College Town: Assumption adds a song to Duck Day – News – telegram.com

How does one serenade a duck? To find out, come to Assumption College’s 14th annual Duck Day at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. The free event begins at the pond near the Salisbury Street entrance to campus.

Students of all ages – those from local elementary schools as well as from Assumption – will don duck-themed gear and enjoy duck-themed snacks as they gather around the pond to watch the ducks waddle down the red carpet into the water.

In addition, this year, the Assumption Student Government Association has composed an original song for the occasion. “Duck Song” will be sung to the tune of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” before the ducks’ release.

“In my work with children, I have seen the value of music in bringing together a community. We felt that a song would unite members of the Assumption College community young and old to celebrate spring time and welcoming back our favorite ducks to campus,” said Julia Demkowicz, vice president of student affairs for SGA, in a news release.

Everyone is welcome to join in singing.

Duck Day T-shirts will be sold on campus, with proceeds benefiting Prince of Peace School, an elementary school in the Beni Region of the Congo that was recently built by the Assumptionists.

In the event of inclement weather, Duck Day will be rescheduled for April 26.

Becker seniors leave a growing legacy

The Class of 2018 is leaving Becker College a legacy that grows year after year. Last weekend, the senior class planted 24 hosta plants and 321 flower bulbs – one for each graduating student – on the Worcester campus quad, as well as two Kawanzan cherry trees in front of the Colleen C. Barrett Center for Global Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

The senior class gift also included beautification of the Hawk’s Nest Patio, featuring a new pergola and furniture.

Clark talk to explores genocide connections

“Justifying Genocide – Germany’s Entangled History with the Armenian Genocide and its Repercussions” will be presented at 4 p.m. Monday at Clark University in Rose Library, Cohen Lasry House, 11 Hawthorne St., Worcester.

In this lecture, Stefan Ihrig, professor of history at the University of Haifa and author of “Justifying Genocide – Germany and the Armenians from Bismark to Hitler,” will talk about German attitudes toward the Armenian genocide and explore the relationship between instances of mass violence that marked the20th century.

FSU Pitch Tank winner announced

BrewView, an idea for an interactive website and app that allows users to rate beer, breweries, wine, wineries, alcohol and distilleries all in one place, was the winner in Fitchburg State University’s inaugural Pitch Tank competition held recently on campus.

More than a dozen FSU students pitched their ideas for products they hoped judges would believe could be the next big thing at the competition begun by FSU junior Gabriel Gavrilov, president of the student Entrepreneurship Society.

Tyler Sullivan, MBA candidate at FSU, led the winning team, which included Eric Anderson and Ben Donahue. They were awarded $1,250 to take their idea to the next level.

Senior art exhibit at Holy Cross

The opening reception for “Fine Art,” which showcases the work of graduating seniors in the visual arts studio program, will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery at the College of the Holy Cross. The exhibit will be on view through graduation day, May 25, during open hours.

WSU hosts Earth Day lecture, cleanup

Matthew A. Beaton, secretary of energy and environmental affairs, will present an Earth Day lecture at 1 p.m. April 25 at Worcester State University in Sheehan Hall’s multipurpose room. After the lecture, the third annual Neighborhood Cleanup will take place, beginning at 2 p.m. from the May Street Building. Along with the Office of Sustainability staff, volunteers will clean up around the Chandler/May Street intersection. Volunteers will get a free T-shirt and pizza after the cleanup. To sign up, email [email protected]

WPI helps Seven Hills host AT Expo

Worcester Polytechnic Institute juniors Laurence Cafaro, Nicholas Day, James Rios and Lara Schmoyer are helping the Seven Hills Foundation run an Assistive Technology Expo, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 25 at the Seven Hills Foundation, 81 Hope Ave., Worcester.

Attendees will learn about the wide range of technology solutions that are opening doors of opportunity and life experiences for individuals with disabilities.

Text-to-speech devices, eye gaze systems, and assistive switches are some of the technologies featured this year, according to the WPI team.

Apple, Microsoft, Perkins Library, Easter Seals MA, Tobii Dynavox and MassMatch are among the exhibitors.

Admission is free; registration is required. Register at bit.ly/AT-EXPO-18.

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