Update from the President
October 1, 2013
Dear Family and Friends,
In early September, we welcomed 2,400 new and returning undergraduate students to campus. We heard from many of you that moving into the residence halls was a little chaotic! We apologize for any inconveniences caused and are reviewing to improve future moves.
We have received rave reviews for the new School of Business and Science Center. Our faculty members are reporting that students are actively engaged in learning and much of the new technology has enhanced the experience. We hope that you will join us on Family Weekend as we dedicate the new center on Saturday, October 5 at 10:45 a.m.
I know that currently it's difficult to see how the Callahan Center, currently under renovation, will live up to the reputation of the Business and Science building. Let me assure you that it will be a wonderful space. Seating in the dining area will be increased by 100% to accommodate over a thousand guests. Seven to eight food stations will offer a wide variety of options including Mediterranean, Asian, American, Middle Eastern, vegetarian, and fast food. The salad bar and dessert bar will be expanded. The majority of stations will have gluten-free options and many stations will customize options to diner's tastes. The building will be light and airy, and it will be ready for occupancy in September, 2014.
Work on the solar panels above parking lot 25 (P) is behind schedule. We now anticipate completion in mid-December. When completed, it will be one of the largest solar panel systems in New England. Spots remain open in the lot during this project.
New Logo Unveiled
After much discussion, research, and design collaboration, Endicott College is proud to announce the creation of a new logo and graphic identity. The new icon includes references to the traditional College Seal, which has often been used as our logo in the past, and features one of the most noteworthy buildings on campus, College Hall.
The logo has designated space for specialization for different departments and organizations across campus. It is in use now in publications, administrative material, and new banners on campus roadways, and is being integrated into a redesign of online properties that is expected to launch later this year. The College Seal remains in use for administrative documents and in official designations.
Read more about the logo in our Sept 9 press release here. I hope you'll join me in celebrating this exciting step in our growth!
When last week's incident at nearby Salem State University resulted in a suspect on the loose, our Campus Safety team immediately increased the focus on security here at Endicott. Thankfully, the situation was resolved without danger to Beverly community members and we have resumed normal levels of watchfulness.
I'd like to tell you more about one of the most powerful tools we have to help keep our students safe on campus: our License Plate Recognition (LPR) system. The LPR system uses intelligent video analytics and optical character recognition to read and record vehicle license plates. Using a surveillance camera at the Main Gate, the LPR system records, with time and date stamps, every vehicle that enters or exits campus. We use an automated 'watch list' of flagged plates to ensure vehicles of interest are immediately reported to Campus Safety. This is one of the primary reasons we close our secondary gates on evenings and under special circumstances.
The Department provides many services, including building and facility security, crime prevention, emergency management, visitor registration, and parking control. Please be assured that of all this, student and community safety is our highest priority, and we do our absolute best every day to ensure our campus remains peaceful and secure.
We are looking forward to having families and alums on campus for Family Weekend and Homecoming October 4 - 6. The weekend schedule is full of activities and events with something for everyone to enjoy! Make sure to visit the Family Weekend webpage to review the full schedule and to secure your tickets before events sell out at www.endicott.edu/homecoming. Our entire community is excited to reconnect with families and friends during our weekend of entertainment and relaxation - we hope to see you!
US News and World Report
Congratulations to the entire Endicott College community on once again being honored by a trusted college ranking publication! In U.S. News and World Report's 2014 Best Colleges, Endicott garnered three separate recognitions:
- Tier One: In Top Regional Universities - North, we were ranked 74 out of 182 institutions (top 40%).
- A+ Schools for B Students: One of 37 institutions in our category.
- Up and Coming Institutions: One of eight in our category. Our peers agree that we have made the "most promising and innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty, student life, campus, and/or facilities."
Among the criteria used in ranking colleges and universities are 15 widely-accepted indicators of excellence, including peer assessment, student selectivity, faculty resources, retention and graduation rates, financial resources, and alumni giving. These criteria take into consideration several factors including acceptance rate, SAT scores, alumni donors, and class sizes.
Thank you to our community for making this all happen; once again you distinguish the College and yourself. Each year our recognitions get better and better!
