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My New Home on the Hill

I have spent much of my first 100 days in office listening to and learning from students, alumni, faculty, staff and parents about what makes Nichols so special. A clear pattern began to emerge almost immediately: Nichols is a welcoming institution within a mentoring community which is highly focused on student success. The alumni I have met in my travels attest to this and share stories about the ways Nichols has contributed to their success, whether it was in the classroom under the guidance of business-savvy faculty or on the athletic field where they learned the importance of strong leadership and teamwork. Every success story is a testament to the quality of a Nichols education and a point of pride for us. What’s next for Nichols? As we move toward our bicentennial in 2015, I am looking forward to working with all members of the Nichols community to polish this “hidden gem” and focus on what does and will distinguish us as we enter our third century. The charge I have given myself is to honor the past, cherish the tradition of a practical, career-focused education, build on the momentum of the present, and set a course that will enable us to make the next evolution. To that end, I invite all of you to keep the two-way channel of communication flowing. Several of you have made the connection through my blog posted on the Nichols website. I also hold office hours to share perspectives and broaden input in the deepening conversation about the Nichols of yesterday, today and tomorrow. There is no better place for me to be and no better time than now. I am excited about my new home on the Hill and grateful for the opportunity to help Nichols and our students realize their full potential.

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Cover: At the construction site of the new student center, Gerald Fels ’66 is flanked by recipients of his continued generosity: Nichols College scholars and members of the Webster-Dudley Boys & Girls Club. Pictured, from left, are Justin Brezenski ’15, Rebecca Cobb ’13, Fels, Mahlik Delille and Julianne Proulx ’12; in front are Taylor Bjork and Benjamin Goulet.


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and off the playing fields A view from the hill Catching up with: Chris Billis ’89 MBA ’94 Class notes Catching up with: Richard Anderson ’86 Catching up with: Jason Nyborn ’04 MBA ’08 Nichols remembers A new home for the Conrad Society

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Coghlin uses awareness to help even the score on cancer

NC joins SATs Optional movement Once thought of as the great educational equalizer, increasing the admissions prospects of academically gifted and accomplished students to the more elite schools, the SAT has come under fire in recent years for inhibiting access. Nichols College has joined a growing number of colleges which, in response to criticism about the fairness of SAT scores, have made them optional in the admissions process. For the first time, high school students applying for fall 2012 enrollment at Nichols do not have to submit SAT test scores if they have a grade point average of 3.0 or better. “SATs have always been part of a complex mix in determining admissions, but we have found we are relying less and less on them as a predictor of a student’s success in college,” says Director of Admissions Paul Brower. “The SAT-Optional track is designed to reward students who have demonstrated solid academic achievement in the classroom during their high school years.” SAT, which once stood for Scholastic Aptitude Test then the Scholastic Assessment Test and is now just referred to as an acronym, consists of three major sections: Critical Reading, Mathematics and Writing. Each section receives a score on the scale of 200–800 with the total score calculated by adding up scores of the three sections. Typically, SATs are taken by high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. While the College Board, which publishes the SAT, claims that the test measures writing and literacy skills which are essential for academic success in college, critics say the test is unfair to minorities and harms American educational priorities and practices. According to the National Center for Fair & Open Testing, some 850 four-year U.S. colleges support that belief and have adopted SAT-Optional policies. In Massachusetts, Nichols is joined by 22 other colleges, including Worcester Polytechnic Institute, the College of the Holy Cross, Assumption, Hampshire College, Wheaton College and Smith College. Since the SAT-Optional movement has gained steam, case studies have shown virtually no difference in the GPAs and graduation rates between students who submitted SAT scores for admission and those who did not as well as a rise in the recruitment of minority students. The movement allows for other benefits as well. Vice President for Enrollment and Marketing Thomas Cafaro notes, “With SATs optional, our staff is able to get admissions decisions to students in a more timely and efficient manner, enhancing the enrollment process for prospective students and their families.”



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After hearing about three cancer survivors on the Bison football squad, Nichols College Trustee Jim Coghlin '67, chairman/coach of the Coghlin Companies Inc., discussed the benefits of cancer screening and awareness with the team during a practice in September. Coghlin founded 15-40 Connection in 2005 based on the knowledge that improvements in cancer survival rates for teens and young adults have remained near 0% since 1975. The mission of 15-40 Connection is to provide this age group with the life-saving advantage of early detection. (More information is available at The team made Coghlin its honorary captain at the Worcester State game on September 15.

Smith’s work ends in Showdown Showdown: JFK and the Integration of the Washington Redskins by History Professor and Chair Dr. Thomas G. Smith (previewed in the Fall/Winter 2010 issue of Nichols College Magazine) touched down in bookstores just before the start of the 2011 football season. Described by the Boston Globe as “well researched and full of colorful detail,” the book chronicles the 1961 battle over team integration between George Preston Marshall, owner of the Redskins – the only team in the NFL without a black player – and Stewart Udall, the secretary of the interior under President Kennedy. To promote the book, Smith, the current Robert E. Stansky Distinguished Professor, was a guest on NPR’s All Things Considered and Sirius XM's The Joe Madison Show. An excerpt of the book was also published in Washington Magazine and reviewed in the New York Review of Books.

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CURRICULUM B y D o rot hy M i ll ho f e r

Name of Course: Fundamentals of Music Professor: Dr. Dorrie Nang, Assistant Professor of Humanities and World Cultures, and Humanities Program Chair Description: Invitation to find meaning, pleasure, relevance and inspiration in reading and playing music, as well as in listening to pieces that are common to our human experience

Front row, center, Renee A. Coro, board certified music therapist, and Professor Nang with students from Fundamentals of Music

Required Readings: Alfred’s Basic Adult Piano Course and Alfred’s Essentials of Music Theory. Each student receives an electronic keyboard to practice reading and playing music during the course.

interest in my students’ lives, to let them know I am on their side. But I make them work as hard as me. I tell them, ‘There is no elevator to success – you have to take the stairs!’”

Special Project: A music research topic is submitted at the beginning of the semester for approval. Topics have included music therapy in hospice; Cellist Yo-Yo Ma; music and the development of the infant/child brain; the life of Ray Charles; the music of Bach; Celtic music; the music of Spain; and Andres Segovia, classical guitarist.

Student Quote: “I’m really excited to be learning how to read music and actually play the piano,” says Matthew M. Mahoney. ”I love this music class.”

On the Day Nichols College Magazine Visited Class: A presentation by a board certified music therapist, Renee A. Coro, who has a local private practice for patients in public and private schools, community outreach programs, nursing homes and adult special needs programs. “Basically, music is a tool to realize change in the individual,” said Coro, a graduate of the music therapy program at Molloy College in Long Island, New York. She uses live music, including singing, playing instruments, and song writing, and sometimes listening activities to enhance the relaxation of her patients. She demonstrated using several songs written by her therapy students and passed around some instruments used. Requirements: Demonstration of proficiency on keyboard and an ability to read music; final research paper; class participation. Professor Quote (on teaching): “I challenge myself to stay current in the field, to be creative and to appeal to different learning styles,” says Nang. “I also take a genuine

Professor Bio: Nang joined the faculty in 2004 as an adjunct instructor in French and Spanish and was named chair of the Humanities Program in 2010. Previously, she taught language courses at Woodstock Academy in Connecticut and served as musical director and piano teacher at Woodstock Piano and Music. Nang received a Ph.D. in French literature, an M.A. in French literature and history from The Pennsylvania State University, and a B.A. in French and education at Dickinson College, where she was a Dana Scholar and a Nisbet Scholar. An accomplished musician, she gives about 20 performances a year on piano or harp.

Are grateful students better students? An expert in music theory, Dr. Dorrie Nang, has decided to try out another kind of theory. Inspired by a November 2010 Wall Street Journal article reporting on studies that have shown that grateful students are happier – psychologically, emotionally and physically – and earn better grades, Nang, with the help of Dr. Art McGovern, assistant professor of psychology, administered a brief, multi-question survey to students in all of her classes to assess individual differences in generalized optimism versus pessimism. At the start of each class, students write for five minutes in a gratitude journal. At the end of the semester, they will be surveyed again to see if there is any significant change. Stay tuned!

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

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GERALD FELS: Master Builder

Above, Gerald Fels receives a standing ovation at Commencement 2011 for his service as interim president. Left, Gerald and Marilyn Fels, flanked by Nichols Trustee Chair John H. McClutchy Jr. and Nichols President Susan West Engelkemeyer, display the President’s Medal for Distinguished Business Leadership.

B y D o ro thy M il lho f e r

Gerald Fels ’66, DBA (Hon.) ‘07 is dedicated to building a better world. While “master” is synonymous with the outstanding reputation he has earned among his peers as a highly respected and accomplished business leader, he is also a builder of communities, dedicated to improving the lives of the residents of Webster and Dudley and acting as a change agent at Nichols College. With a generosity of spirit, he has made the success of others his business, increasing access to a variety of educational and after school programs designed to help the disadvantaged who may lack the means but not the motivation to succeed. On October 21, 2011, Fels was awarded the President’s Medal for Distinguished Business Leadership for his contributions which have culminated in a lifetime of achievement.



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Surrounded by his smallest fans

A focused and talented student

Dedicated to his craft: a member of the Accounting Club in 1966 and Zeta Alpha Phi Honor Society (right) in 1965 and 1966


With Marilyn and Commerce founder Arthur Remillard

Gerald Fels’ journey on the road to success began when his family emigrated from Delft, Netherlands, to Webster, Mass., where his father found work as a machinist. Using education to change the trajectory of his life, the ambitious 17-year-old Fels immersed himself in studies and graduated from Bartlett High School in 1962.  He received a full scholarship – a gesture that planted the first seeds of his own philanthropy – and attended Nichols College, commuting to the Hill to study business by day and working part time with a local accountant at night to help pay for books and supplies.   Grounded in a traditional Nichols education, Fels demonstrated a remarkable knack for accounting and earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1966. In the same year, Fels became a naturalized citizen of the United States and passed the Internal Revenue Service’s Enrolled Agent Exam. After completing active duty with the U.S. Army and the 82nd Airborne Division, Fels worked as an accountant and assistant controller and consequently, became licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in 1972 and earned an MBA from Babson College in 1973. Finally, in 1975, Fels returned to his hometown of Webster

to become chief financial officer of the young Commerce Insurance, with some $3 million in premiums and $2 million in capital. Since then, his business acumen and sensible advice have steeled many organizations through turbulent times, especially those entities highlighted herein: Commerce Insurance, the towns of Webster and Dudley, and Nichols College. Business Leader: Commerce Insurance

Initially, Commerce, founded in 1972 by Arthur Remillard Jr. and a group of local businessmen, specialized in automobile and home owners insurance. It was under Fels’ watchful eye that Commerce grew to become the largest writer of property casualty insurance in Massachusetts.  What started in 1972 in a rented storefront with six employees grew to a total of 1,300 employees when Commerce opened its 130,000-square-foot office complex on Gore Road in 1989. Industry experts recognized the company as a paragon of entrepreneurial excellence:  By 1994, its stock was trading on the New York Stock Exchange; by 2006, Fels became president, CEO and  chairman of the board; by 2007, its revenues approached  $2 billion.  Fels worked to reduce Commerce’s costs across the busi-

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Congratulating a fellow Bison in 2011 Awarded the Honorary Doctor of Business Administration in 2007

Meeting Fels scholars Rebecca Cobb, Julianne Proulx, and Justin Brezenski

ness and manage risk while enhancing services that maximized customer satisfaction. In addition, he was instrumental in growing the business with nationwide acquisitions (e.g., Western Pioneer Insurance Co. and State-Wide Insurance Co.). In June 2008, Fels orchestrated the profitable $2.2 billion acquisition of The Commerce Group, Inc. by MAPFRE S.A., the leading insurer in Spain in non-life insurance with worldwide presence in over 40 countries. Not only does Commerce provide MAPFRE with a base of operations in the United States, it has strong brand recognition, excellent agency relations and market leadership in Massachusetts. During the transition, Fels continued as CEO of MAPFRE USA and consolidated all the U.S. direct insurance operations. On July 1, 2010, after mentoring his successor, Fels retired as CEO, but still continues to serve as vice chairman of the board of MAPFRE USA, and as a member of its audit committee, and chairman of the board of the Commerce Insurance Company. The region would certainly be a different place to live if Commerce had not opened its doors in 1972. Not only is Commerce the largest taxpayer, but it is also the largest employer (with 1,800+). And according to a spokesperson for the United Way of Webster and Dudley, whose funds provide



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services to 7,000 residents, 50 percent of its annual budget is attributable to Commerce and its employees. Hometown Heroes: Webster & Dudley

Marilyn and Gerald Fels have never forgotten their workingclass neighborhoods and are renowned for their philanthropy to the towns of Webster and Dudley. “If you’re successful, you have an obligation to put your services to work in the community where it can do good,” says Fels, with characteristic humility. The depth and breadth of their community-based humanitarianism includes generous contributions to the public libraries, schools and local animal shelters. And when fiscal constraints cut Webster’s Fourth of July fireworks at Memorial Beach in 2008, a favorite activity for families on Webster Lake, the Fels family stepped up to underwrite the $25,000 fireworks as a way of showing their hometown appreciation. But one initiative to support the region’s youngest and most vulnerable residents is of particular note. The WebsterDudley Boys & Girls Club was functioning in a decrepit, 100-year-old building with buckling gymnasium walls and faulty, dangerous electrical wiring. The Fels gave $6 million to build a new 22,000-square-foot clubhouse, complete with a full-size gymnasium, cafeteria, cutting edge computer lab,

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As a trustee emeritus, Fels received an honorary Doctor new furniture and tables, separate teen room and many other amenities. Approximately 150 students take advantage of its of Science in Business Administration degree in 2007 and after-school program. served Nichols as the interim president until a permanent Toni Poti, executive director of the club, says: “There successor to Dr. Debra Townsley was appointed president on wouldn’t be a Boys & Girls Club if it weren’t for Jerry…. August 1, 2011. As interim president, Fels was the perfect The Fels didn’t just give money. They gave time planning the bridge between past tradition and the need for advancement new building. And Jerry, as our club treasurer, helps us with and was instrumental in building the foundation for a new managing the day-to-day operations of the clubhouse.”  student center, a 26,600-square-foot centerpiece of the In January 2011, the Fels family donated $6 million to build Nichols Campus Master Plan. a new police station in downtown Webster across from the Chairman of the Nichols College Board of Trustees  Town Hall. Police Department Study Committee Chair Brian John H. McClutchy, Jr. '72, president, JHM Financial Group, Perry said: “We could not be more thankful to the Fels family LLC, states: “As interim president, Jerry lent his extraordifor their generosity to the town and its residents. It’s an unbenary professional talents, his financial and managerial expertlievable gift.”  ise, his pragmatic business sense,  And as recently as August 2011, the and his keen oversight – as well as Fels made another donation, a gift of his dedication to Nichols – to main“I remain steadfastly $100,000 to the Webster Animal Shelter. tain the strategic course set. On behalf of the Board, I am immensely  Architect of Change: Nichols College a Bison – forever – grateful for his legacy of tireless For four decades, Fels has nourished his and look forward to effort, support and advocacy for  bond with Nichols College, in 1994 as a the College.” trustee and then, from 1998 to 2004 as celebrating with you Interim President Fels is a shining the chairman of the board providing example of the student Nichols guidance and leadership to the College Nichols College’s College helps shape and transform. during its dramatic, financial turnaround. Most importantly, in his letter to Retired Vice President Susan K. bicentennial in 2015.” incoming students, he demonstrated Tellier recalls how Chairman Fels helped ~ Gerald Fels his kinship, noting that his door was raise bonds in 1999 for new construcalways open and stating: “Education tion: "The bonds dealer told us that he is not a spectator sport.” At the end had never before had a college trustee so of his term, Fels told students: “I remain steadfastly a Bison actively involved in the process of securing bonds. Jerry Fels – forever – and look forward to celebrating with you Nichols took our administration under his wing and helped us get College’s bicentennial in 2015.” back on track. He became a catalyst for positive change.” Fels’ generous support is evident from the construction  Building Strong Communities of Remillard Hall, so named after his Commerce mentor, Jerry and Marilyn Fels have dedicated themselves to their Arthur Remillard, to funding the Pipeline to College Program causes, inspiring others to do more and become more, bringwith Bartlett High School. And with a desire to open doors for ing new meaning to social responsibility, volunteerism, and many first-generation students and commuters who have sharing one’s wealth for the betterment of humanity. But financial need, he created two scholarships: The Joan Fels most importantly, they have shared the wealth of themselves. Endowed Scholarship and the Marilyn and Gerald Fels ScholTheir time and energy, passion, commitment, and caring are arships provide $5,000 a year to help residents of Webster and the bricks and mortar that connect us and reinforce that it’s Dudley attend Nichols College. To date, over 100 students everyone’s responsibility to make the world a better place  to live. have been awarded 4-year scholarships for a total Fels family gift of more than $1.6 million. They have created a trust to ensure these programs continue in perpetuity.

