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    1. Elms College to Host Rev. Hugh Crean Distinguished Lecture on April 20 - BusinessWest

      Elms College to Host Rev. Hugh Crean Distinguished Lecture on April 20 - BusinessWest

      Elms College will hold its second Rev. Hugh Crean Distinguished Lecture on Tuesday, April 20 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. This lecture is presented by the St. Augustine Center for Ethics, Religion, and Culture at Elms College, and, due to COVID-19 protocols, this event will be held virtually via Zoom.  The featured speaker will be David O’Brien, professor emeritus and Loyola professor of Roman Catholic Studies at the College of the Holy Cross, where he has been a faculty member since 1969.

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    2. MCLA Receives $28,000 Grant from Massachusetts Department of Higher Education

      MCLA Receives $28,000 Grant from Massachusetts Department of Higher Education

      Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) has received a $28,720 Higher Education Innovation Fund Grant from the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education (DHE), which recently announced a slate of $1.7 million in grants for the state’s public colleges. These grants fund initiatives that help colleges work toward racial equity in Massachusetts public higher education.

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    3. National Science Foundation Grants $649,000 to Western New England University

      National Science Foundation Grants $649,000 to Western New England University

      The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded Western New England University (WNEU) $649,111 for a five-year grant to offer scholarships to students. The target populations are students who are high achievers in high school whose family demonstrates they will benefit from financial aid. The grant will create a community-outreach program to increase the number of high-school and middle-school students entering and succeeding in STEM fields.

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    4. Springfield College Announces Plans for 2021 Commencement Ceremonies

      Springfield College Announces Plans for 2021 Commencement Ceremonies

      Springfield College President Mary-Beth Cooper announced the college’s plans for the 2021 commencement ceremonies the weekend of May 14-16. The festivities will begin on Friday, May 14 with a virtual opening celebration streamed live starting at 6:30 p.m. Following Friday’s opening celebration, the college will host eight separate in-person ceremonies, four on Saturday, May 15 and four on Sunday, May 16, at Stagg Field on the Springfield College main campus. All ceremonies will be streamed live on springfield.edu, including the in-person ceremonies on Saturday and Sunday.

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    5. UMass Amherst Names Nefertiti Walker Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and Chief Diversity Officer

      UMass Amherst Names Nefertiti Walker Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and Chief Diversity Officer

      Nefertiti Walker, a faculty member in the Isenberg School of Management who has been serving as interim vice chancellor for diversity, equity and inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has been named the new vice chancellor for equity and inclusion and chief diversity officer by Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy.

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    6. Two STCC Professors Honored as Endowed Chairs for 2021

      Two STCC Professors Honored as Endowed Chairs for 2021

      Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) honored two faculty members as this year’s 2021 Endowed Chairs, awards named for two of the college’s founders. In a video sent to the STCC campus community, President John Cook congratulated this year’s recipients, Professors Ann-Marie Simao and Joshua Carreiro. Carreiro received the Anthony M. Scibelli Endowed Chair, and Simao received the Joseph J. Deliso Sr. Endowed Chair. They received a monetary award — $3,000 each — and wooden chairs with plaques inscribed with their names. They can apply $1,500 to professional development and $1,500 to their academic department.

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    7. Springfield College to Welcome Holocaust Survivor, Author, and Activist on April 8

      Springfield College to Welcome Holocaust Survivor, Author, and Activist on April 8

      Springfield College will welcome Holocaust survivor, author, and human-rights activist Marione Ingram on Thursday, April 8 from 4 to 6 p.m. This event is free and open to the college and local community. In this lecture, Ingram will share excerpts from her memoirs, The Hands of War and The Hands of Peace. She will discuss the failure to respond to fascism and racism in Europe in the 1930s and 1940s, and the non-violent responses to those evils in the U.S. in the 1960s. She will then try to relate her experiences to the challenges that students face today.

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    8. Springfield College Organizations Donate Fire-safety Kits, Incentive Kits to Schools

      Springfield College Organizations Donate Fire-safety Kits, Incentive Kits to Schools

      The Springfield College Center for Service and Leadership and the Humanics in Action Club recently delivered more than 200 fire-safety kits to Rebecca M. Johnson Elementary School, and 100 incentive kits to both Elias Brookings Elementary School and William N. DeBerry Elementary School. The fire-safety kits include washcloths, emergency whistles, water bottles, granola bars, a face mask, soap, a toothbrush, and toothpaste, as well as donated items from the Springfield Fire Department, including a fire hat and a fire-safety booklet. The intention behind the fire-safety kits is that, in an emergency, the kids could grab the bag and have emergency ...

