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NECC spotlights Women’s Lacrosse Senior Class

Published on: April 7, 2020

The New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) recognized the Becker College women’s lacrosse team senior class this week.   This group was integral in the greatest single-season turnaround in NCAA history, improving from 1-13 in 2018 to 13-2 in 2019, reaching the finals of the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Championship Tournament.

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Becker wins Overwatch Invitational Tournament

Published on: April 6, 2020

Becker College’s Varsity Esports has won the spring Overwatch Invitational Tournament, which was held online on Sunday, April 5. In addition to Becker, the teams that competed in the event included the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Murray State University, and Emerson College.

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Becker creates OutReach program for students

Published on: April 3, 2020

Becker College is launching OutReach for home-bound high school students. This, free, fun, online program offers weekly livestreamed, faculty-led programs on game design, interactive media, business, and esports.

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Nursing association recognizes Assistant Dean Litchfield

Published on: April 3, 2020

Becker College Assistant Dean Jennifer Litchfield is the focus of an article posted by the National Student Nurses’ Association.  She joined the association while attending Becker College, and now serves her alma mater as the assistant dean and chief nurse administrator for the College’s School of Nursing & Health Sciences.

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Becker professor pens definitive esports book

Published on: April 1, 2020

William Collis, adjunct faculty in Becker College’s School of Design & Technology, has written the first definitive text on esports. “The Book of Esports” provides a comprehensive history of esports and an overview of the modern competitive gaming ecosystem, and introduces explanatory frameworks that predict how the industry will evolve.

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Natasha Pacheco – Taking Flight with the Hawks Rookie

Published on: April 1, 2020

Becker College freshman Natasha Pacheco has won both the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) and Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Rookie of the Year awards. She is the first Hawk ever to be so recognized with both accolades, and just the third Hawk ever to be named the top rookie in the NECC.  

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Becker College Joins #PlayApartTogether Effort

Published on: March 31, 2020

Becker College is supporting #PlayApartTogether, an initiative recently launched by The World Health Organization and the global game industry to help slow the spread of COVID-19. The College is supporting #PlayApartTogether with several of its own initiatives including an upcoming series of free, fun, and educational virtual events.

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Becker recognized for helping transfer students succeed

Published on: March 30, 2020

Becker College has been named to Phi Theta Kappa’s 2020 Transfer Honor Roll for its efforts to help transfer students succeed. The honor is awarded to the top 25 percent of colleges who earned the organization’s highest Transfer Friendliness Ratings.

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Becker students help create free educational game

Published on: March 26, 2020

An educational game, designed with the help of Becker College students and faculty, is being offered free of charge to children.  “Building the Universe” is one of the games that East Hartford-based TheBeamer LLC is offering online for free while schools are closed in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Becker College student recognized for research

Published on: March 25, 2020

Becker College senior Rebecca Fleiner was recently recognized in a national publication. Fleiner is pursuing a B.S. in biology as well as a B.A. in psychology with a pre-med concentration. She recently received an official acknowledgement in the journal “NeuroToxicology” for her research work in support of an article on “Brainstem Atrophy in Gulf War Illness.”

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Becker’s Game Design program now #2 in the world

Published on: March 25, 2020

Becker College continues to be a powerhouse in game design education, moving up a spot in this year’s Princeton Review’s rankings to #2 in the world. In addition, Becker College’s Master of Fine Arts in Interactive Media moved up to #10 in the world in the Princeton Review’s graduate school rankings.

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Becker College ranked #1 by College Magazine

Published on: March 22, 2020

Becker College has been recognized by College Magazine as the top school in the U.S. for those who want to pursue a career in the field of gaming.   The publication is a national daily guide to campus life written by students for students. In its “10 Best Schools for Gamers,” College Magazine ranked Becker College as their top choice. 

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MassDiGI hosting DevConnect for gaming students

Published on: March 18, 2020

The Massachusetts Digital Game Institute (MassDiGI) at Becker College has come up with a way to help students and recent graduates get professional feedback and make connections in the gaming industry. It’s called DevConnect.

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Becker is showcasing students, alumni at PAX East

Published on: February 28, 2020

Becker College is showcasing student and alumni talent at PAX East 2020, which runs through Sunday, March 1, at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, 415 Summer Street, Boston, MA. This year, the theme for the Becker College booth (#8048) is “Realize Full Potential, Exceed Every Expectation, Defy All Boundaries.”

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Becker’s positive social impact highlighted in case study, news article

Published on: February 25, 2020

Becker College’s social impact investment strategy is highlighted in a case study by the Intentional Endowments Network, and was featured in a story about the report by the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.  

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Women in Games Club holds portfolio event

Published on: February 20, 2020

Becker College’s new Women in Games Club recently held a portfolio review event where more than 40 students had their portfolios reviewed by staff from WB Games, MassDiGI, and Petricore, Inc.

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Becker College ranked #1 by Nursing Schools Almanac

Published on: February 19, 2020

Becker College’s associate’s degree in nursing program has been ranked as the top program in Massachusetts by Nursing Schools Almanac.