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Home field makeover

Nichols reveals new athletics logo

Major renovations are afoot for Nichols athletics facilities, giving the Bison even more of a home field advantage. Here is a summary of the changes. Softball Field

On August 10, a new Bison took the field: A redesigned athletics logo was officially unveiled to student-athletes as they arrived for preseason training. “This is a very exciting time for Nichols College and a perfect time to introduce a new logo which our students have been interested in,” says Director of Athletics Charlyn Robert. “Our new Bison logo inspires in our student-athletes, coaches and staff a charge to strive for continued success on and off the fields, courts and ice, in the classroom and in the community.” The unique design, which will be integrated into the department within the upcoming year, depicts a focused Bison charging ahead, always striving for a goal of excellence. Its broad back portrays its ability to successfully balance a full complement of academic and athletic pursuits. The modernized block initials redefine the department's identity as the Bison continue to build upon a rich history and tradition. The move to a new Bison logo was initiated by Gerald (JoJo) Bojanowski '11 and the Nichols Student Athlete Advisory Committee in 2009, and was developed this spring by Jim Ward Design based in St. Louis, Mo. Student-athletes started the 2011–12 year with a new Bison logo t-shirt at check-in, while the general student population received a rally towel depicting the Bison when they arrived on campus. Fans can download wallpaper featuring the new logo for their iPhone, iPad and computer desktop from

Coming up. . .

If you are interested in supporting any of the efforts noted at right or in naming opportunities, please contact the Athletics Department at 508-213-2281 or College Advancement at 866-622-4766.


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Baseball Field Up above Vendetti Field, the baseball field’s infield was completely gutted and home plate was moved out toward center field. The hill accessing the baseball field has been landscaped for a more uniform incline, providing easier access to a more protected spectator area. A new backstop, fencing, dugouts and permanent yellow foul poles will be installed, as well as water and electrical access points at the field. The field will have a unique look with grass base paths between home plate and first base, and third base and home plate. Future plans include a semi-permanent outfield fence and a permanent scoreboard. Student-Athlete Lounge

The men’s basketball team will compete at the Daytona Beach Shootout, December 20-21, facing Taylor University and Stevenson University. Other teams competing in the tournament include Bridgewater State, Westfield State, University of Scranton and North Central College. The men’s ice hockey team will travel to Saratoga Springs, N.Y., for the Skidmore Invitational, taking on the host Thoroughbreds on November 26 before facing either Hamilton or SUNY Brockport the following day. The Bison will also take part in the Worcester Cup, starting January 6, taking on Worcester State in the opening round and either Assumption or Becker on the following day. For full details on these and other upcoming athletic events, visit the Nichols website at


The right field line of the softball field was increased to meet NCAA standards and now is flanked by a stone retaining wall, which via a Facebook contest has been dubbed “Fanway.” With green padding on game days, Bison fans will certainly see a resemblance to another famous green wall, as they sit atop the stone wall in two new spectator seating areas. A warning track, electricity to freshly painted dugouts, and a press box with a video filming tower have been added, and the batting cage has been reoriented to facilitate two separate bullpens, while permanent foul poles will be added shortly. Future additions include rigid, semi-permanent outfield fencing, uniformed fencing along the left-field line, and a permanent scoreboard.


Inside Chalmers Field House near the Pak’s Den free weight room, a new Student-Athlete Lounge includes four distinct areas and three separate rooms: a lounge area and a study area for student-athletes, a conference room, and a recruiting lounge. The study area features four networked desktop computers with flat screen monitors for student-athletes to work on homework before or after practice. It is adjacent to the lounge area that has three sets of modular couches and a 55” flat screen LCD television. The walls feature poster-size images of Bison student-athletes representing each varsity sport. The recruiting lounge serves as a comfortable place to bring visiting families interested in becoming part of the Nichols College community, and proudly depicts photos of our recent conference championship teams. The conference room offers ample space for small gatherings, and includes a whiteboard for team meetings.

Annual Report


Men’s soccer travels to Europe for preseason training tour By Mark Therrien, Sports Information Graduate Assistant

It has become a cliché for athletes to say they’re going to Disney World after winning a championship. Head Men’s Soccer Coach Chris Traina, along with 13 returning student-athletes from the 2010 Commonwealth Coast Conference Men’s Soccer Championship team, instead went on a 10-day preseason European training tour that concluded August 18. The itinerary included Ireland, England, Italy and a pair of stops in Paris. During the 10-day journey, the travel party made its way to historic and cultural sites as well as premiership stadiums. While in Ireland, the group spent time in Dublin and Kilkenny City. Highlights of the leg included a tour of the 600-year old Kilkenny Castle and the Guinness storehouse. Over in England, the team went to the Eastgate Clock in Chester. The clock is billed as the second most photographed clock in the world. As the party traveled through Wales where, on the “M” or highway, they saw sheep as far as their eyes could see. An unplayable field in Liverpool allowed the bunch to collect jerseys and soccer gear from different teams at the shopping center. Before heading to Milan, there was time to explore the foothills of the Alps. The educational portion of the trip concluded with a visit to the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, which is home to Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper.” “We also saw the Holy Nail in Italy,” comments senior Brendan Hamilton. “It was 200 feet above us, it was amazing.” On the pitch, the NCAA Tournament participants trained with several international instructors and were exposed to varying styles of play. The Bison played a pair of international friendly exhibitions and went to the Premier League season opener between Wigan Athletic FC and Norwich City. “It was an awesome atmosphere, something I’ll never forget,” notes Hamilton on attending the Premier League match. In the contest against a semi-professional team in Kilkenny, Scott Coderre recorded his first goal of the season. Danny Smith and Pat Gaumond found the back of the net in a physical match versus a Swiss club. “With only 13 players on the trip, both [opposing] coaches complimented us on the first half play,” states Hamilton. “We even played a man down in the second half of the final match,” adds Coderre. “All of us playing together against great teams will help us this season,” says a grinning Coderre. “The team chemistry was great,” adds Hamilton. Danny Smith checked in with a pair of blog entries during the trip that can be found at

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“It’s raining Bison pride,” observed Andrew Gresenz, president of the Class of 2012, as he ducked under the registration tent during one of the day’s sporadic downpours. Dismal weather aside, there was still much to celebrate during Homecoming 2011. From recognizing inspirational achievers to reuniting long lost friends to dining on pancakes with the new president to dishing with special guest former Public Safety Director Herb Durfee, the event showcased the true spirit of coming home to Nichols.



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Annual Report

CreAting OPPOrtunities Marty Power ’78: A man of integrity




Dear Alumni, Friends, Parents, Faculty and staff of nichols College, As the chair for this year’s nichols Fund and President’s society drives, i thank all of you for continuing to support the outstanding work happening at nichols College. Here are a few 2010-2011 highlights. • More than $7.6 million was raised in restricted and unrestricted gifts. • roughly $4 million of that total was raised for the new student center.

Jack MacPhail ’65 Senior Executive Advisor Jack MacPhail LLC 2010-2011 President’s Society Chair

• thirty new alumni joined the ranks of donors to nichols. • i’m proud to say that my class, the Class of 1965, met the reunion Challenge, raising more than $25,000 in recognition of our 45th reunion in september 2010. • Online donations continue to increase as more donors embrace this convenient and environmentally friendly way of contributing. the statistics are significant and, given the economic times, reassuring. Parallel to the money end of the equation, governance and physical improvements proceeded apace. in the first category, the interim stewardship of the College by our own Jerry Fels ’66 was executed flawlessly, making a smoother transition for the new nichols president, Dr. susan West engelkemeyer. in the latter, the new student center construction is well underway with opening anticipated in the fall of 2012. All and all, a nice story and what’s more, we have a large and robust freshman class this fall. i’ll close by thanking you once again – you are a special group of people molded by a special place on a hill. take pride in it! sincerely yours,

Jack MacPhail ’65

this report reflects gifts to nichols College from July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2011.

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President’s Society scholars’ society Gifts of $25,000 or more Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen Fdn. Keith t. Anderson Ayco Charitable gift Fund randall and Donna Becker Community Fdn. of Western Massachusetts irene e. and george A. Davis Fdn. John and robyn Davis stephen A. Davis gerald and Marilyn Fels thomas and Denise Hall richard and sarah Hardy Hyde/Dexter-russell Charitable Fdn. Christina Kaupe robert and nancy Kuppenheimer Peter L. Lynch John and Janet McClutchy thomas and Ann niles raymond C. Pecor Jr. Charles A. Petrillo Martin and shelly Power

trustees’ society Gifts of $10,000 to $24,999 James and nancy Coghlin Fidelity Charitable gift Fund george F. and sybil H. Fuller Fdn. Marianne e. gruskin Kurt and Carolyn Harrington Barry D. Hogan Jeff and Kristin Johnson Leo V. Marshall Alan r. Peterson earl s. Prolman Dante H. sorrenti robert e. stansky robert and sheila Vaudreuil Wells Fargo

President’s green Circle Gifts of $5,000 to $9,999 Mrs. Herman Becker David and ellen Bedard Oliver and Jane Birckhead Frank r. Burns Jr. Howard K.O. Chong Jr. Mary C. DeFeudis James L. Dunbar raymond P. Faucher samuel r. Haines JL Marshall & sons inc. Jimmy gahan Charitable Fdn. new York Life sodexo inc. Webster Five Fdn.

President’s gold Circle Gifts of $2,500 to $4,999 Constantine Alexander Charles P. Burnett iii edwin B. Donahue William D. Fowler David and Martine Hale Michael A. Jones Joshua green Fdn. inc. Alvah O. rock richard W. scheffler state Farm Co. Charles Zabriskie Jr.

President’s silver Circle Gifts of $1,000 to $2,499 Bruce r. Barton Marc and Andrea Becker

Alice C. Belden robert Q. Benowitz Jonathan D. Blake richard A. Blankley Kevin F. Brassard robert and Janet Bullard george s. Butler thomas r. Cafaro eugene P. Cenci ross H. Chambers Chevrontexaco William s. Cleary gordon e. Clement Phillip e. Collins Henri M. David Jr. John and Maria Dirlam edward A. Dixon richard L. english * raymond F. essig Jeronimo esteve-Abril terence M. Farrell Fidelity investments FM global Follett thomas e. Franzese David and Charlene French Leo L. gaudette Michael A. gilroy James F. goulet Hanover insurance Co. John M. Harrison Bruce i. Haslun raymond W. Hencir Patricia A. Hertzfeld richard L. Hilliard Calvin A. Hills Bradley s. Hvolbeck Jonathan H. ives Johnson & Johnson P. David Junkin ii William F. Keats Lafayette Keeney Judith Keyser robert H. Kullas Jack C. Lambui Christopher g. Langlois Lockheed Martin Corp. thomas and terri Lodge David and susan Lombard Francis J. Lovell Michael A. Lukasek John D. MacPhail robert P. MacPherson Jr. edward P. Mazzetta Christopher and Kim McCarthy Dr. Brian and Monique McCoy robert and sylvia Miller stephen W. Miller robbie and Holly Munce John A. Murphy Jr. edmund J. Murrah William F. O’Connell Jr. Keith and Dena O’Hara suryakant M. Patel MD ernest Pekmezaris Bill and Lana Pieczynski Leslie H. read Alan J. reinhardt J. Arthur rizy Charlyn A. robert Lloyd M. roth r. Joseph salois robert t. sanford Frank C. schroll Jr. schwab richard F. shields thomas g. sleasman Lorna D. stearns

* Deceased z Donor to nichols College for 20 or more consecutive years  Donor to nichols College for 5 or more consecutive years

Douglas s. stirling Mark A. sweeney Kent and Kate tarrant Joseph P. tokarz edward trenkmann Jr. robert V. trudel James D. Wagner Alexander s. Walker Paul J. Washburn Jr. robert n. Weibel John F. White george e. Withington tammy A. Cardillo Wolf

President’s society now Classes 2002-2006: gifts of $500 Classes of 2007-2011: gifts of $250 robert A. Dimuccio Justin r. Dolan Leonard K. Harmon Christopher r. Marquis

Alumni Donors CLass Of 1937 President’s Silver Circle Alexander s. Walker z

CLass Of 1939 Supporters thomas r. gross z Bernice sheldon (Hon.) z

CLass Of 1940 Hilltoppers’ Club edward W. Carlson george F. McKisson sr. robert D. taft z

Supporters richard A. McLellan * z epworth s. Moulton

CLass Of 1941 Academy Associates John H. Vanderveer Jr. * z

Hilltoppers’ Club Allen F. Diefenderfer Jr. z stephen V. Lewis 

CLass Of 1942 President’s Green Circle Oliver W. Birckhead Jr. z

Hilltoppers’ Club John D. Kurtz

Supporters robert g. Adams Francis e. Poblocki *

CLass Of 1943 Hilltoppers’ Club Charles s. Jones

Supporters Morton i. Levine

CLass Of 1947 Academy Associates Charles W. ebert Jr.

Hilltoppers’ Club Kendall M. Dolbeare robert W. smith *

Supporters Donald P. Barry Wilbur F. Charter *  Bernard J. gevry 




CLass Of 1948

Academy Associates

Amasa Nichols Society

James e. Coley iii

Albert L. Wyer

Hilltoppers’ Club

thomas W. Bartsch Jr. robert W. Butler J. Bruce Forbush William A. Haskell z Peter M. Polstein

Hilltoppers’ Club Lewis B. erwin Jr. robert A. green z george M. Hatzidakis townsend t. Mink z Charles A. Pappas  edward C. Wheaton Donald A. Baker  nicholas s. Constantine z robert A. Mattia  Charles Poladian Philip r. smith z James M. strong Jr.  Lawrence s. student z

CLass Of 1949 President’s Gold Circle 

President’s Silver Circle gordon e. Clement  Lafayette Keeney z

Hilltoppers’ Club

Kenneth B. george Jr. edwin W. Hawley Holmes V. tracy Jr. 


CLass Of 1952

Supporters 

Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen Fdn.

$2,500,000 irene e. and george A. Davis Fdn.

Hilltoppers’ Club

Herbert O. Bascome Daniel e. Berman z richard s. Farr Charles r. Fowler Charles C. Haggerty everett F. Jewell James naum Frederick L. Pratt 

Anonymous robert B. Kuppenheimer

$1,000,000 Keith t. Anderson Frederick P. Currier * John H. Davis stephen A. Davis george F. and sybil H. Fuller Fdn. David F. and susan D. Lombard

$750,000 george i. Alden trust Fred Harris Daniels Fdn.

$500,000 Oliver W. and Jane Birckhead raymond shamie * stoddard Charitable trust

CLass Of 1953 President’s Silver Circle


Jack C. Lambui

President’s Silver Circle

Charles W. Dragon z David J. Landau

Amasa Nichols Society DeForest W. Abel Jr.

