NoteWorthy – 10/1/17
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AROUND THE VALLEY
UMass Lowell Kicks Off Alumni Showcase Series
UMass Lowell’s Alumni Showcase Series kicked off on Monday, Sept. 25, with graduate Maura Walsh, a former Gulf Coast hospital executive who shared her experiences in leading an emergency response team during events including hurricanes that hit the Houston area, the same region devastated recently by Hurricane Harvey. The event offered students, faculty and staff valuable insight into the leadership skills and training essential to responding to a crisis.
Shown with Walsh, left, are Shortie McKinney, dean of the Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences, which presented the program, and Karen Devereaux Melillo, interim dean of UMass Lowell’s School of Nursing and director of the Center for Gerontology Research and Partnerships.
Eastern Bank Donation Helps Fund Program for Immigrants with College Degrees
Thanks to a $10,000 grant from the Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation, Northern Essex Community College will offer a 3-month program titled “English for Skilled Immigrants” designed for English Language Learners who hold college degrees from their home countries but lack the language and literacy skills to work here in their chosen careers.
The program, which will begin in the spring, will be offered through Northern Essex’s Center for Adult Education Programs and Preparation at the Riverwalk campus in Lawrence at 360 Merrimack St.
Cathy McLaurin Receives 2017 Artist Advancement Grant
Cathy McLaurin, gallery director of the Essex Art Center in Lawrence, was selected to receive the 2017 Piscataqua Region Artist Advancement Grant from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. McLaurin admits that, although she doesn’t usually get emotional about this sort of thing, she was brought to tears by the phone call announcing her selection.
“It’s this incredible validation of all this work that we’re doing,” she said. “People have decided that they believe in what you are doing, and it needs to be done, and they want to invest in it.”
McLaurin intends to use the funds from the grant to create a museum to house 17 paintings left to the Rev. William Wolcott by his brother back in the 1800s. The bequeath came with the stipulation that the paintings be loaned to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston to be exhibited there until such time as a museum was built in Lawrence — a museum that has yet to be built, and that McLaurin hopes to finally make a reality.
Wingate Street Block Party Highlights Area Businesses
On Thursday, Sept. 21, the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce welcomed chamber and community members to the Wingate Street Block Party. While the streets remained opened to traffic, those attending strolled through the historic neighborhood, venturing into thirteen participating businesses as part of a scavenger hunt.
The event highlighted these businesses, who by opening their doors to attendees, introduced this thriving, creative neighborhood to many potential new customers.
“Thank you, Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce, for a fun Block Party on Wingate Street! After ten years, I still had people just discovering my shop,” said Pat Bruno, owner of Positive Images Gallery.
Three Northern Essex Employees Honored for Work
Three Northern Essex Community College employees Vengerflutta Smith of Nashua, N.H., Philip Wysocki of Haverhill, and Donna Evers of Derry, N.H., recently received the quarterly employee recognition award for the third quarter of 2017. The Employee Recognition Award recognizes the many and varied contributions of the college’s nearly 700 employees. Employees are selected each quarter based on recommendations from supervisors and co-workers. Recipients receive a $150 certificate to the restaurant or mall of his or her choice.
Smith, an enrollment counselor in NECC’s admission office, received two nominations for the award. Kim Burns, dean of academic innovations and interim dean of professional development, praised her for her bringing “unequaled energy and enthusiasm to all her endeavors at the college … she is one of NECC’s best cheerleaders.” She helped create the vision for the Culture and Inclusion Learning Community and has been a critical member of the planning committee. Her experience with the new competency-based education initiative has also been tapped.
Wysocki, a network administrator, has worked at NECC for more than 10 years. He was nominated by Ricardo “Danny” Rivera, assistant director of information technology, who lauded him for “working above and beyond his duties. … Phil has been repairing broken network wires and reorganizing the network closets in the Spurk building, in the process saving the college thousands. … He always puts students and faculty first.”
Evers has worked at Northern Essex for more than 20 years primarily as an administrative assistant in the Division of Health Professions. She was nominated by Mary Farrell, NECC’s dean of allied health professions, who, among other things, credited her with providing “significant support to the nursing program through preparation of reports, data collection and formatting many documents required by accrediting agencies.”
MOVERS & SHAKERS
Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union’s Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Susan J. Hannigan, is excited to join the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Depository Institutions Expert Panel (DIEP). The DIEP brings together individuals with extensive backgrounds in the depository institution industry to discuss important issues in regard to financial and business reporting, auditing and attest matters. Hannigan has served as the Credit Union’s Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since July 2014, overseeing finance and accounting, risk management, compliance and corporate security. She provides organizational leadership and direction, and formulates corporate strategies and policies. Prior to joining the Credit Union she had over thirty years’ experience at Wolf & Company, P.C., a regional public accounting firm in Boston.
Help beat poverty “one step at a time” at Lazarus House‘s Hike for Hope 2017, which will begin at 1 p.m. at The Park on Bartlet Street. Participation and fundraising efforts will provide life-saving basic services to people in crisis through the Lawrence-based organization. Andover, Mass. | LazarusHouse.com
CLASS, Inc‘s 25th Annual Barry Faye Memorial Golf Tournament will be held at the Andover Country Club. Registration includes 18 holes of golf, a gift, carts, lunch and dinner, awards and live auction. Funds raised support day programs, vocational training and employment, and community inclusion for adults with disabilities. Lawrence, Mass. | CLASSIncGolf.org
The MSPCA at Nevins Farm, in alliance with Blackdog Builders, will hold the 16th annual “Cause for the Paws” Golf Tournament at Campbell’s Scottish Highlands. Guests will have the opportunity to win prizes and raffles, enjoy a fantastic dinner and, of course, play golf — all while raising money for the MSPCA’s animals. Salem, N.H. | MSPCA.org
The Greater Lowell Community Foundation will hold their annual fundraising gala, Celebrate Giving, at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Lowell, Mass. | GLCFoundation.org
31st Annual Bobby Bell 5-Mile Road Race/Walk will kick off at The Lasting Room. Walkers get a headstart at 10:30 a.m., while runners begin at 11 a.m. A huge buffet celebration will follow the race featuring a DJ, raffle prizes and more. Haverhill, Mass. | YankeeTiming.com/BBell
The North Andover Women’s Club will present a Fashion Passion Show. A cocktail hour will precede the walking of the models, who will be wearing a number of popular brands including Chico’s, Izzy’s and Jos. A Bank. North Andover, Mass. | Facebook.com/NorthAndoverWomansClub
Greater Lawrence Family Health Center‘s In Pink Brunch & Fashion Show will take place at Andover Country Club from 11 to 2 p.m. In addition to the show, guests will be able to enjoy live and silent auctions, a raffle and speeches from local women. Proceeds will go toward women’s health care initiatives at GLFHC. Andover, Mass. | GLFHC.org
The Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence will hold their annual Take Action Walkathon. The two-mile walk along the Merrimack River begins and ends at BGCL, followed by family activities including music, face painting, and games. Lawrence, Mass. | LawrenceBGC.com
The Women Working Wonders Fund will hold an expanded version of its signature event, titled Power of the Purse Plus, at UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center from 6 to 9 p.m. The goal of the event is to raise funds to support local organizations benefiting women. Attendees will experience the ultimate “girls’ night out” filled with purses, fashion, specialty cocktails and raffles. Lowell, Mass. | Facebook.com
The YWCA Haverhill’s major fundraising event, the 28th Annual Tribute to Women, will be held at DiBurro’s from noon to 2 p.m. and will honor 20 women who are role models and make exceptional contributions to the Greater Haverhill community. Haverhill, Mass. | Facebook.com
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