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BEYOND THE CAMPUS As institutions of higher learning explore their responsibilities as good neighbors and global citizens, Endicott is creating ways to educate new student populations, serve the community, and protect the environment.



he notion of the “ivory tower” has all but disappeared from higher education. Today’s colleges and universities are not closed environments where young people go to study behind closed gates. Colleges contribute to their greater communities in many ways, and Endicott supports the notion that new responsibilities and new challenges enrich every institution of higher learning.

In this issue of Soundings, we explore Endicott’s efforts to affect positive change beyond our campus. Through our commitment to sustainability, we seek to make wise choices for our community and for the environment. Through our outreach to new student populations, we seek to bring educational opportunities off campus and into the lives of deserving students. Through our commitment to community service, we seek to use our expertise, our resources, and, yes, our elbow grease for the good of others. In these pages, we also celebrate a year of recognitions and accolades for the College; a $400,000 grant to create a pilot program to replicate Keys to Degrees, our program for young single parents, on other colleges campuses; the valuable work of the Endicott Research Center; the outstanding array of performances and exhibits available to our community through the Center for the Arts; and a lot of campus news. I invite you to visit our newly-redesigned website (still found at to keep abreast of all the latest information; and, as always, I welcome you to keep in touch. Richard E. Wylie President


is a publication of the Office of the President and the Communications Office Questions, comments, or news should be sent to Endicott College, 376 Hale Street, Beverly, MA 01915 978-232-2068, or email:

Endicott collEgE Dr. Richard E. Wylie, President Joanne Waldner, Assistant to the President Carol Raiche M’03, Director of Communications: Writer/Editor/Designer

contributing PhotograPhErS Patrick Cornelissen Paul Lyden, Paul Lyden Photography Patrick O’Connor, Patrick O’Connor Photography

Lynne O’Toole Spartan Sportshots Catherine Wechsler

Endicott College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and is committed to the principles of equal employment and complies with all federal, state, and local laws and regulations advancing equal employment. The College’s objective is to employ individuals qualified and/or trainable for open positions by virtue of job-related education, training, experience, and qualifications without regard to sex, race, religion, color, age, physical disability, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin or citizenship, veteran status, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other status protected by law.

Endicott College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

On the cover, The Wylie Inn and Conference Center on our South Campus has become a premier facility on the North Shore, attracting business leaders, corporations, agencies, and organizations to our campus. Our process of developing the Center became the cover story for Business Officer magazine (see story on page 22), and it is one example of Endicott’s vision to offer opportunities for education and enrichment to populations beyond our campus. (Cover photography: Patrick O’Connor)

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IN THIS ISSUE Beyond the Campus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

Going Green: Endicott Embraces Sustainability . . . . . . . . . 2 Serving Those Who Serve: Programs for the Military . . . . . 6 A Culture of Community Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Hope for Haiti: Designing a Dream . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Education Students Bring Programs to Local Schools . . . . 12 A Summer Program for Gifted Middle-Schoolers . . . . . . . 14 Exploring New Careers in Criminal Justice . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 The Endicott Research Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Trustee Spotlight: W. Thomas Spencer, Jr. . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Campus News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

BEYOND THE CAMPUS Embracing sustainabilty; delivering opportunities to those in the military; making community service a core value of the Endicott experience; bringing our expertise to local school children; helping leaders of schools, agencies, organizations, and municipalities make informed decisions. Endicott sees beyond the confines of the campus and endeavors to make a difference in the lives of those in the greater community.

Trustee News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Endicott Awards Honorary Doctorates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 $400,000 Grant to Replicate Keys to Degrees Program . . . 22 Executive Vice President’s Article Makes the Cover of a National Magazine for Business Officers . . . . . . . . . . . 22 A Year of Honors and Accolades . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Food Service Director is a “Hero of Everyday Life” . . . . . . 24 Student’s Photo Wins World Diabetes Day Contest . . . . . 24 College Partners with Ibbetson Street Press

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Center for the Arts Calendar Highlights Music, Dance, Drama, Musical Theater, and the Visual Arts . . . . . . . . . . 25 Misselwood Estate Earns the “Best of Weddings” Award from The Knot . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Students and Faculty Attend World Forum . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 A Day of Classic Cars and Fun: Reviving a North Shore Tradition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Alumni Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

Win an Apple iPod . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Endicott Connection Now Online . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Call for Alumni Art Entries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Alumni Brothers Add New Ideas to the Family Business . . 29 Athletics Highlights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

Fall 2010 Sports Wrap-ups . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Spring 2010 Sports Highlights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

Embracing SuSTAiNABiliTy

G oinG Green Sustainability Expert Sarah Hammond Creighton to Lead Endicott Initiative

Sarah Hammond Creighton, Director of the Endicott Sustainability Initiative in the Office of the President, under the new lights in the MacDonald Gymnasium at the Post Center. The new lighting system increases candle power, reduces costs of operation, raises efficiency, and saves electricity.The project is one example of sustainable practice at work. Sarah will lead Endicott’s sustainablity effort, a campus-wide commitment to use resources in an optimal way for people, for the economy, and for the environment.


hen President Richard E. Wylie announced that sustainability expert Sarah Hammond Creighton was joining the administrative team at Endicott, he could not have been more pleased, saying “Across the globe, the awareness of each generation’s responsibility to the environment has grown. We have learned that our choices have consequences, and as an institution, Endicott has sought to adopt practices that alleviate negative impact. Far beyond the ‘do no harm’ mentality, however, we have aspired to a standard of practice that would have positive results now and in the future. With Sarah’s scholarship, expertise, and leadership, I believe we will develop a culture of sustainability for our campus and for our community.”


The former director of Tufts University’s Office of Sustainability and the grant-funded Tufts Climate Initiative, Sarah brings 20 years of experience in campus greening to the Endicott campus.

Goals for Sustainability Sarah notes, “More than 20 years ago, sustainability was defined as ‘meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.’ In the past few years, Endicott has introduced many sustainability initiatives including comprehensive recycling, energy efficiency, shared vehicles (Zipcars), a wind turbine feasibility study, and a green roof.” She credits

Alex Casioppo, Endicott’s Coordinator of Environmental Affairs, with developing a number of these green initiatives, noting “Alex has developed recycling into a robust program, and he has a good idea of what will work here.” Sarah has been inventorying Endicott’s existing efforts as a base for creating next steps for the campus and for our students. “My goal is to help Endicott achieve its goals of developing a comprehensive sustainability plan and identifying sustainability metrics to track progress in three key areas: campus operations, curriculum, and student engagement,” she says. Sustainability has been said to lie at the intersection of the environment Endicott College – Soundings: Winter 2011

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(the planet), society (people), and the economy (profit). Finding that place of intersection where a green initiative makes financial sense and serves the needs of people while protecting the environment requires research, evaluation, and will. At Endicott, the process is underway. “I’m excited to work with the great people here at Endicott to incorporate sustainable practices into the purchasing of goods and services, into many areas of dining services, into the choice and use of technology, and into student engagement,” she says.

Action Plan: Greening the Campus In developing a culture of sustainability, the College will seek to cultivate the balance of people, profit, and planet in all its practices. Dr. Wylie notes, “This will be an all-hands-on-deck commitment, and it just makes sense. It will require an awareness of the complexity of the issues and a willingness to act with an eye to the future.”

Post Center Upgrades A recent case in point was the decision to upgrade the lighting systems in the Post Center, the benefits of which will be multi-dimensional. The first phase of the project addressed the Field House and MacDonald Gymnasium. The new system offered increased candle power in the fixtures (a benefit to people who use the facility), cost savings because of the efficiency of the new lighting (a benefit to the bottom line), and reduced energy use (a benefit to the planet). “The College partnered with National Grid to help fund the project and took advantage of incentives for energy efficiency. The new system is projected to save about 175,000 kilowatt hours, $26,000, and 96 tons of carbon dioxide – the primary gas responsible for climate change – each year,” Sarah explained. The next phase of the project will address the lighting needs of the rest of the facility. It is expected that the upgrades to the Field House and Gymnasium will pay for themselves in two and a half years, and the systems for the entire building will pay for themselves in four and a half years. Endicott College – Soundings: Winter 2011

Sarah Hammond Creighton


ith a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Bates College and an Master of Science in Environmental Policy and Civil and Environmental Engineering from Tufts University, Sarah Hammond Creighton has 20 years of experience in campus greening, campus sustainability, climate change action, green buildings, energy efficiency, and renewables. Between 1999 and 2010, she directed Tufts University’s Office of Sustainability and served as project manager of the Tufts Climate Initiative and the Tufts Institute of the Environment. She managed campus sustainability efforts with a particular focus on construction and facilities issues including LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) buildings, and she worked to bring campus-based sustainability projects into the classroom. She was also the project manager of Tufts CLEAN, a program to reduce the university’s environmental impact. Sarah served as the consulting energy conservation planner for the Massachusetts Division of Capital Asset Management, Office of Construction Services, where she developed a sustainable design initiative for construction projects that fall under that state agency. She has also taught workshops on the topic of “Greening the University” to faculty participating in Environmental Literacy Training coordinated by Second Nature, Inc. of Cambridge, Mass. Sarah serves on a steering committee for STARS, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s Sustainability Tracking Assessment Rating System; and she volunteers as chair of the Manchester Essex Regional School Building Committee, where she chairs a team involved in the building of a new green school. She has also served as a sustainability consultant for the Larkspur Consortium in Manchester, Mass. with a focus on best practices for sustainable design and construction. She has presented workshops and written articles on topics including environmental literacy, action, assessment, and responsibility; and she is the coauthor of Degrees That Matter: Climate Change and the University, which explains how members of college and university communities can take action on climate change. The book contains strategies, projects, and lessons in how to motivate complex organizations to make changes. She is also the author of Greening the Ivory Tower: Improving the Enviromental Track Record of Universities, Colleges, and Other Institutions, which outlines step-by-step actions institutions can take to decrease their environmental impact. She believes that universities can teach and demonstrate environmental principles and stewardship by taking action to understand and reduce the environmental impacts of their own activities.


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“One of the benefits of undertaking the comprehensive lighting project in the Post Center,” notes Sarah, “is that the building has its own meter. I will be watching that meter closely in the coming months to determine if the projected savings result.”

