Nichols College News

Ceremonies Welcome New Locations for ARC, WNRC

March and April marked the dedication of new homes for two longstanding Nichols institutions. Earlier this month, a ribbon-cutting ceremony welcomed students to a brighter, more spacious Academic Resource Center (ARC), which serves as the College’s headquarters for tutoring, teaching study skills, and holding group review sessions.

In relocating to the Currier Center, the ARC left its offices in the basement of Conant Library. The Nichols Fischer Institute, which previously occupied the Currier Center, moved to its new offices at the Fels Student Center after it opened last November.

The new ARC features a reception area surrounded by stately wooden columns. To either side, students can find an array of study areas, including a spacious room with multiple round tables for tutoring sessions or study groups.

“This is a more open space,” explains ARC director Marissa Loon. “It’s a happy place, and the tutors love it.” The ARC has almost 20 Nichols students who have been trained as tutors and who provided help for almost 200 of their undergraduate peers last term.

Another large room, ringed by computer stations, is equipped with rows of chairs that allow large group review of course materials. Adjacent “quiet” rooms are available for as many as seven or eight students to study individually or together, as well as for meetings with faculty advisors.

The new location and amenities have given the ARC a more visible presence on campus, Loon adds. “It shows current and prospective students and their families that academic support is part of a college career here,” she says. “And this place reflects the energy and dedication that students and tutors put in.”

In March, the Nichols radio station WNRC dedicated its new studio on the ground floor of the Fels Center in the name of former student James Gahan IV. Gahan, who was in the class of ’04, perished 10 years ago in the tragic fire at the Station music club in Rhode Island. He was reporting on the concert for WNCR.

In a ceremony attended by family members, friends, and classmates. Gahan was remembered for his pioneering radio shows and his frequent excursions with fellow reporters to do interviews off campus.

“At the time, they would use their press passes to get big interviews,” notes former classmate and Director of the Nichols Fund Kerry Barnes ’05, “They were interviewing tons of people.”

In her remarks at the dedication, radio club co-advisor Andrea Becker noted, “We are so proud to have with us today Mr. and Mrs. Gahan, who blessed our campus and radio club when he attended Nichols.”