Circuits and Beats
Circuits and Beats 2011 was the second year or this two week summer camp outreach program or middle school-aged chil-dren in Holyoke and Springeld. The program introduced 20 children to the world o electrical and computer engineeringvia a series o hands-on projects culminating in their successul building o the SDM1, a spinning drum machine kit inventedand designed at M5. Each child was able to keep his/her own drum machine. The Circuits and Beats program was unded byECE, M5, ECE alumni, riends o ECE and the Americorps volunteer program. Several Americorp volunteers served as sta,too.
Student teams act as consultants and provide e-Solutions to local small businesses by designing a prototypical website anddeveloping a set o business strategies. Current projects include Heart o Shamanism, Crosse Custom Graphics, and ApexHealthcare Services, Inc. Since 1999, more than 150 companies have been served.
Student Chapter o the National Society o Minorities in Hospitality (NSMH)
As part o the NSMH vision, its mission is to educate in order to aid in the recruitment, retention, support, and advancemento minority students in the hospitality industry, and promote multiculturalism. One NSMH program, STRENGTH (Students Taking Responsibility in Engineering New Growth Through Hospitality), is or high school students in Springeld. Hostedby the UMass NSMH Chapter or the past three years, the program aims to build a bridge between students in the Roger L.Putnam Vocational Technical High School in Springeld who have expressed interest in this industry and current hospitalityand tourism students on campus.
Research projects at Westover, Westeld, and in Holyoke are conducted at a very low cost as demonstration projects or theGreater Springeld Metro Area. Faculty have been involved in legislative meetings locally and in Boston to support regionalunding or tourism initiatives and to report on casino gambling initiatives.
Massachusetts Small Business Development Center
The MSBDC is a ederal-state partnership providing one-to-one ree comprehensive and condential services ocusingon business growth and strategies, nancing and loan assistance, and strategic analysis. The statewide program’s threeintegrated product lines, business advisory services, government contracting, and international trade/export services, aredelivered though a network o skilled proessionals supported by a vast network o ederal, state, educational, and privatesector partners. Low-cost educational training programs targeted to the needs o small businesses are also oered acrossthe state. It also oers nonprot program assessments or writing grants and research projects with multiple stakeholders. The Western Regional Oce is located at the Scibelli Enterprise Center in Springeld.
St. John’s/W.E.B. Du Bois Center
A ve-year strategic alliance between the W.E.B. Du Bois Center and St. Johns Church began in 2011 includes: a Du Bois Trib-ute; the Du Bois Lecture and a Du Bois Birthday celebration. The 2012 events had more than 500 attendees in Springeld.