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MAY 2016



Food Court Escalators To Be Replaced

After several years of overseeing numerous mechanical issues with the antiquated escalators near the Citywalk Cafes food court, the CBRE/Tower Square management office has been given authorization to have new escalators installed.

 “One of the biggest issues we faced with the original escalators is that they were more than forty years old,” explained Doug Allard, Chief Engineer for CBRE-NE at Tower Square.  “As a result of their age, it was often very difficult to find parts to make repairs when needed, so we were frequently forced to wait until replacement parts could be fabricated, which added to the duration that the escalators were out of commission.”

Work to erect temporary construction walls and to remove the original escalators began last month. Installation of two new state of the art escalators is expected sometime this month.  The entire project is estimated to take eight to ten weeks to complete.

 We are eager to complete this project, which will substantially upgrade the level of service we provide to both our retail tenants and their patrons,” added Fred Christensen, VP CBRE-NE at Tower Square.


Community Foundation is “Rooting” for Valley Gives Day – May 3

Tower Square’s own Community Foundation is going to be “rooting” for you to get involved with Valley Gives Day on May 3rd, by giving out root beer in the food court at lunchtime as part of their Valley Gives Day celebration.


Valley Gives Day is a special day when we are asked to come together as a community to support non-profit organizations across the Pioneer Valley. Through the work of these organizations and the generosity of many donors and sponsors, the needs and the aspirations of our friends and neighbors are supported.


Since 2012, Valley Gives has helped 575 nonprofits that participated and over $5.8 million was raised.


Valley Gives is hosted by the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts each year for three reasons:

·         To expand and enhance philanthropy and the spirit of giving throughout our community

·         To raise money for and build awareness of organizations throughout the Pioneer Valley that serve the needs and address the aspirations of our communities

·         To provide support and tools for organizations in the region that effectively increase their capacity to raise funds and share their stories


Founded in 1991, the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, located in suite 2300, administers a charitable endowment consisting of nearly 600 separately identified funds ($121 million) serving the three counties bordering the Connecticut River in western Massachusetts (Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin Counties).

Valley Gives Day is another way in which the Community Foundation raises awareness and encourages funding for local non-profit organizations.  For more information visit: and


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                    UMass Center Offering New Two-Year Cyber Security Certificate

There is now another option for educational programming at the UMass Center in Springfield.  The first session for the two-year Cyber Security Certificate started on April 26.  The 8-week “Internet Law and Policy” course is part of the 15-credit program available through the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS).  Students must complete four courses and a capstone project to earn their certificate.
(Pictured here:  Dr. Tracy Mitrano is the academic dean of the UMass Amherst Cyber Security Programs.)
Dr. Tracy Mitrano, academic dean of UMass Amherst cyber security programs and an instructor in the program, says graduates of the Trust Assurance and Cybersecurity (TAC) certificate program will obtain a comprehensive understanding of current legal, technical and security needs, information management, physical controls and other skills to protect a business or other entity’s information.  She is teaching the first class, which meets from 6-10 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
The TAC certificate program encourages students with diverse academic or practical experience backgrounds to apply. It has no official prerequisites and students may choose to take any but the capstone course individually through the Continuing & Professional Education program. The capstone course requires completion of the three other courses in the curriculum.

Dr. Mitrano, a leading national expert in information and institutional information security, says, “This kind of program is genuinely needed in this country. There are not enough programs to address problems such as nation-state attacks, cybercrime and information security in what is now a truly global information environment. We intend this program to be peerless in its comprehensive scope and academic rigor. It is intended as a bridge between the academic study of cyber security with corporate, government and consumer needs.”

For more information visit



Center to Host Hip Hop Civics Education Lecture
Award-winning author Dr. Bettina L. Love will kick off a series of Summer events at the UMass Center on May 11th.   Dr. Love will present on “Get Free: Hip Hop Civics Education:  A multimedia Hip Hop civics curriculum for middle to high school students.”   
 The event is from 3-5pm at the UMass Center.  It is open to the public and certainly a “must attend” for community-based youth/education organizations, School District personnel, school administrators, teachers, teacher educators, College of Education faculty, paraprofessionals, youth, and parents.  
Dr. Love is an Professor of Educational Theory & Practice at the University of Georgia.  She was recently named Nasir Jones Fellow at the W.E.B. Du Bois Research Center at Harvard. Learn more about Dr. Love at



 Veterans Symposium

The UMass Amherst College of Nursing presents “Spotlight on Veteran’s Health”, a two-day integrative symposium at the UMass Center on May 12th and 13th. Nurses, social workers, students and other healthcare providers are invited to participate in this interprofessional and holistic approach to chronic health conditions experienced by veterans. Visit for more information and to register.




This Month at Valley Venture Mentors

Monthly Mentorship Meeting - May 11th - 5-8pm VVM HQ  This is a fun, fast-paced, and casual event connecting you & amazing startps.  No commitment required :). Free beer, wine, food, and childcare is provided to help fuel the evening's festivities!   RSVP at:


Accelerator Awards - May 26th - 5-8:30pm MassMutual Center - Join us as we celebrate the accomplishments of 35 Accelerator teams and award $250,000 in prize money to our finalists! Tickets are on sale now for individuals at:  For those interested in sponsorship email:

The Valley Venture Mentors headquarters is located on street level at Tower Square in suite 125.








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