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    1. Bay Path University Named Among Nation’s Fastest-growing Colleges

      Bay Path University Named Among Nation’s Fastest-growing Colleges

      The Chronicle of Higher Education has recognized Bay Path University in its Almanac of Higher Education 2017 as one of the fastest-growing colleges in the U.S., currently ranked 17th in the category of “private nonprofit master’s institutions” with a 113.4% growth rate over a 10-year period. Bay Path was the only institution of higher education from Massachusetts on the list. “This national recognition represents the commitment of talented faculty and staff who truly understand workforce needs and student interests,” university President Carol Leary said. “Our growth is based on three key factors: the different levels of education ...

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    2. UMass Amherst Neuroscientists Receive $2.36 Million Grant to Improve Brain Research Tools

      UMass Amherst Neuroscientists Receive $2.36 Million Grant to Improve Brain Research Tools

      Cognitive neuroscientists Rosie Cowell and David Huber at the University of Massachusetts Amherst recently received a four-year, $2.36 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop a new computational tool that will help researchers in interpreting functional magnetic resonance images (fMRI) of the brain and improve accuracy in relating fMRI data to neural responses in the brain.

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    3. WNEU Lecture Series to Tackle Health Effects of Chemicals

      WNEU Lecture Series to Tackle Health Effects of Chemicals

      The Western New England University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences announced its community lecture series, titled Healthy U. With faculty expertise from pharmacy to biomedical engineering, health sciences to business and law, this series is designed to help individuals, and the community as a whole, make better decisions about health and safety. The first lecture in the series, “From Sweeteners to Mercury: Chemicals and Your Health,” will be presented on Tuesday, Sept. 26 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dr. Ronny Priefer, professor of Medicinal Chemistry at WNEU’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, will deliver ...

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    4. Bay Path to Host Emotive Agility Interactive Talk on Sept. 19

      Bay Path to Host Emotive Agility Interactive Talk on Sept. 19

      Strategic Alliances at Bay Path University will host a free, interactive talk led by Berit Elizabeth, the creator of Emotive Agility Training, on Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. in Breck Suite at Wright Hall on the university’s Longmeadow campus. “What Matters More? What You Say or How You Say It?” is Elizabeth’s interactive presentation, aligning theater techniques with emotional-intelligence principles. Participants will learn how to integrate body language with preparation to present themselves with confidence and authenticity in any scenario.

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    5. Nursing Students Begin Class at UMass Center at Springfield

      Nursing Students Begin Class at UMass Center at Springfield

      As the academic year gets underway, 88 new students from the UMass Amherst College of Nursing’s accelerated bachelor of science in nursing program will begin class at the UMass Center at Springfield (UMCS). The College of Nursing made the decision to permanently teach the accelerated bachelor’s program in the Tower Square location earlier this year. The 26,000-square-foot space features 10 classrooms and clinical simulation space specifically designed for the needs of the nursing program. State-of-the-art telehealth facilities are being developed and will be ready later this year.

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    6. Elms College Appoints New Staff at Center for Student Success

      Elms College Appoints New Staff at Center for Student Success

      Elms College has appointed a new director of diversity and inclusion, as well as a new director of tutoring services, rounding out the staff in the college’s new Center for Student Success. The new staff members join five other student-success professionals working to ensure student retention, engagement, and achievement. The new director of diversity and inclusion is Alaina DiGiorgio. She will work with students, faculty, and staff to foster a more welcoming and inclusive community at Elms College. She has presented at numerous conferences on topics related to the intersection of race and athletics, and worked at the University ...

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    7. UMass Amherst Partners with Spacelabs Healthcare to Advance Research, Innovation

      UMass Amherst Partners with Spacelabs Healthcare to Advance Research, Innovation

      UMass Amherst and Spacelabs Healthcare, a leading healthcare technology company based in Snoqualmie, Washington, today announced a collaboration agreement with the shared mission of expanding medical technology and improving lives through value-based innovation. Spanning clinical and technical areas, the collaboration agreement leverages the competencies of the two organizations to form an active partnership with academic, research and development, and commercial potential. 

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    8. United Bank Foundation Supports JA’s Financial-literacy Efforts

      United Bank Foundation Supports JA’s Financial-literacy Efforts

      Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts announced that it received a $10,000 grant from the United Bank Foundation to bring financial-literacy programs to students in East Longmeadow, Westfield, West Springfield, and Springfield. The programs will teach students concepts related to budgeting, saving, and money management with the intent of promoting the development of good financial habits. The partnership includes the involvement of volunteers from United Bank to help deliver the programs to students.

