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NetworkNewsSept/Oct 2019

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Network NewsNetwork News is publishedthanks to the collaboration ofthe Sullivan Career and LifePlanning Center and the BayPath Student Newsroom.Please send your news"We're shaking things up in this edition ofNetwork News! This month's publicationfeatures an array of exclusive interviews,campus events, field trips, art, poetry, andmore. Thank you to everyone whocontributed to this month's edition. Iappreciate your hard work!" Zoë Naglieri-PrescodNetwork News Editor, Class of 2020Shown: Zoë Naglieri-Prescod and Jada Furlow at theNAMIC Awards in New York City.Contents1 - Cover 2 - Editor's Notes/ Contents3 & 4 - Finding the Common Thread5 - A Night With a Hopeless Idealist6 & 7 - Careers8 - October Events9 - COMMversations10 - Writers' Day11 & 12 - Kickin' Off Fall Sports13 - A Campus Together14 - Convocation15 - Campus Day16 - Saudi National Day17 - Students Spreading Their Wings18 - Puerto Rican Day Parade19 - NAMIC Awards - New York City20 & 21 - Madame Tussauds - New York City22 - A Journey Through The New Tranquility Room23 - Something's Brewing in Mills Theatre24 & 25 - Fresh Perspectives: Art, Poetry, and OtherFun Things26 & 27- I Am Bay Path28 - 32 - Internship Reflections33 - Amgen Scholar - Duke University34 - Employer Meet & Greet35 - Business & Accounting Career and NetworkingEvent36 - Mariposa Series 2

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Ellen (Ellie) Krug THE “VOICE” OFINCLUSIVITY Finding the CommonThreadBy Allison Zaczynski I attended Ellie Krug’s “Gray Area Thinking®”workshop, Kaleidoscope lecture, and wasfortunate to interview her for Network News. As anew student attending Bay Path University’straditional program, being vulnerable duringEllie’s workshop in a room full of strangers helpedme feel unified as a member of this campus. Ellen (Ellie) Krug is an accomplished inclusivity activist who alsohappens to be a trans woman. Her biography lists manyimpressive achievements, as a lawyer, author, business owner,radio host, and columnist, to list a few. But, the workshop is notabout Ellie Krug, as she repeats multiple times during herinclusion-focused workshop, “Gray Area Thinking®.” Her training programs are about the messages she has beenworking to spread throughout the country -- inclusivity,compassion, surviving the human condition, and learning to loveyourself. When Ellie was 11, she knew she had to become anactivist. It was 1968, and both of her civil rights role models wereassassinated -- Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr.Ellie recalls, “I knew that Dr. King was special. I knew about his ‘IHave a Dream’ speech...and every Sunday morning there was atalk show, and Bobby Kennedy would be on there frequently…talking about such crazy things like ‘we needed to change the wayour country is and how we treat people.’” Ellie transitioned from male to female in 2009 at the age of 51.“Once I transitioned genders, and I finally got to live as me, I said,‘I’m not going to be a lawyer anymore. I’m going to go out and tryto make the world better because Bobby Kennedy and Dr. Kingwould want me to.’” She founded Human Inspiration Works, LLCand took her “hopeless idealism” to new heights by educatingpeople through her training programs and seeing the good in allhumans. 3

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She offers advice for people who struggle to live theirlives in accordance with their authenticity. Ellie notes“that through therapy, through journaling, through self-love, people can find their authenticity.... it takes beingfearless. We have to train ourselves to understand thatwe’re lovable, that we are worthy, and that some thingsin life are not choices.” Ellie lists her proudest accomplishment as “the fact thatI learned to love myself because, for the longest time, Idid not love me.”By bringing her “Gray Area Thinking®”workshop all over the United States, Ellie has found acommon thread throughout the country, in spite of ourdivisive political climate. During the training, peoplegravitated towards different labels posted in the room toEllie’s prompts. The final prompt is the question, “What do you want tobe known as?” Ellie has noticed a trend in the wayparticipants respond, typically standing underneath asign illustrating compassion. “People want to be knownfor caring about other people. And I am finding thisacross the country, everywhere I go. And it’s the storythat no one knows about.” 4

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CareersUndergraduateCommunications recentlyvisited a public relationsfirm in New York City --Rubenstein StrategicCommunications -- tolearn about careers in thecommunications industry.A huge thank you toRubenstein for welcomingour students and sharingtheir expertise!6

