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Byline: Bonnie Russell

Some Fitchburg State University students recently learned what it takes to have a successful career in sales.

FSU seniors Anthony Hala of East Longmeadow and Daniel LaFond of Fitchburg competed in the Northeast Intercollegiate Sales Competition hosted by Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I. This was the first time students from Fitchburg State took part in this event.

Students from 11 universities, including Bryant University, University of Connecticut, University of New Hampshire, Southern New Hampshire University and Plymouth State University, participated in the sales competition. FSU was the only college from Massachusetts to compete.

After receiving a call from Bryant University, FSU faculty member Renee Scapparone encouraged students taking her personal selling course to join her at the event.

Along with Mr. Hala and Mr. LaFond, seven other students went to the NISC. The students were able to participate in networking sessions during which they spoke with recruiters about internships and full-time sales positions with industry leaders such as EMC, ADP, Liberty Mutual and Fidelity Investments.

Informational seminars were held throughout the day, as well as the sales competition.

"Anthony was able to advance to the semifinals,'' Ms. Scapparone said, adding that only 16 of the 43 competitors made it that far.

Because of the experience, Mr. LaFond secured an internship with a new business in Chelmsford, Ms. Scapparone said.

She is planning to attend the event next year and is optimistic that more students will accompany her.

"This year we brought a van full. Next year we hope to bring a busload,'' she said.

New courses at AMC

Anna Maria College will offer two new academic programs starting in the 2014-15 academic year: Forensic criminology, providing students with a specialized examination of the criminal justice system from both a sociological and scientific perspective; and health and community services, designed for students interested in working in the health field in nonclinical roles. Both programs have been developed to meet the needs of the changing marketplace and prepare students for professional careers.

For more information about these new academic majors, visit or call (508) 849-3360.

iPads incorporated in accelerated online courses at Becker

Colleen L. Bielitz, dean of the Center for Accelerated and Professional Studies at Becker College, recently presented "iTunes Course Manager, the Power of an iPad in Online Learning.'' Bielitz teamed with Russ Dively, education consultant for the software company Ellucian.

The presentation showcased an iTunes U-developed course to demonstrate how to begin using iTunes U Course Manager and how the course integrates with conversation cloud app Voicethread, which provides for audio and video asynchronous verbal class discussion.

In the spring, the Center for Accelerated and Professional Studies will begin offering some courses from the bachelor of business administration program online through iTunes U.

MCPHS University provides dinner and more

On Nov. 25, MCPHS University students, faculty and staff dropped off more than 40 Thanksgiving dinner baskets to the Salvation Army on Main Street in Worcester. The baskets were distributed to low-income families in the surrounding area. Carrie Rice-Graham from Service-Learning and Civic Engagement coordinated the campuswide effort. The baskets included a complete Thanksgiving meal with all the fixings. Many baskets also included candles, sparkling cider, Thanksgiving decorations and games for children. This is the 10th consecutive year MCPHS has participated in the Thanksgiving dinner basket drive.

Course at sea helps MWCC student earn degree

Mount Wachusett Community College student Nicholas Glendenning, 26, of Leominster was looking for a practicum to complete his associate's degree in natural resources. While researching academic opportunities that related to his interest in marine biology, he discovered the Sea Education Association for Environmental Studies in Woods Hole. Mr. Glendenning spent six weeks studying aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer, one of the most sophisticated research-equipped vessels under sail in the U.S. The experience not only helped him complete his degree, but it also earned him 17 credits from Boston University toward a bachelor's degree.

WPI senior recognized as outstanding cadet

Timothy Grupp, a senior at WPI, has received the Legion of Valor Bronze Cross for Achievement, which recognizes him as the top Air Force ROTC cadet in the Northeast among those nominated for the award.

The Legion of Valor Bronze Cross for Achievement recognizes one outstanding cadet in each Air Force ROTC region in the United States who has demonstrated excellence in military and academic performance. As a recipient of the award, Mr. Grupp is now considered for the Olmsted Scholar program, which seeks to "educate those young career military line officers who exhibit extraordinary potential for becoming this country's future military leaders,'' according to the organization.

Cash for future journalists

The Journalism Education Foundation of New England, a division of the New England Newspaper Press Association, will award $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors and college students in New England who plan to pursue a career in journalism.

To qualify, students must be residents of New England, plan to or be studying journalism or a related field, and have a grade-point average of 2.3 or above.

Interested students can download the scholarship application from The deadline to apply is Feb. 28. For more information, call NENPA at (781) 320-8042.

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Date:Dec 8, 2013
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