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News and Events

  • Oct 1, 2017 —
    About 60 female freshmen are participating in Merrimack’s new Women in STEM living-learning community this semester. The community is meant to provide much-needed support for women as they prepare to enter male-dominated occupations.
  • Jul 28, 2017 —
    Merrimack’s Master of Education program has been ranked among the best in the country for online or hybrid programs designed to lead to initial teacher certification.
  • Sep 28, 2017 —
    The Massachusetts Department of Higher Education’s STEM Advisory Council has awarded Merrimack College and Salem State University a $60,000 grant as the lead institutions of the new Northeast Regional STEM Network.
  • Provost Allan Weatherwax welcomes students from Abbott Lawrence Academy at their summer orientation program. Jul 25, 2017 —
    The statistics are as startling as they are cautionary: First-generation college-bound students from low-income families are four times more likely than their peers to drop out of school in their first academic year.

Notable & Quotable

  • Thomas NolanThomas Nolan, associate professor and program director of the criminology and criminal justice graduate program, was quoted in a Nov. 17, 2017, DigBoston investigative article on the use of military-like force by small-town police forces in Massachusetts. Nolan, a 27-year veteran of the Boston Police Department, acknowledged that while there is a genuine need for tactically trained officers to respond to certain situations, the types of incidents SWAT teams are supposedly meant to address hardly ever occur in small towns in the state. “If you don’t have situations where the public would endorse use of the SWAT team, the tendency can be for SWAT teams to be deployed for reasons we could see as less than legitimate,” he said.

  • Tom NolanThomas Nolan, associate professor and program director of the criminology and criminal justice graduate program, was quoted in an Aug. 29, 2017, Boston Herald article about President Trump’s decision to allow local police departments to become militarized again, reversing an Obama-era policy. “The very real concern is that when we see people exercising their constitutionally protected free speech right to protest, they are going to be met with police who are equipped like armed soldiers,” said Nolan, a 27-year veteran and former lieutenant in the Boston Police Department.

  • Isabelle Cherney, dean of the School of Education and Social Policy, was quoted in an Oct. 6, 2017, article, “The Unexpected Case for Tough Toys,” about the case for children’s toy play having a positive impact on one’s maturation and development. “You can actually develop all kinds of skills by having the right toys and playing with those,” Cherney said. “It’s exciting. The brain is a wonderful organ.”

  • Dan Sarofian-ButinDan Sarofian-Butin, professor of education, was quoted in a July 6, 2017, BBC story about celebrities who take executive education courses at Harvard Business School. “These type of courses allow students to say they went to Harvard, were taught by a famous professor and interacted with other cool students,” he said. Sarofian-Butin added that while most celebrities may know more about their industries than their professor, they can still benefit from the program. “This is what a good teacher can bring to the table: the ability to point things out that are obvious, but only once you are able to see the bigger picture,” he said.


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