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UMass Lowell’s online programs get high marks in national ranking - Lowell Sun UMass Lowell’s online programs get high marks in national ranking - Lowell Sun Posted: 31 Jan 2021 12:00 AM PST LOWELL — UMass Lowell's online education programs are again ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, which assessed more than 1,000 programs nationwide. UMass Lowell's online graduate program in criminal justice is No. 4 in the nation and No. 2 among all public colleges and universities, and offers the lowest price among New England-based programs appearing in the new ranking. UMass Lowell's online graduate program in information technology is No. 16 in the nation and is the highest ranked among all public institutions in New England. UMass Lowell's online graduate programs in education are ranked No. 23 nationally and the highest among New England colleges and universities. UMass Lowell offers multiple opt

Linfield University announces 3 new graduate programs - OPB News

Linfield University announces 3 new graduate programs - OPB News


Linfield University announces 3 new graduate programs - OPB News

Posted: 19 Feb 2021 06:01 AM PST

Linfield University announced three new graduate programs Thursday slated to start this fall. This comes as some other Oregon universities and colleges have been forced to make program cuts during the pandemic.

Linfield announced its first graduate program since transitioning from a college to a university — a Master of Science in Nursing, specializing in healthcare leadership — less than a year ago.

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"The introduction of graduate programs is an important part of our evolution from a college to a university," Linfield President Miles K. Davis said in a statement. "But we didn't want just any graduate programs. We wanted them to be distinctively Linfield, and to represent the interdisciplinary history and culture of this 163-year-old institution."

The three new graduate programs are a Master of Science in business, a Master of Science in sports science and analytics and a Special Education Generalist Endorsement. The programs will be offered online and on the university's McMinnville campus.

Linfield said the new programs were proposed by faculty, and they were approved by the university's board of trustees last week.

Susan Agre-Kippenhan, Linfield's Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, said the new graduate programs retain Linfield's liberal arts values.

"Linfield has for many years been a really strong, focused undergraduate institution and we would say our core is the liberal arts, but over the years really our program growth has been in many areas that are pre-professional — in education, in nursing, in health and human performance and business — and that's kind of a typical profile of what traditional liberal arts institutions look like," Agre-Kippenhan said.

"Linfield has, I think, really parlayed those interconnections really well at the undergraduate level. We've said, 'Look, you will be a better student in business if you're taking philosophy, if you're taking anatomy, if you're taking music,'" she said. "When we think about the graduate level, we want to keep those core values."

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As other Oregon colleges and university have seen declining enrollment, layoffs and program cuts during the pandemic, Agre-Kippenhan said she expects the new and innovative nature of programs will draw students to Linfield.

"We anticipate that there will be some of our undergrads who will want to stay and do graduate work, but we also really feel that these programs are going to be really exciting for people who aren't currently at Linfield," she said.

For example, Linfield said in a news release Thursday, the new Master of Science in business can accommodate people who already have a degree in business, but can works equally well for people who do not.

The program's curriculum includes "design thinking, high performing teams, critical thinking and emotional and cultural intelligence," the university said. The business program also includes a "multi-national capstone" in which students will work with a global client and could travel internationally.

The sports science and analytics program will combine an exercise science program with data science, Agre-Kippenhan said, and the Special Education Generalist Endorsement creates a new licensure for teachers.

"It's really about building on the smart kinds of thinking we've always had in our liberal arts core," Agre-Kippenhan said. "We're looking at what's being offered by competitors. We're looking at the needs of people in our communities, our region and beyond — What are people looking for at this moment, and how does Linfield step into that space?"

Elsewhere in Oregon, nearly all of the state's community colleges and public universities had to deal with falling enrollment in the current school year, though some are seeing reason for optimism, with application numbers rising.

Agre-Kippenhan said the growth at Linfield, including planning for new graduate programs, has been in the works since the school community began discussing the switch from a college to a university — way before the pandemic.

"We have looked with as clear eyes as we possibly can about what the future is looking like for higher education," she said. "And part of what we've realized is that what has made you successful in your past is not always going to be what makes you successful in your future."