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    9. Western New England University, Duggan Academy in Springfield team up to help students

      Western New England University, Duggan Academy in Springfield team up to help students

      When John J. Duggan Academy senior Johnathan Letendre participated in an introduction to education internship at Western New England University, he was afraid he would not fit in with the older students. "At first I wasn't so sure that I would actually like it. I used to think these college kids are above me, they've gotten accepted to this school -- but after sitting through the classes and interacting with them, I realized they are just the same as me and I actually really enjoyed it," said Letendre, who participated in one of the many collaborations between Duggan and ...

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    10. Greenfield Community College President Robert Pura to retire

      Greenfield Community College President Robert Pura to retire

      Greenfield Community College President Robert L. Pura has announced to faculty and staff that he will retire in June 2018 after more than 17 years at the college. Robert Cohn, president of GCC's Board of Trustees, praised Pura's work calling him a "great gift, not only to Greenfield Community College and Greenfield, but to the entire Massachusetts Community College system."

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    11. Bay Path Master’s Degree in Applied Data Science Ranked Nationally

      Bay Path Master’s Degree in Applied Data Science Ranked Nationally

      Bay Path University’s master’s of science degree in applied data science was ranked 12th in a list of the top 50 data-science programs nationwide by www.onlinecoursereport.com. Rankings were based on a combination of affordability, flexibility, and student support services. The article highlights the low student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1 at Bay Path. It also makes reference to the university’s WiSH (Women in STEM Honors) program, which offers a four-year curriculum consisting of integrated and advanced study and research for women at the undergraduate level dedicated to becoming scientists. The university is also home to ...

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    12. Don't have time, money to earn a degree? University Without Walls can help with that

      Don't have time, money to earn a degree? University Without Walls can help with that

      There are many reasons why people put off getting a bachelor's degree, and Jose Delgado, a pre-admissions adviser and recruitment coordinator for the University Without Walls, has heard them all. "Some people are afraid they are too old, others have full-time jobs and a family to support. For many people it's a money issue, a time issue, or both," he said. University Without Walls (UWW) is a program of the University of Massachusetts Amherst that allows nontraditional students to earn a bachelor's degree online while earning credit for work and life experience.

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    13. WNEU Announces Partnership with All States Materials Group

      WNEU Announces Partnership with All States Materials Group

      Western New England University announced an educational partnership with All States Materials Group of Sunderland to offer Lean Six Sigma certification to its employees. The two-month program leads to green belt certification in Lean Six Sigma, an internationally recognized, data-driven methodology to achieve operating efficiencies used in manufacturing and related industrial enterprises. Employees achieve levels of certification, known as belts, through classroom instruction and online modules, culminating in a substantial work-related project. Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt Lisa Totz of LT Consulting of Westfield is the primary instructor for the program.

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    14. Longmeadow-based Bay Path University to open campus in eastern Mass. | masslive.com

      Longmeadow-based Bay Path University to open campus in eastern Mass. | masslive.com

      A Longmeadow-based university will begin offering graduate programs in Concord this fall.  The new on-ground location of Bay Path University in Concord will make available to students this fall graduate programs in education and psychology, a statement from Bay Path University said.  'Our new location in Concord extends our commitment to delivering programs that matter to workforce development and impact the lives of others to prospective students and practitioners,' Bay Path University President Dr. Carol A. Leary said in a statement. 'We are excited to bring over a century of experience in higher education to our Concord campus and share ...

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    15. UWW Provides New Opportunities to Non-traditional Students

      UWW Provides New Opportunities to Non-traditional Students

      Those managing the University Without Walls program at UMass Amherst are big believers in the phrase ‘giving credit where it’s due.’ Indeed, UWW awards college credits for experience garnered in the workplace, enabling non-traditional students to gain the degrees needed to advance their careers.  By his own account, Matthew Malo wasn’t much of a high-school student. But when he graduated in 1992 from Hampshire Regional High School, he set off for college anyway.

