Nichols Students Pursue Their Passion after Graduation

Through our leadership development, faculty mentoring, and team-based classes, Nichols prepares our students to succeed no matter what their area of interest. Graduates Kyle Shapiro ’15, Nicole Gawlik ’15, Taylor Therrien ’14, and Michael Sannicandro ’12 demonstrate this passion well.

Upon graduation, Kyle Shapiro, a men’s hockey defenseman signed a contract with the Evansville IceMen, an affiliate of the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League (NHL). While at Nichols, Kyle became one of the most decorated student-athletes in the College’s program history, earning All-Rookie Team honors as a freshman and First Team honors as both a junior and senior. Hospitality program graduate, Nicole Gawlik knew from a young age that she wanted to help others experience the magic of Disney. Nicole’s dream became reality when Walt Disney World accepted her into their Spring Advantage internship program and subsequently the summer employment program. All of this experience prepared her to take on her new job in Disney’s hospitality area.

Recent grad Taylor Therrien found a niche and support for her truck racing while at Nichols. A driver since her teens, Taylor decided to move up into a Sport Truck division at Seekonk Speedway and Nichols sponsored her truck. Now combining her marketing and sport management education with her interest in racing, Taylor recently became the new Director of Marketing for Seekonk Speedway, a tremendous accomplishment for a 21-year-old.

6 17 2015 magicianAnother Nichols graduate, Michael Sannicandro (stage name Michael John) practiced his magic skills on campus and wowed the Chairman of the Nichols College Board at a trustees meeting several years ago. His hard work paid off as he wowed the judges recently and received a resounding “yes” vote to move forward in the America’s Got Talent television competition show.

Whether our graduates take a more traditional career path, start their own business or follow their passion outside of the business world, Nichols is proud to play a small part in their journey. I look forward to following the Class of 2015 to see where their career journeys take them!