Launching its new satellite campus in Gloucester, Endicott College is hosting an informational and business networking reception next Thursday, organized by the city and growing out of Gloucester's Maritime Summit last fall.
The Marine and Oceanographic Technology Network, or MOTN, which was a presence at the summit, is providing the expertise and connections.
"It's an opportunity to help the city," said MOTEN President Harlen Doliner. "It's to everybody's mutual benefit. It was the city's idea to involve Endicott.
"One of (Endicott's) reasons for expanding into Gloucester was to have a facility for marine technology," Doliner added.
The event will be the first at Endicott's Gloucester campus at 33 Commercial St,, in the Chamber of Commerce Building owned by local developer Mac Bell.
The expansion to a satellite campus in Gloucester was announced last month, with classes to begin in the fall.
Founded in 1939 on a 235-acre oceanfront campus in Beverly, Endicott plans to offer courses in marine sciences, biotechnology, hospitality management, and the arts, as well as bachelor-degree completion programs for adults.
College President Dr. Richard Wylie said the college would like to see students come to Gloucester for an immersion program as well, and the satellite will partner with the elements within the community especially from Maritime Gloucester to the Chamber of Commerce.
"I'd like to see my life science and oceanographic students live in Gloucester for a year," Wylie said at the announcement of the expansion. "And art students come to paint and go out on Rocky Neck, and creative writing students to immerse themselves in the stories of the community."
The idea for the networking event grew out of the Maritime Summit, said Gloucester's harbor planning director, Sarah Garcia.
The event begins at 3:30 p.m. and will last until 7 p.m, including a hosted bar and appetizers.
The participation cost for MOTN members and businesses located in Gloucester is $30, and $10 for students; others pay $40. There is also opportunity for organizations to purchase poster display locations in the reception area.
Eric Siegel of NortekUSA will make an industry presentation. NortekUSA services the domestic customers of the Scandinavian firm NortekSA, which makes scientific instruments that monitor and record water velocity.
A company that fits the profile for the diversified maritime businesses the city is seeking, Nortek products are based on the acoustic Doppler principle and span from single-point turbulence sensors to long-range current profilers. Nortek customers include scientists, research institutions, and consulting engineers, according to the company's profile.
MOTN members include academic institutions, government and private scientific research centers, private corporations in military and industrial fields. Among its members are the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I.
Speakers will include Endicott's director of corporate education Richard Weissman, Mayor Kirk and state Sen. Bruce Tarr.
Reservations can be made by emailing Harlan Doliner at firstname.lastname@example.org, or telephone: 617-309-2600.
Endicott has an endowment of $38.7 million, real estate valued at about $150 million, with about 2,250 undergraduates and 2,400 graduate students.
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