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Smithsonian to Receive Jacques Pépin Menu

October 26th, 2015 in Featured News Post, Food & Wine, MET News.


Jacques Pépin (Hon.’11) has donated to the Smithsonian a hand-painted menu that accompanied an intimate meal for Julia Child and 15 lucky guests at Child’s house in Cambridge, Mass., in 2001. Chef Pépin, Jean-Claude Szurdak, and 10 students from BU’s Certificate Program in Culinary Arts prepared the meal in the iconic kitchen essential to Child’s PBS cooking series, including Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home. Weeks later, the kitchen would be relocated to the Smithsonian. Pépin is being honored with the first-ever Julia Child Award, presented to him at the American History Museum on October 22.

Pépin is also guest of honor at MET’s Toast to Innovation, to be held November 2 at BU’s 808 Gallery. Tickets are available here.

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Best Newspaper Food Coverage

October 9th, 2015 in Featured News Post, Food & Wine, Gastronomy, MET News.

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The Boston Globe Food Section staff—led by Globe Food Editor Sheryl Julian—won first place for Best Newspaper Food Coverage, awarded at the annual Association of Food Journalists conference in St. Petersburg, Fla. Julian serves as an instructor in MET’s Certificate Program in the Culinary Arts and Programs in Food & Wine—and has helped launch the food writing careers of many students from the College’s culinary arts and gastronomy programs.

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Addressing the Merits of College Behind Bars

September 17th, 2015 in MET News.

Addressing the Merits of College Behind Bars

Mary Ellen Mastrorilli, assistant professor and faculty coordinator for MET’s online Master of Criminal Justice program, and James Matesanz, retired superintendent of the Mass. Department of Correction and senior lecturer on MET’s criminal justice faculty, addressed the American Correctional Association’s 145th Congress of Correction in August. Their presentation, moderated by Michael Harris, superintendent of the Suffolk County House of Corrections in Boston, was entitled “College Behind Bars: Soft or Sensible?” Tackling the debate as to whether one’s right to earn a college degree is forfeited upon incarceration, Dr. Mastrorilli and Mr. Matesanz presented the pros and cons of prison education from two perspectives—that of the practitioner and that of the academic. Along the way they discussed recidivism, Pell Grants, race and class, post-prison employment, and many other issues of prison education.

ACA is the oldest association developed specifically for practitioners in the correctional profession. Today, the ACA has thousands of members from all over the world.

Since 1972, Boston University has engaged in prisoner education initiatives through the Prison Education Program. As part of Metropolitan College’s criminal justice faculty, Mastrorilli has over two decades of direct experience with prison populations, in positions ranging from correction officer to prison administrator. She is the recipient of the Correctional Association of Massachusetts’ Professional Excellence Award, as well as the Breaking the Glass Ceiling Award given by the National Center for Women and Policing. Mastrorilli teaches courses in criminal justice and sociology.

Discovering and Documenting the “Archaeology of Food”

September 2nd, 2015 in Gastronomy, Mary Beaudry, MET News.

Archeology of Food
The newly published Archaeology of Food: An Encyclopedia includes more than 250 entries, which, as the publisher explains, “add depth to our understanding of food.” This impressive two-volume work was edited by Karen Metheny, a visiting researcher in archaeology and lecturer in MET’s gastronomy program, and Dr. Mary Beaudry, BU College of Arts & Sciences professor of archaeology, anthropology, and gastronomy.

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MGH Newsletter Showcases MET-Educated Interpreter

September 2nd, 2015 in MET News.

Medical Interpretation
Jonathan Fitzgerald, who holds a certificate in medical interpreting from MET’s Center for Professional Education, received a nice write-up in the August 17 issue of Massachusetts General Hospital’s newsletter, The Interpreter. A Certified Medical Interpreter (CMI) serving Spanish-speaking patients, Fitzgerald credits CPE Program Coordinator Karen Murphy for helping him break into the field.

See “Interpreter Profile: Jonathan Fitzgerald.”