Update from the President
April 11, 2013
Dear Families and Friends,
April and May are exciting times for the seniors. Every day I get a call, email, text, or handshake and a student saying: "Doc, I got a job!" We all know how difficult job-hunting can be in this market; however, all indications are that our students are competitive and successful. We continue to look forward to news of each achievement. It's gratifying to know Endicott programs like internships and service learning contribute to these accomplishments, and that the work we all do to support our students carries them through graduation and beyond.
Nursing - Eight Endicott College nursing students and two nursing faculty participated in an international service-learning project in Guatemala over March break. This week-long program was in collaboration with Partners in Development (PID), an NGO operating clinics in Guatemala and Haiti. During the program, students worked with an OB/GYN nurse practitioner, a neonatal nurse, and the Endicott nursing faculty in clinic rooms treating an average of 50 patients per day and performing triage and lab duties. As part of the experience, students assisted the PID staff with the building and installing of water filters, designed to provide parasite-free drinking water to residents. The students and faculty were so pleased with their experience that Endicott plans to offer the course again next year.
Also in program news, the National League for Nursing Accreditation has granted Endicott's School of Nursing continuing accreditation for the baccalaureate program until 2020, as well as initial accreditation for the Master's degree in Nursing for five years until 2017.
Sport Science - The Endicott College Career Center and the School of Sport Science held a Sport Management Alumni Panel Presentation for current students on April 2. The panelists consisted of Sport Management graduates from 2006- 2011 and included Amanda Heglin, Coordinator of Sponsorship Services, Boston Red Sox; Mike Dargin, Manager Youth Hockey Development, Boston Bruins; Katie Leighton, Consulting and Events Coordinator, Fenway Sports Management Group; Dan MacPherson, Community Relations Coordinator, New England Patriots; Patrick McBride, Inventory Planner/Buyer- Customization Program, Life is Good; Brendan Mitchell, Account Executive, Boston Celtics; and Andrew Vatistas, Marketing Manager, Harvard University Department of Athletics. The event was a tremendous success with over 100 students in attendance.
Investment Club - Twenty students who are members of the Endicott College Investment Club (ECIC) traveled to New York City to visit three global financial organizations: the NYSE Euronext (New York Stock Exchange), Bloomberg Headquarters, and SMBC Capital. The Finance Committee of Endicott's Board of Trustees provided funding for the trip after viewing the Club's presentation of its successful investment year. At the NYSE Euronext, students were present for the opening bell and viewed the new CNBC on-floor studio. The students also visited the Bloomberg organization, which provides international financial news through its website, a television station, and a radio station, and also toured SMBC Capital and met with the Executive Director.
Hospitality - The School of Hospitality is hosting its fourth annual Scholarship Wine, Cheese and Beer Tasting on Friday, April 19 from 5-8 p.m. at Misselwood. The event is organized by Hospitality Management honors students and raises money for student scholarship funds – last year's tasting generated $8,000! Students in the Event Management class will serve samples from a large array of international wines and local beers combined with a selection of New England cheeses. Tickets are $20 per person ($25 at the door). For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Elise Perkins, Alumni Relations Assistant Director (978-232-2109 or firstname.lastname@example.org) or purchase online.
The spring brings warmer temperatures and another season full of action-packed and competitive Endicott Athletics varsity, club varsity, and intramural programs. Our Men's and Women's Lacrosse teams have historically stood out among the region's top programs and this year is no different with the men currently standing at 7-3 (3-0 CCC) with marquee wins over Amherst and Springfield while the women are 6-4 (3-0 CCC) and playing for their eighth consecutive conference title. On the diamond, Endicott Baseball (10-8, 2-0 CCC) started off their season 4-0 down at the RussMatt Florida Invitational, returned home to beat the #11 team in the country, Saint Joseph's (Maine), and won their first two league games over Roger Williams. Softball, Endicott's winningest program with 12 conference championships and nine NCAA Tournament appearances, stumbled during their spring break trip to the Rebel Spring Games but are expected to once again compete for a CCC title. Endicott Men's Tennis went 3-1 down at the Spring TennisFest in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina and currently stand at 5-5 under first year coach Jeremy Howard. Fellow first year head coach and former Endicott alum George Chapell '08 has his Men's Volleyball team one win away from their sixth 20-win season in program history and they have already claimed the top seed in the upcoming NECC Tournament.
