Happy Thanksgiving

Greetings to the Herd on the Hill,

As so many of you depart today for the Thanksgiving Holiday, Marla and I (and the children) wanted to wish you and your families a very safe, and wonderful Thanksgiving. Always know how grateful I am for all that each and every one of you do, day in and day out – students, staff, faculty, alumni, and families – The Nichols Way comes through in all that is undertaken.

Marla and I could never thank you all enough for the warm embrace we have enjoyed over the past five months, and we are oh so optimistic for the future of this great institution.

While gathering for the Thanksgiving Holiday, perhaps it is appropriate to reflect upon George Washington’s “Day of Thanksgiving” Proclamation of 1789,

“By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation.

“Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor– and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.

“Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be– That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks–for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation–for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his Providence which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war–for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed–for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted–for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

“And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions– to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually–to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed–to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord–To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease of science among them and us–and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

“Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

“Go: Washington”

Safe travels and enjoy your time with friends and family.

Go Books. Go Bison.

With sincere thanks,

Glenn and Marla

Mid-Semester Update

Well, it has been an exciting and busy time on The Hill. We are at midterms already, our Fall sports are continuing to show their grit on the field and court, and the campus is just breathtaking with the fall colors.

Just to note a few of the exciting things happening here: 

1) On October 3rd, we welcomed prospective families to campus for our first in-person Open House event since 2019. It was great being able to show the families all Nichols has to offer with small class sizes, world class professors and staff, incredible experiential learning opportunities, and beautiful facilities. I also attended a Guidance Counselor Reception at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA where we welcomed over 40 counselors to enjoy a beautiful dinner reception and discuss the different opportunities Nichols can offer our students. On November 7th we will welcome prospective families back to campus for our second Open House – can’t wait for that day.

2) Marla and I had a great turnout for our last Freshmen BBQ of the season. It has been wonderful being able to talk with the first-year students on a weekly basis and learn about their interests and involvement on campus. The Class of 2025 is truly an ambitious class and we are excited to watch them grow as leaders over the next four years.

President Sulmasy at First Year Student BBQ

3) Over the next few weeks, the campus will be booming with community events including our first ever Pumpkin Fest 2021, where there will be Halloween inspired food, fire pits and s’mores, pumpkin carving, and live music. We’ll wrap up the month with a haunted house in the Fels Student Center and a faculty and staff social where they will hand out candy to our students. It will be a spooky time here in Dudley.

4) Our first EVER event in the “Nichols on the Green” will happen this month with a Senior Halloween Pub Night. We will start on renovations at the golf course restaurant/bar soon creating a sports bar feel for our students to be able to enjoy watching athletic events and create memories together. Our Hospitality students will be hosting three of their fundraising events in there in November and some faculty meetings will also concur in the space. Initially, this Fall will be a soft opening but, upon arrival back for Spring semester, it will be a space used consistently for our community! Beyond exciting news for the Bison.

5) Now introducing- The Nichols College Center for Intelligent Process Automation (CIPA) where students can access cutting-edge technology and build skills to revolutionize business processes with dynamic experiential learning opportunities. I am so excited by the efforts of Professor Richards and students as this will be a game changer for Nichols.

6) Nichols vs. Bryant at Bryant University!  On October 25, we will witness Coach Erickson and the Men’s Basketball team play Division I opponent Bryant University.  Nichols fans will fill the stands (a “green out” is planned) showing their Bison Pride and singing the newly released Nichols College Fight Song.  There will be green and black everywhere.

You can feel the energy here on the Hill. The Bison are on the move, and Marla and I are looking forward to all that’s happening the next few weeks.

Go Books. Go Bison.

Convocation and Presidential Investiture Ceremony

Words simply cannot express the gratitude I have for this Nichols Community. Surrounded by my family, faculty, staff, students, Board of Trustees, Board of Advisors, alumni, and special guests, the Herd joined together as one on September 24 to start the academic year, and to welcome the Class of 2025, and for me to officially be sworn in as the 8th President of Nichols College.

Student Procession

From atop Budleigh Hill, we had the chance to observe the Class of 2025 march between a Herd of their fellow Bison from the Classes of 2022, 2023, and 2024 giving high fives and cheering them on. Even a literal downpour during the procession did not stop the Herd. They embraced it. In fact, I think that elevated the Bison Pride to new heights as all were energized and engaged. The program itself included student and alumni speakers, a beautiful poem written and read by Professor Amanda (Nikki) Anderson, and remarks made by my dear friend, Joseph P. Kennedy III.   

