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Color in Motion Run hosted at AC

On September 28, Peers Advocating Wellness for Students, in collaboration with Campus Activity Board and Campus Recreation, hosted Assumption College’s third annual Color in Motion Run. The original Color Run in March 2011 was described as the “happiest 5k on the Planet.” Runners wear white and are doused with color throughout their run. The event ends with the Finish Festival, which includes dancing and clouds of color.

The Color Run promotes living a healthy lifestyle and improving wellness.

“To advocate for the wellness of the [Assumption] campus,” said Ethel McGinn, a senior and President of PAWS, of the run’s purpose.

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New Pierre mascot unveiled

Crowds of Assumption students, faculty, staff, alumni and parents gathered at the Multi-Sports Stadium to witness the unveiling of the new Pierre mascot on Saturday, September 27 at 1 p.m. on what seemed to be a sunny and cheerful occasion.

The unveiling was during half-time of the homecoming football game, where the Hounds football team played against the Long Island University Post Pioneers.

Audience members waited with anticipation the unveiling of Pierre.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the new Pierre,” said junior Chanell Cartagena. “I think this is going to bring a new face and energy to the Assumption spirit for the Greyhounds.”

The opportunity for a new and improved mascot was seen as a great effort by the Student Government Association and Athletics.

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Professor and administrators honored with Presidential Awards

Assumption College would not be the same without its faculty, staff and administration. That is why the annual Presidential Awards serve as a way to recognize the commendable work of the College’s different constituencies.

The annual Fall Convocation was held on Friday, September 12, where the Presidential Awards were given to faculty, staff and administrators who have demonstrated excellence in teaching and service.

The recipient of the Michael O’Shea Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching was Dr. Kimberly A. Schandel, associate professor of biology and chemistry and chairperson of the Department of Natural Sciences.

Schandel is a distinguished senior faculty member whose teaching at Assumption has left a positive mark on her students.

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Family, friends and faculty commemorate Erin Rodriques '12

Family and friends of the Assumption community felt warmth and peace as they gathered to dedicate a memorial garden to Erin Rodriques, class of 2012, who passed away last December in a car accident.

Rodriques was a Norton, Mass. native and graduate student in Assumption’s Rehabilitation Counseling Program. In addition to her graduate studies, she was a former administrative assistant in Assumption’s Graduate Admissions office and had recently accepted a job at The Bridge of Central Massachusetts in Worcester as a Treatment Coordinator.

On Sunday, September 14, after the 10 a.m. dedication Mass was held in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit, Rodriques’ family and friends, along with many members of the Assumption community gathered behind the Switzer Building, where the garden is located.
After an introductory prayer by Father Vo Tran Gia Dinh, those gathered were addressed by Assumption President Francesco Cesareo.

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Allison Meyer chosen as a National Endowment for the Humanities scholar

Dr. Allison Meyer, assistant professor of English, recently received national recognition by being chosen as a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Scholar. She was selected from a group of scholars nationwide to participate in this seminar.

Meyer will be participating in one of 30 different seminars aimed for educators at the college and university level. The seminar is called “Tudor Books and Readers: 1485-1603” and will run from June 23 until July 26 for a total of five weeks. Its project directors are Dr. John N. King from Ohio State University and Dr. Mark Rankin from James Madison University.

Applicants from this program include distinguished college and university teachers specializing in art history, women’s studies, religious studies, communication studies and literacy studies. Ph.D. candidates recommended by their dissertation advisor are also able to participate in the seminar.

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Colleen Ritzer Remembrance Walk unites AC community

On April 27, Assumption College hosted the Colleen Ritzer Remembrance Walk. The day included a memorial Mass, a tree dedication and a walk with Ritzer’s family, friends and the Assumption Community around the campus.
Registration for the walk was $25 for the general public, $20 for alumni, $10 for those who are under 18 and $5 for current Assumption College students. The proceeds from the registration and the offertory during Mass went to the Colleen Ritzer Memorial Scholarship Fund.

“This morning’s Mass begins a day of tribute to honor the memory of the late Colleen Ritzer, Assumption College class of 2011,” said President Francesco Cesareo. “Everyone is invited to participate in these events during which the College will remember our alumna who lost her life last October, yet continues to inspire many.”

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Nine-alarm blaze in Back Bay costs two Boston firefighters their lives

On March 26, a nine-alarm fire occurred at 296 Beacon St. in Back Bay Boston, killing two firefighters who were among the first responders. About 18 people, both civilians and firefighters, were injured. The Boston Fire Department spokesman said that due to the size of the blaze, over 20 fire trucks and 150 firefighters were sent to the scene in response.

“The fire escalated very quickly,” Deputy Fire Chief Joseph Finn said to members of the press who gathered at a press conference on the evening of March 26. “In 30 years, I’ve never seen a fire travel that fast, escalate that quickly, and cause such havoc.”

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Congressman Jim McGovern speaks at Assumption

On Monday, March 31 at 2:30 p.m. in La Maison Française Salon, U.S. Congressman Jim McGovern visited Assumption College to deliver a speech regarding hunger awareness in Worcester, Mass.

The “Hounds Talk Hunger: A Conversation with Congressman Jim McGovern” was hosted by the Speech class taught by Professor of English Dr. Lucia Knoles.

Students, faculty and administrators across the board attended the event.

Junior Kyle Gallivan, leader of the hosting committee, kicked off the event by challenging the audience to make a difference in their respective communities.

“I would like to challenge each and every one of you to make a difference in your community,” said Gallivan. “Be aware of the issue of hunger and the humanity of people who are hungry.”

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Students voice concerns at SGA's annual Student Forum

On Sunday, March 23, the Student Government Association held its second annual Student Forum, a meeting closed to faculty and staff. At 8 p.m., the doors were opened to the student body in order to create an open dialogue where concerns and opinions could be voiced freely.

The meeting began with an introduction from Senate Speaker Brian Dixon who explained the format of the night. The forum was divided into three different sections—campus life, finances and academics—and students were encouraged to speak up when their section of interest came.

Student Body President Nicolas Guerra then took the microphone and encouraged the audience to be as honest as possible, letting them know that their identities would remain anonymous on the recording of the meeting.

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President Cesareo's contract renwed for another five years

On Monday, March 17, an email from Frederick L. Bayon, chairman of the Board of Trustees, announced that President Francesco Cesareo’s contract has been extended for an additional five years, beginning on July 1, 2015. Cesareo will continue as the College’s president until 2020, as was decided by a unanimous board vote.

“We recognize President Cesareo’s unwavering commitment to the mission of Assumption College and his untiring focus on enhancing the quality and excellence of Assumption’s academic programs,” said Bayon in his announcement. “During these challenging times for higher education, President Cesareo has demonstrated steady and responsible leadership, always keeping the best interest of the students at the forefront.”

Cesareo arrived at the College in the summer of 2007, and since arriving, has played a part in the development of the Tagaste and SOPHIA programs, as well as the Rome Campus.

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