"I often think about education and say we're in this strange spot between where the students were before they got here and where they are going, so we have to be wiling to change in that spot, because where they came from and where they're going is changing all the time."

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Candida Rose explores the Cabo Verde-New Bedford musical connection in a special performance - Fall River Herald News

Posted: 19 Feb 2021 01:56 PM PST

NEW BEDFORD — "Give me a mic and I'm good," says Candida Rose Baptista —known to her many fans as simply Candida Rose.

 So, no matter whether the event is in person or virtual, Candida Rose is ready to deliver. And that's exactly what she's preparing to do on Thursday, March 4 for her fans here in New Bedford and, thanks to the new virtual reality of performing, fans everywhere when she appears in a Zeiterion Performing Arts Center special online event.

Rose has a mission to explore the Cabo Verde – New Bedford musical connection and legacy. Indeed, after popular presentations at venues in the city such as the New Bedford Whaling Museum, New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center and Seamen's Bethel, this new event for the Zeiterion Theater is being billed as "Chapter Two" and promises to dive even deeper into the Cabo Verde music that helped define the City of New Bedford.

 "New Bedford, Massachusetts, is considered to be the cradle of Cabo Verdean - American history," Candida Rose says, and she should know. Her multimedia performances, including song, spoken word, images and video, are not only the result of her vocal talent but the product of her research for a thesis.

Candida Rose singing.

 She is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth where she graduated "Summa Cum Laude" with a Bachelor of Arts – Music Degree, specializing in African-American/World music performance, with a minor in African-American Studies.

 In 2017, she graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Boston with a Masters of Science Degree in Transnational, Cultural, and Community Studies (now known as Critical Ethnic and Community Studies). For her Masters thesis, she developed a series of presentations which evolved into "KabuMerikanus – The Sum of US."

 The online presentation exploring how Cabo Verdean culture transcends an ocean and generations begins at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 4, 2021 and pay-what-you-choose enrollment is available at zeiterion.org. Viewers can expect songs from her debut CD entitled "KabuMerikana: The Sum of Me," which combines her Cabo Verdean musical roots with her American - primarily jazz - influences.

 It's a mixture she calls "KabuJazz" and it's one of many reasons she is beloved by audiences as a performer of unique style and substance. Another reason is, of course, her dedication to preserving the legacy of Cabo Verde musicians and music from New Bedford. An effort that was recently featured on a PBS national television program, "No Passport Required/Boston" with Marcus Samuelsson, which shone a spotlight on the music and culture of Cabo Verde.

 Even though it is virtual, Rose expects to interact with her audience on March 4. She explains that even as she performs and ushers viewers through musical history, the Zeiterion's Ashley Moore will be monitoring comments by patrons and sending them Rose's way.

 Ashley Moore is the Zeiterion's Director of Education and Community Engagement, and she says, "The performing arts are really the art of gathering. People, who may have never met, sit with one another and share an experience. Our virtual creative classroom is looking to push through the isolation of the last year and recapture that shared experience, to bring people back together safely."

Candida Rose's "Musical Legacy: Exploring the Cabo Verde - New Bedford Musical Connection" certainly fits that bill. Due to the nature of virtual performances, it promises something even more. The opportunity to bring the story of the Cabo Verde/New Bedford musical heritage not just to regional patrons, but the entire world.

A fitting evolution of the history Candida Rose has been pursuing and interpreting for years to eager audiences anxious to discover how Cabo Verde people sustained their cultural souls in New Bedford and throughout the United States.

"It's all about bringing this musical heritage alive," she sums up. And all she needs for that is a mic - and she's good to go.

Musical Legacy: Exploring the Cabo Verde - New Bedford Musical Connection, a Zeiterion Performing Arts Center Creative Classroom special event, takes place on Thursday, March 4 at 6:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased for the virtual event for $5, $10, $15 or $20 at Zeiterion.org/classes.

Bob Marley to Beethoven at midday concert - The Ellsworth American

Posted: 19 Feb 2021 08:08 AM PST

ELLSWORTH — A sprightly string quartet, whose members draw from rich experiences performing across the nation and abroad, will perform online at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22, through the Ellsworth Community Music Institute (ECMI). The musicians' program will range widely from Beethoven to Jamaican reggae musician and songwriter Bob Marley. Admission is free.

