Best Horror Film Themes

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Throughout history, music has been used as a medium to elevate the spirit in a liturgical setting, served as entertainment, as well as medicinal therapy. Music has also had a deep connection with inciting fear to the masses. Audiences and composers understand the power that music has over the psyche of the listener. In the spirit of Halloween, we will look at music’s role in film.

During the Middle Ages, use of the tritone, often referred to as “the devil’s interval,” was banned in liturgical music. Unlike the misleading name, the tritone consists of only two notes but is separated by three whole steps in music. Some speculate that it is a mocking of the Holy Trinity. When you hear both notes together, this particular interval causes uneasiness and discomfort to the listener. It is no surprise then that many films heavily use this interval within a composition to move the audience to feel unbalanced. Some people even allege they hear the interval playing in a drone, trance-like manner throughout the entirety of a movie to cause an hour and half of utter fright.

Regarding the tonality of a horror film score, composers use dissonance to their advantage. Dissonant chords cause the audience to feel unstable and need to resolve harmonically. Throughout music history, every great composer utilized dissonance to take the listener on a musical journey.  It was how they took the audience to the resolution that separated the good composers from the great composers. The general concept behind dissonance is that it elicits a feeling that something is wrong – a concept prevalent in every horror film.

The juxtaposition of volume is a musical device always employed in cinema. Often times, the audience will jump at the sudden rush of musical notes. The famous shower scene in the film “Psycho” had audiences reeling in fear due in large part to this very musical device.

As music continues to progress, instruments are being created to give us different timbres. Relevant composers will even make use of untraditional instruments or untraditional playing methods. Composer Krysztof Penderecki’s famous song “Threnody” was used in the popular film “The Shining.”

My top six horror film pics using these fear-inducing musical schemes are:

  1. Insidious – This particular film begins with perhaps the most memorable and frightening opening credits. The music during the opening credits is directly responsible for this reason.
  2. Halloween – The simple Michael Myers melody that we all know is perhaps the most recognizable theme song for any antagonist in a horror film genre. Darth Vader’s “Imperial March” is probably the only song that better associates a character with a theme song.
  3. The Wizard of Oz “The Witches’ Theme” – Before horror film fanatics throw a fit, what other children’s film allows a beloved main character to be ripped to shreds? Having produced, directed, choreographed and music directed the stage production many times, the dissonant chords used for the Wicked Witch caused tremendous fear in the four-year-olds that were sure to attend this production.
  4. The Shining – During this film, the use of the devil’s interval, dissonance, and Threnody is absolutely masterful.
  5. Jaws – The use of rests in this two-note theme is absolutely incredible. This song continues to instill great panic to beach-goers’ worldwide.
  6. Psycho – Already mentioned earlier, no musical score employs the musical devices mentioned earlier better than this film. It continues to set the standard for film writing. Be sure to thank Bernard Hermann for composing the greatest horror film soundtrack ever written!

Happy Halloween!

Reagan Paras
Director of Music
Anna Maria College

*Originally appeared in Worcester Magazine in October 2016

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Memorial for Professor Andrew McCarthy

Andrew McCarthy Memorial Tree


To honor the life of Andrew McCarthy, a beloved Theology and Humanities Associate Professor at Anna Maria College, a ceremony was held on Wednesday, October 4. The ceremony took place at the front commons, in front of the eastern redbud tree planted there in his memory. Professor McCarthy was known for his joyous spirit, devout spirituality and volunteerism.  Professor McCarthy was a graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, and earned is M.A. in Theology from Spring Hill College, and Ph.D. in Theology and Religious Studies from Catholic University of America.  He was a prolific scholar, publishing works in the fields of theology and teaching science, and authored the book “Francis of Assisi as Artist of the Spiritual Life.”  Everyone who met Professor McCarthy saw what a tremendous human being he was and the Anna Maria College community misses him dearly. We encourage those who knew him to visit the redbud tree to reflect on your memories of Professor McCarthy.

