September 16, 2017

Inbox [Sept. 17-23]: News and notes from Worcester State, Becker, Anna Maria, Friends of Goddard Library, GWCF and Library Foundation

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David Barsamian

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Broadcaster, author and award-winning investigative journalist David Barsamian will be speaking at Worcester State University on Tuesday.

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David Barsamian to speak at WSU Tuesday

Broadcaster, author and award-winning investigative journalist David Barsamian will be the first speaker featured in Worcester State University’s new Provost’s Series on Democracy and Diplomacy.

Barsamian will deliver two talks. The first is a campus lecture, “The New Political Resistance in the Age of Trump,” at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the May Street Building, 280 May St.; the second, a community lecture, “Media, Propaganda, and U.S. Foreign Policy,” at 7 p.m. Ghosh Science and Technology Center, Room 102, 486 Chandler St.

Barsamian co-founded a weekly radio program called “Alternative Radio,” now in its 32nd year. He has co-authored several books and has received several awards for his independent approach to the news, among them the Media Education Award and the ACLU’s Upton Sinclair Award for independent journalism. He has earned two “Lifetime Achievement Awards” — one from the South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy and another from the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center.

The events are sponsored by the WSU Provost’s Office and various academic departments and offices. The Provost’s Series on Democracy and Diplomacy is a new faculty-initiated co-curricular initiative, featuring a wide range of topics.

Becker appoints Laurie Hillson as dean

Becker College’s School of Nursing and Behavioral Sciences has a new dean. Dr. Laurie Hillson, an accomplished leader in higher education, will head the school’s dynamic Nursing, Exercise Science, Education, Psychology, Mental Health Counseling and Criminal Justice programs.

Laurie Hillson

Courtesy of Becker College

Dr. Laurie Hillson is the new dean of Becker College’s School of Nursing and Behavioral Sciences.

Hillson brings nearly two decades of excellence in academia, having taught and successfully overseen undergraduate and graduate programs across the Bay State. Her appointment is effective immediately.

“We are excited to welcome Dr. Hillson to Becker. She has an extensive background in the field of nursing and nursing education and we look forward to the leadership she will provide to the programs in the School of Nursing and Behavioral Sciences,” Vice President for Academic Affairs Amber L. Vaill, Ph.D., said.

“I’m thrilled to be joining such a skilled team with a vision for the future and commitment to growth as an institution,” Hillson said.

Read the entire story on the Becker College website

Anna Maria announces board officers

Anna Maria College announced that John J. Spillane has been appointed board chair, Kimberly A. Kennedy as vice chair and Joanne M. Dion, SSA, as secretary. In addition, the school announced that business executive David H. Smith has been named to the Board of Trustees.

Anna Maria Board

Courtesy of Anna Maria College

Anna Maria College’s new board officers are, from left, Joanne M. Dion, John J. Spillane and Kimberly A. Kennedy.

“We are so pleased to announce these new officers and addition to our very talented and hard-working Board of Trustees,” Anna Maria President Mary Lou Retelle said. “With their extensive professional backgrounds and collective expertise, these leaders bring knowledge and capacity to our Board that furthers the College’s mission to educate students to become individuals capable of transforming the world as ethical leaders and community-oriented professionals. We are fortunate as an institution to attract the service of such dedicated individuals.”

Spillane is a managing partner of the law firm Spillane & Spillane. Kennedy is chief operating officer of Bearingstar Insurance Agency and assistant vice president at Arbella Insurance Group. Dion is a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Anne, the founding order of Anna Maria College. Smith is CEO and treasurer for Washburn-Garfield Corporation, where he successfully led the transition of the company to being 100 percent employee-owned.

40th Friends of Goddard Library used book sale Sept. 28-29

The Friends of Goddard Library at Clark University will hold its 40th annual used book sale 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, and Friday, Sept. 29, on the ground floor of the Goddard Library.

The two-day event offers thousands of books at all prices and draws a lot of interest from book lovers and booksellers in search of rare books.

Visitors can park on the top floor of the garage and the library is just up the hill from the Kneller Center.  Please enter the library through the West entrance next to the book sale sign.

For more information, contact Mott Linn, head of Collections Management, Goddard Library at 508-793-7572.

GWCF fall workshops set

The Nonprofit Support Center at the Greater Worcester Community Foundation has set a lineup of five fall workshops. They are:

  • “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Getting Started,” noon-2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26
  • “Successful Media Strategies for Nonprofits,” noon-2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12
  • “Leading and Governing: Achieving Success on a Nonprofit Board,” 4-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24
  • “Interactive Media and You: How Digital Games Can Drive Nonprofit Success,” 9 a.m.-noon Thursday, Nov. 2
  • “Unmasking fundraising! Knowledge not opinion. Roles not desires. Donors not you,” 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6

More information is available on the Greater Worcester Community Foundation website

Library Foundation to honor Carberry at annual meeting

The Worcester Public Library Foundation will hold its annual meeting 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27 at the Hanover Insurance Group, 440 Lincoln St.

The program will include the presentation of the 2017 Dr. Richard E. Greene Founders Award to former Quinsigamond Community College President Gail E. Carberry in recognition of her commitment to literacy and support of “Lilly,” the mobile library that enables the Worcester Public Library to connect our city’s youth to important library services and resources.

Speakers include Kate McEvoy-Zdonczyk, vice president of Central and
Western Massachusetts for Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, and City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr.

A reception sponsored by The Hanover Insurance Group will follow the program.

The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to or call 508-799-1656 for more information.

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