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Career & Networking EventsHosted by the Career Teamand the Faculty Chair, theseevents consist of a panel ofprofessionals working in avariety of career paths relatedto each career cluster. Participants have the chanceto network with the panelistsfollowing the presentation. Please register on Handshaketo attend - all our welcome! 1) Cybersecurity Career &Networking Event: Friday, October 4, 201910:00 am - 11:00 am, BlakeAtrium, Longmeadow Campus 2) Business/AccountingCareer & Networking Event: Wednesday October 23, 20195:30 - 8:00 pm, Breck Suite inWright Hall, LongmeadowCampusStudent Internship Reflection PresentationsTraditional students completing their internship experiences will share theirreflection presentations in a celebratory session. The entire campus isinvited to attend. We will share the names of students presenting at eachsession in our weekly Pathways.All are welcome at our Internship Reflection Sessions. Join us to celebrate student learning! No need to register - just show up! Mon 10/21/19 - 3:30 - 5:00 pm DMOR 4 & 6 Fri 10/25/19 - 9:00 - 10:30 am DMOR 4 & 6 7Internship Fund Recipientsby Allison Zaczynski Bay Path University is able to provide funding for studentswho have completed their unpaid internship through theInternship Fund thanks to these generous donors: LouiseKursmark, Gladys Sullivan, Jonathan and Melissa Besse,George and Jackie Keady, Peter and Kasia Novak, MarilynWalter, Anne Fitzgerald, Kate Low, Deb Schreier, DeanKavanagh, Tina Malley, and Erin Hornyak. The recipients of the Spring 2019 Internship Fund are:Nataly Alicea-Pastrana - SquareOneBianca Cotton - West Central Family and Counseling andNew England Geriatrics Qualazale Jones - YWCA of Western Massachusetts Khouloud Mandour - Sheraton Springfield Monarch PlaceHotelMeggan Mwangi - University of Massachusetts MedicalSchool: Division of Plastic SurgeryTiffany Varillas - SquareOneJennifer Yekel - Community Health Resources (CHR) Congratulations to all of these students for completing theirinternships and being recognized by the Internship Fund!Careers

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8OctoberOctober 2Amy O'NeilMills Theatre, 7 pm October 3Classical Guitar: Old and New Legends Mills Theatre, 7 pm October 16Richard Briotta TalksMills Theatre, 3:30 pm October 18 (9-11 am)COMMversations 2019 - a leadershipbreakfast focusing on womenLocation: Springfield Museums. Buses available from Blake. October 22Thumbprint LectureMills Theatre, 9:30 am Oct. 27 Bay Path's Writers DayThe Healing Power of NarrativeMedicine: Keynote speaker: DintyMooreThe Ryan Center, Noon October 28Presume Competence: Jesse AMother's Story Breck Suite, Wright Hall, 7 pm

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Kickin’ Off Fall Sports! by Kayla VanceHappy fall! When the academic school year starts, that means ourfall sports start! Here are our fall athletic schedules for soccer, volleyball,and cross-country! Come out to a game and support our student athletes. Go Wildcats!Soccer Tues. 10/1 BPU @ Fitchburg St. 7pm Sat. 10/5 BPU @ Lesley 12pm *Tues. 10/8 BPU vs. Nichols 4pm Sat. 10/12 BPU @ Dean 11am *Wed. 10/16 BPU vs. Mitchell 4pm Sat. 10/19 - BPU at Becker 12pm Thurs. 10/24 - BPU at Pine Manor 4pm * Home games 11

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Kickin’ Off Fall Sports! by Kayla VanceCross-Country Sat. 10/12 - Westfield State UniversityJames Early - 10:30 am Sat. 10/19 - Western New England CrossCountry Invitational - 10:30 am Sat. 10/26 - NECC Cross-CountryChampionships (TBD) - 10 am Volleyball Tues. 10/1 - BPU at SUNY Cobleskill - 7pm *Thurs. 10/3 - BPU vs. Dean - 8pm Thurs. 10/5 - BPU at Eastern Nazarene - 1pm Sat. 10/12 - BPU at Fischer - 12pm *Sat. 10/19 - BPU vs. Becker - 1pm Tues. 10/22 - BPU at Mitchell - 7pm *Sat. 10/26 - BPU vs. Lesley - 3pm Sat. 11/2 - BPU at Elms - 11am *Home games12

