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President’s Newsletter

April 9, 2014

Dear Parents, Families and Friends:

Spring has arrived! Boots are now being replaced by flip flops and winter clothes, for the most part, are in the bottoms of closets. It is the time we have long awaited.

As many of you know, this time of year is full of new tensions. Seniors are looking for their first full-time jobs, everyone is pushing for top grades, and of course, room selection is upon us again.

Room selection can be a very heated and sensitive subject (and I understand why – it’s an important decision!) Later in this letter I have addressed housing in general; however, I want to briefly explain how we handle accommodations for ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

There are common misconceptions that disability housing means premium housing, or unfair upgrades, or that students who qualify for disability housing can live wherever they want. While we do our absolute best to accommodate the needs of students, especially those requiring assistance, I also want to assure you that all Endicott students partake in the same fair housing process and that Disability housing selection follows all the policies and procedures of the Office of Residential Life as non-Disability housing.

The Office of Disability Services collaborates with the Office of Residential Life to ensure that student’s needs are met and that students who qualify for disability housing select into areas where their classmates would live following the housing point system. If a student with a qualifying disability has 10, 30, 50 or 60 housing points, then they will select into a room that meets their need along with other students with 10, 30, 50 or 60 housing points. Typically seniors live in the apartment style halls and the underclassmen in the traditional halls. Most medical needs can be accommodated in all of our residential halls. 

Students with medical needs will be accommodated through a fair due process, please contact the Office of Disability Services if you have any questions. 

Commencement

Commencement will take place on Saturday, May 24 at 10:30 am at the Stadium on campus. At this time we are expecting over 850 graduates with approximately 760 students participating in the ceremony.  Within the graduating class will be 611 undergraduates and 239 graduate students. Students will graduate with nine degrees including the Associate in Science, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Science, Master of Business Administration, Master of Education, Master of Science, Master of Arts, and Master of Fine Arts.  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 they will be happy to help.   Information on graduation and the events surrounding it are posted on our Commencememnt webpage.  Any guests with mobility issues must contact Adam Dube in Student Activities at 978-232-2119 or by email: adube@endicott.edu by May 15 to make appropriate arrangements. If you are unable to attend the ceremony, we will be broadcasting the entire ceremony and you may access it by simply clicking on the "watch live " link on the Commencement main page.

Rain or shine, the graduation will be held outside. If it rains, alternate space will be provided in auditoriums and the Post Center for those who choose to stay inside. If rain is predicted, I urge you to purchase plastic ponchos with hoods. Umbrellas must remain closed during this ceremony so that viewing is not obstructed. Your help and cooperation will be vital in making a rainy day into a celebration.

Congratulations to all the graduates!

Academics

Two New Ph.D. Programs Coming! -- The Massachusetts Board of Higher Education approved two new Ph.D. programs in Nursing and Applied Behavior Analysis. The Ph.D. in Nursing Program intends to develop nursing scholars, faculty, leaders and researchers to prepare students to conduct research and advance nursing knowledge development through scientific inquiry.  Studies will emphasize the role of the scholar/researcher, approaches to theory development, multiple methods of research, and the approaches to knowledge development for nursing. The Ph.D. in Applied Behavior Analysis is a research-based program of study designed to prepare students for teaching at the university level or for work as scientist-practitioners involving business and industry, developmental disabilities (including autism), education, and public policy. 

Endicott is the first and only college on the North Shore to be authorized to award doctoral degrees.  These two programs, in addition to the current Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, make Endicott truly unique. The programs are pending approval of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and are expected to begin fall 2014.  More information can be found here.

Mass Life Sciences Center Grant Announced --  On March 28 the Mass Life Sciences Center publicly announced the awarding of a $5 million grant to the Life Sciences Consortium of the North Shore (LSCNS).  The consortium includes:  Endicott College, Salem State University, Gordon College, North Shore Community College, and North Shore Innoventures.  Endicott College will be awarded $1 million for the new Judge Science Center. 

The $5 million MLSC grant will permit expansion of current facilities and purchase of advanced instrumentation for use by students, faculty, and companies on the North Shore.  The economic impact of this project will include: helping to create and fill high-quality life sciences jobs in Massachusetts; better preparing the workforce for those jobs; increasing accessibility to and enrollment in STEM majors; and affording early stage companies in the region’s life sciences cluster access to bioinstrumentation.

