February 12, 2017

Inbox [Feb. 12]: Idea Lab adds membership options, CHL promotes mindfulness in kids, Shrewsbury resident appointed to state commission, Assumption prof to join national seminar

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Courtesy Sen. Michael Moore's office

State Sen. Michael O. Moore congratulates Shrewsbury resident Jonjy Ananth, left, on his appointment to the state's Asian American Commission.

Interesting and worthwhile things happen every day in our community. Alas, we can’t cover them all. That’s where Inbox comes in, to offer readers an easily digestible compilation of interesting and noteworthy items you and your neighbors keep telling us about.

Idea Lab expands service offerings to include Collaboration Space memberships

The Worcester Idea Lab, operated at 20 Franklin St. by local nonprofit Action! Worcester, announced new membership services as part of its new Collaboration Space model.

Placing a higher value on social innovations that consider community impact, sustainability, equity and inclusivity is becoming more and more prominent in successful business ventures. Influenced by the emerging generation of workers who want to have a positive impact on the world, collaboration spaces take coworking a step further by being conscious of the impact these spaces can have on the projects that happen within them.

Collaboration spaces expand on the coworking model by placing a high priority on interdisciplinary activity happening in the space that encourages members to think in new and innovative ways. Our members can be working on high-growth-potential technology startups or a new community program focused on inclusive development. Whatever the case may be, our members share an innovative mindset that considers their impact. Membership includes office amenities like high-speed WiFi as well as exclusive member events and discounts and additional perks.

Memberships available:

Individual Membership — Ideal for small startups, people serious about their passion projects, and those of us who just want to work in a creative space primed for productivity.

Corporate Membership — Looking to be closer to the community while providing a creative ecosystem for your team to work on projects out of the office? This membership is for you.

Nonprofit Membership — Our subsidized memberships for nonprofit and community organizations let you focus on your impactful programs alongside others passionate about their city and our world.

University Membership — An intercollegiate gathering space that helps connect your students to alumni, the Worcester community, and possibly their next job.

“We believe that impactful innovations catalyze at the intersection of ideas between businesses, nonprofits, and our academic institutions,” Idea Lab executive director Josh Croke said. “We are developing the Worcester Idea Lab to be a hub for this activity, and our collaboration space model is a new building block in that effort.”

More information is available on the Idea Lab website

Community Healthlink to host children’s mindfulness program

Community Healthlink Youth and Family Services will begin an eight-week Mindfulness Group for children ages 8-12.

The free group program is dedicated to teaching kids about mindfulness, emotional regulation and more through fun games and activities. Light dinner and refreshments will be provided each week.

The program runs 5-6 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning Feb. 28, at 275 Belmont St. Call Heather Kozlowski at 508-421-4501 for more info or to sign up your child.

Find more information on CHL’s Facebook page

Shrewsbury resident appointed to state’s Asian American Commission

Senator Michael O. Moore, D-Millbury, announced that Shrewsbury resident Jonjy Ananth was recently appointed by Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg, D-Amherst, to serve as a member of the statewide Asian American Commission.

The commission was established by statute in 2006 to serve as a resource on issues affecting Asian-American communities in the state, and in recognition of the Asian-American community’s contributions to the educational, economic, technological, and cultural well-being of the Commonwealth.

“I was pleased to support Jonjy’s appointment to serve in this capacity,” Moore said. “Asian Americans constitute the fastest-growing minority population in the state, as well as across the country. Jonjy continues to be an active member of the community and I am confident that he will work hard to advance the mission of the Commission.”

“I am honored and humbled to serve the people of the Commonwealth as a Commissioner with the Asian American Commission,” said Jonjy. “I will work to actively engage with our Asian-American community to help strengthen the bonds between us and to celebrate our diverse Commonwealth.”

Read the entire story on Sen. Moore’s website

Assumption professor lands spot in national seminar

Assumption College Associate Professor of Spanish Esteban Loustaunau, Ph.D., has been selected among a number of professors from throughout the country to participate in a Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE) summer seminar on Teaching Vocational Exploration. The seminar will provide valuable information to enhance the college’s Sophomore Initiative at Assumption (SOPHIA) Program.

Assumption College professor Esteban Loustaunau

Courtesy Assumption College

Assumption College professor Esteban Loustaunau

The program is designed to help students discover a deeper connection between their spiritual, personal and professional lives by combining residential, academic and travel opportunities under the guidance of four dedicated faculty mentors. SOPHIA strives to foster a culture of vocational exploration at Assumption that will help students pursue productive lives of meaning.

As director of SOPHIA, Loustaunau teaches students and also assists faculty members who serve as small-group mentors to students in the program.

“I look forward to learning more about teaching purpose and vocation to train faculty and help build a stronger culture of vocation on campus,” said Loustaunau. “My dream for the near future is to have each student at Assumption, whether they belong to SOPHIA or not, be exposed to questions on vocational exploration in at least one course during their four-year academic experience.  This Teaching Vocational Exploration seminar would better prepare me to encourage and assist my colleagues to continue to develop and establish a culture of vocational exploration at Assumption College.”

In nominating Professor Loustaunau for the grant, Assumption College Provost and Academic Vice President Louise Carroll Keeley wrote, “Professor Loustaunau is a humanitarian who recognizes the dignity in every person, and challenges others to see it too, and he does this both through his thoughtfulness as a scholar, his pedagogy as a teacher, and his character as a man.”

Read the entire story on the Assumption College website

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