Nichols College News

Mission Possible 3: Seniors Take a Career Leap!

Nichols seniors can find solace in the fact that the job outlook for college graduates has improved slightly when compared to 2010. Good news came fromupdated figures just published by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE): “Employers report that they plan to hire 19.3 percent more graduates in 2010-11 than they did in 2009-10, the first double-digit increase since 2007.”

TheU.S. Labor Department also released optimistic data: “Companies are advertising more jobs than at any time in the past two years” and “69,000 jobs in January and 194,000 jobs in February were added in professional and business services.”

And on April 15th, the Associated Press (AP) reported that Massachusetts unemployment rates dropped to "8 percent in March as 3,200 jobs were added during the month," and that financial service and consulting firms are seeing strong job growth for new graduates.  In addition, AP stated that the job situation will improve for recent M.B.A. graduates.

“Our seniors still have to hustle to land a job,” says Heather Maietta, director of the Office of Career Services at Nichols College. “Recruiters are looking for the complete package, including: campus leadership, internships, and academic achievement."


Senior:  Patrick C. Coakley

Hometown:  Charlton, MA

Major:  Accounting

Campus Activities:    Baseball 2008-9

Position:  Staff Accountant, Alexander, Aronson and Finning & Co. P.C, Westborough, MA

 How He Did It:

Like many Nichols seniors, Patrick C. Coakley used the Nichols College Career Center and the Road to Success online program to submit his resume and schedule an interview on campus.

His first met with Brad Sullivan, a manager from Alexander, Aronson and Finning & Co. P.C., whose role was to determine if candidates were a “good fit” for the accounting firm. Coakley told Sullivan that he wanted to work for a smaller firm where he would have an opportunity to know everyone on a one-to-one basis. Sullivan liked what he heard and pass Coakley on to interview with partners at the Westborough location.

At the same time, Coakley enrolled in Nichols 4+1 M.B.A., a program for business students who thrive on the challenge of earning a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Business Administration in just five years. “I’m on my third M.B.A.,” he says. “My parents instilled in me the importance of education for career success.”

 “I want to thank Professor Marcia Behrens for being my mentor,” said Coakley, who is definitely on the fast track: “I knew by December, 2010, that I had the job, and I was ecstatic!”




Senior:   Michael A. Schell

Hometown:  South Windsor, CT (Jounal Inquirer)

Major:  Accounting                

Campus Activities: Captain of the Soccer Team; Accounting Club; Student Athletic Advisory Council; Campus Ambassadors Bible Study

Position: Staff Accountant; Alexander, Aronson and Finning & Co. P.C.; Westborough, MA

How He Did It:         

In April, Michael A. Schellhad already sign a lease agreement for a two bedroom duplex in Newton with fellow Nichols grad Kevin Quinn. It’s only 20 minutes from both their jobs at Alexander, Aronson and Finning & Co. P.C. in Westborough, Mass.

“I first met Brad Sullivan ’01, a manager with Alexander, Aronson and Finning, at a November 2010 dinner with accounting alumni on campus,” says Schell. Then, he signed up in Career Services for an off-campus interview with Manager Charles J. Webb. “He asked my lots of questions (e.g. Where do you see yourself in five years?), and eventually, we talked about my leadership role as captain of the Nichols College soccer team.”

Schell’s dad is a history teacher at South Windsor High and his mom is in the Human Resources Department at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn.”They always pushed me to do my best,” says Schell, who knew he had a job by winter break. “I advised my fellow seniors to start looking for employment early because Accounting firms recruit in September so as not to interfere with tax season.”

“Right now, I’m enjoying my last semester at Copper Beech I — which is awesome!” says Schell. “I want to also thank Professors John Armstrong, Marcia Behrens and Sean Cote for all their support.”


Liberal Arts – Math

Senior:  Katy L. Kryzwick

Hometown:  Torrington, CT

Major: Math               

Minor: Education

Campus Activities:   Head Resident Assistant for Shamie & Kuppenheimer Halls; Student Orientation Leader Summer 2010; Campus Ambassador Admissions 2010-2011

Position:  Western Carolina University, NC: graduate student

How She Did It:        

Katy L. Kryzwick thought she wanted to be a teacher but did a flip-flop in the fall of 2010. After speaking to two very important mentors, Resident Director Leigh Soucy and Dr. Joanne Newcomb, she decided to get a master’s in higher education, specifically in College Student Personnel.

As the only child, Kryzwick’s mother was initially nervous about her daughter heading to graduate school. “But, I involved my Mom in every step of the application process, including campus visits,” says Kryzwick. And by taking an assistant resident director position at Western Carolina University, she gets free room and board. “All I have to do is pay for tuition and books,” she says.

