Headlines and Headliners, March 16

Published on Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Read the latest Becker College news round-up.

Top 10 IT Issues, 2017: Foundations for Student Success, EduCause, March 8

Vice President for Information Technology Patty Patria, was quoted about information security, the #1 IT issue, in this article.

Megan Myers Update, VegasHockey.net, March 8

VegasHockey.net, the “undisputed leader in hockey news from Las Vegas,” posted an update on Becker College women’s ice hockey assistant coach Megan Myers, a “Las Vegas star skater.” Myers also plays with the Boston Blades.

Two Minutes With 10 Train Jam Games at GDC 2017, Paste Magazine, March 8

A game developed by three Becker students on a moving train was one of 10 games (out of 86 games created) recognized by longstanding pop culture magazine Paste. Anthony Bockley (Junior; Interactive Media major, Game Arts concentration), Tyler Haddad (Junior; Interactive Media major, Video Game Production and Management concentration), and Rejon Taylor-Foster (Senior; Interactive Media major, Game Development and Programming concentration) made “Hecko the Dolphin,” a spinoff of the classic 90’s Sega game “Echo the Dolphin.”

Becker College president selected to lead UMass Dartmouth, Boston Globe, March 7

Becker College President Robert E. Johnson has been selected as chancellor for the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.   The University of Massachusetts board of trustees approved his nomination on March 7 in a unanimous vote.

The announcement was reported by several outlets including WBUR 90.9 FM, Boston’s NPR station, the Boston Business Journal’s “5 things you need to know” column, The Worcester Telegram & Gazette, MassLive.com, and a quick mention in Commonwealth Magazine.

On March 12, South Coast Today published the editorial, “Our View: Johnson poised to lead UMD into a global future.”

Dr. Johnson’s March 1 visit to the UMass Dartmouth campus was covered in “UMD chancellor finalist Robert E. Johnson: ‘Whatever you’re thinking I want to hear it’,” by the The Taunton Daily Gazette.

The initial selection of Dr. Johnson as one of three finalists for chancellor position was reported by numerous publications, including U.S. News & World Report, MassLive.comThe Boston GlobeThe Worcester Telegram & Gazette and The Lowell Sun.

Movers & Shakers, Worcester Business Journal, March 6

Becker alumna Nina Hazen was promoted to assistant vice president at Commerce Bank in Worcester.

Immigration timely topic, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, March 5

The “College Town” column included news of the March 6 panel, “Refugees And Immigration, Across The Street And Around The World,” held on the Becker College Worcester Campus and presented by the Center for Global Citizenship at Becker. The panel was moderated by WBUR 90.9 FM’s Senior Correspondent Deborah Becker. WBUR, Boston’s NPR station, was the media sponsor for the event. It was also publicized by the Worcester Sun.

How Children Can Learn to Regulate Emotions, Bay State Parent, March 1

In this article, written by Becker MA in Mental Health Counseling student Krystal Caney, parents will learn some best practices to help young children regulate their emotions: physical soothing, distraction, how to “turtle,” and more.

Idea Lab in Worcester seeks to bring more talent and innovation to downtown,  MassLive.com, February 27The Republican

Becker College is mentioned in this article about an experiment to attract talent and innovation to Worcester. Idea Lab is a non-profit organization designed to help bring start-up businesses into the downtown area. As the story notes, Becker College is ideally located to help provide interns for those businesses.

Becker Athletics: Men’s Basketball

Becker Travels to Williams for the First Round of the NCAA Tournament, NECCAthletics.com, February 27

This article highlights plans by the Becker College men’s basketball team to play in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2012. The team was selected to play Williams College in Williamstown on Friday, March 2. Becker qualified for the NCAAs by winning the New England Collegiate Conference tournament.

Becker ultimately fell to Williams in the first round, losing by score of 63-91.

