   Barbara Santos
Sabrina Gabriele   Erika Semedo
Camryn Gallagher   Samantha Seniti
Madelyn Gannon   Amanda Servis
Frances Garcia   Annalise Sherman
Ashley Garcia   Karleen Shorette
Jacey Garron   Mark Siegel
Jessica Gelineau   Jack Sitzman
Meghan Gillis   Joshua Slaney
Eric Glover   Jacob Smith
Anna Golemo   Edward Smith
Mellany Gomez   Isabelle Smith
Joao Goncalves   Kara Spence
Susan Gonzalez   Ariel Squier
Drew Goupille   Celina Stacy
Bailey Gray   Eric Steeves
John Green   Lisa Stefanick
Jessica Grindell   Doriela Stoja
Naomi Griswold   Liam Stone
Theresa Guidotti   Daniel Stout
Xavier Harrelle   Nichole Streete
Nancy Hernandez   Shane Sutton
Sarah Hesselton   Christine Swain
Courtney Hile   Mary Tanona
Journey Hineline   Kelley Tarani
Hunter Hoag   John Terranova
Taylor Hoffstedt   Hunter Tetreault
Shannon Hofmiller   David Tmej
Noah Holland   Zoi Traiforos
Joseph Holmes   Jennifer Tucker
Jonas Hostovecky   Quinton Tucker
Helza Howland Cassim   Adam Twitchell
Samantha Hume   Alanis Vazquez Colon
Julius Huset   Catherine Verostick
Danielle Huston   Meghan Vieira
Emily Ierardo   Sophia Wackell
Wasfa Jaffri   Matthew Waite
Simran Jakhu   Meaghan Walsh
Stephanie Jimenez   Peter Walsh
Camylle Johnson   Tami Warner
Emily Johnson   Liza Welch
Melina Johnson   Alyssa Wentworth
Alicia Johnston   Dream Whitaker
Deborah Joseph   Katahdin Whitney
Jenna Karl   Nicholas Whittemore
Christina Katsogridakis   James Wieliczko
Matthew Kelley   Brett Willson
Patrick Kenary   Joshua Wozniak
Joseph Kessler   Alexandra Zajko
Bryan Kiley   Ariana Zecco
Bridget Kissi   Emilee Zuidema
Henrietta Konadu      
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Congratulations to the Class of 2019

Commencement 2019

 

Congratulations to the Class of 2019

 

“Today you graduate as responsible, ethical and service-orientated leaders. There is a call for you in this ever-changing and complicated world. Embrace that call as there is a vital need for you to do something greater.” – President Mary Lou Retelle

 

On Saturday, May 11th, Anna Maria College proudly held its 70th Commencement Exercises in Worcester, Massachusetts. Under a bluebird sky, 190 exuberant undergraduate students with brand new bachelor degrees in hand, along with 82 newly minted master’s degree recipients, poured out of the Hanover Theatre and into their future. We are so very proud of you and all of your accomplishments. We will miss the privilege of seeing your shining faces, hearing your laughter, and enjoying your company on a daily basis. As the newest members of our strong alumni network, we hope that you will come back often so that we can say with a knowing smile that “we knew you when.”

 

Honorary Degree Recipients

Claudia Margret Nassef Paul, Doctor of Human Service

Francis R. Carroll, Doctor of Public Administration

 

Special Awards

Bishop Timothy Harrington Award

Kristan L. Richardson, Tewksbury 

BS in Nursing

 

Sister Yvette Bellerose Award

Kaylee Elizabeth Marshall, Ware

BA Psychology

 

Dr. Bernadette Madore Award

Colleen Rose Bogonovich, Athol

BA in Social Work; 4.0 GPA

 

Click here for images from the 2019 Commencement Services

 

 

 

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You didn’t run that hard just to stay in place