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Becker students’ art being shown at ArtsWorcester College Show

Published on: February 17, 2020

Artwork by eight Becker College students is being featured in the Sixteenth Annual ArtsWorcester College Show, which runs through March 7. The exhibit is on view in ArtsWorcester’s East and West Galleries, at 44 Portland St, in Worcester.  It is free and open to the public.

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Rockstar New England visits Becker College

Published on: February 12, 2020

Representatives from Rockstar New England recently came to Becker College to speak to nearly a hundred Interactive Media Design students about what it’s like to work at one of Massachusetts’ premier game development studios. 

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Becker team takes grand prize in MassDiGI Game Challenge

Published on: February 11, 2020

A team of Becker College students has won the grand prize in the MassDiGI Game Challenge pitch contest with their game, Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion. The game will be released later this year.

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Becker receives Reliant Foundation grant for Mental Health Counseling program

Published on: January 27, 2020

Becker College has been awarded a $30,000 grant from the Reliant Foundation to fund a Mental Health Career Pipeline Scholarship for students enrolled in the College’s Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling. The grant will help address the shortage of mental health professionals in the Greater Worcester area by supporting students in the program.   

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Becker’s registered nursing program ranked #1

Published on: January 12, 2020

Becker College’s Registered Nursing Program has been ranked #1 out of 50 nursing schools in Massachusetts by Nursingprocess.org. Ranking factors investigate four broad areas: academic quality, NCLEX-RN exam performance, affordability, and the overall reputation of the school, with academic quality and NCLEX-RN first-time pass rate given the maximum weight as indicators of the College’s performance record. 

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Becker esports team highlighted

Published on: January 10, 2020

Becker College’s varsity Overwatch team took center stage in a recently-published Experience Magazine story about esports.

The story, “Forget football. Video games are the next big college sport,” opens from the perspective of Becker’s Overwatch coach, Nick “Shifty” Travis, giving a pep talk to the members of College’s varsity team before a match, and expands to discuss the growth and mainstream acceptance of esports.

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Becker student’s research to be shown at conference

Published on: November 19, 2019

Christina Gomez, a senior biology major at Becker College, is having a portion of her research project presented at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students in Anaheim, CA.

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Becker Athletics Announces Hall of Fame Class of 2019

Published on: November 14, 2019

The Becker College Department of Athletics in conjunction with the Hall of Fame Committee has announced the Hall of Fame Class of 2019. Six individuals and one team will be inducted into the College’s Hall of Fame on December 14 at 4:00 p.m. in the Fuller Campus Center, on Becker College’s Leicester Campus.

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Dual degree options offer new paths to success

Published on: November 7, 2019

Becker College junior Jennifer Girardin found a way to pursue her ideal career path by combining two majors—through the College’s unique dual degree option.

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Becker wins inaugural Overwatch Invitational Tournament

Published on: November 6, 2019

Becker College’s Varsity Esports Overwatch team won the College’s inaugural Overwatch Invitational Tournament. Teams competing included the University of Mississippi, Murray State University, and New England College, with Becker College competing and serving as the host institution.

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Fall Fair held in Becker’s Gardens & Greenway

Published on: November 4, 2019

Becker College’s FFA Chapter recently hosted a Fall Fair on the College’s new Gardens & Greenway, at 69 Sever Street on the Worcester Campus.

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Summer game camps at Becker

Published on: April 3, 2020

This summer Becker College is offering several game camp programs, to help middle and high school students learn more about the gaming industry.

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Overwatch Invitational Tournament set for April 5

Published on: April 2, 2020

Becker College’s Varsity Esports Program is excited to announce that its spring Overwatch Invitational Tournament will take place on Sunday, April 5. In addition to Becker, the teams competing online will include the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Murray State University, and Emerson College.

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Becker welcomes Celtics CLTX team at PAX East Saturday

Published on: February 28, 2020

Three Pro NBA2K players from the Boston Celtics CLTX team and their coach will be at the Becker College’s booth (#8048) at PAX East tomorrow, Saturday, starting at 1 p.m., to play NBA2K 1v1 with fans.   Celtics CLTX team members oFAB, Bully2K, EasyMoneyLOE, and coach Ricco Phinisee, will be at the Becker College PAX Booth until about 4 p.m.  In addition to playing NBA2K, they will be sharing tips and tricks with visitors and expect to have great conversations.

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CEX to feature Becker students, faculty, and staff

Published on: February 24, 2020

This year’s College Esports Expo (CEX) will have a strong Becker College presence, including several students who are serving in leadership roles, and members of the College’s faculty who will be panel speakers. Alan Ritacco, Ph.D., dean of the College’s School of Design & Technology, is the honorary chair. He will open the event and will also be moderating several panels.

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The hidden truths about pandemics

Published on: February 20, 2020

Join Becker College professors Sharon Dipasquale and Ales Jug on March 2, at 5:30 p.m. for a discussion about “The hidden truths about pandemics: How response to infectious disease determines socioeconomic impacts.” The event will be held in the Barrett Center, 80 William St., on Becker College’s Worcester campus. The lecture is part of the Franklin M. Loew Lecture Series at Becker College.  It is free and open to everyone. 

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