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President’s Newsletter

August, 2014

Dear Parents, Families and Friends:

August 1st has come and gone, and our 2014 fall semester is just around the corner. We know that realization brings emotions ranging from ‘I’m not ready yet!’ to ‘I have to wait a whole month?’ – but the important thing is that we’re all prepped for our students and excited to have them with us on campus!

We will have a completely full campus with approximately 2,500 undergraduates (2,250 living on campus) and 2,700 graduates (600 will be on site, with over 2,100 at locations around the world).

Over the summer a number of improvements have been made, including 90 new parking spaces, updated lighting, and restorations and improvements to the sidewalks and roads. New facilities have also been added and several major bathroom renovations have also been completed. The student night club and social space is also in early stages of renovation with an expected completion date of November 23.  There will be more information on that as the semester progresses.

During the summer, Endicott received a number of recognitions and distinctions including:

  • Division III Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Standings: Endicott was ranked #28 out of 444 DIII Colleges based upon win/loss, post season appearances, and weight of schedule.

  • Chronicle of Higher Education: Endicott College was once again named as a 2014 Great College to Work For. Two other institutions were also named from New England: Babson College and MGH Institute for Health Professions. Both MGH and Endicott were named with distinction. The data collected comes from two sources- an institution’s audit (demographics and workplace policies) and a survey administered to faculty, administrators, and staff.

These awards recognize our effort and success in going from good to great!

First Year Student Registration

We have heard from some of our first year students and their parents about difficulty with online registration. We would like to hear from anyone who has had difficulty and remains unregistered. Please call the Registrar at 978-232-2177 and seek their help. We are also prepared to make any adjustments necessary the first week of classes. Students should speak to their advisor for assistance.

Callahan Construction and Dining

We are very excited to announce that the Callahan Center will be completed next week and will open for athletes on August 18. It is truly an incredible space, and we can’t wait to have students in there putting it good use. We already have offices moving in!

Below are a few updates on areas of common concern:

Callahan Dining Hours

Monday - Friday:

Breakfast 7:15am - 9:30am

Continental Breakfast: 9:30am - 11:30am

Lunch: 11:30am - 1:30pm

Light Fare: 1:30pm - 4:45pm

Dinner: 4:45pm - 8:00pm (4:45pm - 7:00pm on Fridays)

Saturday and Sunday:

Brunch:  10:30am - 1:00pm

Dinner 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Please note that the Dining Hall will now be open until 8pm Monday through Thursday.

Seating has doubled and the seven food stations will provide cooking at each location. Gluten free options will be prevalent at each station.

Please also note the times for other dining options on campus: 

Courtyard Café:

Monday - Thursday:   7:00am - 4:00pm

Friday - 7:00am - 3:00pm

The Lodge:

Monday - Wednesday:  4:00pm - 1:00am

Thursday & Friday:  4:00 pm - 2:00am

Saturday:  3:00 pm - 2:00 am

Sunday: 1:00 pm - 1:00 am

Einstein Bros. Bagels:

Monday – Thursday:  7:00am - 9:00pm

Friday: 7:00am – 4:00pm

Saturday: 8:00am – 3:00pm

Sunday: Closed

Institutional Advancement

Institutional Advancement has had a great year; they exceeded expectations in all categories. The results show tremendous support from parents, alumni, foundations, and friends:

            Annual Fund:                                                             $920,000
            Parents:                                                                      $550,000
            Gull Club:                                                                  $200,000
            Total Scholarship Campaign (2 years):                        $4,500,000 -  with a $5,000,000 goal
            Science/Business School Campaign (2 years):            $4,450,000 - with a $5,000,000 goal

These wonderful signs of support are the seeds that allow the College to grow and improve. A special thanks to each of you for your assistance.

Groundbreaking on the Raymond J. Bourque Arena

On July 29, Endicott College, the Endicott Athletics and Recreation Department, and Celebrity Marketing, Inc. held a groundbreaking to announce that the College’s new ice hockey arena will be named for hockey legend and North Shore community leader Ray Bourque. The Raymond J. Bourque Arena will house the NCAA Division III men’s and women’s Gulls ice hockey programs as well as serve as home to Beverly Youth Hockey, Beverly High School Hockey, and other local sports activities.

Davis Educational Foundation Grant

The Davis Educational Foundation awarded Endicott a two-year grant to fund its “Critical Thinking-across-the Curriculum” initiative.  The grant will support faculty professional development activities focused on instructional and assessment strategies aimed at improving the critical thinking and writing skills of students across disciplines.

Undergraduate Academics

Full Semester Internships

Full semester internships scheduled for the fall begin on September 3.  Students who have secured their sites but who have not yet submitted their proposals should submit them through COAST as soon as possible.  Students who still need help securing sites for the fall should contact their Internship Coordinators for assistance.  Seniors registered for internships will be receiving e-mails from the Internship Office with detailed procedural information on August 11. Please contact the Internship Office at 978-998-7762 if you have questions.

