(February 7, 2014 – Wellesley Hills, MA) – The Wellesley Symphony Orchestra (WSO) continues its Emerging Artist Series in a performance on Sunday February 9th in the McKenzie Auditorium at MassBay Community College, 50 Oakland Street in Wellesley Hills. A world-class orchestra, the WSO will feature storytelling and music, highlighted by excerpts from Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Shakespearian storyteller Nora Hussey. The symphony will also play Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, which will feature Harry Rylance on piano.
Project will research how STEM secondary education techniques affects success at college level (Wellesley Hills, MA –Tuesday January 7, 2014) – MassBay Professor of Computer Science Susanne Steiger-Escobar has been selected by Harvard University to join the Advisory Board for a National Science Foundation funded project designed to evaluate computer science education at the high school level, for females in particular. The project, entitled Factors Influencing College Success in Information Technology (FICSIT), is being conducted at the Department of Science Education at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. “We are delighted to be represented on this important initiative,” said MassBay President John O’Donnell. “Students who attend two-year institutions like ours must have adequate STEM education at the secondary level if they are to succeed at college and in the workforce. This is a matter of national importance, and we are grateful for the voice we will have in these invaluable discussions. All of us on campus are proud of Professor Steiger-Escobar and wish her well on the FICSIT project.”