Becker in the News – Fall 2007

Published on Thursday, November 29th, 2007

In a November 19 Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise article on high school interns, a student, interning at the National Education for Assistance Dog Service Foundation in Princeton, Mass. named Becker as the college she planned to attend, to major in animal care.

It was announced in the November 19 Worcester Telegram & Gazette that Becker alumna Lisa M. Holmgren was  named director of the Pulmonary Care Unit at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester.

Becker’s armed campus police force was identified in several recent Worcester Telegram & Gazette articles covering the debate to arm campus police at Worcester State College.

Becker was mentioned in a November 2 Worcester Telegram & Gazette article as a participating college in "The Worcester Promise." The program, suggested by City Councilor-at-Large Dennis L. Irish, would make need-blind scholarships available to any Worcester resident accepted at a participating college.

It was announced in the October 31 Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise and in the November 5 Worcester Telegram & Gazette that Becker alumna Lisa Gurevich was appointed branch manager at Leominster Credit Union’s location at 1316 Main St. in Leominster, Mass. The Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise later did a feature story on Ms. Gurevich, a native of Belarus.

On October 31, Worcester Telegram & Gazette’s food editor, Barbara Houle, mentioned Sodexho Dining Services at Becker College as a participant in the Girl Scout of Montachusett Council’s Girl Scout cookie extravaganza, Fork it Over. Becker/Sodexho chef Tonya Shiner came in fourth in the recipe competition, held on November 7, with her white chocolate raspberry tart.

Becker moved up to number two on Worcester Business Journal’s October 29 list of Top Growth Nonprofits. With over 50% revenue growth over the last three years, Becker is second to Summit ElderCare in Worcester (91.7%). Worcester State College, College of the Holy Cross, and Assumption College came in at six, seven, and eight respectively.

The Worcester Telegram & Gazette covered the Worcester Regional Research Bureau’s forum on school autonomy, held at Becker on October 26.

The October 25 Worcester Telegram & Gazette covered a debate which featured Mayor Konstantina B. Lukes and challenger William S. Coleman III in the race for mayor, and District 4 incumbent Councilor Barbara G. Haller and her challenger, Lynne H. Simonds. The debate was jointly sponsored by Centro Las Americas, the Martin Luther King, Jr Business Empowerment Center, the Access Strategies Fund, and Becker College. The debate, also held at the Boutin Student Ceter at Becker, was also mentioned in an October 11 Telegram & Gazette article about Mr. Coleman.

Floyd F. Barney was a basketball standout when he earned an associate’s degree at Becker College in 1941 and went on to Springfield College on a basketball scholarship. Mr. Barney, a beloved former athletic director and principal at Lunenburg High School, was remembered in the October 12 edition of the Fitchburg Sentinal & Enterprise. The article reported that the 86-year old passed away on  Oct. 4, "just days before he was set to be inducted as a member of the LHS Athletic Hall of Fame’s inaugural class." Mr. Barney’s obituary ran in the October 8 edition of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.

On October 19 the Worcester Telegram & Gazette reported on Becker alumna and trustee and Southwest Airline President Colleen C. Barrett’s speech to the Worcester Economic Club. Her appearance was announced in the September 14 issue.

The October 7 Worcester Telegram & Gazette covered the first ever horse show hosted by Becker College at its equestrian center in Paxton, Mass. Becker hosted the first competition of the season of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association, Zone I, Region III. The Becker equestrian team finished the show tied for second place with the University of Massachusetts at Amherst team.

On September 25, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette reported on the interesting hobby of Stephen A. Lake of Las Vegas. Mr. Lake, whose hobby is visiting college campuses, visited Becker and a number of other local colleges on September 21.

Becker earned the unfortunate distinction of landing on the Greensboro, N.C. based News & Record’s list of colleges with football losing streaks. Our company includes Hiram College (Ohio), alma mater of 20th president James A. Garfield; and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Jesse Jackson’s alma mater.

Becker is among the participants in the United Way of Cental Massachusetts’ Day of Caring in a September 19 Worcester Telegram & Gazette article.

Becker was out in front of area colleges holding National Constitution Day events. In a September 17 Worcester Telegram & Gazette article, Becker had already held a panel discussion on "The Constitution and Social Issues," on September 12. Faculty were encouraged to incorporate Constitution-related discussions in their September classes.

The August 29 Worcester Telegram & Gazette introduced readers to "Fun Finds" at area college bookstores. The popular Becker College fitted baseball cap was a featured item.

Worceste would be "transformed" by the return of 30,000 college students to the area, reported the August 27 Worcester Telegram & Gazette. Fall 2007 changes at local colleges included the distribution of laptops to Becker’s incoming class freshmen and new students, which increased for the fourth year, who are pursuing an traditional two- or four-year degree. President Ken Zirkle commented on Becker’s recent technological upgrades, including wireless access on campus. 

Becker College professor of psycholgy Dr. Kerri Augusto was quoted in an August 26 Worcester Telegram & Gazette article covering the rash of recalls of toys made in China. Dr. Augusto advised parents to quietly remove recalled toys if children do not often play with them. In the case of a favorite toy, she said, it may be necessary to tell the child the toy is unsafe because it is broken. 

Becker President Ken Zirkle was quoted in an August 22 Worcester Telegram & Gazette article on college students’ rising financial need and methods emplyed by various institutions to meet their need. Dr. Zirkle commented on the work he is leading at Becker to expand financial aid for students, from acceptance to graduation.

John Dowd was featured in an August 12 article, honoring his retirement from the Worcester Police Department after 42 years of Service. Officer Dowd graduated from Leicester Junior College, now the Leicester campus of Becker College, in 1963.