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    16. Tour of HCC’s new Culinary Arts Center Slated

      Tour of HCC’s new Culinary Arts Center Slated

      The public is invited to tour HCC’s new Culinary Arts and Hospitality education and training center during the city’s Celebrate Holyoke festival on Aug. 26. When it opens this fall, the HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute will occupy the first and second floors of the Cubit Building, a square, four-story, red-brick former factory in Holyoke’s Innovation District on the corner of Appleton and Race streets, directly across from the city’s new Canal Walk, adjacent to the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center, and down the block from Gateway City Arts. “It’s a great building in ...

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    17. WNEU To Host New England Regional College Fair

      WNEU To Host New England Regional College Fair

      Western New England University will host a northeast regional college fair sponsored by the New England Association for College Admission Counseling (NEACAC), on Sept. 10, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Alumni Healthful Living Center, 1215 Wilbraham Road, Springfield, MA. Representatives from more than 127 colleges and universities will be available to speak with local high school students and their parents, about their respective institutions and the college admission process.

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    18. Springfield's UMass Medical School Baystate campus welcomes first students

      Springfield's UMass Medical School Baystate campus welcomes first students

      When city native Kevin White was a kid, he told people he wanted to go to medical school. Now, he is -- and he's doing it here in his hometown, as part of the first class at the new Baystate campus of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Out of 22 members of this first-ever class of aspiring physicians, four are from Springfield or nearby communities. "It's something close to my heart. I was born in Baystate," said White, 22, referring to Baystate Medical Center. "I learned everything I needed to know in Springfield." And Springfield is where he ...

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    19. Central and Western Massachusetts need a 'few more victories' to lure in big companies, state economic development chief Jay Ash says

      Central and Western Massachusetts need a 'few more victories' to lure in big companies, state economic development chief Jay Ash says

      Big companies looking to relocate to Massachusetts keep zeroing in on the Boston area, a top Bay State economic development official said in an email as insurance company Aetna weighed a move.

      Bruce Stebbins, a member of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, had emailed Jay Ash, Gov. Charlie Baker's economic development chief, after word got out that Aetna was looking to leave Hartford, Connecticut, where it has about 5,000 employees.

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    20. Tour construction at the $6.2 million MGM Resorts HCC Center for Culinary Arts in Holyoke ahead of the public (photos)

      Tour construction at the $6.2 million MGM Resorts HCC Center for Culinary Arts in Holyoke ahead of the public (photos)

      HOLYOKE -- Construction of the $6.2 million MGM Resorts HCC Center for Culinary Arts is on schedule and tours of the downtown site will be offered during the Celebrate Holyoke festival on Aug. 26.

      "This is an exciting program," Jeffrey P. Hayden, vice president for business and community services at Holyoke Community College (HCC), said on Friday.

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    21. Holyoke Chamber, HCC Announce Leadership Holyoke 2017 Series

      Leadership Holyoke is a comprehensive community-leadership and board-development program of the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce. The series utilizes a combination of classes and practical experiences to help local business people develop their leadership skills, increase their knowledge of the community, and acquire the skills needed to serve as board members and community leaders. The 2017-18 Leadership series begins on Sept. 22, consists of a weekly series of eight seven-hour sessions, and concludes on May 2 with a graduation ceremony at Holyoke Community College (HCC) with a specialty luncheon prepared by the college’s culinary program students. All sessions will ...

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    22. Workshop Offers ‘Storytelling Strategies to Engage and Influence’

      Workshop Offers ‘Storytelling Strategies to Engage and Influence’

      Even the greatest content needs a powerful delivery method to reach its target audience. “Storytelling Strategies to Engage and Influence,” an interactive workshop to be held Thursday, Aug. 24, will introduce participants to the value and power of storytelling as an influence tool. Lisa Lipkin will lead the workshop, scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bay Path University’s Philip H. Ryan Center, 1 Denslow Road, East Longmeadow.

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    23. 'Once kids know how to grow something, they will eat it': Education emphasized at healthy food workshop in Holyoke

      'Once kids know how to grow something, they will eat it': Education emphasized at healthy food workshop in Holyoke

      Teaching children how to grow food and providing education to establish new restaurants and chefs are ways to improve Holyoke's access to healthy food, participants in a workshop said Tuesday. "Once kids know how to grow something, they will eat it," said Neftali Duran of Nuestras Raices, at the "Local Food, Local Places Workshop." The workshop drew about 50 people to the Picknelly Adult and Family Education Center at 206 Maple St. It is part of a two-day effort led by federal agencies aimed at identifying issues and determining how to strengthen the local food system.

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