 Commencement Student Speaker 2019

Comparing life to an 8-mile battalion run from her time in the U.S. Army, newly minted Anna Maria College graduate Deborah Joseph told her fellow students to help each other keep on running, walking, or - as the case was for her, low crawling - to reach their goals. “Life is like a battalion run; it is not a race,” Ms. Joseph said. “Keep the pace and support each other. You didn’t run that hard just to stay in place.” Ms. Joseph was the student speaker at the 70th commencement exercises for Anna Maria College, held at The Hanover Theatre and Conservatory for the Performing Arts on Saturday morning. Her speech followed an address by college President Mary Lou Retelle, who emphasized the Anna Maria commitment to producing students who are “active participants in their community.” “In every encounter, help is always right,” Ms. Retelle said, listing off observations for graduates. “Compassionate human interaction, however brief, is beautiful ... and the (world’s) problems are great and your talents are desperately needed.” Ms. Joseph continued the themes of compassion and teamwork, noting that students had shared much during their Anna Maria days - from 8 a.m. classes to late-night studying interrupted by fire alarms for burned popcorn. “We must uplift the people around us, make a genuine connection,” Ms. Joseph said. “If a door opens up for you, don’t forget to hold it open for the person behind you.” But much of her speech focused on her time in the U.S. Army, a sojourn after her junior year in college that culminated in a deployment to Germany. “Some things might just be harder than nursing school,” Ms. Joseph joked. Ms. Joseph said the experience taught her that “life is not a checklist” but rather a constant progression toward goals. And like a battalion, graduates should always work together to achieve these goals. “You are able to accomplish something as a team,” Ms. Joseph said.


Anna Maria College Graduates 2019


Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies

Worcester: Kelly E. Fitzgerald, Lonah Kabiu


Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study - Psychology

Paxton: Ryan T Fleming

Worcester: Juan Eric Gomez

Jefferson: Lauren Griff


Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology

Charlton: Brian Turnbull Faust

Leominster: Vanessa Alexandra Reid

Shrewsbury: Tiffany Welsh

Woodstock, Conn.: Casey LeBlanc

Worcester: Kate A. Hennigan, Estela Maria Merced, Tarnue Mulbah, Nana Gyamfuah Owusu, Teresa Ryan


Master of Arts Pastoral Ministry

Charlton: Lisa Saverese-Burkitt


Master of Business Administration

Auburn: Matthew Erhartic, Veronica M. Villacis

Clinton: Maura D. O’Toole

Oxford: Jon Thomas Belanger, Jacqueline A. Rodriguez

Sturbridge: Michelle Matte

Westminster: Alex Mowatt

Worcester: Roger Foster, Aldo Juka


Master of Education

Leominster: Kayla Elisabeth Kathleen Robillard

Rochdale: Jillian Margaret Falvo

Shrewsbury: Molly Bridget Farrell

Spencer: Kristyn Mangini

Sutton: Nicole Sarkisian


Master of Public Administration

Douglas: Kelly Gazzano Manning

Holden: Michael J. Borowiec

Hudson: Justin M. DeMarco

Jefferson: Robert Connor

Marlboro: Sean Michael Horman, Janica M. Pierre

North Grafton: Christopher Atchue

Oxford: Bridget Mae Lever

Wales: Earl Dessert

Webster: Karyn E. Clark

Worcester: Grant C. Ellerbe


Master of Science in Criminal Justice

Ashburnham: Chad J. Parry

Hudson: Shelby L Ferreira

Jefferson: Karlie Bove

Paxton: Julian Angel Diaz, Joseph L. Ford

Spencer: Christopher E. Inzerillo

Templeton: Guy Bibeau


Master of Science in Industrial Organizational Psychology

Worcester: Daniel Gyamfi


Master of Social Work

Auburn: Molly Colleen Foley-Foster

Holden: Lisandra Rodriguez-Pagán

Oakham: Jennifer Tourtellot

Rutland: Lucy K. DelRossi

Shrewsbury: Jacklynne Nicolette Kelley

Southbridge: Samantha Dacey

Spencer: Ashley Jean O’Hara

Templeton: Jessica M. Filleul

West Boylston: Katelyn M. DePatsy

Whitinsville: Desiree Liz Ayala

Worcester: Doretha Frias, Paula J. Kneeland, Yvonne Aku Sika Markham, Christina Rose Murphy