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    9. STCC Ranked Second-most-popular Online Business Degree in New England

      STCC Ranked Second-most-popular Online Business Degree in New England

      Springfield Technical Community College’s (STCC) online business degree program was ranked as the second-most-popular in the New England region, according to Business Degree Central, an online resource for students. The website ranked STCC’s program second out of 11 colleges in New England. The business program was also ranked second-most-popular in Massachusetts.

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    10. Western New England University Plans to Host Unrestricted In-person Classes This Fall

      Western New England University Plans to Host Unrestricted In-person Classes This Fall

      After successfully holding classes primarily on campus under stringent COVID-19 safety protocols throughout the fall of 2020 and spring of 2021, Western New England University (WNEU) announced plans to return to unrestricted in-person learning for the fall of 2021. The announcement was made by WNEU President Robert Johnson in a letter to the campus community on March 16. Of the roughly 3,000 colleges and universities tracked by the College Crisis Initiative, Western New England University was one of just 27% of schools nationwide that resumed primarily in-person teaching last fall that continued throughout the spring through careful adherence to ...

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    11. UMass President Marty Meehan to Recommend Tuition Freeze for Second Straight Year

      UMass President Marty Meehan to Recommend Tuition Freeze for Second Straight Year

      University of Massachusetts President Marty Meehan announced he will recommend that the university’s board of trustees freeze tuition for in-state undergraduates for the academic year beginning in September. If approved by the UMass board, this would be the second straight year of a tuition freeze at the Commonwealth’s 75,000-student national public research university system.

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    12. MCLA Division of Graduate and Continuing Education to Hold Information Session

      MCLA Division of Graduate and Continuing Education to Hold Information Session

      The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) Division of Graduate and Continuing Education will present a virtual information session on Tuesday, March 23 at 4 p.m. for community members interested in learning about MCLA’s graduate and continuing-education programs, including bachelor’s-degree completion, master of business administration, master of education, teacher-licensure programs, and the MCLA Leadership Academy.

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    13. STCC Named Fourth-best Community College in U.S.

      STCC Named Fourth-best Community College in U.S.

      Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) was ranked as the fourth-best community college in the nation and second-best in Massachusetts, according to Academic Influence, a college ranking system. Academic Influence consists of academics and data scientists who use artificial-intelligence technology to analyze publicly available data and measure the impact of work produced by the world’s top academic influencers. On March 4, the website released its first-ever ranking of the 50 best community colleges in America. STCC is one of six Massachusetts community colleges listed in the top 20.

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    14. HCC Ranked Among Best Community Colleges in U.S.

      HCC Ranked Among Best Community Colleges in U.S.

      Holyoke Community College (HCC) ranks among the best community colleges in the U.S. for 2021, according to Academic Influence, a technology-driven education-evaluation group. HCC was listed 20th out of 839 community colleges nationwide. In particular, HCC was noted for the strength of its academic programs in criminal justice, nursing, computer science, business, education, and engineering.

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    15. Elms College to Host Inaugural Distinguished Lecture in Ethics on March 24

      Elms College to Host Inaugural Distinguished Lecture in Ethics on March 24

      The St. Augustine Center for Ethics, Religion, and Culture (CERC) at Elms College will hold its inaugural Distinguished Lecture in Ethics on Wednesday, March 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. Due to COVID-19 protocols, this event will be held virtually via Zoom. The highlight of the event will be the keynote speech by the Rev. James Keenan, vice provost for Global Engagement, Canisius professor of theology, and director of the Jesuit Institute at Boston College.

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    16. Springfield College Recognized for Pathways to Support Community-college Transfer

      Springfield College Recognized for Pathways to Support Community-college Transfer

      For the sixth consecutive year, Springfield College has been named to Phi Theta Kappa’s Transfer Honor Roll, which identifies the top four-year colleges and universities for creating dynamic pathways to support community-college transfer. Springfield College is one of only 150 colleges and universities in the country to be recognized for this honor, including one of only six colleges and universities in Massachusetts.

