Presidents Newsletter 9-19-14
Dear Parents, Families and Friends:
Social networking has truly become the go-to medium of communication for most of us. While I have said in the past that I would never get hooked on it - it is time to confess, I have been! Of course, there are caveats - it is a great way to talk to friends and share interests, but it can also be the voice of both truth and rumor (with little distinction between the two).
During the first week or so of this semester, I sent out an EC Alert to notify the campus of a possible incident. After investigation, there was too little substance to support the initial alarm. Rumors flowed. As I indicated to you in my follow-up email, this is a safe and caring campus. In our communication to students and parents, we will always extend communication as quickly as possible, followed up by more facts as they are gathered. Please help us by not overreacting until the facts are known. If you have a question, please don’t hesitate to contact us directly. If you are not registered for an EC alert, or your son or daughter has not signed up, please use the following procedure:
Users registered to Endicott College’s emergency mass-notification system, EC Alerts, will be able to receive notifications of campus emergencies and school cancellations on mobile devices capable of receiving SMS text messaging. Community members with a valid Endicott e-mail address can register for the service online through the Campus Safety page on our website. Students have the ability to add their parent’s or guardian’s information to their account as well so they can also receive the alert notifications. While EC Alerts is an opt-in-system, the entire Endicott College Community is highly encouraged to participate. Users should be aware that charges for SMS text messaging from their mobile carriers may apply.
As for another method of communication, here is some information on this newsletter: the President’s Update is shared with over 4,000 parents, families, and employees. About 55% of the recipients open the email and about 3% click on links in the newsletter. Five percent of these emails are not received due to undeliverable addresses. For updates like these as well as important notices and communications, please keep the College updated on changes to emails, addresses, and phone numbers so that we can be sure to reach you if necessary. This information should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Career Center recently launched two new online resources available to students. Big Interview is a tool for practicing interview skills with a virtual interviewer. Students can record, review, and share their responses and also receive tips on improving their interview preparation and performance. Candid Career offers thousands of informational video interviews featuring a wide range of industry professionals. In addition to exploring career options, students can gain valuable job search advice through this easy-to-use site. Both resources can be accessed from the Resources and Guides area of the Career Center page on Endicott’s website, as well as on MyEndicott.
Day of Giving and 9/11 Memorial
In honor of National 9-11 Remembrance the Endicott Community came together as a community for 12 hours of LIGHT/Day of Caring – a chance to perform random acts of kindness and volunteer at several local agencies helping with a variety of projects from 8:46am to 8:46pm. Co-facilitated by the LIGHThouse Leadership Society and the Office of Community Service, the goal of 12 hours of LIGHT/Day of Caring was to provide positive ways for students, staff and faculty to remember and pay tribute to 9/11 victims, honor those that rose in service in response to the attacks, and remind people of the importance of working more closely together in peace to improve our world. Endicott truly shone as over 100 students and staff shared positive messages of kindness, honor and unity throughout the day. The day’s events also included a poignant remembrance service followed by a social barbecue where students and staff had the opportunity to interact with local veterans and first responders in appreciation for their service. It was a proud day to be a Gull!
Student Activities Updates
We had a very successful Welcome Week with a variety of activities including laser tag, a concert in the Amphitheater, a comedy show, and yoga at Endicott Beach! We held a 10th Birthday celebration for the Pub that was very well attended, and relived the 90s with a Throwback Thursday event. This past week saw several fairs in Lower Callahan, beginning with the Taste of Beverly vendors fair and concluding with the Clubs and Organizations Fair. We are looking forward to a fun-filled October with events like glow-in-the-dark mini-golf, apple picking at Russell Orchards, a Pinterest party, the Fall Festival, and the ever-popular Dr. Wylie’s Ghost Stories event.
