Headlines & Headliners, May 17

Published on Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Explosion of Deadly Ticks…Infecting People and Pets, EnviroNews.tv, May 15

Dr. Julie Bailey, dean of the School of Animal Studies and Natural Sciences, is quoted extensively in this article, drawing attention to the danger that ticks bring to people and animals. Dr. Bailey is also the Allerton Chair of Animal Science at Becker College. (Please note: this article contains graphic photos of ticks and animals infested with ticks.)

Provo stays strong during transitional times, Worcester Business Journal, May 15

Investment management firm Provo has been named as a Family Business Awards honoree by the Worcester Business Journal.  The company helped implement a 100-percent sustainable endowment at Becker College, where Provo’s president and CEO, Christopher Provo, serves on the board of trustees.

Johnson leaves Becker with bigger endowment, smarter students, Worcester Business Journal, May 15

As former Becker College president Robert E. Johnson moves on, he leaves behind a school that, according to the Worcester Business Journal, “appears to be at the forefront in higher education.”

First master’s students graduate from Becker, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, May 14

This year, four students had the honor of being the first to graduate from Becker College’s first master’s degree program. Rachael Bottone, Shianna Maria Cruz, Theresa L. Caney, and Michael J. Peters Sr. each earned a master of arts in mental health counseling.

Franklin Pierce names Millerick men’s hockey coach, Keene Sentinel, May 12

Becker College alumnus Shaun Millerick has been named head coach of the men’s ice hockey program at Franklin Pierce University.

Military Minded – JROTC, ROTC in schools, Worcester Magazine, May 10

In this feature on local college students participating in the U.S. Army’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC), Becker College student Joe Crespo had positive things to say about his experience attending Becker while serving in ROTC.

Dr. Janardan Kumar Appointed Journal Editor, May 9 (no link available)

The Journal of Clinical Ophthalmology has invited Dr. Janardan Kumar, professor of biochemistry at Becker College, to join its editorial board. Dr. Kumar is an expert in the field of ophthalmology; he has performed research and presented internationally on the subject.

Top NECC Baseball Honors, neccathletics.com, May 9

The NECC’s annual baseball honor recipients include seven Becker College students: Michael Bianco, Niko Bedell, Vaibhav Desai, TJ Sempkowski, Josiah Shepherd, Chris Testa, and Tyler Wagar.

2017 Alpha Chi Inductees and Models of Excellence, Becker.edu, May 9

Becker College recently announced its 2017 inductees into the Alpha Chi honor society, and the Alpha Chi Honor Society Models of Excellence.

As I See It: Worcester is a ‘powerhouse of academic talent’, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, May 9

In an opinion piece published on his last official day in office, former Becker College President Robert E. Johnson reflected on his time living and working in the city of Worcester.

Lesley’s Slaby Hits a Walk-off Grand Slam to Win the NECC Baseball Title, neccathletics.com, May 8

Two Becker College students have been named to the NECC’s all tournament baseball team.

Salute to Nurses 2017, Googply News, May 7

Becker College community health instructor Anne Brown was nominated recently for a salute to nurses. She was lauded for her efforts to reach out to the Worcester community.

Photos: Becker College graduation, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, May 7

Becker College’s 229th commencement was held on May 6. The Worcester Telegram and Gazette posted a number of photos from the event on its website.

Top game design programs for 2017, College Explorations, May 6

The online College Explorations included The Princeton Review’s list of undergraduate schools with top programs for studying or launching a career in game design, including Becker College.

Al Southwick: Our city – educational dynamo, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, May 4

Becker College’s video game program is mentioned in an opinion piece by Al Southwick, who noted that Worcester, which was once a big mill town, has been transformed into a vibrant educational center.

2017 Chi Alpha Sigma Inductees, Becker.edu, May 4

Becker College recently announced its 2017 inductees into Chi Alpha Sigma, the National College Athlete Honor Society. Junior and senior student-athletes who maintained a 3.4-4.0 GPA and earned a letter in their sport were honored.

Dr. Debra Pallatto-Fontaine Received Outstanding Educator Award, May 1 (no link available)

Dr. Debra Pallatto-Fontaine was selected you to receive the Outstanding Educator award from the Education Department at Eastern Connecticut State University. The award was presented at the 4th Annual Education Awards Ceremony on April 22, 2017. Dr. Pallatto-Fontaine, executive director of global initiatives at Becker, is an alumna of at Eastern Connecticut State University.

Professor Kevin Woods Shares Expertise, May 1 (no link available)

Kevin Woods, professor of criminal justice at Becker, accepted an invitation from Cognella Publishing (CA) to participate in a proposal review of Police Community Relations: A Conflict Management Approach by Patrick J. Solar. Prof. Woods is an expert in policing, having served more than 30 years with the Millbury (MA) Police Department. In addition, Prof. Woods serves as a peer reviewer for the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime. Prof. Woods is a graduate of the National Victim Assistance Academy (NVAA), U.S. Department of Justice.

Edge at Union Station bringing together students from different colleges under one roof, masslive.com, May 1

Some Worcester apartment complexes are focusing on students, including those at Becker College. For example, at Edge at Union Station leases are available per bed, instead of per apartment, so that students living together don’t have to share the same lease.

Four Teams Represented in NECC Men’s Lacrosse Major Honors, neccathletics.com, May 1

Becker College senior Blake Boutiette was named 2017 NECC Player of the Year.  He had a strong season for the Hawks who lost to Daniel Webster in the conference semifinals.