Welcome Class of 2016! The World Starts Today, Have No Fear

If you happened to drive by the campus green last week, you might have seen groups of new students participating in activities here on campus.  I believe that this year’s new student orientation theme, “The World Starts Today, Have No Fear,” reflects the mixed feelings that students (and their parents!) have about attending college.

Through these orientations, our goal is to provide students with a sense of what it is really like to attend Nichols. Students attend sessions ranging from “Bison Success 101” to Group Activities (aka “Fear in a Bag”).  Parents and families attend sessions such as “Supporting Student Success” (with tips on how to avoid becoming a “helicopter parent”) to “The Nichols Advantage,” where parents learn about our signature Professional Development Seminar Program (PDS) and our unique Cultural Enrichment credits.  We want to instill our new students with a sense of confidence and excitement as they join the class of 2016, the group that will help us begin our third century of focusing on student success (the class of 2015 is our “Bison”tennial class!).

We have a total of five orientation sessions scheduled for first-year and transfer students.  Welcome first-year students!

Worcester Business Breakfast

Left to right: Marie Shepherd '88, President Engelkemeyer, Brenda Bianculli '90, Richelle Brown '84 and Nancy Bouchard MBA '06.

A crowd of more than 50 got out of bed early to meet with their fellow alumni at the Worcester alumni breakfast on June 5. When I attended the reception last year, I hadn’t officially started as president of the College, so it was nice to see some familiar faces among the group this time around.

Alumni receptions are always enjoyable for me because they give me the opportunity to learn more about our alumni’s experiences at Nichols and what they are currently doing. Whether they were a traditional day student, evening undergraduate or a graduate student, the alumni all had one thing in common—their support of and enthusiasm for the College.

Left to right: Jim Comer '68, Coach Mike, and Richard Scheffler '63.

A highlight of the event was a visit by former football coach, Mike Vendetti. It was a welcome surprise. No matter how far our Bison roam, they always find camaraderie when they’re back among the herd.

I look forward to meeting other alumni at future events and learning about what makes them a Bison for Life.