HUMAN TRAFFICKING. ADDICTION. RAPE. ABUSE. These are tough and scary subjects, but these issues are simply too real for too many young women for the subjects not to be addressed head on.
That’s why Cambridge College is partnering with the Center for Human Development (CHD), for this year’s Through Her Eyes Human Services Conference focusing on solutions, current methods and best practices for protecting and helping at risk girls at home, in school and in society, who face challenges from trauma, neglect, aggression and addiction.
The Through Her Eyes conference attracts nearly 500 professionals each year including educators, care providers and social workers. It also engages key educational institutions, agencies, and provider organizations in dialogue about how best to serve and support the front line staff in this critical work.
Work that speaks to the mission of Cambridge College, according to the college’s Director of the Springfield Regional Center, Terrie Forte, “This is an important partnership for Cambridge College, and very much in line with our mission, to provide academically excellent, time efficient and cost-effective education for a diverse population of working adults for whom those opportunities may have been limited or denied.”
Forte commented that CHD’s employees, clients and colleagues are Cambridge College’s current students, alumni and future students. “Many of our students, faculty and staff will attend this conference, as self-care is a common goal in human services, early childhood education, and mental health. All are areas in which Cambridge College is educating and training current and future professionals,” added Forte.
This year’s conference features Hall of Fame Speaker Linda Edgecombe, CSP as the keynote and 35 workshops run by notable professionals. It is being held at the MassMutual Center on Friday, October 27 from 8am – 4pm. To learn the latest techniques and best practices for social work, direct care, education, and psychology from other professionals, especially those who work with girls and young women, register at CHD.org/ThroughHerEyes
To find out more about education opportunities at Cambridge College located on street level of Tower Square, visit them on line at www.CambridgeCollege.edu
If you have taken note of the upscale look of the Art for the Soul (AFTS) Gallery with each passing exhibit in the last year or so, then you might like to know that the professional and eye-catching displays of artwork are due to the keen eye and talents of AFTS Artistic Director, William Myers.
Myers, who is also a renowned conservator of period frames, panel paintings, altar pieces and gilded furniture, recently returned from conducting an international art conservation workshop in Italy.
According to Myers the amount of artwork in need of treatment due to neglect and natural disasters in Italy is at a critical stage.
“Conservation is a slow and calculated process, and the limited number of qualified conservators, not to mention the cost, makes it quite a daunting endeavor,” explained Myers, who also met with some of the top frame conservators and scholars of Germany and Italy, while abroad.
“I had to pinch myself to believe that I was in a forum where international students traveled to work with me,” added Myers.
Before retiring to help his friend Rosemary Tracy Woods curate the AFTS Gallery exhibits, Myers was the frame conservator at Smith College Museum of Arts (SCMA), where he established the Frame Conservation Program, a volunteer training program that gave volunteers hands-on experience in the conservation and reproduction of historical picture frames from the SCMA’s collection. Many of the Graduates of the program have gone on to win Guggenheim fellowships, and to earn Masters degrees in art conservation from programs across America and Europe.
Myers is currently working with Woods to present an incredible Native American Exhibition at Tower Square set for later this fall. Look for the exciting details to come…
You may have noticed quite a few more cars in the parking garage as well as additional foot trafficking in the retail area this month, as students from both UMass Center at Springfield and Cambridge College converge on the two Tower Square colleges for their fall studies.
UMass Center at Springfield
This is the 4th year of classes being offered at the UMass Center, which opened on the second floor in September 2014. Since opening, the school’s emphasis has been on academic programs, research and community engagement.
Eighty-eight (88) new nursing students start at UMass Center on September 5th, enrolled in the Accelerated Bachelor’s degree program now being offered by the UMass Amherst College of Nursing here at Tower Square. This class of students is being hailed for its varying aspects of diversity.
In addition to Nursing, students are also taking other programs that include from UMass Amherst:
Courses for the Addictions Counselors Education Program (ACEP) from UMass Boston is also being offered at UMass Center. To find out more about UMass Center’s classes and opportunities visit http://UMassCenterAtSpringfield.edu
Cambridge College – Springfield Regional Center
In 2013, the Cambridge College Springfield Regional Center relocated to street level at Tower Square, and continues to grow its student base each year.
More than five-hundred (500) students consisting of both returning and new students continue to fill the seats at Cambridge College for programs that are designed specifically for busy adults.
Cambridge College’s full accredited, cutting edge curriculums include a wide variety of undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs in healthcare, education, psychology and management, including:
To learn more about Cambridge College visit http://Springfield.CambridgeCollege.edu
Whether professional or amateur, pianists walking through Tower Square are invited to swing by the food court on the second floor and tickle the ivories for all to enjoy!
The colorful piano was donated by the Community Music School to the Springfield Central Cultural District (SCCD) to be used for the SCCD Painted Piano Project. This particular piano was painted by local artist Robert Markey, who also adorned the piano with small animal and aquatic life sculptures.
Markey was one of three artists involved in painting the three pianos, all of which have been located along Main Street throughout the summer for passersby to enjoy playing. The other two piano artists are Jack Devlin and Sheldon Smith.
The Markey piano had been on the plaza at 1550 Main. Now it is being wintered inside at the Tower Square food court.
“The purpose of the Painted Piano Project is to spread musical joy and make your walk a bit more fun,” according to SCCD Executive Director Morgan Drewniany, who said she was inspired to introduce the Painted Piano Project to downtown Springfield after seeing one on the Common in Boston last Spring. She talked with the Community Music School about it, and they gladly donated three upright pianos. Thus the Springfield version of the project was born!
The Markey painted piano is now located right outside of the doors of Art for the Soul Gallery adjacent to the food court on the second floor. Gallery Director Rosemary Tracy Woods says she is excited to have the piano so near, and plans to encourage her musical friends to stop by and play to entertain Tower Square’s patrons. “The piano represents art in both the visual and the audible sense,” explained Woods. “It’s perfect right near our gallery entrance!”
Nearby merchant Ed Puchalski, owner of Lifetime Jewelry, said that people are already taking a moment or two to sit down and play a tune on the piano. “We like it. It gives us some ambiance and it lets people know that something vibrant is going on at Tower Square,” commented Puchalski.
Junior Achievement’s Business & Entrepreneurial Exploration (BEE) Summer Program made an impact on over 30 students last month. More than 72% of students claimed that they learned the necessary skills to become an entrepreneur and the importance of teamwork. 84% learned the importance of making a career plan and of budgeting money. A whopping 95% of students NOW believe that college is an attainable goal!
Students created their own roller coasters, constructed solar houses, composed business plans and made products, visited Elms College and Six Flags, met with prominent business leaders, and learned numerous skills and pieces of advice from JA programs. If you would like to learn more, visit WWLP or MassLive’s article to view the student’s business pitches to possible investors.
Registration for students and teacher openings are underway for next summer – contact Abby at (413) 747-7670 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more info! Junior Achievement of Western MA is located on the second floor of Tower Square adjacent to UMass Center.