November 12, 2017

The Quad [Nov. 12-18]: Four things to know from Clark, Becker, Assumption and Anna Maria

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Clark Grad School of Management

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Clark University's Graduate School of Management was named a ‘Best’ B-School by Princeton Review.

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Clark Graduate School of Management named a ‘best’ b-school by Princeton Review

The Graduate School of Management at Clark University is an outstanding business school, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company profiles the school in its 2018 annual business school rankings online.

According to Robert Franek, Princeton Review senior VP/publisher, “We recommend The Graduate School of Management as one of the best to earn an MBA. We chose the 267 on-campus MBA program schools on this list based on our high regard for their academics and our assessment of institutional data we collect from the schools. We also solicited and greatly respect the opinions of 23,000 students attending these schools who reported on their experiences at their schools on our 80-question student survey.”

The Princeton Review’s on-campus MBA survey asked students at the 267 b-schools about their school’s academics, student body, and campus life as well as about themselves and their career plans. The student surveys that were used for this edition were completed online and conducted in the 2014-15, 2015-16, and 2016-17 academic years.

“We are pleased to once again be recognized by The Princeton Review as one of the nation’s best business schools,” said Dean Catherine Usoff. “Clark University provides a diverse, welcoming community in which future business leaders can learn, grow, and develop a worldview. Like other business schools, our curriculum combines theory with real-world experience. In addition, GSOM students are exposed to thought leaders, authors, and scholars, from within and outside the university, who engage us all with the world’s most pressing issues.”

Becker launches Master of Fine Arts in Interactive Media

The American digital game industry is growing at a rapid pace. In the last three years, 24 states experienced significant growth in the sector, each adding a minimum of six game companies, according to Entertainment Software Association data.

Alan Ritacco

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Alan Ritacco

That impressive growth has led to an increasing demand for a talented and job-ready workforce.

Becker College’s new Master of Fine Arts in Interactive Media program is designed to meet that demand, and prepares students for the highly competitive and ever-changing field of game design.

The 60-credit Master of Fine Arts in Interactive Media will immerse students in the world of game design (UI/UX) and effective team-based design principles, equip them with the needed skills to design and develop media for interactive and serious game applications, and provide them with an industry-standard portfolio.

The cornerstone of the MFA in Interactive Media is Advanced Game Studio work, in which the student, under the direction of experienced mentors, completes an original interactive media project based on the student’s personal skill sets and vision.

In addition to developing skills that can be immediately used on the job, graduates of the Becker MFA in Interactive Media program will be prepared to take leadership roles within the industry.

“As the explosive growth in the game industry fuels demand for job-ready talent, Becker College is leveraging its vast faculty expertise and innovative strengths to offer this new MFA in Interactive Media,” said Alan Ritacco, dean of the School of Design and Technology. “This graduate program reflects Becker’s strong commitment to preparing students for the future of work, and cultivating adaptive learners with Agile Mindsets who can leverage an entrepreneurial outlook and thrive in a world that is increasingly volatile, complex, and ambiguous.”

The MFA program may be completed in two years for students who hold a relevant BS/BA degree. Or, students who enroll in Becker’s undergraduate Game and Interactive Media degree program can earn their bachelor’s and MFA degrees in a total of five years. Courses will begin in the fall of 2018 with limited enrollment.

Assumption to host Christian recording artist Ryan Tremblay

Assumption College will host a free concert open to the public featuring Christian singer-songwriter Ryan Tremblay and his wife, Elizabeth.

The concert is 8 p.m. Friday at the Jeanne Y. Curtis Performance Hall in the new Tsotsis Family Academic Center.

The Tremblays will perform music and share stories of their Catholic experiences and love for the people and sacraments of the Catholic Church. Through love and humor, they will also relay stories about meeting Pope Francis and raising their triplets.

Ryan Tremblay released his first album, “My Life With You,” in August 2010. He is working on his next album, “Trust: An EP For Erica,” a tribute to his late sister who passed in June 2015.

Anna Maria nursing professor selected as Top Female Executive for 2018

Karin Ciance, DNP, assistant professor of Nursing at Anna Maria College, was recently selected for the Top Female Executive Award for 2018 by the International Association of Top Professionals.

Dr. Karin Ciance

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Karin Ciance, DNP

Ciance was also selected by IAOTP as Top Professional of the Year in Community Health Nursing for 2017 for her outstanding leadership and dedication to the field. She will be honored at IAOTP’s 2017 Annual Award Gala at the Ritz Carlton in Battery Park NYC for both distinctions.

Ciance was being recognized for having more than three decades of professional experience in nursing and for her dynamic results-driven leadership on all levels. She started her career as a Staff Nurse, Charge Nurse, Associate Nurse Manager, Nurse Manager, Director of Clinical Services and Director of Urgent Care. She has worked in many different areas in nursing including urgent care, medical/surgical nursing, women’s health, rehabilitation, community health, home health and long-term care.

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