From Pop-Up Art Galleries to Book Fairs and Blood Drives - August is action packed!
Students enrolled in the Nursing program at UMass Center have the distinct honor of learning their craft in what is being called the nation’s best Telemedicine Teaching Lab.
At the recent Northeast Telemedicine Resource Center (NETRC) conference, attendees learned how the UMass Amherst College of Nursing worked with NuPhysicia to create what NuPhysicia CEO and founder Dr. Glenn Hammack called “the best telemedicine teaching laboratory in the USA.”
At the presentation “Infusing Telehealth Technology into Academic Healthcare Curricula,” speakers Jean DeMartinis, PhD, FNP-BC, Associate Professor; and Gabrielle Abelard, DNP, PMHNP-BC, Clinical Assistant Professor shared how they have successfully integrated telehealth seamlessly into their undergraduate and graduate curricula through an innovative Telehealth Training Laboratory located exclusively at the UMass Center in downtown Springfield.
The Telemedicine Teaching Lab is comprised of four specially built observation stations, which allow faculty to privately evaluate and train clinicians in the art of practical telemedicine. These rooms connect to a range of patient-side units that convey two-way audio and video, plus hand-held scopes for direct examination, plus live stethoscope.
UMass Nursing has put this remarkable facility, that includes patient bedside carts, portable in-home suitcases, treatment room systems, and remote provider stations, to use in the most innovative practical nursing curriculum yet developed. It gives students real-world experience with clinical telemedicine, including live remote video examinations and use of a telemedicine-prepped electronic medical record.
For more information about the UMass Amherst College of Nursing Program at the UMass Center, visit http://www.UMassCenterAtSpringfield.org
You will want to mark not only your calendar, but also your friends’ calendars too, to make sure you don’t miss an evening of FREE art, entertainment and food, as the Springfield Central Cultural District (SCCD) prepares to roll out another even more expanded Art Stop(s) campaign on August 2.
This is the third Art Stop(s) event, and has grown to include two additional locations for a total of five pop-up art galleries, all to be revealed to the public during special opening receptions, complete with complimentary fare from 4:30 – 6pm on Wednesday, August 2nd.
The five locations found all along Main Street in downtown Springfield, include Tower Square’s own UMass Center, the lobby of 1550 Main Street, New England Public Radio, Community Foundation of Western MA and TD Bank across the street.
To even further enhance your experience as you walk from gallery opening to gallery opening, the SCCD has hired musical street performers to entertain you along the way.
Meanwhile, all of Tower Square’s permanent galleries (Art for the Soul Gallery, Valley Photo Center, Avis Neigher Gallery and the Pan African Historical Museum), will also be open special hours and will be providing light fare as well.
Once you have visited all of the Art Stop(s) galleries, you are then invited to go cross the street to Tower Square Park and enjoy the White Lion Wednesday Beer Garden sponsored by the Springfield Business Improvement District, which runs until 8pm.
More details on Art Stop(s) can be found at www.SpringfieldCulture.org/projects
Students and recent graduates from nine colleges and universities will be the first to graduate from Valley Venture Mentors’ (VVM) cohort of Collegiate Accelerator startups program.
This group of entrepreneurs, encompassing a list of 14 different startups, is the first to benefit from VVM’s new program, which was funded through an anonymous donation of $287,000.
The accelerator ran from mid-June through August. Each participant receive a $2,000 stipend. “One of the main goals of the program is to engage students in the exciting entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Pioneer Valley” VVM CEO Liz Roberts said.
During the program participants learned how to pitch their startup and how to raise capital, and they benefitted from the guidance of successful entrepreneurs and business leaders who served as speakers and mentors.