Violist Colin Wheatley, violinists Josie Davis and Sophie Davis and violinist Luke Fatora will perform a free concert online at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22, through the Ellsworth Community Music Institute.

Violinist and ECMI teacher Luke Fatora, violist Colin Wheatley and violinists Josie Davis and Sophie Davis make up the Quartet of Strings that will perform as part of ECMI's Virtual Midday Concerts series. The concert is funded in part by the Onion Foundation. The public may access the pre-recorded concert at 1 p.m. via Facebook, ECMI's website or by a link sent by email.

For 15 years, Wheatley has taught violin and viola to students of all ages. He currently is the orchestra director for the Waterville Public Schools. He previously taught at East Lyme Middle School in Connecticut and the Rhode Island Philharmonic School. From Bellingham, Wash., he earned his Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance at Oberlin Conservatory, where he studied with Peter Slowik. He received his Master of Music degree in viola performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he was a student of Atar Arad, and his graduate degree in teaching from Oberlin Conservatory. An avid chamber musician, he plays with Halcyon String Quartet and has performed for members of the Emerson, Pacifica, Cleveland, Concord and Takas quartets and for Yo Yo Ma. He has collaborated with Stevie Wonder, Robert Spano, Menahem Pressler and Jeremy Denk. When not performing and teaching, he enjoys spending time outdoors, running marathons, beekeeping, cooking and traveling.

Josie Davis received her undergraduate degrees in violin and sociology at Oberlin College and Conservatory, where she was a student of David Bowlin, and her Master of Education (Ed.M) degree from Harvard University. She has performed in a wide range of venues from Carnegie Hall to the Monte Music Festival in India and has appeared with her sister Sophie Davis on National Public Radio's "From the Top" program. She actively explores ways to share classical music in new contexts and has performed with Emanuel Ax in a taco shop, played solo Bach for Chris Thile and is currently a member of Halcyon String Quartet and Palaver Strings. Her teaching has brought her to Panama, India and Community MusicWorks in Rhode Island, where she completed a two-year fellowship. In past summers, she has studied at the Juilliard String Quartet Seminar, Bowdoin International Music Festival and Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival. As a violinist, educator and arts administrator, she is interested in how the arts can be used as a form of cultural empowerment to build bridges and strengthen communities.

Hailing from Colorado, Fatora was drawn to the violin after hearing fiddle music in the hills of Appalachia. He has performed in different contexts from fiddling for square dances, improvising with dancers and DJs, and performing contemporary and traditional classical music in the World Financial Center and Carnegie Hall. Also having pursued an interest in conducting, he served as the music director for the Summit Community Orchestra between completing a Bachelor of Music at the Oberlin Conservatory and a Master of Music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He served as a 2017-2019 Musician Fellow at Community MusicWorks in Providence, R.I., where he taught individuals and coached ensembles while also performing chamber music in experimental and traditional concert series.

From Maine, Sophie Davis studied violin with Janet Ciano and Gilda Joffe. She later received degrees in violin performance and environmental studies from Oberlin College and Conservatory. Playing and sharing music are integral to Sophie's creative and professional practice. She has participated in the Perlman Chamber Music Workshop, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Program, as a soloist with Oberlin's Contemporary Music Ensemble and with her sister on NPR's "From the Top." She has performed at the Kennedy Center, Chicago's Symphony Hall, the Monte Music Festival in India, and with the Jordan National Orchestra (JOrchestra) in Amman, Jordan. In 2017, she was awarded a Fulbright Research Grant to spend nine months in the South Pacific island nation of Samoa, where she explored the ways in which the arts can raise awareness of climate change. In addition to pursuing research, Sophie taught and performed with the National Orchestra of Samoa. Sophie collaborates with musicians throughout New England where she frequently performs with Palaver Strings and Halcyon.

ECMI's other upcoming virtual concerts will include cellist and pianist Noreen and Phillip Silver at 1 p.m. March 8 and pianist John Blacklow at 1 p.m. on April 12. For more information, call 664-9258 or email [email protected]

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