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Nichols College welcomes Dr. Susan West Engelkemeyer





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Celebrating our fundamental duality

In my inauguration address, I referenced a quote that I found particularly relevant to the occasion and pertinent to the remarkable evolution of this 196-year-old institution. Business writer Jim Collins, in his monograph to the book, Good to Great, notes that, “Enduring great organizations are characterized by a fundamental duality. On the one hand, they have a set of timeless core values and a core reason for being that remains constant over long periods of time. On the other hand, they have a relentless drive for change and progress.” Since its academy days, Nichols has been committed to creating opportunities for students and guided by a tradition of innovative thinking and progressive pragmatism. This fundamental duality has been the key to our survival and success and will continue to distinguish Nichols in its third century.

In these challenging times, or what is called the “new normal,” volatility and uncertainty dictate organizations to be fast, focused and flexible. What will characterize the successful colleges and universities in this “new normal”? They will be highly differentiated to effectively compete and focused in order to harness collective energy for a shared purpose. They will embrace the needs of the marketplace and use that to continually shape and reshape their offerings. They will understand that there is no more important work than the development of young men and women. In short, they will all need to be more like Nichols College. Nichols is fast, focused, flexible… and friendly!

This special place on the Hill endures with the spirit of optimism and entrepreneurship that springs from our roots. We are a college that is steeped in tradition, but innovative in the way we capitalize on the ideas of our community to best serve our students. Serving students has always been the center of all we do and the catalyst for change and progress for nearly 200 years.

Dr. Susan West Engelkemeyer

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Monks blend culture and policy in colorful visit Curriculum Alden grant offers menu of high-tech possibilities Job market receptive to Nichols’ 2011 grads Survey says. . .



5 | The Engelkemeyer Era: Trust in Tradition, Inspire Innovation 8 | Splendor and symbolism 9 | Engagement is key to student retention AT H L E T I C S

11 | True Grit: High-scoring senior keeps injuries in check 12 | Team effort shows off Bison pride ALUMNI

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A view from the hill Catching up with: John Stanton ’78 Class notes Catching up with: Deb Cote ’86 Catching up with: Matthew Roach ’10 Nichols remembers President’s Society within reach for new grads


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Monks blend culture and policy in colorful visit

Clad in saffron and maroon robes, the monks visiting from the Drepung Loseling Monastery in south India may have looked a bit out of place during the lunch rush in Lombard Dining Hall, but they quickly and delightfully acquainted the Nichols community with their spiritual and cultural ways. More than 350 students participated in the mid-October program of the Robert C. Fischer Policy and Cultural Institute, which featured poignant ceremonies and unusual performances of chanting, mantra recitation and sacred music and dance. The monks also introduced students to the ancient art of sand painting with the painstaking creation of a mandala, which was ultimately distributed in a nearby stream to disperse healing energies throughout the world. “The campus visit by the Drepung Loseling monks was the perfect blend of policy and culture,” says Fischer Institute Director Blanche Milligan. Journalist Jonathan Green, author of Murder in the High Himalaya, spoke on the current conditions for Tibetans in Tibet, incorporating the personal stories of Buddhist refugees into his talk and inviting the head lama to talk about his own experience crossing the Himalayas on foot in the 1980s. “The balance of beauty, compassion, creation, and destruction presented a timeless lesson on a world culture many students knew very little about before this visit,” says Milligan. Nichols student, and fellow Tibetan, Tenzin Dundutsang, helped translate for the monks who did not speak English. In their short time on campus, the visiting monks brought both a sense tranquility and vibrancy that Nichols will long remember.

“The balance of beauty, compassion, creation, and destruction presented a timeless lesson on a world culture. . . ”



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CURRICULUM B y R o n S c h ach te r

Name of Course: Introduction to the Hospitality Industry Professor: Bryant Richards, Visiting Assistant Professor and Hospitality Management Program Chair Description: This course provides an overview of the hospitality industry and its components including hotels, restaurants, casinos, theme parks, cruise lines, and travel distributors. It provides an introduction to various business disciplines including management, marketing, accounting, finance and strategy. Students gain an historical perspective and also discuss current events while exploring the only thing that customers of this industry actually purchase, the guest experience. Required Readings: Hospitality Tourism Interactive Website (Pearson Higher Education). “This is an interactive textbook,” Richards explains. “It takes a lot of the learning from a widely accepted textbook, and each chapter is authored by someone from the industry. I like to think of it as Wii meets the textbook.” Special Project: A group project, for which each group takes two hospitality companies (such as hotels, restaurants, and resorts) and evaluates the guest experience of each in terms of industry-quality elements, from the cleanliness of bathrooms and décor of the lobby to the services provided and the checkout procedures. On the Day Nichols College Magazine Visited Class: A discussion of tourism as a social phenomenon, its growth from the 1930s to the present using statistics from the United World Tourism Organization, and its future prospects, including space vacations; small groups designed a tourism business that caters to a particular demographic; Monopoly money was used to measure the “multiplier effect”—how tourism increases employment and spending by a range of related businesses in the community.

“You don’t take home anything physical when you go to a hotel or restaurant,” says Richards. “You leave with a memory and a feeling. So in this class students are learning what it takes to make those memories and feelings, how you fit them into a business, and how to sell them. That’s the gist of the hospitality industry.”

Requirements: Quizzes, a final exam, and class participation. Two projects: the final project comparing hospitality companies and an earlier project identifying a particular job in the industry and devising wellresearched questions for an informational interview. Student Quote: “There are so many opportunities out there for hospitality managers. You can pretty much do anything [in the field],” says freshman Chelsea Lee, who aspires to a hospitality business that also involves the music field. “That’s exactly what I want to do with my future.” Professor Bio: Besides serving as a visiting assistant professor and Hospitality Department chair, Richards is director of corporate governance for the Mohegan Sun casino and resort in Uncasville, Conn. He began teaching hospitality management courses at Nichols three years ago and has worked for Mohegan Sun since 2007. Previously, he had worked for the accounting firm Ernst and Young, Sovereign Bank, and Lucent Technology. Richards received his bachelor’s degree from Bentley College and a master’s in accounting from Babson College.

Professor Richards comments on the top 5 companies for guest experiences Disney – “They are masters of doing everything well.” The Ritz Carlton – “They can come up with everything you can think of, and some things you can’t.” Starbucks – “Rich, compact, and extremely deep.” Dick’s Last Resort (part of a comedy chain) – “They are known for intentionally employing obnoxious people. You go there, and they will insult you.” Mohegan Sun (the home team advantage) – “It’s a resort that has embedded friendliness in the culture.”

“Curriculum” is an occasional feature that introduces readers to courses taught at Nichols College.

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Alden grant offers menu of high-tech possibilities The George I. Alden Trust has awarded Nichols College a $300,000 grant to establish a finance/technology room, a prominent feature of the College’s 30,000-square-foot student center, which is expected to open in the fall of 2012.

Architect’s rendering may not reflect final design.

Job market receptive to Nichols’ 2011 grads The annual survey of recent graduates reveals that Nichols College continues Employed Full Time its stellar record of preparing students Unemployed to compete in Employed Part Time today’s job market. Of the job seekers from the Class of 2011 who responded to the survey (74 percent), 91.4 percent have secured full-time positions. Programs such as the Professional Development Seminar, which builds on the professional skills and career readiness of students each year, contribute to their success. “We recognize that it takes four years for students to find their paths,” says Liz Horgan, director of career services. “No longer can students wait until their senior year to write a resume or to network for a job. To make intelligent career decisions, students must take incremental, critical steps to hone their talents and skills.” Resources offered by the Office of Career Services, which hosts one of the largest career fairs in central New England each year, have also intensified and include an online job database and resource library called the Road to Success; on-campus recruiting; InterviewStream, which enables students to practice interviewing via a webcam and review the results with counseling staff; and practical advice on effectively using social media to network and glean job opportunities.



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The grant will support a full range of technology to engage students and faculty in a dynamic multi-media educational experience. “The student center is the largest capital project in the College’s history, and the one with the most potential to transform the culture and complexion of our campus,” said Nichols College President Susan West Engelkemeyer, Ph.D. “The finance/technology seminar room will provide a vibrant setting for the next new tier of teaching and learning opportunities, and we are immensely grateful to the Alden Trust for helping to make it happen.” The George I. Alden Trust, located in Worcester, Mass., concentrates its support on small, independent undergraduate institutions that demonstrate educational excellence, exciting programming, and effective administration. Their past generous support of Nichols College includes grants to renovation projects such as the library, a new science lab, and the installation of smart classrooms. The state-of-the-art finance/technology room will feature the expansive use of technology, such as real-time market data, webcams, large screens and student workstations, to create hands-on training opportunities for several of the College’s business specializations, including finance, information technology, sport management, criminal justice management and business communication, as well as the College’s graduate programs in business and organizational leadership.

