The past two years have been historic—both in terms of the pandemic and in the growth of Endicott. As I noted earlier this year in an article for the Boston Business Journal, the College has emerged from the darkest days of the pandemic in a stronger position than ever before. Weathering adversity is sometimes necessary to see just how strong we are—and how far we’ve come as a community.
As you’ll see in this issue of Soundings, Endicott continues to grow and evolve in dramatic and exciting ways. In October 2021, we broke ground on the new Cummings School of Nursing and Health Sciences, and the construction of the building is already ahead of schedule. This spring, we welcomed our newest Gull, a standard poodle named Gary, our campus comfort dog. This summer, we will say goodbye to the Village—or “the mods,” as they are affectionately known—to make way for a new residence hall. And our enrollment team recruited the largest and strongest academic classes in the history of the College.
Throughout the year, our faculty have achieved exceptional academic milestones. Distinguished Professor of Humanities and National Book Critics Circle winner Charlotte Gordon published her newest book, Mary Shelley: A Very Short Introduction. This year’s Academic Excellence Award went to Associate Professor of History Elizabeth Matelski for the very work you’ll read about in this issue, while Professor of Sport Management Dina Gentile won the Faculty of the Year honor bestowed by the senior class. We continue to expand our undergraduate and graduate offerings, including the launch of an Esports Management program. This spring, we also forged a vital community collaboration with Beverly and Addison Gilbert Hospitals in a new partnership that will create an educational pipeline for new nurses while establishing a wellspring of crucial opportunities and initiatives for both institutions.
If you haven’t visited Endicott in a while, it not only feels different but looks quite different, too. We even have machines called Kiwibots wheeling around, delivering meals and coffees to students and employees alike.
All of our community members have played a pivotal role in shaping Endicott’s continued evolution. For that, I offer my gratitude, and I hope you are as excited about the future here as I am.
Steven R. DiSalvo, Ph.D.