Bachelor of Arts

Athol: Colleen Rose Bogonovich

Bolton: Meagan E. Menegus

Boylston: Brittany Nicole Cook

Charlton: Michael W. Rapoza, Mary Jane Tanona

Cherry Valley: Amy Louise Roberts

Clinton: Maria Franco, Jennifer Suseli Lopez

Holden: Joseph Ruggieri Collins, Nancy Ann Dowd

Hubbardston: Brett Alan Carpenter

Hudson: Theresa Marie Guidotti

Leicester: Chelsea M. Cove

Leominster: Andrea Marie Valente

Marlboro: Victoria L. Falco

North Brookfield: Kara McKay Spence

Oxford: Sabrina Louise LaMountain

Paxton: Jerica Darleen Washington, Sarah Dumas

Shrewsbury: Ariana Marie Zecco, Trizah M Njoroge

Southbridge: Jennifer Susan Tucker

Spencer: Korey L. Dillon, Tiana Marie Maldonado

Sterling: Emma K. McGrath

Sturbridge: Jacquelyn J. Cournoyer

Ware: Natalie Freida, Kaylee Elizabeth Marshall

West Boylston: Hannah Percilla Flynn

Worcester: Felicia N. Appiah-Kubi, Jackee Rae Banfill, Sarah Elizabeth Coley, María Elizabeth Espinal, Nancy Hernandez, Camila Rodriguez, Dominique Marie Nicholas, Bertha Oppong, María Elizabeth Espinal


Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Holden: Jack R. Morgan

Hudson: Joseph David Kwiatkowski

Leominster: Daniel Sean Grammel

Rutland: Leslie Lyn Lafferty

Spencer: Danielle Elizabeth Huston

Worcester: Javier A. Martinez


Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Blackstone: Kaitlin Elizabeth Beaulieu

Lunenburg: Paul A. Riley

Marlboro: Eric Matthew Kanavos, Luis Andres Varela Hernandez

Worcester: Erica O’Leary, Anianjolice Oquendo, John Christopher Terranova


Bachelor of Science in Fire Science

Douglas: Aaron Roy

Holden: Jerome Ball

Marlboro: Michael J Quinn Jr.

Orange: Nathaniel Russell O’Lari

Shrewsbury: Bailey Ryan Correia

Spencer: Michael Gadbois

Uxbridge: Andrew Morris

Worcester: Colin Ray Pipkin


Bachelor of Science in Forensics Criminology

North Brookfield: Tami Elizabeth Warner

Paxton: Patrick Connor Adams, Anna Golemo

Southbridge: Anekah Shaye Ellis, Christina Nicole Katsogridakis

Worcester: Yarelis Marie Rivera


Bachelor of Science in Health and Community Services

Brimfield: Kayla Marie Magierowski

Dudley: Sabrina Mae Moroney

Milford: Sabrina G. Carneiro

Milford: Lexey Elise Lutz

Paxton: Tanyaradzwa Mararike

Worcester: Victoria Boakye, Yvonne Dwomoh, Camylle Adrienne Johnson, Henrietta Owusu Konadu, Eunice Menyah, Anthony A. Pappoe, Angela Paige Rossi


Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration

Hudson: Christine Swain


Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Ashburnham: Cassandra Benes

Berlin: Katelyn M. Ryan

Brookfield: Kiana Ela Libiszewski

Charlton: Aubrey Lynn Fuhrmann, Ashlee Marie Jarominski, Emily J. Guinee

Douglas: Angela Marie Pinto

Dudley: Abigail Rose Packard

East Brookfield: Lindsey R Pronovost

Fitchburg: Kelly V. Armstrong

Gardner: Sophia Ahmad Yasin

Hubbardston: Shawna Lyn Pizzarella

Jefferson: Catherine Russell

North Brookfield: Allissa Lauren Goldsmith

Northboro: Danielle Rolfe

Oxford: Bailey Colleen Pickett, Meghan Anne Smith

Princeton: Emelia Kathryn Follansbee

Rutland: Maxine Anne Gleason, Stephanie Katinas

Shrewsbury: Gina A. Ursoleo, Meghan Valery Vieira

Spencer: Casey Renee Lacaire

Sturbridge: Ashley Lynn Whittaker

Templeton: Brian Berard

Uxbridge: Kathleen M. Morrow

Webster: Mackenzie Marie Adams

West Boylston: Laura Anne Postale

Westminster: Joan Curtis

Worcester: Ellen Annor, Esther Amo Apeah, Dejá Renee Barber, Dalina Hanna, Daniel Mensah-Frimpong, Sandra Ntim Bachelor of Science in Sport Management

Worcester: Jamika Townsend

 

Written by Cyrus Moulton from the Telegram & Gazette Staff 
https://www.telegram.com/news/20190511/anna-maria-college-grad-you-didnt-run-that-hard-just-to-stay-in-place

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2019 Athletic Awards Winners

2019 Awards Night Winners

The Annual Athletic Awards Night recognizes student athletes for a variety of contributions including academics, sportsmanship, leadership, dedication, perseverance, and performance. This year’s ceremony was held on May 1, 2019 in the Zecco Performing Arts Center. A photo album is available for your viewing here.