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Frank Poor, From the Road

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Frank Poor, From the Road

The Art Center Gallery at Anna Maria College presents Frank Poor, From the Road, October 25 – December 22, 2017.  Originally from Woodstock, Georgia, Frank Poor settled in industrial Cranston, Rhode Island after graduating from RISD.  Poor fabricates architectural structures, photographs, and prints related to Southern vernacular architecture.  Krakow Witkin Gallery of Boston represents Poor.  He exhibits nationally and has received numerous honors, grants, and awards. Poor blends and juxtaposes elements of sculpture and photography, where photos are sometimes printed on glass or panel, and other times mounted directly to the wall. The sculptural elements represent buildings he photographs in the South. Witnessing the light, shadow, and reflection of the sculptures is to the viewer as the photographs are to Poor’s experience while photographing. The Anna Maria College exhibit of Frank Poor, From the Road considers the artist’s investigation of experience, and proposes to explore the discontinuity between memory and reality, subjects which drive the work.

An accompanying catalog further explores the artist’s work and will be available for sale at the Opening. The public, students, staff, and classes are invited to attend the Opening Reception on Wednesday, October 25 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm, featuring a discussion between Poor and Gallery Director Darrell Matsumoto.

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Annual Art Faculty Exhibition


Department of Art & Design Faculty Exhibition 2017

The Art Center Gallery at Anna Maria College

announces the Annual Art Faculty Exhibition from

Wednesday, September 13 – Wednesday, October 21. 

Gallery Hours are Monday thru Friday, 9:00am-3:30pm.

The work spans categories of painting, photography,

calligraphy, and sculpture, representing recent work

by the department’s faculty of fine artists;

Joseph DiGregorio, Dyan Gulovsen, Alice

Lambert, Timmary Leary, Darrell Matsumoto,

Joseph Ray, Sumiyo Toribe, Jason Travers,

David Wackell, and Michael Yefko. 

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An Interview with Lisa Summer


Tension on the Korean peninsula is a major topic in the news and the summer was unusually tumultuous. In May, the South Korean Supreme Court upheld parliament’s impeachment of South Korean President Park Geun-hye, the country’s first female president, on corruption charges. The decision was met with violent protests. Then, North Korea escalated tensions by conducting several missile tests and detonated a nuclear device as part of a weapons test.

Anna Maria College Professor Lisa Summer, Director of Music Therapy, spent several weeks in South Korea teaching at Ewha Womans University in Seoul. Ewha is the foremost women’s university in South Korea.

We had an opportunity to talk to Dr. Summer about her experience.

What was the political atmosphere like in South Korea during your time there, especially among your students?

When South Korean President Park Geun-hye was forced out of office due to cronyism and corruption, Ewha – the university where I was teaching – felt direct repercussions of the cronyism charges, as Ewha’s own president, a friend of Park Geun-hye, was removed from office herself.

Dozens were injured in ensuing protests over the president’s impeachment. Some even died, something very rare in a society where violent protests are uncommon. Soon after, North Korea escalated tensions with more missile test. Despite all of this, students – and the public in general – continued to carry on with their normal activities. For the most part, the students and teachers with whom I interacted on a daily basis did not discuss the events that were contemporaneous with my visit.

How would you categorize the South Korean perception of President Trump as it pertains to the tensions with North Korea? And the public perception of the United States? Is it changing?

The average South Korean, in my opinion, regardless of political leaning, is more focused on the behavior of the leaders of North and South Korea. A few people expressed concern about President Trump’s comprehension of the North South situation, but no one I spoke with questioned the state of the American alliance.

How is the Korean public responding to the current threats? How do the threats play out in the local news?

Air raid sirens rang out once for a scheduled public drill while I was there. I was informed prior to the drill, and we carried on as if it were not happening. However, outside on the streets air raid procedures were practiced. Because our students didn’t participate in the drill, I can’t compare it to the Cold War drills from the 1960s. My experiences in the 60’s involved taking action as a class, proceeding to the basement of our elementary school and covering up against a wall. The planned drill in South Korea didn’t worry or even inconvenience me.

