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On August 9th, 175 Town of Dudley employees and volunteers attended the 34th Dudley Appreciation Dinner at Nichols College, along with 10 board members of the Black Tavern Historical Society and 60 Nichols faculty and staff. The dinner has been an annual, “after the harvest” tradition of breaking bread with good neighbors for their continued support of the College.
Nichols Vice President Thomas Cafaro welcomed guests and after dinner, incoming President Susan West Engelkemeyer, Ph.D., said: “I began my post as the 7th president of Nichols College last Monday and am settling in nicely…from town boards to fire and police departments, we continue to work toward providing opportunities for our students to grow and become responsible, productive citizens in society.”
Engelkemeyer promised to honor the past and cherish the tradition of a career-focused education and to partner with local and regional businesses for practical internship opportunities for Nichols students. “We will build upon the momentum of the present,” she said. “Together, we will chart a clear and compelling path to the future.”
Then, Chair of the Board of Selectman, Steven Sullivan, addressed the audience. Other officials present included Vice Chairman of the Selectman Paul Joseph, Fire Chief Dean Kochanowski and Police Chief Steve Wojnar.
This year’s down-home feast by Sodexo Dining Services included New England clam chowder, chicken, roasted potatoes, corn on the cob, corn bread, and salad. For dessert, there were two favorites: a delectable, summer berry trifle and ginger whoopee pies.