 

Leadership/MVP Awards

Sport   Leadership   MVP
Women’s Basketball   Shannon Hofmiller   Sierra Johnson
Equestrian   Gina Houghton   Ella Smith
Field Hockey   Sarah Coley   Chayna Bingham-Hendricks
Women’s Ice Hockey   Niamh Cote   Julianne Nelson
Women’s Lacrosse   Bryce McDonald   Emma Walsh
Women’s Soccer   Courtney Hile   Shannon LeBlanc
Softball   Victoria Falco   Sabrina Carreira
Volleyball   Abby Chapdelaine   Sarah Lathrop
Men’s Basketball   Chris Contento   Mike Rapoza
Baseball   Jake Crevier   Kosta Drosidis
Football   Paul Robitaille   Kai Nero-Clark
Men’s Ice Hockey   Pat Manning   Jack Sitzman
Men’s Lacrosse   Michael Lopez   Brandon Pavoni
Men’s Soccer   Ryan Todesco   Jeffre Donahue

 

Four Year Commitment Award

Sarah Lathrop

Sarah Coley

Danielle Huston

Ashley Reyes

Dan McElhinney

Mark Robinshaw

Bailey Braga

Paul Robitaille

Dan Stout

James Wieliczko

Kai Nero-Clark

Chris Contento

Shannon Hofmiller

Victoria Falco

Kayla Magierowski

Sabrina Carreira

Ryan Rockwal

Nicholas Estey

Paul Schwarz

Kai Nero-Clark

 

SAAC Award

Danielle Huston

 

Sister Rollande Quintal Award

Anil Desai and Robert “Beau” Sharry

 

Team GPA Award

Men’s Ice Hockey

 

Female Senior Scholar Athlete Award

Danielle Huston

 

Male Senior Scholar Athlete Award

Mike Rapoza

 

Nancy Naroian Award

Shannon LeBlanc

 

Ray LeBoeuf, Jr. Sportsmanship Award

Abby Chapdelaine and Sabrina Carriera

 

Breakthrough Athlete of the Year

Chayna Bingham-Hendricks and Bobby Perette

 

Female First Year Athlete of the Year

Amber Wilson

 

Male First Year Athlete of the Year

Eric Glover

 

Stephen C. Washkevich Award

Mike Rapoza and Julianne Nelson

 

Len Smith Award

Bailey Braga and Johanna Burke

 

Female Senior Award

Kayla Magierowski and Victoria Falco

 

Male Senior Award

Kai Nero-Clark and Paul Schwarz

 

Male Athlete of the Year

Brandon Pavoni and Kosta Drosidis

 

Female Athlete of the Year

Ella Smith

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For Mother and Son, a College Dream Fulfilled