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    17. HCC Student Miren Neyra Alcántara Honored as Newman Civic Fellow

      HCC Student Miren Neyra Alcántara Honored as Newman Civic Fellow

      Holyoke Community College (HCC) student Miren Neyra Alcántara is the recipient of a Newman Civic Fellowship, which recognizes college leaders who demonstrate a commitment to finding solutions to challenges facing communities locally, nationally, and internationally. Alcántara will join 212 college students from 39 states, Washington, D.C., and Mexico to form the 2021 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows, a program administered by Campus Compact, a Boston-based nonprofit working to advance the public purposes of higher education. The Newman Civic Fellowship is a year-long program for students from Campus Compact member institutions.

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    18. ACC’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Program Adapts to Unusual Times - BusinessWest

      ACC’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Program Adapts to Unusual Times - BusinessWest

      As pivots go, this one was pretty smooth, Mary Bidwell says.  But that’s fitting for an academic program built on precision.  It was almost a year ago — March 13, to be exact — when Asnuntuck Community College (ACC) sent everyone home, including students in its Advanced Manufacturing Technology program, which Bidwell serves as interim dean.

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    19. Springfield College Office of Multicultural Affairs to Host Award-winning Author Today

      Springfield College Office of Multicultural Affairs to Host Award-winning Author Today

      The Springfield College Office of Multicultural Affairs will host award-winning author, speaker, mentor, and teacher Manoucheka Celeste as part of the Cultural Connections Speaker Series today, March 4, starting at 6 p.m. Her virtual presentation will focus on race, gender, and representation. The Zoom ID for the presentation is 948-6026-5613.

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    20. 2nd Early Literacy Leadership Summit

      2nd Early Literacy Leadership Summit

      Please join us for Reading Success by 4th Grade's 2nd annual Early Literacy Leadership Summit virtually this Wednesday, March 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., convening community and state leaders and organizations in the realm of early literacy. 

       Register for the Summit at https://www.readby4thgrade.com/summit

      After registering, a Zoom link will be emailed to you prior to the event.

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    21. Asnuntuck Community College Earns 2021-22 Military Friendly School Designation

      Asnuntuck Community College Earns 2021-22 Military Friendly School Designation

      Asnuntuck Community College announced that, for the 14th year, the college has earned the 2021-22 Military Friendly School designation. Institutions earning this designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey. More than 1,200 schools participated in the 2021-22 survey, with 747 earning the designation.

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    22. STCC students find many reasons to follow MassTransfer road to UMass

      STCC students find many reasons to follow MassTransfer road to UMass

      Helder Serrazina, a 2020 Springfield Technical Community College graduate, expects to earn his bachelor’s degree in 2021 and then his master’s in 2024. Luciano Alvarez-Sanchez, also a 2020 STCC graduate, is on track to earn his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 2022. Kenneth White, who earned his associate from STCC in 2019, will graduate with a bachelor’s degree this year. All three STCC graduates are now studying at the University of Massachusetts Amherst – two enrolled in the prestigious and competitive Isenberg School of Management – thanks to the state Department of Higher Education’s MassTransfer program.

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    23. WNEU Center for Social Justice Receives HNE Mini-grant to Address Racism

      WNEU Center for Social Justice Receives HNE Mini-grant to Address Racism

      The Western New England University (WNEU) School of Law’s Center for Social Justice was awarded a $6,000 DEIB (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging) mini-grant from Health New England (HNE). The grant provides funding to local nonprofit organizations that are actively addressing racial health equity and disparities, and at least one of the CDC’s social determinants of health (SDOH).

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    24. STCC Optics and Photonics Professor Wins Award for Leadership

      STCC Optics and Photonics Professor Wins Award for Leadership

      A Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) professor of Optics and Photonics Technology has joined 16 recipients from institutions worldwide in receiving awards and medals from the Optical Society (OSA). The 2021 OSA prizes include the Esther Hoffman Beller Medal, which went to Nicholas Massa. According to a news release from the OSA, Massa was recognized “for outstanding leadership in photonics technician education, including the development and dissemination of innovative educational materials.”

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