A couple of fall teams will be competing in critical spring championship dates as Women's Tennis, after hoisting the CCC Championship trophy in November, will compete in a few spring matches before entering the NCAA Tournament field in early May. Men's Golf will vie for a CCC title as their top-four finish in last fall's qualifying tournament made them eligible for the spring championship at the Essex Country Club.
Early in the spring, Rugby played their first-ever match at Endicott Stadium, an 8-0 win over North Shore rival Salem State, under first year coaches Justin McIntyre and Jason Scott. The Endicott Dance and Cheerleading teams experienced national recognition for their hard work as the Dance team earned 6th place in the Open Pom Division and 15th place in the Open Jazz Division at the UCA/UDA Dance Team National Championship in Orlando and the Cheerleading squad is traveling to Dayton Beach for the NCA Competition on April 10-14 after winning first place at the All-Girl College Division at the Bravo All-Stars Cheer and Dance Spring Classic Championship.
Event and Conference Services at Endicott College
Our Event and Conference Services team is gearing up for another busy season at Misselwood. The tent has just gone up and we're ready for the warm weather! Misselwood has recently been awarded The Best of Weddings for the third year in a row by the popular wedding brand The Knot, and the team is excitedly planning the many ceremonies and celebrations that will take place this summer on our 4.5 acre oceanfront property. It's our favorite time of year!
If you are looking for a great event to attend this summer, we invite you to the 2013 edition of the Misselwood Concours d'Elegance, taking place July 27-28 at Misselwood. This wonderful weekend event showcases a wide variety of magnificent cars combined with art and fashion shows and musical entertainment, and funds raised from the Concours will go directly towards Endicott scholarships. Two separate show fields - a judged concours field and an adjacent collector's car parking area - will impress any car enthusiast, young and old.
As always, please keep Endicott in mind as a host site for personal celebrations, corporate meetings or association gatherings. Our Event and Conference Services team of trained professionals will assist with planning and execution to ensure success. Whether it's an intimate cocktail reception in the Misselwood House or a residential program across campus, we can accommodate a board meeting for ten, a corporate outing for 200 and everything in between. Learn more on our website.
Van Loan School of Graduate & Professional Studies
Endicott College Boston - Endicott College Boston continues to grow and expand its outreach into the greater Boston community. The past month has seen new partnerships develop in the city, new students enroll in the existing programs, and new academic programs designed. Perhaps the most innovative of these new programs is the Transitional Bilingual Associate Degree in Business Administration. Beginning in Fall 2013, Spanish-speaking students who have intermediate level English skills will be able to begin taking credit earning college classes in Spanish while they continue to develop academic English skills. Traditionally students needing ESOL courses have had to put academic dreams on hold until they are proficient in English. This unique new program will allow someone to begin faster and highlight the career potential of bilingual college graduates. The first year of the program will have five of the first ten courses taught in Spanish by bilingual professionals and faculty. Year Two will have all classes taught in English and Endicott Boston will have support staff to help tutor any remaining language challenges.
New Program Offerings - The Graduate School faculty are in the midst of developing programs in areas in which Endicott has particular strength. Master's degree programs in educational administrative leadership that will lead to initial licensure in principal/ assistant principal, special education administrator, superintendent/ assistant superintendent, and school business administrator have been submitted to the state approval agency. A new nurse practitioner track is under development that will be offered as a new concentration in the Master of Science in nursing program. Proposals to offer a Ph.D. degree are in their final stages in the fields of applied behavior analysis as well as nursing.
Endicott College Gloucester - The SailBot 2013 International Robotic Sailing Regatta, a robotic sailing competition in which teams of university and college students compete, will be held in Gloucester on June 9-13. Olin College and the City of Gloucester are co-hosting the event. Participating teams will be housed on Endicott's Beverly campus and Endicott College Gloucester will be one of the waterfront hosts during the event. Endicott is also fielding a team under the direction of Professor Dr. Michael Ocean.
The goal of SailBot is to create an unmanned sailboat that navigates through a variety of challenges with limited, if any, human control. Students are able to use this friendly competition between schools to apply their engineering knowledge in a multi-disciplinary task that requires mechanical, electrical, and software skill to deal with this highly variable environment.
