Presidents Newsletter 12-05-14
Dear Families and Friends,
The holiday season is upon us, and final exams are quickly approaching. As one student said to me Sunday night, “Doc, what a terrible way to ruin the holiday season- finals prevent me from shopping!” My response of “spend less time texting and buy online!” was maybe not what she wanted to hear, but it made sense to me! I know that the week of vacation for Thanksgiving made Christmas come even faster, so the pressure is on for everything, but we’re in the home stretch and our students will be headed home for their much-deserved breaks before we know it.
Enrollment for Spring will be very close to what it has been this Fall. We will also welcome back 86 students who studied abroad in the Fall, as well as 40-45 transfer students.
Food Services- always a challenge
Throughout the Fall I have talked to students about the variety of food, the quality, and service in the Callahan Center Dining Hall. There is also a comment board where students write daily messages and post requests. The comments are about what we’d expect – mostly that the food and atmosphere are good, but lamenting the fact that it is not the same as home! However we do receive occasional complaints, and we do our absolute best to address them all as best we can.
This year we invested a great deal into the building- new equipment, increased staffing, and the best possible food with multiple options. I know of no college in our area that provides more. I am concerned, therefore, when I get letters that say sons and daughters truly dislike the food. I am at a loss to answer the few intense concerns that are written directly to me. While I can say that I disagree, that it’s impossible to please every single person, it would not be in anyone’s best interest to approach it that way. I understand we all have different needs and expectations.
However, we have put forth extensive effort to ensure the dining experience is more than satisfactory for every student, and to learn we may not have achieved that makes me wonder what additional steps we can reasonably take. So I am inviting any parent who wants to visit on a typical day for lunch or dinner to come and try it out. This way you can find out for yourself and then let me know what you think we can do to improve it. If you would like to participate, please call my office and we will arrange for you to get a complimentary meal pass. My only expectation is that you email me with some feedback about your experience and any suggestions for improvement. Until I hear specifics, I feel that the Callahan experience is superior to most with very caring and dedicated staff. They work hard to meet everyone’s expectations and I’m proud of the meal options we provide to students every day.
In my January newsletter I will share the results of our fall student survey – this is done each year and is very useful for revealing issues that need addressing.
The Social Club
I am pleased to say that the new social club (name to be announced after Winter break) will open at the end of January in the lower level of the Wax Center. It will provide a great spot for evening and nighttime socializing. The social club will have the following: A bar with beer and wine for those 21 and over, high- and low-top tables with combined seating for all ages, movie theater, dance floor, lounge chairs and sofas, fireplace, and of course, multiple large screen TVs. The venue will include non-alcoholic nights, 21 only nights, karaoke, and much more. The final touches, which will be completed in the summer, include: game rooms, a large outdoor patio, and fire pits. By September, it will be a great place for students to take a break and provide an inviting space for them to visit with friends on campus.
Senior Housing Construction
We’re very pleased with the progress of our new senior housing, which will be going up behind the current Mods and will provide 287 new beds on campus. In the interest of time and to improve efficiency in the construction process, the majority of the interior spaces are being constructed off-site, and will be transported to Endicott for assembly and finishing. You can read more about the process, and how far modular construction has come in recent years, in this article by Bergmeyer Associates, the architects working with Windover Construction on the project. The building is slated for completion in fall 2015 and we plan to have students moving in August 2015! Dr. Wylie has some innovative plans regarding student-leadership in the building, and we look forward to seeing those new ideas implemented in this great space.
It has been amazing to see the entire Endicott Community rally together to provide presents for families in need this holiday season. Our annual partnership with Beverly Bootstraps Adopt-a-Family program and HAWC once again saw gifts flying off the table to be donated. Athletics, in particular our football and dance teams, continued their partnership with the Key Program with their “Toys for Touchdowns Drive”. This year other athletic teams joined in the tradition of giving, including promoting an Unwrapped Toy Drive at our Men’s and Women’s Basketball home opener. Several clubs and organizations provided random acts of kindness on campus, adopting a local family and partnering with Wellspring to provide gifts for families in transition. How wonderful it is to be part of such a giving community!
Billing- The Bursar's Office would like to remind our families that spring semester statements are available here. The due date for the spring semester billing is January 5, 2015. Student accounts must be financially cleared in order to participate in athletics, check into housing, or to attend classes. Please check the clearance status on COAST to ensure that students are financially cleared. If the status is "Not Cleared," please contact the Bursar's Office at the email address or telephone number below so that we may assist you with financial clearance:
1098T Forms- Internal Revenue Code (Section 6109) requires that students provide social security numbers to the colleges they are attending so that a Federal 1098T form may be issued. Under Federal law, all colleges are required to produce 1098T forms for all students enrolled in courses for credit each calendar year. The 1098T forms are issued in January of each year and filed on an information return by Endicott College. Those who intend to take Federal tax credits for tuition and fees must produce 1098T forms and proof of payment to comply with IRS requirements. Students who failed to provide a social security number to the College at time of enrollment will receive a Federal W9-S form in December requesting this information so that we may file a complete 1098T form on your behalf.