The names of the various startups and their respective college include:
Boman Container Homes (STCC) El Cherufe Chile Paste (HCC)
Love Jones Renaissance Café & Lounge (STCC) Lymph + Honey (Hampshire College)
Mitho Momo (Mt. Holyoke College) Redflowers (Smith College)
Shesabelle Chandeliears (Smith College) Lighthouse (UMass)
STEAMporio (STCC) Studio 26 (HCC)
The Travel Unicorn (Mt. Holyoke College) Vidvision (Babson College)
Women Beyond Limits (Elms College) Zirui (Mt. Holyoke College)
VVM’s inaugural Collegiate Accelerator Graduation will be held on Wednesday, August 16 at 5pm at VVM’s World Headquarters located on street level at Tower Square.
For more about VVM’s Accererator programs visit them online at www.ValleyVentureMentors.org
After almost 25 years as convenience store owners, (most of them here at Tower Square), Peter and Young Choi officially retired and closed their long-time Neighborhood Foods store last month.
From the time the Choi’s opened their first store in Amherst, the couple began collecting donations for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), a world health organization that provides for the needs of children in impoverished regions all over the world. After three years in Amherst, the Choi’s moved their store to Tower Square (then Baystate West), and brought their UNICEF donation box along with them.
That same box has been on their counter collecting proceeds for the much-beloved organization throughout their careers, and has helped the Choi’s to raise tens of thousands of dollars for UNICEF.
Even while the Choi’s were packing up their store, customers and well-wishers were stopping in to say goodbye, and make their final UNICEF donations through the Choi’s.
Just seven months into the year, the UNICEF donations at Neighborhood Foods totaled $3,537, with some organizations still expected to mail donations to the Choi’s later this month.
The Choi’s would like to thank all of their UNICEF donors throughout the years for their continued support as well as for their loyal patronage of Neighborhood Foods.
A special thanks goes to this year’s UNICEF contributors including: Sean Feeley, Douglas A. Reed, William Power, Sinin Kwon, Emerald City Travel, Lynn A. Sorel, Economy Insurance, Thrifty Financial, St. Germain and Michelle Smith.
The Choi’s are planning to spend their retirement years in the Boston area near their family and their adored grandsons. They are already missed, and we wish them the very best.
It might be the dog days of summer, but the Springfield Thunderbirds and Springfield Business Improvement District are keeping ice skates, hockey pucks and the exciting action of AHL hockey top of mind in downtown Springfield via their Thunderbird Thursdays weekly networking events.
Each Thursday from 4-8pm enjoy a guest craft brewer, live music, food and games (including the Thunderbirds’ inflatable slap shot game with their promotional team), at one of three downtown Springfield locations which rotate each week (1350 Main St., Marketplace and Tower Square Park).
This month’s location and music schedule includes:
Thunderbird Thursdays run through October 12. For a full schedule of dates, locations, entertainers and brewers go to http://springfielddowntown.com/thunderbirds-thursdays/
TD Bank’s Megan Alaimo (left) and Elms College’s Nicole Fregeau,
help out as volunteers during last month’s JA summer program events.
What better way for students to learn about money matters and interviewing for jobs than to role play with folks who have already “been-there-done that”. That is why Junior Achievement of Western MA (JAWM) is looking for volunteers to help out for an hour or so at one or two events as part of the JA Business & Entrepreneurial Exploration (BEE) Summer Program being held at UMass Center at Springfield.
Volunteers are needed for the following programs:
CREDIT FOR LIFE, Tuesday, August 8, 9:30am-10:45am: 15 volunteers are needed to man tables at a Credit for Life Fair, where students role play a 25-year-old and must budget and make real life money decisions. Volunteers help show students the costs of everyday things (housing, transportation, utilities); volunteers receive handouts with information for each budget category.
NETWORKING/MOCK INTERVIEWS, Thursday, August 10, 1pm-2:30pm: 20 volunteers are needed to participate in a business networking and mock interviews with the BEE students. Networking with snacks and juice will be provided 1-1:30. Mock interviews, both group and individual, will start at 1:30; students will present a resume, and volunteers will be given questions to ask them.
Interested volunteers are asked to contact the JA offices on the second floor of Tower Square at 747-7670 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.