October 10, 2017

Inbox [Oct. 11]: News and notes from Assumption, A Livable Worcester, REC, WPL Foundation, QCC, UniBank and Ninety Nine

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Assumption’s annual business ethics lecture to address Worcester’s opiate crisis

Assumption College’s annual Business Ethics Lecture will feature Joseph Sawicki, lead clinical pharmacy coordinator at Saint Vincent Hospital, who will discuss Worcester’s opiate crisis and the ethical difficulties faced by caregivers, managers and providers in a healthcare setting.

The lecture, “Making Sense of Complex Patient Care Issues,” will take place at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, in La Maison Auditorium at Assumption.

During his presentation, Sawicki, who has been a member of the Worcester DA Opiate Task Force since 2015, will offer an ethical approach to the opioid crisis and patient care. According to Sawicki, caring for patients has become more complex and challenging in the last decade as the opioid crisis is ravaging the community. Healthcare providers must deliver high-quality care to patients while balancing patient and staff safety, patient preference, as well as federal, state and municipal laws.

Joseph Sawicki

Courtesy of Assumption College

Joseph Sawicki, lead clinical pharmacy coordinator at Saint Vincent Hospital, will deliver Assumption College’s annual Business Ethics lecture on Oct. 18.

Sawicki has served as the lead clinical pharmacy coordinator at Saint Vincent Hospital since 2012. He has extensive knowledge of pharmacology and has given many medical presentations across the United States.

The annual Business Ethics lecture, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by Assumption’s MBA program.

A Livable Worcester candidates forum Oct. 16

A Livable Worcester, a coalition of local organizations focused on planning, preservation and conservation issues, will hold a forum for candidates for Worcester City Council at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16, at Preservation Worcester’s Park View Room, 230 Park Ave.

Moderated by former mayor and city councilor John Anderson, the forum will focus on
planning and design concepts that promote vitality, economic development, citizen participation, and healthy, sustainable neighborhoods in Worcester. All candidates for district and at-large city council seats have been invited to participate.

A Livable Worcester is composed of representatives from Greater Worcester Land Trust, Jane Jacobs in the Woo, Mass Audubon, Preservation Worcester, WalkBike Worcester, and Worcester Tree Initiative.

REC’s 45th Anniversary Gala Oct. 19

The Regional Environmental Council will hold its 45th Anniversary Gala, 6-9 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 19, at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston.

The event, catered by Pepper’s Artful Events, will feature food made with local ingredients from area farms, festive live music, and live and silent auctions.

Tickets are $75. Proceeds support the work of the REC: community and school gardens, urban agriculture, youth employment and leadership development, community farmers’ markets, and more.

For more information, or to register, visit the REC website

Library Foundation Celebration of Authors Oct. 26

The Worcester Public Library Foundation will host its annual “A Celebration of Authors” event 5:30-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, at the White Room of the Crompton Collective, 138 Green St.

The foundation’s signature fundraiser is in support of the library’s mission to inform, enrich, and enlighten our diverse population. The event will include cocktails, food stations, mingling with the featured authors, an author speaking program, and a fund-a-need auction.

Authors scheduled to appear are Andre Dubus III, the author of six books, including “House of Sand and Fog”; John Dufresne, the author of two short story collections and two novels; Margot Livesey, author of a collection of stories and nine novels; Annie Weatherwax, winner of the Robert Olen Butler Prize for Fiction; and Elizabeth Searle, the author of five books, including “We Got Him,” which is set on the night of the Boston Marathon bombing manhunt.

Joe Cox, president of the EcoTarium, will serve as moderator.

Tickets are $100 per person and include cocktails, food stations, author speaking program, and a book by one of the featured authors. Tickets are available online at mywpl.org or by contacting Execdir@wplfoundation.org or 508-799-1656.

QCC prof becomes latest Fulbright Scholar

Quinsigamond Community College now has the honor of being home to three Fulbright Scholars, with the recent award of a Fulbright to Flo Lucci, professor of business administration.

Flo Lucci

Courtesy of Quinsigamond Community College

Flo Lucci

Lucci received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award to Russia in Human Resources/Organizational Development for the 2017-2018 academic year. She will head to Tyumen State University in Tyumen, Russia, in early 2018 as part of a project to advance U.S. Organizational Development knowledge. Lucci will share information and expertise related to the community college education model.

“Community colleges have evolved from local institutions to colleges that both benefit by a diverse student population, but also attempt to share global perspective through international education programming, short-term study abroad and collaborative partnerships with institutions abroad,” Lucci said. “International education is an explosively growing industry. With community colleges educating over half of U.S. college students, it is imperative that we embrace this sector and provide these opportunities for our students.”

UniBank offers free community shred day Oct. 28

As part of its Shrewsbury branch grand opening, UniBank will be offering a free Community Shred Day, 9 a.m.-noon, at the bank’s new branch at 193 Boston Turnpike.

New England Security Shredders will be at UniBank’s branch to provide this service to individuals wishing to securely dispose of personal confidential documents. Document shredding will take place on site in a mobile shredding vehicle. Each person may bring up to 10 file boxes (no binders or binder clips) for secure destruction.

This event provides a secure and responsible way for individuals to dispose of paper and reduce the threat of potential identity theft.

WSRS will be in attendance providing music and giveaways.

Ninety Nine fundraiser for Boys & Girls Club runs through Oct. 31

Ninety Nine Restaurant & Pub’s annual Boys & Girls Club Fundraiser will run through Tuesday, Oct. 31, at all locations. All of the funds donated will go directly to local Boys & Girls Club chapters.

Ninety Nine guests can assist in fundraising efforts in the following ways:

  • Add $1, $3, $5 or more to a guest’s check
  • Purchase a Boys & Girls Club commemorative bracelet ($5)
  • Order the Boys & Girls Club special appetizer, entrée(s) or dessert and the Ninety Nine will donate $1 to the local Boys & Girls Club chapter.

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