Hilltoppers’ Club Allan P. Dunn z Charles L. Foote David P. graham  Albert W. Hanlon Jr.  Alden L. ingraham William t. Lawson z Frederick J. Levitan  William C. Loughran  David P. Michaels  Archie e. Mitchell Jr. z Walter t. Peters z robert risk Jr. John A. Veazey *

Supporters robert H. Bacon  robert L. Collingwood  Milton L. Hallowell z John B. Jenkins  richard C. Kosse richard n. Wedmore robert M. Zangler iii 

CLass Of 1951 President’s Green Circle 

President’s Silver Circle stephen W. Miller z

Amasa Nichols Society John H. Flagg Jr.


gilbert r. Anderson  Jerre C. Budd robert B. Magnus Jr. z robert A. Marotta gilbert W. Parks  Donald s. Putnam thomas W. stone

Academy Associates

James L. Dunbar


robert A. Bullard z Frank C. schroll Jr.  robert V. trudel 

CLass Of 1950 Jeronimo esteve-Abril edward trenkmann Jr.

gerald and Marilyn Fels

President’s Silver Circle


Arnold D. Cramer  Alan n. Mendleson Jr. richard J. scullin Jr. James B. slimmon Jr. John strobel Charles D. Watrous  Dudley A. Hawley Jr. Charles F. Knox ronald C. Laroche robert C. Luse  robert A. Martel

nichols College gratefully acknowledges the generous support and leadership of these individuals, corporations and foundations that have reached the following milestones in their individual cumulative giving to nichols. We appreciate their significant financial commitment to nichols and our mission of developing tomorrow's business leaders.



William D. Fowler


randall V. and Donna Becker Martin J. Power Arthur J. remillard


Hilltoppers’ Club James J. Boylan Francis L. Lemay z John P. Melvin  Lyman W. Phillips Jr. Howard A. raphaelson Arthur A. ristau Jr. edson C. taylor 

Supporters george H. Hull William W. Koerner z William H. spring

CLass Of 1954

James W. Coghlin sr. richard B. Hardy Hyde/Dexter-russell Charitable Fdn. thomas H. niles 

$250,000 Davis educational Fdn. roger Lavoie *

$200,000 Howard K. O. Chong Jr. James L. Dunbar raymond C. Pecor Jr. norman B. Wenk Jr. *


Trustees’ Society

Federico g. Vargas

Mary C. DeFeudis Charles A. Petrillo Christina Kaupe John H. McClutchy Jr. thomas B. Mcilvain Jr. Francis W. robinson Jr. * robert J. Vaudreuil

Academy Associates


James r. gillespie

Ayco Charitable gift Fund Mrs. Herman Becker Commerce insurance Co. Albert J. Digregorio * John B. Dirlam robert C. Fischer * robert r. gurnett * Peter L. Lynch Lovett C. Peters * irvin A. shiner * united Lens Co. inc. Webster Five Fdn.

Matthew P. gruskin * earl s. Prolman 

President’s Silver Circle robert Q. Benowitz

Amasa Nichols Society

Hilltoppers’ Club Louis J. Alberico James e. Burnet iii z richard P. Clinton Donald J. Dyer  John J. McCabe Jr. 

Supporters gilbert W. Bourdon robert A. Brilhart 

* Deceased z Donor to nichols College for 20 or more consecutive years  Donor to nichols College for 5 or more consecutive years

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Bruce s. Buttinghausen Franklyn H. Kilby  John C. nagle Jr. Donald e. schafer  richard B. shanklin Donald r. siegel Davies tainter Jr. z


stephen H. smith William s. Weikert

William Bolean William K. Dunbar iii C. edward Hjelte Jr. Harold P. Jurgens robert P. Landry edmond s. Millere Albert W. redway ii David r. umba  Henry e. Woods 

CLass Of 1955 President’s Gold Circle Charles P. Burnett iii z

President’s Silver Circle

Supporters Peter K. Carpenter William t. Corbett  William M. Dannehy Bruce D. Merrill John s. Priest Jr. Colson O. simmons 

CLass Of 1962

CLass Of 1959

Trustees’ Society

Leslie H. read

Scholars’ Society

Academy Associates

raymond C. Pecor Jr.

Donald e. gugelman robert H. Kemp robert A. skenderian

Trustees’ Society Leo V. Marshall

Calvin A. Hills george e. Withington z

Hilltoppers’ Club

President’s Silver Circle

Amasa Nichols Society

James D. Wagner

richard C. Knoener  richard C. Makin 

Louis W. Kinzer Jr.

Amasa Nichols Society


CLass Of 1956 President’s Green Circle raymond P. Faucher z

President’s Silver Circle richard L. english * z Lloyd M. roth 

Academy Associates

Capital Gifts






Hilltoppers’ Club John P. Durney Arthur L. Fries z tom Keith Jerold M. sidman


Academy Associates

Hilltoppers’ Club

Supporters David C. Bidwell  richard A. Clarenbach richard D. Coe  Jack r. Kalman Joseph A. Mendez  robert M. swaney Jr. glenn M. terrill 

CLass Of 1957 President’s Silver Circle 

Amasa Nichols Society 

Academy Associates Walter urtz

Giving by Purpose


irving eastland

Cecil M. gabbett iii

President’s Silver Circle

Morgan J. Knudsen

george A. Barbieri robert M. Lavine

george s. Butler J. Arthur rizy Kent tarrant 

Alan r. Peterson 

Hilltoppers’ Club David W. Fleming Philip K. Mcniff  H. Logan Page iii Allen J. scherer Jr.

Supporters grayson e. Brown Donald Claprood Wayne C. earley Andrew M. Fisher Bruce e. rickard Mayer J. schnyder

CLass Of 1958 Hilltoppers’ Club eugene B. Collard Jr. z steven M. Fisher z Charles F. Lewis iii z William C. schmertz thomas g. small  seth F. Wakeman

richard r. garcin  John A. girvin L. robert gould z Douglas J. Mace  Frederick L. Pease z elliot P. Putnam Howard J. rubin 

Supporters Kenneth Banks Joseph F. Bardsley Jr. terry r. Chatfield J. Michael Donnelly gary A. Webber 

CLass Of 1960 Hilltoppers’ Club John t. Appleton robert t. evertsen Paul s. Friedlander Kerry D. O’Brien  John Pepe 

William s. edmunds  Charles n. Howe  Kenneth B. ingraham Jenness L. robbins z Langdon H. Wait 

Hilltoppers’ Club r. Allen elliott  Fernando A. Figueras rene t. Langevin Charles J. Montante Jr. William r. roy

Supporters John H. Bowles  Michael L. Daley  nelson D. Durland Peter s. eddy Barclay Henkle Bruce e. MacDonald John A. turro Jr.  Peter M. Zona 

CLass Of 1963

Supporters Bruce s. Collett  Charles P. gruet sr. stephen L. smith Frank A. sweeney Jr. Philip Van Campen 

Scholars’ Society

CLass Of 1961

President’s Silver Circle

President’s Silver Circle P. David Junkin ii

Academy Associates William e. Dillmeier Jr.  richard D. Marsden William t. schoerner Jr.

Hilltoppers’ Club Douglas s. Hall Paul Z. Haus Jr.  Warren C. rowe Jr.

thomas H. niles

President’s Gold Circle Alvah O. rock  richard W. scheffler z eugene P. Cenci  ross H. Chambers  William s. Cleary z raymond F. essig z Bruce i. Haslun  Bradley s. Hvolbeck William F. Keats 

Academy Associates 

Bruce i. siegal ross M. Weale




Hilltoppers’ Club

Amasa Nichols Society

robert Abrams z norman A. Arshan Peter M. Brusman  Peter K. Chamberlin Paul r. Chapdelaine  James H. Feindel z Donald W. Hick Jr. z Frans J. Keesing edmund s. shepard Charles r. smith  Louis A. stroller  Henry A. taylor iii Arthur B. tozzi Paul A. Virostek z

David W. rodgers Charles e. sage ronald L. schmitt

Academy Associates Arthur C. Assad Bradford H. Blaser Charles e. evans  Charles t. Kaull Jr. Benjamin A. Minardi iii

Henry M. Aldrich Jr. robert L. Ansalone  William L. Archer sr.  Bruce A. Demoranville sr. thomas H. Flaherty Philip B. Fuller Lew P. gelman thomas C. Hiller  robert H. Kime  Herbert i. Losee iii  geoffrey e. Meyer  David t. Murphy James e. robinson David A. rowe z richard C. Werstak

CLass Of 1964 President’s Green Circle Howard K. O. Chong Jr.

President’s Silver Circle Henri M. David Jr.  Michael A. gilroy edward P. Mazzetta

Amasa Nichols Society robert D. Craig Jr. steven A. thorn

Academy Associates Paul L. Ceccarelli Henry H. Peterson

Hilltoppers’ Club Leonard s. Adler Philip Bebchick robert e. Beckwith  Warren C. Bender K. Dexter Cheney David C. Doe Philip B. Donnelly David C. ebacher z robert M. Fenn ii z Carl F. gilbert John H. Hinchliffe iii Cortlandt r. Montross z edward W. nichols  James A. Oates  richard A. spugnardi z Carl e. swenson Jr. Diran V. tashian Daniel P. tomassetti  richard L. Williams 

Supporters William F. Bufalino  William J. Dyer rufus s. Frost iii  richard W. Johnson ronald J. LeClair stanley g. Matthews  William C. richwagen  William r. Wright iii z

CLass Of 1965 President’s Silver Circle richard A. Blankley z David F. Lombard  John D. MacPhail robert t. sanford z richard F. shields z

Supporters David A. Bates Kenneth g. Burr Jr.  John W. Canetta  Daniel r. Clark Ward B. DeKlyn Jr.  robert H. eisenberg Bradford g. goodrich robert W. grady robert C. Hagendorf Daniel M. Hastings z george r. Lazar Wayne e. nigro thomas D. Pearsall John F. Platt Charles L. Potter  Kenneth A. racicot

Trustees’ Society

President’s Silver Circle Phillip e. Collins

Amasa Nichols Society 

Academy Associates  

Hilltoppers’ Club Bradford C. Babb z stephen t. Carter sr. John H. Cavanaugh sr. John Cygielnik  robert A. eckardt  e. Paul Herbert  roger P. Holden z John e. Lockwood richard F. Moran James B. Moriarty  James D. Murray CPA  A. Barry Paletta Kenneth C. scott ralph A. stuart John D. Watson  David H. Blake  robert A. Feinstein

* Deceased z Donor to nichols College for 20 or more consecutive years  Donor to nichols College for 5 or more consecutive years

President’s Silver Circle 

Bruce r. Barton  raymond W. Hencir z Jonathan H. ives robert H. Kullas edmund J. Murrah  ernest Pekmezaris z

Amasa Nichols Society William e. Fredericks Dwight W. gesswein

 

Academy Associates Charles H. Foster Jr. David B. Jones  Charles n. Piazza Peter H. Walker 


gerald Fels z


David g. Butterworth Paul M. Clough z William C. Dean Jr.  Charles H. Detwiller iii robert F. gerbrands robert F. Howe Peter H. Johnson rhinard D. Parry Jr. Donald s. Parsons Michael t. Pelletier C. richard Piasecki Michael J. runyon z William L. Voitk 

Scholars’ Society

thomas J. Bergin Jr. Peter g. Mcgivney Jesse J. rulli

James W. Coghlin sr. Barry D. Hogan

Hilltoppers’ Club

CLass Of 1966

stephen P. Chernock Jr. Henry P. st. Cyr z W. Bruce Wallin

CLass Of 1967 

Hilltoppers’ Club

Supporters robert g. Falkenstein Henry H. Hart z norman H. Leathers Wilkinson B. Marvel Hugo Pagliccia Jr. george A. Pagnotta Jr. Frederic J. Potter iV  Peter H. smith

thomas H. Fisher Barry r. gibbs stanley Henshaw iii robert C. Koch r. towner Lapp John C. Mason  John F. sweeney stephen B. Wingate

Alan s. Close z robert r. Coykendall John s. Ferro  Frank L. grzyb z Mark s. Harris John t. Kurposka gary g. Mattila  everett J. ramsdell Jr. thomas J. riley Jr.

CLass Of 1968 Scholars’ Society Charles A. Petrillo

President’s Silver Circle John M. Harrison

Amasa Nichols Society William M. treffinger

Academy Associates James e. Comer robert F. DeFonce William L. shaw z richard t. speath 

Hilltoppers’ Club Kenneth Alton Jr. Michael g. Ash  edwin B. Cohen stewart L. eaton Mark ellis William r. Fox z Jeffrey P. gould raymond t. Jones iV Paul A. rasmussen richard K. robertson z

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The Colonel Conrad Society nichols College is grateful to the members of the Colonel Conrad society – individuals who have documented a bequest to nichols through their estate or who have remembered nichols through a planned gift. norris g. Abbott iii ’51 * Anonymous george P. Belba ’62 Alice C. Belden ’85 MBA ’92 Jane t. Birckhead Oliver W. Birckhead Jr. ’42 richard A. Blankley ’65 edward g. Brodeur ’53 robert A. Bullard ’52 raymond M. Burnham eugene P. Cenci ’63 Donald e. Chalmers ’59 * William s. Cleary ’63 Frederick P. Currier * Henri M. David Jr. ’64 gerald Fels ’66 Alfred r. Fishel ’41 * Matthew r. Fox ’01 John L. gaylord ’61 * William H. gunther Jr. ’43 robert r. gurnett ’34 * David g. Hale ’75 Charles n. Howe ’62 Mary Jane ingraham * B. everett Jones ’56 * David B. Jones ’67 Herbert F. W. Kaupe ’43 * robert H. Kime ’65 robert B. Kuppenheimer ’69 Duncan M. Mcinnes ’57 * Lee A. Mcnelly ’69 Frank Mickel ’70 ronald P. noyes ’65 * rudolph C. Planeta Jr. ’54 * Martin J. Power ’78 Michael J. runyon ’67 rabbi richard i. schachet ’56 * richard W. scheffler ’63 stearns H. smalley ’34 * Bruce e. splaine ’69 robert A. stewart ’48 * Davies tainter Jr. ’54

President’s Gold Circle Michael A. Jones z

President’s Silver Circle Jonathan D. Blake z

Amasa Nichols Society roger P. Crandall  ronald t. Forman John M. Hills  robert D. Keller Lee A. Mcnelly z

Academy Associates Daniel W. ivascyn  James H. Jackson James W. Kerley Peter F. Lofgren  robert H. McPhee  robert L. savage

Hilltoppers’ Club richard H. Bauzenberger  edward L. Beatty Jr.  russell L. Birchall Alexander M. gottfried sr. Hayward Hough Michael J. Lafoley Peter A. Lunsford z Douglas e. MacMillan  Donald A. MacQuarrie z robert K. Mann thomas C. Purple gilbert g. rochon z William J. shaughnessy  Jay sherwood Bruce e. splaine David C. Weyant z

Supporters Alan A. Aittaniemi Chester W. Boyd iii Kendall W. Burrill  robert W. Davis Vincent P. giracca z William F. gruber Alfred t. Hargrave z David L. Krasnov James A. Maguire Jr. robert J. Meagher z Paul A. riblet  Douglas L. richards scott L. shank Matthew A. sparks David K. thomas

CLass Of 1970 President’s Silver Circle Douglas s. stirling z

Amasa Nichols Society Barry W. silver george t. smith Jack g. Wille 

Supporters robert M. Champagne z Horacio Daubon Jr. Bernard F. Foley  richard H. george Jon H. Haggerty z richard A. Harris Fredrick P. Magnus  Joseph A. Manning iii David P. Mooter z Peter K. smyrl Byron W. tomlinson e. Malcolm Wolcott Jr. z

CLass Of 1969 Scholars’ Society thomas J. Hall z robert B. Kuppenheimer z

Peter F. garrell

Academy Associates ronald P. Marshall John A. ritacco  David e. stuart z

Hilltoppers’ Club thomas e. Digiuseppe  thomas C. gould Jr. thomas e. Hopkirk geoffrey D. Kane Charles J. Mangini William P. Mattei robert M. Mcilvain Jr. z richard g. Merrill Frank Mickel Brian M. Mullen  Frank r. Petrillo Peter A. scandone 

Bruce B. Brown Jr.  Henry J. Ciak z William F. Clifford richard D. Doughty Leonard J. Lazure Paul g. Leonard thomas J. McCaughey z robert L. Meunier James J. Mulcunry iii  Anthony J. Palazzo robert g. smet  robert C. toth 

CLass Of 1971 President’s Silver Circle Francis J. Lovell z robert P. MacPherson Jr. John F. White z

Amasa Nichols Society William K. Mahler Jr. Martin schwab Peter F. sennott 

Academy Associates thomas t. Klebart  Daniel L. Linden Douglas A. newman

Hilltoppers’ Club Donald e. Allison Jr. Frederick B. Callanen Jr. David W. Cuffe Bradley M. Damon  thomas J. gauthier David e. irons  Kevin F. O’Connor sr.  stephen J. Piascik z John g. steepy gary r. Walsh

Supporters richard H. Alley  John Camiolo Jr. r. Craig Fowler Wendell O. ingraham John J. Mulder Jr.  Bruce John r. Powers richard st. Onge richard F. Weaver

CLass Of 1972 Scholars’ Society John H. Davis z John H. McClutchy Jr.

