September 6, 2017

Inbox [Sept. 6]: News and notes from Clark, Wheelock, DCU, Literacy Volunteers, Commonwealth Corp., St. Peter-Marian

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Clark prof receives 2018 ‘Upstander’ honor from World Without Genocide

Clark University history Professor Taner Akçam will be honored with the 2018 Outstanding Upstander Award from the World Without Genocide organization for his work promoting justice and the rule of law.

World Without Genocide, housed at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota, works “to protect innocent people around the world; prevent genocide by combating racism and prejudice; advocate for the prosecution of perpetrators; and remember those whose lives and cultures have been destroyed by violence.”

Akçam, one of the first Turkish intellectuals to acknowledge and openly discuss the Armenian Genocide, holds the only endowed chair dedicated to research and teaching on this subject.

As Robert Aram and Marianne Kaloosdian and Stephen and Marian Mugar Professor of Armenian Genocide Studies at the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark, he is committed to research, teaching and training future scholars. An outspoken advocate of democracy and free expression since his student days at Middle East Technical University in Ankara, he is an internationally recognized human rights activist.

“We have long admired your bold and dedicated work to document the atrocities perpetrated by the Ottoman government against the Armenian people. You have persisted in speaking out about the genocide, despite being marked for death by Turkish ultra-nationalists,” Ellen J. Kennedy, executive director of World Without Genocide, wrote to Akçam.

Akçam will receive the award at the organization’s annual gala in May in Minneapolis.

Read the entire story on the Clark University website

Wheelock@Worcester anniversary party tomorrow

Wheelock College will celebrate the fifth anniversary of their Wheelock@Worcester program and its move to the College of the Holy Cross with a party.

Wheelock, which will offer its nationally accredited master’s degree in Social Work at Holy Cross, will have an anniversary/launch party 6-8 p.m. tomorrow in Suite A, fourth floor, Hogan Center.

The event is free but space is limited.

RSVP on the Wheelock College website

DCU’s Worcester branches collecting for a cause

Digital Federal Credit Union, better known as DCU, through its partnership with second-hand retailer Savers invites residents and members to participate in “Collecting for a Cause” at all 22 branches across Massachusetts and New Hampshire until Saturday, Sept. 16 – including the three Worcester branches located at 131 Gold Star Boulevard, 225 Shrewsbury Road, and 11 Tobias Boland Way.

Donations of clean clothing, shoes, accessories (belts, jewelry, purses, wallets), toys, bedding, linens, bath items and small household items (limit of 20 pounds per item) will be accepted at each branch and at your local Savers store, just mention DCU for Kids when dropping off items.

Savers helps to keep more than 700 million pounds of used goods from ending up in landfills each year. The Savers family of stores is a global thrift retailer offering great quality, gently used clothing, accessories, and household goods. Savers will also donate to DCU for Kids, the credit union’s nonprofit charitable foundation for every pound of items collected.

Registration open for Literacy Volunteers of Greater Worcester Fall ESL courses

The Literacy Volunteers of Greater Worcester are offering 12 English as a Second Language courses this fall.

The courses will be held at two classroom locations and run over a 12-week semester. Courses include two Saturday beginner classes, one for conversation and one for reading to meet our working adults. This semester’s English for Work course will focus on writing.

Registration runs until Sept. 16 and classes begin on Sept. 25. Group ESL courses are provided for at fee with donations accepted.

Students, who may take two classes, must register in person at the main office at Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem Square. A $25 donation for one class and $35 for two classes is suggested but not required.

See the entire schedule on the Literacy Volunteers of Greater Worcester website

Applications accepted for free employment training program

The Health Care Jobs Pipeline Project is accepting applications for a free nursing assistant-home health aide employment training program that will help prepare participants for a career in the healthcare field.

Interested candidates must:

  • be a Black, African-American, Latina or Hispanic female who is at least 18 years old
  • be currently unemployed and have not had consistent employment for the last 3-5
  • have a high school diploma or equivalent (HiSET/GED)
  • be a U.S. Citizen or authorized to work in the United States
  • have a clean CORI/SORI
  • complete QCC Health Information Form, including proof of immunizations
  • be able to lift 50 pounds, push/pull 25 pounds, climb stairs, stoop, and stand for long periods of time. Physician’s note required if student is pregnant, stating no restrictions
    on moving and lifting.

Call 508-868-3461 to schedule an interview.

The project is funded by a Health Care Workforce Transformation Fund appropriation grant through the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development and is administered by the Commonwealth Corporation.

St. Peter-Marian, Peak Fitness join forces

St. Peter-Marian Junior-Senior High School announced a partnership with Peak Fitness Performance Training to provide strength and conditioning services to both the boys and girls hockey athletes. This partnership was made possible by a commitment from Michael Covino, President of Peak Performance Training and Niche Hospitality Group, who donated a portion of the training, which ensured SPM was able to commit to a three-year program for the hockey athletes.

“We feel that our commitment to excellence in athletic performance will allow these athletes to make the most of their scholastic careers. We look forward to a relationship with not only the hockey athletes, but the entire SPM community,” Covino said.

St. Peter-Marian President Christopher J. Cummings said: “Proper conditioning and strength training ensures that athletes are prepared to excel in their sport of choice. This generous  commitment from Mr. Covino and Peak Performance Training will ensure our hockey athletes are poised for success heading into the 2017-2018 season.”

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