Becker Captures NECC Men’s Basketball Title with a Win at Southern Vt., NECCAthletics.com, February 25

Becker College’s men’s basketball team beat Southern Vermont College to earn the conference title at the New England Collegiate Conference on Saturday, Feb. 25. Becker topped Southern Vermont by a score 79-70 in the Championship game of the NECC Playoffs, which was held at the Mountaineer Athletic Center in Bennington, VT.

ECC Men’s Basketball Championship Rematch is set between No. 1 Southern Vt. and No. 2 Becker, NECCAthletics.com, February 23

The rise of the Becker College Hawks men’s basketball team was well documented by NECC Athletics and a few other sites. This article covers the Hawks’ win over Lesley College.

Black advisory commission formed to help Gov. Charlie Baker, Wicked Local, February 25

Becker College President Robert E. Johnson has been named by Governor Charlie Baker to serve on the Black Advisory Commission. According to the article, commission members will serve four-year terms and meet at least quarterly.  They have been tasked with finding ways to improve the prosperity of the black community.

Other articles about the Black Advisory Commission can be found at the Sentinel & Enterprise, Berkshire Eagle and Boston Orange, as well as many other sites.

Endgame Anthology Publishes the Work of Becker Students, Alumni, and Faculty, Becker.edu, February 24

What would a video game look like if it were translated into a purely narrative form?

This is the premise behind the first volume of the Endgame Anthology, a collection of writing by Becker College students, alumni, and faculty of the Interactive Media Design program, led by Jonathan Rudder, instructor of interactive media and digital media fellow at Becker. Rudder is also an independent publisher. An award-winning fine artist/illustrator, Scott Niemi, associate professor of design at Becker, contributed the book’s cover art. The book is available at the Becker College Bookstores and on Amazon.com.

Worcester’s Commerce Bank has new AVP, Worcester Business Journal, February 24

Shana Hazen, a Becker College graduate, has been named as a new assistant vice president at Commerce Bank.

Pet Rock will move to new digs at Wyman-Gordon in September, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, February 22

The organizers of Pet Rock Fest tip their collective hat to Becker College for hosting the popular event in 2016 and 2015. The event is moving to Wyman-Gordon in North Grafton in September 2017 to accommodate its substantial following. The story was also carried by a number of blogs and hyperlocal news sites.

Low Areas and Oh the Cold, ChicagoWisdomProject.org, February 21

Michael Keating, member of adjunct faculty in Humanities, had two poems published by the Chicago Wisdom Project, a quarterly magazine “that addresses some of the biggest questions in our world today.” Keating has been invited to be a regular contributor.

Angelini connects the dots of Worcester’s community, Worcester Business Journal, February 20

Becker College President Robert E. Johnson is quoted in this article honoring Bowditch & Dewey Chairman Michael P. Angelini for Angelini’s induction in the Worcester Business Journal 2017 Business Leaders Hall of Fame.

How long does it take you to write a book?, The Big Thrill, February 20

Former English literature instructor, Jean Harrington, comments in this article in the magazine of the International Thrill writers. Harrington is the author of the “award winning, tongue-in-cheek Murders by Design Series.”

I’m A Black Professor At A PWI And That Matters, “The Well” on Jopwell.com, February 7

Read “I’m A Black Professor At A PWI And That Matters,” by Dr. Vaughn Calhoun, on “The Well,” by Jopwell.com. Says Dr. Calhoun, “…my greatest hope is that I can serve as a role model and flood my students’ minds and spirits with the encouragement they need to go forward. My greatest fear is that too many voices will discourage and make excuses for them and that they will never recognize their true potential. We can’t let that happen.”

Dr. Calhoun’s article, “The Case For Embracing The Career You Didn’t Plan To Have,” was published on The Well in July 2016. Jopwell helps America’s leading companies connect with and recruit Black, Latino/Hispanic, and Native American professionals and students at scale.

The humble but practical nickel, Coin News

Dr. Fred Liberatore, associate professor of natural sciences, published another article in Coin News, an international numismatic magazine. He follows up a previous article, “Saga of the Small Cents,” about the one cent coin, with this timeline and value commentary on the various designs of the five cent piece.