Did you witness or are you aware of any student activism taking place in Korea related to the nuclear tensions?

I witnessed no activism personally and was more aware of the cronyism and dismissal of the president because that had direct bearing on my presence at Ewha, where their president was removed as a consequence of the removal of the national president. The student activism I experienced was focused on Ewha’s student body wanting a say in the selection of the university’s next president.

As an American, why do you think Koreans didn’t engage with you on the nuclear situation?

While the North Korean situation may be a conversation topic for the locals, they may have considered as rude to bring up with me. I guess it may be like when one invites non-family members to a family dinner. Those of us hosting would probably not want to discuss Uncle Charlie’s recent conviction, nor would we bring up Cousin Bob’s personal issues. It’s not that we would be “hiding” things from our guests per se but more like we wouldn’t want to trouble them with our internecine struggles. And similarly, Charlie’s violent proclivities and Bob’s drunkenness are probably never going to impact our guests’ lives, so why bring it up with them? North Korea’s government’s animus for South Korea and the US is highly unlikely to have any real impact on me during my visit, so it’s not an issue that my hosts would necessarily want to focus on.

Did you ever feel a desire to talk about North Korea while you were there? Did you feel as though it wasn’t a welcome topic of conversation?

Honestly no. When you’re in another country for an extended period of time you inevitably ingrain yourself in the culture and customs. No one else was really talking about it, so I never had the desire to offer my two-cents. It didn’t appear to be something that was a taboo either, it just wasn’t on their radar at the time.

How did you feel as an American abroad? As an American in a danger zone?

I am at ease when I travel abroad, whether in Korea, or China, or other countries. The political tensions I see on the news – in my experience – are about governments, not people; about ideologies as preached by individuals in the news, not about my intercourse with people in the street. My husband and I travel in countries some identify as “enemies”, such as the People’s Republic of China, or identified as potential threats, such as Indonesia. But, on the streets, we encountered friendly faces; people happy to have American visitors. Often, we are the only Westerners in a location we are visiting. Then the hospitality and friendliness increases to the point of embarrassment.

How did you use music or how does music play a role in this tense climate?

My teaching and supervision this past August focused on the use of music therapy with individuals with well adults and with adults with mental health issues.  In August I taught and supervised music therapists regarding a music therapy method called Supportive Music & Imagery. Supportive MI is being used by these music therapists to reduce their clients’ anxiety about political issues, and to help their clients cope with the pressure of the current tense climate and its effect upon their daily life and relationships.  

Are people using music as an outlet for an emotional response? How?

Yes, people listen to music on a daily basis to express and discharge their negative feelings and anxiety.  They are making playlists on their phones, listening at home, and especially on the commute to work. 

Do you think music therapy could be used here in the US to ease stress over the political climate?

I do! I think there are a lot of us who would benefit from it. Even those of use that live near Anna Maria can still feel some anxiety or fear about North Korea even though we are safe from them. Music therapy is different than conventional talk therapy because it allows us to be more interactive and expressive than a conversation.

Describe the levels of civic engagement you saw among South Koreans during your time

I would say there level of civic engagement is up there with ours. Given the timing of my visit, it’s likely that I was there to observe levels that were higher than normal. What is interesting to me is how focused they are on what’s going on in South Korea as opposed to the rest of the world. I know Americans are often criticized for sometimes being out of the loop on international events, but I think you could say the same for South Korea or any other country for that matter. We will always tend to focus on what’s going on in our own backyard rather than our neighbors.

Aside from the Presidential scandal, what other reasons do you think contributed to the lack of discussion about North Korea?

I don’t think it’s apathy but more a sense of normalcy. All South Koreans live with the fact  that they have an erratic, sometimes violent neighbor to the North. While the increased number of provocations may have been shocking to us, to them it could just be a fact of life. They deal with them on a daily basis so nothing North Korea does is really surprising anymore I imagine. 