President’s Gold Circle edwin B. Donahue

President’s Silver Circle James F. goulet

Amasa Nichols Society Jack e. Zacks

Academy Associates steven L. Boynton z richard M. DeCrosta Henry B. Wainer

Hilltoppers’ Club robert B. Coleman  John D. Copeland J. Paul H. gauvin James P. grainger  Anthony J. toloczko

Supporters Donald s. Labonte z stephen McDermott  Barry s. Pedell

CLass Of 1973 President’s Green Circle


samuel r. Haines

edwin D. Berry iii  Philip A. Boucher z

Amasa Nichols Society

this report reflects gifts to nichols College from July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2011.

F. Paul Mooney Jr.




The Balance of Power Marty & shelly Power


s a project developer for Koch supply and trading LP, a subsidiary of leading energy conglomerate Koch industries, Marty Power ’78 is a disciple of CeO Charles Koch’s Market-based Management, a holistic approach to management guided by ten principles. Principle #1 is integrity. “i am supposed to remember all ten of the principles, but my memory isn’t very good,” Power laughs. “i know what #1 is, though, and i agree with that totally.” integrity has been a guiding principle in his own life, Power says. “i’ve been in business over 30 years, and i have yet to have an issue or

go to court. You have to build relationships and trust the people you’re dealing with.” early on, the southbridge, Mass., native put his trust in Bill swiacki, a local businessman who recruited Power in his senior year of high school to do post-graduate work and play football at Choate rosemary Hall, a private academy in Wallingford, Conn. swiacki, whose son was the Choate quarterback, wanted a winning season; Power, who had no definitive college plans at the time, got another year to distinguish himself on the gridiron. “there’s no telling what i would have done if Bill

swiacki hadn’t recruited me to go to Choate. i don’t know how the chain of events would have changed,” he says. “i probably would have gone to Worcester state or uMass… i was intent on applying for college, but my sphere of colleges was not that great.” Considering his options, Power, the first and only one of two in his family of ten children to pursue a degree, made an economical decision to attend nichols. “the tuition was $2,400, and i was getting $2,000 in [financial aid],” he says. At nichols, Power balanced academics, full-time employment, sports, and marriage (he wed high school sweetheart, shelly, between his sophomore and junior years) and found a way to make it all work. He excelled in Bison football as an offensive lineman, playing on three of the five neFC championship teams under Coach Mike Vendetti in the 1970s, garnering honors such as neFC First-team All star in 1974, 1975 and 1977, uPi All-new england team in 1976, and Bison captain in 1977. integrity followed Power to nichols where he felt surrounded by honorable people. “everyone that i touched on [at nichols] – Coach Vendetti, Dean eaton, george gromelski in Finance, and even Herb Durfee in Campus security – they all did what they said they were going to do. there was no bs, no promising and not delivering.” the Powers made a home

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Academy Associates roberto O. Alvarez

Hilltoppers’ Club

at nichols, with Marty serving as dorm director of Budleigh Hall, and shelly, an accomplished dancer, managing studios in southbridge and Webster and traveling to Boston to take classes at the Boston Ballet. (she was also the first coach of the Bison cheerleading squad.) Following Marty’s graduation in 1978, the Powers headed to texas, where shelly joined the Houston Ballet and where Marty’s passions were fueled by the oil industry in a booming commodities market. in his 33-year plus career, Power has worked for several companies, including Coastal state gas, BP, and his own, riverway Petroleum Partners, managing operations and directing the supply and trade of oil products around the globe. He began at Koch six years ago and moved from the trading desk to business development, providing logistical expertise on various projects. “trading is instant gratification – you know every minute of every day what your results are,” he says. “the time horizon on project work is much longer. Once you make the adjustment, though, it’s fine. rewards can be just as good. it’s just a different game.” Power’s work has taken him around the world, from the Middle east to the Far east to south America, but he still remains faithful to his southbridge and nichols roots. He joined the nichols Board of trustees in 2007 and currently chairs its Advancement Committee, enthusiastically exploring

ways to engender dedication and support. “i always tell people, ‘What are you going to do with your money, take it with you?’ i’d rather put it to good use, and this is a good use.” Power has been a generous advocate of nichols, contributing major gifts toward the creation of Vendetti Field and the restoration of the Campus Common. the Hall of Fame inductee has also been among the College’s most passionate cheerleaders for planned giving as a vehicle for supporting the College and recently joined the Colonel Conrad society for leaving a bequest to nichols in his will. “the more i’ve gotten involved in the board, i’ve started to understand what it takes to build an endowment,” he explains. “schools that have been around for hundreds of years, whether it’s Princeton or Harvard, are built on legacy gifts and trusts. i believe that that’s the way to grow the endowment.” Power is also intent on forging a stronger connection between southbridge and nichols, challenging business and community leaders to celebrate a shared past built on an industrious spirit and recognize the contributions the town and College make to each other and the area. He is hoping the town will show its support of the new student center. nichols has no doubt that Power will do his best to help the College continue on its path of excellence. He is a man of his word, and that word is integrity.

Peter F. Allan  ronald J. Barry z David F. Biron Donn e. Bleau  Michael C. Bousquet  Bradley W. Boyd z timothy A. Cronin Francis B. Keefe  stephen W. Page z Victor A. Pelletier  ronald e. Plasse gregory Pogue William J. reese iii  David J. renaud  royal F. turner Jr.

Supporters Barry A. Clapp  William C. Davis James r. Dillon John s. Driscoll Francis J. Jarmolowicz stephen A. McKeown Andrew J. rich iV Charles L. todd ii David J. Wnukowski

CLass Of 1974 Scholars’ Society Peter L. Lynch

Trustees’ Society Kurt r. Harrington

President’s Green Circle Frank r. Burns Jr.

President’s Silver Circle Joseph P. tokarz

Amasa Nichols Society ronald e. Osimo

Academy Associates Hamlin A. Pakradooni John W. threlfall iii

Hilltoppers’ Club William H. Collins ii  stephen P. estaphan z Peter P. Ostrokolowicz

Supporters William H. Bradford Michael J. Dowgiewicz Kurt e. grimmelmann z robert J. Hirsch robert J. Keating  Joseph M. Krosoczka John r. Kustigian  thomas e. shaw David B. steinberg 

CLass Of 1975 President’s Gold Circle David g. Hale

President’s Silver Circle thomas e. Franzese John A. Murphy Jr.

Amasa Nichols Society Paolo sinni

Academy Associates norman r. Fougere Jr. z Kevin s. shaw

Hilltoppers’ Club tyler P. Benson Brian P. Foley Lawrence W. Johnson Jr. John P. Maffeo 





David A. French

Amasa Nichols Society richard J. Bates Anthony J. Baudanza

Academy Associates Bruce H. russell

Hilltoppers’ Club 

Marc D. Becker Leo L. gaudette Daniel J. Perron

Charlene M. French thomas s. Lodge

Amasa Nichols Society Malcolm C. Allen Jr. gary s. guglielmello stephen F. Wentzell

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Academy Associates timothy P. garrison

Hilltoppers’ Club

CLass Of 1977 robert J. Vaudreuil z

Amasa Nichols Society george e. deredon z

Academy Associates Michelle B. Austin ronald P. Carlson z Peter s. MacLeod 

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Supporters guy J. Barbieri  thomas r. Borzino John M. Doherty Jr. Lester A. Forgit Barry F. Fowler Jeffrey s. Freeman Leon P. Jezierski Jr. stephen A. Krosoczka Donald J. Lee  gregory e. Mason  edward g. Poirier Jr.

Hilltoppers’ Club Kevin M. Corley Peter D. Deary Michael Keefe  James e. Mahar gary P. Parks James B. ryder

Supporters edward g. Bruso gary J. Cascio  Anthony s. Kusek Fred s. Mezynski z timothy C. Paddock rebecca A. tornblom David A. Zalewski 

Scholars’ Society stephen A. Davis

President’s Silver Circle edward A. Dixon

Academy Associates

Scholars’ Society Trustees’ Society President’s Silver Circle terence M. Farrell William F. O’Connell Jr. thomas g. sleasman 

eugene J. Kerrigan Kurt M. rothschild James H. stewart Allan D. Walker Jr.

William s. Fraser Walter g. Frick Jr. thomas A. Loricco

Wilfrid B. Cournoyer randy M. Jacques Charles e. Kennedy Mark A. Phillips Miles B. sherburne

J. stephen Boyce

z Donor to nichols College for 20 or more consecutive years  Donor to nichols College for 5 or more consecutive years

Jeffrey M. Burnett Mark A. Cleverdon Matthew C. Corcoran george K. Haddad thomas W. King Patrick Mara James P. McCarthy Michael P. McDermott Olga Pappas  Joseph Pastore  Charles e. Patterson Dominic J. Pingitore Jr. Amy L. ruzbasan Michael J. Vendetti 

CLass Of 1982 Amasa Nichols Society 

Hilltoppers’ Club William F. Bouvier z Bruce W. Dillaire  David A. DiPilato richard H. Dodakian z Linda L. Ducharme James M. graham randy L. Heitin  Michael D. Palmer rick r. stimets Jeff tasse Anne H. Berzins Peter A. Boltruczyk  Kimberly A. Cleverdon sandra L. Crory ellen M. Duggan Linda J. Freitas  Dean J. Largesse  Janis L. Largesse  nancy A. Meloni Alan r. Mrazik Mary A. shaw Deborah C. sherman 

Academy Associates John H. Allen thomas C. Baker z theodore J. Dumas 


Hilltoppers’ Club


Donna Becker z randall V. Becker z

Academy Associates

steven e. Antos  Charles F. Bechert todd J. DaCosta  Joseph C. Kubiak Jr. W. Michael Mastricola Van D. thomas  Lisa A. Zollo

Scholars’ Society

Hilltoppers’ Club

Hilltoppers’ Club

CLass Of 1983

Andrew W. Higgins James C. norcross z William J. robinson

Bryan J. Morrissey


CLass Of 1980

CLass Of 1978

Academy Associates

Allen W. Dillaire Heidi e. Kunkel

Kenneth s. Baker  robert r. nault  David M. Parkinson stephen J. stagliano John B. szugda ronald J. tremblay Michael W. Young

Trustees’ Society

Amasa Nichols Society

President’s Silver Circle

Joseph F. Bullan george M. Burliss Craig r. edwards Paul J. gannon  Joseph J. Kozlowski Frank F. Krogul  Helen M. Metropoulos Matthew towle

President’s Silver Circle

CLass Of 1979


robert e. stansky

Keith t. Anderson

Michael J. Bassett Marcia A. Behrens roger J. Berube Ann F. Coolidge Joseph P. Dacri iii Marc P. Dupuis z Brian J. Fitzgibbons  thomas P. gajewski Kevin M. Hackett Donald A. Henderson Jr.  richard e. McCowan raymond H. Prunier James F. richinick Judith M. sarkisian  Christopher J. sommerhoff Frederick P. tiberii

President’s Silver Circle

Martin J. Power

Scholars’ Society


CLass Of 1976

Michael e. Bird David A. Blanchard elaine A. Morrison Charles J. Pagnam David Pailler Mark sarkisian Jr. robert B. saunders

CLass Of 1981

Linda J. Butler robert A. Butler stanley J. Casillo z richard n. Cuozzo James A. Dupre  Joseph F. Fillo  Frank s. Paradis  steven sabacinski

russell A. Chateauneuf stephen M. Chick  Paul e. Dona  Janice A. Ducharme thomas W. ellis John r. Klys  thomas J. Komorek robert g. schmitt Jr. robert D. sprunger

Hilltoppers’ Club todd M. Zeidenberg

Supporters Ann Marie Canty nancy J. Hillis

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Bruce r. Johnson ronald P. Laliberty Michael n. Lussier  susan g. Muckle William J. niedziela  george F. soderberg ii

CLass Of 1984 Academy Associates Lisa C. Chesson-Baker z

Hilltoppers’ Club eva J. Black Bruce s. Dodge z Charles F. estaphan z Andrew g. Faust Jeffrey B. Ferrara  robert A. Hoey z stephen r. Lemieux robert e. Pierce  Priscilla A. rooney gayle P. teixeira  Dawn M. Vayo

Supporters W. Brian Capshaw  David t. Claprood richard P. Cloutier James M. gleason  tina M. Levine rosemary Mamakos Bonnie J. Perron Mary B. sheppard Donna L. smith

Top 5 Classes Dollars Raised: Class of ’66 Class of ’72 Class of ’81 Class of ’80 Class of ’69

$455,440 $230,450 $229,130 $212,565 $188,216

Participation: * Class of ’63 Class of ’65 Class of ’64 Class of ’52 Class of ’69

37% 35% 34% 34% 33%

CLass Of 1986 President’s Green Circle David g. Bedard

Hilltoppers’ Club robert J. Amico  richard W. Anderson Lawrence A. Bassett Laurence B. King  Cheryl A. Kopas  Kelly A. Marcimo Charlotte neslusan Diane M. Page z Hugo Pagliccia iii Maureen t. shields z

Supporters Andrea L. Aiello David D. Barlar Amy L. Bartram  nathan r. Benjamin Jr. Kenneth P. Bergeron Jr.  Jeremy B. Coullard z Marybeth s. Hood  David P. Lynch  Anne-Marie A. Moulin z Cynthia t. truax

President’s Silver Circle Michael A. Lukasek

Academy Associates James C. Brown  robert D. Conrad 

Hilltoppers’ Club robert D. Babcock Jr. Hollis F. Carroll Meredith L. Degregorio Paul F. Foley Craig s. Johnston  Bruno Mazzotta Karen A. Mazzotta Paul L. Pomerleau Jr. Janet M. Wornham 


CLass Of 1988

Alice C. Belden

Amasa Nichols Society Dennis F. Bruning robert C. Derubeis

Academy Associates

salvatore A. esposito Melanie J. Footer James A. Maniatis

Supporters Franklin g. Boisvere Jr. Charles L. Brooks Kathleen e. Claprood roy t. grafton suzanne B. gryb Lawrence J. Kerwin iii Pamela n. Landrigan Patricia M. Motyka  norma L. Pauli Paul F. sczepanski nyree g. Valdes 

President’s Silver Circle robert n. Weibel

Amasa Nichols Society susan M. Duhamel John e. Finnerty Jr. Patrick B. Holland scott A. Jeamel

Academy Associates Andrew M. Foley  richard W. Plant Peter J. rowden 

Hilltoppers’ Club gina F. Babcock Jocelyn L. Bouvier z Paul M. Carroll Jr.

