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 www.annamaria.edu/msw.

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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: http://www.wbjournal.com/article/20170215/NEWS01/170219972/1002

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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 TheBestSchools.org. 

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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Anna Maria College, Massachusetts State Police and Worcester District Attorney's Office Host Child Trafficking Conference

MollyBishCenterHeroOn Wednesday, December 7, the Anna Maria College Molly Bish Center, Massachusetts State Police and the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office hosted a Child Sex Trafficking Conference. The purpose of the conference was to provide essential training in the recognition, identification, investigation and prosecution of child sex trafficking cases. With new human trafficking laws in effect, this training sought to provide law enforcement and district attorneys with the tools to recognize and engage suspects and victims participating in these activities. The front-line responders in law enforcement need to be sensitized to the scope of the problem, as well as, how to handle the intricacies of these cases and the specific players.

The Molly Bish Center for the Protection of Children and the Elderly is dedicated to protecting our most vulnerable citizens. One of the center’s goals is to provide training to law enforcement in best practices and the topic of child sex trafficking is a growing social justice issue. Anna Maria College’s commitment to education and social justice made this a natural fit for the college to sponsor this conference along with the Massachusetts State Police and the Worcester District Attorney’s Office under the direction of Joseph Early, Esq. This training is part of an ongoing educational initiative under public safety to increase awareness and training on this timely topic. 

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Anna Maria College Receives Schwartz Charitable Foundation Grant

Paramedic ScienceAnna Maria College has received a grant from the Schwartz Charitable Foundation to support the College of Health and Fire Sciences complete the purchase of a DART ECG Simulator.

The DART ECG Simulator will allow students of the College of Health and Fire Sciences further their knowledge and better prepare them for clinical practices and certification exams. The simulator is a new teaching software that replaces a defibrillator and ECG Rhythm Simulator. With this software students will have the opportunity to practice defibrillation, synchronized cardioversion, transcutaneous pacing and so much more. The $1,500 grant will fund the purchase of the simulator.

“We are grateful to have the Schwartz Charitable Foundation’s generous support for our College of Health and Fire Sciences, particularly our paramedic science students,” said Dr. Judith Kenary, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs. “Ensuring that our students have the latest technology is a priority. This simulator will not only enhance their preparedness for certification exams, but also for success in their professional careers.”

The Schwartz Charitable Foundation is a private independent Foundation which supports qualified organizations in Worcester County, Massachusetts and surrounding communities. The goal of the Foundation is to support as many worthy and deserving organizations as possible. 

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Staying Fire Safe During the Holiday Season

General Holiday Safety

  • Be sure not to overload your circuits
  • Only use indoor lights indoors and outdoor lights outdoors. Look for the UL label. Check lights for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, as well as loose connections. Replace or repair any damaged light sets.
  • Turn off all lights on trees and decorations when you go to bed or leave the house. Unplug extension cords when not in use.
  • When putting up holiday decorations, always use the proper step stool or ladder to reach high places. Don’t stand on chairs, desks or other furniture.
  • Prepare your car for the winter by checking items such as the brakes, spark plugs, battery and tires. Check your owner’s manual for the recommended interval for a tune-up.

Christmas Tree Safety

  • Never use lighted candles near trees, boughs, curtains/drapes or with any potentially flammable item.
  • Stand your tree away from fireplaces, radiators and other heat sources. Make sure the tree does not block foot traffic or doorways.
  • Keep the stand filled with water so the tree does not dry out quickly.

Happy Holidays from the Fire and Emergency Services Association at Anna Maria College.
In case of an emergency, dial 9-1-1!

Written by Casey Lacasse, President of Fire and Emergency Services Association at Anna Maria College

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5 Things You Need to Know When Becoming an EMT


Five Things You Need to Know When Becoming an EMT

1. Nature of the Work

People’s lives often depend on the quick reaction and competent care of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics. Incidents as varied as automobile accidents, heart attacks, slips and falls, childbirth, and gunshot wounds require immediate medical attention. EMTs and paramedics provide this vital service as they care for and transport the sick or injured to a medical facility.

The EMT-Basic represents the first response of the emergency medical system. An EMT trained at this level is prepared to care for patients at the scene of an accident and while transporting patients by ambulance to the hospital under the direction of more highly trained medical personnel. The EMT-Basic has the emergency skills to assess a patient’s condition and manage respiratory, cardiac, and trauma emergencies.

2. Training

At the EMT-Basic level, coursework emphasizes emergency skills, such as managing respiratory, trauma, and cardiac emergencies, and patient assessment. Formal courses are often combined with time in an emergency department or ambulance. The program provides instruction and practice in dealing with bleeding, fractures, airway obstruction, cardiac arrest, and emergency childbirth. Students learn how to use and maintain common emergency equipment, such as backboards, suction devices, splints, oxygen delivery systems, and stretchers.