The Energy Reserve Fund Working with Lynne O’Toole, Executive Vice President and Vice President of

Finance at Endicott, Sarah has established the Energy Reserve Fund at the College. “It’s an emerging idea on private college campuses,” she says. “It’s a way to link capital expenditures with operating costs.” With an energy reserve fund, a college sets aside a special account from which monies may be drawn to pay for green initiatives, thus the fund acts as a vehicle for internal loans. As cost savings are

Alex Casioppo ’08 Environmental Affairs at Endicott


s an environmental science major, Alex Casioppo took many opportunities to roll up his sleeves and delve into the details and data of the environment. As Coordinator of Environmental Affairs at Endicott, his scientific curiosity and commitment to sustainability have benefited the campus. Perhaps his most visible role is that of “recycling guy,” but that’s only one of his efforts. “Recycling is huge,” he says, “but recycling itself uses energy. We should also look into reuse as a way of saving resources.” He advocates for overall energy conservation and efficiency, especially in the production of light and heat, and waste reduction in many areas, including water resources. Environmental awareness is also a focus of his concern. “We could develop great systems for conserving water and energy,” he says, “but if people don’t learn about them and their value to the environment, they will not be effective.” Alex has coordinated appearances by guest speakers, screenings of films on environmental topics, and other events on campus, including annual Earth Day activities. He serves as a mentor to the Endicott Environmental Society and to students in the environmental science major. Working with Dr. Mari Butler, associate professor of environment science, on the Thistle Marsh Restoraton Project, he has served as liaison between Endicott and Salem Sound Coastwatch. He has also worked with Dr. Christopher Tripler, associate professor of environment science, on a number of student engagement projects. “The faculty have been great,” he says. “Instead of saying, ‘Read a chapter on how to save water,’ they say, ‘Here’s a project. Let’s do it.’” Students are asked to find a potential problem, find ways to research and measure the problem, and propose a solution. Students present their proposals in class, and those with the most promise are undertaken on campus. One recent project involved evaluating how much water could be saved by installing different kinds of shower heads in campus residence halls. Research included determining current water usage and potential water savings, and Alex helped students with their data collection. Dr. Wylie notes, “This is the kind of experiential learning that is at the heart of the Endicott model of education, and we value Alex’s role in enriching our students’ experience while promoting campus-wide attention to environmental issues.”


realized from green projects, those savings are funneled back to the reserve fund, paying back the loan and more. The reserve fund grows, making other green projects possible. It seems as though even money recycles when a college goes green!

Ongoing Activities Other action steps include developing an energy plan to identify new projects, and a number of target areas for pilot testing new technologies have been chosen. Working with Alex, Sarah will evaluate the cost effectiveness of various solar options, both technically and financially, using several ownership models. They will also evaluate the results of the wind turbine feasibility study to determine if such a system would be cost effective and productive.

Curriculum and Student Engagement Endicott offers a number of programs and courses in sustainability that cross academic schools, including a major in interior design with a sustainability concentration; majors in environmental science, biology, and biotechnology; and liberal arts courses such as The Automobile in American Life, Nature Writing, and Environmental History. Beginning in the spring semester, Sarah will offer a course titled, Energy and the Environment. Students are engaged in a number of projects that include exploring techniques for composting campus food waste, monitoring and evaluating technology to reduce electricity use by campus vending and washing machines, implementing a computers-off campaign in the Library, and creating a green map of the campus. Sarah notes, “It is great to see so many students who are interested in learning about measuring campus impacts and thinking about solutions.” One project planned for the spring demonstrates the complexity of the issues surrounding green decisions. Sarah will work with Paul Belski, Director of Dining Services at Endicott, to hold a student forum on take-out food containers used on campus. Currently, Dining Services uses foam containers that cost approximately 8¢ each. A sturdier, corn-based alternative costs approximately 30¢ each. Cost cannot Endicott College – Soundings: Winter 2011

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be the sole factor in deciding which container to use, however. “You have to look at the life cycle of the product,” Sarah says. “The questions are many. How much does it cost to produce, where is it manufactured, will there be transportation costs involved, and will the mode of transportaion burn fossil fuel? Is it wise to use a food source (in this case, corn) for a disposable product? How long will it take each product to decompose once it has been discarded, or will it cause harmful gases if it is incinerated?” As with every green decision, the place where cost (profit), convenience (people), and the environment (planet) intersect must be found.

Measurement and Promotion In the coming months, Sarah will develop ways to monitor and measure the effectiveness of Endicott’s sustainability efforts. As a member of of the American Association of Sustainability in Higher Education, Sarah serves on the steering committee for their Sustainability Tracking Assessment Rating System (STARS), and she will use the STARS framework for measuring Endicott’s performance over time. To raise awareness of our sustainability projects and plans, a website is being planned. “There is so much going on that we want students and members of the Endicott community to know about,” Sarah says.

A Bully Pulpit Dr. Wylie notes, “We’re proud of our commitment to sustainability, “and we look forward to identifying more ways in which the College can contribute to this effort. As an institution of higher learning, we are in a unique position to offer our example and our resources to this important endeavor. Colleges and universities can serve as microcosms – true learning labs – to demonstrate the issues, the solutions, and the rewards of sustainable practices. It has been said that we should take care of the planet, since we have no place else to go. That’s really something to think about. It’s also something to act on.” ❚

Bright Ideas: With the newly-replaced lighting fixtures in the Library, the College will realize energy cost savings while giving students a brighter environment in which to study. It’s just one of many actions Endicott is taking to develop a culture of sustainability. At present, the Sustainability and Environmental Affairs offices are weighing the potential costs, benefits, and impacts of various solar energy models as alternative energy sources for the College. With the help of a $32,000 grant from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (CEC), the College is also studying the feasibility of constructing 1.5-megawatt wind turbine, which could provide as much as a third of the energy used by the campus. Under the CEC’s Commonwealth Wind Community-Scale Wind intiative, 20 such grants were awarded to public and private projects, educational institutions, cities and towns, and the MBTA. A tower was constructed on the back campus to monitor wind currents and determine if they are sufficient to support the building of such a wind turbine, and a number of other factors are being evaluated. Whether or not the College decides to build such a turbine, the data collected will be invaluable to other organizations or utilities interested in developing wind projects in the area.

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Programs for the MiliTAry

ServinG ThoSe Who Serve

New Approaches Bring College Courses to Those on Active Duty


Director of Professional Studies and Assistant Professor, Terence Lynn, has been instrumental in expanding Endicott’s academic offerings to men and women on active duty with the United States military. From a fledgling program in 2002 in which a few students in the military took courses through the Van Loan School of Graduate and Professional Studies, to today’s programs that include courses delivered onsite at various military installations in New England – and, in some cases, onboard ships at sea – Terry has sought to bring the Endicott spirit of academic and individual support to each military classroom. 6

ith the military bearing of a former Marine (which he is) and the thoughtful intensity of a psychology professor and licensed mental health counselor (which he also is), Terry Lynn has brought unique perspectives to his work with students who are serving on active duty with the military. As Director of Professional Studies at the Van Loan School of Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS), he serves as the administrator of our on-site programs for military personnel. He also serves as a professor and counselor. “When I assumed the directorship of these programs in 2006, I began providing to the military sites and students the same attention we give our on-campus students. I would drive out to each location many times to meet students and listen to what they needed. I would teach a course at each location to bring the campus to them and try to make them feel connected to Endicott College. It’s kind of hard to explain, but when they are taking a class at an Army facility and the smell of M-16 rifle cleaner permeates the air, it is tough for them to imagine that they are actually part of the stunning campus in Beverly.” Academic programs for the military include accelerated degree completion programs for military, Department of Defense, and civilian personnel seeking Associate and/or Bachelor degrees; and as a Yellow Ribbon school, Endicott offers qualified veterans enrolled in degree programs specially-designed financial aid opportunities. For active duty personnel, the programs are unique. “We’re the only college offering a truly accelerated program to those on active duty,” says Terry. “Students may take classes on base during lunch or after hours. Many students take advantage of our online courses as well.” Some personnel will choose to take courses that will provide a base for future study. “We fill a certain need for them,” says Terry. “Not all will be degree candidates because of the transient nature of their orders. Our courses will be transferable, but they also help these personnel with their jobs.” Courses include math, writing, psychology, and statistics. “Our military students represent every strata of American society and they, like all the adult GPS students, have wonderfully rich stories and experiences. They represent the various branches of the U.S. military, with the men and women having held various posts, from administrative support to transport, military police, ocean security, sea duty, and special forces. Some of them have experienced and survived the horror that war brings; yet they study, and they go on. We have students who are completing their studies with us in Afghanistan and Iraq. We have students who began studies with us, deployed, returned to studies, and deployed again. Each student knows that it is not easy, and they will be asked to work hard; but as military personnel, past and present, they are used to being asked to work hard.” Providing educational opportunities to active duty military requires a balance of academic rigor, scheduling flexibility, and institutional commitment; and Endicott has created that balance for its military students. “It has taken a lot of people to make this work,” Terry notes, “from Doc’s [Dr. Wylie’s] entrepreneurial spirit to the commitment of everyone at GPS.” In early 2006, Endicott was one of three colleges in New England offering on-site programs to the military. By the end of that year, Endicott was the only such school; and in 2007, the College entered into a special arrangement with the U.S. Coast Guard. Endicott College – Soundings: Winter 2011

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Terry explains, “The Coast Guard had interviewed 15 to 20 schools, looking for a college to offer courses to their personnel. When I got a call from the Senior Chief at the station in Portland, Maine, I jumped in the car and drove two and a half hours to meet him in person. They appreciated our commitment, and they signed us on to be their sole provider. A lot of colleges had put together a committee to study the development of such a program. At Endicott, we made it happen.” At each Coast Guard station, an ESO (Educational Services Officer) recruits students into the program and determines which courses are needed. Then the ESO works with Terry to create a program tailored to the needs of students at the base. While offering classes at the USCG base in Boston, Richard Weissman, who serves as Director of Corporate Education and Assistant Professor at Endicott, was asked to teach aboard the Coast Guard Cutter FLYING FISH in Boston Harbor. “He’s a fantastic professor,” says Terry. “He likes boats, and they loved him! Word got out, and commanders of larger cutters asked about doing something similar.” In 2009, the Coast Guard issued the new challenge. How could personnel who spend weeks or months at sea receive the same educational benefit as their counterparts back on base? Working with Dr. Wylie and Dr. Mary Huegel, Vice President and Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies, Terry developed a model that would place a professor aboard a cutter on active duty, something that had never been done in the Northeast. With his wife in active labor and Terry texting from the delivery room, Professor Scott Frahlich stepped in to complete negotiations with Coast Guard personnel during the holiday break in 2009; and on January 5, 2010, Scott became the first professor at sea, spending 33 days on the Cutter SPENCER in the North Atlantic. (See story above.) “We put our hearts and souls into the program,” says Terry, “We made sure that it would be academically strong, and the students rose to the challenge. Soon, officers on three other major cutters were asking for similar programs. With the military, if you do what you say you’re going to do, it will be noticed.” Endicott College – Soundings: Winter 2011

Endicott Professor Creates College Classrooms at Sea


hen the 270-foot Coast Guard Cutter SPENCER left Boston Harbor in January of 2010, it carried 100 guardsmen and one college professor. Its three-week tour was the first mission for Endicott’s classrooms at sea program, which has expanded steadily this year. Professor Scott Frahlich taught four college courses to 30 students who signed on to the program, and creative problem solving was a big part of the effort. With the crew on rotating duty 24/7, Scott found ways to accommodate the varying schedules of the students – sometimes writing lectures in the middle of the night to be ready to offer classes in any available space when students came off duty. Living with the crew, Scott developed a deep appreciation of their dedication. “I was immersed. I was part of the lifestyle, and I’m sure I learned as much from them as they did from me.” Scott has since delivered similar programs on other Coast Guard cutters, including the TAHOMA and the CAMPBELL. The longest session to date was a nearly three-month tour off the coast of South America. Scott Frahlich, the first professor to offer college courses onboard ship in the Northeast, pictured in top photo on the Cutter Spencer, in the middle photo on the Cutter Tahoma, and above at Endicott where military officers and Endicott staff showcased the program. Professor Frahlich has since gone to sea several more times. In March 2010, he taught aboard the SPENCER as it sailed to the equator for operations off the coast of South America. From June through August of 2010, he offered classes aboard the Cutter TAHOMA, where he witnessed the rescue of Haitian citizens and the seizure of illegal drugs off the coast of South America. In late fall 2010, he taught aboard the TAHOMA, spending time off the coast of Cuba; and in January 2011, his classroom was the Cutter CAMPBELL. For military personnel, their mission must always come first. Creating programs that foster academic opportunity and personal growth while accommodating their special circumstances has required plan-

ning, cooperation, and determination on the part of the military, the College, and the students. “My favorite day is graduation day when one of our students completes a degree,” says Terry. “They will tell me that they never thought they could accomplish this goal, and they are deeply proud of the accomplishment.” Whether they complete a degree or finish a series of courses that will help them with future study or career goals, students on active duty will have benefited from their college experience. “Endicott has been wonderfully supportive of these young men and women,” says Terry. “When they finish their service, they will have other options – even if it’s just a different way of looking at the world.” ❚