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THE ENGELKEMEYER ERA: Trust in Tradition, Inspire Innovation

On October 21, 2011, Susan West Engelkemeyer, Ph.D., was inaugurated as the seventh president of Nichols College. “A magical day for me,” writes Engelkemeyer in her blog, “but more importantly, an opportunity for folks to see (or be reminded of ) what a wonderful College and campus community we have at Nichols.” Now, with the ceremonial fanfare, and half a year on the job, behind her, Engelkemeyer discusses the past, present and future of this “hidden gem” on a hill. ..

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In the first months of your presidency, you spent time learning about Nichols College, asking students, alumni, faculty, staff and parents what makes Nichols special. What did you find out?



In many ways, I just confirmed what I had already thought about Nichols. There’s a true sense of community here where folks really do put students first and work together to solve problems. There’s a spirit of optimism and a culture of caring that is pretty unique in some ways.

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How will the past of Nichols College inform its future?

here.” There’s always a story about someone taking an interest in a student and helping him or her, either intellectually or financially or just motivationally. This treasured tradition of our past has produced truly remarkable people, not just in business, but in their personal lives, too. They are doing what’s meaningful to them. Fostering those relationships that help, mentor, and prepare our students for leadership roles will continue to be a strong part of our identity.

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How do you feel Nichols currently differentiates itself from the competition?

Our tagline, Your Success Is Our Business, characterizes our continued focus on business, but overlooks a large part of our curriculum that is devoted to liberal arts. We revised Nichols College has always had a focus on business, and the mission statement to emphasize that Nichols builds we’ve tried to stay true to that central mission a strong liberal arts foundation and we offer experiential Photos below: though we’ve enhanced our offerings to provide more learning, real-world applications, internships and proThe piper leads the opportunities for students. It’s always been a place that inauguration processional. grams that cultivate and enhance the professional skills has played a significant role in transforming students. I meet alumni from all stages of life, but particularly from Featured speaker Bill Glavin, and readiness of our students. PDS [Professional Develformer president of Babson opment Seminar] is truly our signature program in that the ’60s or ’70s, who’ll say, “I wasn’t that serious of a stuCollege, greets President Engelkemeyer. regard because it differentiates our students from the dent, but Nichols…“ either ”took a chance on me,” or President Engelkemeyer competition, and on that level, differentiates Nichols. As “saw some potential in me,” or “helped me over that last receives the College charter. I meet the new students, I know that, four years from now, financial hurdle that made it possible for me to come



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“It’s a place where the culture is one of entrepreneurship and optimism and where the possibilities are really remarkable.”

they will change. For one thing, our students look very comfortable and natural in professional business attire! They’re very poised. They can network better than the typical college students for sure. Whatever happens, they are ready.

Photos above: The newly installed president shares a laugh during the inaugural address.

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What motivated you to take this job?

I think it was the potential in this hidden gem. We now need to figure out how to take the Grand Marshal Libba Moore, word “hidden” away. I’ve been in other environments associate dean of business, displays the ceremonial mace. where folks were more likely to ask, “Why would we In your inaugural address, you referred to do that?” Here, we say, “Why not? Let’s give it a try!” It’s the “new normal” in business and higher education. What is the new normal? What will Nichols have a place where the culture is one of entrepreneurship and optimism and where the possibilities are really remarkable. The school came to do to compete in this new normal? through a bumpy financial period, but we’re now on solid ground. The new normal is chaos and ambiguity. We have uncerOf course, we’d like to grow the endowment for long-term financial tainty in the economic situation, shifting demographics, desecurity, but we’re in a situation where we can start trying new things clining financial support for higher education – so many things that that are worthy investments. Our Board of Trustees is more than willare coming together — it’s almost like the perfect storm. For those ing to help us, intellectually and financially, to fulfill our potential. of us in the East and Northeast, it’s not a pretty picture. The actual That’s exciting and it impressed me enough to take on this challenge. number of high school graduates is going down. While the populaAlso, for me, there’s nothing more fun than spending your day trying tions in places like Arizona and Texas are exploding so they have to to help young people become high-performing adults. serve more students, we’re looking at fewer. Since we draw most of What opportunities do you see for polishing this “hidour students from the region, we have to determine how we can exden gem”? What obstacles? pand our reach in several ways. Stakeholders are looking for greater measures of accountability and everyone wants to know the return As an entrepreneurial institution, Nichols has always on investment. Students have new and increasing expectations as capitalized on opportunities, in kind of a “ready, aim, fire” well. They were raised on electronic calendars and programmed approach. That has led to innovative programs – programs that others schools are just now thinking about – such as sport manlives. We need to meet them where they are, not wish they were agement and criminal justice management. But moving forward, something different.

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Splendor and symbolism we will be more systematic and deliberate about our decisions, using a more data-driven approach. We will also be more mindful of branding, marketing and finding more niches where we can make a strong impact. The obstacle, for everyone, is financial. Even Harvard is tightening its belt. We won’t be able to make any giant leaps given our financial constraints, but we can certainly take some new tacks and assess what we might want to do differently or initiate.


What type of student will be the most successful at Nichols College?

A. Steeped in grand academic tradition, the inauguration of President Susan West Engelkemeyer served as a vivid reminder of the College’s roots, first as an academy then a junior men’s college to a four-year co-educational institution. From the rich retrospective delivered by Master of Ceremonies and History Professor Dr. Ed Warren to Engelkemeyer’s inauguration address where she tipped a (mortarboard) cap to the foresight of Nichols’ founders, celebrating the past, and its impact on the present and future of Nichols, became the rallying theme of the day. This was most significant during the ceremony of investiture when Chairman of the Board John H. McClutchy Jr. ’72 presented Engelkemeyer with the symbols of the past representing the high office she now holds: • The Nichols College academic gown and hood, with robing assistance provided by Engelkemeyer’s children, Kristen and Jason • The official charter of the College • Antique, nineteenth-century service and dessert dishes and demitasse set specially embossed with scenes of Dudley Hill and Nichols Academy buildings • The Presidential Medallion, engraved with the great seal which is inscribed with the College’s motto: Loyalty to [Nichols] and the highest standards of professional achievement and learning in a community of free and open inquiry; Service to the College, the professions, the nation and to the betterment of mankind; and Culture as an appreciation and understanding for the arts, sciences and humanities and their broadening and humanizing influences so important to the development of the educated person and for the personal fulfillment and wellbeing in today’s life.



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Students who realize that education is not a spectator sport and who are willing to take advantage of what we have to offer will succeed here. Our typical students may not have been the valedictorians or salutatorians of their high school class, but they are good, solid students. I just randomly walked into a Poetry Club event this past semester, and was very impressed. A student just decided to start a Poetry Club and Nichols enabled her to launch it. Our degree programs prepare students for their professional roles and responsibilities, but we also need to help students explore their “other side” – their interests and talents beyond the classroom – which provide another way to build their teamwork and leadership skills.

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How does Nichols prepare students for the global economy?

Most of our students have not had a great deal of international experience so we promote cultural sensitivity and awareness on campus. The programs of the Fischer Institute offer tremendous opportunities, such as studying abroad, and cultural enrichment events on campus. We had an extremely successful visit from Tibetan monks in the fall. In general though, preparing students for most any organization, whether it’s domestic or international, involves a focus on developing analytical skills, communication skills, the ability to adapt to different environments and perform within those – the soft skills that make the hard impressions. In this “new normal,” business schools must be flexible to the demands of the marketplace, but responsible about academic integrity and planning for the development of strong leaders. Change and chaos are inevitable in today’s global economy, and arming our students with practical knowledge and the professional skills that transcend the volatility offers the greatest advantage.

If you would like to make a gift in honor of President Susan West Engelkemeyer, please use the enclosed envelope.

