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Inside This Issue Inside: Salem Geoplotting............ 22 2 3 Our Place Donations ....... 23 4 Alumni Updates................ 35 5 Around Campus 6 and Beyond....................... 4 6 7 Employee Spotlight........... 58 9 10 Baby Pictures.................... 6 11

Contributors Rich Metzger, Assistant Professor Program Director, Hospitality & Tourism Management

Committed to Success

December 2009

Fisher Embraces Holiday Spirit December is often a month of commemoration for many individuals. Whether celebrating traditional holidays, the close of a semester, or the coming of a new year, this month signifies change. One change that occurred this year was the modernization of the College’s mission statement. “Fisher College changes lives by positioning students in their quest for the knowledge and skills that will guide them through a lifetime of intellectual and professional pursuits” serves as a reminder that Fisher is a studentcentered institution.

The update includes an emphasis on nine values, designed to guide students, staff, and faculty during their time as members of the Fisher community. For this newsletter edition, the following articles will each reflect at least one of the nine established values. Happy reading. Each end of the year edition of the Communiqué features an activity, so be sure to check out “Who’s That Baby?” game on page 6!

Value Two: Fisher College provides access to an education to approved students seeking the tools they need to achieve their goals.

Kristen Sherman, Director of Alumni Relations and Advancement Programs Linda Small, Assistant Professor Program Director, Early Childhood Education Edited by Jennie Moore, Director of Communication & Special Projects

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Value Four: The Fisher experience activates students to take ownership of their learning by preparing them to overcome challenges and pursue opportunities.

Geoplotting for the City of Salem, MA By Professor Rich Metzger On November 5, Sammy Luciano, Edwin Pena, Dorota Rudnick, and Jessica Warner presented a report to Ms. Kate Fox, the Executive Director of Destination Salem, the marketing arm for the City of Salem. The presentation by these four Hospitality and Tourism students was a culmination of nearly eight weeks of hard work, dedication, and teamwork. This real-life project helped Destination Salem identify marketing trends by their careful analysis and meticulous sorting of nearly two years of survey data.

The surveys dealt with visitations to Salem, interests, where visitors came from, and when visitors planned on visiting Salem. From the skills and knowledge gained here at Fisher College, these Hospitality and Tourism students produced a report that pinpointed the information Ms. Fox needed. The City of Salem is now better able to make better decisions on where to spend its 2010 marketing dollars. It is interesting to note that four other Colleges turned down this project and Fisher College successfully took on the challenge. Congratulations to Sammy, Edwin, Dorota, and Jessica on a job well done!

Value Seven: Fisher views ethical and moral development and public service as imperatives. Value Three: Dedicated, experienced, and caring educators allow Fisher College to accomplish its mission.

Early Childhood Education Program Spearheads Collection for Our Place For the past several years, the Early Childhood Education Club has sponsored a holiday gift drive for Our Place, a local child care provider that offers free day care to families living in homeless shelters. Overseen by ECE Program Director Linda Small, the College adopted several families and coordinated a collection of toys, books, and clothing.

Donations were collected around campus and at the December 12th Children’s Holiday Party, Thank you to all those individuals who were able to make a positive impact to a family in need.

Above, the donated presents. Right, Mario Granados loads the gifts into the Van. Mario has volunteered to drive the Van to Our Place for the last couple of years, as many times needed in order to make the deliveries.

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Value Nine: Alumni hold an honored place in the life of the College and support their alma mater.

Fisher For Life: Available to All Alumni President McGovern is pleased to announce the expansion of Fisher for Life, the tuition benefit for alumni. Every graduate who has earned a certificate, associate’s, or bachelor’s degree may take advantage of Fisher for Life. To enable alumni to further their education, Fisher for Life offers a 25% discount on all courses in the College’s Division of Continuing Education. To date, 85 alumni have enrolled in 67 classes, earned 1,300 credits, and saved $60,000 in tuition.

