November 16, 2016

Inbox [Nov. 16]: Worcester State sets Economy Summit, Assumption receives landmark check, Anna Maria launches accelerated degree, Moore named top legislator, Staples helps associates with college debt

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New Economy Summit Friday at Worcester State

Worcester State University will host the New Economy Summit Friday, Nov. 18. The day-long event will convene social entrepreneurs, social change practitioners, educational institutions, students, the business community, and others who share the goal of creating a just, equitable, and sustainable world.

Organized by the Social Venture Collaborative, the public forum will serve as a powerful forum for making and strengthening connections, as well as building ongoing collaboration.  Participants will engage in various interactive activities designed to establish a regional network and support transformation related to social enterprise, social business, cooperatives, and enterprise-oriented nonprofit organizations. Attendees will identify common challenges faced by local start-ups and brainstorm opportunities and next steps to resolve these and other challenges.

Keynote speakers, a World Café discussion, musicians, panelists and participants from across New England will inspire and motivate people to remain active and connected beyond the Summit, especially in the uncertain aftermath of the 2016 general elections.

Read the entire story and register on the New Economy Summit Eventbrite registration page

Assumption receives 2nd largest gift in school history

Assumption College announced it has received the lead gift for the College’s new academic building.

Michael Tsotsis and Francesco Cesareo

Courtesy Assumption College

Michael Tsotsis, left, and Assumption College President Francesco C. Cesareo at last month’s President’s Council Dinner.

Michael Tsotsis, a 1971 Assumption graduate, and his wife, Dorothy, have given the second largest gift in the history of the college in support of the new academic building. In recognition of their generous gift, the building will be named the Tsotsis Family Academic Center, an ambitious endeavor that will provide a state-of-the-art and distinct learning center for Assumption students.

“Assumption College provided me with a firm foundation through which Dot and I raised a special family and built a successful business,” Michael Tsotsis said. “The College’s new academic building will serve as a focal point of learning on campus where students will be inspired and challenged in the course of their undergraduate studies. As an Assumption graduate, I have tried to leave a positive impact on my alma mater, whether through volunteering or encouraging other Alumni to also be supportive of Assumption. Dot and I feel privileged to leave a tangible mark in the history of the College and that our name – our passion for Assumption — will live on through this building. “

“We are grateful to Michael and Dorothy for their generous gift, as well as the other alumni, benefactors and organizations who have contributed more than $14.4 million in support of the new building,” Assumption President Francesco C. Cesareo said. “Since graduating from Assumption, Michael has remained committed to the College, a reflection of the lifelong impact of the transformative education he received at Assumption. As the namesake of the new academic building, his family will inspire Assumption students who, in this building, will realize the integration of the classic liberal arts tradition with professional formation. We anticipate that the students who are educated in this building will have the same transformative experience that characterized Michael’s four years at Assumption.”

Read the entire story on the Assumption College website

Anna Maria launches accelerated bachelor degree program

Anna Maria College announced the launch of its new Accelerated Bachelor Degree Program which will allow students to complete their bachelor degree in just seven semesters (3.5 years).

July 17-Anna Maria logo

“We are proud to launch our new Accelerated Degree Program,” said Christine Holmes, Ed.D, Vice President for Academic Affairs at Anna Maria College. “We saw the need in today’s competitive market to offer students the opportunity to complete their desired degree in a timely fashion. Tuition is a top concern for all students and the Accelerated Program allows ambitious students to reach their goals in a cost effective way. Anna Maria provides the right class size and course availability to make this opportunity this dream a reality while cutting costs.”

Anna Maria College designed the Accelerated Bachelor Degree Program to allow students to finish their bachelor degree in 3.5 years and essentially save one full semester of undergraduate tuition. Students can select from a number of majors including: Business, Criminal Justice, English, Emergency Management, Fire Science, Forensic Criminology, Health and Community Service, History, Human Development and Human Services, Marketing, Music, Psychology, Social Work, Sports Management, and Theology.

Read the entire story on the Anna Maria College website


State school board panel names Moore Legislator of the Year

Sen. Michael O. Moore, D-Millbury, received the 2016 Legislator of the Year Award from the Massachusetts Association of School Committees (MASC). The award, which is presented annually to a member of the Legislature, recognizes policymakers who contribute thoughtful and effective advocacy on behalf of Massachusetts students and their families.

Sen. Moore was presented with the award at the MASC annual conference held recently in Hyannis.

Sen. Michael O. Moore

Courtesy Sen. Moore's office

Sen. Michael O. Moore

“I am deeply honored and humbled to receive this award,” said Senator Moore, who serves as Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Higher Education. “Putting students first—that’s my philosophy. I take great pride in advocating for the needs of students throughout the Second Worcester District and across the Commonwealth. As a former selectman, I also recognize the needs of local communities and the importance of local aid to support our public education system. I look forward to continuing to advocate for enhanced opportunities for students so that they may achieve their educational and career goals.”

Staples implements student loan repayment plan for associates

Staples, which has stores locally in Worcester, Shrewsbury, Auburn, Leominster and Marlborough, announced the Phase I launch of a new student loan repayment plan that will help ease the burden of associates with student debt.

The program initially targets specific new hire sales associates and existing internal candidates who have been identified as high potential and top performers and will be offered to additional groups in the future. Active, full-time U.S. associates with at least one outstanding loan obligation, who have obtained or are in the process of receiving a degree from an accredited institution, will have their loan principal paid at $100 per month for 36 months.

“Staples is pioneering this effort within the retail industry to help with the recruitment and retention of the key talent needed to support our previously announced strategy to focus on mid-market customers,” said Regis Mulot, executive vice president, global human resources. “We’re adding more than 1,000 people to our sales force and offering a student loan repayment benefit shows our commitment to supporting both new and existing associates.”

The Student Loan Repayment Plan is being administered by, the leading platform for employee student loan contributions.

Read the entire story on the Staples website

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