Inbox [April 17]: Duck Day at Assumption, online help for small businesses, new Briarwood exhibit, WPI ranks as worthy investment

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Duck Day at Assumption

Hundreds of elementary school students and members of the Assumption College community gathered last week to welcome the ducks back to the pond for the 12th Annual Duck Day celebration. This cherished tradition symbolizes a spring rite of passage that promises warmer days ahead.

Duck Day at Assumption

Cynthia Henderson

Hundreds of elementary school students and members of the Assumption College community gathered for the 12th annual Duck Day festivities.

While this year marks the 12th annual “Duck Day” tradition, it is actually the 32nd anniversary of the ducks’ arrival. Before Duck Day became an official Assumption event, the late Kenneth Moynihan, Assumption professor emeritus of history, and his wife, Mary Jo, would house the ducks in their Paxton barn during the winter months.

Duck Day at Assumpion

Cynthia Henderson

Duck march to the pond at the 12th annual Assumption College Duck Day.

For 20 years, professor Moynihan and his wife would quietly bring the ducks back to campus with no fanfare. That was until Vice President for Student Affairs Catherine WoodBrooks, Ph.D., asked them if they would mind if the ducks’ return to campus became an official Assumption event. Although Moynihan passed away in January 2014, his legacy at Assumption still lives on through the Duck Day tradition.

See more photos on the Assumption College Facebook page

City to hold sessions to help businesses get online

The city Executive Office of Economic Development,  in partnership with Action! Worcester, the Small Business Development Center at Clark University and the Worcester Public Library, will host two free workshops that will help you activate your business on Google to attract new customers and generate more revenue. The sessions will be 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, April 26, and Tuesday, May 3, at the Worcester Public Library.

“Building the online presence of our local businesses is critical to furthering the city’s economic development,” said Kyla Pacheco, director of operations at Action! Worcester. “When information is accessible online, a business increases their exposure within the greater community, attracting new customers and clients, and allowing small businesses to remain competitive with larger national chains.”

Read the full story on the city of Worcester’s website

gallery_logo_webGallery at Briarwood’s ‘Plein Air Painters’ exhibit to run May 15-June 30

The Gallery at Briarwood is pleased to announce the third public art exhibit in a series of six for 2016.  “The Worcester Plein Air Painters,” will run Sunday, May 15, through Thursday, June 30, and is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday at 65 Briarwood Circle. Groups and those wishing to visit on weekends may make arrangements by contacting Anita Thomas at 508-852-9007 or by e-mailing

Worcester Plein Air Painters was formally launched as a group in June 2003 in an exhibit at the Bijou Theater in Worcester Center. Its members had spent many years painting together before that date. Some of the group had been part of the Worcester State Life Drawing sessions and some were and are part of the Princeton Portrait Group. Many were and are connected through Regional Art Organizations in Gloucester, Rockport, Springfield and Cape Cod.

Read the full story on the Briarwood website

WPI logoWPI ranks 17th nationally in 20-year return on investment

The website ranked WPI 17th nationally in providing the best value for students based on cost and earning potential.

Calculating the “difference between 20-year median pay for a bachelor’s grad and 24-year median pay for a high school grad minus the total four-year cost,” the site wrote that WPI grads will garner $776,000 dollars. Caltech ranked first at $983,000.

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