Change of Residency Status
If you are interested in changing your residency status (from commuter to resident or resident to commuter) please note that this must be done on or before December 15 to avoid losing your $500.00 continuation deposit. Minimum requirements for approval for off-campus housing include:
- Student must be a junior or senior or at least 21 years of age.
- Student must have a 2.3 GPA or higher.
All Change of Residency forms are subject to approval. The Change of Residency Status form may be found here.
Spring 2015 Course Registration
The registration period was scheduled from October 22nd through November 19th. During this period, students met with their academic advisers to discuss their academic plan and to select the courses for the spring. Students must carry a minimum of 12 credits to be considered a full time student, and students with a GPA of 2.0 or higher may register for 18 credits at no additional cost. Students who have not yet registered or need to add an additional course(s) may do so prior to the closing for the holiday break. The schedule adjustment or Add/Drop period begins on January 26 and runs through February 2. For assistance with registration, students may reach the Registrar’s Office at 978-232-2065.
Many freshmen and sophomores will be participating in internships during the winter intercession, and the Internship Office would like to remind parents and students of the following information:
- Students are required to submit internship proposals for approval via MyEndicott. The instructions for submitting proposals are located here. If you need help with the system, please contact the Internship Office at 978-232-2330 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Students staying on campus during the winter intercession should move in on January 2 from 12 – 3:00pm. Please contact Residence Life to make arrangements; written approval must be submitted and approved by December 12.
- The internship office is open to offer assistance during the month of January.
- Students should contact sites prior to the first day of work to clarify expectations.
- Course assignments for internships can be accessed via MyEndicott. All assignments are due immediately after the internship period.
Final Exams and Grades
The final exam period for this fall semester is Monday, December 15 through Friday, December 19. Final grades are due within 48 hours of the final exam. For exams being held on the last day of finals, Friday December 19, grades are due by the end of business on Monday December 22. Students may access their final grades by logging in at MyEndicott.
Health and Counseling
The end of the semester can be really stressful for all of us - final projects and exams can lead to an increase in both stress and physical sickness. If your son or daughter needs extra support, please encourage them to reach out for counseling. To set an appointment they can call (978) 232-2106, stop by the office in Callahan Center 120, or go to counseling.endicott.edu (from a computer connected to the Endicott network) to complete a brief online questionnaire. If they are feeling physically run down and getting sick, encourage them to email email@example.com, call (978) 232-2104 or walk into the Health Center in Callahan Center Office 118. We are here to help your student finish up the semester as healthy and successful as possible.
As the end of 2014 quickly approaches, please consider including Endicott College in your year-end charitable plan. Support received by December 31 will qualify as a tax deductible gift for the 2014 calendar year. We are happy to answer your questions about gifts of cash, credit card or securities. To make your gift online click here. Endicott also qualifies for most matching gift programs, so please check with your employer to see if you can increase the size of your support with a matching gift. If you have any questions about making a gift to Endicott this year, please call 978-232-2017. Thank you for your support.
The Endicott School of Education
The Endicott School of Education has been asked by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) to help develop a new Pre-Service Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA) document that will be implemented in teacher preparation programs across the state of Massachusetts. As part of this initiative, Dean Sara Quay, along with a group of Endicott student teachers, will be interviewed, participate in focus groups, and serve on an advisory committee providing feedback and guidance to ESE and The National Institute for Excellence in Teaching about ways to effectively measure teacher candidates’ developing practice.
Van Loan School
Endicott’s Winter Intersession schedule has been posted online and information has been given to all Endicott Undergraduate Students. Online and face-to-face classes begin on January 5th. These classes are a great way to take advantage of the winter break and earn a few more credits towards graduation. See the full schedule here. Please contact Karen Swanson at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
Center for the Arts
The Velveteen Rabbit- As 2014 comes to a close, the Center for the Arts is buzzing with Performing Arts events. We welcome Endicott's affiliate, Boston Children's Theatre, in their seasonal production of The Velveteen Rabbit, running now through December 21. We hope everyone will get a chance to see this classic tale with the children in their lives. There is an Endicott College discount of 25% off tickets, as well as a grandparents' special which gives patrons a photo with their grandchild on the set. More information and show times are here.
The Repertory Dance Ensemble will celebrate five years (10 semesters) in the Center for the Arts with a performance of favorite works from each of the semester shows, "Rep 10." It will also feature a new composition by Dance Coordinator Nicole Sao Pedro-Welch. Shows are Friday, December 12 at 7:30pm and Saturday, December 13 at 2:00pm and are $10/Free with an Endicott ID.
The Endicott Pep Band is busy playing at basketball games, and look for Modern Band Project and the Jazz/Rock Ensemble who will be playing the Lodge! Finally, The Endicott Singers will sing a cappella at a fundraiser "A Capella for Ebola Aid" with other student and professional groups on Friday, December 12 at 7:30pm at the First Church UCC, 1 Meetinghouse Green, North Main St., Ipswich, Mass. The suggested donation is $20, and proceeds will benefit Doctors Without Borders.