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Paxton Civilian Police Academy

Paxton Civilian Police Academy
PAXTON — For the first time, Anna Maria College students will receive credit for participating in the Civilian Police Academy, which kicks off later this month. Civilian Police Academy programs are designed to acquaint individuals who are not sworn police officers with the activities of their local police department

“In its third year, our previous class participants were mostly the older generation,” Organizer and Police Sgt. Guy Bibeau said. “But this year, we incorporated an Anna Maria College credit program, where college students can earn credit after writing papers on what they learned in the academy.”

The academy also appeals to civilians who are new to law enforcement. Participants will be part of hands-on mock trials where they can arrest a “criminal,” learn about interviewing and interrogation through fingerprinting, and experience the use of force through a domestic disturbance. Those in the academy will learn about a new topic each week, ranging from criminal/constitutional law, canine tactics, role of the medical examiner, domestic violence, community policing, and social media.

The academy is free and funded by the police department. Thirteen people are currently enrolled, and there is space for 25 people, Bibeau said. However, participants must be more than 18-years-old. About seven Anna Maria students are enrolled so far. Classes are held on Tuesdays for nine weeks from 6 to 9 p.m.

Anna Maria College Criminal Justice Programs for Undergraduate and Graduate Studies Director Dr. Tonisha M. Pinckney said the civilian academy can break stereotypes.

“The Civilian Academy is an amazing opportunity to connect the police with members of the community (including Anna Maria College students),” Pinckney said. “At a time when there are misperceptions, misunderstandings, and miscommunication between law enforcement and the community, this partnership is designed to educate the community and provide the police an opportunity to positively interact with those they serve and protect.”

Community misperceptions of law enforcement can only be countered by education and communication, Pinckney continued. The AMC Criminal Justice programs have 12 specializations, including: law enforcement and corrections, criminal justice policy and reform, and mental illness crisis intervention. In order to better educate students, college courses are taught by expert practitioners, Pinckney said.

In keeping with that tradition, the Civilian Academy course includes: subject matter experts, such as: Dr. Tonisha M. Pinckney (topics: on domestic violence, community policing and media, and identity theft), Dr. Ann Marie Mires (topic: role of the medical examiner), Dt. Sgt. Mailman (Worcester Police – topic: gangs), and Sgt. Guy Bibeau (topics: Use of force/ tasers and criminal law).

Other topics include: motor vehicle law, operating under the influence (alcohol and drugs), court procedure, firearms safety course with a certification included, and sexual assaults, Bibeau added. CEMELC Canine and Webster Police Officer Aaron Suss will conduct a canine demonstration.

However, the academy can be more than just learning the jest of what goes on in police work.

“In the past, some came in with tunnel vision, or a onesided view of what we do, and they graduated with a totally different outlook,” Bibeau said. “Hopefully, all students will leave with a little more knowledge and understanding about policing than when they came in.”

Molly Bish Center and Forensic Criminology Program Director, Dr. Ann Marie Mires, teaches a lecture on medical-legal death investigation in the academy. Mires commented on the benefit of the partnership.

“Having the subject matter experts come from the college creates that bridge between the community, the college, and policing,” Mires said. “We want our students to enroll in the course so that they can really see first-hand that interconnection between the college, citizenry, and the police. Instead of just reading about it, they get hands-on experience.”

Bibeau said he will take the time to explain different aspects of the curriculum since some students need attention than others. For instance, he will teach how an arrest is more than speaking to someone and then handcuffing the suspect.

“We can’t change anyone, but I hope they leave with a better understanding and appreciation for what we do day-in and day-out,” Bibeau said. “For the citizens, it’s a way to see the insides of what goes on around here, and for the Anna Maria students, it’s a way to see if they’re interested in police work — or not.”

The Anna Maria College Criminal Justice programs consist of criminal justice, law, politics and society, and forensic criminology. She said the school creates strong leaders, as well as educated and socially conscious citizens. Pinckney said the academy is all about community policing.