This fall, 36 School of Education seniors are completing their 15-week student teaching experience, which is their culminating experience leading to Massachusetts state licensure. This program develops our future educators by placing them in classrooms to learn from and work with outstanding teachers and students in different types of environments. Our current partnerships with public school systems include Beverly, Danvers, Salem, Reading, Manchester, Lynn, and North Andover. All of these sites have varied levels of cultural and socio-economical diversity, which allows our students to have different experiences to bring back for discussion with their peers in weekly seminars.
The Internship Office and Career Center have combined systems to offer an exciting online career resource for students. The new system, known as ECLaunch, has replaced College Central and was rolled out on September 2 to undergraduate students via e-mail. Graduate students and alumni are also welcome to utilize the resource. Training for the system will take place in EC101 courses for freshmen and via web-based training for sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Students can use the system for a variety of activities including searching current jobs and internships posted by our employment partners, signing up for on-campus interviews and workshops, and downloading helpful informational materials.
Visual and Performing Arts
The Walter J. Manninen Center for the Arts has assembled an impressive array of more than 40 exhibitions, concerts, performances and lectures for this fall semester. One of the highlights is an exhibition entitled Capturing Camelot, which provides a retrospective on the Kennedys during the 1960s. Stanley Tretick's famous photographs of John F. Kennedy and his family will be on display from October 1 through December 20 in our Heftler Visiting Artist Gallery. Author Kitty Kelley, New York Times best-selling author of the book titled Capturing Camelot, will be at the reception on November 21 to give a lecture and sign books.
On Homecoming and Family Weekend at the Friends and Families Concert, audiences will get a taste of Pep Band, Modern Band Project, Endicott Singers, Dance, and Chamber Ensemble, as well as sneak previews of the upcoming productions of the Mainstage play Harvey (to be performed in full October 17-19) and the Drama Club's musical Ordinary Days (to be performed in full November 7-9). This eclectic preview will be on Saturday, October 5 at 8:00 p.m. in the Center for the Arts, Rose Performance Hall.
A month into the fall athletics season, Endicott's talented crop of student-athletes have already proven why they are among the most feared competitors in the region. The Gulls will continue to battle top non-conference opponents leading up to another highly anticipated Homecoming Weekend on October 4-6 when all varsity programs will be in action on our beautiful Beverly campus. Below is a brief snapshot of Endicott's athletic success thus far this season:
- Men's and Women's Cross Country, under first year head coach and former Olympian triathlete Nick Radkewich, have made tremendous strides towards success this fall with top-10 finishes in each of their first two races.
- The two-time defending CCC Champion Field Hockey team is currently 5-5 with three wins coming on the road.
- Football is 2-2 overall and 1-0 in NEFC play. The Gulls will battle Maine Maritime on Saturday, October 5th for the Homecoming game. Kickoff is at 12:00 pm at Endicott Stadium.
- The Men's Golf team will play for the spring CCC Championship after making the top four in the league at the Essex Country Club qualifying tournament.
- Nine of the Men's Soccer team's 10 matches have been decided by just one goal, including seven overtime games. The Gulls are 5-5 and prime for a deep CCC Tournament run this fall.
- Women's Soccer recorded their 7th straight win in a recent match with Plymouth; their record is 7-3-1 and they will play Western New England during Homecoming weekend.
- Fresh off their Second Round appearance in the NCAA Tournament, Women's Tennis is 7-3 (5-1 CCC) and in a three-way tie for first place in the conference with both Nichols and Gordon.
- This past Saturday, Women's Volleyball finished the Baruch Invitational in New York with a 2-1 record and have now won six of their last eight matches.
- Rugby won their first match handily over UMass Dartmouth as new members of the Colonial Coast Rugby Conference and are currently 1-2.
- Crew, Equestrian, and both Ice Hockey programs will start their seasons in October.
A special thank you goes out to all the students, faculty, and staff that have supported the Gull Revolution initiative thus far! Please continue to show your enthusiasm for Endicott Athletics, especially on Homecoming Weekend. For those of you who cannot make it to out to our games, please be sure to check www.ecgulls.com (which will be undergoing a redesign in the coming weeks), follow our progress via our live stats and HD-quality web streaming capabilities, and share your love of everything Endicott Athletics on our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram , and YouTube channels!
