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Booking it

Treasures held by Worcester Polytechnic Institute will be preserved with help from the IMLS Connecting to Collections Bookshelf, a core set of conservation books and online resources donated by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

"We are both fortunate and greatly challenged by the diversity of materials in our care at the George C. Gordon Library," said Tracey Leger-Hornby, assistant vice president for library services.

"Each of these groups of materials - manuscripts, rare books, art on paper, film, photographs, metalwork, technology, and digital media - presents its own unique preservation challenges," she said. "The Bookshelf will provide a welcome and much needed resource for information on the care and handling of these diverse media, which is somewhat outside the scope of typical library collections."

WPI's institutional archives include the Fellman-Charles Dickens collection, Theo Brown Diaries, The Woodbury Collection - fine bird's-eye-view ink and gouache drawings up to 6 feet long of Worcester-area factories from the 19th and early 20th centuries. The university's Special Collections Office recently received a large gift of metal sculptures by artist Bernard Brenner.

"When IMLS launched this initiative to improve the dire state of our nation's collections, we understood that the materials gathered for the Bookshelf would serve as important tools for museums, libraries, and archives nationwide," said Anne-Imelda Radice, director of IMLS. "We were both pleased and encouraged by the overwhelming interest of WPI, which was prepared to answer the call to action. We know that with WPI's dedication, artifacts from our shared history will be preserved for future generations."

From online to on-campus

Nearly 30 students enrolled in Assumption College's online master's degree program in rehabilitation counseling will come to the Worcester campus this summer to meet face-to face with each other and their professors during an intensive one-week summer semester.

The online students, some from as far away as California, Texas and Oregon, will live on campus at the Living Learning Center and take two courses. Most of the students are working professionals in social services or rehabilitation counseling, or are looking to enter or change jobs in the field of rehab counseling.

"During the summer semester, we offer classes that are not as effective online - practicum in counseling, for example," said Lee Pearson, director of graduate programs at Assumption's Institute for Social and Rehabilitation Services. "Our online students get to work on their counseling skills in a personal way, with real people, face-to-face."

Assumption's online master's degree program in rehabilitation counseling is ranked among the top 10 in the nation. It is the only online master's degree offered by a top-ranked rehabilitation counseling graduate program in the Northeast.

More online

Anna Maria College has announced it plans to launch a major initiative in online degree programs. As part of this project, AMC has entered into a partnership agreement with, a leader in online higher education. Upon approval from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, the regional accrediting association, AMC will offer four master's degree programs and one bachelor's degree program online beginning in January.

"Recognizing the time constraints facing adults who want to further their education, our new online format will provide more opportunities for students to achieve their personal and professional goals," said Jack P. Calareso, president of Anna Maria College.

Crafty credits

Moving toward a more thriving artistic economy in Worcester, the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education has voted unanimously to approve Worcester State College's new interdisciplinary visual and performing arts degree.

"Understanding the expanding role of the arts in Worcester's economy, Worcester State College has taken the timely step of enhancing its offerings to meet the new demands and provide new opportunities for its graduates," said Richard M. Freeland, commissioner of higher education, in a statement.

"Between this new program and the college's new partnership with the Worcester Center for Crafts, the college is setting itself up to be an educational hub of the burgeoning creative economy in Worcester."

In May, trustees of Worcester State College authorized $250,000 a year to rent studio space for its students at the Worcester Center for Crafts, 25 Sagamore Road, after an alliance between the two organizations had been announced earlier this year.

Courses in the new major will be taught by faculty members who are professionally accomplished practitioners in their fields and are active at regional, national, and international levels. These include painters, sculptors, computer artists, art historians, installation artists, conductors, composers, performing musicians, musicologists, playwrights, designers and directors.

Students will choose a concentration of art, music or theater while exploring creative projects across the disciplines as well. The program calls for 45 credits with required foundation courses in each discipline totaling nine credits.

"As an artist and educator, I believe an environment where you are exposed to and learn about all the arts, but concentrate in one, creates a foundation which is great for a lifelong career in the arts," said Michael Hachey, chairman of Worcester State College's visual and performing arts department.

Students can begin enrolling in the program this fall.

How does your garden grow?

Bettina Drew, a Quinsigamond Community College honors student in the spring IDS Colloquium, has planted a community garden as part of her research on eating locally grown foods. Her project, "Edible Campus," devotes a small section of the QCC campus for planting. The cool, wet weather has helped produce a hardy crop of red leaf and curly green lettuce. Miss Drew is responsible for the design, labor and harvest this spring and into summer.

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Date:Jul 5, 2009
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