An early fall weekend in September always serves as the annual Nichols Homecoming, this year two other events served as extraordinary bookends.
On the sun-splashed afternoon of Friday, September 18th, I helped cut the ribbon for our new $10 million academic building facing Center Road. Since the beginning of the fall term, this bright addition to the Nichols campus has provided our students with a state of the art combination of classrooms, student services, faculty offices, group study nooks, and our signature Institute for Women’s Leadership. I love the collaborative spaces throughout the building, and the elongated atrium filled with natural light.
On Friday evening, the Golden Bison reception—one of my favorite events every year—brought together 20 Nichols alumni celebrating their 50th reunion. I’m always struck by the affection these folks have for Nichols and the connections they made with classmates over 50 years ago that are still strong today.
Our extensive renovation of the Chalmers Field House—vastly improving students’ athletic and recreational possibilities—earned a ribbon-cutting of its own as part of the Alumni Hall of Fame event.
The culminating event of the weekend was our Bicentennial Gala, as almost 250 Nichols students, faculty, staff, and alumni gathered in Worcester’s Mechanics Hall. For the past year, all of these stakeholders have paid special attention to our College’s history, legacy, and contributions to the larger world.