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64th Commencement Celebration

Congratulations, Class of 2014!

 

 

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    The Science and Engineering Department is in the first year of a five-year $448,856 grant from the National Science Foundation to retain and graduate more computer science and engineering students at part of the national Graduate 10K+ initiative over the next decade.
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    The Writers House at Merrimack College welcomes journalist Adrian Nicole LeBlanc as Writer-in-Residence from November 12-14.
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    The Merrimack College community is coming together again this year to feed families in Lawrence with full Thanksgiving dinners. More than 75 baskets, filled with complete dinners, are to be delivered to the organization Neighbors in Need on Tuesday morning, just in time to celebrate America’s day of thanks.
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    More than 900 Merrimack College students, alumni, faculty and staff offered service to area communities as part of the annual Mack Gives Back Day tradition.
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    Shareda Hosein, of Quincy, laid a carpet on the floor of the new Common Prayer Room on the second floor of the Sakowich Campus Center to perform the zuhr prayer, which is one of the five daily prayers for Muslims Wednesday.
  • Rabbi Yehuda Sarna grew up in an orthodox Jewish home in Montreal. He went to a seminary, then moved to Israel and lived in a yeshiva worshipping from 6:30 a.m. to midnight.
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    Dr. Nancy J. Sullivan ’80 has been studying the Ebola virus since 1998, and is on the cusp of a potential breakthrough in preventing the illness.
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    NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – In the midst of another strong start to the academic year on the playing fields, the Merrimack College Athletic Department’s efforts in the classroom were once again recognized by the NCAA after the release of the latest Division II Academic Success Rate (ASR) data.
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    Brady Antaya gives as much as he gets from Merrimack soccer, where his teammates know him as a Warrior
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    Merrimack is one of the top 10 colleges in the northern United States for the fourth year in a row — and the only regional college judged “up and coming” by higher education leadership in the northern United States.
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    Money Magazine has named Merrimack College one of the top U.S. colleges for ensuring its graduates’ economic success.
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    Merrimack College has been honored as a College of Distinction for the 2014-2015 school year.
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    NEW HAVEN, Conn. – A 60th minute goal from junior Augusto Silva (Hudson, Mass.) gave the third-seeded Merrimack College men’s soccer team all they needed, as the Warriors upset second-seeded Southern Connecticut, 1-0, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday afternoon. With the win, Merrimack advances to the East Regional Final for the first time in program history.
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    NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College men’s soccer team returns to the NCAA Division II Men’s Soccer Tournament for the second time in three years as the Warriors earned an at-large selection as the No. 3 seed in the East Region, as announced by the NCAA DII Men’s Soccer Committee Monday.
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    Pulitzer Prize-winning editor Gretchen Grosky took oversight of Merrimack’s student newspaper The Beacon this year, acting as its advisor and as adjunct lecturer for the newspaper and new media production class.
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    Associate professor and chair of the Department of Computer Science at Merrimack College, Vance Poteat, will present the annual “Last Lecture” on Tuesday, November 18.  Sponsored by the Honors Program, the “Last Lecture” is an opportunity for an outstanding faculty member to speak on a matter of importance and value to him/her as if it were the very last lecture given.
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    Forget Coca-Cola, Pepsi or Perrier. There are people in Haiti who just want a simple drink of tap water without walking a couple of miles to get it. Civil engineering associate professor Marc Veletzos has been leading teams of student volunteers to the small community of Marmont in Haiti’s central plateau to improve access to clean water and help their physical injuries periodically since June 2011.
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    On a perfectly crisp fall morning, and as part of Homecoming Weekend, more than 80 runners from near and far, plus a smaller group of walkers, came together to compete in a 5K race with all proceeds going to the American Cancer Society for breast cancer research.  This year’s race, sponsored by Zeta Tau Alpha, saw students, alumni, staff and friends compete.
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    The Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Merrimack College opens their 2014-15 season with the darkly comic play The Shape of Things.
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    Janelle Engram ’17 was 10 years old when she learned her mother, Janet, had been diagnosed with stage two breast cancer when she was seven months pregnant. It was a double shock when Engram’s mother called in February to say doctors had found a new lump on one of her breasts and she needed a double mastectomy. “After 18 years of being cancer-free, my mom was rediagnosed,” Engram told fellow Merrimack students, faculty and staff on Oct. 15.
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    Michael Stehnach held what looked to a layman like an intriguing toy, but he identified it as a complex gear system.
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    Danielle Jones-Pruett, staffer for the Writers House, has received a Rona Jaffe Foundation 2014 Writers Award. The annual award of $30,000 is given to six exceptionally talented and promising women authors.
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    With a snip of oversized scissors and a burst of applause, Merrimack President Christopher E. Hopey cut a ribbon to open the new Compass suite on the third floor of McQuade Library. The four-year-old program works with students believed to be at risk of struggling academically, starting in their first semester at Merrimack.
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    Why do bridges fail? Why did concrete fall in Boston’s Big Dig? Why did the levees give in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina?

    Distinguished engineer and author Henry Petroski has made a career of examining failure and success in design and will discuss those explorations in a talk at the Writers House at Merrimack College at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 2. The event, which is free and open to the public, will include a Q&A and reception.
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    David Raymond can make substantive art with very little actual substance. A sculptor, painter, poet, and art writer who has been teaching at Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts, since 1964, Raymond is showing 21 recent ink on paper drawings at Brunswick’s ICON Contemporary Art. It is yet another superb showing of excellent and thoughtful abstract art at that venue.

    Read more: http://portland.thephoenix.com/arts/159441-abstraction-built-on-emptiness/#ixzz3BQe70WmB
  • Dave McGillivray ’75, Hon.’12, began the tradition of running his age on his 12th birthday.

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    Dozens of young Merrimack College alumni furthered their professional networks and got advice on building their online brand during a downtown Boston gathering hosted by Merrimack trustee Jack Boyce.
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    When the question “What did you do on your summer vacation?” comes up, one rising Merrimack senior has a killer answer:
    I was in a gangster movie.
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    Merrimack College and the Girard School of Business have launched a new graduate program, the Master of Science in Accounting, which is accepting students to begin in fall 2014.
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    In a significant show of support for Merrimack’s academic momentum, the Department of Health Sciences has received a $100,000 grant for new technology through the Cummings Foundation’s “$100K for 100” initiative.

 

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