“The Civilian Academy will give the opportunity for citizens to not only appreciate the perspectives of law enforcement but a deeper understanding of how they navigate their role within the communities,” Pinckney said. “So having a better-informed citizenry creates a safer community – now we have buy-in from the community. Creates a partnership with the citizens – true community policing.”

Bibeau went onto say it’s a way to bring the community closer to the police department so that it’s not so surface level on both ends.

Pinckney explained that the Paxton Police ran the Civilian Academy successfully, but this partnership has allowed the college to expand upon the topics.

“The course is an experiential learning course designed to expose students to the laws, procedures, and processes of policing from the perspective of local law enforcement, facilitate a connectedness and collaboration between the community, AMC students, and Paxton Police, and provide an opportunity for positive discussions regarding misperceptions of policing and misunderstandings about roles of police in the community,” Pinckney said.

Bibeau said that participants can also go on night ride-alongs with a signed liability form after the program.

Anna Maria College Chief Information Officer Michael Miers said students enrolled in the academy were not able to comment to protect their privacy.

The first class, which includes a station tour, will be on Sept. 12 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The program will run for approximately 13 weeks.

Applications are available at the station, 576 Pleasant St. Participants must sign a covenant not to sue and undergo a background and criminal record check. For information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 508-793-3100, ext. 3155.


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Education is About Learning from Failure


I was relaxing reading the New York Sunday Times a few weeks ago when an article, Learning to Fail by Jessica Bennett, caught my eye. The article discusses the struggle that college students have in seeing failure as part of the learning process. According to Bennett, support services have been set up across college campuses to help students learn to fail. Professors also take part in the dialogue, recalling their own failures.

As a career educator, I’m always trying to make connections between teaching and learning. How is it that we have students who see failure as a personal reflection of their character, rather than a natural struggle to learn new information? For over 35 years I have taught elementary students and worked to enhance teacher training.  I now teach students in undergraduate and graduate educator preparation, and I want to make sure they understand educating students isn’t always about test scores and proficient ratings. If we are to change attitudes it will begin with school administrators and teachers fostering the process rather than the product of learning.

Somehow we lose touch of what learning means. Even though we cheer on a baby as they stumble and fall repeatedly learning to walk, we can’t accept these “stumbles” in ourselves. In the world of sports, we understand that there will be strikes, fumbled balls, missed hits, and losses.  Why can’t we carry this thinking over into academic learning?

For my Ed Prep students, I offer the following advice as an educator of 35 years.

  • Praise your students’ efforts rather than just the grade.
  • Talk about failure and learning from mistakes as a part learning.
  • Foster intrinsic motivation which comes from wanting to do better to reach personal goals.
  • Highlight famous people who have failed many times, such as Albert Einstein, Abraham Lincoln, Michael Jordan, Walt Disney, and J.K. Rowling just to name a few.
  • Share your own failures and mistakes so students see that you also have similar experiences and struggles.
  • Celebrate the resilience and perseverance you see in your students because that is what is truly important.

Future teachers will have much to impart on their students.  Give them a gift they will use forever.  Help your students embrace failure as a natural part of learning. Capable, smart people fail every day. It is how you cope with these failures that show your determination to succeed. 

Joanne McDonnell, M.Ed., Assistant Professor/Director of Education Programs at Anna Maria College. Joanne has taught PK-12 students and teachers in Massachusetts for thirty-six years.

To read Jessica Bennett’s article, Learning to Fail:

Expand your learning through Ted Talks: J.K. Rowling the Fringe Benefits of Failure:

The Unexpected Benefits of Failure, By Astro Teller:

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Peter Miller Receives NEASCAC Award

Peter Miller

The New England Association for College Admission Counseling Professional of the Year Award selected to Peter Miller for his contributions to the field of college admissions and counseling. These awards honor NEACAC members across the profession, including those affiliated with colleges and universities, high schools, independent counselors and community-based organizations.  Award recipients are strong and ethical advocates for students and/or their institutions and have a proven record of accomplishment throughout their careers.  They demonstrate honesty, patience, thoroughness and sensitivity in their work with students, parents and colleagues.  They are mentors, leaders and consummate professionals within the college admissions and financial aid profession.

