Important Announcement Regarding WISE D Session Courses

After careful consideration of the recommendations publicly announced by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and of Governor Charlie Baker, the WISE Council has voted to cancel all D session classes, activities and events. Concern for the health of our members is paramount.

The members of the WISE Council also decided that as a membership organization, we will not be refunding membership dues.

We will do our best to reschedule D Session courses into A Session next fall or at some time during the next year.

We are very sorry for this disruption of our academic year, but we want to proceed with an abundance of caution.

Susan Perschbacher
WISE Director

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

Zoom Coffee Break

WISE members can join a mid-morning discussion using Zoom. This will give you a chance to learn about Zoom, ask your questions, and talk with fellow WISE members. See our Conversations with Instructors page for details. 

  • 03/23/2020 9:36 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    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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