School of Education

Endicott was one of two higher education institutions to be selected by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to attend the 2014 Data Wise Institute at Harvard's Graduate School of Education.  Representatives from Endicott's undergraduate and graduate teacher preparation programs (Sara Quay, Michelle Mustone, Deb Swanton and John MacLean) attended the week-long training focused on ways to use data for continuous program improvement.  DESE will continue to sponsor the Endicott team, along with a team of educators from UMass Boston, throughout the year as they work with a Harvard Data Wise consultant to develop and implement an assessment plan. The teams will share their findings and experiences with teacher preparation programs and k-12 districts across Massachusetts as part of an initiative to develop new ways to strengthen teacher education in the state.

Career Center

As the Career Center’s Employer Outreach Specialist, Brenda Campbell fosters relationships with employers to increase internship and employment opportunities for Endicott students and graduates.   In addition to coordinating recruiting events, including the annual Internship and Career Fair and on-campus interviews, she also facilitates employer/student interactions by bringing employers on campus to speak to classes and student groups and to participate in Career Center programs, including industry nights and networking events.  This fall’s Senior Professional Development Seminar Series will feature employer-led sessions on interviewing, understanding benefits and negotiating job offers, along with resume critiques. Students are encouraged to participate in Career Center activities to learn valuable internship and job-search skills.

Van Loan School

M.Ed. In International Education Programs Around The World

This July we welcomed 163 international school teachers and administrators from 42 countries across Europe, America, Africa and Asia to participate in our M.Ed. in International Education programs in Bangkok, Madrid, Leysin and Prague. 

This is the tenth year of the M.Ed. International Programs, which started in Madrid with a cohort of nine.  The programs have grown significantly over the last ten years; we now have four M.Ed. centers and 163 summer course students.

This is also the inaugural year of our Bangkok M.Ed. center, where we welcomed new students; we have already received applications to join us there next summer and anticipate significant growth in that center.

Thanks to our continual international outreach, the International Programs are becoming increasingly renowned world-wide; the flexibility and truly international nature of the programs is attracting increasing numbers of international school educators.

Doctoral Programs

The Ph.D. in Applied Behavior Analysis Program is currently accepting its first candidates for admissions for fall 2014; faculty and staff are eagerly awaiting the first class!  The Ph.D. in Nursing is also accepting and reviewing applications for the fall.

Student Affairs:

Student Affairs Moves Back to the Callahan

The Division of Student Affairs is excited to be moving back to the Callahan Center for the fall Semester. The student affairs departments will be located in a suite in the lower level of the Callahan Center. Health and Counseling will be located in the rear of the Callahan center providing a level of privacy for students seeking those services. Alongside Student Affairs, the mailroom will return to the Callahan as well as the bookstore, which will open its new location on the second floor outside of the dining hall. A generous amount of open space has been created for student activities, studying, and lounge space. We can’t wait to hear what our students think of the new space!

 

Fall Check-In

The following fall check-in schedule should be observed unless written approval for early check-in is submitted and approved by August 22.  Please feel free to contact the Office of Residence Life with any housing questions at 978-232-2141.

  •  New international students: Saturday, August 30 from 1:00pm - 4:00pm in the International Office. Please make contact with the Office of International Education at 978-232-2270 to confirm your arrival time.
  • New domestic students: Monday, September 1 from 9:00am to 12:00pm in the Post Center Field House. Orientation begins at 1:00pm.
  • All returning students (residents and commuters): Tuesday, September 2 from 10:00am – 5:00pm in the Post Center. You must have your Gull Card with you for check in as you will use it to electronically sign in. Extended check in will be from 5:00pm to 7:00pm in the Office of Residence Life in the Callahan Center.

Student Health 101

Endicott has subscribed to Student Health 101, a monthly online health magazine. Our goal is to proactively educate students about health-related topics in order to support their success at Endicott.  Student Health 101 publishes a monthly companion piece called The Parent Perspective; this is an abridged version of the student publication and is intended to help parents become even more aware of the issues faced by students today.  

 

New Staff

Please help us welcome some new people who joined Student Affairs over the summer:

  • Dr. Adrienne Frame, Dean of Students
  • Jennifer  Rommel, Residence Director
  • Zachary Lennox, Residence Director

We have also had a few promotions in Student Affairs:

  • Scott Russell, Associate Dean of Students
  • Noor Ibrahim, Associate Director of Residence Life
  • Corie Quill, Coordinator of Housing

Save the Date! 75th Birthday Party/Family Weekend

Please mark your calendar for the weekend of September 26-28 and join us in celebrating Endicott’s 75th birthday! The day will consist of golf car parades, a carnival, athletic games, dessert reception at the Presidents house, various performance groups, a dinner harbor cruise and a fireworks show. For more information contact the Office of Student Affairs at 978-232-2206, and keep an eye out for updates as planning continues.

Enjoy these last days of summer!

Sincerely,
Dr. Richard E. Wylie, President


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