Service to the CoMMuNiTy

A CulTure of CommuniTy ServiCe Students Spend Spring Break Helping Families in New Orleans


t happens every year, but last spring’s Alternative Spring Break (ASB) was particularly meaningful. Brandi Johnson, Associate Dean of Students, and George Kuntz, Assistant Director of Student Activities, and a team of Endicott students traveled back to New Orleans to help restore sections of the city still in need of repair. Brandi says, “I started doing ASB as an undergraduate, I worked with AmeriCorps, and as a staff member at Regis College, I was part of a community service trip to Peru. It was one thing to witness poverty and need in a third-world country, but to be in my own country and see such devastation five years after Hurricane Katrina – the experience was powerful.” The group worked with an organization called Rebuilding Together. “Most of our projects were finish work,” George relates, “and at first, the students were a bit disappointed. They had visions of wielding hammers and building structures from the ground up. On the first day, however, after we had put the first coat of paint on a woman’s house and saw her reaction, they understood the meaning of their work. She exclaimed, ‘I’ve been waiting five years to get that X off my house,’ and her smile was huge.” After the hurricane, rescue officials had marked houses with different symbols signifying different things, such as condemned, family evacuated, or bodies found. “That X had been a constant scar for her,” George explains. “She made us cookies every day,” says Brandi, “and the students were eager to hear her stories.” The work accomplished is deeply appreciated. “We went to a couple of stores looking for rubber boots, since some of our work involved raking cemeteries and trudging through mud. People starting clapping for us,” Brandi says. George agrees, “The local people can spot volunteers, and they say that they can’t believe college kids would give up their spring break to help. It’s as though the spirit of New Orleans never left. Their hospitality and determination are always there.” Of equal value to the work done is the wider perspective each student gains. “They step outside themselves and come together as a group,” says Brandi. “They experience another view of the world, and what they learn is transforming. One nursing student on the trip has decided to apply for AmeriCorps jobs, and a creative arts therapy major wants to work with people who have experienced trauma. All of our students say they want to share their experiences with other students and encourage them to join in community service projects.” Those who are interested in next spring’s trip have already starting raising funds to help defray transportation costs. George says, “Alternative Spring Break is rewarding and humbling, and I can’t wait to go again.” ❚

George Kuntz III and Brandi Johnson of Endicott’s Office of Student Affairs don’t look much like “Mom” and “Dad,” but that’s what they came to be called by the group of Endicott students who bonded as family when they went to New Orleans during Alternative Spring Break. It was an experience that no one will forget. 8

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2010 Alternative Spring Break participants included student leaders: Britta Anderson and Cameron Lewis; students and recent alumni: Megan Alonso, Lindsey Beaver, Annie Bolton, Sarah Desmond, Kate Forand, Sarah Gleason, Laura Kenney, Patrick Lundgren, Hannah Morton, Katherine Murphy, Taylor Monbleau, Catherine O’Brien, Jonathan O’Bryan, Veronica Parlsoe, Makenzie Picking, Briana Quitadamo, Courtney Spurr, and Amanda Veliotis; and staff chaperones: Brandi Johnson and George Kuntz III

Endicott’s Commitment to Community Service Wins National Recognition, Again!


auri Rawls is camera shy, so we had to catch her at a community service site. Pictured on the porch at the far right, she was part of a clean-up crew at Creative Living Inc., a non-profit organization in Andover that works to enhance the lives of developmentally disabled individuals. Lauri is the Director of Community Service at Endicott, and she coordinates a wide array of volunteer opportunities, matching the needs of the community with the interests of students and staff. Community service is an integral part of the Endicott College experience, and during the 2009–10 academic year, our students volunteered 14,187 hours of service. 60% of our student population participated in some type of service, well above the state and national averages of 27%. Projects included Beverly Bootstraps and Food Pantry programs, Beverly Children’s Learning Center, the Junior Olympics, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk, North Shore Habitat for Humanity, Red Cross Blood Drives, the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, River House Homeless Shelter, SeniorCare, Special Olympics–Essex County, theWalk for HAWC (Healing Abuse, Working for Change), and food, book, clothing, and toy drives. Once again the Corporation for National and Community Service honored Endicott College with a place on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service efforts and service to America’s communities – the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service learning and civic engagement. Honorees for the award are chosen based on a series of factors including the scope and innovation of service projects, the percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service, and the extent to which the school offers academic service learning courses. We are deeply honored by this special recognition. ❚

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A lasting TriBuTE

DeSiGninG A leGACy of hope

Endicott Interior Design Students Contribute Plans for Haiti Orphanage

Britney Gengel, pictured here surrounded by children in a Port-au-Prince orphanage, had traveled to Haiti with fellow Lynn University students to work with the poorest of the poor. Moved by the resilient spirit of the Haitian people, she resolved to return after graduation and start an orphanage herself. A few hours after this picture was taken, Britney was killed in the Haitian earthquake. Her dream of helping Haiti’s children has stirred the imaginations of countless people, and her dream is coming true.


ritney Gengel had only been in Haiti for one day, and she has already fallen in love with its people. A student at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida, she was taking part in their Journey of Hope trip to the country that has been described as the poorest in the Western Hemisphere. After a visit to an orphanage in Port-au-Prince, the 19-year-old Rutland, Massachusetts student sent a text message to her mother: “They love us so much and everyone is so happy, they love what they have and they work so hard to get nowhere and they are all so appreciative . . . I want to move here and start an orphanage myself.” Three hours later, on January 12, 2010, a catastrophic earthquake shook the already devastated country; and Britney and three fellow students and two professors were lost in the rubble of The Hotel Montana. People across the United States and around the world hoped, feared, and grieved with Britney’s parents, Len and Cherylann, as they received conflicting reports that she was all right, that she was trapped, and, finally, that she had passed away. After 33 days, her body was recov10

ered, and the Gengels were able to bring their daughter home. A beautiful girl and a beautiful spirit, gone too soon. For those who knew and loved Britney, that couldn’t be the end of the story; and for Len Gengel – a builder and contractor – it was the inspiration to make Britney’s final wish come true. He would build the orphanage Britney had envisioned for the poorest of the poor. Endicott interior design lecturer, Maureen Finlay – a long-time friend of the Gengel family – says that when Len mentioned the orphanage at Britney’s memorial service, “The light dawned. We could help them with that. Our undergraduate interior design students are in Britney’s age group, so we could set them loose to come up with ideas. We wanted to help the Gengels dream.” The dream was coming closer and closer to reality. Len and Cherylann established “Be Like Brit,” an organization that raises awareness and funds for the orphans of Haiti. They and their sons, Bernie and Richie, give presentations and coordinate

fundraising drives, and the response has been tremendous. On a flight to Haiti, Cherylann met architect Paul Fallon of the Boston firm TRO Jung|Brannen (TROJB), who was working with Dr. John and Paula Mulqueen to design a clinic in Haiti for the Gardner-based organization, Forward in Health. Fallon offered to design Britney’s orphanage, and the Mulqueens offered to sell land overlooking the fishing village of Grand Goâve. By poignant coincidence, Britney had been scheduled to visit Grand Goâve on the day of the earthquake, so her orphanage will complete the journey she was unable to make. Professor Finlay is part of the Be Like Brit architectural design board, which meets at TROJB, and she notes that a dozen or more professionals from TROJB have donated their time to the project, including Kim Cochrane, once a student a Endicott, who put together a model for the building. “When our undergraduate interior design students were creating their Endicott College – Soundings: Winter 2011

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Sketching the Vision designs,” Maureen says, “the architects hadn’t begun their work yet, so we didn’t know the final shape of the building. We held a charette – a design exercise – which is like a group brainstorming session where you get as many ideas as possible out of your head and onto paper. The students were great. One student who was out on sick leave came back to participate, students on study abroad programs contributed ideas, and several alumni took part. We wanted to give Cherylann something to help her visualize the possibilities.” Kevin Renz, associate dean of interior design who oversees both the undergraduate and graduate programs in interior design, notes that the project was deeply moving for everyone. “The Gengels came to campus several times, and their story was inspiring. It’s amazing how many people jumped on board to help and are happy to be part of it.” Students in Endicott’s School of Business will also contribute to the project. Their annual fashion show has raised tens of thousounds of dollars for charity, and this year they plan to donate all proceeds to the Be Like Brit project. Once the architect’s base model was complete, students in Endicott’s Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts in Interior Design programs stepped in. The building would take a basic “B” shape (for Britney), but because of the limitations of construction technologies in Haiti, creating curves on the building would be difficult; and ensuring that the orphanage could withstand another earthquake was paramount. Maureen says, “The Master’s students did a lot to soften the hard concrete feel of the building.” They designed interior spaces that would be welcoming and inviting for the 33 boys and 33 girls who would live there– the number chosen to memorialize the 33 days that Britney was missing. “I’m proud of the sensitivity our students paid to this wonderful family, to the architects who designed the building, and to the children who will use it.” Maureen notes that Grand Goâve is on the flight path of all air traffic into Haiti, and everyone who flies into the country will see Britney’s orphanage – her legacy of hope and love. Ground was broken for the project on Sunday, January 9, 2011, just a few days short of the anniversary of earthquake that took Britney’s life. For information on the project, to see a schematic of the architect’s model of the building, and to learn about the many ways you can help, call 508-886-4500 or visit Donations may be made through the website or by check to: Britney Gengel Poorest of the Poor Fund, Inc., P.O. Box 355, Rutland, MA 01543. ❚

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In campus brainstorming sessions, undergraduate interior design students gathered ideas for preliminary drawings of the proposed orphanage. One idea, upper left, was to use Haitian artisans to create a wall of stained glass that would depict Britney with the orphans she loved.

With the architect’s model in place, M.A. and M.F.A. students designed interior spaces including the main stairway area, the dining room, and the playroom. 11

Enriching EduCATioN

mAkinG SCienCe AnD SoCiAl STuDieS fun Education Students and Faculty Bring Learning Activities to Local Schools


cience and social studies have taken a bad rap. Countless students, believing that science is for geniuses and social studies is about an irrelevant past, have labeled the disciplines as hard, incomprehensible, or boring. Endicott education students and faculty are working to change those perceptions. By developing hands-on learning activities that engage students intellectually, emotionally, and physically, the School of Education and its students are getting kindergarteners and grade schoolers excited about learning.