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ACampus Togetherby Aryn Banas The 9/11 tragedy is only the second domestic attack by a foreign nation in United States history. The first wasPearl Harbor in 1941. On September 11, 2001, four airplanes were hijacked by terrorists that early morning;two of which crashed into the Twin Towers at the World Trade Center. One crashed into a section of thePentagon in Washington D.C., and the other crashed in Pennsylvania when the innocent passengers tried toretake the aircraft. As a result, thousands of lives were lost; civilians, passengers, and emergency servicepeople, as well as thousands more injured. Even after two decades, our nation still takes the time to rememberthe lives that were lost on this tragic day. On Wednesday, September 11, 2019, students and faculty of Bay Path University joined together in a momentof silence to commemorate the terrorist attacks that tragically changed the United States 18 years ago. As theflag flew at half-mast in front of Carr Hall, Professor Robert Surbrug recalled the historic day as American flagribbons were handed out to the attendees. At exactly 8:46 am, representing the symbolic start and hit of thefirst World Trade Center Tower in New York City, all were encouraged to take a moment to memorialize thelives that were lost. After the moment of silence, Dr. Carol Leary recalled the fateful morning of September 11, 2001. It wasCampus Awakening and the first day of classes at Bay Path. Dr. Leary remembers that everyone "joinedtogether to support each other" as the events unfolded. Some of our faculty and students were personallyaffected. Through the day and into the night of September 11, 2001, the campus held a candle-lit vigil at thevery same spot in front of Carr Hall. Today, you can still see the evidence of wax drops on the concretesurrounding the flag pole. Even though I was only four years-old when 9/11 occurred, I can remember the vivid memory of howthe day unfolded. For some students, including most first years, this event is something they don't remember orweren't even alive to experience. This year's remembrance was very important for people to witness andexperience because it was a way to spread awareness of the support and togetherness Bay Path provides, aswell as to continually remember the historic day with every new generation.13

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Convocation 2019Convocation is a yearly tradition held towelcome the incoming first year students andcongratulate the seniors on reaching the end oftheir undergraduate college journey. Thisspecial campus-wide ceremony is a great wayto bring the Bay Path community together. 14

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Campus Day is a yearly tradition that starts withConvocation and ends with a fun set of activities forthe entire university to enjoy. This year’s theme was“The Campus Day Carnival,” which had a ton ofgames like trying to knock over cans and shooting aball through a hole. Additionally, the event featured abounce house, photo booth, ice cream, cotton candy,and popcorn. These activities were fun on their own, but earningtickets to cash in on prizes made people join the linesagain and again. Students were able to trade in theirtickets for t-shirts, cute Roary plushes, tote bags, andportable phone chargers. There was also a womanon stilts and a juggler with pins. All of these elementsmade the theme of “Carnival” match extremely well. Of course, there’s no such thing as a Bay Path eventwithout food to celebrate. Our excellent dining staffprovided food, and there was plenty to go around.The highlight of Campus Day was the ice creamtruck that stopped by and the DJ taking musicrequests. Everyone had the opportunity to bust amove on the dance floor. This year’s Campus Daywas a great one and we cannot imagine how they willoutdo themselves next year.Campus Day 2019by Leah Hill and Yuhan Huang15

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Saudi National DaySaudi National day was held on Sept 24 in Blake Student Commons from 11 am to 1 pm. Thiswas a great event at Bay Path where you could learn the culture from Saudi Arabia. Therewas a Saudi Culture exhibition where you could try lots of Saudi food. The food shown in thepicture is a fruit called dates. From the first slot to the third, showing the different ways to eatdates: pickling and picked from trees. Also, the exhibition shows the history, economy,natural environment and the development of Saudi Arabia. People experienced the socialchange and advancement of Saudi Yuhan Huang16

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Students Spreading Their Wings And Sharing Their Storiesby Allison Zaczynski and Derricker Blake The WELL 100 students (Women as Empowered Learners and Leaders) are taking on a newchallenge in their first semester at Bay Path University -- storytelling in the style of The Moth.Professor Maria Luisa Arroyo and Dr. Courtney Patrick-Weber started the Mariposa Open Micseries for WELL 100 students to present their Moth-style work and all Bay Path Universitystudents to share their poetry, artwork, songs, or any other creative outlet that inspires. The first event of the Mariposa Open Mic Series was held on September 17th. Hot chocolate andsnacks were served in the fireplace lounge in Blake. Chairs were turned into a crescent andprovided an intimate backdrop for our brave open mic presenters. Students told their ownpersonal stories, shared poetry, and showed their original artwork to a supportive audience ofpeers. Student Marissa McAvoy says, “Mariposa was a warm and welcoming event. I washonored to present my art work and was amazed at the stories that were told.” Want to participate in the next Mariposa Open Mic in the Fireplace Lounge? Bring yourself and afriend! Do you dance, draw, knit, rap, yodel or sing? Come bust a move, let us have your work,and admire you! This Open Mic is for everyone to share what inspires You to create. Please join us for the Mariposa Open Mic Series: Tuesday October 15, 2019 6:30-8:30 p.m.Tuesday, November 19, 2019 6:30-8:30 p.m.Tuesday, February 18, 2020 6:30-8:30 p.m.Tuesday, March 17, 2020 6:30-8:30 p.m.Tuesday, April 21, 2020 6:30-8:30 p.m.Sponsored by the WELL program17