This event was held at Endicott College and was a wonderful way for the College to publicly showcase the new Gerrish School of Business/Judge Science Center, and all of the rapidly growing academic programs in the building.  We want to acknowledge Dr. Gene Wong for his leadership in securing this award for Endicott and its partners.

Senior Thesis Conference -- Seniors are hard at work completing their thesis projects, which will be showcased on Thesis Conference Day scheduled for Tuesday May 13 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm in the Walter Manninen Center for the Arts.  Parents are invited to view student work, which ranges from film productions and poster sessions to formal presentations. This impressive event represents the culmination of each student’s academic work at Endicott.

Student Affairs

Housing Selection

It is a busy time of year for us in Residence Life and we wanted to send out a helpful reminder on the upcoming big events. All housing information is out and is available on our webpage under Housing Selection; there is a fun tutorial that shows the online process and complete packet of information. Points are currently available to students on their COAST account. Final Points and selection times will be available to students on COAST April 14. The online selection process will take place April 23 – 25.  Immediately following the end of the online process on April 25, students will have the opportunity to request a room change. We work very hard over the summer months to make approximately 200 to 300 room changes. We ask that students be patient with the room change process and remember that we will do our absolute best to accommodate you.

Please feel free to call (978-232-2141) or email (reslife@endicott.edu) at any time, if you do have questions about the process.

Residence Hall Association

We are proud to announce that Endicott College’s Residence Hall Association (RHA) received three awards from the North East Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls (NEACURH). NEACURH is the regional division for the world’s largest student-run organization. The awards are:

  • Regional Board of Directors Award for Outstanding National Communications Coordinator: This award was presented to our very own student, Katie Yeaton, for representing Endicott College positively and for making outstanding contributions to her RHA on campus and at regional and national conferences.
  • Regional Board of Directors Choice of Breakthrough School: This award was presented to Endicott College’s RHA to acknowledge their growth and school spirit.
  • Outstanding Service Award: This award was presented to our student, Katie Yeaton, for her effective contribution to the North East region.

 

Endicott College’s RHA was also awarded a scholarship to attend the national conference held in Wisconsin in May of 2014.

Finally, we are excited to announce that Endicott College’s RHA will be hosting the NEACURH Minis Conference from March 20 - 22, 2015. This conference is entirely student-run and focuses on four aspects of residence hall living: programming, leadership, recognition, and communication. Over 400 students and advisors from various North East colleges and universities will attend. We are proud of our RHA, and we look forward to their promotion of student leadership at Endicott College.

Off-Campus Housing

A reminder to all students seeking to live off-campus in the fall: city ordinances limit occupancy in a unit (apartment, house, etc.) to a maximum of four unrelated persons. Landlords and students are monitored by the City for compliance. It is also important to note that the College has no authority to monitor or control off-campus housing - we do have a Student Life staff member who works to build bridges and trust between students and neighbors. The College Handbook indicates that we expect students in the community to be responsible citizens and that the College reserves the right to hold students accountable for their actions.

Community Service

Endicott College joined forces with Family Promise North Shore Boston to provide temporary shelter for 4 homeless families (seven adults, four children and two infants) during the week of spring break. The Community Service Office and the Chaplains Office collaborated on we called the “on campus alternative break program,” training student volunteers, securing space and planning the week’s logistics and evening events. The week was a huge success! 12 student volunteers, three staff volunteers and various departments came together to make our guests feel welcome and safe throughout the week as well as providing some fantastic activities.

Business Office

Students must be financially cleared in order to participate in room draw, Commencement or to register for fall 2014.  We encourage all students and parents to review the online student billing statement click here  to ensure that you are financially cleared.

Online registration for fall semester courses began March 28 for seniors and juniors, April 3 for sophomores, and will begin April 10 for freshmen.  With registration in process and room selection quickly approaching, please note that the Enrollment Continuation Deposit allows students to register and select a room without further deposits required. Students who participate in room selection and subsequently do not return as a resident student will forfeit the $500 deposit. The fees schedule is available here on the College's website and includes a full explanation of the enrollment/ continuation deposit, including notification dates and deposit forfeiture.