Teaching Beyond the Science Kit Dr. Mary Hatton, who lectures in biology and education at Endicott, says, “A lot of our education students come into the program afraid of teaching science, thinking they won’t be able to turn kids on to science. When they see how naturally curious kids are, they see how our learning activities can change kids’ attitudes in the classroom.” Mary believes in teaching science through inquiry, an approach that encourages interaction and exploration. “We need to think beyond the science kit and the textbook,” she says. Voted the 2010 Essex County Science Teacher of the Year by the Massachusetts Association of Science Teachers, Mary is a member of the steering committee of the Northeast Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Pipeline Project, which is one of seven partnerships in Massachusetts addressing the need to increase the number of qualified young people choosing careers in STEM fields. She is also a key leader in Building a Presence for Science in Massachusetts, an award-winning program of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), and she notes that Endicott is the only college in Massachusetts with an NSTA student chapter.

After School Science Programs A series of after school enrichment activities brought scientific concepts down to size for students at the Cove Elementary School in Beverly. Endicott students Caitlyn Keating (top photo) and Morgan Gosselin (photo above) designed a curriculum around ocean and wind currents, then devised activities that would allow their young students to observe currents at work. They agreed that the program was a great opportunity to gain classroom experience while providing a fun learning environment for grade schoolers.

For a number of years, Endicott has had a relationship with Cove Elementary School in Beverly, with students doing prepracticum work and student teaching. When their PTO coordinator approached the School of Education about after school


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enrichment programs, students responded. Mary explains, “Choosing from a list of possible themes and subject areas for the upper and lower elementary grades, our students designed a curriculum for an after school program. The students would then develop a number of hands-on activities or experiments that would allow children to observe, collect evidence, and draw conclusions.” And the activities were fun. Young students were developing science literacy while having a great time, and the School of Education hopes to offer similar programs at other local elementary schools.

Math and Science for the Whole Family Joan Sullivan, director of Family Math and Science Fun, is a Beverly parent and educator who has been coordinating enrichment activities for Beverly elementary school students since 2002. She approached Dr. Hatton about creating science and math activities to engage parents as well as children, and Mary was eager to participate. Last spring, Cove Elementary School held a Family Math and Science Night, where Endicott students created and ran a number of science stations. In November, 72 kindergarteners, along with their siblings, parents, and grandparents, spent a Sunday afternoon at the Ayers Ryal Side School learning “All About Birds.” Education students took outlines of activities that had been designed for older students and adapted them for a younger audience. Then they helped to organize and run the activities during the event. “It was great to see parents get excited about science, too,” says Mary. “I love to hear about the impact these activities have on kids and families. Our education majors will play such a powerful role in giving their students the opportunity to explore.”

Geography, Sociology, History – and Jewelry! Dr. Kathleen Billings-McLaughlin encourages her students to make connections across courses and disciplines. She has also developed a series of projects where her students can use this multilayered approach to learning with local school children. Endicott College – Soundings: Winter 2011

Learning stations at “All About Birds,” a Family Math and Science Fun event held at Ayers Ryal Side Elementary School in November, included nest making. Endicott students developed and ran the stations for kindergarteners and their siblings, parents, and grandparents. In one project, members of Kappa Delta Pi, Endicott’s education honor society, held Friday morning sessions at North Beverly Elementary School, mentoring an arts-based culture club as part of a STARS Club initiative. Their activities included creating Egyptian-style jewelry pieces and friendship bracelets, and the education majors wove in explorations of the role of fashion and adornment in various cultures. Lessons in geography, history, and sociology were also part of the fun. Kathleen says, “Hopefully, the children developed their ‘multiple minds,’ and the Endicott mentors had an opportunity to integrate their understanding from multiple courses into direct learning experiences.”

Literacy Program and Museum Education In other initiatives, education students served as reading tutors at Centerville Elementary School in Beverly, where they put their Foundations of Reading course to the test as “literacy partners,” helping students acquire reading skills; and the Cape Ann Art and Historical Museum became a learning lab for students in a social studies methods class. They immersed themselves

Jewelry making during an arts-based club became a springboard into discussions on history and social issues. in the museum experience, then worked with the museum educator to develop learning experience for younger visitors. Learning in and out of the classroom: for our students and their students! ❚ 13

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Summer proGrAm for GifTeD STuDenTS A Unique Collaboration Brings Middle Schoolers to the Endicott Campus

Science everywhere! Even Endicott’s beaches became learning labs for students in last summer’s inaugural Learning and Leadership Program. Designed to give high-achieving students opportunities to exercise their curiosity through math and science activities, explore their creativity through the visual and performing arts, and tap into their leadership potential through skill-building exercises, the program gave students a taste of college life as well. Living in a college residence hall, eating in the dining hall, and learning to use a college library were all part of the program.


or nearly two years, Endicott College has worked in collaboration with the Northshore Education Consortium (NEC) to develop summer programs to excite middle school students about learning, especially in the STEM areas of study (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and in the visual and performing arts. In July 2010, 36 highachieving students from Lynn took part in the inaugural program, living on campus for three weeks and learning from Endicott faculty members along with teachers from Gordon College, the Lynn Public Schools, and NEC’s Northshore Recovery High School. The Learning and Leadership Lynn Pilot Program is the first of its kind on the North Shore, and Dr. Wylie praised Lynn’s Superintendent of Schools, Catherine Latham, for her leadership in attracting grant money that allowed all of the students to attend the program free of charge. The office of external grants for the Lynn Schools, under the directorship of Andrea Lapey, voted funds for the project; and additional monies were contributed by Eastern Bank, the Essex County Community Foundation, the Lynn Teachers Union, General Electric, the Lynn Business Education Foundation, and others. 14

The eighth- and ninth-graders in the program, who were chosen for their various interests and for their leadership potential, participated in classes and workshops exploring possibilities within the fields of biotechnology, computer science, environmental science, visual art, and drama. They devoted over 75 hours to in-depth learning, interactive activities,

The 6:45 wake up bell got students up and running for a day filled with activities. Mornings were spent exploring math and science, afternoons were spent in the visual and performing arts. Recreation and fun were included, too!

group projects, leadership training, and field research; and they took full advantage of Endicott’s high-tech labs and science equipment, the Center for the Arts’ studios and performance spaces, and the campus’s natural environment and sports facilities.

“It was wonderful to see our campus come alive with the energy and curiosity of these terrific students,” Dr. Wylie noted. Janice Lisiak, who directs the Learning and Leadership Program (LLP) for NEC, is an enthusiastic proponent of the program. “In my 40 years in education,” she says, “it was one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had.” She notes, “Sometimes kids at the middle school level may think it’s not that cool to be too smart. For these kids, it was a chance to be among other kids just like themselves.” An important component of the program will include tracking participants to see how they progress in their schoolwork and in their leadership abilities. “These young people will be the scholars and leaders of tomorrow,” says Dr. Wylie, “and Endicott is proud to have a part in their educational experiences.” For summer 2011, the program directors hope to include 54 students from all of the 16 school districts in the consortium, with a goal of growing the program to 150 students in the next few years. For more information on the program, you may call Jan Lisiak at the Northshore Education Consortium at 978-232-9755, ext. 1331. ❚ Endicott College – Soundings: Winter 2011

New Careers: CriMiNAl JuSTiCE

neW DemAnDS meAn neW CAreer pAThS Former District Attorney Kevin Burke Lends Expertise


Kevin Burke has spent much of his career in public service – as a State Representative, as the District Attorney of the Essex District, and as Secretary of Public Safety for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. With years of experience as an attorney and public policy expert, he brings knowledge and advice to Endicott’s efforts to create new majors and minors and to expand existing programs in criminal justice. Endicott College – Soundings: Winter 2011

reparedness – it’s a central concern for professionals in criminal justice, law enforcement, and emergency management. It’s also something that Endicott embraces. As we design curricula to prepare students for tomorrow’s careers, the College often seeks expert advice from people who have excelled in their professional lives. Visiting professor Kevin Burke is one such expert who is helping Endicott evaluate current offerings and define new directions in the criminal justice major. As Massachusetts Secretary of Public Safety and Security, Kevin led 15 departments and agencies including the state homeland security division, the state police, the department of corrections, and the National Guard. As the district attorney for Essex County, he was a leader in developing legislation and legal policy for Massachusetts and for the nation. He was the author of the Massachusetts Victim’s Bill of Rights, and he founded the state’s first child sexual abuse unit, which became a national model. He also served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Kevin says, “Dr. Wylie invited me here to work with the faculty to expand the criminal justice major and to look at courses related to homeland and national security; and we are currently putting together courses for a national security studies minor. There is a level of excitement here, since there is no paradigm elsewhere in higher education for these kinds of programs. Endicott is emerging as a leader in addressing the need for these studies at the undergraduate level, and the programs Dr. Wylie wants to develop will provide a solid academic base for those who seek careers in the public and private sectors.” The need for professionals trained to deal with multiple threats is growing, and Kevin advocates for an “all hazards approach.” He says, “We must be able to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism and natural disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina. Comprehensive emergency management is critical to a government’s ability to meet its responsibility to its citizens. It also affects businesses’ ability to recover from various crises on their own.” He says that Endicott’s curricula already cross disciplines in important ways, giving students a wider perspective. Students in the School of Business take risk management classes to learn how businesses develop strategies to respond to various threats. Criminal justice majors study the latest technologies to understand their value in combatting threats to security and to become aware of how they may be used by criminals and terrorists. Studies on the nature and origins of terrorism are linked with courses in history, politics, and American foreign policy. “This will be an evolutionary process,” Kevin notes. “In creating programs for emerging professions, we will add courses, we will tap the expertise of Endicott’s knowledgeable faculty, and we will invite experienced educators and practioners to campus for symposia to encourage discussion and debate. For our undergraduate students, the programs will provide a good foundation in evaluating information, developing critical thinking skills, and understanding the opportunities for graduate level studies in various career paths.” Kevin will also act as a student advisor and will teach courses in Constitutional law and homeland security. He also hopes to share his experiences in politics and public policy with students and the broader College community. ❚


Community rESourCE

enDiCoTT reSeArCh CenTer Providing Data to Decision Makers


t the Endicott Research Center, it’s all about the facts. As the repository for our institutional data, the Center responds to requests for information from a number of outside organizations, including the College Board, the Carnegie Foundation, The Princeton Review, U.S. News and World Report, and the U.S. Department of Education’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Staff at the Center design, administer, and analyze surveys for a number of College departments, providing valuable and actionable information for internal use. They also work with school systems, both local and international, to help them measure their progress against designated sets of criteria. In addition, they use their expertise in economic impact analysis to help cities and towns discover factors affecting their local economies. They are a team of

experts who address the needs of many audiences, and they are building a reputation as the go-to place for decision makers in need of reliable data.

College Information Each year, the Research Center publishes Facts & Figures, a compendium of the latest information about the College, and Impact, a report on the educational, social, and economic contributions of the College to the local community. They are perhaps the most visible works of the Center, but they represent only a small portion of the Center’s work. Peter Hart, Executive Director of the Research Center, explains the scope of their responsibilities. “We provide a consistent source of information about the College. We are responsible for documenting a complete view of the College for our accreditation by NEASC (the New England Association of Schools and Colleges), developing both the Five Year Self Study and

the Ten Year Accreditation Report; and we facilitate the ten year accreditation visit by a NEASC team. We work with our academic schools in the process of obtaining approval from the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education for new degree programs. We also support faculty in their research and students in their thesis work.” As faculty members, some of the Center’s staff also serve as advisors to students. Peter notes, “Internally, we measure College benchmarks against a series of 650 indicators, and we provide via email our “Friday Factoids” as a way to engage and educate the College community. We also work with College departments, such as the Career Center, the Internship Office, and the Keys to Degrees program, to develop and administer surveys to measure the strength of their services.”

