Inbox [April 6]: Assumption expands, sexual exploitation forums tonight, REC sets Earth Day effort, city library adds branch

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Assumption groundbreaking

Mark A. Henderson / Sun Staff

Foreground, from left, Assumption College President Francesco C. Cesareo; Rev. Peter Precourt, A.A.; Board of Trustees Chairman Francis J. Bedard; and Provost Louise Carroll-Keeley, Ph.D. brave the snow to break ground on the college’s new 60,000 square foot academic building.

Assumption breaks ground on new academic building

On Monday, Assumption College broke ground on a new academic building on the college’s Salisbury Street campus. Dozens of students, faculty, staff and members of the college’s Board of Trustees gathered to commemorate this momentous occasion with the turning of dirt and the blessing of the grounds where the new building will stand.

“This new building is more than just bricks and mortar, it will be a visible manifestation of the centrality of the intellectual life of the campus and the mission of the institution,” Assumption President Francesco C. Cesareo, Ph.D., said. “It will symbolize the integration of the classic liberal arts tradition with professional formation; a melding of philosophies and ideals that will help students grow through immersion in the Catholic intellectual tradition.”

This 60,000-square-foot building will contain 13 high-tech, flexible classrooms of varying sizes, seminar rooms, common study spaces, a 400-seat performance hall, a rehearsal room, a multi-purpose space, faculty offices for the Assumption Core Texts and Enduring Questions Program, the Business Studies Department, the Honors Program, the Center for Teaching Excellence, and a new Center for the Study of Ethics.

Read the full story on Assumption’s website

0406_WAASE JPEGWorcester Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation to hold two community forums tonight

The Worcester Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation will hold two community forums tonight [Wednesday, April 6] at the Woo Church, 875 Main St.

“Teen Talk: Sexual Exploitation” will take place from 4-5:30. The topics will include keeping yourself safe, recognizing the signs, and a discussion Q&A session.

The WAASE Community Forum on Sexual Exploitation will be held 6-8 p.m. It includes a panel discussion with sexual exploitation survivor and advocate Nicole Bell; Karen Riley-McNary, YWCA Domestic Violence Services; Heidi-Sue LeBoeuf, Pathways for Change; Marianne Sarkis, Ph.D, Clark University; Athena Haddon, Spectrum Health Systems; and Lt. Joseph Scampini, Worcester Police Department.

Read more about tonight’s events on the WAASE website

Nicole Bell and Mayor Petty

Courtesy Nicole Bell

Nicole Bell with Worcester Mayor Joseph M. Petty at the January 2016 National Human Trafficking Awareness Day event at City Hall.

From the Worcester Sun, read Nicole Bell’s story and about Pathways for Change

0406_REC Flyer27th Regional Environmental Council Earth Day Cleanup on Saturday

“Join us as we give Worcester a spring cleaning in a big way. Each year, more than 1,000 community volunteers join together to clean up more than 60 parks, streets, and neighborhoods in the city we love. Please join us as we make our city cleaner safer and a better place to live!” The event runs 8 a.m. to noon throughout the city.

The Regional Environmental Council [REC] has organized Earth Day cleanup events for 27 years, with the help of our dedicated community partners, volunteers, local businesses, and community groups. “We are especially thankful for the continued partnership and support of the Worcester DPW&P and National Grid, along with the other event sponsors and volunteers, without whom this important community event would not be possible.”

Read the full story on the REC website and see the cleanup sites

Joe Petty

Courtesy of Worcester Public Library

Worcester Mayor Joseph M. Petty speaks at the opening of the new Worcester Public Library branch at Burncoat Prep.

Worcester Public Library opens branch at Burncoat Prep

As was widely reported last week, Worcester Public Library’s Burncoat Prep Branch is open. City officials, local leaders and sponsors joined students recently in the bright, book-filled space to celebrate the opening of One City, One Library’s fourth branch.

The One City, One Library partnership offers library services to students and teachers during the school day and the community at large when school is not in session.

Read the full press release on the city of Worcester’s website and see photos on the Worcester Public Library and city of Worcester Facebook pages

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