Participating institutions include Dartmouth College, Iowa State University, Northeastern University, Tufts University, the United States Naval Academy, and the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Commencement will take place on Friday, May 24 at 10:30 am in the Stadium on campus. At this time we are expecting approximately 620 students to participate in the ceremony. All graduating students should have submitted their graduation application by this time (the deadline was March 15). If you have any questions, please contact the Registrar's Office and we'll be happy to help. Information on graduation and the events surrounding it are posted on the web at www.endicott.edu/commencement. Any guests with mobility issues must contact Adam Dube in Student Activities at 978-232-2119 or by email: email@example.com by May 15 to make appropriate arrangements. Congratulations to all the graduates!
- We would like to welcome Brandon Dawson, our new Dean of Students, to the Endicott Community. Brandon brings his 11 years of experience at Manhattanville College to our community. We look forward to his taking on the leadership of the Student Affairs department and supporting its mission of promoting the academic and personal growth of our EC students. With Brandon's hiring Student Affairs bids a fond goodbye to Dr. Beverly Dolinsky, who will be returning to a faculty position and taking more time with her family.
- The online housing selection process is scheduled for April 17-18. If you would like to read the complete packet of information or see the online tutorial please refer to Housing Selection on the Residence Life webpage. After the online process students will be given the opportunity to move rooms. Please be patient with room moves and work with the Office of Residence Life. They will do room moves throughout the summer and will work with each student individually to try to get them into a location they are comfortable with.
- The College's Event Policy reflects our commitment to campus engagement for the purpose of broadening a student's perspective on issues of local, national, and global importance. Given this commitment, the College requires students to attend four ‘swipeable' events over the course of the year. Students who choose not to fulfill the requirement by the end of the spring semester are dropped from their fall ‘13 course registrations, giving an advantage to those who have complied with the policy. Students on full-semester internship or study abroad only have to complete two events over the course of an academic year. Students can look up the events that they have attended on their COAST account. If they have questions they can visit the Student Affairs office in the lower Callahan.
- As spring continues and activities increase, some students will be getting out more into the local neighborhoods. Students who live in off-campus housing need to be aware that a reasonable-sized gathering may quickly become overrun as it becomes a destination for uninvited guests. With many apartments being small, the groups often spill out on to the lawn and the street, disrupting neighborhoods. Since this is non-college housing there is little Endicott can do to assist in the control of the event. When disruptions occur, the Beverly Police will respond. According to the Endicott Student Handbook, the College can and will sanction students who disrupt the community with suspensions or dismissal, if necessary. While we will do everything reasonable to support our students, when the authorities are called to investigate an issue the results are out of our hands. The off-campus expectations have been communicated to all students; when issues arise at their apartments, they also assume a level of responsibility and legal exposure.
Importance of Parent Philanthropic Support
The Parents' Fund at Endicott College celebrates the annual philanthropic support received from parents of current and graduated students. To date we have raised $356,000 toward our June 30th goal of $469,000. If you have already supported the Parents' Fund, the entire community thanks you for your gift. If you have not yet had the opportunity to support this critically important fund, your consideration is greatly appreciated. Your gifts help to make an important difference in so many ways!
A very special opportunity for the parents of graduating students is the gift of a book in the Halle Library. For a gift of $50 through the Honor with Books Program, you can help the Library purchase a new book in your son's or daughter's major field of study. A bookplate inscribed with your student's name and year of graduation will be added to the inside cover.
Each gift is important to Endicott's success in providing resources for today's students. Please consider joining the many families who support Endicott College by making a gift today. To make a gift to the Parents' Fund, please visit www.endicott.edu/onlinegiving, or if you are interested in learning more about the Honors with Books Program, please call the Office of Institutional Advancement at 978-232-2042.
Manninen Center for the Arts
Broadway came to Endicott this past weekend with the smash performance of "Annie Get Your Gun." Four sell-out performances highlighted the rich and exciting talents of our students - song, dance and humor engaged the audience for a set of most delightful evenings! The Manninen Center for the Arts continues to bring art, music, dance and design to our entire community – visit the webpage for the latest in new shows and exhibitions.
A special thank you to the parents and friends who believe in us.
Richard E. Wylie, President
Listen to President Dr. Richard Wylie discuss Endicott's history, its present role in higher education, its future in this wide-ranging radio interview. March, 2012. MSO Northshore web radio.