Surveys to Help Educators Make Informed Decisions The premise is both simple and complex: if you ask the right questions, you get meaningful answers; and the Research Center has designed a number of measurement tools to provide information to leaders in education at all levels, from Pre-K through university.

Accreditation Surveys The Center designs, administers, analyzes, and creates reports for schools, both here and abroad, in their process of accreditation or re-accreditation. Peter explains, “We help schools identify how they are doing in regard to the criteria of their various accrediting bodies.” 16

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NEASC provides accreditation services for more than 2,000 public and private institutions (Pre-K through university) in the six-state New England region; and American and international schools located in foreign countries may also seek accreditation through NEASC. Working with NEASC’s Commission on Public Secondary Schools (CPSS), the Research Center has surveyed every public secondary school in New England; and through NEASC’s Commission on American International Schools Abroad (CAISA), the Center helps American-run schools located in other countries measure their performance against NEASC standards. The Center also works with the Council of International Schools (CIS), a European accrediting body, to provide services to schools accredited through that agency.

School Performance Surveys For school principals, superintendents, and administrators interested in school-byschool analysis and strategic planning, the Center offers surveys of independent and public elementary, middle, and high schools. Staff at each school, as well as students and their families, answer questions that focus on five key areas: leadership, academics, school environment (physical plant), school climate, and support services. Each school receives a comprehensive analysis of findings, as well as an aggregate report of other schools that have taken the survey, to measure how they compare to their peers.

Economic Impact Analysis Staff at the Center can also help leaders of businesses, organizations, and local governments make key economic decisions. Their analysis can provide data in many areas including investments, economic climate, factors affecting economic development, and economic forecasting. An important feature of this type of research is the determination of the extent of impact to the economy that results from various projects, events, and business endeavors.

A Resource for the Community The Center’s expertise has been tapped to benefit the local community. Recent projects include an economic impact study for the City of Beverly, coordinated Endicott College – Soundings: Winter 2011

Endicott Research Center Staff includes: (Back row, left to right) Fujia Lu, Associate Director, Academic Research. Fujia specializes in survey research, sampling design, and statistical modeling. His current research activities include research on key indicators of economic development and economic impact analysis. Peter Hart, Executive Director. Peter is responsible for campus-wide accreditation initiatives, institutional reporting, strategic planning, and assessment. He also teaches programming for the Computer Science major at Endicott. Michael Roberts, Manager of Research Operations. Michael’s responsibilities include data collection, interpretation, and reporting. With experience in every facet of surveying, he creates paper and online surveys, manages databases, and provides comprehensive, user-friendly reports. He is also responsible for the Center’s web presence. (Seated, left to right) Judith Sabella, Project Manager. Judi is responsible for all external communications with clients. She is also instrumental in new customer identification and management. Donny Femino, Associate Director, Institutional Research. Donny’s expertise lies in identifying quantifiable benchmarks that support strategic decision making and measure success based on the organization’s mission and standards. He also collects and disseminates College data to a wide range of constituents. through the Beverly Main Streets initiative; a consulting project for the Board of Directors of Beverly Cooperative Bank; and a report on Briscoe Middle School’s Second Step Program. The Center offers these services and more on a for-fee basis to municipalities, organizations, and schools far beyond our area; and staff at the Center work with their clients to design appropriate research vehicles for the desired outcomes.

Strategic Planning for the College Peter Hart also heads the College’s Planning Committee, which is charged with developing concrete benchmarks to measure the College’s success in achieving its stated goals. They are creating a new Ten-Year Strategic Plan for Excellence, which will serve as both a road map and a yardstick as the College plans for the challenges and opportunities ahead. For more information on the Research Center and its services, visit ❚ 17

Endicott lEAdErSHiP Trustee Spotlight

The Wisdom of the Broader View

W. Thomas Spencer, Jr., CLU, ChFC W

hen Endicott College Trustee, W. Thomas Spencer, Jr., graduated with a degree in psychology from Brown University in May 1973, the country was in recession. “It was during our first energy crisis,” he recalls. “Cars were lining up at gas stations, and job prospects were scarce. Recent graduates had three options: go to graduate school, try bartending, or sell insurance.” By July, Mr. Spencer was working for John Hancock Insurance Company. “I sublet an apartment on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston, with no furniture except for a waterbed left behind by the previous tenent. I would sit on that bed and make calls to people who didn’t want to talk to me about something they didn’t want to buy. I’m very proud of that. My roommate was my first policy holder,” he says. His tenacity, his talent for persuasion, and his ability to see the possibilities in every opportunity have proven to be valuable assets. Today, Mr. Spencer is president of Spencer Financial, LLC, an advisory and financial services practice in Sudbury, Massachusetts. With a focus on helping their clients plan for a secure and satisfying retirement, Mr. Spencer and his team assist in individualized financial planning, estate planning, investment management, and product selection. He jokes, “We offer a kind of ‘tough love.’ We try to get people’s expectations in line with reality, and then we work to create a comprehensive approach to retirement for each client.” An engaging speaker, Mr. Spencer has been featured in Smart Money segments on Boston’s business and financial radio station, WBNW AM1120; he appeared in a three-part PBS series titled Creative Living; and he has been a guest on NBC’s Today Show.

The Million Dollar Round Table

W. Thomas Spencer, Jr. and his wife, Suzanne, at the gala event that marked the dedication of the Center for the Arts and Endicott’s 70th anniversary. The Spencers were among the lead donors to the project, and the College was pleased to name one of the Center’s art galleries, the W. Thomas and Suzanne Spencer, Jr. Presentation Art Gallery, in their honor.


Mr. Spencer’s talents for public speaking and lively discourse have also been recognized by the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT), the world’s premier association of financial professionals. He was one of a handful of speakers chosen to address 7,000 of its members from the main platform at their annual meeting in Toronto, Canada. MDRT is an international, independent association of more than 31,500 members, or less than 1 percent, of the world’s life insurance and financial services professionals from 464 companies in more than 80 nations and territories; and MDRT membership is recognized internationally as the standard of sales excellence in the life insurance and financial services business. Endicott College – Soundings: Winter 2011

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As a Life and Qualifying Member of MDRT, Mr. Spencer has organized forums where leaders can share ideas and best practices. He was asked to serve on a task force to develop and implement programming for a financial industry summit in New York City, where guest speakers included Alan Greenspan, former Chairman of the Federal Reserve. “It was a big show,” he says, “and it was a great learning experience for me. I welcomed the opportunity to provide a forum where speakers could discuss how to be better citizens and how to look at the world a little differently.”

Developing a Broader View: Stepping Outside Your Fish Bowl Mr. Spencer says, “I once heard a speaker say that we tend to live in our own fish bowl, which contains our family, our colleagues, and our friends. It may be a comfortable place, but it is also limiting. I was struck by that, and I believe that it is important to take a broader view – to step outside your fish bowl and get involved in the broader community.” Plaques, photos, and awards on the walls and shelves of his Sudbury offices bear testament to the depth of his commitment to others – from the youth sports teams he has coached and sponsored, to the guest speakers he has brought to appreciative audiences, to his work with humanitarian agencies. He has raised money for Habitat for Humanity projects and has participated in house building crews in Dallas, Texas and in Braintree and Quincy, Massachusetts. “I like the evergreen nature of Habitat,” he says. “The new owners of Habitat houses pay mortgages that help fund more building projects.” He has also become deeply involved with Seeds of Peace, an organization that seeks to empower young people from warring countries with the leadership, communication, and conflict resolution skills that will foster coexistence and reconciliation.

The Vision Task Force at Endicott Dr. Wylie asked Mr. Spencer to lend his advice to Endicott’s Finance Committee, and in 1999 he joined the College’s Board of Trustees. Endicott College – Soundings: Winter 2011

Sowing Seeds of Peace Founded in 1993 by author and journalist John Wallach, Seeds of Peace has become an international organization that works to deflate hostilities among nations by fostering hope and dialog among the young people who will be tomorrow’s leaders. Tom Spencer has been a steadfast supporter of these “seeds,” raising funds for and participating in the Seeds of Peace International Camp in Maine. For three weeks in the summer, students from the Middle East and South Asia live together and learn that their enemies are, in truth, fellow humans with the same hopes and dreams. “It’s an amazing process to watch,” he says. “At first, there is anger, as teenagers from warring countries are brought together. Then there is a period of confusion as the stereotypes they have learned concerning ‘the other’ appear to be untrue. Then comes an emotional phase, as barriers are broken. By the end of the program, they love each other.” To support their roles as peacemakers, Seeds of Peace has expanded its scope to work with young people when they return to their home countries. To date, more than 4,300 of these “seeds” have benefited from these programs.

At a time when the College was experiencing increased enrollments and expansion at the graduate and undergraduate levels, he assumed leadership of what came to be called the Vision Task Force, charged with evaluating needs and developing action steps to ensure the College’s continued growth. An important outcome of their work was the decision to encourage Endicott’s commitment to the visual and performing arts. Mr. Spencer was a strong supporter of the project; and in 2009 the Center for the Arts was dedicated as an outstanding facility for Endicott College and for the greater community. In 2006, he became Chairman of the Board, and he recently completed two consecutive terms. He will continue to serve on the Executive Committee and several other important committees.

A Think Tank Approach A great proponent of collaboration, Mr. Spencer believes in the exchange of ideas. “I like to take down barriers and create a think tank environment that encourages people to speak up,” he says. “I believe that there are no bad ideas. There are just ideas that won’t be used. As issues become more complex, the discussions surrounding them should also become more complex.” “Endicott is fortunate to have a president who has been able to make good decisions quickly, especially during the time when the College was seeking to strengthen its position as a coeducational, baccalaureate institution. As we go forward, we will face important questions about our growth and the type of institution we want to become.” Mr. Spencer welcomes and encourages the challenge. ❚ 19

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t the annual fall meeting of the Endicott College Board of Trustees in October 2010, philanthropist Susan Conley Salice was nominated and appointed to serve as the Board’s newest member; and Beverly attorney and longtime Board member, Thomas Alexander was elected to serve as Chairman.

Susan received her Bachelor degree from Fordham University and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in philanthropy and fundraising at New York University. She resides in Rye, New York with her husband, Tom, and their three daughters. Their daughter Regina is a sophomore at Endicott majoring in sport management. In making the announcement, Dr. Wylie said, “Susan will be a wonderful addition to the Endicott Board. With her background in finance and philanthropy, she will be invaluable in positioning the College for its future. She will bring a parent’s perspective to the Board and will help set the educational priorities of the College.”

Susan Conley Salice With her successful business career at Diversified Investment Advisors and Fidelity Investments and her longstanding commitment to philanthropy, Susan Conley Salice brings valuable experience and expertise to Endicott’s Board of Trustees. She serves on the Boards of Catholic Charities for the Archdiocese of New York, The Windward School, and Helping Hands for the Homeless and Hungry. She has also served on the Boards of The Harvey School, the Rwanda Education Assistance Program, and the Child Care Council of Westchester. She is a member of the Association of Small Foundations and the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Susan volunteers for many fundraising events and programs, and she is actively engaged with a foundation that supports education and human services. 20

Thomas Alexander, Esq. Attorney Thomas J. Alexander joined Endicott’s Board of Trustees in 2003 at the invitation of Dr. Wylie and then Chairman, A. Joseph Callahan, Jr. “I had done some legal work for the College, and of course, I was familiar with the inner workings of the Board,” he says. His mother, Frances Alexander – political activist, advocate, educator, and founder of Mrs. Alexander’s School in Beverly – had served on the Board from 1993 to 2003. “I was honored to be approached.”

