Earlier in August, we welcomed back over 400 athletes from our Football, Field Hockey, Men and Women’s Soccer, and Women’s Volleyball teams to begin their preseason. I had the opportunity to talk with all of them individually and I definitely can feel their excitement for their season. Between our skilled coaching staff and the athletes drive and passion, Bison Pride is everywhere. Student leaders returned to campus as well. Resident Assistants started their roles in guiding our students in all things residing on campus and our Ambassadors continued sharing their love of Nichols to prospective students at our Leadership Early Acceptance Program.
The flash flood that happened a few weeks ago surely packed a punch to Dudley leaving Vendetti Field looking like a lake. But that did not stop our Bison. The women’s field hockey team still persevered practicing in a downpour and our football team helped a teammate in need when their car got stuck in impassable roads. When there is a will, there is a way with these Bison, and it sure was apparent when Mother Nature struck.
On August 21, I attended the Parent’s Lakeside Social, organized by the Alumni Relations department, where I had the pleasure of meeting some of our Class of 2025 parents. Hosted at the beautiful destination of Webster Lake, it was great being able to talk with parents and hear about some of their experiences when they were a Bison back in the day.
There was a lot of momentum here on the Hill with the arrival of students moving in. With a staggered move in starting on Thursday and continuing through Saturday, I was able to meet with each class and get to know the students. On Thursday, we officially welcomed the Class of 2025 to the community. It was so exciting to meet all the students and their parents. The march over Budleigh Hill was remarkable! On Sunday, we celebrated the start of the new semester with Bison Day – games, a club fair, some great food, and a lot fun. It was a great day together as one Herd.
I am more than thrilled to have our students back on the Hill and in their routines of attending classes, athletic practices and games, and extracurriculars. It’s going to be a great year!
Go Books. Go Bison.