February 1, 2017

Inbox [Feb. 1]: Video contest seeks student entries, Assumption study abroad program among nation’s best, Briarwood announces new exhibit, Big Brothers Big Sisters to honor Beaton

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"Reflection" by Eugene McCarthy

Courtesy of The Gallery at Briarwood

"Reflection" by Eugene McCarthy

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.

Entries open for student video contest

The League of Women Voters of Massachusetts is sponsoring a video contest for high school students. Entries for “Making Democracy Work in My Community” run today-March 31.

Videos can be no more than two minutes long. Entrants may use a video camera, computer, smartphone or tablet to produce videos, which can be animated or live action. No professional assistance is allowed, although adults may provide verbal guidance and appear as actors.

The contest is free to enter. Prizes are $500 for first place, $250 for second place and $100 for third place.

Winners will receive their prizes at an award ceremony at the State House.

Read the entire story, read the rules and submit videos on the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts website

Assumption study abroad program ranked 17th nationally

Assumption College has been named to the top 50 colleges for study abroad programs, according to a recent study conducted by LendEDU, an online resource for students researching various higher education financial aid options. Colleges and universities on this list were chosen based on locations, uniqueness, size, faculty involvement, and length of the program. Assumption was ranked 17th in the country, and second in Massachusetts.

“The cornerstone of Assumption’s study abroad options, which have extended to over 50 countries around the world, is their program in Rome,” LendEDU wrote. “With its own campus in ‘the Eternal City,’ the Rome campus lets students explore issues around religion, politics and history. Students are able to visit important sites, from ancient to contemporary life, first-hand. The college’s full-time faculty are there for guidance and instruction, while letting students satisfy their general education requirements in this dynamic environment.”

“Assumption has created a unique opportunity that enriches our students’ academic and cultural pursuits, while enabling them to gain a deeper understanding of the world in which they live. Students leave Rome with not just a renewed self of self, but a desire to explore the world,” said Eloise Knowlton, dean of undergraduate studies and Assumption’s study abroad coordinator.

Ranked 17, Assumption joins Boston University (7), Emerson (28), WPI (37), and Suffolk (43) on the list.

Read the entire story on the Assumption College website

Briarwood announces second exhibit of 2017

The Briarwood Community is pleased to announce the second public art exhibit in a series of six for 2017. B. Eugene McCarthy’s exhibit of watercolor landscape and still life, “Travels: New England and Beyond,” will be on display Sunday, March 5 through Thursday, May 4 at The Gallery at Briarwood, 65 Briarwood Circle.

The opening reception will take place 2-4 p.m. Sunday, March 5. Guests will have an opportunity to meet McCarthy in person. The reception is free and open to the public.

The exhibit is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Group tours and those wishing to visit on weekends may make arrangements by contacting Anita Thomas at 508-852-9007 or by e-mail (amthomas@briarwoodsl.com).

BBBS Big Celebration set for March 18

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass./Metrowest will hold its annual spring fundraiser at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 18, at the College of the Holy Cross.

This year’s Big Celebration theme is Casino Royale. The event will feature casino games, celebrity guests, live and silent auctions, live entertainment and more.

The group’s fourth annual Bob Cousy MVP (Most Valuable Partner) Award will be presented to Matthew A. Beaton, secretary of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Beaton has since served on the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass./Metrowest Board of Directors and has undergone numerous fundraising initiatives.

Read the entire story on the Big Brothers Big Sisters Central Mass./Metrowest website

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