Endicott Remembers 9/11
On September 11, the LIGHThouse Leadership Society honored the 12th anniversary of the tragic events of 9/11 by participating in 12 Hours of LIGHT (Learning to Inspire Guide Help and Teach), a program that promotes organized community service in the form of 12 hours of random acts of kindness.
It was Endicott's third year participating and we honor the activities and work of these students and their advisors: James Albuquerque, Director of Housing Operations and Lindsey Shrayer, Assistant Director of Counseling.
Events throughout the day included washing the Beverly Fire Department trucks in preparation for their annual remembrance ceremony, reading to more than 10 classrooms at Cove and Centerville Elementary Schools, holding a free car wash for our dedicated faculty and staff, handing out flowers at the train station, placing student-made cards under windshield wipers, and other projects. A ceremony was held with speakers including the Mayor of Beverly, William Scanlon, and Peter Guza, a North Andover Resident who lost his father on September 11th in Tower Two.
Community Service Opportunities
Endicott offers a wealth of opportunities for students to volunteer their time and talents to help those in need. Whether it's a one-time program or project with a local non-profit, hosting an event on campus for the community, or a weekly initiative, our students participate in it all and we are proud of their reputation in the community for doing so. Upcoming events include:
- 10/4-10/14 Open Door Food Pantry's good farm at the Topsfield Fair
- 10/6 ACS Making Strides Walk
- 10/6 Walk Now for Autism
Van Loan School of Graduate and Professional Studies
New Hires: We have recently welcomed some new faces in administration at the Van Loan School:
- Kristy Walker, Assistant Director of Management programs working with the MBA, MSIT, and Organizational Management Programs
- Alyssa Czarnecki, Associate Director of the Master's Program in Athletic Administration
- Dr. Lynne Celli, Associate Dean of Graduate Education
Endicott College Gloucester: Endicott College Gloucester welcomed 16 students into their first Associates Degree cohort on September 4. The same day, 21 Gloucester High School students began their course in academic inquiry as part of the dual enrollment program between the high school and Endicott.
Master of Science in Information Technology: The MSIT program will offer a new curriculum starting October 24; six new courses will be offered in Advanced Cloud Computing, Managing Virtual Systems, Object Oriented Programming, Web 3.0 Communications and Commerce, Advanced Web Programming and Security Management. Online delivery of the MSIT will begin January 2014.
Ed.D. in Educational Leadership: Six students have joined the Ed.D. in educational leadership program this fall. Professionally they come from several higher education institutions, and their research interests include a variety of topics such as online teaching and learning, the intersection of campus security and campus police, and veterans and the college and career transition gaps.
Plans are underway to design a new specialization in K-12 leadership at the doctoral level.
R.N. to B.S. in Nursing program: We currently have 60 active R.N. students pursuing the B.S. in Nursing degree programs. An agreement has been signed with Greenfield Community College to offer this program option at the Greenfield campus.
Endicott Boston: Classes at Endicott College Boston are off to a great start; the bachelor degree programs have more than doubled in size from last spring, and the MBA program has started a cohort with fourteen new students.
Coast Guard Cutter: The Van Loan School will once again be offering class aboard US Coast Guard Cutters - this fall our Professor-at-Sea program will find Professor Michael Buccigrossi aboard the USCG Cutter Reliance for a four week voyage.
Student Activities Update
It's been a whirlwind first month in Student Activities! We've had events ranging from casino nights to comedians - bonfires to the ever popular Beechwood Barbecues. We hosted Bad Rabbits, one of Boston's best live acts, for our Fall Concert and they brought their refreshing funk-infused grooves to the Field House. The student band Mad Yonder opened for the headliners with an incredible performance of original music. The new Student Center is a beautiful space, and the move to the Academic Center has allowed us to be a nearby resource for students and faculty alike. We're looking forward to an exciting year in the Office of Student Activities, and we have plenty of surprises in store for the Endicott Community.
We are working diligently to respond to requests from parents and students for adjustments, repairs, and special considerations. When appropriate, these changes will be made as soon as possible. The Resident Directors, housing staff, and Dean of Students should be notified if problems persist. While we put the utmost effort into accommodating everyone, some changes are not possible; please understand we will always do our best to make sure every student is comfortable. Thank you for your understanding.
Enjoy your fall!
Dr. Richard E. Wylie, President