President’s Receptions for Accepted Students

During the month of April, the College hosted two jam-packed receptions for accepted students and their families.  It’s always an enjoyable time to interact with our new students and learn why they chose Nichols, and encourage others in attendance to make the same decision.

While speaking to the group, I affirmed our commitment to transforming today’s students into tomorrow’s leaders and provided specific examples of the ways we are demonstrating this.

  • A new academic building with classrooms designed to enhance students’ teamwork skills as well as innovation and creativity. We anticipate breaking ground in the spring of 2014.
  • Curricular enhancements—the faculty will be meeting to discuss proposals about how to emphasize leadership in the first year and infuse it throughout the students’ four years.
  • Scholarships—one of my primary goals over the next few years is to grow the number of endowed scholarships for our students so we can make a Nichols education even more accessible.
  • Preparation for our Bicentennial celebration in 2015 and our plans to ensure Nichols continues along a successful path in its next 200 years.
  • More enhancements to our already attractive campus.
  • A larger endowment that supports more financial aid.
  • An even more dynamic curriculum designed to build qualitative skills such as leadership and teamwork that make such a positive impression on employers.

I closed by encouraging prospective students to begin their own leadership transformation in the fall of 2013 at Nichols College.

It’s an exciting time to be here on “the Hill!” Come be a part!

SGA Day

The Student Government Association held their annual SGA Day event to celebrate the student body and to thank everyone for their hard work throughout the academic year.

The campus was abuzz with many fun events throughout the day, which included free Panera breakfast sandwiches and coffee on the Birckhead Terrace; mini golf on the Guest House Lawn; several inflatables, food, and of course the famous ice cream truck on the Copper Quad; free custom SGA Day t-shirts; a soccer game in which the students beat Eagle Cleaning 6-5; and a special guest speaker in the evening.

We were fortunate to close our day with a guest appearance from Vince Wilfork, a defensive tackle for the New England Patriots since 2004, when he was drafted in the first round.  Vince talked about the importance of leadership and how it can take many forms.  His examples were from his time on the football field, where some leaders are vocal and motivational, while others lead quietly by example.  He also stressed the importance of sharing your insights as new members join the team – those who look up to you as a veteran player – so they quickly become top performers and hopefully fill your shoes someday.

Vince talked about the importance of knowing when it’s your time to move on.  His personal example was that he’s still got the same quickness he had as a rookie, but the first time he slows down is when he will retire from football.  He talked about his love for the Patriots and his desire to spend his entire career with the Pats.

It was a terrific event with a terrific guy.  I hope I have the opportunity to watch Vince on the field with the Pats until he decides it’s his time to do something else.  I’m sure Vince’s wife, Bianca, will have some ideas of what that might be – I also had the good fortune of talking to her last night.  She is a very strong and articulate woman.  She and
Vince have been together since college, and she proudly talks about being in the stands for every game in her Wilfork or “Mrs75” jersey.

SGA Day was a great day for our students and the faculty and staff who had a chance to join in on the fun!

Empowering Women In Business

Picture a group of more than 150 women all converging on the Nichols campus for an evening of education and inspiration. This is what happened last Thursday evening at the third annual Empowering Women in Business Conference (EWIB). We are pleased to host the conference each year because we have the expertise and space to design and deliver a conference that provides networking and learning opportunities for current and future business women (our students). Thanks to the hard work of two of our extremely dedicated staff members, Lisa Campbell and Cindy Lafortune, who designed this event, and their committee of Nichols staff and external community partners, the costs were covered by sponsorship, vendor tables, and donations, allowing us to provide the conference at no cost to participants.

Some of the conference sessions included “Brain Gym-Improving Your Memory,” “Which Social Media is Right for My Business?” and “Women Rock Their Finances.”

The EWIB conference committee worked in collaboration with the Women of Nichols (WON) group which fosters a supportive, mentoring environment for our female students. Over the past two years, the group has sponsored fun and educational events and activities, giving female students the opportunity to connect with other students, faculty and staff about issues facing women.

While the committee takes a breather from planning such a successful event, I know that in several months, they will begin the planning process again! So if you have ideas/suggestions for next year’s conference, please feel free to forward them our way.