A Family Tradition of Service: Dr. Wylie with former trustee, Frances Alexander and her son, Thomas, at a ceremony in 2006 when the College honored Mrs. Alexander with an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. Mr. Alexander is a partner in the law practice of Alexander and Femino in Beverly. He specializes in commercial real estate, real estate development, municipal law, zoning, tax law, and corporate law. He has also served as City Solicitor for the City of Beverly, as an assistant development planner for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Communities and Development, and as a legislative assistant to the Senate President’s Office in the State Senate. The Brown University graduate earned a Juris Doctor degree from Suffolk University Law School and a Master of Law degree from Boston University Law School. Like his late mother, Mr. Alexander is active in the community. He has served on the board of directors of the YMCA of the North Shore, the last few terms as president. He is a member of the board of directors at Beverly Cooperative Bank, serving as chair of their audit committee. He has also served as corporator of Beverly Hospital, president of the Beverly Rotary Club, and chairman of the North Shore Chamber of Commerce. He and his law firm also sponsor local youth sports teams. On Endicott’s Board, Mr. Alexander has served as chairman of the Finance Committee. He has also served on the Executive Committee, the Audit Committee, and on the Committee on Trusteeship. ❚ Endicott College – Soundings: Winter 2011

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Pictured above at Commencement 2010: Left to right, W. Thomas Spencer, Jr. (then Chairman of Endicott’s Board of Trustees); Forest Whitaker (actor, filmmaker, activist, and husband of Endicott alumna, Keisha Whitaker), Keisha Whitaker (model, television host, and activist), who was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters; philanthropists Rose-Marie and Ejik van Otterloo, generous supporters of Endicott who were also awarded Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters citations; and President Richard E. Wylie.


s part of Commencement ceremonies on May 15, 2010, Endicott awarded Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters citations to Keisha Whitaker, who was the commencement speaker, and to Ejik and Rose-Marie van Otterloo, who addressed the College community at Baccalaureate services. Keisha’s husband, actor Forest Whitaker gave the charge to the graduates address to close commencement exercises.

Keisha Nash Whitaker A former model with the prestigious Ford New York and Elite Agencies, Keisha Nash Whitaker is a successful journalist, television host, and filmmaker. She has been featured as a writer for Boston Common Magazine and HMC Magazine. She served as co-host on Entertainment Television’s You’re Invited, and she was a correspondent on Extra, where she focused on fashion and beauty. Keisha is an activist and advocate as well. With her husband, Forest Whitaker, Keisha joined Artists for a New South Africa and Champions Hope North, an orphanage based in Northern Uganda that cares for misplaced child soldiers of the war. In 2008, Keisha and Forest produced the award-winning documentary, Kassim the Dream, the story of world champion boxer, Kassim Ouma, who was born in Uganda, kidnapped by the rebel army at the age of six, and trained to be a child Endicott College – Soundings: Winter 2011

soldier. Keisha is also a member of Cedar Sinai’s Brain Trust, which raises awareness and funds for brain cancer research, and she is a commissioner for the Los Angeles City Commission for Children, Youth and Families.

Forest Whitaker One of Hollywood’s most accomplished actors, directors, and producers, Forest Whitaker has won national and international accolades, including an Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, Cannes Film Festival Best Actor Award, BAFTA, SAG Award, Image Award, and 18 Critics Choice Awards. Forest has done extensive humanitarian work with organizations such as Penny Lane (an organization that provides assistance to abused teenagers), and PETA and Farm Sanctuary (organizations that protect animals’ rights). He was part of the fundraising team of Stand Up for Cancer and has also aided in raising funds for Human Rights Watch and for neurosurgeon Dr. Keith Black’s research against cancer. As part of the Committee for Artists for a New South Africa, he helped found Mandela Day, which helps promote volunteer service. Forest has received honorary doctorates from the North Carolina School of The Arts, Manhattanville College, and Xavier University.

Ejik and Rose-Marie van Otterloo Eijk van Otterloo is the founding partner of Grantham, Mayo & Van Otterloo, a global investment management firm. He currently sits on its Board, and he is Chairman of the Board of Chemonics International, a consulting firm whose sole client is USAID, which works in more than 70 underdeveloped countries around the world. Born and raised in Amsterdam; he studied economics at Amsterdam University and earned a Master’s degree from Harvard Business School. Rose-Marie is a philanthropist who worked at Merrill Lynch in Washington, D.C. While raising a family, she became involved with not-for-profit organizations and schools. Currently she serves as Vice President of the Board at the Peabody Essex Museum, an Honorary Trustee of McLean Hospital, a Senior Associate at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and a Board Member at Holderness School. Born and raised in Belgium, she was educated at the Higher Institute of Psycho-Social Studies in Antwerp. In 1997, the van Otterloos established the Van Otterloo Family Foundation, which supports many local, national, and international educational institutions. They are generous patrons of the arts at Endicott, and they support our Keys to Degrees program for single parents. ❚ 21

Campus NEWS Endicott Awarded $400,000 Grant to Bring Program for Young Single Parents to Eastern Michigan University



A Keys to Degrees Success Story: Jessica Lauren Rockowitz ’10 and her daughter participated in commencement ceremonies in May. Jessica graduated magna cum laude, with a biology and biotechnology major and a communication minor. A Dean’s List student, Jessica particpated in the College Honors Program and was a member of Mortar Board, the College’s national honor society. She credits her internship experiences with helping her explore career opportunities, and she recently accepted a position as a research assistant at Harvard University’s Stem Cell Institute, working with a team that is focused on finding a cure for Type I diabetes.

he W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek Michigan has awarded Endicott a $400,000 grant to begin a pilot project for the national replication of our Keys to Degrees program, which offers young single parents the opportunity to pursue a college degree while living on campus with their children in specially designed, apartment-style housing. President Wylie initiated the College’s first program for young single parents in 1992, and he notes that an important facet of the Keys program lies in educating two generations together. “We offer a variety of support services, both academic and personal, to students in the program; and we give their children educational opportunities, resources, and positive role models that will help them become successful adults. The statistics are sobering. Without education and opportunity, single parents and their children often enter a cycle of economic hardship. We have seen single parents’ lives transformed on our campus, and we want to share this program with other institutions of higher learning.” The Kellogg Foundation grant will fund a partnership between Endicott College and Eastern Michigan University (EMU) in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Plans are underway to replicate the Keys program on campus at EMU; and in subsequent years, EMU and Endicott will collaborate to replicate the program model at two additional colleges in Michigan. The ultimate goal of the project is to help initiate residential degree programs across the country.

According to officials at EMU, their pilot program will focus on providing childcare, academic support, and other services to students who are young single parents, with a goal of helping them achieve academic success. Initially, the program will target two populations: single parent students transferring from community colleges and single parent students who left EMU but wish to return and complete their degrees. Dr. Lynette Findley, who is working to implement Keys to Degrees at EMU, says “This program is an outstanding opportunity to serve the large number of single parents in the greater Metro Detroit area in order to improve quality of life, both for themselves and for their children. The percentage of children living in single parent households in Metro Detroit is among the highest in the nation. Eastern is excited to offer this much-needed program and to serve as a pilot for its implementation at other Michigan universities.” Established in 1930, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation supports children, families, and communities as they strengthen and create conditions that propel vulnerable children to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community and society. Dr. Wylie, says, “We are honored to receive the Kellogg grant to help address a national need. We will work with our partner colleges in Michigan to address the needs of young single parents and bring this model to a national level.” ❚

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ndicott’s Executive Vice President and Vice President of Finance, Lynne O’Toole, has contributed articles to Business Officer, the magazine of the National Association of University and College Business Officers (NACUBO) in the past, but her latest submission really piqued their interest. She described the multi-step, multi-year plan the College implemented to create the Wylie Inn and Conference Center and the School of Graduate and Professional Studies on our under-used South Campus. The audience of business officers were drawn to the College’s patient and wise use of phased construction and fiscal responsibility, which included careful financial planning to control borrowing for the project. Today, revenues from the Conference Center enhance the College’s endowment and provide scholarship monies for our students. ❚


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A Beautiful Amphitheater overlooking the Endicott Lakes adjacent to the Halle Library and the Wax Academic Center was completed in the fall. The Dining Hall was redesigned, and construction on a new residence hall proceeded on schedule. 2010 was a very good year!



n 2010, Endicott was pleased to receive a number of important accolades from national publications that recognize excellence in higher education. Such recognitions serve to elevate Endicott’s status among our peer institutions. They also affirm our belief that our model of education is one that deserves national attention.

U.S. News and World Report For a number of years, Endicott has been recognized in the America’s Best Colleges issue of U.S. News and World Report, placing in the Top Tier in the category of “Best Comprehensive Colleges by Region (North).” Consistently among the top 20, Endicott’s ranking moved from #17 to #10 this year. In addition, U.S. News and World Report listed Endicott as an “A+ College for B Students,” a designation they explain as colleges where good students who are often ignored by the Ivy Leagues can find challenging programs in which to excel.

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The Chronicle of Higher Education After a process of evaluation and assessment of the surveys and opinions provided by 277 responding institutions, The Chronicle of Higher Education – the country’s primary professional higher education publication – listed 39 colleges that were identified as great places to work in higher education. We are pleased to report that Endicott College was among those listed in the Honor Roll of “Great Colleges to Work For.” The list recognizes institutions for specific best practices and policies, and Endicott won honors in five categories this year including: “Collaborative Governance,” where faculty members are appropriately involved in decisions related to academic programs; “Teaching Environment,” where faculty members report that the institution recognizes innovative and high-quality teaching; “Confidence in Senior Leadership,” where the campus community believes that their leaders have the knowledge, skills, and

experience necessary for institutional success; “Respect and Appreciation,” where employees are regularly recognized for their contributions; and “Tenure Clarity and Process,” where faculty members report that requirements for tenure are clear.