Kennedy reflected on Nichols true grit when COVID-19 hit our campus back in March of 2020.  “This tiny virus shut down the world, but you preserved, and battled, and came back stronger than ever. This is particularly noteworthy as this has always been my perception of the Green and Black here on the Hill in Dudley – tenacious, ambitious, and willing to go the extra mile, even when it’s hard. Especially when it’s hard… Some might even call it the Nichols Way. That is what we celebrate today- the Nichols Way.”

During the Investiture Ceremony, John H. Davis, Chairman of the Board of Trustees presided and was assisted by Samuel Saintilus ’21. My brother Dr. Daniel Sulmasy, MD, PhD, and my wife and First Lady Marla officially robed me and presented me with the Presidential Medallion and Nichols chinaware.

The events of the day affirmed my conviction to ensure that we will be known as THE BUSINESS SCHOOL OF CHOICE in the Commonwealth – for women, in particular. Every Nichols graduate will enjoy an internship or full experiential learning opportunity within a given industry or profession.  All students will have exposure to Data Science. With our Center for Intelligent Process Automation (CIPA), we will lead the way in analyst capacity – a needed tool that ALL employers will be requiring sooner than later.  We will continue to ensure that the return on investment for parents and employers is unmatched.

Each Nichols graduate will be known to be JOB READY on day 1 after graduating from Nichols, as the members of our Board of Trustees, Board of Advisors, and alumni have demonstrated through the years. This sort of effort requires “all hands-on deck”- meaning every aspect of our institution must buy into this vision- to shatter, once and for all, that notion of Nichols being the best kept secret in higher ed in New England. I ask all reading this blog to commit, together, to ensuring regional prominence, and then national prominence of this shining college on the Hill. Today and from here out, Nichols College will be recognized as not just being a good college… but BEING GREAT.

I would like to thank the Convocation Committee, especially Dean Jean Beaupre, Lynn Looby, and Kathy Langlois, Assistant to the Vice President for Business and Finance / CFO, for all their hard work and dedication

To say I was humbled by the events of the day would be an understatement. Thank you for all those involved with planning this wonderful event and to all those who attended. My family, Marla and I will cherish this day for a lifetime.

Now, onward we march!

Go Books. Go Bison.

Remembering 9/11

The Nichols College Herd joined together as one to remember those who lost their lives, those who served, and the countless sacrifices made in the days, months, and years after the attacks on September 11, 2001.

I simply will share that I have never seen an academic community come together, sua sponte, to deliver such meaningful, educational, patriotic, and warm reflections. The academic panel was extraordinary (put together by Professors Nagle and Brown), the ceremony in Daniels coordinated by Mrs. Butler and Professor Tom Stewart (Colonel, US Army Ret.) was beyond exceptional, and the moving, emotional, perfectly executed outdoor ceremony/address and five bells delivered by Professor Len Samborowski (COL, US Army Ret.) and Justin Dolan all show this community in a shining light.  Truly an extraordinary example of what makes Nichols College great… and yes, we are great.

Always in our memories and our hearts. #NeverForget

Excitement Is In The Air

We are truly in the swing of things with several weeks of school under our belt. Students are in the classroom with normal capacities, athletes are on the field and court for practices and competing in their games, students are getting together on the Quad and the Shamie deck, and our community is enthusiastically embracing the new academic year. American Dining Creations has had an incredible start to our year and we can’t thank them enough for all they have done. In the coming days, more dining campus locations will open for our community and more options will be available.

Sulmasy Family

This is the first time since March of 2019 that spectators were in the stands supporting our Women’s Volleyball team at their home opener. It was truly remarkable seeing the community come together to cheer fellow Bison on. We had our first Friday Night Lights home opener game where the Bison Nation SHOWED up. Marla, the kids, and I could really feel the Nichols Pride from all those in attendance. A special moment for me I will never forget was when our youngest child, Callum, and I took center field to conduct the coin toss. Fellow sport teams, faculty, staff, alumni, and students filled the stands to cheer on the Football team as they arose to the victory over Westfield State 21-6. Over the Labor Day weekend, our men’s and women’s tennis and soccer teams, field hockey, and cross country competed all around New England bringing home WINS. I could not be prouder of how determined our Bison athletes are and am excited to see their momentum continuing onward. 

Women’s Volleyball Game

Exciting news flash – Nichols College was named to Princeton Review’s “Best in the Northeast” list. The combination of our world-class faculty, emphasis on experiential learning, data science and automation, and incredible return on investment makes Nichols an enviable business school and college. This recognition affirms that we are truly a college on the move! Read more below. https://www.nichols.edu/news/nichols-college-named-to-princeton-reviews-best-in-the-northeast-list

It’s been a great few weeks, you can definitely feel that life is back on the Hill and the excitement is in the air! We are on the move and charging forward in every aspect of the community.

Go Books. Go Bison.