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Puerto Rican Day Paradeby Meek ThomasIf I could sum up the essence of the Puerto Rican Day Parade in one word itwould be unity. Walking the streets of Springfield, people chanted "Viva migente" and "Salu mi familia." The onlookers hugged their children closely andwaved at us with their flags clutched tightly in their fists. I felt the strength andthe love from every clapped hand and every hip thrust. The overall experiencewas truly uplifting, and I can't wait for the next one.18

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NAMIC Awards - New York Cityby Zoë Naglieri-Prescod As part of their trip to New York City, students in undergraduate communications classes were invited toattend the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) Inaugural AwardsCeremony for the New England Chapter. During this ceremony, students from Bay Path were recognizedand awarded for the NAMIC Media Pitch contest that was held last winter. Sara Gigliotti, Zoë Naglieri-Prescod, and Anissa Nieves were all recognized for their original Media Pitch TV show concepts.Additionally, Bay Path Alum Jada Furlow received the NAMIC Rising Star Award in Journalism for herexcellence and success in the field of communications. Special Thanks to: Dr. Carol A. Leary - President, Bay Path UniversityKamilah Avant - President, NAMIC New England ChapterRubenstein Public RelationsCaron Hobin - Vice President, Strategic AlliancesProfessor Janine Fondon - Chair, Undergraduate CommunicationsDr. Demetria Shabazz - Professor, Bay Path University 19

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It was a fun-filled afternoon among world leaders and the stars of Hollywood forthe Communications trip to NYC. At the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum,students were shocked to find how life-like the figures were and marvelled at theirrealistic features. Everyone took their turn at being interviewed by Jimmy Fallon atThe Tonight Show or posing with Marilyn Monroe in her famous white dress.Madame Tussauds - New York Cityby Leah Hill 20

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A Journey Through The New Tranquility Roomby Allison ZaczynskiThere is one rule in the Tranquility Room -- you must be unplugged. This rule is enforced with abasket for cell phones on the left hand side by the door. Please leave your phone in the basket -- youwill be glad that you did. Upon entering the Tranquility Room, the firstthing that caught my eye was the waterfallfeature. It is quite large and adds a soothingsound to the room. I noticed the beautiful blueand purple tapestry on the wall, featuring anelephant, symbolizing luck, success, andwisdom. There is a golden pothos, an air-quality enhancing plant, draped over the shelfabove the desk. The Eeyore plush from Winniethe Pooh made me smile. If anyone couldunderstand the need to acknowledge feelings,it would be Eeyore. First, I sat down on the massaging chair padand immediately felt the tension in my backfade. I sampled the different settings andintensities. Coupled with the trickling watersounds in the background, this was how Irelaxed for the majority of my time in theTranquility Room. I played with the kineticsand at the desk. Kinetic sand is an irresistibletactile experience. Watching the sand meltbetween my fingertips was calming. I alsothumbed through the binders above the desk.These were filled with organizational tools andjournaling prompts. I appreciated the value ofthe prompts, promoting both self-awarenessand mindfulness of feelings during challengingtimes.If none of this seems like what you need to feel zen,there is more available in the Tranquility Room. Thereis a CD player with choices of music as well as a whitenoise machine. Fidget toys, stress balls, coloringpages, and a buddha board are available. The backcorner of the room has a yoga mat, meditationcushions, a singing bowl, and guides for your practice.Other features include a weighted blanket, reflexologyfoot massager, and aromatherapy diffuser. All fivesenses are represented throughout the room.To reserve a session in the Tranquility Room, go to Health Services in Theinert Hall. Youcan schedule increments of 15, 30, or 45 minutes. There is something for everybody here.22

