Bay Path University’s next Women’s Leadership Conference will take place in person in 2022

SPRINGFIELD — Bay Path University’s annual Women’s Leadership Conference has garnered a reputation as the premier event of the spring at the MassMutual Center, with big-name guest speakers like actress Rita Moreno and journalist Barbara Walters and plenty of opportunities for women to network.

This year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the university canceled the conference, which was set to feature entertainment and beauty icon Tyra Banks.

Initially Bay Path planned for a virtual conference in 2021. But on Wednesday the school announced it will instead hold out for an in-person conference in 2022.

“We looked at possible virtual platforms to hold the conference, but we felt that, given the energy that is felt in the room on that day and the networking that happens, that it was just not going to be a comparable experience,” said Caron Hobin, vice president of strategic alliances, who has produced the conference since its inception 24 years ago.

Hobin said planners were also realistic about the amount of screen time people are enduring for work and social gatherings since the pandemic began.

“We realize, from our own experiences attending Zoom meetings and digital forums, that screen fatigue is real,” she said. “In order to truly create a day that would meet the high standards that we — and our attendees — have come to expect, we feel that waiting it out to create a great in-person experience is the right way to go.”

Bay Path University President Sandra J. Doran said the school was excited about the possibility offering a virtual conference, but feedback from the community made it clear that was not the best option.

“Knowing how important this was to our community we did some small focus groups with supporters, with sponsors, with attendees to tell us why the conference is important to them and whether they thought we could satisfy that purpose if we held it virtually,” she said. “Universally people came back and said no. The value of this conference is the relationships we build, the conversations we have around our table, and that’s something we cannot provide virtually.”

Doran said the opportunity to network, connect, learn and grow happened in an organic way when people came together in one space. The annual conference brings more than 2,000 attendees to downtown Springfield for a day of speakers and workshop sessions devoted to professional development and personal goals.

Mary Kay Wydra, president of the Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau, said the annual event is a boost for small business owners who sell their goods during the conference, as well as for the local economy as a whole.

“That event comes in at $200,000 in terms of impact because it is mostly a local draw, and it’s a one-day event, but you do get people who will stay in the downtown area and grab dinner after the conference,” she said.

Wydra said the value of the conference is in the exposure it provides for the MassMutual Center and downtown.


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Ashford University’s 2020 Teaching and Learning Conference Examines Critical Issues in Online Higher Education

Throughout the conference, participants joined three keynote addresses, four featured speakers, six panel discussions, and 120 presenters representing 14 institutions to create actionable ideas that explore the value of traditional liberal arts versus career-focused curricula. These discussions were guided with this question in mind: “Must education in the 21st century take an either/or approach to what will prepare students to be ethical and productive contributors to society?”

TLC’s keynote speakers encouraged conference attendees to consider this question with creativity, empathy, and purpose throughout the discussions and panels. Keynote speaker Larry Robertson, award-winning author, strategist, and innovation advisor at Lighthouse Consulting, opened the conference by offering a framework for resiliency through creative experimentation during challenging times in higher education. During his keynote address, Dr. Craig Swenson, President of Ashford University, encouraged conference attendees to consider how education helps to preserve democracy throughout our nation’s evolution. Dr. Warren Hayman, scholar, writer, and activist and the coordinator of the Urban Education Leadership doctoral program at Morgan State University in Baltimore; and, Morgan State doctoral candidate Kamaria Massey, closed TLC with a concrete action plan for overcoming implicit bias and creating successful learning environments for students of color.