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2017 Athletic Awards Night

2017 Athletic Awards Night

On Monday, May 1, 2017 Anna Maria College held its annual Athletic Awards Night. Congratulations to all of our seniors and awards recipients.

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2017 Academic and Leadership Awards Night

2017 Academic Awards night

On Thursday, April 27, 2017 Anna Maria College culminated its Academic Symposium with an Academic and Leadership awards night. Congratulations to all of the inductees into honor societies and the academic and leadership award recipients.

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Career Path: Social Work


Anna Maria College has expanded its degree opportunities for students pursuing careers in the social services sector. The college’s new Master of Social Work (MSW) program is uniquely designed so students take classes while doing concurrent fieldwork. This gives participants the chance to apply what they learn in the classroom to real world experience, allowing for a more well-rounded education and advantages when it comes to job placement.  

Anna Maria College alumni with social work degrees can be found working in a variety of employment settings around the region, including social services agencies, hospitals and treatment centers, nursing homes, prisons and correctional facilities, elementary and secondary schools, nonprofit organizations, as well as in local, state, and federal government.

The graduate program is approved for candidacy by the Council on Social Work Education and is now accepting applications for the 2017 fall semester. Students will have the opportunity to participate in a full or part-time program that will run on week nights and weekends. For more information on the Masters in Social Work program visit

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Career Path: Health & Community Service


Today’s health care system is enormously complex. Not only are there constant advances in research and treatment, but there are also more and more non-clinical decision points for patients and their families. Effectively navigating health plans and community programs can be cumbersome. Anna Maria College offers both clinical and non-clinical degree programs because career options in the health field are more expansive than ever.

Anna Maria offers a Bachelor of Science in Health and Community Service for those looking for non-clinical careers in health care. Graduates from the Health and Community Service program will be able to work as an important member of a healthcare team to guide patients through a variety of complex systems such as health plans, hospitals and ambulatory care organizations, health and human services, public health programs, and medical practice offices. This major can also be used as a stepping stone to similar majors such as nursing, health and human services, and social sciences.

Students looking to pursue clinical careers choose our four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Two program tracks for nursing are offered at Anna Maria College and consist of a traditional four year Bachelor of Science in Nursing for entry-level students and the online RN to BSN completion program for Registered Nurses. The overall goal of the nursing program is to provide high quality education that prepares students to practice safe and compassionate professional nursing care as beginning practitioners. Our inaugural class of nursing graduates saw 93 percent passing the state licensure exam on the first attempt, exceeding state and national averages. 

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Sexual Assault Awareness Month


Nationwide, the month of April is dedicated to raising awareness around sexual assault and the social injustice that surrounds it. At Anna Maria College, we view the issue so important that we created a certificate track within the Master of Science in Criminal Justice program focused on Sexual Violence and Trauma.

The coursework covers a variety of topics including species of criminality such as public order crimes, group violence, sexually-motivated crimes, criminal subcultures and “rape culture,” re-victimization, institutional victimization, human trafficking, pornography, sexual abuse against children, role of sexual violence in terrorism/war, the lives of immigrants and refugee, the mentally ill and intellectually disabled/challenged, and other protected class, minority, and disenfranchised members of society. This certificate combines courses and theories from other tracks within the Master’s program including criminal justice, victim studies, and psychology.

Tonisha Pinckney, director of the Master of Science in Criminal Justice program, says that graduates of the program go into careers as therapists, clinicians, police officers, victim advocates, court appointed advocates, legal professionals, rehabilitation facilities, nurses and more. “Collaborations and partnerships have allowed the programs to provide education and leadership beyond the traditional classroom walls,” said Pinckney. Following the school’s mission statement, Anna Maria College educates criminal justice professionals who are committed to professionalism and excellence and are aware of their responsibility to the community.  