ENGAGEMENT IS KEY to Student Retention In the fall of 2012, more than three million students will enroll as freshmen at colleges and universities across the country, and Nichols College will welcome about 400 of them. Virtually all will begin their college careers with varying degrees of optimism and energy, confidence and concern, excitement and anxiety, and they’ll imagine themselves clutching a diploma – and the prospect of a happy life and a secure job or career – four or five years down the road. B y Pa u l D. Ada m s

Unfortunately, for a host of reasons, more than one-quarter of the students who enter as freshmen won’t return for their sophomore year in 2013, and 47 percent won’t complete their undergraduate degree within five years. With a freshman-to-sophoEngagement requires more retention rate of 60 percent, a community-wide Nichols College is committed to a significant improvement. effort, involving “We know that if students every aspect of the come to Nichols and are supported and nurtured, they’ll student experience. be successful, and their success will encourage other students to enroll and to continue here through graduation,” says Nichols President Susan West Engelkemeyer, Ph.D., who has identified retention as a priority for her administration. “We’re doing all the right things to engage and retain students. Our goal is simply to do all those things a little better.” Enter Bill Boffi, associate dean for student success and retention, who came to Nichols in 2010 from Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, Mass., which earned national distinction for its retention and graduation rates, particularly for at-risk students. His ambitious responsibility is not just to persuade Nichols students to complete their degrees here but to marshal the College’s resources to engage students so actively and deeply in their studies that they can’t imagine completing their degrees anywhere else.

“Engagement is the key to reducing attrition,” says Boffi. “When students are engaged with one another, with their instructors, with their studies, and with groups, clubs, sports and other activities on campus, they connect with the College in ways they couldn’t or wouldn’t otherwise.” Engagement requires a community-wide effort, involving every aspect of the student experience. From faculty to the financial aid office, those who interact directly with students on a daily basis have a profound impact. Boffi works to ensure that the retention efforts of each department are integrated and best positioned to foster student success. In addition, a retention committee, comprised of elected

Bill Boffi works closely with a first-year student.

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faculty and appointed staff, meets regularly to net out specific recommendations to improve retention and to track progress towards goals. “We want to retain students The athletic program because it gives them the best at Nichols College shot at achieving success, defining and reaching their long-term provides an intriguing goals, and having productive model for student lives as educated citizens and professionals,” says Boffi. “By engagement. focusing on engaging students both inside and outside the classroom, we have the best chance of accomplishing that.” To understand the retention-attrition issues at Nichols, Boffi undertook a retention audit that included candid meetings with faculty and staff to gauge the success of current retention strategies and to discover why students choose Nichols, why they stay, and why the leave. Absent from the audit were the kinds of complaints voiced too often by other colleges, which focused on the deficiencies of students: they’re unengaged, they don’t read, they have short attention spans and expect instant gratification. Instead, Nichols College faculty and staff focused on how the College can build on and enhance what already seems to be working. Retention, says Boffi, is a simple way to characterize and measure a complex phenomenon, and the College can only focus on the variables it can control. Those include paying closer attention to students as individuals, increasing advising resources, continuing the current focus on internship opportunities, recommitting the institution to “active, collaborative learning,” and assuring that the College is “nimble” enough to add curricular and co-curricular opportunities depending on student interests and the needs of employers. The athletic program at Nichols College provides an intriguing model for student engagement. Currently, 40 percent of Nichols students take part in competitive sports, and retention rates for student-athletes are significantly higher than for non-student athletes. That seems to be so because learning in sports is always active and collaborative, which Boffi says “makes for deeper learning and better engagement.” Being part of a team creates bonds with peers and coaches and provides opportunities for meaningful, sometimes even difficult, interactions to occur. In sports, students work together and learn about the importance of navigating differences. “These are the kinds of skills employers are looking for,” says Boffi, “so the goal of engagement is to create more and better ways for all students to develop bonds with each other and with faculty and staff.” With lessons learned from athletics and a better grasp on



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the retention issues at Nichols, the College has established some ambitious new goals. “The short-term goal is to improve fall-to-fall (freshman to sophomore) retention from 60 percent to 70 percent,” he says. “That will put us close to our own historic high water mark and at or near the rates of schools similar to Nichols. To achieve 70 percent retention of this year’s new students, and 75 percent retention of all students, will mean retaining 45 more students than we would at last year’s rate. Our retention committee has taken to calling this charge Mission: 45.” The long-term goal is no less ambitious: a 75 percent year-to-year retention rate for first-year students, which will translate to an overall graduation rate of 60 percent.“That’s a level we’ve never achieved,” Boffi says, and it’s part of a campus-wide commitment to remaining “a differencemaking institution for our students.”

Top 10 Student Satisfaction Ratings According to a Campus Life Annual Satisfaction Study conducted by Bill Boffi, associate vice president for student success and retention, Nichols students reported high levels of satisfaction with classroom experiences, with the faculty, and with peer relationships. These three indicators of student satisfaction – along with student advising programs and internships – are among the most important and consistent indicators of higher-than-average retention rates according to “What Works in Student Retention, 2010,” the fourth in a series of national studies conducted by ACT, a college-entrance testing program. Based on a 4 point scale


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True Grit: High-scoring senior keeps injuries in check

If you met women’s ice hockey forward Mandy Manopla ’12 on the street, you’d likely think she’s a polite, smart young woman. If you met her on the ice, you would want to get out of her way as fast as possible, especially if you’re between her and the net. She’s skated right through opponents and unleashed lethal wrist shots past many goaltenders during her four seasons as a Bison. And if you met her in a dark alley and you’ve committed a crime, well, just call it a day and surrender because she is just that tough. And she’s training to be in law enforcement as one of Nichols College’s top criminal justice management students. The leading scorer on the women’s hockey team three out of her four seasons on the ice, Manopla is even tougher on the ice this year. After suffering a knee injury during the 2010-2011 season – the only season in which she did not lead the team in scoring – she had offseason surgery to repair a torn ACL last March. But what followed tested Manopla throughout the summer and showed just how tough she is. Manopla went under the knife for ACL surgery on March 30 and was back on campus with crutches shortly after. But as anxious as she was to start physical therapy to get ready for her upcoming senior season, things weren’t progressing as normally as she expected. “About a month after my surgery in my recovery, [my knee] was still really swollen and I wasn’t able to walk on it, wasn’t able to do any physical therapy,” she recounts. “So I went to the doctor to just get it drained. When they drained it, the doctor said immediately that it looked infected. So he sent it into the lab and I got the news back that night. I had a staph infection.” The next day she went in for inpatient surgery and remained hospitalized for a week.

She was looking forward to returning home to Florida, with a permanent IV line (PIC) for two months, but three days away from her flight, her trip was delayed with another trip to the hospital – this time with a stomach ulcer. Once home on May 19, she was hospitalized again with an infection in a vein where her PIC line was, but, with treatment, quickly recovered. With infection at bay, and all of the repairs in her knee intact, Manopla was ready to begin physical therapy again. “I lost 50 pounds and was down to around 97 pounds. I was delayed two months with physical therapy so I was cutting it really close with hockey season. “I did physical therapy for three hours a day, six times a week. I went as much as I possibly could. I went to the gym and did some of the exercises I had been struggling with, too. I went more and more on my own and then I was able to do it.” She met her deadline for hockey, but one more surprise was left in store for Manopla. “When I came back, I went to get an MRI to clear me to play. And when I did that, it showed that my ACL was gone. It disintegrated from the infections.” Playing without an ACL this season, Manopla established herself as the best player to have come through the program so far. A true leader and a captain, she crossed the 50-point career mark midway through the year, and is poised to be the first player in program history to have played in 100 career games. Off the ice, Manopla established herself as a top criminal justice management student at the College, winning a scholarship from Nichols alumnus James Dunbar ’51 to attend the 57th ASIS Security Conference in Orlando, Fla., last September. Based on a written essay, extra-curricular activities and gradepoint average, Manopla, along with classmate William Wolfburg Jr. ’12, earned the opportunity to join CJM Program Chair Kimberly Charbonneau at the conference where they viewed the latest technological advances in security and listened to presentations by former Mexican President Vicente Fox and former Governor of Florida Jeb Bush. Manopla was always interested in the FBI, but said that she became interested in both private security and the DEA after meeting with several representatives at the conference. The tour of the Dunbar Armored, Inc. facility, including an inside look at the armored trucks and the vault, highlighted the trip, and Manopla kept her coursework from Nichols in the back of her mind the whole time. “Everything we talked about in my Physical Security class was demonstrated out on the trade floor show. Of course I was looking into the security and technology part, but at the same time I had networking in the back of my mind.” Manopla has already proven her toughness on the ice, and won the difficult battle over injury. She’s prepared for a career in law enforcement; and wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Team effort shows off Bison pride


