Regional Notebook: Feb. 8, 2022

Published: 2/7/2022 4:08:12 PM
NAMI seeks art, poetry for April show

AGAWAM — The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Western Massachusetts is looking for artists and poets to contribute their works to NAMI’s art and poetry show taking place in April at the Chicopee Public Library. Participants must be diagnosed with a mental health condition.

To download the rules and entry form, visit or call 413-786-9139. The deadline for entering art or poetry is April 1, according to a NAMI newsletter.

Organizers advise that all entries must be brought to NAMI’s office at 324A Springfield St. Entrants are advised not to contact the Chicopee Public Library.

Autism Connections plans 31st annual conference

Autism Connections, an organization providing support to children and adults living with autism in Western Massachusetts and their family members, is hosting the 31st annual Autism Conference virtually on April 28.

The conference will begin at 8 a.m. with the Exhibitor Showcase. Presentations start at 9 a.m. and the conference concludes at 4 p.m.

According to an Autism Connections press release, the two keynote speakers for the day are Alix Generous, an advocate for advancing mental health reform and institutional treatment of people with autism; and Jed Baker, an award-winning author and director of the Social Skills Training Project, an organization serving individuals with autism and social communication problems.

The keynotes will be followed by morning and afternoon breakout sessions.

For more information, visit

7 local students named to Endicott College Dean’s List

Seven Franklin County students have been named to the Dean’s List at Endicott College in Beverly for the fall semester. They are:

■Nathan Mousseau, son of Stacey Mousseau and Gabriel Mousseau of Bernardston, who is majoring in engineering.

■Sarah Wyngowski, daughter of Christina Sprague and Robert Wyngowski of Bernardston, who is majoring in liberal studies and education.

■Amber Taylor, daughter of Shelli Taylor and William Taylor of Greenfield, who is majoring in exercise science.

■Sydney Unaitis, daughter of Dana Unaitis and Christin Unaitis of Greenfield, who is majoring in nursing.

■Clarese Gardiner, daughter of Melissa Stetson and John Gardiner of South Deerfield, who is majoring in liberal studies and education.

■Abigail Zeoli, daughter of Aimee Smith-Zeoli and Michael Zeoli of Sunderland, who is majoring in nursing.

■Dominique Whitney, daughter of Michelle Kennedy-Whitney of Whately, who is majoring in nursing.

To qualify for the Dean’s List, a student must obtain a minimum grade point average of 3.5, receive no letter grade below “C,” have no withdrawal grades and be enrolled in at least 12 credits for the semester.

Fitchburg State University honors local students

The following Franklin County students have been recognized by Fitchburg State University for their academic achievements in the fall semester:

Dean’s List: Avery J. Kelton of Greenfield; Benjamin L. Hunsicker of Leyden; Morgan L. McCarthy of New Salem; Jeremy L. Askew, Sean M. Hilliard, Kailyn L. Patria, Megan Rumrill, Chloe C. Taddeo and Jada A. Walker, all of Orange; Sierra J. Warren of South Deerfield; Konan J. Kouame of Sunderland; and Brianne M. Cousineau of Turners Falls.

President’s List: Katelyn R. Page and Emily K. Vescovi, both of Orange.

A student is placed on the Dean’s List if an average grade of 3.20 or better is attained for the semester, and the student is attending the university full-time. Meanwhile, the President’s List honors students for consistently high academic achievement. A student is named to the President’s List after achieving a 3.75 grade point average in each of three successive semesters.


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