This year’s Family Weekend and Homecoming is a celebration of our 75th anniversary. It will be held on the weekend of September 26 - 28, 2014. The schedule is full of activities and events that will give you a rich taste of Endicott, and there is something for everyone to enjoy. Join us for scholarship recognitions, an honor society reception, international dishes at La Chanterelle, athletic tributes and competitions, and an archive exhibit. Connect with friends and families for an evening of relaxation at the Lodge, where you can listen to music and mingle.
Feast at Endicott’s famous brunch on Saturday, watch the parade, and enjoy the festivities throughout the Endicott Campus. After your day full of fun, traditions, and reconnecting, come enjoy a classic New England lobster bake at Callahan, or a harbor dinner cruise with fireworks viewing. We look forward to seeing you soon on this very special weekend!
The Office of Residence Life is hiring Resident Assistants for the Spring 2015 semester. Applications will be available in the Residence Life office beginning September 29th and are due by October 13th. Interviews will be held the week of October 20th and students will be notified of their hire the week of November 3rd.
Archives Exhibit – Celebrating 75 Years
The Celebrating 75 Years! exhibit will be on display through December 19, 2014 in the Halle Library Archive & Museum Gallery at Endicott College, Hale Street Beverly, MA. This exhibit takes you through the remarkable 75 years of growth and change of Endicott College – follow EC through the years: from a two-year school for women with one Victorian house where students studied and lived to today’s 235 acres with 53 buildings providing a home for students working towards bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees.
The exhibit is open Tuesday through Friday, 10 am to 4 pm, and is free and open to the public. For more information contact Barbara Broudo at 978-232-2257.
The Parents’ Fund
The Endicott College Parents’ Fund is a way for parents and families to philanthropically support the campus interests and activities of your Endicott student. Endicott’s parents provide vital support for new academic programs, athletics and new facilities. We hope that when you receive an appeal from Endicott this fall, or a call from one of our student-callers, that you will be open to considering how you would like to contribute to your child’s academic experience by making a gift. If you have any questions about directing your contribution, please call the Parents’ Fund office at 978-232-2042. Thank you for your support.
Van Loan School
New Doctoral program excitement
Nursing - We are excited to launch our new nursing doctoral program, which is designed to prepare nurse scientists for research and academic careers in public or private sectors of health care. Our program is research-based and offered in a flexible hybrid format. The Ph.D. in Nursing Program has started its first cohort of students this fall and is actively reviewing applications for future admissions.
Applied Behavior Analysis - September 8 was the inaugural meeting of the first Ph.D. class at Endicott College. The 10 new doctoral students in the Ph.D. program in Applied Behavior Analysis are currently schooled by Dr. Michael Dorsey and Dr. Thomas Zane. On Monday evening, six of the students were physically present on-campus and four participated, via Canvas synchronous web conferencing, from three states outside of Massachusetts. Currently, there are less than 20 such Ph.D. programs in the world, all in the United States or Canada. The Endicott Ph.D. program is the only synchronous online program in the world – allowing international students the ability to participate without the need to relocate to the United States. This is a very exciting time for Endicott and The Institute for Behavioral Studies in launching this new program!
The Ed. D. in Educational Leadership with a Concentration in PreK-12 began implementation with their first Residency Weekend on September 12 -14. The weekend was a great success! Student, faculty, and administration were excited to begin this new program modeled as a Mentored-Cohort Model. This doctoral program is focused on transformative leadership, research-based program evaluation, diversity, ethics, and technology for the 21st century. Our model has a laser focus on students’ holistic success: academically, socially, and emotionally. Endicott is committed to providing all resources necessary to preparing the next generation of exceptional leaders.
Endicott College Gloucester - Great things are happening at Endicott College Gloucester! Our academic year got off to a great start with almost double the enrollments from last year and course offerings both during the day and at night. Our returning students are happy to be back and are acting as mentors for our new students. We’ve added some great new faculty to the mix and they have assimilated well into our Gloucester campus community. There is continued interest from our Beverly campus faculty to work with some of our science, technology and arts partners in the city. And it is always fun to run into Endicott students interning in Gloucester!