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Heidi Beaulac wanted to give her son the best education and saw the Catholic school system as an opportunity to do that. She sold her car and found her way to work on foot or by using public transportation to pay for her son's tuition at the former St. Anthony School and later St. Bernard's Central Catholic High School.
More than a decade later, her sacrifice paid off. Her son, Jakai Alexandre, now 17, is captain of the basketball team and will attend Anna Maria College in the fall on a full scholarship. "Every single thing I could have sacrificed, I have," said Beaulac, who is a single mother. "I never considered what I'm doing as anything special. It's just my job." Alexandre will be the first in his family to attend college. He considers his mother a role model and has made the most of his education by focusing on sports. "I'm grateful because I know everything she does, and I don't take any of it for granted," Alexandre said. Tuition at St. Bernard's is $9,750 for the current school year before financial aid. Beaulac often works two jobs six days a week and up to 17 hours a day. Sometimes she runs into Alexandre when he comes home from basketball practice, but other days her landlord downstairs keeps an eye on him when Beaulac isn't there. Working multiple jobs and not having a car aren't the only ways she has saved money to put toward her son's school tuition. There have been times were Beaulac has skipped meals to make sure Alexandre had enough, she said, and she went a year without health insurance to have money for school. At St. Bernard's, Alexandre found a sense of community and considers his friends and teachers family. He spends most of his time in athletics as a member of the school's football and basketball teams. St. Bernard's won the football state championship at Gillette Stadium in the fall, which he calls a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The team previously played a championship game there when he was a freshman, but they didn't win. On Thursday Alexandre showed off his championship ring with his name engraved on the side and the school's initials sparking in gold and black. He also has football trophies from other seasons displayed in his room. On the basketball court, Alexandre had his best season this year and was about 30 points shy of reaching 1,000 points scored during his four years with the varsity team. He has been playing basketball since childhood on city courts at Green Street Park, which is four blocks away from his home, and Cooldige Park. Coaches from nearly 10 colleges -- including Anna Maria -- scouted him to play for their basketball teams. Some wanted him to play football too, but Alexandre decided to stick solely to basketball. He considered which college would be the best fit for him and his mother and they looked closely at the financial aid offers the schools made. "I didn't want to feel like I busted my butt to come this far and have college not be an option," Beaulac said. Receiving the scholarship to Anna Maria was a surprise, Alexandre said. Beaulac couldn't believe it and remembers breaking down at the banquet where the announcement was made. "It was a lot of weight off our shoulders," Alexandre said. "It was crazy seeing my mom's reaction ... and knowing that she didn't have to stress." The scholarship is on display in the family's sitting room in a red folder bearing the school's name. It's surrounded by years of Alexandre's basketball photos, which Beaulac calls a shrine. Some might have said it was foolish for her to take on the financial challenge to send Alexandre to St. Anthony and St. Bernard's. Looking back, Beaulac said it was the right decision. "If I had to do it again, I would," she said. "The journey has been worth it." Article Written by Mina Corpuz from the Seninel & Enterprise Local News
http://www.sentinelandenterprise.com/localnews/ci_32587981/mother-and-son-college-dream-fulfilled

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Anna Maria Reopens Pastoral Ministry Masters Program

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Anna Maria College in Paxton has launched a master's degree in pastoral ministry.

 

According to the college, the program is designed to help students seeking to deepen their faith and learn the skills necessary for faith leaders.

 

In a statement, Marc Tumeinski, assistant professor of theology at the school, said the college was reopening the graduate program to carry on the charism of Anna Maria's founders, the Sisters of St. Anne.

 

Already, 12 candidates are taking courses this spring and summer. The group is preparing for ordination as deacons in the Worcester diocese, and the program could be opened for catechetical leaders in the diocese, Tumeinski said.

 

The degree will allow graduates to teach religious education in a parish setting or theology in a school, work as a chaplain or pastoral associate in a medical setting, direct a campus ministry office, lead adult faith formation programs or work as a pastoral associate within a parish.

 

Students in the four-year program can be eligible for tuition discounts for serving in parishes or Catholic schools in the Worcester Diocese.

 

 

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Senior Art Exhibition: Senior I & Senior II

Senior Exhibition I 2019

Senior Art Exhibition: Senior I & Senior II

The Department of Art & Design at Anna Maria College presents two group installations of the Senior Art Exhibition 2019; Exhibition 1 from April 17 through April 26, and Exhibition 2 from May1 – May 10 in the Art Center Gallery at Miriam Hall. Exhibition 1

Senior Art & Design majors who are celebrating their exhibition, 17 April thru 26 April 2019:

Robin Baxter: Graphic Design/Studio Art,

Abigail Campbell: Art Therapy,

Natalie Freida: Studio Art,

Alicia Johnston: Art Therapy/Studio Art

The work displayed links well with each student and their respective major, lending the exhibit a rhythm unique to this class, diverse in media and content.  Anna Maria College exhibits graduating seniors each year as part of their capstone experience, which also includes a publication of their work and related website.  The Senior Art Exhibition exposes the college and community to the diverse range of contemporary art and ideas flowing from these students.  All are invited to attend the Opening Reception of Senior I on Wednesday, April 17 from 5 – 7 pm to celebrate this culmination of undergraduate study and accomplishment.

Anna Maria College

School of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Department of Art & Design

Art Center Gallery at Miriam Hall

50 Sunset Lane

Paxton, MA 01712 Exhibition 1

April 17 – April 26, 2019

Opening Reception

Wednesday, April 17

5:00 – 7:00 pm

Catalogs available of each artists work online.