The Visual Arts continues with exhibitions of Giovanni DeCunto, Professor Steven Liss, and Clint Fulkerson. On the third floor Bilodeau Lounge Gallery, the Art Club is exhibiting juried works for their Art Club Exhibition 2014. This lively exhibit consists of a large painted mural, photography, paintings on wood and canvas, digital media, illustration, and handmade books. The reception for this exhibition is on Wednesday, December 10 from 4 – 5:30pm. The Annual Student Art Sale will take place on Wednesday, December 10 from 4 – 5:30pm in the Carol Grillo Gallery. Students, faculty and alumni will be selling paintings, photography, ceramics, jewelry, illustrations, vegan nail lacquer, and other items. A raffle will also be taking place with donated items from faculty and students, and refreshments will be served. This event is sponsored by the Art club and is free and open to the public.
The Spring 2015 Program Guide will be out soon, in the meantime, check in with us on Facebook here or visit our webpage here. We’ve also joined Twitter – so come check us out at @EndicottArts!
Endicott’s winter sports programs are off and running while several fall teams have seen some of their student-athletes receive additional postseason accolades. There are only a handful of home games before campus breaks for the holiday season so make sure you catch the Gulls in action before the New Year! 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:
ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT TOY DRIVE – On December 3rd at the men’s and women’s basketball doubleheader against Gordon, the Endicott Athletic Department conducted its annual toy drive and with nearly every student-athlete, coaches and administrators, families and friends, the Endicott Community, and members of the student body contributing a brand-new, unwrapped toy the department was able to collect nearly 800 toys. These toys were donated to several different organizations around the North Shore with the hopes of making this holiday season even more special for underprivileged children in our region. Thanks to all who participated in this incredibly successful toy drive!
MEN’S BASKETBALL (4-2, 2-1 CCC) – On Saturday, December 13th at 1:00 p.m., Endicott hosts North Shore rival Salem State in their final home game of the first semester. The Gulls have won their last two games, both over conference opponents, including an 88-70 win over previously undefeated Eastern Nazarene on the road. At 80.0 points per game, Endicott is one of the top scoring teams in the CCC while playing some of their best defense in recent seasons, allowing 64.3 points to opposing teams.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (3-4, 1-2 CCC) – Women’s basketball hosts NEWMAC foe MIT on Thursday night for a 7:00 p.m. tip-off in MacDonald Gymnasium looking to end a recent two-game losing skid. Exercise science major Nicole Catizone has stepped up in her junior season, scoring 11.3 points per game, and leads the CCC in three-point shooting at 45.7%. Senior nursing major Kayleen Whall currently averages a double-double at 13.9 points and 10.1 rebounds per game.
MEN’S ICE HOCKEY (6-5-3, 2-4 NECHA Patriot East) – In their final weekend of competition before the holiday break, the men’s ice hockey team hosts Central Connecticut State on Saturday, December 13th at 7:30 p.m. before traveling up to UNH to take on the Wildcats at 4:00 p.m. Freshman business management major Kyle Webb currently leads the team with 12 points on five goals and seven assists.
WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY (5-2, 2-1 IWCHL North) – Every since their season opening loss the women’s ice hockey team has been on a roll, winning five of their last six games and nearly upsetting North Shore rival Salem State, the defending IWCHL champions. Senior forward and interior design major Samantha Parr is the team’s leading point-getter with nine on three goals and six assists. The team hosts Saint Anselm (Saturday, 2:00 p.m.) and Boston College (Sunday, 2:00 p.m.) in their final two games before break.
FIELD HOCKEY – Senior forward and international business major Emily Sawchuck was named field hockey’s first-ever All-American, earning First Team honors by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association.
FOOTBALL – Senior nursing major and wide receiver Nate Lewis (Second Team) and graduate student defensive end Andrew Holfinger (Third Team) were both named to the D3Football.com All-East Region Team for their efforts this season.
MEN’S and WOMEN’S SOCCER – Both the men’s and women’s soccer programs were recognized for their academic excellence from the 2013-14 season with National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Academic Awards. The women’s team has earned the honor in five straight years, the men in two of the last three seasons. Women’s soccer also saw senior defender and athletic training major Clare Mansfield (Third Team) as well as junior exercise science forward Paige Marinelli (Fourth Team) be named NSCAA All-New England. Mansfield and senior hospitality management major Katie Donnelly both played in the New England Women’s Intercollegiate Soccer Association Senior Bowl along with other top seniors across Division I, II, and III.
WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL – Senior biology & biotechnology major Jessica Petrucci competed in the New England Women’s Volleyball Association Senior Classic after recording multiple career-highs this past season.
MEN’S VOLLEYBALL – At the start of the New Year, the men’s volleyball team will return to campus early to begin preseason practice before their 2015 campaign begins on January 16th-17th at the Kean Invitational in New Jersey.
On behalf of the entire community we wish you all peace, health, and the belief that we can, if we choose, make our lives and the lives of those around us better, and together make the world a better place.
Richard E. Wylie