Endicott Observer Newspaper Makes Leap to Digital Age

It is with great pleasure the Endicott Observer editorial staff announces the launch of the newspaper’s new online news website to accompany the traditional bi-weekly print version. With help from Endicott College’s Director of Web Development & Internet Communications, Jeanne Commette, and Web Content Assistant, Kristen Mann, who both built the website, the College community received access to the online news platform on April 4. The website will allow for the student-produced newspaper to keep up with the ever changing digital journalism industry. It will allow for families who do not regularly receive the print version to keep up with campus news, as well as increased breaking news coverage and digital journalism facets such as podcasts. Click here to visit the Endicott Observer website!

Van Loan School

New Doctoral Fellowship -- Endicott College Ed.D. in Educational Leadership doctoral student Nicole Bingham (Salem, MA), was recently awarded a research fellowship to work in the Center for Residential Student Parent Programs at Endicott College. As a single parent student herself, this project takes on a personal hue as Nicole works to create comprehensive resource lists to help single parents find support services specific to students with children in some capacity.

The Doctoral Research Fellowship was founded this year by Endicott College President Dr. Richard Wylie, and will be awarded annually. The Educational Leadership program at the Van Loan School at Endicott College traditionally includes apprenticeships and internship opportunities, however this Fellowship allows Ms. Bingham to go above the application of coursework and to develop specific research skills while helping an underserved population.

Homeland Security Student receives accolades -- Katherine Barbo, a student in the Master of Science in Homeland Security Studies program, was chosen to participate in the FBI's 2014 Honors Internship Program. This is a prestigious program that is extremely competitive - three hundred applicants from across the nation competed for two civilian openings and six veteran preference openings. We are proud of Katherine's accomplishment and wish her the best of luck as an FBI intern. 

Endicott Boston

This spring marked the beginning of a pilot project with the Associate Degree students in Boston.  Too often students don’t have the needed access to technology that allows them to work effectively on projects and homework once they leave Temple Place.  In response, Endicott has made Chromebook laptops available to students at a very low cost. The computers are designed to work with an array of Google products, are extremely lightweight, and have a long lasting battery. This initiative is just one more way in which Endicott is answering the needs of today’s college students.

5th Annual Scholarship Wine Tasting

The 5th annual Eta Sigma Delta Scholarship Wine, Cheese and Beer Tasting will take place on Friday, April 25 from 5 – 8pm in Misselwood.  Proceeds from this event benefit the Eta Sigma Delta Student Scholarship fund – which last year paid out 10 scholarships of $1,000 each.   Taste over 40 wines from around the world and regional beers together with a selection of cheeses.  Every year this event sells out – we expect well over 400 guests, so book your tickets early and join us at our ocean front estate for an enjoyable evening of wine and beer tasting as you select your wines for special occasions.

Tickets are available by calling Elise Perkins, Assistant Director, Alumni Relations at 978 232-2109 or email at eperkins@endicott.edu.

Pre-paid ticket cost is $20.00 Tickets at the door are $25.00.

Endicott College Parents’ Fund

The year is almost over, and our students are working on their final projects, thesis, and portfolios in anticipation of the end of the academic year.  The campus is buzzing, and we hope you will help in supporting the activities and academic programs that have been part of your student’s success.  The Endicott College Parents’ Fund is a collection of gifts from current and former parents who support athletics, academics, faculty development, infrastructure and academic resources.  Your support can make a difference in many ways.  Please consider a gift to the Parents’ Fund today, and be a part of this tremendous academic community! You can give your gift here.

For the parents of graduating seniors – there are two unique opportunities to honor your graduate.  The Honor with Books Program will secure a book in his/her name in the Halle Library, and the Alumni Walk brick is a way to permanently etch his/her name and legacy at Endicott.  For more information, please visit the Parents' Fund page on the Endicott Website.

Upcoming Events in the Walter J. Manninen Center for the Arts

In the Performing Arts it will be tough to miss the spring dance show, because it is at the pond! On Friday and Saturday May 16 and 17 at 6:00 pm (sunset) students of the Repertory Dance Ensemble will perform Human Nature, a site-specific work inspired by the grounds of Endicott College in relationship to space, architecture, and some historical context. The audience will be traveling to each location where the dancers will unveil the beauty by movement and artistry that combine "human," "nature," and all in between. Choreography by Professor Nicole Sao Pedro-Welch in collaboration with the Repertory Dance Ensemble. Guest Performance by Monkeyhouse Dance Company.

