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Abstracts: A digest of monthly news and events from the MSPP community

Financial Aid Update: Cohort Default Rate

MSPP is pleased to report that our FY 2011 3-Year Cohort Default Rate is 0%. Out of 92 borrowers that entered repayment, 0 are in default. The national average is 13.7%. Thank you to Elaine Toomey, Hilary Baxter and Phyllis Leibman for their work in the Financial Aid Office.

News about Faculty, Staff, Students and ALumni


Bruce Ecker Receives Norbett L. Mintz Chair in Professional Psychology Award

Every two years since September 2002, MSPP has honored an outstanding faculty member with a two year award of the Norbett L. Mintz Chair in Professional Psychology. This significant award is described in the original gift from the Mintz Family as for a "gifted practitioner-teacher of psychology." The gift was made by the parents of Norbett Mintz. Dr. Norby Mintz was a highly respected Core Faculty member in the Department of Clinical Psychology for many years.

Bruce EckerThis year the award goes to Dr. Bruce Ecker. Bruce has played a very important role at MSPP. He is an outstanding and gifted teacher and mentor. He has been a pivotal figure in forwarding and leading the development of MSPP's Children and Families of Adversity and Resilience. He has appointments in both the Department of School Psychology and the Department of Clinical Psychology. He is the leader and coordinator of the Faculty Advisory Committee and he facilitates the smooth functioning of faculty governance. Bruce is highly esteemed by students, faculty and staff. This is a well- deserved recognition of Bruce's multiple and on-going contributions to MSPP and to the greater community. Please join me in congratulating Dr. Ecker.

The Irish International Immigration Center (IIIC) in Boston is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year. As part of the celebration Michelle Harris, MA, faculty in the Expressive Arts Therapy program, began collaborating with their community with a Collaborative Quilt. At the latest Cross-Cultural Event to celebrate National Welcoming Week, a nationwide event that highlights the contributions of immigrants to American communities, participants from Haiti, Iraq, Venezuela, Ireland, and Israel, all contributed artwork. In the pictures, one can see the quilt with some of the community members in action!

Irish International Immigration Center Quilt
Irish International Immigration Center

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Updated 10/2/14

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