The conference also featured a ceremony to honor the winners of Ashford University’s 2020 Faculty Teaching Excellence Awards, who are nominated by their peers in the department and college leadership. This year’s honorees include:

  • Dr. Stephanie Mungle – Center for the Enhancement of the First-Year Experience
  • Kim Kenyon – Department of Education and Liberal Arts
  • Dr. Lauren Hall-Davis – Department of Health Sciences
  • Dr. Heather Frederick – Department of Behavioral Sciences
  • Amine Dehmani – Department of Technology Studies
  • Dr. Millicent Addo – Department of Organizational Studies
  • Dr. David Mackusick – Department of Advanced Management Studies
  • Jerry Spight – Department of Professional Studies

Ashford offers TLC participants and the general public additional opportunities for ongoing engagement with conference presenters and attendees, including an official conference social media hashtag (#ashfordtlc), and insightful content populated on the TLC Thought Leaders Blog. Recordings of each TLC 2020 session also are available on Ashford’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning YouTube page.

About Ashford University
Ashford University is a recognized leader and innovator in distance learning and online education. Ashford is designed to meet the needs of working students, offering programs most often sought by those whose primary educational goals relate to developing professional and career-relevant competencies. Flexible schedules, innovative delivery, and accessible academic support tools help working students balance busy lives with academic studies. Ashford offers associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs. For more information, please visit, or

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College football odds, picks for Week 13 in Big 12: Iowa State upsets Texas on road to conference title game

The Big 12’s playoff picture is dim, but not non-existent. It rests solely on No. 11 Oklahoma. But first the Sooners need to win out. That won’t be easy. In fact, the top four teams with the most realistic shots to win the league are all 6-2 or 5-2. As such, the final two, maybe three weeks of the season could yield several possibilities. 

It won’t be worth getting into all of them now, but there is one game taking center stage this weekend that will shape the race: Friday’s noon ET matchup between Iowa State and Texas. For the Cyclones, it’s the first of two tough games to end the year, and this one comes on a short week. But Iowa State has a lot going for it. It’s a top-15 defense in points per drive allowed among teams that have played at least five games. The running game is reliable. They can win using their brand of football. Texas is more of a wild card, but quarterback Sam Ehlinger leads the Big 12 with 29 total touchdowns. This is a high-stakes game with a lot to lose. 

Let’s dive into the rest of the Big 12 happenings this weekend. 

Big 12 picks

No. 13 Iowa State at No. 17 Texas 

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This is a quick turnaround road game for the Cyclones and Texas is coming off an unexpected open week, but I think the wrong team might be favored here. Iowa State dismantled Kansas State and looks like one of the two best teams in the Big 12. A trip to Arlington, Texas, is within grasp, which would be a monumental milestone for this program. At this same time, Texas finds itself in another must-win situation. This is a compelling top-25 game to kick off the Thanksgiving weekend slate. This one could be tight, but I like the Cyclones. Pick: Iowa State +1.5

Texas Tech at No. 23 Oklahoma State 

Just about everything that could have gone wrong against Oklahoma did for Oklahoma State. It got behind quickly, lost quarterback Spencer Sanders to a head injury in the first quarter and was ill-equipped to mount a comeback. The Pokes need a get-right game, and I think they get it at home against the Red Raiders. Pick: Oklahoma State -10.5

Kansas State at Baylor 

The team with one (1) win is favored, which should tell you how things are going at Kansas State. I don’t love betting the spread here as much as the point total (46). Kansas State and Baylor rank 96th and 100th, respectively, in points per drive. First one to 20 wins? Pick: Under 46

TCU at Kansas  

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University of St. Joseph’s winter sports conference competition canceled due to COVID-19

The University of St. Joseph in West Hartford will not play its conference athletic schedule this winter after the Great Northeast Athletic Conference announced Monday that it has canceled all conference winter sports contests due to COVID-19.

Jim Calhoun wearing a suit and tie: Jim Calhoun and his Division III St. Joseph men's basketball team will not be able to play conference games this winter as the Great Northeast Athletic Conference canceled all conference winter sports contests Monday due to COVID-19.

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Jim Calhoun and his Division III St. Joseph men’s basketball team will not be able to play conference games this winter as the Great Northeast Athletic Conference canceled all conference winter sports contests Monday due to COVID-19.

Winter sports include men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, and men’s and women’s indoor track and field.

