We welcomed more than 20 “Golden Bison” back to campus for a reception last Friday night in their honor. The Golden Bison graduated from Nichols College 50 or more years ago. The class of 1962 was the first group to graduate from the College with a four-year degree. All prior classes attended Nichols when it was a two-year school. Yet all of those individuals, even those who went on to complete four-year degrees elsewhere, speak fondly about their time and value their experiences at Nichols.
Dave Graham ’50 presented me with a notebook containing Bison stamps, coins, and a $10 Bison bill, which now sits proudly on my bookcase. Some traveled from as far away as Florida and Arizona to reconnect with their classmates. I love this group of dedicated alumni!!
This will be my second Homecoming since coming to Nichols. I hope you will join me for what promises to be a weekend full of receptions, awards, athletic games, and meeting up with old friends and making some new ones. Having the weather cooperate is also a plus! I look forward to seeing some familiar faces and chatting with those of you I have yet to meet. For a complete schedule of events, please go to: https://community.nichols.edu/page.aspx?pid=270
This fall 2012 semester, we are welcoming a number of international students to the campus. The students represent a diverse range of countries including Nigeria, Dominica, Canada, China, Morocco, Russia, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, and Venezuela. Five new students and four returning students are here to learn more about business from an American perspective. While attending Nichols, the international students hope to benefit not only academically but also to become immersed in on-campus living and the local culture. As an added advantage, Nichols students gain from interacting with our international students both interpersonally and in the classroom. In the future, our goal is to see even more international students come to Nichols and to send more of our students to study abroad.
This past week we concluded our summer with a visit to the ice cream truck for the final “Thunder Thursday,” a monthly get-together for on-campus staff, faculty and students. We had Bison cookies on the lawn in front of the auditorium last Thursday.
On Saturday, the campus was abuzz as we welcomed our new students to campus. Staff and faculty graciously volunteered to be “Bison Bellhops” to help students (and their families) move in by answering questions, directing traffic, and carrying boxes. Players from various athletic teams on campus were found giving high-fives and a helping hand to in-coming classmates.
I want to extend a warm welcome to new and returning students. With the opening of the new Student Center which is slated for early November, presidential election related events (please be sure you are registered to vote), our notable speakers and events series, and the kickoff of our fall athletic season, it is an exciting time to be on the hill!