NoteWorthy – 2/17/19
AROUND THE VALLEY
Notre Dame Cristo Rey High School Senior Students Honored at Celebration of Excellence
On Friday, Feb. 8, Catholic Schools Foundation (CSF) Scholars from Notre Dame Cristo Rey High School were honored at a breakfast hosted by Cardinal Séan O’Malley, Peter Lynch and John Farina of PwC and CSF. The Celebration of Excellence was held in the Atrium of PwC’s Boston office in the Seaport.
Notre Dame Cristo Rey High School is one of 27 Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of Boston supported by CSF. Many supporters of CSF attended the breakfast to honor the scholars and celebrate their success.
Greater Lowell Community Foundation Grant Supports Science and Engineering Fair
Greater Lowell Community Foundation (GLCF) has awarded a $1,000 grant to support the 6th annual Science and Engineering Fair for Lowell Public Schools.
“We want to encourage a passion for science and engineering among students in our community. By supporting these important learning opportunities, the Foundation seeks to further strengthen our community and support students,” said GLCF President and CEO Jay Linnehan.
The annual Lowell Public Schools Science and Engineering Fair was recently held at Lowell High School, with students from all nine middle schools, Freshman Academy and Lowell High School presenting projects they have been working on as part of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Club.
UMass Lowell Earns National Honor for Advancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) honored UMass Lowell on Feb. 13 for its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in STEM and furthering positive change in the institution’s relevant policies and practice.
UMass Lowell, along with Boston University and the University of California, Davis, were recognized by the association’s STEM Equity Achievement (SEA) Change initiative at the AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. These are the first awards given by the SEA Change initiative at AAAS, which launched in 2018 to encourage institutional transformation in support of diversity and inclusion by ensuring that the full range of talent can be recruited, retained and advanced in science, technology, engineering, medicine and mathematics.
The recipients of the SEA Change Bronze Award met the following criteria: conducted a self-assessment using SEA Change principles; identified barriers preventing inclusion and equity in STEM across institutions and departments; developed an action plan to address the barriers identified; and committed to regular review and assessment – by an independent panel of experts – of the action plan and progress made.
UMass Lowell was recognized for making development of a more inclusive culture a focus of the institution’s strategic plan and the use of multiple methods to assess institutional culture in ways that inform their action plan.
MOVERS & SHAKERS
Alexandra Nova has been hired to the position of deputy director of the Lawrence Partnership. As a first generation immigrant raised in Lawrence, she brings a unique perspective of the opportunities present in the community. A graduate of Lawrence High School, Nova returned to the city after attending college out-of-state and lived, was married and worked in Lawrence before her career took her to Boston in 2006. Similar to the various stakeholders involved with the Lawrence Partnership’s network, Nova’s experience and career have tracked through multiple industries and sectors, with roles at Phillips Academy, State Street Corporation and Eastern Bank, where she had the opportunity to work with some of the state’s leading corporations. Beyond her corporate experience, she has also overseen programming to support teen parents at Family Services, Inc. and researched, developed and coordinated social, educational and recreational services for families at Fidelity House, Inc., both in Lawrence.
Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union‘s ninth annual We Share A Common Thread Foundation Fundraiser, which will be held at Lenzi’s from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. The night will be filled with music, games, basket raffles, a silent auction, door prizes and much more. Dracut, Mass. | WeShareACommonThread.org
February 24 – March 10
The 2018 Wild Rover Series features three different Merrimack Valley races: the Frozen Shamrock 3-Mile Road Race on Feb. 24; the Claddagh Pub 4-Mile Classic Road Race on Mar. 3; and the Dudley’s Wild Clover 5-Mile Road Race on Mar. 10. Haverhill, Lawrence and Lowell, Mass. | RunTheWildRover.com
The 19th Annual Fitness for a Cure, presented by Flexecution, Inc., returns to the Lowell Memorial Auditorium to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Funds raised help ensure that families of patients at St. Jude never receive a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food. Lowell, Mass. | FitnessForACure.com
March 16 – 17
Nashoba Learning Group‘s 20th Annual Full Court Charity Challenge will take place from 9:15 a.m. to 7:15 p.m. at the Boston University Fitness and Recreation Center. This full day of basketball supports the organization’s mission to provide help for those with autism. Boston, Mass. | NashobaLearningGroup.org
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