Albertus Magnus in New Haven, another GNAC school, also canceled its winter sports.

The conference is allowing each school to plan for nonconference competition consistent with national and state public health, NCAA and institutional guidelines, as well as providing training and conditioning opportunities.

“St. Joseph is considering all options, including on-campus training plans and exploring alternative opportunities to compete this winter,” the school said in a statement. “We will update student-athletes with plans in the coming weeks. The health and well-being of our student-athletes, coaches, staff and community will remain our highest priority during this process.”

Last winter, St. Joseph men’s basketball, coached by Hall of Famer Jim Calhoun, advanced to its first NCAA Division III Tournament appearance, where the Blue Jays lost to Hobart in the first round, 78-74, on March 6 in Springfield. The Blue Jays had a 25-game winning streak last season, and Calhoun picked up his 900th career victory in January.

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Ascendis Pharma A/S Announces Third Quarter 2020 Financial Results and Business Update Conference Call on November 11

COPENHAGEN, Denmark, Nov. 02, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ascendis Pharma A/S (Nasdaq: ASND), a biopharmaceutical company that utilizes its innovative TransCon™ technologies to address unmet medical needs, today announced that the company will hold a conference call and live webcast on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) to review its third quarter 2020 financial results and provide a business update.

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A live webcast of the conference call will be available on the Investors and News section of the Ascendis Pharma website at A webcast replay will be available on this website shortly after conclusion of the event for 30 days.

About Ascendis Pharma A/S

Ascendis Pharma is applying its innovative platform technology to build a leading, fully integrated biopharma company focused on making a meaningful difference in patients’ lives. Guided by its core values of patients, science and passion, the company utilizes its TransCon™ technologies to create new and potentially best-in-class therapies.

Ascendis Pharma currently has a pipeline of three independent endocrinology rare disease product candidates in clinical development and is advancing oncology as its second therapeutic area of focus. The company continues to expand into additional therapeutic areas to address unmet patient needs. Ascendis is headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark, with additional offices in Heidelberg and Berlin, Germany, and in Palo Alto and Redwood City, California.

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Whiting Petroleum Announces Third Quarter 2020 Earnings Release Date and Conference Call

Whiting Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:WLL) will release its third quarter 2020 financial and operating results on Thursday, November 5, 2020 after the market close. A conference call with investors, analysts and other interested parties is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. ET (10:00 a.m. CT, 9:00 a.m. MT) on Friday, November 6, 2020 to discuss Whiting’s third quarter 2020 financial and operating results. Participants are encouraged to pre-register for the conference call by clicking on the following link: Callers who pre-register will be given a unique telephone number and PIN to gain immediate access on the day of the call. Those without internet access or unable to pre-register may join the live call by dialing: (877) 328-5506 (U.S.), (866) 450-4696 (Canada) or (412) 317-5422 (International) to be connected to the call.

A telephonic replay will be available beginning one to two hours after the call on Friday, November 6, 2020 and continuing through Friday, November 13, 2020. You may access this replay at (877) 344-7529 (U.S.), (855) 669-9658 (Canada) or (412) 317-0088 (International) and enter the replay access code 10149456.

About Whiting Petroleum Corporation

Whiting Petroleum Corporation, a Delaware corporation, is an independent oil and gas company that explores for, develops, acquires and produces crude oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids primarily in the Rocky Mountain region of the United States. The Company’s largest projects are in the Bakken and Three Forks plays in North Dakota and Niobrara play in northeast Colorado. The Company trades publicly under the symbol WLL on the New York Stock Exchange. For further information, please visit

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Big Ten mayors ‘humbly’ voice Covid concerns as conference college football kicks off this weekend

The Big Ten says it’s ready to play some football this weekend, but the mayors of the college towns where these teams are based have “humbly” asked the conference to address their Covid-19 concerns before kickoff.