President’s Silver Circle Judith Keyser

Amasa Nichols Society William M. Lavin

Academy Associates

Hilltoppers’ Club

ellen J. Bedard

CLass Of 1989

President’s Green Circle

Hilltoppers’ Club

President’s Silver Circle

Brian e. Beckwith Patricia L. Burdick elisabeth A. Cangemi tammy M. Hearnlaye Laura C. LaBrack Alice L. Lazure Dana M. Luzzo Amanda M. nestor stephen D. Westerlind James Wissler

Christopher s. Billis robert e. O’Connell iii

nancy L. Davis

CLass Of 1985


CLass Of 1987

Margaret L. Babbitt  Cathy A. Bates William M. Demers Mark g. Foster theresa e. Haggerty elizabeth A. Harrington Amie Hinson sheila J. Kusek Cheryl A. Milas  steven B. nowicki Albert A. remington iV Patricia A. sanchioni David J. tonkin Kimberly A. tonkin

* Classes with 50 or more alumni of record

Wayne M. Correia Michael J. DeBlieux theodore genkos David L. ivanovich Jr. susan M. ricard  eric A. tashlein  Christine M. Wrobel

Joseph A. Coderre Lisa J. Devine z thomas A. Devine z Allison V. Kierce David J. Kierce eric J. Kimes David L. Kirchthurn Jan A. Kopas  Kevin P. LaBonville Joseph D. LoPresti stephen C. Morris Martha Plotczyk  elizabeth A. rynda

Supporters David F. Belanger Karen e. Belton Kyle C. Haggerty Lisa A. Montigny  James Pastore  gary M. shultz suzanne r. sriberg  Wayne F. tirrell

CLass Of 1990 Trustees’ Society Jeff r. Johnson

Amasa Nichols Society stephen s. Buchalter Peter V. Caruso sherry e. engh 

Academy Associates Brenda M. Bianculli David C. Kane

Hilltoppers’ Club Carl A. Conlon Darrin J. Dinapoli  Amy J. LoPresti John e. Love Peter t. nightingale Andrew r. schilke

Supporters Lata A. Banavali Virginia M. Carmignani z Joseph M. Casper Kenneth J. Kunst  Cheryl L. Melendy  earl D. Melendy  gregory B. Plant P. richard Wall




CLass Of 1991

Tribute Gifts

President’s Silver Circle Lorna D. stearns

nichols College received gifts in honor/memory of these individuals and named funds:

Academy Associates David g. Butler Kenneth r. snell

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Hilltoppers’ Club

Thomas R. Cafaro Oliver and Jane Birckhead

richard F. Bernier Deidra A. Davis Christopher e. girardin Alexander K. Kirk thomas M. McFaden Joseph P. raposa 

Charlotte R. Campbell Albert A. remington iV

Gregory J. Cannon '80 Carol Cannon edward A. Dixon


Class of 1954 Endowed Scholarship robert Q. Benowitz gilbert W. Bourdon James r. gillespie richard B. shanklin Donald r. siegel

Anthony W. Aiello Alyssa A. Andriole Leslie A. Bailey John e. Camara sylvia i. gaumond Heather s. Mahall richard P. smith

CLass Of 1992 President’s Silver Circle Christopher W. McCarthy Kim M. McCarthy  Paul J. Washburn Jr.

Amasa Nichols Society John r. Lamontagne

Hilltoppers’ Club Keith t. Hofbeck sarah r. Mitchell John g. O’Connell

Professor Keith Corkum Endowed Scholarship in Economics thomas r. Cafaro

Supporters Carolyn J. Burke  Denis e. Casaubon  rebecca A. Coffin  Dale L. gurek shannon D. gurek thomas W. Kane Lisa M. Larson  Lucinda A. renaud Dale H. Weaver Clifford D. Whynott Jr. Donna M. Whynott 

Class of 1957 Endowed Scholarship george s. Butler Donald Claprood Andrew M. Fisher David W. Fleming Cecil M. gabbett iii Philip K. Mcniff H. Logan Page iii J. Arthur rizy Kent tarrant Walter urtz (in memory of Martin D. Leach '57)

Dean Robert H. Eaton Memorial Scholarship stewart L. eaton Faucher Family Endowed Scholarship raymond P. Faucher Gerald Fels '66 H '07 Oliver and Jane Birckhead

Fels Community Outreach Initiative (Marilyn and Gerald Fels Scholarship and Joan Fels Scholarship) gerald and Marilyn Fels

CLass Of 1993 Amasa Nichols Society Matthew B. O’Connor

Hilltoppers’ Club Lisa P. Cone Mark A. French Jennifer L. Katori Kevin C. Katori scott J. Quinn Mark A. reino Kathleen B. turgeon

tammy A. Cardillo Wolf

Edwin Hubbard Faculty Scholarship Andrea and Marc Becker thomas r. Cafaro thomas K. Duncan Patricia A. Hertzfeld Alan J. reinhardt richard W. scheffler thomas g. smith Mary A. trottier edward and sarajane Warren Kuppenheimer Scholarship robert B. Kuppenheimer McClutchy Family Scholarship John H. McClutchy Jr. Ronald P. Noyes '65 Melissa A. noyes William C. Pieczynski Oliver and Jane Birckhead Albert W. and Mary D. Ritacco John A. ritacco Natalie (Lavin) Soffen '04 Arthur A. ristau Jr. Dr. Daniel Van Leuvan Scholarship Alan J. reinhardt

Andrea C. Becker

Academy Associates Hilary L. Doncaster gary M. Watson

Josephine A. Canty  Carol A. Clouthier  tammy L. Kasper Kostas Panagiotou Daniel e. Wisniewski

Hilltoppers’ Club

CLass Of 1995


Amasa Nichols Society

Michael J. Cote Patricia r. Doyle  Michael Fitzgerald Audra gouin Cheryl A. Knowles  Levon W. Knowles  Lee Ann M. Kozlowski Patricia M. stockwell  Michael L. Yanosy

Hilltoppers’ Club Michael e. Carlson Heather M. Mullin


Barry D. Hogan '67 Endowed Scholarship Barry D. Hogan

President’s Silver Circle

edward J. Abell iii

President’s Silver Circle

Gould Generational Scholarship Oliver and Jane Birckhead Jeffrey P. gould Judith O. Lovelace (in memory of Philip C. gould '42)

CLass Of 1996


CLass Of 1994

Christopher J. Galligan '92 MBA '96 David s. Fearon

Christopher Paradise Cheryl M. Fredericks Ann Murphy-Amato

emily n. Blum Deborah L. Farrell  elizabeth A. george William A. george erik C. godaire  Jeffrey r. guyette Barbara A. Larson z Holly L. Madsen robert t. Manning Joan M. Meagher z Colleen M. Menis  Jonathan P. Moussette Dawn A. Parkinson John P. Parkinson

James C. Gahan IV Scholarship thomas r. Cafaro Jimmy gahan Charitable Fdn. Amy s. Oman

Academy Associates Hilltoppers’ Club


Fuller Scholarship george F. and sybil H. Fuller Fdn.

William g. Blasius Jr. Joseph s. Bourdeau  Clifford A. Livernois scott s. sullivan  Christopher F. tuohey

z Donor to nichols College for 20 or more consecutive years  Donor to nichols College for 5 or more consecutive years

Darryl r. Cyr Kevin J. Fournier  thomas J. Fredericks robert C. Vayo

CLass Of 1997 Academy Associates Jon D. Anderson

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robert e. McKenna


Hilltoppers’ Club

Kevin g. Johnson Paul J. Karam  Heather Pike Joseph B. shea

Jessica L. Blackerby irmine M. Farmerie Anthony J. Laganelli ronald s. Liston John P. Mahan Jr. Pablo J. Molina

Supporters Mary ellen A. Bohdiewicz David P. Hanlon Darnell LaPointe

Justin r. Dolan Leonard K. Harmon Jonpaul F. Bielarczyk


Danielle V. Beach

stacy M. Alvarez Kiel H. Becker John A. Costello robert s. edington John A. Hallisey nicholas J. Papadakos Diane J. Perry 

Hilltoppers’ Club

President’s Silver Circle


Alan s. Peppel

Albert A. DiDomizio Kathryn M. ewen  sandra M. giroux  Kevin M. McCarthy

Hilltoppers’ Club

CLass Of 2004

Academy Associates

Jane edwards Kristina L. Katori James e. Bond Jane e. Brewer Douglas C. Curving Anne C. ethier rae L. glispin glenn F. racicot robert e. White Jr.  stuart D. Williamson

Joshua A. Bachand John A. Fuhrmann Amy s. Oman 

Supporters Maryann Costello nathan W. Fluet Keith r. robichaud

CLass Of 2005 Hilltoppers’ Club

glenn D. Hand

CLass Of 1999


President’s Silver Circle Holly M. Munce robbie P. Munce

Hilltoppers’ Club


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Hilltoppers’ Club Vincent s. salamon


Hilltoppers’ Club

Academy Associates

CLass Of 1998

President’s Society Now

CLass Of 2003

Brian e. Butler tracy A. Clark Michelle A. Fasold ryan J. Fasold 

r. Joseph salois Mark A. sweeney

CLass Of 2009 

CLass Of 2010 Hilltoppers’ Club Kate F. O’Hara

Supporters Brittny L. Chiasson gabrielle L. Dicecca Andrew J. Frydryk tyler J. Lacross Benjamin C. O’neil Peter W. rugg John A. sielawa shane W. Woodward

sTudENTs Supporters Michael W. Dalton Dylan Polseno

Other Donors

Kerry M. Barnes  Kyle M. Castro Domenic C. Mastrangelo Karen F. Munroe  Michael J. salisbury


CLass Of 2006

President’s Green Circle

Trustees’ Society Wells Fargo

Lisa M. Antonson scott A. Antonson Harold C. greenlaw Jonathan C. MacLean

gerald W. Buono iii Christine Prunier

J L Marshall & sons inc. new York Life sodexo inc.

CLass Of 2000


President’s Gold Circle

Brendan M. Hall gregory D. Johnson

state Farm Co. z

CLass Of 2007

Chevrontexaco  Fidelity investments  FM global  Follett Hanover insurance Co. Johnson & Johnson Co. Lockheed Martin Corp.

Hilltoppers’ Club

President’s Silver Circle Christopher g. Langlois

Hilltoppers’ Club

Hilltoppers’ Club

Anne M. Mahan steven t. taylor

Anonymous William J. Domings Christin C. evangelista-Adams Kelli M. Murphy

Supporters Michael F. Allard Cynthia e. Curtis edward F. Manion Jr.

Supporters Kristine V. Bird Perry J. Bonnet Christopher P. Camosse robert s. MacCallum

CLass Of 2001 Hilltoppers’ Club Barry C. Cringan  Debra M. Harmon  Paul C. newman Jr. David J. twiss

CLass Of 2008 President’s Society Now

Supporters ronald J. Brown Jr. gary D. Fountain Aric e. Friend Kelly D. rothKugel  stephanie A. Zaccaria

robert A. Dimuccio Jr. Christopher r. Marquis

Hilltoppers’ Club Kristen M. Harmon stephen J. Van Loan

Supporters Cynthia L. Brown Anthony M. Cassanelli James J. Kimberly Jeffrey P. LaFlamme William M. Pietras ronald O. Powers iii Christopher F. santoro

CLass Of 2002 Academy Associates Jane t. Domings Jeffrey D. tisdell

Hilltoppers’ Club Michael e. Doyle thomas W. gorski iii Arlette M. Lynch

this report reflects gifts to nichols College from July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2011.

President’s Silver Circle

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Amasa Nichols Society Bank of America  Commerce insurance Co. eagle Cleaning Corp. Hometown Bank Microsoft  Monster Worldwide inc. Prudential Quabaug Corp.

Academy Associates ing  LKQ new england Pearson William's Personnel

Hilltoppers’ Club AC Corp. Alliance Data American Optical Co. Benjamin Moore & Co. Capital Business Credit LLC Computer Assoc. international Consolidated edison Co. of nY Dudley House of Pizza




gaia Herbs inc. iBM  KPMg Mercer Hr services LLC rayburn Cooper & Durham PA raytheon Co.  rogers Corp. scutaro Construction Corp. shoreline Business solutions inc. thompson House of Pizza unum  Webster First Federal Credit union

Supporters Aetna Astoria Federal savings At&t Ds solidworks Corp. ge Hospira John Hancock Mutual Life ins. national grid  northwestern Mutual Life saint-gobain Corp.  William ives Consulting

faCuLTY/sTaff President’s Gold Circle richard W. scheffler z

President’s Silver Circle Andrea C. Becker  Kevin F. Brassard  thomas r. Cafaro  Patricia A. Hertzfeld  richard L. Hilliard  Brian t. McCoy  William C. Pieczynski  Alan J. reinhardt  Charlyn A. robert

President’s Society Now Justin r. Dolan Leonard K. Harmon

Amasa Nichols Society Lawrence D. Downs Peter M. engh  sherry e. engh  robert LaVigne edward J. socha

Academy Associates edward J. Kolek Jr.  Cynthia J. Lafortune  timothy J. Liptrap  Michael stanton edward g. Warren  sarajane Warren  richard Woods

Scholars’ Society richard B. Hardy z Christina Kaupe

Trustees’ Society Marianne e. gruskin Jane t. Birckhead  Mary C. DeFeudis 

President’s Gold Circle Constantine Alexander Charles Zabriskie Jr.  Janet Bullard John B. Dirlam susan D. Lombard robert e. Miller PhD  suryakant M. Patel MD

Laurie P. Albert  Marcia A. Behrens richard Bird Perry J. Bonnet Pauline Borden  Paul O. Brower Cynthia L. Brown James D. Douglas ellen M. Duggan Andrew J. Frydryk Jay giroux Karen A. gorski  thomas W. gorski Jr.  Christine g. Jankowski  thomas t. Koller  Kenneth M. Lapan Paul May Dorothy J. Millhofer  John e. Moore  Patricia M. Motyka  evelyn nieszczezewski Paul J. Perry emily reardon Betin robichaud  edward J. romano  Kathy M. sandstrom  Joseph B. shea thomas g. smith  Claudia snell Leslie sullivan Lauria e. tiberii richard C. Valle Maryellen V. Watson  Cynthia C. Williams 

Linda J. Andersen edward Clarke Woolard Harris Jerome Priest united Way of rhode island

Academy Associates

Albert F. Durham Michael A. King sen. richard t. Moore george shuster turnaround Management Assoc. Carolinas Warden L. Woodard iii

Hilltoppers’ Club

Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen Fdn. z Ayco Charitable gift Fund Community Fdn. of Western Massachusetts irene e. and george A. Davis Fdn. Hyde/Dexter-russell Charitable Fdn. 

Trustees’ Society Fidelity Charitable gift Fund george F. and sybil H. Fuller Fdn. z

President’s Green Circle

Joshua green Fdn. inc. 

President’s Silver Circle schwab Charitable Fund

Amasa Nichols Society Boston Fdn.  Flagg Fdn. inc.

Academy Associates Comer Family Fdn.

z Donor to nichols College for 20 or more consecutive years  Donor to nichols College for 5 or more consecutive years

Amasa Nichols Society

Scholars’ Society

President’s Gold Circle

President’s Silver Circle


Jimmy gahan Charitable Fdn. Webster Five Fdn. 

President’s Green Circle


Hilltoppers’ Club robert Algieri John A. Armstrong  Marie F. Beardwood Craig Brady Leslie H. Brooks  Brianne s. Callahan Lisa J. Campbell Colleen M. Colles  Keith H. Corkum e. Bates Craver  rayanne Drouin thomas K. Duncan  Christopher e. girardin Jeffrey A. Halprin  Dora L. Kac  Kenneth Korch Patricia B. Korch  nicole M. LaCourse elizabeth Lambert Paul e. Lambert sr.