Go to: www.magcloud.com and search for Anna Maria College

Contact David Wackell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. #annamaria_artgallery

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Rev. Stephen Lundrigan Describes Recent Trip to Mexico Border

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During a recent three-day trip to the U.S.-Mexican border, Rev. Stephen Lundrigan saw up close the humanitarian crisis many Americans are by now well aware of. But he also found a glimmer of hope: a surprisingly well-coordinated effort by the local Catholic churches on either side of the border near the McAllen, Texas-Reynosa, Tamaulipas region that was helping the hundreds of migrants stopped or stranded at the crossing. The question he returned with, and asked attendees at a presentation he gave at Anna Maria College on Thursday afternoon, was what could other people of faith do to help solve the problem? And what solution could they possibly come up with on a large enough scale, he asked, to solve the “chaotic situation” at the border? “There are no simple solutions,” said Rev. Lundrigan, a pastor at Annunciation Parish in Gardner and lecturer at Anna Maria, and the answers either side of the U.S. political spectrum have proposed “don’t really capture the reality of the situation.” That reality, he pointed out, is that the entirety of the migrants flowing into the border each day can’t be easily summed up; they are not all criminals, nor are they all well-intentioned people. For the latter population, however, Rev. Lundrigan said there isn’t much help from a U.S. border enforcement system that isn’t really designed to help them transition to life in America. The immigration detention centers set up along the border “are built and set up as a prison,” he said.

Some migrants don’t even get that far; when he and his four fellow priests on the trip traveled south of the border to Reynosa, for example, they encountered a “big crunch” made up of thousands of Mexicans, Central Americans and other nationalities who were held up at the border, or deposited on that side by American authorities for violating immigration laws. One boy they met, just 16, had made his way up all the way from Honduras, where his local bishop had given him a note to show immigration officials saying he would be killed if he went back. But for whatever reason, he was not even allowed to cross at the U.S. checkpoint, said Rev. Lundrigan, who showed the audience a picture of the boy crying in the arms of one of his fellow priests, Rev. Peter Joyce of Milford. “He can’t go home, he can’t go up (to America) – he’s stuck. He’s a 16-year-old kid,” he said. There were several similar tales at Thursday’s talk – the 17-year-old girl who walked for 28 days from Guatemala to the border, the boy who had walked up in flip flops and “had ulcers between his toes” – and Rev. Lundrigan said for many of those people, there isn’t yet a good solution. But the Diocese is helping in small but growing ways. In Mexico, the Church has set up a refugee center to provide basic needs to migrants and, just as important, give them temporary safety. The facility was surrounded by razor wire, Rev. Lundrigan said, “not to keep them in, but to keep others out” who prey on the vulnerable refugees.  On the U.S. side, meanwhile, the Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Brownsville have built an even more intricate network of support for migrants who manage to cross over and go through the U.S. detention system. The Church has worked out a deal with the Immigration and Naturalization Service to take in migrants, whom the government won’t release unless they have a transportation or lodging plan, he said. In the McAllen area that Rev. Lundrigan toured, there was a nursing home converted into a migrant center, which he described as feeling like a “triage center – there were people everywhere, bodies everywhere ... it seemed chaotic, but it’s really very organized.” For migrants who have to stay longer at the border – those without an established family member in the U.S. to stay with, for example – there was also a long-term shelter facility that could accommodate 15 to 20 people. The idea that garnered the most interest from audience members on Thursday, however, was what Rev. Lundigran described as a makeshift village taking root near McAllen – a community of small shacks surrounding a central facility providing classrooms, a medical and dental center, and computers. Living there were immigrants who had found jobs, and simply needed a place to make their home. While that concept seemed to be flourishing, he said, “it’s a long way off for most people” who cross the border. “Only a small percentage get to them, because there are not many of those (communities) ... we just don’t have the infrastructure to do all that.” Some U.S. towns and cities also likely wouldn’t want to host such a village, Rev. Lundrigan said. “How do you replicate a model like that is the question,” he said at the conclusion of his presentation, which challenged attendees to think about how the U.S. – and people of faith – could answer it. Article written by Scott O'Connell fromt he Telegram and Gazette
https://www.telegram.com/news/20190328/rev-stephen-lundrigan-describes-recent-trip-to-mexico-border-in-talk-at-anna-maria-college

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Kara E. Lewis Wins We ❤ Nurses Award

