The Quad [Nov. 5-11]: Four things to know from Becker, QCC, Anna Maria and New England College of Business

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Becker announces unique esports partnership

Becker College and Gamer Sensei, the top esports coaching platform, has announced a partnership to create a first-of-its-kind program for students this semester. Becker students who are members of the college’s esports club will have access to professional coaches from around the globe who will help them train and play in tournaments for some of the top competitive games, both individually and as a team.

“Offering a college coaching program has been a dream of ours ever since we launched the platform,” said William Collis, co-founder of Gamer Sensei. “With one of the nation’s leading game design programs and a student body that was already plugged in to the competitive gaming scene, Becker was a natural partner for us and we are excited to see how it takes off.”

Quinsigamond ribbon cutting

The Quad [Oct. 29-Nov. 4]: Four things to know from Assumption, Clark, Becker and QCC

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CNN faith and religion commentator to speak at Assumption

Assumption College will welcome Father Edward Beck, C.P. ’80, CNN’s faith and religion commentator, who will present “Religion, Church and the Media: A Delicate Balance” at  7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, in the La Maison Auditorium, 500 Salisbury St.

The lecture will focus on the various portrayals of faith and religion in mainstream media. Beck will draw upon his 10 years of experience in network and cable news to examine the ways in which mainstream media cover faith and religion in television news.

20 Franklin Street

Inbox [Oct. 29-Nov. 4]: News and notes from Idea Lab, Technocopia, MassDiGI, YWCA, Congregation Beth Israel, Pagano Media and Center for Living & Working

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Worcester innovation spaces earn $225K in state grants

The Worcester Idea Lab, Technocopia and Mass. Digital Games Institute were among 20 recipients of Collaborative Workspace Program grants awarded by the state.

The Baker-Polito Administration awarded $1,257,592 to strengthen community-based innovation and entrepreneurship in cities and towns. The second round of these awards will build physical infrastructure to support new entrepreneurial ventures while spurring innovation and job creation.

The Worcester Idea Lab, 20 Franklin St., was awarded $104,275. The grant will enhance the Idea Lab’s space and improve member access with additional classroom space that will increase activity.

Inbox [Aug. 2]: News and notes from East Side CDC, Worcester Wares, WPI, Holy Cross, MassDiGI, Ninety Nine and YOU Inc.

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East Side CDC lands $125K in Brownfields funding

Worcester East Side Community Development Corp. recently received $125,000 in Brownfields Redevelopment funding.

The award was one of nine worth $1.5 million from the Baker-Polito administration.

East Side CDC will use the award for assessment of a site that will become eight units of garden-style, handicap-accessible housing for extremely low-income or potential homeless residents while they continue to receive supportive services from the Department of Mental Health.

Read the entire story on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts website

Worcester Wares calling for artists

Inbox [May 17]: News and notes from Major Taylor Association, WBDC, UMass Medical, Zephyr Workshop and St. Peter-Marian

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Registration open for George Street Bike Challenge for Major Taylor

The 15th annual George Street Bike Challenge for Major Taylor will take place at 10 a.m. Sunday, July 23, at Main and George streets.

Riders are timed traversing the 500 feet up George Street — where Major Taylor trained on his way to becoming a turn-of-the-century world record holder — which has an average grade of 18 percent.

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Major Taylor

The contest is open to riders age 12 and up. Cost is $20. Helmets are required. Proceeds benefit the Major Taylor Association Inc.

Read the entire story and find registration information on the Major Taylor Association website

Baker-Polito Administration awards $40K to WBDC

In celebration of Massachusetts Small Business Month, the Baker-Polito Administration awarded $330,000 to eight Transformative Development Initiative (TDI) districts to support downtown improvements for business growth and job creation.

Inbox [April 19]: News and notes from Thrillist, Rachel’s Table, Assumption, Worcester Public Schools, MassDiGI and WCAC

Worcester most underrated place in Mass.

In its ranking of the most underrated place in each state, the website Thrillist has chosen Worcester as the most underrated place in Massachusetts.

The site noted: “From the Berkshires to the Cape, Newburyport to Northampton, the Bay State has no shortage of amazing places to visit. But are any of them really considered underrated anymore? Hell, even Lowell’s had its day in the sun (until “The Fighter,” of course, undid several years of effective public relations). But the Woo… no, Worcester is the spot you’re gonna be talking about.