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On August 13, more than 170 community leaders, staff and their guests gathered at Nichols College for its 36th annual Dudley Appreciation Dinner. The yearly tradition is the College’s way of thanking its neighbors who give of their time and talent in making the town of Dudley a great place to live and work.
“The partnership between the town of Dudley and Nichols College remains strong and more vital than ever,” said Susan West Engelkemeyer, President of Nichols. “It has been our pleasure to work with town officials, committees, the school system, and the police and fire departments on various initiatives this past year. We look forward to continuing this positive momentum and building more relationships,” she added.
Engelkemeyer also noted that one of Nichols’ goals is to develop students into productive citizens who give back – not only to Nichols – but to the communities where they live and work. She thanked the group for enabling the college to provide those opportunities through local internships and volunteer experiences and cited the example of the Boys & Girls Club of Webster/Dudley where college students work.
Nichols College Historian, James L. Conrad Jr., one of three attendees who was also present at the first dinner 36 years ago, stated, “Very few colleges have managed to survive nearly 200 years as Nichols has. It has a history the community can be proud of. We’re fortunate to be here, and fortunate to have you, the community.” Conrad also provided a preview of his upcoming book, Nichols: A College for the Hill 1931-1996, which will be available in the fall of 2013.