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Northborough – Jacqueline Taylor, owner of Scrubs with Style, is pleased to announce that the winner of their first “We ❤ Nurses Award” is Kara E. Lewis, of Sutton. Lewis is an RN in Neurology at UMASS in Worcester and is continuing her nursing education at Anna Maria College in Paxton. She also works (per diem) in hospice as an RN at Rose Monahan Hospice Home in Worcester. As a child, Lewis witnessed her special needs brother’s seizures without fear or trepidation. She routinely attended her only sibling’s doctor appointments, emergency room visits and therapy sessions. These early experiences guided her toward a career in nursing. At age five she became a volunteer with Special Olympics and has volunteered for numerous healthcare organizations, camps and special programs ever since. Her brother remains her best friend. The “We ❤ Nurses Award” rewards and celebrates an outstanding nurse whose attitude, dedication, clinical excellence and patient empathy goes above and beyond. A special thank you to the following businesses for contributing gift cards: Serenity Nail Salon, Innovations Hair Salon and Orthomed Massage Clinic.

Scrubs with Style will be featuring the many heartwarming stories received in response to their “We ❤ Nurses Award”– Honor an Outstanding Nurse” campaign on their website scrubswithstyle.com as well as a more detailed profile of the award recipients. Scrubs with Style is located in the Northboro Shopping Center, 247B West Main St. For more information call 508-393-3058 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Story taken from: https://www.communityadvocate.com/2019/03/12/scrubs-with-style-honors-first-winner-of-we-❤-nurses-contest/

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Postmortem Reflections on Bulger’s Buried Legacy

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Anna Maria College presents “Postmortem Reflections on Bulger’s Buried Legacy” with Dr. Ann Marie Mires on Thursday, March 21 from 4:30 to 6:30pm in the Zecco Performing Arts Center. In 2000, Forensic Anthropologist Dr. Mires was contacted by the Massachusetts State Police to help uncover a multiple burial pit containing the re-interred remains of three of James ‘Whitey’ Bulger’s victims dating back to 1984. This excavation was the first of three subsequent digs that revealed Bulger’s buried legacy of six murder victims dating to that time period. During this talk, Dr. Ann Marie Mires will share her experiences of the excavations, analyses and courtroom testimony on these six cases which provided the forensic evidence to successfully prosecute Bulger in the 2013 trial. As an anthropologist, Mires will also reflect on the high profile nature of these cases, the political dynamic during the excavations and Bulger’s impact on the victims, families and Boston community. Bulger’s death in 2018 brought an end to his life, but not the indelible impact he had on victims and survivors. This event is hosted by the Anna Maria College Molly Bish Center for the Protection of Children and the Elderly, and the Law, Justice and Society club.

 
 
 
 
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Shakespeare Concert to Benefit OpporTUNEity

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Hath Not a Jew Eyes? An encore performance of the Boston premiere by The Shakespeare Concerts, with special guest Miroslav Sekera, the world renowned Czech pianist, who will play Smetana’s Macbeth piano solo. Shakespeare Concert PosterThis special Worcester only performance will feature a large roster of perennial performers including:
Andrea Chenoweth, soprano
Thea Lobo, mezzo-soprano
Ethan Bremner, tenor
Andy Papas, baritone
Pascal Delache-Feldman, double bass
The Ulysses Quartet Tim Ribchester will be music directing, and the program includes works by Robert Schumann, Franz Schubert, Tom Schnauber, Howard Frazin, Adolphus Hailstork, Francis Poulenc, Gerald Finzi, Geoffrey Bush, Roger Quilter, and Joseph Summer. In partnership with The Shakespeare Concerts, this is a benefit performance that will support OpporTUNEity Music Connections™, a program at Anna Maria College. Founded in 2014 by Dr. Melissa Martiros, OpporTUNEity leverages higher education resources, to raise academic and behavioral outcomes for children in our most impoverished communities by providing enriching musical opportunities. All proceeds from this benefit will further the important work that OpporTUNEity does within the City of Worcester. As a result of strategic partnerships with Worcester Public Schools and Worcester Housing Authority, OpporTUNEity engages undergraduate students majoring in Music Therapy and Music Education through internships with children from Worcester’s own Lincoln Street Elementary School. Join the Shakespeare Concerts on April 6th at 2:00 p.m.
Tuckerman Hall
10 Tuckerman St, Worcester, MA 01609

 

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