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Career Path: Industrial/Organizational Psychology


In a competitive global marketplace filled with rapid change, it is essential that organizations effectively manage their teams’ performance and execution. To do this, they are increasingly turning to professionals with Industrial/Organizational Psychology (I/O Psychology) expertise. Anna Maria College’s Master of Science in Industrial/Organizational Psychology (I/O Psychology) was created for those interested in studying the science behind human behavior and psychological theories seen in the workplace. This program combines the fields of counseling psychology and business to allow students to look deeper into company dynamics, decisions, and how they attract – and retain – employees. The Master of Science in I/O Psychology was created to provide practitioners with a broad range of skills that are in high demand by businesses and industries today. The program prepares students for careers including:

  • Organizational Development Consultant
  • Mid-Market Organizational Consultant
  • Senior Analyst, People Analytics, and Engagement
  • Director of Learning and Development
  • Marketing Academy Program Manager
  • Talent Management

Jobs in this field are ranked #1 among the top 20 fastest growing career options and are expected to grow by 53 percent between 2012 and 2022. According to Program Director Lisa Carpino, “"We keep a close eye on emerging business trends and adapt our program offerings accordingly. The program is designed to develop compassionate, effective business leaders, and will place its graduates at the leading edge of a field that is changing the way we respond to modern business needs.” Understanding how people work best together creates not only a more efficient and effective work place but also increases job satisfaction and productivity.

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DC-TEMS Certificate Program


Earlier in February, Anna Maria College collaborated with the Disaster Medicine Institute to host a Disaster and Counter-Terrorism Emergency Medical Service (DC-TEMS) Certificate Program. The highly-successful eight week program aims to strengthen organizational, local, regional and national capacity to mitigate against, prepare for and respond to disasters and complex emergencies, as well as asymmetric, multimodality terrorist events.

“It is an honor to host the disaster and counter-terrorism emergency medical services program alongside the Disaster Medical Institute” said Dr. Judith Kenary, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs. “This program helps further the mission of Anna Maria College by encouraging individuals to develop a sense of responsibility to society and the world.

Founded on over 50 years of experience in Disaster Medicine and Emergency Management by global leaders in the field, the Disaster Medicine Institute (DMI) is the turnkey solution to all emergency planning needs. Our world-renowned experts help organizations prepare for the worst, with experience-based system planning and personalized education. Along with Disaster Medicine and Emergency Management, DMI also focuses on Counter-Terrorism Medicine. “Counter-Terrorism Medicine”, is a new area of study and practice established by our experts, and mandated by the increasingly complex and devastating terrorist attacks seen recently around the world.

According to Dr. Greg Ciottone, the course director, “In the Emergency Management field it is important to be proactive rather than reactive. With this program participants learn the necessary steps to take should a disaster or terrorist attack occur.”

Participants that fully complete the program will receive a Certificate of Completion and uniform DC-TEMS patch.

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Health and Community Services Program

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Students interested in non-clinical positions in the health field have more opportunities now with Anna Maria College’s Bachelor of Science program in Health and Community Service. Healthcare is constantly evolving with cutting-edge innovations. This also means that the non-clinical aspects of our healthcare system are becoming more and more complex. Graduates of the Health and Community Service program serve as important members of the healthcare community to help individuals and families navigate these challenges. A degree in Health and Community Services can also serve as a stepping stone for students looking to pursue graduate studies in areas such as healthcare, public administration and social service fields.

Students completing the Bachelor of Science in Health and Community Services will be able to:

  • Relate the foundations of scientific knowledge including biological and life sciences to the concepts of health and illness
  • Demonstrate effective navigation and advocacy skills that ensure medical and health needs are met to improve patient clinical outcomes, and access to care
  • Demonstrate effective use of confident communication and sensitivity skills
  • Demonstrate effective teamwork, problem-solving and adaptability skills

Graduates of the Health and Community Service major will have the capacity to work in a variety of professional health care settings such as health plans, primary care, long-term care, adult daycare and specialty agency services. 