William r. Lasher Blanche M. Milligan Libba g. Moore  Larry Muller Louise nordstrom  Kathleen M. Piniarski  Katherine C. Poplawski  Jason A. Price Donald sandstrom Dawn C. sherman  Pauline sroczynski Leonard F. suprise Mary A. trottier  susan D. Veshi  Luanne V. Westerling

richard and Marie Angers Daniel Atwood Kenneth s. Brown richard F. Brown Carol Cannon roger F. Carney ronald C. Chase Catherine M. Clinton Jeffrey L. Corkum nancy Corkum Alfred Cotton Debra C. Cronin Dudley Police Assoc. David s. Fearon David A. gardner robert P. grbic James L. Hennon Jerry Hennon Kenneth Hultquist Marie Y. Jean-Pierre Louise Kurposka Cynthia Lamb Paul r. Ledoux Joseph M. McLeish Jr. Dennis A. neslusan Janet L. newman nichols College Faculty Assoc. John D. nordstrom  Melissa A. noyes Patricia M. OBrien Franklin t. Olive Jr. ronald Poulin James F. Quarz Dan s. ramsey Karen e. salis ernest M. st. Jean Paul F. stasko susan K. tellier  Pandeli tuppa Paul M. Veshi 

Supporters Paul Adams Jimmy C. Ames irene V. Augustyn

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richard Bailey evelyn Baldyga David s. Bayer John Belsito Paula A. Bernier Lena Bomba Douglas e. Bryer Debbie Champoux Arlene Chiesluk Barbara A. Cobb Keith s. Costello norman Czyzewski elizabeth F. Daly Barbara A. Deslauriers evelyn r. Devoe Margaret L. Deys Virginia Didonato Helen g. Donarum Aline M. Douillette William L. Dugan Omer and Jacqueline Duval Francis and Pauline Dziembowski ethel elias Janelle Feuz timothy F. Finley edward W. Forman Peter H. Frey Kenneth s. Friedman Alan t. garin John e. gogolinski stanley grzyb Kirk gustafson robert and Catherine guyette theresa A. gwozdz James P. Hager gary e. Hansis sandra Henrard Lois M. Hucksam theresa A. Jankowski Daniel e. Johnson Helen Johnson Walter e. Jones Francis J. Kaczmarek Judith D. Kingsbury richard and Diane Konieczny robert e. Kroll Leonard Kuzawa Julie A. Landis Ann Laskowski robert O. Lavallee Wayne r. Lawson Marcella Leite Donald F. Leonard Loda Lewandowski Judith O. Lovelace irene Lucier John Makowski Margaret Marrier gary Mascilak Joseph Mayotte John P. McQuiggan ii

Joseph n. Mirto Jr. Francis s. Moriarty richard e. nordstrom Mary Ann Palmarozza Frank K. Pfeiffer Marlene Plaza William F. Popek stephen Posner Herbert g. raymond thomas romanik Carol rukat Helen rukat ronald r. rumrill edward L. rutkowski richard samborski David schell raymond siekierski William A. spigner Leonard spooner Charles and norma sroczenski stacie t. sujdak Joanne talamini Jeffrey A. tate Harry P. trotta s. Lance Van every Joan Vendetti  Helen A. Wojciechowski Kevin Wonoski g. Frank Young David Zdrok

PaRENTs (Past and Current) Scholars’ Society Charles A. Petrillo Dante H. sorrenti

President’s Green Circle Mrs. Herman Becker Oliver W. Birckhead Jr.

Amasa Nichols Society Academy Associates Hilltoppers’ Club Supporters

President’s Silver Circle Marc and Andrea Becker  thomas r. Cafaro  Leo L. gaudette Keith and Dena O'Hara  Paul J. Washburn Jr. John F. White z

Amasa Nichols Society Lee A. Mcnelly z David W. rodgers

Academy Associates Cynthia J. Lafortune

Hilltoppers’ Club Charles J. Atchue Leslie H. Brooks  William L. ewen Alexander M. gottfried sr. Jeffrey P. gould Debra M. Harmon  roger P. Holden  Harrison K. Horning

Gift Clubs Scholars’ Society Trustees’ Society President’s Society Green Circle Gold Circle Silver Circle President’s Society Now

Trustees’ Society

Gifts of $25,000 or more Gifts of $10,000 to $24,999 Gifts of $5,000 to $9,999 Gifts of $2,500 to $4,999 Gifts of $1,000 to $2,499 Graduates of the Last Decade Classes of 2002–2006: $500 Classes of 2007–2011: $250 Gifts of $500 to $999 Gifts of $250 to $499 Gifts of $100 to $249 Gifts of $1 to $99

thomas Kuntz rene t. Langevin James e. robinson Dawn C. sherman  rick stimets theodore J. tompkins

Supporters Laurie P. Albert  thomas and Karen gorski  robert and Catherine guyette Barbara A. Larson z Kevin M. McCarthy nancy A. Mullin Jean Palmarozza sidney M. smith Peter K. smyrl

Nichols Boards and Volunteers BOaRd Of TRusTEEs Constantine Alexander Joseph t. Bartulis Jr. David g. Bedard ’86 randall V. Becker ’83 MBA’96 Jane t. Birckhead James W. Coghlin sr. ’67 John H. Davis ’72 Mary C. DeFeudis robert F. Dorsey ’73 Asuman goksel David g. Hale ’75 thomas J. Hall ’69 Kurt Harrington ’74 robert B. Kuppenheimer ’69 John H. McClutchy Jr. ’72, Chairman robert e. Miller, PhD senator richard t. Moore robbie P. Munce ’99 MBA ’01 thomas H. niles ’63 Martin J. Power ’78 Kent tarrant ’57 robert J. Vaudreuil ’77

TRusTEE EMERITI Howard K.O. Chong Jr. ’64 John B. Dirlam gerald Fels ’66 richard H. Hardy David F. Lombard ’65

BOaRd Of adVIsORs Mark B. Alexander ’72 Wayne J. Archambo ’81 ted Avlas Bruce r. Barton ’67 r. Donald Bean iii ’91 Alice C. Belden ’85 MBA’92 Jonathan D. Blake ’69 Leslie H. Brooks Joseph J. Carlone eugene P. Cenci ’63 Bradford C. Child ’70 James L. Conrad Jr. William P. Daly Jr. ’94 Henri M. David Jr. ’64 stephen A. Davis ’80, Co-chairman John B. Dirlam edward A. Dixon ’80 edwin B. Donahue ’72 David W. Fleming ’57 Brian P. Foley ’75 David A. French ’76 Charlene M. French ’79 Anthony M. Fruci ’94 Leo L. gaudette ’81 Lew P. gelman ’65




Jeffrey P. gould ’68 samuel r. Haines ’73 richard B. Hardy Jean D. Harger John M. Harrison ’68 raymond W. Hencir ’67 Henry Howard ii ’69 Bradley s. Hvolbeck ’63 Jeff r. Johnson ’90 Francis B. Keefe ’73 James W. Kerley ’69 rosalie P. Lawless thomas s. Lodge ’79 David F. Lombard ’65, Co-chairman Francis J. Lovell ’71 Michael A. Lukasek ’87 John D. MacPhail ’65 timothy e. Madden ’95 Leo V. Marshall ’59 Christopher W. McCarthy ’92 MBA’97 Lee A. Mcnelly ’69 Keith A. O’Hara Alan s. Peppel ’98 Philip Pettinelli ’71 J. Arthur rizy Jr. ’57 Alvah O. rock ’63 Lloyd M. roth ’56 r. Joseph salois ’98 Craig A. sanden ’65 sherwood A. schaub Jr. ’64 richard O. shea ’74 george shuster Kenneth r. snell ’91 William J. steglitz ’93 Juan M. Velutini ’84 Michael J. Vendetti ’81 george e. Vogel ’67 Henry B. Wainer ’72 robert n. Weibel ’88 John F. White ’71 MBA ’79 tammy A. Cardillo Wolf ’94 Charles Zabriskie Jr.

aLuMNI BOaRd Of dIRECTORs Mark Alexander ’72 Chip Bechert ’81 Brenda Bianculli ’90 Bill Collins ’74 rick DeCrosta ’72 Christin evangelista-Adams ’07 ryan Fasold ’03 Andy Higgins ’80 steve Lemieux ’84 Frank Lovell ’71 Arlette Lynch MBA ’02 rob MacCallum ’07 John Maffeo ’75 Kim McCarthy ’92 robbie Munce ’99 MBA ’01, President Paul newman MBA ’01 Bill O’Connell ’78 Christine Prunier ’06 scott Quinn ’93 John sielawa ’10 Dave twiss ’01

CLass aGENTs Charles s. Jones ’43 robert A. green ’48 robert s. Blumberg ’49 F. edgar Mooney Jr. ’50 thomas W. Bartsch Jr. ’51 Francis L. Lemay ’53 robert Q. Benowitz ’54 Kent tarrant ’57 John A. turro Jr. ’62 William F. Keats ’63 John H. Hinchliffe iii ’64

Memorial Gifts nichols College received gifts to acknowledge the passing of these individuals this year: Armand J. Carrano ’69 AC Corp. Kenneth s. Brown Capital Business Credit LLC Albert F. Durham timothy F. Finley Kenneth s. Friedman gaia Herbs inc. Alan t. garin robert P. grbic Woolard Harris James L. Hennon Jerry Hennon Julie A. Landis Joseph M. McLeish Jr. rayburn Cooper & Durham PA William A. spigner turnaround Management Assoc. Carolinas s. Lance Van every William ives Consulting Warden L. Woodard iii Professor John N. Katori ’55 MBA’81 Paul Adams Jimmy C. Ames richard Bailey David s. Bayer randall and Donna Becker Alice C. Belden Warren C. Bender Paula A. Bernier Lena Bomba Leslie H. Brooks Brianne s. Callahan ronald C. Chase Howard K. O. Chong Jr. Jeffrey L. Corkum Keith and nancy Corkum Keith s. Costello Debra C. Cronin evelyn r. Devoe Virginia Didonato Allen W. Dillaire John B. Dirlam Philip B. Donnelly William L. Dugan Peter and sherry engh Janelle Feuz

William e. Fredericks Peter H. Frey David A. gardner James F. goulet raymond W. Hencir Patricia A. Hertzfeld Charles n. Howe Kenneth Hultquist Christine g. Jankowski Kevin and Jennifer Katori Kristina L. Katori tom Keith robert B. Kuppenheimer John t. Kurposka John r. Kustigian William r. Lasher robert O. Lavallee robert M. Lavine Paul r. Ledoux Donald F. Leonard Mercer Hr services LLC Francis s. Moriarty Charlotte neslusan Dennis A. neslusan nichols College Faculty Assoc. richard e. nordstrom Patricia M. OBrien Frank K. Pfeiffer Kathleen M. Piniarski ronald Poulin Alan J. reinhardt Jesse J. rulli richard W. scheffler scutaro Construction Corp. Bernice sheldon Bruce i. siegal thomas g. sleasman george t. smith thomas g. smith ernest M. st. Jean Paul F. stasko Joanne talamini Jeffrey A. tate susan K. tellier Mary A. trottier Pandeli tuppa richard C. Valle Michael J. Vendetti edward and sarajane Warren stephen F. Wentzell David C. Weyant

ronald J. LeClair ’64 Arthur C. Assad ’65 r. towner Lapp ’66 Michael J. runyon ’67 Henry Howard ii ’69 Douglas s. stirling ’70 Francis J. Lovell ’71 glenn A. Anderson ’73 William H. Collins ii ’74 Kelly F. Harris ’78 Barry F. Fowler ’79 robert A. Hoey ’84 Franklin g. Boisvere Jr. ’85 robert D. Conrad ’87 Lisa M. O’Meara ’91 Keith t. Hofbeck ’92 sandra Barbar ’93 sandra C. Desourdy ’94 Audra gouin ’96 Michael D. Damici ’97 Holly Munce ’99 robbie P. Munce ’99 Michelle A. Fasold ’03 ryan J. Fasold ’03

ibrahima K. Kourouma ’04 Melissa A. Jackson ’07

CLass sCRIBEs stanley e. Finn ’48 robert risk ’50 thomas W. Bartsch Jr. ’51 Arthur L. Fries ’56 Kent tarrant ’57 Charles n. Howe ’62 Bruce i. Haslun ’63 Warren C. Bender ’64 robert B. Kuppenheimer ’69 Michael L. Donehey ’83 rosemary Mamakos ’84 John P. Donahue ’85 susan K. Zimonis ’86 Diane L. golas ’88 Donna M. small ’91 Danielle A. sprague ’94 emily A. Alves ’98 Andrea J. sacco ’00 David J. twiss ’01 erica A. Mello ’06 Katelyn M. Vella ’10

The Nichols College Office of Advancement works to ensure the accuracy of the Donor Honor Roll. If you note an error, please contact us at 866-622-4766 or Also, please let us know if you would like your name to be listed differently in future issues. Thank you.


Annual awards recognize service and achievement on and off the playing fields Honorary Alumna Award Patricia A. Hertzfeld

Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees John Cygielnik ’66 | Baseball

A member of the Nichols community since 1979, Hertzfeld is currently associate vice president for finance and controller. She has served as an associate professor, teaching courses in financial accounting, managerial accounting, taxation, finance, and computer science.

Ken Thompson Alumni Service Award Raymond P. Faucher ’56

A four-year letter winner, Cygielnik batted .372 in his sophomore and junior seasons to help the Bison to a two-year mark of 31-2, which included an undefeated season (16-0) in NAIA play in 1964. He spent that summer in Falmouth as an outfielder for the Cape Cod League’s Commodores.

Robert N. Reynolds ’76 | Men’s Ice Hockey

Faucher was a member of the Alumni Board of Directors for many years and has routinely served as a reunion volunteer. In 2004, he endowed the Faucher Family Scholarship to help a student from his hometown of Thompson, Conn. Faucher is the retired president and chairman of the board of Superior Cake Inc., located in Sturbridge, Mass.

Reynolds was a four-year letter winner and center for the hockey team. His best statistical season came in his sophomore year, when he led the team with career highs of 10 goals and 22 assists. He scored his 100th point on February 8, 1976, against Bryant, to become the second member of the 100-point club.

F. Patrick Clarke ’77 | Football and Lacrosse

Young Alumni Achievement Award David M. Balducci ’00 Balducci began his career at McDonald’s as a crew member in 1994, worked up through the ranks, became an owner operator in 2006, and is now president of Sellia Corp., where he and four other family members own 12 McDonald’s locations across Worcester and Central Massachusetts.

A dual-sport athlete, Clarke earned four letters in football and four in lacrosse. He played defense in 35 football games during the stretch of four straight NEFC championships from 1973-1976. He was an eight-time Defensive Back of the Week Award recipient. As a midfielder for the lacrosse team, he notched a goal in his junior and senior season.

Kristine P. O’Coin ’03 | Soccer and Basketball

Alumni Achievement Award Lloyd M. Roth ’56 Roth is president and owner of the Tin Box Company, located in Farmingdale, N.Y., a multi-national entity with special licensing agreements from well known entertainment and beverage companies, such as Coca-Cola and Disney.

O’Coin earned four letters over two years as a dual sport student-athlete. In basketball, she accumulated 908 points and 587 rebounds and ranked among the top 50 in points per game, rebounds per game, and field goal percentage. In soccer, she is currently fifth all time in goals and assists, and fourth in points.

Michael A. Carven ’06 | Football and Lacrosse Carven won four letters in football and three in lacrosse. He holds nine records on the all-time Nichols football list including most touchdown passes in a game, most in a season, and most career touchdowns. As a lacrosse player, he started and played in 31 contests scoring 13 times and collecting nine assists for a total 22 points.

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A View from the Hill William F. O’Connell Jr. ’78, President of the Alumni Board of Directors

Every year, Nichols Colleges experiences changes; some are visible, while others are less tangible. Each year, we see a new class of graduates leave campus and enter the workforce ready to leave their mark on the world, like the countless alumni that

have preceded them. As one class leaves, we welcome a freshman class who, over the next four years, will be educated, challenged and nurtured at this special place on the Hill. Eventually, they all realize what it means to be “a Bison for life.” This year, however, may be remembered as a watershed year for Nichols College. This year, the changes have been unlike the others we have seen in past years: we welcomed a new president and bid farewell to Alumni Hall, a building that has been more than just bricks and mortar to many of us.

As the seventh president of Nichols College, Dr. Susan West Engelkemeyer is taking over at an exciting and critical time for the College. During her tenure she will leave her mark on this great institution and, like the others who have preceded her, will continue to grow and improve the College with the support of the alumni and Nichols community. In its more than 60 years on campus, Alumni Hall has also left its mark. As a place to dine, get our mail and socialize – especially at Bazzie’s – Alumni Hall was a focal point on cam-

pus and will be fondly remembered as part of our home when we attended Nichols. As we celebrate the life of this building, a new state-of-the-art student center is rising from the footprint of Alumni Hall. With its modern design and campus-friendly features, it promises to become the new focal point and face of Nichols for generations to come. Nichols has seen many changes, but, as the new president of the Nichols College Alumni Board of Directors, I want to say that the “view from the Hill” has never looked better.

