Inbox [April 20]: Bravehearts swing Saturday fan event, Assumption prof nets Fulbright award, Nativity School taps interim boss, city offers discounted rain barrels

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FanFest grabBravehearts plan Fan Fest Saturday

The Worcester Bravehearts will hold their third annual Fan Fest on Saturday, April 23, in conjunction with single-game and all-star tickets going on sale. Fan Fest is free and will take place noon-3 p.m. at Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field. Tickets will be available for all 30 of the team’s regular-season home games in the 2016 season, including the Futures Collegiate Baseball League All-Star Game on July 13.The event will feature a scavenger hunt, inflatable obstacle course, and free Fitton Field Franks and popcorn to the first 1,000 fans. A new feature this year will allow fans to “Swing for Their Seats” and have a chance to hit a home run to win season tickets. For $20, the “Swing for Your Seat” promotion gives fans five swings against Bravehearts’ coach Kevin Hartigan. If the fan hits a home run over the fence in those five swings, he or she will win two free season tickets. If the fan is unable to hit a home run, the entry fee will be applied to a merchandise or ticket purchase. Current season ticket holders who are successful in hitting a home run will receive free season tickets in 2017.

Read the full story on the Worcester Bravehearts website

Jim Lang

Courtesy Assumption College

Assumption College English Professor and director of its Center for Teaching Excellence James M. Lang

Assumption professor awarded Fulbright grant

Assumption College English professor and director of its Center for Teaching Excellence James M. Lang, Ph.D., has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright grant to collaborate as a Fulbright specialist with three Colombian universities to create a free, public resource for higher education faculty.

Working as a Fulbright specialist, Lang will help faculty at Spanish-speaking colleges and universities to use their resources to implement best practices in undergraduate science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teaching.

“Despite growing awareness of the need for educational reform in STEM courses, many STEM faculty throughout the world still teach in traditional methods, relying upon lectures and high-stakes assessments to impart knowledge upon students. Research has shown that these methods are especially ineffective when utilized among students from disadvantaged backgrounds.”

Read the entire story on the Assumption College website

Patrick Maloney

Courtesy Nativity School of Worcester

Patrick T. Maloney has been named interim president of the Nativity School of Worcester. He replaces Alex Zequeira, who will become Headmaster at St. John’s High.

Nativity School taps Patrick Maloney as interim president

From an emailed letter by Nativity School of Worcester Board of Trustees Chairman J. Christopher Collins:

“As you are aware, our PresidentAlex Zequeira will be stepping down at the end of the school year to assume the Headmaster position at Saint John’s High School in Shrewsbury, Mass. Following this announcement in February, a committee of the Board of Trustees decided to name an interim president for the 2016-17 school year. The Board and I felt strongly that our community needed time to pause and discern our needs and who we wanted to lead Nativity School of Worcester in the future. I am very pleased to announce that Patrick T. Maloney, who currently serves as our Vice President for Advancement, has been named interim president.

“Patrick is a very familiar face at Nativity Worcester, having led the school’s development efforts for the last five years. During that time, overall donations to the school have risen over 140 percent, from $1.1 million to $2.7 million. Additionally, The school’s annual donor base now exceeds 800 donors. Through our conversations, it was clear to the Board of Trustees that he is widely respected by all stakeholders in the Nativity Worcester community and enjoys wonderful relationships with students, staff, graduates, and families. Patrick has a capacity for leadership that is both thoughtful and collaborative.  He is someone to whom faculty and staff easily turn to when they are in need of support. I know that our Nativity Men will be happy to have an interim president who is a familiar presence in the hallways, always greeting our boys, and someone who is able to continue to deliver all of the hallmarks of

a Nativity Worcester education. Our commitment is to maintain our high standards during the transition while looking ahead to a promising future.”

Read the full letter from Collins

rain barrelCity offering discounted rain barrels

Worcester’s Department of Public Works & Parks is partnering with The Great American Rain Barrel Company of Hyde Park to offer quality rain barrels at a discounted rate of $74.

Each 60 gallon Great American Rain Barrel is fully re-purposed, comes with a hard top, wide mouth, removable lid, screen, plastic spigot threaded for hose connection, two ¾-inch overflow valves and a choice between two ports to place your spigot.

Read the full announcement on the DPW&P Facebook page

— Cindy Henderson

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