n a dynamic display of team spirit, the Nichols College community came together to host the 2011 NCAA Division III Field Hockey Championship at Vendetti Field the weekend of November 19 and 20. The event – the first NCAA Championship hosted by the College – encompassed the efforts of staff and students representing departments such as athletics, facilities management, information technology, dining services, sport management and criminal justice management. The work began long before the steering committee, based out of the Athletic Department, met with a member of the NCAA Championships staff and a member of the NCAA Division III Field Hockey Committee in early August for a site evaluation. The answers and energy of the Nichols hosts provided its guests with a strong feeling the event would be a success. From that point on it was full steam ahead; meetings were held on a regular basis, and the committee reached out to the various allies across campus. Vendetti Field and the surrounding area was a main focus



of the Department of Facilities Management. The crew painted or coordinated the painting of the non-field hockey markings, the NCAA dots outside the end zones, and, the highlight of the weekend, a Division III logo and the words, “Discover, Develop, Dedicate” on a pair of hills. In addition to the field preparation, the crew transformed the Student-Athlete Lounge into a press conference area, and the veranda overlooking Vendetti Field had a fresh coat of paint. IT was on hand to make a couple key saves, particularly when the network down at the field was acting up. The team was able to remedy the situation rather quickly and then fine tune the infrastructure for the needs of the webcast produced by the NCAA. Dining services was on the clock as early as Thursday night serving dinner for the staff and NCAA representatives to help kick off the weekend. The group was also charged with feeding the teams and Special Olympians at the Chalmers Field House on Friday. They also kept the media room, field hockey coaches’ tent, concessions and the NCAA tent

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stocked throughout the weekend. Much of the marketing was done by students in the Sport Management Program. One of the classes was instrumental in delivering posters and informa-

tion to local merchants. The students also had several roles in the week leading up to the event and also on game days. Criminal Justice Management majors pitched in by heading up the parking and security detail along with members of the Athletic Department. The College of New Jersey may have won its 10th NCAA Field Hockey Championship that weekend, but it was Nichols College that emerged as the real winner as a result of the campus-wide effort.


A View from the Hill By Dustin Timm ’13, Treasurer, Student Alumni Society

Opening minds and hearts with The Gift of Opportunity If you asked college students to define the word “philanthropy,” you might get a few shrugs, maybe a blank stare or two, and some might even take a stab at it. In general, college students may be unaware of the support that alumni and friends of Nichols College provide so that we can have a quality education. As members of the Student Alumni Society (SAS), we’re hoping to change that. SAS is a club on campus that strives to promote interest and understanding among Nichols students of the past, present and future. We encourage Nichols College spirit through involvement in campus, community and alumni activities, and our mantra is “Student Today, Bison Forever.” During the past year, we’ve dedicated our efforts to developing traditions that promote philanthropy among current students. The

Gift of Opportunity (TGOP) is an event that will show members of the Nichols community the difference that they and others can make on campus. TGOP is a week-long program of events to increase student awareness of the contributions made by alumni and friends. On Monday, April 16, we will kick off our version of a tag sale. Price tags will be displayed on items throughout campus, such as buildings, chairs, desks, and other objects, all week to show the costs of operating the College. On April 17, students can participate in a networking workshop with Nichols alumni, who will demonstrate interviewing “dos and don’ts” through role-playing skits. In the evening, students can try out their networking skills with alumni at a reception. The pinnacle of TGOP will

occur on April 18, when students will sign postcards thanking donors for their generous contributions. Various members of the Nichols community and current students will be wearing t-shirts that have been specifically designed for TGOP. By signing thank you cards and wearing the TGOP shirts, students will become more conscious of how many alumni contribute to Nichols, and this opportunity allows them to say Thank You. The Gift of Opportunity will conclude with the Legacy Reception

Dustin Timm (far left) and other SAS members model t-shirts displaying the number of donors who contributed last year giving students “The Gift of Opportunity.”

on April 19 and an email to students bringing the events of the week into complete perspective. We’re very excited about The Gift of Opportunity and the impact it will have on student awareness. By emphasizing the SAS mantra, “Student Today, Bison Forever,” we hope current Bison understand the definition and importance of philanthropy.

Office visits Student visits to alumni at their places of business provide enriching experiences for both. On recent field trips, student groups, including Student Alumni Society and Investment Club, got a closer look at manufacturing at a global corporation, tips on interviewing and resumés, a tour of a chart room and the history of the stock market, and learned that candy is a recession-proof industry.

Top left, Tim Madden ’95 (far left), vice president/account manager at Fidelity in the chart room; far left, Donroy Ferdinand ’93, director of finance, and Paul Gannon ’76, vice president/ treasurer, at Metso Automation, a global supplier of flow control, automation and management information systems for the process industries; left, Pete Trudel ’52, (far left) retired owner and president of Priscilla Candy Shoppe; and right, Steve Lemieux ’84 (far left), district manager of Staples.

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Catching up with John Stanton ’78

Two lives, one purpose: Making a difference By Julie Errico


ohn Stanton is not a CIA operative, but he does lead two lives: one as an independent journalist and security analyst and one as a private school administrator.

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Both careers combine Stanton’s interest in national security issues and his desire to teach. As a teacher, coach, and administrator at St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School in Virginia, he designed and teaches an advanced high school seminar titled National Security in the 21st Century. Now in its sixth year, the course features notable war fighters, diplomats and the many interests that influence national security policy. At the Pentagon’s request, Stanton has rewritten the course syllabus to be taught at other schools. Stanton first became involved in government issues at Nichols while working as an intern at the Rhode Island State House. “Nichols opened a number of doors to me and gave me a foundation in non-profit and business administration which proved to be helpful. I would not have gotten into graduate school without the academic offerings and the support of Dr. Ed Warren who arranged for my internship,” Stanton says. In his work as a mentor, Stanton advises his students to find the right fit. “Nichols was the right fit for me. I can’t say enough about the experience I had there. “ After Stanton graduated from Nichols in 1978, he went on to graduate school in Detroit and moved to Washington, D.C., where he held a variety of jobs working at embassy security programs, a nuclear facility, and a counter-narcotics program, to name a few. He then served as an administrator and writer at the National Defense Industrial Association for 10 years. As an independent journalist,

Stanton is free to research and write about issues of importance to national security and interests. He provided national security and political analysis and commentary for CBS Evening News, ABC, CNN, and Investor's Business Daily immediately following the insurgent attacks in New York City and in Arlington, Virg., on September 11, 2001. Much has changed in homeland security since then. “Homeland security is now part of national security and national defense,” Stanton says. “The dividing line between civil and military elements is now blurred completely. It permeates our lives every day. What happens in Central Asia and Mexico, for example, affects everyone, even those in small towns. We’re all part of it now.” However, even though the national security picture has evolved, Stanton is quick to point out to his students that they can still make a difference. Stanton is a prime example of how one individual can make a difference. Following a tip, he uncovered a series of tragic stories not reported by the mainstream media related to a U.S. Army program which was designed to gather information in Iraq. Now more than three years later, after 100 sources and 60 articles written by Stanton, the program is under investigation. The U.S. Army and Congress took action based, in good measure, on Stanton’s efforts on behalf of the many sources involved. “In the end, it is about talking to people. It is their story,” Stanton says. ”If you have the facts and your sources are good, then you can make a difference.”


1940s Class Scribe: Stanley Finn 70 Franklin St. Northampton, MA 01060-2039 413-586-0886

1950s Class Scribe: Robert Risk 309 Conestoga Rd. Wayne, PA 19087-4009 610-688-8242 From the Class Scribe… I’m happy to provide these updates on a few classmates. Otis Vaughn was an outstanding student and active on campus, working on the Nichols paper, The Budget, for the yearbook, The Ledger, and on the dorm council. Otis was in the Army before Nichols and after graduation. He married Jean in June 1950, and they have four boys. Otis retired from Chase Bank, where he was executive vice president, in 1998. He and Jean have travelled all around the country, Mexico, and Canada in their motor home, eventually settling in Mesa, AZ, but continuing to travel as their sons all live in different areas of the country. Otis keeps busy making toys and other items for Jean and his grandchildren in his woodshop. The couple has had four motor homes and drive to Nichols reunions in them. I’m looking forward to having lunch with them and Alden Ingraham and Al Hanlon. Art Nielsen played football, lacrosse, and was a member of the “N” Club at Nichols. He married Pat in 1951; they had three sons and a daughter, and now have nine grandchildren. Art was in the paper industry for 50 years, starting his own company, Nielsen and Nielsen Inc., in 1976. He retired in 1995 and his sons run the business, selling to all markets: waste paper, linen board, newsprint, magazine