Spread theWord: Nichols College is the Best Business College Value in New England! As business professionals, we all know the importance of word-of-mouth marketing. We now call on you, our Nichols College alumni, to start spreading the word on our behalf. Nichols offers: n n n n n n

A career-focused business education A signature professional business skills program providing graduates an edge in today’s workplace Accessible and mentoring faculty and staff Friendly, welcoming environment Affordablility through grants and scholarships Extensive study abroad, accelerated learning and internship opportunities


tomorrow’s leaders through a dynamic, career-focused business education. n 1 in 10 of our graduates becomes

a CEO, corporate president or business owner n Over 90% of our recent graduates

are employed in professional positions within 6 months of graduation

We cannot over-emphasize how powerful and positive an impact you can have on prospective students and their families.

Call 800-479-3379 or email, to request more information. If you would like us to make contact with a student that you believe would be a good match for Nichols, let us know by going to and selecting the “Student Connection” link from “Getting Involved” in the top menu bar.



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Annual Report


Catching up with Chris Billis ’89 MBA ’94

Changing the complexion of skin care By Julie Errico


t goes against conventional wisdom to start a new business during a recession, but that is just what Chris Billis ’89 MBA ’94 has done in launching Ermis Labs, a company which produces a skin care product for acne, CoralActives. Billis says the recession was the impetus for him to take the step. “I had the idea for a few years but went full out the early part of this year. It was time to take advantage of the current economic environment.” Billis was encouraged in his pursuit while completing his MBA at Nichols. “I knew that at some point in my career, I wanted to have my own company. The mantra in the MBA program was, ‘You can do your own thing and have your own business.’ Our professors told us that we could be successful. That always stuck in my head,” he adds. With 12 years in sales and marketing in the pharmaceutical industry, Billis started a new product line to “formulate something better than prescription but available over-the-counter,” he says. He decided to focus on the treatment of acne for two reasons: his clinical expertise in the area and an unmet need. “If you can provide products that are formulated correctly with the best ingredients, they will provide effective results and satisfied customers,” Billis contends. “Everyone in the industry

is focused on having the pimple go away as fast as possible but no one was focused on the inflammation part of acne, that redness and sensitive-to-thetouch part. I knew I could use ingredients to kill bacteria, but I spent more time finding the right material to tackle the inflammation. That’s when I discovered the benefits of Sea Whip Coral. From there I focused on formulating an acne product that could bring quick results without sacrificing the integrity of the skin.” Ermis Labs plans to eventually produce a total of seven skin care products, including two for the acne treatment market and three anti-aging products, with the goal of making the products “safe, simple, effective and affordable.” While finding effective formulations has been the key, transforming ideas into the production and distribution of actual products posed a challenge for Billis and his partner, Paul Tuffy. “It’s not easy to find [vendors] who will provide great service but also share the same philosophy and ethics as we do,” says Billis. Currently 36 different partners are extensions of Ermis Labs across the country. “The current economic downturn has afforded us relationships with vendors who in the past might not want to work with a start-up company.” Another niche for Ermis Labs

is in its marketing efforts. While Billis and his partner were featured last year on Fox Business, the company is primarily focusing its limited marketing resources on social networking and viral marketing. The company has also begun a grass roots effort with the use of Facebook and Twitter. “The response has been overwhelmingly successful,” says Billis. “We first focused locally, here in Atlanta, building trust with local schools, up and coming singers, competitive cheerleaders and many Atlanta-based models. From there, national skin care

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bloggers took notice and started to blog about the products. The voices keep growing. Sales come from all over the U.S.” It’s hard work taking a dream to reality, but Billis says he is proof that with a laptop, a smart phone and a very understanding family, anyone can realize his or her dreams. “I have found that there is no greater feeling than starting and owning your own company.”




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

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

Jack Melvin writes: Hi, y'all. What a pleasure it was to read the article about our classmate, Howard Raphaelson, in the summer 2011 Nichols College Magazine. That's a fine picture and a reminder of the days we spent together at Tilton School and Nichols. Congratulations, Howie, on your life accomplishments! You are absolutely correct when you say that "age is discretionary." It was kind of sad to pick up the magazine and see the void under Class of 1953 since we lost our prior scribe. Perhaps someone reading this could send a note with some information about themselves; it’s always good to feel a connection with someone else. We still travel in the motor home and made a trip last April to May from Myrtle Beach, SC, to Florida, Texas, and California, to visit family and friends – 7,000 miles and many gallons of gas.

Richard Clinton was the recipient of two special awards for sculptures from juried art shows at Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs, FL.



Class Scribe: Arthur Fries 917 Jordan Ct. Nipomo, CA 93444-6625 949-673-7190 From the Class Scribe… Jerold Sidman writes that after Nichols he went to Bryant College, and then to the Army after graduating in 1958. He worked for his father’s insurance agency, and still is today, running the Brooklyn office, which he says is paperless. He had his own agency until 2004, when he sold it to a large insurance company. Jerold just turned 75, so he’s been working for 53 years. He married Barbara at 35, and they have a son, Andrew, who is a college professor. He and Barbara have been living in the same hi-rise on Ocean Parkway, between M and N avenues, that

he enjoys keeping up to date with the Nichols news. Glenn says his Nichols education has served him very well, and one of the most valuable classes was Mrs. Riopel’s typing class, saying it has come in handy many times. Phillip Enright will update us for next edition, since he just moved and is up to his eyeballs in boxes with a lot to do. I spoke with Pete Keenan who says he is almost 80 years old! Since he was in the Navy for four years prior to attending Nichols, he is older than most of us. He’s been retired from the retail business for about 15 years and lives in Quincy, MA. He told me he’s almost bald and wanted to know if I still had my hair. I have most of it, though these days it’s shades of white. We talked about going to a hotel in Buzzard’s Bay on Cape Cod,

We’d like to hear from you! Please send your news directly to your class scribe. If you do not have a class scribe, news may be forwarded to Digital images are preferred, but please do not crop them! The higher the resolution the better – 300 dpi (dots per inch). he moved into when he was 27. Glenn Terrill reports that he and his wife of 52 years, Ruth, retired in 1988 and moved to New Bern, NC, where they live in a golf and boating community, participating in both, in addition to many other community activities. They’ve both been blessed with good health. He has given up tennis due to knee problems and is recovering from a partial knee replacement. Glenn speaks to Dick Coe several times a year, and reports he is in good health also. Glenn and his wife don’t get up to New England very often, and there aren’t many alumni functions in the area, so

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where Pete was working for the summer. For a nice Jewish boy from Brooklyn such as myself, going to church on Sunday morning with Pete, a good Irish Catholic, was a triumph, especially considering the hangover we had from the night before. Next year I’ll be celebrating 50 years in the insurance business and 51 years married to Cindy, whom I met while attending Syracuse University. We have lived in Queens, Brooklyn and Long Island, and in 1972 moved to California where we have lived in Northridge in the San Fernando Valley (earthquake country) and Lido Isle in

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Newport Beach. Last July, we moved to Nipomo, approximately three hours north of LA, to a Trilogy golf community in the heart of the country. I grow veggies on my 10,000 square feet of land. Both of my kids are in their 40s, are vegetarians, single, and living in Redondo Beach and San Francisco respectively. I’ve stopped beating up on them about marriage and having kids, so I’ll just have to continue to spoil the two dogs (Havanese) instead of grandchildren. I have worked in property and casualty insurance as well as life and health insurance, specializing in the sale of disability insurance to attorneys in LA and Beverly Hills. By 1991, I mellowed out, played tennis, went to the gym, and collected renewal commissions which at that point were pretty hefty. By 1995, I started giving advice on disability claims, mostly to professionals, and had my hours cut in half, compared to my workaholic schedule when I was selling, and did well from the comfort of my own residence. I continue to work because it’s fun, financially rewarding, and I can control my own time. You can check out my website for more information at I was fortunate to attend our 50th reunion. Everyone was exactly the same except, of course, the waistlines were bigger, and the hair whiter, for those who still had hair. There were about eight of us, including Howie Boss, Ray Faucher, Bob Handler, Joe Mendez, Lloyd Roth. Howie is no longer with us, but I have a great picture of the two of us with Bob and Lloyd on a Nichols keychain that I truly cherish.

Class Scribe: Kent Tarrant 45 Valley View Dr. P.O. Box 496 Hampden, MA 01036-0496 413-566-5130


1960s Class Scribe: Charlie Howe May-September 212-22nd St. Surf City, NJ 08008-4926 October- April 17468 Cornflower Ln. Punta Gorda, FL 33955 941-575-8150

Class Scribe: Bruce I. Haslun 16 Gilder Point Ct. Simpsonville, SC 29681 From the Class Scribe… Word comes, through Jack Lubbers ’62, who made a special trip up to New Jersey, that his Nichols roommate, Dave Paulson, is not doing well. It’s Alzheimer’s and, of course, that’s not only difficult for Dave, but for his wife, Nancy, and their daughter. For those of us who do pray, please include the Paulsons. Bill Cleary had a visit from Peter Brusman and wife, Diane, in San Antonio, TX. In July, Bill Pieczynski, Nichols VP for advancement, stopped by on a Carolinas swing. He has such enthusiasm for Nichols! He tells us that the new student center is well underway on the construction side, but could still use our help on the financial side. Bill spent some quality time (i.e., on the golf course!) with Ed Mazzetta ’64 in Charlotte, NC, who had recently heard from Bob Donovan. I got a terrific note from “Major Toz,” Art Tozzi, USMC ret., who has just returned home from a solo, 6,248 mile bike ride, 32 days on the road, of which 6,048 miles were secondary back roads. From western North Carolina, he went to Tennessee, Punxsutawney, PA, for a stop to see Phil (Art and the ground hog share a 2/2 birthday), Niagara Falls, Thousand Islands,

“Major Toz’,” Art Tozzi ’63

Saratoga Springs, Fort Ticonderoga, Burlington, VT, across upper New England to New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia. After Canada, he went back into the U.S. through Bar Harbor, then on to Kennebunkport, Portsmouth, coastal Massachusetts and Rhode Island. He then made a run down to his old home town of Brookfield, CT, then back north to West Point, into West Virginia, down the Shenandoah to Roanoke, and back home to Wilson, NC. Along the way he spent some time and uncapped a few lagers with Gene Cenci, Bob Therrien, Henri David ’64 and Vinny Becker ’64. Art sums up the adventure with, “Took two weeks for my butt to recover!” Next year he’s considering California! Good for you ’ol buddy! Semper Fi! Bob Ashley became a grandpa to a new grandson, compliments of his daughter, Amie and her husband, Tyler. Having experienced seven years times two (twins) of it, I wrote back to tell Bob how much easier it is to be a grandfather than a father. After Nichols, Bob went to U.S. Coast Guard Officer Candidate School in Yorktown, VA. He was then assigned to captain of the Port in Boston where he “took command of an LMD (Large Metal Desk). Hazardous, but somebody had to do it!” Bob worked in banking and construction-property management and served for 27 years in his local volunteer fire company. In 2009, he returned to the Hill for the Nichols Fire Depart-

ment’s 50th anniversary. Frans Keesing attended homecoming on October 1. When Frans last visited in 2009, he brought a photo album covering his four years at college, which he donated to the Nichols Archives. He recently found a scrapbook of sport schedules, drama club programs, class schedules and newspaper articles, which he will also donate, along with slides he took of campus. After 40 years, Pete Chamberlain retired from Norton Company and moved to Beech Mountain, NC. He is still skiing and working ski patrol. Like most of us here in the Carolinas, he marvels at the weather. Even up on Beech Mountain, there are only a couple weeks of zero temperature. It’s usually in the 20s. This summer, the high was 79. Pete says “It’s hard to travel when you live in paradise,” but this spring he and his wife, Shirley, flew out to Bermuda and crewed back to Charleston on a 41-foot Benetau that had taken the blue ribbon in the Cruising Class, Charleston to Bermuda Race. They traveled to Lake George to see two grandsons graduate and be with all five daughters and nine grandkids. Pete, too, drives the fire truck and answers EMS calls. It’s great to find so many of our classmates doing volunteer work, making a difference in their communities. Carol and I had our grandkids here in July. They decided that Grandpa is hands down the best cook they’ve ever found. It sure is a top-of-the-world feeling when you can do no wrong! (Y’all come down, and I’ll be happy to cook for you!) I had lunch recently with Dave Shemm ’61, who lives nearby, and enjoyed reminiscing about many an old name and time. It was great hearing from so many of you, but there’s always

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room for more! My next deadline is December 14. Get in touch! Keep in touch!

Class Scribe: Warren Bender 3604 Kingsley Dr. Myrtle Beach, SC 29588-7714 843-492-6727

Henri David ’64 on his restored 22’ Aqua Sport.

From the Class Scribe… I got a note from Bill Bufalino, still living in Swampscott, MA, who was a buyer for TJX Companies for 41 years, retiring two years ago. He also just finished 40 years of coaching Little League and can now turn into an attentive traveling grandpa watching his four grandsons play ball. He has a second home in Aruba, which he visits a couple times a year. Bill attended his 50th high school reunion. A couple of years ago, he was inducted into its athletic hall of fame, which also includes Boston sportscaster, Mike Lynch. I remember watching him play baseball for Nicky U. Every few months he has lunch with Danny Tomassetti and also stays in touch with Arthur Palleschi, who still lives in town and has a place on the Cape. Thanks for the info, Bill, and enjoy your retirement.




Catching up with Richard Anderson ’86 further and look down the road,” he says of his rise to the top. “That was born out of a strong foundation in accounting and finance, but more out of a curiosity of what is going to happen next.” As the chief executive, he has had to deal not only with an uncertain economy, but with the evolution of payment technology as well. “Right now there are tremendous changes in the way American consumers use their plastic and the technology that enables them to do that,” he says. “Our challenge is to stay ahead of the game and to recognize that from challenge comes opportunity.” While Anderson acknowledges the role of Nichols in preparing him for these “challenges and successes,” he is especially grateful for the friendships that still impact him today. “While Nichols gave me a great foundation for understanding business, it’s also been the friends I made while there who helped drive me,” he says. “These friendships have endured for 25 years. We’re all successful in our endeavors and that’s part of what helps motivate me. At times I have thought, ‘If my former classmates can do it, then I can do it too.’ “ ~ Julie Errico

Success is definitely in the cards for Richard Anderson ’86. He paired a background in accounting and finance with an ability “to see beyond the numbers” to land a job as president and CEO of Shoreline Business Solutions, a leading provider of ATM, debit, credit, stored value, and other payment cards for financial services, insurance and retail institutions across the United States. Anderson began his career at Harper & Whitfield PC in Farmington, Conn., as a staff accountant, eventually becoming director of entrepreneurial services. He credits his success there to his ability to embrace new concepts and technologies, saying, “Anything that was new that came down the pike in the industry, I tried to gravitate towards it.” In 2001 when Anderson joined Procare, USA, he got the opportunity to move beyond finance, serving as CFO and vice president of business development. “The whole excitement of this type of role is preparing for the future, rather than looking back in the rear view mirror. I had more of an interest in seeing the entire picture of an organization, rather than just the financial picture,” he says. The transition was not always easy. “When people learned I was an accountant/CFO, they formed an opinion. I think they wondered if I knew anything besides debits and credits. I took pride in my career when people told me that I didn’t seem like an accountant—that I got the big picture. I could see beyond the numbers. I wore this somewhat as a badge of honor.” At Shoreline, which is headquartered in North Kingstown, R.I., Anderson went from CFO in 2006 to CEO in 2009. “I was able to take the basic components of finance and then take it a step

I was shocked to hear from Leon Harvey, who lived in Daniels and Goodell in freshman and sophomore year respectively. Leon, my wife, Lila, and I went to the same grammar school. He really enjoyed driving his 1960s blue and white Corvette from home to school, and even made a few trips to the Mohegan with George Pagnotta '63. Leon relocated six years ago to Ocala, FL, which is horse country. He used to own and race a few harness horses. After 27 years of working 50-60 hour weeks, he sold his share in the business to his partner. He stays active and plays quite a bit Texas Hold’em at an Ocala



casino. Give him a shout at I also heard from Steve Besner, who is semi-retired from CBS News after 45 years. He was a director, working with Walter Cronkite, Dan Rather, and most recently, Katie Couric. He is now directing the show Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer, which airs Sunday mornings. He said he has a lot more time during the week to go to the gym and just relax. Steve sounds like someone who truly loves his job, and who can blame him? Another Nicky U. graduate makes good. Mike McCarthy (aka Bosco) is grandfather to Reese Ryley,

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born to his son, Kyle, and wife, on October 9, 2011. Congratulations to all. Earlier in the month he also came across some information about Woody Schaub, who owns a successful executive search firm in Manhattan. I'll try and track down more information on Woody for the next publication. Bob "Gas" Gascoyne dropped me a line to say that his oldest granddaughter just entered her freshman year in college on a volleyball scholarship. If Nichols had women's volleyball, he thinks he could have convinced her to go to there, but Texas won out. He recently checked off an item on his "bucket list,"

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and went sky diving at 20,000 feet. It was a whole bunch different than the 1,250 feet that he and Carl "Gillis" Gilbert experienced in Fort Benning over 45 years ago. By the way, he said, “Never again!” He and his wife, Marian, love Florida life and are enjoying visits to the kids and grandkids in Texas and Maine. He adds, "And the beat continues, as long as the heart does." Gas, I'd like to thank you and Gillis and all the other Nichols alumni who served our country so well. Mucho kudos to you all! "And The Beat Goes On" … I just hit 71 and still feel 55!