On July 15th, Kryzwick will move into her room on campus with its reserved parking. “I hope have the same feeling of belonging that I did when I first moved to the Hill.”






Senior: Rebecca Smith

Hometown: Pawcatuck, CT

Major: Psychology

Campus Activities:  President of the Psych Club,  Fall 08-Spring 10|

Position:  Graduate Student:  Industrial Organizational Psychology Master’s; University of New Haven

How She Did It:        

Psychology major Rebecca Smithis heading to the University of New Haven for her master’s in Industrial Organizational Psychology. “It’s been a long, long process applying for graduate school,” says Smith, who applied to four master’s programs and several doctorate programs. “It’s an expensive process!”

She has a long-term goal of earning a doctorate and teaching, and it’s noteworthy that all three Smith siblings are Bison! Rebecca’s sister, Sarah Smith ’08, majored in Human Resource Management and works at International Paper, and her brother, Daniel L. Smith ’12, is a Psychology major heading off for a fall semester abroad.

“I want to thank Dr. Thomas Davis, Dean Brian McCoy, Maureen Butler, Professor Dawn Sherman and everyone in Facilities Management,” says Smith.

Matthew Andreoli: Registered Representative, First Investors Corporation, Agawam, MA
Timothy D. Ahern: Marketing Representative, Universal Property Insurance, NC
Kristin S. Aldridge: Management Trainee, Target, Worcester, MA
Maria Balabanova: Everis, Boston, MA
Justin Berrett: Business Analyst, Specialized Logistics, New York, NY
Kara Buckley: Recruiting Coordinator, Shamut Design & Construction, Boston, MA
Christine A. Bulikowski – Marketing Specialist, Fabrico, Oxford, MA
Mark Anthony Cacciola: Davison Company/ Cacciola Associates, Cambridge, MA
Daniel S. Cafasso: Assistant Manager, Ocean State Job Lot, Waterbury, CT
Patrick C. Coakley: Staff Accountant, Alexander, Aronson and Finning & Co. P.C., Westborough, MA
Samantha J. Dauphinias: The Caitlin Raymond Donor Registry, UMASS Memorial Medical Center,        Worcester, MA
Kyle J. Fishwick: EMC, Hopkinton, MA
Mary Kate Frodema: Management Service Representative, First Investor’s Corporation, Agawam, MA
Samir Goncalves: Knowledge Advisor, Ernst & Young Global Sciences Group, Boston, MA
Stephanie M. Haskell: Graduate Student, NOVA Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Alexandria M. Hallam: Claims Associate II, MAPFRE USA, Webster, MA
Jake Hubley, Municipal Technical Assistant, UniBank, Whitinsville, MA
Kenneth Richard Johnson III:  Project Manager, Turf Technologies Inc., Uxbridge, MA
Krystin Kerekes: Product Assistant, W.B. Mason, Brocton, MA
Laura E. Koenig: Management Trainee, Sherwin Williams, Worcester, MA
Katy L. Kryzwick: Graduate Student, Western Carolina University, NC
Christopher D. Lapre (Dec. 10): Sales and Leasing Consultant, Barry Nissan Volvo, Newport, RI
Shelby M. Leone:  Staff Accountant, Sullivan Bille Group PC, Tewksbury, MA
Kensey Marsland: Event Coordinator, Michael’s Party Rental, Ludlow, MA
Jennifer L. Mayer: Graduate Student, Master’s in Psychology, University of Hartford, Hartford, CT
Tyler L. McLaughlin: Owner/Captain, Commercial Blue Fin Tuna,  Rye, New Hampshire
Kimberly Murphy: Management Trainee Program, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Dudley, MA
Dan Murray: Club Manager, Anytime Fitness, Richmond, RI
Timothy D. Pollard: Stacy Exposition Service, Inc., Warren, MA
Justin Ryan Nelson: Account Manager, Ready and Available Medical, San Diego, CA
Kevin Quinn: Staff Accountant, Alexander, Aronson and Finning & Co., P.C., Westborough, MA
Michael A. Shell: Staff Accountant, Alexander, Aronson and Finning & Co. P.C., Westborough, MA
Sarah R. Rhodes: Graduate School (MBA), Nichols College, Dudley, MA
Brian Ricci:  Assistant Manager, Ocean State Job Lot, Medford, MA
Rachael M. Skowron: Graduate Student, Florida Gulf Coast University (MBA in Management)
Paul Seaver: Graduate Student (Master’s in Sport Leadership); North Eastern University, Boston, MA
Wachira Sittikong: Manager, Yoong Tong Thai Restaurants, Northborough, MA
Deborah A. Sweeney: Claims Associate, Maphre USA, Webster, MA
Stacy Trojanowski: Auditor, BDO United States, Boston, MA