Bangkok, Thailand is the newest site for the graduate program in International Education. This past July seven students began their program at the Bangkok International Preparatory and Secondary School. They will continue their studies with online courses during the academic year and return to Bangkok next summer for their final residency.
Talk the Vote
Once again Endicott will be hosting an event in the WBZ Talk the Vote Series with Dan Rea, host of NightSide with Dan Rea. Be part of a live studio audience and discuss the issues that matter to you with our political experts. Make your voice and your vote count! Community member and family are welcome to join us. Wednesday October 29, 8-10pm, Endicott Auditorium (Wax Center).
Walter J. Manninen Center for the Arts
Visual Arts programming starts the fall 2014 semester off with the photography of the well-known artist Henry Horenstein. Honky Tonk, a photo documentary exhibit, captures the culture and entertainers of the changing world of country western music. Many of the images depict iconic musicians and their loyal followers in music halls, ranches, the Grand Ole Opry. Our longtime collaborator EXPRESS YOURSELF will be celebrating their 20 years in performance on Sunday, September 28 from 4:00–6:00pm. Performances by Combo Sabroso Quartet (a reggae band) with Stan Strickland and the Express Yourself drummers will make this an event to remember. Our new professor Steve Liss will be exhibiting his works in the Spencer Presentation Gallery from October 10 –January 13. Steve has won numerous awards for his photographic essays on subjects such as poverty, the homeless, and the juvenile justice system to name a few. The reception and gallery talk for this exhibition takes place on Wednesday, December 3 starting at 4:00pm. As always, you can see what else is going on in the Visual Arts by visiting our calendar at www.endicott.edu/centerforthearts.
Friends and Families weekend will kick off the Performing Arts fun with the Friends and Families Concert, Saturday, September 27 at 7:30pm in the Rose Performance Hall featuring performances from our accomplished ensembles and theater, and the professional a cappella group Sound Off! who will team up with the Endicott Singers. On October 3 at noon, don't miss the second Fridays in the Rose with our resident Chamber Ensemble, Quartet For-Te, followed by a light lunch on us! Dancers and lovers of world culture will enjoy the Hip-hop and Modern Workshop with Moroccan Dance Professionals on Saturday, October 18 from 2:00–5:00pm in the Wax Auditorium led by exciting experts in the field from dance company Fleur d'Orange. And finally, our Mainstage Theater brings you the classic masterpiece of Tennessee Williams' repertoire, The Glass Menagerie, on Thursday, October 23, Friday, October 24, and Saturday, October 25 at 7:30pm and Saturday, October 25, 2:00pm in Tia’s Theater. To reserve a ticket for any of our events go to tickets.endicott.edu or leave a message on the box office line at (978) 998-7700.
Save the date: We are so excited to have added a special performance to the calendar: The United States Air Force Langley Winds ensemble will give a free Veteran's Day Concert on Tuesday, November 11 at 7:00pm in Rose Performance Hall Center for the Arts. Come honor our service men and women in this special event!
The 2014-15 Endicott athletics season is underway with 10 varsity and six club teams in the midst of their fall schedules. The department welcomes all students, alumni, faculty, staff, and supporters of the College to join us at any of our events on campus, but you if you can’t make it to a game please visit our athletics website (www.ECGulls.com) or follow our Facebook (Endicott College Athletics & Recreation), Twitter (@ECGulls), or Instagram (@ECgulls) feeds to stay up-to-date! Here are a few notes on our teams currently competing:
MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY – Freshman Zach Marshall has been the pace-setter for the Gulls over the first two races, securing fifth place overall at the Roger Williams Invitational and fourth place at the UNE Invitational. With a record number of participants on the team, Endicott has finished top-five as a team in each of their first two contests.
WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY – Senior Erin Haynes led Endicott to a team win at the Roger Williams Invitational in the season opener by beating the field and in the process winning CCC Runner of the Week honors. At UNE, the Gulls finished in second place in the 14-team race with Haynes, junior Grace Brigham, and freshman Elizabeth Vincent placing in the top 20 overall.