Charles Piazza reports that as of April, he is semi-retired from Pryority Foods food brokerage. He is enjoying fun times and still playing the keyboard. He played with Eclipse from Miami over Christmas week and had a ball!

Class Scribe: Robert Kuppenheimer 4627 Tremont Ln. Corona del Mar, CA 92625-3130

From the Class Scribe… The Class of 1969 is proud that Tom Hall has been elected vice chairman of the Nichols Board of Trustees. Dan Stewart writes to say that he is the chief marketing officer for Shadow Hawk Vehicles of Broomfield, CO, the designer and manufacturer of a series of high performance luxury vehicles. He says to feel free to contact him at 720-530-8546 or DanielStewart@ShadowHawk and to visit the website at www.ShadowHawk

1970s Mark Alexander recently participated in the Survivors’ Walk in the Relay for Life in Lancaster, PA, where his daughter, Mary Jo, was a team leader.

Ron Carlson MBA ’87 has been named Paul Harris Fellow by The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. A member of the Rotary Club since 1987, he’s been the chairman of the Southbridge Rotary Scholarship for many years. He also serves as board chairman

Pictured left to right at the 33rd Annual Nichols Alumni Golf Tournament are 1986 classmates EJ Landry, Rich Anderson, Joe Litavis, Dave Bedard, Dave Lofgren, Andy Michienzi, and Paul Wigglesworth.

for Harrington Memorial Hospital, and a board member and past president of United Way of Southbridge, Charlton and Sturbridge. Currently the CFO of Hyde Tools, he resides in Sturbridge with his wife, Andrea. They have a son, Matthew, and two grandsons.

1980s James Lyons reports that his first grandchild, Jameson, born to daughter, Erica, who spent a little time on campus as an infant back in the spring of 1980, is doing great.

Mark Alexander ’72 and daughter, Mary Jo

Worcester investment firm Bartholomew & Company Inc. promoted Charles Patterson to senior vice president. Patterson, of Rutland, MA, joined Bartholomew & Company in 2002 and was previously employed as treasurer for the Tantasqua Regional School District and the town of Shrewsbury.

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

Class Scribe: Michael Donehey 508-376-5469 (phone) 509 376-5043 (fax)

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

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

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

Class Scribe: Susan Zimonis 18930 Misty Lake Dr. Jupiter, FL 33458 561-707-8781

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Rebecca Coffin is the director of finance and administration at the Center for Living & Working Inc., located in Worcester, MA. The organization is dedicated to “empowering independence for people with disabilities.”

Class Scribe: Danielle Troiano 20 Stagecoach Rd. Leominster, MA 01453 508-845-6604 Jude Tomasino, assistant director of admissions at the Community College of Rhode Island, has been named president of




Catching up with Jason Nyborn ’04 MBA ’08 Though there were many stops on his career path following graduation, for Jason Nyborn ’04 MBA ’08, all paths led to the family business. Nyborn is currently manager for the third-generation owned Precious Metals Reclaiming Service with offices in West Palm Beach, Fla., and Westwood, Mass. The company specializes in dealing precious metals including gold, silver, palladium, platinum, diamonds and more. Their clients range from the military, industrial businesses, people selling jewelry, and more. After attending two schools prior to becoming a Bison, he decided to transfer to Nichols after hearing about it from an uncle, fellow alumnus Joseph Bartucca. “Through my uncle, I knew Nichols provided a structured business education, and after going to a couple other schools, I realized business was something I wanted to focus on.” Nyborn credits Nichols with equipping him with the right attitude necessary to succeed in the workplace. “I was so confident after graduating, that despite the job market not being great, what I learned in my time as a student provided me with the preparation and attitude to succeed.” Nyborn urges current students to “finish no matter what.” Recalling his own experience, he adds “There are

the Rhode Island Association of Admissions Officers for the 2011-12 academic year. Christopher Starczewski has been appointed principal of the new Tantasqua Regional Junior High School. His professional associations include Phi Delta Kappa, National Council for Teachers of Mathematics, New England League of Middle Schools, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, and the National Middle School Association.

nesburg. Fox has practiced tax law in the Toronto office of Fasken Martineau since 2003.

Michael Cote MBA is employed at Phillips Electronics, N.A., as a senior sourcing specialist. He is also an adjunct professor at Northeastern University in their business/leadership program.

Matt and Julie (Rainho ) ’00 Fox welcomed daughter, Kinley Jansyn, on Oct. 28, 2010. They report big brother Channing (4) is thrilled to have her.

David Fox was named partner at Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, an international law firm with offices in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal, Quebec City, London, Paris, and Johan-



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2000s Jillian Hayes and Roger Smerage were married on Sept. 5, 2010, at the Annisquam

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definitely times you’ll have your doubts, but there is always an ending, and when you get there, it will pay off.” Precious Metals Reclaiming Service was recently featured on myFoxBoston in a spotlight addressing the rise in the value of gold. Nyborn encourages people to look for things they have that might be valuable, adding “People always find it amazing how items they thought were useless, can contain valuable metals.” Nyborn resides in Bellingham, Mass. For more information on his business, visit ~ Ron Powers ’08

Village Church in Gloucester, MA, with a reception following at Cruiseport Gloucester. Nichols alumnae in attendance were bridesmaid Kerry Barnes ’05 MBA ’07, Sara Fuller ’04 MBA ’07, Amy Oman ’04, Tamar Lawrence, and Chelsea Bailey. The couple honeymooned in Hawaii. Jillian is a HR business analyst at Pegasystems in Cambridge, and Roger is an attorney with K&L Gates in Boston. They reside in Salem.

Frank Oliva was awarded the 2011 Excellence in Teaching Award. He is currently a social studies teacher at Wahconah Regional High School in Dalton, MA.

Class Scribe: Erica Mello

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2010s Class Scribe: Katelyn Vella


William C. Ringer ’38, of Teaticket, Mass., died June 15, 2011. A World War II veteran, he spent the majority of his career at the former Pacific Oil Co. of Fall River as a credit manager. In later years, he was a manager and auditor at the Howard Johnson’s Motor Lodge in Swansea. He was predeceased by his wife of 43 years, Penelope. James E. Cushing ’41, of Grantham, N.H., and Phoenix, Ariz. formerly of Niskayuna, N.Y., died June 17, 2011. He served in the U.S. Army as a bridge engineer during World War II. Cushing was president and CEO of the Cushing Stone Co. in Schenectady and coowner of Cady Co. in Amsterdam, N.Y. He was predeceased by his wife, actress Maureen O’Sullivan. Survivors include members of the Terry family, Cynthia, Holly, and James; and members of the Farrow family, Mia, Susan, John, Prudence Bruns, Stephanie Soghoian, and Theresa. The Alumni Relations Office was informed of the death of John H. Vanderveer ’41, of Williamsburg, Virg., on June 23, 2011. George F. Hay Jr. ’43, of Spring Lake and Sea Girt, N.J., died, July 1, 2011. He was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Following his service, Hay was an insurance broker for Prudential. Survivors include his children, George, Paul, Mary, Caroline, and Jean; three grandchildren; and sister, Anita. He was predeceased by his wife, Jeanne; and daughter, Patricia. Robert W. Smith ’47, of West Hempstead, N.Y., died June 5, 2011. He served in the U.S. Army in 1942 as a member of the 82nd Airborne Division, where he took part in the liberation of Belgium, the Battle of the Bulge, and the occupation of Berlin. Smith worked for Aetna Insurance for many years. Survivors include his children, Wayne, Susan, and Catherine; and five grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife of 62 years, Peg. The Alumni Relations Office was informed of the death of Francis E. Terrio ’47, of Sun City Center, Fla., on Apr. 17, 2011.

Richard C. "Dick" Underhill ’47, of Westfield, N.J., died July 9, 2011. He served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II, and was a commissioned officer with a pilot rating until 1945. Underhill worked for Anchor Corp. in Elizabeth for many years, wholesaling securities before going into business for himself as a certified financial planner. Survivors include his children, Bruce and Patricia; a grandson; and siblings, Marjory and Hugh. He was predeceased by his wife, Nancy; and brother, Arthur Jr. ’47. Arthur E. Clark Jr. ’49, of North Kingstown, R.I., died July 24, 2011. He was a U.S. World War II veteran, serving in the 9th Air Force, Army Air Corps. Clark was president and owner of J. Adolf Johnson Inc. Builders, of Johnson-Clark Realty Co., and past president of the Rhode Island Chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America. He served as a former vice chairman of the Nichols Board of Trustees. Survivors include his children, Audrey, David, Jani, and Jeffrey; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and brother, Robert. Henry C. Tuck Jr. ’49, originally from Dallas, Texas, and New Port Richey, Fla., died Apr. 6, 2011. A veteran of World War II, he attained the rank of sergeant, then returned home to the family business, Tuck's Drug Store in Wilkes-Barre, Penn., where he spent 26 years managing with his father. He then went on to work in collection for local banks and H.A. Berkheimer. He also was a State Constable and part-time police officer for Lehman Township. Survivors include his stepson, Daniel; and six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice; and two sons, Hank and Andy. John H. Willey ’52 of Portland and Kennebunk, Maine, died Aug. 24, 2011. He was the treasurer of Maine Truck and Tractor, a company that was started by his father, and served in the Army Reserves for several years. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Hope. Richard L. English ’56, of New Haven, Conn., died July 11, 2011. A retiree of the First New Haven

National Bank, English was past president and longest-standing member of the New Haven Bird Club, and provider of many philanthropic gifts as a musicologist and ornithologist. Survivors include his brother, James. Carl G. Benvenuti ’57, of Dudley, Mass., died May 30, 2011. After serving in the U.S. Air Force , he was an insurance salesman , retiring in 1997. He then held a parttime job at Northeast Marine Industries in Oxford. Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Joan; three children, Carlene, Lisa, and David; and brother, Phillip. Douglas T. Monk ’58, of Pawleys Island, S.C., died July 3, 2011. He worked for McGregor Sportswear in Dover, N. J., and Philadelphia, Penn., for 23 years, and as a contract manager for Londontown Corp. (London Fog) in Eldersburg, Md. Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Jean; children, Thomas and Kathryn; and brother, David. Frederick P. Dudley ’59, of Pensacola, Fla., died Aug. 27, 2010. Brother Dudley was ordained in 1972 and served as pastor in 11 different states. Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Norma; five children, Karen, Kenneth, Kevin, Kimberly, and Krista; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and sister, Betty. Peter B. Harpin ’60, of Clemson, S.C., and formerly Sudbury and Marlborough, Mass., died June 13, 2011. He was a member of the U.S. Army. Survivors include his former wife, Betty; and sister, Nancy. Jan “J.T” “Oz” Osborn ’70, of Bonners Ferry, Idaho, died June 23, 2011. He was a member of the U.S. Coast Guard earning the rank of aviation machinist mate Third Class. Osborn worked in the forestry industry at the Deerlodge National Forest Ranger Station, in Whitehall, Mont., and Rager Ranger Station in Ochoco National Forest in Oregon. He moved to Bonners Ferry in 1996 and worked until 2005 at Leland Erickson of Premier Builders, LP Lumber Mill and Riley Creed Lumber Mill. Survivors include his wife, Jeanne; stepchildren, Randy, Patty, Larry,

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and Donnie; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and sister, Penny. He was predeceased by his brother, Thom. Douglas M. Hobbs ’77, of Glastonbury, Conn., died July 7, 2011. Hobbs worked for United Technologies Corp. for 34 years, most of which was spent at Otis Elevator Co. Most recently, he worked at the Otis Service Center in Bloomfield, Conn. Survivors include his wife, Pamela; and children, Sarah and Dan. Paul S. Bantley ’87, of Worcester, formerly of Dudley, Mass., died Aug. 10, 2011. He was most recently employed with Staples Inc. in Framingham. Survivors include his mother, Patricia; wife of 16 years, Mikako; and sisters, Mary and Kathy. Nellie R. Kosakowski ’00, of Southbridge, Mass., died Aug. 24, 2011. She had a long career as a bookkeeper, working at Southbridge Savings Bank and later with other businesses and family offices in the Southbridge area. She earned a BSBA at Nichols at age 78. She is survived by a son, Thomas, and wife, Cheryl; a daughter, Ann McNamee and husband, Roger; two grandchildren; siblings, Julie Sedor and Dr. Edmond Rewinski; and a brother-inlaw, Edmond. She was predeceased by her husband, Ted. Lucy M. Davis, the first faculty secretary for Nichols, of Charlotte, N.C., and East Woodstock, Conn., died May 24, 2011. Survivors include her sons, John and Robert; three grandchildren; and sister, Patsy. She was predeceased by her husband of 64 years, John; and siblings, Mary, Robert, and Frank. Rev. Thomas B. Garlick, former adjunct faculty member at Nichols, died May 22, 2011. He was ordained a priest in1984 at St. Paul Cathedral. He was also a board certified chaplain, National Association of Chaplains; a registered jeweler, American Society; and a life member of the the National Eagle Scout Association. Survivors include siblings, MaryEllen, Brenda, Martha, Ralph, and George.



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A new  home  for the Conrad  Society

s founder of Nichols College and its president for 35 years, James Lawson Conrad – fondly referred to as “The Colonel” post WW II – enriched the lives of many students  who  sought  the  keys  to  success  through  a  practical  education. The Colonel engendered reverence and loyalty, especially among those for whom his stern yet fair leadership will be long remembered for sparking a passion and proficiency for business. The Colonel Conrad Society was created to continue Conrad’s legacy of student and  campus  enrichment.  By  making  a  planned  giving  agreement  with  Nichols  or including the College in their estate plans, members can extend their generosity to ensure the continued health of Nichols.   To recognize the loyalty of these alumni and friends, the College gave them a new home. Adjacent to the President’s Office on the main floor of Conrad Hall is a plaque etched  with  the  names  of  Conrad  Society  members  as  well  as  an  expression  of  the College’s gratitude.  “The plaque gives the Colonel Conrad Society a distinctive presence on campus,”  says Henri M. David Jr. ’64, chairman of the Society. “It serves as a wonderful reminder  of the commitment these individuals have made to the College and a salute to the Colonel for creating a culture and values from which we have succeeded." 


If you have remembered Nichols College in your estate plans or have already crafted a planned gift, we want to recognize your loyalty with membership in the Colonel Conrad Society. Please contact Bill Pieczynski, vice president for advancement, at 866-622-4766. For a list of Society members, see page 7 of the 2011 Annual Report insert. 



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Beaming up! Students, alumni, parents, faculty and staff got the opportunity to sign a beam for the student center, a traditional practice for a new structure. On November 4, the beam was hoisted to its rightful spot, supporting the roof at the west end of the building. The 300 lb. beam numbers among the total of 408,000 lbs. of structural steel in the building, which also includes 18.3 miles of reinforcing bar and 1,605 cubic yards of concrete.

Nichols College Fall Winter 2011 Magazine - 2010-11 Annual Report  

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Nichols College Fall Winter 2011 Magazine - 2010-11 Annual Report  

Nichols College Alumni Magazine and FY10 Annual Report