3. Licensure

All 50 States require EMTs and Paramedics to be licensed, but the levels and titles vary from State to State.

4. Employment

EMT and Paramedics is the fastest growing field compared to all occupations in 2016. There are over 241,200 EMT jobs in the United States.

5. Earnings

Average salary in Massachusetts according to Indeed.com for an EMT is $42,000 as of May 3, 2016 

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Dan Mulrooney Named Anna Maria Head Football Coach

Dan Mulrooney - Head CoachThe Anna Maria College Athletic Department has named Dan Mulrooney the Head Football Coach as announced by Athletic Director, Serge DeBari on Wednesday morning. Mulrooney joins the Anna Maria community following three years serving as the Defensive Coordinator at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).

Over his three years coordinating the defense at WPI the team has grown immensely. Their defense became one of the top defenses in the Liberty League conference and in 2015 WPI had its best season in 23 years. In 2016, WPI reached new heights by having its first back to back winning season since 1995. They participated in an ECAC bowl game for only the third time in 126 years.

Mulrooney looks to bring a “new culture” to the Anna Maria football program as he has done for WPI. “I am an enthusiastic, dedicated, hard working coach who strives to develop student-athletes to reach their maximum potential...The team will only be as good as the culture that is created since day one.” This is the philosophy Mulrooney plans to lead the Anna Maria College football program under.

“He is a hardworking football coach with a great attitude looking for an opportunity to develop high character student-athletes on an off the field” said Athletic Director Serge DeBari, “I believe Mulrooney has a great deal of experience and knowledge to bring to the football program; I look forward to working with him in developing and growing the Anna Maria College football team.”

Mulrooney attended Boston College for his undergraduate degree and was a part of the Boston College football program as a safety and running back for four years. He finished his playing career with a two-year stint at Stony Brook University. He was the Seawolves leader in tackles in 2011 and was named Big South Defensive Newcomer of the Year. He was a standout player at Holy Cross High School in Waterbury, Conn. where he was all-state twice and won a pair of state championships.

Mulrooney earned a communication degree from Boston College and a Masters Degree in liberal arts from Stony Brook.

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Anna Maria College Shares Healing Power of Music Therapy with UMASS Memorial on December 8

UMASS Music Therapy Donation

Photo courtesy of T&G Staff/Christine Hochkeppel

On Thursday, December 8, several music therapy students paid a visit to the UMASS Memorial Center to donate children-sized instruments for their music therapy program. Read about the story in the Telegram & Gazette here

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Anna Maria College Launches Masters in Social Work Program

MSWAnna Maria College announced today the launch of a new Masters in Social Work program to provide an advanced level of study for community-minded students. The program will be accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and is now accepting applications. Classes will start with the fall 2017 semester. Students will have the opportunity to participate in a full or part-time program that will run on week nights and weekends.

“Being the only provider of social work education in Central Massachusetts, Anna Maria College has had the honor of educating more than 1,000 social workers with a Bachelor in Social Work degree,” said President Mary Lou Retelle of Anna Maria College. “Our approach to social work is multidisciplinary, giving students broad exposure to social work topics and careers. We are extremely excited to move forward with the Council on Social Work Education to provide these students with an exemplary Masters in Social Work program.”

Social Work students will experience both traditional classroom courses as well as hands-on field internship placements to provide them with the knowledge and skills necessary to assist diverse populations and societal problems. Anna Maria College will assist students in selecting an appropriate and convenient field placements with an array of area organizations.

The need for social workers continues to increase according to government data. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the demand for social workers will grow 12 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations.

The Masters in Social Work program will prepare students for Advanced Practice in an area of concentration. The program will have two concentrations; one in Advanced Practice with Clients and another in Advanced Administrative Practice. Students will be required to choose a concentration in their second year of study. Students with a Masters in Social Work find career opportunities at social service agencies, hospitals and treatment centers, nursing home, local, state and federal government, prisons and correctional activities, elementary and secondary schools and nonprofit organizations.

To learn more about Anna Maria College’s Masters in Social Work program call 508-849-3300.

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More Happiness in Forgiving

web TumeinskiPart of the mission of Anna Maria College, as a Catholic institution of higher learning, is to foster in our students “social awareness, dedication to justice and peace, religious and moral sensitivity and a lifestyle capable of sustaining these within balance.” What might that mean in today’s world?

We have all heard about, and perhaps even seen close up, the ongoing violence occurring all too recently in our streets, malls, schools, markets, airports and even places of worship. In response, Catholic voices in the US and around the world–such as the Knights of Columbus, the Catholic community in Baton Rouge, the Diocese of Manchester, Chaldean Catholics in Baghdad and the Bishops of Honduras–have been urging Christians to pray, fast and work for peace and join together in these efforts with people from other religions and all people concerned about peace.

Pope Francis recently commended the examples and the efforts of young people especially, as bridge-builders and peacemakers:

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