A friend of WISE heard about our successful Conversations with Instructors and summer programs and enthused that we have built "a vibrant online community." Join WISE and see what she means.

A new summertime experience

WISE is doing something new this summer. Our courses will be offered online. Take a look at our Summer 2020 Courses page and choose your new learning adventure.

All courses will be delivered via Zoom. If you've not used Zoom before or if you'd like some additional tips, join in our Zoom Coffee Break every Monday at 10 AM. (You'll need to log in to see the coffee break page.)

If you've attended the coffee breaks before, please note that we've changed the Zoom link for the months of June and July. Go to the Zoom Coffee Break page to get the new link.

If you have questions about using Zoom, send a note to wise@assumption.edu. We have help sessions scheduled every week.

Conversations with Instructors

The one-hour Conversations with Instructors continue through May. Current WISE members can register for these sessions on our Conversations with Instructors page.

All sessions will hosted on Zoom. For details about installing, setting up, and using Zoom, see the Using Zoom page

About Zoom and WISE

Three months ago, few of us knew or cared about Zoom, the videoconferencing software. Now it's a lifeline for families, religious organizations, educational institutions, and businesses. (More than a few us wish that we'd invested in Zoom.)

No doubt you have seen stories in the news regarding security and privacy issues with Zoom. These are important issues, ones that technical professionals, users, and Zoom have to take seriously.

Here's what we have done to use Zoom safely while retaining its ease and usefulness.

  • We don't publish our Zoom meeting links outside the WISE community.
  • All meetings and Conversations with Instructors sessions will have a moderator who will manage screen-sharing and attendee microphones to ensure that the discussions flow smoothly.
  • Zoom itself has implemented several mandatory security features for all meetings.
We will continue to monitor reports from security professionals and the responses from Zoom. You are more likely to see reports of problems than remedies; that's the nature of the news business. We believe that Zoom is a good, safe choice for our purposes. Should we learn of anything that changes that assessment, we'll stop using Zoom immediately.

See also the announcement from Assumption President Francesco C. Cesareo, Ph.D.

New Director of WISE

Monica Gow is a community leader who is local to Worcester, MA. In 2008, Monica founded a nonprofit to fill an unmet need in the community. For eight years, she worked as Executive Director for this nonprofit before being appointed to the Board of Directors as Chairperson. She also recently worked as a Field Trainer for a nonprofit which educates people on early cancer detection.

In 1987, Monica graduated from Assumption College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and recently achieved a Master of Public Administration from Clark University graduating summa cum laude. Prior to getting involved with the nonprofit world, Monica held various roles in the insurance field, and as a reading tutor, holding a certification in elementary education. Monica believes in lifelong learning and continues to better herself in areas such as LEAN Certification and Adobe’s Digital Technology. She is excited to join the WISE community and continue to offer the highest level of community engagement for dedicated lifelong learning.

We want to sincerely thank the members of the Search Committee for their support during this process.

Monica Gow will be starting at WISE on June 1, 2020.

  • 03/16/2020 10:18 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    [From time to time, we'll post ideas for online activities that you might find entertaining and informative. WISE members can add comments with your suggestions.]

  • 03/14/2020 3:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Hello everyone,

    As you have probably guessed, along with WISE class cancellations, the movie club is cancelling our film that had been scheduled for March 29. We will try to schedule it at a later date. Jeff Long is also hoping to reschedule his film class for the fall, so we will still have lots of movies to look forward to. The important thing now is for everyone to stay healthy.


  • 03/14/2020 9:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Due to the impact of  COVID-19, Assumption College announced this week that they are cancelling all on-campus activities with the exception of administrative functions.  WISE has also cancelled all courses scheduled for 2020 Spring D-session.  In light of these actions, the meeting of the WISE Supreme Court Special Interest Group, originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 17th, has also been cancelled. 

    Meanwhile, we are investigating the possibility of conducting some discussion groups via teleconference, and if such can be arranged, a notice will go out about it.  In addition, if Jack Ross identifies articles-of-interest for the group, I will forward them to you.

    I hope everyone stays safe and healthy, and hopefully, things will return to normal soon.

    Joe Corn, Group Administrator

  • 03/14/2020 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    By now most of you will have seen the email announcing the cancellation of the WISE D Session. The NF Book Club will follow suit and postpone our March 20 and 27 meetings. We'll definitely re-schedule our discussion of The Age of Wonder, but for now let's leave the date open until the dust settles. I'll poll the group some time in the late spring or early summer. If anyone has thoughts on the situation, please send email to me or the google group at any time.

    Keep calm and carry on!--
    Bill Forbes

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The Worcester Institute for Senior Education (WISE) at Assumption College has built and sustained a lifelong learning community for since 1993. Here's your chance to join a vibrant, member-led learning community.

Your WISE membership allows you to attend as many courses as you want and to enjoy special events, all for half the cost of a Dunkaccino┬« per day. In addition, we offer day trips to local points of interest and other educational travel opportunities.

See our WISE Member Benefits page for more information about WISE membership.

Upcoming classes

  • More course information will be here soon.
See our WISE Courses

for more information about upcoming courses.

In addition to courses, WISE offers a movie club, book club, special interest discussions, local travel, and lectures.

Upcoming SIG events

The learning continues outside the classroom. See more on our About WISE page.

See also our Events page for programs and other news of interest.

What's new on the website?

We've added a map to help you find the best places to parking when you're on campus.

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