October 29, 2017

The Quad [Oct. 29-Nov. 4]: Four things to know from Assumption, Clark, Becker and QCC

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Quinsigamond ribbon cutting

Courtesy of Quinsigamond Community College

From left, Quinsigamond Community College Assistant Vice President of Extended Campus Operations and Community Engagement Victor Somma, Jr.; CSET instructor Luis Carmine; student Shawn Coltran; President Dr. Luis Pedraja; student Edris Ebouel; Professor of Computer Systems Engineering Technology Betty Lauer; CSET Lab Manager Paul Sluckis; Science Lab Manager Tracy Levin and Dean of Business, Engineering and Technology Kathy Rentsch cut the ribbon on the school's new Southbridge CSET lab.

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CNN faith and religion commentator to speak at Assumption

Assumption College will welcome Father Edward Beck, C.P. ’80, CNN’s faith and religion commentator, who will present “Religion, Church and the Media: A Delicate Balance” at  7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, in the La Maison Auditorium, 500 Salisbury St.

The lecture will focus on the various portrayals of faith and religion in mainstream media. Beck will draw upon his 10 years of experience in network and cable news to examine the ways in which mainstream media cover faith and religion in television news.

Beck graduated from Assumption in 1980, was ordained in 1985 as a Roman Catholic priest, and is a member of the Passionist Order. For the past 10 years, he has served as a media contributor, providing media analysis on issues of ethics, faith, morality and religion, for ABC News, CBS News, Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, ABC Family Channel, HLN and Current TV.

This event is part of the college’s 2017-18 Presidential Lecture Series. RSVPs are encouraged because of limited space. For more information, contact Sharon Mahoney at 508-767-7322 or via e-mail at shmahone@assumption.edu.

Panel to discuss digital games’ role in business, nonprofit sectors

The Greater Worcester Community Foundation, Becker College and Mass. Digital Games Institute will host “Interactive Media & You,” a panel of experts and breakout sessions exploring the role of digital games in business and nonprofit success.

The event will be held from 9-11:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 2 at Becker’s Boutin Center, Multipurpose Room, 44 West St.

Attendees will learn how interactive media can help organizations advance their mission by connecting, engaging and supporting its constituents or clients. Community and nonprofit leaders from Worcester and Central Mass. are encouraged to attend this free event.

Participants will have an opportunity to compete for a GWCF mini-grant in support of a prototype interactive project in collaboration with MassDiGI and Becker.

Panelists include: Jason Kahn, founder and chief science officer at Neuromotion Labs; Nikita Virani, CEO at Wizdy Games; and Ryan Canuel, Becker alumnus and founder and CEO of Petricore Games. MassDiGI staff and Becker game design students and faculty will participate during the breakout session.

Scholar/artist to discuss ‘Health Care for Good’ Nov. 7 at Clark

Clark University will host artist and scholar Terri Kapsalis for “Health Care for Good,” a free public lecture on expanding economic and geographic access to quality healthcare, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, in the Higgins Lounge, 2nd floor of Dana Commons, 36 Maywood St.

Terri Kapsalis

Courtesy of School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Artist and scholar Terri Kapsalis will speak at Clark University on Nov. 7.

Kapsalis is an adjunct professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is the author of “Jane Addams’ Travel Medicine Kit,” “The Hysterical Alphabet,” and “Public Privates: Performing Gynecology from Both Ends of the Speculum.” Her writing can be found on Literary Hub and in such publications as Short Fiction, Denver Quarterly, Parakeet, The Baffler, New Formations and Public. She is a founding member of Theater Oobleck and serves on its artistic board.

The lecture is part of the fall symposium on “Common Pursuits/Public Good” and is co-sponsored by the Higgins School of Humanities; the Center for Gender, Race, and Area Studies; and Women’s and Gender Studies.

QCC heralds opening of CSET lab in Southbridge

Quinsigamond Community College recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its new Computer Systems Engineering Technology lab in Southbridge.

The CSET lab at QCC Southbridge will enable the college to meet the increasing demand for IT workers by bringing additional technical training options to the South County region.

The lab features 12 state-of-the-art workstations with hideaway, split desks that can bring up the computers when they are needed, or hide them away under the desks when not in use, simply at the touch of a button. The CSET lab is also equipped with servers and cabling, allowing students hands-on learning that replicates a business environment.

“We all require some level of information technology expertise. I believe we need to teach for the jobs of tomorrow. We need to open up these skillsets here in South County,” said QCC President  Dr. Luis J. Pedraja. “The opportunities that the CSET lab and the science lab enhancement will bring allows more people in this area to access classes they normally couldn’t access unless they traveled to Worcester.”

“The Computer Systems Engineering Technology and Enhanced Science Labs strengthen our partnership with Quinsigamond Community College. They give us an opportunity to allow our young people to interact with college professors and utilize the most advanced technological equipment,” said Dr. Andrae Townsel, principal of Southbridge High School.

Kathy Rentsch, dean of Business, Engineering and Technology at QCC, said workforce development opportunities will now be readily available in Southbridge for companies to have their employees learn new skillsets, in addition to unemployed or under-employed adults who might want to quickly obtain some skills to get back into the workforce.

“I believe in being present in the communities we serve. A community college is about serving the community. It’s not just bringing people to our location, it’s about going to where the needs are and where the people are. The students, the employers and the community need education,” Pedraja said.

The labs were made possible through a $488,735 Massachusetts Workforce Skills Capital Grant that was awarded in 2016.

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