October 7, 2017

Inbox [Oct. 8-14]: News and notes from Seven Hills and Children’s Friend, UniBank, Assumption, city and UMass Medical, Becker, QCC, Anna Maria

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Courtesy of Seven Hills Foundation

From left, Dr. David A. Jordan, Karen Ludington, M.Ed., J.D., and Dr. Suzanne Weekes.

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Children’s Friend affiliates with Seven Hills Foundation

Worcester-based Children’s Friend recently became an affiliate of Seven Hills Foundation. Children’s Friend provides high-level professional mental health services, adoption and related services, grief support, and early education and care for approximately 1,000 infants, toddlers and preschool children throughout Central Mass.

“Children’s Friend will continue to serve the Central Mass. community as it has for decades; offering care and comfort to children, adolescents and families,” said Dr. David Jordan, President of Seven Hills Foundation. “Children’s Friend has for many years served as the beacon for children’s programs and services. The partnership we now share together will only further that.”

Seven Hills Foundation offers program sites at 170 locations throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island and employs nearly 3,800. It offers a continuum of support and services to 28,000 children, adults and seniors with disabilities and other life challenges through its 12 affiliate organizations.

“This connection with Seven Hills Foundation guarantees that Children’s Friend will have the financial stability, not only to continue providing our current services to children and families in Central Massachusetts for years to come, but also to expand into other areas of need,” said Karen Ludington, former CEO of Children’s Friend, who will continue leading the organization as vice president of the new affiliate.

UniBank celebrates Shrewsbury branch opening

UniBank opened its newest full-service branch at 193 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury, in the new Lakeway Commons plaza.

During the ribbon-cutting ceremony, UniBank President and CEO Sam S. Pepper, Jr. announced that UniBank has committed $50,000 in contributions to the Shrewsbury community through charitable giving during 2017 and 2018.

Pepper also announced that the first $11,000 in support is being dedicated to a unique Community Giving Program. The bank has identified eight worthy Shrewsbury community organizations to be a part of the program. Members of the community are asked to come to UniBank’s Shrewsbury branch to vote for the organizations of their choosing.

More information is available on UniBank’s Facebook page

Assumption to host documentary screening of Hiroshima survivor’s quest

Assumption College will host the first and only scheduled Central Mass. screening of “Paper Lanterns,” a documentary that explores the 35-year journey of a Hiroshima survivor and his lifelong quest to find the families of the 12 POWs – including one from Lowell – who were interred in Japan at the time of the bombing and died in the blast.

“Paper Lanterns” is the inspiration of Barry Frechette, who served as executive producer and co-director of the film. Frechette will provide brief commentary prior to the screening, which will take place at 7 p.m Monday, Oct. 16, in Kennedy 112 on the Assumption campus, 500 Salisbury St.

On Aug. 6, 1945, among the more than 100,000 individuals who lost their lives in the bombing of Hiroshima, Japan, were 12 American POWs, including Normand Brissette, Ralph Neal and 10 other U.S. airmen. The film documents Mori’s quest to uncover the stories of the U.S. POWs, beginning in Lowell, home of Brissette; then to Harrodsburg, Ky., where Neal’s family lives; and lastly to Hiroshima.

More details about the screening can be found at the Assumption College website

Sexual exploitation forum set for Oct. 24 at UMass Medical School

The Worcester Division of Public Health and the University of Massachusetts Medical School will host a forum on the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Oct. 24.

Facilitated by Dr. Matilde Castiel, Worcester Department of Health & Human Services commissioner, the event will feature a panel discussion with Dr. Erik Garcia of Community HealthLink; Dr. Marianne Sarkis of Clark University; Tracy DeFusco of Children’s Advocacy Center; Lorna Kogon of the UMMC Child Protection Clinic; and Dyan Patient, a detective with the Worcester Police Department’s Special Crimes Unit.

The keynote speaker will be Nicole Bell, founder of Worcester-based Living in Freedom Together. LIFT empowers female survivors of sexual exploitation.

Prior registration is requested online here.

Becker student among 15 nationally to earn game design scholarship

For the fourth time in six years, a Becker College student has been awarded an Entertainment Software Association Foundation scholarship for the next generation of female and/or minority videogame innovators.

Heriberto Calderon, a fourth-year video game design major, was one of only 15 college students from across the country chosen for the 2017-2018 award. He joins a growing list of distinguished ESA Foundation scholars from Becker’s nationally recognized video game program.

“I was honored to receive the scholarship,” said Calderon, who aspires to work at a top video game company. “It’s helping me achieve my dreams and my goals in the future.”

More information can be found here, including a video of Calderon’s thoughts on the scholarship.

Anna Maria gallery to host ‘Frank Poor: From the Road’

The Art Center Gallery at Anna Maria College will host “Frank Poor: From the Road” from Oct. 25 to Dec. 15.

The public is invited to attend the opening reception from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25. It will feature a discussion between Poor and gallery Director Darrell Matsumoto.

Poor fabricates architectural structures, photographs and prints related to Southern vernacular architecture. He blends and juxtaposes elements of sculpture and photography, in which photos are sometimes printed on glass or panel, and other times mounted directly to a wall. The sculptural elements represent buildings he photographs in America’s South. Witnessing the light, shadow and reflection of the sculptures is to the viewer as the photographs are to Poor’s experience while photographing.

More details are available here

QCC Foodservice Management Program receives ANFP approval

Quinsigamond Community College’s Foodservice Management certificate program has received full approval from the Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals (ANFP).

As only the second community college in Massachusetts to have earned this distinction, graduates of the program who are interested in pursuing the Certified Dietary Manager, Certified Food Protection Professional credential, will now be able to take the CDM, CFPP exam and expand their career options. Certificate programs without ANFP approval do not give students the opportunity to take this exam.

“The ANFP approval comes at a great time for our students due to new national regulations. We are very excited about receiving this approval, which will increase our students’ scope of career options,” said Pat Hutchinson, coordinator of QCC’s Hospitality & Recreation Management Program.

“The Dietary Management program at QCC will provide opportunities for both Worcester Public Schools nutrition staff and students to enroll in new educational pathways,” said Worcester Public Schools Superintendent Maureen F. Binienda.

The Worcester Public Schools Child Nutrition Program currently serves more than 30,000 meals throughout 60 sites each day, with an emphasis on seasonal ingredients, fresh preparation and program expansion requiring a dynamic workforce with a variety of food- and systems-related skills.

Read the full article on the QCC website

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