Inbox [July 17]: Anna Maria taps criminal justice program head, Greater Worcester Land Trust gifts city open space, Holy Cross makes top-college list, area veterans coalition lauded

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Anna Maria College hires Tonisha Pinckney to lead Criminal Justice programs

Tonisha M. Pinckney, Ph.D., has been named director of Graduate and Undergraduate Criminal Justice programs at Anna Maria College in Paxton.

A criminologist and criminal justice expert, Pinckney joins Anna Maria following two years as director of Criminal Justice and Legal Studies at Newbury College in Brookline, teaching more than a dozen courses. Pinckney was also assistant dean of Adult & Professional Studies, Online Learning, Institutional Partnerships at Newbury College, developing curriculum and expanding the breadth of the program by developing new majors and specializations.

“As a criminologist and advocate, Dr. Pinckney will bring an important combination of expertise, passion and activism to Anna Maria, where we strive to instill a commitment to community engagement,” said Anna Maria College President Mary Lou Retelle. “Students from across the country turn to Anna Maria College for a terrific criminal justice education, and we look forward to having Dr. Pinckney build on and enhance our tradition of excellence.”

Read the entire story on the Anna Maria website

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Worcester adds to its preserved open space

An 8.6-acre parcel of land was acquired by the Greater Worcester Land Trust, which granted a conservation restriction on the property to the city of Worcester’s Conservation Commission. The agreement permanently protects the property from development, preserving it as open space and natural habitat.

This newest addition to the city’s open space is located adjacent to Donker Farm on Tory Fort Lane, which was similarly acquired in 2015 for conservation purposes. The newly acquired land consists mostly of the upland hardwood forest, with pockets of wetlands and potential vernal pools.

Read the entire story on the city of Worcester website

Magazine ranks Holy Cross 16th among U.S. liberal arts colleges

The College of the Holy Cross ranks No. 16 on Money Magazine’s list of “The 50 Best Liberal Arts Colleges,” and No. 65 overall on the publication’s list of “Best Value Colleges,” which ranked 705 colleges and universities nationwide.

According to Money, a subsidiary of Time Inc., colleges and universities with graduation rates below the median and financial struggles were screened out, while remaining institutions were ranked based on 24 factors in three categories: educational quality, affordability, and alumni success.

The publication highlights Holy Cross’ “need-blind” admissions policy, which “doesn’t consider an applicant’s ability to pay in making admissions decisions and promises to meet 100 percent of demonstrated need.” The College also gives about half of its student body “institutional need-based scholarships or grants.”

Read the entire story on the College of the Holy Cross website

Local veterans coalition touted as a national model

Massachusetts Secretary of Veterans’ Services Francisco Ureña addressed the members of the Central Massachusetts Veterans Service Providers Coalition (CMVSPC), who gathered for their quarterly meeting recently at Veterans Inc. in Worcester.

Secretary Ureña, who oversees all of the state’s veterans resources, noted that the coalition is a model for all service providers statewide and on a national level. The secretary responded directly to many local veterans’ issues currently in-process or in need. As a decorated Marine, Ureña’s passion for serving our local veterans is obvious. Keeping the state No. 1 in veteran services is his main focus.

Over 45 members and guests were in attendance. The CMVSPC was founded in 1994 and has had an active presence in the community ever since. The objective remains to bring all of the specialized providers of local veterans’ services together on a quarterly basis for training, general awareness and sharing of best practices. The CMVSPC functions as the hub of veterans’ services in the Worcester County area. Bill Ryan, veterans’ representative at Workforce Central Worcester, was a founding member, and remains its chairman.

— Cindy Henderson

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