paper, and many other types. 60th Art’s wife passed away in 1997, and he remarried in 2002. He had lived in Los Angeles for 35 years, and then moved back to Kenneth Titus writes: After New York and built a log home receiving the fall/winter Nichols in the Albany area (RensseCollege Magazine, I was apprelaerville). Art loves fishing and ciative and happy to see news has been on many trips to from the Class of 1953. It has Alaska, the Yukon, and Canada. been quiet since losing our old He and his wife will be spending friend and scribe, Clem Dowling. time in early 2012 in St. PetersI do keep in touch with Bill burg, FL, hoping to buy a condo Koerner, my first-year roomthere. mate, who sent a photo of our Bill Sprague enlisted in the T-Hall, first floor dorm. After Army after graduating high school and served in Japan with the occupation troops. After returning, he attended Nichols on the G.I. Bill and two working scholarships. At Nichols, he was class treasurer, marshal of the graduating class, and returned to campus for several The T-Hall Gang in 1953 years serving on the graduating, it was hard to keep advisory council. As a licensed in touch – within two weeks realtor, insurance agent, I was on active duty in the Navy. appraiser, and Maine guide, Bill After that, I had a memorable ran several companies for more career as a placement counselor than 30 years, including with IBM, where I spent over 30 Sprague & Curtis Real Estate, years. I’ve been married over 50 Sprague Insurance, Sprague years and have helped raise four Construction Co., J&S Developchildren, including twin boys ment Co., and Kennebec Homes. (speaking of fun!) I still work He’s also kept busy in many part time as one must keep civic, business, cultural and busy. Living in Florida has educational organizations, and been the only way to live and was one of the founders of the I would not move for anything! University of Maine Augusta. In If any of you recall those good 1978, Augusta proclaimed a Bill old days, please contact me at Sprague Day! Bill is an avid tenREUNION

nis player and golfer (a 30-year member at the Augusta Country Club), having seven holes in one! He’s been married to Elizabeth for 61 years, and his children, a son, two daughters, and their spouses, all live in Maine. He also has four grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

Class Scribe: Tom Bartsch 303 Archer Mead Williamsburg, VA 23185-6582

10363 Greentrail Drive N, Boynton Beach, FL 33436, or by phone at 561-736-4392 (home), 561-374-3592 (cell) or email, William Spring reports that he retired at 79, and is turning 80 in March. When he came to Nichols on a Sunday afternoon last year, he was astounded by the buildings and expansion.

Gil Bourdon reports that he is still married to his sweetheart, his girl at Nichols, and is looking forward to the 60th reunion.

Class Scribe: Arthur Fries 917 Jordan Ct. Nipomo, CA 93444-6625 949-673-7190 55th REUNION

Class Scribe: Kent Tarrant P.O. Box 496 Hampden, MA 01036-0496 413-566-5130

In a note, Bob Landry says that he’s doing okay and that 75 is approaching. He enjoyed seeing friends from the 1950s in front of T-Hall in “Stay Connected” from the most recent Nichols College Magazine. (Bob Davis, Skip Hjelte, Dave Umba, Gary Orr, and Dave Shields.) “I was the dorm proctor,” he says, “but not in the picture.”

Benefactors: 1957 classmates meet with the first recipient of the Class of ’57 Endowed Scholarship, from left, Art Rizy, Kent Tarrant, Crystal Dennison ’13, and Dave Fleming.

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An update from Charlie Howe… Joe “The Buzz” Bardsley has relocated to the West Coast, to Walnut Creek, CA, about 25 miles due east of San Francisco. The golfing is good there. (He sent me a picture standing next to a golf cart. I couldn't tell what he was holding in his hand, but he did have it gripped rather well, TaTa.) He has a son there and notes that he has a real schlep now to see his three other offspring, but the weather was getting to his bones. Contact him at 1708 Golden Rain Road #3, Walnut Creek, CA 94595 or by phone, 925-4573108. Buzz writes that John Gfeller is living in Fairfield, CT. John Girvin writes that nothing much is going on in Florida, aside from lots of tennis and great weather, but don't tell anyone. According to John, Ken Beyer is going on more cruises than Robinson Crusoe, and he too is playing some pretty good tennis. All are looking forward to the Naples alumni gathering. John gives his best to all. Elliot (Chick) Putnam is still living in Sun City, Hilton Head, SC, spending four months in Massachusetts. He still is playing a lot of golf. Chick and Chris remain in good health. Chick has healed from a knee and hip replacement last year, and Chris is about to have a knee replaced. He wants to send his best to friends and former teammates at Nichols. Bob Gould enjoys the Florida weather at their winter home and riding his motorcycle with his Florida friends. He is still volunteering at Southeastern Guide Dog Association, where he works to socialize puppies to be around people and gets them used to walking outside. It’s great fun and a worthy organization. I'm sure that your classmates would like to hear from you. It sure doesn’t take much effort. Charlie

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Class Scribe: Charlie Howe May-September 212-22nd St. Surf City, NJ 08008-4926 609-494-5450 October- April 17468 Cornflower Ln. Punta Gorda, FL 33955 941-575-8150 From the Class Scribe… Plans are shaping up for Homecoming 2012 on Friday, Sept. 21 and Saturday, Sept. 22. I am trying – please note trying – to arrange an alumni lacrosse game with the College. My goal is to encourage many alumni from the ’60s to return to the Hill and have a little fun, drink a few beers and let everyone know that the "older we get, the better we are." It would also be a nice way to extend the weekend a little bit, socialize, cheer for the old farts, introduce ourselves to and show support for the new lacrosse coach, Eric Gobiel. More information will follow. I'm hoping that the Southbridge Hotel and Conference Center will again be the gathering place for many of the activities. I've heard rumors that the Foresters might be back in bigger numbers this year. Dr. White would be proud. John Turro and I communicate regularly and are both hoping for a nice turnout. I got notes from Rene Langevin and Dick Makin who hope we can make a big push to get the class to return for our 50th reunion. Paul “PZ” Zimmerman writes that he spent a few days with Pete Judd in Stuart, FL, recently. Pete sailed down on his boat from Dataw Island, SC, to have some work done on his way to the Abacos for the winter. While Pete was in town he drove down to visit Pete Whitney in Boca. Paul and Deb keep busy in

Stuart by playing a lot of golf and enjoying an abundance of music in the area. George Bartlett writes that he and Deanie have been married for 45 years and have lived in the same house in High Point, NC, for that time. Their son, Todd, and a 10-year-old granddaughter, Savanah, live 20 minutes away, and they are spending a lot of their retirement time with them. George started and ran three companies for 35 years, then did a stint with a Fortune 500 company from 1990 to 1998 before downsizing reared its ugly head. Bart Henkle has a new home in Tellico Village on Lake Tellico near Knoxville, TN, which is also close to Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge (Dollywood). He would enjoy seeing any old friends from Nichols if they happened to be passing by and is also looking forward to attending our 50th reunion. Kate and I, along with Dick and Pam Makin and Hugo Pagliccia, and his wife, Carol, are doing our best to survive the winter in southwest Florida. Dick and Pam go north for the holidays and Carol goes back to Hingham to check on business, while Kate and I stay put till May. With two 94-year-old mothers living with us, we don't stray too far from Punta Gorda. We do enjoy sailboat racing one day a week, plus we continue our involvement with autistic and develop-

mentally disabled children. We're hoping to make it to the east coast to visit Pete Whitney and his wife, Beverly. Pete's had some health issues which he seems to be dealing with. The energizer battery just keeps going. Wishing you all well and would appreciate hearing from you. Charlie

Class Scribe: Bruce I. Haslun 16 Gilder Point Ct. Simpsonville, SC 29681 From the Class Scribe… As usual, by the time you read this, Christmas and New Year’s Eve memories for 2011 will be rather dim. It’s a downside of a quarterly publication, but printing timelines are inevitable. Nonetheless, I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas, and other appropriate holidays, filled with the good things those words convey. And, of course, here’s tipping a wee sma’ cup of kindness to the lip and wishing us Auld Lang Syne. May God bless us all in 2012! I had the privilege of wishing a happy birthday to Jack Lubbers’ ’62 dad, Bill, who celebrated 100 years on Dec. 23. I also received a Christmas greeting from Peter Brusman who shared the “First official picture of the newest addition, Harper Elizabeth.” In mid-Jan., Carol and I are off

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Daytona Beach Shootout. Coach Dave Sokolnicki does a great job putting a very cohesive ball club on the floor. He not only spoke highly of the talent of his players, but also to their character and high GPAs. It is great to see that sports are still an important part of the whole Nichols College experience. Frank Grzyb reports that his third book will be published in late spring, titled Rhode Island in the Civil War: Life and Death at Portsmouth Grove, 1862-1865.