The Visual Arts exhibits are all about Graphic Design in April, with Jan Moscowitz and the AIGA Design competition. In May we highlight the work of artist Theresa Bernstein in a prestigious traveling exhibition running May 2 – July 11.  Friday, May 9 is the date for the symposium, reception and book signing with art historian and author Gail Levin. As we near the end of the academic year we celebrate our seniors with the Visual Arts Thesis Exhibition. 

Please check our calendar for more information and other Visual Arts events.

Athletics

Over the next six weeks, Endicott’s spring athletic teams will be packing a large number of events into a short amount of time. The Gulls continue to need the support of their peers, faculty, staff, alumni, and all followers of the Blue and Green so be sure to check out our athletics website at www.ECGulls.com as well as our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram social media channels for updates on where and when Endicott is competing!

BASEBALL – Endicott Baseball is flirting with a national ranking after scoring some major wins early this spring including a marquee win over #5 Southern Maine. The Gulls are off to an 11-4 (3-1 CCC) start and will be playing in 21 games over the next 23 days in anticipation of the CCC Tournament. Endicott is looking to repeat as league champions to earn an automatic bid into the NCAA DIII Regional Tournament.

CHEERLEADING – The Endicott Cheerleading squad have been preparing throughout the month of March for the NCA/NDA Collegiate Cheer and Dance Championships in Daytona Beach, Florida from April 9 -13. The team has also announced that on Sunday, May 4 from 12-4:00 pm, open tryouts will be held for the 2014-15 season.

CREW – On April 12, the Endicott Men’s and Women’s Crew teams will travel to Massachusetts Maritime Academy for team races against Maine Maritime, Bryant, Franklin Pierce, and Roger Williams. It will be their first race of the spring.

EQUESTRIAN – The Equestrian program ended their 2013-14 with a strong showing the IHSA Zone 1, Region 2 Finals at Dartmouth College. Endicott finished 4th out of 11 schools in the region.

GOLF – On April 26 - 27, the Golf team will be competing in the CCC Championship at Franconia Golf Course in Springfield looking for an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. Until then, the Gulls will be competing in four invitationals to prepare for the conference tournament.

MEN’S LACROSSE – An 8-2 (4-0 CCC) record over the first 10 games for the Endicott Men’s Lacrosse team, including strong wins over #13 Stevens, Connecticut College, and Middlebury, have ranked the Gulls #15 in the country. Upcoming non-conference tilts against #7 Tufts and #20 Bowdoin as well as important CCC games against Salve Regina and Western New England remains on the team’s schedule before playoffs begin.

WOMEN’S LACROSSE – Endicott Women’s Lacrosse has just one loss against them as the Blue and Green own a 9-1 (4-0 CCC) overall record this season. The Gulls established themselves as a force to be reckoned with after upsetting #13 Bates 11-10 on their own turf in mid-March. Endicott looks to win their ninth-straight CCC Championship this season but will likely have to battle either Western New England or Gordon for the title as both teams are having exceptional seasons thus far as well.

RUGBY – The Men’s Rugby team recently squashed Merrimack 50-12 in their first spring match and has four more important dates, including April 27 when they compete in the Conference Select Side Tournament. The women’s team is practicing in anticipation of a spring competition date to be determined.

SOFTBALL – The Endicott Softball team is 9-3 overall (2-0 CCC) after going 6-2 in eight games down at the Dot Richardson Spring Games in Florida and starting 3-1 back in New England. Endicott has 13 doubleheaders on the schedule in the month of April before they begin CCC Tournament play. One of those tests will be a road doubleheader against the nation’s #1 ranked team and defending NCAA champions, Tufts.

TENNIS – The Men’s Tennis team is currently 3-5 overall but won their first conference match of the season 5-4 over Gordon. The men will play CCC opponents the rest of the season with the hope of qualifying and making a deep postseason run. The Women’s Tennis team won their CCC title in the fall and will have four warm up matches in April before they compete in the NCAA Tournament.

MEN’S VOLLEYBALL – On April 11 - 12, the Endicott Men’s Volleyball team will host the NECC Tournament as the top seed after going 11-1 in conference play this season. The Gulls will be looking to repeat as NECC champions and automatic qualifiers for the NCAA Tournament. 

Sincerely,
Dr. Richard E. Wylie, President

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