Headlines & Headliners February 2

Published on Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

This round-up from the Office of Marketing and Strategic Communications strives to keep the Becker Community up-to-date on the latest news around and about the College.

Untimely Loss Becomes National News, January 2017

With great sadness, Becker College announced the passing of men’s hockey student-athlete Gerald Owen, 25, of Chesapeake, Va. on Monday, January 23. The Associated Press picked up the story of Owen’s brave battle with esophageal cancer, and it was carried by dozens of media outlets across the country, including the New York Times and the Washington Post.

A Celebration of Life Ceremony for Owen will be held on Tuesday, February 7, at 6:00 p.m., in Daniels Hall, in the Borger Academic Building on the Leicester Campus.

The Men’s ice hockey team will hold a tribute to Owen at the game on Thursday, February 9, at 7:40 p.m., at the New England Sports Center in Marlborough. The Hawks play New England University.

Hear Dean Julie Bailey talk about Pet Travel Safety on NPR, Radio Pet Lady Network, January 31

Dean of the School of Animal Studies and Natural Sciences, Julie Bailey, DVM, recently spoke on the Radio Pet Lady Network Podcast. Dr. Bailey talks about Animal Studies programs at Becker as well as giving advice on traveling safely with pets. Dr. Bailey’s segment begins at the 20-minute mark.

Top 10 IT Issues, 2017: Foundations for Student Success, EDUCAUSE, January 31

Vice President for Information Technology Patty Patria is a member of the 2016-2017 EDUCAUSE IT Issues Panel, and she is quoted here regarding the human element of information security.

Message from the President: Becker Believes in the Pursuit of Knowledge and Opportunity for All, Becker.edu, January 31

Becker College President Robert E. Johnson, Ph.D., joined many college presidents in voicing support for “the pursuit of knowledge and opportunity for everyone, no matter where they call home,” in the wake of the recent executive order that blocks entry to the United States for refugees and citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries.

Arizona Sen. Flake criticizes government-funded video gaming, NBC 12 – Arizona, January 31, 2017

Upon the annual release of his “Wastebook,” of government spending, Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake received a flurry of tweets supporting video game education and the industry, in Massachusetts as well as Arizona.

The Twitter campaign was organized by the Higher Education Video Game Alliance, in defense of the $583,000 Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration grant to MassDiGI @ Becker College. The purpose of the grant is “to support its ongoing efforts to promote entrepreneurship, academic cooperation and economic development across the state’s video and digital games ecosystem.”

How Sweep it Is: Becker Hoops take all four NECC Weekly Awards, BeckerHawks.com, January 30

For the first time in school history, the Becker College men’s and women’s basketball teams have swept their New England Collegiate Conference weekly awards, the for the week ending Sunday, January 29, 2017.

Samuel Durodola, Men’s Basketball Player of the Week

Antonio White Jr, Men’s Basketball Rookie of the Week

Adrianna Dowdy, Women’s Basketball Player of the Week

Cassidy Harrison, Women’s Basketball Rookie of the Week

Local colleges question accuracy of federal College Scorecard, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, January 29

The Telegram & Gazette takes a look at the government’s College Scorecard. Becker Vice President for Enrollment Management Greg Potts is quoted, and Becker’s Scorecard data is sized up among other local institutions.

“The biggest limitation is you get that data without any context – it’s all based on averages,” Potts says. “The one thing the Scorecard can’t do is measure whether I’m fulfilled with the career I have.”

Why #BankSocial, BankSocialMediaConference.com, January 27

Alumna Carrie Ann Cormier popped up as a speaker at this Miami conference taking place in April. Cormier, who graduated from Becker with a B.S. in business administration, is now retail operations & strategy VP at Avidia Bank.

MA School of Law, Becker College Collaborate on Crime Scene Scenario, Becker.edu, January 26

Over two days during the fall semester, more than 15 law students from the Massachusetts School of Law observed a crime scene and police investigation designed by Becker Professor Bill Castro and about eight of his students at Becker.

Boston Game Dev: Next Class, Women in Games-Boston, January 25

Becker student Christian De La Cruz is on a panel of current students and recent graduates preparing to embark on a career in games who will be speaking at the February Women in Games meet-up in Boston.

Lower Township police promote three to rank of sergeant, Gazette of Cape May, January 24

Becker College criminal justice alumnus Edward Edwards, a 23-year veteran officer, was promoted to the rank of sergeant in the Lower Township (N.J.) Police Department. The story was also carried by the Cape May County Herald.

Movers & Shakers, Worcester Business Journal, January 23

New to Becker College, Executive Director, Leadership Giving Jane Grant was featured among other community business professionals in the Worcester Business Journal.

Professional video game player from Holden looks to cash in, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, January 22

Get a glimpse into the world of eSports—video game competitions for “cash prizes and notoriety.” The Telegram & Gazette covers a local eSports coach and quotes MassDiGI @ Becker College Executive Director Tim Loew.

Worcester Sun announces Worcester Games, Worcester Sun, January 22

MassDiGI @ Becker College and Becker-grown game companies Maximum Crash, Petricore, and Zephyr Workshop are included in the Worcester Sun’s new feature, “Worcester Games.” The new column will feature “Worcester Sun coverage of local video game developers and studios as well as links to games produced in Worcester.”