Michael Ash says he is retired from finance, and now having fun! He teaches driver education at the Hartford Job Corps Academy. Bernard Foley writes that following service in the Air Force from 1949 -1952 during the Korean War, he was a teacher in the North Worcester Business Department for 21 years. Fellow Bison from the 1960s gather for a class photo at Homecoming 2011.

to our 13th annual visit to paradise in the Caribbean Sea, Antigua, West Indies. Two weeks of absolute decadent bliss. My PSA readings keep getting more and more miniscule so, knock on wood and God-willing, it appears I have beaten prostate cancer. Y’all can see the contact points above, snail mail, email, and wire. I’ve always got a pad and pencil next to my chair up in the library around 5 p.m., usually a bourbon and water too.

Bruce Demoranville and his wife, Melanie, will be completing one of their four quests to visit all seven continents with a cruise to Antarctica in January 2012. They returned from South Africa in May. Chuck Evans reports that he has been retired for 10 years, but is still volunteering with Coast Guard Shriners Hospital and the church food pantry. He says he doesn’t know how he ever found the time to work!

Class Scribe: Robert Kuppenheimer 4627 Tremont Ln. Corona del Mar, CA 92625-3130 From the Class Scribe… Dave Weyant and wife, Judy, welcomed their first grandson, Charlie Wyatt Barrera, on Nov. 3.

and his wife will be celebrating their 44th anniversary in August.

1970s John Steepy reports that he has retired from a career in accounting, human resources, and safety. 40th REUNION

Class Scribe: Mark Alexander From the Class Scribe… September 22, 2012, is our 40th reunion! We hope to make our reunion the best Nichols has ever seen. Rick DeCrosta and I have formed a committee to spearhead our effort. We are coordinating our efforts with Alumni Relations. If anyone is interested in assisting us or has any ideas, please contact Rick (rmdecrosta@ or myself. We look forward to seeing you!

Richard Boynton has been named chairman of the board of directors for the International Housewares Association for the 2011-12 term. The association, dubbed “the home authority,” is a full-service trade organization with over 1,600 member companies from more than 40 countries. Boynton is currently the president of Jura Capresso Inc.


Class Scribe: Warren Bender 3604 Kingsley Dr. Myrtle Beach, SC 29588-7714 843-492-6727 Editor’s note: At press time, your scribe, Warren Bender, was basking in the glow of the Giants being in the Super Bowl. (He must be really basking now.) He wishes his classmates a “bearable” winter and a great spring and summer.

Chip Detwiller writes: My wife, Cindy, and I spent our 43rd anniversary in April in South Africa with three other couples – 3,200 photos and five hours of video to prove it. It was the trip of a lifetime! Planning to be at our 45th reunion – see you there. A note from Peter Johnson: My wife, Lynda, and I had the privilege to see the Nichols College basketball team play in the

Also, Dave and Matt Sparks have been corresponding on a possible ancestry of our past professors and what they are doing for society. Wayne Johnson reports that all is well and he is turning 66 at the end of January. He is retired, has three children and seven wonderful grandchildren. He

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Catching up with Deb Cote ’92

Deb Cote ’92 knows television. “Ever since I was little, I wanted to go to Hollywood,” she says. An MIS major, Cote worked as a software consultant traveling the country after graduation, but pursued her interests in the entertainment industry by taking screenwriting and acting classes. When she got involved in the production of an independent film in Boston, her passion intensified, so she packed up and headed to Los Angeles in 2002. Cote landed a job with Clean House on E! Entertainment by impressing the executive producers during the interview with her computer knowledge. “They were having all kinds of computer problems,” she explains. “Their regular technician was on vacation and while they were waiting for another one to show up, I happened to mention that in the future if they had computer problems, depending on the severity, I could probably help because I majored in management information systems… . I started the next day as a production assistant.” From there, she worked on a variety of shows in L.A. including 1 Day With on SoapNet, during which she spent time with various soap opera stars, including Allison Sweeney. After almost two years in California, Cote transferred to the other big player in the entertainment industry, New York City. Through a referral from a former colleague, she began working on A Current Affair, and, through another referral, joined CourtTV (now TruTV). “Networking is very big in this industry,” she says. “Being referred is taken more seriously than just sending in your resume. You have to be careful of who you refer, though, since that person is a reflection of you. I don’t take referrals lightly.” She was with CourtTV for five years when the production of the show was moved to CNN headquarters in Atlanta. As a freelancer, Cote worked with former presidential candidate, Mike Huckabee, on the Fox Business Network, where she also had the

Greg Johnson ’79 and Tim Garrison ’79 Former Public Safety Director Herb Durfee (center) surrounded by fans Mike Bassett ’78, Bob Cohen ’77 and Greg Johnson ’79.



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pleasure of meeting actress Suzanne Somers (“She might be the nicest celebrity that has ever come in,” she says.) In February 2011, she landed at the Lou Dobbs Show on Fox, crediting her strong work ethic and list of contacts with her ability to always find work in television. Earlier this year, Cote made the leap from cable to network television when she accepted the position of producer for CBS This Morning. She’s excited about the increased resources at the network and the “huge opportunity to revamp morning television.” While she expects to put in 10-12-hour days working on a news show, she is no stranger to hard work and keeping busy, as her former classmates can attest. As a student at Nichols, she worked in the President’s Office and security and played three sports. Fellow Bison can catch up wth Deb Cote on Twitter @DebCote, where she tweets about life and show business. ~ Brianne Callahan MOL '11


Stephen Byrnes has joined Kennebunk Savings as its executive vice president and chief sales officer. He will be responsible for the bank’s sales efforts and will oversee the organization’s commercial and retail lending divisions, the branch office network, and the Kennebunk Savings Insurance and Kennebunk Investment Services operations.


A note from Bob Cohen: Greg Johnson ’79 and I visited Nichols on Homecoming 2011, my first official, but un-registered visit in over 30 years, to see Herb Durfee. Herb is now 86 and living in Florida across the street from his daughter. His wife passed over six years ago. Herb has really slimmed down and looks great. He is walking with a cane and has had heart surgery in the past. His humor and wit are as large as life as they ever were. It was reported to us that he has been telling a lot of stories from his Nichols

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Class Scribe: John P. Donahue 10 Corsham Dr. Medford, NJ 08055-8434 609-257-8191


Joseph Petty has been elected the 59th mayor in Worcester’s history, after serving on the City Council for the past 14 years.

Class Scribe: Michael Donehey 508-376-5469 (phone) 509-376-5043 (fax) The newly elected mayor of Worcester, Joseph Petty ’82, gets a congratulatory embrace.

days, but always refuses to name names. Living alone, Herb cuts his grass on his riding lawnmower, cooks his meals and takes care of his house. His daughter reports he will not do laundry. He has given up driving. He visited the College with his daughter, granddaughter and great granddaughter. Four generations of Durfees!

Class Scribe: Rose (Cummings) Mamakos 3 Woodland Ave. Kingston, MA 02364-1029

William Martin has been hired as vice president and small business relationship manager for the Worcester region for TD Bank. He will oversee small business lending and business development in Sturbridge, Auburn, Shrewsbury, Westborough, and Milford.

Class Scribe: Susan Zimonis 18930 Misty Lake Dr. Jupiter, FL 33458 561-707-8781 From the Class Scribe… Homecoming 2011 was a big

event for the Class of 1986! Despite the rain and some clouds, it certainly seemed like old times for those of us who ventured back to the Hill for the day! Amy (Smith) Bartram dropped me a note to agree that it was great seeing everyone who made it there. It was kind of funny after 25 years, looking at people saying, “You look familiar,” introducing yourself and then getting that light bulb of recognition. Amy brought her husband and two boys, ages 10 and 12. She walked around campus and was sad to see her old Annex was gone along with the neighboring Fuller House, but the historical Black Tavern was still there. I agree with Amy that there are so many new dorms and even elevators! Nichols seems to be thriving. A message from Amy to her former dorm mates, Leigh (Woehrman) Cashmore and Karen (Chiginsky) Purslow: “You missed our 25-year homecoming! You better come next year when your husbands Al ’87 and Jeff ’87 celebrate their 25th. My husband and I will come if you do.” I flew up from Florida that morning and made it in time to join in the tailgating festivities with Diane (Singer) Miller,

David Parkinson notes that he is still working at Experian, and last year he got married. He has six grandchildren, had successful bypass surgery, and is commodore of Tiburon Yacht Club.

