Inbox [March 23]: Ryder leaving HC for USF, $365k for United Way, Research Bureau taps service award winners, and city music student ‘honored’ at Pakachoag

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Tom Rettig

College of the Holy Cross Chief Marketing and Communications Officer Ellen Ryder will be the vice president for marketing communications at University of San Francisco. (Tom Rettig)

USF Names ex-HC administrator Ellen Ryder VP of marketing communications

The University of San Francisco (USF) has selected Ellen Ryder to serve as its new vice president for marketing communications, where she will lead a 35-member team of marketing and communications professionals. Ryder was chosen following a national search that generated a pool of more than 100 highly qualified candidates. She’ll start in late spring.

Ryder comes to USF from the College of the Holy Cross, where she is chief marketing and communications officer. She has worked at Holy Cross since 2004. During her tenure at Holy Cross, Ryder developed and implemented a new brand platform with integrated graphic identity, oversaw a comprehensive website redesign, and provided ongoing communications and public affairs counsel to members of the President’s Cabinet.

Read the release from the University of San Francisco here


UNitedWayLogo925AsideUnited Way announces $365k gift from National Grid

National Grid has continued its support of the United Way of Central Massachusetts this year with a corporate gift of $365,000.

“We are humbled and deeply thankful to National Grid for their belief in our United Way and their investment to our community,” said Tim Garvin, president and CEO of United Way of Central Massachusetts. “This contribution will improve hundreds and hundreds of lives.”

Gifts such as this allow United Way of Central Massachusetts to fund programs that ensure the most vulnerable members of our community have a safety net. Last year United Way-funded programs enabled 1,954 victims of domestic abuse to safely leave their abusive situation, delivered 303,000 meals on wheels to 2,206 homebound seniors, allowed 1,445 homeless individuals to move into stable housing, and much more.

Read the announcement from the United Way here


2016 Thomas S. Green Public Service Award Recipients Announced

The Worcester Regional Research Bureau announced the 2016 recipients of the Thomas S. Green Public Service Award:

  • James Beauregard, Auburn Department of Public Works
  • Cathy Flink-Harrison, Worcester Public Schools
  • Patricia Hainsworth, Worcester Senior Center  
  • Brian Hickey, Holden Municipal Light Department
  • Sgt. Miguel Lopez, Worcester Police Department

The Research Bureau’s 12-member Award Committee, chaired by Attorney Todd Rodman from Seder & Chandler, selected the recipients from nominees submitted by the public. The awards are named in memory of Thomas S. Green, a founder of The Research Bureau, and one of its original directors. Green was a civic leader for many decades and a vice president of Norton Co. (now Saint-Gobain). This is the 25th annual Green Awards presentation, which has honored 110 public servants since its founding.

Read the Research Bureau announcement here


Leah Cammuso

Courtesy Pakachoag Music School

Leah Cammuso, 17, of Worcester, performs in the Pakachoag Music School’s Honors Student Recital.

Local Student Included in Honors Recital

Leah Cammuso, 17, of Worcester, performed in Pakachoag Music School’s honors student recital recently.  Leah played a movement from a Mozart piano sonata for an audience of more than 100 guests.

In order to be included in the recital, students had to successfully complete an audition process and demonstrate prior successful performances. Leah was one of eight students performing in this year’s recital.

Read more and see photos on the school’s Facebook page

— Cindy Henderson

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