The Spirit of Giving

During the month of December, our students represented the spirit of giving on campus and beyond.

Executive Advisory Board Members

Events ranged from a present wrapping event to benefit the alternative spring break in New Orleans to candy-grams to help raise money for an athletic team training trip, to a photo with Santa for one of our clubs. In addition, members of the student Executive Advisory Board (EAB) served dinner at Jeremiah’s Inn (pictured), a residential recovery program in Worcester.

Nichols students in New York City

Off campus, students had the opportunity to visit NYC where they were able to visit some well-known Christmas locations including skating at Rockefeller Center (pictured). Given our location, I think it’s important for students to participate in organized trips and travel to different cities for various events and holidays. We regularly take a large group of students to NYC to visit alumni and major corporations, but a social trip puts a whole different dynamic on the experience. For once they didn’t have to dress in business

As I look forward to having some time off, I hope that during this holiday season you will cherish the time you have with your loved ones and try to find at least a bit of time to give back in some way to those in need. In my hometown of Hull, MA, a terrific organization “Wellspring,” provides a wide range of support services. I make sure that they are always on my holiday gift list.

I wish everyone a terrific holiday season that is filled with fun, family, and friends. My husband and I will be spending time with our terrific kids and our two grandchildren. I’m looking forward to that, but also eager for our students to return to campus in January. It’s soooo quiet when they’re not around!

Athletes Take the Lead

Recently, it was my honor to attend the graduation ceremony for student athletes who participated in a Leadership Series begun in the fall of 2012. Led by our team coaches, the series was designed to enable student athletes to more successfully serve as captains, role models, and motivators for their fellow teammates.

With more than 30 student athletes regularly attending the sessions, the series demonstrates our student athletes’ commitment to preparing themselves for leadership. Our goal is to facilitate this process in all aspects of their life at Nichols – in the classroom, on the field, court or ice, and in the many clubs and organizations in which students participate.

Series two, which will run for 4 weeks during each spring semester (and includes the same group of students from series one) will be facilitated by Athletic Director, Charlie Robert, and Assistant Athletic Director, Eric Gobiel. During these sessions, the leaders will delve deeper into what leadership means and the ways they can utilize these skills throughout their lives and careers.

Whether we address leadership in the classroom or beyond, we are always working to bring the Nichols College definition of leadership to life – “Leadership is the quality that inspires others to individual and collective achievement. But clearly there are different kinds of leaders. Some leaders boldly guide, some energize a team, and some quietly
serve as role models. Leaders are insightful and strategic, innovative and spirited, collaborative and creative. Any and all of these qualities move companies, causes and communities forward. Believing that leadership is vital and should be discovered, cultivated, and celebrated, Nichols College encourages the leadership potential in all its students.”