Clark campus never a lonely summer place

Summer Clark - Clark University

Caps and gowns are nowhere to be seen and the pace on Clark's campus has slowed down a bit. Faculty and students come and go as they work on research and special projects, and administrators and staff people take on tasks and long-range planning they had put off during the busy academic semesters. And the parking is much easier! Still, the Clark University community is always active and engaged, whatever the season. Below is just a sampling of slated summer events that promise to enliven the campus this summer:

The 13th Annual Northeast Granular Materials Workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, June 12, at Clark University's Sackler Sciences Center. The workshop will bring researchers and students in the Northeast together to discuss their work and explore collaborations, and will feature four invited speakers, contributed talks, and a poster session. Organizers include: Arshad Kudrolli, Clark University; Narayanan Menon, UMass-Amherst; Mark Shattuck, CUNY.

The Dynamy Upward Bound (Bruce Wells Scholars) and Youth Academy programs at Y.O.U., Inc., provide promising but at-risk high school students in the Worcester Public schools with the opportunity to achieve their dreams of a college education. The Upward Bound program, in collaboration with the Adam Institute for Urban Teaching and School Practice at Clark, includes a comprehensive six-week residential and academic Summer Program at Clark (June – July); students in the summer program take a full slate of classes on the Clark campus for five weeks, followed by a one-week, full-time, paid internship.

Clark Athletics runs ID clinics and youth clinics, including basketball camps (Aug. 3 - 6 and Aug. 10 - 13), Women's Soccer ID Clinics (July 18 or August 2 - both 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.) and a Swim Smart Summer Program (dates TBA). A schedule of upcoming clinics and contact information is available and regularly updated online.

The 11th annual APA/Clark University Workshop for High School Teachers will again bring 25 teachers from around the country to campus (July 20 to 22). This workshop, sponsored by the American Psychological Foundation, Clark and the APA, was the brainchild of Clark alumnus Dr. Lee Gurel, who studied psychology and was granted a bachelor's degree from Clark in 1948. Read more.

The Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark, in cooperation with the Hiatt Center for Urban Education, will hold its first-ever Holocaust Summer Institute for Secondary Educators from August 10 to 14 at the Strassler Center. The Summer Holocaust Institute is a multi-module course that provides secondary educators with the tools they need to teach about the Holocaust. Overall, the course is composed of three modules, each of one week duration, taught over multiple summers. The first module will provide a broad overview of the history of the Holocaust. Topics addressed in module one range from "Historical Anti-Semitism," to "Nazi Ideology" and "Nazi Concentration Camps System," and from "Jewish Response to Persecution" to "Resistance during the Holocaust." The course will include lecture, discussion, classroom activities, and the development of lesson plans.

The Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy (ECWD) takes place every two years and will be held July 10 through 12 at Clark. The conference "exposes people to the concept of worker-owned businesses; strengthens existing worker-owned businesses; develops relationships between democratically-owned businesses, labor institutions, and resource organizations; and builds the movement for workplace democracy."

On August 10, the New England Association of Chemistry Teachers will hold a summer mini-conference titled "Colorful Chemistry," which will include a plenary lecture, a full day of short talks, workshops, and a scientist's tour of the Worcester Art Museum. Among a host of lively and timely topics are "Historic Mineral Pigments: Colorful Benchmarks of Ancient Civilizations," exploration and discussion of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) inspired materials, "Quantum Dots: Colorful Chemistry in Teaching and Research," and "Mostly Purple Stuff." An evening banquet and speaker will conclude the program.

About 300 area youths ages 8 to 13 will participate in the Worcester Police Department's G.A.N.G. summer program, hosted at Clark for several years in collaboration with Clark's University Police. The free camp focuses on gang prevention and intervention, WPD writes, and "strengthens the relationship police develop with the city's at-risk youth." The program includes guest lectures, crafts and athletics, civics discussions and networking with professionals, and is slated for the weeks of July 13 and July 20 for 8- to 11-year-olds and July 27 for 11- to 13-year-olds.

The Worcester Chamber Music Society will hold two 2015 Chamber Music Sessions (July 6 to 10 and July 13 to 17) at Clark, featuring "a fun, innovative classical chamber music summer camp for strings, woodwinds and pianists age 12 through adult" in a "non-competitive atmosphere that nurtures talents of all levels through a combination of coaching sessions, workshops and concerts given by WCMS's world class musicians." Several students opt for overnight accommodations in the Residence Life halls on campus.