July 30, 2017

Inbox [July 30-Aug. 5]: News and notes from Worcester Art Museum, WBDC, Dismas House, Clark, Burncoat, Doherty, Shepherd Hill and UMass Medical School

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Dismas House

Courtesy of Webster Five

From left, Sam Bitar, Executive Director of the Webster Five Foundation & VP Business Systems Manager, Webster Five; David McMahon, Executive Director, Dismas House of Massachusetts; and Donald Doyle, President/CEO, Webster Five.

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Worcester Art Museum offers free admission in August

The Worcester Art Museum announced the continuation of one of its most popular summertime traditions: free admission for the month of August.

“Free August” includes access to special exhibitions, the permanent galleries, and WAM’s August programming — including Art + Market, tours, Art Carts, arms and armor demonstrations, and Nude Drawing in the Galleries.

“We are delighted to offer free access to WAM again this summer, thanks to The Kirby Foundation and United Bank,” said Matthias Waschek, the C. Jean and Myles McDonough Director of the Worcester Art Museum.

Read the entire story on the Worcester Art Museum website

WBDC announces loans for local businesses

The Worcester Business Development Corporation announced the funding of two Small Business Administration 504 loans for local businesses: Flying Rhino Café & Watering Hole, and Skylark Law & Mediation, P.C.

The SBA 504 Loan Program incentivizes small businesses to invest in real estate, machinery or equipment by providing a 10- or 20-year fixed interest rate with a 10 percent equity infusion by the borrower.

Paul Barber, owner of Flying Rhino for 18 years, seized the opportunity to acquire his investment at 278 Shrewsbury St. by partnering with SpencerBank and the WBDC’s SBA 504 program.

Skylark is a law firm owned by Justin Kelsey that concentrates on family and probate law, dispute resolution and mediation services.

Read the entire story on the Worcester Business Development Corp. Facebook page

Webster Five donates $4K to Dismas House

The Webster Five Foundation announced that as part of the Web of Caring to Make a Difference program, it has donated $4,000 to Dismas House of Massachusetts. The money will offset utility costs at the Father Brooks House, which provides permanent housing for Dismas House graduates and their families.

The mission of Dismas House is to reconcile former prisoners to society and society to former prisoners. It manages a network of housing and social services that provide a unique approach to ensure the success of the homeless and former prisoners in Central Massachusetts.

“The Father Brooks House is an incredible resource for Dismas graduates,” said Donald F. Doyle, President and Chief Executive Officer of Webster Five. “We are happy to help Dismas House continue with their work.”

Said Executive Director David McMahon, “We are so grateful to Webster Five for recognizing our organization and helping us to make a difference in the community.”

Go to the Webster Five website for more information

Clark teacher education program garners state’s highest distinction

The Clark University Master of Arts in Teaching program is the first and only program in the state to have earned “approval with distinction” by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Tom Del Prete

Courtesy of Clark University

Tom Del Prete, director of the Adam Institute for Urban Teaching and School Practice at Clark University, stands in a classroom at the University Park Campus School in Worcester.

“Approval with distinction” is the highest level of approval granted by the state. The program, run through Clark’s Adam Institute for Urban Teaching and School Practice, includes all of the programs for Massachusetts teacher licensure offered at Clark. The designation recognizes a program that is “operating at such a high level that it could serve as a model for other providers in the state or nation.”

“This evaluation is a testament to the tremendous support and enormous contributions of the Adam Institute and Hiatt Center at Clark, over many years, the close collaboration of our school partners in Worcester’s Main South, and dedicated Clark students who aim to make a difference through teaching,” said Adam Institute Director Thomas Del Prete.

The program underwent a comprehensive approval process over 16 months. According to state personnel, most programs in the state earn two or three commendations in this process, while Clark’s received 17.

Clark graduates approximately 30 to 35 students from its program each year. Most graduates commit to teaching in Worcester and other urban settings. Close to 90 graduates from the past 10 years have positions in the Worcester Public Schools, including more than 50 practicing in partner schools in Worcester’s Main South neighborhood, according to Andrea Allen, the program administrator.

Read the entire story on the Clark University website

Area teachers sharpen AP teaching skills

Teachers from Burncoat High School, Doherty Memorial High School and Shepherd Hill Regional High School are attending a special kind of summer school: intensive training to prepare to teach Advanced Placement courses.

The sessions, held last week and this week, are part of Mass Insight Education’s AP STEM and English initiative, a program to expand college-level coursework opportunities for high school students. More than 500 teachers from Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Louisiana attended or will attend the Advanced Placement Summer Institute at Bridgewater State University.

The following teachers attended or will attend:

  • Dylan Piehl, Shepherd Hill, AP Computer Science A
  • Kevin Cox Jr., Burncoat, AP Physics C
  • Kevin Cox Sr., Burncoat, AP Physics 1
  • Lauren Suprenant, Burncoat, AP English Language & Composition
  • Rebecca Quinn, Doherty, AP Statistics
  • Laura Sawyer, Doherty, AP Environmental Science
  • Rebecca Seepersad, Doherty, AP Chemistry
  • Chris Racine, Burncoat, Pre-AP Chemistry
  • Catherine Doyle, Doherty, AP English Literature & Composition
  • William Herrero, Doherty, AP Physics 1
  • Edi Naco, Doherty, AP Calculus BC
  • Renah Razzaq, Doherty, AP Calculus AB

UMass Medical School names Layne assistant dean for outreach programs

Longtime educator Robert Layne has been promoted to assistant dean for outreach programs and instructor in radiology at UMass Medical School. In the newly created role, Layne will build on his legacy of bringing students underrepresented in healthcare careers into the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education pipeline by engaging with greater Worcester’s public schools, institutions of higher education, businesses, human service agencies — and above all, the region’s youth. Layne has directed outreach programs at UMMS since 1996.

“In today’s world, a thorough command of content and skills must be merged with a sense of professionalism, critical thinking, problem-solving and sound decision-making skills in order for students to earn a place among the highly competitive applicant pool of STEM candidates, ergo the health careers outreach program difference,” Layne said.

UMass Medical School offers an array of mentoring, job shadowing, internship, summer employment, laboratory research and after-school science programs, as well as academic support for students from middle school through college. These programs expose hundreds of young people from Worcester, as well as from across the state and the country, to the exciting opportunities presented by health and science careers.

Read the entire story on the UMass Medical School website

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