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Maureen (Gilbert) Shields, Jane Gallagher, Sue (Wandland) Plant, Sue (Gillespie) Peabody, Lisa Cremonini, Lisa (LeBlanc) Robinson, Lori Coonan, Andrea (Huss) Aiello, Hugo Pagliccia, Kate Berry, Michelle Barthelmes, Dave Bedard, Dave Lofgren, Rich Anderson, EJ and Chris Landry, and Matt Zalk. It was either a blessing or a curse that EJ remembered to bring the yearbook and some photo albums…Anyone else glad that the ’ 80s fashions are gone? Budleigh guys… seeing the “Don Johnson” postgraduation Bermuda pictures were definitely worth the plane fare up there. While it was strange for me to see both O’Neil and Merrill dorms (where we spent some of our Nichols years) gone, it was nice to see all of the changes to the campus. See you all at the next reunion! Zimo 25th REUNION

Wear in the World? If you look closely, you can spot the NC on the jacket of Kalen Obregon ‘07 as he and a friend visit Machu Picchu in Peru.

Class Scribe: Diane Bellerose Golas 90 Lebanon St. Southbridge, MA 01550-1332 508-764-6077


ating officer at Worcester Art Museum. She is a member of the New England Museum Association, the Employers Association of the Northeast, and the Society for Human Resource Management. Richard Bernier notes that he and his family completed their adoption of Jasmine Isabelle Yi Bernier in March.


Mike Nagle announced his engagement to Courtney Mead, Gettysburg College '97, on Nov. 10, 2011. A wedding date has not been set.

Class Scribe: Emily (Seiferman) Alves


Class Scribe: Donna Small 4905 Bay Harvest Ct. Clemmons, NC 27012-8245 336-712-1053 (home) 336-692-5157 (cell)

2000s Class Scribe: Danielle Troiano 20 Stagecoach Rd. Leominster, MA 01453 508-845-6604

Class Scribe: Andrea Sacco

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Wear in the World? Barbara (Powell) ’00 and Bradley Crawford sport Nichols gear at the Magic Kingdom.



Tracy (Provo) Caforio, of Leicester, MA, has been promoted to deputy director and chief oper-

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Catching up with Matthew Roach ’10

Matthew Roach ’10, has been working hard since graduating. While working in human resources at Northeastern University, he is pursuing his master’s degree in corporate and organizational communication. Simultaneously, Roach is pursuing another passion. In 2011, he started the Minutes for Memories Foundation in honor of his longtime friend, Addison Russell, who was injured in a tragic boating accident. The name of the charity, Roach explains, comes from the idea that it only takes a few minutes of one’s life to make an impact on a child who is facing a long recovery process. “Each moment proves itself to be a new chance to inspire others, to challenge them to appreciate what they do have, and a moment of reflection to see how they too can help,” he says. Roach is inspired by Russell, a talented athlete who is now adjusting to his new life in a wheelchair, limiting the amount of athletic involvement he can participate in. “He was the driving force [for creating Minutes for Memories],” Roach states. “Our foundation draws strength from Addison’s insistence on using the moment that changed his life as a catalyst to positively impact the lives of those around him.” The foundation helps those impacted by similar situations become acclimated to their new lives and not allow that one instance to define the rest of their lives. The mission states: “Memories have the potential to lift people up when they need it most. At Minutes for Memories we realize that it only takes a few minutes to create memories that will last a lifetime.” Roach stresses the importance of, while helping these kids get acclimated to their new lives, making them realize that they can still enjoy the hobbies that they once enjoyed prior to their injuries. “We are hoping to build not only a support system but an outlet for kids who need a way to see that their days do not have to necessarily be filled with just the present hardships that face them.”

Class Scribe: David Twiss 978-979-7658 (cell) 10th REUNION

Candice Williamson and Patrick McQuillan were married Oct. 7, 2011, 10 years after they met at Nichols, at The Barn at Gibbet Hill in Groton, MA. Nichols classmates in attendance were Kellianne (Foley) Percevel MBA ’06, and groomsmen, John Sullivan MBA ’03 and Derek Durand. The couple honeymooned for three weeks in

Hawaii and California. Candice is a production manager at TJX Cos. in Framingham. Patrick is an automobile insurance underwriter at Safety Insurance in Boston. They currently reside in Abington.

Class Scribe: Jillian (Hayes) Smerage

Class Scribe: Erica Mello

In Matt Roach (right), Addison Russell has a friend he can lean on.

One of Roach’s new goals within the foundation is to help with the start-up costs for a power-wheel soccer team called the MA R.E.D. Steamrollers, based out of Central Massachusetts. Additionally, Roach hosted a kickoff dinner for the foundation in January, which included a silent auction and raffle. He says the dinner was a huge success, with a sold-out crowd and pleased winners from the silent auction. Some of the proceeds will go towards providing uniforms and an official referee certification from the U.S. Power Soccer Association. Roach hopes to hold other events in the summer and fall. One of his longterm goals is to build a facility for the organization as well as have a recreation center and handicap van. To learn more, visit ~ Ed Baia ’12 & Ashley O’Keefe ’13


Brent Stephenson MBA is the new CFO and director of finance for the city of Bullard, TX.

Peter Smyth and Nicole Loscoe are engaged. She is a paralegal for The Schreiber Law Firm in Salem, NH, and is in her final semester of earning her law degree. He is the operations manager for Home Grown Lacrosse in North Andover, MA. An August wedding is planned in Mystic, CT.

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MaryLynn Skarzenski was appointed head women’s basketball coach at Daniel Webster in October, after serving as a top assistant coach at the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine, for the past two years.

The Foresters are coming (back) to town.

2010s Class Scribe: Katelyn Vella From the Class Scribe… Bruce Carter graduated from Air Force Basic Military Training at Lackland AFB in June. He is currently stationed at Malmstron Air Force Base in Great Falls, MT, working in security forces.

The “Best Damn Group That Ever Lived” is scheduled to hold its second reunion on the Nichols College campus Monica (Bassi) Andrews was married to her husband, Mark, on Nov. 18, 2011, in Branford, CT. Classmates in attendance were ToniMarie Rappacciuolo, Tyquinn Mosby, Lindsay Farr, William Mays, Shauna Dandy, Bryan Ciaramitaro, Melissa Wetherbee, Paul Mawaka, Deirdre Watkins, Robert Brennick, Kevin Pittz, Randal Sklar, and Loretta Cassidy. Shane Woodward MBA celebrated the birth of his first child, Dylan, on June 8, 2011.



June 8–10, 2012

Highlights: • Two-night accommodation at Copper Beech residence hall • Two buffet dinners, a lunch, and two buffet breakfasts • Walking tour of campus • Campus update by President Susan West Engelkemeyer • Updates on Campus Green initiatives and the Forestry Fund • Plenty of opportunities to socialize

For more information, contact Ron Schmitt ’62, ’65, at or Brianne Callahan, director of alumni relations, at

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Douglas A. Hoyt ’44, of Penacook, N.H., died Dec. 23, 2011. He was a member of the U.S. Navy, and then worked for his family’s company, Hoyt Electric, for his entire career, eventually becoming president and partial owner. Survivors include his brothers, Stanley, Weldon, and Harlan. He was predeceased by his wife of 57 years, Raymah. Robert B. McCormack ’47, of Montpelier, Vt., died Jan. 11, 2012. After service in the Army in northern Africa and Italy during World War II, he worked in New Jersey and New York City for Federal Paperboard Inc. as a customer service representative. Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Margaret; daughter, Cameron; and brother, George. He was predeceased by his brothers, Francis and Thomas. Floyd “Franklin” Grant, Jr. ’52, of Gastonia, N.C., died Dec. 1, 2011. He served with the 96th Bomber Wing at Dyess Air Force Base in Texas. Grant was the owner of Frank’s Four Sons’ Vinyl Repair and was a professional photographer for many years with Graham Studios in Bowling Green, Ky. Survivors include his sons, Gregory, Ricky, Johnny, and Michael; 10 grandchildren; and sister, Peggy. Donald J. Dyer ’54, of Nashua, N.H., died Dec. 15, 2011. A veteran of the U.S. Army, he held various positions with Truckstel Mfg., Sprague & Carlton, Merrivale Casket Co., and most recently with Sterilite Corp. of Townsend. Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Diane; children, Shawn and Carrie; two grandchildren; and brother, Charles. He was predeceased by his siblings, Virginia and Newell. William F. Fullam, III ’57, of North Brookfield, Mass., died Dec. 5, 2011. He was a member of the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War and worked for the U.S. Postal Service for over 30 years as a safety manager and a district consultant, retiring in