“We know the history of football games within our cities,” the mayors wrote in an open letter this week to the Big Ten Conference, which actually has 14 universities and includes storied college football programs like Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State and Wisconsin. “They generate a lot of activity, social gatherings and consumption of alcohol. These activities within our communities have also been associated with an increased spread of Covid-19.”

So even though all Big Ten games will be played this season without fans in the stands, the mayors wrote, “we humbly request a few practical measures that the Big Ten Conference can take to ensure we have the tools we need to combat the spread of Covid-19.”

“While we all appreciate our college and university sports programs and the economic and community benefits that they provide, the COVID-19 crisis is far from over and we are expecting some potential new obstacles as a result of the upcoming football season,” Mayor Aaron Stephens of East Lansing, Michigan, the home of Michigan State University, added in a separate statement.

NBC News has reached out to the Big Ten for a response to the mayors. Their letter was delivered more than a month after the league, which had shelved the season because of concerns about the pandemic, suddenly reversed course and announced it would play after all.

President Donald Trump, who had been pressuring the Big Ten to get back out on the gridiron, claimed victory. But the league leadership said the development of rapid Covid-19 testing technology — not the president’s pressure tactics — was behind their decision.

“President Trump had nothing to do with our decision and did not impact the deliberations,” the president of a Big Ten university who asked not to be identified said. “In fact, when his name came up, it was a negative, because no one wanted this to be political.”

In other coronavirus news:

  • Less that two weeks before a presidential election that is shaping up as a referendum on Trump’s much-criticized handling of the pandemic, the U.S. was leading the world with 8.4 million confirmed Covid-19 cases and 223,544 deaths, according to the latest tally compiled by NBC News.
  • Ahead of Trump facing off against Democratic challenger Joe Biden in their final debate Thursday, Frank Fahrenkopf, co-chairman of the Commission on Presidential Debates, said they took a number of measures to keep the candidates safe, including installing Plexiglass between the podiums. “I’m not sure that the Trump campaign wanted it,” he told MSNBC. It was removed after Trump and Biden tested negative.
  • Some 787,000 people filed for first-time unemployment benefits last week, the lowest weekly count since March. But weekly claims have remained stubbornly high since the start of the pandemic and have far surpassed the previous record
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II-VI Incorporated to Webcast FY 2021 First-Quarter Conference Call

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 22, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — II-VI Incorporated (Nasdaq: IIVI), a global leader in engineered materials and optoelectronic components, announced today that the Company will hold a live webcast and conference call on Thursday, November 5, 2020, at 9:00 a.m. EST. The webcast and call will be hosted by Dr. Vincent D. (Chuck) Mattera, Jr., Chief Executive Officer, Mary Jane Raymond, Chief Financial Officer, and Giovanni Barbarossa, Chief Strategy Officer and Compound Semiconductors President.

The first-quarter results will be released before the market opens on Thursday, November 5, 2020, and will be posted on the Company’s website at

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Individuals wishing to participate in the webcast can access the event at the Company’s website by visiting or via

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If you wish to participate in the call, please dial (877) 316-5288 for U.S. calls and (734) 385-4977 for international calls. When you call, please enter ID number 4349251 and provide your name and company affiliation.

The call will be recorded, and a replay will be available to interested parties who are unable to attend the live event. This service will be available up to 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, November 9, 2020, by dialing (855) 859-2056 for U.S. calls and (404) 537-3406 for international calls and entering the ID number 4349251.

About II-VI Incorporated

II-VI Incorporated, a global leader in engineered materials and optoelectronic components, is a vertically integrated manufacturing company that develops innovative products for diversified applications in communications, materials processing, aerospace & defense, semiconductor capital equipment, life sciences, consumer electronics, and automotive markets. Headquartered in Saxonburg, Pennsylvania, the Company has research and development, manufacturing, sales, service, and distribution facilities worldwide. The Company produces a wide variety of application-specific photonic and electronic materials and components, and deploys them in various forms, including integrated with advanced software to support our customers. For more information, please visit us at

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Which conference has the best chance to send multiple teams to the College Football Playoff?