Upcoming Alumni Events Value One: Fisher College enables students to earn a degree and seek a job upon graduation.

Business After Hours | Fisher College Tuesday, January 12, 2010 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Fisher College North Attleborough Campus 451 Elm Street

What I Didn’t Learn in Business School... But Need To Know Wednesday, February 10, 2010 5:30pm - 7:30 pm Alumni Hall

Join Fisher College alumni for this casual networking opportunity! Whether you are job searching or raising your company’s visibility, bring your business card and get to know your neighbors. Chamber events attract 100+ business leaders from across the region. Learn more about the Chamber at Light refreshments will be provided.

Get top-notch career advice from dynamic Fisher College graduates who are blazing careers in unconventional ways. Hear about the steps they took to enter their professions, and how continuous improvement in their personal and professional lives helped them become successful. Insights on job hunting and interviewing will be shared, as well as real-world career advice that you won’t find in a book.

Fisher College Alumni attend FREE.

This event is Free!

Chamber Member Fee: $5 (3 for $10)/Non-Member Fee: $10

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Value Eight: Campus life enriches the Fisher community by offering students social and educational opportunities. Value Five: Fisher’s small-school setting allows students to form enduring and influential bonds with each other and with their professors.

Around Campus and Beyond

Earlier in the year, the First Year Honor’s Colloquium class took a field trip to Walden Pond. Above, Professor Michael Meadows discusses Walden with students.

History was made on December 3, when junior Louis Williams scored his 1,000 career point against Western New England College. Williams is the 4th Fisher member of the 1,000 point club.

The Office of the President held a campus contest this semester, awarding a $25 gift card to the individual who came closest to guessing the correct score of the Patriot’s game each week. Congratulations to our winners:

Beat the President Campus Contest

Junior Mendoza Jake Gianelli Brandon Brin Chelsea Danahey Josh McKain Scott Dulin President Tom McGovern Check back next semester for a final round during Playoff Season!

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Congratulations to Dr. Ann Clarke, Director of Spiritual Life and Outreach Programs, for her published article! Titled Perceiving Sacredness in Life: Correlates and Predictors, the article was published in the Archives for Psychology of Religion. *** Have something you would like to submit? Send it to the Office of Communication & Special Projects. Submissions can include any type of personal or professional accomplishment.

Value Six: The Fisher community brings cultures and perspectives together in a dynamic arena.

Convocation Dates Announced for Next Semester: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 Wednesday, March 24, 2010 Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Check the Master Calendar in your Outlook Express to learn about all the campus events occurring next semester!

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How to Play: Listed below are the names of various Fisher College employees. On the following three pages is an assortment of baby photos. Submit your guesses as to who is who by 12 pm, Wednesday, December 23rd. The individual who gets the most answers correct will win a mystery prize! Note: Tie breakers will be awarded to individuals who submitted a photo if applicable. Rich Metzger, Program Director, Hospitality & Tourism/Assistant Professor

Dr. Jennifer Weiner, Program Director, Human Services/Assistant Professor

Dr. Susan Dunton, Provost

Bob Melaragni, Dean of Admissions

Mike Wall, Admissions/Military Liason, DCE

Jennie Moore, Director of Communication & Special Projects

Kayla McCarthy, Recruitment & Admissions, DCE Melissa Benson, Blackboard User Support Margarita Ascencio, Director of Student Activities Tom Beraldi, Institutional Researcher Rhonda Pieroni, Vice President for Administration Debra Kamm-Pelles, Assistant Bursar

Melinda Cook, Chief of Staff Heather Gariepy, Director of Career Services Willem Wallinga, Assistant Professor Diane Riley, College Receptionist Sly Egido, Campus Police Dr. Thomas McGovern, College President

Carol Wilcox, Assistant Professor Dr. Danielle Herget, Associate Professor

Jeff Conrad, Director of Accounting


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