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Fresh Perspectives : Art, Poetry and Other Fun ThingsDigital artwork by Zoë Naglieri-PrescodTop Left: The Girl with the Flower JacketTop Right : Ignorance is BlissBottom Left: Kimyōna SekaiBottom Right: City Blues 24CreativeSpotlight

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Allison Zaczynski Sex Ed. as of January 16, 1998 If my eight-year-old self could explain,I would begin with a too-knowledgeable rambleof cigars, a belted blue dress, that woman, perjury, and shame being the kind of ghost that onlyhaunts a woman.Fresh Perspectives : Art, Poetry and Other Fun Things25CreativeSpotlight

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This past September, the I Am Bay Path Storytelling Project was launched during Campus Day. Theday was a wild success, from the giant balloon arch to the outpouring of support from everyone whocame by the table. This first introduction to the project was headed by Academic Affairs work studystudent, Loren Jones. Last spring, Loren was profiled for the project when it first began and is nowlooking to provide that same opportunity to students in the TRAD, GRAD, and TAWC programs. For those who do not want to provide their own story, there are still numerous ways to be involved inthe project! We invite any and all who wish to do so to visit our events or volunteer to be a studentambassador for the project. The #IAmBayPath team will be hosting an Open House event to introducethe project over a dinner and discussion. The event will be in October and you must register beforeattending. More information on the Open House as well as the story project will be sent shortly but inthe meantime, please feel free to contact Loren atAm Bay Path by Loren Jones26

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Christina Correa completed her internship at the Family Care Medical Centerin Springfield, MA. She is a medical science major with dreams to become aphysician's assistant (PA). During her internship, she had the opportunity toshadow primary care, urgent care, and orthopedics. Christina improved hercritical thinking and problem-solving skills having to face different medicalsituations every day. Christina noted that her medical supervisor, StephenGobielle (PA-C), left her with a motivating quote: “Everything that comes inyour way is an obstacle and you have to figure out how to get over.” Christinais motivated now more than ever to become a physician's assistant. Riley Foley completed her internship at Cartamundi in East Longmeadow, MA.Riley is majoring in business administration and marketing. During herinternship, she discovered that she enjoyed working for a large corporation andhopes to explore the insurance field. Conducting an internship left Riley with along list of professional references and a better sense of her future careergoals. She now intends to go on to graduate school to complete a Master’sDegree in Business Administration. Aryanna Wiggins-Gamble is majoring in medical science and neurobiology.She completed her internship at Pediatric Kid’s Station in Manchester, CT.Aryanna had the opportunity to observe various medical professionals underDr. John Walker. During her time, she developed critical leadership skills andthe ability to communicate effectively with patients. Her internship affirmed herdreams of working as a pediatrician. Internship RelectionsCongratulations to these students who havereflected this month!28

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Maria Gil completed her internship at Survivors of Homicide in Wethersfield,CT. Maria is a Forensic Psychology major and aspires to work with victims ofcrime as a Victims Advocate. During her internship, she gained exposure andexperience of homicide survivors and left with a greater understanding of thecriminal justice system. Maria learned that when working with victims of crime,a person must be honest and have a commitment and passion for helpingothers. Maria’s internship solidified her passion for working with victims ofcrime. In January of 2020, Maria will be working on her Master’s Degree inCriminal Investigations. Talia Hicks is a Medical Science: Pre-Med major who interned at BaystateFranklin Medical Center and Valley Medical Group. Talia had the opportunity toobserve physician assistants and explore different environments in variouspractice settings. During her internship, she enhanced her medical vocabularyand improved her ability to speak in front of large groups. Talia explained thather internship made her want to become a physician’s assistant even more.She will be applying to PA school next year. Abigail Joseph is a Forensic Science major who completed her internship atSanford Research in Sioux Falls, SD. During her internship, she had theopportunity to present scientific research, manage various types of human andmouse cells, and conduct research in the laboratory setting. She also had theopportunity to travel somewhere new and conduct and present her research tothe community. Abigail’s internship experience helped her to realize that sheprefers working in the field and hopes to conduct more scientific field work inthe future.Internship RelectionsCongratulations to these students who havereflected this month!29