Georgia lost to Alabama on Saturday in a battle of top-three teams, yet the Bulldogs aren’t out of the College Football Playoff picture just yet.

The Allstate Playoff Predictor gives the 3-1 Bulldogs a 28% chance at making the playoff, fifth best in the country as of now. Clemson tops the list with an 87% chance, while Alabama is second at 81.6%.

Sure, Georgia’s probability of making the playoff dropped significantly (the Bulldogs had a 53% chance at making the playoff and 13% shot at the title last week, but they’re now down to 4.9%), but it is in better shape now compared to other one-loss teams.

Florida, which had its matchup with LSU postponed after a COVID-19 spike, saw its playoff hopes dwindle from 14% to 4% last week after the Gators lost to Texas A&M. The Aggies currently have a 0.5% chance at making the playoff, while 4-1 Miami is at 0.4% and 3-1 Virginia Tech has a 0.3% chance.

Things will start changing drastically next weekend when the Big Ten kicks off. Currently, Ohio State, Wisconsin and Penn State are all among the top eight teams to have a shot at making the playoff. Two Pac-12 teams — Oregon and USC — also find themselves in the top 10 for playoff odds, and their conference doesn’t begin play until Nov. 7.

For now, here is a complete look at the top of the CFP projections picture after Week 7:

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Halo Labs President Katie Field to Present at the 2020 Virtual Benzinga Cannabis Capital Conference

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Halo Labs Inc. (“Halo” or the “Company“) (NEO: HALO, OTCQX: AGEEF, Germany: A9KN) has announced its participation in the virtual Benzinga Cannabis Capital Conference beginning at 2:30 p.m. EST on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. Halo Labs President Katie Field will be presenting an overview of Halo Labs, its recent acquisitions and future vision.

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This year’s virtual Benzinga Cannabis Capital Conference will offer entrants all the benefit of an immersive and robust in-person cannabis conference from any remote location. The conference will feature an interactive forum of live and on-demand presentations from top CEOs, investors and leaders in the cannabis space. Guests will have the opportunity to connect with top movers and shakers in the industry from across the globe.

Ms. Field’s executive career as a strategy consultant spans both the private and public sectors. She began her career in the cannabis industry in 2014 to lead and procure the build-out and sale of one of five original, vertically integrated state licenses in Florida. Ms. Field’s expertise stems from her work with notable companies and institutions such as Bain & Company, The Brookings Institution, MariMed and The White House. Subsequently, Ms. Field operated a strategy consulting practice focusing primarily on the cannabis industry. She holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA with honors from Stanford University.

“In the wake of COVID-19, it is of paramount importance to continue connecting with key industry leaders through a virtual conference,” said Ms. Field. “I’m thrilled to share Halo Labs’ evolution of innovating products and our vision of the future of cannabis with this year’s participants.”

For more information or to register for the conference please visit: or contact Halo Labs directly at [email protected]

About Halo

Halo is a leading, vertically integrated cannabis company that cultivates, extracts, manufactures and distributes quality cannabis flower, oils, and concentrates, and has sold approximately six million grams of oils and concentrates since inception. Halo continues to scale efficiently, partnering with trustworthy leaders in the industry, who value their operational expertise in bringing top-tier products to market. Current growth includes expansion in key markets in the United States and Africa, with planned geographic expansion into U.K. and Canadian markets. With a consumer-centric focus, Halo markets value-driven, branded, and private-label products across multiple product categories. The Company also has acquired a range of software development assets, such as the technology platforms CannPOS, Cannalift, and more recently signed a deal to acquire CannaFeels. Halo also owns the inhalation technology Acudab.

Halo is led by a strong, diverse and innovative management team, with deep industry knowledge and blue-chip experience. The Company is currently operating in the United States in California, Oregon, and Nevada. Internationally, the Company is currently cultivating cannabis at Bophelo Bioscience & Wellness (Pty) Ltd, in Lesotho

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