1989. Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Jean; and children, Martha and William. David. W. Hawley ’57, of Saybrook Township, Ohio, died Oct. 2, 2011. He was a member of the Harvest International Church and volunteered at the Dream Center in Ashtabula. Survivors include his wife, Sharon; children, David and Heather; stepchildren, Kristin, Timothy, Amy and Davin; 13 grandchildren; two greatgrandchildren; and brothers, Dudley ’49 and E. Washburn ’51. David W. Johnson ’57, of Darien, Conn., and Yarmouth, Maine, died Oct. 13, 2011. After being honorably discharged from the U.S. Army Reserves in 1962, he worked in New York City for over 30 years in advertising at companies such as Young & Rubicam, WGN, and SelTel. Survivors include his children, Tracy, David, Craig, and Lindsey; 11 grandchildren; and siblings, Alice Bunnell and Fran Shelley. He was predeceased by his wife of 31 years, Janet. John “Jack” B. Tupper, Jr. ’58, of Merrill, formerly of Geneva, Ill., died Nov. 27, 2011. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1960 to 1966, and then went on to become a sales associate for Nichols Homeshield Inc. Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Catherine; children, John, Matthew, Karen, Elizabeth, and Emily; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and sisters, Elizabeth and Mary. George P. Belba ’62, of Tampa, Fla., died Oct. 15, 2011. A U.S. Navy veteran, he worked in sales and management for National Gypsum, Georgia Pacific, and Mesa Design. Survivors include his wife, Elaine; and brother, Lewis. He was predeceased by his brothers, Christy and Michael. William L. Welch ’62, of Sturbridge, Mass., died Jan. 5, 2012. After serving as a corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps, he was a teacher and coach for 35 years at Southbridge High School and Sanderson Academy. Survivors

include his wife of 51 years, Jean; children, William, Brenda, Peter, and Deborah; two grandchildren; and two brothers, Donald and Thomas. He was predeceased by a brother, Richard. Jon C. DeGrace ’67, of Wakefield, R.I., died Sept. 12, 2011. A member of the National Guard, he belonged to many civic organizations including National MS Society, Operation Roger, and St. Francis of Assisi Church. Survivors include his wife of 24 years, Marjorie; daughters, Amy and Emily; and three grandsons. Gary G. Mattila ’67, of Laconia, N.H., formerly of Webster, Mass., died Dec. 10, 2011. A career executive with General Motors North America, he retired in 2002 but continued to consult with GM and later American Suzuki Motor Co. until 2007. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Ila; and brother, Rick. Robert E. McCarthy ’74, of Worcester, Mass., died Nov. 28, 2011. He was a production controller at Sem-Tec Inc. in Worcester for 35 years. Survivors include his mother, Rita; wife of 28 years, Rosemary; sons, Brian and Anthony; four grandchildren; and sister, Nancy. He was predeceased by his brother, William. Marc R. Martin ’79, of Woonsocket, R.I., died Aug. 27, 2011. He worked over 30 years for Ardente Supply in a managerial position and was also a licensed plumber. Survivors include his parents, Roger and Lorraine; and siblings, Denis, Roger, Michelle, and Rosemarie. He was predeceased by his wife, JoAnn. Dorothy E. (Langlois) Orsini ’96, of Dudley, Mass., died Dec. 24, 2011. She was employed for the past 22 years as a product manager for Commerce Insurance. Survivors include her parents, Leopold and Bernadette; husband of 28 years, David; children, Jillian, Rebecca, and Matthew; three grandchildren; and siblings, Lynn, Mellissa, Frank, and Paul.

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Roger R. Grimwade, former Nichols College trustee, died Sept. 30, 2011. Grimwade served on the USS Glennon during the Korean War. He was CEO and treasurer of the Charlton Woolen Co., and started the Charlton Blanket Co. Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Lois; children, John, Jane, and Julia; stepchildren, Patricia, Thomas, and Steven; 14 grandchildren; and sisters, Barbara and Anne. He was predeceased by his first wife, Barbara. Walter H. “Bill” Kane, Nichols College men’s ice hockey coach from 1961-1965, died Sept. 15, 2011. In addition to coaching at Nichols, he founded and coached hockey programs at Holy Cross, Assumption College, and Saint John’s High School. Survivors include his children, Jody, Maureen, Nancy, William, Gerard, James, and Timothy; and 13 grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife of 64 years, Pauline; and sister, Kathleen. Joan F. Vendetti, wife of former Nichols Football Coach Mike Vendetti, died Dec. 31, 2011. A second grade teacher at Charlton Elementary School for 20 years, she was inducted into the Nichols College Hall of Fame as an honorary alumna and served as president and treasurer of the Nichols College Women’s Club. In addition to her husband of 54 years, she is survived by children, Michael, Mark, and Paul; and seven grandchildren. The family has established the Michael J. and Joan F. Vendetti Fund at Nichols College. To make a donation in Joan’s memory, please contact the Alumni Relations Office at or 866-622-4766. Helen Waskiewicz, retired employee of the Nichols Registrar’s Office, died Oct. 27, 2011. Survivors include her brother, Edwin; and niece and nephew. She was predeceased by sisters, Wanda, Joanne, and Jeanette.



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President’s Society within reach for new grads


o recent graduates who may think joining the President’s Society at Nichols College is a bit out of their reach, think again! Graduates of the last decade can get a head start and enjoy the benefits of membership through President’s Society Now. The President’s Society – donors who give $1,000 or more annually – is among the College’s most prestigious giving societies. Graduates who are just starting their careers may not have the means to make that type of yearly financial commitment, so President’s Society Now enables them to join by incrementally increasing the amount of their contribution over 10 years. Graduates who have been out of college for one to five years can join President’s Society Now with an annual gift of $250; those who have been out for six to 10 years give $500 annually. After the tenth year, membership will be based on an annual gift of $1,000 or more. Chris Langlois ’00 MBA ’04, who has served on the Alumni Board of Directors, took advantage of the opportunity and last year, became a full-fledged member of the President’s Society with his first $1,000 gift. "Nichols has grown leaps and bounds since I graduated in 2000. The College has gone through remarkable transformations with the addition of several new residence halls, athletic fields and recreation center, renovations to the dining hall, and now a state-of-theart student center,” he says. “I recognize that since I have graduated, Nichols continues to invest in the longevity of the ‘Nichols experience.’” For Amy Oman ’04, giving annually to Nichols through the James C. Gahan IV Endowed Scholarship is a personal goal she set since becoming its first recipient. The scholarship honors the memory of a former classmate who died in The Station nightclub fire in 2003. “I was one of Jimmy’s many



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friends, and was touched beyond words to receive the scholarship,” she says. Oman adds that she is grateful for her Nichols education and experiences. “I want to ensure Nichols continues to invest in itself so that my fellow Bison get the best education Nichols can offer.” In addition to the satisfaction that comes from making a difference, President Society Now members are prominently listed in the Nichols College Annual Report, and receive special communications from President Susan Engelkemeyer as well as an invitation to the annual President’s Society Dinner in October, the College’s premiere donor event. Benefits aside, Langlois has his own reasons for giving at the President’s Society level. “The continued progression of excellence at Nichols directly impacts the rising value of my degrees,” he says. “I am committed to the leadership and growth of the College and truly believe that giving back will help us all."

To find out more about the President’s Society Now, contact Kerry Barnes, director of the Nichols Fund, at 866-622-4766 or


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Spring ahead to these upcoming New England receptions

Hartford President’s Reception Thursday, April 12, 6–8 p.m. at the Hartford Club Hosts: Tom Hall ’69, Dave Bedard ’86, Pat Pio ’10

Boston President’s Reception Thursday, April 26, 6–8 p.m. at the Downtown Harvard Club Hosts: Tom Niles ’63, Steve Davis ’80, Ed Dixon ’80, Luke Wilson ’08

Greenwich President’s Reception Wednesday, May 9, 6–8 p.m. at the Greenwich Country Club Hosts: Brad Hvolbeck ’63, Henry Howard ’69

South Pacific Saturday, May 12, 7 p.m. Reception; 8 p.m. Show Hanover Theatre in Worcester

Worcester Business Breakfast Tuesday, June 5, 7:30–9 a.m. at the Beechwood Hotel Hosts: Jim Coghlin '67, Bob Vaudreuil '77, Jim Paulhus '81, Marie Shepherd '88, Chris McCarthy '92 MBA '97, Joe Salois '98

Forestry Reunion Friday, June 8–Sunday, June 10 at Nichols College

For more information, visit us online at or call 866-622-4766.

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