Parade Magazine We were also pleased to be recognized by Parade Magazine, which published a list of unique characteristics among successful institutions of higher learning, choosing colleges and universities that best exemplified those characteristics. Endicott was identified among the nation’s leaders in providing experiential learning through internship. We value these recognitions, and we challenge ourselves to strive to do even better next year. It is our hope that 2010–2011 will continue to bring recognitions to the College, our students, and our alumni. ❚


Campus NEWS Food Service Manager Wins Award for Feeding the Hungry



n the Endicott campus, Paul Belski is known as a bit of a miracle worker. He manages Sodexo Dining Services for the College, overseeing the main Dining Hall, Joe’s Cafe, the Courtyard Cafe in the Wax Center, and the food concession at the Lodge. He and his staff provide catering services for the College’s many functions, and he is unfailingly upbeat and accommodating. He also has a strong commitment to community service. In June 2010, Paul was honored with Sodexo’s “Heroes of Everyday Life” award for his work with Beverly Bootstraps. Each year, Paul has collected more than 2,000 pounds of food and raised more than $1,500 to feed local families, which, according to officials at the Sodexo

Foundation, is the equivalent of “repacking 39 meals a day, every day for the last five years.” At a ceremony in Washington, D.C., Paul accepted the award, which included a $5,000 check for Beverly Bootstraps; and he added the funds to an additional $5,000 that was raised to honor his 50th birthday. At his request and in lieu of presents, friends and family raised funds and collected food for Bootstraps. Paul also coordinates a daily effort that sends extra food from Endicott’s dining facilities to the River House homeless shelter in Beverly, and he inspires Endicott students and staff to collect food and raise funds for the hungry. As we said, a bit of a miracle worker! ❚

Photo Takes First Place in World Diabetes Day Contest



ndicott sophomore Samantha Fowler of Katonah, New York has had Type 1 diabetes for six years, so she welcomes any opportunity to support research and education efforts. When the Diabetes Center for Excellence at the Univeristy of Florida announced its 3rd Annual World Diabetes Day “Blue Circle” Photo Contest, she was inspired. On November 14, 2010, she gathered Endicott athletes, students, fellow psychology club members, and even the College President – all wearing blue – at the 50-yard line of the Stadium to form a big blue circle, which has been adopted by the International Diabetes Federation as the universal symbol for diabetes. Samantha’s entry tied for first place, and winners were chosen based on creativity and the ability of the picture to convey how the entrant is advocating for diabetes in his or her day-to-day life. (That’s Sam on the left with her family in the photo, above right.) ❚



ndicott College has formed a partnership with Ibbetson Street Press to promote literary arts on campus and to connect Endicott’s students with the literary scene in the Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville areas and beyond. Under the agreement, Endicott faculty member, Doug Holder, who is the founder and publisher of the Somerville-


based publishing firm, will help develop a visiting author series that will bring writers to campus for public readings and classroom visits. Holder will also help Endicott’s growing number of English majors – especially those in the creative writing concentration – network, publish their work, and secure internships throughout the region.

Professor Holder says, “I want the literary community and the community at large to know about the vital literary and arts programming at Endicott. And with the new Center for the Arts and their commitment to the arts in general, I am hoping to be involved with Endicott in the creation of the Hub for the Arts on the North Shore.” ❚ Endicott College – Soundings: Winter 2011

Campus NEWS A Community Resource for Culture and Art



ow in its second season, Endicott’s extensive Arts Calendar is attracting increasingly large audiences to the Center for the Arts’ outstanding performance and exhibition spaces. The Center embodies the College’s mission to combine theory with practice in an environment that is both challenging and supportive. As a hallmark building on campus, the Center celebrates the College’s roots in arts education while promoting its commitment to the arts. The facility also serves as a cultural resource for the North Shore, and members of the community are encouraged to attend art exhibits, performances, and programs at the Center. Past performances have included (pictured at left and described from the top): concerts by Symphony by the Sea; a production of the musical Carnival (music and lyrics by Bob Merrill), a master class and performance by the world renowned South African dance troupe, Thula Sizwe; multiple appearances by the Endicott Jazz Band, the Endicott Singers, and the Boston Children’s Theater; and drama productions that include David LindsayAbaire’s Fuddy Meers. Highlights of the Spring 2011 season will include classical music concerts by the Boston Symphony Orchestra Chamber Ensemble and Symphony by the Sea; the jazz rhythms of Amanda Carr with the

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Everett Langstreth Octet; and the annual Intercollegiate Jazz Festival. Theater lovers will enjoy a variety of dramatic and musical theater productions including the Tony Award winning Broadway musical, PIPPIN and the New England Light Opera’s North Shore presentation of The Cousin From Batavia. Offerings in the visual arts will include an exhibition of works by members of the Society of Illustrators – a group show traveling from New York City that explores contemporary illustration; Portraits from the Golden Age of Jazz: Photographs by William Gottlieb, a collection from the Library of Congress; and lecture presentations by outstanding and internationally renowned authors and artists, Sue Coe and Shaun McNiff. Contemporary art, historical perspectives, works by local artists, exquisite masterpiece paintings, and artists’ books ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous, presented in the three galleries of the Center for the Arts, ensure an exciting and vivacious season. Tickets to events may be purchased online through the College website. To request an Arts Calendar or to get more information, contact the Center for the Arts: online: telephone: 978.998.7700 email: ❚


Campus NEWS Honors for Event and Conference Services



e are pleased to announce that Misselwood has been voted “The Best of Weddings 2011” by The Knot, an organization that has become America’s leading wedding brand, reaching out to millions of engaged couples each year through their award-winning website, books, magazines, and broadcast offerings. Founded in 1996 to offer a much-needed alternative to the white-gloved, outdated advice of the available etiquette experts, The Knot (<> ) is the internet’s most-trafficked, one-stop wedding planning solution. Each year, The Knot awards wedding industry professionals “The Best of Weddings” award, based on superior client reviews and recommendations from wedding vendors. Executive Director of Events and Conferences, Eileen M. Geyer, says, “2011 marks the sixth wedding season for Endicott College’s Misselwood. We are very honored to receive this recognition. The award demonstrates that our wedding venue is exceptional and that the staff consistently exceeds our clients’ expectations.” In addition to coordinating weddings and special events on the Misselwood Estate, each year the staff at Event and Conferences welcome thousands of visitors to Endicott who use campus facilities for business meetings, corporate events, auctions, dinners, retreats, music and dance camps, and a wide range of activities. Congratulations to the entire crew! ❚



n October 2010, an interdisciplinary Endicott team, including professors Elizabeth Cain, Dan Sklar, and Mari Butler, and two students, Lauren Farrell and Katie Clarke, attended the “Connecting Children with Nature Action Forum” in Nebraska City, Nebraska. The four-day event was sponsored by the World Forum Foundation’s Nature Action Collaborative for Children. The team was an outgrowth of the learning community, “Creating a Sense of Wonder,” which was co-taught by professors Cain and Sklar last spring. The experience was so successful that the same group of students stayed together for the fall semester to continue their work in a new two-credit course entitled “Creating a Sense of Place.” In addition to receiving training at the conference, the team’s ongoing responsibility to the World Forum Action Committee is to create a multi-disciplinary, nature-related college course that will bring together students from at least two disciplines with the aim of connecting children with nature. With faculty support, the students are currently completing the assignment. ❚ 26

In a Learning Community, faculty from different disciplines teach interrelated courses that broaden students’ perspectives on a variety of issues. Pictured above are Elizabeth Cain, assistant professor of education; Dan Sklar, professor of English; students Lauren Farrell and Katie Clarke; and Mari Butler, associate professor of environmental science. Endicott College – Soundings: Winter 2011

Campus NEWS Endicott Revives a North Shore Tradition



t was a classic car lover’s dream, when vintage cars from the 1880s to the 1960s graced the lawns of Misselwood Estate on a sunny Sunday last August. The day-long event also featured a series of fashion shows, musical entertainment, and a classic car art collection; and cars were judged in a number of classes. It was all part of the Endicott’s first Concours d’Elegance, and the College hopes to make it an annual event. Concours d’Elegance are held annually throughout the country at a number of prestigious locations, including Pebble Beach, California; Hilton Head, South Carolina; and Newport, Rhode Island. Until 2001, Castle Hill in Ipswich hosted the event, and Endicott was pleased to bring the tradition back to the North Shore, largely through the efforts of Patrick Cornelissen, Director of Operations for Event and Conference Services at the College. When Patrick attended the event in Newport, his interest was sparked. “With an event like this – just as in real estate – an important factor is location, location, location,” he says. “With the Atlantic Ocean in our backyard, we certainly have that covered!” He researched organizations and individuals who could help support the event, and his chief collaborators were members of the North Shore Old Car Club. “Both current and past presidents, Bob DeSantis and Rick Beecoff, were very supportive in soliciting car entries and helping with logistics,” he says. The show quickly gained the support of other car clubs and organizations. The Lyon-Waugh Auto Group of Peabody, Massachusetts and Nashua, New Hampshire agreed to be the main event sponsor. Other important sponsors included Hagerty; The Silverstone Club; J. Jermantowicz, Boston; MotorBooks; Meguiars; Rolex; Long’s Jewelers; C-Zone Music; Bharat Parmar Photography; Perrier; Starbucks; and the Wylie Inn and Conference Center at Endicott. Car enthusiasts appreciated the variety of classic cars and the distinctiveness of some of the entries, which included the only 1950 Bentley Mark VI left in existence (two were made that year), a 1962 Jaguar XKE OTS, a 1954 ArnoltEndicott College – Soundings: Winter 2011

Bristol Bolide roadster, and a 1934 Hudson 8 LT Special Convertible. Nearly 1,000 people attended the event, including families with young children. “It was nice to see the little ones dropping their jaws and saying ‘Wow, look at this car!’,” notes Patrick. Proceeds from ticket sales, registration fees, and other donations benefitted scholarship funds at the College. Plans are underway for this summer’s Concours d’Elegance, scheduled for Sunday, July 31, 2011; and President

Wylie hopes the tradition continues, saying “Endicott is proud to be part of the rich cultural fabric of the North Shore, and we truly enjoy this wonderful event that celebrates the elegance, engineering, and art of the automobile.” For a registration form to enter your classic car (must be 1976 or older), for information on sponsorships, or for more information on the event, call or email Patrick Cornelissen at 978-232-2451 or ❚


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ndicott alumni are invited to enter a drawing to win an Apple iPad, and it couldn’t be easier:


Step 1 (required) Update your information by completing and submitting the registration form at

Step 2 (optional) Visit the Alumni Association page on Facebook and click on the “Like” button: Everybody benefits! We’ll be sure we have your latest contact information, you’ll be sure to receive all the latest news, publications, and invitations! Registration deadline: March 1, 2011 You can’t win if you don’t enter! ❚



id you know that the Endicott magazine, Soundings, and our alumni newsletter, The Endicott Connection, are available online? Visit the College’s website: and click on “Alumni.” Once there, click on the “Digital Publications” link on the right. The winter issue of the Connection was recently released, and you should have received an email with a direct link to the issue. Alumni not online receive a copy in the mail. For more information, please call or email Alumni Relations at 978-232-2109 or ❚


“Ribbon Candy,” 24 x 48, acrylic on canvas, 2010 by Isabelle “Eschauzier” Peabody ‘01, BFA, Creative Arts Therapy


he School of Visual and Performing Arts invites alumni to participate in the Alumni Fine Art and Design Exhibit 2011, which will be on display in the Spencer Presentation Gallery in the Center for the Arts from Tuesday, May 31 through Friday, August 5. The exhibit will be highlighted during Reunion Weekend, Friday, June 3 through Sunday, June 5, with a reception scheduled for Friday, June 3, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. All media and themes are encouraged. To download an application, visit the School of Visual and Performing Arts Overview Page on the College website ( or you can email to request a PDF or hard copy. If you wish to exhibit your work, please respond by May 2, 2011. For more information, call Kathleen Moore at 978-232-2655. ❚ Endicott College – Soundings: Winter 2010

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Benjamin and Erik Kurian-Rosenblatt Bring New Ideas to the Family Business

After running a successful business on their own, brothers Benjamin (left) and Erik (right) Kurian-Rosenblatt joined their father’s clothing distribution business, which represents premium brand merchandise from around the world.