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Brittany Kowalski is an Accounting major who had the opportunity to complete herinternship at BIC Corporation. Brittany’s goals during her internship included learningthe fundamentals of accounts receivable, learning office suite skills, and using theskills learned to communicate with buyers and vendors. During her time, sheimproved her communication, organization, and leadership skills. Brittany realizedthat she enjoys the corporate setting and will continue to work at BIC during heracademic journey. Meghan McMahon is a Neuropsychology major who completed her internship atThe Edinburg Center in the Opportunities Day Treatment Program in Bedford, MA.During her internship, she was able to do different activities such as arts and craftswith the clients, observe mental health groups, and assist in the pre-vocational cafein which she helped clients with various jobs in the kitchen. Her greatest contributionwas the relationships she formed with the clients she worked with. After completingher internship, Meghan developed a greater interest in working with individuals whohave developmental disabilities. She also is considering a Master’s in Social Work orin Mental Health Counseling. Jessica Moynahan is a Medical Science: Pre-PA major, who had the opportunity tocomplete her internship through CIS Abroad at Mision Pichincha, a clinic in Ecuador.She worked alongside a gynecologist and was able to complete severalaccomplishments during her internship. Many of these accomplishments include: performing sonograms, taking vitals, and conducting exams. She also educatedpatients on preventative care and pregnancy precautions. This internship solidifiedher decision on wanting to be a part of the medical field. Jessica hopes to work withpatients and make an impact on them.Internship RelectionsCongratulations to these students who havereflected this month!30

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Masarra Mohammed completed her internship at Caring Health Center Inc. and is aMedical Science: Pre-PA major. During her internship, she had the opportunity toshadow patient visits, get exposure to different diagnoses, experience theenvironment in a medical office, and learn about patient confidentiality. Masarrahopes to get accepted into a Physician’s Assistant graduate program and become aPhysician’s Assistant. Sarah Norton is a double major in Forensic Science and Biology. She completedher internship at Baystate Health as a Molecular Pathology intern. During herinternship, she learned proper specimen handling and processing to ensure validtesting results. She also gained hands-on experience in PCR instrumentation, whichhelped strengthen her data gathering, interpretation, and presentation skills. Hercontribution to Baystate was the specificity and accuracy testing their assay fordetecting vaginitis-causing pathogens. After completing this internship, Sarah wantsto continue to network and take advantage of networking opportunities. She alsohopes to research graduate schools in the area, such as Boston University and theUniversity of New Haven. Yananshalie Sanchez is a Forensic Science major who completed her internship atCon-Test Analytical Laboratory as a bench technician. She was able to properly andsafely clean labware. She also learned how to handle solvents, acid, and bases, aswell as keep track of sample custody and adhering to EPA based SOPs. She neverimagined enjoying an Environmental Lab as much as she did. Yananshalie has beenhired by Con-Test Analytical Laboratory for a part-time position and hopes to get afull-time position soon.Internship RelectionsCongratulations to these students who havereflected this month!31

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Alexis Sulewski completed her internship this summer at the Hartford PoliceDepartment in the Crime Scene Division. She is a Forensic Science major withdreams of working in a police department. During her internship, she was able toconstruct a scene with the evidence given, learn the process of collecting evidence,get exposure to different crime scenes and court cases, and learn how to usedifferent equipment for different evidence collections. She started the process ofbecoming a police officer a week after completing her internship. She also hopes tostart her Master’s next year. Priscilla Villalona is a Biochemistry major who completed her internship during thesummer at Duke University through the AMGEN Scholars Program. She was able toconduct experiments on her own and teach an incoming freshman how to do thesame experiments. She was also able to present her research during Duke’sSummer Program Poster Session, where she got to step out of her comfort zone.This internship experience has encouraged Priscilla to continue her education andapply for a PhD program.Internship RelectionsCongratulations to these students who havereflected this month!Shown (Left to Right): Priscillia Villalona, Abigail Joseph, Masarra Mohammed,Riley Foley, and Maria Gil.32

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Over this summer, I was an Amgen Scholar at Duke University. The AmgenScholars Program aims to provide research opportunities to undergraduate studentsat several different universities around the United States. At Duke, I worked in Dr.Al-Hashimi's lab on a project that was about targeting HIV-1 RNA with smallmolecules. I used fluorescence to evaluate the binding of these small molecules to asequence called RRE (Rev Response Element) that is a part of HIV-1 RNA. I enjoyed my time in this lab and I felt that people were willing to help you when youneeded it. The program was a great experience in conducting research at a differentinstitution. Within my program, I got to interact with other students that wereconsidering similar career paths to myself. These were people that are seriousabout what they were doing in school and the lab. I also felt that I was able to formconnections with the people that were in my program.Amgen Scholar - Duke University by Priscillia Villalona33

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Network NewsSeptember/October 2019