June 14, 2017

Inbox [June 14]: News and notes from Worcester Historical Museum, Worcester Center for Crafts, Assumption, WPI and Worcester Public Library

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Historical Museum to honor Patty Eppinger with 17th Harvey Ball Smile Award

The Worcester Historical Museum has named Patty Eppinger the recipient of the 17th Harvey Ball Smile Award.

Noting “the significant work that Patty Eppinger is doing for Worcester and her dedication to education and children,” the Historical Museum will honor her at a reception on Thursday, Oct. 5.

The festivities kick off at 4:30 p.m. with a block party at 30 Elm St. where there will be face painting, storytelling, music by Chuck and Mud, food trucks and more. The reception is scheduled for 6:30-8:30 in the museum and will be followed by a post-reception party, 8:30-10.

Tickets to the reception are $75, tickets to the post-reception party are $25, and are on sale now.

Read the entire story on the Worcester Historical Museum website

Krikorian Gallery at Center for Crafts announces new exhibit

The Krikorian Gallery at Worcester Center for Crafts announced that Nexus, a group exhibition of works from current Artists-in-Residence at the Craft Center, will be on display June 15-29.

An opening reception will be held 5:30-7:30 p.m. tomorrow [June 15] at Worcester Center for Crafts, 25  Sagamore Road, and is open to the public. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.

This year, the Artist-in-Residence Exhibition brings together eight artists whose diverse working methodologies, material explorations, and individual perspectives reflect their personal interests and goals for this one- or two-year residency. After a competitive application process, each resident is provided with a studio space, access to facilities, and a supportive community of makers. In exchange, resident artists play integral roles at the Craft Center by completing studio support hours, teaching workshops, and volunteering at community-centered events.

Featured Artists-in-Residence are Jessikah Ann, Hanna Brown, McKayla Carville, Jon Glabus, Amanda Nardone, Ian M. Petrie, Alia Pialtos, and Joshua Primmer.

Read the entire story on the Worcester Center for Crafts Facebook page

Assumption partnership to offer bachelor’s and law degrees in 6 years

Assumption College has announced a new agreement that enables students to obtain an undergraduate and law degree in just six years with the guarantee of partial, or full, law school scholarships.

Students who enroll in the program will attend Assumption for the first three years, then complete their senior year at the Minneapolis-based University of St. Thomas School of Law as first-year law students. Those courses taken during the student’s first year at the university will transfer to Assumption to fulfill requirements for an undergraduate degree, as well as count toward the law degree.

As part of the partnership, St. Thomas has agreed to offer scholarships ranging from 20 percent to full tuition to all Assumption students who are accepted for admission to the law school.

“Assumption College is pleased to affiliate with the University of St. Thomas School of Law based upon the strength of its curriculum; emphasis on the education of the whole person; the institution’s integration of faith and reason; and a curriculum that focuses upon the values of morality and social justice,” said Louise Carroll Keeley, provost and academic vice president of Assumption.

“These characteristics are consistent with Assumption’s mission and we are confident that those who take advantage of this partnership will thrive. This opportunity will provide Assumption students with the opportunity to accelerate their law degree program while realizing considerable cost savings.”

Read the entire story on the Assumption College website

GE interns, two from WPI, will utilize WPI’s IQP model in Boston project

This summer, students from a handful of Massachusetts universities will get the chance to have an experience similar to WPI’s Interactive Qualifying Project (IQP) through a unique collaboration between WPI, GE and the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics in Boston.

As part of its recent relocation of corporate headquarters to the Seaport District in Boston, GE wanted to find a way to show its commitment to and appreciation for the city it now calls home. That desire led to 10 of their summer interns — two who are WPI students — being given the opportunity to collaborate with the city in addition to their regular internship duties.

GE reached out to the office of Mayor Marty Walsh and the Office of New Urban Mechanics to begin brainstorming ways the interns could contribute to the city; in the meantime, Lorraine Bolsinger, vice president of executive leadership programs at GE and WPI trustee, brought the university into the equation.

“She was familiar with WPI’s curriculum and the project-based learning we do here, and suggested we be brought in to facilitate this project,” explains Stephen McCauley, assistant teaching professor in the interdisciplinary and global studies department at WPI, co-director of the Melbourne, Australia, project center, and project advisor to the interns.

McCauley will travel to Boston to advise the interns, known as the GE Boston Fellows. The students, a small subset of GE’s summer interns hailing from WPI, MIT, Olin College, Boston University, and Boston College, will complete their regular internship duties in the morning, then work with him in the afternoon.

Read the entire story on the WPI website

WPL announces Summer Reading Program

The Worcester Public Library is accepting registrations for its Summer Reading Program, which has a theme of  “Build a Better World.”

The program runs June 23-Aug. 19 and is for all ages. Track your time spent reading, listening to a book or attending library programs, and earn prizes. This year the adults can even win a Worcester Wares T-shirt.

Family-friendly kickoff events will be held at all branches on Friday, June 23, and the main library on Saturday, June 24.

More information and registrations are available on the Worcester Public Library website

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