or the Kurians of Mexico, business success runs in the family – four generations’ worth. Greatgrandfather Kurian arrived in Mexico and began selling ties out of a suitcase, an enterprise that expanded into a thriving retail business. His son established The Elegant Gentleman, a suit manufacturing business that had an interesting sales strategy: they put a coin in a pocket of every suit to make the sale more fun. As the business grew, he founded Kurian Company, which became the #1 suit maker and retail store in Mexico. His son, Eduardo, worked at Kurian’s for many years; and although the chain was sold more than ten years ago, it continues to carry the respected Kurian name. After a few years of retirement, Eduardo Kurian decided to re-enter the industry, selling designer jeans. He founded ORM (Oficina de Representaciones Mundiales), a distributor of premium brand clothing that has grown to be fourth in sales worldwide, behind Germany, Japan, and the United States. At the ORM showroom in Polanco, Mexico buyers for exclusive retail stores may select from a huge array of high-end merchandise from around the world. Twins and Endicott graduates, Benjamin (’06) and Erik (’07) KurianRosenblatt, had their introduction to the family business at the age of ten, running errands for their father, Eduardo; but it Endicott College – Soundings: Winter 2011

wasn’t until they approached their father with the knowledge they had gained while earning business degrees that they truly made an impact on the business. At first, there was a little friction – “What do you mean, a business plan? What do you mean, internet advertising?” Mr. Kurian decided to let his sons manage their own project independently, and he gave them the exclusive Ed Hardy brand to carry in their first store. In just a year and a half, they had grown their business substantially, truly impressing their father; and they joined the family business. “I have done well based on my personality,” acknowledges Mr. Kurian, “but the boys have made the business

more professional. The business would not be what it is today without the boys’ vision and direction.” Erik oversees the financial and management aspects of the business, and Ben focuses on sales. While Mr. Kurian makes the final decisions regarding the business, he says that he listens to his sons’ ideas. They recently signed the Forever 21 brand for exclusive distribution in Mexico and added the Von Dutch brand; and their goals for ORM include opening more stores, developing an internet catalog, and perfecting their distribution system. This family of entrepreneurs believes that success involves inspiration and hard work, and Erik notes that the key to starting a successful business is to start small. “Set little goals daily that you can achieve and grow to the next one,” he says. While at Endicott, Erik completed his senior internship in the human resources department at Sylvania and did his senior thesis on the generation gap that can exist among members of a family business. He says that both experiences have helped him to understand and work through issues that arise. Mrs. Kurian, whose father is American, was delighted when her sons chose to attend an American college, and she is impressed with the way the Endicott community “opens its arms to students. It’s a campus of dreams,” she says. Mr. Kurian agrees, “The values they learned at Endicott have helped my sons become the leaders they are today.” ❚

The Kurian Family in the exclusive showroom of ORM in Polanco, Mexico. The twogeneration collaboration is part of a four-generation dynasty that began in 1925. 29

Go Gulls!

Fall SportS Wrap-upS Equestrian

The equestrian team started their fall season by winning the Reserve Championship at the University of Vermont. Anna Pavlov earned a blue ribbon in the intermediate fences competition, while Molly Shannon and Anna McKendry claimed first place in the advanced walk-trot-canter classes. Later in the season, Endicott won back-to-back shows at the Dartmouth College and Colby-Sawyer College stables to move into second place in the regional standings before eventually finishing in third place on the season. The team held a home event at Springtide Farm that featured Anna Wilcox’s winning the High Point Rider award for the show.

by Rob Palardy, Sports Information Director record. Endicott claimed several memorable victories in 2010 including a tripleovertime thriller over Framingham State, a 29-28 fourth quarter come-from-behind triumph at Salve Regina, a Homecoming rally over of Curry, and a convincing 2315 win over Western New England to solidify a NEFC Boyd Division title. Under the direction of Head Coach JB Wells, who himself was named NCAA Division II/III Coach of the Year by the New England Football Writers Association and also by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston, the Gulls produced 12 NEFC All-Division players including the Boyd Division Defensive Player of the Year, Kevin Eagan. Along with Eagan, 10 of the 12 honorees were in the junior class, which bodes well for Endicott’s success in 2011 as they look to return to championship glory.

Cross Country The Endicott men’s and women’s cross country teams trampled through some of the toughest courses in the region and came out with strong showings in several races. 2010 marked the first season in which Endicott was able to host its own invitational, blazing a trail through the Beverly campus for three teams to compete. The women’s team took home first place at the WNEC Invitational and finished top-five at the TCCC Championship with help from a pair of freshmen in Jillian Mendes and Kira DiCaprio who finished 1-2 for much of the season. On the men’s side, junior Greg Payne clocked in with five top-15 performances including a top runner finish at the WNEC Invitational. Payne earned a spot on the All-TCCC Team after crossing the finish line in seventh place at the TCCC Championship


Football In just their eighth season of existence, the Endicott football team earned its first trip to the NCAA Tournament after taking the NEFC Championship 38-35 over Maine Maritime Academy. The Gulls, winners of the NEFC Boyd Division, finished the season with a program-best 9-3 mark, which included 6-1 conference

Men’s Golf With a new head coach, the Endicott men’s golf team nearly repeated as TCCC and ECAC champions. Steve Coan’s Gulls finished in the top five in all but one event this past season and claimed second prize at both the TCCC and ECAC Endicott College – Soundings: Winter 2011

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Championship tournaments. Led by senior Andrew LaRocque and sophomore Jackson Wyman, the Gulls consistently placed near the top of the leaderboard in every tournament this season. LaRocque was named a medalist at the UNE Invitational, an event that the Blue and Green won as a team with three top-five finishes, after besting the field to take first place overall. He also took third place at the TCCC Championship and Bison Invitational. Wyman had two second place finishes in 2010, one at the UNE Invitational and another at the ECAC Division III Championship.

All-TCCC Second Team, and sophomore Hannah Thornberg, who led all Endicott players with 29 points, also earned a Second Team nod. Two of Endicott’s three leading scorers will return in 2011 to obtain the elusive TCCC Championship and bid into the NCAA Tournament.

Men’s Soccer

Women’s Soccer

Field Hockey The field hockey team earned the number two seed in the ECAC Tournament, after falling in the TCCC playoffs, and finished their 2010 campaign with an 11-9 record. The Gulls saw many team successes this past season, despite losing one of their major offensive weapons early in the season to a knee injury. Endicott pulled off an impressive 2-1 win over UMass Dartmouth on the road early in the season; and on Senior Day, they shut out Wellesley 3-0 as the Gulls honored seven seniors playing in the final home game of their careers. Individually, senior Joanne Reid earned All-TCCC First Team honors after scoring 27 points on the season. Fellow senior and defensive standout Delia McDermott took Endicott College – Soundings: Winter 2011

The Endicott women’s soccer team made its tenth consecutive TCCC Championship appearance in 2010. Despite falling to host Roger Williams in penalty kicks, the Gulls made their tenth consecutive postseason appearance and advanced to the ECAC Northeast Championship. Endicott finished 17-6-2 overall and 11-2 in TCCC play. Junior forward Colleen Pepin led the team in scoring for the second straight season and served as the conference’s most dynamic offensive player. Pepin recorded 25 goals and eight assists for a conferencebest 58 points. The Gulls reaped multiple postseason accolades including four AllTCCC selections, four NEWISA Division III Team selections, and three NSCAA All-Region honorees. Head coach Jodi Kenyon picked up her 100th career win at Endicott on November 13 in a 3-0 victory over visiting UMass Boston in the ECAC semifinals.

The Endicott men’s soccer team used a late surge to make its first TCCC Tournament appearance since 2006. The Gulls closed the regular season with a pair of timely wins to secure a berth in the tournament as the number eight seed. The Blue and Green stunned the TCCC by beating Salve Regina, the conference’s top team, 4-3 on October 23. Facing a two-goal deficit on Senior Day, Endicott erupted for four unanswered goals in the second half and held on for the upset. Four days later, the Gulls defeated visiting New England College 2-0 in the regular season finale. Endicott dropped its TCCC Tournament opener to top-seeded Nichols and finished the season 6-10-2 (6-6-1 TCCC). The Gulls exhibited balanced scoring throughout the season, as 12 different players tallied goals.


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Highlights: Spring 2010

Women’s Tennis

Women’s Volleyball

First year head coach Lauren MacKay looked to return the Endicott women’s tennis team to the TCCC Championship in 2010 after falling short the previous season. The Gulls, however, got matched up with the same Colby-Sawyer team that ousted them from the playoffs in 2009 and lost 5-3, ending their season at 8-6. Endicott had beaten Colby-Sawyer 5-1 earlier in the season, one of their eight conference victories. Number one singles and doubles star Kate Cioffi earned AllTCCC First Team honors after winning eight singles matches in a row from September 7 to October 5. Cioffi and fellow junior Emily Annis were named to the Honorable Mention squad after posting a 5-2 mark at number one doubles. With no seniors on the team, Endicott women’s tennis will look to improve and fight for the TCCC Championship in 2011.

Endicott produced their seventh straight winning season in women’s volleyball and reached the TCCC Championship match for the sixth time in seven years. The Gulls fell short in the title match against Roger Williams, but the 2010 season was full of successes and accomplishments at the team and individual levels. Endicott travelled to California to play in the La Verne Invitational against some of the top national competition. Later in the season, the Blue and Green defeated non-conference opponent Tufts for the first time in program history, who at the time were ranked fourth in New England by the NCAA. Senior Brittany Phillips set the single season kills record with 435 and ended her collegiate career third all-time in Endicott history with 1,299. She was named All-TCCC First Team and All-New England by the New England Women’s Volleyball Association. Fellow senior Amy Grigg also broke records in 2010, becoming the all-time single season and career blocks leader. She was named All-TCCC Honorable Mention, while Sarah Allshouse, Elyse Barbour, and Falyn Torelli also earned all-conference accolades.


• Men’s lacrosse won their sixth conference championship with a 14-8 record under head coach Sean Quirk and battled into the second round of the NCAA Tournament, a feat they accomplished back in 2005. • The Gulls softball team won their eighth conference title in a row and their eleventh under head coach Mark Veilleux as Endicott reached the NCAA Regional Tournament with a 28-12-1 season. • Endicott baseball went 28-18 and reached additional postseason play following the TCCC Tournament for the first time since the 2005–06 season with an appearance in the semifinals of the ECAC Tournament. • Men’s tennis reached the quarterfinals of the TCCC Tournament, finished with a 9-9 mark, and had two players earn All-TCCC honors. • Women’s lacrosse maintained their three-year streak of undefeated play in conference games as the Gulls went 16-5 overall, won the TCCC Championship and earned their fifth straight bid into the NCAA Tournament.

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The Legacy Society The Legacy Society recognizes alumni, parents, friends, and trustees who have named Endicott College as a beneficiary in their estate plans through gifts made by will, trust, life insurance, or other planned gift instruments. If you have designated Endicott as a beneficiary, we would like to thank and recognize you. If you would like to become a member of The Legacy Society, we would like to hear from you. Please call or email David Vigneron, Vice President of Institutional Advancement 978-232-2376

WHY I JOINED THE LEGACY SOCIETY MELISSA HEMPSTEAD ’69 Alumna and Trustee As an alumna, I can say that I have truly appreciated my Endicott education. The College played an important role in shaping the person I am today; and as a current member of the Board of Trustees, I am pleased to be a part of Endicott’s continued success. To ensure that the College I love continues to prosper in the years ahead, I have named Endicott College as a beneficiary in my will, and I encourage other alumni to consider a planned gift to Endicott. It’s easy to do, and I know it will have a long-term, positive affect.

As with every successful endeavor the College has undertaken, the participation of our alumni, parents, and friends in our fundraising efforts forms a vital bond among generations of Endicott students and community members. Thank you!

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Endicott Magazine Soundings Winter 2011  
Endicott Magazine Soundings Winter 2011  

Endicott Magazine Soundings Winter 2011