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Elgin Community College Partnership

Elign Community College - Anna Maria Partnership

Anna Maria College recently partnered with Elgin Community College (ECC) in Illinois to provide students there with a more convenient and affordable opportunity to earn their bachelor’s degree in fire science.

The pathway provides a bachelor’s degree completion option for ECC graduates of the AAS Fire Science two-year degree program, and provides an additional two-year online baccalaureate completion option in Fire Science and Emergency Medical Systems Administration through Anna Maria College.

Anna Maria College was the first four-year institution in the country to offer courses approved by the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) network, which was established by the U.S. Fire Administration to promote higher education in the industry and reduce loss of life and property from fire and other hazards.

It is crucial for individuals in Fire Services to obtain advanced study and training in order to effectively provide protection and deal with emergencies. The mission of Anna Maria College‘s fire science program is to equip students with the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to lead the fire and emergency services profession.

The partnership with Anna Maria College and Elgin Community College was featured in the Worcester Business Journal:

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Are you prepared for when disaster strikes?

DCTEMSblogv2Anna Maria College is proud to announce the college is hosting the Disaster Medicine Institute, non-credit bearing certificate program in Disaster and Counter-Terrorism Emergency Medical Service, (DC-TEMS). The goal of the program is to strengthen organizational, local, regional and national capacity to mitigate against, prepare for, and respond to disasters and complex emergencies, as well as asymmetric, multimodality terrorist events.  

The certificate program is a three hour, one evening a week, Tuesdays 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., for eight consecutive weeks.

Program topics include Prehospital Disaster Medicine:

  • Principles
  • Preparedness
  • Field Operations
  • High-Threat Terrorist Event Response 


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Sharing the Power of Music Therapy Across the Globe

Sichuan Conservatory seminar music therapy studentsDuring the month of December, Dr. Lisa Summer traveled to China to share her expertise on Music Therapy with college students.

On December 5th, Dr. Summer gave a one day seminar, Introduction to Music & Imagery at the Music Therapy Program at Sichuan Conservatory of Music. There were 50 undergraduate music therapy students and six music therapy and social work faculty members in attendance.

On December 9-11, she conducted a 3-day seminar, Self-Care with Music. Participants included 18 psychologists and physicians who work in healthcare settings in the community, especially in medical hospitals in the capital city of Chengdu in Sichuan Province and the Director of Music Therapy at Sichuan Conservatory of Music.

After the trip, The Director of Music Therapy at Sichuan Conservatory of Music invited Dr. Summer to return next year to continue to contribute to the development of music therapy in Sichuan Province.

Later in December, Dr. Summer was in residence at the Beijing Music Wellness Center to lead several Music & Imagery trainings including:

  • 3-day seminar, Self-Care with Music, for psychologists and music therapists
  • 5-day Level II Re-Educative Music & Imagery Seminar
  • Supervision for Level III Guided Imagery and Music trainees
  • 4-day Level III Guided Imagery and Music Seminar

To learn more about Dr. Summer, read her faculty profile here

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Anna Maria's Homeland Security Degree Named in the Top 25 Best in the Nation

Top25HomelandSecAnna Maria College is proud to be named one of "The 25 Best Online Master in Homeland Security Degree Programs" by 

National security is of great importance to the preservation and growth of the United States and its territories. To succeed, professionals must be well educated on ethical and social issues of security, liberty, risk assessment and vulnerability, motivation, multiagency cooperation, intelligence cycles, victimization and fear, resource and technology management, as well as, media and mass communication. Our program informs students through the various processes and resources available while developing best practices, programs, and policies in response. Professionals must also understand the role the United States plays in connection to ally and other forces in the world. Our program exposes students to the United States' systemic answer to domestic and international threats.

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