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Future Summit

DATE: Friday, October 20, 2017

TIME: 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Leslie Phillips Theater, Fine & Performing Arts Building

The Future Summit will bring together students, faculty, staff and community members to explore ideas relevant to the future of HCC and our surrounding communities. Three dynamic speakers will spark our thinking on future-focused issues raised by students, faculty and staff during our August strategic planning kickoff. Breakout sessions will follow to foster discussion and set priorities for HCC.


12:30 - 2:10 p.m. Speakers Leslie Phillips Theater
  2:30 - 3:45 p.m.  Breakout sessions     Rooms TBA
  4:00 - 4:30 p.m. Conclusion Leslie Phillips Theater


Teaching and Learning of the Future

Prof KlingThomas Kling, Ph.D, is Department Chair and Professor of Physics at Bridgewater State University.  He has held two $1 million grants from the National Science Foundation to promote institutional change and student success in STEM fields, and is a recipient of BSU's Presidential Teaching Award. Committed to faculty development and the use of active learning pedagogies, Kling has served as a Fellow in Bridgewater State's Office of Teaching and Learning, and Coordinator of Bridgewater's First Year Seminar Program.  

His work in promoting student success in science and math has led him to examine student success broadly at Bridgewater. In 2014-2015, he served as Faculty Fellow for Student Success in Academic Affairs, leading new efforts to develop and share disaggregated student success data, and leading the university's Holistic Advising Task Force.  He both studies and utilizes how writing pedagogy and inquiry in science classes can improve student success.  He regularly publishes research on the application of general relativity to gravitational lensing, or the bending and distortion of light due to massive objects in the universe. 

Connecting Education and Work to the Future

BOT Katie StebbinsA member of the HCC Board of Trustees, Katie Stebbins is the vice president for economic development for the University of Massachusetts, and serves as a liaison to the business community, establishing and growing research and workforce development partnerships to benefit the university and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. As a member of President Marty Meehan's senior leadership team, she represents UMass, the state's second-largest employer and an institution responsible for $6.2 billion in annual economic impact, on several boards and working groups focused on business collaboration and increasing the state's competitiveness in key sectors. Katie oversees the Office of Technology and Commercial Ventures (OCTV) and the UMass Donahue Institute, an economic development consulting arm of the University.

Katie was previously Assistant Secretary for Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, where she co-chaired the Governor Baker's Digital Health Council and led state investment efforts in health-tech, robotics, advanced manufacturing and cyber security. A 20-year veteran of public service and economic development, Katie has launched three of her own companies. She is also a shameless champion for mid-size cities, social equity in innovation, roller derby and women in leadership. Katie earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a master's in city planning from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Sustainable Food Security in Our Future

Andrew MorehouseAndrew Morehouse is responsible for the overall management of The Food Bank. He also engages in public education and advocacy, carries out fundraising and "friendraising," and serves on several non-profit boards of directors. Morehouse has served as the Executive Director since 2005 and has devoted his entire professional career to the non-profit sector and, specifically, to social and economic justice issues.

Prior to The Food Bank, he was the founding director for ten years of a community development corporation devoted to asset-building strategies of, for, and by low-income residents in Holyoke, Massachusetts. Morehouse has also worked in Washington, DC in community-based programs in the Salvadoran refugee community and in public policy think tanks on U.S. foreign policy in Latin America. Morehouse has a B.A. in Anthropology from Bates College, a M.A. in Economics from the University of Massachusetts, and a M.B.A. from the Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Morehouse has traveled extensively in Latin America, and is bilingual and bicultural.


Following presentations by our speakers, breakout sessions will provide small groups of students, faculty, staff, community members and local and state representatives with a space in which to explore ideas sparked by the presentations, identify and prioritize issues that are of particular significance to HCC, and bring their ideas to a larger group forum. Facilitators will guide this process, keep sessions running on time, and help clarify objectives.

We hope you'll join—register today!

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