EQUESTRIAN – On the weekend of Saturday, October 11-Sunday, October 12, the Endicott equestrian team begin their 2014-15 season in Vermont when they take on the University of Vermont and Middlebury College. The Gulls have seven shows in the first semester highlighted by their annual home event at Spring Tide Farms in Boxford on Sunday, November 2.
FIELD HOCKEY – Six straight wins to start the month of September have lifted Endicott field hockey to a 6-1 (2-0 CCC) record. Senior Jess Linden and freshman Brittany Bushey have each been recognized with weekly honors from the CCC while senior captains Amanda Glynn, Meghan Leary, and Kathryn Walker have provided leadership for this year’s talented Gulls squad.
FOOTBALL – With a 1-2 record through their non-conference schedule which includes a 41-28 victory over NJAC rival Kean, the Endicott football team is still in prime position to compete for a NEFC Championship as the Gulls were predicted to win the 2014 league title. Senior receiver Nate Lewis has been a consistent threat in the passing game with 24 catches for 388 yards and two touchdowns, while fifth-year linebacker Andrew Holfinger already has a sack in each of the first three games.
MEN’S GOLF – After placing second among 12 standout programs at the Bowdoin Invitational and putting together another strong showing at the Middlebury Invitational, the Endicott golf team prepared for their title defense by finishing in first place at the CCC Qualifier at Dunegrass Golf Club. 2013 Ping All-American Austin Teal carded a +1, 73 to lead the Gulls, who earned the right to host the spring CCC Championship.
MEN’S SOCCER – Early season struggles were quickly erased by the Endicott men’s soccer team who rattled off three straight victories by outscoring their opponents 8-0 during that stretch. The Gulls now stand at 3-3-1 (1-0-1 CCC) thanks to a team-high nine points (four goals, assist) by junior Diego Slobotzky and a 0.83 goals against average by senior goalie Alex Jorge.
WOMEN’S SOCCER – At 3-2-2 (0-1 CCC), the Endicott women’s soccer team has battled in their first seven matches with two double-overtime ties and five matches that have been decided by a single goal. The defending CCC champion Gulls have the talent to repeat in 2014 behind the leadership of senior goalie Katie Donnelly and senior midfielder Hannah Schneidenbach.
WOMEN’S TENNIS – The Endicott women’s tennis team returned their entire starting lineup this fall as the program comes off their third straight CCC Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance. The Gulls are currently 7-2 (5-0 CCC) and are in excellent position to host the conference playoffs throughout as senior captains Amy Heacox, Natalie Egbert, and Chrissy Martel lead this year’s talented squad.
WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL – After a 23-win season in 2013, the Endicott women’s volleyball team is well on their way to making a deep playoff push with a 7-6 start and key victories over Wellesley, Bates, and Springfield, the top-ranked team in the New England. Senior setter Alleigh VandeMerkt (8.90 assists per set) and sophomore libero Erika Trudon (4.88 digs per set) have been integral parts of the team’s success thus far.
CHEERLEADING AND DANCE – Both the cheerleading and dance spirit squads have already made their presence felt at Endicott’s home events and are preparing for their regional and national competitions.
CREW – On Sunday, October 5, the Endicott crew team has their first race at the Textile River Regatta in Lowell. Endicott is excited about their new relationship with Camp Menorah on Lake Chebacco in Essex which will serve as home for the Gulls crew program.
SAILING – The sailing will have a new home at Sail Gloucester, a fully stocked dock on the water at Gloucester Harbor. Second-year head coach Kieran O’Connell looks to build the program with this new relationship.
RUGBY – The men’s and women’s rugby seasons are just underway with both teams competing in the CCRC this fall. The men’s team is currently 1-1 with a victory over Wheaton while the women played their first-ever full roster match last Friday, a 20-5 loss to a talented Wentworth squad.
We hope to see you at Homecoming this weekend!
Dr. Richard E. Wylie, President